Best Quality Dog & Cat Food Brands

Finding the best quality cat and dog food can be tricky. Major advertisers send mixed messages that influence some pet lovers into purchasing “familiar” brands. Unfortunately, the food quality isn’t as good as their ads. Once you start researching the best dog foods, you’ll discover just how popular these best pet food brands are–even if you haven’t heard of them (yet!).

We carefully research the healthiest pet foods so that you can spend more time caring for your pets. Our specialty organic treats are something to bark about!

PS: We sell both dog and cat food but interchange the words dog/cat/pet often.

Our Pet Food Promise

At Abracadabra, we promise that you will find the best foods at low, competitive prices in our store. You will never find pet foods with by-products, filler, artificial colors, flavors, or preservatives.

How to Buy Quality Pet Food at Best Prices

In addition to our already low prices, Abracadabra Pet Center offers two great ways to save on pet food via loyalty savings & digital coupons.

We’ve also put together a helpful dog food pricing guide that compares dog food quality with ‘mainstream’ brands in the same price range.

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Best Quality Pet Foods & Treats

Pet food brands are listed in alphabetical order. If you’re looking for a specific company, press the CTRL key at the same time as the F key on your keyboard (CMD + F for Mac users). This will reveal a ‘Find’ tool where you can type your search and jump to that part of the page.

Bocce’s Bakery

100% USA sourced and made in Brooklyn New York.  These limited ingredient organic treats are all wheat free, some are completely grain free, and contain human-grade all natural ingredients.  No fillers, soy, corn, preservatives, or chemicals!  Can you safely eat the dog treats in your pantry?  Because these are 100% human edible and, if I say so myself, quite tasty.  Featured on CBS Sunday Morning.

Starting at just $6.45 a pound

Bone-A-Mints

Does your dog have bad breath?  Give these treats a try!  These treats are USA made and are corn, wheat, and soy free.  Plus, they are highly soluble making them gentle on your dogs stomach.  They fight plague and tartar, and freshen your dogs breath with 5 natural breath fresheners.  Bone-A-Mints also come in multiple sizes so your dog can safely chew on the perfectly sized treat.

Starting at $6.99 for an 8.92 oz bag

Buddy’s Biscuits

Buddy’s Biscuits are another treat that is committed to all natural recipes with no corn, soy, or artificial flavors.  These treats only have 3 or 4 ingredients.  The main ingredient, which includes bacon & cheese, peanut butter, or roasted chicken, plus wheat flour and canola oil.  Buddy’s biscuits are also available in a grain free option.

Starting at $4.98 for an 8oz box

Canidae

Canidae was founded in 1996 and is still independent and family owned.  We are proud to carry their pet food that is made with whole foods.  They use simple, grain-free, recipes for dogs with sensitive stomachs, or for anyone looking to feed their pet nutritious food.  Their food is manufactured in Brentwood, Texas.  They are also the manufacturer of one of Abracadabra’s other favorite foods, Under the Sun.  Canidae owns their facility and has strict quality control processes including an on-site lab to test each batch of food produced and develop new nutritious formulas.  They use fresh fish, poultry, and meats sourced from farms in Wyoming and New Zealand, and waterways from the Pacific Northwest.

Starting at $10.60 for a 5lb. bag

Cloud Star

Cloud Star started out in 1999 as a two-person operation in a home kitchen.  After years of growth and success Cloud Star is still dedicated to American made treats with wholesome ingredients that are gently baked for an end result of delicious perfection.  Cloud Star does not use any by-products, corn, soy, or any artificial flavors.  At Abracadabra we are a fan of their functional hip & joint treats.  These treats are packs with chicken, sweet potatoes, carrots, cherries, glucosamine, and chondroitin for a functional treat that helps support both oral and joint health!

