10 Best Dog Food because All they need is love

All dog owners want the best for their pets and one of the most important decisions they can make is their choice of dog food. Whether you are a new dog owner or an experienced veteran, this decision can be rather daunting. With so many different brands out there, how can you best determine what is right for your dog?

This guide is here to make that process much simpler. This guide will teach you the difference between bad and good dog food, and help you make an informed decision on what will best benefit your dog.

Key Differences Between The Worst And Best (Healthiest) Dog Foods

  • The best dog food will exceed the minimum nutritional requirements – Whilst all commercially available dog food will reach the minimum required nutritional levels, the minimum is not enough to make your dog fully thrive.
  • Protein – According to Kate Barrington at Petsumer.com, the best dog food will have over 25% protein. This should be ideally from all animal sources, without using vegetable protein.
  • Fat – The best dog foods will have at least 10% fat content.
  • Enriched with Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids.
  • The first five ingredients on the label should not contain any fillers, by-products, or additives.

What Is the Best Dog Food Brand?

Top best dog food ratings and reviews

Are these the absolute best dog food brands for our pets, then?

There’s no such thing. The correct answer is, it depends.

Anybody (and I mean tons of other dog food ratings and reviews websites online) that tell you otherwise, are lying.

With so many variables to account for, it’s impossible to pick the absolute best dog food brands that would be the optimal choice for all dogs. Instead, you have to (a) consider your personal situation, (b) several dog food criteria, and (c) several organizational requirements.

Here’s the formula I recommend using (more on this below):

Personalize + Critical Assessment + Requirements = Best Dog Food

Best Dog Food in India 

Here are the best dog food reviews 2020:

1. Goodness – Salmon, Trout With Sweet Potato and Asparagus Grain Free Dog Food

This particular recipe is made for adult dogs. It is made of lean fish meat like trout and salmon. It has 50% meat and 26% protein which is ideal for an adult dog with moderate activity.

Salmon and trout add Omega 3 and Omega 6 to this meal, making it suitable for the skin, eyes, and brain development. Adult dogs are at the peak of their life.

They need food that helps them sustain their muscular health and bone density and the Salmon, Trout with Sweet Potato and Asparagus recipe provides them with the perfect amount of nutrition they need.

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✅ Reasons to Buy

  • Ideal for adult dogs with moderate activity and ideal weight range (if you have an overweight adult dog, you can try the Goodness weight control formula)
  • Suitable for all life stages
  • Multiple sources of meat
  • Completely grain free
  • 100% natural. No Additives at all.
  • Ideal for physical and mental growth
  • Good for the skin, eyes, and brains

🚫 Criticism

  • It has a moderate protein content which is ideal for dogs with average daily activity. Adult dogs performing high agility sports, require an extra amount of protein.

2. Orijen – Puppy Large

Orijen puppy large contains chicken, turkey, eggs, and salmon. Just like Goodness, it provides your growing puppy with a variety of meat ranges. The product is high in protein; hence, it is ideal for large energetic puppies.

Salmon caters to their developing minds. The product also contains zinc, which helps them build a healthy immune system and promotes smooth thyroxine secretions.

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✅ Reasons to Buy

  • Recipe contains all-natural ingredients
  • Ethically raised livestock
  • Includes Zinc supplements
  • High quality meats
  • Each batch is lab tested
  • Contains healthy amounts of natural vitamins & minerals

🚫 Criticism

  • Expensive
  • Not readily available
  • Protein percentage is very high. If your dog has kidney problems, consider switching to a low protein recipe.

3. Acana – Grass-Fed Lamb

PUPPY SMALL BREED FOR PUPPIES WEIGHING UP TO 9 KGS AT MATURITY To support their rapid physical development, small-breed puppies benefit from a diet rich in proteins and fats from a diversity of fresh, whole meats.

That’s why acana Puppy Small Breed is loaded with free-run chicken, wild-caught flounder, and cage-free eggs, delivered FRESH or RAW in Whole Prey ratios, so they’re brimming with goodness and taste. Free of grains or gluten, acana is rich in meat protein to promote your puppy’s peak development and conditioning. Made in our award-winning kitchen from Canada’s best and freshest ingredients, Biologically Appropriate acana is guaranteed to keep your puppy healthy, happy, and strong.

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Features :-

✅ Reasons to Buy

  • Specially made for pups of small breeds
  • Includes proteins from a variety of meat
  • Includes free run chicken, wild-caught flounder and locally sourced greens
  • Biologically appropriate with high proportion of meat protein
  • Freeze dried liver inclusions make it tastier

🚫 Criticism

  • Contains 50% meat, which is moderate
  • Expensive

4. Taste of the Wild – Sierra Mountain Canine Recipe

TheSierra Mountain Canine recipe is the only Taste of the Wild product that contains meat as its first, second, fourth and eleventh ingredient. It uses more than one animal product and has relatively low protein, so it’s ideal for older dogs or those with kidney problems. 

This recipe is naturally enriched with vitamins and minerals and does not have added synthetic preservatives.

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Features :-

✅ Reasons to Buy

  • Has a higher meat content and moderate protein percentage
  • Ideal for senior dogs or those with kidney problems
  • Contains natural flavours and preservatives
  • Completely grain free
  • Multiple meat sources

🚫 Criticism

  • Expensive 
  • Not readily available in India
  • Does not provide us with clear labels, so it’s hard to count the percentage of individual ingredients

5. N&D – Cod, Pumpkin & Orange Adult Mini

The Cod Pumpkin and Orange Adult Mini is the only Farmina N&D recipe that clearly labels the names and amount of meat present. 50% of this recipe is meat, which is good. 

