I don't know if I'd go quite that far:
Here's some other stuff on the market:
Original Kibbles and Bits:
corn, soybean meal, beef and bone meal, ground wheat flour, animal fat (bha used as preservative), corn syrup, wheat middlings, water sufficient for processing, animal digest (source of chicken flavor), propylene glycol, salt, hydrochloric acid, potassium chloride, caramel color, sorbic acid (used as a
Ol Roy: Water sufficient for processing, poultry, meat by-products, wheat flour, wheat gluten, peas, salt, carrots, guar gum, caramel color, potassium cholride, sodium tripolyphosphate, onion extract, carrageenan, garlic powder, vitamins (A supplement,
Pedigree Weight Maintenance:
Ground Whole Corn, Meat And Bone Meal, Rice, Corn Gluten Meal, Chicken By-Product Meal, Wheat Mill Run, Dried Beet Pulp, Animal Fat (Preserved With BHA/BHT), Potassium Chloride, Natural Flavor, Wheat Flour, Salt, Carrot Powder, Dried Peas,
Pedigree Large Breed
Ground Whole Corn, Meat And Bone Meal (Natural Source Of Calcium), Chicken By-Product Meal (Natural Source Of Glucosamine†), Corn Gluten Meal, Rice, Animal Fat (Preserved With BHA/BHT), Wheat Flour, Dried Beet Pulp, Natural Flavor, Salt, Potassium Chloride, Wheat Mill Run, Caramel Color, Vegetable Oil (Source Of Linoleic Acid), Vitamins
If someone were looking at the various foods at the grocery store, reading labels, K&B Wholesome looks better than most of the stuff on the shelves. Lola's Mommy came here looking for information, and she said that it looked pretty good to her. She asked for information on the ingredients.
As LJ's Mom points out, better foods (Canidae, TOTW, Natural Balance) can cost about the same because we feed far less. If you surf around this thread (and google these and other foods you'll find mentioned here), you may find a couple that might be worth looking into. Some are available at Petco (I don't know any that are available at PetSmart). Some are available at feed shops. Many are available at small pet shops. Peas and carrots are great, but only if fed WITH good quality proteins, not instead of them.
Commercial dog food can be pretty overwhelming. There are so many options (with more coming out each day, it seems). Plus price isn't always what it seems to be. I buy a premium dog food for my dog that weighs 40 lbs. But she eats about 7/8 cup per day. I'd have to feed her somewhere between 2.5 - 4 cups of the K&B Wholesome Medley food, according to the guidelines on K&B's website.
That gives me a lot of wiggle room on price.
So, take some time, look around, and ask a lot of questions. That's how the rest of us figured this out. Well, til they introduce a new food tomorrow (or change formulas. They do that too!)