What Is the Best Brand of Dog Food to Get for a Yorkie?

I will be getting a yorkie in a few weeks. I have been trying to research what kind of dog food I should get for it. I will most likely be getting it at Walmart or Petsmart, so I need to know what kind to get.

there isn’t really a best food because every dog is different. even the world’s best dog food might not work for every dogs.

stay away from every dog food they sell at walmart.
personally, i think petco sells higher quality food.

some great brands are:
canidae
natural balance
innova
wellness

california natural
solid gold

stay away from:
Purina
iams
hill’s science diet
royal canin
and…
anything that you could find at any grocery store

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  • doxie

    You need Solid Gold Barking at the Moon. I get that at Petco.
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  • Debby R

    try halo
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    my moms dog

  • IloveNY

    No to anything at wal mart.

    At Petsmart/Petco they have a good brand Solid Gold and another good Brand Wellness….

    My dogs prefer California Naturals…..they are currently on Chicken and Rice but we are switching to Herring and Sweet Potato formula this month.

    Other good brands
    Innova
    Evo
    Canidae
    Merrick
    Orijen
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  • slun80

    I agree with IloveNY. Stay away from Purina, Pedigree, Iams, Eukanuba, Science Diet, Royal Canin…all junk. The foods she suggested are good. I feed my dogs Canidae dry.
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  • Love is a GSD

    The ONLY thing I would recomend is Blue Buffalo at Petsmart. NOTHING at walmart. Blue Buffalo is a premium food, and itsn’t bad, but in the long run, ANY dry food is bad, even premium foods, and can lead to severe complications.

    Dog’s, being carnivores, do not produce the enzymes that humans produce. Their pancreas is a lot smaller then ours. These enzymes are what helps them digest their food, but again, they don’t produce that many.

    RAW foods contain natural enzymes, and these are what the dogs are designed to digest. When you cook food, ANY food, it destroys the enzymes, plus most other nutrients the food actually contains. Dogs find it extremely hard to digest cooked meats, and their livers and kidneys kick into overdrive trying to compensate. This can lead to kidney and liver damage in dogs.

    All dog foods contain the proper nutrition for dogs. They have everything the dog technically needs to survive. HOWEVER, tests have never once been done on ANY dog food to see how well dogs can actually digest and process these nutrients. So, no one knows if dogs are actually getting these nutrients from dog food. Most tests done on dog food compared to dog health only run a year or so, and are done on younger, naturally healthier dogs.

    On top of all that, it is estimated that millions of pounds of euthanized companion animals (like dogs and cats) are rendered and added to dog foods. There are no laws in the USA or Canada that prohibits the use of companion animals in pet food or livestock feed. All those foods that say "meat by-product" in the ingredients, you have no idea what kind of meat it truly is. When an animal is euthanized, those chemicals stay in the animal’s body, and can be digested when another animal eats the remains. No tests have been done to determine what temperatures kill these chemicals, so rendering may not reduce the risk for your pet. Therefore, when your pet eats Fido what was euthanized and put into the food, your pet could become very sick from the same chemicals that were purposefully used to kill Fido.

    After doing extensive research, I find pet food VERY scary, and I refuse to feed it any more. I even did Raw vs. Kibble as a thesis paper for college. Raw is better, it’s actually digestible, and honestly, it’s a lot cheaper then good quality dog food. I can get chicken for 40 cents a pound.

    If ANYONE wants to switch to RAW or has questions, feel free to email me.
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  • Mutt for the Truth

    You won’t find any good foods in Wal-Mart. Petsmart has a small selection of foods i would feed my dog, but your store may not have anything good at all.

    You generally want a food that has NO corn in it – corn is a filler, meaning it fills the dog up but gives little to no nutritional value. Grains are okay but they should not be a primary ingredient (and stay away from filler grains like brewers rice.)

    A named meat meal should be in the first five ingredients. The more the better. Stay away from by-products and un-named sources. If the food has fish, be wary: some fish meals are preserved with some chemicals that have been linked to cancer.

    Here:

    http://www.wikihow.com/Choose-Healthy-Dog-Food
    http://www.wagandtrain.com/pdf/Microsoft%20Word%20-%20Nutrition_RevisedFillers%20to%20Avoid%20in%20Dog%20Food_revised.pdf

    Good foods include:
    Innova
    EVO
    Taste of the Wild
    Canidae
    Wellness
    Nutro

    Stay away from:
    Grocery brands like Ol’Roy
    Iams
    Purina
    Pedigree
    Science Diet
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    Owned by Mutt

  • Bob

    This sounds silly, but buy the most expensive food you can afford. With pet food, you get what you pay for.
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  • Nissa

    EUKANUBA small breed or any puppy food for small breed dogs…..the best puppy food (dog food in general even) list the meat products as the first few ingredients……..
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  • Alabama Cutie

    All of the foods you mentioned have either fillers,by-products, or artificial flavors,colors, and preservatives.

    Fillers such as corn, wheat, and soy have no nutritional value to them. It is all junk.

    By-products are the junk in meats. That aren’t nutritious plus dead, dying, and cancerous animals are allowed.

    Artifiacial colors,flavors, and preservatives are cancer causing along with other health problems. Cancer is the number one killer of cats and dogs.

    You don’t want any food that is from Wal Mart or the like. All of the foods there have one or all of these things.

    All the capitol words are bad things that I know of I might miss a few others.

