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Dry Dog Food

Best Dry Dog Foods in India - Reviews and Comparison 2021

We picked the 7 best dry dog foods in 2021 for your budget and use cases.

A lot of options are available when it comes to dog food. As a new pet parent, choosing the right dog food can be a daunting task. To save you from the confusing trip down the supermarket, we have created not just the buying guide on best dry dog foods but have also listed top seven best dry dog food in India.

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Diet® Adult Small Paws™ Chicken Meal & Rice Recipe dog food

Hill’s ® Science

Diet® Adult Small Paws™ Chicken Meal & Rice Recipe dog food

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9.9 / 10

12/2020

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Adult small (1 - 6 years of age that weigh up to 25 pounds when fully grown)

Contains our unique Small & Mini antioxidant blend for lifelong immune support
Nourishing omega-6 & vitamin E blend for healthy skin & luxurious coat
High-quality protein for lean muscles
Easy-to-digest ingredients for healthy digestion
Chicken Meal, Brewers Rice, Whole Grain Wheat, Soybean Meal, Whole Grain Sorghum, Chicken Fat, Cracked Pearled Barley, Whole Grain Corn, Chicken Liver Flavor, Pork Liver Flavor, Flaxseed, Lactic Acid, Soybean Oil, Green Peas, Apples, vitamins (Vitamin E Supplement, L-Ascorbyl-2-Polyphosphate (source of Vitamin C), Niacin Supplement, Thiamine Mononitrate, Vitamin A Supplement, Calcium Pantothenate, Riboflavin Supplement, Biotin, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Folic Acid, Vitamin D3 Supplement), Cranberries, Potassium Chloride, L-Lysine, Iodized Salt, Carrots, Choline Chloride, Broccoli, Taurine, minerals (Ferrous Sulfate, Zinc Oxide, Copper Sulfate, Manganous Oxide, Calcium Iodate, Sodium Selenite), Mixed Tocopherols for freshness, Natural Flavors, L-Carnitine, Beta-Carotene
Protein, calcium, phosphorous, potassium, sodium, magnesium, vitamin C, vitamin E, Omega-3 FA, Omega-6 FA

Pedigree

Adult Dry Dog Food, Meat & Rice, 3kg Pack

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9.8 / 10

12/2020

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Pugs, Beagle to Labrador, Golden Retriever & German shepherd

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Adult

High-quality ingredients
Wholesome meal
See five signs of good health – healthy skin & coat, strong bones & health, firm stool quality, strong muscles and cheerfulness
Crunchy kibble and custom recipe
Cereals, meat, chicken, soybean, carrots & peas
Zinc, vitamin E, and omega 6

Royal Canin Mini Adult, 4 kg

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9.7 / 10

12/2020

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Chihuahua, Mini, Mini Pom, Pug, Shitzu, York Shire Terrier

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Mini adult (older than 10 months)

Maintain a healthy weight and meet high energy needs in small breed dogs
The exclusive flavours easily satisfy the fussy appetite of small breed dogs
Nutrients like EPA-DHA support a healthy
Chelation agents in calcium promote dental health as they reduce tartar formation
Dehydrated poultry protein, maize, maize flour, animal fats, maize gluten, vegetable protein isolate*, wheat, hydrolyzed animal proteins, rice, beet pulp, minerals, fish oil, soya oil, yeasts and parts thereof
Protein, fat, crude ash, crude fibres, EPA-DHA

Drools

Chicken and Egg Adult Dog Food, 3 kg with Free 1.2 kg

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9.6 / 10

12/2020

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Vitamins and minerals maintain strong bones and a healthy digestive system
Real chicken and no by-products
Omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids to maintain healthy skin and a beautiful coat
Thoroughly checked by nutritional laboratories for quality parameters and product safety
Chicken, whole dried egg, corn, rice, wheat, fish oil, refined soya oil, corn oil, minerals, vitamins, salt, essential amino acids, antioxidants
Protein, fat, crude fibres, Omega 3 FA and Omega 6 FA

Purepet

Chicken & Veg Adult Dog Food, 3kg (Buy1 Get1 Free)

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9.3 / 10

12/2020

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All breed

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Adult

Helps in maintaining a pet’s ideal weight
Approved by Veterinarians
It is easy to digest and builds a healthy immune system
Kibbles are free from artificial flavours
Chicken and chicken by-products, cereals and cereal by-products, vegetables and vegetable by-products, vegetable oils, salt, essential vitamins and minerals, antioxidants
Protein, fat, crude fibres

