Feline TB Update
PRESS RELEASE: Cat TB cases may be linked to raw pet food diet, study suggests.
The RFVS are in close communication with Danielle Gunn-Moore and her team at Edinburgh University as they investigate the current cluster of cases of Mycobacterium Bovis infection in cats in the UK. Our thoughts at this time are with the cats who have died during this outbreak, and with their owners who have suffered with them.
The raw food company involved, Natural Instinct, have recalled a particular raw pet food product (Wild Venison 250g and 500g Best Before Date March 2019 to August 2019). Natural Instinct have acknowledged that their supplier of Wild Venison Offal had not met their legal obligation with respect to EU Legislation around the inspection of the meat for human consumption and the inclusion of that meat in the raw pet food chain.
The RFVS sincerely believe that the action of one supplier (in this case of Wild Venison Offal) does not reflect the state of the Raw Pet Food Industry in the UK. To fully understand the Raw Pet Food Industry please refer to our current Position Statement here.
Pet Food Production is constantly under scrutiny by the legislative authorities to maintain a safe and nutritious supply of pet food. Current investigations include toxic levels of Vit D in Hill’s Pet Food and the potential association between Grain Free Diets and Dilated Cardiomyopathy in Dogs.
For further information please view the following documents from the University of Edinburgh, or contact us directly at RFVS firstname.lastname@example.org
Articles & Further Reading
"Tuberculosis due to Mycobacterium bovis in pet cats associated with feeding a commercial raw food diet."
Journal of Feline Medicine & Surgery
University of Edinburgh News Release
(Issued: Monday 13 May 2019)