Remember when the pet foods tainted with melamine were killing us? More than 180 popular brands were recalled in 2007. Now Nature’s Variety, raw pet food specialists, are recalling frozen chicken over salmonella fears.
So watch out!
I still say you have to watch out for strangers. All strangers in general but in particular certain readily-recognisable senior humans of the female variety.
They carry treats! Don’t accept them!
Often these well-meaning strangers have no idea that the delicious little goodie they’re holding out is downright lethal to small animals.
The ASPCA lists People Food as number #3 in the Top 10 Pet Poisons of 2009.
People food like grapes, raisins, avocado and products containing xylitol, like gum, can seriously disable our furry friends, and accounted for more than 17,453 cases in 2009.
I’ve seen people give chocolates to dogs. True!
If you know a dog (one that you don’t care to see harmed) make sure you pass on the message that chocolates are poisonous. A lot of dogs will forget this in the heat of the moment and wolf down anything.
Cats can be no better behaved.
Please remember that these elderly strangers look extremely non-threatening and their very good will radiates messages of bonhomie. Don’t trust them.
Never take food from strangers!