Deciding what dog foods to feed your pet is always an important decision for puppy and dog owners. There are so many different types of dog foods available now that it is often very difficult to decide what is best, let alone finding the best dog foods your dog will happily consume, often for day after day after day.
Safety is usually the biggest concern for pet owners — and one of the hardest challenges for dog food manufacturers to meet. Since the recalls on a lot of Chinese-sourced food in 2007, consumers started reading labels to see where their food was coming from. Unfortunately, even ingredients sourced in the U.S. are sometimes not safe.
In early 2015, the law firm of Morgan and Morgan filed a class action lawsuit against Purina over ingredients found in its line of Beneful dog food. Despite this lawsuit — and the thousands of complaints of kidney failure that led to it — the products remain available to purchase.
Of the pet owners we surveyed, 70 percent admitted that they didn’t know all of the ingredients in their dog’s food — including the very ingredients at the heart of the Purina lawsuit. All dog foods claim to be “premium” and “all natural,” but with very few regulations on what it takes to meet these qualifications, many of these claims are little more than flashy marketing gimmicks and false advertising.
Just verifying all the ingredients in your food are “safe” doesn’t mean they are optimal or even healthy for your best friend. Dogs need the right combination of protein, fat, moisture, fiber, and nutrients to live healthy, happy lives. The wrong ingredients in the wrong combinations can lead to a host of health problems, both physical and mental.
This review of the best dog foods available is updated as manufacturers update their recipes and formulas to meet new standards.
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