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Episode 19: Raw Feeding

Feeding dogs and cats raw food is touted as the best way to feed pets, and the proponents say that veterinary pushback is because of a grand conspiracy to keep pets unhealthy.

Nicole and Jez discuss raw diets, the manipulative marketing behind them, but also why they can have a place in the right situation.


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Jones, J., Wang, L., Ceric, O., Nemser, S., Rotstein, D., & Jurkovic, D. et al. (2019). Whole genome sequencing confirms source of pathogens associated with bacterial foodborne illness in pets fed raw pet food. Journal Of Veterinary Diagnostic Investigation, 31(2), 235-240. doi: 10.1177/1040638718823046

Kaindama, L., Jenkins, C., Aird, H., Jorgensen, F., Stoker, K., & Byrne, L. (2021). A cluster of Shiga Toxin-producing Escherichia coli O157:H7 highlights raw pet food as an emerging potential source of infection in humans. Epidemiology And Infection, 149. doi: 10.1017/s0950268821001072

Nüesch-Inderbinen, M., Treier, A., Zurfluh, K., & Stephan, R. (2019). Raw meat-based diets for companion animals: a potential source of transmission of pathogenic and antimicrobial-resistant Enterobacteriaceae. Royal Society Open Science, 6(10), 191170. doi: 10.1098/rsos.191170

O’Halloran, C., Ioannidi, O., Reed, N., Murtagh, K., Dettemering, E., & Van Poucke, S. et al. (2019). Tuberculosis due to Mycobacterium bovis in pet cats associated with feeding a commercial raw food diet. Journal Of Feline Medicine And Surgery, 21(8), 667-681. doi: 10.1177/1098612x19848455

van Bree, F., Bokken, G., Mineur, R., Franssen, F., Opsteegh, M., & van der Giessen, J. et al. (2018). Zoonotic bacteria and parasites found in raw meat-based diets for cats and dogs. Veterinary Record, 182(2), 50-50. doi: 10.1136/vr.104535

The Tiny Vet Podcast

By Dr Nicole Su & Jez Watts

A very small podcast about big animal issues. Weekly episodes hosted by Dr Nicole Su (BSc. BVMS MANZCVS Unusual Pets).

Dr Nicole Su is a veterinarian, Jez Watts is a comedian-biotechnologist, and together they discuss commonly misunderstood topics in the pet and vet world. They live with three rabbits who are their children.

Presented by Upilio Pty Ltd.

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