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The List is offered at various prices to allow for various levels of support to the pet food consumer advocacy work of Susan Thixton and TruthaboutPetFood.com. The document is the same no matter what price you purchase at.
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- The List is not an endorsement of any pet food. It is a 'list' of pet foods that I (Susan Thixton) would trust to give to my pets. The pet foods were chosen after detailed information and verification to quality of ingredients was provided. Unfortunately, there is no guarantee that any of these pet foods won't be recalled in the future.
- No pet food company pays to be on The List. I do not receive money from pet food companies – Susan Thixton, TruthaboutPetFood.com and AssociationforTruthinPetFood.com is 100% consumer supported.
- You won’t find any of these pet foods in Big Box pet food or Big Box retail stores. These pet foods can be purchased from quality independent pet foods stores and directly from the manufacturer.
- All pet foods on the 2020 List - excluding three - are available only in the US. One pet food is available exclusively in Canada.
The 2020 List includes 15 cat foods and 24 dog foods. There are 17 cooked/wet pet foods, 10 raw pet foods, 4 dehydrated pet foods, 4 freeze dried pet foods, and 2 kibble pet foods.(some companies make multiple styles of pet food).
After Purchase Information
Your receipt email will include a link to download the 2020 List. If you do not receive your 2020 List within 30 minutes of ordering, check your SPAM folder. If you still need help receiving the document email Susan Thixton - Susan@TruthaboutPetFood.com
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Posted by Unknown on 1st Apr 2020
I have purchased this list since 2012. I enjoy getting a list of quality food for my dog and studying suppliers on that list to determine the best food for my dog. Some of the same sources stay on that list and I appreciate them. I have tried some of the sources on the list for my picky eater. I appreciate the efforts this company takes to compile these sources together and to fight for what is right for our pets.
The 2020 List is a must-buy
Posted by Anita Meier Holt on 24th Mar 2020
We look forward to our annual purchase of Sue’s list of carefully researched high quality dog food. Our 4 pound adult Maltese’s life, health, and wellbeing are dependent upon this list of food/vendor options. We are very thankful for Sue’s knowledge and research!
Posted by T Allen on 24th Mar 2020
In response more to other reviews than the product... First it's not Susan's fault that there are very few high quality kibbles. To make kibble requires a starch and high starch is not good for dogs. Second, there are a limited number of companies making high quality pet food. You can't recommend what doesn't exist! (Cat people!) Lastly, these small companies are mostly available to order online as they aren't big enough to be in chain stores. Hopefully they will ship to Canada. Thank Susan for this wonderful service for a very reasonable price! Pet owners owe you a debt of gratitude for all your hard work and dedication. You are saving lives!
Beng an Informed Animal Guardian
Posted by Amy Tefft on 9th Mar 2020
I am so grateful for Susan's thorough research, high standards, and tenacious advocacy for accountability. Thank you, on behalf of animal family members.
Posted by Jacqueline on 2nd Mar 2020
I am so grateful to have you as an advocate for our pets and appreciate all the effort put into compiling this list. Unfortunately five companies included on this list that manufacture cat kibble and canned are not available at any of the stores in my area as described. So unfortunately I am now experimenting with two other brands that are not on the list but still considered to be better quality. It’s been two weeks and only two of my eight rescues will eat it. Not sure what to do now.
Posted by Mariel on 26th Feb 2020
I find it difficult to wade through all of the information, news articles, and studies to determine what to feed my dogs. I am so appreciative of the time and care that Susan devotes to developing this list.
Good to know, but....
Posted by Jim A on 25th Feb 2020
The list is great for those looking for fresh or raw food. However, we do a combination of our dog stew (fresh) & a good dry food. Would like to see a list of good dry kibble foods. We cannot afford the pricey fresh foods so we make that ourselves. Would like to see the decent dry foods too. With Big Dogs you have to stretch it.
Stopped my dog's liver damage
Posted by Joe on 18th Feb 2020
During her annual vet exam, my 2 year old Maltipoo had an ALT blood level so high, the clinic lab couldn't measure it (sign of liver damage/inflammation). She also had constant brown drainage from her eyes, a sign the liver was processing toxins. The vet said "She must have got into something," maybe ate a toxin during a walk. I began feeding solely what I knew was healthier dehydrated raw food I had at home, stopped wet pouch food, and her ALT returned to normal. After reviewing The List and ordering the Petsumer Report, I read ingredients more carefully, and suspected the poison was in the pouch food, not a toxin she ate during a walk. I had unknowingly been feeding her Disodium Polyphosphate in pouch wet food recommended by another dog food advice website. The pouch food went in the garbage and her eye discharge has totally stopped. Petsumer Report verified the dehydrated raw food I had at home was healthy - just not processed in a human grade facility. Will continue feeding it until it runs out, then all her food will be ordered from The List. I won't order the recommended frozen food due to the summer heat we get out here in Nevada, but there are plenty of dry & dehydrated options on The List. I stopped reading other dog food advice websites. I feel it's disgusting to poison innocent pets that rely on us for their health. Sadly, I see why pet shops that sell food with toxins in it usually have a vet clinic in the same building.
Not enough cat food
Posted by LORI SAMPSON on 16th Feb 2020
While I found this information overall very useful, I feel it could be better organized, and is not as good a value if you only need cat food. Of the 27 brands reviewed, only 14 offer a cat food option. So you are basically paying full price for a list that is only 50% useful information if you don't have dogs. I also think a sorting option would be helpful. For example, I am only interested in foods that are humanely sourced, but I had to wade through every page to find which ones fit my criteria. The first page has a list of which foods are available for cats, but you can't click on the listing to go directly to that page for more information. Not a super user-friendly resource, but still good information and glad to have it.
Great to have a good pet food list!
Posted by Unknown on 15th Feb 2020
It's so hard to know what the truly good pet food is and this list is a godsend!