Dry Dog Food

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.
Brand Line Kind Rating Grain Free Sensitive Limited In Stores Online
Orijen All Natural 100 Yes Yes No Yes Yes
Merrick Original Natural 88 No No No Yes Yes
Merrick Grain Free Natural 91 Yes Yes No Yes Yes
Merrick LID Natural 95 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Merrick Whole Earth Natural 74 Yes No No Yes Yes
Merrick Backcountry Fusion 96 Yes Yes No Yes Yes
Paula Deen Hugs Natural 79 No No No No Yes
Pure Balance All Natural 63 Yes No No Yes Yes
Taste of the Wild All Natural 88 Yes Yes No Yes Yes
Zignature All Natural 100 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Wysong All Natural 93 Yes Yes No No Yes
Weruva All Natural 94 Yes Yes No No Yes
Wishbone All Natural 85 Yes Yes No No Yes
Wild Calling All Natural 86 Yes No No No Yes
Zoic All Natural 88 Yes No No No Yes
Variety All Natural 46 No No No No Yes
Victor All Natural 78 Yes No No No Yes
Triumph All Natural 86 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Royal Canin RX RX 54 No RX No No Yes
Rachael Ray Peak Natural 85 Yes No No No Yes
Rachael Ray Just 6 Natural 70 No No Yes Yes Yes
Rachael Ray Dish Natural 74 No No No Yes Yes
Rachael Ray Nutrish Natural 75 Yes No No Yes Yes
Premium Edge All Natural 84 No No No No Yes
Precise Holistic Natural 80 Yes No No No Yes
Precise Naturals Natural 77 No No No No Yes
Pioneer Naturals All Fusion 88 Yes No No No Yes
PetKind All Natural 97 Yes Yes No No Yes
PetGuard All Generic 77 No No No No Yes
Muenster Natural Natural 70 Yes No No No Yes
Party Animal All Natural 89 No Yes No No Yes
Whole Hearted All Natural 83 Yes Yes No Yes Yes
Under the Sun All Natural 76 Yes No No Yes Yes
Solid Gold All Natural 90 Yes Yes No Yes Yes
Stewart All Natural 86 Yes Yes No Yes No
TruDog All Fusion 94 Yes No Yes Yes No
Royal Canin All Generic 30 No No No Yes Yes
Wellness Original Natural 90 Yes Yes No Yes Yes
Purina Pro Plan RX RX 12 No RX No No Yes
Wellness CORE Natural 96 Yes No No Yes Yes
Wellness TruFood Fusion 93 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Simply Nourish All Natural 74 No No No Yes No
Purina ONE Generic 34 No No No Yes Yes
Purina Pro Plan Generic 50 Yes Yes No Yes Yes
Only Natural Pet All Natural 85 Yes No No Yes No
Nutro Max Generic 32 No No No Yes Yes
Nutro Ultra Natural 84 Yes No No Yes Yes
Nutro Essentials Generic 70 No Yes No Yes Yes
NutriSource All Natural 87 Yes No No Yes Yes
Nulo All Natural 98 Yes Yes No Yes Yes
Now Fresh All Natural 100 Yes Yes No No Yes
Natural Planet All Natural 90 Yes Yes No No Yes
Newman's Own All Natural 63 No Yes Yes No Yes
Natural Balance Wild Pursuit Fusion 92 Yes No No Yes Yes
Native All Natural 72 No No No Yes No
Natural Balance LID Natural 85 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
PureVita All Natural 88 Yes Yes No No Yes
Mary's All Natural 94 Yes Yes No Yes No
Joy All Generic 31 No No No No Yes
Nature's Recipe Original Natural 80 Yes Yes No Yes Yes
Nature's Recipe Pure Fusion 89 Yes Yes No No Yes
Nature's Logic All Natural 86 Yes No No No Yes
Muenster Perfect Balance Generic 45 No No No No Yes
Lotus All Natural 86 Yes Yes No No Yes
Kinetic All Generic 42 No No No No Yes
Holistic Select All Natural 82 Yes No No Yes Yes
Nature's Variety Prarie Natural 83 No No No Yes Yes
Nature's Variety Instinct Fusion 100 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
I and Love and You All Natural 91 Yes Yes No No Yes
Health Extension All Natural 90 Yes No No No Yes
Horizon All Natural 94 Yes Yes No No Yes
Holistic Blend All Natural 87 Yes No No No Yes
Hills Science Diet Generic 43 No Yes No Yes Yes
Hills Prescription RX 27 No RX No No Yes
Hills Ideal Balance Natural 86 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Leonard Powell Signature Natural 81 No No No No Yes
