Though it may seem like dog food is dog food, not all dog foods are created equal. The quality of pet food products varies greatly from one manufacturer to another, and you can’t always trust what you see on the label. While there are many high-quality dog food brands on the market, there are also those that cut corners by bulking up their products with low-quality fillers and artificial additives.
Pet foods are not regulated to the degree that human foods are, so if you want to find a quality product for your dog, you’ll have to do some digging. In this video we break down the best dog food on the market today, providing you the various pros of cons of each.
Before we start we’ve included links the description to pricing options for the dog foods mentioned, so make sure you check those out. To start us off we have the best overall dog food. Though all dogs have the same basic nutritional requirements, what makes a certain product the best choice for your dog may vary according to his age, activity level, and specific dietary needs.
For a brand that offers premium dog food designed to suit your dog’s natural biological needs, our top choice is Orijen. This brand creates pet foods that nourish your dog’s body just as nature intended, and it uses only the freshest regional ingredients in an assortment of formulas catered to dogs in all life stages from puppy to senior.
Named one of the top picks for dog food by Reviews.com, Orijen follows a “biologically appropriate” approach to pet nutrition. Each of its dog foods is designed to mirror the type of natural diet your dog should follow based on his wild ancestry. Orijen dog foods are rich in meat and proteins.
Each product contains up to 90% meat, which is is more than three times the amount used in conventional dog food. Furthermore, each recipe contains a guaranteed minimum of 38% crude protein by volume. While a dog’s diet should consist primarily of animal products, dogs do have a limited ability to digest plant materials, so digestible grain-free carbohydrates like fresh fruits and vegetables can be a valuable addition.
Orijen dog foods contain no more than 20% carbohydrates and only low-glycemic, highly digestible carbs like lentils, pumpkin, leafy greens, and fresh fruits. Plus, all of the formulas are naturally grain-free. Dog Food Advisor notes that Orijen’s dog food is above-average and that none of its foods have been subject to recall. The brand also receives rave reviews from Dog Food Guru and Dog Food Insider.
Orijen only sells dry dog foods at this time, but it offers an assortment of kibbles and freeze-dried dog foods for puppies, adults, and senior dogs as well as a selection of treats made with 100% fresh meat ingredients. Next up we have the Best dry dog food which goes to Canidae.
If you’re looking for a premium brand of dry dog food that offers a wide selection of high-quality recipes, our top choice is Canidae. An independent and family-owned company, Canidae sources its ingredients from other family-owned businesses throughout the US, and the company produces every one of its nutritionally dense formulas in company-owned-and-operated facilities. This brand offers traditional life stages formulas as well as grain-free and limited-ingredient recipes.
As a whole, the Canidae dog food brand receives excellent reviews from Top Dog Tips and Petsho as a US-based company that offers a variety of formulas for dogs with different nutritional needs. The Life Stages line of products features seven unique recipes made with premium proteins and digestible carbohydrates. In addition to three “all life stages” formulas, there are recipes for senior dogs, puppies, and large-breed dogs.
The Canidae Grain-Free PURE lineup includes nine grain-free formulas made with premium proteins such as duck, wild boar, and fresh lamb. Each of these recipes is made with a limited number of ingredients to reduce the risk for food allergies. There are also three recipes specially formulated for small breed dogs.
Another thing that makes Canidae our top choice for dry dog food is the fact that it has an entirely separate brand that is designed to be affordable. The Under the Sun brand is still made by Canidae with its farm-fresh ingredients, but it is available at a more affordable price point for dog owners on a budget.
Under the Sun appears on Dog Food Advisor’s list of 4-star brands. In the company’s twenty-year history, Canidae has had only had one recall and it was a voluntary recall issued due to a concern for potential salmonella contamination. Next up for the best wet dog food we have Blue Buffalo.
If you are looking for a high-quality wet dog food, we heartily recommend the Blue Buffalo brand. Not only is Blue Buffalo one of the top manufacturers of natural dog food in general, but it offers four distinct product lines so you can choose the wet food formula that best suits your dog’s needs and preferences.
According to DogHealth.com, wet dog food may be more expensive than dry food, but it tends to be lower in carbohydrates, higher in moisture, and more palatable for some dogs. The Blue Buffalo company believes that pets are members of the family and that they should be treated as such. This is why the company uses only the highest-quality natural ingredients in each of its recipes.
Blue Buffalo follows a holistic approach to pet nutrition, choosing each of its ingredients carefully to ensure complete and balanced nutrition without the use of any by-products, fillers, or artificial additives. Every recipe goes above and beyond your dog’s minimum nutritional requirements. In addition to being rated among Dog Food Advisor’s 5-star wet food brands, Blue Buffalo is also a top choice for HerePup.com and DogFood.Guru.
In terms of variety, few brands offer as many choices as Blue Buffalo. The Freedom line of grain-free formulas contains ten recipes and the Basics line of limited ingredient formulas contains nine. There are more than thirty recipes in the Wilderness line of meat-rich formulas and forty-five in the Life Protection Formula lineup.
One thing you should be aware of with the Blue Buffalo brand is that it has several product recalls in its history. This isn’t terribly surprising, however, for a brand that was founded more than two decades ago and that manufactures hundreds of products.
It is worth noting that, according to Petful.com, many of the brand’s recalls were issued voluntarily as a precautionary measure. Next up for the best grain-free dog food we have Taste of the Wild. Though many dogs can digest whole-grain carbohydrates, grains have the potential to trigger food allergies or sensitivities in some dogs.
A grain-free dog food should be made with digestible carbohydrates like legumes, fruits, and vegetables, though the focus should always be on high-quality sources of protein. Taste of the Wild offers nine dry food and five wet food formulas, all of which are protein-rich and grain-free.
