Some dogs love having a bath; to them, it’s just another romp in the water. Others tremble and whine, shivering pitifully or struggling to escape until the ordeal is over. If your dog falls into the latter category, you might be tempted to avoid the problem by just never bathing your dog. But most pooches eventually do need a bath. So how do you make the experience more tolerable and comfortable?
How often should he be bathed?
There’s no right answer to how often a dog needs a bath. It depends on many factors, such as his lifestyle and coat type.
If your dog spends lots of time exploring woods and ponds, or meeting interesting animals such as skunks, he’s going to need a bath more often than the dog who only ventures outdoors for leashed walks. Dogs with long or thick coats tend to collect more dirt on their travels and therefore require more frequent bathing.
Some dogs, meanwhile, have skin conditions that may warrant regular bathing with special shampoos or other treatments.
“A full bath at shedding season – spring and fall/winter – helps bring in the new coat,” adds veterinarian Dr. Mark Newkirk.
What’s actually scaring him?
If your dog makes a run for it whenever it’s bath time, start by trying to evaluate what might be making him anxious.
• Make sure you are using a soap and shampoo formulated especially for dogs; human products can be too harsh and can cause skin irritation that may leave the dog feeling itchy, uncomfortable and even more anxious after the bath. Natural shampoos, such as Pure Pooch All Natural Shampoo for Dogs are much gentler and easier on the skin than commercial products. Pure Pooch lathers quickly and rinses easily, minimizing time spent in the tub – and consequently reducing bath stress. A shampoo that leaves your dog’s skin feeling good will help him feel calmer about being bathed.
• Check that your dog is comfortable in the basin or tub you are using. It should be large enough that he can turn around, but small enough that he doesn’t feel overwhelmed. Try different basins, tubs or sinks to see if he has a preference. Always place a rubber mat on the bottom, so the dog has solid footing.
• It’s also important to make sure your dog has secure footing on surfaces around the bathing area, such as tile or stainless steel. The Ezee-Visit Pet Vet Mat, for example, has an oilcloth top and an antimicrobial nonskid padded bottom that gives dogs safe and stable footing on potentially slippery surfaces. A dog that feels physically secure will also feel more emotionally secure.
• Consider the possibility that something in the bathing environment might be frightening him – it may be the sound of water running or draining, the unfamiliar surroundings of the bathroom or laundry room, or even the lighting or the way your voice echoes in a tub or shower area.
• Make sure he’s exposed to water outside of bath time. Walk around a lake or along a creek and encourage him get his paws wet. On warm days, fill a kiddie pool with an inch or two of water and add squeaky toys for playtime. Or encourage a game of fetch around a sprinkler.
1. First, coax your dog to visit the empty tub or basin when there’s no water in it. Scatter a few toys or treats inside and encourage him to jump in to retrieve them.
2. As he gets more confident, add just enough water to cover his feet. Don’t use soap or shampoo at this point; just make it fun for him to get in the tub, splash around, and get out.
3. Gradually work your way up to an actual bath. Always have plenty of treats on hand, and keep the sessions brief.
4. Remain calm and reassuring – your dog will pick up on any anxiety you may be feeling. Quiet music may help.
5. Enlist a helper so one of you can secure the dog and tend to his well being while the other gets the bathing done. If you don’t have another set of hands, look for products such as the Pet Wash. It attaches to the wall to keep your dog comfortably secure during bathing. “It safely holds the animal in place and at arms’ reach under the shower head or tub faucet without harming him,” says marketing representative Maitte Van Arsdelm. “[Having both hands free] makes the owner more relaxed, and that confidence is passed along to the animal, making the whole experience easy and fun.”
Keep him clean in between
To minimize the number of baths your dog needs, take simple steps to keep him clean between times.
• Brush your dog frequently to remove dirt, undercoat or sticky substances that may have dried on his hair. Carefully remove mats or tangles before they become unmanageable.
• Vacuum the house frequently and keep your dog’s bedding laundered to minimize doggie odor.
• Doggie wipes, such as Omega Paw Solutions’ Paw & Body Sanitizing Wipes, are useful to have on hand. “Wipes are a good in-between bath solution for when you just want to freshen up your dog,” says Sales and Marketing Associate Ashley Price. “They’re moist and durable enough to clean and sanitize all four paws – plus they have a pleasant lavender scent.”
From the inside out
Allergies, dry itchy skin, hot spots and other skin conditions can leave your dog feeling anxious much of the time, let alone during a bath. Consider what you are putting into his body. A high quality diet and supplementation with essential fatty acids will help keep his coat and skin healthy.
Biotin is another essential nutrient for skin health. It helps with the synthesis of fatty acids and aids in metabolizing carbohydrates and proteins, maximizing the nutritional value of the dog’s diet. BioCoat from Nickers International is rich in biotin and good for dry skin, scratching and poor coat quality.
Calming solutions may also help. Dr. Newkirk suggests valerian root and skullcap, two natural remedies for relieving anxiety. Check with a holistic practitioner to determine the dosage for your dog. “Bach flowers, such as Rescue Remedy, are helpful too,” he adds.
If all else fails, consider turning bathtime over to a groomer. The professional equipment and handling may help your dog feel more comfortable. Groomers are also experienced in working with different canine personalities. Screen your groomer carefully and choose one who is good with anxious dogs, and who uses holistic products.
