Question by : Mass Market Dog Food’s Best Lines vs. Canidae = FAIL?
I picked the ‘best’ dry dog food from these mass market manufacturers (or if ‘best’ was unclear, the one the marketing/packaging would lead you to believe was their best/healthiest).

Here are the ingredient lists and price per pound, using the price of their largest bag. I listed only the major ingredients (those listed before the fat), and I starred the GOOD ingredients according to www.dogfoodproject.com. Visit that website to get explanations as to why ingredients are ‘good’ or ‘bad’. Generally, the more a dog food is based on meat and not grains, the better.

IAMS “Healthy Naturals”: Chicken*, chicken by-product meal, brewers rice, corn meal, ground sorghum, ground barley, chicken fat*. COST: /lb

PURINA “Beneful Healthy Radiance”: Ground corn, chicken by-product meal, corn gluten meal, whole wheat flour, animal fat. COST: .22/lb

EUKANUBA “Naturally Wild Venison & Potato”: Venison*, potato, sorghum, brewers rice, barley, chicken meal*, fish meal, dried egg product, chicken fat*. COST: .50/lb

SCIENCE DIET “Advanced Fitness”: Chicken* corn, sorghum, wheat, chicken by product meal, soybean meal, corn gluten meal, animal fat. COST: .40/lb

PEDIGREE: listed on their website under “Really Good Dog Food”: I chose “Lamb and Rice” formula, because there was no clear ‘premium’ line, their base line is terrible, and at least this brand seemed to imply that it was made primarily of lamb, a ‘good’ ingredient.

Corn, chicken by-product meal, ground wheat, meat and bone meal, animal fat.

Notice anything missing here? 1) lamb, 2) rice, 3) any stars indicating good ingredients. Lamb’s another 3 ingredients down the list, meaning it makes up a negligible % of the food. COST: .35/lb

CANIDAE: Chicken meal*, turkey meal*, lamb meal*, brown rice, white rice, rice bran, peas, potatoes, oatmeal, cracked pearl barley, chicken fat* COST: /lb

Which food here has the best ingredient listing?

Which food here is the most affordable?

When you see the answers to these two questions: what questions spring to mind?

PS – I don’t feed my dogs Canidae. My point here is not to pimp Canidae, it is simply to pose a question about peoples perceptions of dog food QUALITY and PRICE
PURINA PRO PLAN “Lamb & Rice”: Lamb*, brewers rice, corn gluten meal, whole grain wheat, chicken meal*, ota meal, animal fat. COST: /lb
who called Canidae “mass market”?
Yeah – the Pedigree “Lamb and Rice” would much more accurately be named “Corn and Chicken Feet”.

And Boo on Purina ProPlan for using Brewers Rice, a brewing industry by-product, as the rice in their “Lamb and Rice”. But at least Lamb & Rice are the first two ingredients.
So Jessie: so by your logic, if I said “American League’s best teams vs. Cardinals” … should the Cardinals be offended that I am calling them an American League team?

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Answer by Bare Nekkid TRUTH!
ah dont forget the feeding guidelines.. brands like pedigree ussually suggest feeding 2-3 times the amount that a higher quality brand suggests!

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