Top 10 Dog Foods
Top 10 dog foods 2014, Listed in NO particular order. Read labels and avoid corn based dog foods.
All Natural Top 10 Dog Food Brands, Updated 2014:
- GO TO: ORIJEN, Grain Free, Kibble and Freeze Dried
- GO TO: ACANA, Grain Free, Kibble
- GO TO: WELLNESS, CORE Grain Free, Kibble, Canned
- GO TO: HONEST KITCHEN, 100% Human Grade, Dehydrated
- GO TO: DR. HARVEY’S, Dehydrated, Freeze Dried,
- GO TO: BLUE BUFFALO WILDERNESS, Grain Free Kibble, Canned
- GO TO: WYSONG EPIGEN Grain Free, Starch Free, Organic Kibble
- GO TO: STELLA AND CHEWY’S FREEZE DRIED RAW
- GO TO: ADDICTION
- GO TO: NATURE’S VARIETY Frozen Raw, Freeze Dried, and Kibble
There are many other excellent choices of dog food available today also.
Choose by process of elimination and decide by personal preference.
After doing a lot of reading, research and comparisons, these are the Top 10 Dog Food Brands for 2014.
(THIS IS MY # 1 DOG FOOD PICK). Orijen is made by CHAMPION PET FOODS, in Canada, and consistently wins awards for their quality products.
Read the MISSION STATEMENT FROM CHAMPION PET FOODS about making ORIJEN, and what their overall philosophy is for our pets.
In my opinion, ORIJEN should be the base comparison standard for all other dog foods.
ORIJEN is a high protein, grain free dog food, and uses sweet potatoes as the carbohydrate source, which an excellent source of complex carbohydrates. (80% protein/ 20% carbohydrate)
The first five ingredients are meat: Fresh Boneless Chicken, Chicken Meal, Fresh Boneless Salmon, Turkey Meal, and Herring Meal.
All meat and fish are from fresh local sources, never frozen. They are obtained from either free range animals or game birds. This ensures a strict and excellent quality controlled product. – This high protein philosophy follows the Whole Prey diet of our dogs and cats ancestors natural diets.
Free of grains and preservatives, this food is cooked at low temperatures to seal in the fresh taste of its regionally harvested ingredients.
NOTHING OUTSOURCED -Local farm raised ingredients that are delivered fresh daily. NOTHING FROM CHINA
Chicken, flax, sunflower, salmon and anchovy oils provide the essential fatty acids that dogs cannot produce themselves (including DHA and EPA) and are so important to nutritionally support the development of cell membranes, immune systems and a vibrant skin and hair coat.
ACANA GRAIN FREE also produced by Champion Pet Foods
High protein, low carbohydrate formulas for optimal canine nutrition, each made exclusively from wholesome protein sources passed as fit for human consumption.
Essential fatty acids from fresh wild-caught fish – fresh regional fish and Pacific salmon oil are premium sources of omega-3 EFAs (EPA, DHA) that are important in the natural diet of all dogs
Prairie botanicals, regional produce & Pacific sea vegetables – hand-harvested organic kelp, dulse and bladderwrack combined with prairie-grown botanicals and produce provide a natural source of phytonutrients and antioxidant vitamins
With NO grain, NO corn or glutens, NO inappropriate oils or vegetable protein sources, Acana formulas are also ethoxyquin-free, with NO artificial flavors, colors or preservatives, and absolutely NO genetically modified ingredients.
WELLNESS CORE DOG FOOD Is a grain free, high protein, low fat formula available in dry and canned.
Deboned Turkey, Deboned Chicken, Turkey Meal, Chicken Meal, Potatoes, Dried Ground Potato, Tomato Pomace, Natural Chicken Flavor, Canola Oil, Chicken Liver, Salmon Oil, Flaxseed, Carrots, Sweet Potatoes, Kale, Broccoli, Spinach, Parsley, Apples, Blueberries
AND THAT IS IT! A simple to read and understand list of ingredients, and every one on this list is something I would eat.
- Formulated for healthy dogs with optimal fat and calorie levels, just right for everyday feeding
- Nutrient-rich ingredient such as kale, broccoli, spinach & parsley are chosen for their naturally unique contribution
- Contains no meat by-products, wheat, corn, soy, artificial colors, flavors or preservatives
- Core is 100% grain free, and high protein, and low in fat
STELLA AND CHEWY’S
WEBSITE: STELLA & CHEWY’S.COM
100% complete and balanced nutrition that feature raw, USDA-inspected, naturally-raised poultry and meat, organic fruits and vegetables, comes in Raw Freeze Dried or Raw Frozen.
Available in Beef, Duck, Chicken, Lamb, Surf and Turf.
When you check the list of ingredients in Stella & Chewy’s Freeze-Dried Dinners, you’ll see it reads like a who’s who of wholesome, healthy stuff.