Meat Up

Puppy Dog Food, 3 kg (Buy1 Get1 Free)

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9.1 / 10

12/2020

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All puppy breed

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Puppy

Development of brain and nervous system due to DHA
Probiotics in dry formula help maintain digestive health
Omega 3 and 6 fatty acids to keep healthy skin and a beautiful coat
Antioxidants for healthy immunity
Chicken and chicken by-products, cereals and cereal by-products, vegetables and vegetable by-products, egg, vegetable oils, iodized salt, essential vitamins and minerals, antioxidants, permitted preservatives and flavours
Protein, fat, crude fibres

Purina Supercoat

Puppy Dry Dog Food - 2kg Pack

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9.0 / 10

12/2020

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All puppy breeds like Pugs, Golden Retrievers, German Shepherds, Beagles, Labradors

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Healthy teeth and bones as it is rich in calcium
Vitamin E and vitamin C help in building natural defences
Protein ensures a strong immune system
No artificial colours or flavours
Cereals and Cereal products (Wheat, Rice bran, Corn); Chicken & Chicken products Chicken oil and Hydrolyzed chicken protein); Vitamins and Minerals; Invert syrup; Soluble fibre; Dehydrated fish protein; and Milk solids
Protein, fat, fibre

Hill’s ® Science

Diet® Adult Small Paws™ Chicken Meal & Rice Recipe dog food


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9.9 / 10

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Contains our unique Small & Mini antioxidant blend for lifelong immune support
Nourishing omega-6 & vitamin E blend for healthy skin & luxurious coat
High-quality protein for lean muscles
Easy-to-digest ingredients for healthy digestion

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Adult small (1 - 6 years of age that weigh up to 25 pounds when fully grown)

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Chicken Meal, Brewers Rice, Whole Grain Wheat, Soybean Meal, Whole Grain Sorghum, Chicken Fat, Cracked Pearled Barley, Whole Grain Corn, Chicken Liver Flavor, Pork Liver Flavor, Flaxseed, Lactic Acid, Soybean Oil, Green Peas, Apples, vitamins (Vitamin E Supplement, L-Ascorbyl-2-Polyphosphate (source of Vitamin C), Niacin Supplement, Thiamine Mononitrate, Vitamin A Supplement, Calcium Pantothenate, Riboflavin Supplement, Biotin, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Folic Acid, Vitamin D3 Supplement), Cranberries, Potassium Chloride, L-Lysine, Iodized Salt, Carrots, Choline Chloride, Broccoli, Taurine, minerals (Ferrous Sulfate, Zinc Oxide, Copper Sulfate, Manganous Oxide, Calcium Iodate, Sodium Selenite), Mixed Tocopherols for freshness, Natural Flavors, L-Carnitine, Beta-Carotene

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Protein, calcium, phosphorous, potassium, sodium, magnesium, vitamin C, vitamin E, Omega-3 FA, Omega-6 FA

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Buyer's Guide - Best Dry Dog Foods in India

Buy the best meal for your fur friend!

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Features: Most important purchase criteria for dry dog food

What should you look for when buying dry dog food?

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Use Cases: The best dry dog food for your pet

Which type of dry dog food is best for your pet?

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FAQ: Learn more about the details

Any questions left? Here they are, including answers.

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How-To: Usage hints and care instructions for dry dog food

Best practices for dry dog food usage and care.

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Our Picks: How we picked the best dry dog food

Find out how we selected and ranked the products.

1. Features: Most important purchase criteria for dry dog food

1.1 Suitability

Three points are covered when we talk about suitability.

  1. Breed:- Not all dog food is suitable for all breeds. Brand manufacturers always mention on the packaging for which breed is the food suitable. Both types of food are available in the market, i.e. food that is best for the particular breed(s) or kibble that can be fed to all breeds.

  2. Age:- There is a difference between what a puppy consumes and fully grown dog eats. Your dog’s age of development is a critical factor in deciding which dog food you should buy. A puppy is still at a developing stage, whereas an adult dog’s diet is more about maintenance and with an older dog, feed them as per their health and digestive systems.

  3. Activity level:- Determine your pet’s activity level before feeding it. Each one of them needs enough calories with a balance of vitamins, proteins, minerals and other nutrients to perform a normal function. However, a diet enough for one could be either too less or too much for another.

Three points are covered when we talk about suitability.

  1. Breed:- Not all dog food is suitable for all breeds. Brand manufacturers always mention on the packaging for which breed is the food suitable. Both types of food are available in the market, i.e. food that is best for the particular breed(s) or kibble that can be fed to all breeds.

