The term “holistic” doesn’t have an official definition but generally refers to dog food made from high-quality ingredients and natural nutrition in a variety of complete and balanced formulas. The first thing to look for is an AAFCO statement, this is a statement from the Association of American Feed Control Officials that certifies that a particular food meets their nutritional standards for a complete and balanced pet food. Next, look at the ingredients list. You want to avoid byproducts of any kind and instead opt for foods that use whole proteins. You’ll want a food that provides omega fatty acids along with prebiotics and probiotics for gut health. Finally, you’ll want to consider if grains or grain-free food is right for your pet. If your dog has any kind of digestive distress or allergy, a grain-free food might help. Please consult with your veterinarian on which holistic foods and ingredients are best for your dog. Now that you know what to look for in a holistic dog food, let’s explore some of the top rated choices on the market.
Earthborn HolisticThis dog food brand has recipes for several life stages, including puppies and seniors. It also has different formulas for different breed sizes. They have both original and grain-free recipes in their dry kibble. They also offer canned food, moist treats and grain-free baked treats.
Solid GoldThis brand doesn’t use any corn, soy or wheat in their formulas. Their tagline is “pet food with purpose” and they show that with a great line of natural and holistic dog food options. They use quality proteins, digestible carbs and vitamin-rich superfoods to create their formulas for different life stages and different breed sizes.
Holistic SelectAll products made by Holistic Select are supplemented with their “unique digestive health support system” as they believe good health begins with a healthy gut. Their formulas include all natural fiber, prebiotics, probiotics and digestive enzymes. They offer both dry and canned food in original and grain-free formulas. They also have special formulas for different life stages and breed sizes.
FROMM GoldFROMM Gold dog food is made in small batches in their US-based facility to ensure quality and safety. They offer over a dozen different dry food recipes that span across multiple life stages and breed sizes. They also offer seven different canned formulas.
Taste of the WildTaste of the Wild dog food is designed to provide unique proteins closer to what a dog’s natural counterpart, the wolf, would eat. They start with unique quality proteins as their first ingredient such as wild boar, venison, smoked salmon or bison. They offer both wet and dry formulas. Their dry formulas are available in limited ingredient, grain-free or ancient grain varieties and span all life stages and breed sizes.
Choosing a food for your dog shouldn’t be rocket science but it does help to know what to look for in a holistic dog food.