Pet Care Tips

Understanding the golden rules of responsible pet ownership is an essential part of caring for your pet.

Much of being a responsible pet owner is understanding what your pet needs and also being aware of what your responsibilities are to the community. Following are some basic rules for pet care:

  • Learn about your pet's special needs - dietary, health, housing and general care
  • Provide appropriate housing and shelter for your pet
  • Provide your pet with an adequate balanced diet and ensure it has access to clean, cool drinking water at all times
  • Provide appropriate housing and shelter for your pet
  • Regularly exercise your pet according to its needs Train your pet using kindness and positive reinforcement
  • Provide appropriate housing and shelter for your pet
  • While unsupervised, keep your pet safely and securely confined to your property at all times To minimize boredom, provide your pet with sufficient companionship and a stimulating environment
  • Protect your pet's health by taking it to a vet whenever health problems arise and by ensuring all necessary vaccinations and treatments are up-to-date
  • To help prevent disease and illness, ensure your pet has a clean environment
  • Microchip your pet (where appropriate) and where required register it with your local council to increase the likelihood of return when lost
  • De-sex your pet at an early age to prevent unwanted offspring
  • If your pet requires grooming, do so on a regular basis
    Many pets need to be socialised with other animals and people, particularly at a young age - give your pet appropriate opportunities for mixing with others
  • Teach your family, friends and children how to interact with your pet
  • Find suitable boarding facilities for your pet whilst on holidays
  • Respect the rights of non pet owners by keeping your pet under control while in public and by disposing of any droppings made in public areas
  • Provide your pet with love and attention and commit to caring for it for its entire life

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Pet Food Recalls & Safety

Stay up to date with Petfood Industry’s list of US and international cat and dog food, pet treat and companion animal feed recalls. According to FDA, pet food can be recalled by a manufacturer to remove product from the market, by FDA request or by FDA order under statutory authority.

  • Sunshine Mills recalls dog foods for aflatoxin levels
    03 September 2020
    No illnesses have been reported in association with these products to date, and no other Sunshine Mills, Inc. pet food products are affected by this announcement.
  • Nature’s Menu dog food recalled for Salmonella
    25 August 2020
    Sunshine Mills, Inc. issued a voluntary recall of Nature’s Menu Super Premium Dog Food with a Blend of Real Chicken & Quail because of the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
  • Benyfit raw beef dog food recalled in UK for Salmonella
    13 July 2020
    These products have been sold by various independent pet food stores in the UK and online.
  • Smucker recalls canned cat food for choline chloride
    05 July 2020
    The J. M. Smucker Company announced a voluntary recall of one lot of Natural Balance Ultra Premium Chicken & Liver Paté Formula canned cat food due to health concerns likely associated with elevated levels of choline chloride.
  • Carnivora raw pet food recalled in Canada for E. coli
    25 June 2020
    On June 12, Canadian health officials announced the recall of Carnivora Fresh Frozen Patties for Dogs and Cats. The recalled pet food may be contaminated with Escherichia coli O157 (E. coli) and there is risk of cross contamination and illness after handling the pet food.