Healthy Pet Food

Doggie Bowl

Do you know what ingredients to look for in healthy pet food?

Many years ago I came across some literature on what is found in commercial pet food. I never gave it too much thought, always buying what was on sale or the least expensive at my local grocery store. It finally dawned on me…do I feed myself only food that is on sale or the least expensive?? I certainly wanted what was best for my little pal and to prolong her life. I was shocked to find out the food I was feeding Marley contained by-products and artificial ingredients...certainly not healthy pet food!

I was uneducated about reading a pet food label, but quickly learned the ingredients to avoid…animal by-products, wheat, corn, soy or glutens, chemical preservatives. Proteins should always be first, preferably with multiple proteins in the first five ingredients. I was also led to believe that you should never change your pet’s diet; I’ve discovered that offering a variety of food every 3-4 months can decrease the chance of your dog becoming sensitive or allergic to certain ingredients.

So here we’ve included the healthy pet food brands we have researched to be top quality, high in protein, low in grains & fillers. We certainly don’t claim to be experts on healthy pet food, so please do your own research. But we do know how important an informed decision is regarding the food we choose for our pets.

Update: Go raw!

Marley survived cancer in 2014 and I removed dry dog food from her diet at that time.  I now use Smallbatch Pets which is a raw frozen food in the form of a patty or slider with free range, pasture raised meats and organic produce & supplements...it was an easy transition and my dogs love it :)


SmallBatch Pets

for dogs and cats

Just who is smallbatch? Well, let us tell you. We are a small family owned company based in the bay area. Inspired by the wonderful local and sustainable sources around us, we set out to make a different kind of raw pet food. All of our ingredients are carefully selected to meet the standards we feel every pet deserves: organic herbs and vegetables, hormone and antibiotic free meats, and only pure honest supplements such as organic kelp and bee pollen.

Why should you have to worry about what’s in your pet’s bowl? Let us do all the thinking and making for you. Here’s to the longest ball fetch, softest puppy lick, and healthiest, happiest life.

We take great pride in our sourcing, using wonderful local farms and ranches. Just ask us and we’ll tell you who they are!

Additionally, we strive to only use meats that are free-range, pasture raised and always free of hormones and antibiotics. Our produce is 100% certified Organic and our supplements are always pure, organic, and unrefined. No HPP (high pressure pasteurization) always 100% raw, the way nature intended.

www.smallbatchpets.com


Primal Pet Foods

Wholesome Raw Foods for Dogs & Cats

Primal Formulas are produced using only the freshest, 100% human-grade ingredients. Our poultry, meat and game are antibiotic and steroid free without added hormones. We incorporate certified organic produce, certified organic minerals and unrefined vitamins to fortify our complete and balanced diets.

All Primal Formulas contain fresh ground bone for calcium supplementation. This combination of ingredients offers optimum levels of the amino acids (protein), essential fatty acids, natural-occurring enzymes, and necessary vitamins and minerals that are the building blocks for your pet's healthy biological functions. All of the ingredients found in Primal Formulas are procured from ranches and farms throughout the United States and New Zealand that take pride in producing wholesome raw foods through natural, sustainable agriculture.

www.primalpetfoods.com


Party Animal Pet Food

HAND CRAFTED IN SMALL BATCHES & MADE WITH LOVE!

In 2006, we embarked on a mission to create the most scrumptious & healthiest pet food from our kitchen for our furry children. We had no business plan, just a passion to provide the healthiest meal possible for our pets to enjoy.

Today, Party Animal™ continues to develop products that are never compromising. We use the best ingredients available, such as: organic and wholesome protein sources, organic oils, organic fruits and organic vegetables. All of our products are complete and balanced for all breeds and life stages with added vitamins and minerals to nourish your furry child's body from the inside out.

www.partyanimalpetfood.com


Petworth All Natural Pet Foods

Petworth All Natural Pet Foods

Petworth All Natural Pet Foods offers an optimal selection of premium 100% natural pet foods for dogs and cats. Our blends are custom formulated by veterinarians and companion animal nutritional experts to ensure that Petworth foods meet specific nutritional and animal life-cycle targets.

