The Basis – Healthy Diet for Dogs- Declaration and ingredients

The Basis – Healthy Diet for Dogs

Diet for dogs

Once the dog comes to us, he can not live as nature intended for him. We are quickly tempted to transfer our idea of a good life to the dog. Believing the best for our four-legged friend, we draw on our human experience and apply it to our dogs. The dog is an animal with very different needs than humans. To do justice to it, it is important to collect and apply information about it. It is our responsibility to meet its animal needs and to provide for proper movement, healthy nutrition/drinking, adequate sleep/rest, supportive environment and good care.

An important basis is a diet.

Since our dogs now suffer from the same diseases as humans, it is necessary to investigate the reasons for this in more detail.

  • cancer
  • Cardiovascular disorders
  • Gastrointestinal disease
  • Diseases of the musculoskeletal system
  • Diseases of the urinary organs
  • Skin and coat disorders
  • allergies
  • Neurological diseases

This means that we can influence the health of our four-legged friends through the diet. Animals fed on high-quality feed have a healthy gastrointestinal system. This will help your immune system cope better with viruses, bacteria, fungi, environmental toxins, and chemicals. The chemical analysis of feed is not sufficient for a healthy supply of the body. The ingredients must be bioavailable to the metabolism, that is, they must be present to the body in such a way that it can utilize them. An example: If the body lacks calcium and this is given to the dog in powder or tablets to eat, it is absorbed by the body and is also detectable in the blood, but the cells can not absorb these chemically produced molecules in the cells.


Conclusion: The quality and origin of the food and the way in which our four-legged friends are fed form the basis for a healthy, long and satisfied life for our animals.


What’s on the packaging?


The declaration on the food packaging is mandatory and must comply with the guidelines of the country where the food is produced. So feed on other countries is subject to their guidelines and is only translated into German! The information in brochures, on the Internet or the phone are voluntary and are not subject to any control! From the declaration, one can only very conditionally conclude on the quality of the feed; the analysis gives further hints. It is not mandatory! The best before date must be listed. The longer food may be on the shelf, the more preservatives are added! A good alternative is the mail order because the goods are delivered fresh and not stored long in the store. Statements about the production and processing are not normally on the packaging, but they are very important for the quality. The better the food, the more information is given voluntarily, and nothing has to be left out or hidden behind difficult descriptions.


In the composition, the individual ingredients are listed. All listed additives such as vitamins, amino acids, etc. are added artificially, and it is not clear which preservatives, antibiotics, pesticides, etc. already contained in the starting materials. These do not have to be disclosed. The contained vitamins and trace elements from the ingredients are not listed under the composition. Only the synthetically produced vitamins, trace elements, and amino acids are visible.

Different types of declaration

Open declaration

The individual ingredients are listed in descending order of their weight proportions. However, manufacturers may indicate different forms of a substance separately, which means that, e.g., meat is listed in the first place, although cereals take a much higher share (divided into ground maize, corn gluten, wheat flour, wheat, etc.). Also, the component names are not unique. What exactly is poultry meal or animal protein? Beware of the antioxidants and preservatives. They are legally hidden behind designations EG additive xy or antioxidants xy. Also, synthetic vitamins E and C or beta-carotene are antioxidants! BHA, BHT, ethoxyquin, etc. can be shown to be harmful to health.

Closed declaration

The ingredients are grouped. Wheat, rice, corn and other cereals are listed as cereals. If there are also adhesives, after-meals, etc., the group is called cereals and vegetable by-products. The same applies to meat, fish, milk, etc., i.e., meat or meat and animal by-products, milk or milk, and dairy by-products, etc. The type of declaration says only something about the proportions, but nothing about the type and quality of the ingredients used.

Different types of declaration

Open declaration

The individual ingredients are listed in descending order of their weight proportions. However, manufacturers may indicate different forms of a substance separately, which means that, e.g., meat is listed in the first place, although cereals take a much higher share (divided into ground maize, corn gluten, wheat flour, wheat, etc.). Also, the component names are not unique. What exactly is poultry meal or animal protein? Beware of the antioxidants and preservatives. They are legally hidden behind designations EG additive xy or antioxidants xy. Also, synthetic vitamins E and C or beta-carotene are antioxidants! BHA, BHT, ethoxyquin, etc. can be shown to be harmful to health.

Closed declaration

The ingredients are grouped. Wheat, rice, corn and other cereals are listed as cereals. If there are also adhesives, after-meals, etc., the group is called cereals and vegetable by-products. The same applies to meat, fish, milk, etc., i.e., meat or meat and animal by-products, milk or milk, and dairy by-products, etc. The type of declaration says only something about the proportions, but nothing about the type and quality of the ingredients used.


The content of ingredients is obtained by chemical analysis of the feed. They are given in crude protein, crude fat, crude fiber and raw ash. The individual values are subject to tolerance limits ( an adaptation of the feed law to EU standard!) So that the stated and the actual quantities in the feed can differ greatly. Also, the values of this information do not say anything about the quality and usability of the feed. Does it make a big difference to the health of the dog, whether, e.g.?Chicken? Comes from battery hens or live animals or weather? Rind? From an animal meal or slaughtered animals.

crude protein

These are the nitrogenous components in the feed, so proteins. These proteins can come from animal or vegetable sources. Also included here are sewage sludge, claws, feathers, animal meal, etc. The building blocks of the proteins are of great importance to the dog, they are in the tissue, in the coat, in the tapes, in the cartilage and are responsible for transport, regulation, and growth. Unfortunately, proteins of dubious origin are often used because they are cheap to get on the market.


