Berkley and Jensen Dog Food (Dry)

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Rating: ★★★★☆

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Berkley and Jensen Dog Food receives the Advisor’s above-average rating of 4 stars.

The Berkley and Jensen Dog Food product line includes just one kibble… which meets AAFCO nutrient profiles for all life stages.

Berkley and Jensen All Natural Chicken and Brown Rice

Dry Dog Food

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

Protein = 28% | Fat = 16% | Carbs = 49%

Ingredients: Chicken, chicken meal, brown rice, oats, rice bran, chicken fat (preserved with natural mixed tocopherols and citric acid), herring meal, natural flavors, dried egg product, dried blueberries, dried spinach, potassium chloride, salt, fish oil, (preserved with natural mixed tocopherols and citric acid), choline chloride, calcium carbonate, zinc sulfate, vitamin E supplement, ferrous sulfate, niacin supplement, copper sulfate, thamine mononitrate, calcium pantothenate, vitamin A supplement, monganous oxide, pyrodoxine hydrochloride, sodium selenite, riboflavin supplement, vitamin D3 supplement, biotin, vitamin B12 supplement, calcium iodate, folic acid, rosemary extract

Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 3.9%

Red items when present indicate controversial ingredients

Estimated Nutrient Content
MethodProteinFatCarbs
Guaranteed Analysis25%14%NA
Dry Matter Basis28%16%49%
Calorie Weighted Basis24%33%43%

The first ingredient in this dog food lists chicken. Although it is a quality item, raw chicken contains about 80% water. After cooking, most of that moisture is lost… reducing the meat content to just a fraction of its original weight.

After processing, this item would probably account for a smaller part of the total content of the finished product.

Which brings us to chicken meal… the second and (more likely) the dominant ingredient in this recipe.

Chicken meal is considered a meat concentrate and contains nearly 300% more protein than fresh chicken.

The third ingredient is brown rice… a complex carbohydrate that (once cooked) is fairly easy to digest.

The fourth item lists oats. Oats are rich in B-vitamins, minerals and dietary fiber.

The fifth ingredient is rice bran… a healthy by-product of rice milling. Though not as nutritionally complete as whole grain rice, brans are still unusually rich in fiber, protein, vitamins and minerals.

The sixth ingredient is chicken fat. Chicken fat is obtained from rendering chicken… a process similar to making soup in which the fat itself is skimmed from the surface of the liquid.

Chicken fat is high in linoleic acid… an omega-6 fatty acid essential for life. Although it doesn’t sound very appetizing, chicken fat is actually a quality ingredient.

The seventh ingredient includes herring meal… another protein-rich meat concentrate.

Unfortunately, the controversial chemical ethoxyquin is frequently used as a preservative in fish meals.

But because it’s usually added to the raw fish before processing, the chemical does not have to be reported to consumers.

We find no public assurances from the company this product is ethoxyquin-free.

Without knowing more, and based upon this fish meal’s location on the list of ingredients, we would expect to find at least a trace of ethoxyquin in this product.

After the natural flavors, we find dried egg… a dehydrated form of shell-free eggs. Quality can vary significantly. Lower grade egg product can even come from commercial hatcheries… from eggs that have failed to hatch.

In any case, eggs are easy to digest and have an exceptionally high biological value.

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 find no mention of probiotics… friendly bacteria applied to the surface of the kibble after processing.

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.

Berkley and Jensen Dog Food
The Bottom Line

Judging by its ingredients alone, Berkley and Jensen Dog Food looks to be an above-average kibble.

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 28%, a fat level of 16% and estimated carbohydrates of about 49%.

Average protein. Average fat. And average carbs when compared to a typical dry dog food.

Free of any plant-based protein boosters, this looks like the profile of a kibble containing a moderate amount of meat.

Bottom line?

Berkley and Jensen Dog Food is a grain-based dry kibble using a moderate amount of chicken meal as its main source of animal protein… thus earning the brand 4 stars.

Highly recommended.

Special Alert

Rice ingredients can sometimes contain arsenic. Until the US FDA establishes safe upper levels for arsenic content, pet owners may wish to limit the total amount of rice fed in a dog's daily diet.

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Notes and Updates

05/21/2011 Original review
12/28/2012 Unable to locate current product data
12/28/2012 Last Update

  • Erin

    Stick with your gut on that one. This food is much better then science diet. Most people do not know this but vets get paid to push certain foods. A lot of your run of the mill vets just don’t research foods like they should either. He/she probably assumed because it’s BJ’s brand it was comparable to something like a Walmart brand, which wouldn’t recommend feeding to anything. It sounds like your vet does not have your pets best interest in mind, I’m sorry : ( you are feeding your dog a quality food compared to the most recognized brands. My suggestion would be to compare labels on the two bags you have been feeding and find common ingredients they have and one of those might be causeing the issue. Have you ever tried grain free as well? If you haven’t try a food that excludes the common food based ingredients and maybe also grain free. Hope that helps! I am a veterinary technician and also have an allergic dog, I feel for you.

  • Cathe Jones-Brunner

    I sent my friend to BJ’s to get my dog his food, but he said they don’t have BJ’s Dog Food. I didn’t know the changed the name. So he just left. I don’t know if there is a sign, but he’s not too bright.

  • Pheena

    My dog has been eating a mix of the Chicken/Rice & Lamb/Potato dry food for a few years now. She’ll eat anything so taste is not at issue for me. My dog is a healthy weight & gets a fair to great amount of exercise depending on the season here in the North East. She does have some allergies to beef & pollen, etc. Recently I took her to the vet as she has been suffering a lot from allergies, eye discharge, head flopping and flaky skin. My long time vet used it as another opportunity to tell me that my dog food of choice must be sub standard and lacking & continues to push Science Diet. He never mentions any other alternative and every visit seems to be another opportunity to suggest that I am a bad owner for not buying Science Diet. My vet never pushed products like this before & it makes me delay seeking his care as I feel it is a pressure sales pitch. I like this Earth’s Pride Food so far & it has better USA product ingredients than many. Does anyone else seem to have this Science Diet pressure recently?

