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WORST DOG FOOD BRANDS TO AVOID

Feeding low quality, corn based dog food make your dog more prone to illnesses, allergies and a shorter life. The worst dog food for your dog has corn as the # 1 ingredient, along with other harmful, cancer causing ingredients, including chemicals, preservatives and unnecessary additives.

 DOGS ARE CARNIVORES , they need meat, NOT CORN.

Worst dog food brands for your dog listed here should be avoided if possible.

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

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Chicken, whole grain corn, barley, rice, chicken by-product meal, whole grain wheat, corn gluten meal, beef tallow preserved with mixed-tocopherols, soybean meal, oat meal, poultry by-product meal,, glycerin, egg and chicken flavor, mono and dicalcium phosphate, calcium carbonate, salt, potassium chloride, poultry and pork digest,, avocado, dried carrots, dried tomatoes, MINERALS [zinc sulfate, ferrous sulfate, manganese sulfate, copper sulfate, calcium iodate, sodium selenite], VITAMINS [Vitamin E supplement, niacin, Vitamin A supplement, calcium pantothenate, pyridoxine hydrochloride (Vitamin B-6), Vitamin B-12 supplement, thiamine mononitrate (Vitamin B-1), Vitamin D-3 supplement, riboflavin supplement (Vitamin B-2), menadione sodium bisulfite (Vitamin K), folic acid, biotin], choline chloride, L-Lysine monohydrochloride, Red 40, Yellow 5, Blue 2, garlic oil, Yellow 6.

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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.

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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

KIBBLES N BITS

WORST DOG FOOD

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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

PURINA DOG CHOW:


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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.

PEDIGREE

WORST DOG FOOD

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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).

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Chicken, Corn Meal, Ground Whole Grain Sorghum, Chicken By-Product Meal, Dried Beet Pulp, Chicken Flavor, Chicken Fat (preserved with mixed Tocopherols, a source of Vitamin E), Dried Egg Product, Potassium Chloride, Salt, Flax Meal, Calcium Carbonate, Choline Chloride, Fructooligosaccharides, Vitamins (Vitamin E Supplement, Ascorbic Acid, Vitamin A Acetate, Calcium Pantothenate, Biotin, Thiamine Mononitrate (source of vitamin B1), Vitamin B12 Supplement, Niacin, Riboflavin Supplement (source of vitamin B2), Inositol, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (source of vitamin B6), Vitamin D3 Supplement, Folic Acid), Minerals (Ferrous Sulfate, Zinc Oxide, Manganese Sulfate, Copper Sulfate, Manganous Oxide, Potassium Iodide, Cobalt Carbonate), L-Lysine Monohydrochloride, DL-Methionine, Brewers Dried Yeast, L-Carnitine, Rosemary Extract

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370 Comments

  1. I got my first dog, a Basenji, from a backyard breeder who boasted about feeding her dogs Pedigree. In restrospect it was horrifying but I was ignorant. The pup I bought had never been inside a home. You could smell & hear her backyard, which was a mass of churning Basenji bodies, from the sidewalk. She wouldn’t take a check; she required cash. Once home, I discovered he had fleas, he stunk, & he had really bad dandruff.

    I bought him Prairie dog food. Corn & wheat free, not cheap but not insanely expensive. Within 2 weeks his coat was softer, his stink went away, & his dandruff was minimal. That was my 1st experience with how important what we feed our pets is.

    Then I got an American Bulldog & I entered the wonderful world of Dogs With Exceptional Skin Allergies. Since then it’s just been years of trying different foods. I never ONCE considered one of the crap brands in the above list, but let me show you (includes pictures) what happened to my dog after just a few days of a crap brand dog food: https://philosophyoffur.wordpress.com/2017/03/27/hills-prescription-zd-wow-that-was-a-bad-idea/

    Congratulations to these militant people standing by their crap dog food. I’m glad if works for your dog & you get to save a lot of money. Good for you. Thank you to researchers & writers who help shed light on this issue that is a major cause of stress for those of us with dogs that CAN’T tolerate the crap food.

  2. My dog is 14 years old and I have always fed her kibble n bits mixed with and an all natural soft food. I don’t believe that these types of dog food shorten a dogs life span. Heck iv been feeding her this way for as long as I can remember and she is health and has tones of energy and again my dog is 14! ( sometimes i think she believes she’s still a pup) I have never been told to change her diet even by my vet. My point to this story is that not everything you read is true yes these products have grain and by products. But if you think about it even people food is processed and is full of fake nutrients. These days the only way for you and your dog to eat health would be make everything from scratch. even the brands that are on the safe list are processed and still are not good no matter how you look at it BECAUSE ITS PROCESSED.

