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Posted on 09-07-2017
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.
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.
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:
If your pet has ingested raw food that contains harmful bacteria, he or she may become ill. Symptoms may include:
If you notice any of these, call us right away.
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.
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.
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