Natural Dog and Cat Food Recommendations

The pet foods listed below have no by-products in them, no rendered (cremated) animals, no antibiotics and no hormones added. Listed below are places to purchase them. There are no regulations on what the pet food companies can put in our pet’s food. The following list of companies keeps their products natural.

I would ease your pets onto these foods as some will like them immediately and some will resist (kind of like going from McDonald’s to eating a healthy sandwich -there may be issues at first). I would start out ¾ or your former food and ¼ of the new for about a week; then ½ and ½ for the next week; ¾ of the new for the 3rd week until you are all on natural foods. It is not unusual to see a healthier pet in a variety of ways.

Henry’s
1. Petguard- they sell moist and dry food for both dogs and cats-a few different flavors of each. Windmill Farms also carries this line.
2. Halo- they have these great freeze dried chicken pieces that cats will jump on you to get. Never met a cat who did not love these.
3. Paul Newman’s brand-they sell moist and dry-but once again, their moist food for cats has rice in it-your cat may like it. Don’t buy more than one can unless you try it out on them.

At Henry’s, if you purchase 12 cans at a time, tell the cashier you want the 10% discount-they give it to you-but you have to bring it up.

Windmill Farms – They carry Petguard and Wellness-Henry’s is less expensive.

Trader Joe’s – They have their own line of cat food- canned tuna & a few other flavors for cats. Not a good idea to give your cats more than a tsp. a week of tunafish that we eat..

Petco/Petsmart
1. Natural Balance-Dick Van Patten’s line-both moist and dry for cats and dogs. There are a few different dry flavors and numerous moist flavors to choose from. If I purchase a few flavors and my cats stick up their nose, I return the unopened ones and exchange them. My cats love this. I mix this dry with Promise.
2. Organix-pricey but healthy.
3. Halo/Spot’s Stew-dry; they make an excellent ‘sensitive stomach’ dry food.
4. Halo/Spots’ Stew moist-cats love it but it may give some the runs.
5. Wellness-small and large cans- pricey but healthy.
6. Blue Spa Select-variety of flavors.

Read the ingredients on all the pet food you purchase and stay away from anything with by-products in it. I know all cats love Fancy Feast-my cats get it occasionally-on weekends. You will notice a difference in your pet’s coats, their digestion and health.

Also, please buy and read: Food Pets Die For and Protect Your Pets by Ann N. Martin
Ann Martin, author/researcher, is an amazing crusader for animal pet food. Ms. Martin researched the pet food companies for over 15 years and her findings will shock you and turn your stomach. After doing my own homework and interviewing a 30 year veteran veterinarian here in San Diego who confirmed how illness/tumors/cancer are related to what we are feeding our pets-please listen to what Ms. Martin has to say to keep your pets at their healthiest. When you are through reading it, please pass this book on to all your pet loving friends.

For nearly 10 months in 2002 and early 2003, a PETA investigator went undercover at an Iams contract testing laboratory and discovered a dark and sordid secret beneath the wholesome image of the dog- and cat-food manufacturer: dogs gone crazy from intense confinement to barren steel cages and cement cells, dogs left piled on a filthy paint-chipped floor after having chunks of muscle hacked from their thighs; dogs surgically debarked; horribly sick dogs and cats languishing in their cages, neglected and left to suffer with no veterinary care.

Iams lied to PETA with promises to improve the conditions for animals in its contract laboratories, even assuring us that enrichment programs were already in place, but our undercover investigator saw otherwise. She fought for six months to have a single cheap, rubber toy placed in each cold, lonely kennel. This is Iams’ idea of enrichment.

Our video footage shows Iams representatives touring the facility and witnessing dogs’ endless circling in barren cells, sweltering in the summer heat. Iams knew the truth yet did nothing to protect the animals.

The dogs and cats in Iams’ tests are no different from our dogs and cats at home when it comes to deserving companionship, play, a stimulating environment, and the right not to be tormented in painful experiments.

Luckily, caring consumers know that advances in nutrition don’t have to come at the expense of animals in labs. Help PETA force Iams to end these painful and unnecessary tests, as many compassionate companies have already done.

 

Support Brands That Do Not Test on Animals

After uncovering extensive abuse of animals at a testing laboratory for dog and cat food maker Iams, PETA contacted hundreds of companion-animal food companies to ask if they conduct laboratory tests on animals. None of these tests is necessary or required by law, and humane alternatives do exist. Non-invasive, nonlethal, and cage-free “in-home” testing is conducted by PetSci, and collaborative veterinary clinic studies allow sick animals who are volunteered by their guardians to participate in humane feeding trials that can determine the beneficial effects of nutrition on a specific illness.

