Best Dry Grain Free Dog Foods

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The following is a list of our best dog food brands — each known to include at least one dry grain free dog food.

Bowl of Grain Free Dog Food

To qualify, each dry kibble must have been rated four or five stars by the Advisor.

And of course, it must be grain free.

If you know of a dry grain free dog food you feel should have been included on this list, please feel free to share your suggestions in the Comments section below.

Or if you’re searching for some suggestions yourself, remember to browse our readers’ Comments below to get some more ideas.

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Best Dry Grain Free Dog Foods

The following is a list of our top-rated dry dog food brands. Each line has been shown to contain at least one grain free dog food.

  • LuvMyMutt

    I went crazy trying to find my dog dry food she liked. I found through trial and error though that she will adjust to any food as long as there’s some wet food on top (except fish based food). Usually I just give her some leftovers from my meal. Once she starts she can’t stop but she does hold out all day for those leftovers. Wish I could recommend a dry food but my dog eats large sized kibble that a pug would choke on.

  • theBCnut

    While I agree that Canidae’s Pure line is much lower in carbs than Natural Balance, it is still over 30% carbs, nothing like as low as 10%.

  • Riley Anne

    Some more unfortunate causes for Yeast infections are not related to grains… but starch. Starch is found in ALL kibbles, even the highest quality and the most expensive. Some have less starch than others. Natural Balance grain free LID formulas are anywhere between 50-60% starch, while Canidae’s Pure formulas are only around 10%. so while feeding dry food, there is a way to cut down on the amount of starch being fed, but it is impossible to avoid starch altogether.
    What I usually recommend in situations like this, is to get their dogs of traditional dog foods altogether.
    Feeding raw will eliminate most skin allergies, yeast infections, hot spots… etc…
    A man with an English Bulldog entered my store months ago. A very, very expensive English Bulldog. This man paid 12,000 for this bulldog. and at 10 months old, the dog was ‘allegedly’ (according to his genius vet) allergic to all meat, all grain, most vegetables… and was being fed a ridiculously expensive prescription vegetarian kibble. even still, The dog was not doing well. Of course, He had less problems, but still very many. This man’s vet told him to euthanize his dog because there was nothing he could eat, and that his dog maybe was not meant to live. Wonderful vet, this guy. Outstanding, right?
    Well, i called bullcrap. I recommended Stewart Raw Naturals (one of the more affordable pre-prepared raw diets) to him. He was skeptical, but was willing to give anything a shot. He brought several bags home and came back about two months later with the same dog… but he was unrecognizable. This dog was beautiful. He grew out his fur, was now white and velvety, instead of pink and crusty ..his eyes stopped leaking, he didn’t smell bad anymore and most of all, his ears had been infection-free for the first time in his young life.
    This is the magic of eliminating starch from an allergy-prone dog’s diet. In my opinion, it’s not that dogs shouldn’t eat grains and starches… but that it shouldn’t be a regular part of your dog’s diet. Some people wait until it’s too late. This is how allergies and intolerances form… and in many cases, the consequences are pretty severe.

  • LabsRawesome

    No, but Rio is a cute movie. I got Blue at 6 months old, so he came with the name. His original owner had two jobs and no time for him. So he grew up in a crate, basically only came out to use the bathroom. Blue was scared of the world when I got him. So I just started taking him everywhere with me. I brought treats for people to give him, and started taking him to the dog park. Now he is really friendly, and likes to meet people and play with other dogs.

  • Antonio Fisher

    Thanks Cyndi and yes they are fun dogs. I love the energy it keeps me active by keeping them active. A dog in motion will continue in motion, so I think it helps keep them young longer similar to people that are super active.

  • Antonio Fisher

    Blue is my kind of dog. I am very FUN of the smaller dogs these days. Let me guess did you name Blue from the movie (Rio)? :)

  • Cyndi

    Your dobies are beautiful!! Makes me miss mine! Someday I’ll get another one. They are such awesome dogs!

  • LabsRawesome

    Oh wow Antonio, your Dobies Ziggy and Reno are Beautiful!! And little Samson is too cute. :) Here’s a pic of my bodyguard Blue. ;)

  • Antonio Fisher

    LOL you are right :), my pug is def the odd man out, but keep it a secret he doesn’t realize he’s smaller than the other too LOL

  • Betsy Greer

    The first thing I think when I look at the bottom picture is,
    ♬ “One of these things is not like the other.” ♬

  • Antonio Fisher

    I hit send prematurely only showing the pic of Ziggy, but below is a pic of Reno, and a pic of all 3 laying together.

  • Antonio Fisher

    Hi sorry for the delayed reply, had a long lazy day yesterday, and had to make sure to get outside before the rains came pouring. I used Victor’s as recently as January of this year, but had a little trouble with keeping weight on my dobermans even when feeding a decent amount, so I’ve played around w/ the Diamond Brands since the earlier part of this year and thus far they have been doing well even w/ the increase activity I’ve been placing on the Dobermans (especially the younger Doberman). The pics below are Ziggy (6 years old Doberman, Reno almost 2 (Doberman, and Samson 7 my pug.

  • Amanda

    This is a difficult question because I’m sure no humans have tasted their dogs food but has anyone feed their dogs a few different brands and noticed they prefer the taste of one over the other? I have a 6 pound Maltese and Pug that need grain free and high in fiber food, both do not like any “fish” flavored foods. I also mix in a little wet food as well. Any suggestions on “best tasting” grain free and high in fiber would be appreciated so much.

  • LabsRawesome

    Please post some pics of your dogs, I’d love to see them. Oh, don’t get me started with Victor. LOL! My 3 love it!! I think it’s an awesome food! I recommend it on this site a lot. I’m a big believer in diet rotation, but I can’t seem to buy any other dry food now. I just feel Victor is superior to the other foods in my price range. Because it has Selenium yeast, and Montmorillionite Clay. I feel they are superior ingredients, and other kibbles that use those ingredients cost 2 or 3 times more than Victor. I’ve found a local supplier and I get a 30lb bag of Ultra Pro for under 40 bucks. Yukon River is a couple bucks more. I just rotate within the Victor line now. But my dogs do get various canned foods with different protein sources. I also give eggs, sardines, mackerel, and salmon, and whatever meats the grocery store reduces. Are you still using Victor?

