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Veterinarians take these matters very seriously and make a real effort to stay informed, and we pass any relevant information we have along to you. We also make sure to stay current on information from government agencies and manufacturers, as well as reporting problems to the FDA as we see them. But we do maintain a sense of perspective: We know that millions and millions of pets have lived long, healthy lives thanks to pet foods developed under rigorous scientific study. We know that every day far more pets benefit from nutritious, balanced and convenient pet foods than will ever be made sick by them.
And yes, we know none of that matters if it’s your pet who gets sick, because your pet is our patient after all.
When it comes to pet food and treats, as in all matters concerning your pet’s health, working in partnership with your veterinarian is critical not only to maintaining your pet’s wellness but also to staying on top of any new concerns regarding these products. But as a pet owner, you have a role to play too.
Start by talking to your veterinarian about what food is best for your pet. As I’ve always said, it doesn’t matter where you shop or what you can spend, your veterinarian will be able to recommend a product that is the best choice for your individual pet.
Once you choose a food or snack, there are some simple steps you can take to keep your pet safe and healthy.
Because of my work as a veterinarian on the national stage, I know many experts in the pet food industry, and I am confident with the research and quality control that goes into the products you give your pets, no matter where you buy them. But I also know that no product — and certainly not an edible one — can be 100 percent safe, 100 percent of the time.
That’s why we need to be aware of the risks, however small, and work together to provide good nutrition for pets while keeping a lookout for the rare instances when a product is not all it should be.
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