As a responsible dog owner, one always is on a look out for a nutritious food for his/her canine partner. The market is flooded with lots of brands and to figure out which one is actually beneficial for your dog is very difficult to ascertain.Just like we are particular about the things that we buy for ourselves, we need to be very specific on the requirements of our dogs. Don’t get fooled by the commercials that you see on internet or TV.
The dog food products should have the following things to make it advantageous for them:
You should look for:
– A lot of animal protein – First ingredient on the box should be a “so-called” animal protein. For example, Chicken, lamb, beef, pork etc. One should ignore “meat meal” and should go for “beef meal”
– Whole grains, fruits and vegetables
– The expiration date – which should ideally be 11 months as it contains preservatives
You should totally ignore
– Added sweeteners – sweets are not beneficial for a dog’s health. Generally sweeteners are added if animal protein in the food is compromised.
– Artificial and synthetic preservatives – Like BHT, BHA should be avoided. Instead, rosemary extract and forms of vitamin C and E should be used.
– By-products –usually low-cost ingredients are used to create the by-products.
Keeping the above things in mind, let’s review the top 10 best dog food brands available in the market ranked as per their importance.
1. Royal Canin
it is a well-known food brand for dogs. So far it is standing undefeated on number one dog food brand. Chicken fat, corn, chicken meal, natural flavors, brewer’s rice, brown rice, and wheat gluten are the ingredients of this food. It promotes strong cartilage, bones and joints of the dogs and its blend of calcium, phosphorous promotes immunity.It also provides the important nutrients to the dogs like protein, fat, mineral etc. it is Available in the market at INR1838 for a 4 Kgs pack.
2. Arden Grange
it is a prominent European brand which is quite preferred by the pet parents. Its unique selling point is its low fat content and therefore promotes health. Its edible and consumable food provides a balanced diet for large breed pups aged more than 2 months.The products used are supplemented with calcium and increases resistance to diseases. Beetroot pulp,eggs, fish oils etc to make the food more palatable for the puppies. Also fresh meat meal with required quantity of rice makes it a better choice. It is also helpful in enhancing the strength of bones and joints.It is offered at INR5500 for a 12kg pack.
3. Taste of the Wild
it unique selling point is that it is the only brand in India which is grain free. Therefore, it is greatly recommended for your canine partner. Higher percentage of meat means high protein food and it is very advantageous for dogs. It has an exclusive duck meat and numerous fish meats too. It is offered at INR3500 for a 7kg pack.
Extremely delicious and nutritious for pets. Ingredients include corn, chicken, meat, gluten meal.They produce canned as well as dry food and treats and oral care too. The food is rich in appropriate amount of proteins,fats and carbs. They are highly beneficial for joints and hip dyslexia, weight management and oral hygiene. It is offered at INR3000 for 10kg pack.
Drools is a well-known dog food brand, which provide high quality pet food. It is manufactured according to the size and age of the dog. It is usually taken as a balanced food as they normally use whole rice, chicken, dehydrated eggs,beet and carrot pulp etc.A well-known product of this brand is Focus Puppy Dog Food which strengthens the foundation of the doggie since the beginning. It is offered at INR 4229 per 15 Kilograms
6. Hills Brand
Hill’s Pet Nutrition, Inc. is an American brand, which is also known for its production of pet nutrition on a bigger scale. Use of natural components such as vegetables, rice, chicken, brown rice, flax seeds makes it rich in fats, fibers, minerals, proteins and vitamins in the accurate proportion and combination to provide and increase the essential energy levels of the pet pooch. It also sustains health and mass and keeps it upbeat. Omega 6 and omega 3 fatty acids present in flaxseed provide strong and fit eyes. Also, keeps the coat shinny and skin healthy.It is offered at INR 6050 (approx).
7. Nutro Max
It is known to be a very nutritious pet food as the meat used in this food is form farm-raised chickens. Therefore it is not a meat by-product. The canines will get the required mineral and vitamins. Also they have a range for puppies as well as adult food and can be classified as Max, Ultra & Natural choice brand. It is offered at INR 999/- (approx).
8. JerhighStix Bites Dog Food
Food rich in Vitamin K, which is greatly beneficial for bones and improves the growth of dogs. Food is considered highly economical and safe for pups. The food that they manufacture helps a lot in digestion as well as prevention of bad breath in canines. Well-known products of this brand are Jerhigh Chicken Jerky, Jerhigh Milky Stick, Jerhigh meat. They also produce wet & soft food and snacks as well. It can be purchased at INR 646 for 100 grams.
considered best pet food for large breeds whose age is between 8 weeks to 96 weeks. The major ingredients used are ground whole grain barley, ground whole grain sorghum, chicken fat, dried beet pulp, corn meal and chicken by-products makes the food extremely rich in calcium, phosphorus and proteins. It is available in the market at INR1300 for a 3Kg pack.It is best food for dogs as it has fresh meat as its principal element which is an abundant source of protein and makes the food highly palatable and but after cooking it decreases to a quarter of its original amount and therefore majority of the protein in taken from rice, corn and by-products. These can create digestion problems in dogs and some dogs are prone to allergies as well.
The ingredients of this food are whole salmon, boneless walleye, herring meal, boneless turkey, chicken cartilage, whole eggs, boneless chicken, chicken meat, whole herring etc. making this food extremely high in proteins. At the same time consumption of this food would make the large breed dogs extremely strong and uncontrollable. It is Available in market at
With the above mentioned options, you can review the best food solution for your canine. These can be very hefty for the pocket too but stands no comparison against the unconditional love that one gets from their pooch. Nevertheless, it is very important to buy food which is healthy for the dog’s bones, cartilage, joints, coat and skin. Also, keep in mind the age, nutritional needs, and activity level of your canine before buying the food. Always compare products and their ingredients before buying the pack. As a tip – always pick the freshest pack in the dog food store.