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.
5Kibbles ‘n Bits® Homestyle Grilled Beef & Vegetable Flavors Dog Food
This chef’s choice homestyle recipe looks pretty tempting from what you see on the front of the bag. Fresh grilled steak with vegetable are pictured next to the multi-color kibble. The multi-color kibble has no additional health benefits for your dog. The vibrant kibble appears healthier and it sells. Multi-color kibble is usually made up of dyes and artificial colors.
Corn is the main ingredient in Kibbles ’n Bits Homestyle Grilled Beef & Vegetables, not real grilled beef. In fact, the real main meat source is actually beef & bone meal when you read the ingredient list. Beef is the #14 ingredient and is not considered a main ingredient.
Wheat middling fillers, unspecified animal fat laced with BHA preservative, artificial flavors, artificial colors and animal digest (source of grilled flavor) is also found in this 1 star dry dog food. To make matters even worse, the formula also includes corn syrup and propylene glycol. Dogs should avoid these 2 ingredients at all costs.
Ingredients: Corn, Soybean Meal, Beef & Bone Meal, Ground Wheat, Animal Fat (BHA Used as Preservative), Corn Syrup, Wheat Middlings, Water Sufficient for Processing, Animal Digest (Source of Grilled Flavor), Propylene Glycol, Salt, Hydrochloric Acid, Potassium Chloride, Beef, Caramel Color, Peas, Sorbic Acid (Used as a Preservative), Sodium Carbonate, Minerals (Ferrous Sulfate, Zinc Oxide, Manganous Oxide, Copper Sulfate, Calcium Iodate, Sodium Selenite), Vitamins (Vitamin E Supplement, Vitamin A Supplement, Niacin Supplement, D-Calcium Pantothenate, Riboflavin Supplement, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Thiamine Mononitrate, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Folic Acid, Biotin, Vitamin B12 Supplement), Choline Chloride, Calcium Sulfate, Carrots, Green Beans, Titanium Dioxide (Color), Yellow 5, Yellow 6, Wheat Flour, Red 40, BHA (Used as a Preservative), DL-Methionine, Blue 1.
|CRUDE PROTEIN||19.0% min|
|CRUDE FAT||8.0% min|
|CRUDE FAT||12.0% max|
|CRUDE FIBER||4.0% max|