raw meat-based diets (RMBDs)

Scientists have found a strong association between dogs excreting ciprofloxacin-resistant E. coli and feeding them a raw diet.

E. coli, which can lead to food poisoning, is also the United Kingdom’s top cause of urinary tract and bloodstream infections.

Ciprofloxacin belongs to a group of antibiotics called fluoroquinolones, which treat bacterial infections in humans and animals. When E. coli is resistant to antibiotics, infections are more difficult to treat, making patients more likely to be hospitalized and die.

The study examined ciprofloxacin-resistant E. coli in 600 healthy pet dogs in 2019 and 2020. Researchers at the University of Bristol asked owners to complete a survey with

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According to a report, the findings of Salmonella in raw meat-based pet food in the United Kingdom have increased again.

The number of positives in 2022 increased from 2021 when the highest-ever levels were seen. This poses a risk to animals who eat the food and people who handle and prepare it.

Data comes from a report on Salmonella in livestock species in England, Wales, and Scotland, pet food, and animal feed collected by the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) in 2022.

In 2022, 9,225 human Salmonella cases were reported to the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA), Public Health

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A study in the United Kingdom has added to evidence that dried meat dog treats can be contaminated with Salmonella.

Researchers also found some product samples contained similar types of Salmonella identified in human patients, prompting them to urge hygiene measures, including thorough handwashing by dog owners, pet food retailers, and veterinary professionals.

A selection of dried treats from local pet shops and online retailers were tested for Salmonella in the UK. Treats were purchased from an independent pet shop and a large nationwide chain in Merseyside, and also from two nationwide-supplying online retailers from September to October 2021.

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Detections of Salmonella in raw meat-based pet food in the United Kingdom have hit their highest ever level, according to a report. This poses a risk to people who handle it.

Data on Salmonella reports from livestock species and in feed and pet food in England, Wales and Scotland was collected by the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) for 2021.

In 2021, 5,625 isolations of Salmonella from humans were reported to the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA), Public Health Wales and Public Health Scotland. This is up from 5,362 in 2020 but down from 9,572 cases in 2019. Salmonella

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A study in Switzerland has identified feeding pets raw meat could be a potential source of Shiga toxin-producing E. coli for people and animals.

Giving domesticated animals raw meat-based diets (RMBDs) is becoming increasingly popular but can be the source of human Shiga toxin-producing E. coli (STEC) infections.

Researchers evaluated the occurrence of STEC in commercially available RMBDs, also known as Biologically Appropriate Raw Food (BARF), in Switzerland. Findings were published in the journal Microorganisms.

Of 59 samples, 35 tested positive by real-time PCR for the presence of Shiga toxin genes stx1 and/or stx2. STECs were recovered from 24
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