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Pet Food comparison tutorial 101 

In general, the best pet foods are sold in pet specialty stores and not your typical grocery store. Don't be fooled by television commercials, advertisements and/or fancy packaging. Don't pay filet mignon prices for hot dog quality foods.

Just as in people foods, the most important thing to reference is the ingredient label located in the back of the product, notice each ingredient and its order. The first ingredient is typically the primary ingredient and the largest, the second is the second largest ingredient and amount and so on.

Watch for these words, by-products, BHT, BHA, and especially Ethoxyquin in the food. For the recall (4/4/07) watch for the main ingredient being Wheat or Grain !!!

As of April 4, 2007 the FDA is saying "Stay away from products that list wheat or grain, or animal byproducts in the top ingredients.  Be cautious of any "Wheat Gluten or grain" ingredients !!!! Unless you know the grain is from the U.S. However, BE SAFE AND ASK !!!!

To minimize allergies in your pet use a lamb and rice product.

An example of a good ingredient list:                                                                                              
Lamb Meal, Sunflower Oil (preserved with mixed Tocopherols, a source of vitamin E), Dried egg product, Natural Flavors, Dried Kelp (source of iodine).

 

An example of a lesser quality product:                                                                                        
Chicken, Chicken By-Product Meal, Rice Flour, Corn Meal, Ground Grain Sorghum, Ground Wheat Gluten, Fish Meal, Chicken Fat (preserved with Ethoxyquin), animal digest, BHA, citric acid.

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Support Brands That Do Not Test on Animals

Active Life Pet Products
1-877-291-2913
www.activelifepp.com
  Animal Food Services
1-800-743-0322
www.animalfood.com
  Amoré Pet Services, Inc.
1-866-572-6673
www.amorepetfoods.com
         
Artemis Pet Food
1-800-282-5876
www.artemiscompany.com
  Azmira Holistic Animal Care
1-800-497-5665
www.azmira.com
  Burns Pet Nutrition
1-877-983-9651
www.burns-pet-nutrition.co.uk
         
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
  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
         
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)
         
Raw Advantage, Inc.
360-387-5158
www.rawadvantagepetfood.com
  Rocky Mountain Natural Products
1-877-768-6788 (Eastern U.S.)
1-800-665-5521 (Western U.S.)
www.rmtnp.com
  Sauder Feeds, Inc.
260-627-2196
www.sauderfeeds.com
         
Stella & Chewy’s LLC
718-522-9673
www.stellaandchewys.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 Professional Diets (has vegan options)
1-800-748-0188
www.wysong.net
  Nutra
(408) 261-0770
(800) 532-7261
9am-5pm Pacific Time, USA
www.naturapet.com