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As a person who loves your dog, you probably want to feed him the best dog food you can, especially if he has food allergies.

There are lots of dog foods on the market, so you’ve probably asked yourself these questions.

best dog food for a healthy dog

What do all those ingredients mean?

Should I get canned or dry foods?

Which one is good for allergies?

Which brands should I buy?

Is making your own the way to go?

It can all be very confusing unless you know what to look for.

The best dog foods contain

  • Pure meat as first ingredients.
  • Minimal amount of grain like brown rice, but not corn
  • No by-products or animal digest
  • No BHA, BHT or ethoxquin, which are artificial preservatives
  • No fillers

What is your favorite brand? Let others know here.

With so many choices, it's not easy picking one.

I've compiled a short list which I personally feel are the best quality dog foods for your Shih Tzu.

Here's a few of the best dog food brands

Fromm Dog Food Brand

Fromm has become one of the best dog foods available.  Not only because of their ingredients but also because they truly care about their customers....your dogs.

Fromm dog food come in both a dry and wet.

Our boys are pretty picky when it comes to eating dry foods, and there are very few dry dog food brands that they will eat, but Fromm is one. 

We found that out when we went on a vacation with family, where we all brought our dogs along with us, and realized we forgot their food at home.  

My sister generously offered us her dogs Fromm dry food, until we could go to the pet store the next day.  I accepted but didn't really expect them to eat it, but they did. 

We now buy them a bag of dry food, which they eat a couple times a week, and Fromm's canned food too, which they really like.

So Fromm has become a favorite in our household of picky eaters.

The ingredients are also very high quality and healthy.  However, this does make them a little more expensive compared to other brands. 


If you are seeking human grade ingredients or a grain-free, then Wellness just may be the best dog food for your dog.

In addition to their original Wellness line of Super 5 Mix foods, they also have a product line called CORE which is high protein, low carb, and grain-free, with human grade ingredients.

They also have a reduced fat version of this diet if your dog is overweight or can’t eat fat.

Their Simple Solutions product line uses exotic proteins such as duck and venison and is a good choice for dogs with food allergies.

Wellness has a canned dog food that reads that it is 95% beef, or chicken, or lamb.

Although this is a great product, this is only supposed to be used as a “mixer or topper”, and not a meal by itself.

If you are having trouble getting your little guy to eat his kibble, you can scoop out a teaspoon or two of the 95% meat product and mix it in with his kibble.

Taste of the Wild by Diamond

Taste of the Wild by Diamond foods is also considered one of the best dog foods for your dog.

They offer several formulas that are higher in protein, grain-free, and lower in carbs.

Some of their proteins are exotic which can make their food good for dogs with food allergies.

Their High Prairie Canine Formula, for example, has both venison and bison in it.

Taste of the Wild is a very good quality food for your dog,and come in both canned and dry foods.


Artemis advertise they have a “holistic approach to dog food”.

Our Shih Tzu, like the Artemis dry food probably because the kibble is very small and easy for them to chew.

However, I usually have to mix it with either warm water or a little bit of canned food, or they will only take a couple small bites of kibble and walk away from it.

Established in 1998, this California pet food company uses only quality dog food ingredients like chicken, brown rice, peas, and tocopherol, which is the good kind of preservatives.

Innova Dog Food

Innova was one of the original holistic dog foods, was considered one of the best, and was manufactured by Natura Pet Products.

However, they are now owned by the industrial giant, Proctor & Gamble, who also own other products such as Iams and Eukanuba dog foods, which didn't make the grade of best dog foods.

They still use only natural ingredients. But that may change in the future, I hope not, but it may.

If you examine the dog food ingredients in different dog foods then you can see that Innova is one of the best dog foods around.

According to Innova they use ingredients from each of the five food groups such as chicken, turkey, and beef, as well as cottage cheese, fruits, vegetables, grains, essential vitamins and minerals.

Blue Buffalo

There's been some controversy over Blue Buffalo brand lately, and has caused us to think about the brand again. 

It seems there are some claiming that it is making their dogs sick, with vomiting and diarrhea which certainly raises concerns for any one who loves their dog.  Also that their ingredients may not be a wholesome as Blue claims they are.

Blue Buffalo has refuted this, saying they are being set up by their competitors.

All I can say is that our boys have been eating Blue for quite a few years and they don't show any signs of health issues that some are saying they are seeing in their dogs. 

In fact, our boys get a full exam yearly, and the vet says they are in great health.

However, we don't just feed them Blue Buffalo, we use multiple other brands so they don't get bored with eating the same thing over and over.

You will have to judge whether or not to use Blue Buffalo. 

We have decided to take a break from them, at least until this whole issue is resolved about their quality. 

If you have had some experience with Blue positive or negative, we'd love to hear from you.

Honorable Mention :  TruDog Dog Food Brand

I hadn’t heard of TruDog before, but one of our readers has spoken so highly of this brand that it really had intrigued us.  We became curious about this brand and it’s list of ingredients and what we found was pretty interesting.

We found the food was made by a family owned pet food company located in the Midwest whose beloved Great Dane had developed cancer and sadly passed away. 

However, it made them stop and evaluate what they were feeding their pets and were horrified by the ingredients found in them.

Realizing that the food was basically junk food for dogs, they developed a raw diet and what resulted from their efforts was TruDog Freeze Dried Raw Food.

The first ingredients at the top of their list are actual meats, not by product, and it has other beneficial ingredients.

We have yet to try this with our own pups, but if we can find it on the shelves of our local dog food store we will see what the picky eaters think of it.

And if TruDog brand is something they get excited about and we notice any significant improvements in them, we will definitely update it here.

If you have any experience with the TruDog brand we'd love to hear from you and share it with our readers.

These are just a few of the choices to consider when you are trying to find the best food for your dog, depending on what your dog needs.

Usually you won’t find these in groceries stores, but will find them in specialty stores like Petco, and Pet Source, and you can order them online at places like, and to name a few.

You may want to ask for some small samples of these at your pet supply store to see how your dog likes these foods.

Remember to make any changes to your dog’s diet slowly by mixing in the new food with your dog’s current food.

Watch your dogs physical condition to see if he gains or loses weight when eating the new food, also observe his coat to make sure it's shiny and healthy after you change foods.

Of course my personal opinion is that homemade dog food is probably the best way to make sure you are only feeding him the best food.  But sometimes you just don't have the time, and this is where a quality commercial dog food will help.

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Blue Buffalo Dog Food 
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Orijen Six fish dry kibble  
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Health Extensions Little Bites 
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Natural Balance 
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Hills Science Diet Dry
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Earthborn Holistic Dog Food 
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Pure Balance Dog Food 
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Iams Dog Food 
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Home Made Dog Food  
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Natural Choice Small Bites 
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Pedigree Wet Dog Food
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Royal Canin Dog Food
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Pet Botanics Dog Food 
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Nutri Source Adult Dog Food 
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Dog Food Raw Meat 
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Merrick Brand Dog Food 
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Purina Dog Foods 
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