Crude Fat

Even with fats, there are again animal and vegetable. They are divided into saturated and unsaturated fatty acids. Again, the consumer does not recognize the quality of the fats again. Low-quality fats can lead to liver damage and subsequently cardiovascular disease. They serve the transport of nutrients, the protection of organs and nerves, isolation and energy supply.

 Crude fiber

By this one understands all indigestible, vegetable components. Excessive crude fiber content increases the number of feces and indicates the use of inferior plant sources. Too little crude fiber or poor quality will affect the absorption of essential nutrients and affect the intestinal flora. Mostly we find too much raw fiber in the feed because it is a cheap additive. The healthy dog ​​does not need more than 3% crude fiber content. They are necessary for good digestion, bind pollutants, train the intestinal muscles and have an effect on a healthy intestinal flora.

 Raw ash

Here we find the sum of minerals and trace elements, but also other sources of inorganic matter such as sand, feathers, animal meal, bones and other impurities. If the proportion of raw ash is too low, an optimal mineral supply is questionable. However, if it is too high, the kidney is overloaded, and the bones are affected. Minerals are involved in all metabolic processes. For the body, it is important that they are in the balance with each other. Quality is important here as well. Otherwise, they will be insufficiently available to the body.


Five-element dog food – Classic

The five-element food for dogs is suitable for sole complete feed for:

– Young dogs from 7th month.

– Adult dogs of all ages.

– Sporting active dogs.

– dogs with allergy feeling.

– Diseased dogs for therapy support.


The advantages at a glance:

·        Gentle processing of the ingredients by cold pressing, thus preserving the vitality.

·        Free from additional artificial preservatives and antioxidants.

·        Free of artificial colors, attractants, and aromatic substances.

·        Good compatibility and acceptance by natural composition.

·        Good utilization of the pressed feed by the meaningful bioenergetic composition.

·        Dynamization and training of the musculature of the stomach and intestinal wall, thereby vital intestinal and immune system

·        Fitness and health of the dog.

·        Natural produced ingredients and production in Germany

·        computer controlled quality control.

The five elements of good dog nutrition

1. Naturally produced ingredients.

The meat comes from extensive, i. All year on cattle held cattle.

Herring and salmon oil come from wild catch.


2. Extremely gentle processing by cold pressing

Due to the gentle production process of cold pressing (use of low temperatures – below 40 ° C), the original ingredients are hardly changed, vitamins, and heat-sensitive plant substances are retained, as well as the natural fats and odors. The vitality of the pressed food is hardly affected, and the liveliness of the food is preserved.


The gentle processing of the 5-E dog food, the choice of ingredients and short storage times make additional artificial preservatives and antioxidants superfluous. Also, the cold-pressed dog food is free of artificial colorants, attractants, and flavorings.


3. Bio-energetically meaningful composition

In the recipe, not only the nutritional value of the ingredients but also the energetic qualities of the ingredients are taken into account (s.u.). The composition of the ingredients is bioenergetically meaningful and aligned with the principles of traditional Chinese medicine. On the one hand, the nutritional values ​​and the energetic qualities of the ingredients are taken into account, on the other hand, all elements of the Chinese 5-element doctrine and the 5-energy levels. Thus, all organs of the body are evenly stimulated and nourished, and the animal gets the necessary vital energy for a healthy organism. Through this unique carefully matched formula and the special production process of cold pressing high bioavailability, good recovery and good compatibility of the feed are achieved, This leads to noticeably more fitness, charisma and natural health of the dog.



4. Waiver of synthetic additives

Due to the selection of ingredients and careful processing of the five-element food, neither preservatives nor overdoses of artificial vitamins are necessary as antioxidants. The original ingredients are hardly changed, vitamins, and heat-sensitive plant substances are retained, as well as the natural fats and odors.

The vitality of the pressed food is hardly affected, and the liveliness of the food is preserved. Also, the cold-pressed dog food is free of artificial colorants, attractants, and flavorings.


5. Freshness through shortest transport routes

The 5-E pet food is produced in Germany in small batches and delivered directly. This protects the environment and always guarantees fresh goods. For the production of the feed natural environmentally friendly water power is used.

Bio-energetically meaningful composition according to the principles of traditional Chinese medicine.


The balance of elements distribution:

All elements of the Chinese five element doctrine are represented in the recipe and are in ideal relationship to each other. The Earth-quality ingredients make up the majority and are supplemented with herbs that nourish the elements of fire, metal, water, and wood. Thus, all organs of the body are evenly stimulated and nourished, imbalances (states of fullness or emptiness) by malnutrition arise.

Thermal effect: neutral

Energetically warm, i. the metabolically stimulating, energy-activating components are in the balance with cool, i.e., substance-building and regenerating ingredients. Heat or cold diseases in the sense of Chinese medicine (for example, gastritis, arthritis or arthrosis) cannot arise as a result of malnutrition.


Foods That Help Dogs Grow

Taking care of animals is not always as easy as some people would believe. There are many people that have pets, but they have no idea how to take care of them. It is easy to make assumptions about animals without truly knowing how important it is provide proper care. Puppies, for example, are a much bigger responsibility that many people would assume. It’s logical to think that they would be able to survive outside as easy as bigger dogs, but they need a large amount of care. The best thing care is found in providing proper food care.

Dogs Grow Tips

The normal height and weight for a dog varies drastically between breeds and the age of the dog. The most effective way to make your dog grow is to feed it more. Parasites are a very common cause of weight loss or a lack of weight gain in dogs. A vet can run simple tests to diagnose parasites and they can often be easily treated with medication. If your dog does not have parasites, adjust the amount you feed it until it reaches the ideal body condition.

