Healthy Dog Food Choices


The Best Brands to Feed Your Dog in 2017

Now that you know a little more about the worst dog food brands on the market  – you may be curious to learn more about the brands we DO recommend. The top dog food brands for 2017 are made with high-quality, wholesome ingredients like real meat and seafood as well as digestible carbohydrates and healthy fats. These brands make products that are rich in animal proteins and loaded with natural sources for key nutrients to ensure balanced nutrition and optimal nutrient absorption. Here are the top 5 dog food brands recommended for 2017:

Acana Regionals

The Acana brand of pet food is known for producing high-quality, biologically appropriate diets. A biologically appropriate diet is simply a meat-based diet designed to mimic the evolutionary diet followed by wild dogs and cats. Acana dog foods are designed in keeping with a Whole Prey nutritional philosophy which includes fresh meat, organs, and raw bone balanced with fresh fruits and vegetables for complete and balanced nutrition. Acana offers several different lines of products but one of their best is the Regionals line of dry foods. This product line includes four meat-rich recipes made with fresh, regional ingredients like ranch-raised meats, free-run poultry and wild-caught fish. Acana Regionals dog foods are made with 70% meat ingredients supplemented with sun-ripened vegetables, fruits, and botanicals. Because Acana pet foods are made with fresh fruits and vegetables, they don’t need to load up with synthetic supplements to ensure nutritional balance. In fact, most recipes only require two or three supplements.

Recall Info: Though the Acana company has been in business for more than 25 years, they have yet to be affected by a single recall. Acana pet foods are produced by Champion Petfoods, an award-winning manufacturer that also makes the Orijen brand of pet food.

Quality Ingredients: deboned chicken, deboned turkey, chicken giblets, catfish meal, whole green peas, red lentils, pollock meal, chicken fat, whole eggs, herring oil, whole pumpkin, spinach, turnip greens, chelated minerals, dried fermentation products

Earthborn Holistic

The Earthborn Holistic brand of dog food is known for offering “a wholesome approach to nutrition with high-quality ingredients that nourish the whole pet” from the inside out. This company follows a holistic approach to pet nutrition as well which means that each recipes includes carefully chosen ingredients – everything your dog needs with nothing he doesn’t. Earthborn Holistic dog foods come in dry food and wet food formulas in both regular and grain-free varieties. This company uses nature’s finest proteins like premium whitefish meal and chicken meal as well as wholesome carbohydrates like brown rice, oatmeal, and barley. Their grain-free recipes are made with nutrient-rich vegetables like sweet potatoes, peas, and tapioca. Not only are Earthborn Holistic’s recipes made with high-quality ingredients, they are also loaded with protein and healthy fats.

Recall Info: The Earthborn Holistic brand of dog food is made by Midwestern Pet Foods, a fourth-generation, family-owned company that has been in business for over 90 years. Even though Earthborn Holistic pet foods have been around for nearly a century, they have yet to be affected by a single recall.

Quality Ingredients: chicken meal, whitefish meal, menhaden fish meal, oatmeal, ground barley, ground brown rice, chicken fat, sweet potatoes, ground flaxseed, carrots, spinach, chelated minerals, dried fermentation products

Nature’s Variety Instinct

The Nature’s Variety pet food company offers several different lines of products but the two main options are Instinct and Prairie. The Instinct line of products is highly varied, offering everything from traditional kibble and canned foods to raw frozen, high-protein, and limited ingredient recipes. Every product in the Instinct line of dog foods begins with a high-quality animal protein like chicken, turkey, duck, lamb or rabbit and many of the recipes are naturally grain-free. Instinct Raw Bites contain 95% animal protein with zero gluten or grains and Instinct Raw Boost is a blend of protein-rich kibble and freeze-dried raw bites. The Ultimate Protein line of kibble is naturally grain-free and loaded with 95% animal protein. All in all, Natures Variety offers a wide selection of products in the Instinct line and each and every one of them offers unbeatable quality and natural flavor.

Recall Info: The Nature’s Variety brand offers a number of different product lines but the Instinct line is by far the best option. Although this brand offers excellent quality, they have struggled with a few small recalls affecting only their raw dog food products.

Quality Ingredients: chicken, turkey, duck, rabbit, lamb, chicken fat, eggs, chickpeas, tapioca, butternut squash, spinach, broccoli, salmon oil, freeze-dried chicken, freeze-dried turkey liver, ground flaxseed, chelated minerals, dried fermentation products

Taste of the Wild

The Taste of the Wild pet food brand knows that pets crave meat and natural flavor. That is why all of their products are meat-rich and grain-free, designed in keeping with the natural ancestral diet of wild dogs. Taste of the Wild formulas are made with quality meats, digestible carbohydrates, and healthy fats to ensure complete and balanced nutrition – they are also supplemented with chelated minerals for maximum nutrient absorption and dried fermentation products for digestive support. Each Taste of the Wild recipe begins with a real roasted meat and is supplemented with fresh fruits, vegetables, and legumes for energy and dietary fiber. Taste of the Wild offers recipes for puppies as well as those formulated for dogs in all life stages and each recipe is loaded with natural sources for key nutrients. Simply put, it is hard to do much better than Taste of the Wild when it comes to premium dog food.

Recall Info: The Taste of the Wild brand of dog food is manufactured by the Diamond Pet Foods company, a little-known fact. Though Diamond Pet Foods has been subject to a number of recalls for their other product lines, there has only been one minor recall affecting a small batch of Taste of the Wild dry dog and cat food products in 2012.

Quality Ingredients: roasted bison, roasted venison, roasted lamb, wild boar, ocean fish meal, duck meal, lamb meal, sweet potatoes, peas, lentils, garbanzo beans, blueberries, raspberries, salmon oil, chelated minerals, dried fermentation products

Wellness CORE

The Wellness brand of dog food is made by WellPet, LLC and there are a number of different product lines to choose from. One of the most popular lines is the Wellness CORE line of grain-free dog foods. This line includes three air-dried recipes as well as an assortment of moist, semi-moist, and wet foods. There are also seven traditional grain-free kibbles including recipes for puppies, adult dogs, small breeds, large breeds, and weight management. Wellness CORE dog foods are protein-rich and thoughtfully balanced to ensure optimal nutrition – they are also loaded with omega fatty acids to support your dog’s healthy skin and coat. In terms of carbohydrates, the Wellness CORE relies on starchy vegetables like sweet potatoes as well as fresh fruits and vegetables that also act as natural sources for key nutrients.

Recall Info: The Wellness brand of dog food offers a wide variety of products and it has been in existence since 1926. Although Wellness has been around for ages, there are very few recalls in the brand’s history and only one minor recall affecting the Wellness CORE line of products in particular – it was issued for a small run of Wellness CORE cat food products due to low levels of thiamine.

Quality Ingredients: chicken, turkey, chicken meal, turkey liver, salmon, chickpeas, peas, potatoes, ground flaxseed, sweet potatoes, apples, carrots, salmon oil, chelated minerals, dried fermentation products

These are just a few of the many high-quality brands of pet food on the market for 2017. If you truly care about your dog, you’ll do what it takes to make sure that his nutritional needs are met in the healthiest, most delicious way possible. Don’t fall for “trumped up” products sold by low-quality brands – give your dog the nutrition he deserves and he will thank you for it!

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