Like raw, naturally-raised meat, poultry or fish, sourced from USDA-inspected facilities.
Organic fruits and vegetables such as cranberries, carrots, apples, spinach, broccoli and beets.
Healthful, direct-fed microorganisms (probiotics), natural tocopherols, chelated trace minerals and taurine.
Plus essential vitamins and minerals.
Every ingredient is sourced from reputable suppliers.
NO grain, NO fillers, NO artificial preservatives, NO colorings, NO added hormones, NO antibiotics AND NO sugar or salt!
Highly digestible, specializes in Premium Proteins and Game Meats such as Kangaroo, Brushtail, Venison and Unagi, from New Zealand.
- NO artificial preservatives, flavors, fillers or by-products
- No GMO’s, Fillers, or Artificial Colors
- No Corn or Wheat
Addiction gently air-dries raw meat, fruits, and vegetables to keep ingredients fresh and retain vitamins and enzymes for maximum nutrition. Just add warm water to enjoy the benefits of raw food with the convenience of dry food.
*NOTE: Wild Brushtail (Trichosurus vulpecula), a marsupial found in large numbers in New Zealand, contains the highest levels of Omega 3 & 6 Fatty Acids of any red meat. Brushtail is not native to New Zealand and eats only the best berries and foliage, destroying forests and wildlife. Unlike farmed animals, Wild Brushtail is free from antibiotics and artificial hormones. By feeding this food, you are not only helping to conserve New Zealand’s plant and animal life but are also providing your pet with a nutritionally superior meal that promotes wellness and vitality.
NATURE’S VARIETY is perfect for rotation feeding, and with easily interchangeable food products, you can give your companion a change in flavours, textures and overall enjoyment.
Available in these formulas:
- High in meat protein: 95% meat, 5% fruits and vegetables
- Whole foods for proper nutrition
- Convenient medallions and patties – ready to serve!
- Less backyard cleanup
- Complete and balanced for all life stages and all breeds
- No cereal grains or fillers
- All the meats are free-range, antibiotic – and hormone-free, and USDA inspected. The Organic Chicken formula contains organic chicken.
- The first extruded dry diet/kibble pet food that is Starch Free (Epigen does what “Grain Free” pet foods only pretend to do)
- More closely resembles the food your pet is designed to eat
- Original Epigen 60 contains 60+% meat and organs and over 60% protein
- NEW Epigen 90 contains 90% meat and organs
- Has the natural flavor and taste
- Is replete with all the critical food elements probiotics, prebiotics, enzymes, phytonutrients, nutraceuticals, natural form antioxidants, vitamins and minerals
- Rich in omega-3’s and other essential fatty acids
- Made in the USA at Wysong manufacturing facilities with ingredients from USDA and FDA approved domestic sources
THE HONEST KITCHEN
Available in 8 formulas. This is a dehydrated product, and excellent choice for someone wanting to feed as close to homemade as possible, without the extra work. Some products do not have meat, and you can add your own organic protein to make the best homemade organic dog food. Some formulas have grains, if you prefer that, and some are grain free. All are top rated, and contain some organic ingredients.
Embark is a grain-free and low carb premium recipe for all life stages. This gourmet puppy and dog food diet is made with limited carbohydrates and high protein to support muscle structure and function, and promote lean body mass. It is particularly suited to puppies and more active dogs and is ideal for those who are intolerant of grains
Preference is meat-free & grain-free recipe! Preference is suggested for use with added raw meat, meaty bones or cooked meat of your choice (never cooked bones), as a base for a home made diet. This diet contains a custom vitamin-mineral premix with balanced calcium: phosphorus ratios, which are vital for the maintenance of healthy cells, bones and blood.
This recipe is ideal for dogs who are sensitive to more popular meats.
Exotic meats, fish or alternative protein sources may be used as required.
- VERVE, Dehydrated, Raw , w/ Beef
Verve is The Honest Kitchen’s original recipe! This premium dog food food is ideal for adult maintenance, for dogs who do well with some grain in their diets.
Verve is a low fat, low calorie formula, with beef as the protein source.
It’s ingredients include a combination of 100% human food grade organic rolled barley, organic rolled rye, beef, organic rolled oats, organic flaxseed, carrots, alfalfa, potatoes, eggs, spinach, apples, chicory, parsley, cranberries, rosemary, vitamins and minerals.
Zeal Grain-Free Dehydrated Dog Food is specifically for sensitive dogs.
What was left out of this diet is almost as important as what is in it.
Zeal doesn’t contain corn, soy, rice, beet pulp or wheat.
It is also grain-free, gluten-free and free of flaxseed and white potatoes.
This food is suitable for adult maintenance, sensitive dogs or dogs with moderate activity levels.
