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Best Human-Grade Dog Food

Karan French

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Karan French
Karan French

Karan French

Senior Researcher

Karan is a senior researcher at the Dog Food Advisor, working closely with our in-house pet nutritionist, Laura Ward, to give pet parents all the information they need to find the best food for their dog.

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Updated: April 17, 2024

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Human grade dog food is a term used to describe pet food products that meet the same quality and safety standards as food intended for human consumption. 

This means that the ingredients used in human-grade dog food are sourced, processed, and handled in a manner consistent with the standards set for food products intended for people. The idea is to provide a higher level of quality and safety assurance for pet parents who want the best for their dogs.

Here are some key characteristics of human-grade dog food:

Human-grade dog food typically uses high-quality ingredients, often sourced from the same suppliers that provide ingredients for human food. These can include real meat, poultry and fish such as chicken, beef, turkey and salmon, rather than generic meat by-products.

Whole grains like brown rice, oats, quinoa, and barley are also  included to provide carbohydrates and fiber. And vegetables like sweet potatoes, carrots, peas, and spinach are often used for their vitamins, minerals, and fiber content.

Sources of healthy fats may include flaxseed, canola oil, and fish oil, which provide essential fatty acids like Omega-3 and Omega-6.

The manufacturing and processing facilities for human-grade dog food are held to strict standards for cleanliness and safety to prevent contamination.

These foods are formulated to meet the nutritional needs of dogs, ensuring they receive a balanced diet.

Human-grade dog food often contains fewer artificial additives, preservatives, and fillers, focusing on natural ingredients such as mixed tocopherols (a form of Vitamin E) to maintain freshness. Some recipes include natural probiotics too (e.g., lactobacillus) and prebiotics (e.g., chicory root) to support digestive health.

It’s important to read the ingredient list on the packaging of any dog food labeled as “human grade.” Look for a transparent and clear list of ingredients, and avoid products that contain artificial additives, fillers, or preservatives. The goal of human-grade dog food is to provide wholesome, minimally processed ingredients that contribute to your dog’s overall health and well-being.

Remember that the specific ingredients and nutritional profile can vary between brands and product lines, so it’s a good idea to consult with your veterinarian to choose the best option for your dog’s individual dietary needs and preferences.

Companies producing human-grade dog food often prioritize transparency in ingredient sourcing and labeling.

Many human-grade pet food brands conduct safety and quality testing similar to those required for human food products.

A note on human-grade dog food

It’s important to note that the use of the term “human grade” is not regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) or other regulatory bodies in the same way as human food. The term is often used by pet food companies as a marketing claim, so it’s essential to do your research and read labels carefully.

On this page‚Ķ you‚Äôll find The Dog Food Advisor‚Äôs best human-grade dog foods. 

You might also find this article useful, which answers some common questions dog parents may have about human-grade food.

The Dog Food Advisor - Editor's choice

Best Human-Grade Dog Food May 2024

Here are The Dog Food Advisor’s best human-grade dog food brands for May 2024.

  • 1. The Farmer's Dog

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    The Farmer’s Dog Turkey Recipe received the Dog Food Advisor‚Äôs second highest rating: 4.5 stars.

    It is one of 4 recipes in this product range made by The Farmer’s Dog.

    The Farmer’s Dog Turkey Recipe derives the bulk of its protein from turkey.

    Dry matter label analysis reveals a fresh recipe containing 33.3% protein, 18.8% fat and 39.9% carbohydrates . . . with a fat-to-protein ratio of 56%.

    Real food made fresh. This food provides dogs with an excellent source of quality protein. 

    Highly recommended.

    Read our review of the full The Farmer’s Dog Food (Fresh) range here

    Main Ingredients Turkey, chickpeas, carrots, broccoli, spinach
    Type Fresh
    Protein Percentage 33.3%
    AAFCO Standards All Life Stages
    Best For All Dogs

    Sample buyer review...

    "We have noticed clearer eyes, shinier coat, and much more energy!"

    Read more buyer reviews at TheFarmersDog
  • 2. The Honest Kitchen

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    The Honest Kitchen Grain-Free Fish recipe received the Dog Food Advisor’s second highest rating: 4.5 stars.

    It is one of 8 recipes in this product range made by The Honest Kitchen.

    The Honest Kitchen Grain-Free Fish derives the bulk of its protein from fish.

    Dry matter label analysis reveals a dry recipe containing 35.1% protein, 9.3% fat and 47.5% carbohydrates . . . with a fat-to-protein ratio of 27%.

    Human-grade, whole foods, dehydrated to maintain nutrients.

    Highly recommended.

    Read our review of the full Honest Kitchen Grain Free Dog Food (Dehydrated) range here

    Main Ingredients Dehydrated white fish, dehydrated sweet potatoes, dehydrated eggs, dehydrated pumpkin, dried organic coconut, dried bananas
    Type Dry
    Protein Percentage 35.1%
    AAFCO Standards Adult Maintenance
    Best For Dogs

    Sample buyer review...

