Best Organic Dog Food

We tested 8 safe, USDA certified organic dog foods. These are the best organic dog food brands that we recommend for your best friend(s).

What is Organic Dog Food?

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Organic dog food is any mix that meets the guidelines by which human food is deemed organic.

In that respect, at least 95% of the ingredients must be grown without pesticides or fertilizers that can make its way into the food.

However, there are some different criteria that make for different labeling, and that can get pretty confusing unless you know how to break it down.

Read your dog food labels!

This is where, as Grandmother always said, the proof is in the pudding.

If the ingredients pass the 95% rule as above, the label may read “USDA Organic”. The fact that vitamins and minerals are added to pet food keeps it from attaining a 100% mark in labeling because there are no guidelines in that field in the matter of organic processing.

If the pet food company uses roughly 70% organic ingredients, the label may then read, “Made with organic ingredients”. So those are your major, most easily found differences in the label reading process.

If you want to delve a little deeper for yourself, and get into the real nitty gritty, you can visit the Association of American Feed Control Official (AAFCO).

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Is Organic Dog Food Better…or just a gimmick?

Some people might decide to choose a dog food with a label that reads “natural” or “holistic” over the USDA Organic labeling.

Those words carry some weight in the world of people food, but when it comes to our fur babies, the guidelines are not quite the same. While we think of the wonderful connotations associated with natural ingredients, the fact is that as long as something is, in fact, natural, that doesn’t mean we want it in our pet’s food.

There is an extensive list of naturally occurring poisons in the world we live in but, while it may be true that they are as natural as salt from a salt mine, we certainly don’t want our pets ingesting them.

I am in no way saying that some pet food companies lace their product with poison!

The point is that the word “natural” may be used if the ingredient is natural. There is no tried and true rule as to how beneficial it has to be.

On the other hand, carrying the USDA label of organic means that the ingredients have met a list of procedural safeguards already set in place, and there is more solace in that fact alone.

Beyond all that is the fact that organic foods – for people and pets alike – are incredibly beneficial to the system, much more so than premium blends or those that are filled with grains, preservatives and other ingredients we can barely pronounce.

Organic foods are:

  • Easier to digest
  • Less chance for allergies
  • Less health disorders that can stem for chemical and preservative use
  • Medicinal benefits, such as optimizing joint health and boost the immune system.

What it all boils down to…

Okay, so maybe you’re still not completely sold. That’s okay, the fact that you’re here says a lot for how important your dog’s food is to you.

Along that line of thinking, if you have children, think about what you feed them.

Do ingredients matter?

Do you try to avoid fillers, preservatives, and artificial flavors and colors?

Are natural, nutritional ingredients important to you?

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Best Organic Dog Food Brands

If you’re finicky about the food your children eat, then it is absolutely okay to be just as finicky about your pet’s food as well. Anyone who says, “it’s just a dog” in regards to what the pet eats might not consider that pet part of the family.

But if you do, please read on and discover some foods that could fit the bill perfectly if you’re considering the switch.

Now we’ll look at some specific foods that you need to check out for yourself and your pet…

1. Castor & Pollux Organix

Organix dry dog food is made by Castor & Pollux and is certified organic by Oregon Tilth. It is completely grain free, made in the USA and advertises on the package that it is made in an organically certified kitchen.

The ingredient list is pretty impressive, with real chicken listed as the first ingredient, and it also includes omega 3’s as well as glucosamine and chondroitin for great joint benefits.

They have a full line of products including both dry and wet food, snacks and treats, and their reviews are no less than 4 stars, both on their product website as well as Amazon.

Reviewers all seemed to enjoy how much their dogs loved the taste of the food, but others went on to further describe how much better the food is for their pets’ health needs.

One stated that her Pomeranian had bad issues with her teeth, but Organix helped with that. Another stated that even though their family’s German Shepherd was a finicky eater, he absolutely loved Organix.

Another reviewer mentioned that her dog has an Ocular Autoimmune disorder, and this food has helped immensely.

2. Newman’s Own Organics

Newman’s Own Organics is a lesser-known dog food, but fits the bill quite well in this category.

The canned dog food seems to be the most organic, with 95% organic ingredients, while their dry dog food weighs in with 70% organic ingredients.

This food also contains probiotics as well as antioxidants and is said to be cooked at a low enough temperature so that the natural nutritive properties of the ingredients are not diminished.

With a 4.3 star rating on Amazon, customers have made it known that they have done quite a bit of research on their own to be able to say that this is one of the best organic dog foods on the market.