  • Tiffany N

    My dog has done very well on this food, but although the price has stayed the same- the bag keeps getting smaller. When I started buying it, it was 20# for $20. Now it’s $20 for 16#. Good food- just getting too pricey.

  • Amanda C

    I feed this to my 3 large dogs, all are over 50 pounds. They like the Duck and Lamb versions better than the Chicken and Brown Rice, however, they have such bad gas it will make you leave the room. After they finish this I am going to move them over to a food with a probiotic. The Vet recommended buying packages to add to their food, but that gets very expensive, especially when you buy 4 bags of food at a time costing around $70, then adding this probiotic (made by pro-plan) would bring the total way over $100

  • amy

    Berkley and Jensen has been renamed Earths Pride. Same food, new name and label.

  • CranberryCoco

    Actually I’m wrong. The chicken and brown rice formula is also labeled under Earth’s Pride.

  • CranberryCoco

    Earth’s Pride is exclusively sold by BJ’s. You can’t find very much info online…you’ll have to check the bags at the store. There’s Earth’s Pride New Zealand lamb and sweet potato & Earth’s Pride duck and vegetables. Both of those are grain free. I think the chicken and rice might be labeled under Berkley & Jensen but I could be wrong.

  • neezerfan

    I don’t know the answer to that.

  • jubs

    Is this the earth’s pride brand? that’s what I had assumed but wanted to make sure.

  • neezerfan

    Berkley and Jensen is the brand that’s sold exclusively through BJ’s Wholesale club.

  • mai

    where can i buy berkley and jensen?

  • Chelleisblessed

    Whole Earth Farms ( a Mwrrick brand) is an awesome food – I was feeding my 3 dogs that until I switched to Merricks grain free buffalo-

    Chicken Meal, Turkey Meal, Oat Meal, Pearled Barley, Ground Rice,Ground Millet, Ground Barley, Chicken Fat (preserved with mixed Tocopherols, a source of Vitamin E)Duck, Buffalo, White Fish, Natural Chicken Liver Flavor, Salmon Oil (a natural source of Omega-3, Docosahexaenoic Acid-DHA)*, Organic Alfalfa Sun-cured ground, Yeast Culture, Tomato Pomace Dried , Dried Egg,Organic Sunflower Seed Ground, Salt, Calcium Phosphate, Potassium Chloride, Choline Chloride, Lysine, Blueberry Dried, Cranberry Dried, Yucca Schidigera Extract,Inulin (from Chicory Root), Rosemary, Sage, Thyme, Cinnamon, Marigold Dried, Zinc Amino Acid Complex, Enterococcus faecium, Lactobacillus plantarum, Lactobacillus casei,Iron Amino Acid Complex, Vitamin E Supplement, Manganese Amino Acid Complex, Vitamin A Supplement, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Copper Amino Acid Complex, d-Calcium Pantothenate, Vitamin D3, Niacin, Lecithin, Riboflavin, Supplement, Biotin, Ethylenediamine Dihydriodide, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Cobalt Amino Acid Complex, Folic Acid, Thiamine Mononitrate, Sodium Selenite.

  • Robert Corsol

    Heidi BJ’s still has the chicken and brown rice recipe. They just changed the brand to Earth’s Pride Pet and it ‘s the same price. It sounds like you bought the new Grain Free they came out with a few months ago, (which I’ve switched to). I commented below as I was concerned when the new brand came out but they assured me it’s the same product, made with the same ingredients etc…. At $19.99 a bag I still haven’t found anything close to the price that is as good.

  • Heidi

    Thank you, Betsy and Sandy! Great information!

  • Betsy Greer

    In addition to those Sandy mentioned, Wal-Mart is actually carrying a couple of decent products now also. Pure Balance, made by Ol’ Roy is grain inclusive and Rachael Ray Zero Grain Nutrish. Both are affordable and I know the Pure Balance dry is included in Wal-Mart’s “Home Free” shipping ~ buy $45 worth of items and they ship for free ~ even toothpaste and toilet paper and they’re the same price as in the store.

    Personally though, NutriSource that Sandy mentioned is one of my absolute favorite budget friendly foods though.

  • http://www.dfwpugs.com/ sandy

    There are several brands that are budget friendly. These are just a few: Merrick Whole Earth Farms, Nutrisource, ProPac, and Victor.

  • Heidi

    We adopted a dog last October and immediately started him on the Berkley and Jensen chicken and brown rice formula. He gobbled it up twice a day and did very well on it. A few weeks ago, I brought home the new Earth’s Pride bag (which looks to be the same formulation) and he won’t touch it! Something must be different enough about it that he has noticed! I’m ashamed to say I’ve been feeding him the junk from the grocery store until we can find another affordable, high quality option. I will call the number on the bag and hope they will pay return shipping for a ~16 pound bag! Otherwise, it won’t be worth the expense. I’m hesitant to try the duck formula for the same reason. Especially as it costs $5 more per bag. Free samples would be great!

  • Richard Houston

    The new branding is something BJs is doing throughout the club to identify all-natural products. It does not indicate that the product itself has changed, only the label.

  • Connie

    Just saw this last night when I purchased the food. I’m in hopes it is the same as BJs brand as my dogs have done wonderful with it.

  • Chris

    Berkley & Jensen has been replaced by Earth’s Pride at BJ’s. Same package and same ingredients listed. Our dog doesn’t seem to notice any difference. Same packaging as before. Has anyone else experienced this at your BJ’s.?

