I'm glad that you guys that feed raw have healthy dogs, that's great. My point is just that yes, while canines can handle raw food (if they couldn't, they wouldn't have survived in the wild) but clearly wolves in the wild don't live as long, or are parasite-free.
The way worms work, they HAVE to be able to withstand the animal's digestive system enviromnent, otherwise we would never, ever see an animal with intestinal worms!! Some of them are acquired though eating a transient host - rabbit, mouse, fish , whatever(like a carrier, if you want), by eating the permanent host - like pork and trichinella spiralis, and some are transmitted by other parasites, like dipilydium caninum who is given off by fleas.
All the ones who are given off by eating transient or permanent host, must survive in order to reproduce, therefore be able to go through an animal's digestive system. Their whole life plan is taht when their host will be eaten, that they'll just go around and eat the predator, or reproduce in it and be shed off in the stools or whatever, and comtaminate someone else...
What I'm trying to say, no matter what type of digestive system
(and by the way, my parasitology class was geared towards dogs, cats and horses, we couldn't have cared less about humans except in the zoonose part), is it possible to have worms! I know one or two people who have had them, and hell do we see dogs (not necessarily eating raw) at work and school with worms, not just puppies... They didn't catch them by kissing the neighbor's dog! (I'm not implying necessarily eating raw, either)
I again will say it's great to feed raw, and the instances of dogs being fed raw with worms might be much lower than one would expect, but I'll answer my own question... Cause notice that no one actually did answer - do you take any precautions as far as worms go? - all the answers were basically "no no no, it's not true, dogs don't get worms when they eat raw, they magically disappear, I don't care about it''... Alright!
I mean, proof is there. Worms exist, how do animals get them? Mostly by transmammary and transplacental route for puppies, but how about the rest? There are loads of ways and I'm sorry but eating raw anything is one of the options, whether it happens often or not!
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