There does seem to be some concern with the beef and liver variety, but the chicken and brown rice recipe does tend to steal the show.

As an added bonus, Newman’s Own states that the company focuses its charitable giving to animal shelters and other animal related services.

3. Tuffy’s Natural Planet Organics

Next, we find a little gem called Natural Planet Organics from Tuffy’s Pet Foods.

They are proudly backed by Oregon Tilth and their product list includes organic, non-GMO, grain-free ingredients.

The history of the company dates back to 1947 in Minnesota.

The company prides itself on some of the finest ingredients to be found in dog food.

Reviews for Natural Planet Organics got a solid 4.8 stars on Amazon and the testimonials on the product page absolutely rave about it.

One reviewer stated that she was mixing Natural Planet with the old kibble her dog had been eating, as directed by vets, but her dog immediately picked out and at the Natural Planet, leaving the old food untouched. I guess that fur baby had decided to go all out right away.

4. Simpsons Premium 80/20 Dog Food Grain-Free Mixed Meat and Fish

Our final choice is another middle of the road price range, and comes in 12kg or 2kg bags.

A little like the Kannis option we just discussed, this is a good choice for very active dogs, as it also contains those joint protecting assets, Glucosamine and Chondroitin, as well as cranberries and probiotics to boost the vitamin and mineral intake.

As the name suggests, there is an 80/20 content ratio – 80% meat and 20% fruit and vegetables included, so you know that your dog is getting everything he or she needs for the best possible overall health and well-being.

We know that our small dogs tend to run, run, run, and this is a good option for those mega-active pooches!

5. Yarrah Organic Dry Dog Food

Yarrah Dry Dog Food Organic for Small Breeds

Yarrah has a wide range of different doggy treats and foods, but this particular choice is ideal for small dogs because it takes into account their nutritional needs versus their size.

If your dog is anything like mine, he or she will be a little picky with taste, but my dog loved the chicken flavor (teeming with energy after eating, too).

As with most small breed organic foods, the Yarrah version cuts down on the possibility of your dog developing digestive issues or stomach problems, as well as those problematic allergies that can sometimes occur.

You can get this particular produce for larger dogs too, but if you have a small breed, it’s best to stick to the version for their size.

I can vouch for this particular choice, as my Jack Russell chows it down on a regular basis, and it certainly sits towards the lower end of the budget scale too, whereas some organic brands can be a little more expensive.

6. Lily’s Kitchen Dry Dog Food Organic Chicken & Vegetable Bake Complete

This dog food is Queen-approved (and she knows a thing or two about dogs).

Need I say any more?

Lily’s Kitchen is the first-ever pet food recipient of the Queen’s award for enterprise.

Again, need I say any more?

This is one of those brands which does sit a little higher on the cost scale, but you do get what you pay for here, and that is quality and health benefits. This option also has fantastic ratings on Amazon.

For those picky dogs, like mine, you can choose from a variety of different flavors:

  • Chicken
  • Chicken and vegetable
  • Chicken and duck
  • Lamb and parsley

All ingredients are natural and the food is totally hypoallergenic, with organic fruit, botanical herbs, and no fillers or preservatives included.

The list of breeds which this particular product is suitable for is quite large, and it can be used for larger dogs too, however the following are specifically mentioned:

  • Miniature Schnauzer
  • Shih Tzu
  • Yorkshire Terrier
  • Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

7. Canagan Small Breed Chicken

Canagan is our pick for best organic dog food for small dogs.

This particular choice comes in at the mid-price range, and you can pick from 2kg or 6kg bags.

My tip would be to go smaller at first, to see if it suits your dog; in my experience, dogs are as picky as humans!

Canagan make their products with 60% animal ingredients, such as chicken or eggs, and they also throw in a few tasty extras, such as sweet potato, to up the taste sensation for your pet.

Like most organic choices, this is easily digestible, which cuts down on those stomach problems, and it contains essential minerals and vitamins, to boost immunity.

I have tried this choice with my dog, and he seemed to enjoy it for a few weeks, before deciding he wanted a change – totally normal for my fickle Jack Russell!

8. Kannis Adult Chicken & Rice Organic Dog Food

This mid-priced organic dog food option is designed to give your dog his or her entire nutritional requirements for the day.

Kannis’ chicken formula is especially good for active dogs, because it boosts muscle growth and tissue development.

If you have a dog like mine (who loves to run riot around the garden for hours on end), this is particularly important.

Glucosamine and Chondroitin are both included for health joint development, and to help protect against joint problems in later life – this is a great option for those wanting to help protect against wear and tear, so for younger dogs into their later years.

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