The best dog food brand varies depending on a dog's dietary needs, so there are no true "best" brands. Brand ingredients and quality tend to change from season to season. Instead of seeking out a certain brand, owners can read ingredient lists to find the right brands for their dogs.
The highest-quality foods have real meats listed in the first few ingredients, such as chicken, duck, beef and fish. These meats should not be by-products or by-product meals because these include less actual meat and more filler. Foods containing unnecessary preservatives, such as BHA, BHT, ethoxyquin, sodium nitrite and nitrate, should be avoided. Additionally, owners should avoid foods that contain too many filler ingredients, such as corn, wheat and bran.