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When it comes to natural & organic nutrition, the word "no" is a good thing—as in "no artificial ingredients." Take a closer look at natural nutrition to see if it's the right choice for your pet.
According to the Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO), natural pet food contains:
Ingredients must come only from plant, animal or mined sources (with the exception of certain vitamins which must be chemically synthesized). Instead of chemical additives, natural preservatives from vitamin E or vitamin C may be used.
Some natural nutrition brands can address your pet's digestion & food sensitivity needs by eliminating common grains often attributed to food sensitivities like corn, wheat & soy from their recipes.
Many natural nutrition brands use whole, high quality ingredients like bison, lamb, rabbit, fish, vegetables & fruits.
Missing from the ingredient labels are by-product meals, which may contain ground skeletal meats, connective tissues, blood or organs. While not harmful to pets, some pet parents may find these ingredients unpleasant.
Organic refers to the way the ingredients in your pet's food were raised or grown. Organic foods use no antibiotics, synthetic hormones, genetic engineering, toxic pesticides or fertilizers, according to the Organic Trade Association (OTA).
Organic ingredients are minimally processed without artificial ingredients, preservatives or irradiation. Mulch & compost take the place of chemicals & manufactured fertilizer.