Are there any risks with BARF?
Health risks with BARF: Salmonella and more
BARF, biologically appropriate raw feeding, is becoming increasingly popular among dog owners. The animal is supplied with raw meat and other ingredients. However, we should be aware that this diet option is not without risks, e.g. because meat per se is not sterile. There are e.g. B. Salmonella, Campylobacter, Enterobacteriaceae and other intestinal germs (in the case of raw pork also possibly the Aujeszky virus, which is fatal for dogs).
Germ load in ready-made BARF mixtures and self-bought meat
Studies have shown that many ready-made BARF mixtures are contaminated with a number of germs and there is also this risk with meat you buy yourself from the butcher. In the best case, the immune system can deal with the germs and eliminate them or keep them in check. That a dog is immune to such germs because it has "more aggressive stomach acid" is a myth sometimes spread by BARF advocates.
Health risk for humans and animals
What is true is that an adult immunocompetent dog can mostly handle the germs, yes. However, as a permanent shedder without symptoms, it can still contaminate its environment with salmonella and infect people who have an impaired immune system (e.g. children, old people, pregnant women, immunocompromised people). But there are always adult animals that z. B. fall ill with salmonellosis, z. T. also really difficult. In the worst case, there is diarrhea, but sometimes it can get so bad that the animals even die from it - especially in younger animals. This is often kept secret or simply not known.
Conclusion: weighing up the risks of BARF
Deciding whether to feed your dog BARF requires careful consideration of the risks. While a dog's healthy immune system can help them deal with the potential germs, dog owners should be aware of the potential health risks to both humans and animals. It is imperative to consider expert advice and follow good hygiene practices when handling raw meat to minimize the potential hazards. The health and well-being of the dog and its surroundings should always have the highest priority.