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Recommended Excellent Dog & Cat Foods

Top 8 Premium foods

Farm Fresh Ingredients: "Innova contains only fresh, natural, whole ingredients from each of the five major food groups - providing a balanced, nutritious and varietal diet for your pet. Innova's innovative cooking methods combine fresh turkey and chicken meat, fresh fruit and vegetables and a variety of natural whole ground grains to create pet foods unequalled in healthful, nutritional benefits."

California Natural
Pure & Simple: "That's how to best describe the ingredients in California Natural. Formulated for pets with sensitivities, it is made with the fewest ingredients possible in order to eliminate all the potential allergens that may be causing the itching and scratching associated with food sensitivities. For a pet food to do that, and still be nutritionally complete, you know the ingredients have to be of the highest caliber. It's just a Pure and Simple way to make pet food."

All Life Stage Benefits: "Excellent Palatability. Four Human Grade Meats, Chicken, Turkey, Lamb and Fish. 10 Skin & Coat Conditioners, With Balanced Omega 6 & 3 Fatty Acids. Excellent for Problem Skin & Allergies. All Natural Ingredients, Naturally Preserved, Holistic & Herbal Benefits. Digestive Enzymes, Probiotics and Superior Digestibility. Formulated for All Life Stages. Antioxidants, Vitamins & Amino Acid Chelated Minerals." &

A Revolution in Pet Food: "Containing only whole foods, with no animal by-products, rendered animal fats, preservatives, fillers, or artificial colors and flavors, Wellness represents a new generation in pet food. In addition, all Wellness pet foods are free of wheat, corn, soy, and dairy products, and other ingredients known to cause allergic reactions in some pets. Instead, Wellness is made with real, fresh meat for the best source of protein, fruits and vegetables for essential vitamins and minerals, and healthy grains for a natural source of fiber."
*Samples available, just ask us!

Solid Gold
Natural, Holistic Animal Nutrition: "USDA Choice lamb and beef meal, USDA grade I and II grains, and healthful monounsaturated and polyunsaturated oils. Never uses chemical preservatives such as BHA, BHT and Ethoxyquin, which may be related to some diseases in pets. Never uses wheat, corn or soy, which are often genetically modified and common allergens for dogs, causing them to have uncomfortable skin disorders, chew incessantly at their feet or suffer from chronic problems such as ear infections. No added animal or poultry fat, as these are saturated fats that may contribute to heart disease and certain types of cancer."

Eagle Pack - Holistic Select Formula
Formulated for: "Dogs & cats of all ages; Pet owners who want to take the holistic approach to their dog's & cat's nutrition with holistic ingredients, such as Certified Organic Chicken, Dandelion, Amaranth, Sun-Cured Alfalfa, Apples, Peas and Carrots; Those who want a dog food that contains higher digestibility than any other holistic brand; Dogs who would benefit from the inclusion of Glucosamine to enhance the body's natural renewal process to help rebuild joint cartilage improve joint flexibility and reduce pain. It is included at maintenance levels."

"All of our dry pet foods are manufactured at our own USDA-certified plant in Wisconsin where we utilize ingredients like fresh sweet potatoes, apples, cranberries, cheddar cheese, and other fresh produce from local markets in the area. The fresh hand-trimmed meat and fish we use is ordered as needed depending on what recipe is being made that particular day. We accept nothing less than the choicest cuts of meat and fish and each delivery is thoroughly inspected to make certain it meets our stern quality standards. Since we were unable to produce our Four-Star cans at our plant, we spent years searching for a plant that could meet our strict quality standards."

Taste of the Wild
"Grain Free...Digestive support system...Antioxidants...Omege Fatty Acide blend... sweet potatoes...blueberries & raspberries...tomatoes...chelated minerals...processed with purified water."

