Part 2: What is the best food?
This largely comes down to opinion. In general though foods are marketed in one of two ways. Either a ‘Natural’ approach or ‘Science’ approach.
Natural foods claim to more closely imitate ancestral diets of dogs. In general they have higher meat and often offer grain free options. Pros: Often better for sensitive animals, less likely to contain those common problem cereals. Cons: Generally more expensive for the top ones vs science brands.
Science foods claim to focus on the latest research and beneficial extras. Pros: More likely to contain added extras for joints, brain function etc, better options for less active/older dogs. Cons: Only offer decent sensitive dog options through vets (and they’re very expensive)
In either range look for the following for a top quality food:
- A low feeding guide. The less food a product suggests the less ‘fillers’ it has (leading to smaller poops and longer lasting bags)
- The presence of fish/vegetable oils higher up the ingredients. ‘DHA’ is a certification you’ll see on good products
- The presence of ‘Glucosamine’, ‘Chondroitin’ or ‘Green Lipped Mussel’ for joints
- A food specifically relating to your dogs size and age (it will have a better size kibble, ideal fat/protein content among other things)
Here are my top picks from what’s on the market of all the dry foods. To avoid any conflict of interest I will not list any retailer exclusive foods:
- Best Australian Science Food: ‘Pro-Plan’ from Purina just did a big range revision. My dogs are on their senior formula
- Best Australian Natural Food: Savourlife. They’re still Australian owned too and give half their profits to local dog rescues
- Best Science Food: Science Diet. Still uses proper meat but has all the extras
- Best Natural Food: Holistic Select. Uses human supply chains for the meat and has added probiotics
- Best Overall (But extremely expensive!!): Ziwi Peak. 96% meat, no vegetable protein and lots of green lipped mussel.
If anyone has any questions about anything I’ve said do let me know. I’d be happy to explain why I chose those foods over others available