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Pet Warnings and your pet
By J. R. Rogers
I recognize that we like to devote time to issues of arthritis in our family pets but from time to time it is equally important to look at some other things that affect our pets.
I don’t know if you are like most dog owners but most of you give your dogs a little peanut butter as a “treat.” Right now, that can be an issue. And, some other products produced specifically as pet food are under the gun right now too.
Now, as many of you know there was recently an FDA issued “recall” (a major one) involving peanut butter under two or three different brand names. As well, there were several pet products removed from the market that involved both cats and dogs. The issue was “Salmonella” which can cause severe illness and even death.
How high is the risk?
The veterinarians seem to agree that pets are not as much at risk of contracting Salmonella infection as humans are. But, if you are like me I think it is wise to ‘err on the side of caution.” After all, the cost of a jar of peanut butter hardly compares to even the slightest risk factor. (I might add that cats are also less susceptible to this infection but of course, I do not know any pet owners who give peanut butter to cats)
Disposing of the product
If you are going to be prudent here, you should also make sure that you dispose of the product or products in a manner that does not allow your pet access. I think all of us have seen our pets get into the garbage many times and if they detect “food” they are going to do it. Just be careful when getting rid of any products when you do it.
Generally, you will hear about “recalls” of products in the newspapers or in television news reports. However, those of you with a computer should try to keep an eye out for breaking news about them.
I do like to discuss arthritis in family pets. After all, I have been doing it for many years. However, we have to be mindful of all health issues when it comes to our “other” family members.
See you next time.
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