The Best Dry Dog Foods for Nutrition

Written by jennifer metz
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The food you feed your dog has a lot to do with your dog's overall health. A good, quality dry dog food keeps dogs healthy and active. The best dry dog foods for nutrition purposes have everything to do with the ingredient list found on the package. It is important to carefully read this list to determine if you are feeding your dog the best dry dog food available.

Start Early

Feeding dogs a healthy diet from the beginning will have a significant impact on their overall health. Feeding dogs food that is comprised mostly of fillers, such as corn or ground wheat, will put added strain on their kidney and liver. Foods high in these ingredients also provide no nuritional value to a dog's teeth as well.


There are several types of dog food to consider. Organic, which are generally more pricey but is said to use only organic ingredients, and raw foods are just a couple types. Many people are great supporters of the "raw" diet, but many veternarians don't recommend this.


The first ingredient listed on the ingredient list should be a meat, such as chicken, lamb or beef. If the first ingredient is grain-based, put it back. It is also important to check crude protein, which should be at 30 per cent, and crude fats, which should be around 18 per cent.

Best Dry Dog Food Brands

Some of the best dry dog foods for nutrition are Flint River Ranch, Royal Canin, Chicken Soup for Pet Lover's Soul, Innova and Orijen. You may need to visit pet stores to purchase these brands, as discount and grocery stores may not carry them.

Reasons Other than Health

There are some reasons other than health to feed your dog a good, quality dog food. One, your dog will eat less if the food is full of less filler items, often times half as much. Second, companies that take pride in the food they manufacture generally have better reputations in the way of quality ingredients and safety and sanitation.

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