  • Marcelo

    Started my 6 mo old pup on the Chicken/Rice and then switched to the Earth’s Pride Lamb/Potato (mixed for a few days). She tears it up. Just finished the 2nd bag and getting another tomorrow. She definitely seems to like it more than the original. I think it goes for a dollar more and a pound but I’m gonna stick to it.

  • InkedMarie

    Love it!

  • http://www.dfwpugs.com/ sandy

    If you don’t keep the food in the original bag but instead pour the food into the VV, then you would need to wash the empty bin out regularly as fats stick to the sides and become rancid and can contaminate the food.

  • Pattyvaughn

    Well, that’s one use for it.

  • Cyndi

    LOL! I had to google what a “vittles vault” was (never heard of it) & I found this:

  • Pattyvaughn

    Vittles vaults are good but you still need to keep the food in the original bag inside the VV with the bag top rolled down.

  • Pam

    Do you think a vittles vault would be okay?

  • http://www.dfwpugs.com/ sandy

    I have 5 dog food bins. I keep the open food in the original package and roll the bags down and squeeze the air out and put some soup cans on top so they don’t pop back open. They’re kept near the kitchen and the dog room away from windows and light.

  • Pam

    I just picked up a bag of Earth’s Pride lamb & potato. Also bought a bag of Coastal catch because it was on sale and I had a coupon.
    Where do you keep your open bags of dog food?

    I have a 25 lb airtight container, which is partially filled with food Codex is eating right now.

  • Robert Corsol

    I actually rotated the Berkley and Jensen lamb and chicken with no issue and they didn’t duplicate a lot of ingredients. That being said I just prefer grain free for my dog.

    LOL i call a food a fake grain free when it has a lower protein content in the food than dog foods with grain…only in that I always felt the value of grain free in general was that they had more meat in general in them. If they have the same meat content you might as well have good grains (No corn, wheat soy to artifically inflate the protein), vs. just carbs. I think some companies use the grain free call-out to charge more but don’t put any extra meat in the food, for example Kirkland Nature’s Domain grain free only has about 24% protein which means it packed with carbs IMHO.

    On the recall thing I agree, i posted this earlier but the BJ’s foods are made by a company called global one pet per their customer service and are not made at diamond but a smaller manufacturer I know that Mars had made BJ’s private label stuff years ago which prompted me to ask. Thus far they haven’t had a recall in 3 years since I’ve been buying the stuff while just about everyone else has including higher end foods so i’m happy

  • Pam

    Lol what is a fake grain free food? How long does the bag last/how much do you feed?

    I’m looking for foods suitable for a dog food rotation but I’m worry about recalls.

    I think Berkley and Jensen chicken and rice will be good match. And I’m buying one bag Surf and Turf because I have a coupon o.o

  • Robert Corsol

    Pam I had been spending a fortune on grain free dog food but a few years ago switched to the Berkley and Jensen Chicken and Brown Rice when it showed up at BJ’s. My dogs did better on than they did on the food we had been using (Wellness and TOTW). I had asked for a Dog Food Advisor review on the Grain Free as well a few weeks ago but just bit the bullet since it was made by the same company as the Berkely and Jensen item. I have to say my Mini LOVES IT! She is doing great, it’s 3 proteins to start the recipe has a 30% protein content vs. some of the fake grain free’s with 20% protein. Really good stuff.

  • Pam

    Duck grain free is $22 for 12lbs in upstate NY. I think I’m going to skip on this unless it gets raving reviews.

  • Pam

    Well I’ve been meaning to try out this food. Right on the bag it says, “100% Guarantee; if for any reason you are not satisfied please return your unused portion to the place of purchase for a full refund.”

    Last time I looked it was $19.99 for 16 lbs. I know they’ve carried this one for awhile.
    Interested in hearing more on the new BJ’s grain free food.

  • Rose

    We switched our pugs to this food about a year ago. Both are now 10 years old. Our male pug had “allergies”, licked/bit/scratched constantly. Vet wasn’t sure what he’s allergic to. Switched from Science Diet Ligh Small Breed- their whole lives until 1 year ago. The transformation was amazing! Within 1 week, Joe was almost cured! He still scratches/licks/bites, but rarely. His skin looks great. I’d like to try the Earths Pride Duck & Vegetable, but don’t want to buy a large bag. Any idea where to buy a small bag to try first?

  • Monica

    I have been using this dog food for a long time and my dogs couldn’t be healthier I love the idea it’s all-natural and that my dogs really enjoy it I recommend this dog food for all shapes and sizes of dogs and the price is incredible so great and so reasonable for such a natural and healthy dog food!

  • Guest

    Me To! It’s looks really great and it doesn’t have a 23% protein content like Costco’s

  • Germansheppups

    I looked at the dry food the other day, and it did look good. The first 3 or 4 ingredients were meat, and protein was 30%, fat was 15%. Looking forward to the review.

  • Robert Corsol

    BJ’s has two new private label dogs foods under their new private label brand Earth’s Pride Pet. One was a grain free duck and vegetable recipe the other was a chicken wet food. I sent you the ingredients in a question. They look really good can you please review them? I want to try them for my dog but wanted to see a review first.

  • Robert

    Kerri it’s labeled as an all life stages food, which means it’s fine for puppies.. I would just feed say feed 15% more than is recommended for an adult at your dogs weight. Most Puppy foods are just gimmicky to get you hooked on a diet at a young age. If you look at them they tend to have a couple of more percentage points of protein and fat as puppies need more calories for growth, but other than that they are identical to the adult recipes. Also the food has DHA in it as it does have herring meal and omeags. Hope this helps.

