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 FoodTo 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.

For more information about grain free dog food, be sure to check out these links…

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.

  • Jules

    Thanks DogFoodie.

  • DogFoodie

    A dog with a yeasty smell likely has a food intolerance that’s gone unchecked for a while. The Pure Balance will only work for your dog if it doesn’t contain any of the ingredients to which your dog reacts.

  • Jules

    Thank you Irene. Your information is an answer to my prayers. My Yorkie has a flea allergy, and last summer, developed a smelly, skin condition and side effects just like you described. After months of research, phone consultations with a vet, I believe it was a yeast imbalance. I came here to look for an affordable, corn-free dog food and with all this over-kill of information, your post is exactly what I was looking for! THANK YOU~God bless you~

  • Christopher Priest

    Tractor Supply Company is distributing a grain free series called 4health. Looks to have good nutritional value and healthy ingredients including meat, vegetables and flax seed.

  • tonie

    ACTIVA DOG FOODS MADE IN EL PASO TX

  • Crazy4dogs

    Dori & the BCnut are right. Kibble can’t be made without carbohydrates. It’s the binder that holds kibble together. I know from past feeding that Evo used to be one of the lowest carbohydrate foods. The problem was that by the time you got towards the end of the bag it would be mostly crumbs. Feeding a fresh or raw diet would probably be your best choice. I rotate my dogs and often give them fresh human meat and mix it up with some Honest Kitchen, Grandma Lucy’s or Sojo’s premix. That way I can add as much meat, egg, whatever protein I choose. I don’t follow the ratio listed on the bags.

  • GSDsForever

    Thanks, Mike!

    As I’ve said I greatly appreciate all the time consuming and hard work that goes into this site, which is such a great resource to all.

    I know nothing like this would ever be intentional. I treat everything from you as produced/written in good faith. (And I would advise others visiting DFA to do the same.)

    Hey, thanks for the info on the contact us/new formula form. I had no idea! Cool.

  • GSDsForever

    My humblest apologies, Mike.

    I know how hard it can be to keep up with all the dog foods out there covered by this site and appreciate all the work that goes into it.

    I wasn’t intentionally or knowingly making any assumptions.

    I just happen to visit the website often (same for other foods I like) and have bags on hand often. It’s just not something I’ve seen missing in my own visits or been unable to find before when looking. But who knows? I would certainly grant benefit of the doubt to anyone looking at any website out there that a piece of information could have been missing on a given day or for a time, particularly when website revisions/reorganizations occur.

  • http://DogFoodAdvisor.com/ Mike Sagman

    As Storm’s Mom remarked, this is only a tagging error. In order for any product to show up on any sorted list, it must first be tagged. We sometimes inadvertently fail to add an appropriate tag to a review.

    Also, as I have stated many times before, we do not monitor every one of the more than 4,100 recipes maintained in our database.

    Since pet food companies rarely let us (or anyone else) know when they make changes, we must also rely on tips we get from readers.

    In any case, it is our goal to update the content in all our reviews on a revolving 18-month cycle.

    When you come across a new recipe, placing your remarks here in our comments section will likely go unnoticed. That is why Sandy and I provide a special form to report errors or recipe changes.

    Simply click the “Contact Us” lin in the footer of any page of this website and fill out the form to let us know. Also, please be sure to include links to make this incredibly challenging task as easy as possible for us.

    Thanks for your help.

  • http://DogFoodAdvisor.com/ Mike Sagman

    You are making the erroneous assumption that the website in question includes exactly the same information it did on the date we last visited it.

    Please note the “Last Update” (found near the end of every review) for Timberwolf Platinum was logged as 8/8/2014. And that was over 6 months ago.

    As I remind readers at the conclusion of every one of the more than 1,000 reviews on this website:

    “Although it’s our goal to ensure all the information on this website is correct, we cannot guarantee its completeness or its accuracy; nor can we commit to ensuring all the material is kept up-to-date on a daily basis.”

  • GSDsForever

    Huh???

    I’m sorry but I didn’t understand any of that.

    What are you responding to or trying to do, so that maybe we can help?

    DFA is an entirely privately created site from Mike Segman, who is not in the industry, and an incredible free resource to the public for information. Zillions of dog foods are listed, categorized, evaluated based on the ingredient lists & guaranteed analyses according to Mike’s established criteria. And these food companies do not give money or control whether or how they are rated, etc.

  • GSDsForever

    Regarding grain free, it may be helpful for some on a budget or wanting a little less protein to know also that the Ocean Blue Classic/Original formula is also grain free as it always has been, in addition to the Platinum line. And both Ocean Blue formulas are exclusively fish based.

    The Classic/Original line is less expensive & moderate protein (26-28% generally), while the Platinum is high protein (34-35%) along with being all grain free.

  • GSDsForever

    Mike,

    I have copied and pasted below, in response to Storm’s Mom, the statements from Timberwolf’s website. It’s on all the bags as well.

  • GSDsForever

    It’s on the bags, has always been on the bags, every one of them, and on the website. They are all designated ALS. (Now, large breed puppy appropriate with regard to calcium & phosphorous is another story.)

    Example webpage from a formula I feed (see beneath description button) and clicking to zoom in on the bag shown:

    http://www.timberwolforganics.com/products/platinum-canine-formulas/wilderness-elk-platinum-grain-free-dog-food-formula-24-lbs.html

    “Timberwolf Platinum Wilderness™ Elk Canid Formula is fully balanced and meets the requirements of all life stages. . . . Recommendations: Allergies, Maintenance, Puppy, Lactating, Working, Performance.”

