These easy-to-follow dog food comparison charts will help you compare a host of brands according to the most important factor.... ingredients!
With the huge selection of options available today, we could all do with a little bit of help choosing the right formula for our pets, and now you can do it at a glance.
Use this page to make sure you're giving your dog the nutrition he needs, without all the 'stuff' that he doesn't.
*A growing puppy has completely different nutritional needs to an adult dog.
Click here to see puppy food comparison charts to help you find the right food for your little one.
When you're making a comparison between different dog food brands/formulas, you need to look closely at the ingredients.
You want to see wholesome, human-grade ingredients and you don't want to see a lot of additives/chemicals or 'junk'.
The most important ones are the first 3 items to appear.....
|Name of Food||1st Three Ingredients||Vitamins & Minerals||DHA/Omega-3|
|Precise Plus Canine Adult Formula||Chicken meal, ground brown rice, chicken||v||v|
|Precise Plus Lamb Meal & Sweet Potato Formula||Lamb meal, ground brown rice, oatmeal||v||v|
|Orijen Adult Dog||Fresh boneless chicken, chicken meal, fresh boneless salmon||v||v|
|Canidae All-Life Stages Formula (Dry)||Chicken meal, turkey meal, lamb meal||v||v|
|Canidae Platinum Formula (Dry)||Chicken meal, brown rice, white rice||v||v|
|Solid Gold Hund-n-Flocken Adult||Lamb, lamb meal, brown rice||v|
|Blue Buffalo Adult Chicken &am; Brown Rice||Deboned chicken, chicken meal, whole ground brown rice||v||v|
|Blue Buffalo Fish & Sweet Potato Recipe||White fish, whole ground brown rice, whole ground barley||v||v|
|Natural Balance Sweet Potato & Bison||Sweet potatoes, bison, potato protein||v|
|Natural Balance Vegetarian Formula||Brown rice, oatmeal, cracked pearl barley||v||v|
|Nature's Variety Chicken Meal Formula||Chicken meal, tapioca, chicken fat||v||v|
|Nature's Variety Salmon Meal Formula||salmon meal, herring meal, menhaden fish meal||v||v|
|Timberwolf Ocean Blue Canid Formula||White fish meal, salmon, dried potato product||v||v|
|Timberwolf Southwest Chicken & Herbs Canid Formula||Chicken meal, chicken, turkey meal||v||v|
|Wellness Super-5 Mix Complete Health Chicken Recipe||Deboned chicken, chicken meal, oatmeal||v||v|
|Wellness Super-5 Mix Lamb, Barley & Salmon Meal||Lamb, menhaden fish meal, oatmeal||v||v|
|California Natural Lamb Meal & Rice Adult/Large Bites||Lamb meal, brown rice, rice||v||v|
|California Natural Chicken Meal & Rice Adult||Chicken meal, brown rice, rice||v||v|
Dog food manufacturers that adhere to the AAFCO standards are allowed to put the wording 'a complete and balanced diet' on their food bags.
This means that the food has been tested during feeding trials and is considered a well balanced diet.... however, not ALL foods whose label carries these words provide the nutrition that your dog needs!
To get all the information you need to understand AAFCO regulations, what dog food ingredients are important (and which ones shouldn't be there), the different dietary needs of puppies, large breed dogs, small breeds and super-active dogs and much more, visit my About Commercial Dog Food page.
It's packed full of important information and will help you understand and interpret these comparison charts fully.
When you're making comparisons, it's not just what goes into your dog's food that's crucial though.
The percentage at which each component appears is also important. There are certain minimums that any food should reach, and there are recommended maximums too.
Small breeds have different nutritional needs in comparison to the large/giant breeds. Puppies have very specific and unique requirements. My About Puppy Kibble page can fill you in on those.
The following dog food comparison chart shows the percentages of nutrients in each food. The figures for Crude Protein, Crude Fat and DHA/Omega-3 fatty acids are the minimum each food should contain.
The figures for Crude Fiber and Moisture are the shown as maximums.
|Name of Food||Crude Protein||Crude Fat||Crude Fiber||Moisture||DHA/Omega-3|
|Precise Plus Canine Adult Formula||26%||16%||3.5%||10%||0.53%||Precise Plus Lamb Meal & Sweet Potato||22%||12%||3.5%||10%||0.60%|
|Orijen Adult Dog||38%||18%||3.9%||10%||1.1%|
|Orijen 6 Fish Dog||38%||17%||3%||10%||1.8%|
|Canidae All Life Stages Dry||24%||14.5%||4%||10%||0.5%|
|Canidae Platinum Formula Dry||20%||8.5%||4%||10%||0.5%|
|Solid Gold Hund-n-Flocken Adult||22%||10%||4%||10%||unknown|
|Blue Buffalo Adult Chicken & Brown Rice||24%||14%||4%||10%||0.3%|
|Blue Buffalo Adult Fish & Sweet Potato Recipe||22%||12%||4%||10%||1.37|
|Natural Balance Sweet Potato & Bison||20%||10%||4%||10%||0.3%|
|Natural Balance Vegetarian Formula||18%||8%||4%||10%||0.3%|
|Nature's Variety Chicken Meal Formula||42%||22%||3.2%||10%||0.69%|
|Nature's Variety Salmon Meal Formula||35%||20%||2.5%||10%||1.0%|
|Timberwolf Ocean Blue Canid Formula||26%||16%||3%||9%||1.3%|
|Timberwolf Southwest Chicken & Herbs Canid||25%||15%||3%||9%||1.0%|
|Wellness Super-5 Mix Complete Health Chicken||22%||12%||4%||11%||0.8%|
|Wellness Super-5 Mix Lamb, Barley & Salmon Meal||22%||12%||4%||11%||0.8%|
|California Natural Lamb Meal & Rice Adult/Large Bites||21%||11%||2%||10%||0.6%|
|California Natural Chicken Meal & Rice Adult||21%||11%||1.5%||10%||0.35%|