which diseases have you treated and attributed to raw diets in your experience, or heard about from your colleagues?
I'm not a vet yet, so I can't say I've treated anything.
Two years to go...
I have done a lot of research on raw diets due to obvious differences in opinions with others on this forum. The articles I have read about were generally due to feeding a poorly balanced diet for long periods of time, feeding a poorly balanced diet to puppies, and several documented cases of salmonellosis. We talked about raw food (in passing) in one of my classes, and the professor treated a group of racing greyhounds for salmonellosis. They were fed grade double D raw meat. No DUH the dogs got sick...
My experiences with raw have been positive (via friends dog), so although I don't feel confident in my ability to feed it to my own dogs, I think its fine if you would like to feed it to your own. If you can feed your kids a balanced diet, you can certainly design one for your dog. I also feel that about 50% of americans can't feed their kids properly, but thats a whole different issue.
Its obvious to me that you're doing your research and understand the risks. I have no doubt that because of these two factors alone, you are quite capable of feeding a healthy, balanced raw diet to your dogs.
The only other drawback I see with raw is if your dogs are around small children, the elderly, or other immunocompromised persons. Studies have shown that dogs fed raw chicken had higher levels of salmonella in their mouth and feces. Just like you don't want raw chicken spreading salmonella through kitchen utensils, you don't want your dogs spreading salmonella to your kids or people in hospitals if your dog is a therapy dog. It takes quite a few bacteria of a pathogenic strain to cause disease in healthy people, so this is less of a worry for the average home.