Is Your Pet’s Food Safe? Here’s How to Tell

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Consider this: You wouldn’t feed unhealthy, potentially poisonous food to your child. Why would you feed it to your cat or dog?
October is National Pet Wellness month—the ideal time to reflect on whether our four-legged loved ones are eating food that’s safe. In honor of the occasion, the veterinary technicians at premium pet food maker Natural Balance  suggest looking out for the following when choosing a pet food for your furry friend:
Go grain-free
Toxins are commonly produced by molds that occur in cereal, grains, or added ingredients. Natural Balance recommends ensuring your pet food is tested regularly, and it encourages pet owners to look for limited-ingredient or grain-free formulas.
Store your pet’s food in a cool, dry place 
Bacteria like Salmonella and E. Coli thrive in warm, moist environments. Make sure your pet’s food is tested before it hits the shelves and store the food in a cool, dry place once you bring it home.
Read food labels for artificial dyes and chemicals 
Artificial chemicals are often added to pet foods to help with flavor or shelf life. Make sure to read the ingredients list (just like you would for your own food) and opt for pet foods without added dyes or chemicals.
Resources are available to help provide pet-related advice, including how to select and care for pet food. Natural Balance offers services beyond what one would expect from a pet food brand, including Buy With Confidence® veterinary technicians who are available to discuss pet-related topics through online chat, email, and phone.
Every bowl of food should be tasty, nutritious and safe—that is why Natural Balance is the only brand with an ISO-certified testing facility that checks for the nine most common contaminants across toxins, bacteria, and chemicals, before distribution to store shelves.
How do you make sure your pet is healthy and happy? Tell us in the comments!

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