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You are what you eat?

One argument for preparing your pet’s food yourself is that you can provide a variety of food that’s fresh, with high quality ingredients. If you have the time, and access to the materials needed, this would surely seem to be the best route for the health of your pet.

I, for one, don’t feel that I can provide the same standard of quality that most pet food manufacturers have developed. But after the Melamine Pet Food Recall of 2007, in which the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) learned that certain pet foods were making animals ill and killing cats and dogs, there has been an increase in interest in preparing food for pets at home.

Can the consumer test home-prepared food adequately to know that all the nutritional needs of his or her pet are being met? At www.peteducation.com, a website maintained by pet suppliers Drs. Foster & Smith, it’s noted that there are essential amino acids that animals need for health, and especially in cats, the amino acid taurine. “Dogs can synthesize taurine, and therefore, it is not supplemented in their food. This is why there is the old adage that dogs can eat cat food but cats cannot eat dog food. A deficiency in any of the amino acids can cause health-related problems.”

Ask for information about pet food from your veterinarian, who should be aware of any special dietary needs your pet might have. No abrupt changes in your pet’s diet should be pursued without discussing the nutritional needs of your pet with your vet first.

New Pet Food Recall
WellPet LLC (www.wellnesspetfood.com) has voluntarily recalled certain lots of Wellness® canned cat food due to possible insufficient amounts of thiamine (vitamin B1) in the product. The lots involved in this voluntary recall are Wellness Canned Cat Food (all flavors and sizes) with best-by dates from 14APR 13 through 30SEP13, as well as Wellness Canned Cat Food Chicken & Herring (all sizes) with 10NOV13 or 17NOV13 best buy dates. Consumers who still have cans of cat food from these lots should stop feeding them to their cats and call WellPet LLC at (877) 227-9587 M-F, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. ET, or visit the website www.wellnesspetfood.com

WellPet discovered the lower thiamine levels during independent testing with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (USFDA) in response to a single, isolated consumer complaint received by the USFDA. The company says no other reports were received but they are issuing the recall as a precaution.

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Owned by three cats over age 13