Assumptions Meet Reality

dog food care

It’s easy to assume that dogs can eat almost anything. These are pets that have a natural instinct for outdoor survival. This may be true, but puppies are different in a sense because they do not have all the abilities that a full sized dog would possess. It’s similar to humans and the contrasting differences between adults and babies. The formulated milk that babies process during their infant years pales in comparison to the vast food choices that are available for adults.

Puppies encounter the same road blocks in their early years. They must be cared for properly in order to grow larger. All of this starts with proper food choices. The important thing to know is that puppies require lots of food. In the early stages a puppy will actually need as much food as an adult dog to ensure proper growth.

Puppy food is different from adult dog food because it contains substances that are higher in protein. Puppy food is also are mixture of all the vitamins and minerals that puppies need in the early stages of growth. Once this is realized the next stage in puppy care involves picking the best possible food that will make your puppy grown larger.

Home Made Puppy Food

It may be hard to believe, but there are several variations of puppy food. Pet owners have the option of making their own puppy food or choosing from a plethora of retail puppy food distributors. Homemade dog food involves a preparation of meats and vegetables. The combination should be smoothed out and blended before it is served to your puppy. These type of meals will aid in grow, but they will have to be supplemented with dog vitamins and bone meals to ensure that your puppy receives the proper calcium and other essentials that are needed for growth.

This is one way to help your puppy grow, but it is obviously a method that appears to be somewhat tedious and time consuming. It requires more money because you are giving your dog human food and you still have to supplement meals with vitamins. Dog owners may initially think that this is a less expensive way to feed a puppy, but it is actually costs more in the long run.

Dry Puppy Food

Dry Puppy Food

If you want your puppy to grow you can implement a process that is much easier. You can go to the store and purchase some dry puppy food. You put it in your vehicle and return home. That’s the extent of the preparation. This may be a better method for pet owners that are too busy to prepare daily meals for their puppies. Puppies require lots of attention and lots of meals. Those that are unable to prepare the homemade meals several times a day in this manner should seriously consider dry puppy food.

With this food there’s no need to worry about dog vitamins. There are certain dry puppy foods on the market that contain the essential vitamins that puppies need to accelerate growth. The premium brands will obviously cost more, but for many dog owners the peace of mind that they receive from this is totally worth it.

This type of food is probably the easiest to prepare. This makes it the favorite choices for adults, but it may not be the favorite choice for your puppy.
Dry puppy food can help your puppy grow at a fast rate. If the puppy fails to eat the dry food, however, this will be of no advantage to you or your puppy. This may be disappointing, but all hope is not lost if this does happen. There are always alternatives.

Canned Dog Food

This is a contrast to dry puppy food because it has to be opened. It is also stored differently and usually purchased in smaller quantities. The cans usually contain various sources of meats that provide nutritional value for puppies that are in a growing stage.

Dogs that partake of canned food have the opportunity to receive the same nutritional value as dogs that are fed dry dog food. The major difference with canned food is that it’s more expensive. This is the primary reason why consumers do not prefer it over dry dog food.

Most consumers would agree that each dog is subject to different tastes. It’s only fair to assume that there will also be some dogs that will not take any interest in canned food either. At this point dog owners would probably need to try the final alternative which consists of a mixture of the both moist and dry.

Semi-Moist Dog Food

This is the mixture of food for puppies that cannot commit to dry or canned food. It’s a best of both worlds combination that also gives puppies the vitamins that they need for growth. This type is great because it will allow your dog to receive the benefits of both without losing the vitamins and nutrients that are important for growth.

Comparing Cheaper And Premium Brands

There’s really no comparison between cheaper and premium brands. Buy the premium brands if you want your puppy to grow. The cheaper brands will often use filler ingredients that might save you a couple of dollars, but this ultimately cheats your puppy in the end.

You will spend more with premium brands. That’s no question. You will see this as a good thing because there will also be no question about whether your dog is receiving the best possible nutrients that are needed for growth.

Maintaining Growth

The different types of puppy foods listed above are important elements that establish growth. There are certain variables, however, that you must look for without these foods if you are truly concerned about making your puppy grow larger.

Contrary to popular, belief all dog food is not the same. There are various foods that contain vitamins, but not all foods contain the vitamins that contribute to larger growth.

Pet owners that are seeking dog food that aids in larger growth should look the types that contain animal-based proteins. These are relevant because they promote organ, skin, muscle, and coat growth. Owners should also be conscious of a controlled calorie amount that will aid in a healthy growth rate. The ingredients should contain fish oils and vitamins that have been scientifically proven to aid in growth. The list of essentials should be rounded out with fiber, phosphorus, and calcium. These elements will aid in digestive and skeletal development. Applying a schedule of frequent meals with these ingredients will ensure a healthy growth rate for your puppy.


When choosing a food to feed your little pup, look for labels that state that the food meets the nutritional profiles established by the Association of American Feed Control Officials. These profiles list the necessary ingredients and the minimum amounts recommended for a pup to thrive. Both the ingredients and their ratios have been scientifically proven by AAFCO to provide the proper amounts of proteins, fats, carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals a growing young dog needs to maintain his health. For puppies, purchase food that is labeled as “complete and balanced” and “for growth and reproduction.” These foods meet the nutritional and growth requirements of your furry little friend.


