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Trichinosis Prevention in Dogs, Cats – Domestic and Wild Game Diet

Trichinosis Prevention in Dogs, Cats – Domestic and Wild Game Diet, no need to fear the Raw Diet

Trichinosis prevention in dogs, cats – domestic and wild game diet is a simple matter of understanding which meat to use, avoid, and best preparation methods for incorporating into a raw diet or gently cooked diet.

Trichinosis – What Is It?

Trichinosis is a disease found in wild carnivores, wild omnivores, wild and domestic herbivores, and domestic pigs.

Trichinosis is a food-borne infection that may be transmitted by consuming raw or under cooked meat from animals that are infected with Trichinella – a nematode intestinal roundworm commonly found in wild animals. When the flesh of an infected animal contains live trichinella larvae that embed in cysts, the cysts can pass through your dog’s, cat’s intestinal tract to invade other tissues, such as your dog’s, cat’s muscle tissue. The nematodes can cause damage to the tissue, resulting in minor and major symptoms of trichinosis. If only a few cysts are consumed, infection may not occur.  The likelihood of infection, and severity of infection increases with the number of trichinosis cysts consumed. Your dog or cat cannot infect you with trichinosis.

Trichinella may be present in domestic pigs, domestic horses, wild animals (wild ‘game’) such as brown and black bear, boar, other wild carnivores, omnivores including small rodents, herbivores such as deer, small rodents, and wild fowl, and marine animals such as polar bears, seals, walruses.

How to Avoid Trichinosis via Trichinella Infection When Feeding Your Dog, Cat Raw Meat

Domestic pigs can carry the trichinosis infection, however the cysts can be killed by freezing pork in cuts of 6” (15.24 cm) thick, or less for 20 days, at 5 F, -15 C. If you are purchasing pork from a grocery store, butcher or local farmer you can ask them if this freezing process was done.

This same freezing technique is NOT reliable for wild game meats as the trichinella present in wild game tend to be cold-hardy.  The NCBI provides a chart reporting the resistance of trichinella cysts to freezing – you can view that chart here.

If you are going to be feeding your dog or cat raw, wild game meat (from wild carnivores, omnivores or herbivores), make sure you are sourcing the wild game from a reputable supplier, or area known to have a low rate of trichinella.

How to Avoid Trichinella in Cooked Meat

Make sure you cook wild game meats, and pork as per the Center for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines. Microwaving, or smoking meat will NOT kill the cysts that cause trichinosis infection.

About Karen Rosenfeld

My name is Karen Rosenfeld. I am an holistic diet nutrition health and wellness adviser for dogs and cats. I am an holistic behaviorist for dogs. I offer a wealth of real-time, real-life experience. 30 years working and living with dogs and cats. Companion animals are my life, my work, my passion. Maintenance of Health Health Issues and Conditions Custom designed whole food diets, raw and cooked. Recommendations for commercial whole food diets. Consultations available worldwide via FaceTime, FaceBook video and voice, Skype, Phone and email Recommendation and specification of... Species Appropriate: Whole foods Treats Herbs Alternative medicines Supplemental foods Treatment and Remedy Holistic Behaviorist Services for Dogs Include: Obedience Training Behavior Modification Psychological Rehabilitation In-person Sessions Sessions available worldwide via FaceTime, FaceBook video and voice, Skype, Phone Affiliations to Companies None. I don’t sell food or supplements. I am NOT aligned with any companies. I prefer to select best solutions for my individual clients’ situation. My client services are available around the world. 🇺🇸USA 🇨🇦Canada 🇬🇧UK 🇦🇺Australia 🇪🇺Europe 🇨🇷Costa Rica and other Central American Countries 🇦🇪United Arab Emirates 🇸🇪Sweden and other Scandinavian Countries 🇸🇬Singapore and other Countries in Asia etc. Consultations and Sessions 📧Email: karen@ottawavalleydogwhispererer.ca 📞Phone: 1-613-293-3707 📱FaceTime 📱FaceBook video or voice 💻Skype 📖Holistic Wellness eBooks custom designed to suit 🚶In-person Sessions only available in Ontario, Canada.

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2 comments

  1. I was recently told by a holistic vet not to feed pork at all due to the high fat content, hard to digest and hard on the pancreas. Pork is one of the only proteins my dogs is not sensitive to. I am not sure my vet is correct since I see many others feeding pork, cooked properly or raw that has been frozen correctly.

    • Many holistic veterinarians are a) not actually holistic and b) just like most conventional veterinarians, know little to nothing about diet. Pork is not bad for dogs unless they have specific health condition in which pork is contradicted. Dump the stupid veterinarian – he/she is NOT correct.

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