There are thousands of varieties of dog food on the market that may claim to be “premium” and “all natural,” but there are very few regulations on what it takes to meet these qualifications. Bad ingredients are rampant in mainstream dog foods and misleading marketing tactics can make it difficult to determine which brands are safest.

This is why our researchers poured months into analyzing 2,223 formulas on the market to find the top 13 picks that offer optimal nutrition for our four-legged friends. As a dog owner myself, I found the research especially eye opening and even ended up switching brands!

Here is our guide:

It is our passion to share our research in order to keep dogs happy and healthy!


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The Art of Raising a Puppy
by New Skete Monks Review
The monks of New Skete have been breeding and training dogs at their New York monastery for more than 20 years. Their philosophy of raising dogs accentuates the essential human-canine bond, whereby owners must learn to understand a dog's instincts, needs, and behavior. Understanding a dog, the monks say, is the key to successfully training him. They first published this philosophy in their 1978 classic guide How to Be Your Dog's Best Friend. Now the monks concentrate on the first three months of a puppy's life in The Art of Raising a Puppy. Read more...

Pet Allergies
by Alfred J. Plechner DVM, Martin Zucker

Reviewer: An reader
This book was not only a life saver but an eye opener as well. The information contained in this book describes the problems, makes you think about the causes and then helps you to find a remedy. It also makes you think a great deal about the question, "If this is what the food we give to the animals we love does to them, what is the food we are giving to ourselves and our children doing to us?" As the doctors mention in the back of the book, many of the allergies and symptoms that humans have can be so closely compared to the allergies and symptoms our animals have. A great book to buy and have on your shelf for reference and review. I have my beloved dog with me today because of this book. Thank you. Read more...

Dr. Pitcairn's Complete Guide to Natural Health for Dogs & Cats
by Richard H. Pitcairn, Susan Hubble Pitcairn Review
A classic natural pet-care book from two celebrated veterinary specialists in chemical-free nutrition, treatment, and natural healing for pets, Dr. Pitcairn's Complete Guide to Natural Health for Dogs & Cats offers valuable natural and holistic advice on a host of pet topics, including, but not limited to, diet, exercise, environment, coping with a pet's death, and how to care for a sick animal. In addition to their thorough discussion of the above, Richard Pitcairn, D.V.M., and his wife, Susan Hubble Pitcairn, M.S., offer a comprehensive "quick reference" section on animal illnesses, organized alphabetically and including a brief description of each illness, preventative measures that may be taken, and holistic and natural treatment options for both dogs and cats--treatments that should always be discussed with one's vet before being used. Occasional line drawings, informative graphs, and the Pitcairn's intelligent prose make this guide a must-have for pet owners interested in a natural lifestyle for their pets. Read more...

Give Your Dog a Bone
by Ian Billinghurst

Reviewer: An reader
All the info you need to feed your dog the way they are meant to eat is in here. Squeamish Americans may have trouble with this Australian vet's no-nonsense philosophy, but he's right and it works. He is a bit repetitive and production costs were kept to a minimum, but it serves his purpose well - to re-educate people. Great basic nutritonal primer. No matter which chapter you turn to, you will be regaled with his basic tenet - dogs need FRESH, RAW food (mostly raw, meaty bones) EVERY DAY to be healthy their whole lives. Read more...