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Companion Animal Food Guide

After uncovering extensive abuse of animals at a testing laboratory for dog and cat food maker Iams, PETA contacted hundreds of companion-animal food companies to ask if they conduct laboratory tests on animals. None of these tests is necessary or required by law, and humane alternatives do exist. Non-invasive, nonlethal, and cage-free “in-home” testing is conducted by PetSci, and collaborative veterinary clinic studies allow sick animals who are volunteered by their guardians to participate in humane feeding trials that can determine the beneficial effects of nutrition on a specific illness.

The following companies have assured PETA in writing that they do not test on animals in laboratories. Companies that are not on this list either responded to let us know that they do conduct laboratory experiments on animals or failed to respond to our numerous inquiries and are assumed to conduct laboratory experiments on animals.

[Important Note: If you have been feeding your companion animals commercial pet foods, you may be jeopardizing their health. Supermarket pet foods are often composed of ground-up parts of animals deemed by U.S. Department of Agriculture inspectors unfit for human consumption. The flesh of animals who fall into one of the categories of the four D’s—dead, dying, diseased, or disabled—is what often goes into pet food. Many of these animals have died of infections and other diseases. In all but a few states, it is legal to remove unusable parts from chickens and sell them to pet food manufacturers. Most pet foods contain the same hormones, pesticides, and antibiotics that are found in commercial meat products for humans. If you are concerned about your companion animals’ health and about the cruelty of the meat industry, now is the time to stop buying meat-based commercial pet food. Learn more about healthy vegetarian dog and cat food options.]

(Click here for the U.K. version of this list.)

Entirely Vegan

Boston Baked Bonz

Happy Dog Food

Harbingers of a New Age

Rex’s Barkery

V-dogfood LLC

Vegetarian/Vegan Options

Amoré Pet Services, Inc.
Vegetable-only raw food

Bravo Raw Diet
Ground vegetable formula

Dr. Harvey’s
Vegetarian dehydrated dog food
Vegetarian dehydrated cat food

Dry Fork Milling Co.

Evanger’s Dog and Cat Food Co., Inc.
Vegetarian canned dog/cat food
Vegetarian canned dog/cat food

Holistic Blend
Vegan canned dog/cat food

The Honest Kitchen
Vegan dehydrated dog food

Natural Life Pet Products, Inc.
Vegetarian dry dog food

Oma’s Pride
Fruit and veggie mixes

Onesta Organics, Inc.
Vegan veggie treats for dogs

Pet Chef Express
Vegan dog biscuits

Vegan canned dog food
Vegetarian canned dog food
Vegetarian dry dog food

PoshNosh Inc.
1-866-893-4006 (Outside Ottawa-Outaouais)

Raw Advantage, Inc.
Vegetarian dog/cat formula

Solid Gold
Vegetarian dog treats

Want A Cookie? (has vegan options)

Wysong Professional Diets (has vegan options)
Vegan dog and cat food

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  • Christopher Alexander Eaton says:

    Solid Gold is a great brand. I get it for both my cats and dogs.

  • Wendy says:

    I CANNOT believe you advocate and suggest vegetarian food for dogs (omnivores) and especially cats (obligate carnivrores) I absolutely do NOT condone the filthy meat provided to the pet food industry or the use of test animals – however it is EXTREMELY irresponsible for you to recommend a diet that is very unhealthy for pets. Most people would not know that it is unhealthy to feed a vegetarian diet to these animals.

  • Flo says:

    don’t dogs need to eat protein? Why would you feed a dog vegan/vegetarian food?

  • ESTELLE says:

    Can you please make a list fo France
    I personaly feed Royal canin to my dog but don’t have any information about its production and tests made.

  • VeronicaD says:

    Do you have a list of dog food companies that are non-GMO?

  • lilmissstickykiss says:

    I have ferrets, I love them so much but theres no way to feed them a vege/vegan diet. so whats the best alternative?

  • Alice says:

    The brands Go! and Now Fresh by PetCurean are cruelty free as well and promote organic/fresh/free range products. I personaly feed this to my cat. Every employee is said to be a pet owner therefore at least a bit concerned about animal wellness, I think you should definitely add it to the list, here’s their website to check it out :)

  • Kelsey says:

    A lot of these foods are not intended to be fed without the addition of meat. These can probably be made vegetarian by using a veggie protein source, but they are not complete foods when fed alone, which is not made at all clear on your list.

  • Cynthia says:

    Can you please make a list of companies for Australia? None of these are availible in Australia. Thankyou :)

  • Perola E.Gofbarg says:

    I wish you worked in Brazil…..There´s a lot to do to protect the

  • vegangirl says:

    Gail–Cruelty free meat!! Ha ha ha! Your so funny, but kind of sad that you believe that.

  • Nichole says:

    How can one get onto a list such as this? I have a new vegan dog treat business, Rex’s Barkery, all treats are vegan, organic, wheat, corn, and soy free! I would love to be listed under a cruelty free/vegan list. Thanks!