    “Wilderness Elk & Salmon Formula is formulated to meet the nutritional levels established by the AAFCO Dog Food Nutrient Profiles for All Life Stages.”

    And from the website regarding all formulas:

    “Timberwolf pet foods are formulated to meet AAFCO nutrient profiles for
    all life stages. They have met animal feeding tests using AAFCO
    procedures to substantiate that they provide complete and balanced
    nutrition for all life stages.

    Dogs that are stressed, working,
    lactating, or whelping should be fed near the high end of the above
    range. Please adjust accordingly.”

    And again discussing this & elaborating, so that owners can make good decisions:

    “Although Timberwolf diets
    are formulated for all life stages, your pet may have unique dietary
    needs that are better suited to a particular formula. . . . Your dog’s nutritional requirements will vary according to age, breed, climate, stress and activity levels.”

    Additionally, on the FAQs page, regarding puppies:

    “Q: I have a new puppy. Do you have a food just for puppies?

    A:
    All of our formulas are formulated using American Animal Feed Control
    Officials guidelines for “All Life Stages” and the U.S. government’s
    National Research Council’s “Nutrient Requirements of Dogs and Cats.”
    Our nutritional and feeding philosophies are based on the higher
    proteins and fats with lower carbohydrate levels found in the diets of
    undomesticated wild animals. Our feeding instructions are “guidelines”
    only. As guardians of your pets, please observe your pets’ activity
    levels and metabolisms and adjust the quantities fed to your animals
    based upon their individual activity, metabolisms, environmental
    conditions and weights. Puppies and kittens, as well as working and very
    active pets, may need up to 3 times the amount of food for their body
    weights than older or senior animals due to their very active state,
    which causes them to burn calories at a much higher rate.”

  • Storm’s Mom

    The Timberwolf Platinum line review says “However, since we’re unable to locate AAFCO nutritional adequacy statements for these dog foods on the product’s web page, it’s impossible for us to report specific life stage recommendations for these recipes.”

    This is likely why it doesn’t appear on the best puppy food list page.

    Not sure why it doesn’t appear on the Grain-Free list…probably just a tagging error, or there’s an ingredient I’m just not seeing that takes it off the grain-free list. I’m sure Dr Mike will take a look at it and pipe up at some point about this :-)

  • Jenai Herod

    FIGURES , the dog food makers probably set this site up to get more MONEY out of those of us in total desperation to save our dogs . why am i not surprised , oh well back to the drawing board ,

  • GSDsForever

    Mike,

    Were some foods inadvertently left off this GF list, also the best puppy foods list, when they are 5 star and meet the criteria (GF or for the puppy food list, puppy/ALS designated)? Is this an old list or something?

    I don’t see Timberwolf Organics, though the Platinum line is all GF (as is original version/Classic Ocean Blue). Timberwolf Platinum is rated 5 stars here and formulas are designated ALS.

  • Comrade Ogilvy

    PetSmart brand dog food Simply Nourish killed our dog. The food was tainted and our dog got so sick he could not even hold down water.

  • Crystal

    Apple Cider Vinegar in their food helps tremendously

  • Robert Schneider

    Hello, can someone give me an honest opinion on Castor and Pollux Ultramix Grain Free dog food? Dog is currently on Taste of the wild High prairie formula, and has no problems but I wasn’t aware of the long history of lies and recalls with Diamond and TOTW. I know C&P was bought by Merrick who has also had recalls in the past (mostly treats i believe) but The Ultramix Grain Free seems like a good quality food? Any Insight? Thank you

  • sadie0777

    I just had to quit feeding my dogs Purina! It was making their hair fall out in bloody clumps and they were vomiting and defecating blood!!!! STOP feeding them Purina brand Anything! I started doing research because they’ve been sick off n on for the last 6 months and come to find out that Purina has Hundreds of lawsuits and Several class action lawsuits for dogs and cats dying from their food!!!! We’re on chicken and rice till their stomachs reset and then I’m not sure what food. Good Luck!

  • roxie

    We have an English bull dog , who previously had bad ear problems and skin problems. We put him on Pure Vita Grain free salmon and also on Zyrtec and he is doing Awesome now..Hope this helps. Roxie

  • Cynthia

    Thanks-I’ll try it!

  • Cynthia

    Thanks for the info

  • Angie

    I just read online some reviews on Kirkland dry grain free dog food and it was not good. You really have to investigate dog foods!

  • Angie

    Iams is no good . It has cancer causing chemials in it. My little shituz got 2 kind of Stomach cancer and died at 9 yrs

  • Bobby dog

    Hi Debbi:
    Here’s the review for NDGF Turkey & SP:
    http://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/dog-food-reviews/natures-domain-dog-food/

  • Debbi

    What about Kirkland- Natures Domain Grain Free Turkey and Sweet Potato?

  • http://www.therebelchick.com The Rebel Chick Jenn

    I recently switched my 3 dogs (Alaskan malamute and 2 Shelties) to Purina Beyond grain free and my malamute has had a really strange reaction. She acts like she is always starving now, like it doesn’t fill her up. The worst part is she has horrible gas – there are times I put her outside in the backyard because it makes me gag! :( Any ideas? Is this normal?

  • Dori

    Have you tried typing in the search box of this web site “low carb foods”. You might get some suggestions there and then check those foods out and see how you feel about them. Kibble, as BC stated, has to have some carbs in it. It’s what holds it together and makes it a “kibble” type food. Have you checked out freeze dried, dehydrated or canned foods? You might have more luck finding a low carb foods in those arenas.

