Alpo Chop House Dog Food receives the Advisor’s second-lowest tier rating of 2.5 stars.
The Alpo Chop House product line includes 12 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 in Juices
- Alpo Chop House Originals Ribeye Flavor
- Alpo Chop House Originals Filet Mignon Flavor
- Alpo Chop House Filet Mignon Flavor in Juices
- Alpo Chop House Originals Roasted Chicken Flavor
- Alpo Chop House Roasted Chicken Flavor in Juices
- Alpo Chop House T-Bone Steak Flavored Cuts in Gravy
- Alpo Chop House T-Bone Steak Flavor in Gravy (2 stars)
- Alpo Chop House Beef Tenderloin Flavor in Gravy (2 stars)
- Alpo Chop House Tender Cuts with Lamb in Gravy (2 stars)
- Alpo Chop House Rotisserie Chicken Flavored Cuts in Gravy
- Alpo Chop House Rotisserie Chicken Flavor in Gravy (2 stars)
Alpo Chop House Originals Roasted Chicken Flavor was selected to represent the other products in the line for this review.
Alpo Chop House Originals Roasted Chicken Flavor
Canned Dog Food
Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content
Ingredients: Water sufficient for processing, chicken, liver, meat by-products, soy flour, brewers rice, natural roasted chicken flavor, salt, guar gum, sodium tripolyphosphate, potassium chloride, added color, calcium phosphate, carrageenan, calcium carbonate, zinc sulfate, vitamin E supplement, natural flavor, ferrous sulfate, choline chloride, niacin, thiamine mononitrate, copper sulfate, calcium pantothenate, manganese sulfate, pyridoxine hydrochloride, vitamin B12 supplement, riboflavin supplement, vitamin A supplement, folic acid, vitamin D3 supplement, potassium iodide, biotin, sodium selenite
Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 7.5%
Red items indicate controversial ingredients
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|Calorie Weighted Basis||30%||54%||16%|
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 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 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 includes 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 fifth ingredient is soy flour, a high-protein by-product of soybean processing.
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 sixth ingredient is brewers rice. Brewers rice is a cereal grain by-product consisting of the small fragments left over after milling whole rice. Aside from the caloric energy it contains, this item is of only modest nutritional value to a dog.
After the natural roasted chicken flavor, we find salt (also known as sodium chloride). Salt is a common additive in many dog foods. That’s because sodium is a necessary mineral for all animals — including humans.
However, since the actual amount of salt added to this recipe isn’t disclosed on the list of ingredients, it’s impossible to judge the nutritional value of this item.
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 three 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?
Next, carrageenan is a gelatin-like thickening agent extracted from seaweed. Although carrageenan has been used as a food additive for hundreds of years, there appears to be some recent controversy regarding its long term biological safety.
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 like 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.
As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 42% and a mean fat level of 20%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 30% for the overall product line.
And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 47%.
Near-average protein. Below-average fat. And above-average carbs when compared to a typical canned dog food.
When you consider the protein-boosting effect of the soy flour in this recipe, and the wheat gluten contained in other recipes, this looks like the profile of a wet product containing a moderate amount of meat.
Alpo Chop House is a meat-based canned product using a moderate amount of poultry or meat by-products as its main sources of animal protein, thus earning the brand 2.5 stars.
Please note certain recipes are sometimes given a higher or lower rating based upon our estimate of their total meat content and (when appropriate) their fat-to-protein ratios.
Alpo Dog Food
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05/09/2015 Last Update