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Best dog food brands available in India

There is no doubting that commercial kibble is GOD sent to most working professionals. To have the convenience of opening a bag and having the dog food ready to serve is something that cannot be overlooked. However, the commercialization of the industry and the sheer amount of money involved should make us all cautious about the quality  if not downright suspicious.

No matter what the glossy advertisements with the healthy pooches happily bouncing around say, you must always look at the ingredients list.

For the ingredient list to make sense it is vital that, we as consumers, know how to read a pet food label. So before picking up a bag of dog food, no matter what your vet or the pet shop or the breeder says, pause for a moment and consider these factors while reading the label. 

First ingredient

As per regulations, all dog foods brands list the ingredients of the dog food in order of weight. The first ingredient is the most important because there is more of that than any other ingredient that follows.

It’s always good to see rich ingredients like Deboned chicken, Organic chicken, Chicken meal, Lamb meal , Fish meal, Duck, Duck meal as opposed to Ground whole corn, corn gluten meal, poultry by-product meal, meat and bone meal. A good rule of thumb is to look for a good source of protein in the dog food.  

Top ingredients

The top 10 ingredients usually comprise 80% or more of a dry pet foods entire formula! So scan through the list.

Watch out for Filler Foods.

To make pet food cost effective, manufacturers add filler ingredients in the food.These fillers are not always  species-appropriate nutrition for cats and dogs.

The bottom line is this: fillers in commercial pet food are there for the benefit of the manufacturers, not for the animals. The other benefit of these formulas is that they are affordable for most pet owners.

Lookout for fillers foods like ground corn, corn gluten, corn bran, rice, wheat, cereal by-product, animal fat . If 3 or more of these are in the top 6 ingredients ,then avoid the product

So what should you see in your dog food label? 

Here are a few basic ingredients you should look for.

Real Protein meat such as chicken, chicken meal, fish, fish meal, lamb or lamb meal, is a source of high-quality, highly digestible protein.

Whole grains such as brown rice, barley and oats supply complex carbohydrates and healthy fibre not found in most processed grains.

Veggies and fruits such as carrots, potatoes, blueberries, cranberries, papaya, mango, and apples provide essential phytonutrients, antioxidants and enzymes, plus natural vitamins, minerals and fibres that promote and maintain health and wellness.

Why we don't sell any dog food with corn/ maize in it ?

Most corn-based foods swear by the nutritional value, biological value and digestibility of corn. They also talk about what a great source of energy corn is.

But, We believe that  corn is a cheap carbohydrate which is great in holding the kibble together and hence it's elevated status among the manufacturers. 

We also believe that corn /  maize is very hard for dogs to digest and can lead to allergies. Hence we don't sell food with corn/maize as an ingredient.

Click here to read a myth bursting article about corn.


Armed with this information on dog food label basics, lets purview the best dog food brands available in India.

Here’s the “paws-up” rating scale that we’re using for the reviews.

Disclaimer: These reviews are purely based on our belief systems. We believe that dogs shouldn't be fed corn / soy and so any dog food with corn / soy in it gets a bad rep.

 

 

Brand - Orijen  

Imported from Canada.

Made by Champion Petfoods

Inspired by a natural diet of whole prey animals, ORIJEN features unmatched and unique inclusions of meat, naturally providing everything your dog or cat needs to thrive. With a reputation of trust spanning more than a decade, ORIJEN is guaranteed to give you peace-of-mind and keep your cherished companion happy, healthy and strong..

ORIJEN WholePreyrepresents the evolution of ORIJEN foods, incorporating meats, organs and cartilage in ratios that mirror the natural diet, and eliminate the need for long lists of synthetic ingredients.

THE WORLD’S MOST AWARDED FOODS

 

Unmatched by any other dog or cat food, ORIJEN’s fresh regional ingredients rival Mother Nature, supplying nutrients in their freshest, most natural and nourishing form. In fact, ORIJEN’s fresh meats are deemed fit for human consumption and typically travel from farm to kitchen within 3 days, and into ORIJEN foods within 2 days.

The recipes are grain free & the  protein percentage in the recipes is extraordinary.

Price Range - ₹349 [samples] - ₹8499  [11.4 Kg bags]

You can Buy Orijen Dog Food available in India at Barksnlicks.

 

Brand - Acana 

Imported from Canada.

Made by Champion Petfoods

Brimming with up to 75% meat in richly nourishing WholePrey ratios, ACANA features a diverse range of free-run poultry, nest-laid eggs, wild-caught fish and ranch-raised meats – delivered to kitchens fresh each day from local farms and waters.

Made in award-winning kitchens, ACANA – abbreviated from Alberta, Canada, and represents their mission to create Biologically Appropriate foods for Pet Lovers who know authentically fresh and regional ingredients make for happy, healthy dogs and cats.

Acana Heritage range is currently available in India

The recipes are grain free & the  protein percentage in the recipes is extraordinary.