No dog should be afraid of baths. By eliminating or minimizing potential fear triggers, using soothing natural products, offering praise and treats, and staying calm and reassuring, your dog should soon start to feel more comfortable and secure.
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In early 2015, the law firm of Morgan and Morgan filed a class action lawsuit against Purina over ingredients found in its line of Beneful dog food. Despite this lawsuit — and the thousands of complaints of kidney failure that led to it — the products remain available to purchase at a store near you.
Of the pet owners we surveyed, 70 percent admitted that they didn’t know all of the ingredients in their dog’s food — including the very ingredients at the heart of the Purina lawsuit. All dog foods claim to be “premium” and “all natural,” but with very few regulations on what it takes to meet these qualifications, many of these claims are little more than flashy marketing gimmicks and false advertising. So, we dug behind the label to sort out which ingredients make an excellent dog food and which ones should be avoided.
At the end of the work, we settled on 134 formulas across 29 approved brands.
10 of Our Favorite Dog Food Brands
Ten people on our team dedicated full-time work to this project, investing over 1,400 hours into this single page.
- We built a list of over 11,000 people with connections to the dog food industry and narrowed it down to the best.
- Over 20 experts contributed their valuable time to our work, including veterinarians, dog trainers, animal behaviorists, university researchers, and authors.
- We surveyed 300 dog owners and asked them if they knew what was in their dog’s food.
- We gathered a list of over 8,000 search queries to find out what matters most to dog owners.
- We read and analyzed 72 of the most popular articles and studies on dog food.
- We compiled a list of 2,223 formulas from 115 brands and reviewed their ingredients.
Bad ingredients make dog food unsafe and unhealthy.
The Truth About Recalls and Manufacturing Practices
Safety has always been the biggest concern for pet owners — and one of the hardest challenges for dog food manufacturers to meet. Since the 2007 recalls on Chinese-sourced food, many consumers have started reading labels to see where their food was coming from, but even ingredients sourced in the US can be unsafe.
The Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) sets and maintains standards for the proper levels of ingredients in pet food, but it’s the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that determines the quality. FDA regulations, however, don’t guarantee that all ingredients will be safe.
Ingredients from rendering facilities, for instance, should be avoided. You’ll recognize these ingredients on the label under generic terms like “meat” and “meat meal.” In California, manufacturers have given them the appetizing name of “dry rendered tankage.” So why avoid them? It’s almost impossible to tell what’s being rendered: It can be roadkill, zoo animals, and sometimes even spoiled meat from the grocery store that’s still wrapped in plastic.
Bad Ingredients, Poor Health
Just verifying all the ingredients in your food are “safe” doesn’t mean they are optimal or even healthy for your best friend. Dogs need the right combination of protein, fat, moisture, fiber, and nutrients to live healthy, happy lives. The wrong ingredients in the wrong combinations can lead to a host of health problems, both physical and mental.
Digestive problems, including bloat and inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), are symptomatic of poor ingredients that don’t contain enough whole, unprocessed foods. Food allergies can also lead to digestive issues — many of the experts we reached out to have seen evidence that dogs are sensitive to wheat and corn, both popular fillers.
Obesity is on the rise in dogs. One main reason for this is overfeeding, but many of the experts we talked to were quick to point out that poor grain-based ingredients are also to blame.
Physical problems are only half of it. There was a unanimous consensus among trainers and behaviorists we talked to that poor diet causes mental health issues in dogs, including poor temperament and lack of focus. Marc Abraham elaborates: “Certain popular pet food brands on the market contain extra colorings, additives, and E numbers that, in my opinion, can affect behavior, leading to hyperactivity and difficulty with training.”
Not only do ingredients matter, but also having the right combinations and ratios of ingredients matters. There’s an oft-quoted statistic that claims good dog foods contain 30 percent protein and 18 percent fat, with enough side nutritional content — omega-3s, vitamins, and fiber — to round out your dog’s diet. The experts we talked to disagree. To them, it’s really what’s best for your individual dog. “Protein is very important for your dog, but there are instances, such as old age or liver issues, where your dog should be on a lower-protein diet,” says Dog Files creator Kenn Bell. “Make sure you have a conversation with your veterinarian.”
Dog Food Types
When we made our picks for the best dog foods, we looked at all varieties: dry, wet, homemade, dehydrated, and frozen raw varieties. No matter the type of food, the most important determining factor is still the ingredients. After that, what matters is what’s best for you and your dog.
Your dog’s life stage should factor into his or her diet. Puppies and seniors both have specific dietary needs. Large-breed puppies can develop developmental orthopedic disease (DOD) if they eat too much calcium — the maximum amount of calcium listed in their food should beno more than 1.5 percent. Senior dogs often require less protein because they are less active. And if they suffer from arthritis, many formulas contain glucosamine and chondroitin, both of which alleviate joint pain.
According to the experts we interviewed, there’s no indication that specific breeds need specific diets. What you feed your dog is dependent on his or her size and activity level. Foods formulated specially for small dogs, for example, are beneficial because the smaller pieces of kibble are easier for them to eat and digest.
Dog owners need to be as careful as ever.
