Best Dry Grain Free Dog Foods

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The Best Grain-Free Dog Food
September 25, at 7: August 12, at 2: We cut 59 products with a plant-based filler as the second ingredient. Hello, My husband and I recently adopted a mix breed dog that is around 2years old. February 8, at Antiangogenic foods cause the blood vessels that feed a tumor to die off, thus starving the tumor and killing it. Canned Safari Buffalo Meatloaf Addiction:

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The first food on the list is barely above average all the way around so this should be enuff for most people but some of us dont have time to read every review on the list in search of the answer to which one is most highly rated. I research in 5minute windows so this is day 3 on this list…just searching for that one answer. Hi Shanda, a kibble last 14 days if your lucky according to Steve Brown…. If so, what do you recommend? I also find the idea of lower carbohydrates appealing.

Nutrisca salmon and chickpea, presoak the kibble in water overnight in the fridg, feed twice a day with a little bit of a protein topper. Check chewy dot com. I have an older Black Labrador that frequently has skin issues. He is years old and his teeth are pretty worn down.

What do you recommend for him? I have a Leonberger who will turn 14 months later this month. Have never had any problems with the food or her stool from it. I think it is made by a reputable company. Anyway, there have been others on this site that give Canine Caviar a thumbs up. It has millet as its carb. Millet is an ancient gluten-free grain. I hope it works out for you. I have been reading other reviews and called local dog store.

I guess Pure Vita does not have the best standards. I have read about dogs throwing up blood and etc. The bag was not that expensive since I ordered it from chewy. I was just told to stay away from potatoes. So, I went to the local dog store and they had Canidae, but it had sweet potatoes and all the girls who worked there, recommend it for my dog.

I felt bad for him. Maybe, he does not do well with all potatoes, including sweet potatoes. I got in touch with chewy. I was thinking about going with Canine Caviar.

As far as the ears, it comes and goes. When dog first wakes up, his ears look great. I think the doctor was the one who recommend the Monistat for his ears as this clears up any yeast infection. I also, try to fold back his ears too. I was going to try the Zymox maybe. Thank you for all the help!

I am so glad chewy. Has anyone tried Zignature? I know it has a lot of sodium. My dog seems to do well with it though. It sounds like it was a one time thing at this point. I think Pure Vita is an excellent food and wish I could afford to feed it more often! Is your dog allergic to potatoes? Does it matter if they are white or sweet potatoes? Usually dirty, waxy, yeasty ears are due to allergies which could be environmental or food.

Also moisture, particles in the ear, or the structure of the ear could be the cause as well. My dogs have floppy ears and tend to get yucky ears. Most likely due to them retaining moisture. Regular maintenance is helping keep them infection free.

I use Zymox ear cleaner on a regular basis and it works great. I also try to fold back their ears in the evening to let them air out some. I think it will be very tough to find a grain free food that does not contain any potatoes or peas. Plus, I doubt it is the potatoes causing the yeasty ears unless your dog is allergic to them. I hope you find a food that works for you. So my dog has been having yeasty ears and we were told it might be the potatoes in the food.

Originally we were on Fromm. My dog is 5 years old and has occasional seizures. We were also told to stay away from rosemary, so that cuts out a lot of dog food. He is very picky about his dry food. Anyhow, I was debating between Pure Vita and Zignature. I am so confused now. We had him on Zignature for a couple of weeks till we decided which brand he liked.

So, the past 2 days, he seemed fine till tonight. He has had normal poop but tonight on his last walk of the night, he had diarrhea one time only. Then I began to think, could it have been the non-fat plain yogurt? I thought maybe it was a bad batch of yogurt? That was the last thing he had tonight around 7pm we went on a walk at 9pm. He does well on his current canin royal food but would like something more natural with no preservatives or coloring.

Thanks for your input. I find my two large breed dogs do better with a grain inclusive food. What is your concern with grains? I just inherited a 3 yr. But it contains grains. I want to do what is best for him. I use Nutrisca Salmon and Chickpea as a base with good results.

