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Best Dog Food Brands



In this section we review the most widely known dog food brands, like Purina, Kirkland, Diamond, Merrick, Science Diet and Nutro.

Other lesser-known brands are reviewed in our section entitled, "Dog Food Reviews".

There is a wide selection of dog foods on the market to choose from. They contain many different types of ingredients, in a wide range of prices.


Below, you'll find our top picks based on each of our 3 different criteria: ingredients, price, and consumer reviews. On the right side of this page, you'll find reviews of many different dog food brands.

3 Of The Best Dog Food Brands Based On Ingredients

  • Merrick
  • Merrick Pet Food has the most interesting ingredients in this category, with flavors like Campfire Trout Feast and Cowboy Cookout, Grammy's Pot Pie, or Turducken, and those are just the dry dog foods. The "gourmet" canned dog food is made from the finest, human grade quality ingredients. It's high in protein, antioxidants, amino fatty acids, vitamins, and minerals. It is labeled as a Gourmet USDA Entree, making it the top choice in the ingredients category.

  • Nutro
  • Nutro Ultra Dog Food is a protein-rich, holistic dog food that has essential nutrients, including lycopene, Vitamin C, antioxidants, and omega 3 and 6 fatty acids. It contains no preservatives. Nutro makes a number of other formulas, but this formula has high quality protein from chicken, lamb, and salmon. It also contains glucosamine and chondroitin for joint health.

  • Science Diet
  • Science Diet by Hills Pet has a variety of flavors for different ages and high quality, nutritionally balanced ingredients. The Science Diet Adult Large Breed Dog food is formulated to maintain ideal body weight and easy digestion. It also helps maintain healthy joints with the addition of L-Carnitine and glucosamine chondroitin sulfate additives.

3 Of The Best Dog Food Brands Based On Price

  • Kirkland
  • Kirkland Dog food, made by Diamond and sold as Costco's house dog food, is 60 cents a pound, making it one of the cheapest choices. However, it definitely has quality ingredients, with range lamb or chicken and rice and vegetables.

  • Diamond
  • Diamond Dog Food is sold at a slightly higher price, with slightly higher quality ingredients because there are a wider variety of formulas to choose from. They are still very affordable, starting around 75 cents per pound.

  • Purina
  • Purina Dog Food comes in a variety of names in different price ranges, such as Mighty Dog, ProPlan, Purina Brand, Purina One and Chef Michaels. Because these are affordable and popular brands, they rank as some of the cheapest in their category.

3 Of The Best Dog Food Brands Based On Consumer Reviews

  • Purina
  • Many of the best reviewed brands belong to Purina, because of their variety of choices for pricing and formulas and dogs seem to love them.

  • Science Diet
  • Consumer reviews rank Science Diet high with regard to health improvement among their dogs and many veterinarians recommend it.

  • Merrick
  • The other top contender in consumer reviews and satisfaction has to belong to Merrick because of their unique premium dog food and their top quality ingredients.



Dog Food Brand Reviews

DIAMOND - This company is strongly committed to quality - they now run exactly 151 ingredient and product tests before any product leaves their factory!


EXCEED - Manufactured by Members Mark, this affordable brand is carried by Sam's Club.


IAMS - Iams dog food products are some of the most popular among pet owners, in part because they provide a wide variety of choices.


ALPO - We review Alpo dog food, discussing popular products, price, and consumer opinion.


KIRKLAND - We discuss pros and cons of Costco's line of dog food products.


MERRICK - This brand scores extremely well in the ingredients and consumer opinion categories.


NUTRO - Free from chemical preservatives, Nutro offers a healthy alternative.


OL' ROY - Although one of the most affordable brands on the market, Walmart's flagship brand is not without its critics.


PURINA - Purina strives to make foods that address heart and joint health, as well as other health concerns.


SCIENCE DIET - Hills Pet Nutrition (the company that makes Science Diet) has over 150 veterinarians on their staff.


WELLNESS - This brand makes human grade food which includes meats that are naturally preserved.



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