How to find the best dog food in India 2020? | Apnablogs

Honestly speaking, I don't have a dog but during the lockdown in India due to coronavirus. I saw three puppy dogs in front of my house. They are starving, and nobody feeds them; their mother is unable to feed them, and she looks so weak and skinny.

My mother uses to feed them chapati every day, but I thought chapati is not a proper diet for dogs. So I started researching for good dog food.


In this article, we'll cover these following topics:

●     5 Healthiest Dog Food Ingredients

●     Types of dog food available in India 2020

●     Which foods should you avoid giving your dog?

●     7 Human foods that are dangerous to the dog

●     Which food is perfect for your breed? 

5 Healthiest Dog Food Ingredients

1)Proteins- (15 to 30%)

As you know, dogs are not completely carnivorous animals; their main focus is meat, which contains a high protein. Protein supports growth and overall physical development. It also helps to increase metabolism.


2)Fats- (10 to 30%)

Fats are the most important energy source, and the appropriate amount of fat in daily food gives a healthy, shiny coat and skin.


3)Omega3 & fatty acids

Omega 3 helps to boost immunity, which helps dogs to maintain resistivity against diseases. Omega 3 mostly found in fish oil, especially in salmon oil.


4)Carbohydrates- (Not more than 5%)

Dogs have limited ability to digest veggie substances, but it is essential for providing dietary fiber and supporting whole digestive health.


5)Vitamins and minerals

Vitamins and minerals are as necessary as above all ingredients. It ensures nutritional balance and overall dog growth. 

Types of dog food available in India 2020

1)Dry Dog Food

Dry dog food is the most popular dog food in India due to their less storage preservation maintenance and easy availability. India became the fastest-growing pet industry in the world. Although there is a small market acquired by wet dog food, that's why dry dog food dominates in the Indian market.

Usually, dry dog food like kibble, baked treats, and oral chew sticks comes with 6-11% moisture content.


●     It is easy to store and feed.

●     It is energy-dense.

●     It is cheap compared to wet dog food.


●     Dry dog food has lower palatability than that of wet food.

●     It contains more grain, which is undesirable for dogs.

●     It contains more food preservatives


2)Wet Dog Food

Wet dog food usually comes in a substantial container. It contains roughly 60-78% of water. Wet food often contains more proteins and fats compared to kibble and other dry foods. Before dry dog food came to market, wet dog food was the most popular dog food in India.


●     It has more palatability than dry food.

●     More proteins and fat content.

●     It is easy to use.


●     It can cause weight gain problems.

●     Wet dog food gets spoiled due to storage problems.

●     It is quite more expensive than dry dog food.


3)Grain-Free Dog Food

As the name itself tells everything about the food. As you know, dogs evolved from wolves. That's why some companies indulge in making grain-free dog food. However, in a study published by the Nature Science Journal, some domestic dogs develop the ability to metabolize carbohydrates, making a difference in wolf and dogs.

So before you purchase grain-free dog food, make sure it contains peas, lentils, seeds (pulses), and potatoes in the lesser quantity to avoid suffering your dog from Dilated Cardiomyopathy (DCM).


4)Biologically Appropriate Raw Food Diet (BARF)

Biologically Appropriate Raw Food is the other type of dog food that falls under the subcategory of grain-free dog food. The only difference in BARF is that no cooking is involved while grain-free is well-cooked food.

But some cases found that dogs were sick from this diet due to poor preservation. BARF does not include common preservatives such as sugar, salt, and oil. But while purchasing this food, choose the one with the perfect seal.


Which food ingredients should you avoid giving your dog?


Wheat, barley, rye, and corn is the primary source of gluten. It used as a binder in kibble. It can be problematic ingredients for many dogs and can cause gastrointestinal problems and itching and ear infection.

2)Corn syrup

It is widely used in the food industries as a sweetener and for good taste. Excessive consumption of this can cause overweight, obesity, and diabetes.



It is a cheap protein source and used as a replacement for animal protein in most dog food. But there is no specific study on the side effects of soy, but in the case of some dogs, it can cause allergies. So feed soy contains food to your dog, then you'll come to know about its compatibility.