Have you looked at Canidae Pure formulas? I am looking to switch dog foods to either Fromm or Zignature dry dog foods. Which would be better. Hi CV, look for a kibble without the Chickpeas, Lentils, peas.. Grain free kibble usually has chickpeas and stuff, not a big deal for the dog regarding the gas. I suspect this has stemmed from greater recognition of gluten sensitivity in humans.

Most pet food companies have jumped on the band wagon following the marketing success of grain free human diets. The truth of the matter is that there are no dog or cat studies showing a health benefit to grain free foods.

A myth has been perpetuated that grains are unhealthy. In fact, whole grains contribute vitamins, minerals and essential fatty acids and are highly digestible by dogs and cats. Allergies to grains are actually very rare, and only the Irish Setter breed has been demonstrated to have a gluten sensitivity.

Many grain free diets substitute potatoes and tapioca, which have less protein, more sugar, and less fiber. Poor thing, She has got to be so uncomfortable. I just switched to Taste of the Wild and my 2 rescue dogs love it!

I switched because the previous food they were on must have changed their formula and gave my girls diarrhea. Their stools are now firm, probably due to the sweet potatoes as well as the chicory root. Plus it is grain free and one of my girls locks her front feet frequently…not sure if it is allergy related or behavioral. Bonus…it comes in several different flavor options, all grain free.

All dogs are currently eating the Pacific Stream with salmon and they all love it! And as far as cost, it was surprisingly affordable and made here in the U. I rescued 2 dogs and I had allergy issues with their diet. After a few switches I went with Canidae pure they have several flavors like chicken,salmon,lamb,and life stages for all ages.

I also stay away from processed treats and give my dogs fresh veggies and fruits as snacks. They love carrots,string beans ,apples,blueberries great for the urinary tract! Blue Buffalo brands have been recalled several times due to high moisture content resulting in mold. Just be careful with this line of dog food. I know this because I get sent alerts to my email with all recalls of dog foods.

They just now recalled Ceasars wet can food due to plastic fragments being a choking hazard on certain lots. Dollars are their number 1, 2 and 3 priorities while their ignorance is rampant.

I research their recommendations and found them quite often wrong. One such was last month. Rescued a Vizsla pup from Texas and took her for a general check. Garda is incurable and is found in the blood, not in the digestive track. They have rated it 5 Stars. Maybe because it is a supermarket brand? Can you tell me your dogs symptoms prior to the tests being done. Had X-rays etc but still seems unwell.

Hopefully with some answers. Unfortunately, tests for food allergies are well known to produce both false negatives and false positives, so the gold standard for allergy testing is the elimination diet.

I did this a few weeks ago and I learned that my dog is allergic to 29 different things 9 of which are food related and this gives me a spicific group of items to avoid when looking for a food he can eat. My dog Ree was having problems,I had the vet do a blood test and send it out to be checked,he is allergic to 29 different things.

Please see your vet to get a accurate list of your dogs possable allergies. Most of us feed a rotation of different foods, since we feel that no one food is perfect and the gut is healthier on a variety of foods. Can someone recommend a dry dog food that is good for German shepherds.

I just adopted 2 rescues and the female who is about a year old has her ribs showing. I want a good quality food for them. But I also sometimes top their kibble with some freeze dried raw bits or Core Air Dried for variety. They will also eat plain kibble. Actually, they eat everything from kibble to raw. Toy Fox Terrier Pom mix and a Pug. The Toy Fox Pom is a picky eater. He grew up on Royal Canin, which was recommended by the vet, however I have now discovered that the brand uses by-products instead of good meats.

I have tried Fromm, and Acana, but I have not had much luck there. We switched to raw food chicken on recommendation of a family business groomer that sells dog food that we go to often. The pug ate the raw chicken almost immediately, but the Toy Fox Pom was not having any. I tried tricks like searing it a little, adding cheese on the top, chicken broth and garlic salt.

And the day has come, three weeks later, he did not want any this morning. He was eating it till last evening and the pug now prefers a little sear. I am worried now and it has been a struggle getting them to eat the food for a few days now.

