Best Dog Foods

We all want our beautiful dogs to live long, healthy and happy lives. What you feed your dog plays a big role in this. Whether you have a large or small breed of dog, a puppy or a senior, or a canine companion with allergies or health concerns, there’s something great for your pooch to munch on. Continue Reading...

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4Legs Natural Dog Food

4Legs Natural Dog Food 🏆 2024

4.9  (3,906)
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4Legs Natural Dog Food

4Legs Natural Dog Food 🏆 2024

4.9  (3,906)
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Dad of Stella
Dad of StellaQLD2 posts
  Verified Kangaroo, Vegies and Fruit
Furbabies love KangarooOur Furbabies love these treats, we buy 2 packs every week as we have 4 furbabies, they love Kangaroo best as they R from OZ Show details ·  1
VitaPet Dog Treats

VitaPet Dog Treats 🏆 2024

4.9  (282)
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Matty M
Matty MNSW5 posts
  Verified Duo Sticks Chicken with Peanut Butter
An absolute hitSaw these at coles on the weekend. I usually buy the milky sticks so i thought i'd give them a try. they're a hit! he does love peanut butter on his kong toy so i guess that make sense. would highly recommend Show reply
Black Hawk Dog Food

Black Hawk Dog Food 🏆 2024

4.6  (716)
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Ian
IanSA
  Healthy Benefits Dog Food Sensitive Skin & Gut
Good AdviceOur RSPCA prosecution dog was severely underweight, had skin issues and was taking Apoquel.
Vet recommended Black Hawke Sensitive which she loves (but she loves all food), has gained weight and does not need Apoquel. Show details ·  1
Mad Paws Dinner Bowl

Mad Paws Dinner Bowl

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Danielle
Danielle3 posts
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Stay Loyal Dog Food

Stay Loyal Dog Food

4.7  (129)
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  • TypeDry
  • Life StageAdult and Puppy
  • Dog SizeLarge, Medium and Small
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Abigail
AbigailVIC7 posts
 
Farmers Market Dog Food

Farmers Market Dog Food

4.5  (427)
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Hannah M.
Hannah M.3 posts
  Fair Incentive Wet Dog Food Lamb Stew with Vegetables & Brown Rice
Good quality but little quantityThe wet food looks great in quality and my pups love it! the only downside the cans are quite small, it would be great if they had a 700gm or 1.2 kg can. Show details
Ivory Coat Dog Food

Ivory Coat Dog Food

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Jaimee burnett
Jaimee burnettNSW4 posts
  Fair Incentive Grain Free Adult Wet Dog Food Lamb & Sardine Stew
High quality pet foodOur little puppy’s have been so happy with this range of high quality dog food packed with nutrients and packs a massive flavour punch because my dogs were letting of some smelly gases after they ate this but our neighbours cat was very happy!!
SavourLife Gluten Free with Ancient Grains

SavourLife Gluten Free with Ancient Grains

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Simone
SimoneQLD2 posts
  Kangaroo
We all love SavourLifeOur dogs have been eating SavourLife kibble and treats for years now and they love it. We, the humans, also love it because it provides all the nutrients our dogs need, at the right price. We also love that 50% of profits go to rescues. We wholeheartedly support the philosophy and ethos that underpins SavourLife ❤️ Show details ·  1
Food For Dogs Adult Beef Recipe

Food For Dogs Adult Beef Recipe

4.7  (72)
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  • TypeDry
  • Life StageAdult
  • Dog SizeLarge, Medium and Small
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Kimberley S.
Kimberley S.NSW2 posts
  Fair Incentive
My dog loves this!My dog really enjoyed this dog food. My dog tried both the beef and chicken. I really loved that this food doesn't have any artificial colours, flavours or preservatives. He is happy and cannot wait for dinnertime each night. I highly recommend this product. I was gifted a product sample to trial and review. Show details
Nature's Gift Dog Food

