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You’ve probably researched the breed:
Is he or she is the perfect fit for your family and lifestyle?
You’ve probably bought an array of toys…
Maybe a leash and collar, or a doghouse, and maybe even a couple of new outfits.
And now you’re looking for the perfect kibble for your brand new fur baby.
If that about sums it up, read on, because we’re going to help you with that decision by looking at some of the highest rated puppy food options available (and why we think they’re so popular).
Why Look at Dog Food Ratings?
This is a feasible question indeed.
The fact is, just about every company that has a product to sell these days is looking for customer feedback. If you’ve ever purchased anything from Amazon, then you know first hand that they will send you an email within a few days asking you to rate not just the product, but also the entire transaction.
Customer service is that important to them.
And if it’s important to them, imagine how much more important it is to a company that manufactures a product whose future absolutely depends on repeat customers.
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Many times, if a company gets bad feedback on their product, they will go the extra mile to make it right.
They want your business.
More than that, though, they need your business. A company that constantly produces a substandard product will eventually go out of business.
How do I Judge Among Dog Food Ratings?
If we are going to be looking at ratings, we might as well look into what they mean.
How do we decide between, say, two five star products?
Let’s say we find a puppy food that has a full five star rating. That’s what we’re looking for, right? Well, there’s a little more to looking at the rating of a product than just the fact that it does or doesn’t have the coveted five star figure.
First, take a look at how many reviewers there are. If one product has five stars, but only one reviewer, then we are basing the review on the opinion of one single person.
However, if the five star product has a thousand reviewers, and it still has a full five stars, now you can safely assume that the general consensus for that product, among those who have purchased it, is overwhelmingly favorable.
That’s the kind of gem you’re looking for in a product review.
Another aspect of ratings that you want to figure in is how new the product is. Again, by the numbers, if that five star product has only been on the market for a short time, then obviously, there aren’t going to be a lot of reviewers for it.
Let’s face it, not everyone who purchases a product is going to give it a review. So we’re really only getting a part of the picture.
What About Lower Ratings?
Two major things will cause a customer to give a review of a product: 1) because they are incredibly satisfied with the product or 2) because they really hated it.
So you may have a product that appeals to you, but the rating is more along the 3-4 star level.
Here, you will need to do a bit of reading. You may find that the customers who gave a poor review were dissatisfied because of something that doesn’t even pertain to you and your need of the product.
Using puppy food, for example, you might find a customer gave a poor review because the food caused allergies in their sensitive puppy. If your puppy doesn’t have sensitivities to food, then you can disregard that particular review.
You want to look for reviews that most closely match your own need.
Highest Rated Puppy Food
So, taking all that into consideration, we’ve done some of the research for you and present to you some of the highest rated puppy food choices for your consideration.
1. Hill’s Science Diet Small and Toy Breed Dry Puppy Food
Ranking in at number one in our search was Hill’s Science Diet small and toy breed dry puppy food.
It carries a 4.7 rating with 85% of reviewers giving it a solid five stars. This formula supports brain development and learning ability, with no artificial colors, flavors or preservatives.
Hill’s lineup of food developers includes veterinarians, nutritionalists and food scientists and it’s made right here in the USA.
Dogs love the taste (they told me so) and owners of the truly small and toy breeds happily report that the kibble is small enough to be enjoyed by their dogs and the health benefits are without question.
2. Holistic Select Natural Large and Giant Breed Puppy Formula
Coming in second, we have Holistic Select Natural large and giant breed puppy formula. This was a close second, with 83% of ratings coming in at five stars, for a 4.7 total.
This formula has no meat or poultry by-products, no artificial preservatives, colors or flavors, no fillers, no wheat, and no gluten.
It contains probiotics as well as digestive enzymes for optimized digestive health and the company guarantees a full refund or exchange if you or your pets are, for any reason dissatisfied.
This brand has customers very satisfied with real meats and vegetables, and some of their ingredients are even organic.
Larger breed puppies are reportedly much more satisfied with this particular brand and growth seems to be right on point.
If this sounds like a good fit, head on over to Holistic Select’s website where you can find a store in your area.
3. Wellness CORE Natural Dry Puppy Formula
Next, we have Wellness CORE Natural dry puppy formula.
With over 2,500 reviewers, 80% of those gave five stars. This protein-focused formula has no grains, meat by-products or fillers and supports brain and eye development as well as immune health.
They boast of antioxidants, probiotics, essential vitamins, minerals, and more. There are many different flavors and sizes to choose from, as well as formulas specifically suited for different sized dogs.
Reviewers were particularly happy with the benefits to the health of the puppies, as well as how the dogs seemed to enjoy the flavor. This formula is recommended by vets and breeders alike, and has a long track history of being “fairly priced” according to happy customers.
4. Taste of the Wild Grain Free High Protein Puppy Food
Another puppy formula with 80% of reviewers giving a five star rating is Taste of the Wild grain free high protein puppy food.
This food especially stood out, primarily because it contains venison and bison, for a true “taste of the wild” while also including fruits and vegetables, adding those beneficial antioxidants to the mix.
Reviewers call this mix “dog heaven” saying it far exceeds other puppy foods in coat shine, stooling and desirability.
Other customers noted that the price was incredibly affordable, considering the quality of the ingredients and that their dogs – as well as their vets – chose it above and beyond other acclaimed brands on the market.
It also seems, after reading a good many reviews, that this particular formula is as good for small breed puppies as it is for the larger breeds.
5. Purina Pro Plan Focus Dry Puppy Food
Finally, we take a look at Purina Pro Plan Focus dry puppy food, which gained a 76% five star rating out of 1,754 reviewers.
This formula has high-quality protein, with chicken listed as the first ingredient, natural sources of glucosamine for ultimate bone and joint health, DHA and Omega fish oils for brain function, along with calcium, phosphorus and other minerals essential to teeth and bone growth and function.
They have 13 different dry formulas to fit your pet’s needs.
Through 85+ years of research by scientists, vets and behaviorists, Purina has a lot of faith in their formula and is able to offer it at the lowest price of those we’ve seen here today.
They stand behind their promise and want to hear from anyone who finds it to perform less than expected.
Do you have a particular food that you prefer above these five we’ve already discussed? Let us know! We’ll add them to our list and perhaps feature them sometime in the future.