Without a measuring method known as dry matter basis, it can be very difficult to compare dog foods.
How many humans do you know that NEVER eat any fresh foods (no veggies or fruits or meat for that matter). If all the humans you know eat extruded cereal (even complete and balanced cereal) then you can compare kibble eating dogs to them. My guess is however that most folks don’t eat only extruded and highly processed foods.
I just wanted to weigh in on this. I don’t think anyone recommends not listening to their vet. But it is true that vets get precious little education in their schooling regarding nutrition. And, yes you almost always see Hills Science Diet promoted by vets. That is because they do get a lot of kick-back and bonuses, etc. They rely almost 100% on what Hills tells them about nutrition, and do not question it, unless they specialize in pet nutrition. Most do not. So, yes I always listen to my vet when it comes to the health care of my dogs, but when it comes to diet, my vet gives me basic guidelines but I do not, will not feed my dogs anything manufactured by Hills. Look at the poor ratings on this web site compared to so many other healthy brands. Decades ago Hills made good quality foods, but recent history has shown there are so many much better quality foods out there that HIlls cannot or chooses not to match, regardless of their marketing. Big example, when all the food recalls scared us half to death, my vet put a cat on Hills PRESCRIPTION food and the cat died from the poison in it. He raised holy H with Hills but do you think he still recommends Hills made in China? No way!
Dry Matter Basis - A Better Way to Compare Dog Foods
Dog Food Advisor: Dog Food Reviews and Ratings
The Wellness Core product line includes seven dry dog foods, six which claim to meet for adult maintenance. This above-average dry product has a dry matter protein reading of 38%, a fat level of 13% and estimated carbohydrates of about 41%. What does this mean? The brand is way above-average with protein, near-average with fat and below-average with carbs when compared to a typical dry dog food. As you might have guessed, these are all very good things. Plus, tons of flaxseed. Yum!In addition to that, we must also take special consideration when comparing foods manufactured in different countries, under differing legislation. The information here on the Dog Food Project is based on AAFCO legislation and ingredient definitions, and it would for example be inappropriate to apply them to foods manufactured elsewhere in the world and not sold on the U.S. market, with ingredient lists following completely different legislation - for example what AAFCO describes as "poultry meal" or "cereal grains" can be a product of entirely different quality and composition in another country.In the articles on and , I have already explained what characteristics to look for. In this article I'd like to expand a little bit on actually analyzing dog foods for comparison.I would also like to see a review of the Lifetime line of dog foods. They market their food as corn,wheat, and by-product free, all for a very reasonable price compared to other foods such as Fromm’s. It would be interesting to know if they would be rated on the same level quality-wise, because then the choice comes down to price – which would lead to Lifetime taking the win.