We have all experienced bouts of diarrhea and vomiting with our animals. Carnivores in general readily vomit food and most pets have suffered from an occasional bout of diarrhea. Depending on whether or not the occurrences are severe or not or frequent, there is really no need for immediate concern. Allergies can play a part in the occurrence of diarrhea or vomiting. In Chinese medicine they recommend a cooler meat such as turkey or rabbit to cool off the G.I. track.Use of beef or chicken should be temporarily switched to the cooler meat sources to calm down the system. Another possibility for the upset could be that the intestinal microbes are slow to adapt to the natural raw food. In cases like this I always recommend the use of additional kifer or similar probiotic formula (soon to be offered E-BARF PLUS our new and improved BARF Plus) to help regulate the intestinal flora. Diarrhea commonly occurs in dogs and cats. If the problem persists, or if the stool becomes bloody then an alternative food source must be found.
An additional cause of diarrhea could develop from the ingestion of potentially harmful bacteria such as Salmonella or Campylobacter. Both of these bacteria occur commonly in dogs and cats. Usually the animals are free of signs of disease but may suffer from diarrhea. In contrast to humans, exposure to these same bacteria can lead to acute diarrhea and even death. The reason for the difference in how it affects each species is the fact that the acid barrier in the stomach of carnivores appears to provide adequate protection against food-borne pathogens for the immunologically competent dog or cat.
Cooking the meat would reduce the potential risk to a negligible level. Cooking thus becomes a decision based on risk vs
posted by Rob Mueller