Passover or Pesach takes place this year from the 27th March – 4th April 2021, and is a major Jewish festival celebrated around the world. During Passover, the consumption of leavened grains is forbidden. How does this have any bearing on our pets?
For those observing the festival, it is important that their homes are free from any products with ingredients such as wheat, barley, rye, oats, spelt or their derivatives. Many of the foods our pets eat include these ingredients, therefore every year the Beth Din (Judicial council) releases a list of “safe” foods for our pets to eat.
The following listed foods are acceptable:
Hills’s Pet Nutrition (Prescription Diets)
Dry – I/D
Dry – I/D
Hills’s Pet Nutrition (Science Plan)
Puppy (Mini/Medium/Large Breed)
Acana, and Orijen – check that the product doesn’t contain — wheat, barley, oats, spelt, rye, sorghum, brewer’s yeast or yeast of any other origin.
Eukanuba / Iams — No foods are acceptable.
If your pet is on a Royal Canin diet that is not on the list below, Royal Canin suggests you use Royal Canin’s Sensitivity Control (Prescription Diet) over Pesach. This product is designed for food and skin allergies and is safe for growing puppies and kittens. It is very easy to digest, so you can change straight on to Sensitivity Control without risking stomach upsets in sensitive pets. Sensitivity Control Canine and Feline is available in dry, tins and pouches.
Dry – Early Cardiac, Hepatic, Hypo-allergenic dry, Renal, Sensitivity Control, Skin Support, and Urinary S/O.
Wet – Sensitivity Control & Urinary S/O
Dry – Hypo-allergenic & Sensitivity Control
Wet – Sensitivity Control pouches only
2. Cats: None
Only Sensitive is suitable
SVD – (Ultradog)
Only Hypo-allergenic food is suitable
Corn, carrots, potatoes, squash, dark-green leafy vegetables, broccoli, cooked sweet potatoes, melons, apples, oranges, berries, bananas, pears, and peaches are suitable for most types of birds. Ask your vet about specific feeding recommendations based on the type of bird you have and your bird’s individual characteristics. Please note that cereals containing kitniyot are permitted.
Rabbits, Hamsters, Pet Mice, Rats, and Guinea Pigs
All of these pets can be fed a home-made diet consisting of green and yellow vegetables, plus maize grit and sunflower seeds. Add a probiotic call Protexin that is available at all veterinary practices and vet shops, and you need to provide a base of soil (needed for iron) and Lucerne hay.
Kosher for Pesach bird, rabbit, hamster, mice, rat, and guinea pig food is available by phoning 072 203 1077, or speak to your local vet or vet shop.
All flaked or pellet foods contain chametz.
The only suitable foods are Tetra (Fresh Delicia), Whole Bloodworms, Daphnia, or Brine Shrimp (packaged as a box containing 16 x 3g sachets). Tetra may be used for aquariums or cold-water fish. These products are only available at a few pet shops.
Koi Fish can be fed over Pesach with matzah meal.
Please Note: It remains the pet owner’s responsibility to check the ingredients when purchasing pet foods, as the manufacturers cannot guarantee that changes will not be made in the formulation of the foods due to the volatility (price and availability) of raw materials. The products listed have been checked extensively before Pesach.