Are you handling your pet’s food properly?
Proper Pet Food Handling Techniques
Food handling techniques are something we often overlook in the daily care of our pets, so here’s a helpful list of some ways to alleviate any risk of food borne illnesses in your household:
1. When buying your pet’s food check for any damage to the packaging
2. Handle your pet’s food and treats with clean hands.
3. Use a clean scoop to put food in your pet’s bowl. Don’t use this utensil for anything other than feeding your pet.
4. Tightly cover and refrigerate leftover canned food.
5. Store dry food in a cool dry place under 80 F
6. Keep food in a secure location where your pet won’t be able to access it.
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Raw pet food has an increased risk for food borne illnesses and extra precautions should be taken. If you feed your pet raw food it is possible for them to spread bacteria throughout your household. Here are some extra steps to take to help ensure safety within your home:
1. Disinfect all surfaces raw food comes into contact with regularly. This includes utensils used to serve food, countertops and any other surfaces that may have been exposed.
2. Don’t rinse raw meat in your sink. Juices can splash and spread to other surfaces.
3. Store food promptly and separately from regular food.
The combination of proper disinfection and cleaning in hot soapy water will decrease the chance of food borne illnesses. Many find the natural alternative of vinegar and hydrogen peroxide to be effective, but bleach is the only chemical fully tested by the FDA to kill bacteria.