Alpo Chop House Dog Food (Canned)

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Rating: ★★☆☆☆

Alpo Chop House Dog Food receives the Advisor’s second-lowest tier rating of 2 stars.

The Alpo Chop House product line includes 13 canned dog foods, each claimed to meet AAFCO nutrient profiles for all life stages.

The following is a list of recipes available at the time of this review.

  • Alpo Chop House with Lamb (3.5 stars)
  • Alpo Chop House Originals Ribeye Flavor
  • Alpo Chop House Originals Top Sirloin Flavor
  • Alpo Chop House Filet Mignon Flavor (3 stars)
  • Alpo Chop House T-Bone Steak Flavor in Gravy
  • Alpo Chop House Beef Tenderloin Flavor in Gravy
  • Alpo Chop House Tender Cuts with Lamb in Gravy
  • Alpo Chop House Rotisserie Chicken Flavor in Gravy
  • Alpo Chop House Roasted Chicken Flavor (3.5 stars)
  • Alpo Chop House T-Bone Steak Flavored Cuts in Gravy
  • Alpo Chop House Originals Filet Mignon Flavor (3.5 stars)
  • Alpo Chop House Rotisserie Chicken Flavored Cuts in Gravy
  • Alpo Chop House Originals Roasted Chicken Flavor (3 stars)

Alpo Chop House Tender Cuts with Lamb in Gravy was selected to represent the other products in the line for this review.

Alpo Chop House Tender Cuts with Lamb in Gravy

Canned Dog Food

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

Protein = 44% | Fat = 14% | Carbs = 34%

Ingredients: Water sufficient for processing, meat by-products, liver, chicken, wheat gluten, soy flour, corn starch-modified, lamb, potassium chloride, calcium phosphate, added color, salt, choline chloride, zinc sulfate, vitamin E supplement, ferrous sulfate, niacin, copper sulfate, thiamine mononitrate, manganese sulfate, calcium pantothenate, pyridoxine hydrochloride, vitamin B12 supplement, riboflavin supplement, vitamin A supplement, potassium iodide, folic acid, vitamin D3 supplement, biotin, sodium selenite

Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 8.3%

Red items when present indicate controversial ingredients

Estimated Nutrient Content
MethodProteinFatCarbs
Guaranteed Analysis8%3%NA
Dry Matter Basis44%14%34%
Calorie Weighted Basis40%30%30%

The first ingredient in this dog food is water, which adds nothing but moisture to this food. Water is a routine finding in most canned dog foods.

The second item is meat by-products, an item made from slaughterhouse waste. This is what’s left of slaughtered animals after all the prime striated muscle cuts have been removed.

With the exception of hair, horns, teeth and hooves, this item can include almost any other part of the animal.1

Although most meat by-products can be nutritious, we do not consider such vaguely described (generic) ingredients to be as high in quality as those derived from a named animal source.

The third ingredient is liver. Normally, liver can be considered a quality component. However, in this case, the source of the liver is not identified. For this reason, it’s impossible to judge the quality of this item.

The fourth ingredient is chicken. Chicken is considered “the clean combination of flesh and skin… derived from the parts or whole carcasses of chicken”.1

Chicken is naturally rich in the ten essential amino acids required by a dog to sustain life.

The fifth ingredient is wheat gluten. Gluten is the rubbery residue remaining once wheat has had most of its starchy carbohydrate washed out of it.

Compared to meat, glutens are inferior plant-based proteins low in some of the essential amino acids dogs need for life.

This inexpensive plant-based ingredient can significantly boost the total protein reported on the label — a factor that must be considered when judging the actual meat content of this dog food.

The sixth ingredient is soy flour, a high-protein by-product of soybean processing.

Soy flour would be expected to have a notably lower biological value than meat.

And less costly plant-based products like this can notably boost the total protein reported on the label — a factor that must be considered when judging the actual meat content of this dog food.

The seventh ingredient is corn starch, a starchy powder extracted from the endosperm found at the heart of a kernel of corn. Corn starch is most likely used here to thicken the broth into a gravy.

Corn starch isn’t a true red flag item. Yet we’ve highlighted here for those wishing to avoid corn-based ingredients.

The next ingredient is lamb, another quality raw item. Lamb is considered “the clean flesh derived from slaughtered” lamb and associated with skeletal muscle or the muscle tissues of the tongue, diaphragm, heart or esophagus.3

Lamb is naturally rich in all ten essential amino acids required by a dog to sustain life.

From here, the list goes on to include a number of other items.

But to be realistic, ingredients located this far down the list (other than nutritional supplements) are not likely to affect the overall rating of this product.

With two notable exceptions

First, we’re always disappointed to find artificial coloring in any dog food. Coloring is used to make the product more appealing to you, not your dog. After all, do you really think your dog cares what color his food is?

