2017 Pet Food List and Pet FAQ

The following is a list of pet foods approved for Passover 2017 when produced in the U.S. Products with identical names from foreign countries may have different formulations, thus compromising their Passover status. Since formulas are subject to change, make sure to check all labels. There should be no chometz listed. A product listing both meat and dairy ingredients may not be used any time during the year. (See “Feeding Your Pet: Barking Up the Right Tree” for more information)

CATS

Blue Wilderness Grain Free (dry): Adult (Indoor Chicken, Weight Control, Duck, Salmon, Trout, Red Meat, Rabbit), Kitten (Chicken)
Evanger’s: When bearing cRc Passover approval.
Friskies (canned): Classic Paté Classic Seafood Entrée, Classic Paté Salmon Dinner, Classic Paté Country Style Dinner, Classic Paté Chicken and Tuna Dinner, Classic Paté Mariners Catch
Merrick Grain Free Limited Ingredient Diet (canned): Real Chicken, Real Duck, Real Salmon, Real Turkey
Merrick Purrfect Bistro Grain-Free (dry): Adult (Healthy Weight, Real Chicken), Healthy Senior
Merrick Purrfect Bistro Grain-Free (canned): Salmon Paté, Tuna Paté, Chicken Casserole, Chicken Divan
Prescription Diet: a/d, d/d except duck, m/d canned only, r/d, s/d, t/d, zd.
Wellness Core Grain-Free (dry): Original, Kitten, Turkey & Turkey Meal & Duck, Indoor
Wellness Core Grain-Free (canned): Kitten Formula, Whitefish & Salmon & Herring, Indoor

FISH

Fish food and vacation blocks often contain chometz. The following are acceptable: Zoo Med Laboratories Giant Plankton Banquet Block Feeder and Tetra Tropical Slow Release Gel Feeders (Tetra Weekend 5 days, and Tetra Vacation 14 days). Goldfish and tropical fish can be given tubular worms, frozen brine shrimp, and freeze dried worms (if they do not contain fillers).

BIRDS

(Parrots, Parakeets, Cockatiels, Macaws)
STAR-K expresses appreciation to Dr. Aaron Weissberg for his help in preparing the following guidelines

  • Millet and sorghum as main diet.
  • Peanuts, sunflower seeds, and safflower seeds can be given.
  • Larger birds such as parrots can eat pure alfalfa pellets (make sure it is pure alfalfa since it is common to add grains) or dry dog food (see above for list).
  • Smaller birds can also have pure alfalfa pellets; crush before feeding.
  • Can supplement with cottage cheese, rice cakes (birds like to eat these), small pieces of lean meat, matzah, berries, eggs, canned baby fruits. All large food should be shredded before serving. These items should be given sparingly.
  • For minerals, can have oyster shells (calcium) or mineral block.
  • The greater the variety, the better.

DOGS

Alpo Chop House Originals (canned): Prime Rib Flavor cooked in Savory Juices, T-Bone Steak and Ribeye Flavor cooked in Savory Juices, Roasted Chicken and Top Sirloin Flavors cooked in Savory Juices, Filet Mignon and Bacon Flavor cooked in Savory Juices
Blue Freedom Grain Free (dry): Adult (Lamb, Chicken), Small Breed Puppy, Puppy,
Blue Freedom Grain Free (canned): Chicken Recipe (Small Breed, Puppy), Grillers (Hearty Beef, Hearty Lamb)
Blue Wilderness Grain Free (dry): Adult Chicken Recipe, Small Breed Adult Chicken Recipe, Adult Lamb Recipe, Adult Duck Recipe, Puppy Chicken Recipe, Senior Chicken Recipe, Healthy Weight Chicken Recipe
Blue Wilderness Grain Free (canned): Salmon & Chicken Grill, Turkey & Chicken Grill, Duck & Chicken Grill
Evangers: When bearing cRc Passover approval.
Hills Ideal Balance Grain Free (dry): Adult Natural Chicken & Potato, Adult Natural Salmon & Potato
Mighty Dog: (canned no gravy): Chicken Egg & Bacon Country Platter,
Chicken & Smoked Bacon Combo, Hearty Beef Dinner, With Lamb and Rice.
Prescription Diet: a/d, d/d, h/d, n/d, s/d, u/d.
Science Diet Grain Free (dry): Adult (Chicken & Potato)
Wellness Core Grain Free (dry): Original, Reduced Fat, Ocean, Small Breed.
Wellness Core Grain Free (canned): Puppy, Turkey & Chicken Liver & Turkey Liver, Whitefish & Salmon & Herring, Beef & Venison & Lamb.
Wellness Core Grain Free Ninety Five Percent (canned): Beef with Carrots, Chicken with Broccoli, Turkey with Spinach

HAMSTERS, GUINEA PIGS, GERBILS & RABBITS

  • Best to feed pure alfalfa pellets. Make sure it is pure alfalfa since it is common to add grains. Dried alfalfa may also be given.
  • Can supplement with mixture of cut-up fruits and vegetables – carrots, broccoli, apples, melon, kale, parsley, oranges, celery, dry corn, sunflower seeds, cabbage. Can also give some matzah. If not accustomed to these items, give sparingly.
  • Guinea pigs especially will benefit from kale, parsley and oranges.
  • Hamsters especially will benefit from apples.
  • Guinea pigs need vitamin C added to diet.

Mixes sold in stores often contain chometz. It is advisable to mix together regular and Pesach food between one to two weeks prior to Pesach before switching completely to Pesach food. The ratio of regular and Pesach food should be changed slowly to get the animal used to the new diet. Check with your veterinarian before changing diet.

Q. Are “grain-free” pet foods acceptable?
A. There has been a proliferation of “grain-free” dog and cat foods on the market. While we still recommend checking the ingredient panel on those foods, they are a good place to start your search for an appropriate food.
Q. Is it necessary to buy a new food bowl for your pet for Pesach?
A. No. However, the bowl used year-round should be thoroughly cleaned before Pesach.
Q. If I am going away for Pesach, what should I do with my fish?
A. Vacation blocks often have chometz. One can purchase a block without chometz or use an automatic fish feeder and fill it with non-chometz food.
Q. During a Pesach visit to the zoo, may one purchase the animal feed?
A. No. This feed is often chometz and should not be purchased or fed to the animals during Pesach.
Q. Must pet food with chometz be put away and sold before Pesach?
A. Yes.
Q. Can kitniyos, such as rice and beans, be fed to animals on Pesach?
A. Yes.
Q. What are some common chometz ingredients in pet food?
A. Wheat (cracked, flour, germ, gluten, ground, groats, middlings, starch), barley (cracked, flour), oats (flour, groats, hulled), pasta, rye, and brewer’s dried yeast. Any questionable ingredient should be reviewed by a competent rabbinic authority.
Q. What are some common ingredients which may be kitniyos but are permitted in pet food?
A. Beans, buckwheat, brewer’s rice, corn, grain sorghum (milo), millet, peanuts, peas, rice, sesame, soybeans, soy flour, and sunflower.
Q. Is pet food “with gravy” permitted?
A. Most often gravy contains chometz. Read the ingredient panel carefully.
Q. Are the vitamins or minerals in pet food chometz?
A. They may be chometz, but are batel (nullified) due to the small amount added.