  • theBCnut

    Kibble must have carbs to be made. There are a few canned foods that don’t have added carbs, but it’s pretty rare.

  • Dakota Klingfuss

    Hi, i have a english bulldog and he has extreme skin conditions and i have tried many foods and i can’t find any of them without any type of carbohydrates. does anybody have any ideas of a type of dog food to use?

  • DogFoodie

    How is my approach rude, Mary?

  • Mary Ridgway

    rude approach

  • Starr Minatrea

    I have two dogs. Getting them to eat different food is pretty much impossible. I have a female smooth coated border collie, who is lean and needs a higher protein diet than the other dog. She is prone to chronic ear infections with her floppy ears & I’m not able to keep her out of our pool. Our second dog, an English bulldog has had a recent bout with kidney stones. Prior to all of his near-death health issues, they’d been eating science diet lamb & rice. The bulldog also has had some major ear infection issues. I’d read that gluten was linked to chronic ear problems, so we switched to taste of the wild’s gluten & corn free lamb food. They loved it! After the kidney stone issue, our vet recommended we switch to hills prescription diet urinary tract health non-struvite formula. My issue with this-it is made with corn starch and rice. My dog is allergic to corn & does better gluten free. He’s been eating it & has been having skin issues so I’m wanting to get off of this food. Is there any middle ground here? I’ve been researching, but can’t seem to find any middle ground. Has anyone else had a similar issue?

  • MGCheney

    Thanks!!

  • MGCheney

    Thanks!

  • Irene Jones

    I have a mini Schnauzer that I got as a puppy mill rescue. She was almost bald from the shoulders back and scabby. She smelled terrible. I put her on Pure Balance from Wal-Mart (grain free and inexpensive as these go) and also put her on a internal flea regiment (Comfortis). Immidiate results. Her hair grew back and she lost the soured dishrag smell. Might want to try this. Good luck!

  • Bobby dog

    Hi MGCheney:
    Some grain free kibbles my dog does well eating are Precise, Wellness, Fromm’s, Nutrisource, EVO, Annamaet, Nature’s Variety Instinct, and California Natural. I am not sure what you are paying for Iams or where you shop, but several of these probably will be close to what you pay for Iams.

  • MGCheney

    Thanks for the info – I really appreciate it!

  • Dori

    I don’t feed kibble myself to my three dogs but I have read a lot of good things on this site from a lot of trusted posters and their dogs seem to do very well on Victor’s Grain Free dog food. Apparently it is a good price for the food, especially if you can find it in a store local to you. The large dog stores (Petco, Petsmart, etc. ) do not carry it. If your local pet food stores do not carry it you can have them check with their distributors and see if they can special order it for you. Good Luck. As I said, I don’t feed dry so I’m sorry I couldn’t be of any more help. Also you can go on Victor’s site and plug in your zip code in their store locater in see if any stores are within your area.

  • MGCheney

    I have a 1 year old terrier mix that was a stray. All of a sudden (on and off since December) he has had a rash in his groin area and armpits and he has bald spots on both of his sides. Took him to the vet again today and she tested him for mites and also his thyroid. She is not convinced it is a food allergy but I am not convinced it is not. I am wondering where to even start? I currently feed him Iams Adult dog food. He had been on Iams Smart Puppy and did fine. The problems seemed to have started when we switched. Any suggestions on what foods to try? Looking for the best valued grain-free dry dog food and this is a pretty long list. Unfortunately the recurring vet bills are taking it out of our budget so we are working on limited funds. Any help would be appreciated.

  • Felix Erude

    I have heard great stuff about Earth Born Grain Free dog food

  • Robin

    Have used BB for our cats for years, but my 10 month old Catahoula has become very gassy on BB-I’m really not happy with it and looking for something better for her…she’s a piggy so it needs to be filling but has sensitive skin issues too. Any suggestions?

  • http://theuglypugglyboutique.com/ sandy

    I’m still feeding my 15 y/o (16 in April) the same food as the young ones eat but I do give him canned food at every meal and various supplements.

  • Punklepee

    I was told the same thing about my 8 year old Mastiff and I decided against changing his diet. I just decreased the quantity of his food to keep him at a healthier weight. He has ALWAYS been a healthier Mastiff so why would I change now!!! Sometimes I think that the vets try to provide a one size fits all type of recommendation and you have to use your best judgement.

  • Crazy4cats

    So cute. They’re spooning! :)

  • Bobby dog

    Very cute! Good luck! :)

  • Kristin K

    THANK YOU SO MUCH!! I knew there had to be a thread on here somewhere about it. I currently have him on Earthborn’s Great Plains… Hoping to see an improvement in his health soon!! Thanks again!!!

  • Suzanne

    Thank you!! That makes me feel so much better! I just want to do right by my best friend

  • DogFoodie

    It’s just the opposite! Seniors need more, higher quality protein.

  • Suzanne

    I have a 12 year old Chihuahua and he has been on grain free food for years. At his recent vet visit I was told that now that he is a senior dog I might want to consider changing and not give him so much protein. I really don’t want to change but wonder about the validity of their advice. Have you ever heard of this before? Thank you for your help

  • Bobby dog

    Hi Kristin:
    Precise Holistic Complete GF, Precise Naturals GF, Nutrisource Heartland Select, and Earthborn’s Meadowfeast & Great Plains Feast are a few that I feed without potatoes.