    "This has made such a huge positive difference in my dog! Her coat is shiny and healthy, her skin is less itchy, and overall just seems to have more energy and more playful. I recommend this food all the time!"

    Read more buyer reviews at TheHonestKitchen
  • 3. A Pup Above

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    A Pup Above Turkey Pawella Recipe received the Dog Food Advisor’s highest, rating: 5 stars.

    It is one of 4 recipes in this product range made by A Pup Above.

    A Pup Above Turkey Pawella Recipe derives the bulk of its protein from turkey.

    Dry matter label analysis reveals a fresh recipe containing 43.3% protein, 21.9% fat and 26.8% carbohydrates . . . with a fat-to-protein ratio of 51%.

    Human-grade food with a single source protein and non-GMO veggies.

    Highly recommended.

    Read our review of the full A Pup Above Dog Food (Fresh) range here

    Main Ingredients Turkey, turkey liver, tomatoes, carrots, green peas
    Type Fresh
    Protein Percentage 43.3%
    AAFCO Standards Adult Maintenance
    Best For Dogs

    Sample buyer review...

    "Dogs really love this food. And it's great to give them something that I know is good for them!"

    Read more buyer reviews at A Pup Above
  • 4. Ollie

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    Ollie Lamb Dish with Cranberries Recipe received the Dog Food Advisor’s highest rating: 5 stars.

    It is one of 5 recipes in this product range made by Ollie.

    Ollie Lamb Dish with Cranberries recipe derives the bulk of its protein from turkey.

    Dry matter label analysis reveals a fresh recipe containing 38.5% protein, 26.9% fat and 26.6% carbohydrates . . . with a fat-to-protein ratio of 70%.

    Natural, healthy and human-grade ingredients 

    Highly recommended.

    Read our review of the full Ollie Dog Food (Fresh) range here

    Main Ingredients Lamb, butternut squash, lamb liver, chickpeas, kale
    Type Fresh
    Protein Percentage 38.5%
    AAFCO Standards All Life Stages
    Best For All Dogs

    Sample buyer review...

    "My dog, Falkor, is an incredibly picky eater. He is also allergic to chicken and beef. I ordered Ollie's fresh lamb and, from the first meal, Falkor would eat on his own until it was gone! This was a game-changer for us! I cannot recommend Ollie enough! "

    Read more buyer reviews at My Ollie
  • 5. Raised Right

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    Raised Right Puppy Growth Beef Recipe received the Dog Food Advisor’s highest rating: 5 stars.

    It is one of 11 recipes in this product range made by Raised Right.

    Raised Right Puppy Growth Beef Recipe  derives the bulk of its protein from beef.

    Dry matter label analysis reveals a fresh recipe containing 59% protein, 23.1% fat and 9.9% carbohydrates . . . with a fat-to-protein ratio of 39%.

    Human-grade pet food. Home cooked style, limited ingredient recipes that are low in carbs.

    Highly recommended.

    Read our review of the full Raised Right Dog Food (Fresh) range here

    Main Ingredients Beef, beef heart, carrots, beef liver, cranberries
    Type Fresh
    Protein Percentage 39%
    AAFCO Standards Growth & Reproduction
    Best For Puppies & Pregnant or Lactating Females

    Sample buyer review...

    "My dogs love all four flavors of Raised Right Dog Food. I love that it is human grade, gently cooked whole food that is healthy for my beloved dogs. "

    Read more buyer reviews at Raised Right Pets
  • 6. Nom Nom

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    Nom Nom Turkey Fare Recipe received the Dog Food Advisor’s highest rating: 5 stars.

    It is one of 4 recipes in this product range made by Nom Nom.

    Nom Nom Turkey Fare Recipe derives the bulk of its protein from turkey.

    Dry matter label analysis reveals a fresh recipe containing 35.7% protein, 17.9% fat and 38.4% carbohydrates . . . with a fat-to-protein ratio of 50%.

    Made with fresh, whole ingredients.  

    Highly recommended.

    Read our review of the full Nom Nom Dog Food (Fresh) range here

    Main Ingredients Ground turkey, brown rice, eggs, carrots, spinach
    Type Fresh
    Protein Percentage 35.7%
    AAFCO Standards All Life Stages
    Best For All Dogs

    Sample buyer review...

    "Most of all I love that I'm giving my pets top-notch food that I hope will contribute to their longevity and overall wellbeing."

    Read more buyer reviews at Nom Nom Now
  • 7. PetPlate

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    Petplate Barkin Beef Entrée Recipe received the Dog Food Advisor’s highest rating: 5 stars.

    It is one of 4 recipes in this product range made by PetPlate.

    Petplate Barkin Beef Entrée Recipe  derives the bulk of its protein from beef.