Starting at $14.90 for a 13.5oz. bag

Chicken Chips

Chicken Chips are manufactured by Kennelmaster Foods, Inc. in New Smyrna Beach, Fl!  There’s only one thing to say about how amazing these treats are:  there’s only one ingredient.  These treats are 100% premium chicken tenderloin.  Each chip is a protein packed two calories.  They are a perfect snack or training treat because they are also easily broken into smaller pieces.  You’ll never have your pet turn down one of these delicious chips.

Starting at $8.59 for a 4oz bag

Dave’s Pet Food

Dave’s Pet Food is owned and operated by Dave Ratner out of Massachusetts.  Dave started out as a retailer and decided there wasn’t a good quality inexpensive food, so he decided to manufacture his own line.  Years later Dave’s Pet Food is sold in over 2,000 independent retailers.  We sell a lot of Dave’s Restricted Diet wet food.  It is especially good for pets with kidney stones or other kidney problems because it is a limited ingredient recipe with limited phosphorus.

Starting at $2.43 a 13oz can

Dogswell

Dogswell was founded in 2004 by Marco Giannini.  Marco had a German Shepherd with hip dysplasia that they had to give much medication.  This sparked the idea to make dog treats with glucosamine and chondroitin for hip and joint health.  After the success of their dog treats they expanded to food while sticking to their mission to produce healthy food fortified with vitamins and minerals that provide functional benefits.  Dogswell is also committed to the Abracadabra mission to provide food free of corn, wheat, soy, and artificial flavoring.  A store favorite is their line of canned food “Live Free.”  Their lamb stew recipe has a variety of quality protein sources like lamb, beef, and salmon.  It also has fruits and vegetables like pumpkin, blueberries, tomatoes making a delicious meal that’s high in protein with a low glycemic index and no grains or potatoes.

Starting at $2.89 for a 13oz can

Earthborn

Earthborn Holistic is a 4th generation family-owned business that manufactures their food in Monmouth, Illinois.  Their pet food contains the perfect balance of nutrients to keep your pet healthy.  Their wet food is produced in a human-grade facility by USPet Nutrition a division of Chicken of the Sea.   They have quality lean protein sources like Bison Meal, Lamb Meal, and Herring Meal.  Their food has guaranteed levels of antioxidant nutrients from blending nutrient rich fruits and vegetables like blueberries, apples, and carrots.  Earthborn also has L-carnitine to convert body fat into muscle and balanced omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids to support healthy skin and coat.  Not only do they make great food, but they do it responsibly.  Their products are shipped in 39% post-corrugated cardboard made from Standard Forest Initiative (SFI)-certified paper.  They use renewable resources and reduced packaging sizes to reduce their carbon footprint from construction, and Earthborn runs a campaign called “UPC’s for Trees” that plants a tree when you mail in UPC codes of their products.  As of the date of this article they have planted 376,719 trees.

Starting at $13.50 for a 5lb bag

Evanger’s

Dr. Fred Evanger founded Evanger’s in 1935 when he decided to make pure meat canned foods for his champion great danes. Family owned and USA manufactured.  They make canned dog food that has human grade ingredients and they are hand packed.  They’re award winning food “Hunk of Beef” is simply a premium piece of tender roast simmered in it’s own juices!  At Evanger’s using high quality fruits and veggies like cranberries, blueberries, spinach and pumpkin is the norm.  They also have a variety of protein sources like fresh de-boned chicken, beef, beef meal, pork meal, whitefish, salmon, and venison meal with a minimum crude protein of 30%.  All topped off with probiotics and chelated minerals to make sure your pet absorbs all the nutrients from these awesome foods.  If you want protein rich food from quality meat sources look no further than Evanger’s!

Starting at $9.95 for a 4.4lb bag or $1.69 for a 13oz can

Evo

Evo is a quality product based on the ancestral diet.  This food  a lot of protein with no grains or fillers.  Evo is USA made and the majority of it’s food is sourced in the USA.  Their website contains a full detailed list of every ingredient and it’s source.  Evo’s food is full of nutrient dense calories which means your dog can eat less food but get more nutrients!  You’ll never find any fillers like corn, wheat, soy, or chemicals in this food!  Evo is manufactured in their privately owned plant and is subjected to over 100 quality control tests.  A favorite of Abracadabra is the Evo 95 canned food that contains 95% protein sources like chicken and turkey.

