Good Brands of Dog Food in Mexico? A Glossary of Terms

Carl and Lorena’s beloved Poco

A reader writes:

Hello Carl
Could you please provide me with the names of some of the better quality dog foods. I can’t read Spanish (yet)

editor’s note: Carl is lurking in his northern lair, so I turned to PG correspondent El Codo for some investigative reporting.

El Codo:

Northern Mexico, the Baja California peninsula, and larger cities are more prosperous and a person is more likely to find expensive dogs, and therefore expensive dog food.

Unless you shop in a gringo enclave, smaller neighborhood tiendas (stores) are most likely to only have the most plain-jane generic pet food.  Light brown nuggets which I refer to as “Doggie K-Rations” are sold in bulk or repackaged in small clear plastic bags. Skinny Mexican dogs gobble this stuff up, but a dog from the US or Canada would seemingly rather starve than eat this dismal fare.

Supermercados, chain grocery stores will have a larger selection, including quality Mexican brands and familiar US brands. Commercial Mexicana, Gigante, Soriana, and Bodega Aurerra are some examples of larger chain stores. Popular brands like Pedigree and Purina are common, as are variants of the majors. Puppy food is common, and “low fat” varieties are getting more common. But only in those larger stores.

28% Protein “Made in Mexico”

Costco and Sam’s Club carry a large variety, as well as larger sacks in case you are feeding a particularly hungry Great Dane, or brace of smaller dogs.

However, truly exotic (to Mexicans) dog food brands like “Science Diet” are rare. Some veterinarians in gringo enclaves sell high-end dog food, but be forewarned, the price may make your knees wobble. If your pooch requires a special food, then by all means bring it from home. It will be difficult to find down here.

Some bag dog food list vitamins minerals, protein and fat content but don’t count on it.

Mexican Brand

Counterfeit dog food is quite rare – I’ve never heard of it being found.

Glossary of Spanish Dog Food Terms:




Carne: MEAT

Carne de Res BEEF

Pescado FISH


Subproductos BYPRODUCTS

Arroz RICE


Pasta de Soya SOY PASTE

Nutritional Info

Bha/Bht PRESERVATIVES (Google for definitions)

Vitaminas VITAMINS (the same as in English)

Minerales MINERALS (latinized but very similar to English. “sulfate de magnesio” for “MAGNESIUM SULFATE” etc.)

Analisis Garantizados GUARANTEED ANALYSIS

Proteina Cruda CRUDE PROTEIN

Grasa Cruda CRUDE FAT



Ceniza ASH

Editor’s note: See comments for additional info.



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  1. Larry says:

    I surely agrees with Carl’s list and I’ll add Acana to that list.
    I have been in Mexico with my dog and Acana was very easy to find

    • Lorena says:

      Larry, thanks for passing on your tip to People’s Guide readers. Sharing information about Mexico that helps others as we travel is the real purpose of The People’s Guide to Mexico and this website.
      BTW, this article was written by PGM correspondent David “El Codo” Eidel, who is living in Baja at the moment.

    • kitty says:

      I see the list of ingredients but no list of dog foods. I would like to find a review/ranking of the dog foods here. Is there such a thing?

      • luis says:

        i feed my hounds pure balance here in the states but when i take them to Mexico i buy Pedigree over there … it is infinitely better than Ameican Pedigree dry dog foods…

  2. Robin says:

    I am bringing my dog for 2 weeks and need to either bring enough food for her because she is on a special diet (Natural Balance Potato & Duck formula). Because do the regulations I do not know how to get the food into Mexico (we are flying to Cancun — going to Playa del Carmen) and I do not think they sell that brand. Is there a comparable limited ingredient food in Mexico? Thank you for your help.

  3. churpa says:

    Hi Robin! I don’t have personal experience bringing dog food across the border, in recent years, but this article at Rocky Point times contains some interesting info:
    In particular:” Items prohibited are any type of flour or meal, either by itself or as an ingredient; hence the dry dog and cat food, most of which contains something such as chicken or other meat meal or byproducts. Beef in every form, i.e. fresh, frozen, canned, dried, potted, in a jar, corned, sliced, diced, pureed, powdered, or as an ingredient, including in animal foods, is not allowed. Period. No beef. ”
    So it sounds like maybe you can bring dog food as long as it doesn’t contain flour or beef? Anyone else have any first hand experience with this subject? According to Walmart’s Mexico website, the chain in Mexico carries Pedigree Natural Balance dog food. Not sure if that’s what you are talking about, though.
    It also seems likely to me that you could probably get away with bringing a small sealed bag of dog food in your checked luggage. Not everyone gets searched.

    • Erin Strasser says:

      I crossed into Mexico at the Santa Teresa border crossing (NM) in December with about 120 lbs of dog food for my trusty mascota “Tejon”. Despite receiving the green light I was stopped and agents proceeded to check my truck. They found one of my 40 lb bags of dog food (the rest concealed in tupperware bins) and asked to climb in and check the ingredients list. Apparently any dog food with beef ingredients are prohibited and one can only bring something like 20 kg of dog food into Mexico. I was given this warning and waved on through (after they checked Tejon’s vaccination records and health certificate).

      • luis says:

        I recently had a sack of dog food decommisioned at the Mexicali border crossing… one an only cross 50 lbs of dog food per vehicle into Mexico…

  4. churpa says:

    Thanks for the info, Luis! I’m adding it to the original post.

  5. He eats it just fine and as long as I don’t find a horse shoe in the bag Ill keep spending the 8 bucks a bag instead of 12 to 15