What every best Dog Food has:
- Complete nutrition.
- Whole meat or a named meat meal as its top ingredient.
- No fillers or low-quality grains.
Orijen Adult Dog Food is expensive, but experts -- and dog owners -- say it's worth it. It's a high-protein, grain-free food made from fresh, locally sourced Canadian meats, eggs, produce and wild-caught fish. All preservatives are natural and protein sources are certified as being fit for human consumption. Orijen is made in a company-owned plant and the food has a spotless recall history. See our full review »Buy for $93.72
It costs more than the dog kibble that can be purchased in your local supermarket, but experts say Taste of the Wild High Prairie is worth it: It's grain-free and soy-free, with no artificial preservatives. Buffalo meat is its top named ingredient, followed by lamb meal and chicken meal -- and there's even venison in the mix. It's not as meaty as Orijen, however, and the safety record, while good, is not quite spotless. See our full review »Buy for $55.90
It's hard to find a quality dog food on the shelves of a supermarket or warehouse store, but Kirkland dry dog food (sold primarily at Costco) comes pretty close. It has an above-average meat content compared to its supermarket competition and, while the dog food is not grain-free, it mostly avoids the use of lower-quality grains. See our full review »
Experts say dogs should really eat wet food, and Fromm Family Gold illustrates why. It's grain-free and loaded with meat (USDA-approved, human-quality meat, at that), and with veggies, vitamins and minerals -- a simple recipe that's ideal for dogs, experts say. It costs less than other super-premium canned dog foods, too. See our full review »
Newman's Own Organics Grain Free Beef & Liver has a nutrient profile that mimics what a dog would eat in the wild. It's grain-free, and made mostly from USDA organic, free-range beef and liver. The food is GMO free and the beef comes from a country with strict regulations prohibiting the use of hormones and antibiotics. The icing on the cake is that Newman's Own costs less than many other premium dog foods -- and all profits go to animal charities.Buy for $33.99
You can get pretty close to a dog's wild diet with The Honest Kitchen Embark, reviews say. It's grain-free and, made from near-raw turkey and veggies. Embark comes in a convenient, dehydrated powder that you mix with water to make a moist food; a 10 pound box yields roughly 40 pounds of dog food. With all-natural ingredients and a strong safety program, this is a hands-down expert favorite. See our full review »Buy for $95.05