Pet Food Safety and Nutrition from Chatham Animal Hospital
An essential ingredient to a healthy life is a healthy diet which is just as true for pets as it is for their humans. But many pet owners are not well-versed in proper pet nutrition and pet food safety. Chatham Animal Hospital offers all pet owners superior counseling on animal nutrition in Cary.
Pet Food Safety in Cary and Raw Food Diets
Eating raw meat is not recommended as a healthy way for us humans to consume food. Same for our pets. Despite its recent popularity, a raw food diet can, in fact, make your pet sick. Dangerous bacteria including salmonella and listeria have been found in raw pet food packages sold in stores. Not only can these germs make your pet sick, they can make anyone who handles the food sick as well.
How to Handle Your Pet’s Food Safely
Any time you handle your pet’s food, practice the first rule of pet food safety: wash your hands first. Second, store the foods so young children cannot reach them. Dry pet food maintains its original levels of pet nutrition best when stored in its packaging and placed in an airtight plastic, screw-top container.
Other ways to ensure pet food safety include:
- Use a clean scooper to scoop the food into the bowl.
- Store dry foods and treats in a cool, dry area.
- Toss, refrigerate or safely store any leftovers.
- Freeze raw food until you are ready to serve it.
- Make sure the raw food is not placed near human foods in the refrigerator.
How to Know if My Pet is Sick
If your pet has ingested raw food that contains harmful bacteria, he or she may become ill. Symptoms may include:
- Disinterest in eating
If you notice any of these, call us right away.
How Our Veterinarian Can Help You with the Best Food and Pet Nutrition
Recommending the right food choices for optimum animal nutrition in Cary is our business. But before we do that, we give your pet a complete and thorough physical, including any necessary diagnostic testing such as bloodwork. With the results of this physical exam and an extensive discussion with you about your and your pet’s lifestyle, we will recommend the best in pet nutrition for your pet.
Call Chatham Animal Hospital Today!
Proper pet nutrition is not a matter of simply picking a bag of pet food off the shelf. Not all foods agree with all pets and helping you understand the importance of pet food safety and pet nutrition helps us keep your pet healthy for the long haul. Give Chatham Animal Hospital a call today at (919) 469-8114 and let us be your pet health-care partner.