Dog Food Ratings

What is the Best Dog Food?

Dog Food Ratings and Comparisons

Dog Food Ratings can be rather dry. What is the best dog food? Being a product reviewer may sound like a glamorous job (and it is), but I assure you it is also a lot of hard work. To review food, you really must have a stomach for it. If the massive amounts of dripping grease on an Anthony’s Pizza stretched my limits, this last foods-review takes the cake…or kibble. I’m so sick of eating dog food, I think I’m going to burst, but I digest…err digress. Fortunately, dog food ratings are not a matter of personal, human taste.

Dog food ratings is a dog’s job. When I was first asked to look into doing a review on dog food ratings or dog food comparisons, some quick research revealed to me how little I knew about dog food. Surprisingly, there are a number of excellent websites which analyze and rate the quality of commercial dog food. I’ve compiled some information from a few of these dog food ratings websites and presented the information on a few choice brands, and appropriately came up with the dog food ratings review.

Canned or Dry Food?

Which is the best dog food? The majority of animal nutrition and dog food ratings experts are recommending dog foods which contain more than 50% protein and fat, and far less grain and carbohydrates than are found in most dry dog food brands. Dry dog foods have to be formulated to keep their freshness and nutrition at room temperature, and therefore almost always contain 50% or more carbohydrates which don’t grow rancid as quickly as moist dog food. Just as was the case with humans at one time, experts were telling us more grain in our diets and less meat and fat was the best thing for us and our dogs. Nearly all pet nutrition experts agree now that too carbohydrates are not good for dogs, especially corn-based grains, which is frequently blamed for digestion problems in large breeds. There are still a few pet nutritionists recommending grain-based dog foods, just as there are a few human nutritionists recommending the same, bland low-fat diets for human beings. I believe the protein and fat are the way to go.. Another good reason is that the dry, crunchy dog food tends to stick in my teeth. So, for the purpose of this review, I decided to stick with canned foods for these particular dog food ratings. I believe the best dog food comes in a can.

Dog Food Ratings – The Brands

Evangers Canned Dog Food

Dog Food Ratings - Evangers Ratings
95
You will not find any grains, by-products, additives, preservatives in Evangers 100% Meat Canned Dog Foods. In fact, you won’t find much of anything, except exactly what it says on the can. 100% Beef Classic contains beef. The cooked chicken contains chicken. Beef & Bacon contains Beef & Bacon. You get the idea. The nutrition from these highly rated dog foods comes from real ingredients, not additives. The only other ingredient listed on the can is water, which is required to keep it moist. The average nutrition value on most of the can varieties is 12-13% protein, 4-6% Fat, 1-2% fiber, and about 75-80% moisture. In addition to its 100% classic meat products, Evangers offers three other lines of canned dog foods: Game Meats, which include Rabbit, Buffalo, Pheasant, Duck and Venison. Organic Meats, which include a 100% whole chicken simmered in natural well water and organic turkey with potatoes and carrots. The Classic line is the more familiar dog food with ingredients that include rice and additional vitamins and minerals. There are no by-products in any of their products. Some dogs may have dietary needs which require more minerals and vitamins than what is normally found in the 100% meat products. The Classic line even has special formulas for older dogs and puppies. Evangers makes an impressive line of canned dog foods and is among the very best of these Dog Food Ratings.
You will pay around $28 for 24ea, 13oz Cans of Classic meat products. This is a little more than $1.00 per can which is not bad, considering the quality meat and natural nutrition you’re giving your dog.

Innova Canned Dog Food

Ratings
93

Dog Food Ratings: Innova
Innova Canned Dog Food

Innova bills itself as the maker of the first, ‘holistic, true, health-care food’ for pets.. All of their dog food are made from 100% natural ingredients. Their website indicates that their meat products are free from hormones and antibiotics. Unlike the 100% meat products of Evangers, Innova’s Adult canned dog food includes a number of other ingredients; sunflower oil, carrots, whole eggs, apples, brown rice, potatoes, garlic, vitamin c, insulin, to name a few. There website does not indicate which of the Adult Dog canned products contain these ingredients and which do not, so I assume they all are roughly the same. The guaranteed nutrition analysis online indicates their canned foods are lower in protein, but higher than fat than Evangers meat products: 9% and 8% respectively. Fiber and moisture are the same at 1.5% and 78%. Innova does give you a very detailed breakdown of the vitamin and minerals on their website. They have a complete product line for Adult Dogs, Senior Dogs, Puppies and even ‘low-fat-diet’ dogs. A case of 12ea, 13.2 OZ cans of Innova Adult Canned Dog Food will set you back about $17 – $18.00. (As one of the best dog food brands, well worth the money)

