What Does It Mean To Be "Made in the USA"?

What Does It Mean To Be "Made in the USA"?

With recent concerns about harmful additives in pet foods from countries like China and uncertainty about what a claim of "Made In America" actually includes, we wanted to share with you some of our favorite brands that come closest to not only being made in America but also sourced in America. 

Made in the USA. It's a claim that garners attention when looking for the highest in quality and safety in pet food. But not all "Made in the USA" product claims meet the same criteria. With recent concerns about harmful additives in pet foods from countries like China and uncertainty about what a claim of "Made In America" actually includes, we wanted to share with you some of our favorite brands that come closest to not only being made in America but also sourced in America. 

Made & Sourced in the USA

Although some pet foods packaged in America are advertised as Made in America, they can actually contain ingredients sourced from other countries. Ideally, you want to look for brands that use ingredients sourced from the US to get closest to truly being Made in the USA. Even when an item is packaged and sourced mainly domestically, it can still contain vitamins and minerals from international companies. Certain vitamins, due to demands and consolidation in the market, are only sourced by one or two providers.
 

Orijen

Orijen is one of our favorites if you're looking for a company that sticks to the Made in America motto. With beef, bison, lamb, turkey, chicken, and duck from local ranchers from Kentucky and Indiana, seafood from New England, and fresh fruits, vegetables and botanicals from Kentucky, they are committed to working with local providers for the best ingredients.
 
As of 2016, Orijen has been producing their line of foods at their DogStar® kitchens, located in the heart of Kentucky’s dynamic agricultural community. Responsibly farmed, ranched or fished by suppliers they know and trust, fresh USA-sourced local ingredients are delivered to their kitchens daily. Their fresh meats are deemed fit for human consumption and typically travel from farm to kitchen within 3 days, and into ORIJEN foods within 2 days.

Pet Releaf


Pet Releaf 
is the premier provider of CBD oil for pets. Providing CBD Hemp Oil and Edibites for cats and dogs, and Canna Care Topical and CBD Hemp Oil Capsules for dogs, Pet Releaf products are made with organic, whole food, human-grade ingredients with USDA organic hemp grown at the largest USDA certified hemp farm in the United States.
 

Sam's Yam

These sweet potato dog treats and chews are made from USA grown orange fleshed, sweet potato. These chews and treats are very high in anti-oxidants and are excellent for your dog's teeth and health. Nothing artificial is added - no sweeteners, colors, or processed food items. Sam's Yams are made only of human food quality, fresh sweet potato and nothing more.
 
   

West Paw Toy

Although not digested like food, dog toys go in our pets' mouths too so considering how they are made is also important. West Paw toys are a labor of love, handcrafted by skilled sewers at an eco-friendly facility in Bozeman, Montana. Made with Zogoflex material, an amazingly tough USA-made material that is durable, buoyant, and pliable, these toys are built to last. They are also BPA and phthalate-free, environmentally friendly and non-toxic.
 
If you ever have questions about where the food, treats, toys and supplements we carry are made and sourced, ask and we'll be happy to help you find the right product fit for you.
 
 

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