  2. Age:- There is a difference between what a puppy consumes and fully grown dog eats. Your dog’s age of development is a critical factor in deciding which dog food you should buy. A puppy is still at a developing stage, whereas an adult dog’s diet is more about maintenance and with an older dog, feed them as per their health and digestive systems.

  3. Activity level:- Determine your pet’s activity level before feeding it. Each one of them needs enough calories with a balance of vitamins, proteins, minerals and other nutrients to perform a normal function. However, a diet enough for one could be either too less or too much for another.

1.2 Identifiable Ingredients

Typically, all the dog food ingredients are mentioned on the package. It is essential to know the ingredients to find out if the food has your pet’s favourites. If elements will be identifiable only then you will know what exactly you will be getting. The feature is important from a health point of view as well. For example, if ‘meat-meal’ is mentioned on the product, there is no harm if a healthy dog consumes it; however, meat is an inclusive term, and it can be chicken, turkey, pork, etc. If your furry friend has a food allergy, all type of meat might not be best for it.

Typically, all the dog food ingredients are mentioned on the package. It is essential to know the ingredients to find out if the food has your pet’s favourites. If elements will be identifiable only then you will know what exactly you will be getting. The feature is important from a health point of view as well. For example, if ‘meat-meal’ is mentioned on the product, there is no harm if a healthy dog consumes it; however, meat is an inclusive term, and it can be chicken, turkey, pork, etc. If your furry friend has a food allergy, all type of meat might not be best for it.

1.3 Complete Food

Only a complete and balanced food can keep a canine happy and healthy. Proteins, carbohydrates, fat, vitamins, fibres and other nutrients should be present in the required quantity. Dog food nutritional authorities have set dietary standards for dog food. You can check the label if the food has nutritious in the amount set by such authorities. And if your dog food exceeds these set standards, even better.

Only a complete and balanced food can keep a canine happy and healthy. Proteins, carbohydrates, fat, vitamins, fibres and other nutrients should be present in the required quantity. Dog food nutritional authorities have set dietary standards for dog food. You can check the label if the food has nutritious in the amount set by such authorities. And if your dog food exceeds these set standards, even better.

1.4 Expiration Date

When it comes to food products, manufacturing and expiration date are essential to consider. Therefore, look for labels such as “best before” or “use by date” to know the product’s shelf life. Furthermore, some dog food comes with storage instructions to maintain its quality. It’s advisable to follow the same.

When it comes to food products, manufacturing and expiration date are essential to consider. Therefore, look for labels such as “best before” or “use by date” to know the product’s shelf life. Furthermore, some dog food comes with storage instructions to maintain its quality. It’s advisable to follow the same.

1.5 Easy to Digest

You need to understand your dog’s digestive tracts. You can do that based on your dog’s defecation as that will tell you if you are feeding it the right food. You can choose a brand food feeding time and quantity and repeat that for a week or so. If your pet experiences difficulty in passing stool, it’s time to change the food.

You need to understand your dog’s digestive tracts. You can do that based on your dog’s defecation as that will tell you if you are feeding it the right food. You can choose a brand food feeding time and quantity and repeat that for a week or so. If your pet experiences difficulty in passing stool, it’s time to change the food.

1.6 Choice

Just like humans, dogs too have a choice when it comes to food. If your dog resists chicken-flavoured dog food, switch to a lamb, salmon or egg flavour. Also, you never know, it might even find a vegetarian recipe tasty. The best way to find out which food your dog likes is by purchasing sample-sized bags of that food.

Just like humans, dogs too have a choice when it comes to food. If your dog resists chicken-flavoured dog food, switch to a lamb, salmon or egg flavour. Also, you never know, it might even find a vegetarian recipe tasty. The best way to find out which food your dog likes is by purchasing sample-sized bags of that food.

1.7 Nutrients

Nutrients-another crucial feature to consider when buying dog food. Different food has different nutrients in them, as per factors like age and breed. For instance, in the case of old dog food, go for nutrients like glucosamine and chondroitin, which will keep your dog’s joints healthy. For an average adult-sized dog, buy food rich in omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids as they will keep their skin soft and coat shiny. For a puppy, DHA is must as it promotes brain development in a young canine.

Nutrients-another crucial feature to consider when buying dog food. Different food has different nutrients in them, as per factors like age and breed. For instance, in the case of old dog food, go for nutrients like glucosamine and chondroitin, which will keep your dog’s joints healthy. For an average adult-sized dog, buy food rich in omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids as they will keep their skin soft and coat shiny. For a puppy, DHA is must as it promotes brain development in a young canine.

