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Dog Food Reviews 2015

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 ReviewNatural Balance Dog Food ReviewWellness Dog Food ReviewOrijen Dog Food ReviewBlue Buffalo 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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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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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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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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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 Raven'S Mom

My 11 month old pup has been eating TOTW puppy vinison/bison for almost a year and I've never had a problem with it. Do you folks know where the plant...

1/29 by Raven'S Mom

My mini schnauzer has been eating TOTW puppy venison/bison for almost 8 months and had never had a problem. I've purchased several bags, 1 online and the others at PetSupplies...

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1/30 by Adelaide

My Yorkshire is getting lot of sore and is scratching I am give him potato&education. I don't know if the food is the problem

12/19 by Nina

I noticed a change too. I have been feeding my standard poodle sweet potato and venisen that was recommended by a shop owner due to my dogs odd skin and...

Customer Reviews

12/8 by May

I switched my organic dog food to Wellness and my dogs are very active and very happy. My little one was always vomiting and having bad tummy problems with the...

8/24 by Kim

Does wellness get any ingredients or do any processing from China?

Customer Reviews

1/19 by Gary

My 23 month old lab has been eating Orijen past 9 months. This followed months of health issues - allergy symptoms, loose stools, hot spots, etc.
After much work with...

12/9 by Greg

Hills Science Diet is one of the WORST foods on the market. In reading the ingredient label that is clear to see. Vets get this food just as breeders get...

Customer Reviews

1/17 by Mama D

I have fed my dog Blue Buffalo Chicken and Brown Rice for several years now with no problems. She has food allergies, and this is one food I have found...

1/1 by Kmd

It is made in Akron Michigan and they put paper in their dog food, I had someone tell me they don't mind that there is paper in it???? I grew...

Dog Food Reviews by Brand
Kirkland Dog Food ReviewCanidae Dog Food ReviewNewmanDr. Tims Dog Food ReviewEVO 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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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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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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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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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

1/28 by Elva S

Our two year old Chesapeake thrived on ND dog food for about a year - in October he developed a rash on his tummy, his stools became more frequent and...

1/26 by Dal Tx Jim

Interesting comment. Our Costco (Dallas, TX) just enlarged their pet food section and has full stock of dry kibble & ND + canned ND & Kirkland. 1-26-15

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8/28 by Rachel

I've bought ALS for several years. This last bag... I don't know what's happened to the formula, although Canidae rep's assure me nothing has changed, and they haven't gotten any...

4/12 by Gk

I have been feeding ALS for years and highly recommend it to all my puppy buyers.
I show and breed Austrailian Shepherds,

But when I had a problem with a new puppy...

Customer Reviews

12/20 by Daisy

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

4/19 by Idell Miller

We are getting a new Chihuahua puppy . Do you have a kibble dry food for him? I want to make sure he gets fed correctly, right away. We get...

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1/31 by Violet

Chewy.com carries it and ships right to the door.

10/20 by John Hufnagel

Just finished a 5 pound bag of Kinesis as a trial for my 2 Goldens. They love it and show no digestive upset or sensitivity. Nice, firm, smaller stools and...

Customer Reviews

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...

7/4 by Ross

Hi ,, My dog has been doing the same thing. Vomiting early am. What food did you switch to. The Vet has no answer

Dog Food Reviews by Brand

Popular Dog Food

Beneful Dog Food ReviewDiamond Dog Food ReviewMerrick Dog Food ReviewScience Diet Dog Food ReviewIams 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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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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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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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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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

10/25 by Pommymommy

My 3 pound Pomeranian started pooping blood. Diarrhea blood right after I fed her this crap. We ran out of our regular dog food and had beneful in our pantry....

10/15 by Locko8

As many of you already know there seems to be a lot of suspicion around Beneful dog food related to dogs becoming ill. My example (unfortunately) is just another one...

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1/2 by Crystal

We have been feeding lamb and rice for 4 years and recently they developed itch, rubbing butt and licking..

11/27 by Sara

Can you tell me what you switched to? My dogs are doing the same thing.

Customer Reviews

1/30 by Diane

My dog had started having stomach problems after we were switching her food over to a new dog food (Merrick grain free brand). We started switching her in November and...

1/24 by Alex B.

One thing that people need to keep in mind is that not all dogs are compatible with different proteins, and sometimes the "best of the best" isn't the best fit...

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1/30 by Adam Brooks

Great informative discussion :)

5/23 by Phil

I fed my Bullmastiff Science Diet Dry dog food. This food caused horrible skin lesions, hair loss, bladder crystals and finally bladder cancer which killed him. My second Bullmastiff was...

Customer Reviews

9/28 by Cristina

My little 5-1/2 old puppy eats real good. I had bought her a bag of Iams puppy food sometime in early August and she was fine eating it but I...

9/27 by Sandy P

I also give my dog IAMs and he's 6 yrs old. He is also very hyper just after eating his food! He is also panting and drives me crazy wanted...

Dog Food Reviews by Brand

Latest Dog Food Reviews

Acana Dog Food ReviewHalo Dog Food ReviewInnova Dog Food Review4Health Dog Food ReviewSolid Gold 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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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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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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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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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

1/12 by Lynn

That's funny because I have been asking the staff and manager at the local Pet Valu about Acana and Orijen over the last several months and have been told that...

9/18 by Jj

My two dogs just had the same thing happen after opening a new bag of the duck and pear from acana. they started vomiting with the new bag right away....

Customer Reviews

1/17 by Ruby

Our dog had same problem last week. She vomited blood twice and had diarrhea a few days. I switched to rice and chicken mix made by me and now she...

1/13 by Allison Jones

I first bought Halo for my pets when my Chihuhua kept having seizures and we couldn't relate it to anything. His seizures stopped once on Halo and he never had...

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...

Customer Reviews

1/31 by Rachelle White

yes it is on the recall list; we use this brand and were rethinking our decicion http://www.foodsafetynews.com/...

1/4 by Deborah Smith

I was wondering if people that use Taste of the wild know it also is made by Diamond along with many more of the premium foods. Mine so far are...

Customer Reviews

5/20 by Lisa Currey

My Yorkie has been on Solid Gold for about ten years now and she loves it. My cat is also on it for the same amount of time and she...

3/25 by Big Boy

We rescue Golden Retrievers and due to allergies in 2 of our permanent fosters, we were forced to switch the main source of protien from chicken to Lamb and Rice...

Dog Food Reviews by Brand

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