It’s Passover and that means all kinds of rich foods will be on the seder table over the next week.
Keep in mind that these foods while suitable for human consumption are not good for your pets. So, when you pass the matzo around, don’t be giving any to your dog or cat.
And if you keep Kosher, you will be clearing your home of chometz, or foods containing grains over the next week, too. But instead of having to move your pets' feeding dishes outside or to the garage, now Fido can be included in the family festivities, thanks to highly-inspected Kosher-certified products from a speciality dog and cat food company.
For example, Evanger's Dog & Cat Food Co., is endorsed by the Chicago Rabbinical Council and offers a range of pet food options suitable for Kosher celebrations and households, including Passover.
By not combining any meat with dairy products and also offering products that are chometz-free, more than 40 combinations ranging from 100 percent grain- free sweet potato for dogs and cats, 100 percent organic cooked chicken and chicken stews, liver snacks, lamb and rice dinner, wild salmon, hunk of beef, and more.
The following is a list of pet foods approved for Passover 2012,when produced in the U.S. according to Star-K Kosher.com.
"Products with identical names from foreign countries may have different formulations, thus compromising their Passover status. 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," the website advises.
Blue Wilderness (dry): Chicken, Duck, Salmon
Friskies (canned): Selects Indoor Herbed Salmon Entrée, Selects Indoor Classic Chicken Entrée, Special Diet Classic Paté Ocean Whitefish Dinner, Special Diet Classic Paté Beef & Chicken Entrée, Special Diet Classic Paté Turkey & Giblets Dinner, Special Diet Classic Paté with Salmon, Special Diet Classic Paté Beef & Liver Entrée, Senior DietClassic Paté Pacific Salmon Dinner in Sauce, Classic Paté Turkey & Giblets Dinner.
Prescription Diet: a/d, c/d (dry only), d/d (except duck), g/d (dry only), k/d (dry only), m/d, r/d, s/d, t/d, w/d (dry only), zd.
Science Diet (dry): Adult Optimal Care Ocean Fish & Rice Recipe, Adult Optimal Care Original, Adult Indoor, Mature Adult Indoor, Adult Hairball Control, Adult Hairball Control Light, Mature Adult Hairball Control, Adult Oral Care, Adult Sensitive Skin, Mature Adult Active Longevity Original, Kitten Indoor, Kitten Healthy Development Original, Kitten Healthy Development Ocean Fish & Rice.
Wellness Core (dry): Fish & Fowl Recipe
Blue Wilderness: Chicken (regular, puppy, small breed, large breed, healthy weight), Duck, Salmon
Evanger's: When bearing CRC Passover approval
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, c/d, d/d g/d, h/d, i/d, j/d (dry only), k/d, n/d, r/d, s/d, t/d, u/d. w/d (dry only), z/d Low Allergen.
Science Diet(dry): Adult Active, Adult Light, Adult Light Large Breed, Adult Light Small Bites, Adult Oral Care, Puppy Healthy Development Original, Puppy Small Bites, Puppy Large Breed, Mature Adult Large Breed, Mature Adult Active Longevity Original, Mature Adult Small
Science Diet (canned): Adult Light.
Nutro (dry):Grain Free Adult Turkey Meal and Potato.
Locally, you can find Evanger’s and other Kosher pet products around town at or sometimes at your veterinarian's office:
at 28991 Golden Lantern, 949-495-0500
Wilds Animal Supplies at 27932 S La Paz Road, 949-831-8678