When it comes to choosing products for your pet, be it food, treats or toys, it can be hard to know who to trust. Here are 3 things to look for in a pet care company.
Being able to speak with a company representative when you have a question or concern should be a top priority. You’d be surprised how often the phone number on that bag of food leads to a distributor and not to the actual company itself. When it comes to the health of your pet you should be able to ask as many questions as you want and expect a prompt reply. Questions to consider:
Can you speak with someone directly?
Can you contact someone via Facebook/Twitter/email?
How long until the company responds?
Do they address your concerns or evade your questions?
Word-of-mouth is a powerful tool, especially in an age of social media and instant communications. Before selecting a product, look them up online and see if you can find reviews. What are people saying about them?
Regulations on pet products are not as stringent as on human products so it can be tricky to detangle the facts from the marketing. Look for companies that put an emphasis on research and who have products that have been scientifically proven to deliver the promised results. When purchasing a supplement for your pet be sure to look for the NASC (National Animal Supplement Council) seal of approval. This seal tells you that the company has undergone a stringent audit and complies with health and safety regulations.
With new pet supplements popping up all the time it’s important to take the time to get to know the company behind the product. Never be afraid to ask questions and if your gut is telling you something it’s always best to listen.
Remember: it’s up to you to advocate for and protect the health of your pet.