Nature's Gift Dog Food

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Maria
Maria3 posts
  Wet Dog Food Casserole Lamb, Vegetables & Barley
My mum buys it every week for her fussy PomeranianI was not gifted any product. My mum's dog had been eating only cooked chicken for years and the vet encouraged my mum to buy dog food for balanced nutrition. Lilly eats this brand but only casserole variety's. It's not too expensive and doesn't smell. I'm happy giving it to my mum's dog when I have to look after her. Show details
Food For Dogs Adult Chicken Recipe

Food For Dogs Adult Chicken Recipe

4.6  (68)
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  • TypeDry
  • Life StageAdult
  • Dog SizeLarge, Medium and Small
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Kimberley S.
Kimberley S.NSW2 posts
  Fair Incentive
My dog loved this!My dog really enjoyed this dog food. My dog tried both the beef and chicken. I really loved that this food doesn't have any artificial colours, flavours or preservatives. He is happy and cannot wait for dinnertime each night. I highly recommend this product. I was gifted a product sample to trial and review. Show details
Big Dog Raw Dog Food

Big Dog Raw Dog Food

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Phae D.
Phae D.NSW4 posts
  Combo
Best Raw Pet FoodGreat starter food for very young puppies (4wks), great for growing puppies on & a great staple food for adult dogs. Either as a whole diet, part of a mixed diet or as a topper. Huge range available, but I mainly use the Combo & Senstive formulas. Show details ·  1
Love 'Em Dog Treats

Love 'Em Dog Treats

4.8  (36)
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Eli and Hugo
Eli and Hugo2 posts
  Indulge
Delicious Beef and Lamb JerkyWe are so pleased with this product. Our dogs love them and will do anything at all to get them. We love that they are real Australian meat treats, manufactured in Australia by Australian pet brands. Australian made is important to us. They are great value for money. Show details
V.I.P. Petfoods Paws Fresh Pet Mince

V.I.P. Petfoods Paws Fresh Pet Mince

3.8  (101)
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  • TypeFresh & Frozen and Raw
  • Life StageAdult
  • Dog SizeLarge, Medium and Small
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soninicole
soninicoleVIC6 posts
  Fair Incentive
V.I.P. Petfoods Dog Food

V.I.P. Petfoods Dog Food

3.0  (431)
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Toni75
Toni75Western Australia5 posts
  Dog Food Prota Dog Roll with Chicken & Rice
Prota changed for worseI have 5 Rottweilers and have bought this product for years. Not any more! Disgusting smell, massive water content which tells me it has been added to plump weight and therefore product has been reduced. Soggy and stinks my fridge! To top it off, price has hiked up 6 times in past 8 months! Show details
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Prime 100 SK-D200 Kangaroo and Potato

Prime 100 SK-D200 Kangaroo and Potato

4.0  (20)
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Liz S.
Liz S.3 posts
 
Eukanuba Puppy Formula

Eukanuba Puppy Formula

4.2  (15)
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Cujoshie
CujoshieBrisbane5 posts
  Large
Great food, my Wolfie loves itMy wolfie pup is a hungry growing girl and once we switched to eukanunba puppy she is eating less and growing at a great rate. She loves the taste.

Meals For Mutts Dog Food

Meals For Mutts Dog Food

2.8  (128)
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Jack C.
Jack C.
  Dog Food for Adult Salmon & Sardine
Supercoat Adult Sensitive

Supercoat Adult Sensitive

3.4  (26)
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  • TypeDry
  • Life StageAdult
Anne
AnneSA2 posts
 
Shame on youMy dog has had Supercoat sensitive for 8 years. This was the only medium priced dry food that she could eat that she had no allergic reaction to. But it seems you recently changed your recipe and now she is scratching to the point of bleeding.
Shame on you for changing something that some dogs relied on. Show details
Optimum Puppy Dry Dog Food

