table to Find the best foods to feed your dog

 

Company Flavor Top 5 Ingredients # of Ingredients % Fat % Protein % Fiber Special Calories Price
Taste of The Wild HIgh Prairie Bison 48 18 32 3 Grain free 370 kcal/cup
Lamb meal
Chicken meal
Sweet potatoes
Peas
Taste of The Wild Southwest Canyon Beef 44 15 29 4.5 Grain free 360 kcal/cup
Peas
Garbonzo beans
Lamb meal
Canola oil
Purina Proplan Savor- Salmon Rice Salmon 40 16 26 3 Beet pulp 375 kcal/cup
Brewers rice
Whole grain wheat
Poultry byproduct-meal
Soybean meal
Addiction Viva la Venison Venison meal 44 14 26 3.9 Grain free
Dried potatoes
Chicken fat
Natural Flavors
Dried egg
Annamaet Manitok Red Meat Lamb meal 48 16 30 3.9 Grain free
Potato
Buffalo meal
Field peas
Tapioca
Beaverdam Skipper’s Choice 21/12 Pork meal 40+ 12 21 3.8 Grain free
Millet pearl grain
Sorghum
Brown rice
Chicken fat
Best Breed Salmon Salmon meal 40+ 16 30 4.4 Grain free
Red lentils
Chickpeas
Green peas
White fish meal
Blackwood Buffalo meal and Field Buffalo meal 40+ 15 28 4.4 Grain free
Field peas
Chickpeas
Lentils
Chicken fat
BOGO Bowl Buffalo and Duck Buffalo meal 40+ 16 30 4 Grain free
Duck meal
Chickpeas
Tapioca starch
Field peas
Canidae Pure Land Bison 40+ 15 25 4 Grain free
Lamb meal
Sweet potatoes
Peas
Chickpeas
Canine Caviar Free Range Buffalo Buffalo meal 30+ 21 30 3.6 Grain free 599 cal/cup
Chickpeas
Lamb fat
Buffalo tripe meal
Sun-cured alfalfa
Dogswell Live Free Salmon Salmon 40+ 14 28 4 Grain Free 387 kcal/cup
Menhaden Fish Meal
Peas
Salmon Meal
Chickpeas
Fromm Surf & Turf Salmon 30+ 19 30 3.5 Grain Free 409 kcal/cup
Duck meal
Potato
Pea flour
Sweet potatoes
Great Life Pasture Raised Buffalo Buffalo 40+ 13 30 4 Grain and potato free 431 kcal/cup
Tapioca
Jicama
Freeze dried buffalo
Freeze dried buffalo liver
Infinia Bison and Potato Bison 40+ 16 34 3 Grain free
Lamb meal
Ocean fish meal
Potatoes
Egg product
Innova Bison and Green Lentils Bison 30+ 16 30 5 Grain free 456 kcal/cup
Pork meal
Chicken meal
Red lentils
Peas
Signature Exotic Open Prairie with Buson Bison 40+
Bison meal
Potatoes
Peas
Pork
Lotus Grain Free Duck Duck meal 40+ 12 27 6 Grain free 368 kcal/cup
Duck meal
Tapioca flour
Fish meal
Dried Peas
Merrick Real buffalo and Sweet Potatoes Deboned buffalo 40+ 17 38 3.5 Grain free 460 kcal/cup
Chicken meal
Potatoes
Salmon meal
Sweet potatoes
Merrick Real Salmon and Sweet Potatoe Deboned salmon 40+ 14 34 4.5 Grain free 354 kcal/cup
Salmon meal
Sweet Potatoes
Peas
Potatoes
Natural Planet Rabbit and Salmon Rabbit 40+ 14 25 5 Grain free 448 kcal/cup
Salmon
Salmon meal
Chickpeas
Organic peas
Nature’s Logic Venison Venison meal 30+ 18.1 38.3
Beef meal
Millet
Beef fat
Pumpkin seed
Nature’s Variety LID Rabbit meal formula Rabbit meal 30+ 17 25 4.4 Grain free
Peas
Tapioca
Canola oil
Rabbit
Instinct Raw Boost Venison and Lamb meal Venison 40+ 21 33.5 5 Grain free
Turkey meal
Canola oil
Salmon meal
Lamb meal
Nulo Freestyle Salmon and Peas Deboned salmon 30+ 16 30 5 Grain free
Turkey meal
Menhaden Fish Meal
whole peas
Sweet Potatoes
Nutreco Wholesome Medium Blend Fresh deboned salmon 40+ 15 32 5 Grain free
Salmon meal
Menhaden Fish Meal
whole peas
Peas starch
Nutrisource Heartland Select Bison 40+ 15 25 7.8 Grain free
Chicken
Chicken meal
Peas
Pea flour
Only Natural Lamb and cod Lamb 40+ 20 35 1.6 Grain free 161 kcal/scoop
Cod
Lamb liver
Lamb heart
Lamb kidney
Orijen Regional Red Boneless angus beef 30+ 18 38 5 Grain free 468 kcal/cup
Boneless wild boar
Boneless lamb
Beef liver
Boneless pork
Pet Chef Buffalo and Duck Meal Buffalo meal 40+ 16 30 4 Grain free 2759 kcal/kg
Duck meal
Chickpeas
Tapioca starch
Field peas
Pet Pantry Buffalo and Duck Buffalo meal 40+ 16 30 4 Grain free 40#- $68.95
Duck meal
Chickpeas
Tapioca starch
Field peas
Petway Buffalo and Duck Buffalo meal 40+ 16 30 4 Grain free 368 kcal/kg
Duck meal
Chickpeas
Tapioca starch
Field peas
Pure Balance Wild and Free Bison and Pea Grain Free
Pure Vita Bison Entree Bison 40+ 15 26 8.5 Grain Free 438 kcal/cup
Peas
Sweet potatoes
Pea protein
Sunflower meal
Ancestory Salmon and Sweet Potatoe Salmon meal 40+ 14 35 3 30#- $64.99
sweet potatoes
Herring meal
menhaden meal
Peas
TinberWolf Platinum Wilderness Elk and Salmon Salmon 40+ 16 34 3
Venison
Spray dried salmon
Elk
Herring
TimberWolf Platinum Dakota Bison Bison 40+ 17 35 3.15 24#- $65.60
Beef meal
Herring meal
Russet potatoes
Chicken fat
TimberWolf Platinum Black Forest Venison 40+ 15 30 2.85 24#- $65.60
Lamb

