The 2019 List of pet foods that I would trust to feed my own pets is here!
TruthaboutPetFood.com has published The List each year since 2012 as a fund raising effort to support the work of this website. The ‘List’ is my (Susan Thixton) list of pet foods that I would trust to give to my pets. The pet foods were chosen after detailed information and verification to quality of ingredients was provided. Yes…I am VERY picky about what my pets eat.
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The 2019 List includes 19 dog foods and 12 cat foods – a total of 21 different pet food companies. There are 14 cooked-style pet foods, 8 raw-style pet foods, 5 dehydrated or freeze dried-style pet foods, and 1 kibble pet food (some companies make multiple styles of pet food). These pet foods are only available in the US, with the exception of two pet foods selling in Canada.
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Cost to purchase the List is variable, depending on the support you want/can afford to provide. Price varies from $10 to $100. No matter the price you purchase, the 2019 List is the same.
Cost to feed the pet foods is something new added this year. Most pet owners are going to be shocked to see the cost comparison – but in a VERY good way. Below is a preview – prices are compared by style of pet food, all price examples are wet pet food.
The changes from the 2018 List to the 2019 is…
- Three pet food companies that were on the 2018 List (last years) – are not on the List this year. The reason they were excluded is not a safety issue, all I can say.
- There are five brand new pet foods on this year’s List.
- And two more that were not on the 2018 List but were included in previous year’s List.
No pet food company pays to be on The List. I accept no money from any pet food manufacturer. They are accepted on The List based on their quality.
Each year quality pet food manufacturers are submitted a detailed questionnaire. Questions are sent each year in early October, with a deadline for their responses of November 1. Most pet foods respond right away – one company that has been on the List many years is always the first to respond. Some companies ask for a non-disclosure to be signed, which I take no issue with. One pet food company – a new company contacted this year – asked for the non-disclosure and was provided with the signed document. But then the company never responded to questions (even with multiple follow up requests).
Question topics include quality of ingredients, manufacturing, ingredient country of origin, and laboratory testing of ingredients and finished pet food. Depending on their responses, companies are then asked to provide documentation to all of their claims (such as human grade ingredients, human grade manufacturing, humanely raised meats). Once the documentation is verified, that pet food was officially included in the List. This year, 34 pet food companies were sent the initial questionnaire. Only 21 pet foods made it into the List. There were several pet foods contacted that came very close, we will contact them again next year for consideration.
As personal opinion, theses 21 pet foods are superior products that I would trust (and do trust) to feed to my own pets. I cannot guarantee that these pet foods will not be recalled. I can only say that I have personally verified that all of the pet foods on the 2019 List are ‘pet foods’, they are not pet feeds. They use human grade ingredients not feed grade.
Human grade and feed grade are two very different divisions of pet food that unfortunately most pet owners are unaware of. The FDA allows feed grade pet food to – as one example – to utilize meats sourced from “diseased animals or animals which have died otherwise than by slaughter“. This type of ingredient in ‘food’ is illegal, but FDA openly allows it in a ‘pet feed’. No pet owner is alerted or warned which cat or dog foods contain these inferior ingredients, no pet food regulation requires this disclosure. In fact, existing pet food regulations deny quality manufacturers to disclose to the consumer the quality or grade of ingredients on the pet food label.
Pet food labels and websites are allowed to mislead pet owners too. Many pet foods allude to human grade quality of ingredients by pasting images of roasted chicken or grilled steak on the labels and websites. The picture of roasted chicken does NOT guarantee the consumer anything close to human grade chicken is in that pet food.
The ONLY guarantee to quality pet owners have is when a pet food label (not website, label) states “Human Grade”. For the pet food label to state Human Grade, regulatory authorities have thoroughly scrutinized the claim. If you don’t want to purchase the List but want a quality ingredient pet food, find a pet food with Human Grade stated on the product label (ignore the claim on a website).
But for those that want to help support pet food consumer advocacy…
The 2019 List includes multiple pet foods that are Human Grade, and multiple other pet foods that have been verified to include 100% human grade ingredients. Pet food companies on the List that are manufactured in a human food facility, USDA has done the verification. Law requires ONLY human edible ingredients – including human edible supplements – in a licensed human food facility. All the other pet foods on the List, I have done the verification. Companies were required to provide detailed verification documents (such as current supplier statements and invoices) for all ingredients. Companies that make the claim of meats sourced from humanely raised animals were required to provide verification as well.
Interestingly, gathering verification documents was a time consuming chore for each of these pet foods (and me going over them) – but…most companies told me they appreciated the opportunity to ‘show off’ their quality.
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Note added 12/4/18: Many pet owners have asked why certain pet foods that were on the 2018 List but were not on the 2019 List. While I cannot share specific information, pet foods that are chosen for the List are not chosen solely because of quality ingredients. Other issues are considered such as how the pet food company treats pet owners and their activity beyond pet food manufacturing.
I personally would not give my own pets a food that disrespected a pet owner, that wasn’t transparent with a pet owner, and that ignored the challenging questions presented them by a pet owner. Year after year pet owners share their correspondence with pet food manufacturers with me. I read every message and take note of those who are respectful and those who are not.
I personally would not give my own pets a food that is a member of a pet feed trade association that actively works against pet owners. It is beyond reason why any pet ‘food’ would support the trade associations that represent ‘feed’. I know what these organizations to do – I won’t purchase a food for my own pets that partner with ‘them’.
A lot is involved in my decision to choose or not choose a pet food for my own pets – for the List. I’ve learned a lot over the years, and I’m unforgiving with many issues. I believe my pets and your pets deserve the best – and that is what I search for in the List.
Wishing you and your pet(s) the best,
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