Is Organic Dog Food or Cat Food Better for My Pet?

By: Deborah Linder, DVM, DACVN, Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine  |  July/August 2016
You may be wondering if it's a good idea to buy organic food for your dog or cat. Actually 100% organic pet food can be tricky to find with limited options for dog food and cat food. It's a challenge to make one food that meets all of your pet's essential nutrient needs in one serving using only organic ingredients. However, there is no research in cats or dogs to say if organic pet food is healthier than conventional. (Even human studies show conflicting evidence on whether or not organic food delivers more nutrients.)
If you still want to shell out for organic pet food, be sure to look for the official USDA organic seal. Pet food made with 70 to 95 percent organic ingredients is considered "made with organic" and can bear a third-party organic certifier's seal. So, unless you see the official USDA organic seal, your pet food might not be fully organic.
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