By Nature Canned Dog Food

Ratings
92

Dog Food Ratings: By Nature
By Nature Canned Dog Food

The By Nature Pet Food Company claims their products will keep your pets healthier through a powerful mixture of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. None of their pet food contains wheat, corn or soy which most animal nutritionists agree are not healthy ingredients for dogs. Their food is 100% organic and claims to promote a healthy immune system for your dog and has won lots of dog food ratings contests.  By Nature canned dog food products come in two varieties: 95% meat and 100% Organic. The 95% Meat Canned foods included four flavors: Beef Dinner, Beef-Liver & Chicken, Chicken-Dinner and Turkey & Bacon Dinner. The other 5% ingredients are listed on their website and include liver, broth and a good number of vitamins and minerals. By Nature, 95% Canned Meat foods consists of 10% protein, 8% fat, 1.5% fiber and 78% Moisture. The 100% Organic canned food entrees include Turkey, Chicken, Chicken-Carrots-with-peas, and Turkey-SweetPotato-with-peas. Organic Chicken and Turkey without the vegetables are 100% meat, and consist of 10% protein, 5% fat, 1.5% Carbohydrates, and .35% calcium. The organic products with vegetables include additional vitamins, 8% protein, and only 5% fat. 95% canned dog food sells for about $16 – $17.00 for a case of 12ea, 13oz cans. By Nature Organic canned food sells for about $19 – $20 for a case of 12ea, 13oz cans. ByNature is also ranked among the very best dog food in many of the popular dog food ratings.

By Nature Dog Food on Sale

 

Wellness Canned Dog Food Ratings: 89

Dog Food Ratings: Wellness
Wellness Canned Dog Food

Wellness emphasizes that their foods are grain-free, protein focused formulas.
Wellness Canned dog food comes in more than a dozen varieties and flavors:
There are several meat and vegetable entrees, four different 95%-Meat choices, and special formulas for Puppy and senior dogs. The mixed meat and vegetables provide 8% protein, 5% fat, 1% fiber, and 78% moisture. They also list calories of which there are 445 in a 12.5oz can. The 95% meat varieties include 8% protein, 6% fat, 1% fiber, and 78% moisture. Unlike By Nature, the remaining 5% have little in the way of additional vitamin and mineral supplements. They are: Cassia Gum and Carrageenan. Wellness, 95% Meat-based Canned Dog food goes for about $22 to $24.00 for a case of 12 13.2oz cans. Wellness is one of the very best dog foods you can buy for your beloved companion.

Wellness Dog Food Sales

 

Dog Food Ratings Conclusion

All of these are great, natural canned dog foods which include NO by-products, grains and other harmful ingredients for your dogs. I give Evangers the edge due to its lower cost per can, and 100% meat ingredients. Stay away from Alpo, Purina, Eukanuba, and the other commercial, brands, and your dog will be eating better than the majority of the human population. Once you go above Alpo, they all taste about the same to me.

Chicken Soup Dog Food

Dog Food Ratings: Chicken Soup
Chicken Soup Dog Food

Sometimes, your dog needs that old home remedy that has worked so well for humans over the last few centuries: Chicken Soup Dog Food is a specially formulated version of this popular home remedy. Chicken Soup For the Dog Lover’s Soul is not healthy for dogs, but they love it!

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What Is The Best Watch Dog

Rex Plus Barking Dog Alarm
Rex Plus

Rex Plus Barking Dog Alarm

Best Watch Dog?

As my review on the Skylink SC100 Alarm system showed, there are some very effective, inexpensive solutions for securing your home and making you feel protected against break-ins and burglars. But, is there anything better than a big dog that barks and warns you ahead of time? What is the best watch dog to watch your home? When my lab passed away this spring, I quickly learned that I missed her bark which I had grown to rely on and take for granted for the last 14.5 years.

Is the Best Watch Dog the Best Home Security?

