Organic Pet Food Not Always Necessary

North America loves their pets, and so it seems logical that most pet owners would want the best of what is available for their precious and valuable animals. This not only includes what beds they sleep on or what toys they play with, but also what foods they eat. Many pet owners are switching to organic pet foods in order to avoid inadvertently exposing their pet to harmful chemicals that could not only make their pet sick, but could possibly kill.  As a consumer, it is nearly impossible to tell whether or the food that they are giving their pet has been contaminated. If pet food has been processed and manufactured overseas and is then shipped to North American grocery stores, there are ample opportunities for the end product to be tainted.

Also, it is entirely possible for organic pet food manufacturers to put one or two organic ingredients into their pet food and label the entire product as organic. It isn’t law for every ingredient in the list to be organic. As a result, organic pet food does not necessarily equal safe pet food. For any pet owner who is worried about pet food that will needlessly expose their animal to harmful chemicals, the best answer is to use locally bought pet foods or to make pet food. The best way to avoid contamination of pet food is to go straight to the source. If you decide to make your own pet food, raw meats and vegetables make wonderful homemade organic pet food. But even if you buy your meat from the local supermarket, you may still not be sure where it came from or what it has been exposed to. Your best bet is to find a local farmer who butchers his own meat. Ask him about his farming practices and see what his philosophies or ideologies are concerning natural products. If he is a farmer that believes in growing organic beef then you have found the perfect place to buy your pet food. This way you can be sure that your dog’s food hasn’t been exposed to anything potentially harmful or fatal.

Another good idea, in theory, is to use wild meat such as venison. After all, it is unlikely that a deer was fed growth hormones or given antibiotics. And if a trusted butcher has butchered the deer, you can be sure that the meat was not exposed to anything then either. There is only one problem. You can never be sure of what the deer ate, and it is entirely possible that the deer has eaten grass contaminated with a chemical herbicide, for example. Though this is unlikely, this may be a factor to consider if you are extremely concerned about your pet’s welfare.

If you make your own pet food and ensure that you know where your ingredients are coming from. This way, you can keep your pet healthy, giving him or her the best quality of life possible. Though organic pet food sounds attractive, it may not be as pure as you think.

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