Lower in cost without compromising our values, Keen is made with a “down to earth” ingredients list that provides great low-gluten nutrition at an affordable price.
Like all of Honest Kitchen’s recipes, Keen is guaranteed human grade, wholesome, balanced and free of artificial additives, by-products or fillers of any kind.
It is suitable for adult maintenance and for gluten-sensitive pets.
Thrive is Honest Kitchen’s all life stages diet that contains chicken and the gluten-free, organic grain Quinoa. A Bolivian grain, Quinoa is easily tolerated by even the most grain-sensitive pups and contains every single amino acid.
This natural dog food diet was designed to cater to dogs of all life stages including adults, puppies, pregnancy and nursing.
Love is ideal for dogs that may have grain or gluten sensitivities, or to help maintain a healthy body weight.
Love is low-carb with just 35% carbohydrates. Low carb diets are often indicated as part of a holistic approach to cancer recovery.
Love is made with USDA inspected, hormone free beef and is 100% human-grade, made in the USA, and does not contain corn, soy, rice, beet pulp or wheat. Just add water for a fresh, wholesome and human grade meal.
Grain-Free adult maintenance food for dogs of all breeds and sizes. Force is a complete and balanced dehydrated dog food made with free-range chicken, fruits, vegetables
Force is formulated with moderate protein, higher fat and total calories, with a moderate level of carbohydrates.
Great for sensitive dogs or those with moderate activity levels
DR. HARVEY’S Pre-Mix
WEBSITE: DR. HARVEY’S**HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! –> I have also featured Dr. Harvey’s @ Best Dog Food Listed Alphabetically, and @ Recommended Dehydrated Dog Foods.
This is a pre-mix or “homemade dog food”, in which all the work is done for you.
You only need to add your own protein.
This is made with human consumption ingredients, and uses no preservatives, no coloring agents, and no artificial flavors.
Canine Health includes 6 certified organic grains, 9 vegetables and 13 herbs in a whole food multi-vitamin and mineral supplement which are vital to optimal canine health.
CANINE HEALTH INGREDIENTS:
Organic Brown Rice, Organic Kamut, Organic Oats, Organic Spelt, Organic Barley, Organic Triticale, Potatoes * , Carrots * ,Zucchini * , Sweet Potatoes ** , Peas ** , Broccoli, Green Beans, Beets, Calcium Citrate, Parsley, Lecithin, Bee Pollen, Nutritional Yeast, Alfalfa, Rose Hips, Red Clover, Oat Straw, Flax Seed Meal * , Papaya, Rosemary, Dandelion, Peppermint, Ginger, Spirulina * , Fenugreek * , Basil Leaf, Fennel Seed
There is also a grain free pre-mix available called Dr. Harvey’s veg to bowl Grain Free Pre-Mix:
VEG TO BOWL GRAIN FREE INGREDIENTS -
Sweet Potatoes*, Carrots*, Diced Potatoes*, Zucchini*, Broccoli Florets*, Green Beans*, Peas**, Beets*, Parsley, Calcium Citrate, Fennel Seed, Fenugreek Seed, Garlic, Ginger, Papaya Leaf and Peppermint Leaf
There is some preparation needed, but isn’t your companion worth it. After reconstituting this product with water you then can choose your own protein source, and add that and serve.
There is also a formula called Dr. Harvey’s Oracle Freeze-Dried Raw Complete Diet for Dogs, Grain-Free , containing raw, freeze dried meat, that even eliminates the necessity of adding your own. This one is as simple as just adding water.
- Makes feeding a homemade and raw food diet a snap.
- Freeze-Dried Raw USDA Meats
- No Preservatives or Chemical Additives
- Available in Grain-Free Formulas
Your pet will be eating healthier than you!
QUICK FACTS ABOUT DR. HARVEY’S
- Easy – Just add water, meat and oil
- All-natural and uses 100% human grade dehydrated and freeze-dried vegetables
- NO preservatives, additives, chemicals, coloring agents and dyes
- NO sugar and salt.
- NO fillers, no corn, no wheat,no soy
- Allows Total Control of Protein Amounts
- Provides essential vitamins, minerals
- Contains organic digestive herbs
- Can be used daily to make a complete homemade meal
- Grain-Free (Veg to Bowl)
Allows for a delicious variety diet by changing proteins for interesting meals for your pet.
Dr. Harvey’s also is involved in helping and supporting rescue organizations.
BLUE BUFFALO WILDERNESS
BLUE Wilderness is a high-protein, low carbohydrate food that contains a higher concentration of the delicious PROTEIN you know your dog will love.
Inspired by the diet of wolves, true omnivores whose endurance is legendary, BLUE Wilderness is specially formulated by animal nutritionists.
Made with the finest natural ingredients – and no grains, this is a sensible alternative to raw diets.