Starting at $1.89 for a 13oz can

Fromm’s

Fromm’s is a 5th generation family owned and operated out of Wisconsin.  They have a variety of wholesome grain or grain free products with human grade ingredients.  Fromm’s Adult Gold is a flagship of our store for being extremely economical and having high quality standards.  All their products are sourced and manufactured in the USA at USDA-inspected factories.  You can expect awesome protein sources like chicken meal (this is a protein powerhouse that contains up to 300% more protein than just chicken), menhaden fish meal, and lamb.  A customer favorite is the grain free Surf and Turf, which features wild salmon and duck for a minimum guarantee of 30% crude protein per serving.  Fromm’s uses unique ingredients like pork or chicken cartilage, yucca schidigera extract, and chicory root extract to provide important minerals and aid digestion.  Of course it wouldn’t be a product from Wisconsin without cheese!

Starting at $11.45 for a 5lb bag, or $2.25 for a 13oz can. We also have Fromm’s dog treats starting at $4.99 for an 8oz bag.

Greenies

Greenies were the first dental chews to get the Veterinary Oral Health Council Seal of Acceptance for control of tartar and plaque buildup.  These treats are clinically proven to improve the dental hygiene of your pet.  Plus, there is a grain free option available.  Greenies are also famous for their pill pockets.  The #1 vet-recommended way to make pill taking a positive experience for your pet.

Starting at $14.99 for a 12oz bag

Himalayan Dog Chew

These all natural dog chews are made with hardened Himalayan cheeses, derived from an ancient recipe. Yaky sticks are bully sticks wrapped in Himalayan cheese. These long-lasting treats provide hours of canine satisfaction.

K9 Granola Factory

K9 Granola Factory provides simple, nutrient rich treats and supplements.  They have recipes with all natural ingredients like their Pumpkin Crunchers that include pumpkin, oatmeal, barley flour, apples, and cranberries.  All their products are wheat, corn, and artificial preservative free.

Starting at $7.99 for a 12oz bag

Nature’s Logic

Nature’s logic makes food from all natural whole ingredients.  No chemically synthesized vitamins or minerals, no chemical preservatives, flavorings, or coloring, and no corn, wheat, soy, rice, potato, tapioca, or peas!  Most pet food manufacturer’s use vitamin premixes to get their food to the required AAFCO standards, but Nature’s Logic is manufactured and committed to using only non-GMO whole foods sourced in the USA, New Zealand, Australia, Canada, and Europe.  They follow a strict process to purchase all their own food and test the final product.  All of their food is USA made.

Starting at $2.76 a 13oz can

Natural Balance

Natural Balance makes pet food for any need.  They make limited ingredient pet food that makes it easy to track where your pets protein and carbohydrate sources come from.  They also use sweet potatoes, a premium carbohydrate source.  They don’t use any fillers.  If the can or bag says duck, that’s the only protein source.  You won’t see chicken snuck in there when you only wanted duck protein.  Their original formula has the same quality as their limited ingredient formula with some added fruits, vegetables, and vitamins like carrots, dried peas, and taurine, a vitamin for a strong heart and healthy eye function.  Their ultra premium formula contains premium meats like beef and lamb.  Their Wild Pursuit Formula is a high-protein pet food with premium sources that is 100% grain free and contains pieces of freeze-dried raw meat in the kibble.  Natural Balance tests all of their products in their own state-of-the-art facility for nine known contaminants and toxins.

