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Raw food=tape worm? Vet says so.

So...Moxie was getting groomed yesterday. When the groomer did her thing with the anal glands she discovered the worm segments that mean tape worm. I scooted him right off to the vet, the vet gave us Dronal Plus and said he got it from eating an infected flea.
Today when we spoke, I mentioned his raw diet in conversation. She said that is definitely where he acquired the tapeworm and that she never advises a raw diet, ever. She is about positive that this is the cause.
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This is the first I have heard but just started feeding NV myself so I will be interested in what others say.

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Well Isabelle got tape worm before and she didn't eat raw. She got fleas when at my Inlaw's farm. So is she saying the infected flea was in the raw?

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I don't feed raw and am not a big fan of it but I do think saying that she got tape worm from the raw food is stretching it. Dogs get tape worms from infected fleas all the times, so why would it be the raw food that did it? I think your vet is just trying to scare you off of raw, as many vets do because they don't really know much about it. Just my opinion.


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Hi Amanda,
No, I doubt she meant the flea was in the raw. I was actually speaking through the tech who called me back relating the message.
Also, Moxie never had a visible case of fleas, but the groomer in CA said they were bad and he could have easily snacked on one while there a few weeks back.

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Debra- that could of happened. I didn't even know Belle had fleas when I took her into the vet. We were gone for a few weeks and she stayed with them and I noticed the stuff in her poo. So I think it could happen and not realize it. The vet told me what happens is the eat a flea on their body and that is how they get it.

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Tapeworms aren't found in muscle meat...only in the intestinal tract/internal organs so I don't see how they could have been passed from raw meat unless somehow it became contaminated.
When I used to feed my cats RAW I would be sure to freeze their meat for at least a week to kill any parasites that might be in it as unlikely as that is when you buy meat from the grocery store/butcher shop or pet food store.
It's MUCH more likely to be passed from fleas...the vet is just trying to scare you..lol
My Vet doesn't know much about raw feeding but when I became interested in it and talked to her she said that she had heard great things aboiut RAW and gave me the name and number of another Vet that did have experience with it and sells it in their practice.

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I just don't understand why the vets are against raw. It makes so much sense to me to feed an unprocessed diet and with a dog's faster metabolism I understand bacteria doesn't have time to grow in their gut like it would in ours.
I cooked his venison dinner tonight and he loved it just as much. I was impressed to see that it made alot of juicy broth in the microwave which is good since he doesn't drink much water during the day and I was worried about that too.

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raw food

it is still controversial in the medical world. It scares people. My dogs have been so much healthier because of it.

My pediatrician wanted me to put Alana on forumla rather than breastfeeding too. I don't know...they want to make sure you are "safe." Natural scares people sometimes.

I now use a dehydrated raw...so the dogs don't carry it all over the house like they did their little meatballs. This makes them actually eat in their plate and not all over the floor.

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Debra,

The vets are against raw because they get kickbacks from the sale of the kibble products they stock. The nutrition classes which vets take are usually sponsored by the big kibble companies.. so I do not think a they are schooled on the raw diet.

Anyhow, my vet thinks im crazy to for feeding raw...She was so impressed with Beamers nice clean white teeth (even at the very back)... then i told her they are that way becasue of his raw diet/bones and lack of carbs. She said then its not enough, i must brush his teeth!! lol.. yeahhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

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