Dog Food Comparison Chart
There are many options available when it comes to dog food, and choosing the one that’s right for your dog can be overwhelming. How do you know which formula is best for your dog? It may be tempting to choose what to feed your dog based on what sounds appealing to you, but it’s important to remember that you and your dog have different nutritional needs.
Here are some things to keep in mind when looking for the right food for your dog:
- Meets (or exceed) AAFCO standards
- Complete and balanced nutrition
- Made with real meat
- Breed size
- Activity level
- Price point
- Skin and Coat sensitivities
- Sensitive stomach
- Natural preference
- Grain-Free preference
- Wet/Dry preference
CHOOSING THE BEST FOOD FOR YOUR DOG
Your dog’s food should always meet (or surpass) regulatory standards. Every dog food needs to meet federal (FDA) regulatory standards in order to be sold, and many dog food companies elect to follow guidelines established by the Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO). Look for a food with a statement on the label that says the food meets AAFCO’s requirements for your dog’s life stage. Learn more about the dog food AAFCO requirements.
All Purina dog foods check this box:
- Just Right
- Mighty Dog
- Moist & Meaty
- Purina One
- Dog Chow
- Purina Pro Plan
Purina dog foods are also all complete and balanced to ensure your dog has all of his nutritional needs met.
WHAT KIND OF FOOD SHOULD I FEED MY DOG?
Reading the ingredient list of your dog’s food is an important step when comparing dog food formulas. Purina believes that every ingredient should have a purpose. You can learn more about our purposeful dog food ingredients here.
Protein is a big factor when choosing a dog food, not only for flavor but also for the quality of the food. When comparing dog foods, remember that protein can be delivered through a variety of different ingredients so look for named proteins and animal meals.
Some dog foods are made with real meat, while others are made with real meat as the #1 ingredient. But as long as the food you choose is complete and balanced, your dog will get the nutrients he needs. In some cases, your dog may make the choice for you, depending on what flavor he likes best. The following Purina foods contain real meat as the #1 ingredient
- Just Right
- Purina One
- Purina Pro Plan
FEEDING BASED ON BREED SIZE
Your dog’s breed and size can also be a factor. Large and giant breed dogs, for example, are more likely to suffer joint problems, so you may want to choose a food formulated with glucosamine, which helps support healthy cartilage. Purina Pro Plan offers Large and Giant Breed dog foods that give dogs of that size specialized nutrition for their specific needs.
Small dogs have unique nutritional needs, so finding a specialized formula for them may be beneficial. Plus, they may prefer smaller kibble size that makes chewing a little easier for their smaller teeth. Purina BELLA is an entire Purina brand dog food created specifically for small dogs and their unique needs.
CHOOSING THE RIGHT FOOD FOR PUPPIES, ADULT AND SENIOR DOGS
Nutrition is important at every stage of life, so it’s important to consider lifestage when choosing the right food for your pet. Puppies need specific nutrients (like DHA) to help with their development while senior dogs need different nutrition that focuses on healthy aging.
Healthy Puppy Foods include:
- Beneful Healthy Puppy
- Purina Dog Chow Puppy Chow
- Purina One Healthy Puppy Formula
- Purina Pro Plan FOCUS Puppy Formula
- Purina Pro Plan SAVOR Shredded Blend Puppy Formula
Around the age of one, you should consider transitioning your puppy to an adult dog food.
Healthy Senior Dog Foods include:
- Purina One Smartblend Vibrant Maturity 7+ Senior Formula
- Purina Pro Plan Bright Mind Adult 7+
Purina considers dogs to be senior at the age of 7. This is a good time to transition your dog to a senior-specific dog food.
SHOULD I FEED A GRAIN FREE DOG FOOD?
“Grain-free” and “Natural” are two trends in human nutrition that have made their way into the dog world. Sometimes there are medical reasons you would choose to feed your dog a grain-free or natural dog food. And although grain allergies are rare in dogs, you may prefer to feed a grain-free formula. You can read more about grain-free dog foods here.
Make sure to still find a complete and balanced formula that can deliver the nutrition your dog needs without the ingredients you don’t want. Purina Beyond offers great grain-free dog food options.
HOW TO COMPARE DOG FOODS
At the end of the day it’s important to choose a food for you dog that delivers the nutrition he or she needs to live a happy, healthy life. Try our Dog Food Selector to find a dog food that meets you and your dog’s unique needs and preferences.