Starting at $13.95 for a 4.5lb bag or $1.95 for a 13oz can

NutriSource

Nutri-Source is a family-owned pet food manufacturer with over 50 years of experience.  They are also responsible for manufacturing Natural Planet and Pure Vita.  They own their own BRC Global Safety Standard rated manufacturing plant in Perham, Minnesota, that has a wet lab on site for regular testing and quality control of their pet food.  NutriSource is the founder of the Good4Life formula that helps your beloved pet life a long healthy life.  The Good4Life system includes making a quality protein source the #1 ingredient, using highly digestible grains like barley, rice, or oatmeal, and being fortified with vitamins like omega 3 & 6, Sel-Plex selenium (an organic form of selenium yeast), protected vitamin c, and natural antibiotics.  NutriSource  is another brand committed to the Abracadabra Pet Center promise of no by-products, no corn, and no fillers.  Plus, they spray their kibble with digestive enzymes for super absorption!  Better absorption means your pet actually has to eat less and you spend less!

Starting at $13.95 for a 5lb bag

Natural Planet

The choice for organic, exotic meat, and grain free formulas.  Natural Planet is another branch of NutriSource and KLN foods.    Not only does Natural Planet have strict control over their manufacturing, but the include 100% proteinated minerals that are more easily absorbed and every kibble is sprayed with digestive enzymes.  If you want a food with grains Natural Planet provides organic oats and organic barley in the organic chicken recipe, Chicken & Oats.  For those pets that have sensitive stomachs they have grain free recipes with exotic meats like duck, whitefish, salmon, kangaroo, and venison.  All of their recipes also include fruits and veggies like apples, blueberries, carrots, and beets.

Starting at $12.95 for a 5lb bag

Nulo

Nulo is a grain-free pet food that has 80-85% of it’s protein coming from animal-based sources.  Their pet food has one of the lowest percentages of carbohydrate ingredients on the market, and they use patented BC30 probiotics to aid in your pets digestion.  Nulo believes we can be healthier together with proper amounts of exercise and eating right.  Their dog food is formulated to give your pet energy for an active and healthy lifestyle.  Nulo is made in the USA and has no fillers, by-products, or artificial preservatives or colors.

 

Starting at $16.45 for a 4.5lb bag

Party Animal 

Party Animal™ is a family owned company based out of southern California, and they produce all of their products within the United States. Their company sources the highest quality organic ingredients, including hormone- and antibiotic-free meat, poultry and fish.  All of their ingredients are USA-sourced except for the lamb and venison, which come from New Zealand.  In order to ensure that consumers receive fresh manufactured pet food, they produce pet food in small batches to maintain optimum freshness.  Our store favorite is their Cocolicious line of wet food that contains 95% animal protein.  They also make organic dry dog food with quality ingredients like organic chicken, organic oats, organic barley, organic peas, organic brown rice, organic carrots, organic sunflower oil, organic pumpkin seeds, and  broccoli.

Starting at $15.25 for a 5lb bag or $2.95 a 13oz can

Plato

Plato makes organic dog treats that have no added sugar, artificial preservatives, or additives.  They control every step of the process including responsible sourcing in North America and slow roasting their treats at their organic-grade facility in Fresno, CA.  All Plato treats are made from a single-protein source.  One of our store favorites are the Real Strips treats.  You can choose from recipes that contain 90% organic chicken, duck, salmon, or turkey.  The Farmer’s Market line includes fruits and vegetables from local farms like carrots, beets, and spinach.  These treats aid in digestion and are especially good for dogs with allergies, skin issues, or food sensitivities.

Starting at $8.99 for 6oz

Primal

Primal uses only the freshest, human-grade ingredients including antibiotic, hormone, and steroid free poultry, meat, and game, plus certified organic produce, minerals, and unrefined vitamins.  Primal’s recipes include hearty (literally) ingredients like beef hearts, beef liver, ground beef bones, organic kale, organic squash, and organic broccoli.  Their Freeze-Dried Beef formula includes 77% beef, 20% produce, and 3% supplements!  No fillers found here!  All of Primal’s ingredients are sourced from ranches and farms in the USA and New Zealand that participate in natural, sustainable agriculture.

