One of the biggest trends in pet food for 2013 is organic dog food, according to pet trendologists Robbin and Joseph Everett who have reported seeing an increase the number of people who “want to be able to pronounce the ingredients in their pet’s food.” Consumers are constantly searching the big box pet store shelves for foods that feature organic ingredients, proteins, rice and vegetables, which has lead to a growing demand for high-quality, balanced recipes for their four-legged friends.
As chain pet stores begin to carry a greater variety of natural and organic food, more and more pet owners are experiencing firsthand the benefits of feeding their dogs organic, which include:
- Increased energy
- Better weight management
- A decrease in allergies and skin conditions
- Fewer digestive disorders
- An improved immune system
- An improvement in overall health and vitality
So, how do you determine if the organic dog food you’ve selected will meet your dog’s nutritional needs? First, consider your pet’s life stage (puppy, adult or senior). This will help you decide on a recipe that meets his or her nutritional needs. Look for labeling that includes a statement of nutritional adequacy to indicate whether the ingredients result in balanced and complete nutrition.
Don’t be afraid to read over the ingredients list as well, even for brands that claim to be premium or super-premium. This does not necessarily mean that the food is organic or all-natural. You’ll want to look for words like organic, free-range and others that equate to no synthetic ingredients. All proteins, vegetables and carbohydrates should specifically state their organic sources. In general, an ingredient list that lists protein sources like organic chicken or organic lamb first is a safe bet.
If you’re new to organic dog food, get acclimated to the ingredients and benefits of these three brands that promise organic recipes and the many benefits that come with them. As always, consult your veterinarian with any questions about organic pet food and before switching your dog’s diet.
Natura Pet’s Karma Organic Dog Food
For the most USDA-certified organic ingredients, check out Natura Pet’s Karma Organic Dog Food. This food is specifically formulated with chosen ingredients that promote “optimal health and well-being” for your pooch, including organic chicken, barley, flaxseed, carrots, cranberries and more. This line promises to aid in your dog’s digestion, the absorption of protein and the stabilization of your pet’s blood sugar levels. Natura Pet’s Karma Organic Dog Food is sold in local Pet Supplies Plus stores, Larry’s Laundromutt and Paws Here Awhile for an average retail price of about $23 (for a seven-pound bag).
Castor & Pollux Organix Adult Dog Food
Castor & Pollux Organix Adult Dog Food (pictured) gets rave reviews from dog owners for its recipe that combines 100-percent organic, free-range chicken with organic fruits, vegetables and rice that delivers an optimal dose of vitamins, minerals, fiber and antioxidants. This is a fantastic option for pets with digestive issues and sensitivities to wheat or corn as it does not contain either ingredient. Pick up a 14.5-pound bag of Castor & Pollux Organix Adult Dog Food at Petco locations for around $45.
Newman’s Own Organic Turkey & Brown Rice Canned Dog Food
If your pet prefers canned dog food over dry, Newman’s Own Organic Turkey & Brown Rice Canned Dog Food is a delicious, wholesome blend that includes organic turkey and chicken among its first five ingredients. Its nutritional content meets the needs of many dogs, including small and large breeds, active dogs, senior dogs and those with special nutritional needs. Have Newman’s Own Organic Turkey & Brown Rice Canned Dog Food shipped directly to your door from 1-800-PetSupplies.com for approximately $30 (with estimated tax and shipping).