And lastly, the minerals listed here do not appear to be chelated. And that can make them more difficult to absorb. Non-chelated minerals are usually associated with lower quality dog foods.

Alpo Chop House Dog Food
The Bottom Line

Judging by its ingredients alone, Alpo Chop House looks to be a below-average canned dog food.

But ingredient quality by itself cannot tell the whole story. We still need to estimate the product’s meat content before determining a final rating.

The dashboard displays a dry matter protein reading of 44%, a fat level of 13% and estimated carbohydrates of about 44%.

As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 43% and a mean fat level of 20%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 29% for the overall product line.

And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 47%.

Above-average protein. Below-average fat. And near-average carbs when compared to a typical canned dog food.

When you consider the protein-boosting effect of the wheat gluten and soy flour, this looks like the profile of a wet product containing an average amount of meat.

Bottom line?

Alpo Chop House is a meat-based canned product using an average amount of meat by-products or poultry as its main sources of animal protein, thus earning the brand 2 stars.

Not recommended.

Please note certain recipes are sometimes given a higher or lower rating based upon our estimate of their total meat content.

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Notes and Updates

12/25/2009 Original review
04/19/2012 Review updated
10/26/2012 Review updated
10/26/2013 Last Update

  1. Association of American Feed Control Officials
  2. Association of American Feed Control Officials
  3. Adapted by the Dog Food Advisor and based upon the official definition for beef published by the Association of American Feed Control Officials, 2008 Edition
  • CDub

    I could agree to a degree, think hot dogs, McDonalds, or frozen dinners…these things are human grade but, I don’t eat them, or feed them.

  • LabsRawesome
  • Melissaandcrew

    Omg..I nearly wet myself laughing so hard..Honey..what’s for dinner..why also dear!!!

  • Hater & Molly’s Mom

    I will pass from eating off the line, LMAO! Alpo is nothing more than trash!

  • John Bolez

    I guess you people cant read or understand English, as stated from on the line it is human food before grinding with bone meal & adding supliments required by dogs for their diet.

  • Dori

    Don’t you think that if they were human consumable, as you suggest, they would be marketing that like crazy. That’s what sells. Human ingredients in a dog food SELLS. I, like others, am LMAO at your post. Seriously? You don’t really believe that do you? I’m also pretty sure that most of us know the difference between a roaster and a frier. But thanks for trying to educate us.

  • LabsRawesome

    Yeah right! LMAO.

  • 4FootedFoodie

    Alpo, fit for human consumption, I think not.

  • John Bolez

    I have known people who have worked at ALPO (Allentown Products) all my life, and all meats are Human consumable. They prepair them the same as in any production line for humans, & workers are welcome to eat off the line, all they want. One friend never took lunch from home when they ran the rotisary chicken, & would eat a whole one for lunch, as the rest of his family only ate fried chicken this was the only time he got to eat roasted chicken with out paying big bucks in a restaurant. A roster is a Senior Citizen Chicken & a frier is a youngster, lol.

  • Titletown99030507d

    I have been giving my dog Bear pedigree pouches to mix in with pedigree dry food. No problems for the last 5 years.
    I switched out the pouches with Alpo’s Chop House wet can food to mix in with his pedigree dry food and after 2-3 weeks he started to act depressed. I didn’t think much of it. At the 3rd week of mixing in that Alpo Chop house cooked in savory juices he started to walk gingerly then walking like an old dog when just 3 days ago he was as energetic as he’s ever been.
    He didn’t look himself then he didn’t even want to get up and had a look on his face like I can’t do this.
    My wife and I took him to the pet hospital and ran some tests on his blood and came back with a severe infection in which the vet could not say where the infection was coming from but had high WBC count and high fever of 104 degrees.
    I was floored. He stayed there 2 full day and nights on IV and antibiotic injections and pain killers resulting in a $1200 hospital bill which I didn’t plan on and the only thing I can attribute his infection to is the possibility of bad food on the part of Alpo. He almost died on me. He is home resting and receiving antibiotics in pill form to go with the injections he already received and slowly getting his strength back.
    Not sure if the Alpo did it but I switch back to his old pouches to mix in with his dry food.
    I still have cans left over from Alpo and I’m debating whether to have them tested. To think that I thought I was saving $1 per box of cans of Alpo Chop House instead of staying on the pedigree pouches resulting in a $1200 hospital bill makes me sick to my stomach. When is the government going to regulate this closely?
    I guess they don’t care if they are allowing China to process all of our chicken for human consumption come the summer of 2014. No more chicken for me unless I by it locally.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1140685339 Betsy Greer

    Nothin’ better than a filet-o-fat sandwich! Yummy! : ) 

  • InkedMarie

    Honestly, can you judge the quality of a dog food by how well the dog loves it? Some dogs, mine included, would eat s**t on a shingle if given the opportunity. I’d eat McDonalds fish sandwiches & french fries daily but is the quality good? Nope

  • LabsRawesome

     Hi Donna Lussier, have you ever tried Costco’s Kirkland cuts in gravy? My 2 dogs love it. It is grain free, and rated 5 stars.  :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/donna.lussier.3 Donna Lussier

    I am sorry to hear that this is low quality, because of course my dog loves it. I alternate this with Newman’s own, which he seems to like too, but not as much. Meh.