Optimum Puppy Dry Dog Food

3.0  (45)
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Petra
Petra
  Large Breeds with Chicken
Poison for my dogMy poor dog has not stopped vomiting and having diarrhea after eating this. I feel like a horrible person giving this dog food to him. STAY AWAY!! Show details
Royal Canin Veterinary Diet Hypoallergenic

Royal Canin Veterinary Diet Hypoallergenic

4.4  (11)
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  • TypeDry
  • Life StageAdult
Rick
RickNSW7 posts
 
Helped my dog a lotMy dogs stomach has settled a lot and seems to have improved digestion. Expensive but seems to be working. Have used it for a few weeks now. Hopefully it works long term  Show details
Frontier Pets Dog Food

Frontier Pets Dog Food

3.1  (29)
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Mel E.
Mel E.
  Beef
Hill's Science Diet Adult Dry Dog Food

Hill's Science Diet Adult Dry Dog Food

4.4  (10)
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Luke
LukeVIC7 posts
  Verified Adult Sensitive Stomach & Skin
No surprisesShe didn’t LOVE it.
This isn’t surprising as it’s low fat and made for sensitive stomachs. Sounds boring but is effective. Show details
Advance Premium Dry Dog Food

Advance Premium Dry Dog Food

2.8  (33)
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claudia
claudiaNSW
  Puppy Growth Medium Breed Dry Dog Food - Chicken
blood in stools and diarrheathis food caused our poor little Groodle a very upset stomach , started with diarrhoea then started pooing blood, so we took him to the vet and came off these biscuits. he is luckily okay now. Show details
Supercoat Adult Dog Food

Supercoat Adult Dog Food

2.5  (68)
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Brad R.
Brad R.16 posts
  Verified Adult Active Real Beef
Clear Dog Treats

Clear Dog Treats

2.9  (26)
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  • TypeTreat
Jack
JackQLD4 posts
 
CLEAR Dog Treats
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Applaws Dry Dog Food

Applaws Dry Dog Food

4.9  (7)
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Goldie
Goldie
  Chicken & Turkey
It's great, my dog loves it!!My dog has been eating this dry food for many years now and he's had no health problems. He's now a senior dog and still moves around like a young dog! I'm very particular about what I give my dog and never buy him store bought treats as some are laced in salt, so I opt to make my own chicken jerky for him, which he loves very much. Show details
Lucky Dog Bones

Lucky Dog Bones

2.8  (25)
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  • TypeTreat
  • Life StageAdult
  • Dog SizeLarge, Medium and Small
Cathy
CathyNSW2 posts
 
The biscuit is too hard that even I try to break it with my handsMy 3 year old German Shepherd does not even want to eat this biscuit. When I try to break it with my own hands, it take me force to break it in half. This is my second try to buy this biscuit for my dog. It is all waste of money. Show details
Billy + Margot Dry Dog Food

Billy + Margot Dry Dog Food

3.9  (8)
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  • TypeDry
  • Life StageAdult
Sylvia P.
Sylvia P.QLD2 posts
 
Wellness Core Grain Free

Wellness Core Grain Free

4.5  (6)
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  • TypeDry
  • Life StageAdult, Mature / Senior and Puppy
  • Dog SizeLarge and Small
Barb
BarbQLD4 posts
 
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4Legs Natural Dog Food

4Legs Natural Dog Food 🏆 2024

4.9  (3,906)
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Cute terrier eating a healthy bowl of food

What is the best commercial dog food?

Commercial dog food is what most pet owners opt for. You can find dog food at Coles and Woolworths, the pet store, your vet, or you can buy dog food online.

What the best dog food is will depend on a number of factors discussed below. However, here is a general guide.

Things to consider when buying dog food

Your dog’s age

Puppies

Puppies are highly active, and need the right food to give them energy and aid in their healthy development. Specially formulated puppy food is designed to be high in proteins, fats, calcium and vitamins.

If you're wondering whether puppies should eat dry or wet food, generally dry food like premium kibble made for puppies will be the healthiest option.