The first five ingredients of this product are fresh codfish, dried codfish, pea starch, fish oil (from herring), dried pumpkin, and pea fibre. All these ingredients are safe and natural for your dog.

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Features :-

✅ Reasons to Buy

  • Majority of the ingredients are healthy
  • It is made with codfish which is rich in vitamins and minerals

🚫 Criticism

  • Expensive and not readily available in India – while cheaper N&D recipes are available in India
  • Contains preservatives like yeast extract and dried brewer’s yeast. 
  • The recipe also contains salt hidden in the labels as ‘sodium chloride.’

6. Wag & Love

Wag & Love does not have many recipes to choose from – of the three varieties, the recipe Puppy Bloom is perhaps their best recipe. It contains 55% meat of which 20% is fresh deboned chicken.

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✅ Reasons to Buy

  • 55% of the product is meat
  • Does not indicate any artificial colours and flavours
  • Readily available

🚫 Criticism

  • It’s very expensive
  • Does not contain a v

7. Arden Grange – Adult

They contain a large proportion of high-grade meat (both fresh and grade ‘A’ meal) . It contain a large proportion of high-grade meat.

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✅ Reasons to Buy

  • Contains a healthy meat source as their primary ingredient
  • Contains moderate amount of meat

🚫 Criticism

  • Contains a high amount of grains like rice
  • Not readily available in India
  • High in gluten
  • Does not mention ingredients and percentages on website

8. Hill’s Science Diet – Puppy Healthy Development

If we were to pick one recipe from Hill’s and Science diet, it would be the Puppy Healthy Development Recipe.

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Features :-

✅ Reasons to Buy

  • Primary ingredient is a named meat – ‘chicken meal.’
  • Moderately priced

🚫 Criticism

  • Poor labelling – does not tell us the percentage of ingredients
  • Does not disclose the part of the meat used in the recipe
  • Contains artificial flavours (like chicken liver flavour) and different types of salt
  • Wheat, corn, and gluten are the primary ingredients in this recipe. 

9. Fidele Starter Puppy (All Breeds)

Fidele starter puppy breeds are most crucial stages in a dog’s life is the first few formative months as a puppy, fidèle puppy starter food is a complete and balanced dry food for puppies up to two months of age, fidèle’s starter puppy formula is specifically designed to meet the special nutritional needs of growing puppies as well as those of pregnant or nursing adult dogs

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✅ Reasons to Buy

  • Proper protein to energy ratio with calcium, phosphorous and magnesium.
  • DHA’s primary source is from the milk of the mother.
  • Fidele food ensures your puppy gets its regularsupply of this essential element even after the lactating stage.
  • Essential Vitamins and Minerals improve cellularhealth and help develop a robust immune system and resistance to diseases.
  • Prebiotics and Probiotics added during the processhelp promote a healthy intestinal tract and overall digestive health.

🚫 Criticism

  • Includes a lot of grains and flour which is not healthy for your dog
  • Contains artificial preservatives
  • Contains 26% protein which is relatively low for a puppy

10. Royal Canin – Small Weight Care Dry Dog Food

TheSmall Weight Care Dry Dog Food Recipe is the only Royal Canin product that does not use a by-product as the first ingredient. The first ingredient in this recipe is ‘chicken meal,’ which isn’t the best first ingredient, but it’s the best among all other Royal Canin recipes.

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✅ Reasons to Buy

  • It is readily available 
  • Contains added omega fatty acids
  • The first ingredient is a named meat

🚫 Criticism

  • The first meat choice could be better
  • Contains corn gluten which is unhealthy for dogs
  • Contains a high amount of carbohydrates and starch
  • Contains salt and other artificial preservatives

Different Types Of Dog Food In 2020

Dry:

  • Cheapest and most popular
  • Usually comes in the form of kibble
  • Good for teeth
  • Requires water with the meal
  • Easy to store
  • Fussy dogs might find flavor and lack of aroma unappealing

Canned (Wet):

  • Good for picky dogs
  • A bit more expensive than kibble
  • More hydrating than dry
  • Easier to digest

Freeze-Dried:

  • Tend to be higher cost than kibble
  • Focus on raw/lightly processed ingredients
  • Stores longer than kibble
  • Requires re-hydration

Dehydrated:

  • A type of dry dog food
  • Not cooked at a high temperature to lock in nutrients
  • May need to be combined with warm water
  • Easy storage
  • Comparable in price with dry kibble

Frozen:

  • Raw food diet
  • Can be pricey
  • Very high in protein and fat
  • Might be prone to bacteria
  • Difficult to store

Human Grade:

  • New to the dog food market
  • Deliverable to your house
  • Designed specifically for your individual dog
  • “Homemade”
  • Guaranteed nutritional quality
  • Much more expensive than other options

Conclusion

We hope this article helps you pick the best dog food. We want to add that with dry dog food; you should provide your pet with clean water 24 hours a day. Dry food only contains 10% moisture and does not give them all the moisture they need. 

A clean supply of water and premium quality dog food is all they need for an optimum lifestyle.

We provided you with as many resources possible to help you make your own decision. Do let us know what your favorite dog food is and why. 

Happy shopping. All the best!

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