Grain free is not a valid thing to look for on pet food, dogs can most certainly digest grains. Purina dumps thousands and thousands of dollars into research and quality control with their food, they are by no means a bad brand and have actual evidence to back their food up.

I do agree that only 1% of dogs actually exhibit sensitivity to grains. BUT grains ARE predominantly a filler. And foods WITH grains tend to have a lot of different grains in there. For my own pet, I want to focus on meat protein, vegetables, and fruit as ingredients. Grains tend to provide little nutritional value as compared to veggies. Same with corn. Purina states that corn is a quality source of fiber, but I feel there are better sources of fiber out there (sources that contain not just fiber, but other benefits).

Purina ProPlan IS a good food for certain breeds (or mixes) and highly active dogs. I was a rep for them for awhile and tried it out on my own dog. But her skin got really oily and began getting infections I never dealt with before. I switched back to her old food, a grain free venison/bison based, and all skin problems disappeared. Not saying it’s the grain, it could be many things, just an observation…

The most common food allergies for dogs and cats isn’t wheat, dogs and cats are not collapsing around nation wide due to that ingredient. Common allergies for dogs, “beef, dairy, wheat, egg, chicken, lamb, soy, pork, rabbit, and fish.” All of these ingredients are extremely common in any dog food in any recipe. If your dog has any signs of allergies to food, ofc you get them a specialized dog food depending on which ingredient they’re allergic to. Just because some kids are allergic to peanut butter doesn’t mean it’s a shit food, it just means that some kids have to avoid peanut butter. Same goes with dogs and cats.

The thing about dog food brand like Purina, Royal Canin, Hills, etc, is that they’ve spent numerous years and crazy amounts of money on dozens of veterinary nutritionists who test, retest, study and provide actual research on balancing their diets for good nutrition, so that your dog or cat doesn’t end up getting blind to any deficiencies. An ingredient label is by no means a good or responsible assessment of quality pet food, it’s nothing but a red herring. Good dog or cat food is nutritionally well-balanced, which quite a lot of brands are.

Rule of thumb is that if your dog or cat seem to be doing well with whatever they’re being fed now, then there’s no real reason to change it.

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