  • Kerri

    I feed my 5yo 8lb Papi-poo the BJ’s Chicken and Rice. Just adopted a 4lb 13 wk old Yorkie-Chi mix who had previously been fed Science Diet puppy. He keeps trying to eat the BJs food.
    Will this provide enough nutrition for my puppy and is there any reason I can’t slowly transition him to the BJ’s kibble, even though it isn’t labeled as puppy food? It’s definitely rated higher than the Science Diet…

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  • Robert Corsol

    All this discussion is great!  I will tell you that not all ingredients are not created equal.  Think about it this way a Hamburger at McDonalds can be as cheap as  $.99 a Hamburger at a good steak restaurant is $15.00.  Does anyone thing McDonalds is using the same quality of meat as the steak house?   I get sick from the McDonald’s burger every time (it does taste great lol) and don’t get sick from a burger from a restaurant    I used to use Kirkland as I stated below but my dogs constantly had loose stool and didn’t look great.  The BJ’s food has been night and day in comparison.  I had called the manufacturer when we wanted to switch and they told me they PV test their chicken to a human standard and were really helpful on the phone.   That being said it is more than Kirkland but still way cheaper than what I was paying for what I felt was comparable food at Petsmart.  Not all dogs are the same and just like people some do better on some foods vs. others but BJ’s works way better for my dog than Kirkland did.

  • Pattyvaughn

    Green superfoods contain loads of different trace nutrients and antioxidants.

  • Pattyvaughn

    Hey Betsy,

    That’s the one I’m giving mine right now.  Even my picky dog just eats the pill out of his bowl.  I’m real pleased with it.

  • Hound Dog Mom

    Go for it – spirulina is awesome. My dogs get it in their wholefood supplement.

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

    Hey Marie,

    I was looking at this Mercola one for the dogs: http://healthypets.mercola.com/sites/healthypets/spirugreen.aspx

  • Hound Dog Mom

    Just for the health benefits. I figure if I’m giving wheatgrass, alfalfa, spirulina, probiotics, enzymes and all that stuff to the dogs I probably should be taking it too.

  • InkedMarie

    I have tried soy, almond and coconut and don’t like any of them. What is the reason for the green superfood powder?

  • Hound Dog Mom

    Organic regular (1%)! I won’t touch soy with a ten foot pole and I hate the taste of Almond. This is the powder I add (it’s chocolate flavored): http://amazinggrass.com/product/25/Chocolate-Green-SuperFood-30-servings.html

  • InkedMarie

    what the heck is green superfood powder? Organic regular milk or you mean a flavored milk (almond, soy etc). Is that your breakfast?

  • Hound Dog Mom

    Yeah when I got Mabel I cut out my bagel and iced coffee at Dunkin every morning. It was for the best though – now I have a glass of organic milk with a green superfood powder instead.

  • InkedMarie

    I’m more like you, HDM. I do make sacrifices to feed what I do. I want to feed our new gal all Darwins and get Ginger back on Darwins every morning, like Boone is. I’m going to have to cut back somewhere. I’m hoping to grind my own sometimes this year, which should help. 

  • Melissaandcrew

    Thanks for reminding me Monkey! I know their website says “limited number of retailers”. I have to ask ours to contact the company and see if they can participate! 

  • monkey

    Fromm also has a frequent buyer program. 

  • http://www.thegreedypinstripes.com/ BryanV21

    I wasn’t aware of that with Acana, Thanks.

  • http://www.thegreedypinstripes.com/ BryanV21

     Thanks. I already felt like I was going more in depth with my answer than I needed to, and therefore just did a quick search on the number of cups per pound.

  • http://www.thegreedypinstripes.com/ BryanV21

    Yes, because Dr. Sagman doesn’t take into account all the recalls Diamond has had. I do, and therefore would always move away from them.

    And the reason for Fromm Classic’s having a lower rating is due to it being a bit lower in protein percentage (23% to 26%). Fromm doesn’t have beet pulp, and has a named fish ingredient (Menhaden Fish Meal) instead of just the generic “fish” meal… something that always makes alarms go off in my head.

    Plus you have to take into account ingredient sources. Fromm is a small company based out of Wisconsin, whereas Diamond is perhaps the biggest dog food manufacturer in the World. Which would you trust to have better ingredients?

    If you don’t want to actually research a food, that’s fine… ask. Don’t just go by a few numbers and think “gee… okay, I’ll feed that”.

  • Hound Dog Mom

    Mndhowell2011 –

    See if your store offers a frequent buyer program for Earthborn. My feed store just started a buy 9 bags get the 10th free program.

  • Hound Dog Mom

    Most of the foods I mentioned would only cost about $2-$3 more per week to feed for a single large dog. That’s about the cost of a cup of coffee. I’d be willing to cut back $2-$3 per week for each of my dogs to get food from a more trustworthy manufacturer – but that’s just me, maybe not everyone is willing to make the sacrifices I am for their animals. Also, Victor and Pro Pac (that Melissa brought up) both have the same rating and on a cost per calorie basis Victor is about 7% cheaper and Pro Pac is about 30% cheaper.

  • Mndhowell2011

    I have used 4health it was a pretty good food but i have a full blood pitt and a bulldog/boxer who ended up having some skin issues so we have tried merrick which i loved. It is a bit pricy at $56 for 28lbs. We now use Earthborn because we get the same quality of food for a little less $45 with coupons for 28lbs. We have had NO skin issues at all. Its alot of money for a little big of food when ur feeding a 50 and 56lb dog. 28lbs last us about. 10-14 days. They eat about 3-3.5 cups aday per our vet.

