Organic Dog Food, a Do or a Don’t?

So, organic food is all the rage in people world right now, but what about the dog world? Do we assume that just because all dog food comes in little crunchy kibbles that it must all be the same; that there are not superior and inferior brands, types and so on? If you have been living, and therefore feeding your dog, under this assumption, you may be surprised. That’s right folks, there is organic dog food!

Which immediately, of course, begs the question: is it worth it? As with some organic people food, maybe it’s not as different as you might think, but as with some others, maybe it is. It is ultimately up to you, since your dog Sprinkles can’t go to the grocery store, read the ingredients list, pull out his credit card and make the purchase himself. Here are a few pros and cons to help you with your choice.

The Pros
So what is good about organic dog food? Well, to start with, just like organic people food, it has no fillers, no additives and no preservatives. This means fewer ingredients you can neither pronounce nor have never heard of before. This means not only that Sprinkles will get more nutrition in every healthful bite, but that he will also absorb more good things from every bite! It means that you are actually feeding your furry buddy food and not fillers. More nutrition means more energy, more playtime and more long healthy years for your pooch! If you are to think of how you feel after eating McDonald’s vs. how you feel after eating a meal of salmon, asparagus and rice pilaf, that is a good analogy.

In addition to being more vitamin-packed and free of preservatives, organic pet food also is free of some of the harmful by-products that make it into regular pet food. Hormones and antibiotics that are found in non-organic meats as well as pesticides from non-organic veggies don’t make it into organic pet food, because organic pet food uses only organic ingredients. Even the fats and vitamin supplements that go into organic russian food store  dog food are all natural.

The Cons
The first and most obvious is that organic dog food, just like organic people food, is more expensive. It ranges from about $0.25 to $2.00 more expensive per serving. The cheapest organic foods are comparable to the most expensive regular brands. Probably if you love Sprinkles enough to be considering organic dog food for him, you don’t buy the cheapest brand to start with, but you should still expect a price hike.

There is also a more scarce availability of organic foods. Your favorite store might not carry it, or you may find that they don’t have the flavor or mix that you want. Even if you can find the food that you want for Sprinkles, you may not be able to find organic treats and snacks so easily. You may end up ordering a lot of Sprinkles’ food and treats online, increasing the price and inconvenience of organic food. Also, at the end of the day, there is no scientific proof that organic food is better for your dog.

Ultimately, the choice of what kind of food to give you dog is yours and yours alone. It may be good to try out some organic foods, see if your dog likes them. Does he seem more energetic or happier as a result? Ask your vet to monitor and comment on positive or negative changes when you change his food. Also, as with your own food, rather than assuming one food is better or worse, do some research. Read the ingredients list. Check out a guide with comparisons between dog food brands in it. Make sure that you are making the right choice for Sprinkles, the furriest member of your family, both for his enjoyment and his health.

 

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