Best Dog Food Reviews, & Comparisons

When becoming a pet owner – dog food is a daunting and important decision.  There are soo many brands, types, flavors on the market, it can be overwhelming!  Everyone has their opinion on the matter too, dry dog food, wet dog food, raw diet dog food, grain-free dog food, the list goes on and on.  In this ultimate guide to dog food, we will try to break down each area and give as much information so you can make an informed decision.

So where does one start when it comes to finding the best dog food?  We will look at the best overall brands in the general market, and work our way into looking at specialty dog foods for specific conditions, breeds, and diets.  For example one of my pups recently had some upset stomach issues and we changed her diet to Hills Science Diet I/D for a week and it helped immensely while her body healed.  So let’s dig in!

Overall The Best Dog Food Brands

When it comes to looking at dog food, price is not all that matters.  You can find good quality products at low prices, just as you can find low-quality products at high prices.  Determining what brand and type of dog food to go with is all about your dogs’ needs.  We will break that down shortly.

As a general rule of thumb when looking at dog food treat it like when you look at the ingredients for the food you as a human eat.  Make sure you understand the ingredients, IE avoid chemical preservatives.  Make sure the proteins are meat, not by-products of meat.  At the end of the day, if you don’t know what an ingredient is or cannot pronounce it, pass on it!  More on this in a later section.

Dog Food Brand

Description

Customer Ratings

Pricing

Hills Science Diet

Precise nutrition that supports healthy skin, coat and stool

4.5⭐

Wellness

Recognized as one of the top brands in Grain-Free Dog Food

4.7⭐

Go Solutions

Top puppy dog food with Chicken meal, turkey meal and more

4.7⭐

Taste Of The Wild

Best wet dog food, also great grain-free dog foods

4.8⭐

Different Types Of Dog Food

In the world of dog food, there are 3 basic types of dog food.

Those are

  1. Dry Dog Food
  2. Wet Dog Food
  3. Alternative Dog Food – Includes Fresh, Frozen, Freeze Dried and Raw.

Then in each of those types, there are different categories.  You will have Puppy Dog Food, Adult Dog Food, Large Dog – Dog Food, Small Dog – Dog Food and much more.

Let’s start with the different types.

  • Dry Dog Food – Convenient and inexpensive, dry dog food also known as kibble is both long lasting and an easy choice to feed your dog.  Dry dog food is probably the most popular option for food your dogs today, as it is easy to store, and easy to plate, and measure.  Because of the nature of the food and how it is prepared, it can contain preservatives, processed ingredients and fillers, so make sure to check the ingredients before purchasing. Many commercial dry dog food makers will use “by-product” which can be the left overs from chicken and beef processing, these items might not be the healthiest for your pet, so do your research before buying.
  • Wet Dog Food – This food comes in a can or pouch and is very easy for dogs to eat and digest.  If your dog has trouble eating dry food, wet food is an excellent option.  It is also a great option for those pets that need more water in their diet.  It is also a nice treat to mix some wet food with dry kibble.  Wet food can be a bit messier, to prepare and for dogs to eat, so be prepared to do some cleaning after feedings.
  • Alternative Dog Food – There exists a few alternatives to the traditional Wet or Dry dog foods.  The most popular of currently is the Fresh and Frozen dog foods.  Touting benefits related to increased nutrients because the food is not processed and kept as natural as possible.  Make sure to consult your vet before exploring these options.

For those visual people, here is a great YouTube video from a vet comparing Wet Dog Food Vs Dry Dog Food

The Best Dog Treats

Finding the best dog treat for your pup can be just as daunting a task a find the right food.  There are so many options!  Chew sticks, jerky’s, freeze-dried (my dog loves these in livers), training treats, and much more.

You will want to consider the purpose of the treat you purchase.  Is it for training? Then you are going to want something small, low calorie, that you can give repeatably during training.  After a treat is just that, a treat, and is given as a reward, special circumstance, etc.

