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Feeding Natural

Taking the Best Care of Your Dog is Only Natural

As a concerned Pet Parent, you naturally want the best for your pet. This includes not only what pets need, but what they don't need: added chemicals, colors, pesticides and preservatives in their food.

The good news: there are more natural and organic pet foods than ever. Ask a PetSmart associate for recommendations on the best natural and organic brands for your pet.

Natural Dog Food: The Deciding Difference

Natural pet foods are formulated with wholesome, real ingredients found in nature from high-quality sources with the nutrients still intact, minimally processed, and free of all artificial ingredients such as colors, flavors, or preservatives.

Natural pet foods meet AAFCO standards and are available in a variety of special needs formulas, breed sizes, and life stages to meet the unique needs of cats and dogs.

PLUS some of the natural pet foods at PetSmart:

  • offer one or more solutions for food sensitivities with unique meat sources (venison, duck, salmon, etc.), limited ingredient diets and grain-free formulas
  • are free of corn, wheat, soy, and by-products
  • have all-natural high-quality ingredients such as real meat, chicken, vegetables, and fruits plus added vitamins and minerals
Blue Buffalo nature's best Castor & Pollux
Wellness Nutro Natural Choice Nutro Max ProPlan Selects by nature Avoderm Ultra

Why natural dog food?

  • The answer to food sensitivities
    "Natural pet food may help solve some skin and digestion issues caused by food sensitivities," says Mark Finke Director of Merchandising Technical Services at PetSmart and Pet Care Expert. "It's free of the things your dog may be sensitive to: artificial colors and flavor enhancers, chemical preservatives and pesticides. Plus, the quality protein and grain sources help support your dog's immune system."
  • Increased energy and weight management
    Natural dog food is extremely nutritious so many Pet Parents find that their dogs actually eat less of it. Also, because natural dog food doesn't contain fillers or by-products, your dog is eating only the ingredients it really needs to maintain a healthy weight and energy level.
  • Easier digestion
    "Unique meat sources such as venison, duck and salmon are highly digestible," says Finke. "The absence of low quality ingredients also means natural dog foods are more digestible."

What if my pet has a sensitive stomach?

Switching to natural foods can be a positive choice for you, your pet and the earth, but make the change gradually. Feed your pet a combination of the new and old food for seven days to let your pet get used to the new taste and smell. Increase the proportion of new food each day. And keep an eye on your dog or cat. Pets with sensitive stomachs may experience intestinal upsets during diet changes.

How do natural foods benefit the earth?

Natural foods don't just affect your pet—they impact the environment on a much larger scale and can aid in the conservation of soil and water. Pesticides and fertilizers also take their toll on the earth and switching to a natural or organic food could benefit not only your pet, but also the future.

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