  • Antonio Fisher

    That is a fine looking pack and a handsome young man you raising. I will have to post some updated pics of my crew as well, funny thing is my older Doberman still doesn’t have a gray hair in sight and he’s 6 now LOL. My pug on the other hand looks like father time. The younger Doberman is only 2 and still developing. I noticed your using Victors these days, how you like it for the pack?

  • LabsRawesome

    Hey Antonio, I’m doing good too. I have added 2 dogs, A Springer 4 yrs, and a Dachshund 1yr. My son just turned 9. Time flies. Here’s some pics from last Summer/Fall, now that we have finally thawed out, I need to take some new pictures. :) Ps if you click the pics they enlarge. :)

  • Antonio Fisher

    Hey I’m doing good the Dobies are awesome my elder is 6 now and the pup I got is about to turn 2, he’s going up for his first working dog titles this year. How have you been? I see the labs still looking great.

  • LabsRawesome

    OMGoodness Antonio! How have you been? How’s your Dobie?

  • Antonio Fisher

    Robin, both comments below are accurate from LabsRawesome & BCnut, and hopefully I can add a little input that you don’t rule out environmental factors for the yeasty ears. While we typically like the house to remain at a constant temp year around this isn’t the way nature designed many of the breeds we own so some of the issues that would have been resolved by changing of season doesn’t occure naturally for the inside animal. And since I’m familiar with how blogs work I will put a disclaimer out there that I didn’t pull this information from a scientific document, but this information was given to me by my vet due to a issue I had with my pug similar stuff and the dog was already eating a grain free diet to help control weight.

  • LabsRawesome

    Hi Robin, I agree with everything theBCnut posted to you. I would add this tho, try a grain free and white potato free food. Also change up the protein source, to something different than what you have been using. I use Victor Grain Free. I can get it locally at a great price. $38.99 for a 30lb bag. Here is their site, check the store locator. victordogfood.com

  • theBCnut

    Yeasty ears are a sign that your dog is having a reaction to something in his diet. The usual culprits are grains, chicken, eggs, beef, common food ingredients. So switching to grain free may help, if it is the grains he was reacting to, but you may need to look at what else he was always eating and try eliminating other ingredients. My dog can’t have chicken, many grains, and tomato(reacts most strongly to the tomato). It takes a bit of trial and error, but in the end it is worth it.

  • Robin

    My lab gets a lot of yeast infections in his ears and I keep seeing that I should put him on a grain free diet…. has anyone heard of this and if so did you try it?

  • LabsRawesome

    Hi disqus_lrCcTWUR8q, that is such great news!! I was skeptical about the Nutri Vet working so fast/well too. But it really does work great! That stuff is AWESOME! My dog’s limp went away in less than a week on that supplement. I’m so glad your dog is feeling better. You are very welcome! I’m happy that my recommendations helped you. :)

  • Shawna

    Oh that’s FANTASTIC!!! THANK YOU for sharing the results!!!!!! I am happy and excited for you both!!!!!!

  • disqus_lrCcTWUR8q

    I just had to get on here and tell Shawna and Labsareawesome about my girl. It has only been a little over a week with the changes you’ve suggested and the dog pain away herbs that I put her on – and she is already showing major improvement! Thank you so much. She is eating the Victor grain free joint formula and taking her dog pain away (herbs) and gluc chond msm without food. I seriously can’t believe we are seeing these improvements so quickly. Thank you again so much for all of your help! Your kindness and time just made such a big difference to our girl – and our family.

  • disqus_lrCcTWUR8q

    I just had to get on here and tell Shawna and Labsareawesome about my girl. It has only been a little over a week with the changes you’ve suggested and the dog pain away herbs that I put her on – and she is already showing major improvement! Thank you so much. She is eating the Victor grain free joint formula and taking her dog pain away (herbs) and gluc chond msm without food. I seriously can’t believe we are seeing these improvements so quickly. Thank you again so much for all of your help! Your kindness and time just made such a big difference to our girl – and our family. :)

  • Rick

    I have been using Wild Calling dry grain free on one of our dogs. It seems like a good, family owned company. I don’t see them on any review sites, though. Anyone else have experience with their food?
    Shelby’s Mom

  • dchassett

    Thanks so much Shawna. This gives me another avenue to add to my search.

  • Shawna

    That sucks!!

    Try to find a local holistic forum/group and ask the members of that group who they take their pets to.. You can often find little pearls of wisdom that way.

    Also check with local health food store staff as well as medical professionals you trust. My M.D. actually pointed me in the direction of my holistic dentist and my daughter’s holistic pediatrician..

    I have two holistic vets. One specializes in homeopathics and the other specializes in Chinese Herbals. And both recommend raw. :) I use the allopathic practice for emergency situations, surgeries etc.

  • dchassett

    Great article Shawna. I got a lot of useful info on different ingredients to search for. I also checked the site given in the article for a integrative homeopathic vet and, sadly, and hard to believe there is not a single one in the state of Georgia. I don’t understand it. Of course there are some that I can find on a google search but who knows if they are any good and will cause more harm than good. That also goes for chiropractor/acupuncturists here. The one name I’ve heard that supposedly is good recommends home cooked meals. I’m a huge believer in raw feeding. She actually has issues with raw feeding so she is not someone I would be taking Hannah to.

  • Shawna

    Hi and sorry I missed your question!!

    In all honesty, I really don’t know the answer to that. If giving to one of my own pups I would try to give about an hour before eating however I have nothing scientific etc to back that up…

    I just got done reading an article on Dogs Naturally Magazine’s website. The article is written by a holistic vet and addresses diet and supplements (plus more) for arthritis. If interested, the article is here “Holistic Treatment Of Arthritis” http://www.dogsnaturallymagazine.com/holistic-treatment-of-arthritis/

    Edit — I’m a huge proponent of homeopathics!!!

  • Beth Knuth

    Yes, that is a noticeable difference, the little bars, definitely better for a small dog and quick defrosting. My farrier who uses full time for her cats and dogs, loves it.

  • Betsy Greer

    Sounds great Beth! Thanks for the update! I could tell the packages contained little bars, but I didn’t realize they were two ounces bars. That would make it super easy to measure out portions for my Cavalier. Those little bars would also thaw more quickly than Darwin’s half pound packages ~ for a fraction of the price!

    Now I’m really eager to try it!

