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? Don't miss our information about natural pet food made in USA!
Don't miss our source lists for American made dog supplies, American made cat supplies, and made in USA dog treats!
Important 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.
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 pet 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.
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! 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.
Does having 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.
Best Natural Pet Food Made in USA for Dogs and Cats
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.
Many thanks to the following sources:
- Dog Food Advisor, a website for product rankings and “Think Your Dog's Food Is 100% China Free? Don't Count On It,” by Mike Sagman and “The Truth About “Natural” Dog Food,” by Mike Sagman.
- FDA, US Food and Drug Administration, a website for recall information and other websites as mentioned.
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Stella & Chewy’s is a pet manufacturer based in Oak Creek WI – they have been business for almost 2 decades, and while some of their products are co-manufactured by others (due to types of packaging, wet foods, etc) their ingredients are NOT from China. Their website is very transparent as to what they import and from where, if the protein / item was imported, for each food product. Period.
They also use natural taurine (chicken and tuna) in recipes and import the taurine they need for other products from Japan.
In regards to DCM, their website has a response about it, in regards to foods in general. and where they stand. They have Vets on staff, as well as Pet Nutrionists, and work with them to make their product recipes.
Is hills Id canned dog food any good
Merrick was purchased by nestle in 2015 who absolutely makes + sources their “meat” from China. “Meat” from China is more than likely dogs, etc
It’s time for the USA to boycott ALL CHINESE PRODUCTS. As if the pet food contaminations were not bad enough, look up Chinese generic drug contamination, it will blow your mind.
Your information regarding Wysong is incorrect: “One thing that Wysong does make clear is that there are no domestic sources for amino acids and ALL are manufactured in China. ” Search the internet and you will see, there ARE amino acids made in the USA.
Thanks for sharing wonderful information on pet food.
FROMM PET FOODS ARE MADE IN WISCONSIN, USA. THE LINK IS HERE: https://frommfamily.com/about/meet-our-family/
I HAVE A VERY SENIOR DOG AND HE EATS FROMM. I BELIEVE THAT ALL OF THEIR PET FOOD INGREDIENTS ARE USA SOURCED AND MANUFACTURED. PLEASE CONTACT FROMM FOR MORE SPECIFIC DETAILS ABOUT THEIR PET FOODS.
They forgot Victor Dog food.
You left off Nulo, an independent company in Austin, Texas that uses no products from China. It turned my dogs health around completely and it’s the only food I’ll ever feed.
I have used Beaver Dam for 4yrs. When we adopted our dog, I wanted American made and a local product. We have been satisfied with their food and bones. No fancy packaging, no gimmicks and completely affordable
The dog food thing is scary, but GMOs pesticides added to our food and our pets food. Don’t know who to trust anymore.
Thank you for publishing this in-depth look into dog and cat foods and treats. My question is where does Dick Van patten’s Natural Balance fall into the category of? Is it all natural and it’s good for your dog/ cat, it’s made in the USA or does it fall into the category of we’re still doing research and you should look in to it more .? I’ve done animal rescue for several years and food has always been a concern when it comes to the animals, whether it’s our own pets or the animals we adopt out. we’ve have several dogs and we started them out with Innova / Evo. It was good made right here in California and then they sold the company and the agreement was the food was not to be changed the ingredients however our dogs were developing intestinal issues with it so we changed and put them on taste of the Wild and we did that for many years until two of our dogs developed intestinal issues and other health problems. We didn’t think it was due to the food until are nutritionist did some more research and read the reviews online people were complaining about what their dogs were experiencing and our dogs were having the same symptoms so we went from Taste of the Wild to Natural Balance. Which brings me to my original question what is your outlook on Natural Balance?
Dick Van Patton’s food is made by Diamond Dog Food, as are many others. Patton closed his plant.
As a small pet food manufacture, I find the labeling so misleading for consumers. I strongly feel that the USA should have a label that informs the consumer of the country of origin of ingredients and should require the font to be as large as Made in America. All of our ingredients are from the USA and not only made in the USA.
What is the name of your company?
Again…I’m assuming everyone wants to know what the company name is. We have had it with foreign ingredients that kill our babies. What is wrong with vets that they won’t help us with home made recipes if no one will sell us a safe dog food?
The recalls are what is scary. Sometimes when you hear of them you have fed a bag or cans already. I NEVER buy China anything for the pets.
I always read the labels for ingredients and sources, and watch for recalls
I never had a problem with blue buffalo that is the only dog and catfood and treats ill buy
They have had so many recalls, nine I think. Scary.
