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You eat the freshest organic produce, drink only hormone-free milk and insist upon pesticide-free meats to feed your family. Shouldn’t your furry, four-legged friends get to eat the same healthy fare?

Pet food has come a long way from the horsemeat and filler fluff of the past, and today several companies manufacture natural and organic kibble that is as delicious as it is nutritious. Demand for organic pet food has increased dramatically in the past several years, and multiple companies have stepped up to offer chow for your pet that is free from unwanted ingredients.

The following brands are all made with USDA certified organic ingredients, so you can be sure that “natural” is not a misnomer – these pet foods must follow the same rules as USDA certified organic food for human consumption: no toxic pesticides, chemical fertilizers, additives, preservatives, genetically-modified organisms or artificial flavors, colors, sweeteners, fats or oils.

Castor & Pollux Natural Petworks Organix

Offering a vast selection of dry and canned food for dogs and cats, Organix comes in multiple flavors with up to 95% certified organic ingredients like free-range chicken, peas & carrots and brown rice. Numerous varieties of Organix are available, including grain-free, weight management, puppy and indoor cat, as well as treats for both cats and dogs.

Newman’s Own Organics

Paul Newman’s organic empire now reaches into the fuzzy world of pets with a new line of premium pet foods that uses only free-range beef from Uruguay. Free from poultry by-products and wheat and corn (two common pet allergens), Newman’s Own is available for dogs and cats with special varieties for senior pets and puppies, and their Ranch Style Dog Treats in lamb and barley flavor fared particularly well with our test audience.

Dick Van Patten’s Natural Balance Organic Formulas

Made with organic chicken, brown rice, oats, barley, potatoes and carrots, Natural Balance formulas also contain nutrients that promote a shiny coat and healthy skin: omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids, canola oil, vitamin e and biotin. While the organic formula is presently available for canines only, Natural Balance pet foods work for animals of all ages and are used to feed zoo animals around the world.

PetGuard Organics

Now featuring organic beef jerky and chicken jerky treats for dogs, PetGuard uses 100% organic ingredients in its USDA-certified pet food. Family owned and operated since 1979, PetGuard offers dry and canned food for both cats and dogs that is suitable for all life stages. Special offerings include an organic vegan canine formula, cat treats and organically grown catnip. 

Natura Karma Organic Foods for Dogs

Karma’s dog food line is made from 95% certified organic ingredients (with no wheat, soy or corn) and uses a unique processing technique that cooks the food at a gentle temperature to retain more nutrients than most other brands. While limited to just one variety of dog food, Karma Organic goes through over 100 quality assurance steps during the manufacturing process and features eco-friendly bags.

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