Unlike food for human consumption, organic pet food is not strictly regulated. This means that if a dog food contains organic vegetables, the producer can then use non organic beef and chicken, add preservatives and other toxic chemicals, and still label their dog food as “organic”.
While some certifiers have seals for organic pet foods, that doesn’t mean the food is 100% organic. For example, if there is a USDA seal on a pet food package, that means that 70% (or more) of the ingredients in the food are organically produced.
While there is not certification that can prove a pet food product is entirely organic, there are steps you can take to find the safest food for your pet.
First, look for foods that claim to be organic and all natural. Another step you can do is to talk to other dog owners. You can find experts at a local kennel club, or go online to find out what other pet lovers say. Just be sure to verify where you’re getting online info from.
It’s very easy for companies to pay someone to say that their food is better than it is. The best way to verify the quality of a pet food is to look at the ingredients list. Words that are not pronounceable are probably not organic or natural. Also be wary of vague terms like “natural flavors”.
While it might take a little time and effort to find a quality organic food for your pet, they’re likely to thank you for it for a long, long time.