To encourage growth, pups require more protein than adult pooches, 22 percent rather than 18 percent, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. That protein should come from high-quality animal-based sources like poultry, beef, lamb, eggs or venison. Animal-based meats provide your growing pup with all of the 10 amino acids he needs to grow, more so than vegetable-based ones, according to the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine. This makes whole meats a higher-quality protein than other potential sources like cereals or meat byproducts. Look for foods with a whole meat listed as the primary ingredient. Ingredients are listed by weight, so the first ingredient listed will make up the majority of the food, according to the FDA.

Fats and Carbohydrates

Fats and Carbohydrates

According to the AAFCO nutritional profiles, your pup needs 8 percent fat in his diet, as opposed to 5 percent needed by an adult. These fats provide your growing pup’s body with the energy he needs to support proper tissue and muscle development. Healthy fats like sunflower, safflower, corn or soybean oils and chicken or pork fat provide your little one with this energy and help his body absorb important vitamins, according to PetMD. Carbohydrates also provide your puppy with the energy needed for growth. Corn, wheat, beet pulp and rice all provide your little one with moderately fermentable fibers that don’t cause tummy upset. These fibers provide Fido with a source of healthy carbohydrates, according to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.


Avoid high-fiber foods for puppies because they are more filling and lower in calories than other foods. Keep in mind that most growing puppies require at least twice as many calories as an adult dog of their same breed, according to the National Research Council of the National Academies. Don’t over feed your pup, though, which can make him overweight. Follow the manufacturer’s recommended feeding guidelines, serving your little one the daily recommended allowance of food in three to four smaller meals throughout the day.


Puppies need food designed for growth during their first six months to a year of life, depending on their size and breed. While most pups need the extra calories and protein contained in puppy food to support their growth, larger breeds may not. Some large dog breeds can develop skeletal and joint issues if they are fed a high-calorie puppy food that encourages rapid growth, according to “Nutrient Requirements of Dogs and Cats.” Consult with your vet if you are unsure of what type of food is appropriate to feed your pup based on his larger size and breed to avoid any such issues from developing.

Best Dog Foods

Dry Dog Foods Your Pup (And Your Wallet) Will Love.When you first get a new pooch, it may take time finding a brand and type that both you, your wallet and your pup love. Still, it’s nice to have a place to start from. That’s why we’ve rounded up ten of our favorite dog food brands for you and your furry friend to try out.

In an effort to stay fair (and prevent heart attacks), we tried to find a variety of foods at different price points. But as you likely already know, any super affordable dog food brand (you know the ones) are not always great health-wise for your pup.

What’s the best dog food?

The answer to that question depends on what kind of food you’re looking for.

Do you prefer a dry kibble? Or a canned dog food?

Are you feeding a new puppy? Or an adult?

Thinking about going grain-free?

With thousands of commercial products on the U.S. and Canadian markets, we set out to answer one critically important question:

What’s the Best Dog Foods?

After considering dozens of criteria, we determined that the best dog foods should contain:

  1. No controversial chemical preservatives
  2. No anonymous meat ingredients
  3. No artificial coloring agents
  4. No generic animal fats
  5. Substantial amounts of meat-based protein
  6. Fat-to-protein ratio 75% or lower
  7. Modest carbohydrate content

So, after reviewing hundreds of dog food brands representing more than 4,300 different recipes, we narrowed our choices down to a few shorter lists.

But, an easy way to check out the 411 on whatever dog food you’ve been using is to search for it on The insanely awesome site has cataloged and reviewed over 3,000 pet food products, including both wet and dry dog food options. They break down each food with a star rating and go into great detail to explain their rating, including picking apart ingredients and how the food is made. To ensure we were picking right by you and your pup, we confirmed that all of our choices meet the five star approval rating on the site.

None of this info will shock you. Just like humans do best when they eat real food, your dog’s system won’t do well over time on a heavily processed diet. We know you love real ingredients and care about what treats you dog gets. Just think, most pups eat the same thing everyday, sometimes twice a day. If you make it something awesome, they’ll enjoy eating and feel good too. That means a shinier coat, more energy and an increased lifespan!

Without further ado, here’s our top ten picks for dry dog food:

1. Wellness Core 

Wellness Core

The Wellness Core product line includes seven dry dog foods, six which claim to meet AAFCO nutrient profiles for adult maintenance. This above-average dry product has a dry matter protein reading of 38%, a fat level of 13% and estimated carbohydrates of about 41%. What does this mean? The brand is way above-average with protein, near-average with fat and below-average with carbs when compared to a typical dry dog food. As you might have guessed, these are all very good things. Plus, tons of flaxseed. Yum!

Best shopping bet: (1)…… $53.95 for a 26 lb bag

Wellness CORE Natural Grain Free Dry Dog Food Original Turkey & Chicken Recipe is healthy, 100% natural grain free dog food for adult dogs made with turkey, chicken, salmon oil and fruits and vegetables to help support your dog’s optimal health and fortified with antioxidents, probiotics, vitamins and minerals, including fish and flax omega blend for healthy skin and coat. Wellness CORE grain free dog food formulas are based on the nutritional philosophy that dogs thrive on a diet mainly comprised of meat. Each grain free, nutrient-rich formula provides high quality protein for your dog with no meat by-products or fillers, grain, corn, soy, wheat-gluten or artificial preservatives, colors or flavors.

