10 Best Dog Food Options on the Market

On a scale of 1 to 10, how healthy is your dog? If you answered anything other than 10 or you're just not sure, you have come to the right place.

 Between thousands of dog care choices, advertisements and conflicting opinions, making the right decisions is a tough job.

Dog foods must have the following: at a minimum in order to receive a 5 out of 5 and make the 10 best dog food list:
  • Main ingredient must be listed first on the ingredient list
  • Complete, balanced and 100% nutritious ingredients
  • Zero potentially harmful ingredients
  • Natural or organic ingredients
  • Contain no artificial colors, chemical preservatives or by-products
  • Ingredients must not have been exposed to antibiotics, herbicides or pesticides
  • Contain no "filler" foods (unhealthy food like sugar or corn syrup that takes the place of healthy food) 
10 Best Dog Food Options: Wet Vs. Dry Dog Food

DRY dog food came into existence due to World War II. Before the war, pet food was only in cans. With the war came rationing. Metal was in short supply, and the government mandated that pet food was NON essential.

Pet Food companies did not want to go out of business, so they figured out how to 'bake'/'process' the canned food and put it into bags. This was only going to be temporary until the war was over.

When the war ended, the pet food companies discovered that people thought dry dog food was GREAT! It was easy and convenient... they could leave it out in a bowl all day and it did not smell! WOW, great 'FAST' food for dogs!

As would be expected, pet food companies did NOT re-call dry food as there was now a legitimate demand for both canned and dry food.

Put more simply, DRY dog food was NOT created or developed because it was healthier for dogs and cats. In fact, the opposite is true...

Dogs' (and humans') bodies are made up of about 70% moisture, and they (and we) NEED that moisture in our diet for the proper functioning of the heart, kidneys, bladder, joints, hair/skin, etc.

Dry dog food has been overly processed and extruded by machine under pressure during manufacture.

Adding water to it will not 'reconstitute' the meat back to its natural moist form. And drinking water alone does not provide the necessary levels of moisture to maintain a balanced system.

Dry dog food is also too calorie-dense, so dogs on a dry dog food are commonly overweight.

But what about your dog's teeth? Doesn't dry food help keep their teeth clean?

Canned and dry dog food will BOTH promote dental tartar.

Dry dog food does NOT keep the teeth clean UNLESS it says it is a TARTAR control diet.

Regardless of diet, dogs will need to have tartar control treats for their teeth (and continue to brush the teeth, too!).

In summary...

Feeding only a DRY Dog food is NOT healthy. It would be best to AVOID dry dog food altogether, and use canned or completely RAW diet (more on this below).

10 Best Dog Food Options by Category

Thanks to Organic Pet Digest for this list.

Below are the top foods from brands that consistently make the grade. 

For Dd Healt
10 best dog food options
Nature's Variety Instinct Raw Frozen Lamb Chub

10 best dog food options
Nature's Variety Instinct Raw Medallions

10 best dog food options
Newman's Own Organics

10 best dog food options
Halo Spot's Stew Canned Dog Beef

10 best dog food options
PetGuard Organic Vegetarian

For Dogs with Dog Food Allergies

For Overweight Dogs
Healthy Label Test Dog Food Ratings

Wellness CORE Grain Free Weight Management Formula

AvoDerm Lite FormulasFor Dogs Needing High Fiber Diets

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