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From quality ingredients to vital nutrients, these recipes offer optimal nutrition for your dog.

Whole Hearted Grain Free Chicken & Pea Recipe Dog Food

WholeHearted

Grain-Free All Life Stages Chicken & Pea Recipe Dog Food

Real chicken is the first ingredient in this specially formulated grain-free recipe. It includes vitamin E, selenium, zinc and probiotics to help support digestive health.

Freshpet Vital Grain Free Turkey Recipe Fresh Dog Food

Freshpet

Vital Grain-Free Turkey Recipe Fresh Dog Food

Prepared with 100% natural turkey, this fresh dog food is verified non-GMO, high in protein, grain-free and cooked with antioxidant- and vitamin-rich fruits and veggies. If your dog has allergies or follows a special diet, this fresh food may be a good option.

Instinct Grain-Free Recipe with Real Chicken Natural Dog Food

Instinct

Original Grain-Free Recipe with Real Chicken Natural Dog Food

Cage-free chicken is the main ingredient in this high-animal-protein recipe. The special formula is made without grains, potatoes, corn, wheat, soy or byproduct meal, and it’s packed with probiotics, natural fatty acids and antioxidants.

Taste of the Wild Pine Forest Grain-Free Roasted Venison Dog Food

Taste of the Wild

Pine Forest Grain-Free Roasted Venison Dog Food

Formulated on the premise that dogs and wolves share DNA, this dry dog food features venison—a protein that is lean and highly digestible—as the main ingredient. It also contains other proteins, probiotics, prebiotic fiber, omega fatty acids, legumes and fruits.

Hill's Science Diet Lamb Meal & Brown Rice Dog Food

Hill's Science Diet

Lamb Meal & Brown Rice Recipe Adult Dog Food

Hill’s Science Diet Adult dry dog food is a popular choice and consistently top rated among pet parents for its affordability. Starting with lamb meal, the formula is enriched with vitamin E and omega 6 to help promote a healthy skin & coat and natural fibers to help support a happy belly.

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Learn More About Dog Food

Vets can help you choose a food that fits your dog’s nutritional needs based on their age, lifestyle, health concerns and activity level. For example, a dog with food sensitivities will need different food than a healthy young adult dog.

Hill's Science Diet is a favorite brand among vets because its formulas are consistent, natural ingredients are tested for purity, and its recipes do not have any artificial flavors or preservatives.

One of the best ways to avoid potentially harmful ingredients in your dog’s food is to purchase commercially produced food that adheres to Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) standards. Commercial brands do quality-control testing to help ensure a complete and balanced diet. It’s also important to avoid dog food that contains artificial ingredients.

When reading food labels, pay attention to the order in which ingredients are listed. Ingredients that make up the most weight are listed first, while ingredients that make up the least amount of weight are listed at the end.

Important ingredients to look out for include:

  • Protein: This is one of the most important parts of a dog’s diet, so make sure it’s one of the first few ingredients.
  • Carbohydrates: Raw carbohydrates can be difficult for a dog to digest. Many dog food brands contain processed carbohydrates like wheat, corn, rice, oats or potatoes that are easier to digest.
  • Fat: This provides fuel for your dog. Fish sources (like salmon and tuna), plant sources (like flaxseed oil and nuts) and eggs are all good sources of essential fat.
  • Vitamins and minerals: Your dog needs a variety of vitamins and minerals to stay in shape, including calcium, magnesium, sodium and potassium. They should also have small amounts of zinc, iron, manganese and iodine in their diet.

There is no one-size-fits-all dog food brand, and the best option for your dog will depend on a number of factors, including their breed, age, lifestyle and activity level. Your dog’s preferences for particular ingredients, flavors, textures and more should also be considered when choosing food.

*Based on petco.com customer reviews.