Best Dog Food Brands*

Discover quality recipes we recommend for your dog with top-rated brands and best-selling recipes.

 
 

Pet parent faves

WholeHearted

WholeHearted

Starting with wholesome protein as the first ingredient, WholeHearted offers a number of recipes, including options for easy digestion, seniors, sensitive pets and weight management. Plus, all food has probiotics to help promote a happy belly and omega-3 fatty acids to help support a healthy skin & coat.

Freshpet

Freshpet

Freshly cooked, protein-rich food with fruits, vegetables and no fillers, Freshpet is a great option for pet parents who don’t want to feed dry or canned food. With minimally processed ingredients, Freshpet is ready to serve, fresh from the fridge.

Hill's Science Diet

Hill’s Science Diet

A vet favorite, Hill’s Science Diet offers evidence-based clinical nutrition that meets a variety of needs. Their food is specifically formulated to provide optimal nutrition for all ages and select health concerns like skin and stomach sensitivities.

Instinct

Instinct

Instinct offers freeze-dried and frozen 100% raw meals packed with high-quality ingredients. Offering minimally processed natural ingredients and no fillers, Instinct’s line includes freeze-fried toppers, kibble with freeze-dried bits and more that make it easy to feed your pet raw.

Taste of the Wild

Taste of the Wild

Packed with fresh, high-quality meat, Taste of the Wild’s recipes include savory combinations and probiotics to help promote optimal digestive health. It offers an extensive line of grain-free food, plus a newer line featuring ancient grains like quinoa, millet and chia that provide your dog with fiber.

ORIJEN

ORIJEN

ORIJEN offers high-protein recipes made with fresh ingredients. Each recipe includes raw meat plus antioxidant-rich vegetables, fruits and herbs. Probiotics, omega fatty acids and additional supplements like glucosamine and chondroitin help ensure optimal pet health.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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 their formulas are consistent, natural ingredients are tested for purity, and recipes do not have any artificial flavors or preservatives.

The best brand of dog food always depends on your dog. Since every dog has different needs, there’s no one-size-fits-all solution. Some dogs may have food sensitivities, while other dogs may be choosy about flavor.

When choosing food, look for the American Association of Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) seal of approval on the back of the bag. Then, look at the list of ingredients. Quality dog food does not have any artificial colors, flavors or preservatives.

The best brand of dog food is one that supports your dog’s age, health, activity level and preferences. If you have more than one dog, what’s best for one dog may not be best for the others.

Puppies have very specific nutritional needs. Because every puppy is different, there’s no single brand that’s best for every puppy. According to AAFCO guidelines, puppy food should have a specific amount of protein, fat and calcium. For example, puppy food should be made up of at least 22.5% protein, but protein only needs to make up 18% of adult dog food.

The best brand depends on your dog’s specific needs. Small breeds should eat food specifically formulated for their size, so the kibble is easier to chew and your dog gets the nutrients they need. Small breed dogs usually need more protein and calories per pound than larger breeds. They can also benefit from an antioxidant-rich diet.

*Based on petco.com customer reviews.