I’ve heard Blue Buffalo sold out to someone too. I don’t recall who bought them out but …
What gets me is all these dog food manufacturers start out saying their love for their dog, and dogs in general inspired them to produce a dog food that is natural, healthy, etc. They draw us all in, and our dogs are doing well. Then the first chance tbey get, they sell out. And not knowing that, we keep feeding the food to our dogs not knowing its now made in china out of who-knows-what meat.
It’s never about their love of dogs. It’s always about their love of money.
And finally, the government doesn’t seem to want to get too involved. Ok, fine. But woukd it be too much to ask that manufacturers be required to clearly state on all food and treats – actually any thing pets consume – that it clearly state where the product is manufactured. NOT where its distributed frim – which is meaningless information. Where it is manufactured.
Wysong is supposed to be really good for cats. It has a really high protein content compared to most foods.
Merrick is NOT entirely made in the USA. In fact, I haven’t found one single company that gets every single ingredient from here. Many minerals and meat sources such as lamb come from elsewhere. That “Made in the USA” label on most products is a big fat LIE. Don’t be fooled by the label, you’re getting a more honest product when you choose one with a label that shows country of origin, NOT made in US.
Merrick IS made (manufactured) in the USA, that’s where their manufacturing plant is located. You are referring to the SOURCES of their ingredients which is entirely separate. Altho some of their ingredients may be sourced from other countries (like 99% of pet foods), NONE are sourced from China and that is what I consider most important. If you read the blurb above re Nutro, you’ll see their food is also made in the USA however nowhere do they specifically say none of their ingredients come from China, rather they say they “travel the world” for their high quality ingredients which essentially says nothing and avoids specifically answering the question of whether or not their ingredients come from China. Merrick, Halo and others specifically state NO ingredients from China. If you want a pet food containing no ingredients from China, Merrick is a safe bet.
Is this still accurate since Purina bought Merrick?????
From this website: “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.”
Nowhere on the Merrick website is this line. I’m a longtime Merrick customer and noticed that this line disappeared when Purina bought the company. Still, it is one of the better foods out there and my cats haven’t been sick or developed any issues. (I lost a furbaby to melamine poisoning: Natural Balance Ocean Fish cat food – so we REALLY do not know what is safe or what isn’t.)
FYI – on Merrick’s Backcountry grain free line, the package says “Safely USA Cooked: Quality Assured, with the world’s best ingredients”.
I do wish that the US would require all pet food companies to list the sources of each ingredient and stop allowing the “USA made” song and dance we continually get from these companies.
What about Earthborn Holistic?
Since 1926 Bench & Field was one of the first premium dog foods ever formulated. We still make 100% of our holistic and natural dog food products in the U.S.A., in Wisconsin! Check us out!
Evangers dog food is not mentioned in your USA list. Is there a reason why?
Let’s just remember that even though these companies are manufactured in the US doesn’t automatically exclude them from recalls and lawsuits. Merrick, EVO and California Natural fall into those categories.
We use to feed EVO to our cats and they loved it. Then in 2010, I found out that Procter and Gamble bought Natura, the maker of EVO and several other pet food products made by Natura. We stopped buying it as we know the certain companies purchase pet food companies in order to dump their waste in the product. I see now that in 2014, Procter and Gamble sold Natura to Mars, the makers of candy bars, and also own Iam’s cat and dog food company.
Wow! I had no idea how pet treats have killed them. I’m definitely getting made in USA treats for pets, and good to know before holiday buying, for having them on hand, or giving them as gifts.
Watch the wording on the way these companies portray themselves. Food can be made in America but the ingredients can still come from China.
I am so glad The FDA has launched an ongoing investigation regarding pet deaths and the treats they are eating. How horrible to have a pet suffer from the food we buy for them.
LOL, the FDA doesn’t even inspect 10% of the generic drugs for humans produced in China, let alone worrying about pet food. Do not trust the FDA, they are useless.
Given the two-faced manner in which the FDA is handling the COVID-19 pandemic, the FDA cannot be trusted at all, not even with the oversight of pet food.
taurine is eseential for cats without it they will fail… the majority of cat and dog foods have too much grain and these are animals and are carnivores (especially felines) most times I make our own food from meat scraps. I also add in ingredients that are fresh. Yes, it is harder, but all of our animals live long and healthy lives.
This is good information. People need to be careful about the ingredients in pet food, and make sure any food not specifically made for a pet is OK for them. They are depending on you and trusting you to take the time and do the right thing always, don’t let them down.
I was always told avocado is damaging to our dogs and cats, yet it’s in a dog food, us wasn’t Merrick sold out to Purina?? Purina has had many recalls.
Great list! However, I just looked up Wysong, and it looks like they have dog and cat food made with rabbit meat, not food for rabbits. Which is unfortunate, because I was hoping to find some high-quality American-made rabbit food for my pet rabbit. :/
Yes, Wysong sells rabbit supplements…for rabbits. 🙂 http://www.wysong.net/products/rabbit.php
Great information. We just switched to Evo for our cat and it’s been great. She lost weight and seems calmer. All good things. Thanks for the other sources of healthy dog and cat food.
