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Dog Food Reviews 2014

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

4/18 by Pat

do you have any food that is chicken free and egg free. dog is allergic.

4/16 by Ken H

If your dog's having allergies that are that bad, eliminate plastics, like the food bowl and toys, and try nu vet vitamins, they work well. During pollen seasons I've had...

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3/25 by Big Boy

Two Words: SOLID GOLD. After switching to Natural Balance LID for allergies, we noticed significant weight gain along with other issues. Now feeding Solid Gold 'Hund-n-Flocken" (lamb and rice) recipe,...

3/2 by Beth Flaherty

November 2013 had to put 6 year old dog down. Noticed he began being sick over the summer. Very lethargic, fever, vomiting, belching. The doctors never came to any conclusion...

Customer Reviews

4/1 by Heywally

Our dog has been cruising along very well on the Wellness canned chicken/sweet potato foor for about a year now, as evidenced by his very healthy poop cycle. But, the...

3/31 by Cam

Just talked with customer service from Wellness and was informed that two years ago they pulled any processing from China to new suppliers. They now do not have any ingredients...

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4/13 by Elaine

hi, loved reading all you wrote about Orijen, I have a very small Maltese I have been feeding her Orijen since I got her she is now one year old...

4/6 by Griffin

After tons of research on the internet if found that Orijen would be the best choice in terms of availability, costs, and of course most of all health reviews. So...

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4/18 by Judy

Beware of canned Blue Buffalo Freedom Small Breed. Large, sharp bone fragments made our dog extremely ill. If we hadn't figured it out, he might not have survived. About 1...

4/16 by Jason

My senior border collie mix dog had recurring diarrhea until I switched him the Blue Buffalo Wilderness Senior blend. After I started feeding him Blue Buffalo, his diarrhea went away....

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

4/12 by Evd

WE USED THE PURINA PUPPY PRO FOOD BECAUSE THAT WAS WHAT THE BREEDER WAS USING WHEN WE BROUGHT OUR BRITTANY HOME. THEN DID SOME READING AND WE FOOD THAT THE...

3/30 by Kim

We have 1 Mastiff and 3 Labradoodles. Been feeding Kirkland lamb and rice for about 6 months it was recommended to help with shedding in the Mastiff, it HAS helped...

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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...

2/9 by Kim

I moved to this food because it was high in protein and low in preservatives and additives. I had great success until the last three bags. My german shepard is...

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5/12 by Anca S

My best bud Jax (a rescue APBT) came to me when he was 3. He had been fed Beneful & Alpo for years and had major tummy issues. I not...

7/13 by Maralevine

Newman's Own is an excellent dog food. The main reason that it did not get 5 stars is because it contains the ingredient soybean meal. Soybean meal is not as...

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1/22 by Angie

I was researching a new dog food for our next puppy (Lab) who is currently on Purina Pro Plan which is rated very low. We will be getting him around...

12/6 by Kayla

I haven't herd of the food. I'm looking for a good food to put my dogs on and this one has really good ratings. I have a picky 12 yr...

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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

4/17 by Sunshine

FYI-- Purina makes beneful too! you are still feeding your dogs poison! i just found out too. :(

4/16 by Guelsy Torres

Bought Beneful puppy dry food yesterday and fed it twice to my 8 month old AMerican Bulldog puppy . She didn't eat it the first time I fed it to...

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10/8 by Joe

Well said! My last two Boxers lived on Diamond until they died of old age (both were 12+). Diamond is a middle of the road brand as far as quality...

5/18 by Maralevine

I think that the safest thing for you to do is to contact Diamond directly: http://www.diamondpet.com/contact_us/. They will have the definitive answer for you.

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4/6 by Frank

This is for the Whole Earth Farms adult dry dog food. They recently changed the formula, and it did not sit well with our boston terriers. More gas and both...

4/6 by Lora

Our dog is on buffalo. She has been on it for a while. Opened new bag dog has got sick. Been cooking chicke MN and rice and got better. Feed...

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4/11 by Sandy Alexander

I was feeding science diet fit.The last bag I purchased gave him gas with belly grows and diarrhea.took him to vet and as soon as I put him back on...

3/9 by Veronica Hambric

My dogs hair is falling out and her skin is peeling after feeding her science diet adult light.

Customer Reviews

4/17 by Linda

We started feeding our dog IAMS with Lamb and Rice for his allergies in January. He liked the food and his skin looked much better. I bought two new bags,...

3/12 by Maralevine

Please contact Iams directly. The phone number is 1-800-675-3849.

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

3/10 by Nathan

The shortage of food was due to a fire in one of their ovens, which cut their production in half for a few months time until the new oven was...

2/9 by Tom

As a customer I regard business as business. I'm not concerned about Champions impact on independent retailers as in your review.

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4/4 by Cindy

Today, we could not find any size bag of Halo Dog Food. I have it on Auto Del each month, but my dog ate more than usual. We used to...

3/22 by Bernie

What vitamins and supplements are made outside the US and where exactly do they come from? I lost a magnificent collie and friend to tainted foods from China. Never again...

Customer Reviews

9/27 by Bearsowner

Natural Balance has recently been bought by Del Monte Foods Inc.

7/24 by Donna

Both my dogs, 6-year-old Longhaired Chihuahua and 5-year-old Papillon, have been on Innova since I got them each as a puppy. I love the food, and they have done very...

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4/11 by Sara

I have 10 cats in my house (rescues that wouldn't leave. Half of them were fat and lazy and half about half-starved appearing. I changed to 4Health after reading the...

4/10 by Bobby

Diamond makes it for TSC, it is manufactured at their various plants in the US.

Customer Reviews

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...

1/26 by Wendy

We have been feeding our 16 month old Bernese Mountain Dog Solid Gold Wolf King for around 6 months.Prior to that, Wolf Cub. He loves the food, has a beautiful...

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