AVMA Amends Policy Discouraging Raw Food Diets for Pets

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In response to the American Veterinary Medical Association’s recent policy on avoiding a raw food diet for pets, MassageSchoolSanDiego.com has responded to the decision, stating that many pet owners interested in health care may still choose to feed their animals raw foods.

MassageSchoolSanDiego.com, which helps citizens find holistic schools in San Diego, publishes a response to the American Veterinary Medical Association’s newly passed policy, which discourages feeding a raw food diet to pets, stating that it is still a viable feeding option for those pet owners who are interested in natural and holistic health care. MSSD stated, "We understand the need for safety to pets and owners and are pleased with the amendments to the policy, but have concern over the language used stating the AVMA "discourages" feeding a raw food diet to pets. We advocate owner education and hope that anyone looking to feed their pet a raw foods educates themselves and seeks the opinion of a professional."

The AVMA proposed an amendment to its policy on feeding raw food to pets recently at its annual meeting in San Diego. The amendment advises against feeding raw proteins to dogs and cats, and also encourages veterinarians to warn pet owners of any hazards associated with raw food, both to the animal that eats it and to the person handling it. Though the amendment saw some dissent, it was eventually passed by the AVMA House of Delegates with 90.9 percent in favor. The AVMA states that feeding a raw food diet to pets can cause E-coli and Salmonella, both of which can be dangerous to the pet owner. These can also cause illness to the animal and can cause their feces to be contaminated with the bacteria.

The American Veterinary Medical Association is a non-profit group that represents veterinarians across the country, including those in the private, academic and government industries. Started in 1863, the American Veterinary Medical Association works to improve the health of animals and pet owners in the United States by evolving the field of veterinary medicine. Currently, the AVMA has more than 82,000 members.

E-coli, more formally known as Escherichia coli, is a group of bacteria that infects the intestines; it is commonly acquired by people and animals through undercooked meats and proteins. If infected with e-coli, a person may experience illness, diarrhea, urinary tract infections, pneumonia and more. E-coli bacteria can also be contracted through contact with an infected person or animal.

Salmonellosis, or Salmonella, is a bacteria that can cause diarrhea, stomach cramps, bowel problems, fever and, in severe cases, even death, after it has infected a person. Symptoms usually last between four and seven days, though the bowel may take several months to fully recover. If the salmonella infection is particularly serious, it could spread to the blood stream, other bodily organs and may require hospitalization.

Massage School San Diego has expressed its concern with the American Veterinary Medical Association’s recent policy amendment that discourages pet owners from feeding a natural, raw food diet to their pets, concluding that many people interested in the holistic health care industry may still find raw food a worthwhile diet for their pets.

Massage School San Diego advises pet owners to study the materials, make an informed decision, and ask a Veterinarian before feeding raw food to their specific pet.

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