Best Recommended Dog Food
Best Ingredients To Look For:
Here is a list of the best ingredients for optimum health for your dog.
- Whole proteins: chicken, beef, fish, duck, liver, eggs, pork
- Omega-3 fatty acids
- Whole grains: oats, quinoa, brown rice
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin E
- Sweet potatoes
- Hypoallergenic dog food. (as I mentioned earlier, some dogs have allergies and/or sensitive stomachs so choose a hypoallergenic dog food. (click here for more info on hypoallergenic dog food.)
Some Of The Best Dog Food Brands
There are many reviews out there with different opinions on the best dog food brands. Some of the opinions depend on the type of dog breed you have. However, here is my choice for some of the best dog food brands that meet the requirements listed above. These healthy dog foods will provide the proper nutrients, supplements, and support most commonly needed for optimum health for your dog.
Orijen is one of the ultimate healthy dog foods. It is more expensive than most dog foods, but it is one of the top brands as it offers a natural diet of whole prey animals with unique inclusions of meats, and supreme quality ingredients. They get their ingredients from farmers, ranchers, and fishermen in their area, located in Alberta. Their fresh meats go from farm to their kitchen within 3 days and into Orijen food within 2 days. Their protein is 38% and carbs are 19% providing the top quality ratio for their healthy dog food. They have no preservatives and include 15% vegetables and fruits in their dog food. Many people consider this to be one of the top dog food brands.
Acana This dog food is another meat based dry dog food using a good ratio of protein (38%), carbs (35%), and fats (19%) ratio. They are not as expensive as Orijen, and offer more variety with four different lines of dry dog food and no fillers.
Taste Of The Wild This healthy dog food focuses on beef and vegetable broth as they not only have high protein and amino acids, but that adds flavor and moisture to a dog food. In addition, they have beef liver and dried egg product making it easy to digest and high biological value. They also include potato starch, lamb, wild boar, peas, and chickpea flour, which gives good fiber in the diet. Their protein ratio is 44%, fat level of 17%, and carbs 31%.
Here are some expert opinions:
No Corn, No Wheat
“Corn — not appropriate for a carnivore. It is an incomplete protein, contains gluten, and is one of the more allergenic food substances, especially since pretty much all of it is GMO. Wheat — similar reasons as corn.”
Dr. Elisa Katz
“We feed high concentrations of crude protein and fat in dog diets in order that the complete diet fed to the dog is highly digestible. Carbohydrates are very important dietary constituents, but the amount added needs to be managed as they oftentimes will result in lower digestibility.”
University of Illinois, Department of Animal Sciences