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There's little evidence for the benefits of raw pet food, and it increases the risk of dangerous pathogens.

As more people embrace clean‐eating diets and cut out processed foods in an effort to be healthier, they’re also putting their dogs on raw food diets to help their four‐legged family members achieve similar benefits.

Social media influencers and online resources, like Rodney Habib and Perfectly Rawsome, suggest raw food diets replicate how pets ate in the wild before they were domesticated and offer benefits like shinier coats, dental hygiene, improved digestion and smaller stools.

But most vets disagree, saying these claims are not backed by science.

The Raw Truth

The American Kennel Club (AKC), American Veterinary Medical Association and other groups discourage pet owners from feeding dogs raw or unprocessed meat, eggs and milk. Raw meat and dairy can carry pathogens, like E. coli, listeria and salmonella, which can make pets and people sick or even cause death.

A 2011 study published in the Canadian Veterinary Journal suggested that any evidence for the benefits of raw food diets for pets is anecdotal. Additionally, the researchers point out that vets should be informing pet owners of the disease risks associated with raw food.

Jennifer Larsen, a professor of clinical nutrition in the Department of Veterinary Medicine at the University of California, Davis, doesn’t recommend raw food diets for pets. She links the trend to pet food marketing’s emphasis on ingredients over nutrients and the general “romanticizing of nature” that compares dogs to wolves.

Read the full story at discovermagazine.com

When Los Angeles resident Marie Kordus takes her rescue dog Anya out walking, some people say she looks like a wolf or a fox. Once a little boy even said, " 'Mommy, look at that lady, she's walking a coyote!' " Kordus recalls.

But when she adopted her slender, cream-colored rescue pup, she was told she was a German shepherd mix.

Still, Kordus decided to try to find out more about Anya's ancestry. She went online, ordered a DNA kit, swabbed Anya's mouth for saliva, put it in a tube, and mailed it off. One week later she had results.

"What came back was that 88% of her is German shepherd," she says. "So that tells you that one parent was probably a purebred and the other parent was a mix; and they identified it as the hound family, like a greyhound, bloodhound, or whippet."

So now when people say "coyote," Kordus says a firm "no, not a coyote."

If you're one of the millions of Americans who owns a rescue dog, you may be curious about what breed your best friend is. Increasingly, pet owners are buying DNA testing kits to try to figure out their dog's ancestry. But the promise of these kits may be getting ahead of the science, according to some geneticists and animal researchers.

Read the full story at npr.org

Two Horses Killed, Two Euthanized; One is OK for Now

At least five horses were involved in what appears to be two separate traffic accidents in the Thermal area early Tuesday.

Animal Services officer Daniel Mora responded to one scene after the department received a call from the California Highway Patrol.

One accident happened shortly after 4 a.m. on Harrison Street near Avenue 60. One horse was killed and a second was so badly injured the CHP officer humanely euthanized the animal. The motorist, a woman, was injured and taken to a nearby hospital for treatment. Her exact injuries are unknown.

A third horse was injured and needed veterinary care. Officer Mora responded to a ranch-style property at 85-501 61st Ave. as a follow up to confirm veterinary care was being provided to that horse. That horse suffered lacerations near its neck that required sutures and other care.

It was there at that property that the officer learned two other horses had been injured, but possibly from a separate incident nearby. One horse was killed on 61st Avenue and yet another horse injured seriously with a broken back. A private veterinarian euthanized that injured horse.

Officer Mora said he was uncertain if a different motorist may have been involved in that second incident –but drove away from the scene.

Also uncertain is how the five horses managed to get loose. One theory was a gate to the property was left open accidentally. Another theory is that the windy conditions Monday into Tuesday caused the gate to swing open.

Animal Services Received Many Calls about River Bottom Horse

Riverside County Animal Services impounded a horse today that had proved to be very elusive.

The horse had been wandering around a section of the Santa Ana River between in the Riverside and Jurupa Valley areas. Animal Services received many calls about it.

Although county animal control officers responded several times, including once with a large team, the horse escaped capture.

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