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Bad ingredients make dog food unsafe and unhealthy.
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From reviews.com….. pretty good info on pet foods
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.
Ten people on our team dedicated full-time work to this project, investing over 1,400 hours into this single page.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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|
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)
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FREE SELF-SERVE PET WASH ($15 value)
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$20 for 1st bath/Face Feet & Fanny Trim
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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!
The following is excerpted from the “Canine Journal”: (with some added notes from WPE in italics)
Dog owners want what is best for their pets and for many people that means feeding an all natural dog food. There are two varieties of all natural dog food: commercially produced and raw. Depending upon your budget and the time you have to devote to your dogs diet, one of these may better suit your needs than the other.
All Natural Dog Food is a Healthier Option
Just as humans thrive on diets without fillers and artificial ingredients, so too do dogs. All natural dog foods eliminate the additives and artificial ingredients that many manufacturers include to “improve the taste”, prolong the life of their products or simply add more inexpensive weight and bulk to the bag to justify the consumer price. On the other hand, all natural foods mimic the natural diet of wild canines and provide a more balanced approach to nutrition.
All Natural Dog Food Helps to Eliminate Allergies
For dog owners that must cope with canine allergies, all natural dog foods are a good option. Whether a dog suffers from skin or food allergies, all natural diets help to improve overall health and boost the dog’s immune system naturally. The majority of dogs that experience food allergies have trouble processing grains or specific protein sources, both of which are found commonly in mass market, non-natural dog foods.
All Natural Dog Foods Promote Better Digestion
Where many non-natural dog foods contain products that were never “designed” to be eaten by dogs, all natural foods contain only natural products that wild canines eat and process effectively. Many commercially produced dog foods contain a significant amount of fillers that can cause constipation and flatulence, as they create roadblocks to digestion.
Dogs Fed All Natural Foods Have Fewer Food Related Vet Visits
All natural dog foods are created with a balance of nutrition in mind rather than a maximization of profit. Nutritionally balanced foods result in fewer incidences of diabetes and joint concerns as well as a healthier weight because of the inclusion of daily required vitamin and mineral complexes in addition to more natural and regular digestion. Dogs who have experienced upset stomachs are often aided significantly by transitioning to an all natural dog food.
Checking Ingredients of All Natural Dog Foods
All natural dog foods will always be marked as such simply because it is a selling point for the companies that make them. Even if a dog food is labeled as “all natural”, it is still important to carefully check the ingredients of each food to look for potential allergens. High quality dog foods of all types will always list real protein sources in the top three ingredients. Real protein sources are not vague references such as “chicken meal” or “chicken by-products,” they should be listed as “chicken.” Healthy foods never include by-products or anything labeled as “meal” or “digest” because these are references to mystery meat products.
Understanding Nutritional Balance in All Natural Dog Foods
All dog foods claim to be nutritionally balanced with your dog in mind; however, not all nutritional balances are equal. It is important to research the nutritional needs of your dog based upon their special dietary needs (check with your vet) and their life stage in order to find a good food match. Some all natural foods have higher levels of protein than your dog may be used to, others may have higher carbohydrate or fat contents – these are all things to consider.
Good Protein Sources in Commercial All Natural Dog Foods
There is a wide variety of whole protein sources available for commercially produced dog foods, depending upon dogs unique needs one source may be a better choice than another. If a dog has experienced allergies to food products in the past it is generally better to go with a single source protein food.
Good Carbohydrate Sources in Commercial All Natural Dog Foods
Carbohydrates are another common source of allergies and while they are not necessary as a staple in a dog’s diet, they are necessary to create “kibble.” A dog’s tolerance to specific grain types will vary from individual to individual. All of the carbs listed below are gluten-free.
Grain Free Carbohydrates
Good Fat and Oil Sources in Commercial All Natural Dog Foods
Fats and oils are a necessary part of all dogs’ diets; they help with brain development, bodily processes and skin and coat health. Just as with people, it is important to find high quality fat and oil sources that are not high in saturated fats and that provide as many fatty acids as possible. When looking at fats and oils in all natural dog foods there are a few things to look for:
What is Raw Feeding?
Raw feeding is another all natural approach to feeding your dog. Unlike commercially produced kibble, raw feeding centers on feeding dogs items that would be found in the wild. Raw feeding is also known as the BARF diet or Biologically Approved Raw Foods or Bones and Raw Foods; however, BARF is just one variety of raw feeding. The second type of raw feeding is known as the “prey model”. The principle of both of these types of diets is to feed uncooked meats, edible bones and organs.
The BARF diet is made up of 60 to 80% raw meaty bones and 20 to 40% fruits, vegetables, meat, eggs, offal (internal organs or entrails) or dairy food. Raw meaty bones are bones that have 50% meat on them and include chicken back, wings and neck.
The Prey Model
The prey model diet is designed to replicate the natural feeding proportions that animals experience in the wild. This diet is comprised of whole prey animals such as chickens, turkeys, hens and rabbits. Around 80% of the prey model diet consists of meat, 10% bone and 10% organs (5% of this is liver.) Those who focus on this method of naturally feeding do not believe that dogs require vegetation or carbohydrates and as such they simply focus on feeding meat from a number of different “prey animals.” There are some people who feed the prey model that also supplement with vegetable matter to provide more vitamins and minerals. Additionally some feeders of the prey model add fish oil to food items to increase fatty acid intake.
