WORST DOG FOOD Brands, Updated 2015 | Bad dog food = Shorter Life

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Bad dog food ingredients = Shortened life span for your dog

DOGS ARE CARNIVORES, they need meat, NOT CORN.

Worst dog food brands for your dog listed here should be avoided if possible. They all use corn as the main protein source.

This top 7 worst dog food brand list is as relevant today as it was during the recall of 2007. Not much has changed.

Below is a listing of some of the worst dog food brands, which contain harmful, unnecessary and outright dangerous and deadly ingredients, highlighted in red.

Use the list below as a guide on what bad dog food ingredients to avoid when buying commercial dog food.

If a specific brand of food is not listed here it does not mean it is bad or good brand.

You can find the complete ingredient listing and nutritional analysis on any of the dog food manufacturers websites. An ingredient list like the worst dog foods on this page should always be avoided.

All these examples have corn as the main ingredient. Use these foods as a comparative guide to see what you should NOT be feeding your dog.

Worst Dog Food Brands Listed in no particular order:

BENEFUL BY PURINA

benefulINGREDIENTS:

Ground yellow corn, chicken by-product meal, corn gluten meal, whole wheat flour, animal fat preserved with mixed-tocopherols (form of Vitamin E), rice flour, beef, soy flour, sugar, propylene glycol, meat and bone meal, tricalcium phosphate, phosphoric acid, salt, water, animal digest, sorbic acid (a preservative), potassium chloride, dried carrots, dried peas, calcium propionate (a preservative), L-Lysine monohydrochloride, choline chloride, added color (Red 40, Yellow 5, Yellow 6, Blue 2), DL-Methionine, Vitamin E supplement, zinc sulfate, ferrous sulfate, manganese sulfate, niacin, Vitamin A supplement, calcium carbonate, copper sulfate, Vitamin B-12 supplement, calcium pantothenate, thiamine mononitrate, garlic oil, pyridoxine hydrochloride, riboflavin supplement, Vitamin D-3 supplement, *menadione sodium bisulfite complex (source of Vitamin K activity), , calcium iodate, folic acid, biotin, sodium selenite.

 BENEFUL DOES NOT CONTAIN ANY OF THESE HEALTHY INGREDIENTS 

ALPO BY PURINA

alpoINGREDIENTS:

Ground yellow corn, corn germ meal, meat and bone meal, soybean meal, beef tallow preserved with mixed tocopherols (form of vitamin E), animal digest (source of chicken flavor), salt, potassium chloride, beef & liver meal, dried cheese powder, dl-methionine, added color, choline chloride, zinc sulfate, ferrous sulfate, manganese sulfate, vitamin E supplement, niacin, vitamin A supplement, calcium carbonate, copper sulfate, brewers dried yeast, calcium pantothenate, garlic oil, pyridoxine hydrochloride, vitamin B-12 supplement, thiamine mononitrate, vitamin d-3 supplement, riboflavin supplement, calcium iodate, *menadione sodium bisulfite complex (source of Vitamin K activity), ,, folic acid, biotin, sodium selenite.

 ALPO DOES NOT CONTAIN ANY OF THESE HEALTHY INGREDIENTS 

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OL ROY From WALMART:

ol royINGREDIENTS:

Ground yellow corn, soybean meal, ground whole wheat, corn syrup, poultry fat, Meat and bone meal, Animal Fat Preserved with BHA and Citric Acid, Chicken by-product meal, Rice, Animal Digest, Salt, Calcium Carbonate, Potassium Chloride, Choline Chloride, Ferrous Sulfate, Zinc Oxide, Vitamin D and E Supplement, Niacin, Copper Sulafate, Manganous Oxide, Vitamin A Supplement, Calcium Pantothenate, Biotin, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Thiamine Mononitrate, *menadione sodium bisulfite complex (source of Vitamin K activity), , Calcium Iodate, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Riboflavin Supplement, Cobalt Carbonate, Folic Acid, Sodium Selenite, Folic Acid

 OL ROY DOES NOT CONTAIN ANY OF THESE HEALTHY INGREDIENTS 

KIBBLES N BITS:

kibbles n bitsINGREDIENTS:

Corn, soybean meal, beef and bone meal, ground wheat flour, animal fatbha used as preservative, corn syrup, wheat middlings, water sufficient for processing, animal digest (source of chicken flavor), propylene glycol, salt, hydrochloric acid, potassium chloride, caramel color, sorbic acid (used as a preservative), sodium carbonate, minerals (ferrous sulfate, zinc oxide, manganous oxide, copper sulfate, calcium iodate, sodium selenite), choline chloride, vitamins (vitamin E supplement, vitamin A supplement, niacin supplement, D-calcium pantothenate, riboflavin supplement, pyridoxine hydrochloride, thiamine mononitrate, vitamin D3 supplement, folic acid, biotin, vitamin B12 supplement), calcium sulfate, titanium dioxide, yellow 5, yellow 6, red 40, BHA (used as a preservative), dl methionine

 KIBBLES N BITS DOES NOT CONTAIN ANY OF THESE HEALTHY INGREDIENTS 

PURINA DOG CHOW:

dog chowINGREDIENTS :

Whole grain corn, poultry by-product meal, animal fat preserved with mixed-tocopherols (form of Vitamin E), corn gluten meal,meat and bone meal, brewers rice, soybean meal, barley, whole grain wheat, animal digest, calcium carbonate, salt, calcium phosphate, potassium chloride, L-Lysine monohydrochloride, choline chloride, zinc sulfate, Vitamin E supplement, zinc proteinate, ferrous sulfate, added color (Red 40, Yellow 5, Blue 2, Yellow 6) , DL-Methionine, manganese sulfate, manganese proteinate, niacin, Vitamin A supplement, copper sulfate, calcium pantothenate, copper proteinate, garlic oil, pyridoxine hydrochloride, Vitamin B-12 supplement, thiamine mononitrate, Vitamin D-3 supplement, riboflavin supplement, calcium iodate, *menadione sodium bisulfite complex (source of Vitamin K activity), ,, folic acid, biotin, sodium selenite.

