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 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
6/27 by Aaron C

I highly recommend TOTW dog food. I have a senior chessie and have fed him TOTW for years. He seems to be getting better with age.
Don't give too much...

6/23 by Chris F.

Very much. Thank you!

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
6/24 by Lauren

My lab is experiencing the same problems. She first started shedding a lot more than usual, scratching and then vomiting. She had started to not eat as much in the...

6/24 by Lynn

My 14 month old puppy became extremely sick (vomiting) and has been on Natural Balance Puppy Formula with chicken, duck & brown rice canned food. He stopped eating and become...

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
4/1 by Meredith

I switched to Welllness Core about about a week ago. One of my dogs gobbled it up and the other didn't want to get near it. I had to mix...

3/6 by Kim

My daughters chihuahua is on Wellness Puppy. We got to bottom of the bag and there were lots of white specks on the food, plus it had a really bad...

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
6/28 by Michelle Kezele

I started feeding Orijen because Raw food was getting too costly and we were koving into a temporary apartment. Since the switch, my Bernese had a Paw infection from itching,...

6/27 by Bohicasis

I went from raw to orijen in the past 2 months. due to budget constraints i was having to revert back to kibble one wk per month.(samples of TOTW free...

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
6/25 by James Mc Grew

I feed my Irish Wolfhound BB and have for the last 4 years. This month I bought my regular 24 pound bag of the Wilderness High Protein-Grain Free Chicken. Iwe...

6/20 by Amber Reinholz

I switched my two cats to Blue a year ago and within months my one cat went into kidney failure and three months after that has had two UTI's. I...

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
6/16 by Pet Lover

i have been feeding my dog the Kirkland Lamb and Rice Adult dog food for about 4 months now. I switched from Nutro. She likes it, coat looks great (although...

4/27 by Jessica Castro

I am having the SAME issue with mine. He's been eating the Salmon/Sweet Potato for over a year now and this last bag seems to coincide with the incessant itching....

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
4/25 by Bearbetsey

A quick note, after having dogs for years, I have found out that issues with dog food, dogs getting gas, itching, loose stools etc. are 99.9% not the fault of...

3/19 by Sandee

I have acquired a Vizsla with IBS so I have been trying different dog foods that are easy to digest and for sensitive stomachs. I came across Canidae Pure and...

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
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.

3/24 by Lazy River

I can tell you right on here: Lamb and Rice, the one at Costco...but they also sell it at Freddy's. It's a dark teal bag with yellow lettering. Check the...

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
3/26 by Teresa Unger

I have puppies dying while feeding Diamond Naturals Small Breed puppy...we have ruled everything else out. Causing bacterial infection of intestine...not parvo, not coccidia, not giardia...the pups get terribly ill...

1/2 by Crystal

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

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
6/18 by M Iss Bass

I have been feeding Merrick Grain-Free to my dogs for over 5 years. I have 2 large breed rescues that are 7 and 8, 1 that is 5 and a...

5/31 by Lrvenero

Alex B., Thanks for your comments. I have a Lab-Pit mix with allergies. About a month ago, I started him on Acana-Wild Prairie. Just found out one of the ingredients...

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
6/1 by V M Kitchen

I have always fed Iams to my various dogs, throughout the years, with only good outcomes. In the last two years, my 10 yr old Australian Shephard started having urinary...

5/8 by Meadow20

My dogs have eaten iams for years with no problems. Of course sometimes they get sick, but its because they are not discriminating about what else they put in their...

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
6/23 by Billiejoemcallister

We have 2 Standard Schnauzers on Acana Pacifica, have never had any issues, used to use Eukanuba and Iams, both dogs we had before these 2 died of that awful...

4/27 by Linda

Which food are you switching him to. Thanks

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
4/19 by Joy

You can buy on Amazon.

4/6 by Darla

Some of the bad reviews on Halo,I've seen the same reviews on other dog foods on this Site,You know people get paid To give bad reviews From dog food companies.If...

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
5/14 by Janet

I had 4 beautiful poms and one rescued Jack Russell terrier but things changed this year as both Sasha and Sophie died from congenital birth defects which a dishonest breeder...

5/2 by Annette Colunio

We switched our GSD to 4Health in March. We were very careful to slowly add the new food (healthy weight) to her existing food until she was weaned totally on...

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
6/22 by Paul Hariu Powell

Wow, I was afraid of this. My 14 yr old Staffordshire Terrier has been eating the Solid Gold "Holistique Blendz" variety and also started on a slow decline after the...

5/20 by Rachel

I have been feeding my dog solid gold hund n flocken for 8 years. Have just started feeding her the "new" version (with new packaging). Since then, she has been...

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