Dog Food Reviews 2016

Best Dog Food

Of course it's not that simple to compare and rate the myriad of dog food available. But if we were to call it out in terms of ingredients alone, these brands come out the strongest. Finding the best food for your dog, however, involves a little bit more. Now drumroll please...

Taste of the Wild Dog Food Review
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Taste of the Wild Dog Food uses a unique but common sense approach to dog food; that is using natural lean meats and vegetables that a dog would eat as if it were in the …

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Customer Reviews
1/27 by Stefani

Hi Chris, could you share your TOTW bag's code? and which formula did you use? I just bought full size of totw buffalo for puppy today, and somehow I became...

1/13 by Bren La F

Chris F. I have no affiliation with the company other than that I have used their food for 2 yrs as I previously stated. The reason I have not posted...

Taste of the Wild Dog Food Review
Natural Balance Dog Food Review
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Natural Balance Dog Food is one of the rare dog foods that is loved by both pet owners and by the veterinarian. Both the dry and canned foods are primarily meat-based, meaning that neither product …

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Customer Reviews
1/18 by Sandi

We have two adult German shepherds who have been eating NB Sweet Potato and Venison for two years to supplement what my husband cooks for them. We have been pleased...

11/26 by Tina Costanzo Bullock

How long has it/did it last? I gave my girls a sliver of a roll as a treat last Thursday, and one of them has had loose stool/diarrhea since Friday....

Natural Balance Dog Food Review
Wellness Dog Food Review
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Wellness Dog Food is an incredibly well rated, albeit expensive, dog food. It uses top of the line ingredients and presents relatively few food allergy issues, creating a food that dogs will love and in …

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Customer Reviews
9/1 by C B

My boxer/german shepherd rescue has been on wellness her whole life, first wellness puppy, now wellness core. My vet says she's very healthy. She has a ton of energy and...

7/15 by Think About It

That's odd, as I spoke to customer service in Oct 2013, and she said they do source at least their Taurine and VitC from China.

Wellness Dog Food Review
Orijen Dog Food Review
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Orijen Dog Food receives the highest rating for ingredient quality and nutritional value, with a conspicuous lack of controversial or low nutrition ingredients. Its top five listed ingredients include all meats or meals, fish or …

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Customer Reviews
2/2 by William Prince

stop the chesse, its actually bad for dogs.

1/11 by Logan Ingle

I feed Orijen Puppy Large to my 6-month old Siberian Husky and am extremely pleased. She has had no issue with growing tired of the food and experiences no digestive...

Orijen Dog Food Review
Blue Buffalo Dog Food Review
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Blue Buffalo Dog Food makes a quality dog food using natural ingredients in their food plus “Life Source Bits” – these are kibble bits that contain active nutrients and antioxidants that are “cold formed” to …

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Customer Reviews
1/29 by Jgs350

Amie, I'm so sorry for your tragic loss! Can you please tell me which BB formula this was? My 5yr old Chihuahua just "suddenly" developed a heart murmur, grade 2,...

1/28 by Tfrattar

for large breed dogs it often causes diarrhea because of its high protein content

Blue Buffalo Dog Food Review
Kirkland Dog Food Review
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Kirkland is Costco’s signature brand of dog food. This is a shame because you cannot buy this excellent product anywhere else. Kirkland Dog Food receives a high grade for its quality ingredients at a price …

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Customer Reviews
12/8 by Emily

The same thing happened to my dog! Fed him Kirkland for years.... We didn't make the connection in time - saddest day of my life :(
Now I'm finding that the...

12/8 by Emily

I've lost all confidence in Costco pet food! Who knew that it was Diamond pet feed manufacturing??

Kirkland Dog Food Review
Canidae Dog Food Review
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The formula for Canidae dog food overall is above average or good compared to similar brands. The three highest ingredients listed are all meat or poultry meals, a concentration with all water removed that contains …

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Customer Reviews
8/15 by April King

Just poured a new bag of Canidae into my dogs food container and scooped her a helping. That's when I noticed the maggots. I was hoping to switch from Blue...

8/7 by Jenny Mejia

I just switched my dog from Blue Buffalo Freedom Puppy formula to Canidae Fields Small Breed. I had heard the bad reviews with BB for the adult formulas so I...

Canidae Dog Food Review
Newman
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We highly recommend Newman’s Own Organic Dog Food. A quick look at the ingredients for both the dry and canned versions shows organic chicken meat, chicken meal and chicken fat for protein. The company only …

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Customer Reviews
4/15 by Susiecuez

Where is this food actually manufactured? Who owns the manufacturing company?

12/20 by Daisy

Does Newman's have a low sodium dog food. I have a King Charles with congestive heart failure.

