Best Dog Foods on the Market

Filed in Dog Supplies on August 21, 2018

The Best Dog Foods

As owners of these loyal and fantastic creatures, we want to treat our pet dogs well. A varied and nutritional food regime leads to greater well-being, less vet trips and a happier life for your dog – as is the case for us too! Learn about the best dog foods on the market, including what ingredients to avoid.

By-Products, Fillers, BHT, Food Dye – What does it all mean?

Best Dog FoodsHow often do you find yourself reading the ingredients list of your go-to pet food?  Sadly, some products are made purely for profit and consist of by-products and fillers that we would never put in our pet’s food dish if we had the time to whip them up dinner every day.  If you are looking at the ingredients in your pet’s food, try to avoid ‘by-products’.  If it says, ‘beef by-product’ (for example), what you are actually feeding your pet is the mess from the slaughterhouse floor and farms where animals have died and are no longer suitable for human consumption.

Additionally, avoid canned foods as the nutrients are zapped right of them during the extreme heating process used in making them.  Just as chemicals and preservatives can set off allergies, headaches, nausea and more in humans, the same goes for our pets.  If you don’t know what a word is or what an acronym stands for, chances are it is a chemical or preservative to avoid.

Propylene and Ethylene Glycol

The top of the list to avoid include Propylene and Ethylene Glycol (PG) and (EG), Ethoxyquin, and Butylated Hydroxyanisole (BHA) and Butylated Hydroxytoluene (BHT).  Pets don’t care what color their food is so avoid anything with food dyes.  They have absolutely no nutritional or practical value.  All they do is increase allergies and make the immune system work harder.  Fillers mentioned earlier are usually made of grains, corn or wheat and again, do no favors for our pets.  Here is a list of products derived from corn.

Below is a list of some products that we would feed our dogs.  Remember – if you have any concerns about what diet you have set up for your dog, talk to your vet.  Also, if you can find the time to cook up a batch of food to freeze into portion sizes, go for it!  We love the recipes at The Dog Bakery.

Taste of the Wild

One of the best products with multiple flavors available in the market right now is Taste of The Wild. It is often recommended for dogs that are refusing to eat their regular food or who have lost their taste. Taste of the Wild is manufactured in the United States and has a broad range of quality dry and wet pet food.  What made it stand out from all the other brands is the amalgamation of flavors, no grain fillers and the goodness of lamb, chicken, bison, venison and salmon meats used.

The meats used are imported from the best countries and are guaranteed not to be preserved with any ‘nasty’s’.  Taste of the Wild have also created a strain of probiotic that can be absorbed by dogs which they have called the K9 Strain.

Taste of the Wild dog products on Petco website range from $25-$50 (at the time of writing this article).

Whole Earth Farms

Whole Earth Farms is a globally renowned brand of wet and dry dog and cat food.  All their products are made in the US. They also have an entirely grain-free product line.  The menu is diverse and includes tasty ingredients such as dried blueberries and turkey.  Whole Earth Farms proudly state on their website that the menu has ‘no corn, no wheat, no soy, no poultry by-products, no artificial flavors, no artificial colors, no artificial preservatives’.  We also like how easy it is to navigate around their website and order pet food supplies online.

Whole Earth Farms dog products on Petco website range from $10-$100 (at the time of writing this article).

CANIDAE Dog Food

Best Dog FoodsCanidae products are another one we recommend you try.  Just like the others we have listed so far, Canidae have a good range for both dogs and cats.  They also have a special formula for senior pets who are less active.  A grain free line is available.  Canidae is a 12-year-old family business with their main facility located in Texas.  They do their best to source meat and ingredients from local farmers and ranchers to do their part in supporting American businesses while also doing their part for the environment.  We really like their website and the tool they have on there to work out what product line is ideal for your dog.

CANIDAE dog products on Petco website range from $10-$100 (at the time of writing this article)

Avoderm Natural Dog Food

Like humans, dogs are also fond of avocados. Just like humans, avocados are also beneficial to dogs. It is no surprise to find that Californian avocados have found themselves as the star ingredient in a line of dog food.  Each bite is a powerhouse of antioxidants, nutrients and good fats. Avoderm was created in 1982 when a local farmer with an excess of avocados had the idea to use them in pet food.  Avoderm’s website has a product menu with filters for dog size, life stage and health solutions (e.g. food intolerances) so you can easily work out what product/s are best suited for your pooch.

Avoderm dog products on Petco website range from $10-$100 (at the time of writing this article)

Other products we love:

Natural Pet Wild Alaskan Salmon Oil (Supplement)

Skin and hair are both our dogs and our largest organs, so it is important to keep them healthy and in tip-top condition.  Natural Pet – Wild Alaskan Salmon Oil is a supplement which can be fed directly to your pooch (or cat) or mixed into their food. As is expected, it is an excellent source of Omega-3 and Omega-6.  This video covers even more of the benefits.  Unlike plant-based omegas, salmon oil is easier to digest.  We also really like that Natural Pet are making this product from wild caught Alaskan salmon. Alaska is leading the way in sustainable, regulated salmon fishing.

EasyDefense shampoo

Only Natural Pet, EasyDefense Flea & Tick Shampoo

Best Dog FoodsEasyDefense shampoo is packed with geraniol and peppermint oil which are natural repellents of fleas and ticks.  Geraniol is a naturally occurring element in plants that repel insects/parasites.  Rather than dousing your beloved pet in chemicals, try this first.  Only Natural Pet recommend bathing your dog in the shampoo every 1-2 months and cats only need a shampoo a couple of times a year.  It ensures that all the unwanted infestations are removed gently without any side effects. The shampoo has no chemical or synthetic ingredients. Its tear-free formula ensures that both puppies and adult doggies can use it without any hassles.

Check Ark Naturals

Ark Naturals: Breath-Less Chewable Brushless-Toothpaste

Ark Naturals have a massive range of products from teeth cleaning to joint remedies to travel calm chews for holidays with your pet.

Have you ever leant in to give your pooch a hug and got taken back by their breath?  Sometimes it is just dog breath.  Other times, it can be a sign that there is an issue in the gums, teeth, or gut. Thus, regular dental care is necessary for overall health.

Ark Natural’s chews have a tasty exterior (cinnamon, chlorophyll, clove, and vanilla) with a teeth cleaning toothpaste center that is released as it is chewed.

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