Worried about salmonella in dogs? Let me explain why salmonella poisoning your pooch is a long shot.
The most important point is the salmonella bacteria affect humans and dogs very differently.
I remember watching an interview with the famous Dr. Marty Goldstein who wrote a favorite book of mine called The Nature of Animal Healing.
Dr. Marty read a few interesting statistics about salmonella in dogs that I'd like to share with you.
Honestly I think the ongoing recalls of commercial dog foods for salmonella are for the humans that come in contact with the food and NOT the dogs who eat it.
Sadly, salmonella in dogs can be blamed when that isn't the problem. One example is that a vet could take a stool sample from a sick dog and have salmonella show up and assume it is the cause of illness, when in fact the dog already had it without it posing a problem.
I sometimes wonder if the hubbub about salmonella takes the focus off other, bigger problems in commercial dog food.
During that same interview Dr. Marty mentioned there were 329 samples of corn analyzed from dog food and all 329 samples were contaminated with mycotoxins.
In a nutshell, these things are destroyers of kidneys and lead to premature death.
In this world of "scientifically formulated" dog food, we need to give paws; I mean pause, to the fact that dogs are indeed carnivores; none have ever been caught stalking an ear of corn or digging up potatoes for nutrition and that it is a false foundation that dog foods (or cat foods) should be 50-64% grain based. Humans may need grains but dogs and cats do not.
Using very poor grains and grain by products (those contaminated with mycotoxins) compound the problem and once broken down into glucose and lactate actually feed cancer cells. (Please note here that the popular switch to rice, potatoes and legumes have their own, similar problems.)
Dr. Marty commented that cancer in companion animals has tripled since he graduated from med school and cancer which used to be a disease of the old is now a disease of the young. Fifty percent of all dogs will die of cancer.
I admit, I find this hysterically funny when I hear people's fear on this. Clean raw meat, bones and organs are perfect for our dogs and likely have no more salmonella bacteria than kibble. Perhaps even less.
Again, raw food is a perfect choice for our carnivores and surely just like cooking a meal from scratch, anyone serving it would have the sense to wash their hands so they don't contaminate themselves.
Interestingly, Dr. Marty also noted that in his practice over the years he couldn't say enough about how many animals he'd seen with chronic and terminal illnesses that were reversed in part by changing to a raw diet. It’s not salmonella – it’s about pathogen free raw diet.
I've made my own for over a decade and offer free recipes as well.
Things do change as people become more aware and raw is becoming popular.
An example of change from Dr. Marty - He was condemned for 25 years for practicing acupuncture on pets. Now there are reports from the same people who condemned him that it’s wonderful; heals without side effects. How can we not see that raw dog food will be the same?? The pathogens (toxins) in commercial dog foods are horrendous.
Understand that dog food manufacturers are huge and powerful and will not give up their multi billion dollar earnings, so keep your eyes and ears open. In the meantime, here's a bit of food for thought.
Why is it that dogs who
die from kibble and canned foods due to toxic substances like Vitamin D toxicity or melamine have an actual body count, yet have any of us ever even heard of a dog who died
from eating raw food? Not I. Nor am I afraid of salmonella in dogs.