Important information


Deboned Turkey, Turkey Meal, Chicken Meal, Peas, Potatoes, Dried Ground Potatoes, Chicken Fat (preserved with Mixed Tocopherols), Tomato Pomace, Chicken Liver, Natural Chicken Flavor, Flaxseed, Salmon Oil, Carrots, Sweet Potatoes, Kale, Broccoli, Spinach, Parsley, Apples, Blueberries, Vitamins [Vitamin E Supplement, Beta-Carotene, Niacin, d-Calcium Pantothenate, Vitamin A Supplement, Riboflavin, Vitamin D-3 Supplement, Vitamin B-12 Supplement, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Thiamine Mononitrate, Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C), Biotin, Folic Acid], Minerals [Zinc Proteinate, Zinc Sulfate, Iron Proteinate, Ferrous Sulfate, Copper Sulfate, Copper Proteinate, Manganese Proteinate, Manganese Sulfate, Sodium Selenite, Calcium Iodate], Choline Chloride, Mixed Tocopherols added to preserve freshness, Glucosamine Hydrochloride, Chondroitin Sulfate, Taurine, Chicory Root Extract, Yucca Schidigera Extract, Dried Lactobacillus plantarum Fermentation Product, Dried Enterococcus faecium Fermentation Product, Dried Lactobacillus casei Fermentation Product, Dried Lactobacillus acidophilus Fermentation Product, Rosemary Extract.This is a naturally preserved product.


Wellness CORE recipes are for dogs 1 year and olderTransitioning to WellnessIt is important to slowly transition your pet from his/her current diet as it takes a few days for the body to adapt to the new nutrient levels. To transition, gradually mix in the new food over a 5-7 day period, increasing the amount of Wellness each day, so that you are feeding 100% Wellness by day 7. Combination Feeding:Keep a clean bowl of fresh water available at all times. Wellness believes in feeding dry and wet food in combination whenever possible to help increase the level of water in your dog’s diet.

2. Taste of the Wild

Taste of the Wild

The Taste of the Wild product line includes seven dry dog foods, and they’re all pretty great. Our top pick is Taste of the Wild High Prairie Formula, which reached it’s five star rating on DogFoodAdvisor (note: not all of their products did, though none were less than 3.5). The food has a protein-boosting effect through its pea protein, peas and flaxseed, as well as a potato protein and garbanzo beans. It’s grain free, made with purified water, and suitable for pups of all ages.

 (2)…. $48.99 for a 30 lb bag.

Buffalo, lamb meal, chicken meal, sweet potatoes, peas, potatoes, canola oil, egg product, roasted bison, roasted venison, beef, natural flavor, tomato pomace, potato protein, pea protein, ocean ¬fish meal, salt, choline chloride, dried chicory root, tomatoes, blueberries, raspberries, yucca schidigera extract, dried Lactobacillus acidophilus fermentation product, dried Bifidobacterium animals fermentation product, dried Lactobacillus reuteri fermentation product, vitamin E supplement, iron proteinate, zinc proteinate, copper proteinate, ferrous sulfate, zinc sulfate, copper sulfate, potassium iodide, thiamine mononitrate (vitamin B1), manganese proteinate, manganous oxide, ascorbic acid, vitamin A supplement, biotin, niacin, calcium pantothenate, manganese sulfate, sodium selenite, pyridoxine hydrochloride (vitamin B6), vitamin B12 supplement, riboflavin (vitamin B2), vitamin D supplement, folic acid. Contains a source of live, naturally occurring microorganisms


Bison, venison, lamb meal, chicken meal, egg product, sweat potatoes, peas, potatoes, canola oil, roasted bison, roasted venison, natural flavor, tomato pomace, ocean fish meal, choline chloride, dried chicory root, tomatoes, blueberries, raspberries, yucca schidigera extract, Enterococcus faecium, Lactobacillus casei, Lactobacillus acidophilus, Saccharomyces cerevesiae fermentation solubles, dried Aspergillus oryzae fermentation extract, vitamin E supplement, iron proteinate, zinc proteinate, copper proteinate, ferrous sulfate, zinc sulfate, copper sulfate, potassium iodide, thiamine mononitrate (vitamin B1), manganese proteinate, manganous oxide, ascorbic acid, vitamin A supplement, biotin, calcium pantothenate, manganese sulfate, sodium selenite, pyridoxine hydrochloride (vitamin B6), vitamin B12 supplement, riboflavin (vitamin B2), vitamin D supplement, folic acid.


Feed your adult dog 1/3 to 1/2 cup per 3 to 5 pounds of body weight per day; 1/2 to 3/4 cup per 5 to 10 pounds of body weight per day; 3/4 to 1-1/2 cups per 10 to 20 pounds of body weight per day; 1-1/2 to 2 cups per 20 to 30 pounds of body weight per day; 2 to 2-1/3 cups per 30 to 40 pounds of body weight per day; 2-1/3 to 3 cups per 40 to 60 pounds of body weight per day; 3 to 3-3/4 cups per 60 to 80 pounds of body weight per day; 3-3/4 to 4-1/3 cups per 80 to 100 pounds of body weight per day; 4-1/3 to 5 cups per 100 to 125 pounds of body weight per day; 5 to 5-3/4 cups per 125 to 150 pounds of body weight per day; 5-3/4 to 6-1/2 cups per 150 to 175 pounds of body weight per day.

3.Solid Gold Holistic Weight Control Dog Food

Solid Gold Holistic Weight Control Dog Food

Solid Gold Barking at the Moon has been designed for performance dogs (that of course doesn’t mean that your pup’s gotta be training for the doggie olympics to eat it) and meets AAFCO nutrient profiles for adult maintenance. The first ingredient here is ocean fish meal, which may sound disgusting but is actually awesome because it’s considered a meat concentrate. That means it contains almost 300% more protein than fresh fish itself! Plus, unlike most fish meals, this one is ethoxyquin-free – big ups! If nothing else, the name and bag design are truly glorious.

