16 Worst Dog Food Brands to Avoid in 2020 [+16 Top Choices]
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16 Worst Dog Food Brands to Avoid in 2020 [+16 Top Choices]

  • Last Updated On: August 3, 2020
  • / Best Dog Foods
  • / By Drew & Gunnar

Knowing which dog food brands to avoid is just as important as actually buying the top dog foods for your pup.

Unfortunately not all dog foods are created equal!

That's why we wanted to point out some of the worst dog foods and then highlight the best dog food brands of 2020 to ensure your best friend - or friends - are getting the top notch nutrition they deserve.

The list is based on the factual data regarding the percentage of all the ingredients used in dog foods.

Some aspects which make them the worst are not utilizing protein-rich ingredients or using inexpensive and less nutritional fillers.

These can be harmful or unnamed ingredients in a dog food that makes it a bad choice.

If you are in a hurry, directly below is a quick list of the best and worst dog foods of 2020...

Top 10 Best Dog Food Brands

Top 10 Worst Dog Foods

  1. 1
    Cesar Filets
  2. 2
    Sportmix Wholesomes Gourmet Biscuits
  3. 3
    IAMS Proactive Health Adult
  4. 4
    Kal Kan Complete Adult
  5. 5
    Twint Pet
  6. 6
    Gravy Train
  7. 7
    Purina Dog Chow
  8. 8
    Beneful
  9. 9
    The Pedigree Brand
  10. 10
    Kibbles 'n Bits
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16 Dog Food Brands to Avoid in 2020

1. Cesar Filets

Cesar Filets Dog Food

It is considered to be one of the worst dog foods mainly because of its high content of salt (we covered the best low sodium dog food options here).

It has sufficient water for processing, animal liver, chicken, beef and meat by-products, wheat gluten, wheat flour, cornstarch, salt, pea fiber, sodium tripolyphosphate, calcium carbonate, added color, choline chloride, magnesium.

Here are the list of ingredients...

Proteinate, zinc sulfate, xanthan gum, natural flavor, guar gum, natural new york strip flavor, vitamin E supplement, d-calcium pantothenate, biotin, thiamine mononitrate (vitamin B1), copper sulfate, riboflavin (vitamin B2), vitamin B12 supplement, potassium iodide, vitamin D3 supplement, vitamin A supplement, pyridoxine hydrochloride.

Considering those ingredients, this dog food seems below-average and not of a good quality wet dog food.

You should also understand that not only the quality of ingredients can tell the whole story but the estimation of product’s meat content in the dog food is also needed before determining whether it falls in the best or worst category.

The dry matter protein in Cesar filet is about 44%, with 22% of the fat level and 25% of carbohydrates.

This analysis shows that this dog food includes an above-average protein intake and just near-average fat, while the carbs are below-average as in comparison with a typical normal canned dog food.

Another factor making it a bad food is that it has food colors added to it which is highly useless and not preferred in dog foods.

2. Sportmix Wholesomes Gourmet Biscuits

Sportmix Wholesomes Gourmet Biscuits

This dog food is on the list of top 16 worst dog foods because it is made of unwanted dry leftovers and also includes preservatives and fats which are harmful for dogs.

As a whole, the ingredients in this dog food includes...

Lamb meal, rice flour, brown rice, peas, menhaden fish meal, rice bran, chicken fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols), flaxseed, dried beet pulp, salt, dried egg product, choline chloride, potassium chloride, dl-methionine,

Vitamin D3 supplement, vitamin A supplement, vitamin E supplement, zinc sulfate, niacin, ferrous sulfate, calcium pantothenate, copper sulfate, riboflavin supplement, pyridoxine hydrochloride, manganese sulfate, thiamine mononitrate, zinc proteinate, copper proteinate, manganese proteinate, calcium iodate, folic acid, cobalt carbonate, sodium selenite. Vitamin B12 supplement, biotin.

If we estimate the meat content of the product, it shows that it contains about 24% of protein, 13% of a fat level and about 54% of carbohydrates.

After analyzing these numbers it is clear that this dog food is not very good in overall quality and is just a bit above average compared to other good quality dog foods.

3. IAMS Proactive Health Adult Chunks (Dry Dog Food)

The first ingredient in this dog food is chicken.