 DOG CHOW DOES NOT CONTAIN ANY OF THESE HEALTHY INGREDIENTS 

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PEDIGREE:

pedigreeINGREDIENTS (Puppy Food) :

Ground Whole Corn, Chicken By-Product Meal, Rice, Corn Gluten Meal (Source of Lutein*), Animal Fat (preserved with Mixed Tocopherols, Source of Vitamin E), Natural Poultry Flavor, Wheat, Potassium Chloride, Wheat Flour, DiCalcium Phosphate, Salt, Brewers Dried Yeast, Carmel Color, Vegetable Oil (Source of Linoleic Acid), Calcium Carbonate, Taurine, Vitamins (dl-Alpha Tocopherol Acetate [Source of Vitamin E], Choline Chloride, L-Ascorbyl-2-Polyphosphate [Source of Vitamin C*], Vitamin A Acetate, Thiamine Mononitrate [Vitamin B1], d-Calcium Pantothenate, Riboflavin Supplement [Vitamin B2], Biotin, Vitamin B12 Supplement), Marigold Meal, Minerals (Zinc Sulfate, Copper Sulfate, Potassium Iodide), Added FD&C and Lake Colors (Yellow 6, Blue 2, Red 40, Yellow 5).

 PEDIGREE DOES NOT CONTAIN ANY OF THESE HEALTHY INGREDIENTS 

HILL’S SCIENCE DIET ORIGINAL

hills science dietGround Whole Grain Corn, Chicken By-Product Meal,Soybean Meal, Animal Fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols and citric acid), Soybean Oil, Chicken Liver Flavor, Flaxseed, Iodized Salt, vitamins (L-Ascorbyl-2-Polyphosphate (source of vitamin C), Vitamin E Supplement, Niacin, Thiamine Mononitrate, Vitamin A Supplement, Calcium Pantothenate, Biotin, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Riboflavin, Folic Acid, Vitamin D3 Supplement), Dried Chicken Cartilage, Choline Chloride, Vitamin E Supplement, Taurine, Potassium Chloride, minerals (Ferrous Sulfate, Zinc Oxide, Copper Sulfate, Manganous Oxide, Calcium Iodate, Sodium Selenite), L-Carnitine, preserved with Mixed Tocopherols and Citric Acid, Beta-Carotene, Rosemary Extract.

 SCIENCE DIET DOES NOT CONTAIN ANY OF THESE HEALTHY INGREDIENTS 

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    • Elaine – Keep an eye on the ingredients for any changes as they were bought out by MARS Corporation. Not a surprise to many that MARS has acquired other products and slowly the quality deteriorated.

  1. I read the book Neanderthin; How To Eat Like a Caveman. which explained how corn is poisonous because it isn’t digested. Google Kellog’s and corn, and dog food, Kellog’s started off making dog food I guess and dogs were dying…interesting stuff.

  2. Yes the listed dog foods are not great foods. Real chicken, beef, and other meat products are the desired protein but dogs can’t process high quanities of protein either…their kidneys will show damage from excessively high protein after years of too much. That’s why a balanced diet is the only way to raise dogs.

  3. i personally now feed mostly human grade food..and a mix w taste of the wild..however in the past in my days of less budget..i have fed purina dog chow..i may have just been lucky but my last 3 large breed dogs lived well past the “normal” expected..age..
    one shepherd was 17
    one was 15

    last one had degenerative myopathy and there is no known cause for that one..lots of people i discussed his illness with fed very “high end’ food..and same..he was 10 when we put him down..as his condition just got tooo bad and hard for him to exist..

    so not sure if these brands have changed their formulas over the years to be cheaper to manufacture or if they are the same?

    i have heard the first ingredient should not be corn so since i’ve learned that..thats how i decide..but thanks for making me aware of these other ingredients!

  4. Hi, i just wanted to know what your thoughts were on Halo dog food. I’ve been feeding my girls Halo for close to a year now, after dogs were getting sick from purina, which at the time i had been feeding my first pup that for many years. After the recall, i was looking for the best thing i could feed them & came upon Halo. I know its better than a lot others out there, but i guess what i want to know if there’s something even better (Home cooked food) for example. Thanks for any help on the subject.

    • @ Karen

      Hi all!
      As with humans, an animal’s diet is also a reflection of their health. That being said, I feel there is much more to a healthy, long lasting life than just a dog’s food alone. Speaking from experience, I have a chocolate lab, who is about to turn 15 this month. For those who are familiar with the breed, this is extremely old for a lab. She has not a single health problem besides arthritis, and fatty benign tumors, which many know is very common in older labs. My family has fed her Purina all of her life, from puppy to dog chow, and she has had no serious illnesses or problems throughout her life. I understand that a good diet, and good foods are important, however I also believe the key to a long healthy life goes beyond the type of dog food. We have never over-fed her, she is an ideal weight and has been very physically active since she was a puppy. We treat her as a member of the family and care for her to the best of our ability. So though many people may feel strongly about the type of dog food their dogs are fed, I feel strongly about the type of lifestyle the dog is allowed to live. That is all, thank you for this web page, and the information you give, I appreciate all points of view!

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