Dr. Angie Krause, DVM, CVA, CCRT, a holistic veterinarian based in Boulder, Colorado, agrees that it’s crucial to find a food that adheres to AAFCO standards. “It’s important that the company has its formulas nutritionally balanced by an animal nutritionist or a board-certified veterinary nutritionist,” she explains. Her go-to brands include Wellness, Stella & Chewy and I And Love And You.
When it comes down to it, you should always consult with your own veterinarian to find the best dry dog food for your pup’s individual needs, but if you need a place to start, here are some good all-around options.With real chicken as the first ingredient, the Purina Pro Plan Adult Shredded Blend Dry Dog Food contains 26% protein and the ideal protein-to-fat ratio to keep your healthy adult dog in tip-top shape. It also has added probiotics—plus prebiotics (the fibers that feed probiotics and help them flourish)—to support your dog’s digestive and immune health and vitamin A and omega-6 fatty acids to enhance your pup’s coat. And unlike other dog foods that are all kibble, it combines dry food with tender, shredded morsels that keep your pup interested and satisfied without the need for extra mixing on your part. Further, at $50 for a 35-pound bag, it won’t break the bank.