The best dry dog food in 2022
Dogs are a gift to the world – always ready to greet you, wagging their tails and licking your hand (or face, if you allow it), even if you’ve only gone out to get the mail. That’s why your loyal companion deserves the best of everything, from the most comfortable dog bed to luxury pet accessories and, of course, the best dry dog food on the market. But deciphering nutrition labels to find healthy dog foods can be tricky. Well, let’s be honest, unless you went to vet school, that’s downright impossible. That’s why we spoke with experts for recommendations.
Ruairi White, DVM, MPH, associate veterinarian at Glastonbury Animal Hospital in Connecticut, points out that there is no single answer. “As with humans, the nutritional needs of dogs vary widely depending on size, life stage, and underlying disease or condition,” he says. “When evaluating a diet, I recommend that my clients first look for a statement from the AAFCO (Association of American Feed Control Officials) on the bag or box of food that the food has been evaluated independently and deemed nutritionally adequate.” He adds that he usually directs his customers to well-known brands like Hills Science Diet, Purina Pro Plan and Royal Canin.
Dr. Angie Krause, DVM, CVA, CCRT, a holistic veterinarian based in Boulder, Colorado, agrees that finding a food that meets AAFCO standards is crucial. “It’s important that the company have their formulas nutritionally balanced by a licensed animal nutritionist or veterinary nutritionist,” she explains. Her favorite brands include Wellness, Stella & Chewy and I And Love And You.
Ultimately, you should always consult your own veterinarian to find the best dry dog food for your pup’s individual needs, but if you need a starting point, here are some great all-around options.
Best Budget Dry Dog Food
An affordable option with tender bits mixed in