Dry food, with being cheaper, it is also about 60% to 90% more nutritious than canned dog foods. The only downfall is that most brands contain a higher percentage of low-quality fillers like corn and wheat and lower percentage of meat. The best thing that you can do to avoid purchasing such products is to check for the reviews prior to the purchase.
Always check for the ingredients that might prove to be harmful for your canine. Harmful ingredients includes additives like glyceryl monostearate, phosphoric acid, and propylene glycol; binders like corn gluten and wheat gluten; coloring agents (artificial color: a.c), like Blue 2 (a.c), Red 40 (a.c), Yellow 5 (a.c), Yellow 6 (a.c) and titanium dioxide.
Also, carbohydrate sources like cereal food fines, brewers rice, feeding oatmeal, grain fermentation solubles, maltodextrins, potato products (like peeling, pieces, and culls), soy flour; fat sources like animal fat, lard, beef fats, poultry fat, vegetable oil; can prove to be harmful for your canine.
Other baleful ingredients include flavoring agents like animal digest flavor and glandular meal; fiber sources like cellulose, corn cellulose, oat hulls, peanut hulls, rice hulls, soybean mill run, wheat mill run and corn bran.
Healthy dog food should also be free from fruits and vegetables like grapes, apple pomace, and citrus pulp; other preservatives like Butylated Hydroxysanisole (BHA), Butylated Hydroxytoluene (BHT), Gallic Acid or Propyl Ester (Propyl Gallate), and Ethoxyquin.
Also, strictly avoid protein sources like blood meal, chicken byproduct meal, beef meal, bone meal, corn distillers, dried grains with solubles, corn germ meal, fish meal, liver meal, meat meal, pork meal, soybean meal; supplements like mineral oil, bone phosphate, yeast culture, salt, yeast fermentation solubles.
Artificial sweeteners like corn syrup, cane molasses, fructose, sorbitrol, sugar, Dl-Alpha Tocopheryl Acetate; vitamins like vitamin K3 and synthetic vitamin K, can be fatal to your dog's health.The best dog food must contain 40% meat + 50% vegetables + 10% carbohydrates. Better opt for home cooked food if it is difficult for you to find the apt food.
Since there is a host of brands that produce dry dog food, it gets tough for a pet owner to zero in the best one. Find the food as per the specifications you want. For instance, you can find organic dog food, natural dog food, diabetic dog food, gluten-free dog food, as well as holistic dog food. Here are some of the best dog food brands in the market.
Orijen is one of the most popular types of premium dry dog food. Along with being a high grade dry food, it also contains about 70% meat and 30% vegetables and fruits. The best thing about this product is that it doesn't contain carbohydrate (grains). It also claims to have natural ingredients that maintain utmost dog health.
Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover's Soul
This is yet another favorite kind of dry dog food for two reasons. Firstly, it is pretty inexpensive and secondly, it contains some top dog foods like turkey, chicken, chicken meal and turkey meal, along with brown rice and whole grain white rice.
Blue Buffalo/Blue Wilderness
The Blue Buffalo dog food is made of adult chicken and whole grain brown rice. It provides high-quality protein and amino acids to your pet, along with complex carbohydrates that are easy to digest. Vegetables like carrots, sweet potatoes, and garlic are very beneficial as well.
Canidae's new formula for all life stages--grain free chicken, turkey, lamb, and fish, is pretty popular and gets maximum ratings as well. This food offers amino acids and proteins. The best thing about it is that it's totally fillers free and contains human grade meat, which is extremely healthy.
Dick Van Patten's Natural Balance
Natural Balance Ultra Premium dry dog food is made for both puppies and adult dogs. It is mostly suitable for all breeds and all life stages of the dog. It contains crude forms of protein, fats, fibers, omega 3, and omega 6 fatty acids, and several healthy vitamins like vitamin B complex and vitamin A.
Here are some other brands, you can try for your dogs.
- Pro Plan
- Pedigree Mealtime
- Wellness Core
- Eagle Pack
- Timberwolf Organics
- Royal Canin
- Nature's Variety
- Life's Abundance
- Science Diet
- California Natural
- The Honest Kitchen
- Nature's Recipe
- Natural Balance
Along with this, you can also learn to make dog food at home to maintain the optimum health and well-being of your canine.