Organic Pet Food

organic pet foodIs organic pet food efficient? It is indeed — just like people, animals need high quality food to remain healthy.

The major problem with the content of conventional pet foods is the use of “animal byproducts” which are low-grade wastes from the beef and poultry industry.

Natural pet foods are minimally processed and are preserved with natural substances, such as vitamin C and E. Whereas “natural” is an undefined and unregulated distinction, “certified organic” pet foods must meet strict standards set by the USDA that spell out how ingredients are produced and processed. These standards do not allow the use of pesticides, hormones, antibiotics, preservatives, artificial ingredients or genetically modified ingredients.

Besides USDA organic labellng, look for certifications from AAFCO (American Feed Control Officials) or some reference to the use “human-grade ingredients”.

Natural brands include: Canidae and Felidae brands, Halo, Natura Pet Products, Nature’s Variety, Newman’s Own Organics, PetGuard, Pet Promise, Solid Gold and Wellness.

Story via Mother Earth News.

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  1. Another interesting (and I imagine cheaper) way to feed your pet according to it’s needs is to “BARF” it. It’s a concept based on what an animal would eat “in nature”, so for a dog for example, you basically give him raw meat and bones, and ocasionally some vegetables and fruit. There’s a lot of good information out there, and very interesting.

    Of course, if you buy regular meat it probably WILL have hormones and antibiotics and all that stuff – that’s the downside of the story.

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