  • Beth Knuth

    I fed Butch his first meal of the JJ Fuds, I have only the beef, it smells wonderful, almost sausagey, I don’t eat meat so I may be way off base tho! Butch ate it very happily, they come in little 2 oz bars and I gave him two pounds over the day, I give 2 pounds of the Darwin’s so that is what I gave of the JJ Fuds. So far so good, I think it appears to be an excellent product and at $1.80 a pound when got directly from the factory, that is a good price. Just wanted to let you know.

  • disqus_lrCcTWUR8q

    How much time before eating would you advise giving her the supplements? She eats twice per day.

  • LabsRawesome

    Hi, that’s so awesome that they will deliver to you! I use Yukon River, and Ultra Pro. Yes, you could also try the Joint Health. Oh, and you’re not bugging me. If you have any other questions, please ask. :)

  • disqus_lrCcTWUR8q

    Thank you. It’s really nice of you to take the time to help.

  • Shawna

    Most kibbles don’t have “therapeutic” quantities of glucosamine and other joint support products added so it likely won’t benefit a great deal to use one product over the other.

    Both have tomato pomace which is a nightshade product. Because of this it is possible that the glucosamine in the kibble is already of little use. Also for this reason it would still not be advisable to give the supplement with food. It’s difficult to find foods without potato, gluten AND tomato so don’t fret the small amount of tomato. But if you can afford it, adding a good quality probiotic (not yogurt but a supplement) to the diet will help even more. Probiotics have multiple benefits — they are being studied as anti-inflammatories in arthritis. They help the immune system. They create IgA which also binds with the proteins in nightshades and glutens. They help with digestion and sooooooo much more..

    Regarding which kibble — most of us on here prefer to “rotate” foods. And most of us rotate between brands — I use 6 or 7 different brands (like Orijen, Earthborn, Nature’s Variety etc) and most lines with each brand (rabbit, beef, lamb etc).

  • disqus_lrCcTWUR8q

    Hi Labsareawesome – sorry to keep bugging but I am on track now! The victor store will actually deliver dog food to me on their route traveling thru. Very nice! It’s a good price and I won’t have to count gas in. So I just have one more question: Should I buy the sweet potato and salmon grain free or the other one that is grain free for joint support? I checked the ingredients, so white potato? I was just so set on the sweet potato and salmon my brain didn’t digest the rest – once I realized the victor dealer was a possibility and a good price. Which one do you have your dogs on ? Thanks for all of this help

  • disqus_lrCcTWUR8q

    I also found a victor dealer 15 miles away! I will price check them as well. It might be worth the trip. Thanks!

  • disqus_lrCcTWUR8q

    I found a local infinia dealer! Thank you so much! I am price checking them when they open

  • disqus_lrCcTWUR8q

    Thank you! Wish we had a cotsco. Might be worth the trip to go to one. I appreciate it!

  • abdpac

    Costco’s brand, Nature’s Domain, is grain-free and has a salmon and sweet potato formula. It’s about 32.99 for a 30# bag at my Costco. Also, Infinia makes a salmon and sweet potato grain-free which can be found at a lot of fleet/supply stores, but it’s more expensive than Costco brand.

  • Betsy Greer

    Thank you! Please do let me know what you think. I can’t recall what my local price is off hand, but it’s very affordable and the guys who make it deliver it right to local pet food stores in town. I’ll be eager to hear!

  • disqus_lrCcTWUR8q

    Oh wow… They are chewable so probably no coating. Thanks

  • Hound Dog Mom

    As Shawna mentioned, if given with food the bromelain and papain won’t be of much benefit. There also won’t be much benefit derived for anti-inflammatory purposes unless the enzymes are enteric coated. Without an enteric coating they’ll just be destroyed by the gastric juices of the stomach and will be unable to reach the upper intestine where they must be absorbed to fight inflammation. You may want to check out a product such as Medizym or Wobenzym (there are also some generics available). These are enteric coated proteolytic systemic enzymes designed specifically to combat inflammation. In Europe products like Medizym and Wobenzym are about as commonly used as OTC pain relievers like Tylenol, aspirin, etc. are here in the US.

  • disqus_lrCcTWUR8q

    I am giving it with food! Wow – thanks so much!

  • Shawna

    Looks really good!!! Capsicum, that is a good one too!!!! Many years back I was experiencing brief pain (can’t remember why). I was visiting my parents at the time and my dad gave me a cayenne preparation. It definitely helped with the pain but my gut was on fire for hours… :) My father is a Naturopath and Master Herbalist.

    This product does have bromelain in it.. Since bromelain (and papain) is an enzyme that digests proteins, it won’t have much therapeutic benefit if given with her meals as it will digest the food versus being absorbed into the system where it can act as an anti-inflammatory. You may not be giving with food but thought I’d mention just in case.

    Not that it matters in this discussion but I thought I’d mention — homeopathics are very specific kinds of holistic medicine. They are different than herbals and food derived products (such as those in the supp you linked to).

    I have to go pick up my grand children and may not have time to be back online till tomorrow..??

  • disqus_lrCcTWUR8q

    Shoot… I need to read more fine print

  • disqus_lrCcTWUR8q

    http://www.nexstepbiosciences.com/suofin.html this is what she is taking for pain. Newly taking. No arnica

  • LabsRawesome
  • Shawna

    Per the ingredient list on the following link, the sweet potato and salmon has white potato as the fifth ingredient. http://nutrish.rachaelray.com/dog/dry-food/zero-grain-salmon-and-sweet-potato

  • disqus_lrCcTWUR8q

    Ahhh… Right. Ok… Well then I hope we will see a change soon once we get her food switched. Interesting that her vet didn’t recommend this. I asked food rec and they didn’t really have one. It’s ok. I know the all natural world isn’t the same as medicine. It happens with our doctors too. Her vet is great – it’s just interesting. This is so good to know. Thank you both a ton! I have been doing so much research on herbs and oils, etc now food. This is great to know. I will get her grain free food asap. Unfortunately we do not have victor near by. Has anyone heard of the all natural sweet potato and salmon by rachael ray? It’s at meijer. Still $48 for 28 lbs but the best price I’ve seen.

  • Shawna

    Chiropractic and acupuncture are things to definitely check out too……

    IF nightshade/gluten are problematic then getting her off them will definitely help.

    I’m curious if the homeopathic product has arnica in it? We use a LOT of arnica in my home (my grand babies live with me). :)

  • LabsRawesome

    As Shawna mentioned, If you have been feeding a food with nightshade or glutens, the Glucosamine & Condroitin supplements won’t work.

