ABCs to handling pet food properly

Although many pet owners feel strongly about feeding their dogs and cats raw food, it is always advisable to check with your veterinarian first.  In addition to lacking many essential nutrients, raw food may carry harmful bacteria such as Salmonella.

Here’s what the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has to say:

When shopping for pet food:

1) Inspect the package carefully.  Avoid packaging with visible signs of damage or discoloration.

2) Avoid dented pet food cans.

Preparation tips:

1) Wash your hands after handling pet food and treats.

2) Feed your pets in areas other than the kitchen, when possible, to avoid cross contamination.

3) Don’t wash pets’ bowls/utensils in the kitchen sink.  When there’s no alternative, disinfect the sink after cleaning pet food items.

4) Use a dedicated scoop or cup, not the pet’s feed bowl, as a scooper.

Storage:

1) Store dry pet food in its original bag, with the top folded down or closed,  inside a clean dedicated container with a lid.

2) Store pet food/treats in dry cool place.

3) Refrigerate or discard unused, leftover pet food and containers to prevent the growth of harmful bacteria.

For more information, click on the following CDC links.

http://www2c.cdc.gov/podcasts/player.asp?f=2843250

http://www.cdc.gov/salmonella/dog-food-05-12/pet-owners-info.html#howdo

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About Cambridge Canines Pet Sitting Service

I'm a Cambridge resident who has written about feline behavior and body language for WebMD and Catnip, the Tufts Veterinary School newsletter. In a parallel universe, I also write about healthcare and have won awards for news reporting. A passion for animals led me to start my own pet sitting business in 2004. While the information in my posts has been researched, it is not intended to replace professional consultation, diagnosis, or treatment by a licensed veterinarian. If you require any veterinary-related advice, contact your veterinarian promptly.
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