According to Federal Trade Comission, the claim ‘made in USA’ means that this product contains all or virtually all ingredients from United States. ‘Made in USA’ label should be on the back of package, above the barcode. If there are any foreign ingredients, it must be stated on the package.
The American Association of Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) controls and directs the production and sale of pet foods however it cannot be claimed the controls are sufficient.
Dog food made in USA has low probability to use toxic ingredients due to federal controls. Over the past decade, thousands of pet died, thousands of them suffered from lots of diseases due to ingredients or products sourced from China. These pet foods contain vegetable proteins contaminated with melamine.
If you want to feed your dog with a high-quality brand, there are some recommendations below;
Among USA dog food brands, best rated dog foods made in United States are Merrick Dog Food. The goal of the Merrick Petcare Company is not only to produce the quality food but also to make the best pet food ever. Merrick Dog Food never uses ingredients from China. This brand pledges to their customers that they will produce the most qualified food which contains the best nutrition and gives the taste they love. The first 5 ingredients are deboned beef, lamb meal, sweet potatoes, peas and potatoes. You will see your dog’s growing healthily due to Omega-3 and Omega-6.There are 9 available taste; buffalo, chicken, duck, lamb, rabbit, salmon, texas beef, turkey, and venison. It contains very high protein. There are no ingredients from China.
Some ingredients such as corn, wheat, soy or gluten can be allergic ones for dogs. In Merrick foods, there is no these type of nutritions.
One of the best dog food made in USA is Nature’s Variety Dry Dog Food. This brand comprises of the most qualified ingredients in every each formula. All products do not contain corn, wheat, soy and artificial additives. It contains high quality protein and essential ingredients. It is produced in the United States. Nevertheless, they can use some other protein sources from other countries. However the company guarantees the quality and safety of their products.
Castor & Pollux Dry Dog Food is one of the companies which have USDA certified products. They have five product lines. They are the Organix line, Organic with Raw Bites, Natural Ultramix, Natural Ultramix with Raw Bites and Good Buddy line.
Some common features of these products are;
- They use real meat such as chicken meat, salmon or lamb, etc.
- They are free from grain, soy, corn, wheat.
- They do not contain artificial flavors, colors, preservatives and antibiotics and growth hormones.
- They are also enriched with organic fruits and vegetables.
- They are all made in the United States.
Also you can try the other brand’s products but check the country of origin of the ingredients including supplements by calling or emailing the manufacturer so you can learn which one is the best for your pet.