There no worse feeling in the world for a pet owner to find out their faithful companion is suffering because they were fed contaminated dog food. Since animals cannot shop for themselves or make decisions concerning their health, they have to count on their owners to always have their best interests at heart and when it comes to the food it eats, feeding the dog contaminated dog food may be accidental, but the effects will be the same.
It is never recommended to feed the family pet table scraps due to the many items that are safe for humans but potentially deadly to canines, and sometimes pet foods may inadvertently contain products that may be fit for human consumption but have the potential to cause illness in a dog. Additionally, if only one of the ingredients in dog food is tainted, the entire meal of contaminated dog food is affected.
Recently, tainted wheat products used in pet food was found to have caused serious, and in some cases fatal, illnesses in dogs and cats and the entire inventory of contaminated dog food was removed from the market. However, it was not until many deaths and illnesses were discovered that the product was removed. Unfortunately, the affected animals could not tell their owners what they were feeling and by the time it was realized there was a food problem, it was too late.
Food Chain Often Broken With Contamination
Many different meats and grains go into the making of dog food and at any point on the food chain something can sneak in and cause the production of contaminated dog food. Beef, chicken and other meat products are typically raised independently of pet food manufacturers, and the dog food companies must rely on inspections of the facilities to insure the ingredients are only fed healthy foods.
For example, if a chicken used in the making of pet food were to have been fed tainted chicken feed, it may not have an effect on the chicken. However, it is in the chicken and when it become part of the ingredients in dog food, it can have a negative affect on the dog, creating a source of contaminated dog food.
Reading the ingredients of dog food is a good first step in determining the potential for inadvertently feeding the pet contaminated dog food, but for better assurances, only using quality dog food from a reliable source can help reduce the possibility of illness from the food source.
How to Avoid Dog Food Contamination
Most people in America have at least one pet. Pets are a part of the family in many homes. The two most popular pets in America are the cat and the dog. For people who have dogs for pets, they know the feeling of being loved when they walk into the house. Dogs are always happy when their owner walks in the front door. Unlike cats, dogs will play with their owner until the owner gets tired. That is why people have dogs. Some dogs are so intelligent that they seem to know what the owner is telling them to do. So what happens when a dog becomes sick? Most people will wait a couple of days to see if the dog gets better. If they still seem sick, then people make an appointment with the vet that cares for their dog. In most cases it’s something that is treatable and the vet sends the dog home with a prescription. But what if the vet says that it’s serious and that bad dog food contamination is the reason for the dog having kidney failure?
In recent weeks there have been numerous stories on the news about dog food contamination. It can and does kill dogs that eat the tainted foods. People try to take care of their dogs while inadvertently slowly killing them. It can make people feel so helpless and angry about themselves even though they know they didn’t do anything on purpose.
More About Dog Food Contamination
When an owner finally gets the dog home from the vets office knowing that the dog is going to die, the owner might spend a few days with the dog before it is put down. The next step after the grieving process is to call the company of the dog food that fed their dog. One could also make copies of what the vet says happened and send it all to the brand of the dog food. Dog food contamination means that the dog food company is liable for the dog’s death. If the vet said that it was from dog food contamination and the company hasn’t gotten back to the owner, get an attorney and have them respond to the dog food maker. Unfortunately, it sometimes takes a letter from an attorney to get the ball rolling.
Finally, don’t despair about the situation. If the illness was caused by dog food contamination, it’s not the owners fault. While the owner will grieve for the circumstances of the dog’s death, there was no way to know that the food was bad. No amount of money will bring the dog back. Instead, remember all of the good times that one had together and smile. The future just might hold a little puppy!
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