We are what we eat. Same goes for our beloved canine friends. While the supermarkets are flooded with dry dog foods from different brands, we – as owners of dogs and indirect consumers – should be aware of what we’re serving in the bowl.
Therefore, we should read the labels carefully before choosing a dry dog food brand and be aware of the ingredients. Garlic oil, gluten, animal fat, poultry by-product feed, and whole grain wheat and corn are not healthy for dogs.
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Rated by consumers, these are the top 10 WORST dry food brands for your dogs:
#1 GRAVY TRAIN®
The ingredients in this brand include, among others, corn, soybean meal, meat and bone meal, wheat middlings, and animal fat. Soy may cause allergies in dogs, leading to diarrhea, vomiting, ear infections, and other conditions hence, not recommended for dogs.
#2 KAL KAN®
This contains ground yellow corn, meat and bone meal, soybean meal, ground wheat, and chicken by-product meal. Wheat may cause digestive disorders, weak immune system and even affect the brain and nervous system functions and therefore, should be avoided.
#3 Twin Pet®
This brand has ground corn, wheat middlings, de-fatted rice bran, meat and bone meal, animal fat – all these ingredients aren’t really recommended for the healthy upkeep of our dogs so be careful! Meat and bone meal are sources of cheap protein. In addition, these are not of high quality.
#4 ALPO® BRAND DOG FOOD
The ingredients include ground yellow corn, meat and bone meal, soybean meal, beef tallow preserved with mixed-tocopherols (form of Vitamin E), and corn gluten meal. Tallow is a low quality form of fat so it’s better avoided. If the ingredients specify the source of fat, for example, chicken fat or duck fat, then this is acceptable.
#5 IAMS® Pro Active
This brand consists of ingredients like ground yellow corn, chicken by-product meal, soybean meal, and animal fat.
#6 Pedigree® Adult
The ingredients of this brand include ground whole corn, meat and bone meal, corn gluten meal, animal fat, and wheat mill run.
#7 Ol Roy®
This is another dog food brand that has ground yellow corn, meat and bone meal, soybean meal, poultry by-product meal, and animal fat.
#8 KIBBLES N BITS® (Original)
This is composed of corn, soybean meal, beef and bone meal, ground wheat, and animal fat.
#9 Purina® Dog Chow
Ingredients include whole grain corn, poultry by-product meal, corn gluten meal, animal fat, meat and bone meal as the top 5 ingredients. Whole grain corn cannot be digested easily by dogs and hence should be avoided.
#10 Purina® Beneful Original
This brand contains ground yellow corn, chicken by-product meal, corn gluten meal, whole wheat flour, and animal fat that are not recommended for dogs.
When it comes to food, extra caution is advisable, especially where our pets are involved. It’s good to know the ingredients of dry dog foods to make a sensible choice. That’s why we should choose brands that will not harm the physical and mental well-being of our most loyal friends.
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