Canada is home to some of the best dry dog food brands in the entire world. Distinguising between healthy and low-end dry dog food simply requires turning the bag over and reading the main ingredients. A smart rule of thumb is to look at the first ingredient on the bag. Corn or animal by-products should be considered a red flag to the consumer. Following the #1 ingredient, dog owners should consider what 4 ingredients follow. Wheat, bone meal and animal fat provide inadequate nutritional values. We have compiled a list of dog food brands that meet all qualifications per ingredient list of a low-end dry dog food.
8Purina ONE® SMARTBlend™
Ingredients: Chicken, brewer’s rice, corn gluten meal, poultry by-product meal, whole grain corn, soybean meal, oat meal, animal fat preserved with mixed-tocopherols, glycerin, animal digest, calcium phosphate, fish oil (source of DHA), calcium carbonate, salt, caramel color, potassium chloride, Vitamin E supplement, choline chloride, zinc sulfate, L-Lysine monohydrochloride, sulfur, ferrous sulfate, manganese sulfate, niacin, Vitamin A supplement, calcium pantothenate, thiamine mononitrate, copper sulfate, riboflavin supplement, Vitamin B-12 supplement, pyridoxine hydrochloride, garlic oil, folic acid, Vitamin D-3 supplement, calcium iodate, biotin, menadione sodium bisulfite complex (source of Vitamin K activity), sodium selenite.
WHOLE GRAIN CORN: No nutritional value. This carbohydrate is used to simply make the product cheaper.
SALT: Causes bloat in dogs if consumed in high doses.
POULTRY BY-PRODUCT: Waste or leftover of a slaughtered chicken not fit for human consumption.
ANIMAL DIGEST: Unspecified parts of unspecified animals which are cooked to a goopy broth (rendered) and used as a spray-on or added directly to the food. This is unsuitable for human consumption. The grease that rises to the top is used as a source of fat and the rest of the mash is dried and used as “meat meal”. No quality control is used and this can be a variety mix of dead, diseased, disabled, or dying prior to slaughter, goats, pigs, horses, rats or road kill.