Dogs have an amazing ability to sense and know when someone is approaching your home or yard, but not everyone has the time or ability to care for a dog. Rex Plus, The Barking Dog Alarm, gives you the best of both worlds: The loud, threatening bark of a big dog, without the maintenance, time and costs to actually care for the real thing. While, most Home Security alarms are designed to trigger a siren when there is a break in, the Rex Plus Barking Dog Alarm, will alert you to an intruder when he gets within 20 to 30 feet of your front door. The Rex Plus Motion-sensing Alarm, is the perfect compliment to the Skylink Security System I reviewed last month. Half the size of a toaster oven, the Rex Alarm System can be placed near any door, window or entry way of your house. When a person or animal gets near, it lets out a German-Shepard-sized bark. If the intruder continues, Rex barks louder and more ferociously until the intruder walks away. From outside doors and windows, it would be very difficult for a potential burglar to tell the difference between Rex the Alarm, and a real dog. Most intruders would rather walk away or find a new victim then take a chance.  the Rex Plus barking dog alarm also has a more soothing Rainforest Sound setting, if you prefer to be alerted, but not scare anybody. The rainforest setting can be either triggered by motion, or set for constant ambience background sound. You can also choose a setting where the barking dog will eventually turn into a very loud siren alarm. Rex, The Barking Dog Alarm plugs into any of your power outlets, and comes with two controls: one for volume and the other for setting the type of sound: Rain Forest, Barking Dog, Rain Forest Ambience and Siren.I very highly recommend this product for anyone who does not have an alarm system, as well as those who do. It is a great way to provide additional security and protection to your home, especially for those of us like me, who have grown to love and appreciate the protective instincts of a pet canine. One feature that I found lacking was an on/off switch or some other remote means of turning him off. None-the-less, Rex Plus, The barking dog alarm is an outstanding way to help protect your house.

Update on the Rex Plus Barking Dog Alarm

It is nearly impossible for me to believe that we’ve owned Rex for nearly 6 years! It is now in our basement and doing a great job barking at the raccoon that try and come to the door. Rex has paid for himself. He’s been a loyal watchdog and security alarm and doesn’t cost us any money for maintenance such as in food and dog supplies. Rex is the best watch dog you’ll find at any price.

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What is the Best Pet Dog

Best Pet Dog
Best Pet Dog

Best Pet Dog

Whoever heard of doing a review on your own dog or pet, right? Well, let’s face it, we all think we have the best pet dog in the world. Though our pets are lovable affectionate creatures, they do have their strengths and weaknesses, as well as features and attributes found on any other product. So, what is the best pet dog? What do you want in a pet dog and how do you define the best pet dog? It is important to know what you are getting before you invest in a pet dog. The best pet dog for some could be a raving nuisance for others. While not all versions of the same species of pet dogs are identical, they do share many similarities, such as the way Pit Bulls tend to chew up neighborhood pets and small children. That is certainly the type of information you’d like to know ahead of time.  Even the best pet dog will do that when they are puppies.So, at the risk of looking insensitive, I would like to do a review on my recently deceased, beloved Yellow Labrador, Ginger, considered by some to be the best pet dog. You’re probably asking me why did we choose a yellow lab?  Actually, Ginger was not a real yellow lab, she was what’s known as a fox-red, yellow lab. A real, yellow lab is pictured below:

Is a Yellow Lab the Best Pet Dog?

The answer is pretty obvious: Because everyone loves big, yellow dogs.  Let us dig right in with the essentials and critical product specs of this particular pet dog.

Name: Ginger (RIP: November 1994 – April 2008)

Animal: Dog

Species: Labrador

Color: Yellow

Sex: Female

Weight: About 80lbs most of her life

Arms and Legs: Four (2 in front, 2 in back)

Other: 1ea Wagging Tail, active tongue, functioning heart, liver, 2-kidneys, lungs, very loud bark and other essential organs.

Requirements: Water, 8oz Kirkland Canned moist Canine food, and 1 Cup of Dry, twice a day. Basically, there are 6 criteria that define the quality of a pet canine. Here is the list, along with a brief description or example of each:

Setup and Installation: Adaptation to your home and training

Protection and Security: Barking at anyone who comes near the house

Sports and Recreation: Frisbee, hunting, fishing, hiking…..football?

Love and Loyalty: Will choose you over his/her next meal

Maintenance and Costs: Will not destroy your house either through bankruptcy or the chewing up of your foundation.

Best Pet Dog Training
A Real Yellow Lab

Intelligence: If you want a rocket scientist, dogs are probably not for you, but fortunately, not many of us expect our pets to understand advanced science. Yellow Labs are much better suited for learning things like Stay, come, Sit, and lie down, over complex things like physics, which most people don’t understand, anyway.

