“The Best Dog Food” Almost Killed A Dog. Here Is What One Family Did To Save Their Dog’s Life.

“The Best Dog Food” Almost Killed A Dog. Here Is What One Family Did To Save Their Dog’s Life.

How does one of “the best dog food brands” almost killed a dog?

I sat down with a Waggles.com customer to share her story. Amber B. helps me write today’s blog story about the falsely advertised “best dog foods” on the market. It is safe to say that Coco is a spoiled pup. Dog parks, dog beaches, even dog insurance were all a normal part of Coco’s life. However, the one thing Amber couldn’t find out was why her poop was always liquid. Why did Coco have irritated skin and why was such a happy pup often lethargic and breath terrible. She fed her what she knew to be the best dog food on the market. Furthermore, why all of these issues?

Finally after two years of searching and trying all sorts of dog food she had found it! The “Holy Grail” of dog food, Smack Dog Food. They were vacationing in Canada, visiting Amber’s sister. Coco when first arrived at their home in Canada began playing with Alica’s dog. Amber felt at ease that the dogs liked one another. However, it all started when Coco began to eat Jack’s food. Almost 7 full days of eating Smack, she noticed that Coco’s breath wasn’t bad and her poop was solid. She couldn’t believe it.

At that time Smack could only be found in Canada. So she would have her sister ship bags to her. It wasn’t 6 months and Smack had begun to distribute their incredible, raw, dehydrated dog food here in the USA through us at Waggles.com. Amber began to share it with all the pet parents she knew! Here is the story of one families pursuit of the best dog food for their pup.

Amber’s Story

Originally, we thought it might be the stress from moving into our home after we adopted Coco. We switched her off the food she was on at the shelter. However, over time, after dozens of vet appointments, and countless brand foods, we realized all these “best dog food” is the same. After hours of researching online, I was horrified to see how many brands have been recalled and banned. Supermarket pet food brands have more recalls than you think!


I have to admit, I’m embarrassed that I never thought to look at the ingredients of Ritz’s food. I was shocked to see over 40+ ingredients many of them being grains, soy and synthetic!

Ingredients Not Fit For Dogs!

Purina ONE SmartBlend True Instinct with Real Salmon & Tuna Adult Premium Dog Food:

Salmon, Corn Gluten Meal, Soy Flakes, Brewers Rice, Animal Fat Preserved with Mixed-Tocopherols, Whole Grain Wheat, Poultry By-Product Meal (Source of Glucosamine), Soybean Meal, Fish Meal (Source of Glucosamine), Whole Grain Corn, Tuna, Glycerin, Corn Germ Meal, Oat Meal, Animal Digest, Calcium Carbonate, Mono and Dicalcium Phosphate, Salt, Soybean Oil, Caramel Color, Fish Oil, Potassium Chloride, Vitamin D Supplement, Sulfur, Zinc Sulfate, Choline Chloride, Ferrous Sulfate, Manganese Sulfate, Niacin, Vitamin A Supplement, Copper Sulfate, Calcium Pantothenate, Thiamine Mononitrate, Vitamin B-12 Supplement, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Riboflavin Supplement, Garlic Oil, Vitamin D-3 Supplement, Calcium Iodate, Folic Acid, Menadione Sodium Bisulfite Complex (Source of Vitamin K Activity), Biotin, Sodium Selenite. A-4173.

All of these ingredients are added rather than being something that should be organically supplied to our dogs when fed the proper food. Why all the additional stuff?

Like these ‘top’ supermarket brands, many have misleading labels. All of these brands contain toxic ingredients. “Top Shelf” kibble often advertised as “organic” and “natural” mislead millions every day. While they all contain mostly grains and fillers, toxic to our dogs. My husband and I found a list of brands that were recalled in just the past year. We were shocked and you’ll be too. Ritz was fed 6 of these recalled brands!

THE LIST: Brands Recalled in 2017/2018:

Date – Brand Name: Product

2/14/2018 – Gravy Train, Kibbles’N Bits, Ol’ Roy, Skippy:
Various canned dog foods
2/11/18 – Darwins:
2/8/18 – Raws for Paws:
Ground Turkey Pet Food
1/15/18 – JustFoodForDogs:
Meals with green beans
12/22/17 – Primal Pet Foods:
Dog and Cat Foods
12/8/17 – Darwin’s:
Natural Selections
6/15/17 – Loving Pets:
Dog Treats
5/6/17 -Small batchh:
Pets Frozen Dog Food
4/18/17 – Party Animal:
Canned Dog Food
3/18/17 – Blue Buffalo:
Canned Dog Food
3/18/17 – Wellness Canned:
Dog Food
2/28/17 – Blue Buffalo:
Wet Dog Food
2/28/17 – Evanger’s and Against the Grain:
Braised Beef & Pulled Beef
2/14/17 – Against the Grain:
Pulled Beef With Gravy
2/13/17 – Blue Buffalo:
Homestyle Recipe
2/9/17 – Giant Food Stores:
Companion Canned Dog Food
2/9/17 – PetSmart:
Chicken and Rice
2/3/17 – Evanger’s:
Hunk of Beef
1/13/17 – Blue Ridge:
Beef & Frozen Turkey


We could not pronounce 99% of the ingredients in all of the “premium” brands we spent thousands on. I couldn’t believe how many chemicals and bi-products were in Ritz’s bowl. When I compared the ingredients to SMACK, I saw Smack’s most popular flavor, Chunky Chicken only has eleven ingredients. The back of the bag labeled all the ingredients clearly, they were all meats and vegetables that we would eat.