    Here is Pedigree adult complete nutrition-
    GROUND YELLOW CORN, MEAT AND BONE MEAL, CORN GLUTEN MEAL, ANIMAL FAT (preserved with BHA/BHT), Wheat Mill Run, Ground Whole Wheat, Wheat Flour, Natural Flavor, SALT, Potassium Chloride, CARAMEL COLOR, CHICKEN BY-PRODUCT MEAL, Rice, Vegetable Oil (source of Linoleic Acid), Vitamins (Choline Chloride, Dl-alpha Tocopheral Acetate [source of Vitamin E], L-ascobyl-2-polyphosphate [source of Vitamin C*], Vitamin A Supplement, Thiamine Mononitrate [Vitamin B1], Biotin, D-calcium Pantothenate, Riboflavin Supplement [Vitamin B2], Vitamin D3 Supplement, Vitamin B12 Supplement), Minerals (Zinc Sulfate, Zinc Proteinate, Copper Sulfate, Copper Proteinate, Manganese, Proteinate, Potassium Iodide), ADDED FD&C AND LAKE COLORS (YELLOW 6, YELLOW 5, BLUE 2, RED 40).

    Here is Purina adult complete nutrition-
    WHOLE GRAIN CORN, POULTY BY-PRODUCT MEAL, ANIMAL FAT preserved with mixed-tocopherols (form of Vitamin E), CORN GLUTEN MEAL, MEAT AND BONE MEAL, brewers rice, soybean meal, barley, whole grain wheat, animal digest, calcium carbonate, salt, calcium phosphate, potassium chloride, L-Lysine monohydrochloride, choline chloride, zinc sulfate, Vitamin E supplement, zinc proteinate, ferrous sulfate, ADDED COLOR (RED 40, YELLOW 5, BLUE 2, YELLOW 6), DL-Methionine, manganese sulfate, manganese proteinate, niacin, Vitamin A supplement, copper sulfate, calcium pantothenate, copper proteinate, garlic oil, pyridoxine hydrochloride, Vitamin B-12 supplement, thiamine mononitrate, Vitamin D-3 supplement, riboflavin supplement, calcium iodate, menadione sodium bisulfite complex (source of Vitamin K activity), folic acid, biotin, sodium selenite.

    Here is Eukanuba-
    Chicken, CHICKEN BY-PRODUCTS MEAL, CORN MEAL, GROUND WHOLE GRAIN SORGUM, Ground Whole Grain Barley, Fish Meal (source of fish oil), Chicken Fat (preserved with Mixed Tocopherols, a source of Vitamin E), Brewers Rice, Natural Chicken Flavor, Dried Beet Pulp (sugar removed), Dried Egg Product, Brewers Dried Yeast, Potassium Chloride, Salt, Vitamins [Vitamin E Supplement, Ascorbic Acid, Beta-Carotene, Vitamin A Acetate, Calcium Pantothenate, Biotin, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Thiamine Mononitrate (source of Vitamin B1), Niacin, Riboflavin Supplement (source of Vitamin B2), Inositol, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (source of Vitamin B6), Vitamin D3 Supplement, Folic Acid], Flax Meal, Sodium Hexametaphosphate, Calcium Carbonate, Choline Chloride, Minerals [Ferrous Sulfate, Zinc Oxide, Manganese Sulfate, Copper Sulfate, Manganous Oxide, Potassium Iodide, Cobalt Carbonate], DL-Methionine, Rosemary Extract.

    Science Diet-
    GROUND WHOLE GRAIN CORN, CHICKEN BY-PRODUCT MEAL, Soybean Meal, ANIMAL FAT (preserved with mixed tocopherols and citric acid), Soybean Oil, Chicken Liver Flavor, Flaxseed, Iodized Salt, vitamins (L-Ascorbyl-2-Polyphosphate (source of vitamin C), Vitamin E Supplement, Niacin, Thiamine Mononitrate, Vitamin A Supplement, Calcium Pantothenate, Biotin, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Riboflavin, Folic Acid, Vitamin D3 Supplement), Dried Chicken Cartilage, Choline Chloride, Vitamin E Supplement, Taurine, Potassium Chloride, minerals (Ferrous Sulfate, Zinc Oxide, Copper Sulfate, Manganous Oxide, Calcium Iodate, Sodium Selenite), L-Carnitine, preserved with Mixed Tocopherols and Citric Acid, Beta-Carotene, Rosemary Extract.

    There are also other things about all of the brands in their ingredients list that I don’t like I just pointed out all of the really bad things.

    I recommend
    Innova
    California Natural
    Evo
    Blue Buffalo
    Taste of the wild
    Wellness
    Merrick Before grains
    Chicken soup for the dog lovers soul
    Health Wise
    Karma
    Orijen

    Here is Blue Buffalo life protection formula-
    Whitefish, Whole Ground Brown Rice, Whole Ground Barley, Menhadden Fish Meal, Oatmeal, Canola Oil (preserved with Natural Mixed Tocopherols), Whole Potatoes, Tomato Pomace (natural source of Lycopene), Dried Chicory Root, Whole Sweet Potatoes, Natural Chicken Flavor, Whole Carrots, Blueberries, Cranberries, Flaxseed, Barley Grass, Dried Parsley, Alfalfa Meal, Kelp Meal, Taurine, L-Carnitine, L-Lysine, Glucosamine Hydrochloride, Yucca Schidigera Extract, Green Tea Extract, Turmeric, Garlic, Sunflower Oil (natural source of Omega 6 Fatty Acids), Herring Oil
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  • Doglover

    there isn’t really a best food because every dog is different. even the world’s best dog food might not work for every dogs.

    stay away from every dog food they sell at walmart.
    personally, i think petco sells higher quality food.

    some great brands are:
    canidae
    natural balance
    innova
    wellness
    california natural
    solid gold

    stay away from:
    Purina
    iams
    hill’s science diet
    royal canin
    and…
    anything that you could find at any grocery store
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