Before I tell you the very best of the best kibbled dog foods, I want to suggest you have a quick look in “The Dog Bible” to learn how dry dog food is made – because no matter how good the original ingredients may be, (and every dry food on this list is made from tip-top things), it still becomes a highly processed food in order for those quality food ingredients to be transformed into dry little triangles or squares. Since the best nutrition for any of us – human or animal - is food in its least processed state, that means you need to rethink the conventional thinking of feeding solely dry kibble to dogs – instead, I’d like you to think of dry food as a side dish for your dog, as you would rice, potatoes or pasta. At least half of his meal should be a nice quality protein – scrambled eggs, your meat, fish, or chicken leftovers, or any of the canned foods on the Tibesti list.
It wasn’t easy to pick the very best dry foods because there is a growing number of wonderful foods to choose from – I wanted those with the best quality and amount of animal protein, no by-products or artificial colors or preservatives, and grains and vegetables in as natural a state as possible. Organic ingredients are always great, as long as the other points are covered. Because of this wealth of choices, this list evaluates all the best dry dog foods. Very soon I will do a separate listing of grain-free kibble.
A note about carbohydrates: by their nature, all dry dog foods are carb-laden, making them fattening and probably the leading cause of obesity in pets. Carbohydrates also potentially raise health issues for breeds at risk for cancer (or for dogs who are already cancer survivors) because it is now known that cancer cells thrive on carbohydrates. When you see foods that say “grain free” this does not mean without carbs - it simply means that the carbs are from potatoes or rice some other non-grain source.