Salmonella and pet food, know and reduce the risk

Salmonella is receiving attention from the  regulating and monitoring bodies. More so in the USA than Canada.

Your best risk management is to buy pet food from companies big enough to do decent quality control, companies that control their own manufacturing rather than contract it out to a third party. The biggest risk is small companies with minimal quality control, including raw food producers.


Research cited: There are regular outbreaks of Salmonella linked to pet food.

Dr. Kate KuKanich wrote a report for the June 1, 2011 issue of the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association (JAVMA), laying out recommendations for pet owners on how to avoid Salmonella infection in pets:

• avoid raw food diets for pets;

• purchase individually packaged pig ears, rather than buying them from bulk bins;

• check the packaging of pet food products to ensure that they are in good condition prior to purchase;

• return products to the store if they appear tainted, discolored, or malodorous.;

• store pet foods, treats, and nutritional products in accordance with label instructions, preferably in a cool, dry environment.;

• save the original pet food packaging material, including the date code and product code of all food products, for product identification in case of food contamination;

• discourage children, the elderly, and immunosuppressed people from handling pet food and treats;

• wash hands with soap and water before and after handling pet food, treats, and nutritional products;

• use a clean scoop to dispense pet food into bowls;

• wash water and food bowls used by pets, as well as feeding scoops, routinely with hot soapy water in a sink other than in the kitchen or bathroom; and,

• avoid feeding pets in the kitchen

Training methods

Dogs undergoing training to improve recall and to stop chasing livestock, were found to be less stressed and to learn better using reward based training rather than remote electric shock collars.

This study reinforces the benefits of reward based training compared to punishment based training.

Before using punishment based training methods, exhaust all forms of reward based training first would be a good strategy.


Nigel starts a new twitter series on “How to feed cats and dogs!”


We all know we take the responsibility of feeding our pets seriously and believe we are doing a good job and hopefully you are; but the statistics say 50-75% of pets are not fed correctly to provide the optimal quality and quantity of life.  Some ideas have been around for a long time and even though we know they do not work for most pets theses ideas just will not go away.  Nigel is not a veterinarian or nutritionist (nor does he play one on TV) so he is not going to talk about what to feed as that is a conversation between the pet, the household, and the only people that will ever see the inside of your pet. (The Fergus Veterinary Hospital staff) . He is going to tweet in easy quick steps, “How to feed the dogs and cats of Fergus , Elora and surrounding area to give  them the best chance at a long comfortable active life.