As pet owners, we often assume feeding pets is simple: buy a bag, open and serve. But with more and more high-quality options becoming available, the doors to feeding our furry friends open wide with possibilities. So, where do we begin?
Fortunately, Orange County residents have a place to start with these local pet food companies, promising natural, healthy meals for our pets.
OC Raw Dog
Developed by a family of dog show competitors and breeders, OC Raw Dog is based on the philosophy of raw feeding, which is just like it sounds. The company offers a variety of diets, including human grade raw meats and organ, bone and vegetables, that are grain-free, chemical- and preservative-free for dogs and cats. Best of all, this frozen pet food is available in a variety of locations across Orange County. :: ocrawdog.com
Made freshly in Irvine, Grandma Lucy’s boasts human-grade, freeze-dried foods and treats for dogs and cats. The company had its beginnings when Eric and Breann Shook’s 11-year-old English cocker spaniel, Lucy, turned her nose up to nearly every dog treat they purchased. Worried over their dog’s diet, Eric and Breann began developing their own unique brand. In 1999, this small business began serving Orange County and has been serving it ever since. Grandma Lucy’s is available across the county, as well as online. :: grandmalucys.com
The goal of JustFoodForDogs is to increase the quality and length of a dog’s life. Founder Shawn Buckley formed this company when he discovered the ingredients in the food he was feeding his dogs, Simon and Nala. The result was healthy, fresh, cooked food and treats for dogs made from ingredients intended for human consumption in the company's Newport Beach kitchen. As part of its philosophy, JustFoodForDogs offers the recipes for their dog food free of charge and even holds cooking classes. The company also offers custom diets for specific conditions. JustFoodForDogs can be purchased at the Newport Beach location or you can opt for home delivery. :: justfoodfordogs.com