The Best Dog Food

Most of all, I wanted to provide Coco with the delicious raw REAL food she deserved. After Canada’s trip and Coco’s almost instant transformation, I knew we had found what was missing. Most noteworthy is that not only is it the best dog food but it’s a convenient solution! No mess, delivered to my doorstep, easy to travel with and less poop to pick up! 


…”I couldn’t Believe i did not know how to properly read my dog’s food ingredients.What i did not know, hurt my baby”

The best dog food on the market

When I switched from “the best dog food” to truly the best Smack, I realized the difference between in food grade types. The ‘Feed Grade’ food type and ‘human grade’ food quality are vastly different. The ‘Feed-grade’ is not regulated and lower quality than ‘human-grade’.

All dogs deserve the best dog food around. We want her to be able to eat as if she would naturally and instinctually. It seems like a good rule of thumb, if your dog wouldn’t eat in the wild, it doesn’t belong in their bowl either. Finally, we found a human grade’ raw diet option, that was convenient for people like my husband and I that work a lot. We don’t have time to prepare a raw diet, so a raw dehydrated dog food is truly perfect.

“it seems like a good rule of thumb, if your dog wouldn’t eat it in the wild, it doesn’t belong in their bowl either.”

Why Did I Pick Smack For Coco?

My sister Alica moved to Canada a couple of years ago and she raved about this new food she discovered up there called SMACK Pet Food. Alica is a doctor she takes her health and her dog’s very seriously.

I am a top rated Yelper so reviews are everything to me. I was sold when I saw that Smack was enthusiastically recommended by Dog Advisor. They were picked #1 out of more than 3,500 commercially reviewed dog foods.

Recently, Smack Pet Food had only been available in Canada. Their secret brand formulas are not sold to stores. Nor are other brands that claim to offer the same raw food with the convenience of kibble. Thankfully, Alica told me about Waggles.com that was the only provider of this food. So she no longer had to buy it and ship it to me. 

First I answered a few questions in a short questionnaire about Coco’s size, weight, and activity level. The right size bag was recommended, order and shipped! It was that easy.



Why Is SMACK So Different Than All Other Brands Out There?

After reviewing everything on Smack’s website, I started getting really excited. The SECRET behind Smack, is that it’s foods are made with raw, organic ingredients and then dehydrated. So no nutrients are lost, each recipe packs serious nutritional value for dogs.

The best dog food should provide the benefits of a raw diet but with the convenience of normal dry food. Moreover, the icing on the cake is that Smack dog foods are made with “human grade” ingredients. Their food is grain free, gluten free, and has a low glycemic index. The dehydrated process ensures that zero synthetics or artificial flavors are necessary. I couldn’t believe I had finally found the answer to all of my problems as a pet parent!

“The best dog food should provide the benefits of the raw diet but with the convenience of normal dry food.”

At first, I couldn’t believe how few ingredients were in Smack’s different recipes. For example, Coco’s favorite is their Chunky Chicken. The ingredients are as follows:

  • 60% USDA Organic Chicken
  • Millet Seed
  • Organic
    • Strawberry
    • Pineapple
    • Mango

In comparison, Blue’s Life Protection Formula has 69 ingredients. The Blue’s formulas include all kinds of weird ingredients that nobody but a chemist could pronounce. For instance, the “Premium” or “best dog foods” sell millions and millions of dollars of dog food with the number one ingredient being ground yellow corn lullaby chicken by-product meal.

And all this time we thought we were feeding Coco “Premium” proteins but actual meat is not anywhere to be listed. No beef, chicken, lamb, fish any type of raw REAL proteins that ‘s required for an optimal life.

What Is Dehydrated Raw Dog Food?

I was curious to what “raw dehydrated dog food” really was. After doing some research, I got the scoop and really understood why Coco made a 180-degree transformation in just 4 months! I whole heartedly see why Smack is the best dog food on the market.

Smack Pet Food makes their pet food fresh each day from their site just outside of Winnipeg, British Columbia Canada. All of their recipes start with 95% percent fresh meat, organs, and bone. Their ingredients mirror the whole prey meat-rich diet that dogs and cats require which is what Coco was clearly missing. They add in superfoods packed with vitamins and minerals known to fight cancer.

Most noteworthy is that I realize now how much Coco relies on me. I was letting her down by not feeding her Smack Pet Food before. The prices of vet bills, medicine, and kibble these fly by night companies make can really put a dent in your wallet. Thankfully, this breakthrough by people who were sick of the same ongoing issues changed Coco’s life. 

Smack Raw Dehydrated Dog Food contains ingredients known to:

  1. Fight Cancer
  2. Help Muscles Recover
  3. Increase Longevity of Health
  4. Improve Protein Digestion
  5. Blood Sugar Regulation
  6. Reduce Inflammation
  7. Improve Insulin Sensitivity
  8. Raise Serotonin Levels – Improve Mood
  9. Reduce Gastrointestinal Disorders
  10. Improve Vitamin & Mineral Absorption

Clearly, Smack is truly the best dog food on the market.

The Verdict:

In Conclusion, I was a little doubtful trying something new for my Coco, but the proof is here. She loved the food up in Canada and the changes were real and lasting. Smack knows exactly what they are doing! As a result, I firmly believe that it is the best dog food on the market. You have nothing to lose, only your dog’s life to save! Most of all I hope you give it a try like we did. 

Update: I just saw that Smack Dog Foods is currently offering a 20% discount on their most popular food flavors. Use this link to get 20% off your first order now!


Considering the premium ingredients inside each bag of Smack, this sale is a really big deal. I’m guessing that Smack is probably losing money on this sale. I’d be willing to bet there are only limited numbers of discounted bags.

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