November is National Pet Awareness Month, so now is a better time than ever to pay close attention to your pet’s well-being—especially the safety of his or her food.
Here’s a scary fact you may not have been aware of: Your pet’s food can carry harmful toxins and bacteria.
Fortunately, there are ways to minimize the risk of contaminated food to your four-legged loved ones. The experts at premium pet food maker Natural Balance recommend looking out for the following when choosing a pet food for your dog or cat:
3 WAYS TO ENSURE YOUR PET’S FOOD IS SAFE
1. BUY PET FOOD THAT HAS BEEN TESTED FOR SAFETY
A lot of pet food brands don’t test for safety before they distribute their product to store shelves. As a pet parent, you should feel confident that your pet food is being tested for some of the most common contaminants across toxins, bacteria, and chemicals. Your pet deserves it.
2. READ FOOD LABELS FOR ARTIFICIAL DYES AND CHEMICALS
Artificial chemicals are often added to pet foods to help with flavor or ensure a longer shelf life. Make sure you read the ingredients list (just like you would for your own food) and opt for pet foods without any added dyes or chemicals.
3. STORE YOUR PET’S FOOD IN A COOL, DRY PLACE
Bacteria like Salmonella and E. Coli thrive in warm, moist environments. Make sure your pet’s food is tested before it hits the shelves, then be sure to store the food in a cool, dry place once you bring it home.
There are plenty of resources to help provide you with pet-related advice, including how to select and care for pet food. Natural Balance offers services beyond what you might expect from a pet food brand, including Buy With Confidence® experts who are available to discuss pet-related topics through online chat, email, and phone.
Every bowl of food should be tasty, nutritious and safe—that is why Natural Balance is the only brand with an ISO-certiﬁed testing facility that checks for the nine most common contaminants across toxins, bacteria, and chemicals, before distribution to store shelves.
How do you make sure your pet is healthy and happy? Tell me about it in the comments below! And of course, happy National Pet Awareness Month.