  • Shawna

    I’m not as familiar with specific foods as Labs and HDM, sorry… A sweet potato or millet or kibble would all likely be good choices.

    I’m a HUGE believer in homepathics and herbs.. Turmeric is a wonderful anti-inflammatory. Bromelain is an enzyme that when given away from food has also demonstrated good anti-inflammatory properties and I’ve read a good deal of anecdotal data on bromelains benefit for those with arthritis. Black/tart cherry is another with properties great for those suffering from arthritis but I’m not sure how appropriate it would be for a dog — in amounts considered therapeutic that is.

    I’ve also read anecdotal information about apple cider vinegar relieving arthritic pain.. I think this is worth a shot as it has other benefits and is cheap.. If given with the meal in small amounts, it helps with digestion of the proteins in the food. Braggs is a good brand.

    I know I’m forgetting some too?? Ughhh

  • LabsRawesome

    disqus_lrCcTWUR8q, You’re Welcome. I forgot to mention, my 3 are also on Human grade fish oil.

  • disqus_lrCcTWUR8q

    Unfortunately, I haven’t noticed that it has helped much. I’ve had her on the gluc supplement for about 8 months, along with fish oils. No change. Recently added the homeopathic pain med (herbs like tumeric, etc mixed) all have been approved by her vet. I am trying to go natural and not wishing to put her on a pain med for this. It’s too soon to see results with the natural pain med. My next step is the grain free and white potato free dog food. I hope it all helps. She’s only 5 and having a hard time. (limping in her right front shoulder.) Thanks again for the help!

  • disqus_lrCcTWUR8q

    Thank you Labsareawesome! I agree – they are. That is actually the same gluc supplement I have her on, along with fish oils and a homeopathic pain med. I will check out victor food! Thanks again!

  • disqus_lrCcTWUR8q

    Thank you so much Shawna. Would you recommend any grain free dog food then? As long as it does not contain night shade vegetables? I have heard sweet potato and salmon is a good one but it’s so expensive. I found other grain free natural food at TSC at a more affordable price. They did not carry the sweet potato and salmon at the attractive prices but they did carry a grain free potato and salmon, along with other grain free options that did not include potato or salmon. The supplements I have her on are fish oils and glucosamine chondroitin msm, homeopathic pain reliever (tumeric and other herbs combined) all approved by her vet. Thanks for helping. It’s appreciated.

  • Beth Knuth

    I had tried for my cats, they turned there noses up, so now I am going to get my first batch Sat. for Butch. A friend goes up that way for work and she is getting some for a bunch of us. She has used for a while and her cats and dogs love it. I am using for Butch along with the Darwin’s. JJ Fuds has the beef for $1.80 a pound, so I got all beef from them and just the turkey, duck and chicken from Darwin’s. JJ Fuds just charges a straight $1.80 per pound for all proteins. I will let you know how it works for us.

  • Shawna

    Certain foods have a protein in them that binds with natural sugars in the body. Gluten grains and nightshade plants (including potatoes AND tomatoes) have these proteins. The reason gluten and nightshade plants can be problematic in cases of arthritis is that they bind with a derivative of glucosamine called n-acetyl glucosamine. Which in turn makes it unavailable to the joints if too much is bound up to the protein.

    Not everyone (or every dog) with arthritis will benefit from gluten and nightshade avoidance but it is a really good place to start… At the very least, I would avoid giving a glucosamine supplement with food that has gluten or nightshade plants in them. Basically makes the supplement worthless to the joints.

  • Hound Dog Mom

    You beat me to the punch. :)

  • LabsRawesome

    Yes you are on the right track. I would go with grain & white potato free.Canned would be best, if you can afford it. If you want kibble my favorite is Victor. Good food at a reasonable price. Grain free formulas receive 5 stars. I get a 30lb bag of grain free for under $40 bucks in my area. Check out their store locator. victordogfood.com Recently my Lab hurt her leg and started limping ( I saw her get hurt) I went to Tractor Supply and picked up Nutri Vet Hip & Joint level 3. 90 chewable tablets for $29.99 (on sale) It contains Glucosamine 500mg, Chondroitin 400mg MSM & Vitamin C 50mg and Hyaluronic Acid. It works great, no more limping.

  • disqus_lrCcTWUR8q

    I am looking for the best dog food for arthritis for a lab. It would be nice if there was a good, reasonably priced food. It looks like grain free is the way to go. Should I avoid potatoes? I’ve read potatoes can cause inflammation. Yes, she has seen her vet and I also have her on supplements. Just looking for dog food advice. Which grain free dog food mixture would help the most? Thanks so much for the help :)

  • Betsy Greer

    That’s great!

    OK, just to let you know, there’s been recent conversation about upcoming changes to Acana. http://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/forums/topic/changes-coming-to-acana/

    I have a pup with some intolerance issues and I’ve had great luck with Canine Caviar (particularly, lamb & pearl millet). That same pup has trouble with lentils & chickpeas so that narrows our options. So, if yours hasn’t had a food with lentils, etc. yet, just know that it could create some gastric distress; but, he may also do just fine with it.

  • Betsy Greer

    Beth!

    Seriously!? You’re using JJ Fuds? I’d love to hear more about your experience with it and your thoughts about the product.

    They make the product where I live and I remember buying sausage from them for special occasions when I was a kid. They’re relatively new to dog food, but are a family of master sausage makers trained in Germany.

    I see it for sale locally, but haven’t talked to anyone who’s used it.

  • Beth Knuth

    Mary, I had another idea for you, where do you live, if it is near Chicago, I am using JJ Fuds too, all their proteins, chicken, duck, turkey, and beef are $1.80 per pound. They do not have a facebook page or web site, you have to google to get number and you go get it right from manufacturer. I am using their beef due to Darwin’s being so much more for beef. Just another thought for raw for you.

  • Beth Knuth

    also, there is raw available at Pet Supplies Plus is my area, Bravo, is not badly priced, it comes in long tubes and you cut what you need, you could incorporate some raw and do the grain free kibble too. Just a thought.

  • Carolyn Barthel

    Betsy and Suite Pee, I took an afternoon to plow through the list and potentially came up with three possibilities: Canine Caviar Grain Free, Innova Nature’s Table Beef & Red Lentils, Zignature Duck Formula and maybe Acana Singles Duck & Bartlett Pear. I have to double-check them for ingredients, availability and cost, and then probably I should run them by my vet. A lot of slogging but I think I got some reasonable results.

