Finding Good Pet Food

By: Lindsey Ward Email
By: Lindsey Ward Email

April 3, 2007

As the list of banned pet food gets longer and longer, so does the confusion on what pet owners should feed their furry friends.

It's been several weeks since the announcement from Menu Foods that the company released contaminated pet food. Although they have some leads, no one has pinpointed an exact cause. Now, many people are looking other places than what's on the shelf at the local grocery store.

Wheat gluten, probably never heard of by most pet owners until a couple weeks ago, is the contaminated ingredient, according to the FDA, that caused 16 pets to die and countless others to get sick.

"For a little while, thought it was a rodenticide, or a rodent killer, that was in it and now they're looking at a fertilizer," said Kathi Gruss, Earlysville Animal Hospital.

But many pet owners across the country aren't taking any chances with their pets' lives and are looking to organic foods or even cooking for their dog or cat.

"Pets did die from this, pets did get kidney disease from it, so it is what we would consider very serious," said Pamela Peterson.

Peterson is a pet owner and the owner of Sammy Snacks on Barracks Road. Her store sells all organic pet foods that they make themselves.

"We know where all of our ingredients are coming from. They are inspected and analyzed when they come in before they're used, and after each batch is completed, we do extensive testing," said Peterson.

Since the pet food recall, Peterson says she's seen a surge in sales. Despite the higher prices of Sammy Snacks food, pet owners are willing to fork out extra pennies for their best friend.

"What they're finding is that when they come in, our food is actually less expensive to feed because you feed the dog less, because it has more nutrition in it," said Peterson.

If you're looking into cooking for your pet, the veterinarian we spoke with says it is best to not give your cat or dog raw meats. Instead, purchase a pet cookbook; they have recipe ideas for a balanced meal.

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