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Think twice before feeding your dog raw meat

Vets warn that dogs that on a 'raw food' diet are more likely to excrete E. Coli

MAILONLINE – Dogs that are fed raw meat are more likely to excrete the antibiotic-resistant bacteria Escherichia coli (E. coli) in their faeces, vets have warned.

Prior research has shown that there also is potential for the E. Coli to be passed from the dogs to their human owners through normal, every day interaction.

Researchers at the University of Bristol suggest that pet owners who are raw feeding their dogs should take extra precautions when cleaning up their mess.

They also suggest that the fashionable diet is not the safest choice for a domesticated dog for this reason.

Matthew Avison, Professor of Molecular Bacteriology from the School of Cellular and Molecular Medicine, said:

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‘We should do everything we can to reduce the circulation of critically important antibiotic-resistant E. coli and other bacteria.

‘Our research adds to the increasing evidence that not feeding raw meat to dogs may help in that objective.’

Researchers at the University of Bristol suggest that pet owners who are raw feeding their dogs should take extra precautions when cleaning up their mess, as they are more likely excrete the antibiotic-resistant bacteria Escherichia coli (E. coli) in their faeces

Researchers at the University of Bristol suggest that pet owners who are raw feeding their dogs should take extra precautions when cleaning up their mess, as they are more likely excrete the antibiotic-resistant bacteria Escherichia coli (E. coli) in their faeces

Speaking exclusively to MailOnline, Professor Avison added:

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‘Our studies show that dogs, whether puppies or adults, are more likely to carry antibiotic resistant bacteria in their intestines if they are fed raw meat than if they are fed kibble and other processed dog food.

‘This adds to the increasing body of peer-reviewed evidence that raw meat feeding is associated with various bacterial infectious diseases risks in dogs … READ MORE. 

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