1.8 Size and Texture

Some breeds have a sensitive mouth and teeth; therefore, texture plays an important role. Some dry dog foods have shreds mixed in them, which makes it easier for dogs to chew. Similarly, the size of the kibble also matters, as it is easy to eat a small kibble for any canine.

Some breeds have a sensitive mouth and teeth; therefore, texture plays an important role. Some dry dog foods have shreds mixed in them, which makes it easier for dogs to chew. Similarly, the size of the kibble also matters, as it is easy to eat a small kibble for any canine.

1.9 Optimum Cooking

Who likes overcooked food? No one, not even a dog. Find a brand that offers minimally cooked dog food. When you cook natural food, it loses all of the nutrients, and it is not suitable for a canine’s health. Therefore, find food that is freshly packed for a healthy life of your pet.

Who likes overcooked food? No one, not even a dog. Find a brand that offers minimally cooked dog food. When you cook natural food, it loses all of the nutrients, and it is not suitable for a canine’s health. Therefore, find food that is freshly packed for a healthy life of your pet.

1.10 No Preservatives

Preservatives are as bad for a canine's body as for a human body. Many brands get away selling preservatives in the name of dog food at a low price. Dog food consisting of preservatives and fillers can affect the dog’s digestive system. Buy a dog food labelled as preservative-free.

Preservatives are as bad for a canine's body as for a human body. Many brands get away selling preservatives in the name of dog food at a low price. Dog food consisting of preservatives and fillers can affect the dog’s digestive system. Buy a dog food labelled as preservative-free.

2. Use Cases: The best dry dog food for your pet

2.1 Which dry dog food is best for a puppy?

One of the primary nutrients for a puppy is protein as that is a fundamental building block for a dog’s growth. Moreover, a puppy burns more energy than a dog; therefore, it needs more calories. The higher calorie content is also required in puppy food. Last but not least, DHA is a must for puppy food because that promotes brain development.

One of the primary nutrients for a puppy is protein as that is a fundamental building block for a dog’s growth. Moreover, a puppy burns more energy than a dog; therefore, it needs more calories. The higher calorie content is also required in puppy food. Last but not least, DHA is a must for puppy food because that promotes brain development.

2.2 Should I give breed-specific food to my labrador retriever?

It is best to feed a labrador retrievers breed-specific food as they are prone to eating quickly and weight gain. Dog food specifically made for them are designed in a manner that will slow down their eating speed.

It is best to feed a labrador retrievers breed-specific food as they are prone to eating quickly and weight gain. Dog food specifically made for them are designed in a manner that will slow down their eating speed.

2.3 What should I consider in nutrient level for my overweight dog?

If you are helping your dog in trying to reduce the weight, then go for a dog food that has a below-average fat level and has fewer calories.

If you are helping your dog in trying to reduce the weight, then go for a dog food that has a below-average fat level and has fewer calories.

2.4 My adult-dog eats only once a day, is that okay?

When it comes to dog’s eating habit, the best rule is to eat less eat often. If that is not the case, still two meals are required with 12 hours gap. If more than 12 hours gap is there between meals, the stomach can become hyper acidic, causing nausea. Veterinary consultation is a good idea in this case.

When it comes to dog’s eating habit, the best rule is to eat less eat often. If that is not the case, still two meals are required with 12 hours gap. If more than 12 hours gap is there between meals, the stomach can become hyper acidic, causing nausea. Veterinary consultation is a good idea in this case.

2.5 How much water should be given to toy breed dogs?

Never leave your dog’s water bowl empty, and this is irrespective of your pet’s age and breed.

Never leave your dog’s water bowl empty, and this is irrespective of your pet’s age and breed.

3. FAQ: Learn more about the details

3.1 Is it right to change dog food often?

Firstly, you need to know the reason behind the change. Are you doing just like that or the current food doesn’t seem healthy for your canine? In the latter case, there is no harm in consulting a vet. However, in both cases, never change the food abruptly, start by giving small portions of new food. Initially, keep 25% of new food and 75% of old food, after 2-3 days, keep the proportion of old and new food 50:50. Gradually, after 3-4 days, give 75% of new food and finally about 7-10 days, go for 100% new food.