  • Crazy4cats

    I pestered one store owner and he declined. I’m going to bring it up at our local feed store next and see what they think. The one store in our state within 25 miles that carries it, only charges about $3 or $4 less than Amazon.

  • LabsRawesome

    Yeah, I know. It’s too expensive online. If I couldn’t get it locally, I wouldn’t use it. But luckily I can, or I’d be pestering one of the stores to carry it. :)

  • Crazy4cats

    It’s at least 50 bucks here and $54 on Amazon. You are very lucky!

  • LabsRawesome

    Hi Mary, the cheapest 5 star kibble is Victor. I pay $38.99 for a 30lb bag of grain free. If you can get it locally, it’s a bargain. Take a look at their site, they have a store locator. victordogfood.com

  • Suite Pee

    Carolyn, Spooky the border collie I adopted when he was 2, came with a baggy of blue buffalo. I found out when I tried to switch foods that he is allergic to most other dog foods. I switch him between Blue Buffalo Lamb and Rice, Blue Buffalo salmon and Earthborn grain free Holistic. These are the only foods his stomach can take.

  • Caroline Capobianco

    Hi Mary. It will probably be trial and error to figure out exactly what is causing your dog’s yeasty skin. Going grain-free is a good start. If that doesn’t fix things, start looking at the particular ingredients you’re feeding and find a food completely different so that you can start pinpointing what is affecting your dog. What protein source have you been feeding? I would choose something different to start. If you’ve been feeding chicken, try beef or lamb. What price range are you looking for? Orijen is probably the most expensive kibble. There are affordable ones out there. You may have to order online from Chewy.com or Petflow.com for the best deals. Victor Grain-Free, Pure Vita, Earthborn Holistic, and Dr. Tim’s Grain-Free are what I would call affordable for 4 and 5 star kibble. I hope that is helpful.

  • Mary Vallavanti

    I checked out Darwin’s and it is sad to say I can not afford the price of that food, any other reccomandations.

  • Betsy Greer

    Plowing through the ingredients of every product we consider as a potential option is the most exhaustive part of researching foods for our intolerant pets. It’s time consuming indeed, but the only way to be sure. Believe me if there were a database somewhere out there, I would’ve found it by now. Sorry!

  • Carolyn Barthel

    I have a 11-year old standard poodle with the following allergies (according to Glacier Peak Holistics Allergy testing): chicken, turkey, salmon, avocado, onion, parsnip, potato, sweet potato, yam, tomato, canola oil, hemp oil, pineapple, soy milk, all grains. I currently use Earthborn Holistic Meadow Feast dry kibble and I’d like to find two other dry kibble brands with which to rotate. Any suggestions?

  • Beth Knuth

    Mary, I have my Butch on total raw Darwin’s. It is shipped from Washington state right to your door, frozen. It is wonderful, I was only feeding raw in morning and kibble at night but Butch was not tolerating the kibble well, he would puke burp or puke the whole meal of kibble! I took the plunge and am going all raw, within two days really I saw a significant difference in his coat, very sweet smelling and silky, also, he acts like he feels better and is not puke burping at all! You need to try, pit bulls can be known for skin and allergy issues. Look up Darwin’s on facebook and their website, call them they want to help you, always are there for me. Good luck and let me know if you do try and what you think.

  • Mary Vallavanti

    I have a Pitt Bull who seems to have a yeast skin issue, any suggestions to what food I should be feeding. He has been on Science Diet and I live in the south. I would appreciate any suggestions.

  • Crazy4cats

    That is a very tough question without knowing more. There is not one perfect food. Does your dog have any allergies, health or digestive issues? There are several 4 and 5 star foods on this site. Maybe you could print off the list and take it with you when you go dog food shopping. Pick one out that fits your budget and give it a try. You will want to transition slowly to the new food if you have been feeding the same food for a long time. Good luck.

  • Erin

    Hello. Whats the best choice dry food for a 6 year old toy chihuahua. ?

  • Betsy Greer

    Sam’s problem is fish AND fish oil. It’s amazing how many foods that aren’t fish based still have fish or fish oil added. I looked at the Ultra Pro and the Hi Pro Plus and both have fish and / or fish oil.

  • Betsy Greer

    LOL, I’m hoping to find something to add to my rotation of two! I know how you feel ~ so frustrating!

  • LabsRawesome

    Hey Betsy, your link worked, it took me right to the pdf for Victor Lamb. I think the GF ALS is also the one that didn’t work for Melissa. But she had good luck with Ultra Pro.

  • Crazy4cats

    Hi Betsy~
    I had to look up FWIW. Lol! Your info is very worthy to me! Anyway, yes, let me know how you like it. I am not opposed to food with rice. I thought it was a little low in protein, but now I realize most budget friendly lamb foods are. I will probably try it out and add to my rotation soon. Haha, my rotation of one so far! Thanks :-)

  • Betsy Greer

    FWIW, I bought a bag of the Victor Lamb Meal & Brown Rice to try next. Unfortunately, the GF ALS (the one in the red bag) didn’t work for Sam (too many fruits and veggies I’m guessing). While grain inclusive, I found it’s the closest thing they have to a LID. I can’t seem to copy & paste the ingredients for some reason, but here’s a link: http://www.midamericapetfood.com/victordogfood/pdf/Brochure-Lamb%20Meal%20-%20Brown%20Rice.pdf

  • Crazy4cats

    Victor is not considered limited ingredient, but you can get a big bag of the all life stages grain free for around that price. The problem is that it is not available in all areas yet. You can order online through amazon, sport dog, rocket pets and/or eBay. Check out their website at http://www.victordogfood.com. Good luck!

  • theBCnut

    No suggestions on food because all the ones I like cost even more, but yes, it can be that his food allergies have expanded. Be careful to not let him breed, since the predisposition towards allergies can be heritable.

  • Brenna Hanratty

    I have an intact male almost three year old Leonberger. He had terrible food allergies as a puppy so we put him on Natural Balance since it is grain free and LID. He’s been on 3 different protein sources on NB and has been doing great, switching them every once in a while. Now, his ears have been terribly dirty and sensitive to touch for months. I plan on doing a culture, but I’ve heard that he may have developed allergies to NB over time. Is that possible? And if I switch to a different grain free food, and maybe a new protein source, do you have a suggestion as to which food since he has this allergic history? Also, which grain free foods do you find to be a little bit cheaper, say under $60 for a large bag?