  • Katieanne says:

    Concerning Solid Gold. M y 3 dogs developed sevete diarre.a all at the same time. 2 wete older, but my ohet dog was an 8 month old rescue. I was tlld the formula-how tje food was made had been changed. Tjey felt the food should be cooked less due to preserving nutrients. Problem is I had 3 sick dogs because of it. I was told it’s because there old and since only 20% have this problem it does’t matter! I changed to Natural Balance. Found out thru another pet co. that there were others who suffeted like this & changed to the same food & now there dogs are fine. Do not assume it’s the dlg, but the food. I also went to a natural vet & she said the food made my dogs sick. It wasn’t the age. Sold Gold didn’t care about the 20% of the dogs that got sick. I do like their other products, but this was so wrong, such.needless suffering.

  • Elle says:

    @GAIL cruelty- free meat… What an oxymoron that is!

  • Cari says:

    DOGS CAN SAFELY BE VEGAN! Do your research, folks. Dogs are NOT obligate carnivores, and, in fact, the oldest dog on record was a 27 year old VEGAN border collie. Also, if you have a dog with a sensitive stomach one of the most widely accepted diets is based on cottage cheese, eggs and rice, aka vegetarian. Cats are trickier, as they are currently thought to be obligate carnivores. Some cats can become vegan, but you must very carefully check their pH levels during the transition, because some cats will develop kidney crystals and stones. Male cats are more prone to problems because they have longer urinary tubes. If you want to try the switch, definitely do your research throughly and commit to the required vet tests, so you can do it safely, and accept that it may not be possible.
    For the record, what we all did in nature back in the olden days worked because we all died young from disease or injury. We all, animals included, life longer now, so we need to adapt our died to account for this fact.

  • Shabeer says:

    There are many things you can do for your phoocie along with getting him good quality kibble. When my kitty was diagnosed with kidney failure, I worked with my vet to improve his food. I started making my own cat food. His blood toxins dropped by half within 14 days. My vet was stunned. A bonus “side effect” was that his irritable bowl syndrome, something he’d had all his life, cleared up. Another bonus “side effect” was that the colors on my lilac and cream point himmie blossomed. Now she’s deep purple and flame point.So put some thought into researching how to make your own dog food. If that’s too much, then try Wysong. It’s one of the BEST out there. I often dog sit. One of my little pups came to me practially autistic. This formerly perky happy little dog could not focus on me. Had an odd repetitive disorder where she’d find a spot on the floor and lick at it until I took her away from the spot. Her owners had her on Pedigree. The dog equivalent of McDonalds I switched her to Wysong with in two days she had her mind back. Still, consider making your own dog food. I’m sure people have told you you shouldn’t give your dog people food. Where does that saying come from? The dog food industry. What’s in dog food? People food that isn’t good enough for people. Tainted corn. Stale rice. Cow tumors. Chicken guts. French fry grease.

  • GAIL says:

    DO NOT FEED YOUR CATS AND DOGS A VEGAN DIET…YOU WILL KILL THEM!!! Both species, especially cats, NEED meat to survive. There are nutrients specific to cats (and dogs) that cannot be introduced through non-meat alternatives.

    I am an adoption rep for a local 100% no-kill shelter and you’d be amazed at how many people are UNaware that a vegan pet diet is not good. PETA – SHAME! SHAME! SHAME! I just may rethink my support of this organization.

    BTW – I also use Orijen dry to feed my cat and buy holistic wet food that includes cruelty-free meat (read the labels).

  • Aakash says:

    You really have to explain yourself here PETA – a dog’s natural diet is not vegetarian/vegan. I myself am a lacto vegetarian but you gotta come to some reality on what constitutes a dogs diet.

  • susan says:

    I currently feed Blue buffalo but was surprised to learn they do animal testing,,,,,,,they claim non invasive animal testing,exactly what does that mean!!!

  • HopeForAnimals says:

    I completely agree that feeding your pet commercial food is bad for their health and that animals killed for that kind of food suffer terribly. That’s not what I feed my pets. BUT, I do not believe in feeding my animals vegan food, it is not natural to them and it would be very unkind to deprive carnivores from meat , I would never, ever feed my pets something that is not natural to them. They are carnivores, they need meat. I feed my dog and 3 cats Orijen ( a human-grade food that is very good and healthy.

  • Brandi says:

    PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE people…do not feed your cats and dogs vegan/vegetarian diets. Please do your research they NEED meat-based protein and other nutrients only derived from a diet containing meat! I do support PETA but a vegan/vege diet is not for your pets. PETA please stop falsely educating people about their pet’s diets! This is dangerous! To an organization that is supposed to protect animals…this is very disappointed that you are misleading people! I have been really rethinking my 12+ years of support for PETA in light of recent news that PETA has been involved in, ie. porn, pro gay marriage politics, etc. which have nothing to do with the fight for animal rights and welfare. Very disappointing for someone who really believed in your cause.

  • Bonita says:

    I agree that animals shouln’t be fed vegan or vegetarian food, if they are carnivores. I am vegan, a lot of products I use are vegan (e.g. cosmetics) or environmental friendly. But I will never ever feed my cat something thats against her nature. In my eyes it would be a kind of torture due to the fact that it would be unnatural. My foregoing of meat and dairy products does justify her eating meat. I give her almo nature and thrive cat food which is free of animal testing, natural, dolphin friendly etc. It’s pricey but I am willing to pay for it. For my cat, and for the high standards the manufacturer have for environmental friendliness.

