Food safety tips to keep you and your pet healthy

by Sojos | August 22, 2012

To the disappointment of those who feed raw dog food and raw cat food, the American Veterinary Medical Association adopted their proposed policy to discourage the feeding of raw foods to pets (as we recently discussed). And while the language of the policy was changed from “never feed” to “avoid feeding,” the controversy around the topic seems unlikely to quiet down any time soon.

As we’ve mentioned before, dogs’ and cats’ digestive systems have evolved to allow them to eat raw meat. Nowhere along the evolutionary chain prior to domestication were they exposed to a diet of cooked or processed foods, and kibble is only a fairly recent development in how humans feed their pets. From the saliva in their mouths to the enzymes in their digestive tract, our pets’ bodies are made to be able to handle food-borne pathogens that might be present in raw food.

However, any pet owner is aware that there have been lots of recalls of kibble in recent years - in fact, we find that people often come to Sojos because they’re tired of the worry that comes with those recalls.

It’s only natural to be concerned about your pets’ health and your own, no matter what food you choose. To keep everyone safe, being informed is the first and most important step to take. If you have questions, you can contact a holistic vet who is a member of the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association (AHVMA), but here are a few other things to keep in mind:

  • Always wash your hands after handling pet food of any kind. This is a bit more obvious when dealing with raw food, but many people mistakenly believe that kibble can safely be touched without a follow-up hand washing. In fact, some kibble foods have been recalled for causing illness in humans who touch it.
  • You can lightly brown the meat you’re feeding your dog or cat, if it makes you feel more comfortable. Mix it with Sojos Original or Sojos Grain-Free Pre-mix as you usually would raw meat.
  • Another option is to rinse raw meat with human-quality hydrogen peroxide or grapefruit seed extract.
  • Always wash your pets’ bowls after mealtime, as well as anything used in preparing their food. Use hot, soapy water - or preferably the dishwasher - and thoroughly dry everything before using again.

And, of course, we at Sojos can help answer questions you might have about our products, whether you’re curious about  Sojos Complete or one of our pre-mixes. Our commitment to making top-quality raw cat and dog food that’s as safe as it is nutritious will always be at the heart of our business.