Starting at $24.59 for a bag that makes 3lbs of food

Pure Bites

Pure Bites are fantastic freeze-dried treats with only one ingredient!  Whatever flavor the treat is, that’s the only ingredient in the treat.  The bison liver is just freeze-dried bison liver.  The duck is 100% duck. The ocean whitefish is 100% ocean whitefish. There are No preservatives, chemicals, fillers, or by-products.  Pure and simple.  Freeze-dried, not baked, for lasting freshness and preservation of nutrients.

Starting at $4.79 for a 2oz bag

Pure Vita

Pure Vita is founded on simple holistic ingredients.  Pure Vita is a branch of NutriSource and KLN foods, and it is manufactured in the same BRC Global Safety Standard plant that Natural Planet and NutriSource are made in.  They use only the highest quality fresh and raw ingredients, like their free-range chicken, that are tested in their on-site, state of the art lab to ensure every bag of food is up to their rigorous standards.  Pure Vita uses single protein sources in each bag of food, so we often recommend it for dogs with sensitive stomachs.  Every bag of food is full of anti-oxidant rich fruits and vegetables preserved with natural preservatives, and they spray digestive enzymes on the outside of each kibble to ensure quick and easy digestion.  Pure Vita also takes steps towards being green.  They use geothermal air conditioning, recycle at their facilities, and all of their packing is recyclable.

Starting at $12.20 for a 5lb bag

Real Meat

Since 2003 Real Meat has been the staple in the pet food market for their 95% meat formulas.  They use free range grass fed animals because they are higher in omega-3 fatty acids, beta carotene, and maintain healthy ph levels.  All this equates to better nutrients for your pet.  Their food is also air-dried to preserve all those amazing nutrients!  Real Meat makes jerky pet treats, pet food, and pet food seasoning that can be used to add extra nutrients to your pets food while also providing more protein.  Real Meat’s products are the perfect sidekick to any pets diet.  Their products are made in the USA and New Zealand.  All meats are sourced in the USA, New Zealand, and Australia.

Starting at $21.91 for a 2lb bag, or grab a bag of Real Meat treats starting at $5.99 for 4oz

Stella and Chewy’s

The premium meats that make up these raw and freeze dried formulas are sourced from North and South America, Australia, and New Zealand, and are manufactured in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  Stella and Chewy’s doesn’t bake their food at high temperatures.  Instead the High Pressure Processing (HPP) system kills harmful bacteria with extreme pressure while giving you the ability to feed your pet raw nutrients without having to use any chemicals or preservatives.  Their poultry is sourced with 95% or greater cage-free chickens from North America.  Their salmon and cod is 95% wild caught fish from North America, and their lamb and beef are 95% grass-fed meats from North America, Australia, and New Zealand.  Plus, they use organic fruits and vegetables all sourced from North and South America.

Starting at $24.50 for 15oz

Sojos

Sojos products are dehydrated foods made from scratch at their own facility in Minneapolis, MN with all natural non-GMO human-grade ingredients!  No fillers.  No preservatives.  Sojos is also unique in that they provide you two options, their complete formulas with freeze-dried meat, or sojos original formulas that is a mix of wholesome nutrients that you serve as a side dish to raw meat.  Don’t be mislead by the size of these bags.  An 8lb bag rehydrates into 40lbs of dog food!  Sojos also makes great dog treats like their peanut butter honey flavor and grain free duck & cherry flavor.  Both use non-gmo ingredients and are packaged in recycled paper.

Sojos dog food starts at $15.44 for a bag that makes 12lbs of food, or their treats start at $6.96 for a 10oz. box.

Taste of the Wild

Taste of the Wild is based on the ancestral diet.  This focuses on the fact that our pets are descendants of wild animals and crave that kind of diet.  It is manufactured by Diamond Pet Foods in Missouri, North Carolina, and California with purified water.  They use quality protein sources like buffalo, venison, and bison, and hearty fruits and vegetables like sweet potatoes, blueberries, and raspberries.  Their food also contains K9 strand probiotics and prebiotic fiber to support healthy digestion.

