The last time you went to buy food for your pet, did you remember the brand you bought? The size of bag? Some of us are programmed to remember such things, some of us write them down so we remember at the store, and some of us have a hard time with such trivial basics. How many of us remember the Lot number on the bag? Who would? But, such things can be critically important in the wake of a recall of food. Or what about the date we opened the bag? Pet food safety has come a long way, even in the past 5 years, but there are some things we should all do, all the time, to help prevent unnecessary worry if something goes wrong.
Follow these 4 simple steps for food safety savvy:
1. Always know what kind of pet food you are currently feeding your pet. This includes the manufacturing company, the life stage, the protein source (is it lamb and rice or chicken and rice?), the size of the bag, and yes, as a distant last, the colour of the bag might be helpful. Aside from the fact it is easier to send your spouse or teenager or neighbour to pick it up if they know what they are getting, it can help in discussions at your vet clinic too!