Premium Dry Cat & Dog Food

-Back to Basics
-Blue Buffalo
-By Nature Bright Life
-California Natural
-Canidae (k9) or Felidae (cat)
-Canine Caviar
-Castor & Pollux Organics
-Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover's Soul
-Cloud Star Kibble
-Eagle Pack Holistic Select
-Evanger's Super Premium
-Firstmate Dog Food
-Fromm Four Star Nutritionals
-Flint River Ranch
-Go! Natural
-Halo Natural dog food
-Lick Your Chops
-Merrick Pet Care
-Natural Balance Ultra Premium
-Newman's Own Organics
-Perfomatrin Ultra
-Pet Promise
-PHD Viand
-Premium Edge
-Prime Life
-Royal Canin
-Solid Gold
-Showbound Naturals
-Taste of the Wild
-Timberwolf Organics
-Ultra Holistic Nutrition
-Wellness Simple Food Solutions
-Wysong Maintenance

Premium Canned Dog & Cat Food

-Addiction Foods
-Advanced Pet Diets
-Artemis Pet Foods
-Blue Buffalo
-California Natural
-Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover's Soul
-Eagle Pack Holistic
-Entrée for Dogs
-Evanger's For Dogs
-Felidae cat food
-Fromm Four Star Nutritionals
-Lick Your Chops
-Merrick Pet Foods
-Natural Balance
-Natural Life
-Neura Meats
-Newman's Own Organics
-Nutro Natural Choice
-Pet Promise
-Petguard Organics
-Precise Plus
-Sensible Choice
-Solid Gold
-Spot's Stew
-Taste of the Wild

Raw & Frozen Foods

-Bravo Raw Diet
-Healthy Pet Products
-Homemade 4 Life
-Honest Kitchen
-Steve's Real Food

Grain-Free Premium Dry Foods/Kibble

-Innova Evo
-Raw Instinct
-Timberwolf Organics

Grain-Free Premium Canned Foods

-California Natural
-Innova Evo

Organic Premium Dry Food

-By Nature Organics
-Karma Organics
-Natural Balance Organic

Organic Premium Canned Food

-By Nature Organics
-Natural Balance Eatables for Dogs
-PetGuard Organic

Medium Nutrition Dog & Cat food

These foods represent an adequate diet. These are not premium diets, but they are the better quality brands sold in supermarkets.
-Fancy Feast
-Purina Pro plan
-Nutro Natural Choice
-Science Diet

Low Nutrition Dog & Cat food

These foods represent inadequate nutrition source and are NOT recommended to feed your dog or cat. The ingredients in these foods are poor quality.
-Alpo (any cut)
-Best Friends
-Bil Jac
-Kibbles N' Bits
-Kit & Kaboodle
-Meow Mix
-Mighty Dog
-Natural Life
-Purina Dog & Cat Chow
-9 lives
-Ol' Roy
-Special Kitty

Reasons to feed your pet an excellent diet

  • Healthier, softer hair coat, and less dandruff
  • Increase in longevity
  • Healthier oral hygiene
  • Overall better health. Fewer trips to the vet.
  • Decrease in obesity
  • Feces will not be so pungent
  • Lower risk of developing heart disease and diabetes
  • Because you love them. You are their advocate and they are counting on you for the very best in life!

A food comparison between a LOW nutrition DOG food and a HIGH nutrition DOG food

Beneful dry dog food
Ground Yellow Corn, Chicken By-Product Meal, Corn Gluten Meal, Whole What Flour, Animal Fat Preserved With Mixed-Tocopherols (Form of Vitamin E), Rice Flour, Beef, Soy Flour, Egg Product, Oat Meal, Sugar, Sorbitol, Tricalcium Phosphate, Salt Phosphoric Acid, Animal Digest, Potassium Chloride, Sorbic Acid (A Preservative), Dried Tomatoes, Dried Spinach, Water, Calcium Propionate (A Preservative), L-Lysine Monohydrochloride, Choline Chloride, Added Color (Yellow 5, Red 40, Yellow 6, Blue 2), Vitamin E Supplement, Zinc Sulfate, Calcium Phosphate, Ferrous Sulfate, Manganese Sulfate, Niacin, Vitamin A Supplement, Calcium Pantothenate, Thiamine Mononitrate, Garlic Oil, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Riboflavin Supplement, Vitamin D-3 Supplement, Menadione Sodium Bisulfite Complex (Source of Vitamin K Activity), Calcium Iodate, Folic Acid, Biotin, Sodium Selenite.

*Note its all fillers, grains and meat is the 6th ingredient!