I want to switch back to dry kibble. I would love something grain-free, nutritious, ideally no unnecessary fillers — yes the holy grail of foods. What do you guys recommend? If you are on facebook, friend Rodney Habib. He is at a facility this week where they are looking into the best diet to fight cancer. In fact, there are carbohydrates that have actually been shown to prevent cancer and kill cancer. Some foods that prevent cancer include garlic, the spice turmeric and an enzyme in pineapple called bromelain.

These foods help the cells that are old or damaged to die — this is called apoptosis. Antiangogenic foods cause the blood vessels that feed a tumor to die off, thus starving the tumor and killing it. Some antiangiogenic foods that are suitable for canines are — turmeric, bromelain and garlic in appropriate amounts of course as well as berries, broccoli, certain mushrooms etc. I recently learned that raw honey definitely a carb is also antiogenic.

Therapeutic hemp oil is also quite beneficial as is therapeutic grade frankincense essential oil and copaiba essential oil. Melissa Shelton has a therapeutic line suitable for pets on her animaleo website. I too would personally avoid kibble for a more natural diet. Possibly a commercial raw or freeze dried or cooked option where available. Feeding foods with the least chemicals is ideal.

If you feed any of these foods it could be wise to seek out organic versions. Grass finished or naturally fed animal proteins are going to have a more appropriate balance of omega 6 to 3 likely making them less inflammatory and more desirable to feed.

My friends foster dog was give 4 weeks to live due to a very aggressive cancer in her mouth. Although Ebony is not out of the woods she is definitely heading in the right direction with nothing but the above mentioned dietary options. I believe the right foods and nutrition can truly heal. This post comes to mind https: Has anyone had any experience with a particular food that slowed the progress of cancer cells in their dog?

I was told a grain free diet may help. Of course we will home cook too. It is important to use the correct dosage of dog food if you give your dog supplements in the food, otherwise you risk giving your dog an overdose of minerals or vitamins.

Not all veterinarians at the matter on dog nutrition, but they often see many nutrition-related cases in their practice. The best vets give you an honest answer about the depth of their knowledge in a field, and return to you with the answer to your question.

Eating fast does not have to be synonymous with eating poorly. This premise of nutrition is not only valid for people, but for dogs. In this proportion it is precisely the key to preparing a nutritious and economical recipe for dog at home. After trying 10 different foods my dog, with stomach issues, like Taste of the Wild Brand Dry food.

If she has Grains she get constant gas and diarrhea. At first we had her on puppy chow and her little belly was so swollen. I have a 3 month old Siberian Husky who has had soft stool and was suggested a non grain diet. What is the best one for a growing puppy? They have been on Royal canine, and both are starting to refuse their food. My shiba also has issues with throwing up.

What would be a good grain, corn, soy free, sensitive stomach food to feed my babies? Look for foods listed as Limited Ingredient Diets. You can do a search on that term on this site. If you also feed wet food Wellness makes a Core Weight Management canned recipe that my dog loves. It has a great fat to protein ratio. My dog lost over 4lbs in 3 months switching to Acana light and fit.

I was also reading about raw diets, that soft dog food is actually better than hard food, that carbs break down into sugars so one should be watchful of rice and sweet potatoes, etc.

The research is arduous and frustrating. My dogs are breeder rescue purebreds. Thank you for your valued input. Let me claify that a veterinary nutritionist is different from a veterinary practioner, which is what you are refering to. Nutritionists are specialists in the field of canine nutrition that hold Ph. They have advanced training in nutrition and I would absolutely look to their guidance, along with your regular veterinary practioner.

While I can agree that most veterinary practioners are not highly educated in nutrition because it is not their speciality, some do take the time to take continuing education classes in nutrition to be more of a well rounded doctor.

Thank you for the guidance. What we all want here is to do the best for our animals. I doubt that all of the advertisements they have for products in their offices, that they recommend as well, are pro bono.

