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When this blog post about pet products began, it was headed in one direction. It was to bring about the fact that American made pet products were safe for our pets but after doing research, it’s not clear they’re any safer than products made outside the United States. There is a lot of information out there on the web, please, take it with a grain of salt, while keeping an open mind. Apologizes in advance for any incorrect information.
When buying a pet product for your dog, do you stop and look at the label? Do you pay attention to where dog food and toys are manufactured? If you do, you’re not alone. Dog owners, now more than ever, are searching for products made right here, in the United States. When we buy local, we support a business that doesn’t import products from a foreign country. We also feel better knowing we are feeding our dogs a “safer” product. But are we?
In 2017, alone, there have been 17 pet food and pet treat recalls. Even Blue Buffalo has pulled products off the shelves, due to possible aluminum metal contamination in their canned dog food. We’ve all seen the Blue Buffalo commercials where we learn that our current brand of dog food is insufficient. If paying an arm and a leg for quality dog food isn’t the answer, then what is?
There is no perfect pet food, and there never will be. The FDA is rather lax when it comes to regulating dog food, even here in the United States. You have the option of making your own dog food, using ingredients you buy yourself, but even that isn’t fail proof. You might buy the chicken yourself but even organic chicken might be contaminated with Salmonella.
Dogs can be treated for Salmonella poisoning, usually on an outpatient basis. Salmonella, however, can be spread to humans, usually through dog waste. If you handle dog waste and don’t wash your hands, it is possible you might come into contact with it. If a human being comes into contact with Salmonella, then chances are likely he or she will encounter a hospital stay.
As mentioned above, take this blog with a grain of salt. You need to do what is best for your dog. If you have concerns about your dog food, speak with your veterinarian to see what he/she might recommend.
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