10 Worst Dog Foods of 2018 and 5 We Recommend Feeding in 2018
Most dogs will eat anything. From table scraps dug out of the garbage to clumps from the litter box, a dog’s desire to eat knows no bounds. Much of the time, your dog doesn’t even know what he is eating – all he knows is that it smells and tastes good. As a dog owner, it is your job to keep track of what your dog is eating and to make sure that the food you give him will provide for his nutritional needs. Unfortunately, many dog owners don’t take the time to learn what’s in their dog’s food and they shop for dog food based on price alone.
You don’t have to be a millionaire to feed your dog a high-quality product. Sure, premium pet foods cost a little more but if you think about the long term, the benefits of feeding your dog a high-quality diet outweigh the negatives. If you skimp on your dog’s food now, you could end up paying for it later with expensive vet bills to deal with your dog’s nutritional deficiencies and other diet-related health problems. But what makes a high-quality dog food and how can you tell one apart from a low-quality dog food?
Choosing a high-quality dog food for your canine companion is not as difficult as you might imagine – it just takes a little time and some research to learn how to read a pet food label. If you lead a busy lifestyle, however, you may have trouble finding time for even something as important as learning about your dog’s diet. That is why I’ve compiled a list of the 10 worst dog foods from 2018 and 5 brand recommendations you should consider for 2018. These top 10 worst dog foods are so bad that we wouldn’t recommend them – and that’s saying something! So, buckle down and keep reading to learn more about what you should and should NOT be putting in your dog’s body.
The Top 10 Worst Dog Food Brands of 2018All dog foods are not created equal but most of the low-quality dog food brands have a few things in common. Some of the worst dog food brands on the market load up their products with inexpensive fillers like corn and wheat products – their products also tend to be carb-heavy instead of meat-based. Low-quality pet foods make heavy use of by-products and plant proteins, plus they often use artificial colors and flavors to make their products more palatable for pets and the people who care for them. Something else these foods have in common is frequent product recalls. Here is an overview of the top 10 worst dog food brands of 2018:
Recall Info: In its 80 years of existence, the Alpo brand has been affected by numerous recalls. In the past decade, there has been one major recall affecting more than a dozen products that was issued due to concerns of melamine contamination.
Problem Ingredients: meat by-products, soy flour, ground yellow corn, corn gluten meal, meat and bone meal, animal digest, artificial colors, artificial flavors, artificial preservatives
Recall Info: The Grreat Choice brand has been affected by numerous recalls in recent years – two to be specific. A 2007 recall was issued due to potential melamine contamination and a 2009 recall was issued due to potential salmonella contamination.
Problem Ingredients: ground yellow corn, meat and bone meal, wheat middling ground wheat, corn gluten meal, meat by-products, artificial colors, artificial flavors, artificial preservatives.
Purina Dog Chow
Recall Info: The Purina brand as a whole has been subject to many recalls over the years. Surprisingly, however, none have targeted the Dog Chow product line in particular.
Problem Ingredients: whole grain corn, meat and bone meal, corn gluten meal, soybean meal, chicken by-product meal, whole grain wheat, animal digest, artificial colors, artificial flavors, artificial preservatives
Recall Info: The Purina family of brands has been affected by many recalls over the past decade or so, but only one major recall has affected the Beneful line in particular. This recall occurred in 2016 when Beneful wet food products were recalled due to inadequate levels of key vitamins and minerals. Beneful has also been the subject of many consumer complaints, though Purina maintains that these accusations are “baseless”.
Problem Ingredients: wheat gluten, meat by-products, soy flour, whole grain corn, whole grain wheat, corn gluten meal, soybean meal, poultry by-product meal, poultry and pork digest, artificial colors, artificial flavors, artificial preservatives
Recall Info: The Pedigree brand has been affected by numerous recalls in recent history. In fact, the most recent recall of August 2014 involved reports of metal fragments in the food. Another recall in 2012 involved reports of plastic pieces in the food. Other recalls have been issued regarding potential salmonella contamination.
Problem Ingredients: ground whole grain corn, poultry by-product meal, corn gluten meal, ground whole grain heat, soybean meal, brewers rice, meat and bone meal, artificial colors, artificial flavors, artificial preservatives
Recall Info: The Royal Canin brand has been affected by several recalls in recent history, primarily due to concerns of melamine contamination. There were two recalls in 2007 as well as a recall in February issued due to high levels of vitamin D3.
Problem Ingredients: wheat gluten, corn gluten meal, chicken by-product meal, brewers rice, corn, wheat gluten, fish protein digest, hydrolyzed yeast, artificial flavors, preservatives
Hill’s Science Diet
Recall Info: The Hill’s Science Diet brand of pet food has been recalled a number of times and it was voluntarily withdrawn by the company once in 2015 due to labeling issues. There were two recalls in 2007 related to melamine concerns and one in 2014 that was issued due to potential salmonella contamination.