Thank you for taking the time to clarify the chicken debate. Not every dog will develop a chicken hypersensitivity. Most veterinary nutritionists will tell you that the best way to feed your dog is the rotate through the non-exotic proteins, chicken and beef included.

You want to have the novel proteins available to you if your dog should ever need them. I use Merrick grain free. They have a variety of nonchicken flavors. The problem most people seem to have when they switch from a grocery store brand to a quality dog food is that they are overfed. The quality foods are nutrient dense and lack the fillers of the grocery store brands, therefore they need to eat less.

A plus side to this also, is that they poop less as well. If your dog is of sufficient weight at this time, he would not need to be on a low calorie diet. It took me a while to figure out portion size for our pitbull. We have three large dogs and they all get one cup twice daily, look great, have plenty of energy, and are of sufficient weight.

Two of the dogs weigh approximately 60 pounds while the third weighs about The 50 pound dog still gets the same as the other two because she is much more active and runs a lot.

And uses the same amount of calories as the other two. You can look up on the Internet how a dog of sufficient weight should look. They should taper from the shoulders to the rear and barely see the rib cage. Just as fit humans of sufficient weight, you will see the outline of the ribs with muscle definition. Dogs are dogs, they are not humans. Not to say a healthy treat is not good for them — some like small bits of banana.

But, be careful because some things such as chocolate and avocado can be toxic. I would start with whatever recommendations on the bag for your dogs ideal weight and go from there. If they are very active dogs, they may need a little more. You just have to go by the dog. You will get there, just be patient. One more thing, even though fleas and food allergies are on the top of the list, there are lots of other things that can trigger allergies in dogs as well. I had a sheltie who had to take allergy shots because he was allergic to grasses, weeds, fleas, dust mites… and more.

Thanks for the information on chicken. Just when I thought I was making intelligent choices after doing research on dog foods. Which grain free, chicken free hard foods for small breeds do you know to be of high quality? My dog responded very well to Kangaroo. Unfortunately, it is now banned in California.

What is the best alternative to try next? She was on salmon for a while but started to show signs of being allergic.

She can NOT have any kind of chicken or grains. Not sure why this drastic of a change. This sounds like something you would do for a toothless, sick, elderly dog… Not one that is just suffering from allergies and overweight?!?!?

D… limited ingredient diet dog foods specifically for dogs with allergies. The diet he is on right now, to me, sounds like one that would lend itself to early tooth loss due to the lack of need to chew his food?!?!? Dogs NEED to chew!! She, too, was on pedigree. I have an older dog I feed Merrick grain free and did wonders.

She was a rescue found on the the side of the road in the middle of nowhere, FL on the brink of death. I found out that an allergy to chicken can cause this, so I switched to Merrick grain free buffalo and she is gorgeous and VERY healthy, so I went with Merrick puppy.

Our Boxer takes Apoquel. It is the only thing that helps his itching. Our Boxer is We also give him a human fish oil twice a day. He almost died two years ago from a mystery illness they were never able to diagnose. He is doing much better now as long as he takes the Apoquel. We spent a lot of money trying to determine what is causing the itching and did the food allergy trial to no avail.

I continue to feed him grain free just to be safe. We use Taste of the Wild. Just got an 8 week old chihuahua who weighs 1. I Have an 8 year old white boxer. The dog is blind. Our Vet put him on a diet because he used to weigh 45 kg last year. We give him g of boiled chicken breast with some g puree veg. In between we give him squashed banana with yoghurt. I read all the info on the bag but it does not have the percentages like your site gives. I came across this article to share.

I use Zymox Otic HC 1. I would also recommend probiotics, for the same reason women eat yogurt to keep yeast infections away. Thank you for adopting an adult shelter dog! I foster many from Kill Shelters and am familiar with stress diarrhea. He might be a bit soft just because of a change in his environment.

The shelters only feed what they can afford or what is donated. The others have given you some very good advice. I also would probably start a transition with a star grain free food since he has been on a very low quality food. Do a slow transition and add the probiotics. The others have given you some very good food choices. You might look at 4health, Victor or Propac Ultimates if they are closer to your price range. Budget wise the Fromm Family Classics Adult is the best quality for the price.