Perfectly Natural All Natural 77 No No No No Yes
Halo All Fusion 92 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Good Natured All Natural 72 No No No Yes No
Great Life All Fusion 90 Yes Yes No No Yes
Hi-Tek Naturals Natural 87 Yes No No No Yes
Go! All Natural 84 No No No No Yes
Gentle Giants All Natural 79 No No No No Yes
Fromm All Fusion 100 Yes Yes No Yes Yes
Forza10 All Natural 88 No Yes No No Yes
Kasiks All Natural 91 Yes Yes No No Yes
First Mate All Natural 80 No No No No Yes
Farmina All Fusion 100 Yes Yes No No Yes
FreshPet Wet Kibble Fusion 89 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Evo All Fusion 98 Yes Yes No Yes Yes
Evolve All Natural 76 No No No No Yes
Evanger's All Natural 92 Yes Yes No Yes Yes
HI-TOR All RX 0 No No No No Yes
Tuffy's All Generic 0 No No No Yes Yes
Grreat Choice All Generic 0 No No No Yes No
Kibbles N Bits All Generic 0 No No No Yes No
Purina Bella Generic 0 No No No Yes Yes
Ol' Roy All Generic 0 No No No Yes Yes
Innova All Natural 0 Yes No No Yes No
Kal Kan All Generic 0 No No No Yes Yes
Eukanuba All Generic 0 No Yes No Yes Yes
SportMix Original Generic 16 No No No Yes Yes
Pro Pac Ultimates Natural 72 Yes No No Yes Yes
SportMix Wholesomes Natural 73 No No No No Yes
Eagle Pack All Natural 71 No No No Yes Yes
Earthborn Holistic All Natural 82 Yes No No No Yes
Dr. Tim's All Natural 80 Yes Yes No No Yes
Dr. Gary's All Natural 76 Yes No No No Yes
ACANA All Fusion 96 Yes Yes No Yes Yes
Pedigree All Generic 0 No No No Yes Yes
Purina Mighty Dog Generic 0 No No No Yes Yes
Purina Moist N Meaty Generic 0 No No No Yes Yes
Country Squire All Generic 0 No No No Yes Yes
Gravy Train All Generic 0 No No No Yes No
Masterpaws All Generic 0 No No No Yes Yes
Blain's Farm & Fleet All Generic 0 No No No Yes No
Iams All Generic 0 No Yes No Yes Yes
Purina ALPO Generic 0 No No No Yes Yes
Addiction All Natural 93 Yes Yes No No Yes
Adirondack All Natural 70 No No No No Yes
American Journey All Natural 77 Yes No No No Yes
American Natural Premium All Natural 84 Yes Yes No No Yes
Annamaet All Natural 95 Yes Yes No No Yes
Artemis Fresh Mix Natural 79 No No No No Yes
Artemis Pro Natural 78 No No No No Yes
Artemis Osopure Natural 87 Yes No No No Yes
AvoDerm All Natural 74 Yes No No Yes Yes
Authority All Natural 74 Yes Yes No Yes No
Twin Pet All Generic 0 No No No Yes Yes
Purina Beneful Generic 0 No No No Yes Yes
Purina Beyond Generic 68 No No No Yes Yes
Black Gold All Generic 65 No No No Yes Yes
Blackwood All Natural 97 Yes Yes No No Yes
Blue Buffalo Basics Natural 91 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Blue Buffalo Wilderness Fusion 94 Yes No No Yes Yes
Blue Buffalo Freedom Natural 90 Yes Yes No Yes Yes
Blue Buffalo Source Natural 88 No Yes No Yes Yes
Bil-Jac All Generic 41 Yes No No Yes No
Brothers Complete All Natural 95 Yes No No No Yes
Canidae Life Stages Natural 79 No No No Yes Yes
Canidae Pure Natural 86 Yes Yes No Yes Yes
Canine Caviar All Natural 92 Yes Yes Yes No Yes
Castor & Pollux Ultramix Fusion 95 Yes No No Yes Yes
Castor & Pollux Organix Fusion 98 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Cesar All Generic 0 No No No Yes Yes
California Natural All Natural 93 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Chicken Soup for the Soul All Natural 74 Yes No No Yes Yes
Dog For Dog All Natural 65 No No No Yes No
Foster's & Smith All RX 85 Yes Yes No Yes Yes
Dave's Pet Food All Natural 86 Yes No No No Yes
Diamond Original Generic 27 No No No Yes Yes
Diamond Naturals Natural 39 No No No Yes Yes
Diamond Grain Free Natural 60 Yes No No Yes Yes
Purina Chow Generic 0 No No No Yes Yes
Dogswell All Natural 82 Yes No No No Yes
Nutrisca All Natural 88 Yes Yes No No Yes

Shocked?

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.

Terminology

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.