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
9/19 by C R F

I have a 5 yr old squirrel dog, I've been feeding him TOTW his adult life. He loves the food and I have not had any problems with this feed....

8/19 by Claudia Miau

lol you've taken the words out of my mouth.
3 dogs myself, impossible. Tried that for half year and impossible.

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
9/17 by Pp

Well this is kinda late, but my guess is that something in the dog food she is allergic to or something like that. With the huge amount of dog food...

6/26 by Julie

My 3 month golden retriever has been on Natural balance puppy food since 5 weeks old, now for some reason it's causing very loose stool/runs. I had him on hamburger...

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
6/22 by Raven Bassett

Wellness core grain free has no rice , but has salmon oil., is that also bad? I switched her to wellness core because big recall and bad reviews on blue...

6/2 by Victoria

sorry they will not let me post been banned

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
6/13 by Angela

I started feeding my 11 year old cocker spaniel Orijen Adult. He developed a GI problem with loose stools and difficulty pooping. Told the vet I recently switched foods; he...

4/24 by Ch2856

Don't forget that on Orijen it's usually 100 grams less per daily consumption so the difference in protein is not that high as one might think.

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
9/6 by Jackie Turnquist

My 2 GSP's have been eating BB for at least 7 of their 8.5 years with no problems. One or the other of them will occasionally have episodes of terrible...

8/27 by A Pit Mom

BB Freedom Puppy, my two girls ( 6 mo old) only get that and canned BB for puppies and they are doing great, energetic and happy. I think it all...

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
7/22 by Brandon Trevellyan

Has anyone's dog been diagnosed with a brain tumor from eating Natures domain beef meal?

6/9 by John Handy

I fed all 3 of my dogs the Beef or the Turkey Signature brand and have never had a problem . They have been eating it for about 2 years...

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
5/9 by Skeptical Spectacle

Killed our Jack Russell after eating this Crap only three weeks. Our older, larger mixed breed dog regained energy when we stopped feeding her it, although she now hastumors are...

4/25 by Alli C

I would never recommend this product. If you are thinking of feeding this to your animal you are making a mistake! I have so much guilt that I fed this...

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
7/10 by Demo Dude

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Merrick Pet Care announced today it has signed an agreement for Nestl\u00e9
Purina PetCare Company to purchase the company from its private equity
owner, Swander Pace Capital. Terms...

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
5/5 by Lori S.

Of course vets recommend Science Diet brand dog food, keeps the sick dogs coming in.
Pets fed a non pet food based diet just don't have much of a need to...

5/5 by Lori S.

For Lisa, I am so sorry to hear about your dog, loose stools can be very difficult to deal with. The only time my dog will get this is if...

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
7/4 by Beth Kurilla

What did you switch them to from Iams? My 12 yr old lab is leaking urine all night too! Thanks

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.

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
5/12 by Daria

Does anyone have a Chihuahua that can give me feedback on how they like the Acana small breed kibble? I want to switch from Royal Canin to Acana but Chihuahuas...

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...

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
5/16 by Greg O Sullivan

I have had a good experience with Halo - good runny poos!

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...

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
9/6 by *Buckeye*

My jack russell was having all kinds of problems with his digestion. Everything I fed him was making him sick. Went to TSC and the clerk told me about 4...

8/13 by Goldbug12

I don't understand all these negative comments! On all the other posts, most of the 4 Health comments are positive!
I've been feeding my two small dogs 4 Health small...

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
4/23 by Mike

I just found out that Solid Gold was sold about a year ago. I believe they are still considered private, but not sure if the original owners are still involved....

3/22 by Disqus 9q G Zs Wgk9 P

Solid Gold proof! Put my Yorkie and Maltese on Solid Gold food, treats, supplements since they were puppies. They lived 19.5 & 18.5 years! I attribute this to quality nutrition....

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