4)Meat by-product

"It is the non rendered, clean parts, other than meat, derived from slaughtered mammals. It Includes lungs, spleen, kidneys, brain, livers, blood, bone, partially defatted low-temperature fatty tissue and stomachs and intestines freed of their contents".

-Association of American Feed Control Officials(AAFCO).


It is a food preservative used to prevent the rancidity of fat and protect the degradation of fat-soluble vitamins. It approved by the Food & Drug Administration(FDA). Some dog owners report effects such as allergic reactions, skin problems.


6)Artificial colors

The only use of artificial colors is to make dog food look amazing and easy to sell. Artificial colors such as Blue 2, Red 40, Titanium Dioxide, Yellow 5, Yellow 6 have no nutritional value.

7)Artificial flavor

The only use of artificial flavor to give good taste to food so that dog eats more and the company can sell more.

8)Propylene glycol

Propylene glycol is a type of alcohol used as antifreeze agents. However, it approved by the Food & Drug Administration(FDA).


American Cancer Society(ACS) says that consuming a lot of this increases the risk of cancer.


food dangerous to dog

Top 10 Best Dog Foods to Buy Online in India

1)Drools Focus

Drools Focus

Drools is a widely sold dog food brand in India due to its high-quality composition of precious ingredients. You can use this food for any type of breed, and the most important thing is that it is a genuinely Indian brand.

Drools' focus recommended by most of the breed experts because it does not contain wheat, corn, soy, chicken, or meat by-product. It does not come with artificial color and artificial flavor. Which is very healthy for dog health

Drools' focus also contains antioxidants and vitamins E, vitamins C, other organic minerals. Drools also come with rosemary extract to boost your dog immunity along with this it has omega 3, 6 fatty acids and essential amino acids for a good shiny coat and skin.

It also contains real meat, Whole Dried Eggs, Long Grain Rice, Oatmeal, Flaxseed Oil, Sunflower Oil. The grains like rice and oats help to absorb the essential nutrients and improve metabolism.


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2)Grain Zero

Grain Zero

Grain Zero dry dog food formulated in the USA, which follows the name branding, comes with zero percent wheat, corn, and soya, which means it is gluten-free. It is an all-breed growth formula, as said by Grain Zero. Grain-free dog food which helps to better digestion.

Grain Zero mostly consists of delicious chicken, egg, and farm-fresh vegetables for a better immune system, and kibbles are crunchy, which helps to reduce plaque build-up. It contains all essential ingredients like Omega 3 & Omega 6 Fatty Acids for Shiny Coat & Healthy Skin.

It has a long life of 24 months. Many veterinarians and nutritionists in the U.S recommend this as a complete and balanced diet formula for dogs. It also contains calcium and phosphorus, which helps to support bone growth and joint health.


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3)Canine Creek

Canine Creek

The canine creek is a life preservative and grain-free dog food formula. It does not contain wheat, corn, soy, rice, which means it is gluten-free. It enhanced with seven essential antioxidants from abundant resources like Apples, Blackberries, Cranberries, Pomegranate, Pumpkin, Spinach, Blueberries.

The most crucial part of grain-free food is that it helps to boost metabolism. It is quite expensive due to its grain-free ingredients.


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4)Farmina N&D

Farmina N&D

Farmina N&D is an Italian dry dog food brand that recently became the most popular brand in India. It is a lamb and blueberry formula, which is a new grain-free formula born in Italy.


Farmina uses pumpkin instead of cereals for balanced dry puppy food. It contains 96% protein from animal origin, and it does not provide any kind of artificial preservatives, and it is gluten-free.


It also contains essential fatty acids, 24% of fresh boneless lamb, and 24% of dehydrated lamb meat. Farmina comes with a unique vacuum coating system which ensures a longer food life.


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5)Royal Canin

Royal Canin

Royal Canin dog food is a new brand, although it has become more prevalent in the Indian market due to its superior quality. But I am not fully convinced with the ingredients present in the royal canin.