After putting in 1,400 hours of research and analyzing over 2,223 formulas, we discovered even some of the most popular brands still make food with unhealthy or unsafe ingredients. Of the 2,223 formulas we looked at, only 134 met our standard of approval — about 6 percent overall. With so many choices on the market, it’s as important as ever to read labels and make informed decisions.
The good news? There are 134 great formulas to choose from, and they represent the best of what the industry has to offer.
A Note on Price
Because we did, in fact, want to offer the best in the industry, we made these considerations with a distinct focus on quality — and without an emphasis on cost to the consumer.
We understand that the price points of our top-rated choices may be higher than the average unit price in the industry, and might be simply too costly for many consumers. Still, our goal was to surface other key considerations — like ingredients and history of handling recalls — when deciding which formula is best for your dog. Moving forward, we also hope to provide more clarity around affordability, as well.
Why 2,089 Dog Food Formulas Didn’t Make the Cut
Our Decision Funnel
We removed products where the first ingredient is not a meat of any kind.
We removed products containing corn, soy, wheat, grain, or flour.
We removed products containing beet pulp or sugar.
We removed products that contained by-products or sauces.
We reviewed brands for recalls, ingredient sources, history, and customer satisfaction.
We reviewed the remaining formulas based on the best ratio of protein, fat, and carbs, as well as the source of protein.
Formulas and Ingredients
Ingredients matter most, so we started by eliminating formulas with ingredients we determined to be unhealthy, unsafe, or unfavorable. It was important that each formula have a meat protein listed first — we removed 194 dog food formulas based on this criteria. We next removed 578 additional formulas that had corn, soy, wheat, grain, or flour in any part of the ingredient list. Overall, this eliminated 772 formulas, taking us from 2,223 to 1,447.
Next, we took out all formulas containing beet pulp or sugar, eliminating 146 more and further reducing the number from 1,447 to 1,301. Formulas that contained by-products and sauces led to 44 additional cuts, narrowing our choices from 1,301 to 1,257.
The 1,257 dog food formulas left did not have any ingredients we wouldn’t feed our own dogs. This was too large a number, however, so our next step was to review the brands themselves and return to formulas later.
Brands and Recalls
The original 2,223 dog food formulas we analyzed comprised 115 brands. But after reducing the number of formulas to 1,257, the number of brands dropped to 93.
Brands That Were Cut Because of Their Ingredients:
- Chicken Soup
- Hill’s Prescription Diet
- Hill’s Science Diet
- Iams Veterinary Formula
- Nummy Tum-Tum
- Nutro Ultra
- Purina Pro Plan Veterinary Diets
- Royal Canin
- Breeder’s Choice
- Natural Planet
- Now Fresh
- Nutro Natural
- Pet Naturals of Vermont
- Himalayan Dog Chew
Of the 93 brands left, we went straight to their recall history to look for any major recalls, any significant controversies, and unusually high numbers of customer complaints and reports.
Next, we took out brands that had been sold to large companies and, as a result, may be changing or have changed their formulas in a manner that compromises integrity. Just as in human food, often, acquisitions and changes in ownership can lead to changes in formulas and manufacturing processes. In dog food, that can mean dramatically different ingredients that pet owners may not even notice.
For this reason, we eliminated dog food brands that had recently been acquired by large companies like Procter & Gamble (P&G), because we couldn’t guarantee that the data we had on them, or the ingredients listed, were up-to-date and reliable.
We also removed anything that is manufactured in countries that don’t have strong food-quality regulations, that were known to include lesser-quality ingredients, or do not have enough available information:
- Against the Grain: Not enough information
- Artemis: Manufactured by Diamond
- Blue Buffalo: False label claims, bad customer reviews, and outsourced foods
- Canidae: Many negative customer reviews, manufactured by Diamond
- Canine Caviar: Not enough information
- Dave’s Pet Food: Not enough information
- Dogswell: Some ingredients come from China
- Evanger’s: Many consumer complaints and false labeling
- EVO: Sold to P&G and also lost a class-action suit over false labeling
- Farmina: Not enough information
- Go!: Lesser-quality ingredients and issues with upset stomachs
- Great Life: Mediocre reviews and not enough information
- Holistic Select: Holistic Select’s parent company, WellPet, no longer has any ties to Diamond. However, Holistic Select has still received customer complaints of gas and loose stool in pets.
- Innova: Bought by P&G
- Merrick: History of recalls
- Nature’s Recipe: Manufactured by Del Monte
- Nature’s Variety: Many recent recalls
- Newman’s Own Organics: Some products made in Uruguay
- Nulo: Not enough information
- Nutrisca: Contains ingredients from China
- Pioneer Naturals: Not enough information
- Premium Edge: Too many recalls
- Solid Gold: Customer complaints of packaging and ingredient changes
- Taste of the Wild: Manufactured by Diamond
- Tiki Dog: Manufactured in Thailand
- TruDog: Not enough information
- Vital Essentials: Not enough information
- Wellness: Was associated with Diamond’s 2012 massive recall, but has since cut ties with Diamond. We’ll revisit Wellness in the future.
- Weruva: Some of their products are made in Thailand.
- Wild Calling: Food is manufactured and packed by Evanger’s.
Our Stance On Recalls
We understand our methodology isn’t perfect, and we continue to evaluate it each day, especially when it comes to recalls. We took a hard stance on not including brands that had a history of multiple recalls.