Firstly, you need to know the reason behind the change. Are you doing just like that or the current food doesn’t seem healthy for your canine? In the latter case, there is no harm in consulting a vet. However, in both cases, never change the food abruptly, start by giving small portions of new food. Initially, keep 25% of new food and 75% of old food, after 2-3 days, keep the proportion of old and new food 50:50. Gradually, after 3-4 days, give 75% of new food and finally about 7-10 days, go for 100% new food.

3.2 Does vegetarian dog food provides all the required nutrients?

Yes. Vegetarian dog food does contain all the nutrients essential for the growth of a dog. However, you might have an issue finding veg dog food as not many players are there in the market for this.

Yes. Vegetarian dog food does contain all the nutrients essential for the growth of a dog. However, you might have an issue finding veg dog food as not many players are there in the market for this.

3.3 Can dog food get stale?

If the bag remains unopened, also the food hasn’t reached the expiration date, dog food will not go stale. However, once opened packet comes in contact with air and moisture, food’s shelf life gets affected. Therefore, it is best to store the food in the manner prescribed on the label.

If the bag remains unopened, also the food hasn’t reached the expiration date, dog food will not go stale. However, once opened packet comes in contact with air and moisture, food’s shelf life gets affected. Therefore, it is best to store the food in the manner prescribed on the label.

3.4 Which type of food is harmful to any dog?

Don’t give any dog-garlic, onion, apple, chocolate and other types of candy, citrus fruits, raisins or grapes, or any form of alcoholic or caffeine-based beverages.

Don’t give any dog-garlic, onion, apple, chocolate and other types of candy, citrus fruits, raisins or grapes, or any form of alcoholic or caffeine-based beverages.

3.5 Is it right to feed a dog homemade dog food?

There is no loss in feeding your dog homemade dog food as long as it is mixed with outside food. You may think that homemade food is healthy, but unfortunately, it has its downside as it lacks nutrients. If you believe that you can give all the required nutrients (vitamins, minerals, carbs, and fats) in quantity set by the authorities, trust us, it is easier said than done.

There is no loss in feeding your dog homemade dog food as long as it is mixed with outside food. You may think that homemade food is healthy, but unfortunately, it has its downside as it lacks nutrients. If you believe that you can give all the required nutrients (vitamins, minerals, carbs, and fats) in quantity set by the authorities, trust us, it is easier said than done.

3.6 Should I avoid dog food that has meat by-products?

Meat by-products are considered the inedible parts of the animal slaughtered. It is not harmful, but at the same time, it lacks nutrition and considered lower-quality as it is made with butcher scraps. So, it is your call to buy dog food that has meat by-products in it.

Meat by-products are considered the inedible parts of the animal slaughtered. It is not harmful, but at the same time, it lacks nutrition and considered lower-quality as it is made with butcher scraps. So, it is your call to buy dog food that has meat by-products in it.

3.7 What ingredients should I make sure are present in the dog food?

The dog food must have an animal source of protein, such as chicken, turkey, or pork. If your dog is allergic to meat, you can try plant sources of protein. However, those might not be 100% fulfilling, and you may need to consult a vet about supplements. Besides, dog food should have Vitamins A, B, C and E, as well as minerals like zinc, calcium, phosphorus, and magnesium. A healthy fat count is equally important.

The dog food must have an animal source of protein, such as chicken, turkey, or pork. If your dog is allergic to meat, you can try plant sources of protein. However, those might not be 100% fulfilling, and you may need to consult a vet about supplements. Besides, dog food should have Vitamins A, B, C and E, as well as minerals like zinc, calcium, phosphorus, and magnesium. A healthy fat count is equally important.

3.8 What ingredients should not form part of dog food?

Low-quality fillers, additives, preservatives, dyes, and artificial flavours are a big no-no. If the label reads ethoxyquin, glycerol monostearate, or propylene glycol, say bye to it. Dyes such as Yellow 6, Blue 1, and Red 40 are also harmful.

Low-quality fillers, additives, preservatives, dyes, and artificial flavours are a big no-no. If the label reads ethoxyquin, glycerol monostearate, or propylene glycol, say bye to it. Dyes such as Yellow 6, Blue 1, and Red 40 are also harmful.

3.9 How much should I feed my dog?

Give your dog a balanced diet. If it is too little, the dog will have nutritional deficiencies, too much food can lead to overweight and lethargy. So, this question doesn’t have a specific answer. On average, a dog needs 60 calories per kilogram per day to maintain weight. If it is an inactive canine, fewer calories are required. Similarly, a puppy or nursing dog needs more than average calories, at least 66 calories.

Additionally, most of the brands put feeding guidelines on the food package, and you can follow that as well.