Starting at $11.45 for a 5lb bag

Tropiclean

Tropiclean was founded in 1992 and instantly became a leader in natural pet grooming products.  At Abracadabra, we are excited about their teeth cleaning product Fresh Breath Advanced Whitening Gel.  This gel works immediately to fight plaque and tartar buildup without brushing!  This natural product is a simple way to promote periodontal wellness.  Tropiclean also makes dental chews with glucosamine for hip and joint support.  These treats are gluten free, wheat free, grain free, and corn free.  Look no further than these natural tasty chews to support healthy teeth and joints in your dog.

Starting at $17.95 for a 12oz bag

Under the Sun

Simply put, Under the Sun is single-source protein, grain free, and potato free in most of it’s recipes.  It is one of the most economical foods to provide this quality of ingredients.  No fillers, No Wheat. No Soy.  Just solid protein sources like lamb, chicken, or whitefish with farm-fresh fruits and veggies like butternut squash, pumpkin, green beans, carrots, and apples.  This food is manufactured by Canidae.

Starting at $9.95 for a 4lb bag

Vitakraft

Vitakraft was founded in 1837 in the small village of Heiligenrode, near Bremen, Germany.  In 2008 it merged with Sunseed and operates out of their Weston, Ohio facility to produce more than 500 products including bird and small animal foods, treats, supplements and accessories.  A store favorite are their Drops with Yogurt.  These treats feature a delicious yogurt flavor while providing valuable minerals.

Starting at $5.99 for an 8.8oz bag

Wellness

Wellness, owned by Wellpet, LLC, uses human grade-non gmo ingredients that go through a strict inspection to make sure they meet the certified nutrient levels.  They source the majority of their food in the USA and manufacture in their own plant in Mishawaka, Indiana.  They use quality ingredients like de-boned chicken, lamb, potatoes, chicken-fat, spinach and other fruits and veggies.  They don’t use any fillers or artificial ingredients.

Starting at $14.95 for a 4lb bag, or $2.55 for a 12.5oz can

Wild Meadow Farms

From the maker of Gibson’s Dog Treats, a family-run company located in Lancaster, PA. Their “ultra-soft jerky line” is artfully crafted in small batches using human-grade ingredients sourced from local farms. Dedicated to sustainable methods to raise their meats, WMF also uses solar energy and natural wood smoking to help produce their treats. Yum!

Wysong

Wysong was founded by Dr. Wysong in 1979.  Dr. Wysong has a B.S degree in biology and chemistry and a DVM in veterinary surgery and medicine.  He started out with clinical and surgical inventions and branched out into the multi-faceted company it is today.  We are proud to carry Wysong products at Abracadabra because of their commitment to a healthy lifestyle.  They carry healthy products for both people and animals.  Check out their website for tons of helpful info on living healthy.  A store favorite is their canned pet food that contains 95% meat.  They make this pet food with a variety of protein sources like beef, chicken, duck, rabbit, and salmon.

Starting at $2.40 for a 14oz can

Zuke’s

Zuke’s was founded in 1995 and is dedicated to all natural treats for our pets.  They operate under the belief that we should feed our pets what we feed ourselves.  Zuke’s believes in living a live of adventure with your pet, and to live that adventure sometimes you need some nutrition on the go.  That’s why Zuke’s makes all natural whole food dog treats filled with with nutritional value.  They make treats that are grain free, wheat free, corn free, and soy free, and they are USA made.  You will never see any by-products, mystery meats, artificial colors or flavors, or any added animal fat in these treats.  Check out their awesome interactive ingredient finder that shows you exactly what’s in every treat and where it came from! (https://www.zukes.com/why-zukes/ingredients) A store favorite of ours are the Lil’ Links Chicken & Apple.  Real chicken is the first ingredient followed by apples, carrots, and potatoes!  Your pet will love these treats, and they will give them an extra boost of nutrition for those extra active days  A portion of every sale goes to the Dog and Cat Cancer Fund to help pets in need of extra care.

Starting at $6.49 for 6oz

 

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