    Here is a list of potato and GF foods on the forum side for more options. There are more foods mentioned throughout the thread as well:
    http://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/forums/topic/grain-and-potato-free-dog-foods/

  • Kristin K

    Does anyone have a good recommendation for a grain free dog food that is also POTATOE FREE?? My large breed dog (great dane-german shepherd mix) is having a reaction (itchy ears and watery eyes) to the potatoes in his diet. Would love some help!! THANKS

  • http://theuglypugglyboutique.com/ sandy

    Nutrisource grain free lamb meal, Amicus, Now Fresh small breed, Nature’s Logic, Pro Pac Ultimates grain free Overland Red, Wellness small breed are very small kibbles.

  • Cynthia

    Hi! I have a 3 year old,14 Lb. mini- and a 5 year old, 7 Lb. “mini -mini” dachshund both healthy and at good weights. Currently they eat Iams Small Breed Mini Chunks because the little guy has trouble with the size of the regular Mini Chunks. I’d like to find a grain-free dry food that has more meat and fewer additives to it. I like what is written about Orijen but does anyone know if the kibble is small-more like cat food size-or have other suggestions? Also,the larger dog needs to have her anal sacs expelled monthly and I am not sure if this has anything to do with her food. Thanks! These are my first pups and I want the best for them!

  • Dog_Obsessed

    Diamond Naturals has pretty good ingredients, but they are notorious for recalls and their way of handling recalls aren’t so great. IMO I wouldn’t feed their food.

  • Valerie

    Grace, the diamond naturals brand .. makes an all life stage grain free .. no corn, wheat or soy dry food… they make three kinds.. I have my boxers on the whitefish and sweet potato… their coats r amazing.. and the food isn’t too expensive but a very great product.

  • Grace Macintyre

    My dog can’t have any chicken, corn, or any wheat products and we’re looking for a dry dog food. Any suggestions?

  • Denise

    Well thanks for your opinion and your input.

  • DogFoodie

    She’s doesn’t have a proper understanding of food intolerance /allergy issues. As a result, she’s unable to properly educate the consumer. She should have at least enough product knowledge to present you with a choice. How can a food with chicken in every formula be perfect for all dogs with intolerance / allergy issues? This food contains four ingredients to which my dog would react.

    Her opinion of Blue Buffalo’s quality control, or lack thereof, is her opinion. I have a very different opinion. It’s ludicrous to say “no one has ever returned it.” It sounds like you asked the right person if you were seeking to have your opinion of the product validated.

    If you choose to feed Blue Buffalo, feed it. It’s your choice for your dog. No one who has a vested interest in what I buy will talk me into something I don’t want to buy.

    I suggest you ask a salesperson at a boutique store what they would recommend for your dog.

  • theBCnut

    I rotate everything and often. I don’t worry about keeping track, because I feed a healthy variety, just like I don’t keep track of my own diet, because I eat a healthy variety. I do keep track of how my dogs do on each food. I keep notes on a calendar and in a notebook.

  • Denise

    I stopped by petco yesterday and was told by a very helpful salesperson that BB is their best selling dog food for animals that have many different allergy and skin issues. I questioned her knowledge on the quality control issues and she said it was something that was recently in the news and people over exaggerated it on the internet. She said this food is fully refundable and no on has ever returned it. If there were that many problems w/ it you would hear recall stories and stories of people returning it. She says she still would highly recommend it even though i asked her what else she would recommend for my pug instead w/ so many things she cannot have in her food. She could have recommended anything else i would think. So for now i’m not going to change.

  • Denise

    Thanks i will write it down and take a look at it when i’m ready. Right now i have the giant size bag of BB.. She actually seems to be doing better on it now. Much better.

  • Samantha

    So do u use the same brand of dog food? Or do u rotate brand and type? If so how in the world do u keep track of what ur dog is and isn’t getting enough of. I guess it poses a bigger problem for me, because I have 9 dogs. I do like using the freeze dried mixed with the kibble, and I believe u told me a while back I would be ok mixing the two I have no regrets! Thanx!

  • Samantha

    The nutrisca is limited in a lot of this stuff, my dog has the same problems. If u just changed her food that will be another reason for the loose stools on top of the medication, any dog anytime they switch foods after being on one brand needs time to get use to this new food that they are being switched to. I would at least finish out the bag so long as it’s grain free. Grain is a big no no when it comes to a sensitive dog, also what do u bathe ur dog in? I learned just recently on here oatmeal is not good to use on a dog that may have a yeast problem, oatmeal will only make matters worse because the yeast will feed on any residue left behind and well, that’s the purpose of the oatmeal.

    Try
    VetTrust medicated Antibacterial Antifungal shampoo by the makers of Pet Armor. I love this shampoo and my vet now uses it after I showed it to him

  • Samantha

    Dogswell Nutrisca Dog Food, Salmon and Chickpea, 4-Pound Package

    Try the dog food I posted above. This is what finally found to work for my dog. My fur baby is on the same meds as your dog, exactly what your dogs on. I will tell you Susan is correct as soon as you come off the temaril all the itching will come back. Temaril can cause water retention so it’s good that your dog is going to the bathroom. At least she isn’t like my dog my little chiweenie that was 3 lbs is now going on 7 n a half lbs.
    fleas were the undoing for my dog one crawls on her and she is bouncing off the walls, if it bites her her entire body turns beat red and she chews herself raw. Because of this I give her a flea pill from the vet of course and she also gets a spray that is suppose to last a month two weeks into her month of taking the pill. The flea meds, along with the diet change and the temaril finally have my dogs itchiness in check. Hopefully it stays that way and someday I can taper her off the temaril. Try this dog food I shared and maybe. Add some freeze dried food to her meals that might help. I crush the freeze dried food patties up and then mix her food with hot water so she gets a nice hot meaty meal, she loves it! It’s very hard to decide what to try because there is so much to choose from I’m still debating and picking and choosing what to feed my other 8 dogs that’s not expensive but at the same time is healthy for them. None of the other dogs have the issue my lil chiweenie has. Anyway best of luck to u dear!