Newman's Own Dog Food Review
Dr. Tims Dog Food Review
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We give Dr. Tim’s Dog Food a high rating for its high levels of protein, healthy fats, and nutritious supplements. Dr. Tim makes three different formulas: Momentum, Pursuit, and Kinesis. The Momentum and Pursuit formulas …

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Customer Reviews
2/11 by Kimmerz

I feed Dr Tims all life stages to my toy poodles and chihuahuas. All under 6 lbs. Kibble pieces are small. Excellent food!

2/3 by Joann Harrison Nawaz

What size are the pieces ? I have dogs under 20lbs and looking for All life stages, thank you

Dr. Tims Dog Food Review
EVO Dog Food Review
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Evo Dog Food is in our list of top dog food brands. Natura Pet Products produces EVO food, using high-quality ingredients like fresh meats, fish, vegetables, and fruits. Their philosophy is to mimic the diet …

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Customer Reviews
2/3 by Georgie Porgie

We do not buy any products made or owned by Procter & Gamble. They perform experiments on animals, so why would in the world I purchase a food product for...

12/24 by Nikki

My dogs loved the red meat formula for the past 7 years. After the recall, they have been vomiting and diarrhea. no longer purchasing this product. Not sure what happened...

EVO Dog Food Review

Popular Dog Food

Beneful Dog Food Review
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The company offers two products lines, which are kibble and canned. There are six selections in their dry food category and eight formulas in the wet food section. Out of the six kibbles, only four …

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Customer Reviews
12/5 by Fred John Lozen

While I consider these opinions of value, I would not take them as gospel either. First off the "good guide" to pet products rates both the Beneficial original and the...

4/28 by Jllich

My 14 year old yellow lab, lived a long and healthy life. He eventually died of old age. He also ate Beneful everyday of his life.

Beneful Dog Food Review
Diamond Dog Food Review
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Diamond Dog Food gets an average rating for its great canned food, but slightly below average dry food. The company prides itself on producing healthy dog food at reasonable prices, and this is definitely true …

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Customer Reviews
1/6 by Dana

I\u2019d like to comment on Dusty\u2019s post talking about whether Diamond food is killing dogs like some say and/or dogs are sick/dying from other reasons.
My dog, Sister, got sick about...

1/4 by Dusty M

I pride myself on being able to admit that I was wrong, and I'm doing that right now by admitting that I was wrong about Diamond Dog food and the...

Diamond Dog Food Review
Merrick Dog Food Review
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In our opinion, Merrick Dog Food is a high quality food that provides dogs with above average levels of protein. The company uses a wide range of meats in their formulas including buffalo, venison, salmon …

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Customer Reviews
11/27 by Not A Fan

Will never feed my dog Merrick. Found a worm in one of their canned food. Merrick was not very helpful when I told them. Noticed since I switched her to...

9/13 by Julie

Was contemplating this brand and found out they were bought out by Purina in July 2015. Thank you everyone for the informative reviews. I am not comfortable with Purina buying...

Merrick Dog Food Review
Science Diet Dog Food Review
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While some owners have expressed satisfaction with Science Diet dog food, the brand has recently come under fire for exaggerated claims and questions about the quality of its ingredients. Hills Science Diet, the company that …

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Customer Reviews
4/8 by E Ludwig

I recently switched from the blue dog food to science diet to save money. My husky/retriever mix has experienced terrible allergic reactions. His face swelled, hot spots on his skin,...

1/30 by Adam Brooks

Great informative discussion :)

Science Diet Dog Food Review
Iams Dog Food Review
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The IAMS pet food company was established in order to provide the finest quality pet foods. They are well-known for their marketing campaigns and in-store displays which feature trustworthy looking pet doctors. As far as …

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Customer Reviews
1/24 by Ruth Rogers Knox

Why don't you just fill your mouth with it instead of words. The rest of the world would be grateful.

1/20 by Harper

I don't know why you would feed your animals that nasty food. Big shocker some of your pets got sick.

Iams Dog Food Review

Latest Dog Food Reviews

Acana Dog Food Review
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Acana Dog Food gets an extremely high rating from us for its fresh, natural ingredients that are sourced locally in Canada. The Government of Canada has certified this food as having met every single international …

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Customer Reviews
9/6 by Jacque Hagedorn

I have used Acana on my two Jack Russels for years , no problems , but reading all the above comments scare me. I Live in the U.S. , where...

9/6 by Jacque Hagedorn

This above comment sounds identical to a comment towards Pedigree Dog food , same exact complaint, Pedigrees excuse was ridiculous , but I just went through my dog's bags of...

Acana Dog Food Review
Halo Dog Food Review
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For the truly natural dog, there really is no better choice than Halo Dog Food. For this reason, we have given Halo products our top rating. They offer a range of products that address your …

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Customer Reviews
12/28 by Sidney

I bought Halo cat and dog food for our 3 cats and 3 dogs. I was so happy when they immediately liked it. I integrated Halo with their current Hills...

4/19 by Joy

You can buy on Amazon.

