Current knowledge about the risks and benefits of raw meat-based diets for dogs and cats.

@article{Freeman2013CurrentKA,
  title={Current knowledge about the risks and benefits of raw meat-based diets for dogs and cats.},
  author={Lisa M Freeman and Marge L. Chandler and Beth A Hamper and Lisa P. Weeth},
  journal={Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association},
  year={2013},
  volume={243 11},
  pages={
          1549-58
        }
}
Vet Med Today: Timely Topics in Nutrition 1549 T feeding of RMBDs to dogs and cats has received increasing attention in recent years. The American Animal Hospital Association, AVMA, and Canadian Veterinary Medical Association have adopted statements discouraging the inclusion of raw or undercooked animalsource protein in dog and cat diets. The Delta Society’s Pet Partners Program expressed concern that pets in a therapy animal program could be shedding pathogens in the presence of… 

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