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Kibble vs. Raw Diet

Kibble vs. Raw Diet

on Jan 10, 2018

  Hey Dr. Czamanski, I would like to feed my dog or cat a raw diet… Thoughts?   Well, feeding raw vegetables and fruits is acceptable except for those known to be toxic to dogs and/or cats such as grapes, onions, garlic, and macadamia nuts.  However, feeding raw or under-cooked animal protein is strongly contraindicated as contaminants such as Salmonella spp, Campylobacter spp, E. coli, Norovirus, Listeria monocytogenes, and enterotoxigenic Staphylococcus aureus may be present.  These organisms may cause serious food-borne illnesses in both dogs and cats.  Moreover, these pathogens can be zoonotic meaning that they can be transmitted from animals to humans (i.e. pet owners).  Children, the elderly, and immunocompromised individuals are at higher risk of acquiring such organisms from their pet. Some believe that feeding a raw diet to their dog or cat will prologue life, provide a healthy hair coat, and make their pet stronger. There are no peer-reviewed science studies proving such benefits of feeding raw or under-cooked animal protein. For more information, visit the AVMA (American Veterinary Medical Association)  web site.   Simon Czamanski, DVM...

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Meet Dr. Czamanski

on Nov 29, 2017

Dr. Simon Czamanski was born in Caracas, Venezuela and has been living in the United States for over 14 years. He believes animals are innocent beings that deserve the best care, love, and respect. Simon received both a bachelor’s degree in Equine Sciences and a Veterinary degree from Colorado State University. He likes spending free time with his wife Fabiana, his dog Coco, family, and friends. He also enjoys music, red wine, the beach, art, and cycling. A foodie at heart, Simon can never say no to good sushi or a good BBQ! Dr. Czamanski’s goal as a veterinarian is to help animals and people by practicing veterinary medicine under a strong set of core values and morals with passion and...

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