11 Best Natural Dog Foods for Every Age and Size

11 Best Natural Dog Foods for Every Age and Size

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Naturally good—in every way

When it comes to what to feed your fur babies, regardless of their age or breed, natural dog food is the way to go, according to veterinarians. But what does that mean, exactly? While there is no legal definition for this term, “if a pet food label claims to be natural, it will not have any ingredients that are ‘man-made,’ besides vitamins, minerals, and trace nutrients,” explains veterinarian Laura Robinson, DVM, medical advisor for Pawp. “It [also] does not contain chemicals, preservatives, or by-products.”

And that’s just one of the things that make it worth buying, despite its slightly higher price tag. “Natural dog food can be beneficial for a healthy weight, a healthy gastrointestinal tract, better skin, and a better coat,” Dr. Robinson says. This makes it an especially good choice for dogs with sensitive stomachs and skin, though all dogs will benefit from the more readily bioavailable nutrients, antioxidants, and healthy fats. It can also lower the risk of allergic reactions and other adverse health effects in your pet, not to mention taste better because it has fewer processed ingredients.

How to pick the perfect food

Of course, all pet products sound great when you read their marketing claims…but which ones really are? We went straight to the source: veterinarians, who know exactly which foods deliver, in terms of health benefits and doggy obsession. Whether you’re looking for grain-free dog food, food for large breeds or small breeds, or what vets feed their own dogs, you’ll find it on this list. These picks will have your pooches looking and feeling great in no time—and licking their bowls clean.

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