This is good info and will be helpful to many.
My problem: finding safe toys made in the USA for dogs. I ask every time
I look for American-made toys. As you know, they are very hard to find. I think I have bought all the ones made in the USA that I want, but I frequently want to buy another, either for my dog or my friends’ dogs. I will not buy anything made in China.
Please help! I welcome any suggestions and recommendations for good toys that are safe and well made in the USA.
West Paw and some Kong are made in the USA. Read labels.
Hi, we have some dog toys listed in our Made in USA Dog Supplies post: https://www.usalovelist.com/made-in-usa-dog-supplies/
I do think it would be safer to buy Made in the USA Pet Food. I am sure there will always be a worry about quality, but I would feel much safer buying USA food.
Here is an email I received from customer service from Taste of the Wild, it is always good to ask questions from your pet food company. Hope this helps.
Thank you for your inquiry.
Our foods are manufactured in four facilities, all in the United States. Two are located in California, one in Missouri and one in South Carolina.
We use some ingredients that are not USA sourced, lamb from New Zealand, lamb meal and venison from Australia, duck meal from France, potato protein from Germany and dried chicory root from Belgium.
There are ingredients that are critical to our formulations (i.e. folic acid and taurine) that can only be sourced out of China. Our choice is to either include these ingredients or manufacture our foods without them, which would not be in the best interest of your pet, in our view.
Some pet food companies are making “China-Free” claims despite the facts I’ve outlined above. They accomplish this by utilizing a loophole in European law. European laws allow for ingredients purchased outside their continent, then reprocessed in Europe, to be labeled with European origin. We could likewise hide behind that loophole in the law, and tell you what you want to hear, but choose not to for obvious reasons. I’d rather you not feed our foods than to tell you they are China-free, when they are not.
Food safety is our #1 priority and it shows in the amount of new business we get from word of mouth-friends and neighbors talking to one another, recommending our foods.
Thank you for this – I appreciate a company that is honest with its customers. 100% true that taurine, amino acids can only be sourced from China. I wish every company would own up to that fact. This is also something that needs to change – no one country should have the monopoly on a much-needed ingredient. Especially a country that has a track record for selling tainted products for pets and people.
I would rather feed my dog /cat table scrapes before anything from china…..you can also give your dog supplements made from USA. CBD /Hemp oil , and supplement for pets…..So Sorry but no we don’t need China KILLING OUR ANIMALS
Yes but I heard Purina is big in China ingredients.. I have done research look up Jane Lerner, and Kimberly Gauthier they will share what they found. China when have diesesd animals cut off disease par to make dog food , they have rendering plants they that boil these diesesd parts at and then send them to USA , so they mix and cook the rest ingredients here in USA. They can say it was made in American made. Please look these girls up
Another company that has four manufacturing facilities in the USA, is Taste of The Wild. It is grain free, it list all the meat products first which is what you need to look for. They use wild boar from Texas, bison, salmon Venison, lamb. You can tour their company and see how they make their food. My dogs love it if you go to their website you can read about the products. If you go to this website it will explain what you need to look for in ingredients and where to get good quality go to http://www.petmd.com/dog/centers/nutrition/slideshows/what-does-made-in-the-USA-mean-for-pet-food it will answer questions and explain. Also if you want to check out Taste of the Wild pet food go to their website http://www.tasteofthewildpetfood.com/
Artemis, The Honest Kitchen, & Halo are a few more high quality pet foods made in the USA. I’m sure there are a lot more, too, but these are 3 that I have fed my pets personally over the years. None of them do any invasive testing on animals (but may conduct taste tests), & Halo also donates a ton of food to rescues via freekibble.com.
I bought EVO dry dog food for my dog for more than a year. He loved the food but every time I ordered it I also received a recall notice. The food was made in China, not USA. Finally changed food, but can’t find anything he likes as well. I am trying to find a food made in the USA
I use FROMM it’s made in WI. And is excellent. All in the US
Yes I use frommalso because allmade and sourced in United States and they use all human grade good ingredients
Can’t thank you enough for posting this information.
“We can judge the heart of man by his treatment of animals.” ~ Immanuel Kant
Thanks for these recomendations. I am very concerned about this issue since some pets have gotten sick and died from imported ingredients!
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! 😀
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.
Nulo is a good brand with no ingredients from China
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,
Fresh Pet refrigerated is what I feed my pup who HATES dog food. He loves it.
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)
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.
They may not be on your shelf in Kansas, but if you have Amazon Prime, you can get it from them……..and prime will ship free…….
