Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Pet Food Recall

I was just reading the AVMA list of recalled pet foods. It is just scary how many different companies and foods have been included at this point. AVMA updates their list daily and it makes sense to check it to make sure that the food and the treats that you are feeding your pets have not been recalled. The recall, which started out as only canned foods, has extended to some dry foods and treats. While stores like Petsmart pull their products off the shelf as soon as the recall goes into effect, smaller stores may not. Cost of food is also not an indicator as the higher priced brands were the first to be recalled and some of the store brands have been added recently.

It makes you really think about preparing your own food for your pets. There are several different schemes for providing a complete diet for your pet. The one that comes to my mind is the BARF diet. BARF stands for Bones And Raw Food, not anything regurgitated, and was developed by Australian veterinarian Dr. Billingshurst. Personally, for me, it seems like an awful lot of work. I have enough trouble just trying to provide a balanced diet for two teenagers, however, if they keep recalling pet foods I might have to try it.

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