Tuesday Newsday – Dog Food Can Make Kids Sick

August 10th, 2010

We picked up our insane puppy Satsi (see her and her crazy helicopter ears above) from the kennel yesterday after our fantastic trip to NYC for BlogHer 2010. This being her first time at the kennel, she didn’t eat. This being my first time at BlogHer, I ate like a pig, but that’s another story.

As I am an Italian mother, I wanted to fatten up our little pup from her self-imposed food strike. Of course, mother’s little helper (not Mick’s kind, of course) wanted to assist in the feeding. She usually scoops out the food from the container, pours it sort of in the bowl, picks up the pieces from the floor…one…at…a…time…throws them sort of in the bowl, and eventually, the bowl is full. Taking care of a pet is one of the great learning experiences of childhood. And a great lesson in parent patience.

She didn’t help this time. And she won’t for a few years. A new government report warns that kids and pet food don’t mix…they don’t even mingle to a jingling beat. Having a child under the age of 5 help feed pets could mean a risk of illness, as dry pet foods are an under-recognized source of salmonella infections in humans. So it’s time for them to stand up and be recognized. Thank you. No thank you.

Fido’s food may be making kids sick, a government report warns, detailing the first known salmonella outbreak in humans, mostly young children, linked to pet food. The outbreak sickened 79 people in 21 mostly eastern states, between 2006 and 2008. Almost half of the victims were children aged 2 and younger. Read more…

Does your child help with the care of your pet?

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3 Responses to “Tuesday Newsday – Dog Food Can Make Kids Sick”

  1. Glamamom says:

    OMG, I am so thankful to be reading this!! My son (11 mos) heads right for the dog’s bowls if we accidentally leave them out. First he likes to splash around the water, and second he likes to try and put the food in his mouth! We”’ definitely be more careful. Thanks!!

  2. Leslie says:

    Next week it will be healthy for kids to feed dogs their food. Dogs, dog food, and kids have been around forever and a day….just now this is happening? Hogwash.

  3. Cheryl says:

    There’s even a warning on the dog food bag to wash your hands after touching the food. Must be there for a reason. Especially since there have been so many salmonella bacteria recalls on pet foods. They are clearly becoming more educated. Just because things have been around for a while doesn’t mean we aren’t becoming more aware of certain dangers. Our 3yo loves to feed Satsi, but she watches her hands afterward.

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