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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: 

ADDICTION addictionfoods.com

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

DOGSWELL Home

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

 

References:

http://www.epettalk.com

http://dogfoodchat.com

http://www.whole-dog-journal.com/

 

Page last update: 12/13/2011

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