Though recalls happen, not all companies respond as swiftly, carefully, and transparently as we’d like. Which means that even after a problem is corrected, they may continue to cut corners, which could lead to future safety concerns.
So while a recall in and of itself isn’t necessarily the last straw for a dog food company, a slow or sloppy response is. In our research, we didn’t initially look at recall response, but we’re adjusting our judgments on a case-by-case basis.
That doesn’t mean the products from these brands are worse than the products from brands on our recommended list. Many of these products pass all of our tests when it comes to assessing quality ingredients. Some of the recalls were created proactively by the brands themselves, meaning there were no incidents reported. Still, we had to draw the line somewhere, but we plan to continue to modify and improve our methodology over time.
On that note, we also removed any and all products that had previously been associated with Diamond brand dog foods. Diamond pet foods have a history of recalls, including one extremely large and dangerous incident in 2012, which impacted many of its smaller labels. Dog foods that appear to be of higher quality, like Taste of the Wild, Canidae, and Solid Gold, were all involved at the time, though many consumers were unaware that these particular labels were associated, and several brands have since separated from Diamond and its manufacturers. We did not feel that Diamond was transparent or diligent enough in its response to meet our criteria.
For this reason, we initially excluded dog foods that were owned or manufactured in Diamond’s factories, because we just could not assure their ongoing safety. However, we are reconsidering those brands that have severed ties and found new manufacturing locations on a case-by-case basis, based on the visible work the brand has demonstrated. We’ll continue to consider these brands moving forward, but maintain our hard stance on recalls.
Our Final Choices
This left us with 300 remaining formulas. The final step was to determine if they had the proper ratio of protein, fat, and carbs based on our research. And we made sure the largest source of protein came from an animal.
After reviewing all 2,223 formulas, we ended up with 134 dog food formulas — manufactured by 29 brands — that we confidently recommend.
|ACANA||ACANA Chicken & Burbank Potato Formula Dry Dog Food||$1.99/lb||See Prices|
|ACANA||ACANA Duck & Bartlett Pear Singles Formula Dry Dog Food||$2.88/lb||See Prices|
|ACANA||ACANA Grasslands Regional Formula Grain-Free Dry Dog Food||$2.87/lb||See Prices|
|ACANA||ACANA Lamb & Okanagan Apple Singles Formula Dry Dog Food||$2.76/lb||See Prices|
|ACANA||ACANA Pacifica Regional Formula Grain-Free Dry Dog Food||$2.76/lb||See Prices|
|ACANA||ACANA Pork & Butternut Squash Singles Formula Dry Dog Food||$2.68/lb||See Prices|
|ACANA||ACANA Ranchlands Regional Formula Grain-Free Dry Dog Food||$3.04/lb||See Prices|
|ACANA||ACANA Wild Prairie Regional Formula Grain-Free Dry Dog Food||$2.38/lb||See Prices|
|Addiction||Addiction Grain-Free Salmon Bleu Dry Dog Food||$2.91/lb||See Prices|
|Addiction||Addiction Grain-Free Viva La Venison Dry Dog Food||$3.00/lb||See Prices|
|Addiction||Addiction New Zealand Brushtail & Vegetables Entree Canned Dog Food||$5.22/lb||See Prices|
|Addiction||Addiction New Zealand Venison & Apples Entree Canned Dog Food||$5.12/lb||See Prices|
|Addiction||Addiction Unagi & Seaweed Entree Canned Dog Food||$4.02/lb||See Prices|
|Annamaet||Annamaet Grain-Free Aqualuk Cold Water Formula Dry Dog Food||$2.82/lb||See Prices|
|Annamaet||Annamaet Grain-Free Lean Low Fat Formula Dry Dog Food||$2.34/lb||See Prices|
|Annamaet||Annamaet Grain-Free Manitok Red Meat Formula Dry Dog Food||$2.81/lb||See Prices|
|Annamaet||Annamaet Grain-Free Salcha Poulet Formula Dry Dog Food||$2.30/lb||See Prices|
|Annamaet||Annamaet Option 24% Dry Dog Food||$1.87/lb||See Prices|
|AvoDerm||AvoDerm Natural Chicken & Rice Formula Canned Dog Food||$2.51/lb||See Prices|
|AvoDerm||AvoDerm Natural Chicken & Rice Formula Puppy Canned Dog Food||$2.85/lb||See Prices|
