Pet Food Safety - Tips On How To Protect Your Pet

While it's nearly impossible to ensure that your pet will ever come in contact with tainted pet food or treats, you can reduce your pet's risk. Part of your responsibility as a pet parent is to help protect your pet from potentially harmful products.

Follow these commonsense tips, and the new FDA rules to protect your pets, by taking these four important steps:

1. Follow these tips for protecting your pet from harmful food

Start by practicing good hygiene with your pets' food and water bowls.

Check our list of recalled foods and treats
 for information about items that have been recalled.

• If your pet's food or treats are recalled, immediately stop feeding the product to your pet. You can return recalled products to the store where you purchased them for a full refund or dispose of them in a secure area not accessible to animals. If you have questions about recalled food or treats, contact the manufacturer.

• If your pet may have consumed a recalled product, consult your veterinarian, even if your pet isn't showing any symptoms.

2. File a complaint with the FDA if your pet has been poisoned

If your pet has become ill or died because of a tainted food or treats, please report it to the FDA Consumer Complaint Coordinator in your state.

3. Help the FDA protect your pet

The FDA has recently proposed more stringent regulations to help ensure the safety of pet foods and treats. It is up to us to do what we can to protect our furry family members by following some common-sense tips here, that will help keep them safe. 

4. Be aware of cross-contamination. 

Wash your hands thoroughly after handling pet food and be sure to keep your pet’s food and water dishes clean. These should be washed and dried every time they eat. The same goes for the area around their food bowls – they aren’t always the neatest eaters.