  • Denise

    Well i have most of the same issues w/ my pug and she is doing better on the BLUE BASICS. It’s minus most of the things you mention but has potatoes and Salmon.

  • John

    Ok. What do you want to hear? Wow you are so smart? or douchebag?

  • John

    She weighs around 21lbs. Actually I didn’t mention that other recipe up there. I just said
    white rice and grind beef, but there is more stuff in her food. Instead of using brown rice I use white rice. Because white rice has carbohydrate and she cannot eat flours. I use allrecipes.com to make her dishes. She has allergy reaction to corn, chicken, turkey, tuna, flour, and many other stuff. So I was looking for dry food to feed her. I tried most of them but didn’t work out. Any
    suggest?

  • Denise

    Well i was going to call the vet today after i see how she is doing it seems to be subsiding and i noticed she is drinking a heck of a lot more water (thus the extra peeing) so it must be the meds and she will be finished w/ them in a few days. He front legs look so much better ! She was licking them raw.

  • Denise

    Thanks !

  • Susan

    I would get her meds & start google the name & side effects, then see your vet & tell him about the weeing & pooing all day, this isn’t good something she is on isn’t agreeing with her & the vet will fix the problem…

  • Dog_Obsessed

    Unless your dog has kidney problems, you do not have to worry much about low protein. It is a myth that too much protein causes kidney disease. High-protien diets are often especially good for inactive dogs.

  • Denise

    Ok well Thanks. I just spent a lot on this 1 bag that i may finish first. The vet was not alarmed at all when i told her what we switched to. I spoke w/ a dog breeder friend tonight and she she since she is on 3 different meds right now this is why she is peeing and pooping more that normal.

  • Dog_Obsessed

    NVI = Nature’s Variety Instinct. They have formulas that are limited ingredient that are often great for dogs with allergies, and many of their regular formulas are also.

  • Denise

    NVI ? Nature Valley ? Is it grain free, corn free, soy free, corn free, wheat free, egg free etc… apparently i was told to use a product that is free of so many things that pugs are easily allergic to. I think it’s a bit much to have to be this limited but whatever it takes, i guess.

  • Hater & Molly’s Mom

    I would try another food.There are lots of foods that are much better that are salmon since you said your dogs likes that. NVI makes a salmon that i use. My girls love it! You can check out the four and five star rated foods on here.

  • Denise

    I have a pug also. How much does your pug weigh? It does not sound like you are giving her enough nutrition and doubt the vet would approved of that diet. Just my opinion. My pug weighs 25, that’s her limit she never goes over 24/25 lbs for years but has a great appetite. Yes we have all the skin / itching / shedding problems most pugs have, been through it all.

  • Denise

    Thanks, well i did tell the vet i switched to it from the “Newmans Own” which she was not doing good on and she said that was fine if she likes it. It’s Salmon flavor and she really does like it. So now i do not know what to switch to if i should switch. Ugh.

  • Denise

    Ketoconazole, Temaril-p, Cefpodoxime. 3 different meds, not sure if they are pred. She said she had a fungal infection on her legs and but area. Whatever this stuff is, she pees and poops all day long, everywhere !

  • Susan

    Hi Denise, What meds was your dog put on?…I bet 1 was a Steriod (Prednisone) as soon as you stop the steroid the itch skin problems all comes back,,,Your best to change their diet first…. if it is a steroid they shouldn’t be on it more then 1-2 months also you can not just stop taking a steroid, they need to be reduced very slowly then stopped..

  • Hater & Molly’s Mom

    What kind of meds is you dog on? I would call my vet and see if that is a side effect of the meds. If it were me i would take my dog off of this food. Blue Buffalo is not a very good food. There are a lot of complaints from feeding this. You can google it and read them. Lots of complaints on here as well. Everything from digestive upsets and diarrhea. Their quality control is lacking and they don’t seem to care. Hope your dog gets better!

  • Denise

    The vet recently suggested i try the BB grain free, soy free, corn free etc. salmon based. dog food. My pug seems to be doing well on it except for the constant pooping and peeing (though that could be some of the meds they gave her for this itching skin problem). It’s a bit pricey but so far it is working unless it’s the meds.

  • Denise

    How much is too much protein in dog food ? I have a 9 yr old Pug that is not active.

  • Caly M. Coffey

    I have been feeding my dogs this brand for quite a while and I do not have one complaint about it. My border collie, who is my pickiest eater, even loves it. Great food at an affordable price.

  • Dog_Obsessed

    Okay, thanks!

  • theBCnut

    I wouldn’t worry about that at all then.

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  • Dog_Obsessed

    The toppers are usually either balanced canned or THK, I occasionally us Wellness 95% but I could not. The toppers make up a little less than 30% of the meal if they are balanced.

  • theBCnut

    I don’t think so, but what are you using for toppers? If its balance canned, dehydrated, etc food, I wouldn’t worry, but I would want the toppers to be balanced.
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  • Dog_Obsessed

    Thanks. That feeding trial rule is really stupid. My rule for whether or not I’m eating healthy food is not “Did less than 1/4 of the people eating it die?” and that should not be the rule for pets.

    The thing is, when I get a bag of kibble it’s a bit of a commitment. It will last a month when fed alone, more than that when mixed with wet food or toppers. Would it be harmful to feed NL for a month or more?