Our foods are produced at state-of-the-art, human-grade facilities and tested regularly throughout the production process to ensure quality.

No Corn
No Wheat
No Soy
No By-products

Meat based Diet made at our own human grade facility

Visit the Dana Point Farmer's Market on Saturdays from 9am to 2pm or simply call for free samples. Always free delivery!

Jeff and Sharon's Petworth
(949) 429-1709
Email: jscal5@cox.net t
www.petworthcs.com 


Taste of the Wild

Taste of the Wild

Years of domestication have turned your pets from fierce predator to best friends. However, modern science proves that your dog or cat still share the DNA of the wolf or wild cat. Taste of the Wild® Brand Dog and Cat food offers your pet a diet dictated by his genes. It provides your pet with the kind of natural, balanced diet that he could find "in the wild."

Now you can satisfy your dog or cat's instinctual cravings with Taste of the Wild. Choose from:

High Prairie Canine® with Bison & Roasted Venison
Pacific Stream Canine® with Smoked Salmon
Wetlands Canine® with Roasted Fowl
Sierra Mountain Canine® with Roasted Lamb
Southwest Canyon® Canine Formula with Wild Boar
Canyon River Feline® with Trout & Smoked Salmon
Rocky Mountain Feline® with Roasted Venison & Smoked Salmon
Pacific Stream Puppy® Formula with Smoked Salmon
High Prairie Puppy® Formula with Roasted Venison & Bison

Made with real roasted meats and supplemented with fruits and vegetables, these grain-free formulas provide a superior taste sensation, highly digestible energy and natural antioxidants to support a healthy immune system and overall health. Your pets crave a taste of the wild. Go ahead and give them one.

www.tasteofthewildpetfood.com


Orijen

Orijen

AT CHAMPION, OUR MISSION IS CLEAR AND STRONG: WE MAKE BIOLOGICALLY APPROPRIATE™ DOG AND CAT FOODS FROM FRESH REGIONAL INGREDIENTS.

Our Biologically Appropriate™ philosophy represents a new class of foods designed to nourish dogs and cats in keeping with their evolutionary adaptation to fresh meat and protein-rich diets.

Our ingredients are different too.

We don’t buy the bulk commodity ingredients in conventional pet foods, and instead focus on ingredients that are sustainably raised within our region by people we know and trust and then delivered to our kitchens fresh each day and bursting with goodness.

Prepared exclusively in our award-winning kitchens here in Alberta, Canada, ORIJEN is trusted by pet lovers worldwide and certified to meet every international safety standard.

Evolved as hunters, the physical structure of their teeth, jaws and digestive system scientifically classify dogs and cats as carnivores, evolved over thousands of years to operate on an almost exclusively meat-based diet.

The Biologically Appropriate™ concept is simple: Mirror the richness, freshness and variety of meats that dogs and cats would naturally hunt in the wild and for which they are evolved to eat.

That’s why ORIJEN foods feature exceptionally high inclusions of fresh whole meats, plus richly nourishing liver, tripe, cartilage and marrow — all in ratios that mirror the natural diet, while excluding high-glycemic carbohydrates and plant proteins that simply don’t belong in the diets of dogs and cats.

www.orijen.ca


Eagle Pack Dog Foods

Eagle Pack & Holistic Select Pet Foods

Eagle Pack® Holistic Select® and Eagle Pack® Super Premium brands offer natural, human grade ingredients and the highest quality meat meals, grains, and fats and oils available. Both contain at least 8 of our holistic, custom supplements.

Every ingredient selected for use in our holistic foods performs a function in the overall wellness of your pet. We conduct worldwide research on ingredients to be certain they make a positive contribution to your pet's health. If an ingredient is in an Eagle Pack diet it is there for a specific benefit. We look to offer you & your pet the comfort that comes from good nutrition. In our formulas and in our philosophy, we look to earn your trust.

www.eaglepack.com

www.holisticselect.com


Wellness®

Wellness

At Wellness®, we do whatever it takes to create the healthiest foods for the pets that depend on us. Food feeds their souls, sustains their lives and protects their bodies. That’s why our diverse team of animal lovers, nutritionists and vets has only one mission: To help you provide your pet a healthy, happy, long life through the power of natural nutrition.