I will definitely look into a probiotic and will transition slowly. Hi Sara, On top left, click dry dog foods.

NutriSource would be a good one to try. If he is itchy now, I would assume he has some food sensitivities. You might have luck with some of the NutriSource line or some of the Earthborn line. Both are good quality foods that are reasonably economical. Since he is on Dog Chow, transition very slowly.

Dogs that are getting nutrition that poor often get upset stomach from changing to a more nutrient dense food. You might want to give him probiotics while you are changing. My husband and I recently adopted a mix breed dog that is around 2years old. He quite a calm dog. Right now our dog is on Purina Dog Chow because that is what he was eating at the shelter.

We want to be ready to mix in the new food when we are getting close to the bottom of his food bag. Some of this may be stress of his new surroundings. Where does one begin? Thank you for replying. Does the coconut oil help? His ears are clean just when he has this issue. I also read to use diaper rash cream for the dryness irritated ears?

Sounds like a possible yeast infection. My dog has the same problem. Anybody else having this issue? I had my dogs on taste of wild before. After a while, they stopped eating it.

My husky wolf had skin problems. Hi I have a 1yr old bouvier. He has ear issues. Head shakes and red irritations. Anyone have any suggestions. Seems to come and very difficult to get rid of. I have 3 dogs. A chocolate lab male , black lab mix female , black lab-beagle sharpea mix male. The black lab mixes both have allergies to something an have chronic sinus drainage and have to get ears cleaned a few times a week. The vet had us change to grain free food to see if that would be the problem.

They are now on taste of the wild. Any suggestions would be really appreciated. If not solid or colored right, could be medical problem. Hi Shannon, I have 3 dogs. One is a Dachshund. He poops 2 to 3 times per day. FYI people should go 2several times a day too. My 3 do great on these canned foods. The number of times a day that they poop usually is associated with how much of the food they are not using.

So foods with higher fiber content, more plant matter, etc. If you find BMs a day to be too many, then look for a food that is higher in animal proteins and fat and lower in ingredients that add fiber.

These can just look like a tight back and can be very subtle. I have switched to a natural grain free kibble as advised, any suggestions? We had a similar problem with our mini poodle several years ago. I had seen a couple of seizure episodes like you, otherwise it would have gone untreated.

Now not to say this will be the answer for you, but it could be a good place to start. We were told the same thing about she may have a brain tumor. We ran additional blood tests and including ultra sounds.

Vitamins are added along with glucosamine. We tried several protein sources. Fish, chicken, tofu which she hated! Not until we used bison. We order it organic, extra lean. She had other medical issues unrelated to this that she was on meds for.

With that being said, we feel it was the change of diet that really changed everything. It took some trial and error to find the right combo. I spent years trying different foods and even tried that company who says they can tell you by filling out a profile how to make your food.

A big waste of time. We wish you the best of luck! Hi Amanda, I just went through a similar experience with my 8yr. She started with seizures 5mos ago out of the blue, took her to E. I thought maybe she was exposed to chemicals or was reacting to heartworm meds. She has been on a very good grain-free dog food right along. Vet said usually it is not a good sign if seizures start after 5yrs old, could be a brain tumor.

Meds kept her seizures controlled for a little while. To make a long story short, we took her to a canine neurologist end of September because she began to lose her vision and he thought her neurological exam was consistent with a tumor. The neurologist said even if we did everything possible testing, surgery, chemo, radiation , we were looking at 1yr at best.

We ended up putting her down last month because things got worse and we did not want her to suffer. But on a better note, I have a friend whose 13 yr. The only way to know for sure is to have an MRI done but it is very costly! Our Mini dachshund had seizures every couple months and we started him on a tablespoon of organic coconut oil everyday with his food everyday.

No seizures since we have started doing this and adding to his food!! He is old for epilepsy to begin which is typically between 1 and 2 years old. But there are cases, so just to be on the safe side taking those precautions is not amiss. Which means trying to limit your dogs exposure to chemicals like herbicides, pesticide, cleaning agents, scented candles and air fresheners, etc.

