Natural, American Made Pet Treats and Pet Food: Don’t Compromise on Your Companion’s Care

American made pet food and treats

To many Americans, the word “pet” does not do justice to the spot our four legged friends have in our hearts. Our cats and dogs are members of our family and are treated as such. Those of us that have “fur children” and animal best friends know how important what goes into their bodies is to their overall health. Do you know what is in the food you give to your cat? Do you read the labels of your dog’s treats? What do you really know about your pet food and treats?

May 2014 Update: The FDA has launched an ongoing investigation into pet deaths and illnesses related to the consumption of beef jerky treats. It is estimated that over 1,000 dogs have died. Nearly all of the reported deaths/illnesses can be traced to jerky imported from China. See the FDA notice here. We’ve compiled a list of sources for dog treats made in the USA. Please save and share it in addition to the article below and our other related pet articles.

Here are some tips and suggestions to help you decide what is good for your furry family member. Always remember to consult your veterinarian when changing the diet of your cat or dog! Like humans, every animal is different. Some have allergies, sensitivities and medical issues which could even be associated with a certain dog or cat breeds.

Does buying dog food that says “Made in USA” on the label automatically mean that your dog/cat is 100% safe?

The answer is no, but he/she will be SAFER.  Despite where pet food is made, there is still a risk of bacteria contamination. Just like human food, there are no guarantees. Most pet food is not kept in consistent temperature conditions. Heat and humidity can promote bacteria growth. Purchasing pet food made in the USA could decrease this risk as time in transport is lessened. This could decrease exposure to temperature changes.

Remember, the huge pet food recall in 2007? Cats and dogs all over the US were being sickened and killed from pet food that contained melamine. This ingredient originated from China.However, it still was found in products manufactured in the USA. How was this possible? Some pet food made in America contains “fillers”, or additional ingredients added to the product to bulk it up and serves no nutritional purpose. It is not required to list where pet food ingredients come from. The same is true with human food. Reading the ingredient label and doing company research is very important!

Does seeing the word “Natural” on the label mean the pet food is 100% healthier?

Again, the answer is no. There is no regulation in the pet food industry that defines what “natural” means. It could mean there are no added colors, which would make it safer, but not 100% “natural”. You need to read your labels and research the brands. Make sure the pet food manufacturer’s definition of “natural” matches yours.

Here is a list of dog food, cat food, and treat items that are manufactured in the USA

Do all of the products manufactured by the companies named contain 100% made in the USA ingredients?  In most cases, no. However, the companies we had chosen to highlight take great pride in research and putting the overall health of our four legged family members as a #1 priority.

Merrick
Merrick #madeinUSA pet food & treats
Merrick makes cat and dog food (in both wet and dry varieties), as well as pet treats in Hereford, Texas. What I LOVE about Merrick is they state in their 5-Star Promise (located on the Merrick website) that ALL of their ingredients are from local farms and NOTHING comes from China. They consider themselves “natural” because they consider Merrick products to be food in it’s purest state- no artificial additives, sweeteners, colorings and preservatives.

EVO
EVO #madeinUSA pet treats and food
EVO brand offers pet treats and food for dogs, cats and ferrets. According to the EVO website, their made in the USA pet products contain more protein and fats, and less carbs and starches, like the diets of wild dogs and cats.

California Natural
California Natural #madeinUSA dog treats
California Natural specializes in wet and dry dog food and dog treats, but does also offer high quality cat food and treats too. California Natural products are recommended for dogs that follow the “Rotational Feeding” program, a program that believes offering a variety of protein  into a diet leads to optimal health.

Both EVO and California Natural products are manufactured in Hereford, Texas, and both brands are a subsidiary of Nutura Pet Products. According to thier website,  Nutura highly regulates it’s manufacturing process.Why do I LOVE EVO and California Natural products?  Only high quality, natural ingredients are used and all of it’s meats pass USDA inspection. Their product manufacturing is monitored as rigorously (maybe more in my opinion) as most people food!

Wysong
Wysong #madeinUSA pet treats & pet food
Wysong manufactures food and supplements in the USA for dogs, cats, ferrets, rabbits, horses, and yes, humans (supplements). Wysong considers themselves natural because they use all natural ingredients and no artificial sugars, coloring, preservatives.  Wysong is family run and was founded by a veterinarian, Dr. Wysong, in 1979. Why do I LOVE Wysong products? Extensive research has been put behind their products and every ingredient serves a nutritional purpose., On their website Wysong is very honest in where their ingredients originate and in MOST cases they do all come from the US. One thing that Wysong does make clear is that their are no domestic sources for amino acids and ALL are manufactured in China.  And FYI, amino acids are considered important dietary supplements and are added to human vitamins too.

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Post by Tracey Hanson

Tracey Hanson is the USA Love List Green/Family Living Editor. Follow her on Twitter and Pinterest

Comments

  1. Thanks for the list. With the huge scandal of pets dying from liver failure due to bad ingredients in cheap pet food a few years back, it's more important than ever to feed these “members of the family” properly!

  2. thanks for giving all the description. don’t wanna buy a harmful chemical for my cuty. hope these product will be helpful for me.

  3. Nita Woodruff says:

    I would like a list of dry dog food that is made here in the USA. I want my beloved dog to be safe as she eats her dog food.

    Please send me a list of dry dog food to my e-mail address and thank you.

  4. Walter L. Ellingwood says:

    Thanks for the information on dog food made and processed in the United States, but the labels you mention are not on the shelves in the stores that I shop at in Kansas.

  5. Be careful – 100% MANUFACTURED in US does not mean that the food is absent ingredients from China – China has virtually cornered the market of those vitamins, minerals and supplements added to pet (and human) foods which are shipped to US manufacturers and then manufactured into the dog food in the US – and yes, that means the potential for contamination from the ingredients. Until we label for the country of origin of ingredients I will be cooking my own dogwood (and people food)

  6. Paulette says:

    Does anyone know a good brand of food to feed a picky GoldenDoodle? When I say picky I mean it to the maxx. Thanks so much,

  7. Paulette says:

    It has to be made in the USA and grain free as well. Thank you so much if anyone can help me here I would appreciate it. Looking for a good brand of dry or canned dog food for a very extremely picky GoldenDoodle.

  8. Robin Wilson says:

    I was one of those people scared to death when jerky deaths were made public. My dog will only eat jerky treats and let’s face it…like you said our pets aren’t pets they’re family so she get treats. But now she only gets “people” Made in the USA (not distributed, MADE) jerky. She has had some from Wysong but she is just so darn picky! :D

  9. Thanks for these recomendations. I am very concerned about this issue since some pets have gotten sick and died from imported ingredients!

  10. Can’t thank you enough for posting this information.

    “We can judge the heart of man by his treatment of animals.” ~ Immanuel Kant

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