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.
Ingredients: Chicken, Corn Meal, Ground Whole Grain Sorghum, Chicken By-Product Meal (source of Chondroitin Sulfate and Glucosamine), Ground Whole Grain Barley, Dried Beet Pulp, Chicken Flavor, Dried Egg Product, Chicken Fat (preserved with mixed Tocopherols, a source of Vitamin E), Brewers Dried Yeast, Potassium Chloride, Salt, Dicalcium Phosphate, Flax Meal, Choline Chloride, Fructooligosaccharides, Vitamins (Vitamin E Supplement, Ascorbic Acid, Vitamin A Acetate, Calcium Pantothenate, Biotin, Thiamine Mononitrate (source of vitamin B1), Vitamin B12 Supplement, Niacin, Riboflavin Supplement (source of vitamin B2), Inositol, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (source of vitamin B6), Vitamin D3 Supplement, Folic Acid), Minerals (Ferrous Sulfate, Zinc Oxide, Manganese Sulfate, Copper Sulfate, Manganous Oxide, Potassium Iodide), Calcium Carbonate, L-Lysine Monohydrochloride, DL-Methionine, L-Tryptophan, L-Carnitine, Rosemary Extract, Citric Acid.
CHICKEN BY-PRODUCT: Waste or leftover of a slaughtered chicken not fit for human consumption.
SALT: Causes bloat in dogs if consumed in high doses.
BREWERS YEAST: Waste product (used for flavoring, protein, B-vitamins) which can become very toxic to the liver and can cause allergies and arthritis.
DRIED BEET PULP: Pure sugar filler — leads to weight gain, hyperactivity and feeds arthritis.