  • Melissaandcrew

    Bryan-

    Take a look at Acana next time you are at work. A 28.6 lb bag of food lasts a 44lb dog 72days-The cheapest grain free is Wild Prairie at $52.50 and Chicken/Burbank Potato(grain inclusive) at 48.50. Both are 28.6lb bags. WP-73 cents per day to feed a 44lb dog, Chicken/burbank 67 cents per day to feed a 44lb dog. But wait, they have a buy 12 get one free program-WP falls to 48.46 per bag, or 67 cents per day, Chicken/burbank falls to $44.76  bag or 62 cents per day to feed a 44lb dog : )

  • Bob K

     BryanV21 – Fromm Classic is a 3.5 star rated food, Diamond Natural is 4 stars, so you suggest I pay 62 cents a day more for a dog kibble that is rated lower than Diamond Natural.  How does that make sense?  I feed the dog a lesser quality food less food.  

  • Hound Dog Mom

    Bryan –

    There aren’t 2.5 C. kibble to the pound. In order to calculate cups per pound you need to divide calories per kilogram by calories per pound and divide that by 2.2. Most foods have about 4 cups per pound.

    For example, Diamond Natural Chicken and Rice has 3,708 kcal. per kg. divide that by 368 (kcal./cup) and you get about 10.08 cups kibble per kg. – to convert that to pounds you would divide by 2.2 and get about 4.58 c. per pound.

  • Melissaandcrew

    If a company has china free labeling/claims, hell, I’ll “spot” them the first buck a bag. Its well worth it to me and my crew. Yes, I pay approx $2 per lb for food, but I consider a china free surcharge well worth it, lol.

  • Melissaandcrew

    Diamond naturals(chicken/rice) in this area is $32.00 for 40 lbs. 80 cents per lb. For my 80 cents, I would end up with an ulcer every time I fed wondering if today was the next recall day

    HI tek grain free -no recalls, frequent buyer program-works out to be equal or less than Diamond. Grain inclusive is even cheaper.

    Propac(corn inclusive) 26.99 for 33lbs($2 coupon in every bag, frequent buyer program, buy 10 get one free)-final price .74cents per lb.

    Nutrisource-grain free has a range in price, with the average being $45 for grain free and $42 for grain inclusive.Bags range from 30-40lbs.  1.05 to 1.50 per lb-frequent buyer program discount lowers price even further.

    Earthborn also falls into the lower priced category.

    I feed less of the above brands than I ever did of DN or 4health when I tried them out.

  • http://www.thegreedypinstripes.com/ BryanV21

    So that you know that I know what you mean, here you go…

    Note: I’m not going to use a weight management formula, since that wouldn’t make sense when comparing it to a “regular” dog food.

    Keep in mind that one pound of kibble equals about 2.5 cups of food.

    Diamond Naturals Chicken & Rice suggests feeding a 50lb adult dog approximately 2.75* cups/day. A 40lb bag has about 100 cups of food in it, and costs $30. Therefore it should last about 36 days, which means it costs $.83/day to feed.

    Evo Red Meat suggests feeding a 50lb adult dog approximately 2.167* cups/day. A 28.6lb bag has about 71.5 cups of food in it, and costs $70. Therefore it should last about 33 days, which means it costs $2.12/day to feed.

    As far as a food I’d suggest for somebody looking to spend as little as possible, and still get a good food, I’d look at Fromm Classics Adult. They suggest feeding 3 cups/day (which I believe is too high, but we’ll go with it). A 33lb bag has about 82.5 cups of food in it, and costs $40. Therefore it should last about 27.5 days, which means it costs $1.45/day to feed.

    So you have to ask yourself… is a better food worth an extra 62 cents a day? I’d say “yes”. In fact, I’d feed a better food than Fromm Classics Adult and spend a bit more, but I understand other people can’t afford to do so.

    *I took the median number of each food’s suggested feeding amount for a 50lb adult dog.

  • http://www.thegreedypinstripes.com/ BryanV21

    When you take into account how much better a food it is, then yes… you can justify the price.

    And again… I’m not telling you or anyone to get Evo or Evo Weight Management, I merely used it as an example of not needing to feed as much of a better food.

    Hopefully I don’t need to say it a 3rd time.

  • Bob K

     BryanV21, – Again – Do the numbers.,  Diamond Natural .75/lb  Evo Weight Mgt. 1.81/lb when its on sale.  Yes you need a little less Evo than Diamond Natural but it does not justify 2X the price.

  • http://www.thegreedypinstripes.com/ BryanV21

    Yeah… do the math. Do you see the 90 calorie difference in kcal/cup?

    And I wasn’t saying YOU should feed Evo Weight Management, I was it as an example of SOME people who fail to see that point in different foods.

  • Bob K

     BryanV21, – Do the math – I pay less than $30.00 for 40 lbs of Diamond Natural.  Evo Weight Mgt. is $60.49 for 28.6 lbs. from Pet Food Direct (On Sale) for $51.83 from 1-800 Pet Supplies plus shipping. Diamond Natural Chicken and Rice Calories: 3,708 kcal/kg (368 kcal/cup) or Evo Weight Mgt.  3760.0 kcal/kg   458.0 kcal/cup

  • http://www.thegreedypinstripes.com/ BryanV21

    You feed less of the better foods, so just going by price alone is not right.

    I get this all the time when it comes to recommending Evo Weight Management for overweight dogs. People see the price and don’t like it, but I have to explain that the higher calorie content makes it so they’ll feed like 25% less of that than something like Premium Edge Healthy Weight.

    Diamond Natural is not a horrible food by any means, but there are better options, and you’re not going to pay much more. Especially if you’re willing to shop on the internet.

  • Bob K

     Hound Dog Mom – I can get Diamond Natural for $30.00 for 40lbs.  the other food you mention are at least 30% higher in price.

