Whether you have been feeding your dog grain-free food or not, we recommend these brands for your dog’s diet.

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According to Gallup, 44% of American’s own a dog. Many of us treat our furry friends like a member of the family. Some owners have even successfully built social media empires featuring their four legged companions like Marnie the dog who’s Instagram account has nearly 2 million followers! Needless to say, thousands of American’s were shocked to hear recently that grain-free was causing dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM). So how do we know what’s healthy? After hours of research and recommendations from veterinarians, this is what we came up with.

Grain free or not to grain free? Lots of people have tried grain-free foods either because they noticed that their dogs’ allergy symptoms or digestive problems went away or because they assumed it was healthier (like it is for most humans) to cut them out. You can imagine how shocking it was to learn this was causing more harm than good in our furry, four legged companions. It turns out most dogs need grains in their food to promote a healthy, balanced diet. OK, so what’s the best food to feed your dog?

That’s a complicated answer. Many Vets encourage owners to switch foods at least several times a year. Why you ask? Well, most manufacturers use the same vitamin/mineral premix in all of their products which can lead to nutrient deficiency, surplus or imbalance. Knowing that, we have listed a few brands below that check the boxes on a good dietary balance. (We have even included some that work for sensitive skin or digestion).

1.) Purina Pro-Plan

Nourish your dog’s sensitive skin and stomach with Purina Pro Plan Focus Adult Sensitive Skin & Stomach Lamb & Oat Meal Formula. Purina Pro Plan Focus Sensitive Skin & Stomach supports total well-being through a highly digestible formula with prebiotic fiber to maintain intestinal balance that promotes digestive health. It includes omega-6 fatty acids and zinc help nourish the skin and promote a healthy shiny coat.

2.) Hills Science Diet

Hill’s Science Diet Sensitive Stomach & Skin dry dog food provides optimal digestive health while nourishing skin & promoting a lustrous coat. Prebiotic fiber to fuel beneficial gut bacteria & support a balanced microbiome. Each recipe includes vitamin E & Omega 6 fatty acids for skin nourishment. It’s also made in the USA with global ingredients you can trust.

3.) Iams

Iams ProActive Health is specially formulated to help maintain your large dog’s joints healthy. Protein sourced from chicken and egg helps build strong, firm muscles while seven essential nutrients nourish the heart. Antioxidants help maintain a strong immune system. Crunchy kibbles scrub your dog’s teeth with every bite to help reduce plaque and tartar build-up that can lead to bad breath.

4.) Evangers

Made with quality nutrition, this Chicken with Brown Rice Recipe is made with nutritious ingredients with no soy, corn, wheat, artificial ingredients, preservatives, harmful additives or by-products. This food is certified organic ensuring that your pet is getting a quality food that is made with ingredients.

5.) Fromm Family

Fromm Family Foods is a fifth-generation family-owned and operated pet food company based in Wisconsin. Since 1904, our family has maintained a tradition of quiet innovation dedicated to the health and nutrition of animals. Their tastefully prepared food with select proteins and wholesome ingredients check the boxes on nutrition for your pup. Enhanced with probiotics to aid digestion and salmon oil for a healthy coat this is one of our favorite brands.

Of course these are only a few of our favorites. We recommend you get comfortable reading ingredient labels. You should recognize most of the ingredient names. If something looks and only sounds sort of food-like, they are likely highly processed food fractions. You don’t want to see a lot of those on the list. If the front of the label says the food is “lamb and rice” you had better see lamb and rice pretty high up on the ingredient label!

Whatever brand you choose, listen to your pup! Most dogs will let you know if their food isn’t up to par.