Find dry dog food for your pet by comparing quality of ingredients, primary carbohydrate and protein sources, breed-specific foods, price, and more.
Comparing dog foods is no easy task. The labeling can be hard to decipher, and many of dog owners are left wondering which brand is really the most nutritious. When you also throw in the choice of whether to feed dry or canned food, the waters get even muddier. First, you need to understand what the guaranteed analysis really means, and then learn how to convert those nutrient percentages into numbers you can compare across all pet food brands and types.
Dry matter is the correct way to evaluate food because water does not change how much food your dog needs or the number of calories it eats from any particular nutrient type. When you are comparing foods, you get a truer picture of the foods by looking at dry matter. That way you know what your dog is actually eating when one food has a moisture content of 8% vs 10% vs 6%.
Dog Food Advisor: Dog Food Reviews and Ratings
Dog Food Reviews and Ratings by Brand
Neither Evo nor Wellness have been entirely free of concerns, but both brands continue to rate highly with experts and most owners. In 2012, one Wellness dry dog food (not a Wellness Core variety) was recalled as part of the big Diamond Pet Foods salmonella recall. Wellness immediately stopped using Diamond to make any of its products. In 2013, all dry dog food made by Natura (Evo's parent company) was recalled -- again, due to possible salmonella contamination. Natura is now owned by Mars, Inc. which bought the brand from Procter & Gamble in 2014.The Nature’s Variety Instinct product line includes five dry dog foods, and while all of them are great (and five star rated), we especially love this formula. Lots of good protein (from concentrate) and a few interesting and great ingredients (tapioca, canola oil, pumpkin seeds and alfalfa meal). We also love the use of inulin, a starch-like compound made up of repeating units of carbohydrates and typically sourced from chicory root. It’s both a natural source of soluble dietary fiber and a prebiotic used to promote the growth of healthy bacteria in a dog’s digestive tract.The Wellness Core product line includes seven dry dog foods, six which claim to meet for adult maintenance. This above-average dry product has a dry matter protein reading of 38%, a fat level of 13% and estimated carbohydrates of about 41%. What does this mean? The brand is way above-average with protein, near-average with fat and below-average with carbs when compared to a typical dry dog food. As you might have guessed, these are all very good things. Plus, tons of flaxseed. Yum!Earthborn Holistic is produced by Midwestern Pet Food, Inc., in Evansville, Indiana. Midwestern has been in the same family for four generations. Currently, their dry foods are made in company facilities in Monmouth, Illinois. All ingredients in their pet products are from U.S. producers, except flaxseed, which is sourced from Canada. Their product line includes ten dog diets – six grain-free kibbles and four stews with gravy. Earthborn emphasizes an environmentally friendly philosophy in all its marketing and manufacturing processes. This pet food producer has never had a recall of its products.