Halo Dog Food Review
Innova Dog Food Review
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Innova Dog Food is one of the better products on the market in terms of variety and in terms of protein content. We have given Innova one of our very top ratings as a reflection …

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Customer Reviews
1/27 by Meagen

Did you switch it over correctly? Little by little adding to the old food. If not that's why they got sick

7/14 by Dog Owner

I switched both of my dogs to Innova a week ago and both ended up with bad diarrhea, one on Tuesday and one on Friday. I think the food is...

Innova Dog Food Review
4Health Dog Food Review
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This highly nutritious dog food receives an above average rating from us for its good quality, healthy dry and canned dog foods that meet the AAFCO nutrient profiles for adult dogs and puppies. The company …

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Customer Reviews
1/13 by Daniel Gunther

I like Earthborn myself, I feed 3 cups less a day in comparison to 4health's grain free. Saves more money long term and it is a protein high food. Has...

1/7 by Jennifer

I switched from Diamond chicken and rice to the Duck and Potato 4Health 8 months ago and what a huge difference it has made in my Labradors! My 9 year...

4Health Dog Food Review
Solid Gold Dog Food Review
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Solid Gold claims to make holistic and natural dog food, and after a good look at their ingredient lists we concur. The main ingredient in most of their blends is animal meat. Chicken meal, lamb, ...

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Customer Reviews
8/3 by Jill Brown

I just put my border collie to sleep with the angels yesterday. She was 17 1/2 years old. She only started to look old this last year. I am telling...

8/2 by Sandra

WOW!!!!! l have been feeding my lab the Wolf King for 9 years. Switched 2 months ago to the less active right about the same time of the rebranding. Bouts...

Solid Gold Dog Food Review

Business / Industry

Dog Food's Finest Hour

Dogs in the United States today are at their peak of being cared for, pampered, and well-fed.

In the bone-chilling predawn of a New England winter, they're there. Along the wind-swept plains of the Midwest, they're there. The fit and the flexible, the tanned and the trim can be seen with theirs, running along beaches and through lush mountainside parks in the West. Dogs seem to be everywhere these days, welcome in more and more places such as chic restaurants and destination hotels and resorts. Traditionally as welcome as fleas, dogs have become such a part of the family that vacations just aren't complete without the family pet - and businesses are cluing into this phenomenon.

...dogs have become such a part of the family that vacations just aren't complete without the family pet - and businesses are cluing into this phenomenon

In 2010 there were approximately 72.5 million dogs owned by over 42,000,000 households.1 Additionally, just a whisker under half of those households consider their dog or dogs to be a part of the family. With numbers like these it should come as no surprise that industry and aligned services have perked up their ears and realized that revenues are waiting to be tapped.

You can pamper your dog at salons, spas, and day-long vacations at various locations across the country. Dog walkers charge from $15 and up, and even the swankiest, toniest hotels in trendsetting spots up and down the coasts and around the world will make way for your dog, at often eyebrow-raising fees. Heading to South Beach? Bring your pal along, but it will cost between $50-150. Las Vegas can go up to $200, with Los Angeles and New York close behind. Most hotels have weight restrictions (from 50-75 pounds), but you can be sure your dog will be treated well while he's in residence.

... dry dog food shot up from $5.3 billion dollars in 2003, to $8 billion in 2010 - that's a 50% increase in seven years

Perhaps the most important thing you'll spend money on for your dog is his food. People are spending more these days, not just in the natural course or rising prices, but in the per package price they're willing to pay. According to the Euromonitor International,2 a leading strategic research company specializing in consumer markets, net sales of dry dog food shot up from $5.3 billion dollars in 2003, to $8 billion in 2010 - that's a 50% increase in seven years. The sale of wet dog food, often used as an additive or a special treat for dogs, rose by a comparatively modest $100 million in the same period. Dog treats, not incidentally, saw revenues pass the $2 billion mark in 2010, an enormous sum to pay to coo good girl.

Additionally, the market looks to be on the rise, with little to stop the increase in sales or to lessen demand. Euromonitor International sees the market for dry dog food increasing by 4% in 2011 alone (that's roughly another $80 million). This is fueled by a slight rebound in consumer confidence in 2010 that will see a subsequent increase in the number of dogs owned in the United States. What is interesting is the corollary between the increase in disposable income retained by the consumer as unemployment rates ease, and the willingness to spend that readily on higher quality pet food. Perhaps we will want to reward our dogs for standing by us when times were tough. Whatever the reason, we can feel confident that dogs in the United States today are at their peak of being cared for, pampered, and well-fed.

Joseph Logue, Contributor

References

1Households statistic: http://www.census.gov/prod/1/pop/p25-1129.pdf. Dogs-owned formula supplied by the American Veterinary Medical Association: http://www.avma.org/reference/marketstats/ownership.asp#formulas

2Euromonitor National - Dog Food in the US 2011 - http://www.euromonitor.com/dog-food-in-the-us/report