I feel fairly confident in choosing a kibble based on the meat, grain/carbs and fat ingredients. It sounds like a plus to have fruit and vegetables but some highly rated and recommended kibbles don't include them. How do I know if I should choose a brand with these items?
Dog Food Advisor rates different dog foods and their ingredients.
Dog Food Reviews and Ratings | Dog Food Advisor
While DFA's is probably the most popular one, I think there are also other websites --
you can try Googling a phrase such as "dog food ratings"
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I think most kibbles that have fruit and veggies listed have them so low on the ingredient list that they are insignificant. If you believe they are an important part of your dogs diet, I would feed fresh fruit and veggies as snacks. My dogs chow down on apples, asparagus, cucumbers, berries etc. I also include peas in their diet, as it seems to curb their grass eating.
While I feed primarily raw to my adult dogs I would not let fruit and veggies in a kibble influence my choice of kibble.
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