Dog biscuits… your pup loves them! But with so many on the market, how do you know which ones to pick for your pooch? Here’s our pick of the 10 best dog biscuits to keep your dog healthy, happy and satisfied.
Your choice of dog biscuits should go beyond what your pup thinks is tasty. It’s vital to ensure the food they’re consuming is high-quality and well-balanced to keep their body fit and healthy. Good quality food will help keep your dog’s immune system strong, their coat shiny and their digestive system in check.
But dog biscuit options are endless - so how do you know what to pick? Let’s take a look at some of the best and worst ingredients to look out for in dog biscuits - plus, we’ll be sharing our top UK dog biscuit brands for you to consider.
Before we start, it’s important to know that dog food ingredients are listed by weight. That means the food at the top of the list makes up the bulk of the food, dropping down to smaller quantity ingredients.
Dog biscuits: What to look for
Protein should be the main staple in your dog’s diet. Pick a dog biscuit which has an animal protein (chicken, turkey, beef or lamb) as the top ingredient.
Whole vegetables and fruits provide your pooch with essential vitamins, enzymes and antioxidants, so pick a food rich in these. Blueberries, pomegranate and raspberries are super.
Another great thing to watch out for in dog biscuits is omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, found in ingredients like flaxseed and salmon oil. More senior dogs will benefit from turmeric due to its anti-inflammatory properties.
If grains are present in the food, that’s no problem. They’re generally good for dogs - though it’s a heavily debated ingredient. You only need to avoid these if your pooch has a grain allergy - though if you’d prefer to cut them out anyway, that’s fine, too.
Dog biscuits: What to avoid
If you can see a vague ingredient like cereals or meat derivatives, the brand is best avoided. There’s no way to know what’s actually in the food - it could literally be anything. The same goes for a generic fat source such as animal fat - look for specifics such as duck or chicken fat.
Added sweetener or sugar might make the food taste better to your pooch, but it’s doing them no favours. It could make them hyper and restless - not to mention the detrimental effect on their long-term health.
Dog biscuits chockablock with artificial colours, flavour and preservatives are a no-go, too. Good quality food wil be tasty, fresh and nutritious enough without any of these unhealthy add-ons.
7 best UK dog biscuits
Naturea Regional Chicken Dry Dog Food
We love Naturea’s philosophy. They only include meat which would also be fit for human consumption - so you can be sure that what your dog is eating is of the highest quality. Their dog biscuits are made up of a high percentage of chicken meat and enhanced with nutritious ingredients such as salmon oil, eggs, fruit, vegetables and seaweed. Naturea dog biscuits are also grain-free for those who wish to cut them from their dog’s diet. Super healthy, super tasty - win-win!
Gentle Dry Dog Food
It makes sense to feed your dog food which is as close to their natural diet as possible, right? Well, that’s exactly what Gentle Dry Dog Food aims for. Their balanced, nutritious, high meat content dog food has absolutely everything your pooch needs for a healthy diet, without any nasty, unnecessary added ingredients. Plus, essential vitamins and fibre retain their goodness thanks to Gentle's cold-pressing technique. Yum!
Symply Dog Food
We had to add Symply to the list - it’s wholesome, healthy and purse-friendly. In fact, because their food is so nutritionally-balanced, your pooch probably won’t need as much food. It’s bursting with antioxidants, skin-repairing zinc, natural ingredients and quality, high-content protein to keep your pup’s immune system in top condition.
Lily’s Kitchen Chicken and Duck Dog Dry Food
If your pooch has joint problems, you should give Lily’s Kitchen a go. With glucosamine and chondroitin added to their formula, this nutritious food is great for aiding bone and joint support. It’s also grain-free with probiotics, omega 3 fatty acids and ton of other good stuff - 40% real meat, spinach, sweet potatoes, cranberries, and more - frankly, we could go on and on!
Beco Dog Food – MSC Cod and Haddock with Kale and Chickpeas
If sustainability is something you’re passionate about, this MSC certified dry dog biscuit food is a good choice for you. It’s packed with sustainbly-caught fish, high-quality, delicious fish for your dog to enjoy, rich in Omega 3 for a super shiny, glossy cloat. And yes, it is as healthy as it sounds - the kale and chickpeas are sure to keep your pups’ digestion and immune system in top check. Full points from us!
Truline Dry Dog Food
With each nibble containing 75% fresh fish, we’re not surprised that Truline won the Best UK Dry Dog Food award in 2017. This innovative brand’s quest is simple - create simple, fresh and highly nutritious food for dogs. Their recipes never include cereals, filler or other nasty ingredients which can cause digestive problems. Although it’s a little pricier than standard dog food brands, we’re certain it’s worth it - Truline is dog nutrition at its best!
Natural Dog Food Company
Lastly, we had to mention the Natural Dog Food Company, a family-run British business. The team believed that many popular dog food brands were the cause of many health problems in dogs. They decided to change that, teaming up with vets and nutrionists to create a natural, wholesome dog biscuits and other food at an affordable price. Their products contain absolutely no synthetic chemicals, no by-products or fillers, and non-intensively farmed meats - a great company all round!
Let us know if you try out any of our dog food picks - and tell us what you think!