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Vet. Sci., Volume 4, Issue 3 (September 2017)
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Cover Story (view full-size image) Feeding pets raw meat-based diets (RMBDs) has received increasing attention in recent years. Raw [...] Read more. Feeding pets raw meat-based diets (RMBDs) has received increasing attention in recent years. Raw meat may pose a health risk for both pets and their owners as raw meat can be contaminated by Campylobacter, Salmonella and enteropathogenic Yersinia which are the most common meat-borne pathogens causing enteritis in humans. They have also been reported in dogs and cats with and without diarrhea. Little information exists on the prevalence of Campylobacter, Salmonella and enteropathogenic Yersinia in pet food and the significance of raw meat feeding on the shedding of these pathogens in the feces of pets. This paper demonstrates that RMBDs are quite frequently contaminated by Campylobacter, Salmonella and enteropathogenic Yersinia. Same pathogens were also detected in dogs fed RMBDs. Additionally, indoor cats fed RMBDs shed Salmonella and Y. enterocolitica 4/O:3 in their feces. (Photo: Tiina Heikkilä). View the paper