Best shopping bet: (3)…….. $56.99 for a 24 lb bag.3

Chunky dogs may be cute, but extra weight is no laughing matter when it comes to your dog’s health. Designed specifically for weight control, this low-fat, low-calorie formula is both nutritious and delicious, crafted with our unique blend of 20 nutritious superfoods and fresh caught, omega-rich Alaskan Pollock to support the immune system as well as skin and coat health. Ditch the waddling, and watch them strut their stuff with confidence!

Important information


Pollock, Pollock Meal, Pea Fiber, Oatmeal, Brown Rice, Peas, Pearled Barley, Turkey Meal, Chicken Fat (Preserved with Mixed Tocopherols), Natural Flavors, Dried Eggs, Flaxseed, Potassium Chloride, Dicalcium Phosphate, Salt, Salmon Oil (Preserved with Mixed Tocopherols), DL-Methionine, Choline Chloride, Carrots, Pumpkin, Parsley, Apples, Cranberries, Blueberries, Lettuce, Celery, Beets, Watercress, Spinach, Dried Chicory Root, Broccoli, Spearmint, Almond Oil (Preserved with Mixed Tocopherols), Sesame Oil (Preserved with Mixed Tocopherols), Yucca Schidigera Extract, Dried Kelp, Thyme, Lentils, L-Carnitine, Vitamin A Supplement, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Vitamin E Supplement, Zinc Sulfate, Niacin, Ferrous Sulfate, L-Ascorbyl-2-Polyphosphate (Source of Vitamin C), Calcium Pantothenate, Thiamine Mononitrate, Copper Sulfate, Riboflavin, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Manganese Sulfate, Zinc Proteinate, Folic Acid, Calcium Iodate, Manganese Proteinate, Copper Proteinate, Sodium Selenite, Biotin, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Rosemary Extract, Dried Lactobacillus Acidophilus Fermentation Product, Dried Enterococcus Faecium Fermentation Product, Dried Lactobacillus Casei Fermentation Product.


Feeding instructions by weight of pet: 5-15 lbs. feed ½ to 1 ¼ cups/day; 16-30 lbs. feed 1 ¼-2 ¼ cups/day; 31-45 lbs. feed 2 ¼- 3 cups/day; 46-60 lbs. feed 3- 3 ¾ cups/day; 61-75 lbs. feed 3 ¾-4 ½ cups/day; 76-100 lbs. feed 4 ½ -5 ½ cups/day; over 100 lbs. feed 5 ½ cups/day plus 1/2 cup per 10 lbs. of body weight. Serve dry or with some water to increase aroma for your dog. We recommend splitting these daily guidelines into two meals. Feeding amounts are guidelines only and may vary based on activity level, health condition, life stage and temperature. It is important to adjust food intake to maintain or help improve your pet’s body condition for their long-term health. The extra fiber in the food will help promote satiety while you reduce calories in the overall dietary regime to help maintain your pet’s weight or help your pet lose weight.

4. Orijen 


The Orijen product line includes six dry dog foods, all of them puptastic. We love that it contains herring (a fatty marine fish naturally high in protein), as well as omega-3 fatty acids and essential oils. These are things needed by every dog to sustain life. It’s got tons of great proteins (including eggs, which are super easy to digest and have an exceptionally high biological value) and – a personal favorite – probiotics. Just like they do for us, probiotics work to enhance a dog’s digestive and immune functions.

Best shopping bet: (4)…….., $94.99 for a 15 lb bag.

Orijen Regional Red is a new dog food by the brand Orijen. nbsp; Orijen is a brand renowned for its premium dog and cat foods, which concentrate on high quality proteins, vegetables, fruits and grasses to provide a balanced and nutritious diet that is very similar to what they would eat in the wild. Regional Red is a special blend of Orijen’s premium brand that focuses on nutritious and wholesome red meats.

This superb dog food is packed with delicious nutrition that is derived from red meat sources that have not been tainted with antibiotics or hormones. Wild boar, lamb, beef, bison and pork are all featured substantially in Orijen Regional Red dog food, which rounds out its protein base with fresh, wild caught fish.

Fatty acids included within this dog food will help your dog get a luxurious and beautiful coat, as well as encourage skin health.

The antioxidants provided by the vegetables and fruit in this blend will boost your dog’s immune system while natural grasses will aid in a dog’s digestion. Sea vegetables, juniper berries and other similar plants satisfy a dog’s natural urge to graze, as dogs are naturally omnivorous with a high emphasis on proteins. Key Features: High quality red meat sources: wild boar, beef, bison, lamb, pork and much more Includes absolutely everything that any dog needs to thrive Contains no fillers, chemical additives, hormones or antibiotics All food is shipped ground delivery. Please allow 7 to 12 days for your delivery to arrive. Please note, we do not ship pet food internationally. For more shipping info click here.

5. Nature’s Variety Instinct Duck Meal and Turkey Meal

Instinct Duck Meal

The Nature’s Variety Instinct product line includes five dry dog foods, and while all of them are great (and five star rated), we especially love this formula. Lots of good protein (from concentrate) and a few interesting and great ingredients (tapioca, canola oil, pumpkin seeds and alfalfa meal). We also love the use of inulin, a starch-like compound made up of repeating units of carbohydrates and typically sourced from chicory root. It’s both a natural source of soluble dietary fiber and a prebiotic used to promote the growth of healthy bacteria in a dog’s digestive tract.