  3. Lisa,

    I have 2 boxers and 2 Great Danes…we have been on Diamond since my Danes were pups (they are 2 and a half now) they love it!!

    I used to have my boxers on Royal Canin…the boxer formula, but it was so expensive!

  4. Nancy, as Dori seemed to be saying, Purina foods were working on her pets. I also use Purina One along with some Dynovite for my dogs. They seem to be doing extremely well, all in the past have live to what was considered very old age, and appear healthy, not over weight, and love the food. It all depends on what works for you I would think. If we told everyone that they could only give their dogs the higher priced, what I call “designer” type foods, there would be a lot more dogs without homes. Just my opinion.

  5. I agree with you…I have used Purina for many years. My vet approves and she goes to classes ( yearly ) to keep updated on many things. My dogs are healthy and NOT over weight. They get vetted yearly and RARELY have to go in between. I was actually shocked to see so many Purina products and few of walmarts brand on the ‘bad ‘ list. Yes, I have tried others, Blue, taste of wild, Merritts, etc. The only two out of many mine would eat was 4health and Merricks….I am sticking to Purina until…???

  6. I have to warn about defending Purina. My dad raised dogs on it and it might have been good then. Now, not so much. Look at the ingredients and then look at the recalls, and the amound of dogs that have died. It’s a different age. I would never feed Purina to my dogs and that includes the spinoff brands they have purchased. It just isn’t good food.

  7. So I guess I can only speak to my experience with my pup. When we adopted her she had two obstructive struvite stones (very common type of stone according to our trusted vet). She was prescribed Hill’s C/D, and at first we were happy with the brand (not a cheap option I might add, considering it costs $120 at out local vet’s office for a 35lb bag). ($3.4 per pound of food). She was on Hill’s C/D for 6 months and nibbled on it throughout the day with disinterest, ended up gaining weight, and had a decreased amount of energy. I decided to consult an additional veterinarian who is certified and balances holistic approaches.
    I put her on freeze dried Artisan chicken food ($60 for a 10 lb bag which makes 55 lbs of food once re-hydrated). ($1.09 per pound of food).
    http://www.entirelypets.com/artisanchicken10lbs.html
    vs.
    http://www.amazon.com/Hills-Prescription-Diet-Canine-Urinary/dp/B0050JL10E/ref=sr_1_10?ie=UTF8&qid=1410805694&sr=8-10&keywords=the+hills+cd

    The ingredients are higher quality and the price was right considering I am NOT RICH! lol
    Artisan Chicken: $1.09 per pound
    Hills C/D: $3.40 per pound
    Anyway, end of the story is my dog loves this food (licks her bowl clean), and has a dramatically increased level of energy. Her coat also has more shine to it, and no dandruff. The vet verified that her urinalysis indicated this food was maintaining her health. *I also mix her food with filtered water per suggestion a friend who has had dogs with stones in the past. If her kidneys cannot properly filter minerals, than filtered water might help.
    So, that’s my long winded way of saying that getting off of Hills helped me in this circumstance. But every dog is different.

  8. To Deb and Carrie,
    I think the point is, if you can afford to feed your dog like family, here is information to help you to find it, or at least to let you know what ingredients to avoid. I suspect the dog food industry is now more carefully regulated than that for human foods, because they used to put SO much garbage into dog foods (ex, rendered euthanized pets from shelters and experimental labs could count under the definition of “meat digest”!). It’s important to learn what all the definitions actually mean–i.e. what constitutes “meat by-products” or “meat digest” so you know what you are feeding. The feed industry has come a long way since the “dirty thirties”.
    That said, I once had a foster Collie who threw up every premium food I tried. Guess it was just too rich for him. I finally bought plain old rock bottom Purina Dog Chow. (I went to the grocery at night, and hid it under my coat, lest someone I know might SEE me with such an awful product!) He did fine on this food. I used to avoid ANY product that contained corn, until I learned that it might be better for dogs only fed once a day, because of its more positive effect on the body’s glycemic index.
    Bottom line–the best food for YOUR dog is the one that WORKS for him.

  9. @ Sheli

    You work in the veterinary industry explains everything of you comment. As the medical field for humans, you are not there to help nurture and educate health and good living, but the use and promotion of drugs and prescriptions. By informing better eating habits and the makeup of the food you feed to your pets, you and your industry would rather continue feeding the fillers and 4Ds, so your industry can grow. Where does your industry send the pets that are put down? Yes, to the render who sells to your cheap sub-grade food source, including the collars and flea and tick collar’s not to mention the drugs used to put down the pet. You go right ahead and feed your animals that garbage. If it weren’t for their own willingness to live they would be otherwise.

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