  • JudyandSam Simpson Norris

    My -2-Cockers are on Fromm Grain Free. They used to have gas really bad but no since we switched -2-yrs ago. We have the anal glands expressed monthly at the vet. They live the Fromm and we have tried a lot of foods and this seems to be one of the best. Our -5-yr old cocker was diagnosed with Auto Immune Hemolytic Anemia last April 06, so I am very careful what I feed her.

  • theBCnut

    Howdy, Neighbor!!

  • dchassett

    Y’all have to come to Georgia. Everything is available here. I’ve yet to come across that I can’t get within 20 minutes of my home. It’s one of the advantages of living in a populated area. I guess I’m lucky. Never thought about it that way especially after this crazy winter. Though every time I complain about this Atlanta winter my friends and family back home in NYC, NJ and Mass. laugh and bring me to my senses.

  • LabsRawesome

    Sure!!!

  • theBCnut

    Can you be next door neighbors in cyberspace?

  • LabsRawesome

    Just like me, you are located in cyberspace. Right? ;)

  • theBCnut

    I never would have heard of it either if it weren’t for the people here who really love it.

  • Linda McKee Schlottman

    TheBCnut, where are you located? I’m curious because we went to a vet in Michigan and found out that it was Dr. Tim’s office!!!!! We live in Florida and had never heard of Dr. Tim’s food until then!!!

  • SB

    If you can’t back up such a ridiculous statement then you shouldn’t be making comments!

  • SB

    You don’t specify which type of Natural Balance and their ratings go from 2-4.5 so if your feeding a lower rated version you may want to switch food

  • SB

    Science Diet is really not a top rated dog food at all, have you checked out the rating for your particular type?

    You just need to decided what food is best for your dog and if you prefer to go with a top rated above average food (recommended) (4* or 5* rating) and then do some online research on pricing.

    If your budget is limited and an issue I would suggest Costco brand Kirkland, you get a big bag for under $30.00 and it’s a 4* rating!

  • dchassett

    Some dogs just love to eat having nothing to do with whether they are hungry or not. I have noticed that since my dogs have been on grain free foods they very rarely beg for food. Sure they’ll scour the kitchen floor in hopes someone has dropped something but not like they were before. I believe that high levels of carbs make them always hungry. What has worked for my three is high protein, moderate fat, low carb grain, poultry, soy, white potato and rice free foods. (The poultry free is because one of my girls is allergic to all forms of poultry.

  • Betsy Greer

    Yep, it’s normal. Mine do the same thing. It sounds like he’s at a healthy weight. Don’t give in! : )

  • theBCnut

    Most dogs will gladly overeat, just like most people.

  • K Thompkins

    Is it nomal for a dog to beg for some of your food even if he’s just got done eating? He eats 1/2 cup of dry dog food in the morning and evening. His body is good. He weighs 14lbs.He gets lots of exercise and plays alot.

  • Betsy Greer

    Hi K Thompkins,

    How do you know he’s hungry? I have two that will beg for some of my breakfast even if they ate right before I did. What is he eating right now and how much does he eat?

    As important, how is his body condition? Can you feel the notches of his spine; can you feel, but not see his ribs; is his belly defined?

    Your answers to those questions might help you determine what your next move might be.

  • K Thompkins

    My yorkie is always hungry. Does anyone think I should put him on a grainfree dog food? Protein should fill him up right?

  • Eddie ochoa

    I would like to know which is the best grain free puppy DrY food

  • Hound Dog Mom

    Hi Mary –

    Mr. Buck’s no grain food has been reviewed. It received a rating of 4 stars: http://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/dog-food-reviews/mr-bucks-dog-food/

  • Mary Essary

    I’d like to see Mister Bucks grain free reviewed

  • dchassett

    HI Susie G. My suggestion would be to switch your dogs diet to a 4 or 5 star grain free food. Just go to Dr. Mike’s Grain Free Dry Foods and I’m sure you’ll find plenty to choose from. Try to find a food with high protein, moderate fat and low carbs. You didn’t mention what food you are presently feeding your dogs. A nutritional balanced grain free kibble should clear up gas issues. It certainly did with my dogs that were having these issues when I was feeding them grain inclusive kibble. OMG! It was so bad. Could clear out a house let alone a room. No more gas issues on grain free. I also switched them off any poultry foods. One of my girls is intolerant to all things poultry.

  • CattleDognCat Lover

    We are too! We feed our 10 mo. old puppy (Aust. Cattle Dog Mix) Blue Buffalo (5 star food) and have started putting probiotics in her food as well. The gas has slightly improved, but it is still quite bad. This goes against the many things I have read saying that a good diet with probiotics should “eliminate” gas. I’m worried she is allergic to something, I just can’t figure out what. The vet says not to switch just yet, but I don’t know. We also have anal gland issues. She gets good exercise, tons of love, controlled feedings…Help!

  • http://DogFoodAdvisor.com/ Mike Sagman

    Both Real Meat Air Dried and Freeze Dried are on our To Do list for an upcoming review. However, due to our current backlog, it could be a while longer before Sandy and I get to them. Thanks for the suggestion.

  • AAdelson

    Hello, I was wondering if you would consider rating Real Meat brand air
    dried dog food from the Real Meat Treat company. My maltipoo is super
    picky and there are very few dog foods she’ll eat. But strangely she
    does like their treats and now I see they make air dried and freeze
    dried grain free food as well.

  • http://DogFoodAdvisor.com/ Mike Sagman

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  • Blondalien

    Swap the protein in the kibble from time to time- probably bored of it! Don’t forget to swap over gradually

  • Blondalien

    Don’t feed just egg white- has to be the whole egg. Just give him a bit more of the food- he probably had a growth spurt. Soak the kibble in warm water for 5-10 mins before feeding. Feed 3 meals per day to stave off the hunger, bulk with above ground grown boiled veg like broccoli, green beans, squash and pumpkin, or even some sweet potato.

  • Blondalien

    Feed a higher quality grain free food- look for at least 4 stars on this site

  • Blondalien

    Taste of the wild, blue wilderness are very good, change over very gradually.Look for at least 4 stars grain free on here- natural balance only has 2.5 stars.

  • Blondalien

    Stay away from any science diet from the vet, they are full of fillers and grain- get a good quality grain free kibble instead. Compare prices online.

  • Blondalien

    A good quality grain free kibble (at least 4 stars)should eliminate the gas. You can try giving some natural live yogurt every day if he tolerates dairy, and raw rib bones will help his teeth and the anal glands.

