Is Your Dog’s Food Contaminated?

This past year has seen an unnerving amount of pet food recalls. There have been 23 cases of pet food being recalled due to Salmonella contamination and other health hazards. To make matters worse, these recalls have been initiated by such trusted brands as Purina, Eukanuba, Iams and Hartz. How can we protect our cherished pets from contaminated food?

Up to date, reliable information is the first way to protect your dog from contaminated food. The Humane Society of America and the FDA websites keep an updated list of product recalls. You can check their sites every single day to make sure your brand of commercial dog food and treats are safe.

If you do find that you have been feeding your dog with treats or food that has been recalled, stop feeding it to him immediately. Then you can incur the expense of a veterinarian visit to have blood and stool samples taken to see if an infection is present, or you can wait until the symptoms of vomiting and diarrhea appear. The choice is entirely up to you. russian grocery store

If your pet dies from eating contaminated food, you can file a complaint with the FDA. It won’t bring your cherished dog back, but it may prompt official action which can help to save other pets. That seems like a high price to pay for convenience in a bag, doesn’t it?

So, what is the best way to prevent illness and death from contaminated, commercial dog food? Don’t feed it to your dog in the first place! It is remarkably easy and economical to cook all natural, real food for your dog.

When you cook homemade dog food and treats, you control the freshness and the quality of the ingredients. Most dog food recipes contain ingredients that can be found in any grocery store. The recipes can also be easily altered to cater to dogs with specific allergies or health conditions.

It is also more economical to cook for your dog. Most of the recipes for dogs use human grade food. Just add some spices and seasoning and you will have a meal that the whole family can enjoy together. This means that instead of buying a bag of food that only Fido can eat, you would simply dish up his plate along with everyone else’s.

Homemade dog food does not contain harmful preservatives. It is perfectly legal for commercial dog food manufacturers to use chemicals such as propylene glycol, better known as antifreeze, ethoxyquin, a pesticide and hardening agent for synthetic rubber, as well as BHA and BHT, which are known carcinogens. It is no wonder that cancer is the number one disease-related killer of dogs.

Two years ago, when I started cooking real food for my dog, I didn’t know all of this information. All I knew was that he was having trouble digesting commercial dog food. Every four or five days, he would get fussy about eating his food and then have episodes of vomiting and diarrhea. I began to research how to make healthy dog food for him.