The reader’s question that sparked the discussion: I have a basset hound puppy (9 months) and I have been feeding her Jeffrey’s Raw K-9 Meals for the past month. For the past 3 weeks, she has had really runny stool and I was wondering if I should switch her out of the raw diet and back to kibble. There’s some controversy over raw diet and I’m not sure if this is the right thing for my dog.
An excerpt from Ella’s response:
Raw diets are controversial in the halls of veterinary science. There are concerns about whether there could be bacteria such as salmonella in some raw foods, and concerns about whether our companion animals still have the digestive enzyme and acid levels to destroy those bacteria as we think they did when they were still living in the wild. Some animals seem to thrive on raw food, while others do not. It is important to evaluate such a decision with the help of your veterinary health professional.
Several other experts addressed the question as well. For the full discussion: Experts Weigh-In: A Puppy’s Trouble with a New Raw Diet (InCirclePets)