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  1. Liz Makkay

    I would LOVE to buy your 2017 list. I live in Canada and last year there was not one food (for cats) that is available in Canada on your list. Are there any this year? If so, I’d be happy to buy your list.
    Thank you for all the wonderful work you do on behalf of pets.

    Liz Makkay

    1. Pacific Sun

      I just looked at the 2017 List. Yes, the new one! And there is definitely a Cat Food on there that’s sold (also) in Canada.

      In previous years the complaint has been no (or not enough) Cat Food choices. This year there are ELEVEN and I would encourage everyone to investigate the 2017 List.

      ( My opinions are my own and I am not associated with the TAPF. Just a VERY long time Follower and Advocate! )

    2. Elise

      Check out Canadian company Acana…excellent cat and dog food, premium locally sourced ingredients. Also, GO, another Canadian family owned pet food business. Both company’s foods available at smaller stores, not Petsmart. Their websites will give list of retailers.

  2. Cynthia

    Hello, what about animal testing on your list. Many pet food companies do test product on animals, keeping animals confined in labs etc. Are the foods on your list cruelty free as well?

    1. Susan Thixton Author

      I didn’t ask that question of these companies – mostly because small companies don’t have the funding for animal testing (or even advertising). I would guess that yes – each one of them is ‘cruelty free’ – I would guess that none of these foods test on animals in labs. One of the foods did perform an AAFCO feeding trial, but that trial was performed on pets in homes (the first time this has ever been done). These companies – in my opinion – are foods that go the extra mile to do things right. They would not perform laboratory testing on animals.

    2. Interested

      OMG. Even if they did so, on a formal basis, that would be such a double-edged sword! Hi, this half survived and this half didn’t?? Or this group looks great, but the other not so much!! So, no, published Lab Testing, wouldn’t quite be in their best interest.

      However, it has been suggested that food is “sampled” (probably amongst employees) in family home situations. You’d want to know if interest in the product is sustained, to make sure a pet doesn’t break out in ridiculous itching, or some other unforeseen problem. Because I don’t think anybody mixes up a batch of this stuff without some input and tweaking. And once there was an article written about a kennel of dogs (Beagles I think) maintained in seclusion (meaning no visitors invited). But I don’t think anybody ever got to the bottom of that story.

  3. DogLover415

    Wow I’ve learned a lot from the movie pet fooled and I downloaded your 2017 list. Lots of great info, thank you so much for your hard work. I never fed my dogs any of the big brand names just because I always thought they were like McDonald’s food. Unfortunately I don’t make a lot of money to afford to make and feed my pups raw food. I’ve been feeding my pittie Fromm grain-free entrees that has different meat formulas that you change intermittently without upsetting her stomach. She loves it and she never gets bored since I always change up the flavor for her. What are your thoughts or opinions on Fromm? I feed my two lil chihuahuas taste of the wild small breed formula and now I’m starting to think that isn’t to good for them because Diamond is the manufacturer. What I have been doing for my pups to give them a boost of nutrition is sprinkling freeze dried raw nuggets onto their kibble and pumping salmon oil. After watching the movie I will try to incoperate more wet food in their diet. Any thoughts on Fromm and taste of the wild?

    1. Interested

      What was the general direction of the Movie? More about the theory of appropriate feeding? Or poking into how Manufacturers approach the effort? What was your biggest take-away?

      (I can’t download stuff, but would purchase the DVD if available, which it isn’t so far).

    2. Emi

      I feed Fromm too!

    3. Katarina

      Good question? I feed Orijen which is pricey, it’s the only food my Siamese really likes, she’s very picky. Wonder how this is rated!

  4. Kristi Burghdurf

    Hi! If I make a contribution (of at least $10), do I automatically get both lists (would and would not feed), or do I have to purchase them both individually? Thanks!

  5. Reader

    You’re going to find out the exact answer coming from the Author, Susan.

    But let me say, as a long time Follower. Susan doesn’t “sell” stuff here for a profit. It’s a donation to support PF Consumer Advocacy work! And WORK it is! Right now she’s representing consumers at a bi-annual AAFCO meeting (out of her State) at her own expense. This is a group where she isn’t being treated well at all. And yet, we have no other representation at Industry meetings. By attending AAFCO, she finds out what the Industry is really doing! In some cases, she permitted to make input. Btw us: working on the 2017 List takes HOURS and house of time. It’s not just not putting down a few convenient names, but is about speaking with all of these companies, sending emails, waiting for replies, figuring out how transparent they are (or not). It is truly (and only) the food that she would feed her pets.

    The opposite List is an invaluable tool, especially for helping other Owners, who might be tied to a particular PF. And without you having to go into a heavy, detailed explanation of why it’s not good, this List will (instead) be an easy reference check-list of what NOT to feed. The worst of the worst ….?

    In terms of trying to serve the best interests of your own pets, as well as those pets who belong to the ones you care about, isn’t this pretty important.

    If you think it’s only “worth” $10, so be it.

  6. Diane Harrell

    Dear Susan,
    I have a cat who refuses all food other than dry kibble (believe me, I have tried every other option, including home-made). You state that the new 2017 list contains only 2 kibble brands. May I ask if either or both are for cats?
    Thank you,
    Frustrated Human owned by Cat

    1. Susan Thixton Author

      Only one is for cats.

  7. Faye

    H Susan, I purchased the lists last year and was very grateful for this list. Thanks! Unfortunately, one of the brands I use (that was provided on last years list) has recently changed their formulas on all their products (for canned cat food) and as this happened AFTER this list was released I’d love to know if the list gets updated if something like this happens mid year. For instance, I purchase the list today (I am) but one of your brands has a formulary change or – heaven forbid- a recall. Is your list updated to reflect a major change? Thanks kindly for all of your work!

