Dr Nick Cave, from Massey University, New Zealand, joins us after his presentation at the WALTHAM International Nutritional Science Symposium (WINSS). Nick shared his results that “Raw red meat diets decrease faecal microbial diversity in the dog”.
Feeding a raw diet is increasingly popular and a current hot topic. It remains an important issue and one that where we need to understand the effect that these diets may have on cat or dog health. Dr Cave and colleagues examined the changes in the bacterial diversity in the faeces of dogs fed a raw red meat diet compared to commercial kibble. Their research found a reduction in microbial diversity and speculate as to the potential effect of this.