Good luck with your little guy. The bag has a Yorkie on it. We usually give him peanut butter flavored teddy bear biscuits from Petco for treats. He was fine all day until he jumped and landed on his side and shook for a split second. He started leaning to one side, along with his head, and seemed to be unbalanced. His eyes also appeared to move very rapidly up and down and he was panting as if we took him for a long walk.

They did a blood test and said everything looked normal. They said we could do a CAT scan next or just keep an eye on him. Vet said if anything, he could have a brain tumor but not sure. Someone suggested to get grain-free dog food because their dog stopped having seizures after they switched over.

Thank you for all your suggestions in advanced. I really appreciate it! Hi Jennifer- I have a pitbull as well that in the past suffered from yeasty ears and nail beds. Couple things we did that helped for the ears was cleaning them weekly with a gentle ear wash and then removing the rest of the junk with gauze or toilet paper. My boy is actually eating a grain based food and so far it has not aggravated his yeast at all. I prefer brown rice to peas and white potatoes for him personally.

Thats what my boy is doing well on. The lowest starch kibbles are low enough to help dogs with yeast issues, but not nearly as good as just feeding raw. I started my dog on half raw and half kibble to keep the starch down. Personally, I think you are doing the best thing by giving raw a try.

Thank you I did look there unfortunately the grain free foods have stuff that breaks into starch and the starch free foods have something that breaks down into yeast. Anything that has or breaks down into yeast or starch he cannot have. I have been making him food with raw meats. She started on 15 mg daily dose phenobarbital, increased to 30 mg at age 5, remained there until she passed at 17 yrs.

Our other golden made it to 16 so we did something right. My current dog has an autoimmune disease and the specialist was bankrupting us with frequent lab work. We changed vets to someone who actually focused on treating our dog at an affordable cost and his disease is now in remission. We feed him Wellness Core dry and wet, both deeply discounted online. Find a food your dog does well on and avoid changes which can trigger seizures. I have a 1. What is the best recommended dog food for him?

Also, What is the best dog food for a growing puppy of his breed? A decent budget friendly food is Earthborn Holistic. Try to stay away from foods that have strange chemicals, food dyes, artificial flavors, anything chemically.

You may want to think about what might be in and around your house too. Air fresheners, cleaning products, scented candles, herbicides, fertilizers and many other things can contribute to his likelihood of seizuring at any given time. Try to keep things as natural as possible.

He is currently on Phenobarbital which could affect his liver. He has bloodwork done every 3 months to keep ontop of it. He also is hungry all the time because of his medication. He eats his feces more times than not, I know, disgusting! He is on Purina Pro Plan Focus for large dogs. My question is this.. Taking everything into consideration, epilepsy and allergies, what food would you suggest?

We are on a tight budget so that has to be a consideration as well. Dry dog food formulas often rely on carb-loaded fillers to serve as binding elements for all of their ingredients, which means dry foods almost always have higher carbohydrate percentages than wet foods. Our top picks for both wet and dry foods provide high protein content while keeping carbs down, so you can be sure your dog is getting the necessary nutrients. A fairly new option, meal delivery services offer a compromise between the minimal processing of raw food diets and the convenience of store-bought kibble.

We explore them in-depth in a separate review , but our favorites — all with grain-free options — are:. We began by collecting every grain-free dog food currently sold in the US, with two exceptions: We excluded products that failed to list their ingredients and any manufacturer without a working website. This left us with 1, wet and dry grain-free formulas. Most dog owners know that certain ingredients we love can be toxic to dogs, including walnuts, grapes, and chocolate.

Far fewer know that many dog food formulas on the market regularly use garlic and onion in their recipes, two ingredients that can also be harmful to your pet. Although dogs are sure to love the flavors these ingredients add, garlic and onion — along with leeks, scallions, chives, and shallots — are members of the Allium plant species, which is toxic to both dogs and cats.

