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RFVS Statement 2019
The statement has been released by the Raw Feeding Veterinary Society.
The I feel is a sensible well researched article mainly written by our president Lyn Thomson MRCVS
I hope you will find is useful if you feed your pet raw or advice people to do so
Disagreement exists within the veterinary profession about the proper diet for cats and dogs. The feeding of a raw meaty bones diet (RMBD) is receiving increasing attention as the raw pet food industry continues to grow .
There is a ‘seventeen-year gap’ between research being published and its practical application in first opinion practice . Lessening this gap is a priority, and given this Internet savvy age it is sometimes difficult for first opinion practitioners to keep up with their client base . Freeman et al. reviewed the risks and benefits of feeding an RMBD. The review noted that pet owners who choose to feed an RMBD do not rank nutritional information provided by vets highly . In this age of access to current science, our client base is often ahead of the game in terms of nutritional knowledge. With priority given to keeping themselves and their families healthy by eating fresh, unprocessed foods, they are often not prepared to feed processed pet food to their pets. The RFVS works with owners who choose to feed an RMBD, raising the profile of our profession from the negative perception with which it is currently held in this growing generation of ‘Internet-educated experts’. The Raw Feeding Veterinary Society (RFVS) significantly reduces the seventeen-year knowledge gap by accessing current nutritional research, and applying the principles in day-to-day practice.