Though chicken is a quality item and raw chicken comprises about 80% water, but when cooked, most of the water is lost which reduces the meat content to just a portion of its initial weight.

After processing, these ingredients would probably account for a smaller fraction of the whole content of the finished food.

IAMS Proactive Health Adult Chunks

The second ingredient of this dog food is cornmeal which is a coarsely ground flour made from the dried corn. Corn is a controversial and inexpensive cereal grain of only low nutritional value to a dog.

For that reason, it is not considered to be a preferred part of any dog food.

The third ingredient of this product is sorghum (milo) which is a starchy cereal grain having a similar nutrient profile to corn.

Because it is gluten-free and claims a smoother blood sugar performance than other grains, sorghum may be considered as a satisfactory non-meat ingredient.

The fourth ingredient of this dog food is chicken by-product meal, which is a dry product of the slaughterhouse waste.

This meal is made from the leftover of a slaughtered chicken after all prime cuts have been separated, which includes almost anything left including beaks, feet, and even undeveloped eggs, anything except the feathers.

But on the bright side, these portions are basically meat concentrates and comprise protein approximately 300% more than the fresh chicken.

The fifth ingredient is the beet pulp, which is a controversial ingredient, as it is a high fiber by-product made of sugar beet processing.

Although this food contains all the amino acids that are needed for a dog, it is still considered a lower quality dog food.

4. Kal Kan Complete Adult

Kal Kan Complete Adult Dog Food

This dog food makes the list because of its ingredients which are not really nutritional and are somewhat harmful to the dogs.

The first ingredient is corn, which is a controversial and inexpensive cereal grain.

And apart from its energy content, this item is of only average nutritional value to a dog, therefore it is not a preferred component in any dog food.

The second ingredient is meat as well as the bone meal which is a dry product from the mammal tissues, including bones, exclusive of any added hair, blood, hoof, hide trimmings, horn, manure, rumen contents, and stomach.

Meat and bone meal may have a lower digestibility than most of the other meat meals.

Whereas, scientists are of the view that this decreased absorption may be because of the lower essential amino acid and higher ash content in the ingredient.

The meat itself can come from any mixture of cattle, pigs, goats or sheep, which can make classifying impossible for particular food allergens.

Although meat and bone meals are still considered to be meat concentrates that are rich in protein, yet a generic ingredient like this cannot be considered a quality item.

Kal kan’s third ingredient is a soybean meal which a by-product or leftover of soybean oil production more usually found in farm animal feed.

Although soybean meal comprises about 48% of protein, this ingredient would be estimated of having lower biological value as compared to meat.

Inexpensive plant-based items like this can particularly boost the total protein, an element that must be considered while judging the actual meat content of this dog food.

The fourth ingredient of this dog food is wheat which is another cereal grain and possess same issues as the corn.

The fifth ingredient of this product includes chicken leftover or by-product meal, a dry leftover product of slaughterhouse waste.

Given the overall bad ingredients puts this Kal Kan product on the list of worst dog foods.

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5. Twin Pet

Twin Pet dog food is a plant-based dry dog food utilizing a limited amount of unnamed and unidentified meat as its main source of animal protein.

Twin pet contains cheap ingredients which are of not very good quality and don’t provide necessary nutrition to dogs.

Twin Pet Dog Food

The first ingredient in this dog food is corn which is an inexpensive as well as controversial cereal grain and has only modest nutritional value to a dog.

The second ingredient is wheat middlings, also known as wheat mill run, it is basically a cheap by-product which is left after the cereal grain processing.

Unfortunately, the disparities in nutrient content in the wheat middlings can be a critical concern in determining their aptness for being used in any dog food or even the livestock feeds as well.

In actuality, wheat middlings is just the milling dust as well as floor sweepings, it is considered to be an ingredient which is more typically associated with lower quality pet foods.

The third ingredient is the meat and bone meal, a rendered product from the mammal tissues, it has a lower digestibility in comparison with the other meat meals.

Other unhealthy, non-nutritional ingredients in this dog food include animal fat which is unspecified and salt and the quantity of salt is also unknown which makes it difficult to determine the nutritional value of this ingredient.

