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
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|
|Dry Matter Basis||44%||14%||34%|
|Calorie Weighted Basis||40%||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.
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.
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.
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