Give your dog a balanced diet. If it is too little, the dog will have nutritional deficiencies, too much food can lead to overweight and lethargy. So, this question doesn’t have a specific answer. On average, a dog needs 60 calories per kilogram per day to maintain weight. If it is an inactive canine, fewer calories are required. Similarly, a puppy or nursing dog needs more than average calories, at least 66 calories.

Additionally, most of the brands put feeding guidelines on the food package, and you can follow that as well.

3.10 Is it safe to feed a mix of wet and dry dog food?

Absolutely. In fact, pet parents with picky eaters add canned food to dry food for flavour and taste.

Absolutely. In fact, pet parents with picky eaters add canned food to dry food for flavour and taste.

3.11 How can I stop my dog from gulping down or gobbling food?

Dogs that are too active tend to eat a lot, which is not a problem. However, it is vital if they don’t chew it properly. Eating in large amount and fastly can result in an upset stomach and digestive system. Use obstacles in such a case, place a large object such as a softball. If this doesn’t work, take some food in your hands and offer it to your pet. This will slow down its speed. If you are parents to more than one pet, give them separate bowls to eliminate competition.

Dogs that are too active tend to eat a lot, which is not a problem. However, it is vital if they don’t chew it properly. Eating in large amount and fastly can result in an upset stomach and digestive system. Use obstacles in such a case, place a large object such as a softball. If this doesn’t work, take some food in your hands and offer it to your pet. This will slow down its speed. If you are parents to more than one pet, give them separate bowls to eliminate competition.

3.12 Which dog food is better: dry or wet?

Again, there is no specific answer for this one.

Feed your pooch food that is healthy for it, and it likes. To find this out, try both types of food, dry and wet. Observe your furry friend- which one it seems to eat better, which one it enjoys the most. However, dry food comes with a few benefits, such as your dog has to chew more in case of dry food, which helps in maintaining excellent dental hygiene. When it comes to storage, it is much easier to store dry food than wet dog food. In addition to it, wet food needs to be consumed relatively quickly because it has a short shelf life. Last but not least, dry dog food is economical than wet dog food.

Again, there is no specific answer for this one.

Feed your pooch food that is healthy for it, and it likes. To find this out, try both types of food, dry and wet. Observe your furry friend- which one it seems to eat better, which one it enjoys the most. However, dry food comes with a few benefits, such as your dog has to chew more in case of dry food, which helps in maintaining excellent dental hygiene. When it comes to storage, it is much easier to store dry food than wet dog food. In addition to it, wet food needs to be consumed relatively quickly because it has a short shelf life. Last but not least, dry dog food is economical than wet dog food.

4. How-To: Usage hints and care instructions for dry dog food

4.1 How to store dry dog food?

Brands spend quite a time and money researching the best ways to ensure dog food have a longer shelf life, so storing dry food in the original bags is the first step you should take to keep dog food fresh. However, the food packet must be tightly resealed every time after opening. Otherwise, store dry dog food in an airtight container, and cool place.

Many brands give storage guidelines at the back of the package, take a cue from that. 

Brands spend quite a time and money researching the best ways to ensure dog food have a longer shelf life, so storing dry food in the original bags is the first step you should take to keep dog food fresh. However, the food packet must be tightly resealed every time after opening. Otherwise, store dry dog food in an airtight container, and cool place.

Many brands give storage guidelines at the back of the package, take a cue from that. 

4.2 How to prepare dog food?

Wash your hands for a minimum 20 seconds with soap and water, both before and after handling dog food. Throw the old, used, or spoiled pet food in a safe way. Clean the food bowls and scooping utensils with soap and hot water. Never use the food bowl as a scooping utensil, use a spoon or cup for the same.

Wash your hands for a minimum 20 seconds with soap and water, both before and after handling dog food. Throw the old, used, or spoiled pet food in a safe way. Clean the food bowls and scooping utensils with soap and hot water. Never use the food bowl as a scooping utensil, use a spoon or cup for the same.

5. Did you know: Interesting facts, figures and things to know about dog food

5.1 According to Euromonitor International, the pet food market accounts for ₹ 2,284 crore, and dog food accounts for nearly 85% in this category.

5.2 The first pet food specifically made for puppies to meet their nutritional needs was made in the early 1960s when more people started considering dogs as their family members.

5.1 According to Euromonitor International, the pet food market accounts for ₹ 2,284 crore, and dog food accounts for nearly 85% in this category.

5.2 The first pet food specifically made for puppies to meet their nutritional needs was made in the early 1960s when more people started considering dogs as their family members.

