The Importance of Dry
Dry dog food is a critical part of a canine diet. It contains the essential vitamins, minerals, and protein necessary for a dog to live a long and healthy life. Better food means fewer vet visits and better quality of life as well. It also means less feeding and less cleanup afterwards. How does your food compare? What food will you choose? Use the list below to help you answer these questions.
Understanding the Chart
By default, this chart is sorted by the highest quality foods being presented first, and then in descending order. Lines that are highlighted green are foods that we recommend as an organization. Lines that are highlighted red are foods that we highly advise steering clear from - and have banned internally from being used. If the food was found in a store local to the Quad Cities, it will indicate that the food is available in stores - otherwise, it is marked as available online.
If you found your food ranks low, or is even in the red - here is an explanation. Food is rated on the quality of the ingredients used, along with the type of ingredients used. Other factors such as recalls, disease linked chemicals, or historical issues with pet wellness are also considered. In many instances, foods that are in the red have had a history of danger to the well being of animals. In the instance of lower ratings, this may be due to the use of cheap ingredients such as corn, wheat, soy, beets, by-products or fats.
Generic refers to a formula that is produced to cost the least on the end of the manufacturer. Natural refers to a formula that has less than 30% of any additives. Fusion refers to a formula that uses a hybrid mix of both Raw and Dry kibble. RX refers to a prescription based formula. Sensitive refers to the line's ability to be used for a dog with special needs, like skin or stomach issues. Limited refers to a reduced amount of mainline ingredients - useful for a sensitive stomach.