So I tweeted just now an article regarding the AVMA and AAHA stance on raw meat diets, oregonlive.com/pets/index.ssf…. (Also check out the twitter feed @TNCVetClinic). It continues to amaze me how veterinarians will happily embrace non-science when it suits their purposes. The vets quoted in the article and comments are basing their entire belief in raw diets based on anecdotal evidence. There is absolutely NO nutritional clinical evidence to support this kind of diet. They base it solely on their own opinion. Well their opinion is no better than mine, and without hard clinical research to support it, both our opinions stink. Nutrition is one area where veterinarians happily poke their head in the sand and refuse to properly educate themselves. The end result is ridiculous recommendations based on no science. And, by the way, what part of the bird does a cat eat first? The wing, the thigh, or the drumstick? They bite the head off and rip out abdominal organs. Which by pet food definition is "by-products". Stupid cats? I think not.
Joel Sailor DVM
Dr. Sailor shares his thoughts about varied pet subjects, life in a veterinary practice, and anything else that comes to his "Labrador Retriever Like" mind.