We all want our pets to be healthy, and the first step is the food we choose for them. The choices are abundant and can be extremely overwhelming! Natural and organic pet foods have become popular over the past couple of years. Choosing which one is best for your pet depends on your personal preference. The difference between natural and organic pet foods, according to PetSmart, is natural pet foods contain no chemicals and organic pet foods were raised without chemicals.
The term “natural” refers to feed or ingredients that come from only plant, animal, or mined sources, according to U.S. Association of American Feed Control Officials. Also according to the experts at PetSmart, “This means that pet foods labeled “natural” should not contain any chemically synthetic processing aids and chemically synthetic additives like artificial flavors, coloring, or preservatives. Natural pet foods are also made from whole ingredients like chicken, beef, vegetables, and fruits…”
Organic foods are grown or raised without the use of antibiotics, synthetic hormones, toxic pesticides, or fertilizers, according to the Organic Trade Association (OTA). They are also minimally processed without artificial ingredients, preservatives, or irradiation. Instead of using chemicals, organic foods are grown and raised with more natural, biological methods like using mulch to prevent weed growth or compost instead of manufactured fertilizer, according to PetSmart. The ingredients in the actual food are not a factor in considering the food organic.
With this information, you can now choose what food is best for your pet, so that it can live a healthy, full life!