Pesach just ended, which probably means you recently spent time ridding your home of any trace of chametz. But what about Fido?

Animals have to eat during Passover too, and halachic law has sprung up around the issue of how dogs, cats, and even fish should eat during the holiday. According to kosher organization Star-K, the problem with animals eating chametz during Pesach is not necessarily that it is forbidden for an animal, but that the chametz would then be in the possession of the Jewish pet owner, who would be deriving benefit from it.

On the other hand, kitniyot may be fed to pets. This class of food (including legumes, seeds, and corn) are not expressly banned for Pesach, but are generally forbidden for Ashkenazi Jews.

Some Jews “sell” expensive food or dishware to non-Jews during Pesach, before “buying it back” after the holiday. But the same can’t apply to pets; Star-K says a pet cannot be given to a non-Jew if it is known that chametz will be served.

For some, finding chametz-free pet food is just too challenging. Which means cooking for their furry friend for eight days and nights.

“I’m going to be cooking beef or chicken or fish,” Rebecca Singer Walker told the New York Post, describing how she’ll feed her 8-year-old Yorkie, Miles.

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