Best Dog Foods List                                                  


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Orijen dog foods contain 70 percent meat, 30 percent fruit and vegetables, and 0 percent grains, a      mixture the company calls "Biologically Appropriate". Fresh, natural ingredients easily make this one            of the 10 best dog foods. Readers at Rate It All give Orijen 4.45 out of 5 stars, making it the highest-       rated dog food on the site.

2.Nature's Variety
Nature's Variety is made from organic ingredients, with no fillers, by-products, or artificial additives.        The food received a six-star rating at Dog Food Analysis, the highest score possible.                               
Rate It All's readers gave Nature's Variety 3.95 out of 5 stars.

3.Innova EVO                                                                                                                                 Innova EVO was another product receiving a six-star rating from Dog Food Analysis. Product users         submitting reviews to routinely give the product four-to-five-stars, depending on the      specific variety. Like the other top dog foods, EVO is made with high-quality ingredients and is              high in protein.

4. Go Natural                                                                                                                                      Go Natural was named a six-star pet food by Dog Food Analysis, with the review touting the food's  antibiotic free, cage free, and hormone free meat. As a grain-free food, it provides the essential     nutrients a dog needs without bulky fillers.

5. Dick Van Patten's Natural Balance
ConsumerSearch named Natural Balance one of the best dog foods, saying, "its ingredients are the           best you can buy for your dog." Raw and organic formulas provide specialized products with
high-quality ingredients.

6. Evanger's
While many of the other entrants on this list
are dry foods, Evanger's Classic is a top canned dog             food. It was listed as a six-star food at Dog Food Analysis. The company's dry food was named one               of the healthiest dry dog foods by Whole Dog Journal. They also offer game meats like buffalo and  pheasant, a unique dog food choice.

7. Timberwolf Organics
Timberwolf Organics received 3.74 out of 5 stars at Rate It All, placing it solidly in the 10 best dog           food brands listed on the site. The food has also received five-star ratings at

 A canned food with human-grade ingredients, Canidae was another top pick from ConsumerSearch.         The company's foods feature all-natural ingredients and ten skin and coat conditione

9. Nutro
Nutro is a popular choice among consumers looking for a premium dog food with quality ingredients.         One variety reviewed at received 4.5 out of 5 stars, with writers praising the food's
quality and suitability for dogs with sensitive stomachs.

10. Chicken Soup for the Dog Lover's Soul
Chicken Soup for the Dog Lover's Soul offers premium quality at a lower price, so it can be a good       option for the more budget-minded consumer. It was a recommended dog food in the Consumer           Search dog food round-up.

"Here's A Comparison of some additional High-Quality Foods"                                             There are many fine premium wet dog foods available at pet stores and high-end grocery stores.  Selecting only 10 is a challenge. However, choosing a food for a medium-sized, adult dog            narrowed the field a little, and was extremely helpful. It’s important        for a dog to have a balanced diet, and these brands have not only balanced diets, but                      human-grade protein and vegetables. Some even have fruit. All of them have vitamin and             mineral additives that complete the dog’s diet. So, in alphabetical order here are what some            could call the best.                                                                                                               

Blue Buffalo—This food contains no animal by-products, such as blood, corn, wheat, soy or           gluten. It also has fruits and vegetables like whole carrots, sweet potatoes, blueberries and       cranberries. Whole grains like brown rice and barley provide the complex carbohydrates a dog         needs for energy.                                                                                                                   

Castor & Pollux—This food has no animal by-products, corn or wheat. It uses brown rice              instead. It also balances the meat with veggies and a vitamin/mineral blend. The food is  certified organic.                                                                                                                                

Evanger’s offers premium, balanced food and supplemental cans of just meat. In its whole                 meal cans there are carrots, peas, apples and pasta in addition to human-grade meat and the          required vitamin/mineral mix. This is a special treat since it costs nearly $30 a can.        

HaloHalo is another all natural dog food with USDA-approved chicken and veggies, such as          carrots, zucchini, squash, green beans and celery. There’s also no added salt, sugar or artificial preservatives, colors and flavors.                                                                                  

Innova—Innova offers cooked and raw food for the canine population.The cooked food includes       herring and safflower oils for the omega fats. There’s pumpkin for fiber.                         

Merrick—Merrick throws in everything but the kitchen sink. There’s chicken, chicken liver,            potatoes, carrots, peas, apples and olive and flaxseed oils for the omega fats.                                      The chicken pot pie dinner is spiced with thyme, sage and rosemary.                                                            

Nature’s Logic—Besides the chicken, its liver and heart, Nature’s Logic adds lots of veggies               like spinach, broccoli and carrots and fruits like blueberries (one of nature’s best sources of                anti-oxidants), pumpkin (for fiber) and cranberries.                                                       

Nature’s Variety—Like so many others Nature’s Variety has no grains. It does have premium           meat, vegetables, fruits and the required vitamin/mineral mixture. The company has the                 Instinct brand and the Prairie brand.                                                                                      

Old Mother Hubbard Cupboard Creations—Yes, "that" Old Mother Hubbard, the one that            makes the big bag of treats. OHM uses potato for its starch and adds red pepper and celery to               the peas and carrots. Old Mother Hubbard also produces the Wellness brand.                        