6. Our Picks: How we picked the best dry dog food

To help you find the best food for your both young and ageing furry friend, we have compiled a list of top 7 dry dog foods available in the Indian market.

We have selected them from hundreds of options available on e-commerce sites. Priority was given to Amazon, and dry dog food with the best rating and maximum reviews were shortlisted. After this, respective websites were visited for each product to know about them in detail like ingredients, benefits, suitability, to name a few. After considering these factors, including price, we chose our top seven.

To help you find the best food for your both young and ageing furry friend, we have compiled a list of top 7 dry dog foods available in the Indian market.

We have selected them from hundreds of options available on e-commerce sites. Priority was given to Amazon, and dry dog food with the best rating and maximum reviews were shortlisted. After this, respective websites were visited for each product to know about them in detail like ingredients, benefits, suitability, to name a few. After considering these factors, including price, we chose our top seven.

6.1 Hill’s ® Science Diet® Adult Small Paws™ Chicken Meal & Rice Recipe dog food

If you’re looking for a tasty premium dry dog food that will give your dog a protein boost, Hill’s Science Diet Adult Small Paws™ Chicken Meal & Rice Recipe dog food ticks both of these boxes. This veterinarian recommended brand has a chicken meal and no by-products in it. Soyabean oil and peas have been added to it for providing essential vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants to your dog.

It is not all-breed dog food. This chicken meal and rice recipe dog food is best for toy breed and adult dogs (1-6 years). The blend of Omega-3, Omega-6 & Vitamin E gives healthy skin & luxurious coat to your furry friend.

All-in-all it has all the nutrients to keep your toy dog healthy and satisfied.

If you’re looking for a tasty premium dry dog food that will give your dog a protein boost, Hill’s Science Diet Adult Small Paws™ Chicken Meal & Rice Recipe dog food ticks both of these boxes. This veterinarian recommended brand has a chicken meal and no by-products in it. Soyabean oil and peas have been added to it for providing essential vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants to your dog.

It is not all-breed dog food. This chicken meal and rice recipe dog food is best for toy breed and adult dogs (1-6 years). The blend of Omega-3, Omega-6 & Vitamin E gives healthy skin & luxurious coat to your furry friend.

All-in-all it has all the nutrients to keep your toy dog healthy and satisfied.

6.2 Pedigree Adult Dry Dog Food, Meat & Rice, 3kg Pack

If you are looking for balanced and easy to digest food, that has both vitamin and protein, Pedigree adult dry dog food is it. It is ideal for adult pugs, beagle, labrador, golden retriever and german shepherds. Your ageing friend will enjoy the combination of meat, vegetables and rice.

You will see Pedigree assured five signs of good health- a healthy skin & coat, strong bones & teeth, firm stool quality, strong muscles, and a strong immune system. It is also available in 1.2 kg and 10 kg pack.

The wet version of Pedigree Dog food is also available in the market.

If you are looking for balanced and easy to digest food, that has both vitamin and protein, Pedigree adult dry dog food is it. It is ideal for adult pugs, beagle, labrador, golden retriever and german shepherds. Your ageing friend will enjoy the combination of meat, vegetables and rice.

You will see Pedigree assured five signs of good health- a healthy skin & coat, strong bones & teeth, firm stool quality, strong muscles, and a strong immune system. It is also available in 1.2 kg and 10 kg pack.

The wet version of Pedigree Dog food is also available in the market.

6.3 Royal Canin Mini Adult, 4 kg

With over 3,000 reviews, this dry canine food has made it at number third into our top slot. 

Nutritional needs of adult small breed dogs vary from large breed dogs. They are at a growing stage and certainly shorter and more active; therefore, they call for more energy. Royal Canin has put all those ingredients in this Mini Adult package keeping needs of small breed dogs (10 months to 8 years) in mind.

Your companion breed of Chihuahua, Mini, Mini Pom, Pug, Shitzu, York Shire Terrier will love this. It has a balanced ratio of protein and fat. Its ingredients are right for their sensitive immune system. Also, it is enriched with other essential minerals and vitamins, including  L-carnitine and DHA for metabolism and brain development, respectively.

With over 3,000 reviews, this dry canine food has made it at number third into our top slot. 

Nutritional needs of adult small breed dogs vary from large breed dogs. They are at a growing stage and certainly shorter and more active; therefore, they call for more energy. Royal Canin has put all those ingredients in this Mini Adult package keeping needs of small breed dogs (10 months to 8 years) in mind.

