You can provide your pet with high-quality food and help local businesses at the same time.

We want our pets to have food that is healthy, fresh, and makes them run to the kitchen at feeding time. Nowadays, we have so many options, from pet stores to fresh food shipped to your house. Did you know you can get great, fresh pet food right here in Maryland? Here are five local companies that make a variety of canned, dry, raw food, and treats for your furry friends.

K9 Kravings

For more than 20 years, K-9 Kravings has been producing raw pet foods from its factory in Baltimore. K-9 Kravings has five varieties of pet food and also makes raw supplements and treats. The ingredients are 100 percent natural, USDA-inspected and -sourced in the U.S.A. If your pet is on a raw food diet, K-9 Kravings has everything you need to feed them a balanced diet. Pet food is sold frozen and can be found at local pet stores or shipped to your home.

Verus Pet Foods

You may have seen this brand on the shelves of boutique pet stores, but did you know it was made in Maryland? Manufactured in Abingdon, Verus makes kibble, canned food, and supplements for dogs and cats made with high-quality, holistic ingredients. The brand offers a variety of proteins both in grain and grain-free versions. Verus is a family-owned company and supports animal rescues around the country. Visit the website to find Verus at a pet store near you.

Sweet Paws Birthday Cake

Courtesy of Sweet Paws Bakery (Facebook)

Sweet Paws Dog Bakery

Want to celebrate your pet’s big day or just get them a special treat? Sweet Paws has some of the most exquisite dog treats you’ll ever see. Birthday cakes and pup cakes (mini cupcakes) are made with grain-free flours, low-fat ingredients, and yogurt-based icing. They also make doggie desserts that mimic the human treats along with biscuits and bagged treats for everyday use. Cakes are specially ordered and can be picked up at three retail locations in Ellicott City, Arundel Mills, and Hagerstown.

Aunt Jeni’s Home Made

Aunt Jenny’s was created by Jennifer Boniface, an animal nutritionist with a master's degree in animal nutrition science from the University of Maryland. Boniface used her experience working with animals to create a line of pet foods that optimizes the functions of your pet's body. Aunt Jenny’s caters to raw food diets and includes treats and supplements. The food is made in Temple Hills and shipped directly to your home.

Top Quality Dog Food

The name is a little generic but there’s nothing basic about Top Quality Dog Food. Made in Hyattsville, this dog food company produces everything you need to create a custom raw food diet for your dog or cat. Not into making it yourself? Top Quality has complete raw food diets too! Get fresh bones, dried treats, and supplements for joints and immunity. Top Quality Dog Food is shipped direct or you can arrange for pick up at the factory or one of their scheduled drop zones.

What's your dog's favorite treat? Share in the comments.