Good Foods for Your Pets

Photo: Pebbles, a 7-year-old Yorkshire terrier, died of kidney failure after eating contaminated dog food that was later recalled during March 2007. Hundreds of pets perished before the deadly food problem was rectified. (Reed Saxon / AP)




March 31, 2007, updated Jan. 29, 2014
Holly Deyo

If you're concerned about what your 4-legged family member is eating, the following companies have been identified to make safe, healthful foods. Many of the foods contain only organic or human-grade ingredients. You'll find these websites openly list their products' ingredients as well as having helpful store locaters. Be sure to compare prices as retail prices, both in physical store and online, can vary.

Be prepared to pay more for top quality products, but remember that your pet's life expectancy can be significantly lengthened through better foods. You may also see greatly reduced vet bills because your 4-leggeds are getting nutrition for optimal health. People report their dogs and cats are more visibly fit, have higher energy levels and show sleeker, shinier coats. Debilitating, chronic conditions have been alleviated or eliminated entirely with a regular diet of these type foods.

If you haven't had time to listen to
this video detailing what's in some commercial pet foods, a few highlights include:


Learn to read the label. Just like for human consumption, pet food labels must list ingredients in order of amount of content with the highest concentrations listed first. You don't want to see a label like this :

Ingredients: (Note: 4 of the first 6 ingredients are derived from GRAINS!) Brewers Rice, Soybean meal, corn gluten meal, poultry by-product meal, animal fat preserved with BHA, ground yellow corn...
Preserved by: butylated hydroxy anisole (BHA)
Coloring agents added: Red 40, Yellow 5, Yellow 6, Blue 2 and other color.


Heathy pet foods include:

For a more complete list, look for ingredients like these.


Aren't your pets worth it?


SWITCHING YOUR PET'S FOOD

Changing your 4-legged's diet is something you want to do gradually. In addition to not liking a different-sized kibble, new smell or food texture, it may be hard on them internally. It's not that the change is harmful, but your pet may go through a period of detox. We noticed Taco certainly produced larger amounts of poop and of a different consistency until her system adjusted.

Though Seismo and Taco are brother and sister from the same litter, they are very different in temperament, abilities, food tolerance and dining habits. Taco, the female, is a very discriminating diner. She takes time to enjoy her meals and doesn't eat beyond "enough". Seismo, her brother, wolfs his food and is apt to eat anything not nailed down. If given the opportunity, Seismo may "help" Taco finish her meal.

When we committed to changing to more healthful pet foods, the transition was made gradually to avoid diarrhea or other stomach traumas.

They normally eat about 3 parts kibble to 2 parts canned or table food. To make the change, we took a large plastic container and mixed together 2 parts old kibble to 1 part new. After two weeks, the mixture went to 2 parts new kibble to 1 part old. After a month, they'll be eating only the new kibble with the canned or table food. Change any wet pet food in the same gradual manner.




This is not an exhaustive list, but there are plenty of selections for dogs and cats to get you started.

BRAND NAME

COMPANY

WEBSITE

Addiction Foods

Addiction Foods Pte Ltd.

addictionfoods.com

AGARx

Artemis Pet Foods

artemiscompany.com

Artemis

Artemis Pet Foods

artemiscompany.com

AvoDerm Natural

Breeder’s Choice Pet Foods

breeders-choice.com

Azmira

Azmira Holistic Animal Care

azmira.com

Bench & Field

Bench & Field Holistic Natural

benchandfield.com

Blue Buffalo

Blue Buffalo Company

bluebuff.com

Burns

Burns Pet Foods

burnspethealth.com

By Nature Natural Food

By Nature

bynaturepetfoods.com

By Nature Organic Food

By Nature

bynaturepetfoods.com

California Natural

Natura Pet Products

naturapet.com

Canidae

Canidae Corp.

canidae.com

Canine Caviar

Canine Caviar Pet Foods

caninecaviar.com

Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover's Soul

Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover's Soul

chickensoupforthepetloverssoul.com

Distinctive Delicacies

Healthy Pet Foods

healthypetfoodsinc.com

Doctors Foster and Smith

Foster & Smith, Inc.

drsfostersmith.com

Evanger’s Super Premium

Evanger’s Dog & Cat Food

evangersdogfood.com

Eagle Super Premium Eagle Pet Products eaglepack.com

Evolve

Triumph Pet Industries

evolvepet.com

Felidae Canidae Corp. canidae.com

Firstmate

FirstMate Pet Foods

firstmate.com

Foundations

Petcuren Pet Nutrition

petcurean.com

Fromm Classics

Fromm Family

frommfamily.com

Fromm Four Star Nutritionals

Fromm Family

frommfamily.com

Fromm Gold Nutritionals

Fromm Family

frommfamily.com

Go Natural

Petcuren Pet Nutrition

petcurean.com

Spot's Stew

Halo, Purely For Pets halopets.com

HealthWise

Natura Pet Products

naturapet.com

Holistic Blend Holistic Blend holisticblend.com

Holistic Select

Eagle Pet Products

eaglepack.com

Holistic Chicken Kibble

Cloud Star

cloudstar.com

Innova

Natura Pet Products

naturapet.com

Karma Organic

Natura Pet Products

naturapet.com

Lick Your Chops

Healthy Pet Foods

healthypetfoodsinc.com

Life4K9

Life4K9

life4k9.com

Lifespan

PetGuard

petguard.com

Mother Nature

Natura Pet Products

naturapet.com

Natural Balance Dick Van Patten naturalbalanceinc.com/

Natural Ultramix

Castor & Pollux Pet Works

castorpolluxpet.com

variety of treats

Old Mother Hubbard

oldmotherhubbard.com

Newman’s Own Organics

Newman’s Own Organics

newmansownorganics.com

NutriSource

NutriSource

nutrisourcedogfood.com

Organix

Castor & Pollux Pet Works

castorpolluxpet.com

Performatrin Ultra

Performatrin Ultra

performatrinultra.com

PetGuard Organic

PetGuard

petguard.com

Pinnacle

Breeder’s Choice Pet Foods

breeders-choice.com

Prairie

Nature’s Variety

naturesvariety.com

Premium Edge

Premium Edge Pet Food

premiumedgepetfood.com

Raw Instinct

Nature’s Variety

naturesvariety.com

Royal Canin Natural Blend

Royal Canin USA

royalcanin.us

Royal Canin Veterinary Diet

Royal Canin USA

royalcanin.us

Show Bound Naturals

Healthy Pet Foods

healthypetfoodsinc.com

Solid Gold

Solid Gold Health Products for Pets

solidgoldhealth.com

Spa Select Blue Buffalo Company bluebuff.com

Summit

Petcuren Pet Nutrition

petcurean.com

Timberwolf Organics

Timberwolf Organics

timberwolforganics.com

VeRUS

VeRUS Pet Foods, Inc.

veruspetfoods.com

Viand

PHD Products Inc.

phdproducts.com

Wellness Simple

Wellness

wellnesspetfood.com/

Wysong

Wysong

wysong.net

Zinpro

Lincoln Biotech

lincolnbiotech.com



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