  • theBCnut

    NL did a short feeding trial and had one food analyzed. The one they had analyzed did not meet all of AAFCO guidelines, but because over 75% of the dogs in the feeding trial didn’t die, they are allowed to claim AAFCO compliance. Their other foods are considered AAFCO compliant by association, not because they have proved to meet any standard. That’s why AAFCO is a joke. Their rules are so lax that it’s actually hard for a food to not pass. Don’t get me wrong, I like the idea of NL and feed it to my dogs that can have it, BUT I would NEVER feed only NL.

  • Dog_Obsessed

    That makes total sense. You know much, much more than I do about this though, so I feel uncomfortable that I might be “doing it wrong” and harming my dogs. Hopefully someday, when I’m more experienced, I’ll feel better about doing that.

    Isn’t NL complete and balanced though? I was thinking it was what I was going to try next for kibble.

  • theBCnut

    Another regular poster here has a dog that reacts strongly to Gain.

  • theBCnut

    I don’t have any issues with feeding something that I know is not complete and balanced because I know I feed variety. Some of the time, the raw I feed is not complete and balanced because the kibble I’m feeding is. If I’m feeding a kibble that I’m not too sure of, like Nature’s Logic, I make sure my raw is balanced.

  • Dog_Obsessed

    It is a good lesson, that what seems like a food reaction might not be. I’m glad your pup is feeling better!

  • Dog_Obsessed

    I was actually thinking recently about the definition of a “balanced diet” for humans, and how it is not nearly as regulated as it is for dogs. At first I thought it was just because dogs and humans are different species, but then I thought “If humans ate the same thing every day of their lives, then we would probably have to make sure that it had all of the nutrients we need.” I think for humans this is less of an issue because we don’t eat the same thing day in and day out, and even though there are certain nutrients we need to get, we can get them from a variety of foods. I would still not feed a dog food (besides toppers) that didn’t say “complete and balanced” on it, but it is a valid argument for rotational feeding in my opinion.

  • theBCnut

    BB has been having quality control issues for a long time now and have been ignoring complaints by consumers the whole time, so I don’t think switching is a bad idea. But then again, I firmly believe that feeding a rotational diet is better for the dog’s overall health anyway, so I believe in switching foods even if there isn’t a problem. Would you be at your best health, if you ate the same thing for 3 years?

  • Annissa

    An update on my pup. The food turned out to NOT be the culprit in her skin issues. A detergent change and the fact that I started using corn starch baby powder that fogged the bathroom where she traipsed through the powder, licked her paws, and ingested the corn starch… wow dogs are a real learning experience. I am now using my old original detergent and regular baby powder. She is doing great… back to the dog she was before all this started.

  • Louise

    Do you guys have any opinion on the recent controversy over Blue Buffalo Wilderness having chicken by-product meal in their food? I have been feeding my dog this food for 3 years but now I’m thinking of switching.

  • Crazy4cats

    Hi Ginna-
    Look under Kirkland Signature’s Domain. It is rated 3.5 stars. Therefore, it is not on the “best grain free” dry foods. This list is for four and five star foods.

  • ginna kelly

    Costco has added a new “Kirkland” brand dry kibble called Nature’s Domain. There are 3 flavors and all are grain free. I don’t see any reviews for it, any input I could use? Do you know who makes it for them? ginna4dogs

  • Teresa Stauffer Berry

    It is an excellent food. One of our vet techs with two very allergic dogs researched it out and it very good quality.

  • aquariangt

    as bobby dog said-simply nourish isn’t a bad brand. I use it occasionally-usually the Simply Nourish Source line, which is the highest protein of their options. They’ve added some more flavors as well, but be warned they ALL have chicken, so it’s not a line I would feed exclusively. Chicken/Turkey, Duck/Chicken, Rabbit/Chicken, Venison/Chicken. I’ve only used the turkey and duck thus far, but may try out the others in a bit here. It’s manufactured by American Nutrition. I do think that a big bag may run more than $40 though, but it is the best price of the decent foods at petsmart. Authority Grain Free is a better price point, I know in the past Authority was made by menu (ugh) when they were gone, I’m not sure who the manufacturer is now.

  • ATigger_Girl

    Thanks!!! I appreciate all that info :-)

  • Bobby dog

    DFA – Dog Food Advisor, sorry about that. I am not sure what your budget is, but Petsmart has a few house brands, Authority and Nourish. I like Nourish more out of those two. You will be able to easily comparison shop at home since Petsmart’s website has all the foods they sell on there.

    Also, if interested, there is a coupon thread on the forum side where posters share coupons, sales, rebate offers, and any other deals they find. You can subscribe (upper right corner of the page) to this thread to get e-mail updates every time someone posts.
    Page one is the intro:
    http://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/forums/topic/coupons/

    This is the current page:
    http://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/forums/topic/coupons/page/21/

    Here’s a $5 off specialty food from Petsmart coupon. Look for a post from Akari_32 dated September 27, 2014 at 7:10 am:
    http://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/forums/topic/coupons/page/15/

    Sign up for e-mails from the pet food companies that Petsmart sells. Allot of companies have frequent buyer programs or send out coupons via e-mail.

  • ATigger_Girl

    currently I have to go to Petsmart bc my diabetic cat food is only sold there (or the vets) so idealistically if I find a grain free food that works for both my dogs from Petsmart that would save me a trip.

  • Bobby dog

    Where do you shop for pet food?

