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The Best Limited Ingredient Dog Food

Last updated: July 8th, 2019

In July of 2018, we adopted Luna, a puppy that is a mix of a Samoyed and husky. She is full of energy, and endless hunger. From the start, we have been researching the options for limited ingredient dog food to support a healthy life. Our other dog Sasha, a four-year-old Shiba Inu, has suffered from seizures in the past, and we have linked this to low-quality, high-carb dog food.

Feeding two dogs can be expensive, especially when searching for a sensitive stomach dog food that won’t have any negative health consequences. When we first started exploring limited ingredient dog food options, we were spending over $500/month in food. Now, our monthly budget for dog food is around $150 to feed two medium-sized dogs.

After researching grain-free, limited ingredient dog foods we stumbled across several viable brands.

Currently, we are feeding our dogs two different foods. Our Shiba Inu loves Tylee’s brand of dog food and our husky enjoys the Keto Natural Ped Food kibble. These are both great options that we feel confident about feeding to our dogs to ensure optimal nutrition.

Tylee’s dog food is human grade frozen limited ingredient dog food. It is wheat, soy, and corn-free and does not contain artificial colors or flavors. The food is made and packaged in the USA.

The food must be thawed before it can be served, and it will last up to 10 days thawed in the fridge.

We feed this to our Shiba Inu. It is a great sensitive stomach dog food option, and our picky eater loves it.

A 6-lb bag is $30. Our Shiba Inu is 25 pounds, so we feed her the recommended amount of about 2.5 cups per day. There are approximately 24 cups per 6-lb bag, so one bag lasts us almost 10 days. This is $90/month if we are just feeding it to our Shiba Inu. If we were to also feed this to our husky, it would be around $250/month, since she would have a larger serving.

Varieties

  • Beef
  • Turkey
  • Pork
  • Chicken

Main Ingredients for the Beef Recipe

  • Beef heart
  • Ground beef
  • Beef liver
  • Broccoli
  • Zucchini
  • Sweet potato
  • Spinach
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Pros

Overall, Tylee’s Human-Grade dog food is a great option for us. These are some of the major pros:

  • Limited ingredient dog food
  • First few ingredients are animal products, either organ meat or protein
  • Good sensitive stomach dog food
  • Easy to serve once thawed

Cons

Although Tylee’s is a great brand, there are a few drawbacks that you want to keep in mind if you are considering purchasing this food for your dogs.

  • Food must be thawed for a day before serving (optionally can be defrosted in the microwave)
  • Expensive ($29.66 per 6-pound bag)

Keto Natural Pet Foods dry kibble has been the most convenient limited ingredient dog food option that we have used so far. The food is dry kibble, so it does not need to be stored in the refrigerator. Also, it does not need to be rehydrated. Just scoop, and serve!

Although it is dry kibble, the food contains less than 8% carbohydrates.

The company is dedicated to researching and developing the highest quality limited ingredient dog food that is low in carbohydrates, and affordable.

Their food comes in two varieties, chicken and salmon. The chicken is $82.99 for a 16.8-pound bag, and the salmon is $94.8 for the same size. The food is also offered in 4.2-pound, 8.4-pound, and 24.2-pound bags (only the chicken is available in the 24.2-pound bag).

Although the second ingredient is pea protein, there is a significantly lower portion of the food from pea protein, relative to other conventional dry kibble brands.

The food contains no corn, wheat, soy, potato, rice, barley, or sweet potato.

You can shop Keto Natural Pet Foods at the link here.

The Cost

We purchase the 24.2-pound bag of their chicken recipe for $96.29. Since we have it on autoship, we save 10% from the normal $106.99 price.

We feed this only to our husky, and our Shiba Inu has the Tylee’s brand. There are approximately 80 cups per 24.2-pound bag, and we feed our husky about 2 cups per day. So, an entire bag will last us about 40 days. The cost to feed our husky this dry food is about $72/month. If we were to feed this to our Shiba Inu as well, the cost would be around $130/month, since she would receive a smaller portion.

