Find The Complete Selection Of Dry Dog Food Brands For 2018!
There is a lot of controversy about dry dog food, with a lot of questions being asked by concerned dog owners just like you and I.
This expert roundup provides all the answers needed to make a well informed decision on what food you should be feeding your pet.
It can become confusing and as we all want to do the best for our pets, we have reviewed the top dried dog foods, so you can find the best dog food available within your price range.
What should dogs eat?
Dogs are omnivores with impressive digestive systems, and they can and do enjoy some disgusting snacks, I know this from personal experience (cat poo is definitely the worst)
However, the “tasty” treats they pick up on walks are a different matter from what they should be eating day in/day out. Like all of us, a dog needs a decent diet to enjoy a long healthy life.
Taking vitamins every day (see here for oil capsules) whilst surviving on a diet of cheap, processed food like pizza and burgers won’t stop humans from suffering other diet-related health issues, like obesity, diabetes and heart problems and it’s the same for dogs.
A dog’s diet should consist of;
This video will help you understand how a dog’s digestive system works
Dog food companies are in business to make a profit and many will use cheaper ingredients to do so. Unfortunately, in this country, the legislation is not strict enough and many owners are unaware what’s in the food they are buying.
For example, a food stating it is ‘rich in chicken” can contain as little as 14% chicken or chicken meal, not necessarily the chicken we would eat and well below what most of us would consider “rich”.
This allows for some fancy marketing which the big players take advantage of and can be very confusing for dog owners.
Ideally, the main ingredient in any complete dry dog food should be meat, yes, dogs are omnivores and will eat almost anything but when was the last time Fido rushed into a field of wheat and started to chow down.
Their digestive systems are built for meat and unfortunately, not many complete dog foods contain a lot of it.
Then there is the question of what kind of meat? Meat meal and derivatives can be extremely vague this allows companies to change the ingredients to cheaper ones when needed and leaves us even more in the dark as to what we are feeding our canine companions.
Of course, if your dog suffers from allergies, has a sensitive stomach or itchy skin you will want to choose a brand which produces a hypoallergenic dry food this usually means it contains no wheat, corn, soy, dairy or artificial additives.
Remember hypoallergenic doesn’t mean will not cause allergies it just means there is a lower risk!
Ingredients to avoid in dog food
Not all dried dog food contains the best ingredients, but as long as the price reflects this, the labelling is clear and we, as pet owners are not being misled, fair enough.
Always check the label some of the more expensive leading brands contain ingredients we should not be feeding our dogs and the quality of meat is the same as ones that cost much less.
Harrington's Dog Food Complete Lamb and Rice Dry Mix, 15 kg
This complete food is suitable for all dogs and is rich in Omega 3 and 6 fatty acids. It contains no added wheat, no soy, and no dairy as well as boasting no artificial colours or flavours. It also has Yucca extract as an ingredient which fights against flatulent odours.
Bakers Adult Dog Food Chicken and Veg, 14 kg
Although a popular brand this complete dried dog food consists of high amounts of carbohydrates. It does state that there are the required essential nutrients and no artificial flavourings, it also has a taste dogs seem to enjoy.
Lily's Kitchen Adult Venison & Duck Complete Dry Food for Dogs 7kg
This grain-free complete food for dogs is made using 35% freshly prepared venison from the UK, along with healthy vegetables and botanical herbs. There is no dried meat, meat meals (i.e. carcasses) or meat derivatives or any fillers and artificial additives
Arden Grange Adult Chicken Dog Food - 12 kg
This medium size hypoallergenic kibble is suitable for most dogs and contains Human-grade chicken and fewer carbohydrates than many alternatives. Arden Grange complete dog foods contain nutrients and natural supplements promoting optimum health.
Wagg Dog Food Complete Chicken and Veg 12kg
This budget kibble has no artificial flavourings, colours or added sugar, it also has very little protein, however so do some of the more expensive brands. It provides a balanced diet and is great value for money.
James Wellbeloved Dog Food Adult Turkey and Rice Kibble 15kg
The 100% natural, ingredients in this turkey and rice kibble are hypo-allergenic, easy to digest and tasty. Ideal for dogs with delicate digestive systems and itchy coats James Wellbeloved is one of the best UK dried dog food brands producing a range of flavours full of natural goodness.
Royal Canin Dog Food Medium Adult 15kg
With this easy to digest complete dog food, Royal Canin offer a kibble that promotes ideal shape in dogs from 12 months to 7 years thanks to an adapted energy intake. Rich in vitamins and nutrients it also contains Omega 3 and 6 fatty acids for healthy skin and coat.
Eukanuba Dry Dog Food Breed Nutrition Labrador Retriever Chicken, 12 kg
This dry food for dogs by Eukanuba has been specially formulated for Labrador Retrievers and is one of their range of breed specific formulas. It contains L-carnitine to reduce body fat as well as using 3D DentaDefense technology, which cleans Fido’s teeth reducing tartar build-up by up to 80%.
Skinner's Field & Trial Dog Food Duck & Rice
A hypoallergenic dry dog food specifically formulated for working dogs and excluding ingredients known to cause allergies. There are currently 3 flavours to choose from in this range, Duck and Rice, Salmon and Rice or Turkey and Rice, all free from wheat, soy and dairy products.
We all want our dogs to lead happy healthy lives, which is why there is so much concern over what goes into our four-legged friend’s food. My advice is to buy the best you can afford and avoid ones which contain nasty additives by-products and toxins.
Of course, some dogs require special diets but rather than paying exorbitant amounts for processed food, it may work out cheaper to do some research and prepare either home-cooked meals or a raw diet.
That being said, for many of us, that isn’t an option, for a middle of the road option I recommend either Arden Grange or James Wellbeloved both use natural ingredients, are hypoallergenic and have no artificial additives.
Of course, much is down to personal preference, if your pooch is doing well with no health issues on a cheaper brand that’s great, but sometimes the extra money spend on good quality kibble can be offset by reduced vet’s bills.
Check the label and see if the dry dog you’re feeding your beloved friend lives up to expectations. If not, it may be time for a change.