  • Pattyvaughn

    She didn’t say Diamond uses inferior ingredients, she said “If it were true that Diamond offered the only affordable foods with quality ingredients…”  That means that HDM believes that Diamonds ingredients are as high in quality as the foods she compared them to, but she still wouldn’t use Diamond, she would use any one of the other foods, if she was looking for a food of that level.  Sorry, but many of us feel the same way.  Diamond can’t be trusted.  They have lost that privilege and it will take a long time to win it back.

  • neezerfan

    HDM did not say Diamond uses inferior ingredients. She said they are not the only ones who offer quality ingredients.

  • Bob K

    Hound Dog Mom – What makes you say Diamond use inferior ingredients?  Somehow mail ordering 40lb bags of kibble multiple times a month seems impractical and certainly not a “Green” lifestyle when kibbles are available at local retailers who receive shipments in bulk.  I buy local and support my local businesses. 

  • Hound Dog Mom

    Bob K –

    If it was true that Diamond offered the only affordable foods with quality ingredients on the market I would tend to agree with you more, however this isn’t the case. There are numerous foods not manufactured by Diamond that are just as easy to find, have quality ingredients and are at the same price point as Diamond manufactured products. Earthborn and NutriSource Grain-Free are both similar in quality to Taste of the Wild and about the same price – almost every feed store I go into has one of these products (even my feed store that has a very limited selection carries both, so if I can get them in the absolute middle of nowhere I think most people can find a store that carries them). Fromm Classics, Native, Whole Earth Farms, NutriSource, Victor, Hi-Tek Naturals, Pure Balance, Eagle Pack, and Healthwise all have similar rating to Diamond Naturals/Kirkland/4Health/etc. and are at the same price point. I find it hard to believe someone would not have access to any of these foods and have to resort to Diamond products. Also, in this day and age I’d say at least 90% of people have debit cards and credit cards and shop online – all of these products can be found online and most on sites that offer competitive prices and free shipping. IMO – there’s no excuse to feed Diamond products.

  • Melissaandcrew

     Bob K-

    Cost is in the eye of the beholder as to what is reasonable, and what is not. To me, free is too much if its a Diamond product. Sure, I prefer to pay as little as possible for what I want(after all, who wants to pay more?) but I have my limitations on what and how much I am willing to compromise. For me, when I put down that bowl, I need to know I did the best I could. I would feed Propac before a Diamond product, but that is my choice.

  • Bob K

     Melissaandcrew – While I do not swear by Diamond manufactured foods, they offer a highly rated dog food that is very affordable and readily available.  Half of the dog foods reviewed on this website are difficult to find and some are expensive.  I can find Diamond Natural products, Taste of the Wild, 4 Health, Kirklands and other Diamond  brands at many stores at an affordable price.   Could they do a better job with QC, mfg. stds,?  Certainly but for the money, and availability they still have my business.

  • Melissaandcrew

    Allforwardedmail-

    You have that wrong : ) Diamond makes TOTW, not the other way around. Many people swear by Diamond products, but I am not one of them. I am not impressed with the myriad of recalls that they have had.

  • Allforwardedmail

    Thanks so much for your reply, VC.  Unfortunately the closest BJ’s to me is an hour and a half away!  So I found another 4-star food at my local pet store called Diamond/Natural Beef and it is $29.99 for 40 lbs. so that’s pretty good too!  It is even made by TOTW, which is more expensive, but the guy at the pet store said it is just as good!  

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_IGJ4XZBXMXPWQWI6KJLC4GE47E VC

    The cost for this brand in Massachusetts is $19.99 for a 16 lbs. bag of the chicken and 15 lbs. for the lamb. I bought the chicken since you get one pound more food for the same price.

  • Allforwardedmail

    Can you tell me what the prices are for the B&J dog foods?  I have four dogs and cost is important as well as the quality (which I’ve read that B&J gets 4 out of 5 stars!).  Thanks.

  • Robert Corsol

    It’s their private label brand Berkley and Jensen as noted above.  It’s not made a diamond which is just as important to me as the ingredient deck.

  • Mndhowell2011

    what brand do you use from bjs? i have yet found a good food that i am happy with.

  • Robert Corsol

    I have been switching back and forth between the chicken and lamb since the lamb came out!  I asked for a review as well.   My dogs love the chicken and I was really excited to see the first 3 ingredients in the lamb recipe were all named high quality proteins.   I started using the BJ’s product when my dog had issues wiht Kirkland.  I called BJ’s who put me in touch with the manufacturers and they told me they PV test the meat to human standards…don’t buy farm raised fish.  They just gave me a lot of information about their food that I didnt’ get from Kirkland.  Both are really good products and way cheaper than anything else i found

  • Michellew

    They’ve just come out with a Lamb rice formula.  Do you have any info on that?  I’m always looking for alternatives to chicken since my dog is allergic to chicken!!

  • LabsRawesome

     Hi Lyn1620, here are some low fat dog foods you could use, maybe while you’re figuring out home cooked recipes. And please add digestive enzymes to whatever you decide to feed, so your dogs pancreas doesn’t have to work so hard. I agree, I would never feed the vets prescription dog foods, they are total garbage. http://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/best-dog-foods/suggested-low-fat-dog-food/

  • http://www.dfwpugs.com/ sandy

    Being your dogs’ chef is a great idea.  Just be sure to include a vitamin supplement.  I use the recipe book by Dr Karen Becker/Beth Taylor “Real Food for Healthy Dogs and Cats 3rd Edition”.  It has cooked and raw recipes and includes suggestions for supplements. There are also recipes here: http://www.dogaware.com/  As for low fat foods, there are several to choose from.  http://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/best-dog-foods/suggested-low-fat-dog-food/

    There is a whole food supplement by Natures Logic that you can also use to supplement a homemade diet.  Or maybe even Missing Link.  I use neither.  Just listing it.  Right now I’m using Dr Harveys, but I do change products around.