Guaranteed Analysis:
25% Min
4% Min
10% Max
14% Max
Fromm Chicken À La Veg dry
Chicken, Chicken Meal, Pearled Barley, Oatmeal, Sweet Potato, Brown Rice, White Rice, Whole Dried Egg, Menhaden Fish Meal, Millet, Chicken Fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols and citric acid), Dried Tomato Pomace, Safflower Oil, Herring Meal, Cheese, Flaxseed, Carrots, Broccoli, Cauliflower, Apples, Green Beans, Lecithin, Chicken Cartilage, Potassium Chloride, Cranberries, Blueberries, Salt, Monocalcium Phosphate, Chicory Root Extract, Alfalfa Sprouts, Yucca Schidigera Extract, Folic Acid, Parsley, Lactobacillus Acidophilus, Bifidobacterium Longum, Enterococcous Faecium, Vitamin A, D3, E, B12 Supplements, Choline Bitartrate, Niacin, Pantothenic Acid, Ascorbic Acid, Riboflavin, Thiamine Mononitrate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Biotin, Zinc Sulfate, Ferrous Sulfate, Manganous Sulfate, Copper Sulfate, Cobalt Carbonate, Calcium Iodate, Sorbic Acid, Iron Proteinate, Zinc Proteinate, Copper Proteinate, Manganese Proteinate, Sodium Selenite.

Guaranteed Analysis:
24% Min
15% Min
3% Max
10% Max

A food comparison between a LOW nutrition CAT food and a HIGH nutrition CAT food

9Lives® Chicken & Tuna cat food (canned)
Meat by-products, water sufficient for processing, chicken, poultry by-products, chicken broth, tuna, fish, calcium carbonate, guar gum, salt, potassium chloride, sodium tripolyphosphate, titanium dioxide, natural flavor, choline chloride, carrageenan, vitamins (vitamin E supplement, vitamin A supplement, thiamine mononitrate, niacin supplement, d-calcium pantothenate, riboflavin supplement, pyridoxine hydrochloride, menadione sodium bisulfite complex, vitamin D3 supplement, folic acid, biotin, vitamin B12 supplement), minerals (magnesium oxide, ferrous sulfate, zinc oxide, manganous oxide, copper sulfate, calcium iodate, sodium selenite), taurine, sodium nitrite (to promote color retention).

Guaranteed Analysis:
Crude Protein
Crude Fat
Crude Fiber
Min 4.5%
Max 1%
Max 78%
Min 3.5%
Min 0.05%
Fromm® Chicken Á La Veg cat food (canned)
Chicken, Chicken Meal, Pearled Barley, White Rice, Chicken Broth, Sweet Potato, Chicken Fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols and citric acid), Whole Dried Egg, Potato, Pea Protein, Dried Tomato Pomace, Salmon Oil (preserved with mixed tocopherols), Chicken Liver, Flaxseed, Carrots, Broccoli, Cauliflower, Apples, Lecithin, Chicken Cartilage, DL-Methionine, Potassium Chloride, Cranberries, Blueberries, Salt, Chicory Root Extract, Alfalfa Sprouts, Yucca Schidigera Extract, Folic Acid, Parsley, Lactobacillus Acidophilus, Bifidobacterium Longum, Lactobacillus Plantarum, Enterococcous Faecium, Vitamin A, D3, E, B12 Supplements, Choline Bitartrate, Niacin, Pantothenic Acid, Ascorbic Acid, Riboflavin, Thiamine Mononitrate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Biotin, Zinc Sulfate, Ferrous Sulfate, Manganous Sulfate, Copper Sulfate, Cobalt Carbonate, Calcium Iodate, Sorbic Acid, Iron Proteinate, Zinc Proteinate, Copper Proteinate, Manganese Proteinate, Sodium Selenite

Guaranteed Analysis:
Omega 6 Fatty Acids
Omega 3 Fatty Acids
32% Min
19% Min
3.5% Max
10% Max
6.5% Max
0.10% Max
0.12% Min
3.1% Min
0.5% Min

It's always important to look at the first ingredient listed. This tells you what the food mainly consists of. It goes in order of the amount of the ingredient.