So altogether this product is one of the dog food brands to avoid.

6. Gravy Train

Gravy Train dog food

This dog food is included because of its harmful ingredients and because it lacks nutritional items needed for the strong growth of the dog.

The ingredients include...

Water necessary for processing, chicken, soybean meal, wheat flour, animal fat (preserved with BHA), modified corn starch, lamb, meat by-products, brewers rice, bone phosphate, salt, soy flour, caramel color.

Calcium carbonate, titanium dioxide (color), vitamins (vitamin A supplement, vitamin E supplement, thiamine mononitrate, d-calcium pantothenate, niacin supplement, riboflavin supplement, vitamin D3 supplement, pyridoxine hydrochloride, folic acid, vitamin B12 supplement, biotin), and in minerals (ferrous sulfate, manganous oxide, zinc oxide, copper sulfate, sodium selenite, calcium iodate).

Gravy Train dog food is basically a meat-based canned food that utilizes a moderate amount of meat or poultry by-products as main sources of animal protein in it.

It is highly not recommended being a harmful and non-nutritional dog food because of ingredients like corn, animal fat and animal bone meat.

7. Purina Dog Chow

Purina has introduced a number of pet food brands manufactured by the Nestle Purina PetCare Company. The company began as the Ralston Purina Company in 1893 and presently it includes more than half a dozen diverse product items.

Purina Dog Chow

Purina Dog Chow is, unfortunately, one of the worst dog food product as well.

Its flaws include that they use low-quality filler and non-nutritive ingredients like wheat, soy and corn products – the dog foods they provide are also loaded with artificial colors, preservatives, and flavors.

Unfortunately, many dog owners continue to buy these products because they are inexpensive and very well promoted.

8. Beneful

Purina Beneful dog food

Beneful is another product line that lies under the Purina umbrella of brands.

The brand itself was released in 2001 and its main draw is the fact that its dog food boxes come in a variety of shapes, textures, and colors.

Beneful offers different varieties of dry dog food products as well as wet dog food that apparently contains “real meats” like chicken, beef, and salmon.

If you take a quick look at the ingredients list for some of Beneful’s dry dog food products, you will find that while there are some real meats included, they are likely outweighed by standard products and plant proteins.

For example, the Benefuls Originals with Real Beef dry dog food lists beef as the main ingredient but it also contains five fillers or by-products.

There are also numerous artificial colors and flavors in their dog foods.

Beneful’s wet dog food products are made with wheat, corn, and soy ingredients as well as artificial flavors.

9. The Pedigree Brand

This dog food is owned and produced by Mars PetCare, a subordinate of Mars, Inc. which is the sixth largest privately held company in the United States.

Pedigree provides a wide variety of dry dog foods, wet dog foods, and other dog treats that are marketed as really good food.

Pedigree Dog Food

They make products for adult dogs, senior dogs, and puppies, as well as recipes for dogs of different sizes and with different health and dietary needs.

If you check the ingredients list for most of these products, however, you will find that they do not vary in terms of their formulation.

Many Pedigree products list whole grain corn as one of the first ingredients.

Not only is this ingredient a common food allergen for dogs, but it provides very inadequate nutritional value.

Most of their dog foods are heavy on carbs and filled with low-quality fillers as well as artificial flavors.

The only reason this brand is popular because it is cheap and affordable.

10. Kibbles 'n Bits

Kibbles 'n Bits dog food

This brand of dog food is easily one of the most popular brands on the market.

But a quick glance at their dog food formulas demonstrates that not only is joy missing -their motto is Joy in every bite - from the ingredients list, but so are many high-quality ingredients which they claim that their food includes.

Kibbles’n Bits dog food is supposed to made with flavorful roasted meats like chicken and beef.

One look at the ingredients list for any of their dry dog foods will show they are very carb heavy corn-based, which is the first ingredient in many cases.

Kibbles’n Bits wet dog foods are also loaded with corn, wheat, and soy ingredients making it a dog food to stay away from.

11. Ol' Roy

The Ol’ Roy brand of dog food is manufactured/Produced by the Mars Group specifically to sell in Wal-Mart stores.

Though this brand certainly belongs on the list for worst dog food brands of all time, it is still one of the highest selling dog food brands in the United States.