  • Blondalien

    Just give him some more of the food- definitely don’t add just egg whites, has to be the whole egg. At 9 months he will need more than the stated portion as he is still growing- at least 1.5 timed the adult portion for this weight..

  • mama2apollo

    My 9mth AB is allergic to all meat except for fish. we switched him to Horizon Legacy Salmon and he is starving- now I know AB’s are like garbage pails- but this is not is begging barks and cries- this is like Im truly hungry here cries. Ive been adding egg whites, bananas and even some filet to his food- but the 4 cups daily is just not cutting it. any help or recommendations is truly appreciated. Thanks.

  • Crazy4cats

    Hi Susie G-
    I have found that when I add a digestive enzyme supplement, it helps with the gas a lot! Also, if the gas is that bad, maybe you need to switch foods. You didn’t mention what you are currently feeding. How are the stools?

  • Susie G

    We are struggling with copious, constant noxious gas and anal gland incidents. Please opine. I had considered a raw food regiment, but decided against it for a number of reasons. I have two rescues (big hound, pocket pit). I prefer kibble, but happy to supplement with ANYTHING that will keep my eyes from watering!

  • Teresa

    Hi, Is there anyway to put a price comparison list here? I am trying to find something a little less then my Science Diet that my vet suggested. I have no idea where to start.. Im sure it would be a lot of work or maybe some kind of break down of more expensive, to least? just a suggestion! Thank you for all the work you have done on here!

  • Stacy

    Thanks again for all your help. I decided to start with horizon pulsar fish formula. So far they like it but we just started today. I’ll let everyone know how it goes.

  • Bette Davis

    I think you are supposed to go slowly to avoid upset stomach. Start off 75% old food and 25% new, then 50/50 for a few days, then 25% old/75% new and finally 100% new. A few days on each ratio (altogether 7-10 days) but I do an extra day or two on each because I know my dog has a sensitive stomach. I like this image that shows it:

    http://www.drsfostersmith.com/pic/article.cfm?aid=99

  • Angela Henderson

    Then what do you suggest? What do you feed your dog?

  • Alexandra M.

    Hi! My dog has been eating Natural Balance for about 4 years now, and he has been doing great. Recently he’s been getting very sick (vomiting, diarrhea, bloody stool). We’ve taken him to the vets and they’ve done tests and given us medication, but nothing has changed. I found out that Del Monte has bought Natural Balance, and I was wondering if maybe it was affecting the food quality. My dog is allergic to anything wheat related (we believe), so its very hard for us to change foods. He also has a very sensitive stomach.
    Does anyone have any ideas ? Should I change his food? If so, can anyone recommend a good wheat free food?
    Thanks!

  • Pattyvaughn

    Well, I’m a card carying member of this elite club. I already told everyone how my beagle released his anal glands on my head in the middle of the night once. At least it was all in one place and very washable, but YUCK!!!

  • Crazy4cats

    I’m feeling so left out! None of my previous or current dogs or cats have ever done anything like that. Darn!

  • LabsRawesome

    Omg. Of course my cat was running so he left a trail on the carpet. Luckily, I have a rug scrubber, and pet odor eliminator.

  • Pattyvaughn

    Lots of companies do, and while I would prefer they didn’t, I’m not overly bothered by it either. It’s harder to sneak melamine into a vitamin/mineral mix than it is in a protein mix.

  • http://DogFoodAdvisor.com/ Mike Sagman

    No review on this website is over 18 months old. And most are updated more frequently whenever we receive tips of recipe changes from our readers.

    This list is always current. It is automatically generated and updated once each and every day as 4 and 5-star dry grain free dog foods are added or removed from our website.

  • http://DogFoodAdvisor.com/ Mike Sagman

    I’m so sorry you feel this list is terrible. For that was not what I intended it to be when I created it.

    There are many excellent dog foods listed here. And of course, some may not rate as highly as others. However, I hope this list (which represents thousands of hours of hard work by our team), will at least give you and many others a nice place to start.

  • Hound Dog Mom

    Haha a couple days ago a HUGE chunk of ice fell off the roof and the whole house shook. Even I jumped. Well, Mabel jumped about 3 feet in the air and expressed her anal glands all over my bedroom floor. Ugh. I cleaned it up immediately but the dead fish smell just lingered for hours. Thank god I have hardwood floors and not carpet, that would have been even worse.

  • Melissaandcrew

    Sandy is probably spot on with the yeast. Be sure to wadh and dry his folds well and sprinkle in them with corn starch to keep them moisture free.

  • http://DogFoodAdvisor.com/ Mike Sagman

    You made your point. There’s no need to keep repeating the same comment over and over again.

  • Admin. SharPei Health Central

    Earthborn Holistic gets their vitamins from China.

  • Admin. SharPei Health Central

    If you’re going to name a list the BEST then it should be the best. Not the best with a few mediocre ones & some really crappy ones mixed in.

  • Crazy4cats

    Nice story, Labs! Thanks, LOL!

  • LabsRawesome

    OMG. When my puppy chased my big Tom cat, the cat emptied his anal glands. Needless to say we all nearly puked.

  • LabsRawesome

    Canned food IS NOT bad for a dogs teeth. Feeding kibble DOES NOT clean a dogs teeth either. But you are correct about keeping up tooth maintenance. Try raw meaty bones.

  • InkedMarie

    Canned or soft is no worse fro teeth than dry. Brushing and/or raw bones are whist cleans teeth. Dry dog food cleans their teeth as well as granola cleans ours.

  • Betsy Greer

    Anal gland troubles are my dogs first symptom of my his having come into contact with one of his problem ingredients, which are some fishes and fish oils.

  • Susan

    I was surprised to discover how one ingredient in kibble can cause an imbalance in a dog. Tomato can be a big problem, along with the grains.

  • Susan

    When my dog developed anal gland issues she was on BB also. It was getting to where I had to take her to the vet every 6 wks or so to express, very stinky tuna smell. Vet suggested more fiber and Science Diet(yikes) dog food. I switched to a lamb GR food (not Science Diet) and added pure organic pumpkin. All problems gone within about 2 weeks!

  • Melissaandcrew

    I agree that there are foods on it thst I would not feed. It doesn’t make it a problem with the list or foods, just my hang up. Thanks Mike.