The following companies have assured PETA in writing that they do not test on animals in laboratories. Companies that are not on this list either responded to let us know that theydo conduct laboratory experiments on animals or failed to respond to our numerous inquiries and are assumed to conduct laboratory experiments on animals.

[Important Note: If you have been feeding your companion animals commercial pet foods, you may be jeopardizing their health. Supermarket pet foods are often composed of ground-up parts of animals deemed by U.S. Department of Agriculture inspectors unfit for human consumption. The flesh of animals who fall into one of the categories of the four D’s—dead, dying, diseased, or disabled—is what often goes into pet food. Many of these animals have died of infections and other diseases. In all but a few states, it is legal to remove unusable parts from chickens and sell them to pet food manufacturers. Most pet foods contain the same hormones, pesticides, and antibiotics that are found in commercial meat products for humans. If you are concerned about your companion animals’ health and about the cruelty of the meat industry, now is the time to stop buying meat-based commercial pet food. Learn more about healthy vegetarian dog and cat food options.] (Click here for the U.K. version of this list.)

Active Life Pet Products
1-877-291-2913
www.activelifepp.com

Amoré Pet Services, Inc.
1-866-572-6673
www.amorepetfoods.com

Animal Food Services
1-800-743-0322
www.animalfood.com

Artemis Pet Food
1-800-282-5876
www.artemiscompany.com

Azmira Holistic Animal Care
1-800-497-5665
www.azmira.com

Boston Baked Bonz (entirely vegan)
781-752-4040
www.bostonbakedbonz.com

Bravo Raw Diet
1-866-922-9222
www.bravorawdiet.com

Burns Pet Health, Inc.
1-877-983-9651
www.burnspethealth.com

CaniSource
1-888-347-3523
www.canisource.com

Canusa International
519-624-5697
www.canusaint.com

CountryPet Pet Food
1-800-454-7387
www.countrypet.com

Dr. Harvey’s
1-866-362-4123
www.drharveys.com

Dry Fork Milling Co.
1-800-346-1360

Dynamite Marketing, Inc.
208-887-9410
www.dynamitemarketing.com

Evanger’s Dog and Cat Food Co., Inc.
1-800-288-6796
www.evangersdogfood.com

Evolution Diet, Inc. (entirely vegan)
1-800-659-0104
www.petfoodshop.com

Feline’s Pride
www.felinespride.com

Good Dog Foods, Inc.
732-842-4555
www.gooddogfoods.com

GreenTripe.Com
831-726-3255
www.greentripe.com

Halo, Purely for Pets
1-800-426-4256
www.halopets.com

Happy Dog Food
1-800-359-9576
www.happydogfood.com

Harbingers of a New Age (entirely vegan)
406-295-4944
www.vegepet.com

Holistic Blend
1-800-954-1117
www.holisticblend.com

The Honest Kitchen
858-483-5995
www.thehonestkitchen.com

Know Better Dog Food
1-866-922-6463
www.knowbetterdogfood.com

KosherPets, Inc.
954-938-6270
www.kosherpets.com

Kumpi Pet Foods
303-699-8562
www.kumpi.com

Natural Balance Pet Foods, Inc. (has vegan options)
1-800-829-4493
www.naturalbalanceinc.com

Natural Life Pet Products, Inc. (has vegan options)
1-800-367-2391
www.nlpp.com

Nature’s Variety
1-888-519-7387
www.naturesvariety.com

Newman’s Own Organics
www.newmansownorganics.com

Oma’s Pride
1-800-678-6627
www.omaspride.com

Onesta Organics, Inc. (entirely vegan)
619-295-1136
www.onestaorganics.com

Pet Chef Express
604-916-2433
www.petchefexpress.ca

PetGuard (has vegan options)
1-800-874-3221
904-264-8500
www.petguard.com

Pied Piper Pet & Wildlife
1-800-338-4610
www.piedpiperpet.com

PoshNosh Inc.
613-747-1542
1-866-893-4006 (Outside Ottawa-Outaouais)
www.PoshNosh.ca

Raw Advantage, Inc.
360-387-5158
www.rawadvantagepetfood.com

Sauder Feeds, Inc.
260-627-2196
www.sauderfeeds.com

Stella & Chewy’s LLC
718-522-9673
www.stellaandchewys.com

Timberwolf Organics, Inc.
407-877-8779
www.timberwolforganics.com

V-dogfood LLC (entirely vegan)
1-888-280-8364
www.V-dogfood.com

Veterinary Nutritional Formula
1-800-811-0530
www.vnfpetfood.com

Wow-Bow Distributors Ltd. (has vegan options)
1-800-326-0230
www.wow-bow.com

Wysong Canada
1-800-748-0188
www.wysongcanada.net

Wysong Professional Diets (has vegan options)
1-800-748-0188
www.wysong.net