Organic food enjoys an ever-widening consumer base and rightly so, as it is better for people and the environment. However, when it comes to feeding your pets, most people don't know organic pet food exists. Most people treat their pets like 4-legged children, some going so far as to literally clothe their pets. However, they feed them generic food which is billed as 'natural' and good for your pet. But be warned, further investigation is often needed to uncover some much needed facts.

Unlike food for human consumption, pet food is not strictly regulated which means if a dog food contains organic vegetables, the producer can then use non-organic beef and chicken, add preservatives and other toxic chemicals, and still label their dog food as "organic". While some certifiers have seals for organic pet foods, that doesn't mean the food is 100% organic. For example, if there is a USDA seal on a cat food package, that means that 70%, or more, of the ingredients in the food are organically produced.

However, there is a good-for-your-pet alternative, organic pet food. These typically contain very few ingredients. In one case, there is one fat, one protein and one carbohydrate. They don't use by-products, fillers of any kind, artificial flavors, artificial colors or preservatives.

While there is no way to prove a pet food product is entirely organic, with a little effort you can find the safest kibbles for your pet. Talk to other dog owners about what they feed their dogs. Experts at your local kennel club are typically happy to share information regarding the best dog foods available. Search for blogs and other online resources and find out what other pet lovers say about what they feed their beloved pets. Be mindful of the source of information however, as companies can, and do, pay people to say that their food is better than it is. The best way to verify the quality of a product is to look at the ingredients list. If you cannot pronounce the words, they are probably not organic or natural.

Not unlike human foods, your pet's body has to absorb and digest the food you feed it. When pets have to digest artificial ingredients, their bodies have to work harder, which in turn diminishes your pet. While organic pet foods do cost more than the standard food you find at the grocery store, you're paying for high quality ingredients that will be good to your pet and their digestive system.

While it might take a little time and effort to find a quality organic food for your pet, their continued good health and prolonging of life makes it worth the work. You and your pets will be thankful you made the effort to give them the best possible food. Pet owners who go organic with their animals rations notice more attentiveness, fewer health issues, shinier coats and happier, more attentive pets; these are priceless benefits.

Author's Bio: 

Marty Rich has been a professional chef for more than 27 years. He is dedicated to helping everyday people, like you and me, learn to create easy, simple meals with the freshest of ingredients. For more information on organic living please visit