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This product has not been tested on animals

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This is one of the key phrases I look for when I`m buying products.  For something that I’m going to put on my body, I rarely see the relevance in having it tested on an animal that will likely react in a completely different manner than I would.

I have one exception to this rule.  When I’m buying supplies, like food or treats, for my pet cat Sofia, I don`t mind knowing that it has been tested on animals.  If not, how on earth will I know if it’s safe for her?  Fortunately, that`s not the only indicator of a safe food.

Over the years, there have been a few scares of contaminated pet food.  There was the tainted pet food of 2006, where 19 brands of dog food were recalled in the United States. The food was tainted with aflatoxins, a poison produced from mould which lead to the death of at least 100 dogs.

In 2007, there was the melamine episode where cat and dog foods were found to be contaminated with melamine.  Incidentally, as a result of a comprehensive investigation, the heads of the companies involved were indicted by a federal grand jury for their roles in the incident.

In Canada, regulations were introduced in July, 2007 around pet food.  These regulations make it illegal for specified risk materials to be fed to any animal, including dogs and cats.  Industry Canada regulates the labelling and advertising of pet food.  The Pet Food Association of Canada (PFAC) mandates that members following the labelling rules and abide by the guidelines set out by the American Association of Feed control Officials (AAFCO).

If you’re interested in using natural products for your pet, be careful.  Pet nutrition is different from your own and therefore, you need to understand your pet’s needs in order to make good choices.  There are many pet food manufacturers that advertise a natural or organic food that have not met the standards outlined above. Their product may not have been tested at all (on animals or humans!) and the food may not provide a balanced and complete diet for your pet.  The wrong food can seriously affect your furry best friend and result in an unnecessary visit to the vet.

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2 thoughts on “This product has not been tested on animals

  1. Thanks for this post. I completely agree with you. We thought it would be a great idea to try a locally-made, “all natural” cat food on our cats a couple of years ago. The result was that within two weeks, one of the cats was very sick. We took him to the vet and he had crystals in his urine, caused by the food. Luckily, we were able to resolve the situation with medication and he didn’t need surgery. The vet said that the producers of many of these supposedly “natural” pet foods are not vets or scientists, but rather well-meaning and sadly misinformed people who *think* they know about pet nutrition. All they need is a start-up loan and some good marketing and they can produce pet food. My vet agrees with you. It’s worth it for your pet’s health to ensure that the food has indeed been scientifically tested by those who are intended to consume it.

  2. Thanks for your comment, Sarah. It seems that we are inching forward to a better system of regulation for pet food. Knowing that it is a slow process, it makes sense to double check that your pet’s food is both safe and healthy.

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