  • doggonefedup

    Well, they say the first ingredient is the most important………At least they got part right :0)
    Keep the water and maybe the chicken liver and replace the rest….

  • Addie

    Haha, couldn’t agree more! I was reading a can of Science Diet Light today just out of curiosity, and it almost reads worse than Alpo:  
    Water, Ground Whole Grain Corn, Meat By-Products, Soybean Mill Run, Liver, Corn Gluten Meal, Chicken Liver Flavor, Powdered Cellulose, Egg Product, Soybean Oil, Calcium Carbonate, Dicalcium Phosphate, Iodized Salt, Iron Oxide, Potassium Chloride, Taurine, Vitamin E Supplement, Choline Chloride, Zinc Oxide, Ferrous Sulfate, Thiamine Mononitrate, Copper Sulfate, Manganous Oxide, Niacin, Calcium Pantothenate, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Biotin, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Calcium Iodate, Riboflavin, Folic Acid, Sodium Selenite.

  • doggonefedup

    Addie, You are absolutely right. No politics….
     Alpo still sucks though.

  • Addie

    Let’s try to keep it dog related. Conversations get heated enough over dog food, I can’t even imagine what kind of trouble a political convo would start.

  • doggonefedup

    The President inherited a mess caused by the previous administration. He started to fix it then along came the lame duck congress that’s blocked every attempt to continue the recovery. Your comment makes me wonder what the “m” in your name stands for

  • Love

    The President doesnt make the prices for dog food you ignorant idiot

  • Ladkj

    I gave some of this slop to my dog for a birthday present in the same way I might pig out on crap on a special occasion. Bad idea. He puked all over my bedroom this morning. Back to the expensive good stuff.

  • Diggerusmc

    My dog loves it,but times are hard thanks to that numbutt in the white house,,bama ,,i mix it with a good dryfood Nutro Large Breed Adult Lamb & Rice Dog Food so its helps with his everyday needs

  • Robby

    MY Charlie’s had the Filet Mignon variety a few times & loves it. Hasn’t had any stomach issues w/it either.

  • Bobby

    I can’t lie so when my sister watched my Dog for a few days when I was in Detroit she tried saving some of the money I gave her for watching him for herself.
    So she bought a few cans of this crap. The Filet Mignon flavor.
    He loved it. I know cause she sent a partial can back with him when I got back. He Ate it ALL & never got any type of Diarrhea. Shame it’s only 2 stars.

  • Gordon

    Absolutely correctomondo Doris. Majority of Vets (And I’ve discussed this many times) have been subjected to the main stream commercial dog food corporations’ marketing gurus lecturing BS at universities, when Vets’ elective courses on animal nutrition have been undergone.

    I can’t cook well for myself let alone my dogs. That’s why I choose to alternate between grain free kibble and commercially made raw food such as BARF. BARF is the best there is, and I doubt anyone can put together a home made recipe to match it.

  • Doris

    “And when in doubt consult a veterinarian for help.”

    I know this advise is meant to be helpful, but I would not count on a vet being savy about pet foods. As a matter of fact, most vets are very ignorant about commercial pet foods. Just look at what many promote in their business–I cringe.

    I’ve been cooking for my dogs and cats for many years. I am currently cooking for seven dogs and five cats. Is it work? Yes, of course. But I’ve suffered, in the past, from the results of feeding commercial foods.

    Cooking for animals is not at all like cooking for humans. I cook roasters full and I freeze it. Just remember, quality is what is important, not a lot of variety. If you cook, you need to add calcium and other trace minerals. You can supplement with vitamins/minerals for pets.

  • erin c.

    If it’s at the dollar store, it’s probably made in China.

  • erin c.

    I just found an ad with coupons for Alpo so I came here to check out the ingredients.

    “Liver”? Whose liver?

    They could put “no corn” on the label.
    They are probably not using corn because it’s too expensive–mandatory fuel additive.

    Some people will have to feed their dogs this right now because times are very hard.

  • http://DogFoodAdvisor.com Mike Sagman

    Hi Cliff… Oops, you’re right. That error should be fixed, now. Thanks for the tip.

  • Cliff

    This says “second highest rating of 2″ I think you meant second lowest.

  • Echo

    This is found at the dollar store, sometimes even for .59 cents a can! Big difference (in quality) from the $2.89 a can Evo .