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.
Then feed it what you’re eating. Feed Raw beef hearts, ground turkey and chicken quarters are what I feed mine. If you’d like more information go to: http://www.rawmeatybones.com
Dr. Tom Lonsdale can guide you. I can tell my dogs are the healthiest dogs I have ever raised. Dr. Tom believes a dog can live to 29. Thats for large breeds as well – I look forward to seeing that! I have all large breeds.. Good Luck –
Make sure it is not only made here that they get all their ingredients from the US or none from China.
thanks for giving all the description. don’t wanna buy a harmful chemical for my cuty. hope these product will be helpful for me.
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!
I cannot believe that we are allowing Chinese pet food companies to poison our pets!
And the final slap for being really stupid is that we PAY THEM TO POISON OUR PETS!
my house smells like rotten food
Right now & i paid more for wet cat food that I pay for my own food!
I don’t have a lot of money but I get by.
A few years ago I wanted to splurge a little (for us) & get my dogs some good food & I mixed it in with their normal food.
Splurging for us was
bag of Purina primecuts.
I know switching food can bother animals sometimes but my dogs have always eaten whatever I could get. Never bothered any of them before.
They are tough farm dogs that chase rabbits & skunks ECT…
Never had a problem until that bag of Purina primecuts.
That Evening my 3 yr old male dog ( strong brave intelligent beautiful- a pup I held when he was born! ) was DEAD & ALL 4 of my dogs were sick!
180 dogs that I know of died from eating the same dog food that weekend.
I wrote Purina & never heard from them. Called them & they said they had bought contaminated foods. “We are sorry “. But no compensation would be given.
Sorry ? Turned out purina had purchased contaminated products several times Over the previous years & kept on purchasing it!
Hundreds / thousands of animals died horrible, painful deaths.
And Purina got completely away with it.
I understand that Purina also owns most pet Food companies now. I check every pet food I buy to make sure Purina is nowhere on it & double check online.
I hope I can avoid buying Purina products for the rest of my life.
I’m sure gonna try.
180 dogs died just in the US from eating Purina dog food that weekend!
Have you ever had a stomach ache ? Food poisoning? That is the most agonizing pain.
They are murdering our pets to save a few penny’s!
Why is this not against the law?
If they were murdering cattle . The cattlemens association would go into melt down.
Maybe pissed off pet owners need to unite.
I had a dog die during the melamine poisoning recalled food. I fed him Science diet, Nutro and Wellness. Think it’s safe even made in the USA they use rancid meat from food factories and that has plastic, wood, acid cleaners and chlorine and other chemicals. I heard one food company using euthanized animals with drugs they were taking in the dog food. I home cook for all of my animal now. That includes treats, vitamins and pet toothpaste.
I was told that Purina bought out Merrick which I used to feed my dog. I do not buy anything made by Purina. Still made in Texas but knowing Purina, I am sure the quality has gone way down so I stopped buying Merrick dry food.
Purina did buy Merrick in 2015. I have bought Merrick cat food for years and my firkids have recently turned their noses up at the food. On the Chewy.com site, another customer asked the infamous question “where does Merrick source its ingredients.” Here’s the response from Chewy:
“Merrick crafts their recipes with the freshest, highest quality ingredients available. Most of Merrick’s ingredients come from the USA, however, in certain circumstances some ingredients may be sourced from China due to availability. ”
I’m done with Merrick, blame Purina, and am on the hunt for a better and more ethically-sourced food.
Please tell me what you have found……. I so want better but am not sure what to get.
So did u ever find out what pet food is truly best for your cats . I just switched to merrick whole earth farms. This whole finding the right food is making me upset. The whole earth food has potatoes. I know pea starch is controversial. But what is made in usa and not sourced from China. Someone please help me. Im so confused. I have 5 cats . Please email me . Kelly
Hi all – sorry this took so long. I finally successfully switched from Merrick to Halo in 2020 and have two very healthy 14-year old kitties who just passed their latest blood panel / physical with flying colors. NO kidney damage, NO cancer, NO elevated blood issues of anything. As you all know, it’s an all-encompassing job to keep our feline kids safe. So, I’m very happy with Halo. asking where their ingredients are sourced, this is their reply (October 2021):
“Halo selects every ingredient we use based on its premium quality and nutritive value. Each ingredient comes with a certificate of analysis and country of origin. All Halo meat proteins are sourced from the US, Canada, or New Zealand. Because of our commitment to using non-GMO vegetables and fruits, we also source plant-based ingredients from Europe, where GMO crops are prohibited by law. Any ingredient sourced internationally comes from verified responsible suppliers. ”
So far, so good. Hope this helps.
It’s not only cheap pet food it is in the more expensive ones too.