    Dry matter label analysis reveals a fresh recipe containing 31.2% protein, 21.7% fat and 39% carbohydrates . . . with a fat-to-protein ratio of 70%.

    Human-grade, fresh ingredients that are gently cooked.

    Highly recommended.

    Read our review of the full PetPlate Dog Food (Fresh) range here

    Main Ingredients Ground beef, sweet potatoes, potatoes, beef liver, carrots
    Type Fresh
    Protein Percentage 31.2%
    AAFCO Standards All Life Stages
    Best For All Dogs

    Sample buyer review...

    "Pet Plate is amazing! My dog Lexie absolutely loves this food. Not only that, but she has seen an incredibly increase in her energy and general health."

    Read more buyer reviews at PetPlate
  • 8. Spot & Tango

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    Spot & Tango Unkibble Chicken & Brown Rice Recipe received the Dog Food Advisor’s second highest rating: 4.5 stars.

    It is one of 3 recipes in this product range made by Spot & Tango.

    Spot & Tango Unkibble Chicken & Brown Rice Recipe  derives the bulk of its protein from chicken.

    Dry matter label analysis reveals a fresh recipe containing 26% protein, 16.7% fat and 49.3% carbohydrates . . . with a fat-to-protein ratio of 64%.

    Fresh dog food with real, whole ingredients. 

    Highly recommended.

    Read our review of the full Spot and Tango UnKibble Dog Food (Dry) range here

    Main Ingredients Chicken, brown rice, sweet potatoes, carrots, apples
    Type Dry
    Protein Percentage 26%
    AAFCO Standards All Life Stages
    Best For All Dogs

    Sample buyer review...

    "Since I switched to this food my dog is feeling better. She used to be very stinky from her old food but that's 100% gone now. I love it comes to my front door."

    Read more buyer reviews at SpotandTango
  • 9. We Feed Raw

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    We Feed Raw Lamb Patty Recipe Recipe received the Dog Food Advisor’s highest rating: 5 stars.

    It is one of 6 recipes in this product range made by We Feed Raw.

    We Feed Raw Lamb Patty Recipe Recipe  derives the bulk of its protein from lamb.

    Dry matter label analysis reveals a fresh recipe containing 45.6% protein, 31.1% fat and 15.3% carbohydrates . . . with a fat-to-protein ratio of 68%.

    Human-grade, high-quality raw diets.

    Highly recommended.

    Read our review of the full We Feed Raw Dog Food (Raw Frozen) range here

    Main Ingredients Lamb, beef heart, beef liver, beef kidney, beef necks (with bone)
    Type Raw
    Protein Percentage 45.6%
    AAFCO Standards All Life Stages
    Best For All Dogs

    Sample buyer review...

    "Because of his diet, Tucker has never been sick, never had allergies, and grows a beautiful, healthy coat. "

    Read more buyer reviews at WeFeedRaw
  • 10. Open Farm

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    Open Farm Grass Fed Beef Grain-Free Recipe received the Dog Food Advisor’s highest rating: 5 stars.

    It is one of 21 recipes in this product range made by Open Farm.

    Open Farm Grass Fed Beef Grain-Free Recipe  derives the bulk of its protein from beef.

    Dry matter label analysis reveals a fresh recipe containing 34.8% protein, 18.5% fat and 38.7% carbohydrates . . . with a fat-to-protein ratio of 53%.

    Certified human-grade, healthy and nutritional foods.

    Highly recommended.

    Read our review of the full Open Farm Grain-Free Dog Food (Dry) range here

    Main Ingredients Beef, ocean whitefish meal, peas, sweet potato, beef liver
    Type Dry
    Protein Percentage 34.8%
    AAFCO Standards All Life Stages
    Best For All Dogs

    Sample buyer review...

    "My dog Doug can’t get enough he goes crazy when he hears me putting it in his bowl."

    Read more buyer reviews at OpenFarmPet
  • 11. JustFoodForDogs

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    JustFoodForDogs Fish & Sweet Potato Recipe Recipe received the Dog Food Advisor’s highest rating: 5 stars.

    It is one of 9 recipes in this product range made by JustFoodForDogs.

    JustFoodForDogs Fish & Sweet Potato Recipe Recipe  derives the bulk of its protein from fish.

    Dry matter label analysis reveals a fresh recipe containing 38.9% protein, 11.1% fat and 42% carbohydrates . . . with a fat-to-protein ratio of 29%.

    Gently cooked, whole ingredients & human-grade nutrition.

    Highly recommended.

    Read our review of the full Just Food for Dogs (Frozen Fresh) range here

    Main Ingredients Wild Alaska pacific cod, sweet potatoes, potatoes, green beans, broccoli
    Type Fresh
    Protein Percentage 38.9%
    AAFCO Standards Adult Maintenance
    Best For Dogs

    Sample buyer review...

    "My dog is a fussy eater. She loves her meals now and gobbles it right up."

    Read more buyer reviews at JustFoodForDogs

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