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Choosing the “best” dog food for your pet can be quite a challenge. Here are a few formulas that are rated among the top dog food formulas for dogs, both in quality and customer dog food reviews. We have included links to each page so you can read a little more about each brand. We hope you enjoy the list and please comment below letting us know which dog food brands you think rank the best.
Orijen dog food (which is manufactured by Champion Petfoods) has gained a lot of media attention for being a high-quality formula for dogs. Orijen follows the fairly unique philosophy that your dog needs to eat a higher amount of meat-based protein than most commercial dog food formulas provide. The meats contained in Orijen dog food have never been previously frozen, most of which are sourced local to the company’s manufacturing facility. The low cooking temperature process that Orijen uses allows more of the natural nutrients in its ingredients to be retained.
Blue Buffalo Wilderness duck, chicken and salmon formulas are a great example of a high quality dog food that’s completely grain-free. The philosophy behind Blue Buffalo’s Wilderness formulas is that your dog is meant to eat a diet that mimics the diet of dogs in the wild. The first two ingredients in all Blue Buffalo Wilderness formulas are meat-based proteins.
Taste of the Wild dog food formulas are completely grain-free, and designed to be low in carbohydrates. Taste of the Wild uses some protein sources that are considered to be “unique”, and may be suitable for dogs with protein-based allergies. Venison, quail and bison are just three examples of the meats contained in some Taste of the Wild dog food formulas. Many dog owners cite Taste of the Wild as one of their top choices for a high-quality dog food formula.
Wellness CORE dog food formulas are completely free of any grain ingredients. However, Wellness CORE uses a unique approach to the grain-free concept. They believe that adding too much protein to their formulas will cause the calorie and fat content to be too high, so their protein percentages are not as high as some other grain-free formulas.
Solid Gold Barking at the Moon is a grain-free formula in the Solid Gold product line. It does not contain any chemical preservatives, and has a Guaranteed Analysis of 41% protein. Like some other grain-free formulas, Solid Gold Barking at the Moon uses potatoes for its main source of carbohydrates. Most dog owners report that Solid Gold Barking at the Moon formula is a good choice for a high-quality dog food formula.