Are you looking for something more challenging or to keep your dog occupied?  Then you would be looking into chew sticks, raw hides, pig ears and bones.

Just like looking at dog foods, you want to consider the contents of the treats that you are purchasing.

Some things to look out for when considering dog treats are:

  • Calories – Make sure to understand how much of a treat you are supposed to serve, how many per day and what the caloric impact is.
  • Ingredients – You want to find something is almost 100% meat and has very few ingredients.
  • Chemicals & Preservatives – Avoid Butylated Hydroxyanisole (BHA), Butylated Hydroxytoluene (BHT), and Ethoxyquin as they are toxic.
  • Dyes – Avoid Red 40, Blue 2 and Yellow 5 has they are know to cause allergic reactions and more ( like cancer). Your puppy snacks should not have any dyes.
  • By Products – Meat by products – avoid this at all costs.
  • Other – Avoid PG (Propylene Glycol), Rendered Fat (What does that even mean), Corn and Wheat Gluten.

At the end of the day, you should be able to understand the ingredients list, read it, pronounce it and it should be short.

Here are some great brands to check out and get started with for treats your dog.

Best Dog Treats

Dog Food Brand

Description

Customer Ratings

Pricing

Rocco & Roxie

Best Seller for Jerky Treats

5⭐

Wellness

Top Dog Foods & Treats

5⭐

Best Bully Sticks

Grass Fed, Cow Ears

4.7⭐

Blue Buffalo

Great Treats, Grain Free

4.8⭐

Different Types Of Dog Treats

The brands presented above and the guidelines presented are a great starting point.  Check out those excellent brands of Treats for your Dog and try them out for your dog!

Each brand has several types, from chews to training, soft and hard, and everything in between. 

Stay tuned for our next K9 Conversation where we dig into the different treats for specific needs.

Best Dry Dog Food

Dry dog food, stores for a long time, is affordable, easy to feed to your dog and comes in a wide variety.  What isn’t there to love right?

There is no doubt that dry food for your dog is one of the simplest and easiest ways to go when it comes to feeding your dog.  However, make sure to read the ingredient labels as all may not be what it seems.  Dry dog foods can have fillers, preservatives, and have under gone processing that you don’t want to feed to your dog.

Some things to look out for and avoid in dry dog foods are:

  • Feed Grade – this is lower than human grade and the ingredients are of lower quality.  On top of that, the cooking process can burn off many of the nutrients our dogs need.
  • Chemicals & Preservatives – 3 major ones to avoid as they are toxic to dogs are Butylated Hydroxyanisole (BHA), Butylated Hydroxytoluene (BHT), and Ethoxyquin.
  • Dyes – Yes, food dyes, to make the color of the food change.  Avoid Red 40, Blue 2 and Yellow 5 has they are know to cause allergic reactions and more ( like cancer). Besides, do dogs care what food looks like ? Nope, they care about how it smells and tastes.
  • By Products – Meat by products – avoid this at all costs, if the ingredients say Chicken By Product or the like, it means they are using table scraps from butcher or meat plants.  Basically second or third rate meat not fit for human consumption.
  • Other – Avoid PG (Propylene Glycol), Rendered Fat (What does that even mean), Corn and Wheat Gluten.

At the end of the day, you should be able to understand the ingredients list, read it, pronounce it and it should be short.

So where does one start when it comes to finding the best dry dog food?  Well some of it depends on the diet for your dog, if they are a puppy or adult or senior, but each of the big brands have specific formulas for each of these groups.

Here are some great brands to check out and get started with for your dog.

Best Dry Dog Food Brands 

Dog Food Brand

Description

Customer Ratings

Pricing

Blue Buffalo

Meat as their first 5 ingridents on most of their lines

5⭐

Wellness Core

Meat Based and Grain Free

5⭐

Natures Logic

Meat Based, Grain Inclusive

4.7⭐

Honest Kitchen

Human Grade – Yes You Read That Right

4.8⭐

Different Types Of Dry Dog Food

The brands presented above and the guidelines presented are a great starting point.  Check out those excellent brands of Dry Dog Food and try them out for your dog!