|AvoDerm||AvoDerm Natural Chicken Meal & Brown Rice Formula Large Breed Adult Dry Dog Food||$1.54/lb||See Prices|
|AvoDerm||AvoDerm Natural Chicken Meal & Brown Rice Formula Puppy Dry Dog Food||$1.60/lb||See Prices|
|AvoDerm||AvoDerm Natural Original Formula Canned Dog Food||$2.82/lb||See Prices|
|AvoDerm Natural Turkey & Vegetable Stew Recipe Canned Dog Food||$/lb||See Prices|
|Back to Basics||Back to Basics Giblets & Duck Entree in Gravy Wet Food for Dogs||$/lb||See Prices|
|Back to Basics||Back to Basics Giblets & Turkey Entree in Gravy Wet Food for Dogs||$/lb||See Prices|
|Back to Basics||Back to Basics Liver & Pork Entree in Gravy Wet Food for Dogs||$/lb||See Prices|
|Back to Basics||Back to Basics Open Range Formula Dry Dog Food||$3.00/lb||See Prices|
|Back to Basics||Back to Basics Pork Formula Dry Dog Food||$4.50/lb||See Prices|
|Back to Basics Turkey Formula Dry Dog Food||$/lb||See Prices|
|By Nature||By Nature Natural Puppy Dry Dog Food||$/lb||See Prices|
|Dr. Harvey’s||Dr. Harvey’s Oracle Beef Formula Freeze-Dried Dog Food||$15.33/lb||See Prices|
|Dr. Harvey’s||Dr. Harvey’s Oracle Chicken Formula Freeze-Dried Dog Food||$15.33/lb||See Prices|
|Dr. Harvey’s||Dr. Harvey’s Oracle Grain-Free Chicken Formula Freeze-Dried Dog Food||$14.97/lb||See Prices|
|Eagle Pack||Eagle Pack Beef Formula Canned Dog Food||$2.52/lb||See Prices|
|Eagle Pack||Eagle Pack Chicken Formula Canned Dog Food||$2.47/lb||See Prices|
|Eagle Pack||Eagle Pack Lamb Formula Canned Dog Food||$2.52/lb||See Prices|
|Eagle Pack||Eagle Pack Large & Giant Breed Adult Dry Dog Food||$1.23/lb||See Prices|
|Eagle Pack||Eagle Pack Original Chicken Meal & Pork Meal Formula Dry Dog Food||$1.04/lb||See Prices|
|Eagle Pack||Eagle Pack Power Adult Dry Dog Food||$1.30/lb||See Prices|
|Eagle Pack||Eagle Pack Reduced Fat Adult Dry Dog Food||$1.19/lb||See Prices|
|Eagle Pack||Eagle Pack Small Breed Chicken Meal & Pork Meal Formula Dry Dog Food||$1.19/lb||See Prices|
|Eagle Pack||Eagle Pack Turkey Formula Canned Dog Food||$2.50/lb||See Prices|
|Earthborn Holistic||Earthborn Holistic Chip’s Chicken Casserole Grain-Free Natural Moist Dog Food||$5.63/lb||See Prices|
|Earthborn Holistic||Earthborn Holistic Coastal Catch Grain-Free Natural Dry Dog Food||$1.86/lb||See Prices|
|Earthborn Holistic||Earthborn Holistic Duke’s Din-Din Grain-Free Natural Moist Dog Food||$5.53/lb||See Prices|
|Earthborn Holistic||Earthborn Holistic Grain-Free Large Breed Dry Dog Food||$2.10/lb||See Prices|
|Earthborn Holistic||Earthborn Holistic Grain-Free Weight Control Dry Dog Food||$2.11/lb||See Prices|
|Earthborn Holistic||Earthborn Holistic Great Plains Feast Grain-Free Natural Dry Dog Food||$1.86/lb||See Prices|
|Earthborn Holistic||Earthborn Holistic Lilyäó»s Gourmet Buffet Grain-Free Natural Moist Dog Food||$6.85/lb||See Prices|
|Earthborn Holistic||Earthborn Holistic Meadow Feast Grain-Free Natural Dry Dog Food||$1.79/lb||See Prices|
|Earthborn Holistic||Earthborn Holistic Pepper’s Pot Roast Grain-Free Natural Moist Dog Food||$5.97/lb||See Prices|
|Earthborn Holistic||Earthborn Holistic Primitive Natural Grain-Free Natural Dry Dog Food||$1.86/lb||See Prices|
|Earthborn Holistic||Earthborn Holistic Toby’s Turkey Dinner Grain-Free Natural Moist Dog Food||$5.97/lb||See Prices|
|Fromm||Fromm Four-Star Nutritionals Chicken A La Veg Formula Dry Dog Food||$1.67/lb||See Prices|
|Fromm||Fromm Four-Star Nutritionals Duck & Sweet Potato Dry Dog Food||$1.80/lb||See Prices|
|Fromm||Fromm Four-Star Nutritionals Salmon A La Veg Dry Dog Food||$1.90/lb||See Prices|
|Fromm||Fromm Four-Star Nutritionals Shredded Beef Entree Canned Dog Food||$5.66/lb||See Prices|
|Fromm||Fromm Four-Star Nutritionals Shredded Chicken Entree Canned Dog Food||$4.82/lb||See Prices|
|Fromm||Fromm Four-Star Nutritionals Shredded Pork Canned Dog Food||$4.82/lb||See Prices|
|Fromm||Fromm Gold Small Breed Adult Dry Dog Food||$1.74/lb||See Prices|
|Fromm||Fromm Gold Weight Management Dry Dog Food||$1.48/lb||See Prices|
|Grandma Lucy’s||Grandma Lucy’s Artisan Grain-Free Bison Freeze-Dried Dog Food||$12.45/lb||See Prices|