Raw dog food should be avoided, as it contains bacteria that is harmful to a puppy’s as-yet undeveloped immune system.

8-16 weeks

Often this is when a puppy moves into their forever home. While you may have the perfect plan for your puppy’s meals, sudden changes in a young pup’s diet can cause stomach upset.

It’s a good idea to continue with the same diet they were previously on. Over time, you can transition to a new diet. Introduce a small amount of the new food to begin with, then gradually increase the ratio of new food to old food over multiple weeks.

Puppies at this age should be fed 3-4 times a day, in small quantities.

16 months - 1 year

Since puppies begin teething at this age, it can be helpful to supplement your puppy’s dry food with a raw, meaty bone weekly.

If you’ve tried transitioning to a new dog food but your puppy’s not eating, there could be a few reasons. They could simply not like the taste, in which case you can try adding a little bit of plain boiled white rice or boneless, skinless chicken breast to their dry food.

However, your puppy may have digestive upset or allergies, in which case you can transition to a new food (but still, slowly) or consult with a vet.

Adult dogs

You can transition puppies to adult dog food at around 1 year-old, if they’re small dogs (10 kgs or under) or medium-breed dogs (10-25 kg).

Larger breeds of dogs (over 25 kg) only become adults at 18-24 months, so you can keep feeding them puppy food up to 2 years of age.

Diets for adult dogs won’t be so rich in proteins and fats, but they should still incorporate easily-absorbed protein as well as the 10 essential amino acids for dogs.

Adult dogs only need to be fed 1-2 times a day.

Senior dogs

Dog food for seniors is likely to be lower in fat and calories, since older dogs may prefer to spend their days relaxing rather than exercising. It can also contain ingredients to help ease the symptoms of specific ailments like arthritis or gum disease, or fibre, protein or nutrients for general care in old age.

Your dog’s breed

Your dog may benefit from a unique blend of ingredients, vitamins and minerals formulated for their breed. There are commercial dog foods available that cater to specific dog breeds, such as the Advance dog food for small terriers. Since these dogs can often have skin allergies, this dog food contains salmon which has natural omega-3 fatty acids - vitamins that help improve skin condition.

Royal Canin is another popular dog food brand that makes breed-specific dog foods. Dog foods catered to the breed of dog are usually more premium, i.e. expensive, but may be worth it if they help provide some relief for your pup.

Types of dog food

Dry dog food

Pros
A healthy, balanced diet can be achieved on just dry food alone
Easy to prepare - simply add the required amount into a dog bowl, and easy to store
Suitable for automatic dog feeders, which are timed to feed your dog at intervals
Good for dog’s teeth as the hard texture and shapes are designed to help maintain dental health
Not messy, especially when compared to canned food or raw food
Cheaper than most other dog food types: As dry food usually has a high calorie and protein count, you need less of it per serve
Cons
Dental problems like dental disease or a misaligned jaw may stop your dog from eating kibble
Low in water content which may be unhelpful for dehydrated dogs or dogs that rarely make the trip to their water bowl

Canned food (or wet food)

Pros
Appetising for dogs, who will generally enjoy the smell and taste of wet food
High water count of around 70% is healthy for dehydrated dogs
Easier to eat for dogs who can’t chew tough dry food
Cons
Less healthy and lower chance of providing nutritionally complete meals than dry food
Better as a dog treat, eaten once a week alongside a predominantly dry-food diet
Has low longevity once the can is opened
More expensive to buy than dry food

Raw food

Pros
Low in carbs, which may be a healthy option for overweight dogs
High energy levels in dogs are often reported by proponents of a raw food diet
Cons
Limited scientific evidence that raw food diets are neccessarily better for dogs
Not suitable for all dogs like puppies or dogs with immune system issues
Has low longevity once the can is opened
Raw meat contains bacteria like salmonella and E.coli. in high quantities, which can cause illness

Raw food diets for dogs have gained popularity since the early 2010s. They're based on the philosophy that dogs should eat similarly to the diet of their ancestors, who ate all parts of the animal, and not just the limited range of meat found in commercial pet foods today.