  • Leah says:

    I am a vegan, but I do believe my dog and cat have a dietary need for meat. Their systems are designed to digest it, and their anatomies are designed to hunt and kill. Blue Buffalo is a fabulous company that makes holistic pet food. Here is their stance, right from their website, on animal testing. “Do you do any animal testing?

    Blue Buffalo does not do any invasive animal testing. Our company was founded on the basis of providing the best possible nutrition for dogs and cats, and we treat our pets like family members. We do conduct trials in which our products are fed to pets, but only under conditions that are healthy and comfortable for the animals.”

  • Leah says:

    I,too, feel that dogs and cats are natural hunters. I feed my dog Blue Buffalo. Here is a quote from their website.
    Do you do any animal testing?

    “Blue Buffalo does not do any invasive animal testing. Our company was founded on the basis of providing the best possible nutrition for dogs and cats, and we treat our pets like family members. We do conduct trials in which our products are fed to pets, but only under conditions that are healthy and comfortable for the animals.”
    I also feel that, since dogs and cats are natural predators, they need meat. Blue Buffalo is what I feed my Chanel.

  • Lisa says:

    how & where can I find cat food which that is made by a company w/a conscience? By that I mean (1) no cruel animal testing, and (2) using meat obtained by a true free-range source, no cruel slaughterhouses etc.I have cats that are senior and cannot change to a no meat diet.

  • gitanjalli says:

    save animals save earth

  • Valerie J. Caliendo says:

    Seeing that felines are obligate carnivores who will suffer & die w/o meat, how & where can I find cat food which my cat (14 yrs old) will eat, &can digest & tolerate well w/o risk of g.i. upset, & which is made by a company w/a conscience? By that I mean (1) no cruel animal testing, and (2) using meat obtained by a true free-range source, no cruel slaughterhouses etc.

  • Desiree says:

    Cats need meat. Period. I’ve done my research, and from their ability to hunt, it’s quote obvious. I, among other commetors, would appreciate a list of non vegetarian cat foods, that do not animal test. Therefore keeping our animals, and the lives of other animals healthy and happy. This would be extremely appreciated!!

  • GypsyLola says:

    I agree with not feeding your pets commercial food. I only feed my babies fresh cuts from the butcher and left over fresh vegetables. If I wouldn’t eat it, then I wouldn’t feed it to the ones I love. I also have confirmation that the diet is doing them well. All my pets have exceptional dental and general health.

  • Rahul says:

    Dogs and cats are meat eaters in the wild. Their bodies need meat and should not be fed a vegetarian diet alone. Can you feed a tiger veggies? Animals eat other animals and that is part of nature. I don’t believe that we should put our pets at risk by putting them on a veggie diet. It is true that commercial pet foods are not good at all – their ingredients include cats and dogs, which means if you feed your pets commercial food, they are cannibals! I recently found out about this, and I am doing my best to try to buy Halal or Kosher meat for both my cat and dog and prepare their food myself. If you don’t know what Halal meat is, please do some research yourself and don’t take my word for it. I used to think it was something else until I investigated myself.

  • Larry.19 says:

    Cats are STRICTLY carnivorus ! Forget veg/vegan, it will kill them.
    There is only human certified FDA APPROVED and it turns out to be cheapest anyway.
    If you must buy kibble, insist on APHIS certified manufacturing facility which is required for all of Europe.
    AND EU Certified ! Forget ALL P&G poison, same for Eukanuba-IAMS even Vet formula no matter who owns the brand. It killed my dearly loved Ickis and Shorty.

  • R. Salwin says:

    Are these the same companys where I can buy non-veg dog & cat foods from? If they are different, where can I buy a good non-veg dog food from? Or a couple of options if you can?

  • justus says:

    Thank you for the list, but I just learned that the meat in most pet foods labeled “meat” or “meat products” are of the 4Ds, so is there a list of manufactirers that PROVE its REAL MEAT? I believe blue buffalo is a good choice but its so expensive when your on a very limited income..

    heres a petiton to remove toxins from pet food if your interested

  • Aaron says:

    Cassie is right. You should NEVER put your dog or cat on a vegetarian diet. It lacks the proper nutrition for a carnivorous creature. You are putting your animals health at risk!!

  • Bridget says:

    Lifes Abundance is a holistic food by a holistic veterinarian, how can I find out if any cruel testing is being performed on any helpless animal?

  • Bridget says:

    I have just purchased Lifes Abundance cat and dog food. How can I find out what there response to PETA was if any? Is there a certain way for me to ask the company without having them give me a lie?

  • indycar01 says:

    please visit (search) 4mula1, why charities must stop funding animal research. also, the truth about polio by albert sabin, m.d. and, vegan by design!..

  • Lee says:

    People may already know this, but the Innova brand has been bought out by Procter& Gamble. As I have no trust in P&G’s products, I anticipate the quality of the pet food will quietly slide. I’ve stopped purchasing the Innova brands.