Q: Most dog food seems to have chicken as the main meat, but are other meats ok, too? Is a dog food made without chicken a bad food?
Chicken is not at all necessary to make a good dog food. While chicken is the most commonly used meat in dog food, other meats, including but not limited to beef, fish, duck, turkey, elk, lamb, venison, quail, pheasant, buffalo, and rabbit, are absolutely fine as well. There are even several fantastic foods which contain no chicken at all, and are based completely on “alternative” meats.
Here are a few examples of high-quality dog foods which use “alternative” meats as main ingredients, in addition to chicken:
Orijen Adult (turkey, chicken, lake whitefish, salmon, walleye, herring)
Taste of the Wild Wetlands Formula (duck, chicken, quail, turkey, ocean fish)
Taste of the Wild Prairie Formula (bison, venison, lamb, chicken, ocean fish)
Go Natural Grain Free (turkey, chicken, salmon, duck)
Fromm Four Star Surf & Turf (salmon, duck, chicken)
Here are a few examples of high-quality, completely chicken-free dog foods:
Instinct Rabbit Meal Formula (rabbit, salmon)
Instinct Duck Meal & Turkey Meal Formula (duck, turkey, salmon)
Timberwolf Organics Wilderness Dry Canid Formula (elk, salmon)
Solid Gold Barking At The Moon (salmon, beef)
Innova EVO Red Meat (beef, lamb, venison, buffalo)
Here are a few examples of high-quality, chicken-free dog foods which are completely fish-based:
Orijen 6 Fish (salmon, herring, whitefish, trout, walleye, flounder)
Wellness Core Ocean Formula (whitefish, salmon, menhaden fish)
Timberwolf Ocean Blue (whitefish, salmon)
Taste of the Wild Pet Pacific Stream Formula (salmon, ocean fish)
High-quality chicken-free dog food is fine for all dogs, but as you may know, many dogs are actually allergic to chicken. If your dog has chicken allergies, know that you don’t have to be stuck with a low-quality or prescription food. There are many high-quality chicken-free dog foods out there!
Do you have a specific question that has something to do with dog food? Feel free to ask in the comments, and I’ll do my best to answer it in a future installment of “Frequently asked questions about dog food.”
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