With all the dog food recalls in the news, you have to wonder…are there any brands that have never been recalled? The dog food brand you choose to feed your dog can be vitally important to the health of your pet. It turns out when things go wrong with pet food things can go very wrong. In late 2018/early 2019, the FDA issued a recall on nearly a dozen dog food brands for elevated Vitamin D levels in dry dog foods. These dog foods tested at 70x the normal levels of Vitamin D, such great quantities that it caused Vitamin D toxicity in some dogs.
In an even more extreme set of cases, in 2007 over 5,000 pet products were recalled across 100 pet food brands after contaminated ingredients were used from China. The contaminated ingredients caused kidney failure in dogs and cats, with thousands of them dying as a result.
While most recalls aren’t that extreme, it’s not uncommon for there to be dozens of recalls every year for various issues with dog food. We decided to take a look for dog food brands that have a great track record with recalls – no recalls on record, ever. Here’s what we came up with as our top dog food brands across different kinds of dog food with no recalls and great safety standards.
Fresh Dog Food – Ollie (Delivered to your door)
Fresh dog food is becoming more and more popular with pet parents who want to know exactly what they’re feeding their dog. Not just the ingredients that go into it, but also the nutritional content and the calories their dog is getting per meal. Some parents choose to tackle cooking for their dog on their own, but be aware that it isn’t as easy as it might seem. Dogs require a careful balance of protein, fat, and carbs, as well as vitamins and minerals to thrive. You’ll also lose time prepping, cooking, measuring, and storing.
Ollie’s recipes are formulated by veterinary nutritionists to ensure that every meal is complete and every single ingredient is human grade. Feeding your dog Ollie is like feeding them a meal you would make for yourself, but balanced to fill your dog’s unique nutritional needs. Every recipe from Ollie meets AAFCO standards, and their commitment to quality dog food has earned them five stars and an enthusiastic recommendation from DogFoodAdvisor.com. Every recipe comes with a complete list of ingredients and nutritional content, so you know exactly what your dog is getting in each bowl.
Ollie’s food is packed with high-quality, responsibly sourced protein, and supplemented with fruit, veggies, and superfoods your dog needs to round out his diet. For dogs with allergies, Ollie offers recipes free from any of the common allergens that irritate dogs.
Ollie makes food with the same love and care that you would put into food you made for your dog yourself. Best yet, they ship your dog’s food right to your door. The meals are pre-portioned into individual meals just right for your pup, so all you need to do is open the package and serve. Because Ollie is customized for your dog’s specific needs, it’s great for dogs of any age, from the smallest pup to the greyest senior!
Dry Dog Food – Nature’s Logic
If you look through the history of a lot of dog food recalls you’ll find that the issues often come down to bad suppliers or a manufacturing process that isn’t completely controlled by the brand that’s putting their name of the label. Nature’s Logic avoids this problem by directly purchasing or approving all of their ingredients themselves. They only source their meat, fruits, and vegetable ingredients from facilities that process the same food for humans – so if it’s not good enough for humans to eat, they don’t expect your dog to eat it, either.
Every batch of Nature’s Logic dry dog food is tested to make sure it meets the high standards they set. They also ensure each batch is fresh and free from toxins and harmful bacteria, like Salmonella or E.coli, which are both responsible for several recalls in other brands.
Nature’s Logic offers nine different recipes, each held to the same lofty standards the company sets for its food. It’s a great choice for people who want to feed their dog a quality diet but enjoy the convenience kibble offers.
Wet Dog Food – Ziwi
For our wet dog food pick, it was pretty easy to choose Ziwi. Ziwi is a New Zealand based company that sources 100% of their ingredients from within its borders. This company also does everything the right way – ethical meat sourcing, sustainable seafood harvesting, no fillers or artificial binding agents, BPA-free cans, no grains or antibiotics, no caged animal testing, etc. Ziwi has ethics at the top of everything they do.
In the roughly 15 years Ziwi has been in business, they have never had a recall on any of their products. Just like our other top brand picks, they do all their own manufacturing to ensure product safety and quality.
Best Raw Dog Food – Bixbi Rawbble
It isn’t easy for raw dog food to avoid recalls. It seems something is always being pulled from the shelf for bacteria contamination, most often for Salmonella. Some raw food companies have complained that the FDA is unfairly targeting raw foods, knowing that dogs are unlikely to get sick from Salmonella. However, human pet parents can become sick just from handling contaminated food.
Freeze-dried food may not be what comes to mind when you think of raw food, but it is uncooked. Bixbi Rawbble’s freeze-dried raw dog food is made with high-quality, carefully sourced ingredients. They’re proud to be very transparent about what goes into their food – their website lists every ingredient they use in their recipes with an explanation of why it’s in their food. They encourage pet parents to “sniff around” when it comes to their dog’s nutrition and are confident that their food will stand up to careful scrutiny because they have nothing to hide.
Does Your Dog Food Brand Keep Safety in Mind?
Odds are you aren’t currently feeding your dogs one of the mentioned brands, which may be fine, but now would be a good time to do some research into your dog food brand and see just how much safety seems to be a top priority. Consider the following questions –
- How much of the dog food production do they control? Do they outsource production, do they own all of the factories?
- Where does your dog food company source their ingredients? Are they importing them from overseas?
- How often has the company had to recall products? You can search back to 2016 easily through this FDA page or you can try a regular Google search for a history of recalls.
With more options than ever of brands to feed your dog, it takes a bit of research on your part to make sure you’ve selected a healthy and safe option. That’s just a small price to pay for a healthy, safe dog.