Ol' Roy dog food

The key reason for this is probably the fact that it is easy to find and highly affordable.

A review of the ingredients list for numerous, Ol’ Roy dog foods products reveals they use corn, soy and wheat ingredients, as well as, cheap quality meat products and artificial flavors.

A 50-pound bag of Ol’ Roy dog food costs less than $25 which is another red flag because it is a very low standard of dog food products.

12. Diamond

Diamond dog food

The Diamond Pet Food Company is owned and produced by Schell & Kampeter and it comprises three product lines.

The original Diamond line of dog foods lacks the desired quality you should be looking for in your dog's food.

A review of several Diamond dog food products reveals the use of corn, soy and wheat ingredients.

Many of the meat-based ingredients come from unnamed sources like fish meal or they are meat by-products of questionable quality.

They don’t use as many artificial flavors and colors as many brands on this list so that's a plus at least.

Still, any brand that makes heavy use of wheat, soy and corn, products should be avoided.

13. Blackwood 1000 Dog Food

Blackwood 1000 dog food has an ingredients list that’s full of items that deliver no health benefits to dogs and can even be harmful to their health.

It also contains a lot of ingredients that comprise of GMOs.

Blackwood dog food

Since many studies that have been conducted suggest that GMOs are not safe for humans to eat it’s certainly not a good idea to fill your dog with such foods on a daily basis.

14. Wegmans Bruiser Kibble Variety Mix

Wegmans Bruiser Kibble Variety Mix dog food

This brand of dry dog food has ingredients that have been considered dangerous for dogs to eat, as it includes as chemicals including BHA, xantham gum, BHT, corn gluten, and food coloring.

Wegmans Bruiser Kibble Variety Mix demonstrates the motto that you typically get what you pay for.

The price of it is attractive, but if you’re looking to give your dog stable nourishment you should look for an alternative option.

15. IAMS ProActive Health Smart Puppy Original Formula

Pups are very much like a human child, in a sense that what you feed them early on can have a big impact on their growth and development.

Iams ProActive Health Smart Puppy Original Formula may contain the phrase “Health Smart” on its label, but it’s actually not all that healthy.

IAMS Proactive Health Smart Puppy dog food

In one disturbing case, a dog owner on the Consumer Affairs website observed that her pet displayed indications of a parasite soon after eating this food.

However, a vet confirmed the digestive issue arose due to the food, and no parasites were present in the dog luckily.

16. Alpo by Purina

Alpo by Purina dog food

After a lot of complaints about dogs getting sick and dying that ate Alpo dog food - which is made by Purina - it prompted the FDA to start its own investigation into the company’s processing plants.

If the brand doesn’t bother to meet basic production guidelines, then there’s no need to consider it a healthy product for your dog.


Top 16 Healthiest Dog Food Brands of 2020

Owning a dog may look like a very easy thing to do but most of the pet-owners don’t know what food is good for their dogs and what food should they avoid.

Because of this lack of knowledge, many dogs are under-nourished or even sometimes over-nourished.

You can't expect your dog to have healthy and long life if you are not concerned about what is it eating and whether it's in accordance with the needs and requirements of your dog or not.

Below is a list of 16 best dog foods that contain the most needed and healthy ingredients.

These dog foods are highly recommended to make your dog’s life healthy and happy.

Armed with this information, any dog-owner can have the proper knowledge regarding what’s best for their dog and their diet.

1. Eagle Pack Dog Food

Eagle Pack is one the top dog food brands and has been produced over 25 years.

It is considered to be one of the top foods for dogs as it energizes them by providing natural and quality nutrition without any fillers or any artificial preservatives.

This dog food has the right balance of proteins, fats, carbohydrates, omega fatty acids and antioxidants for energetic spirit, shiny coat, bright eyes and good digestion.

Its innovative formulas have been constantly researched with vets and trainers since 1985 in order to make sure they naturally fuel and energize the dog’s daily routine and adventures.

The quality protein sources of this dog food included in all formulas which have highly digestible protein as the first and foremost ingredient.

Wholesome grains and fiber such as tomato pomace, brown rice and oatmeal which provide natural nutrients for firm stools and healthy digestion.

