Vet shares major error dog owners make thinking it'll help their health

Pet owners may want to check the quality of their water
-Credit: (Image: Tim Graham/Getty Images)


A vet has said a rising trend for people to fork out for raw food could actually be harming their dogs. Pet guru Ben, known on TikTok as @ben.the.vet shared some controversial opinions on pet ownership.

The market for raw dog food rose by nearly three fold between 2012 and 2016, and is seen as a way of prolonging a pooch's life. They'll snaffle it down - but it comes with a health warning according to Ben.

Raw meat is likely to contain harmful bacterial like Salmonella, Listeria, E. coli and more. Cooking meat to a safe temperature kills off those harmful bacteria. By feeding uncooked meat, there's a higher risk your dog could develop a foodborne illness or other type of bacterial infection.

Read more: Signs of stress in a dog

Ben continued to list some other irritations with dog ownership - including why he hates the term 'pet parent'. The professional, who recently explained why dogs urinate on everything during walks, expressed a particular distaste for people who feed their dogs raw meat.

According to the Daily Mail, he believes this is simply "not a risk worth taking". Ben pointed out that while people are usually careful when preparing raw meat for themselves, washing hands and avoiding cross-contamination, dogs eating raw meat can spread harmful bacteria around the house and even onto your face when they lick you. If you consider yourself a "pet parent", Ben's opinion might disappoint you.

While he agrees that dogs should be considered part of the family, he insists they're not your children and you're not their parents. "Sorry, just gives me the ick a little bit - surely I'm not the only one."

Ben, who also recently revealed the dog breed with the most expensive vet bills, believes cats are solitary creatures and introducing a new cat to the household can be a "disaster". Although it may be quite difficult for us, ''a social species'', to grasp this, cats are ''naturally solitary'' - and they like being on their own.

Not only can this result in stress, as well as being unpleasant for the cat, it can also lead to a range of health-related issues, such as cystitis and urinary obstructions, he explained.

When it comes to adopting a four-legged stray friend from abroad it can actually do more harm than good - and there are several things to consider, Ben insisted.

Some of it, he noted, has to do with temperament, as a number of these dogs haven't had any - or very little - social interaction with humans at a young age.

This can then make finding living in a household very stressful, and lead to problem behaviours and even aggression, the pet pro warned. Pet lovers also need to consider the risk of introducing exotic infections, including Brucella, which can cause serious health issues if humans pick it up.

If you want to help these dogs, the vet advised to best donate to a charity that helps these dogs in their country of origin.