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.
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.
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.