Best Pet Dog Review

Now that we’ve established the criteria, let us begin the review. Installation of our dog, Ginger was a breeze. Like any new puppy, she messed in the house a few times, until finally learning that we preferred her to kill the grass in our lawn. I don’t mean to be harsh here, but we definitely have to knock a few points off her score for the acidity of her urine. Ginger refused to take walks as a puppy, but once she finally got the hang of it, her daily walks became a lifetime sentence.  In reality, it was only 14.5 years, but you get the idea – the dog HAD to HAVE a walk EVERY day. Is this a characteristic of a Yellow Lab, or was it just our dog, Ginger? We may never know unless we buy another yellow lab someday.

Setup and Installation: 82
As for making us feel protected and secure, this is where Ginger really shined. Though the fox-reddish, yellow color of a lovable family lab would give her away, most intruders wouldn’t get far enough to take a look. Her bark was as mean and as loud as the meanest and loudest, kid-chewing, Pit Bull anyone ever knew. Once we got over the abrupt, bone-startling bark ourselves, we really miss having her scare the hell out of friends and family at the front door.

Protection and Security: 97
Ginger was the best Frisbee Player -animal or human, that I ever knew. I often wished she could get an NFL contract as a professional receiver to help pay for her own veterinary care, and possibly help me get a really nice car.  She was that good.  Unfortunately, labs tend to have hip problems as they get older, and Ginger’s Frisbee playing days, as well as her dreams of an NFL football career were over at about age 9. While many retired athletes spend their leisure time hunting and fishing, Ginger’s tendency to get diarrhea from drinking from lakes, streams and puddles, sadly prevented her from enjoying a front page glamour shot on Field and Stream. All in all, though, Ginger was a fine, warm-blooded, canine athlete.

Sports and Recreation: 92
Some dogs (including many of the Yellow Labs that I’ve known),  will express their love by calmly sitting at your side. Ginger’s way was licking you, and pacing the floor obsessively. Though I don’t have ratings category for this, Ginger was not the calmest of dogs.  She expressed her great love for us by making herself a nervous wreck and demanding constant attention, in-turn, making me a nervous wreck, and wanting to kill her. Earlier, I defined loyalty as a dog that will sacrifice its next meal to stay by your side. Ginger, one time, left an entire bowl of food to stay by my wife’s bed side while she was not feeling well.  It’s this kind of loyalty that makes you regret wanting to kill the dog for making you so nervous all the time by loving you all the time.

Love and Loyalty: 90
Startup costs were a little excessive in the beginning, as we attempted to figure out why Ginger kept getting diarrhea. The vet finally diagnosed her as having Ghiardia. This is not to be confused with Ghiradelli Chocolates which would certainly produce similar symptoms in an 80lb dog, if she ate enough. It simply meant that she was getting diarrhea from drinking out of puddles, lakes and streams. Labs are meant to enjoy the great outdoors, but Ginger simply was not meant to ‘rough-it’. She would have to be confined to dirtying up our carpet and making spots on the backyard lawn.

Maintenance and Costs: 82
While Ginger would obviously score very high on the wunderlik test, it probably would not be on account of her intelligence. Ginger, may have not been the smartest pup in the kennel, but she had a keen stubbornness that could sometimes be confused for intelligence. Ginger was more of a senser than a thinker. She had great dog instincts, and could fetch a toy hidden in the house, simply by smelling her way to find it. Ginger was very good at thinking with her nose.  Not, exactly a way to get a masters degree in science, but if that’s what you really wanted, wouldn’t you have looked at a poodle?

Intelligence: 72
Objectively and mathematically speaking, Ginger’s overall score averages out to an 86.6. But how can we be objective and mathematical about a living, breathing companion that loves you so much she makes you want to kill her? Quite simply, we can’t. There are qualities about pets like these, which we simply cannot quantify with numbers and ratings. A few years ago, my wife met the parent of a 3 or 4 year old girl who got to know Ginger on her many walks. The little girl was frowning, despite the fact that her parents had just given her a cute, little puppy. She said she didn’t want a little dog – she wanted a ‘big, yellow dog. Insensitive parents! How can they not know and understand what their child really wants?

  • Friendliness: 100
  • Companionship: 100
  • Intelligence: 70
  • Obedience: 85
  • Loyalty: 100
  • Maintenance: 70
  • Security: 95
  • Independence: 6
  • Value: 90
  • Overall: 80
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