The Best Canned Dog and Cat Foods

Hound & Gatos and Dave's are some examples of high-quality pet foods that do not contain carrageenan.
Hound & Gatos and Dave’s are some examples of high-quality pet foods that do not contain carrageenan.

With the exception of raw feeding, which many pet food experts claim is the best dietary option for dogs and cats, high quality canned foods are the healthiest choices for our four-legged pals.

And there are more products than ever, all claiming to be the best, which can be rather confusing.

So there are certain brands and qualities pet parents should look for when choosing what’s best for their fur kids.

Among the best selections are:

  • Grain-free varieties
  • Pet foods packed in BPA-free cans
  • Foods that that are free of by-products, artificial flavors, colors and/or synthetic preservatives

The Carrageenan Controversy

In recent years, educated pet nutrition experts and pet parents have become extremely concerned about the above ingredient, and increasingly seek pet foods that do not contain this.

This is a red seaweed extract that is frequently used as a thickening agent by commercial food manufacturers. It can commonly be found in people dairy products such as ice cream and yogurt, and many pet foods. Even natural and organic products may contain this.

Although technically “natural,” studies have linked this to cancerous tumors and gastrointestinal ailments, in humans and animals. It’s also very difficult to find pet foods that do not contain carrageenan, as roughly 70 percent of them do. So be sure to read the labels when purchasing foods for your pets.

Top Canned Pet Foods

Below is a list of some of the highest quality pet foods. These companies manufacturer some, if not all of their varieties without carrageenan. Those with asterisks are brands I feed to my own pets:

  • Dave’s*
  • Fromm
  • Hound & Gatos*
  • Life’s Abundance
  • Lotus
  • Nutro Natural Choice
  • Tiki
  • Weruva*

If anyone has any  particular favorites they’d like to recommend, or know of others that do not contain carrageenan, please feel free to share that info here.

Photo by Alissa Wolf

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