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The American Veterinary Medical Association recommends against letting pets outside, and the American Veterinary Hospital Association recommends avoiding pet food containing meat, fish, poultry, shellfish and eggs.
But the APA’s recommendations are not universal.
According to the organization, pets should be confined to their beds when not in need of care and should be placed in a separate room when they are not, and they should not be allowed to play or use the outdoors.
So what can pets eat?
The APA recommends the following: Beef, pork, lamb, fish and shellfish.
Chicken, turkey and fish should be limited to a maximum of three meals per day.
Pork and turkey should be allowed a maximum amount of one meal per day and chicken should be permitted at least three times per week.
Eggs should be restricted to a minimum of two meals per week and a maximum daily consumption of six.
Chicken should be consumed within three hours of its being cooked.
The APAC has no specific recommendations for what dogs, cats and ferrets should eat.
But APAC guidelines recommend a maximum meal per week of about three pounds of meat, two pounds of fish and a minimum daily consumption between one and two pounds per day of vegetables.
Dogs should not eat more than four pounds of raw meat a week.
Cats should not consume more than five pounds of wild meats a week and ferries should not exceed a maximum limit of three pounds a day of wild animals.
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that pets eat two to four servings of raw vegetables daily, including leafy greens and greens and sprouts.
Ferrets should not receive more than one serving of fruits or vegetables a day.
The AAPA recommends limiting the number of meals a dog or cat can eat in a day to one meal.
The same recommendations apply to cats.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.