    This site uses Dinovite and a fish oil supplement with the super simple recipes:  www.homemadedogfood.com
     

  • Lyn1620

    great thank you I will look into the Mercola Healthy Pet site. 

  • LabsRawesome

     Hi Lyn1620, here is a video by a holistic vet- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sjGCdG6OgV0&feature=related

  • Lyn1620

    Okay good deal! 
    So my little 21 lb. mix bread crazy happy little girl 1 1/2 years old was throwing up violently and had horrible diarrhea simultaneously for a good part of Saturday morning.  My boyfriend and I rushed her to the vet, and she has since been diagnosed with a mild case of pancreatitis.  So the vet gave 4 or 5 different prescriptions, to continue care at home.  We had to leave her in the hospital for about 8 hours so that she could get IV fluids and get rehydrated and for observation.  Any how I did research and more research on causes and triggers.  One of the prescriptions is for a special low fat dog food $70 a bag… yikes… we have 2 other small doggies as well. 
    Any how I tend to lean towards natural healing vs. western meds and so I was looking up alternative diets to the kibble prescribed.  We have always fed the dogs with Taste of the Wild, or Natural Balance.  Both supposed to be good quality foods and lower on the fat content than other.  So I was surprised that she had gotten so sick. 
    A lot of what I have read has recommended home cooked diets.  Low fat, no preservatives low in phosphorus and of course portion control.  I’d have to add some supplements but other than that, can anyone tell me why I shouldn’t go the rout of being my doggies’ chef?? I have found some great recipes for treats and meal plans.  I don’t know if I’m missing something though.  Why would my vet not have suggested this as an alternative?  After looking at the ingredients in the wet food they recommended I felt like I wouldn’t feed that to my son or my boyfriend why would I feed it to my doggies??? Yuck!!! So any advice from those who have tired the home made meals for your 4 legged kids, can you guide me and those?! Thank you!!

  • LabsRawesome

     Hi Lyn1620, Welcome. You have questions? Just ask, you’ll get lots of responses.

  • Lyn1620

    can anyone tell me how I would start a new post?  i’m new and I have a few questions but can’t figure out how to start a new post.  thank you!

  • Redmm97

    Ok so now we are dealing with GMO’s and arsenic in rice!!

    Any suggestions?

  • Jaykittle

    We have been giving our 2 y/o AmBull this food for about half a year now and she loves it! Last time we went to go get it though, they were out of the Chicken and rice and only had the lamb and potatoes recipe! I think Luna likes it even more!

    I was afraid that switching foods would mess with her digestive system (especially with bulls) but her poop has remained solid for a couple weeks since we got it!

    I would recommend this dog food to anyone, especially if you’re looking for a good dog food on a budget

  • InkedMarie

    I’m late replying but in case you’re still reading…I have a dog who had yeast ear infections. I had someone give me a list of ingredients to avoid: chicken, corn, wheat, soy, rice and flax….my dog cannot have brewers yeast (found that out the hard way). I doubt Berkley and Jensen would be a good food for a dog with yeast ear infections. You have to watch when he eats, that means treats and supplements as well

  • Christie

    I rate the Berkley & Jensen holistic dry food as a 10! lol Seriously, it is amazing! Did my research and am so happy I switched our 14 month old maltese (Bella) to this brand. Had tried 3 others prior and this is by far the BEST! She loves it and no digestive issues at all. Not only is it good and made in the USA but the price is reasonable and these days that means a lot, for me anyways. Good luck to all and your happy pets :)

  • Robert Corsol

    I was at BJ’s today to get more food and then have added a lamb recipe!  I got a bag of both.  I was impressed with lamb recipe, 3 of the first 5 ingredients are all named proteins.   Going to try it today.  Can you put up a review of the lamb as well?

  • Alexandra

    Hi Barbara,

    I understand the frustration. My GSD suffered chronic ear infections, and they stopped once I went on a grain free diet that also did not contain white potatoes. The food I feed is Brothers Complete, within two weeks the Allergy kibble he cleared up.

  • Barbara

    My dog had reaccuring Ear yeast infections brought to vet told me to have him on gluten free dog food so I did, Ears cleared up great saw the more reasonably priced gluten free dog food at BJ’s (Bensley and Jensens) but his ear yeast infections came back? Any reasons as to why anybody?

  • Barbara

    My dog had yeast infection reaccuring switched to gluten free cleared up perfect ,switched to this gluten free Berkley jensen and yeast infection is back????

  • Crzfarm

    what kind of food did you switch to?  did you just mix it with brown rice?

  • Terrier Mom

    Could not understand why all my dogs had diarrhea. I asked dog show handlers what they fed their dogs and changed immediately.  Fed rice and new food and no diarrhea.  I had one schnauzer that could not stop having diarrhea every 30 minutes.  I switched and diarrhea stopped.

  • Xx_bugaflee_xx

    My dogs love this, they look better and it doesn’t hurt their stomachs like most other dogs foods.

  • Mamas2peas

    Mydogs have been on it for about 8 weeks and same thing their stools have been loose.

  • Crzfarm

    I switched my dogs to this food 6 weeks ago~they seem healthy, but still have loose stools.  Has anyone else noticed this in their dogs?

  • Gary

    Is the serving suggestion on the bag per day?

  • CLCerreto

    Berkley and Jensen is exclusively for BJ’s.  I was just at my local store in CT and they had plenty of stock.  

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Chad-Luckenbaugh/1823684303 Chad Luckenbaugh

     My BJs has it in York, Pennsylvania.  I hope this doesn’t mean that they will stop handling it…

  • Clairdaniel

    I used to buy this for my last dog and his coat was always so shiny and he was very strong also.  They quit selling it at BJs wholesale club.  Where can I find this now?

  • Scott Lubell

    Thank you for reviewing all of these dog food brands. It’s quite an undertaking and very helpful. We’ll try this dog food. Much appreciated.

