Just like us, pets are at risk of food poisoning.
If you’re a pet owner, you probably treat your furry friend like a family member. And the last thing you’d want is for your pet to suffer from a foodborne illness.
With our top tips for safe handling of pet food, you can take steps to minimize risk and keep your pet healthy:
And, of course, stay abreast of pet food recalls. If your pet’s food has been recalled, take quick action to discard all of it — from your pet’s food bowls and your supply.
You can monitor and sign up to receive pet food recalls and withdrawals here:
Symptoms You Should Watch For
When a dog or cat does fall ill with a foodborne illness, they usually have these symptoms:
Sometimes, though, pets are carriers without showing symptoms. They shed the pathogen in their stools or harbor it in their saliva or on their fur.
And that’s why it’s important to remember you can become sick from tainted pet food, too.
Humans are at risk when they handle contaminated pet food or have contact with an infected animal. The best way to protect yourself? Diligent, thorough hand washing after touching pets, serving pet food, or handling pet waste.
What to Do If You or Your Pet is Sick
If you become sick and suspect food poisoning is the cause, seek immediate medical attention.
If your cat or dog is showing symptoms of a foodborne illness, call your veterinarian right away for immediate examination and treatment.
What About Statistics?
Statistically speaking, we don’t have an accurate idea as to how many pets get sick from contaminated pet food each year. It simply isn’t monitored.
But, the AVMA has offered these statistics to shed some light on how many of our furry friends suffer each year (based on 2012 numbers):
Has Your Pet Suffered a Foodborne Illness?
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The mission of Stop Foodborne Illness is to:
Support and engage people directly impacted by foodborne illness and mobilize them to help prevent illness and death by driving change through advocacy, collaboration and innovation.