I’m of the opinion that we all come to decide on the best dog food for us (and our dog) in our own way… over time.
There is no ONE single best way, just like there is no ONE single best dog food brand.
The point: we are all at different places in our search to find the best dog food brand for our beloved pets.
Wherever you are in your journey, I hope that the following information will be helpful. Because even well-respected veterinarians change their minds over time, as they experiment and learn new information.
For the record, I don’t believe that there is only one best dog food brand that you should be feeding your dog.
That said – to each his own. If you happen to believe that strongly about one particular brand or type of dog food, then I applaud you for being at peace with something that works… for you. Whatever you choose to do — as long as it’s not harmful to your dog and you’re not belittling to those who don’t do what you do — then more power to you!
However, if you are at that point in the journey where you are still searching for the right dog food… just keep in mind that much of what you read online contains a multitude of opinions — and even rants — from dog owners who feel very passionately about their dog food choices.
What it really comes down to is the list of ingredients in the dog food and the order of those ingredients on the dog food label.
Good to know: Any ingredient that appears after Salt on the label is only included in a minuscule amount. So keep that in mind!
I strongly encourage you to do a little research yourself and become familiar with the dog food ingredients list on your favorite brands of dog food. Then, make an informed decision that you feel comfortable with, based on what you believe is the best dog food brand for your dog.
Hopefully, these resources will assist you…
First, some things you should be aware of with regard to pet food labeling:
Vet Tip of the Day: Spend oodles on “human grade” food for your pets? Know that it only means human-style sanitary, not human-style healthy.
—Patty Khuly, Veterinarian
Here’s what you need to know about ingredients in dog foods:
Imagine that a German Shepherd puppy begins eating a wheat, barley, corn, or soy-based diet from the moment it is weaned. If inadequate levels of calcium and vitamin C are absorbed, what are the chances that its hips, elbows, spine, and other cartilaginous structures are going to form properly? I would say “Not good”. Most people familiar with dogs know that this breed has a reputation for horrible hip dysplasia. But, they also have serious allergies and other immune-related disorders. This, of course, is no coincidence. Once it is understood that the allergies form in the area of the gut that is being damaged or coated by the ‘glue’, it is easy to see why the trouble breeds like the German Shepherd, Cocker Spaniel, Shih Tzu, and others have their ‘genetic’ tendencies such as allergic skin and ear problems, orthopedic abnormalities, intervertebral disc ruptures, and cancers.
—John B. Symes, Veterinarian
Here are some helpful dog food comparison charts and reviews:
When shopping for dog treats, look for a short list of ingredients. Also, stay away from corn, wheat, and soy – potential dog allergens.
—Patty Khuly, Veterinarian
Finally, here are some great tips for choosing the best dog food brand that you can afford.
Here’s what I suggest to my clients: Look at the dog food labels. In the GUARANTEED ANALYSIS look for the Protein content to be at least 30%, the Fat to be at least 18%, preservatives to be via Vitamin E and/or C, and look for Omega Fatty Acid to be present.
—TJ Dunn Jr, Veterinarian
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