It is also considered one of the best dog foods because it contains flaxseed which helps nourish your dog’s skin and coat.

Another great quality of this dog food as it has no artificial preservatives, flavors or colors, quality natural nutrition without artificial preservatives or fillers.

Read our full Eagle Pack dog food review...

2. The Honest Kitchen Dog Food

The Honest Kitchen dog foods are rich in ingredients providing proper nutrition making one of the healthiest dog food options.

The Honest Kitchen Dog Food

Their ingredients include chicken, organic quinoa, spinach, sweet potatoes, organic kelp, parsley, tricalcium phosphate, zinc amino acid chelate, choline chloride, vitamin E supplement, vitamin D3 supplement. Potassium chloride, potassium iodide, iron amino acid chelate, sodium selenite, copper amino acid chelate and thiamine mononitrate.

Their dog foods comprise chelated minerals, which means the minerals that have been attached to a protein, chemically.

This makes them easily absorbed and these minerals are normally found in better dog foods.

Read our full Honest Kitchen dog food review...

3. Solid Gold Dog Food

Is Solid Gold Dog Food Good? - Puplore.com

The ‘Gold Source’ of Solid Gold’s nutrition is a mixture of nutrient-dense super-foods that are included in all of their dry dog food recipes.

While many high-quality dog foods include their own antioxidant mixture of sorts, the superfood mix of Solid Gold dog food includes more than just a vitamin-packed blend.

Some of its ingredients include vegetables and fruits like kelp, spinach, carrot, cranberry, blueberry, pumpkin, and apple, but with lots of extras.

Oils from sesame and proteins from ocean fish meal, salmon, and almond provide very considerable amounts Vitamin E and omega fatty acids.

Other ingredients include herbs such as the antioxidant-rich rosemary, which is a natural preservative, spearmint, for digestion and thyme, which boosts the immune system.

The most prominent feature of this dog food is that it has no chemicals, flavors, artificial colors, preservatives, or any corn, soy or wheat.

Solid gold is adamant about utilizing only responsibly and naturally sourced ingredients and this is easy to see in their products and their positive reputation!

Read our full Solid Gold dog food review...

4. Wellness Pet Food

Wellness Pet Foods

Wellness dog foods contain all the healthy and nutritional ingredients required for the better health and stability of your dog.

An exciting addition to its ingredients is the inclusion of chicken, chicken meal, turkey meal which is meat concentrate rich in protein, and also vegetables like peas and potatoes, tomato pomace, and also ground dried potato.

It also contains flaxseed which is rich in soluble fiber and is the best plant source of the healthy omega-3 fatty acids, highly nutritious and needed for the dogs.

Learn why Wellness is one of the healthiest dog food brands in our full review...

5. Canidae Dog Food

Canidae PURE Dog Food

Canidae dog food is considered to be one of the top dog foods as it contains menhaden fish meal, chicken, peas, lentils, dried whole egg, potatoes, chicken fat, flaxseed, sun-cured alfalfa and natural flavor

It also comprises chelated minerals similar to The Honest Kitchen.

Read our full Canidae dog food review...

6. Fromm Family Dog Food

Fromm Gold is considered to be one of the better brands as it is the best food for active adult dogs.

It's prepared with real Wisconsin cheese, lamb, chicken, duck, whole eggs and enhanced with salmon oil for a healthy coat and probiotics for aiding digestion.

The ingredients of this dog food includes...

Duck, chicken, chicken meal, chicken fat, brown rice, oatmeal, pearled barley, menhaden fish meal, lamb, potatoes, dried whole egg, dried tomato pomace, salmon oil, cheese, brewers dried yeast, flaxseed, alfalfa meal, carrots, chicken cartilage, lettuce, celery, salt, monocalcium phosphate,

potassium chloride, L-Tryptophan, DL-Methionine, Taurine, Chicory Root Extract, Yucca Schidigera Extract, Calcium Sulfate, Sorbic Acid (Preservative), Sodium Selenite, Vitamins, Probiotics, Minerals.

According to their guaranteed analysis, it has minimum around 24% of Crude Protein, 16% of Crude Fat and maximum 3.5% of Crude Fiber and 10% Moisture, it also has a minimum about 0.5% Omega 3 Fatty Acids and 2.5% Omega 6 Fatty Acids.

