Taking care of a dog is a big responsibility. You have to provide them with the proper shelter, attention, and nutrition. That means you can’t just go and pick up any random bag of dog food at the supermarket. If you care about the health and well-being of your pets, you need to know their dietary requirements and choose the best dog food brands for their needs.
To make things easier for you, we have listed down the best ones this year according to experts, interspersed with simple feeding guidelines for your dogs.
Best overall dog food
We asked 10 vets, and eight of them agreed that Royal Canin Size Health Nutrition Small Adult Formula Dog Dry Food ($20 on Amazon) is the best overall pick for their pets and the dogs that they treat in their clinics. Dr. Gregory Gstrein of the VCA Animal Hospital in CA says: “the best foods are backed by actual research and feeding trials.Advertisement
This brand does the extensive work needed to prove their foods yield excellent real-world results.” Meanwhile, Dr. Catriona Love of the Heart of Chelsea Veterinary Group says this product is what her 11-year old Chihuahua eats and among the top brands she recommends to dog owners. “I think dogs tend to like it more,” she says.Advertisement
Best wet dog food
The Royal Canin Veterinary Diet Gastrointestinal Low Fat Canned Dog Food ($93 for 24)gets the vote of long-time veterinarian, Dr. Jeff Werber, for the best wet food for dogs. He says Royal Canin has a consistent and positive history of reliability and availability. He is a fan of mixed feeding because most dogs have a low intake of fluids. He adds that adding low-carb moist canned food to dry food is good for your pets. Don’t believe it? Dr. Werber says his dogs will prove otherwise.