Your companion breed of Chihuahua, Mini, Mini Pom, Pug, Shitzu, York Shire Terrier will love this. It has a balanced ratio of protein and fat. Its ingredients are right for their sensitive immune system. Also, it is enriched with other essential minerals and vitamins, including  L-carnitine and DHA for metabolism and brain development, respectively.

6.4 Drools Chicken and Egg Adult Dog Food, 3 kg with Free 1.2 kg

With real chicken and no artificial ingredients, Drools Chicken and Egg Adult Dog Food is our budget pick. It is fortified with all the required vitamins and minerals needed by all-breed adult dogs.

This dry dog food features Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acids, thereby giving healthy skin and beautiful coat to your pooch. Several antioxidant and nutritional foods are available in it. With ingredients such as chicken, whole dried egg, corn, rice, wheat, this dog food is rich in proteins (24%). Moreover, this formula is supplemented with essential nutrients that help in controlling Tartar build-up.

With real chicken and no artificial ingredients, Drools Chicken and Egg Adult Dog Food is our budget pick. It is fortified with all the required vitamins and minerals needed by all-breed adult dogs.

This dry dog food features Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acids, thereby giving healthy skin and beautiful coat to your pooch. Several antioxidant and nutritional foods are available in it. With ingredients such as chicken, whole dried egg, corn, rice, wheat, this dog food is rich in proteins (24%). Moreover, this formula is supplemented with essential nutrients that help in controlling Tartar build-up.

6.5 Purepet Chicken & Veg Adult Dog Food, 3kg (Buy1 Get1 Free)

Packed with healthy and natural ingredients including chicken, cereal and vegetables, Purepet Chicken & Veg Adult Dog Food has everything that an adult dog needs. It also contains the by-products of the first three ingredients. The protein and fat are in the right ratio to maintain the ideal weight of an adult dog and keep it active and agile.

It is a complete meal, and you can serve it without adding any homemade or canned food to it. To sum up, it has all the vitamins, minerals and antioxidants required to boost your dog’s vitality and support its immune system.

Packed with healthy and natural ingredients including chicken, cereal and vegetables, Purepet Chicken & Veg Adult Dog Food has everything that an adult dog needs. It also contains the by-products of the first three ingredients. The protein and fat are in the right ratio to maintain the ideal weight of an adult dog and keep it active and agile.

It is a complete meal, and you can serve it without adding any homemade or canned food to it. To sum up, it has all the vitamins, minerals and antioxidants required to boost your dog’s vitality and support its immune system.

6.6 Meat Up Puppy Dog Food, 3 kg (Buy1 Get1 Free)

Looking for a complete puppy meal, then this is it. This chicken, egg, vegetable and cereal recipe is worth checking out. With DHA, this crunchy kibble ensures optimum development of the brain and nervous system of all-breed pup. Besides, it is packed with Omega 3 and 6 fatty acids to give your growing pooch a healthy skin and beautiful coat. Of course, it has probiotics for maintaining digestive health and antioxidants for strong immunity of your little furry friend.

In short, Meat Up Puppy Dog Food provides 100% everyday nutrition.

Looking for a complete puppy meal, then this is it. This chicken, egg, vegetable and cereal recipe is worth checking out. With DHA, this crunchy kibble ensures optimum development of the brain and nervous system of all-breed pup. Besides, it is packed with Omega 3 and 6 fatty acids to give your growing pooch a healthy skin and beautiful coat. Of course, it has probiotics for maintaining digestive health and antioxidants for strong immunity of your little furry friend.

In short, Meat Up Puppy Dog Food provides 100% everyday nutrition.

6.7 Purina Supercoat Puppy Dry Dog Food - 2kg Pack

If you are looking for puppy dry dog food with limited ingredients and all the nutrients, then go for our last pick. This Nestle’s exceptional formulated dry dog food is for all-breed puppies of up to 12 months. It is a combination of chicken, chicken by-products, cereals and by-products. DHA2 is present to support brain and vision development. To be nutritionally complete, this recipe is fortified by essential vitamins and minerals, including calcium for healthy bones and Vitamin C & E for natural defences.

If you are looking for puppy dry dog food with limited ingredients and all the nutrients, then go for our last pick. This Nestle’s exceptional formulated dry dog food is for all-breed puppies of up to 12 months. It is a combination of chicken, chicken by-products, cereals and by-products. DHA2 is present to support brain and vision development. To be nutritionally complete, this recipe is fortified by essential vitamins and minerals, including calcium for healthy bones and Vitamin C & E for natural defences.