Fromm dog foods have all the good and necessary ingredients which must be present in dog food in order to strengthen the dog’s immune system as well as provide vital energy.

PLEASE NOTE: Amazon.com and Chewy are NOT authorized retailers to sell Fromm Family Dog Food. Because of this we suggest using only authorized online retailers such as PetFlow.

Read our full Fromm dog food review...

7. Taste of the Wild Dog Food

Taste of the Wild dog food includes grain-free formulas which are described to be made based on what dogs would eat in the wild.

It provides extremely digestible energy, has a better flavor, and provides natural antioxidants to support overall health and a healthy immune system.

Taste of the Wild dog food has been quite popular with pet owners looking for grain-free dog food at a decent price.

This dog food is one the top dog foods as its number one ingredient is buffalo.

The second ingredient in this dog food is lamb meal which is considered as a meat concentrate and has almost 300% more protein than the fresh lamb.

Its third ingredient is sweet potato which is a gluten-free source of a dog food’s complex carbs, which can naturally be rich in beta-carotene and dietary fiber.

They also use the same quality of water found in our bottled water for steam-drying all of their foods, ensuring that they’re free of microorganisms, inorganic and organic compounds.

Read our full Taste of the Wild review...

8. Merrick Dog Food

The ingredients that make Merrick dog food one of the best and highly desired dog food is the inclusion of deboned duck, deboned chicken, turkey meal, salmon meal which is a source of omega 3 fatty acids, peas, potatoes, sweet potatoes, potato protein, lamb meal, duck fat that is preserved with the mixed tocopherols, chicken fat which is also preserved with the mixed tocopherols, blueberries, apples, salmon oil, organic alfalfa, natural flavor, salt.

9. Acana Dog Food

Acana singles are considered to be one the best dog foods because of its natural and healthy ingredients which includes duck, duck meal and vegetables like green peas and red lentils both are the rich sources of natural fiber.

It also contains duck liver and duck fat which is a great source of omega 6 fatty acids.

In grains, this dog food contains chickpeas, pinto beans and it also includes herring oil.

All these ingredients are highly nutritional and rich in protein and fiber which are found in the top dog food brands.

Read our full Acana dog food review...

10. Orijen Dog Food

Orijen Dog Food

Orijen dog food has a huge variety of ingredients in it including chicken and turkey meat, whole eggs, flounder, mackerel, chicken liver as well as turkey liver, and also the heart of both chicken and turkey as they are naturally rich in quality minerals, protein, and also complex B vitamins.

It also contains red and green lentils, navy and pinto beans, alfalfa, chickpeas and chicory root.

In simple words - Orijen is basically a meat-based and grain-free dry dog food that uses an abundance of named and specified meats and fish as the main sources of animal protein in their dog food.

Read our full Orijen dog food review...


11. Dogswell

Dogswell was founded in 2004 by Marco Giannini, who grew up with a German shepherd named Emily that developed hip dysplasia.

The spiteful experience of giving her pills helped Marco comprehend that there was an opportunity to add practical benefits right into pet treats and to produce treats that have positive effects and taste even better.

Dogswell is dedicated to producing high-quality food and treats that are:

  • Great in taste
  • Contain added minerals, vitamins, or supplements that deliver functional health benefits
  • Made with real food ingredients
  • Made using preservatives from mineral and natural sources

    Free of any corn, sugar, wheat, soy, or artificial flavors

12. Natural Balance

Natural Balance’s grain free formula utilizes only a select few protein and carbohydrate sources, making it ideal dog food for dogs with delicate stomachs or allergies to foods products usually utilized in dog kibble.

It contains Omega 3 Fatty acids from flaxseed which nourishes the skin and keep your pup’s fur healthy and shiny.

Their ingredient list is comprised of potatoes, duck, canola oil (with natural mixed tocopherols), natural flavor, potato protein and potato fiber.


13. Earthborn Holistic

Earthborn Holistic is another best dog food product which ensures that your pup is getting high protein levels that help develop and sustain energy and build muscle mass.

Lamb meal and Bison meal are lean meats that are rich in composed amino acids which are considered important building blocks for a fit body.