The Importance of Balance in Raw Feeding
To many, raw feeding may seem as easy as throwing a few pieces of raw meat in a bowl and feeding; however, balance in raw feeding is very important. A significant portion of the balance in raw feeding comes from variation in protein sources. By switching protein sources not only do dogs receive varied nutrients from the meat but they also receive varied stomach contents which make up a portion of carbohydrate and vegetation intake. Many opponents to raw feeding believe that obtaining a balance in raw feeding is not possible and rely upon research to back up their claims.
At Wholesome Pet Essentials we have several options for you to consider with raw feeding. Frozen complete, Freeze Dried complete, Freeze dried premixes, dehydrated foods, etc. All will provide a complete nutritional profile for your pet!
The following is from the Dog Food Advisor website:
Choosing the best large breed puppy foods — and feeding them in the right amount — can significantly lower your dog’s risk of developing hip dysplasia during growth.1
That’s because the nutritional needs of large and giant breedpuppies are different from those of small and medium breeds.
However, before a dog owner can take steps to help prevent these conditions, it’s important to first understand the cause.
Large breed puppies are those whose adult weight will ultimatelyexceed 50 pounds.3
When compared to smaller breeds, two important factors aboutthe way they grow make large breed puppies more prone to skeletal problems:
- They grow faster
- They remain puppies longer
A Labrador retriever can grow from just under a pound at birth to over 70 pounds in a year. That’s a whopping 70-fold increase in size in just 12 months.
In comparison, a human being can take 18 years to achieve results that are less than half that much.
What’s more, unlike smaller breeds that can be fed as adults at about 9-12 months, many larger breeds continue to grow and can still be considered puppies until 12 to 24 months.4
Rapid growth means the bones must change quickly — a factor that can put them at risk of forming improperly.
And it is this remarkable rate of growth that makes large and giant breeds so sensitive to nutritional imbalances.
Unfortunately, the Internet is awash with misinformation about how to feed large breed puppies.
For example, many insist that high levels of dietary protein can lead to hip dysplasia.
Yet contrary to that popular myth…
No evidence exists to link high protein intake to skeletal disease in large breed dogs.5
So, if high protein isn’t the problem — what is?
If you exclude all the less common factors, orthopedic disease in large breeds appears to be the result of at least one of 3 proven causes:
So, since after birth there’s nothing you can do to change your puppy’s genetics…
It’s important to avoid overnutrition — feeding too many calories or too much calcium — to help lower your dog’s risk of hip dysplasia.
Free choice is a popular feeding method in which the food remains in the bowl and continuously available — so a puppy can eat whenever it wants.
And many owners of large breed puppies mistakenly believe that this form of uncontrolled eating is the correct way to feed their pets.
However, free choice feeding has been shown to cause a puppy togrow too fast — and lead to serious problems.
For example, a 1995 German study of Great Danes demonstrated a significant increase in the risk of developing skeletal disease when the puppies were fed free choice.9
In another study, one group of Labrador Retriever puppies was fed throughout life a restricted calorie diet while a second was fed free choice.10
The restricted calorie group experienced a much lower incidenceand later onset of hip joint arthritis.
Like overfeeding, excessive dietary calcium has also been shown toincrease the risk of skeletal disease in large breed puppies.11
That’s because puppies can have trouble regulating how much calcium is absorbed from their intestinal tracts.12
And that’s not all.
Feeding too little calcium can also lead to problems.
That’s why it’s so important to feed a dog food that contains an amount of calcium believed to be safe for large breed puppies.
Unfortunately, although AAFCO13 has published nutrient profiles forpuppies in general…
There are currently no AAFCO nutrient profiles designed to address the special needs of large breed puppies.
Yet fortunately, there’s general agreement among the experts that any food intended for large breed puppies should not only meet AAFCO nutrient profiles for growth, it should also contain:
Although most AAFCO compliant puppy foods are suitable for small and medium breeds, only a few meet these special guidelines and can be considered safe for large breed puppies.
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Announcing the addition of Acana Regionals!
From Champion Pet Foods…..the makers of Orijen. Made from Canada’s best and freshest ingredients, ACANA Regionals reflect our local heritage and express the diversity of fresh authentic foods produced from western Canada’s vast ranchlands, rich prairies, fertile valleys, and pristine waters.
Rich in protein, low in carbohydrates and entirely grain-free, these unique and flavorful ACANA recipes feature 60-70% meat and 35-40% of fruits and vegetables to nourish cats and dogs completely.
More exciting news coming soon with new options for single source protein foods for your allergic pets!
To follow-up on dog food labeling here is a label from a leading seller that many think is a great pet food.
And here is a label from another less known dog food:
Based on this guaranteed analysis they don’t look all that different do they?
But let’s take a look at the ingredient panel now…..
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, biotin, sodium selenite.
Manufactured by: Nestlé Purina PetCare Company, St. Louis, MO 63164 USA
And the second one:
Chicken, Chicken Meal, Pearled Barley, Oatmeal, Sweet Potatoes,Brown Rice, White Rice, Dried Whole Egg, Menhaden Fish Meal, Millet,Chicken Fat, Dried Tomato Pomace,Safflower Oil, Herring Meal, Cheese,Flaxseed, Carrots, Broccoli,Cauliflower, Apples, Green Beans,Chicken Cartilage, Potassium Chloride, Cranberries, Blueberries,Salt, Monocalcium Phosphate,Chicory Root Extract, Alfalfa Sprouts,Calcium Sulfate, Yucca Schidigera Extract, Sodium Selenite, Folic Acid,Taurine, Parsley, Sorbic Acid (Preservative), Vitamins, Minerals,Probiotics.
Fromm Family Foods LLC
Which one would you think is better for your dog?
The next time you go to pick up that bag of Beneful or other “grocery store/big box” brand please take a look at the label and think about it!