Looking at your dog’s food you may notice it to be very bright, colorful and usually has a healthy looking dog chowing down on some colorful kibble. Additionally, the dog food will usually be labeled all-natural and 100% complete and balanced, but is it really?
Through the power of deceptive marketing, dog food companies for years have been selling high-volumes of bright, colorful bags of dog food with very little transparency to what’s actually in the kibble. Many unwanted filler ingredients, synthetic chemical preservatives, unknown sources of meat and diseased animals have entered the diets of millions of dogs.
When trying to read the ingredient list of your dog’s food you may be left with more questions than answers. A more in-depth view of the ingredient list will leave any dog owner in shock with the amount of questionable and potentially harmful ingredients found in many low-end dog food brands.
So what’s the worst rated dog food? Our team of dog food nutritionists have analyzed thousands of varieties of dog food for the worst. We factored in ingredient list quality, guaranteed analysis levels, recall notices, consumer reviews and company transparency when ranking the worst rated dog food. Here are the worst rated dry dog food brands for 2020.
Note: According to AAFCO, all of these dog foods have met nutritional standards and considered safe for canine consumption.
8Purina® Dog Chow Complete With Real Chicken Adult Dry Dog Food
Purina is owned by Nestle Corporation and is the largest dog food manufacturer in the world. The company has a variety of dog food formulas for every dog breed. Unfortunately, per ingredient list, a number of Purina’s most popular brands are some of the worst offenders. Purina Dog Chow is one of them. Corn is the main ingredient followed by unspecified meat and bone meal as the #2 ingredient.
Real chicken is not found until the #7 ingredient. In fact, there’s more poultry by-product and corn than actual real chicken. Animal digest is also found in Purina Dog Chow. As defined by the Association of American Feed Control Officials, animal digest is produced by the chemical or enzymatic hydrolysis of clean animal tissue that has not undergone decomposition. The digest is then added to the formula for flavoring. Additionally, at the end of the ingredient list a mix of artificial colors is also included.
Ingredients: Whole Grain Corn, Meat and Bone Meal, Corn Gluten Meal, Beef Fat Naturally Preserved with Mixed-Tocopherols, Soybean Meal, Poultry By-Product Meal, Chicken, Egg and Chicken Flavor, Whole Grain Wheat, Animal Digest, Salt, Calcium Carbonate, Potassium Chloride, Mono and Dicalcium Phosphate, L-Lysine Monohydrochloride, Choline Chloride, Minerals [Zinc Sulfate, Ferrous Sulfate, Manganese Sulfate, Copper Sulfate, Calcium Iodate, Sodium Selenite], Vitamins [Vitamin E Supplement, Niacin (Vitamin B-3), Vitamin A Supplement, Calcium Pantothenate (Vitamin B-5), Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (Vitamin B-6), Vitamin B-12 Supplement, Thiamine Mononitrate (Vitamin B-1), Vitamin D-3 Supplement, Riboflavin Supplement (Vitamin B-2), Menadione Sodium Bisulfite Complex (Vitamin K), Folic Acid (Vitamin B-9), Biotin (Vitamin B-7)], Yellow 6, Yellow 5, Red 40, Blue 2, Garlic Oil. E-4101.
|CRUDE PROTEIN||21.0% min|
|CRUDE FAT||10.0% min|
|CRUDE FIBER||4.5% max|
|LINOLEIC ACID||1.5% min|
|VITAMIN A||10,000 IU/kg min|
|VITAMIN E||100 IU/kg min|