Best shopping bet: (5)…….. $72.95 for a 5.1 lb bag

High-protein, grain-free kibble plus freeze dried raw pieces provides a nutrient rich diet and pure nutrition for digestive health;Natural ingredients with added vitamins and minerals, No artificial colors, flavors or preservatives;Grain-free and gluten-free nutrition, no corn, no wheat, no soy, no fillers;Healthy Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acids for a soft and shiny coat, Probiotics to support healthy digestion, Antioxidants for immune health;Complete and balanced for all life stages (including kittens and adult) and all lifestyles – including indoor cats;Instinct is the official pet food partner of Best Friends Animal Society and provides over 1 million meals of Instinct to their adoption centers

6. Natural Balance Synergy 

Natural Balance Synergy 

Synergy is a good word, right? Aside from the obvious good meat ingredients, this food has beet pulp (for intestinal health and blood sugar benefits), oatmeal (naturally rich in B-vitamins and dietary fiber), flaxseed and brewers yeast (which repels fleas and supports the immune system). It’s topped off with salmon oil, which is naturally rich in the EPA and DHA types of omega-3 fatty acids. All in all, super good stuff for pups!

Best shopping bet: (6)……. $50.99  for a 28 lb bag


Synergy Dry Dog Formula offers complete & balanced nutrition for all breeds and life stages from puppies to adults. For your extraordinary dog, a synergistic diet combines the benefits of healthy digestion, excellent skin & coat support, and superior stool quality.

Guaranteed Analysis: Crude Protein 28.0% minimum Crude Fat 16.0% minimum Crude Fiber 5.0% maximum Moisture 10.0% maximum Omega-6 Fatty Acids* 3.0% minimum Omega-3 Fatty Acids* 0.5% minimum *Not recognized as an essential nutrient by the AAFCO Dog Food Nutrient Profiles. Dick Van Patten’s Natural Balance SYNERGY Ultra Dog Food is formulated to meet the nutritional levels established by the AAFCO dog food nutrient profiles for all life stages.

7. Merrick Classic Beef, Barley and Carrot

Merrick Classic Beef, Barley and Carrot

The Merrick Classic product line includes seven dry dog foods and all are pretty great (though the lamb, brown rice and apple combo did get a four star rating). This one boasts sweet potatoes, which is a gluten-free source of complex carbohydrates and a naturally rich way to get dietary fiber and beta carotene. It also has pork fat, which may sound gross but is great for flavoring while being high in essential omega-6 fatty acids. Lastly, it contains chelated minerals, which are minerals that have been chemically attached to protein, making them easier to absorb. If you want a quick way to see if a dog food is high grade, check for this ingredient. Almost all super healthy, above-the-line dog food will have it.

Best shopping bet: (7)………..$50.19 for a 30 lb bag

Merrick Classic has long provided dogs best-in-class natural nutrition from a wholesome balance of protein, whole grains and fruits and vegetables. Merrick Classic recipes now have been improved to offer an even more palatable and easily digestible mealtime experience for the Best Dog Ever – plus refreshed premium packaging at an attractive value for pet parents.

Merrick Classic dry recipes start with real deboned meat as the first ingredient to provide leading levels of quality protein, and also include farm-fresh fruits and vegetables like carrots, apples, blueberries, peas and more. Recipes also feature a healthy blend of whole grains – now with ancient grains like quinoa. Powerful levels of Omega 6 and Omega 3 fatty acids aid in a healthy skin and coat for dogs, and leading levels of glucosamine and chondroitin foster healthy hips and joints.

Merrick Classic recipes are made in the USA in our own kitchens, with no ingredients from China. Recipes contain no potatoes, corn, wheat or soy ingredients. • Improved recipes, now with ancient grains: Improved Classic recipes will provide dogs even better taste and easy digestion, and now also will feature a healthy blend of grains, including ancient grains. o Brown Rice: Easily digestible complex carbohydrate, an excellent source of manganese and fiber o Barley: Great source of fiber and other key vitamins and minerals o Oatmeal: High in protein, fiber and B vitamins o NEW Quinoa: Complete protein source + rich in anti-inflammatory phytonutrients o NEW Chia Seeds: High in fiber, protein, Omega-3 fatty acids and other nutrients o Potato has also been removed from the new & improved Merrick Classic recipes.

8. Honest Kitchen Embark

Honest Kitchen Embark

The Honest Kitchen product line includes seven dehydrated dog foods, three of which got high marks on DogFoodAdvisor. Our favorite is Embark (teehee), an insanely wholesome food for pups. Embark is a gluten-free dog food recipe made with cage-free turkey, as well as produce such as celery, spinach and apples. It is a higher protein, higher fat natural human grade dog food that works for all ages. It’s obviously great for dogs who need a diet without gluten, but is also good for those who need a low carbohydrate dog food, and those who do better without beef or fish. Mix with water and serve!

Best shopping bet: (8)…….. $95.05 for a 10 lb box (which makes 40 lbs of food)


The Honest Kitchen Embark dog food was created for more active canines. Each low-carb batch of Embark is made with good, healthy stuff like cage-free turkey and antioxidant-rich produce. So, it’s the perfect meal for pups, adult dogs and adult dogs about to have pups.

Embark is a dehydrated dog food that is AAFCO complete and balanced for all life stages and breeds. Embark is higher in protein and fat than other Honest Kitchen recipes so it’s perfect for puppies and active adult dogs, especially agility dogs who need a performance dog food. Because Embark is a grain free dog food, it’s great for pups who have dog food allergies or sensitivities to grains & gluten or those who need a low carbohydrate dog food.

