Whole Dog Journal’s Approved Dry Dog Food List
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Whole Dog Journal’s Approved Dry Dog Food List

The 2018 WDJ-Approved Dry Dog Foods list is here!

The food you give your dog plays a critical role in his well-being, both on a daily basis and long-term. He needs a diet with the right nutrients to keep him active, happy, and healthy. And make no mistake: Not all dog foods are created equal. Since 1998, The Whole Dog Journal has been proving that much in an annual review and ratings of dry dog foods. Dog food brands like Champion Petfoods’ Orijen, Diamond’s Taste of the Wild, and Merrick have been regulars on the Whole Dog Journal Approved list in recent years, as have Bench & Field and Wellpet’s Wellness, among many others.

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