This is significantly cheaper than the alternatives that we have tried in the past. Also, our husky loves the food, and she has not had any digestive problems since switching away from the raw food that we purchased at the meat market.

Our dog food budget has gone from over $500/month to about $150/month for two medium-sized dogs. Although this is still expensive, we want to provide the highest-quality nutrition to our dogs.

Varieties

  • Salmon
  • Chicken

Main Ingredients for the Chicken Recipe

  • Chicken
  • Pea protein
  • Ground peas
  • Oat hulls
  • Chicken fat
  • Flaxseed meal

Pros

Overall, Keto Natural Pet Foods has been the best limited ingredient dog food that we have used. These are some of the major pros:

  • Limited ingredient dog food
  • Does not have to be refrigerated or prepared
  • Good sensitive stomach dog food
  • Relatively low cost

Cons

A few of the drawbacks of Keto Natural Pet Foods for us are:

  • Contains more carbs than traditional raw food
  • Can only be purchased online, not in stores

Luna and Sasha's Dog Food Journey

Before finding Keto Natural Pet Foods and Tylee’s, we explored several other dog food options that varied in price, preparation complexity, and desirability.

These are a few of the routes we tried:

Homemade Limited Ingredient Dog Food with Supplementation

We began experimenting with other dog food options by first making our own. I researched homemade limited ingredient dog food recipes and came up with a few that I felt comfortable feeding our dogs.

I primarily used Keto Pet Sanctuary’s keto diet calculator to find the recommended caloric intake and ingredient list.

To ensure that we were getting adequate vitamins and minerals, we purchased a Natural Dog Supplement from NUPRO. The supplement contains:

  • Desiccated liver
  • Norwegian kelp
  • Amino acids and enzymes
  • Nutritional yeast cultures
  • Flaxseed
  • Lecithin
  • Garlic
  • Calcuim citrate
  • Lactobacillus acidophilus

The supplement does not contain fillers, wheat, corn, or other grains.

We wanted to find the highest quality food for our pets, so preparing it homemade seemed to be the best option. However, it did require a lot of preparation and planning to make sure that we always had enough to feed both dogs. We knew there were high-quality limited ingredient dog food options on the market, so after some research, we decided to transition away from homemade dog food and purchase store-bought freeze-dried raw dog food.

Pros

We did not make homemade dog food for more than a few weeks. However, there were a few great perks.

  • Limited ingredient dog food
  • Cost effective
  • Knowledge and control of every ingredient
  • Good sensitive stomach dog food

Cons

A few of the drawbacks of preparing homemade dog food for us are:

  • Time consuming
  • Food must be prepared in advance and be stored in the fridge

We discovered Primal Pet Food after doing some research on limited ingredient dog food. It is widely available in most pet stores, so we purchased it at our local pet shop for a while, before buying it online. We used the food for several months before switching to a more affordable option.

Primal Pet Foods sells freeze-dried nuggets. The nuggets can be fed dry, or rehydrated with water, which makes them great for traveling with pets.

The food is corn, wheat and soy free and made in the USA.

Because this is raw meat, make sure to wash all surfaces that come in contact with the meat.

The Cost

The food is sold in 5.5 and 14oz bags. For a 40-pound dog, 16 nuggets are recommended per day. There are approximately 4 nuggets in 1 ounce. Doing the math, a 14-ounce bag will only last about 3.5 days.

That’s nearly 9 bags a month, at $30/bag. Per month, that’s $270 to feed one dog. For two dogs, it would be $540/month. This was not within our budget, so it was crucial to find something more affordable.

Varieties

  • Chicken
  • Beef
  • Lamb
  • Turkey & sardine
  • Chicken & salmon
  • Duck
  • Pork
  • Venison
  • Rabbit
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Pros

Primal Pet Foods was a good option for our dogs in the short term for a few reasons. These include:

  • Limited ingredient dog food
  • Raw food
  • First ingredients are animal based
  • High quality ingredients
  • Good sensitive stomach dog food

Cons

Ultimately we decided to switch our dog food. The reasons why included:

  • Preparation takes at least 10 minutes per meal
  • Expensive
  • Sold in small packages

Sojos is the brand we switched to after Primal Pet Foods. Similar to Primal Pet Foods, Sojos is freeze-dried limited ingredient dog food. The transition was easy, and our dogs loved Sojos. It is more affordable than Primal Pet Foods, but it still takes time to rehydrate.