    You can also print out lists of the 3 – 5 star DFA rated foods and take them to the pet store with you. Then check out the foods your store has to see what is available in your budget and you feel you dog would do well on.

  • ATigger_Girl

    Hi, we have a rott/chow mix and a 3.5 year old Siberian Husky. The husky is super hyper & doesn’t play well with others (by breed I know they are energetic dogs) but was told to first try switching his dog food to no grain before we try anything else. I’ve done some research & all the no grain food seems soooo expensive for our budget. I don’t want to order online until I know the food works for our dogs and in case I can’t order online need to find it at a local pet store. As much as I’d love to, I do not have time to make my own food (I have 3 kids), and I can’t afford to buy a $40 bag of dog week per week to feed both large dogs, plus I already have a senior diabetic cat who takes expensive insulin & has other meds for his old age that are quite costly. I love my animals but am having a hard time finding something we can afford but that is not going to harm my fur-children also? Any suggestions?

  • margaret waddell

    Thanks for the suggestions. Will keep them in mind.

  • theBCnut

    I certainly agree. If you can feed a raw meaty bone or a raw meal a couple times a week, your dog would still be getting the benefits of raw foods. Or you can add canned to a good kibble to up meat intake, if you find a kibble that you like, but it is lower in protein than you would like.

  • margaret waddell

    No, of course it isn’t, nor am I implying that I would feed a dog high starch kibble. My dog and cat are both currently on raw diets. However, I am only ever on this website because I am recently widowed. Raw is very expensive. My cat will remain on raw. But I came to this site looking for a non-GMO, grain-free kibble as a possibility for the dog, which though still expensive, is less so than feeding raw. One needs must make new choices sometimes when one’s income changes downwards, and if needs must, I would rather choose kibble than give up my dog.

  • theBCnut

    My cat snatched up a tomato that squirted out of my burger and ate the whole thing in less than 3 seconds. My dogs wouldn’t touch it. My dogs happily eat bunnies, frogs, lizards, and mice, so do my cats. You are right that dogs are not obligate carnivores, but that doesn’t mean that the best diet for them is high starch kibble.

  • margaret waddell

    True…I had a cat who loved lettuce and would beg for it. But if I didn’t get ahead of my Siberian , she invariably ate every ripe blackberry and raspberry in the patch, leaving none for me. I will amend to cats are more obligate carnivores, canines less so. Consider what urban coyotes will eat. =)

  • Tom Sims

    Incorrect, and an abjectly flawed argument. I have a cat who loves kale and peanut butter but that doesn’t mean that’s what I should feed him. There are humans who eat their own fingernails but that doesn’t mean they’re digestible.

  • margaret waddell

    Cats are obligate carnivores. Dogs are not. Have you ever really looked at what dogs will happily scarf down, but cats will not touch?

  • SpunkyBunks

    Hi Dawn!

    Did you find a new dog food for your dog? My little stinker was on Blue Buffalo Wilderness for 2 years, and it has transformed my dog into one energetic muscular cutie. But I had problems with it. He wouldn’t touch the dark “lifesource” bits in the kibble. He would spit them out! And he also developed an allergy to it, he was constantly licking his paws like a cat in a very aggressive manner. And he was constantly eating grass wherever we went. It was weird.

    I’ve since switched him to Rachael Ray Grain Free (Turkey) and he’s doing rather well with it. I love the ingredient list and it’s available everywhere: Walmart, Target, Smith’s, Albertsons, etc. It was rather inconvenient to drive to Petsmart to obtain Blue Wilderness, plus it costs twice as much as Rachael Ray.

    He also stopped licking his paws and eating random straws of grass! Which is a big plus. I didn’t know that paw licking was an allergic reaction until I read the comments on this website.

    Hope you are successful!
    Good luck.

  • Tamara Britt-Smith

    i have been using it for yrs for my mastiff and 2 Chihuahua’s I use the White fish and Potato..

  • Kati

    Does anyone know if tractor supply’s 4health grain free is any good?

  • Tom Sims

    Dogs are obligate carnivores. They cannot digest cellulose. Rice is literally empty filler for a dog. If you’re vegan, that’s fine, but don’t abuse your dog by forcing her to conform to a diet that will malnourish if not kill her. If you can’t bring yourself to comply with her needs then surrender her to a rescue and get an herbivorous pet.

  • John

    Hello everyone, I owned pug, she is 6yrs old, has horrible atopic problem. Anyone suggest me best vegan dry food? I tried so many method to release her skin problem but not that I know nothing had been worked. Nowdays I fed her flat white rice with grind beef but it takes me so much time and care. I never fed her vegan dry food yet so I want to try what happens.

  • theBCnut

    One of the major factors that gives foods higher ratings is the amount of meat protein in the food, so you will not find a low protein food with a high rating. Good luck in your search.

  • theBCnut

    Sorry it has taken so ling for me to get back. I got hurt and am kind of laid up.
    I definitely like Preformatin better, and if his stools were getting better on it and you are willing to buy it, go for it. If you want to use up the Fromm, wait until he is doing good on a regular food and then mix it with his regular food, but only about 1/4 Fromm.
    Feeding a rotational diet really helps a lot of dogs with sensitive stomachs, so once you get him settled on one food, you ought to check into it.

  • LabsRawesome

    Hi Dimas, Grain free foods do not contain rice, or any other grains. Sorry, but I doubt anyone has the time to go through your list, and find a food for you. Good luck tho.

