TLC Dog Food: Our Favorite Dry Dog Food
We highly recommend and feed TLC pet food. It has no corn, wheat, soy, or vegetable proteins, and has high levels of meat-based protein. Plus it does not have peas, other legumes, or potatoes as the PRIMARY ingredients (listed as one first in the ingredients label on the dog food bag).
Dogs with sensitive stomachs do well on TLC because it has probiotics and a little bit of grain for fiber.
TLC has just the right amount of the ingredients that we look at when evaluating dog food. TLC can only be bought directly from the company. It is not sold to distributors or stores so that it always comes fresh from the manufacturer without sitting in warehouses or store shelves for months. Shipping is free and our dogs love it. Click on the picture below to go to their website and get $5.00 off your first order. Read on below for more information on why we recommend it.
We have been very impressed with the ingredients, service, and honest representation of the TLC dog food. The people at TLC have made it a priority to be forthright with regard to ingredients in their food. Some dog food manufacturers have become experts in hiding things while still complying with labeling regulations. Some of these hidden ingredients can be dangerous. Marketing tactics (especially within the grain-free industry) has caused a huge increase in DCM (Dilated Cardiomyopathy), a nutritionally linked and dangerous heart disease that has come to the forefront of nutritional dog discussions in 2018. It is refreshing to work with a dog food company who is trustworthy and makes it easy to learn about the nutrition of their food.
Picking out a Dog Food
First of all, we recommend (require for our puppy buyers) that you rule out all foods that are rated less than 4-stars on www.dogfoodadviser.com. The people who run this site are very knowledgable but they do not seem to be totally up-to-date with regard to a few new developments in canine nutrition. It does make a great starting place but we recommend further research. We often prefer food with grain because of the positive effects of fiber on the dog’s digestive tract. Many 5 star foods are rated as 5 stars because they have very high protein levels. Many dogs can handle these high levels in dry food, but some cannot and end up with loose stools.
We at Summer Brook recommend foods high in meat-based proteins, some grain, minimal potatoes, and no vegetable proteins. Many grain-free products are excellent, but too many grain free companies are hiding the lack of meat protein by replacing it with vegetable proteins.
For more information on choosing a dog food, see our How to Choose a Dog Food page.