  • Beth Knuth

    This list is wonderful, and thank you Mike for taking the time to compile it. Mike Sagman, the creator of this site is making a new area that will only list the very few foods that are reviewed completely including manufacturer, recalls, everything. I am waiting anxiously for this.

  • Cindy Denton

    What year is this review dated? I think I saw 2012 comments below… If it’s that old – maybe a new review list is out… I sure wonder!!

  • Cindy Denton

    Can/soft dog food is terribly bad for their teeth – so – keeping up with teeth maintenance becomes very important!

  • Admin. SharPei Health Central

    This list is terrible! There are a bunch on here that I would never feed my dog.

  • Pattyvaughn

    Rotating foods. Find a few that your dog does well on. I like Nature’s Variety Instinct, Nature’s Logic, Annamaet, Earthborn Holistic, and my favorite Brother’s Complete. I also like Wellness, Victor, NutriSource, and Dr Tim’s. What I recommend is printing up the list and taking it with you to see what is available to you , where, and at what price. Then pick a few to try. I avoid anything made by Diamond(too many recalls), Evanger’s(very scummy company), and Blue Buffalo(too many people reporting sick dogs lately). Keep notes on any foods that you try, cross off the list any your dog doesn’t do well on, then try a few more.
    When you have a few different foods with different proteins and different starches from different brands that your dog does well on, you’ll have a great rotation.

  • http://www.dfwpugs.com/ sandy

    Only when necessary. Not on a routine basis for instance if you regularly take your pet to the groomer.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yA9SeHAEyQ4

  • Jordan Truesdale

    how often should it be emptied?

  • http://www.dfwpugs.com/ sandy

    Very potent, rotten, decaying fish!!!

  • http://www.dfwpugs.com/ sandy

    Might be a yeasty dog smell.

  • Jordan Truesdale

    thanks for the advice… I will definitely look into this. :)

  • Jordan Truesdale

    what does an anal gland smeell…smell like?

  • Jordan Truesdale

    what do you suggest?

  • Pattyvaughn

    Stinky cheese, musty smell? Does anywhere on his body smell stronger than others like feet, or wrinkles?

  • LabsRawesome

    Do grain/white potato free, probably 2 weeks to a month, and he should no longer have the bad odor.

  • Monica Speigner

    how long does it take to notice a difference? I hate to keep switching food because of his stomach

  • Monica Speigner

    No not at all

  • LabsRawesome

    Hi Monica Speigne, I would put him on a Grain Free food. Canned is better than kibble. Take a look at

  • Pattyvaughn

    Do your hands feel greasy after you pet him?

  • Monica Speigner

    I have a 6 month old male Olde English Bulldog, He is on Nutro Ultra puppy and his stools are finally normal after being on Royal Canine Gastro intestinal for his stomach issues, but the problem is he has a smell, not an anal gland smell but just like a wet dog smell. He has no skin problems but just a smell. Any suggestions?

  • Crazy4cats

    I think it’s kind of funny that you just stated that the very food your dog won’t eat is the best? Lol! It might be time for a new food for her as she is probably tired of it. There are so many foods on this site that are great. Good luck!

  • Pattyvaughn

    Blue would love you to think that they are the best, but that doesn’t make it so. Personally, I wouldn’t feed it.

  • Pattyvaughn
  • Stacy

    Blue has some recalls and that worries me…

  • Jordan Truesdale

    blue wilderness seems to be the best…

  • Jordan Truesdale

    Hi, My dog she is 16 months… I have had her on Blue Buffalo chicken for most of her life.. she doesn’t seem to want to eat it so I add turkey from deli (non GMO) to add flavor. any suggestions.
    p.s. adding water doesn’t work for her.

  • Pattyvaughn

    My dog does great on Earthborn Holistic Great Plains Feast. I also use Nature’s Variety Instinct, Nature’s Logic, and quite a number of others. My best suggestion is to print up the 4 and 5 star food lists and take them with you to the different pet boutiques in your area and see what is available to you at what price. Don’t marry any one food. Get one and when you’re close to finishing it, try another.

  • Stacy

    Thank you all so much! I will do some research and see what I find.

  • Pam c

    I would at the very least avoid by-products, wheat and corn. Is chicken the main meat ingredient? If it is switch to something else like lamb or beef.

    I like Earthborn Holistic’s grain free line. You can view all their recipes right on their website.

  • http://www.dfwpugs.com/ sandy

    Here is the list of grain/potato free foods:

    http://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/forums/topic/grain-and-potato-free-dog-foods/

    I’d also start giving them probiotics now even if you haven’t changed their food and probiotics/digestive enzymes with the new kibble.

  • Stacy

    Any suggestions on where to start? I’m feeling a little overwhelmed lol

  • Pattyvaughn

    What I did for my dog was to go grain, chicken, and potato free. Turns out over time I have discovered that he can’t handle many grains, chicken, and tomato. The first step is to go to a food that has very different starch and meat sources than what she usually gets. And keep ingredient lists to compare and see what she is fine with versus what she can’t handle.

  • Stacy

    Hi! I have two fur babies around 70 lbs and both are 6. One is gsd/apbt and the other is shar pei/lab. Both have minor allergies and I recently noticed my girl is scratching her face alot and we have always had trouble with ear infections. Could switching to a grain free food help? They currently eat science diet which I just learned is not so good. Need help please!

  • Susan Drechsler

    hmike is a hjscam who put me in hjspam

  • pbo

    If you use a rotation of five star grain free dry or wet your pets should do well… rotation is important, your dogs will be happier and also your wallet as many of the quality food cost many dollars and others not to much. Always work your pet up to a five star diet… go slow…. add a handful a day until you are filling the bowl with superior product. You will notice a difference in a week. I rotate, Natures Variety Instinct Raw Kibble ( big bucks!!) Merricks grain free beef and Canidae Pure grain free… we have two fifty pound bassets and they love all. One of our dogs in highly allergic to grains so we keep both dogs on a grain free diet… it is the way to go… natures way is always the best for us living things!

  • Dylan

    A few months ago we switched our pooches (20ish lb eski-poo and 45ish lb black mouth curr) to pure balance dog food from wal-mart. We originally fed them beneful, but after finding out how bad some of the ingredients were, I figured it made sense to spend a few extra bucks every month. I recently bought a bag of merrick GF pork recipe dog food, and I am curious as to what the best strategy is to shift their diet to the grain free from the pure balance. Just like half and half the first week or or is a more gradual approach necessary? Thanks for any input!