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Why veterinarians say you shouldn’t feed your dog raw meat

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(Meredith) – It might be tempting to toss your pup some raw meat while you’re grilling, but some veterinarians say this isn’t a good idea.

Raw meat contains harmful bacteria, like E. coli, Listeria, and Salmonella. And if your pet eats it, vomiting and diarrhea might follow.

“Even raw pet food that you buy commercially prepared in a pet store is still potentially dangerous because it can still contain harmful bacteria,” Consumer Reports Health Editor Julia Calderone told CTV News. “The harmful bacteria in raw pet food is not only potentially dangerous for your pet, but it could be harmful for anyone in the home, too.”

Some pet owners believe that a diet that mixes in raw meat gives their pup more energy and keeps them healthier. Consumer Reports has a list of guidelines for pet owners to follow just if they decide to introduce raw meat.

[Click here to read the guidelines]

Oh, and if you do feed your pet raw meat, you might want to avoid getting puppy kisses since the harmful bacteria can be easily transferred from the dog to you.

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