We decided to switch dog foods away from Sojos for something that was quicker to serve and was not primarily vegetable-based. From research, I believe that dogs should have a primarily animal-based diet.

The food does not need to be refrigerated or left in the freezer. To serve, the food must be rehydrated with water for 5-15 minutes.

The Cost

A 7-lb bag of Sojo’s Complete Turkey Recipe is $89.99. Our dogs each had about 2 cups a day. There are approximately 33 cups in each bag, so at 4 total cups a day, this bag would barely last us one week. This totaled over $300 a month in dog food. That’s still more than I spend on groceries for myself each month.

Varieties

  • Chicken
  • Beef
  • Lamb
  • Turkey
  • Salmon
  • Goat
  • Pork
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Main Ingredients for Sojos Complete Dog Food Beef Recipe

  • Beef
  • Sweet potato
  • Carrots
  • Whole egg
  • Cabbage
  • Flax seed
  • Cranberries
  • Celery
  • Beef liver

Pros

Sojos was a good option for our dogs in the short term for a few reasons. These include:

  • Can be stored dry util rehydrated
  • Raw food
  • Several varieties to rotate through
  • High quality ingredients
  • Good sensitive stomach dog food

Cons

Ultimately we decided to switch our dog food. The reasons why included:

  • Preparation takes at least 10 minutes per meal
  • Expensive
  • Too many vegetables and not enough animal proteins

We discovered Tylee’s through a buy-one-get-one deal on Chewy. Our dogs both loved it, and it was more affordable than Primal Pet Foods and Sojos.

However, we found that we would go through a bag in what felt like just 3 or 4 days. Our husky would devour the food and we were constantly ordering more because each bag was only 6 pounds.

The food worked really well for our Shiba Inu, but we decided to experiment with other more affordable options for our husky.

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Raw Food

We were looking for more affordable alternatives to Tylee’s that were still high-quality, limited ingredient dog food options. We had reduced our monthly dog food costs from over $500/month to about $250/month. However, this was still at the high end of our budget, and we wanted to explore other options, especially for our husky.

For a while, we were purchasing raw dog food from a local meat market. The food is made from trimmings and organ meats. It is a truly limited ingredient dog food. The 5-pound bags are sold for $6.50 and kept both of our dogs fed for a week. We would go through about 5 bags a month, making this the most affordable dog food option thus far, costing us only about $30/month.

The meat is great, high-quality, and affordable.

However, the dog food comes frozen and has to be thawed for nearly two days before it can easily be scooped. And since the food is just raw meat, it does not have a long fridge life. On top of that, the food smells terrible, like rotting meat, because that’s what it is.

Our Shiba Inu was never a fan of the raw food from the meat market, so we switched her back over to Tylee’s brand.

Our husky loved the raw food, but it soon gave her digestive problems, and she was having loose stools. After cleaning up one too many messes, we decided that it was time to switch her food. Raw food is not always the best sensitive stomach dog food.

Although this was the most affordable high-quality option, it didn’t work well for our pets, so we ultimately had to switch their food to something else.

I discovered this brand on the Keto For Normies podcast. They interviewed Daniel Shulof, the owner of Keto Natural Pet Foods.

I was listening to the podcast right around the time that our husky was having regular accidents inside, and we knew we needed to find a good sensitive stomach dog food.

Ultimately, this food was more affordable than all of the other options, except the raw meat.

Our husky devours this food so quickly that we actually had to purchase a special bowl to slow down her eating so she doesn’t choke. It’s safe to say she enjoys her low-carb, limited ingredient dog food!

The main drawback of this food is that it does contain some vegetable oils. Check out my article on omega-3 to omega-6 ratios for more information on what this might mean for your furry friends. Overall, I think the pros outweigh the cons, and we’ll be feeding this to Luna for the foreseeable future.

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