Finding the best dog food isn’t just about looking at ingredients (although that is important, too). When trying to find the best dog food for your dog, you should be able to find most of these answers on the company website. If you can’t easily find this information, the answer may not be the one you are looking for!
Where is the food sourced? Most reputable companies will work with the same farm/ranch, regardless of how the price of the product fluctuates. Lower quality brands will change their farm based on who is offering the cheapest product.
Do they have a qualified nutritionist on staff? Developing a good diet for a dog can be difficult, so a nutritionist who is on staff or consults with the company will ensure that the formula is properly balanced for your dog and your dog’s life stage (puppies, adults, and seniors have different nutritional requirements).
Do they continue to research and improve their formulas?
Do they have their own, self-contained plant to avoid cross-contamination? This one is especially important considering the frequent pet food recalls!
How do they test their product? Some dog food companies simply do palatability test on pets, while others intentionally cause problems with laboratory dogs to find out how their food affects the problem.