How do you know if the food you are buying is really any good?

"To address this issue, the Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) was founded in 1909. This is the group that defines ingredients and official nutritional terms, and determines the protocols by which pet foods are tested. The AAFCO allows for an alternative certification: a biochemical analysis. In this way the biochemical composition of the diet is compared to known optimal quantities. This enables a diet to become certified as complete without actually being tested on living animals. Since nutrients in the food aren't always digestible, a chemical analysis may not really tell the nutritional story of the food. In general, it's better to feed a diet that has been objectively studied and proven itself in real animals. If phrases such as "feeding trials" or "feeding tests" aren't used, it wasn't tested on real animals. Words to the effect of "meets the standards of the AAFCO" mean only that it achieves the biochemical analysis certification, and not that it was actually tested by feeding it to live animals."-AAFCO

Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) Guidelines

"Attached are tables which list the AAFCO nutritional profiles for dog and cat foods. It must be noted that the levels of nutrients are expressed on a 'dry matter' basis, while the levels listed in the guaranteed analysis on the label are expressed on an 'as fed' basis. To allow for meaningful comparisons, the "as fed" guarantees must be converted to 'dry matter.' For a canned product that is 75 percent moisture (25 percent dry matter), multiply the guaranteed level times 4."-AAFCO
Adult Dogs:

18% Min
5% Min
0.6% Min
2.5% Max
0.6% Min
Adult Cats:

26% Min
9.0% Min
0.6% Min
2.5% Max
0.6% Min
*For a complete list of AAFCO food guidelines please go to

Where can I buy these Premium foods?

Positively Pets
317 Windsor Hwy
New Windsor, NY 12553
(845) 565-0722

(Supplier of: Canidae, Wellness, Fromm foods, Blue Buffalo, Innova, Solid Gold, and more)

Nature's Pantry
142 Route 17k
Newburgh, NY 12550
(845) 567-3355

(Supplier of: Wellness, Newman's Own Organic, Wysong, Castor & Pollux organics, Halo, Petguard Organics)

Walden Animal Deli
145 Hepper St.
Walden, NY 12586
(845) 778-5252

(Supplier of: Nutro, Wellness, Merrick, Canidae, Innova, California Natural, Chicken Soup for the Dog Lover's soul, Fromm foods, Blue Buffalo, and more)


(Supplier of: Wellness, Wellness Simple, Eagle Pack Holistic, Royal Canin, Nutro Natural Choice, Blue Buffalo, Natural Balance, Solid Gold, Pet Promise, Pinnacle Holistic, and more)

(Supplier of: Avoderm, Newman's Own, Nutro Natural Choice, Royal Canin, & Blue Buffalo, and more)

Little Acres Aviary
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2235 State Route 208
Montgomery, NY 12549
(845) 457-1617

(Supplier of: Premium bird food and Feline and K9 Wellness foods)

Timber Ridge Kennels
2375 Route 207
Campbell Hall, NY 10916
(845) 427-2460

(Supplier of: Fromm, Canidae, Eagle Pack, & Raw Instinct, and more)

Northern Bear Pet Foods & Supplies
475 Route 17A
Florida, NY 10921
(845) 651-7797

(Supplier of: Wellness, Fromm food, Canidae, Innova, Solid Gold, and more)

Heritage Feed & Supply
2812 Rte. 17K
Bullville, NY 10915
(845) 361-4081

Do you have a dog with possible allergies to food? You may want to try Wellness Simple Solution dog food.

"Some dogs have allergies, sensitivity and intolerance to commonly used proteins and food additives can result in gastrointestinal upsets and chronic or recurrent ear infections, hair loss, excessive scratching, hot spots and skin infections. Simple Food Solutions is designed to aid in the nutritional management of these issues, naturally by removing additional proteins, carbohydrates, fillers and additives to create a hypoallergenic diet"-

***Remember that in order for a successful novel protein diet trial, you must allow 6 weeks for an improvement! DO NOT give any treats, bones, or table foods while on this diet trial. Any little ingredient can cause an allergic response. If you must give treats, bake slices of the canned food at 350 degrees F and give that as a treat***

Ask us for a free sample to try today!


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