Decoding Dog Food -- What Do The Terms “Natural” and “Organic” Mean?
Many pet food formulas are now specialized thus you may notice dog foods that are labeled “Natural”, “Organic”, “Holistic”, or “Homeopathic”. But what do these terms actually mean?
In pet food, a “Natural” label generally refers to how the product was processed. These products don’t have artificial colors, preservatives, flavors, growth hormones, or GMOs. Since there is no particular consideration with how ingredients are grown, they may utilize ingredients that were grown using petroleum-based and inorganic fertilizers, pesticides, and synthetic growth hormones.
Pet food products that are labeled “Organic” are manufactured based on specific guidelines set by the USDA. The requirements also cover how ingredients are grown, processed, and handled. Pet foods that are certified 100% organic don’t have any GMOs, synthetic pesticides, herbicides, or irradiation.
Do call your veterinarian Frisco, TX before making any changes to your pet’s diet.