Each line has products for dogs in each stage of life, and we will get into that more in future pups.  As your dog ages its nutritional needs vary, puppies need more calories, seniors need less but more nutritious meals and so on.

Stay tuned for our next K9 Conversation where we dig into these specific needs.

Best Dog Food Reviews, & Comparisons

When becoming a pet owner – dog food is a daunting and important decision.  There are soo many brands, types, flavors on the market, it can be overwhelming!  Everyone has their opinion on the matter too, dry dog food, wet dog food, raw diet dog food, grain-free dog food, the list goes on and on.  In this ultimate guide to dog food, we will try to break down each area and give as much information so you can make an informed decision.

So where does one start when it comes to finding the best dog food?  We will look at the best overall brands in the general market, and work our way into looking at specialty dog foods for specific conditions, breeds, and diets.  For example one of my pups recently had some upset stomach issues and we changed her diet to Hills Science Diet I/D for a week and it helped immensely while her body healed.  So let’s dig in!

Overall The Best Dog Food Brands

When it comes to looking at dog food, price is not all that matters.  You can find good quality products at low prices, just as you can find low-quality products at high prices.  Determining what brand and type of dog food to go with is all about your dogs’ needs.  We will break that down shortly.

As a general rule of thumb when looking at dog food treat it like when you look at the ingredients for the food you as a human eat.  Make sure you understand the ingredients, IE avoid chemical preservatives.  Make sure the proteins are meat, not by-products of meat.  At the end of the day, if you don’t know what an ingredient is or cannot pronounce it, pass on it!  More on this in a later section.

Dog Food Brand

Description

Customer Ratings

Pricing

Hills Science Diet

Precise nutrition that supports healthy skin, coat and stool

4.5⭐

Wellness

Recognized as one of the top brands in Grain-Free Dog Food

4.7⭐

Go Solutions

Top puppy dog food with Chicken meal, turkey meal and more

4.7⭐

Taste Of The Wild

Best wet dog food, also great grain-free dog foods

4.8⭐

Different Types Of Dog Food

In the world of dog food, there are 3 basic types of dog food.

Those are

  1. Dry Dog Food
  2. Wet Dog Food
  3. Alternative Dog Food – Includes Fresh, Frozen, Freeze Dried and Raw.

Then in each of those types, there are different categories.  You will have Puppy Dog Food, Adult Dog Food, Large Dog – Dog Food, Small Dog – Dog Food and much more.

Let’s start with the different types.

  • Dry Dog Food – Convenient and inexpensive, dry dog food also known as kibble is both long lasting and an easy choice to feed your dog.  Dry dog food is probably the most popular option for food your dogs today, as it is easy to store, and easy to plate, and measure.  Because of the nature of the food and how it is prepared, it can contain preservatives, processed ingredients and fillers, so make sure to check the ingredients before purchasing. Many commercial dry dog food makers will use “by-product” which can be the left overs from chicken and beef processing, these items might not be the healthiest for your pet, so do your research before buying.
  • Wet Dog Food – This food comes in a can or pouch and is very easy for dogs to eat and digest.  If your dog has trouble eating dry food, wet food is an excellent option.  It is also a great option for those pets that need more water in their diet.  It is also a nice treat to mix some wet food with dry kibble.  Wet food can be a bit messier, to prepare and for dogs to eat, so be prepared to do some cleaning after feedings.
  • Alternative Dog Food – There exists a few alternatives to the traditional Wet or Dry dog foods.  The most popular of currently is the Fresh and Frozen dog foods.  Touting benefits related to increased nutrients because the food is not processed and kept as natural as possible.  Make sure to consult your vet before exploring these options.

For those visual people, here is a great YouTube video from a vet comparing Wet Dog Food Vs Dry Dog Food