Organic dog foods provide the ultimate in healthy nutrition for your pet.
Packed full of premium natural ingredients and free from dangerous chemicals and unnecessary fillers, they can help keep Fido in so many ways.
A healthy diet leads to more energy and a stronger immune system, it also helps protect against a number of health conditions and illnesses, including heart disease, obesity, diabetes and more.
Just because a bag/can/pouch of dog food is claimed by the manufacturer to be 'organic' - that doesn't mean that it meets USDA requirements in this area.
Of course, there are still some excellent foods made from natural, human-grade or superior-quality ingredients of which a significant percentage are organic, but which don't meet USDA/NOP standards.
It's just another reason why it's so important to look very closely at the ingredient list on any pet food you are considering.
For more info. on analyzing ingredients check out my Dog Food Comparison page.
It demonstrates a straightforward method that you can use to determine the quality of ANY type of dog food, based entirely on the info. on the 'list of ingredients' displayed on the packaging
Companies that DO follow the USDA and NOP regulations (which among other things includes the requirement that the food ingredients be a minimum of 95% organic), are allowed to display the USDA Organic 'Seal' and the words 'Certified Organic'.
If you see these marked on the packaging of the food you're considering, you can be sure that it's one of the very top-quality organic dog foods on the market.
If you want to learn more about what makes organic pet foods so much better than your average, generic choices, check out this page (link opens in a new window)... then come right back here to the best organic dog food choices.
Here are some of the very best organic options for feeding your dog......
PetGuard Pet Foods is a family owned and operated business that produces one of the best line of organic dog foods, with every ingredient coming from within the USA.
Their 'Lifepath' variety is USDA Certified Organic and suitable for 'all life stages', meaning that it's been especially formulated to be suitable for puppies, adult dogs and even seniors.
There's also a vegetarian formula that doesn't contain soy.
None of the foods contain any animal by-products, no dangerous chemicals such as ethoxyquin, and only use natural preservatives.
The excellent foods in this range are all made from superior quality ingredients.
Meat protein sources are all raised without the use of antibiotics or growth hormones and on a vegetarian diet.
The majority of the grains and vegetables are organically farmed and NOP certified.
There are no animal by-products, chemicals, artificial flavors, colorings or sweeteners.
The new canned Organic Beef Formulas are USDA certified as 95% organic and grain free.
Castor & Pollux Organix produces both dry and canned dog food varieties, in adult dog, puppy, small breeds, grain free and weight control formulas.
Many of the formulas contain between 70% and 95% certified organic ingredients, and the ingredients that aren't certified organic have still been reviewed and approved by an organic certifying agency.
Free-range certified organic chicken or turkey is the most common protein source, the foods do not contain ethoxyquin or other harmful chemicals, and they are free of common allergens like corn and wheat.
Castor & Pollux's Organix chicken and brown rice adult formula canned food does contain 95% certified organic ingredients.
When it comes to keeping Fido healthy, making sure he eats well is one of the simplest and yet most effective preventative measures you can take.
There are certainly a LOT of dog food choices out there, and it can be confusing and even time consuming to try to figure out which one is best for your pet. But it's absolutely worth a little time and trouble to do that research.
A final thought... although many of the premium pet foods are more expensive than the generic, store-brand and sometimes even 'popular' labels, they can actually save you money in the long term.
The illnesses, chronic conditions, allergies and other issues your dog might suffer from due to poor nutrition, or exposure to chemicals and inferior food ingredients can work out very expensive in terms of veterinary bills.
Plus a food that is packed full of 'cheap fillers and junk' doesn't meet your dog's needs, so he'll need to eat more of it to feel full and to get what he needs.
These types of inferior dog foods also contain stuff that your dog simply can't digest, that means there's a fair bit more poop that comes 'out the other end'. All around it's much better just to choose a premium dog food in the first place!