Problem Ingredients: whole grain wheat, brewers rice, soybean meal, soybean oil, whole grain corn, corn gluten meal, pea protein, artificial flavors, preservatives
Kibbles ‘n Bits
Recall Info: Despite the fact that Kibbles n’ Bits uses a variety of low-quality ingredients and non-nutritive fillers in their products, there are no product recalls in recent brand history.
Problem Ingredients: corn, soybean meal, wheat flour, soy flour, wheat middlings, corn syrup, meat by-products, soy protein concentrate, animal digest, artificial colors, artificial flavors, artificial preservatives
Recall Info: There have been several recalls of Ol’ Roy dog food in recent history. Two recalls in 2007 and 2008 were issued due to potential salmonella contamination and a third was issued in 2007 due to potential melamine concerns.
Problem Ingredients: ground yellow corn, meat and bone meal, soybean meal, poultry by-product meal, corn gluten meal, brewers rice, wheat middlings, artificial colors, artificial flavors, artificial preservatives
Recall Info: The Diamond Pet Food Company has a long list of recalls, several of which have been issued due to concerns of salmonella contamination. While many recalls affect a single recipe or batch of pet food, many of Diamond’s recalls affect a wide variety of products – a 2012 recall affected over a dozen different products.
Problem Ingredients: wheat flour, whole grain ground corn, rice bran, meat meal, poultry by-product meal, corn gluten meal
The Best Brands to Feed Your Dog in 2018Now that you know a little more about the worst dog food brands on the market – you may be curious to learn more about the brands we DO recommend. The top dog food brands for 2018 are made with high-quality, wholesome ingredients like real meat and seafood as well as digestible carbohydrates and healthy fats. These brands make products that are rich in animal proteins and loaded with natural sources for key nutrients to ensure balanced nutrition and optimal nutrient absorption. Here are the top 5 dog food brands recommended for 2018:
Recall Info: Though the Acana company has been in business for more than 25 years, they have yet to be affected by a single recall. Acana pet foods are produced by Champion Petfoods, an award-winning manufacturer that also makes the Orijen brand of pet food.
Quality Ingredients: deboned chicken, deboned turkey, chicken giblets, catfish meal, whole green peas, red lentils, pollock meal, chicken fat, whole eggs, herring oil, whole pumpkin, spinach, turnip greens, chelated minerals, dried fermentation products
Find our Full Acana Review here: https://dogfood.guide/acana/
Earthborn Holistic Buy
Recall Info: The Earthborn Holistic brand of dog food is made by Midwestern Pet Foods, a fourth-generation, family-owned company that has been in business for over 90 years. Even though Earthborn Holistic pet foods have been around for nearly a century, they have yet to be affected by a single recall.
Quality Ingredients: chicken meal, whitefish meal, menhaden fish meal, oatmeal, ground barley, ground brown rice, chicken fat, sweet potatoes, ground flaxseed, carrots, spinach, chelated minerals, dried fermentation products
Nature’s Variety Instinct
Recall Info: The Nature’s Variety brand offers a number of different product lines but the Instinct line is by far the best option. Although this brand offers excellent quality, they have struggled with a few small recalls affecting only their raw dog food products.
Quality Ingredients: chicken, turkey, duck, rabbit, lamb, chicken fat, eggs, chickpeas, tapioca, butternut squash, spinach, broccoli, salmon oil, freeze-dried chicken, freeze-dried turkey liver, ground flaxseed, chelated minerals, dried fermentation products
Check out our Full Natures Variety Review here: https://dogfood.guide/natures-variety/
Taste of the Wild
Recall Info: The Taste of the Wild brand of dog food is manufactured by the Diamond Pet Foods company, a little-known fact. Though Diamond Pet Foods has been subject to a number of recalls for their other product lines, there has only been one minor recall affecting a small batch of Taste of the Wild dry dog and cat food products in 2012.
Quality Ingredients: roasted bison, roasted venison, roasted lamb, wild boar, ocean fish meal, duck meal, lamb meal, sweet potatoes, peas, lentils, garbanzo beans, blueberries, raspberries, salmon oil, chelated minerals, dried fermentation products
Check out our Full Taste of the Wild Review here: https://dogfood.guide/taste-of-the-wild/
Recall Info: The Wellness brand of dog food offers a wide variety of products and it has been in existence since 1926. Although Wellness has been around for ages, there are very few recalls in the brand’s history and only one minor recall affecting the Wellness CORE line of products in particular – it was issued for a small run of Wellness CORE cat food products due to low levels of thiamine.
Quality Ingredients: chicken, turkey, chicken meal, turkey liver, salmon, chickpeas, peas, potatoes, ground flaxseed, sweet potatoes, apples, carrots, salmon oil, chelated minerals, dried fermentation products
These are just a few of the many high-quality brands of pet food on the market for 2018. If you truly care about your dog, you’ll do what it takes to make sure that his nutritional needs are met in the healthiest, most delicious way possible. Don’t fall for “trumped up” products sold by low-quality brands – give your dog the nutrition he deserves and he will thank you for it!
Check out our Full Wellness Review here: https://dogfood.guide/wellness/
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