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Which Dog Food is Best for My Dog #PinnacleHealthyPets

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One of the questions I am asked over and over in my career is “which food is best for my dog?” Simply stated, the one that is best for your dog is the one that works for your dog.

If walking down the dog food aisle of a pet supply store dizzies you, take heart that you are not alone. Since this blog is called FiDOSE of Reality, we cut to the chase and go behind the shiny dog on the front of a bag. We look at the ingredients on the back and only once that test is passed, do we consider if the dog food is worthy of further investigation.

Only you can decide what works for your dog’s age, breed, size, and considering his or her health.

With the rise of allergies affecting dogs, there are a bevy of dog food choices available to pet parents. Keep in mind that most dogs that are itching and scratching due to their diet probably have a food sensitivity/intolerance and not a food allergy.

I love to take my dog to the park, do things outdoors with him, and I certainly cannot have environmental issues affecting him. We already know that he cannot tolerate certain food ingredients. Well, check this photo out below, and he clearly makes poor choices on his own.

My dog would not make the best choices on his own when it comes to food and drink.

The Difference

Food allergy: Affects multiple organs in the body and causes an immune system reaction, which can be severe or even life threatening.

Food intolerance: With the addition of grains into dog food, millions of dogs have developed a food intolerance wherein digestive issues or skin problems result, and that includes itching.

So a pet parent walks into a pet supply store and just wants something healthy to feed their dog that is a limited ingredient diet and produced here in the United States. What product is one that they can take comfort in feeding? Keep reading to see what happened to my last dog.

dog food from Natural Balance
Do you know what’s in your dog’s food?

We recently returned from a vacation with our dog, and I feel good knowing that our dog did not have any environmental allergy flare ups and that there are foods on the market that share in our healthy pet philosophy. Here’s Dexter cruising the coast line of Provincetown, Massachusetts, looking for shells. I love his zest and spirit for life. I love that I am married to someone who believes in keeping our dog in shape, as much as I do. Click the video below to see my outdoor boy in action. He is literally combing the beach for shells!

Blast from the Past

Years ago, when I had my Cocker Spaniel, Brandy Noel, she developed some issues later in life. Our veterinarian wanted her on a limited ingredient diet, and one of the brands he mentioned was Pinnacle®. I did not know then what I do now. Today I am more well-informed dog mom who understands that not all food is created equal.

pinnaclelogoWe tried to find the Pinnacle dog food at that time, but our local stores did not carry it. Hurrah that times have changed. I don’t think we need to over think what we feed our beloved pets. We do, however, need to be cognizant of the ingredients in that bag, box, or can.

Let’s cut right to the chase, and here are the facts on Pinnacle:

  • Canned or bagged kibble
  • Limited ingredients
  • Grain free
  • Made in California
  • Contains more natural ingredients like Quinoa, Sweet Potato, Pumpkin, Sea kelp, and Cottage Cheese (you know, like WE, people, eat)
  • Good for dogs with sensitive stomachs (and this was my last dog’s issue)

My Brandy Noel was an active little girl, too. Dogs are a very important part of my life and they are included in all our plans.

pinnacle dog food

Handy Chart

The next time you are in need of a new dog food, are considering switching food for your dog, and just need the facts without a sales hype, this is all you need:

How to choose good dog food


Check out the ingredients; they are listed in descending order by weight. Meat can appear first due to higher moisture content than the dry ingredients in the food. Several different forms of the same ingredient may be listed separately, commonly known as “ingredient splitting.”

If the pet food name says, “formula, recipe, dinner, entrée, or platter,” for AAFCO standards, it must contain at least 25 percent of the named ingredient.

My dog, Dexter, loves to play outdoors.

Where to Go Next

If you are interested in trying Pinnacle for your dog, check out their store locator here.

Do your homework and visit the Pinnacle Facebook page.

Consider this final startling statistic: $22.26 billion was spent on food in the United States in 2014 on our pets, and that number is expected to increase this year. $22.26 billion. With the array of choices in dog foods available, dogs are what they are eating. Our dogs can’t shop the aisles, read the labels, and make a concerted decision on what is best for them. That’s our job as their pet parents, so be armed with information and be the owner your dog wants you to be.

I want my dog to enjoy his outdoor adventures with me. Together we will make that happen.

Fidose of Reality only reviews products and provides information to our readers if the products are ones we would use. As always, check with your dog’s veterinarian before making any dietary changes.

Are you a savvy label reader when it comes to dog food? Do you know what’s in the ingredients in your dog’s food?


  1. Robin (Masshole Mommy) says

    Honestly, my dog came from the shelter eating one specific brand and I have always just continued to use it. He likes it and I trust it 🙂

  2. Jen V. says

    We don’t have any pets, but if we did have a dog, I would want to know that his food was made from only the best ingredients. It sounds like Pinnacle truly cares about producing quality pet food.

  3. Rene says

    I’ve never heard the term “ingredient splitting,” thank you for the scoop on that! And speaking of scoops, I’m glad that Pinnacle is now gone grain-free. We’re all about keeping it simple, nutritious and healthy in this pack which is exactly what Pinnacle’s ingredients represent. Yep, glad to see it’s more widely available these days.

  4. Tamara says

    I love the packaging here! It’s definitely a topic of conversation in my house because we have a picky dog and we want to feed her the best of the best. I love the grain-free.

  5. Heather lawrence says

    We never read labels on our cat food until we had to put one down due to kidney failure.
    After that we always made sure that we gave them high quality food so we never had that issue again.
    So important to watch what we feed our fur babies!

  6. Lorane says

    The one that works best is the one that agrees with the dog the most. I’ve tried expensive brand and find that the less expensive ones work better

  7. Debbie L says

    I am a label reader when it comes to our food and Diesel’s. . Diesel loves Pinnacle – I really like that Pinnacle is made with natural ingredients and made in the USA.

  8. Claudia Krusch says

    My dogs are always treated with the best, I’m always looking for info on what they eat and how to find better brands.. I am not familiar with this brand but I will check it out.

    • Anna says

      Try Orijen. It’s fantastic. You can order online at (name removed) if it’s not carried at a provider near you. My APBT is on the 6 Fish Blend. She’s got a grain allergy, and came to us with dry itchy skin from a foster home. Now she’s lean, full of energy, building muscle, and has a gorgeous coat. You can visit Orijen on Instagram and literally see videos of what they put in their food. It’s amazing. Good luck!

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