These can immediately make dogs sick if consumed in large quantities, and even when eaten in small amounts over time e. Ideally, all of our contenders would use fresh meats as their primary ingredient but the reality is that whole meats are expensive and many manufacturers use meat meal as a supplement in their formulas.

Created using a high-pressure, high-temperature process known as rendering, meat meal involves separating fat and moisture from dried, solid protein and steam cooking it all at extremely high temperatures. The dried solids that result make up the meal, which the FDA notes can contain higher concentrations of protein, nutrients, and minerals than whole meats. Want to avoid meat meal completely? Of our 15 top picks for wet food, only four Zignature, Wellness Core: Pate, Kasiks, and Holistic Select have formulas that contain meat meal; all the rest use exclusively whole protein sources.

This is because natural enzymes and proteins can be destroyed during such high-temperature processes, and there are currently no requirements for manufacturers to be transparent about how their meal is made. Additionally, meat meal is often made using animal parts that are low quality to begin with. We think our dogs deserve better than unknown, unwanted meat, so we made two more cuts:. We made sure that the lead spot on the ingredient list went to a whole protein.

Following FDA guidelines , ingredients on labels are listed according to weight, with the heaviest ingredients at the top of the list. We eliminated all formulas without a named, whole protein up front. Stewlicious Chunky Chicken Stew Dogswell: Dog Cuisine Steak Frites Weruva: Dog Cuisine Hot Dayam!

Dogs in the Kitchen Fowl Ball Weruva: Dogs in the Kitchen Goldie Lox Weruva: Dogs in the Kitchen Lamburgini Weruva: We got rid of formulas with unnamed meats of any kind. Beyond grains, many dry dog food formulas rely on other carb-heavy, plant-based proteins, such as peas and corn, to act as binding agents. Meat-based proteins provide necessary nutrients with fewer carbohydrates, and since dogs rely on these proteins to stay fit, formulas that are primarily plant-based are often a red flag that the manufacturer is cutting corners.

So we cut any formulas that used other non-meat fillers as the second ingredient so that you can be sure your dog is getting the bulk of their nutrition from animal protein, not plants. Many of the formulas we examined use artificial preservatives, colors, and flavors. For example, an ingredient like propylene glycol — a synthetic compound used to add moisture — can cause irritation and sometimes even organ toxicity in large doses but might still be approved by the FDA in small doses.

Similarly, artificial food colorings that can cause hyperactivity, irritation, and even cancer in human food are often used in dog foods to make them look more enticing for owners. And with no nutritional value, we had no qualms cutting formulas that use these artificial colors, flavors, and preservatives. Heritage Free-Run Poultry Acana: Heritage Freshwater Fish Acana: Heritage Heritage Meats Acana: Regionals Wild Atlantic Acana: Regionals Appalachian Ranch Acana: Singles Wild Mackerel American Journey: Medal Series Adult Dog: Medal Series Large Breed Dog: Medal Series Senior Dog: Wholesome Blend Grain Free — L.

Salmon Dog Recipe Nutreco: Limited Ingredient Diet Adult Dry: Wild Frontier Adult Dry: Epigen Starch Free Epigen Wysong: Epigen Starch Free Epigen 90 Wysong: Optimal Line Senior Wysong: According to current labeling rules, dog food companies are allowed to consider these natural flavors proprietary, and are not required to disclose exactly what is used to make the flavoring nor what chemical processes are involved.

Canine Cafe Beef Fricassee Bravo! Stewlicious Hearty Beef Stew Dogswell: Classic Turducken Classic Recipe Merrick: Classic Wingaling Classic Recipe Merrick: Grain Free Heartland Select Orijen: Dry Six Fish Orijen: Dry Regional Red Orijen: Canned Epigen Beef Wysong: Canned Epigen Chicken Wysong: Canned Epigen Duck Wysong: Canned Epigen Rabbit Wysong: Canned Epigen Salmon Wysong: Canned Epigen Turkey Wysong: As a result, the higher the moisture percentage, the more nutrient-dense the dry matter needs to be.

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