As a naive young veterinarian and pet owner I was until very recently under the impression that commercial pet food had to be safe for pet consumption. The pet food industry is in fact self-regulated under the Pet Food Industry Association of Australia Code of Practice, however, pet meat producers do not operate under the same regulations. (How could I be so silly as to think that pet meat was pet food?)
Disappointingly pet meat can legally contain levels of preservatives that cause serious clinical disease in our pets. Even those foods that meet Australian standards are not necessarily tested to ensure they are safe and complete.
At Bendigo Animal Hospital we are happy to discuss appropriate nutrition for your pet. We have a new range of diets in clinic that provide preventative nutritional support. Hill's VetEssentials is a range of premium pet food that supplies a superior complete diet for your pet. These scientifically backed foods have added benefits to aid healthy digestion, manage your pet's weight, keep adult teeth healthy, provide all the nutrients for superior skin and coat health as well as providing your dogs with nutritional support for their joints and providing your cats with a diet appropriate to maintain bladder health.
Feeding a clinically proven diet of the best quality provides peace of mind that you are providing your pet with the nutritional support for a healthy, happy life.