Egg protein is the organic standard that all other proteins are compared with. Rich protein sources like these help build a durable basis for your dog’s complete health.

While guaranteed levels of antioxidant nutrients like Vitamin E and Vitamin C blended with nutrient-rich vegetables and fruits such as peas, apples, blueberries, carrots, spinach, and cranberries help support the immune system and provide optimal health.


14. Evanger's

Evanger’s Chicken Dry Dog Food is formulated to meet the nutrition levels determined by the AAFCO dog food profiles for all life stages.

Fresh chicken is the first and main ingredient. There is zero corn, soy fillers or wheat.

The ingredients includes...

Oatmeal, Dried Egg, Carrots, Vitamin A Supplement, d-Calcium Pantothenate (source of Vitamin B5)Chicken, Chicken Meal, Dried Kelp, Cranberries, Blueberries, Brown Rice, Celery, Beets, Parsley, Lettuce, Watercress, Spinach, Potassium Chloride, Vitamins [Vitamin E Supplement, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Niacin Supplement.

There is no doubt this product can be considered a good diet plan for your dog.


15. Nutro

Nutro Wholesome Essentials contains real chicken which delivers the amino acids adult dogs require to build muscle and uphold a healthy metabolism.

Nutro’s natural dog food contains whole grains to nourish a healthy digestive system for appropriate nutrient absorption, whole oatmeal that’s high in solvable fiber for delicate stomachs, and antioxidants, such as vitamin E, for overall cellular health and healthy immune system.

They never use artificial flavors, preservatives or colors; only the best ingredients nature has to offer.

Not only will your dog adore the taste, but you’ll like the results.

All these qualities make it one of the best dog foods you can buy in 2020.


16. Dr. Harvey's

Dr. Harvey’s is a fairly new growing pet food online business that just lately expanded to retail shops but has quickly become one of the best dog food brands available.

Dr. Harvey's uses a freeze drying procedure that safely conserves the essential amino acids in the beef.

It also includes eggs, carrots, raw chicken, potatoes and flaxseed meal.

Their 5 pound bag of Canine Health Miracle Dog Food makes 33 one pound meals.

It is also a known fact flaxseed meal is one of the best plant base cradles of healthy omega-3 acids, which their dog food contains.

Dr. Harvey’s then throws in a mix of green beans, peas zucchini, Broccoli, and beets.

Strangely this product contains alfalfa, although this hay is high in protein it’s very rare to see in high-end brand dog foods.


What Dog Foods Are Killing Dogs?

IMPORTANT FDA UPDATE - JUNE 27, 2019

If you read about a recent FDA statement in regards to grain free dog food please visit the links below for more detailed information.

It is important to note that they still have not found any evidence to say the dog food brands in their report are the direct cause of these reported DCM cases.

Here is a direct link to the FDA's investigation and their current findings.

At this time there have been no recalls made on these brand's products since the FDA's findings are still inconclusive.

Champion Pet Foods, makers of Acana and Orijen, have updated their FAQ's to address this topic which you can find here...

We always recommend consulting with your vet about your pup's specific dietary needs. Just like our human food, there is no 'one size fits all' option for our dogs either. 


Wrapping it pUp...

Since your pup is part of your family you know you need to choose a diet full of nourishment and flavor.

We hope you use the information here to make a more informed decision when it comes to not only buying the best dogs food possible but also knowing which dog food brands to avoid.

Please Note:

The opinions and analysis contained on this website are my own personal views - along with Gunnar's input of course - and countless hours of research.

These reviews are here to help you make a more informed purchasing decision in regards to feeding your dog the best food possible. Be aware though, that every dog is unique and no food will be good for all dogs. If you are in doubt, consult a qualified veterinarian.

Puplore does not accept money or gifts from dog food companies. I do receive a small affiliate commission if you decide to purchase from our links which allows me to pay my bills on time and continue to spoil Gunnar as much as I can!!

About the Author Drew & Gunnar

As you can see, Gunnar makes Drew do all the work but heading outdoors with your best friend is never really work! Drew buys the products and Gunnar does the testing so you can rest assured you are reading the most up to date information to make the best decision for your dog's health and well-being! Make sure to visit our YouTube channel :)

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