There are two raw food diets for dogs:

  • BARF: Standing for Biologically Appropriate Raw Food, this diet incorporates a varied mix of raw foods - both meats and vegetables. It includes raw meat, offal, vegetables, fruits and grains. These diets can be supplemented by healthy plant-based raw foods for dogs, such as kelp and flaxseed.
  • Raw meat based diet: This is essentially a completely carnivorous diet that utilises a wide range of animal parts, including meat, muscles, organs and bones. It's grain-free, but also free of variety - which is good for dogs.

Homemade dog food

Pros
Suitable for special diets to cater to dogs with allergies or health conditions. You can include ingredients help relieve an ailment, or at least won’t aggravate it
Good for fussy dogs who may prefer fresh, home-cooked whole foods to store-bought pet food
It's often cheaper to make your own dog food than buying it, particularly for special diets like a vegetarian or vegan dog food diet
Cons
More time consuming to source and prepare individual ingredients for your dog's meals
Research is required to ensure your dog is getting all the nutrients and vitamins needed for their age, breed and size
Shorter 'shelf life' compared to dry food and canned food. Fresh ingredients will need to refrigerated or frozen if they're not eaten straight away

Is homemade food better for dogs?

There currently isn't enough scientific evidence to suggest that homemade food is better for dogs than a commercial dog food diet. However, incorporating natural ingredients that are good for dogs into a canine diet can definitely be beneficial. Adding human-grade cuts of meat (even cheaper ones) is generally also considered good for dogs.

If you're not sure where to start, you can start by looking online for 'nutritionally complete dog food recipes.'

Remember you can mix and match - not all meals have to be exclusively homemade or store-bought.

Ingredients

Foods that are good for dogs

  • Raw meat: Human-grade meat such as chicken, lamb and beef is good for your dog. However you should avoid sausages due to the preservatives often found inside them.
  • Bones: Raw, meaty bones are excellent for keeping your dog's chompers in tip-top shape. Bones shouldn't be able to fit completely in your dog's mouth at once, as this can present a choking hazard. Don't feed your dog cooked bones, as these can splinter inside their bodies, causing internal injuries.
  • Bananas: These give dogs a natural energy hit, which makes it a doggy equivalent of a morning cup of coffee! This may be a good food for senior dogs or lethargic dogs. However, make sure to offer only a little bit of banana to your dog, as it is high in sugar.
  • Carrots: Dogs can eat both raw and cooked carrots. As well as aiding digestion, they provide a great source of vitamins A, K and potassium.
  • Sweet potato and pumpkin: Dogs love the taste, and it also helps aid in healthy digestion.
  • Greens like peas and beans: These provide a dose of vitamin C and K for pups.
  • Peanut butter: The ultimate sweet treat for dogs, PB is packed with protein, healthy fats and vitamin B. You can put a generous scooping into a KONG, which is a food puzzle toy that can occupy dogs for a long time.
  • Parsley: This is a natural breath freshener for pups, like the dog version of a Tic Tac.

Ingredients or foods that are toxic or dangerous to dogs

  • Preservatives particularly sulphur dioxide, sodium sulphate and potassium sulphate are potentially lethal to your dog. This is because they can cause dangerous thaimine/vitamin B1 deficiencies. Fresh dog food - especially kangaroo meat - is more likely to contain these preservatives to stop it from going off. This includes fresh meats, steaks and rolls that you find in the refrigerated dog food section of your local supermarket.
  • Xylitol: This is a sweetener sometimes present in peanut butter.
  • 'Human foods' dangerous to dogs: Grapes and raisins, avocado, chocolate (especially dark chocolate), coffee and other caffeinated products, raw yeast dough, onions, garlic, citrus, and fatty and salty foods.

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