    1. Susan Thixton Author

      Only one time in the history of The List has a food been removed. It was a new food added that I discovered had lied to me (in my questions sent). A recall wouldn’t necessarily be a reason to remove a pet food – for me, it is how the recall is handled, what the reason for the recall is for – that would need to be considered.

  8. Terryl

    Hi Susan. My cat has Sterilesystitus. What food would you suggest for her? Dry & Wet. Thanks. Terryl

  9. Irena


    I watched the documentary Pet fooled and was in shock of how dog food is processed. I am pleased to say I am a Tampabay resident myself. My story is that I buy dog food you can not find in a regular pet store. The brand is FROMM large puppy, however my puppy has developed allergies. We have also fed Raw diet chicken but he is allergic to chicken. He is on Ultemino dry prescription food and we are going food by food trial basis to figure out his food allergy. We are cooking beef, salmon and he has done well, As treats go he gets apples or mozzarella cheese sticks. We add plain greek yogurt to his kibbles at times BUT we are told by the vets we must feed kibble due to the necessary vitamins and minerals he cant get from food we cook.
    However the Royal Canin Ultimino is made from chicken feathers and stuff I cant even pronounce in the ingredients list.
    Since he has done well with Salmon his breeder stated Orijen dog food 6 Fish Grain Free kibbles would be best for the German Shepard. BUT after watching this eye opening documentary should I even feed kibble anymore?

    Thank You,

    A very worried pet owner.

    1. Reader

      One option could be using dry/canned PF supported with whole, fresh food. But with any kibble there is always going to be a compromise (meaning convenience, economy versus just how it’s produced).

      GSDs are large, so I appreciate the anticipated added expense. But Vet bills are equally expensive. Unfortunately there are just as many environmental as food based “allergies.” Allergies in dogs are not quite the same as in people. But various (and combinations of) ingredients, colors, additives, supplements, end up sensitizing the dog systemically.

      Commercial PF contains so many of these elements, it’s tough to use a general commercial formula (like Orijen Fish) because of all kinds of elements involved. For example, how is fish preserved ?

      Couple of other routes to take. Including to SIMPLIFY the diet to as few ingredients as possible. This might mean pairing it down to only 4 to start. While making sure balanced nutrients are present. Not only simplify, but try for “clean” ingredients (also difficult). An example would be avoiding GMO’d or moldy grain (corn, wheat).

      Susan’s 2017 List has a lot of great PFs for canine diets! From experience (17 yrs. of it) I’ve discovered certain dogs just can’t handle some proteins, period. My older dog, NO chicken in any format, his whole life. My younger dog, no fish. Be careful of a dairy products too. They’ll complicate your dog’s reaction to food! And there might be an alternative to adding probiotics/prebiotics in a different way. Check w/ your health food store.

      Since you’re not adverse to a RAW diet, large dogs do benefit greatly from purely bioavailable nutrition! Again, Susan’s List recommends a wonderful provider of raw (that I trust and use without any issues). And you can get it in a lot of different proteins. Once your dog is stabilized, rotating protein is recommended (but continue to avoid chicken). Chicken is over produced, period.

      The recipe below, also came through TAPF (developed by Dr. K. Becker and Rodney Habib). I used baked beef stew meat, and hard boil the egg. But the point is, it’s human grade food, simple, whole and clean.


      14 oz. 90% lean ground beef (or 93% lean)
      2 tsp hempseed oil or 3 T ground hemseeds
      ½ Tsp Carlson’s cod liver oil, or 2 sardines
      ½ Tsp ground ginger
      ¼-1/2 Tsp. kelp powder (provide 0.2 mg iodine)
      1 egg
      ½ eggshell
      1 oz. beef liver
      1 oz. broccoli
      1 oz. red bell pepper
      1 oz. spinach

      Mix together. Can be heated or served raw.

      (I am not affiliated w/TAPF, nor profit from endorsements, or sell products).

      1. Sue

        Thank you for sharing! How much would be considered a serving?

        1. Reader

          The answer is, regarding the above recipe, I don’t know exactly and wouldn’t want to advise you in a harmful way. So I found this link which does talk about home made dog diets and serving proportions, per dog’s weight (it is also an ideally balanced, home made recipe, though not easy in the least!).

          My use of Becker’s recipe is on a rotational basis, so am not concerned with perfect measurement or serving size. Regarding meals in general (50/50 protein to other) my 17 lb. (busy) dog gets a cup of a nutritionally rich meal. And depending upon his weight fluctuation, I often increase to 2 meals a day, or go back to 1. The goal is to keep his weight within a range.

  10. Jennifer

    Hi, Thank you for this list! Its amazing how frustrating this all is. I’m on the East Coast and I am presently buying a raw diet from Top Quality Dog Food, llc. whose offerings are incredibly extensive. Do you know of them? Also, another canned dog food that is local is “Cornucopia” from Dr. Groff Broderick in Long Island. Have you heard of either? My Ridgeback was on this for while. I was preparing the dogs meals myself from the grocery store but it got crazy expensive. I have a Ridgeback who requires 2 lbs of protein a day and an English setter who gets 1 lb (still a pup). The Ridgebacks was saved because of his diet but I can’t get into that now. lol Thanks for your work.

  11. wildeco

    Thanks for all of your hard work. Would you be willing to give me any info about Reel Raw ( I have purchased your list and I’m looking for any recommendations on “whole” raw meaty bones I could get for my German Shepherd instead of them ground in?

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