Top Dog Foods of 2011 According to WDJ
• Whole Dog Journal (WDJ) looks for foods that contain a lot of high-quality animal proteins. Ingredients are listed by weight, so ideally a food will have one or two animal proteins in the first few ingredients.
Understand that whole meat (chicken, beef, lamb, etc.) contains a lot of water weight. If a food list starts out with chicken (rather than chicken meal), and there is no other animal protein listed until 7th or 8th on the list, the food does not actually contain a lot of animal protein. But if it starts out with chicken, and chicken meal (or another named animal meal, such as lamb meal) is number two or three on the list, chances are the product contains an admirable amount of animal protein. Animal proteins tend to be more palatable and bio available than plant proteins and offer a wider array of essential and nonessential amino acids.
• WDJ rejects any food containing meat by-products or poultry by-products.
• WDJ rejects foods containing fat or protein not identified by species. “Animal fat” is a euphemism for a low-quality, low-priced mix of fats of uncertain origin. “Meat meal” could be practically anything.
• WDJ looks for whole grains and vegetables. That said, some grains and vegetables have valuable constituents that accomplish specific tasks in a dog food formula.
• WDJ eliminates all foods with artificial colors, flavors, or preservatives listed on their ingredients panels. A healthy product full of top-quality ingredients shouldn’t need non-nutritive additives to make it look or taste better. And plenty of good natural preservatives (such as rosemary, and vitamins A and C) can be used instead.
• WDJ eliminates all foods with added sweeteners. Dogs, like people, enjoy sweet foods. Like people, they can develop a taste for these nutritionally empty calories.
• WDJ look for products containing organic ingredients.
Listed alphabetically, here are the WDJ's 2011 approved dry foods:
ANNAMAET Annamaet Petfoods - a Holistic & Natural Way to Feed Your Pet
ARTEMIS Artemis - Holistic Approach to Pet Food
BACK TO BASICS Back To Basics ... The hunt ends March 2011.
BENCH & FIELD Bench and Field Pet Foods
BLUE BUFFALO Blue Buffalo — Discover the Best Dog Food and Cat Foods with our Pet Food Comparison Tools
BLUE SEAL BY NATURE By Nature Pet Foods – Natural and Organic Nutritionally Complete Pet Food
BREEDER'S CHOICE PINNACLE Pinnacle® - Holistic Limited Ingredient Dog and Cat Foods
BURNS PET HEALTH Burns Pet Health - natural Food for Dogs and Cats
CANIDAE Dog Food: All Natural, High Quality, Holistic Pet Food. Dog Foods, Cat Foods, Dog Biscuits
CANINE CAVIAR Canine Caviar Home
CASTOR & POLLUX (ORGANIX & ULTRAMIX) Natural Pet Food-Organic Dog Food-Organic Cat Food | Castor & Pollux Pet Works
CHAMPION PET FOODS (ORIJEN & ACANA) Champion Petfoods | Home
DELLA NATURA (WENAEWE) Dellanatura oficial dealer Wenaewe Organic Pet Food USA & CANADA
DIAMOND (TASTE OF THE WILD; PREMIUM EDGE; CHICKEN SOUP) diamond dog food pet product at diamondpetproducts.com
NATURAL BALANCE www.naturalbalancepet.com
DR. G'S FRESH PET FOOD Dr. G's World's Freshest Holistic Natural Dog Food, Preservative Free Dry Dog Food, Dry Cat Food and Premium Dog Food Secrets - Home Page
DR. TIM'S PET FOOD Dr. Tim's | Premium All Natural Pet Food
DRS. FOSTER & SMITH Pet Supplies | Dog & Cat Supplies, Pet Meds | DrsFosterSmith.com Pet Products
EARTHBORN HOLISTIC Home : Earthborn Holistic Pet Food
EVANGER'S Evanger's Dog and Cat Food Company
FIRSTMATE PET FOODS FirstMate - pet foods
FROMM FAMILY FOODS Fromm Family Foods - Gourmet Pet Food, Naturally Holistic
HORIZON PET NUTRITION Horizon Pet Nutrition
LAUGHING DOG Laughing Dog All Natural Pet Products
LINCOLN BIOTECH (ZINPRO) www.lincolnbiotech.com
LOTUS NATURAL FOODS LOTUS Natural Food For Pets
MERRICK Merrick Pet Foods : merrickpetcare.com
MULLIGAN STEW Mulligan Stew™ Pet Food : All Natural Pet Nutrition
NATURA PET PRODUCTS The Healthiest Pet Foods in the World – Natural & Organic Pet Food – Natura Pet Products
NATURE'S VARIETY Nature's Variety
OMNIPRO PET FOODS www.omnipropet.com
PERFECT HEALTH DIET PRODUCTS PHDPRODUCTS.COM
PET CHEF EXPRESS Pet Chef Express
PETCUREAN Petcurean Pet Nutrition
PET VALU (PERFORMATRIN ULTRA) Performatrin Ultra
PRECISE PET PRODUCTS Precise Pet Products |
SMARTPAK CANINE (LIVESMART FORMULA) Healthy Solutions for Happy Dogs
SOLID GOLD Solid Gold Health Products for Pets - Home
TUFFY'S (NATURAL PLANET ORGANICS; NUTRISOURCE; PUREVITA) Nutri Source Dog Foods
VERUS PET FOODS VeRUS All natural holistic human grade pet food, dog & cat food
WELLPET (WELLNESS; HOLISTIC SELECT; SIMPLE SOLUTIONS; CORE) WellPet - The Healthiest Natural Products for Pets
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