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Pet Health: Raw-food diets come with risks, and claims of nutritional benefits are unfounded

Thursday, June 12, 2014  
Posted by: Emily Becker
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Colorado State University News

FORT COLLINS - We often hear about new trends in diet and exercise for people, so it may not be surprising to encounter dietary trends for pets. One gaining interest is the raw food diet. You might have seen this dietary approach called “Paleo for Pets” or the “ancestral diet.” These descriptions arise because the main ingredients are raw meat, bones and organs, typically from sources such as beef, lamb, chicken and turkey. Raw pet food may also include raw eggs and unpasteurized dairy products. The diet is uncooked or undercooked, is devoid of grains, and is meant to mirror what canines and felines ate before domestication…

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