Royal canin's main content is rice and poultry proteins, according to the Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) guidelines. It also contains beet pulp, maize gluten, minerals, fish oil, soya oil, yeasts, where everything is considerable except gluten, yeast because gluten may cause gastrointestinal and fungus may cause intestinal problems.


Royal Canin also contains essential antioxidants and vitamins A, vitamins D3. It has 26% protein and 17% fat, which is very good for dogs' health.


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Goodness is a U.K based brand that comes with a grain-free recipe for your dog. It contains meat, fruit, and vegetables, which helps to protect your dog from allergies. It made with 50% trout and salmon in which freshly prepared trout is about 34% and salmon for extreme palatability.


The recipe of goodness comes with Glucosamine, chondroitin sulfate, and MSM, helping in joint repairing and promoting muscle growth. It comes with no added artificial colors, flavor, and preservatives, which ensures 100% natural growth of your dog.


As it made in the U.K, it follows all the pet and food safety & security standards established by the British government. It has also been approved and widely accepted by consumers across the world.


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7) Hill's Science Diet

Hill's Science Diet

Hill's science diet is a U.S brand that comes with premium dry food and other natural resources. Its main ingredient is a large breed formulated with real chicken & Barley Recipe.


Hill's comes with natural sources of Glucosamine and chondroitin for joint support and better mobility. The exclusive blend of omega-6 fatty acids and vitamins and other essential nutrients to nourish skin and a shiny coat.


The clinically proven blend of antioxidants with vitamins C & E supports to build a better immune system, which ensures the disease-free life cycle. It does not contain artificial color, flavor, and preservatives.


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8)Arden Grange

Arden Grange

Arden Grange is a British dog food brand that is widely accepted and sold in 30 countries. It consists of fresh Scottish salmon as a primary ingredient that provides high-quality protein and ensures better palatability.


It also consists of high omega-3 fatty acids, which makes it natural to hypoallergenic dog food in India. You can use it for all types of dog breeds.


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9)Taste of the wild

Taste of the wild

Taste of the Wild is the family's dog food brand in the USA. It has recently come to India, and it mainly consists of roasted quail, duck, and smoked turkey. The trio rich flavor of these three ingredients is a complete source of abundant proteins. It consists of unique probiotics K9, which ensures a healthy digestive and better immune system.


The multiple sources of protein in tests of the wild ensures a healthy body and overall physical growth. This recipe of the taste of the wilds is specifically designed to provide complete nutrition and helps to maintain the sleek condition for a healthy body.


It consists of essential antioxidants, Vegetables, legumes, fruits including sweet potatoes, peas, tomatoes, blueberries, and raspberries, which provide nutrients—elements like zinc, selenium, and vitamin-E support in boosting the immune system.


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Orijen is a Canadian brand well known for premium dog food in India. It belongs to Canada. It mainly consists of deboned chicken, turkey, and eggs. But it also contains chicken and turkey by-products such as liver, kidney, and neck.


It also contains Glucosamine, chondroitin Sulfate, and essential antioxidants along with omega-3 and omega-6. It contains 30% crude proteins and 18% crude fats for overall dogs' health.


I don't like it due to lots of chicken and turkey by-products.


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Which food is perfect for your breed?

Genuinely speaking, food with breed type is fully marketing stunts and to engage different types of consumers. It doesn't matter which kind of breed you have, what matters most is diet should be healthy and must contain proteins, fats, Omega 3 & Fatty acids, carbohydrates, vitamins & minerals.


Read what experts say.


"Overall, the dog's nutritional needs at various life stages are similar."


-Louis Murray, DUM Vice president of the ASPCA Bergh Memorial Animal Hospital.



Small puppies required higher calories due to their high metabolism. You can take the above brands to feed them. Give food to the dog before its 90day completion.


Homemade food like rice+curd or boiled egg is suitable for puppies. Make sure in summer, always give fresh water to the dog along with healthy eating.


Don't give highly protein-rich food in summer may cause loose motions.


If you have the right queries, then don't hesitate to ask me in the comments section.


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