|Grandma Lucy’s||Grandma Lucy’s Artisan Grain-Free Chicken Freeze-Dried Dog Food||$6.84/lb||See Prices|
|Grandma Lucy’s||Grandma Lucy’s Artisan Grain-Free Lamb Freeze-Dried Dog Food||$8.28/lb||See Prices|
|Grandma Lucy’s||Grandma Lucy’s Artisan Grain-Free Pork Freeze-Dried Dog Food||$7.02/lb||See Prices|
|Grandma Lucy’s||Grandma Lucy’s Artisan Grain-Free Venison Freeze-Dried Dog Food||$9.00/lb||See Prices|
|Hi-Tek Naturals||Hi-Tek Naturals Grain-Free Alaskan Fish Formula Adult Dry Dog Food||$1.45/lb||See Prices|
|Hi-Tek Naturals||Hi-Tek Naturals Grain-Free Chicken Meal & Sweet Potato Formula Adult Dry Dog Food||$1.88/lb||See Prices|
|Hi-Tek Naturals||Hi-Tek Naturals Grain-Free Lamb Meal & Sweet Potato Formula Adult Dry Dog Food||$1.45/lb||See Prices|
|Horizon||Horizon Legacy Puppy Grain-Free Dry Dog Food||$3.18/lb||See Prices|
|K9 Natural||K9 Natural Venison Feast Raw Freeze-Dried Dog Food||$27.50/lb||See Prices|
|Lotus||Lotus Wholesome Chicken & Asparagus Stew Grain-Free Canned Dog Food||$4.98/lb||See Prices|
|Lotus||Lotus Wholesome Turkey Stew Grain-Free Canned Dog Food||$4.98/lb||See Prices|
|Nature’s Logic||Nature’s Logic Canine Beef Feast Canned Dog Food||$3.31/lb||See Prices|
|Nature’s Logic||Nature’s Logic Canine Beef Meal Feast Dry Dog Food||$2.15/lb||See Prices|
|Nature’s Logic||Nature’s Logic Canine Chicken Feast Canned Dog Food||$2.81/lb||See Prices|
|Nature’s Logic||Nature’s Logic Canine Chicken Meal Feast Dry Dog Food||$2.15/lb||See Prices|
|Nature’s Logic||Nature’s Logic Canine Duck & Salmon Meal Feast Dry Dog Food||$2.39/lb||See Prices|
|Nature’s Logic||Nature’s Logic Canine Lamb Meal Feast Dry Dog Food||$2.39/lb||See Prices|
|Nature’s Logic||Nature’s Logic Canine Rabbit Meal Feast Dry Dog Food||$3.37/lb||See Prices|
|Nature’s Logic||Nature’s Logic Canine Sardine Meal Feast Dry Dog Food||$2.39/lb||See Prices|
|Nature’s Logic||Nature’s Logic Canine Venison Meal Feast Dry Dog Food||$2.61/lb||See Prices|
|Nature’s Logic||Nature’s Logic Rabbit Feast Canned Dog Food||$4.04/lb||See Prices|
|Nature’s Logic||Nature’s Logic Sardine Feast Canned Dog Food||$3.14/lb||See Prices|
|Nature’s Logic||Nature’s Logic Venison Feast Canned Dog Food||$5.34/lb||See Prices|
|NutriSource||NutriSource Chicken & Rice Formula Canned Dog Food||$2.08/lb||See Prices|
|NutriSource||NutriSource Chicken, Lamb & Ocean Fish Formula Canned Dog Food||$2.08/lb||See Prices|
|Orijen||Orijen 6 Fish Grain-Free Formula Dry Dog Food||$3.22/lb||See Prices|
|Orijen||Orijen Adult Grain-Free Dry Dog Food||$2.76/lb||See Prices|
|Orijen||Orijen Puppy Grain-Free Dry Dog Food||$2.80/lb||See Prices|
|Orijen||Orijen Puppy Large Breed Grain-Free Dry Dog Food||$2.80/lb||See Prices|
|Orijen||Orijen Regional Red Grain-Free Dry Dog Food||$3.43/lb||See Prices|
|Orijen||Orijen Senior Grain-Free Dry Dog Food||$2.80/lb||See Prices|
|Pinnacle||Pinnacle Chicken & Oatmeal Recipe Dry Dog Food||$/lb||See Prices|
|Pinnacle||Pinnacle Grain-Free Peak Protein Recipe Dry Dog Food||$1.73/lb||See Prices|
|Pinnacle||Pinnacle Grain-Free Salmon & Potato Recipe Canned Dog Food||$3.07/lb||See Prices|
|Pinnacle||Pinnacle Grain-Free Salmon & Potato Recipe Dry Dog Food||$2.33/lb||See Prices|
|Pinnacle||Pinnacle Grain-Free Turkey & Potato Recipe Dry Dog Food||$2.04/lb||See Prices|
|Precise Holistic Complete||Precise Holistic Complete Small & Medium Breed Puppy Formula Dry Dog Food||$2.80/lb||See Prices|
|Primal||Primal Beef Formula Nuggets Freeze-Dried Dog Food||$30.23/lb||See Prices|
|Primal||Primal Chicken Formula Nuggets Freeze-Dried Dog Food||$30.29/lb||See Prices|
|Primal||Primal Duck Formula Nuggets Freeze-Dried Dog Food||$30.85/lb||See Prices|
|Primal||Primal Lamb Formula Nuggets Freeze-Dried Dog Food||$30.85/lb||See Prices|
|Primal||Primal Turkey & Sardine Formula Nuggets Freeze-Dried Dog Food||$29.83/lb||See Prices|
|Stella & Chewy’s||Stella & Chewy’s Absolutely Rabbit Dinner Patties Freeze-Dried Dog Food||$34.12/lb||See Prices|
|Stella & Chewy’s||Stella & Chewy’s Duck Duck Goose Dinner Patties Freeze-Dried Dog Food||$25.38/lb||See Prices|
|Stella & Chewy’s||Stella & Chewy’s Phenomenal Pheasant Dinner Patties Freeze-Dried Dog Food||$43.61/lb||See Prices|
