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How pet food can affect your entire family's health

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The pet food and treats sitting in your pantry, kitchen shelves or other parts of the house can affect your entire family’s health. It is not just your adorable poodle or Maine Coon who can suffer from medical issues. Pet food can affect people’s lives in more than one way.


Natural, healthy and safe pet food and treats are essential for maintaining a healthy household. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reminds people that a Salmonella infection can be spread from your beloved pets to family members. You can also become infected by handling contaminated pet food and not washing your hands properly. However, you can take precautions to prevent these issues from appearing.

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One important factor in keeping both your pets and family healthy is to buy food that is processed in a USDA inspected facility. For example, you can find healthy dog treats made in this type of facility. In addition, focusing on natural and healthy products can help you avoid contamination. Furthermore, buying products from trusted brands with positive reviews can help.

If you are handling the pet food in the house, then you could be coming in contact with more than just your poodle’s favorite treats. Some people who are sensitive to grains and other ingredients may want to consider changing the food they use for their pets. This is an issue that people with celiac disease and gluten sensitivities also face. The Mayo Clinic states that gluten cannot penetrate the skin, but there are numerous reports from people with celiac disease that coming in contact with gluten affects their skin and overall health. The Mayo Clinic suggests that contamination could be occurring and people are accidentally ingesting gluten by not washing their hands. In addition, they may have an allergy to gluten that affects them.

If you suspect that you are being glutened by simply coming in contact with pet food containing grains, then it may be time for a change. Although you should speak to your doctor first, you may want to try grain free pet food and treat options that are less likely to cause issues. Many veterinarians also recommend grain free diets for pets, so your entire household could benefit.



As a celiac, I can say that the pet food thing is BIG. It's not maybe so much that it penetrates the skin ... but you breathe it in. Your dog licks your face and hands, which go into your mouth. Crumbs of food get all over. I wear gloves when I handle chicken food, but the cat, who is indoors, does not, ever, get wheat. There is also this: wheat is bad for dogs and cats. My animals are a lot healthier on a wheat-free diet. Dogs and cats are carnivores, and they should be eating mainly meat, with some vegies. Period.