Saturday, March 28, 2009

Food Safety Information

Do you leave Fido's food in his bowl until he's eaten it? Does the kibble sit around for a few days? Is this safe? Is it OK to give Fido your dinner leftovers that have been sitting on the table for a few hours?

Whether you're feeding your family or your pet, food safety is critical. Some food-safety rules seem obvious, but it's always good to have a refresher.

Read the FDA's pet food safety tips here and general food-safety tips here

For the FDA's current list of food recalls. Click here.

We suggest that you sign up for the FDA's email alerts for all food recalls. Sign up here.

Even though doesn't specifically discuss pet food, it's worth a look. This website is written by a retired Canadian government food expert. Most of the food-safety rules discussed on the site also apply to what you put in your precious pet's bowl. For instance do you know whether it's OK to store unused canned food in the can? Here's the answer

If you suspect that your pet is sick or has eaten some tainted food, please call your vet or the ASPCA's Animal Poison Control Center at 888-426-4435 IMMEDIATELY. Warning signs include: loss of appetite, lethargy, vomiting, diarrhea or changes in water intake or urination.

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