Can my dogs get salmonella or e-coli from raw feeding?
We have a zero tolerance to salmonella in our products.
Our DEFRA license controls how the food is made, stored and packed (and also tested) to minimise the risk of any bacteria-based issues and the freezing process controls parasites. Please take the same care handling our dog food as you would with the meat you prepare for your own meals. And don’t forget to clean your dog’s bowls between meals.
Raw feeding is no more likely to pass bacteria to your dog than any other aspect of their lifestyle. In fact, they are much more likely to pick up these things from picking up odd bits of old human food from the street or investigating dog poo!
And did you know that your dog may already have salmonella? (let us explain that one...)
36% of healthy dogs (and 18% of healthy cats) carry salmonella as part of their natural gastrointestinal flora, regardless of the food they consume which is perfectly normal for our furry friends.
Here's why... Dogs have a short GI tract designed to digest food quickly which reduces the time bacteria has to build up. They also have strong stomach acid (PH1) which breaks down and destroy bugs which would make us two-legged creatures poorly.
The saliva of dogs contain a lot of compounds which are antibacterial to help destroy bacteria - meaning salmonella and e-coli are not possible to exist within a dog's mouth.
Truth be told is that most human salmonellosis cases are generally caused by consuming or handling contaminated dry pet foods, treats and biscuits - NOT raw meat. Plus, there's actually no known cases of humans being infected with salmonella by raw-fed dogs or cats.
However, if there is one thing to be cautious about is that dogs can pass on salmonella through their poos. So it's important to pick up and discard them as soon as possible to avoid any chance of bacteria spreading.