Fewer pesticides and heavy metals make it into the food
It’s hard to argue with the benefits of reducing the number of pesticides and heavy metals making their way into the dog dish. Fruits, veggies, and grains labeled organic aren’t grown with synthetic pesticides or artificial fertilizers.
According to the Mayo Clinic, cadmium is a toxic chemical found in soil and absorbed by plants and studies have shown significantly lower amounts of cadmium in organic grains.
Organic produce has also shown lower detectable levels of pesticide residue, according to the Mayo Clinic.
The Environmental Working Group releases a “dirty dozen” list of produce contaminated with the highest levels of pesticides. In 2020, the list included strawberries, spinach, kale, nectarines, apples, grapes, peaches, cherries, pears, tomatoes, celery, and potatoes, so if you’re feeding your dog any supplemental veg and fruit, you may want to consider organic for these specific products.
WebMD notes that people consume less pesticide residue when they choose organic produce.
Fewer hormones and antibiotics make it into meat products
Meat and animal products (milk, cheese, yogurt, eggs) considered organic haven’t been subjected to antibiotic and hormone therapies, which reduces the presence of those things in the final food products — and therefore, your dog’s digestive system.
Overuse of antibiotics can enable pets, and people, to develop resistance to them, so reducing exposure may mean your dog responds to antibiotics down the road when it needs them to fight off an illness.