It can be tricky to figure out which dog foods are truly the best, and which will be right for your pet. The key to making the right choice is looking closely at the ingredients!
Feeding the best diet you possibly can is a very important part of taking care of your dog.
But with advertising campaigns, complicated labeling, and a host of food recalls, picking the right food can be complicated to say the least.... that's where I can help!
If you're a first time dog owner, or have always owned dogs of a particular breed or size, you may not know that what works for one dog may not suit another.
Dog food is not a one-size-fits-all proposition!
Dogs are a species that vary enormously in terms of size... think of a Great Dane and a Chihuahua for example. They're both canines, but the dietary needs or large/giant breed dogs, and those of the tiny breeds are entirely different!
Also, puppies, highly active dogs, those that are pregnant or nursing puppies, senior dogs or those who have specific health conditions have their own unique needs.
Today we are so lucky to have so much choice, with many foods being specifically formulated for individual ages, breed, size, activity level, health condition and so on. But advertising and packaging can be misleading, designed to LOOK great - but not always delivering the goods inside.
Choosing the best diet for your puppy or dog is much easier if you focus on brands/formulas that are tailored to the needs of your pet with premium quality ingredients.
Sarah Irick's Dog Food Grading System is based on allocating points for quality ingredients and deducting points for inferior ingredients, fillers, additives or chemicals.
It gives you a reliable way to rate ANY dog food using the ingredient panel/label.
Here are 25 foods that get an 'A' or an 'A+' using Sarah's criteria.....
Name Of Dog Food
Authority Harvest Baked
Chicken Soup Senior Formula
Natural Balance Duck and Potato
Kirkland Signature Chicken, Rice & Vegetables
Dick Van Patten's Duck & Potato
Royal Canin Natural Blend Adult
ProPlan Natural Turkey & Barley
Diamond Large Breed 60+ Formula
Solid Gold Hund-n-Flocken
Scroll down (or click to jump) to see how you can add your own recommendation, opinion, review or comments....
Since Sarah first created her method and lists, there have been some changes within the dog food industry. As you would expect, many of the premium foods on this list continue to rank at the top, but the dog food industry is constantly growing and changing. Existing foods improve and new ranges appear regularly.
Luckily, it's easy for you to rate ANY dog food yourself using Sarah's method and you can find out how by clicking on the text link to her Ratings System in the paragraph directly above this list.
There are several other foods that I believe are among the very best choices even though they are not on the list above. They are all high-quality products, with superior ingredients and provide balanced nutrition.
They include the Orijen, Natural Balance and Precise brands. To see why I recommend any of these ranges, check out my Top 10 Best Dog Food Choices page (the Top 10 also include several of the foods that rank highly on Sarah's list above).
If you want to see how more brands are ranked, you can see the results for all 48 of the most popular brands on my Dog Food Ratings page.
To find out how to rate any food yourself, see Sarah Irick's Dog Food Grading System
I don't have a 'Worst Dog Food' list, but off the top of my head there are several that I suggest you stay away from. Brands that you DO NOT want to use include Ol' Roy, Kibbles 'N Bits, Purina Dog Chow and Alpo... and of course there are others.
Generally just avoid low-priced, generic foods whose first ingredient is a grain such as corn.
Because what you feed your pup/dog has a direct impact on his health, well-being and lifespan, I have a lot of dog, and puppy, food pages on my site.
Here are just a few more that you might be interested in....
Another great source for dog food information is dogfoodscoop.com. You'll find dog food comparisons, ratings and reviews to help you make the very best decision.
This page has information on some of the best/most popular dog food choices, but there are a LOT of other great options out there.
I would love to hear your recommendations, reviews, and experiences too.
If you use a food that isn't featured on this page, but is of excellent quality and works wonderfully for your dog... then I'd love to hear about it.
Please make sure to grade it using Sarah's method and include that info. in your submission.
It only takes a couple of minutes to share, and your experiences and input could help other dog-lovers make the right choice.
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