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The Pet Food Review has announced its top 5 dog food picks for 2014. I like the quality of the reviews from this source because they go beyond what a dog needs to survive - as they say, 'dogs evolved to be survivors' - but look for what food a dog thrives on. And what a dog thrives on are the ingredients optimized to 'mimic his ancestral diet.' Additionally, the Pet Food Review gets input from dog owners on a variety of factors. 

The reviewers chose five kibble-type dog foods, but acknowledge that foods that are prepared canned or 'home-cooked' may be just as good for your dog, as long as the appropriate balance and quality of ingredients are included. None of these picks contain fillers or 'by-products.'

Here are the top 5 (all given equal value, by the way)...

1.   Taste Of The Wild Dog Food

Taste of the Wild comes in a variety of lean meats and good carbs.  It also comes in a canned formula.  Customers gave it high ratings as they noted immediate changes in the health and energy of their dogs.  (I adopted my own dog from a kennel that feeds Taste of the Wild, so I continued him on the food. I have no complaints, and I even use the kibble bits as treats for him.) (Taste of the Wild here.)

2.   Blue Buffalo Dog Food

Except for some problems experienced switching to Blue Buffalo, customers like the diet, especially because the company makes many different versions of the food to suit their dogs specific needs.  There had been a recall of certain bags of food, but it was voluntary, and customers responded positively to that effort to insure the best for their dogs. Blue Buffalo uses all natural ingredients, like the other top picks, and it also adds 'cold-formed antioxidants to the food for nutritional value. (Blue Buffalo here.)

3. Natural Balance Dog Food

Natural Balance is widely available and less expensive than the other dog foods on the top 5,so dog owners like it and dogs think its quite delicious. Reviewers were happy with the food for a variety of reasons, including the fact that the brand makes its test results available to the public, but also because it offers very high quality, filler-free, meat-based product. (Natural Balance here.)

4.  Wellness Dog Food

The most expensive among the top 5 best dog foods, Wellness receives a very high rating from customers and the reviewers found little to complain about too. Available wet and dry, Wellness has a separate line of dog food, especially formulated for dogs with allergies. If you have purchased cans of the soft food, you will probably note how similar the food looks to a human stew, and they smell good too! (Wellness here.)

5.  Orijen Dog Food

This grain-free dog food lists all proteins among its top five ingredients, and the food is made from all fresh products.  The reviewers like the whole egg, fruit, and vegetable choices the company adds to some of its formulas, but for dogs with allergies, Orijen makes choices for them as well.  Orijen dog food may not be the easiest food to find, even in pet stores, but customers say, it's worth the extra time and expense to buy it for your dog. (Orijen here.)

Update: Pet Food Recalls And What To Do About Them

See Also:
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3 Must Have Supplements For Your Older Dog

8 Worst Foods To Feed Your Dog

That's the buzz for today!

Source: Dog Food Review
(Originally published in 2012, revised December 2014)

Lady Bee
Pet News

Mar 26, 2012
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Dog Health

Really nice to find your site with up to date information on the best dog foods. So many recalls has caused many of us to reconsider what we're feeding our pets. Now I know what to choose without (hopefully) worry.
Natural is always my first choice, for food AND dog health products.

Apr 4, 2012
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Apr 10, 2012
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Natural Balace is great - I agree!

We love Natural Balance too for the reasons you mentioned. It is affordable and our dogs love it, and the quality of the food shows in their coats, eyes and energy level. Before we put them on Alpha we read every single Natural Balance dog food review online and also compared it to other brands and really felt sure that it was one of the best dog foods available in our price range.

Apr 10, 2012
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Apr 22, 2012
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Jun 10, 2012
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Aug 8, 2012
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Yes, there are voluntary

Yes, there are voluntary recalls for Taste of the Wild and Natural Balance, which I have used for years. Now I am looking for an all USA made dog food and I'll be making my own meat jerky so I will know where it came from. Lucky I live in a ranch and farm belt so I can go local.

Dec 4, 2012
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If you find dog food made in

If you find dog food made in US, please Tweet it to me. Louise1949
I am feeding Royal Canine.
My cats are the big problem, I did rescue and have many.i want them to eat healthy,safe food. Everything cost so much when need you to feed a lot of them. Money is so tight. I pay more for their food them my own. I want them to live the good life

Jan 14, 2013
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I feed my dogs authority.

I feed my dogs authority. Tried blue buffalo but it made my Great Dane sick. Vet said it was messing with the bacterial balance in his stomach. Authority is good for his sensitive stomach.

Jan 30, 2013
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Still have to say I think

Still have to say I think Halo is one the best dog food out there my dog loves it!

Jun 18, 2013
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you are already feeding the

you are already feeding the best. don't change a thing!

Jan 26, 2014
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"The most expensive among

"The most expensive among the top 5 best dog foods, Wellness..."

Really? Really? Wellness is $50/30lbs, and Orijen can run as high as $90 for a 28.6 pound bag. (Thank goodness for their frequent buyer card program!)

Apr 3, 2014
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It's really nice to know

It's really nice to know there are some dog foods out there that are actually good for your dog. I have a small dog and she has tons of energy, except when it's her "time of the month". I'll have to try some of these for her to see if they benefit her during that time.

Dec 8, 2014
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Hi, I have gone through your

Hi, I have gone through your article and got some valuable information as well. Dog foods are vital for dogs and need to be of good qualities. All the above foods are very nice for dogs in terms of a healthy life. One has to give proper foods to his/her dog and save the dog from food poisoning.

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