This dog food is 100% human-grade dog food (an important quality distinction!) and contains no red flag pet food ingredients like corn, soy, rice, beet pulp or wheat. Just add warm water, wait 3 minutes and serve a delicious & healthy meal!


The Honest Kitchen started in Lucy Postin’s kitchen in 2002 when she started making her dog’s meals from scratch to help combat his ear infections. The physical difference from his new diet was spectacular but her kitchen was a mess.

Lucy then realized that dehydrating whole foods made mealtimes much simpler while maintaining the natural health benefits of the ingredients. From there, The Honest Kitchen was born – and her kitchen stayed much cleaner!

Today, The Honest Kitchen is on a mission to revolutionize the pet food industry through their obsession with product integrity and commitment to help as many pets as possible get on the road to good health through natural, wholesome proper food.

9. EVO Turkey and Chicken Meal Formula

EVO Turkey and Chicken Meal Formula

EVO Dog Food is grain-free and hits the spot with the three major areas of importance. It’s fortified with minerals, easily digestible and high in protein content. It’s also low in carbohydrates, with a mix of ingredients that promote healthy skin and coats. High in nutrients and energy dense, this food will help keep your pooch active. Plus, it’s amino acids and essential minerals will keep pups’ strong muscles and bones intact!

Best shopping bet: (9)…….., $31.06 for a 13.2 lb bag

EVO Turkey & Chicken Formula Small Bites Dry Dog Food is grain–free, minimizes starch or carbohydrate intake while maximizing the concentration of protein. In fact, EVO provides high-quality protein at a level that is among the highest available anywhere. In addition, EVO also contains a source of viable, naturally occurring microorganisms and has both linoleic acid (an omega-6 fatty acid) and omega-3 fatty acids.

Grain-free Lowest Carbohydrates Guaranteed Analysis Crude Protein 42.0% (Min) Crude Fat 22.0% (Min) Crude Fiber 2.5% (Max) Moisture 10.0% (Max) Carbohydrate NFE* 12.0% (Max) Linoleic Acid (an Omega-6 Fatty Acid) 4.2% (Min) Vitamin E 300 IU/kg (Min) Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C)* 500 mg/kg (Min) Omega-3 Fatty Acids* 0.5% (Min) Docosahexaenoic Acid (DHA)* plusElcosapentaenoic Acid (EPA)* 0.1% (Min) Total Microorganisms* 90,000,000 CFU/lb (Min) (Lactobacillus acidophilus, Lactobacillus casei, Enterococcus faecium in equal parts.) *Not recognized as an essential nutrient by the AAFCO Dog Food Nutrient Profiles. Calorie Content: (Metabolize Energy—Calculated) 4,243 kcal/kg; 537 kcal/cup 1 cup = 4.40 oz (124 g) All food is shipped ground delivery. Please allow 7 to 12 days for your delivery to arrive. Please note, we do not ship pet food internationally.For more shipping info click here.

10. Canidae Single Grain Protein Plus

Canidae Single Grain Protein Plus

This is our favorite of the many awesome Canidae food products. Why do we love it? Made in the U.S.A., all of the company’s products are made without corn, wheat, soy, grain fractions, or fillers and are all naturally preserved. Released in 2010, the nutritional focus of Canidae Single Grain Protein Plus is to offer 29% total protein, while restricting its food’s grain source to rice (exclusively using a wholesome combination of both brown and white rice). Additionally, it offers five high quality protein sources in total, beginning with fresh chicken as the first ingredient, followed by chicken, turkey, lamb, and fish meals.

CANIDAE All Life Stages recipes are vet formulated for dogs of all ages, breeds, and sizes. That makes mealtimes for multiple dog households much simpler than dealing with multiple bags of different foods. Single dog households will also enjoy the benefits of one bag for all dogs—no more guessing or switching based on your dog’s age, breed, or size. Formulated specifically for all life stages with premium ingredients and optimum protein for nutritionally dense formulas—never corn, wheat, or soy.

One Formula for All Ages, Breeds and Sizes

From puppies, to adults, to senior dogs mealtimes in multiple dog households can be quite complicated. With CANIDAE Life Stages – All Life Stages Formula, mealtimes are made easy. It’s formulated with all the vitamins and minerals appropriate for every life stage, breed, and size. There’s no need to juggle different foods for all the dogs in your family. It’s also a great choice for single dog households because you’ll never have to transition from puppy to adult or adult to senior. You can simply keep feeding the same food for all life stages!

Balanced Nutrition from Quality Ingredients

Our CANIDAE Life Stages – All Life Stages Formula is packed with protein from high quality, natural chicken meal, turkey meal, lamb meal, and fish meal. Our other healthy ingredients include wholesome brown rice, peas, papaya, and sage to provide your dog with a great tasting, perfectly balanced meal. We never use ingredients like wheat, corn or soy. You won’t find fillers, antibiotics, hormones, preservatives, artificial flavors, artificial colors, or artificial anything in any of our foods. All of our pet food formulas are made in the U. S.A.

HealthPLUS Solutions In Every Bite

Our unique HealthPLUS Solutions is a powerful trio of great nutrition. We apply this key trio to every kibble after the cooking process to ensure guaranteed levels of live probiotics for healthy digestion, powerful antioxidants for a healthy immune system, and omega 6 and 3 for beautiful skin and coat.

Best shopping bet: (10)…….$56.99.