For each of our recipes we never compromise—selecting nature’s finest ingredients and combining them in exact proportions to help support your pet’s health and wellbeing. Because we’re passionately picky from the first step to the last, we guarantee our products will deliver the Wellness Promise.

As a pioneer in holistic nutrition, we seek new ways to help pets thrive, educate people about the importance of a healthy lifestyle, and support animal wellness programs.

www.wellnesspetfood.com


Natural Balance

Natural Balance

Dick Van Patten's Natural Balance® Dog Formulas are used and respected worldwide by top trainers, breeders, veterinarians, kennels, and caring pet owners who want the best for their animals.

Natural Balance® products provide complete and balanced nutrition in a variety of foods, from dry, canned, dog food rolls and treats. Choose a formula to learn more about it. Read our ingredient panel... It speaks for itself!

www.naturalbalanceinc.com


AvoDerm

AvoDerm® premium dog and cat food formulas are loaded with high quality meat proteins, wholesome grains, antioxidant nutrients plus vitamins and minerals for inside health and California avocados for healthy skin and coat on the outside. Specialty formulas for dogs include, Puppy, Small Breed, Large Breed, Vegetarian, Lite and Senior as well as several nutritious flavors for Maintenance. Specialty formulas for cats include, Hairball Control, Weight Control and Kitten - as well as several nutritious flavors for Maintenance.

AvoDerm® is formulated and produced by Breeder's Choice Pet Foods. An industry innovator in new product development since its early days of providing high quality, diet-specific foods to breeders and zoos, the company is regarded by the industry as one of the purest, premium makers of natural pet foods for dogs and cats. Although many of its products were developed for specific pet health concerns, all are intended to be used as ongoing preventative care in adding longevity to a pet’s life.

www.avodermnatural.com 


Canidae

Canidae

All Natural and made the CANIDAE® Way with Superior Quality in Every Bag with No Corn, Wheat, Soy, Grain Fractions, Fillers or by products and Naturally Preserved.

All Life Stages
Lamb and Rice Formula
Chicken and Rice Formula
Platinum
www.canidae.com


Merrick Pet Foods

Merrick Pet Foods

Our holistic can entrées read like a menu at a five star gourmet restaurant and are unique to say the least. These meals combine the fine quality of human grade ingredients from the protein sources that we use as the number one ingredient to the fresh vegetables and fruits that we add to all of these special dishes.

If you read our ingredient panel, you will notice that we did not forget any of the details and that these meals are loaded with nutrition. www.merrickpetcare.com 


Nature's Variety

Nature's Variety

Including quality kibble, canned, raw and freeze dried food.

~No wheat, no corn, no soy
~No glutens
~No rice protein concentrate
~No by-products
~No artificial colors, flavors or chemical preservatives

The complete line of Nature’s Variety Prairie Brand products provides a convenient way for pet guardians to rotate pets with:

Meat-based kibble diets enrobed with Bio-Coating™ 
Canned foods made with 95% muscle and organ meat
Frozen or freeze dried diets made with 95% muscle and organ meat and ground raw meaty bones
Counter quality natural meat and bone treats
www.naturesvariety.com 


Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover's Soul

Chicken Soup for the
Pet Lover's Soul

Affordable dry food, canned food and treats made with four fresh meats and quality ingredients good enough for you to eat, the Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover's Soul brand pet food will satisfy your dog or cat's appetite and your discerning taste in pet food.

If you're looking for an all natural dog or cat food, Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover's Soul is for you. Made with all natural ingredients these healthy formulas will make your pet look and feel great.

More Fruits and Vegetables! Potatoes, carrots, peas, apples, tomatoes, blueberries, cranberries and spinach added for the total well being of your pet. 

www.chickensoupforthepetloverssoul.com 


While there are other healthy pet food brands, we hope this guideline helps you make an informed decision on which food to choose for your best pal. Learning to read a pet food ingredient label might add many years to your pup's life. To find a store in Orange County which sells these healthy pet food brands, please visit our Pet Supply Page. 





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