As we witness the rains setting in, the atmosphere usually starts to develop into cooler but with a much higher level of moisture within the air. While all of us welcome this variation in weather, given a much needed respite from the new summer sun, there are some careful considerations that pet parents have to consider with regard to their pet’s eating regimen.
Dr. Amruta Parulkar, Surgeon and Physician, Completely happy Tails Veterinary Specialty, says, “It’s best to feed your pets a balanced dietary eating regimen. Majority of the pet parents feed their pooches packaged food which is at a better risk of contamination during this season. See that the packaged food is fresh and doesn’t have any food-borne bacteria in it. Consumption of such food could cause severe food poisoning.”
It’s clearly necessary to at all times check packaged food to see that it hasn’t spoiled before giving it to your pet. What one may consider is to purchase smaller packages.
Pet parents often buy 5-10 kg packages of food provided that feeding is a recurring activity and it saves us from the strategy of re-ordering food. As an alternative, we can buy 1-2 kg packages, as this not only allows us to envision and replace the food more easily but in addition makes storage a much easier task.
Pet parents should at all times use air tight containers to store food, which can help to maintain the moisture out and increase the shelf lifetime of the product.
For pet parents preferring to offer a house cooked eating regimen, the rules are much like those as above. “From what I even have seen, pet parents often cook their pets’ meals for the week in a single go after which freeze the meal, giving it to the pet as and when required. On condition that food spoils faster on this season, we must always cook the food in much smaller batches,” says Devanshi Shah, founder, PetKonnect, an internet pet services aggregator.
Consider only preparing food for the subsequent 2 or 3 days at essentially the most. While this may occasionally prove to be a more daunting task, trust me after I say, it’s easier than coping with a pet who’s diagnosed with food poisoning.
Also, a key point to notice, after we give our pets food, over and over they don’t eat the food immediately and should eat it many hours later. “Uncovered food that’s ignored can spoil in as quickly as quarter-hour. Make an effort to time your feeding with when your pet is definitely able to eat, or else check the food and consider replacing if it smell’s off,” adds Shah.
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