Turning Our Backs.

Petco is the first and only national retailer to have removed all products containing artificial ingredients* from our dog and cat food and treats.

*See how Petco defines artificial ingredients.


We've removed these artificial ingredients*:

*Click here to learn more about our nutrition standards or see below to learn more about how Petco defines artificial ingredients.


Artificial Colors

Any dye, pigment or other substance, which is not a derivative or mimic of a natural compound, that can impart color to a food.

Artificial Flavors

Any substance, the function of which is to impart flavor, which is not derived from a spice, fruit or fruit juice, vegetable or vegetable juice, edible yeast, herb, bark, bud, root, leaf or similar plant material, meat, fish, poultry, eggs, dairy products, or fermentation products.

Artificial Preservatives

Chemical substances added to or sprayed on the outside of food to retard spoilage, deterioration, discoloration, or contamination by bacteria and other disease organisms, and excludes preservatives that are derivatives or mimics of natural compounds.


*Artificial ingredients initially planned for removal are those Petco defines above as artificial colors, flavors and preservatives, determined by referencing guidelines provided by AAFCO and FDA. Substances that are derivatives or mimics of natural compounds are not included. In addition, substances that may fall into categories outside the Petco definition of artificial colors, flavors and preservatives are not included at this time. While Petco reviews ingredient panels of our products in determining which products meet our nutrition standard definition, we cannot guarantee the absence of trace impurities from soil, water, air or the ingredient supply chain in any product. As Petco continues to evaluate and develop our nutrition standards with a focus on what is best for our customers' pets, Petco reserves the right to re-evaluate these standards and to continue to refine ingredients.


Find the right choice for your pet.

Nutrition is a critical component of health, and our assortment of high quality food and treats guarantee you'll make the right choice for your pet.


Let us help you make the switch.

Not sure what's right for your pet? We're here to help! Come in to your local Petco for a free nutrition conversation today.


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Our Commitment

The steps we're taking to make our new standard a reality:



Veterinarians, nutritionists, wellness experts, AAFCO feeding guidelines, FDA regulations—we're consulting all of them to ensure that every decision we make is informed and in the best interest of pets and their well-being.



Our new nutrition standards are a first step in a journey toward better health for the pets we all love. As we move forward on this path, we will continue to evaluate and evolve our standards and assortment to take pet nutrition to new levels.