|Stella & Chewy’s||Stella & Chewy’s Simply Venison Dinner Patties Freeze-Dried Dog Food||$34.12/lb||See Prices|
|Stella & Chewy’s||Stella & Chewy’s Stella’s Super Beef Meal Mixers Freeze-Dried Dog Food Topper||$27.55/lb||See Prices|
|Stella & Chewy’s||Stella & Chewy’s Tantalizing Turkey Meal Mixers Freeze-Dried Dog Food Topper||$27.55/lb||See Prices|
|Stewart Raw Naturals||Stewart Raw Naturals Chicken & Salmon Recipe Freeze-Dried Dog Food||$34.36/lb||See Prices|
|Stewart Raw Naturals||Stewart Raw Naturals Chicken Recipe Freeze-Dried Dog Food||$38.60/lb||See Prices|
|Stewart Raw Naturals||Stewart Raw Naturals Lamb Recipe Freeze-Dried Dog Food||$36.89/lb||See Prices|
|The Honest Kitchen||The Honest Kitchen Embark Dehydrated Dog Food||$8.37/lb||See Prices|
|The Honest Kitchen||The Honest Kitchen Force Dehydrated Dog Food||$7.47/lb||See Prices|
|The Honest Kitchen||The Honest Kitchen Love Dehydrated Dog Food||$9.00/lb||See Prices|
|The Real Meat Company||The Real Meat Company 90% Beef Air-Dried Dog Food||$11.50/lb||See Prices|
|The Real Meat Company||The Real Meat Company 90% Chicken Air-Dried Dog Food||$11.50/lb||See Prices|
|The Real Meat Company||The Real Meat Company 90% Lamb Air-Dried Dog Food||$12.75/lb||See Prices|
|VeRUS||VeRUS Beef & Barley Formula Canned Dog Food||$3.09/lb||See Prices|
|VeRUS||VeRUS Chicken & Brown Rice Formula Canned Dog Food||$3.13/lb||See Prices|
|Wysong||Wysong Archetype Chicken Formula Freeze-Dried Dog & Cat Food||$37.10/lb||See Prices|
|Wysong||Wysong Epigen 90 Starch-Free Formula Dry Dog & Cat Food||$4.96/lb||See Prices|
|Wysong||Wysong Fundamentals Dry Dog & Cat Food||$2.32/lb||See Prices|
|ZiwiPeak||ZiwiPeak Daily-Dog Beef Cuisine Air-Dried Dog Food||$11.36/lb||See Prices|
|ZiwiPeak||ZiwiPeak Daily-Dog Beef Cuisine Canned Dog Food||$5.66/lb||See Prices|
|ZiwiPeak||ZiwiPeak Daily-Dog Cuisine Rabbit & Lamb Canned Dog Food||$6.65/lb||See Prices|
|ZiwiPeak||ZiwiPeak Daily-Dog Cuisine Venison & Fish Canned Dog Food||$5.74/lb||See Prices|
|ZiwiPeak||ZiwiPeak Daily-Dog Cuisine Venison Canned Dog Food||$5.64/lb||See Prices|
|ZiwiPeak||ZiwiPeak Daily-Dog Lamb Cuisine Air-Dried Dog Food||$13.18/lb||See Prices|
|ZiwiPeak||ZiwiPeak Daily-Dog Venison & Fish Cuisine Air-Dried Dog Food||$18.15/lb|
Wondering why your dog food didn’t make the list?
We went by a very rigid and specific review methodology that brought our list from 2,200-plus dog food formulas down to 134. If your dog food is missing from our list of 134, it is most likely because it didn’t meet the requirements set forth within our review methodology.
Some tips from the Humane Society for winter care of our pets!
Protect Your Pet During Winter and Cold Weather
Don’t leave pets outdoors when the temperature drops. During walks, short-haired dogs may feel more comfortable wearing a sweater. No matter what the temperature is, windchill can threaten a pet’s life. Pets are sensitive to severe cold and are at risk for frostbite and hypothermia during extreme cold snaps. Exposed skin on noses, ears and paw pads can quickly freeze and suffer permanent damage.
Take precautions if your pet spends a lot of time outside
A dog or cat is happiest and healthiest when kept indoors. If for some reason your dog is outdoors much of the day, he or she must be protected by a dry, draft-free shelter that is large enough to allow the dog to sit and lie down comfortably but small enough to hold in his/her body heat. The floor should be raised a few inches off the ground and covered with cedar shavings or straw. The doorway should be covered with waterproof burlap or heavy plastic.
Give your pets plenty of food and water
Pets who spend a lot of time outdoors need more food in the winter because keeping warm depletes energy. Routinely check your pet’s water dish to make certain the water is fresh and unfrozen. Use plastic food and water bowls; when the temperature is low, your pet’s tongue can stick and freeze to metal.
Protect paws from salt
The salt and other chemicals used to melt snow and ice can irritate the pads of your pet’s feet. Wipe all paws with a damp towel before your pet licks them and irritates his/her mouth.
