The post, which has already received 12,400 upvotes and 1,100 comments, showed a photo with hundreds of containers full of raw meat.
The poster called Senatoto wrote: “My dogs only eat raw meat because I think it’s best for them but I don’t want to pay the exorbitant cost. So after ads asking for leftovers, extra meat was burnt in the freezer. I just made enough grind to feed my dogs for 9 months. Free.”
The popularity of raw meat for dogs has exploded in recent years, although no health benefits have been proven. A recent survey by BMC Veterinary Research listed the reasons why some pet owners choose this diet.
About 26 percent said it was out of respect for the nature of carnivorous dogs, 24 percent said it was to improve pet health, 21 percent said they had had problems with commercial foods in the past, and 19 percent said they did not trust pet food, And 6 percent said their dog did not eat commercial food and 4 percent gave other reasons.
The post was posted on the r/Frugal subreddit, where users share their tips and stories on the best way to take advantage of the frugal lifestyle. The majority of sub-forums usually contain tips and advice on budgeting, recycling, restoring, refurbishing, and zero-waste lifestyles. However, the raw meat maneuver was not well received by society, and the thread ended up being shut down by middlemen.
One user said: “It’s a silly fad. The veterinary tech is here. We see so many dogs in the emergency room infected with intestinal parasites and malnourished after feeding these raw meals, it’s crazy.” Another person wrote “Okay they are going to feed their 9 month old dog litter meat lol”.
One concerned user raised the issue of bacterial contamination from dog to human: “Do you ever worry about your dogs spreading germs and bacteria from raw meat? Like if they ate some and then wanted to lick you? I just don’t see how safe it could be” while another added: “By polluting the whole house, oh my God.”
Another angry user was outraged by the fact that this post was even allowed on the platform: “I think it’s dangerous to allow a post like this on the subreddit. Not only is the raw food diet very dangerous for dogs, but the OP admitted allowing frozen meat to go through additional freezing/thawing which increases the risk.”
While most users have turned to the platform to express their anger, some have commented in its favour.
One person wrote: “This is awesome. I also feed my dogs raw, and this can save me a lot of money! Great tip!!”
Commenting on their posts, cenatutu added that they did not attempt to discuss raw feeding and would not give any direct advice on how to feed them raw. “I don’t recommend raw feed to most people. I don’t give advice on here or in the system of dynamic distributions. I have scales, conversion charts, and follow a food formula very carefully.” comment said
But medically speaking, can dogs eat raw meat?
Is it safe for dogs to eat raw meat?
While it may seem like an interesting idea to save the extra cash, feeding dogs raw meat is not safe and can pose a serious health risk.
According to Dr. Ann Hohenhaus, chief veterinarian at Schwarzman Animal Medical Center, dogs are no different from humans in this sense, and they are also exposed to bacteria that can be found in raw meat.
“We cook meat (of all kinds: fish, chicken, beef, lamb, etc.) to kill the microorganisms that will make us sick. The same is the case for our pets. This is why veterinarians do not recommend a diet regimen. Raw meat-based diet” told NEWSWEEK.
She also emphasized the fact that feeding your dog raw meat poses risks to human family members from cross-contamination, with the very young, the elderly, and those with cancer and other conditions at greater risk. “The safest thing for the whole family, both humans and furs, is to cook meat before eating it.”
NEWSWEEK Reached out to Senatoto for comment.