Taste of the Wild understands that dogs crave natural flavor, which is why each of its recipes is formulated around real roasted meats like venison, bison, and lamb. Real meat is the first ingredient in every recipe, though most recipes contain multiple sources of animal protein.
All of this brand’s products are also supplemented with highly digestible carbohydrates for energy and fiber, dried fermentation products for probiotic support, and chelated minerals for maximum nutrient absorption. Not only does Top Dog Tips name Taste of the Wild one of its top choices for dog food, but this brand has nearly 10,000 reviews on Amazon for their most popular recipe.
This brand also receives Heavy’s number one rating for grain-free dog food brands. What really sets this brand apart is its use of novel proteins like bison and venison, which are less likely to trigger food allergies in dogs and are a leaner source of protein than commercially raised meats.
Next up for the best raw food dog food we have Primal Pet Products. Traditional dog foods are cooked at high temperatures in a process that may destroy a significant portion of the original nutritional content of the raw ingredients. Raw dog food is uncooked, which means that your dog gets all of the nutrients he requires without the need for a long list of supplements.
Though raw foods need to be kept refrigerated or frozen, no other type of dog food can compare to their quality or nutritional integrity and Primal Pet Foods is our top choice for raw dog food.
Primal Pet Foods offers nine different recipes for raw frozen dog food, each featuring a premium animal protein that is free from antibiotics, steroids, and hormones. Each recipe is made with 100% human-grade ingredients, including certified organic produce.
Because the recipes are frozen fresh to retain their nutritional integrity, you won’t find a long list of synthetic supplements. This brand also offers freeze-dried formulas using many of the same high-quality ingredients which can be rehydrated to create a nutritious, moisture-rich meal for your dog.
In addition to making it into Dog Food Advisor’s list of 5-star dog foods, Primal Pet Foods also receives rave reviews from My Dog Likes. Though the site describes it as a convenient and easy alternative to raw food, My Dog Likes notes that Primal Pet Foods’ freeze-dried food cost more than $90 for a 28-pound bag, which is very expensive.
This brand also receives a 5-star rating from Dog Food Insider, and Love to Know comments on the fact that the brand uses many human-grade ingredients. Though Primal Pet Foods’ raw food is significantly more expensive than most dog foods on the market, it offers a significantly higher degree of quality as well. You can choose from a selection of raw frozen formulas or freeze-dried recipes or use one of the brand’s raw frozen mixes to create your own homemade dog food. Next up we have the best affordable dog food which goes to Whole Earth Farms.
When shopping for dog food it is important not to shop by price alone because low-priced dog foods are also typically low in quality. This doesn’t mean, however, that affordable brands of high-quality dog food aren’t out there. Whole Earth Farms, for example, offers quality nutrition at a more affordable price point than most premium pet food brands.
Even so, this brand appears on Dog Food Advisor’s list of 4-star dog foods, so you know it must be good. The Whole Earth Farms brand is manufactured by the Merrick Pet Care Company, a company that receives Dog Food Advisor’s 5-star rating. Whole Earth Farms pet foods are made in the US with fresh, natural ingredients to support your dog’s digestion while also boosting his energy levels and improving the health of his skin and coat.
Each recipe starts with a quality animal protein and is supplemented with digestible carbohydrates, probiotics, and chelated minerals for maximum nutrient absorption. Whereas some of the top brands on the market cost upwards of $4 per pound, Rover.com remarks that Whole Earth Farms dog food sells for an average of $1.59 per pound.
Not only is this brand affordable, but it doesn’t use any corn, wheat, or soy in its products and all recipes are free from by-products and artificial additives. DogFood Guru gives this brand a 4-star rating and LifeStyle Pets speaks to the quality of the brand, though they do make note that it could be higher in protein.
In terms of their product offerings, this brand sells eleven dry food recipes and fifteen canned foods. Whole Earth Farms offers an assortment of original and grain-free products, including formulas developed for specific life stages and breed sizes so you can choose the product that best suits your dog.
And now for our last recommendation we have the best dog food for puppies which goes to Taste of the Wild Grain-Free Puppy Food. Choosing the right dog food for your puppy is extremely important because it will impact his growth and development during the first year of his life. Puppies require a higher concentration of protein than adult dogs with healthy fats for energy as well as essential vitamins and minerals.
In addition to meeting your puppy’s nutritional needs, a high-quality puppy food should be easily digestible, and it should come in small, bite-size kibbles. Our top pick for the best dog food for puppies is Taste of the Wild Grain-Free Puppy Food. Made with a variety of novel animal proteins like buffalo and roasted venison, this puppy food comes with a low risk for triggering food allergies.
It features grain-free, digestible carbohydrates like sweet potato with plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables to provide natural sources for essential vitamins and minerals. With several fish ingredients, this recipe has an irresistible flavor and provides plenty of healthy fats to support your puppy’s skin and coat health.
Taste of the Wild Grain-Free Puppy Food is included in Best Reviews top picks for the best puppy food because it is made with high-quality fish proteins. Not only does fish provide puppies with healthy protein and an irresistible flavor, but the healthy fats keep his coat shiny as well.
Pawster likes the inclusion of roasted meats, fresh fruits and vegetables, and DHA supplements for brain development. In addition to having more than 13,800 reviews on Amazon, Taste of the Wild Grain-Free Puppy Food carries an Amazon’s Choice award and maintains an impressive 4.3-star rating. Dog owners comment that their puppies love the taste and what it does for their puppies’ coats.
There are comments about the price, though it is certainly not the most expensive puppy food on the market. So that sums up our top dog food recommendations, we hope you enjoyed. If you did please leave a like and if you’re new here hit that subscribe button. Until next video have a great day.