Solid Gold—Solid Gold has fish in its meals for the dog who likes seafood. Plus, there are                carrots and sweet potatoes, and, of course, no grains. So, for the discerning dog and owner              these brands can provide nutritious, balanced meals.                                                          

They all provide human-grade food with the most available protein, vitamins and minerals that            can sustain a dog for many years.                                                                                              

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Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

K9 Natural Freeze Dried Raw dog food receives the Advisor’s top rating of 5 stars.


Here's the breakdown...

The K9 Natural Freeze Dried Raw product line lists two dehydrated recipes… each claimed to meet                                           AAFCO nutrient profiles for all life stages.

The following is a list of recipes available at the time of this review.

  • K9 Natural Freeze Dried Raw Beef Gourmet
  • K9 Natural Freeze Dried Raw Lamb Supreme

K9 Natural Beef Gourmet was selected to represent both products in the line for this review.

K9 Natural Beef Gourmet

Dehydrated Dog Food

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

Protein = 40% | Fat = 34% | Carbs = 18%

Ingredients: Fresh beef (derived from animals deemed fit for human consumption), ground bone, blood, fresh broccoli,      cauliflower, carrot, silver beet, cabbage, other seasonal vegetables, fresh whole eggs with shell, fruit (apples, pears and           other seasonal fruit), green tripe, heart, liver, kidney, garlic, cod liver oil (natural preservative)

Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 3.4%

Red items when present indicate controversial ingredients

The first ingredient in this dog food is beef. Although it is a quality item, raw beef contains about 80% water.                             After cooking, most of that moisture is lost… reducing the meat content to just a fraction of its original weight.

However, the company assures consumers its products start with 85% meat. So, beef is likely the dominant source of                protein in the finished product.

The second ingredient is ground bone… an excellent source of natural calcium.

The third ingredient mentions blood… which consists mostly of water. And although it doesn’t sound very appetizing to         humans, blood is naturally rich in protein (albumin), vitamins and minerals.

The fourth item is broccoli. Broccoli is a healthy green vegetable and a member of the kale family. It is especially rich in        vitamin C and fiber and numerous other nutrients. Broccoli is known to provide potent anti-cancer benefits.

The fifth ingredient is cauliflower. Cauliflower is a member of the same family of plants as broccoli and cabbage. It is             notably rich in nutrients with a Completeness Score of 80 out of a possible 100.1

The sixth item lists carrots. Carrots are loaded with beta-carotene, minerals and dietary fiber.

Although this recipe contains a number of other healthy fruits and vegetables, the nutritional value of these items can be         readily denatured by the heat of cooking.

However, since this product is both raw and dehydrated, these ingredients are likely to retain much of their original         nutritional value.

This dog food contains whole eggs… a desirable addition. Eggs are easy to digest and have an exceptionally high                  biological value.

The recipe also mentions green tripe. Tripe usually consists of the first three chambers of an animal’s stomach.                            As repulsive as it may seem to us humans, tripe is favored by dogs and sometimes even includes the stomach’s contents.

We also note the inclusion of heart, liver and kidneys… all rich sources of meat-based protein.

We find no added vitamins or minerals on the ingredients list. Since the product is claimed to meet the AAFCO                nutritional profile, we would assume these essential nutrients are provided by the food ingredients in the recipe.

Garlic can be a controversial item. Although the majority of experts favor the ingredient for its numerous health benefits,        garlic (in rare cases) has been linked to Heinz body anemia in dogs.2

However, the limited professional literature we surveyed provided no definitive warnings regarding the use of garlic…        especially in small amounts (as it is here).

K9 Natural Freeze Dried Raw Dog Food
The Bottom Line

Judging by its ingredients alone, K9 Natural Freeze Dried Raw looks to be an above-average dog food.

But ingredient quality by itself cannot tell the whole story. We still need to estimate the product’s meat content before    determining a final rating.

The dashboard displays a dry matter protein reading of 40%, a fat level of 34% and estimated carbohydrates of about 18%.

As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 35% and a mean fat level of 42%. Together, these figures           suggest a carbohydrate content of 15% for the overall product line.

Above-average protein. High fat. And low carbs when compared to a typical dry dog food.

Free of any plant-based protein boosters, this looks like the profile of a dehydrated food containing an                             abundance of meat.

For those looking to mimic a dog’s natural ancestral diet, the K9 Natural line makes an excellent choice.

Bottom line?

K9 Natural Freeze Dried Raw is a meat-based product using an abundant amount of beef or lamb as its main source of             animal protein… thus earning the brand 5 stars.

Enthusiastically recommended.

For even more raw diet suggestions, be sure to visit the Advisor’s Recommended Raw Dog Foods summary page.

A Final Word

This review is designed to help you make a more informed decision when buying dog          food. However, our rating system is not intended to suggest feeding a particular             product will result in specific health benefits for your pet.

For a better understanding of how we analyzed this product, please be sure to read our article,                                                    “The Problem with Dog Food Reviews

Remember, no dog food can possibly be appropriate for every life stage, lifestyle or health condition. So, choose wisely.                And when in doubt consult a veterinarian for help.

Notes and Updates

03/10/2011 Original review

  1. Completeness Score is a measure of a food’s relative nutrient content and is computed by                   from the USDA’s National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference
  2. Yamato et al, Heinz Body hemolytic anemia with eccentrocytosis from ingestion of Chinese chive                                  (Allium tuberosum) and garlic (Allium sativum) in a dog, Journal of the American Animal Hospital Association                  41:68-73 (2005






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