  • Dimas Rodriguez

    Hey everybody, I need some help finding the best grain free dog food for my 4 year old Dalmatian. Im looking for something that has lamb and rice that has a low crude protein of 21-25. Right now I’m feeding him natural balance lamb and rice, but after reading some review on it and seeing the rating i just want to switch to a better quality food brand with good rating thats in his crude protein area. Any info or suggestion will help please. Thank you. Also i try to stay in the green purines list when it comes to ingredients.

    Green Purines
    Whole grain, yeast-free breads and cereals
    Most vegetables, including potatoes (see exceptions below)
    Fruits (avoid acidic citrus)
    Nuts (including peanut butter)
    Pasta
    Eggs
    Cheese
    Milk
    Butter

    Yellow Purines
    Most poultry, including chicken and turkey
    Fish and shellfish (see exceptions below)
    Lamb, pork, and beef
    Oats and oatmeal

  • nicole

    Fromm is 24% protein 15% fat.
    I should also note that he is underweight

  • nicole

    The preformatin is 37% protein and 16% fat

  • nicole

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  • nicole

    Top is the preformatin bottom is fromms

  • Susan

    Hi Nicole, What is the fat% & protein % in the kibbles that he is having diarrhea on & what is the Fat% & Protein % in the kibble he doesnt have diarrhea on??Chicken & rice is a bland diet, low in fat,& he does well on that, so just keep an eye on the fat% in the kibbles ur using & see if its the higher fat that he’s having diarrhea….once you find a kibble that works stick with it till his stomach & bowel settles & watch the treats as they are offen high in fat% dont give too many, I use kibble as treats for training as you need a few…if his diarrhea continues see a vet for test…I just thought of something, do these kibbles that he has diarrhea on have Potatoes, this happens to my boy when he eats potatoes…

  • Herb
  • theBCnut

    A lot of dogs don’t do well on Blue Buffalo. What grains are in the Fromm food, other than rice? If he did good on chicken and rice, it can’t be grains in general, because rice is a grain, but it could still be another specific grain, if the other foods had a different grain in them.
    I would put him back on chicken and rice, until his stomach calms down, and then just add a little bit of the Fromm food and see how he does on just a little of it. If he does fine, then after a couple days, increase the amount of Fromm’s to 1/4 of his food. If he is still doing well, try half and half after 3 more days. Then after three more days, try 3/4 Fromm’s. And finally, after three more days, try all new food. You will have to adjust the amount you feed at ever stage, because the kibble is likely to have more calories than your chicken and rice, and that alone can cause diarrhea. If at any time, his stools get soft, back off on the new food and wait three more days to try the higher amount again.

  • nicole

    he does great on chicken and rice…and good when I mixed that chicken and rice after a few days with the performatrin. but instantly not good with the blue buffalo and chicken and rice and the Fromms with chicken and rice which lead me to think maybe he has a grain allergy. The only food that was grain free was the performatrin. I haven’t been trying to switch him too much but when we first got him he was on blue buffalo for about a week with constant loose stools so i figured that def was not working for him and then when I reintroduced it and it happened again i said ok, no more blue buffalo…lets try the performatrin. that worked in combination with the chicken and rice but there is not much left in the bag and I have the fromms chicken a la veg already so I wanted to see how he would do but an hour after he ate it he got the runs again so do I keep trying and hope his stomach gets used to Fromms or just go grain free?

  • theBCnut

    It sounds like you are switching his food around faster than he can adjust to it. If he is improving on the chicken and rice, why not try a bland chicken and rice food, like NutriSource, and ssslllooowwwlllyyy change him over to it. If his diarrhea is like pudding, try adding a little bit of canned pure pumpkin to his food. And get him some probiotics to take until after the diarrhea is gone.
    If giving him chicken and rice is not helping, then maybe it is a grain issue, or a chicken issue, and you could try a food like Earthborn Holistic.

  • nicole

    Hi all, we recently adopted a 9 month old lab mix on the 4th, ever since we got him he has had diarrhea. We were giving him blue buffalo puppy food, so i put him on chicken and rice and it cleared up in the meantime we went to pet valu and since he was a rescue they gave us a free bag of puppy food. It was Performatin ultra grain free puppy food, but since we already had a bag of the blue buffalo i put him back on it to see if he could handle it again…nope, almost immediately he had massive diarrhea again…so back to the chicken and rice. After 3 days I opened the bag of Performatin and started slowly mixing it in, his poops slowly started to firm up (still mixed in with chicken and rice). As of this morning he had 2 nice solid ones. HOWEVER, tonight I mixed his chicken and rice with Fromms a-la-veg and he instantly has diarrhea again. Is it safe to say my little guy has a grain allergy?? if so what is the best but most friendly on the wallet dog food for him? a 26 lb bag of the performatin is $60. Thanks

  • DogFoodie

    Hi Herb,

    The first two that come to mind are Dr. Tim’s and Annamaet. I know both are used for high energy sled dogs and are nutritionally dense.

  • Susan

    Have you looked at Wellness or Holistic Select kibbles , also what I do is I look at how many Kcal per cup the kibble has, the Wellness Simple Duck & Oatmeal has 450Kcal per cup my boy started to gain weight after 2 weeks being on the Welllness Simple Duck & Oatmeal, there’s also the Lamb & Oatmeal it has 406Kcal per cup he also gain weight the Lamb….here’s their link…. scroll down for the Wellness Simple range & then click on “FEEDING GUIDELINES” & scroll down & u’ll see the Kcal per cup ME…
    http://www.wellnesspetfood.com/recipes.aspx?pet=dog&ft=1#Complete

  • Herb

    I need to find a dry dog food that is NOT GRAIN FREE. i must put some weight on my boy and grain free food does not do it. Any suggestions??