Price Range - ₹349 [samples] - ₹8499  [17 Kg bags]

You can Buy Acana Dog Food available in India at Barksnlicks.

 

Brand - Now Fresh  

Imported from Canada.

Made by Petcurean

Petcurean is driven by the idea that pets deserved better: that pets deserved food that was made with the same love and care as we put into preparing meals for our own families. Petcurean remains fiercely independent and lives by the rule of quality first, pets first, without compromise.

Dogs love the freshness of NOW. It’s so fresh, it’s like eating off the kitchen counter. Petcurean packs NOW FRESH™ full of nutritious ingredients like 100% market-fresh meat or fish. 100% fresh omega 3 & 6 oils from coconuts and canola.

Recipes for Puppies, Adults and Senior dogs.

0% grains, gluten, wheat, beef, chicken, corn or soy

0% rendered meats, by-products, added growth hormones or artificial preservatives

 

You can buy Petcurean Now Fresh Dog Food available in India at Barksnlicks.

 

Brand - Farmina Natural & Delicious   

NATURAL & DELICIOUS GRAIN FREE CANINE

Years of scientific research in collaboration with the Chair of Animal Nutrition of University of Naples Federico II led Farmina Vet Research group to formulate a nutritional system designed on the nature of our four-legged family: Natural & Delicious Grain Free, the nutrition system for carnivores completely without cereals and GMO Free, with with 70% of really high quality animal origin raw materials.

The  protein percentage in the recipes is excellent. The Grain free recipes can be classified as extraordinary.

Price Range - ₹1500[2.5 Kg bags] - ₹7499 [12 Kg bags]

You can Buy Farmina Natural & Delicious Dog Food available in India at Barksnlicks.

 

Brand - Goodness 

Imported from UK.

Brand Owned & Marketed by: Sayon Overseas Exports & Imports

A family owned business, Goodness offers unique and grain free dog food options. Goodness strongly believes that only the best quality ingredients will make the best food. All Goodness recipes contain high levels of animal based protein ingredients which gives a strong meaty flavour and the recipes are Grain Free.


Giving a quality product at an affordable price is a challenging task and Goodness nails it. All Goodness packaging has transparent panels on the sides of the bag which enables pet parents to view the kibble.  

The protein percentage in the recipes range from good to excellent. 

Price Range - ₹1500[2 Kg bags] - ₹7000 [12 Kg bags]

You can Buy Goodness Dog Food available in India at Barksnlicks.

 

 

Brand - Little BigPaw  

British made Wet Complete Foods for your dogs and cats

Little BigPaw recipes only include natural ingredients and every single mouthful has been expertly balanced to provide optimum nutrition.

Little BigPaw offer a complete range of grain free wet foods for cats and dogs. Produced in the heart of the British countryside, each recipe is packed full of freshly prepared 100% traceable British meat. LBP use a single source protein for their variants. The recipes are hypoallergenic and 100% natural.

LBP doesn't add any artificial flavourings, colours or preservatives.

 

Price Range - ₹240[1 can] - ₹2500 [One case]

You can Buy Little BigPaw Dog Food available in India at Barksnlicks.

 

Brand - Canine Creek 

 

Made in India.

Canine creek life preservation formula is formulated for the health and well-being of puppies and adults. It's "cold formed life preserving kibbles" retain the potency of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants & important enzymes.

The recipes contain oatmeal and hence can't be labelled as Grain-Free. However they are gluten free and soy free.

Price Range - ₹1800[ 4 Kg] - ₹4250 [9 Kg]

You can Buy Canine Dog Food available in India at Barksnlicks.

 

Brand - Drools Focus 

Made in India.

Drools Focus, true it's name focuses on more meat and less grain. The Focus range has no wheat, corn or soya, no by products and no artificial colors or flavors. The range has a good amount of chicken and eggs and decent protein %.

All of this comes at a very affordable price 

Price Range - ₹425[ 1.2 Kg] - ₹4950 [15 Kg]

You can Buy Drools Focus Dog Food available in India at Barksnlicks.

 

Brand - Royal Canin

 Though Royal Canin is one the popular brands available in India, the ingredients leave a lot to be desired. Stuffed with inexpensive fillers like wheat, corn & soy , this food comes with a hefty price tag.

The protein percentage in the recipes is average and in good conscience we wouldn't recommend this especially when better food is available at the same (if not cheaper) price.

 Give it a try only when nothing else is available.

Brand - Arden Grange

 Arden Grange is a family run business based in UK. Even though  all the products in the range contain either fresh chicken or chicken meal, fresh salmon or lamb meal as the primary protein source, they also contain maize .

Since we are against selling dog food with maize as an ingredient, we can't recommend this brand.

Give it a try if you are OK with maize.

Brand - Pedigree

 Ingredients include cereals and cereal by-products and so we can't recommend this brand.

Comments

Jaspreet Singh

Jaspreet Singh said:

Nice and great article. I have also written an article on same topic you can also check it here http://dognation.in/2018/04/best-dog-food-available/

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