Comparing Grain-Free Dog Food
There is absolutely no doubt in the fact that we all love our dogs and want the very best for them, over the last few years I personally have tried Jeffery on everything I could find ranging from high-end brands to high street brands of dog food to which he has done well on most including raw but with such a busy lifestyle it often comes to my own fault for not defrosting his food the night before so with the ease of dry food weighing against raw I set out to find a dry dog food by comparing grain-free dog food that would be better suited to him and well low and behold with all the variety on the market today not one matched up to standard, unrequired ingredients, poor meat content, confusing packaging…..On this search for that elusive dry dog food, we set on an adventure to create our own and both Jeffery and Pepsi have never looked better!
Having tested it with my own dogs, it has now been launched for your dogs to enjoy now with a range of flavours to suit all and more being developed. With the launch of this new food, it is time to compare our food to some leading brands commonly found in high street pet stores such as PetsatHome, Jollyes, KennelGate as well as supermarkets like Asda, Sainsburys and Tesco. ( on that note we would just like to say that we are no way sponsored by any of those companies nor do we currently stock any of those companies either). Fancy having i look for yourself? head over to any of the above and start comparing grain-free dog food.
We have randomly taken two well known brands at random that are as close as we can get in weight and flavour to compare to our own Grain-Free Luscious Lamb.
Brand A – Ingredients
Lamb (17%), lamb meal (17%), sweet potatoes, potatoes, peas, canola oil, pea protein, roasted lamb (4%), tomato pomace, natural flavor, salt, choline chloride, mixed tocopherols (a natural preservative and source of vitamin E), dried chicory root, taurine, tomatoes, blueberries, raspberries, yucca schidigera extract, dried Enterococcus faecium fermentation product, dried Lactobacillus acidophilus fermentation product, dried Lactobacillus casei fermentation product, dried Lactobacillus plantarum fermentation product, dried Trichoderma longibrachiatum fermentation extract, vitamin E supplement, iron proteinate, zinc proteinate, copper proteinate, ferrous sulfate, zinc sulfate.
Brand B – Ingredients
32% Freshly Prepared Lamb. Potato, Sweet Potatoes, Lentils, Linseed, Peas 3%, PeaProtein 3%, Potato Protein, Lamb Gravy, Lamb Fat, Pea Fibre, Calcium Carbonate,Vitamins and Chelated Minerals, Fructooligosaccharides 2.5g/kg, Mannan Oligosaccharides2.5g/kg, Apples, Carrots, Spinach, Cranberries, Glucosamine 175mg/kg,Methylsulphonylmethane 175mg/kg, Chondroitin Sulphate 125mg/kg, Parsley 100mg/kg. Botanicals and Herbs: Alfalfa, Rosehips, Chickweed, Cleavers, Golden Rod, Nettles, Kelp, Celery Seeds, Milk Thistle, Dandelion Root, Burdock Root, Marigold Petals, Chicory Root.
Technological Additives: Botanical Herbs; Sensory Additives: None stated; Nutritional Additives: Vitamin A 15,000 IUVitamin D 2,250 IUVitamin E 100 IUL-Carnitine 40mgTrace Elements:Zinc Chelate of Amino Acids Hydrate 333mg Ferrous Chelate of Amino Acids Hydrate 333mgManganous Chelate of Amino Acids Hydrate 223mgCupric Chelate of Amino Acids Hydrate 150mgOrganic Selenium S.cerevisiae CNCM I-3060 130mgCalcium Iodate Anhydrous 1.64mg.
Last but not least our Own Brand of Food. (or did we save the best until last? we’ll let you decide on that one.)
Lamb 50% (including Freshly Prepared Lamb 30%, Dried Lamb 18% & Lamb Stock 2%), Sweet Potato (23%), Peas (9%), Potato, Pea Protein,
Linseed, Beet Pulp, Omega 3 Supplement, Minerals, Vitamins, Vegetable Stock, Mint (0.2%), FOS (96 mg/kg), MOS (24 mg/kg)
So How Do You Know What Is A Good Food For Your Dog?
When it comes to comparing dog food the first thing to look at is the meat content, how much does it actually contain, ingredients on dog food are listed by the highest quantity first.
Here is a break down of all three brands.
- Brand A 17% 17%
- Brand B 32% 32%
- PayTheDog 50% 50%
After we have looked at the meat content, often you will see things like cereals and grains but since this is a comparison of grain-free food we would be looking for an alternative such as sweet potato this is because sweet potato is a complex carbohydrate with a lower glycemic index which means it releases it’s energy slowly throughout the day.
Sweet Potato offers a huge range of benefits being a Superfood!
- It’s packed with a variety of vitamins and minerals
- It’s naturally gluten-free
- It helps to aid digestion due to sweet potatoes being high in fibre which promotes a healthy digestive system and good stool formulation
- They are great for sensitive animals because they are soothing on the stomach
- Have of the best source of Vitamin A which is an antioxidant powerhouse and is thought to have anti-ageing properties along with helping to maintain good eyesight and aid skin and coat condition
- They are rich in beta- carotene, an antioxidant thought to have anti-inflammatory and immune-boosting properties
- Sweet potatoes contain a lot of magnesium, which is thought to help with stress and promote calmness, good mood and relaxation.