Wholesome Pet Essentials carries a pet safe ice melter!
Avoid antifreeze poisoning
Antifreeze is a deadly poison, but it has a sweet taste that may attract animals and children. Wipe up spills and keep antifreeze (and all household chemicals) out of reach. Coolants and antifreeze made with propylene glycol are less toxic to pets, wildlife and family.
Is Santa bringing your household a new dog or cat for Christmas? Whether a new puppy, an adopted senior dog, or a rescued 4-year old cat we want to help! Stop in and ask us for a “new fur baby” packet. We will give you an envelope with a starter checklist, coupons for free services and money off purchases. Make Wholesome Pet Essentials your “one stop shop” for all your pets needs.
We offer full grooming services 7 days a week. We also offer nutritional options from those who are picky eaters to those who are not so picky and could use some weight management. Make it your New Year’s Resolution to feed your pet well.
NEW PUPPY/Dog SPECIAL
FREE NAIL GRIND ($12 value)
Not valid with any other discount offers.
NEW PUPPY/Dog SPECIAL
FREE SELF-SERVE PET WASH ($15 value)
Not valid with any other discount offers.
NEW PUPPY SPECIAL
$20 for 1st bath/Face Feet & Fanny Trim
Not valid with any other discount offers.
IAMS Healthy Naturals Versus NutriLife All Gold
Notice that the following Iams product has whole grain sorghum and ground whole grain barley listed AHEAD of chicken meal. Ingredients are listed in order of decreasing inclusion in the product. Yes, chicken is first but that product is listed before it’s dried so it’s a lot of water. This product is very heavy in grains.
Chicken, Ground Whole Grain Sorghum, Ground Whole Grain Barley, Chicken Meal, Brewer’s Rice, Fish Meal (Source of Fish Oil), Dried Egg Product, Dried Beet Pulp, Chicken Flavor, Chicken Fat (Preserved with Mixed Tocopherols, Source of Vitamin E), Potassium Chloride, Salt, Carrots, Tomatoes, Monosodium Phosphate, Choline Chloride, Spinach, Peas, Ferrous Sulfate, Zinc Oxide, Manganese Sulfate, Copper Sulfate, Manganous Oxide, Potassium Iodide, Cobalt Carbonate, Ascorbic Acid, Vitamin A Acetate, Calcium Pantothenate, Biotin, Thiamine Mononitrate (Source of Vitamin B1), Vitamin B12 Supplement, Niacin, Riboflavin Supplement (Source of Vitamin B2), Inositol, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (Source of Vitamin B6), Vitamin D3 Supplement, Folic Acid, DL-Methionine, Dried Apple Pomace, Calcium Carbonate, Vitamin E Supplement and Rosemary Extract
Crude Protein (min) 25.0%
Crude Fat (min) 14.0%
Crude Fiber (max) 4.0%
Moisture (max) 10.0%
Calcium (min) 1.1%
Phosphorus (min) 0.8%
Zinc (min) 150mg/k
Omega-6 Fatty Acids* (min) 1.62%
Omega-3 Fatty Acids* (min) 0.21%
The following product lists two meats first…both still contain water. But then there is chicken meal. So it is more meat than rice or sorghum or barley. Note also in the guaranteed analysis more favorable levels of Omega fatty acids which are critical to a healthy coat and skin! This is NutriLife All Gold formula!
Menhaden Fish Meal
Chicken Fat (preserved with Mixed Tocopherols)
Brewers Dried Yeast
Inulin (from Chicory Root)
Yucca Schidigera Extract
|· Crude Protein…………….not less than 24%· Crude Fat……………………not less than 14%
· Crude Fiber………………..not more than 3.5%
· Moisture……………………..not more than 10%
· Omega 6 Fatty Acids…not less than 2.6%*
· Omega 3 Fatty Acids…not less than 0.4%*
|· Lactobacillus Acidophilus…….(min) 100,000,000 CFU/lb.*· Bifidobacterium Longum……..(min) 100,000,000 CFU/lb.*
· Lactobacillus Plantarum……….(min) 100,000,000 CFU/lb.*
· Enterococcous Faecium………..(min) 100,000,000 CFU/lb.*
· Glucosamine…………………………..not less than 400ppm*
· Chondroitin…………………………….not less than 40ppm*
Ground yellow corn, chicken by-product meal, corn gluten meal, whole wheat flour, animal fat preserved with mixed-tocopherols, chicken, soy flour, rice flour, propylene glycol, sugar, tricalcium phosphate, salt, phosphoric acid, potassium chloride, animal digest, mono and dicalcium phosphate, dried carrots, sorbic acid (a preservative), dried tomatoes, avocado, calcium propionate (a preservative), L-Lysine monohydrochloride, choline chloride, Vitamin E supplement, zinc sulfate, ferrous sulfate, Yellow 5, manganese sulfate, niacin, Red 40, Vitamin A supplement, Blue 2, copper sulfate, Vitamin B-12 supplement, calcium pantothenate, thiamine mononitrate, garlic oil, Yellow 6, pyridoxine hydrochloride, riboflavin supplement, Vitamin D-3 supplement, menadione sodium bisulfite complex (source of Vitamin K activity), calcium iodate, folic acid,
Here’s an offer you should look at. Give them some real meat instead of corn!