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  • Debbooz

    I have a 14 week shi-poo would this be a good food for him being a puppy? We are trying to find something to switch to that is healthier than puppy eucanuba. 

  • Bobsargent

    In my last box of Large Dog bones, 90% were in small pieces and 50% were burned.  Never again!

  • mary lou riley

    i emailed bj’s about their food – here is there response:

    The Berkley & Jensen Holistic All Natural Chicken & Brown Rice Recipe
    dog food package information is attached. The product is made
    specifically for BJ’s and only comes in a 16lb bag for $19.99.

    The product is a super premium dry dog kibble made in the USA (Kansas)
    with all ingredients from North American Sources. It is all natural
    fortified with vitamins and minerals – No corn, wheat, soy, or
    by-products. Only human grade chicken is used in the product and the
    fish oil comes from Menhaden fish.

    It is Gluten free and has a Digestibility between 85-87%.

    38.5% of the nutritional value is from carbohydrates per an 8 oz cup of
    dog food and there are 380 calories per cup.

    The Serving suggestions on the bag are per day and the manufacturer
    suggests splitting this into two feeding times.

    The product is rated for all age dogs. You may want to contact your vet
    on how much to give based on your dogs nutritional needs.

  • PupMom

    I agree.  

  • Soccerman

    Based on the ingredients list you reviewed Berkley and Jensen Holistic dry food.

  • Mike P

    Hi dianna and sonny…I believe that mixing a topper with any great kibble is a great thing for so many reasons. Variety,moister,added meat,nutients and more. I’m happy you found a food that works…

  • diana and sonny

    i switched my 1 year old yellow lab from pedigree to the bjs brand holistic dog food. he loves it. he eats it plain when before he wanted something mixed in with his dry food. i leanred that most commercial brand dog foods, contain no real meats and veggies and main ingredient is ground yellow corn and animal by products. he loves the taste of the food and it has helped his digestive system as well. i highly reccomend it to any bjs member!

  • Abigail

    I use both the BJ’s dog and cat food in my house and everybody is doing great on it. No digestive upset, healthy coat, and they love it. I used to use Nutro (and they liked that too) but it seemed the price went up every month. I’m happy with the ingredients and believe it’s definately an above average food. The cat food is great too. They don’t advertise as hairball control but I’ve had no hairball issues since switching.

  • http://DogFoodAdvisor.com Mike Sagman

    Horny Corny… Since this company does not post complete information about its products publicly, I’m unable to review the product you mention at this time. Wish I could be more help.

  • Horny Corny

    I understand , should i feed it to my dog, can you do a review on it?

  • Michelle

    Horny Corny? LOL :)

  • Gordon

    lmao @ the name, ‘Horny Corny’ Does it infer corns with horns? We know they’re a devil in dog food!

  • http://DogFoodAdvisor.com Mike Sagman

    Horny Corny… Sorry you purchased thr wrong food. For the one you purchased is not the one reviewed in this report.

    As I’m sure you know, Berkley and James is the store brand for BJ’s Warehouse. And unlike many discount retailers (like Walmart), this company makes no effort to post the details of their dog foods publicly on the Internet.

    It is impossible to update the more than 2,500 recipes posted on my website. And without any place to get information on the product you chose to buy, I must rely on tips and help from readers who take the time to send me photos of the labels.

    I have reviewed the Berkley and Jensen dog food based upon the information provided to me by a helpful reader in May of 2011. And as of that date, this review is completely accurate. The product you mention is from a completely different product line called Berkley and Jensen Holistic (a product line not currently reviewed). Until someone send me the information, I cannot post a review of this line. Wish I could be more help.

  • Horny Corny

    Helloe Mr Sagman, I just brought a bag of berkely Jensens dog food and found out its first ingredient was yellow corn! Yes yellow corn! It seems you are wrong when you say they just make one line of kibble, they make two one holistic and a cheaper none holistic, the one i picked up buy accident, its about 16$ for a forty pound bag, please make a correction I do not want this to happen to anybody else!

  • Gordon

    Yeah can pick on me till the cows come home, Michelle ;) Anyway, I’m off. Ciao bella, I mean Michelle.

  • Michelle

    Gordon, Yeah. I know. :) it’s just so fun to pick on you.

  • Gordon

    Just being friendly, Michelle. You know, like being cute or similar.

  • Michelle

    Gordon, baby? lol :)

  • Gordon

    Yeah Michelle baby. I don’t know. I know I wouldn’t. If you;re going to add carbs, make it pulped or mashed veggies and fruits I say. but each to their own I guess.

  • Michelle

    Gordon, yeah I don’t get that either. Why add sweet potatoes to a dog’s food? Their probably already getting way too many carbs already. :O

  • Gordon

    I forgot to mention. Chicken liver is high in protein, like most animal liver, in case you didn’t know. On average it has about 5 to 6 grams in protein to 1 or 2 grams in fat, and 0 carbohydrates. So that’s about 80 to 90% in just protein alone. But don’t worry, since protein is actually good, even for your 8 lb dog! And you’re offsetting it anyway, with sweet potatoes. A food source whilst nutritious, is high in carbs.

  • Michelle

    Leslie, Sorry to tell you this, but, your vet is dead wrong. Protein from meat is the best possible thing for your dog. No matter what size it is. Vets are great at fixing broken bones ect. But when it comes to nutrition, they are pretty much clueless….. My neighbor’s vet told her that Beneful is fine for her puppy. I told her not to be fooled by the nice picture on the front of the bag and all their cute commercials. Turn it over and look at the ingredients. I told her it is nothing but corn, dyes, and sugar. Not sure if she ever did read it though. It’s a shame, she has a real cute puppy.

  • Gordon

    Leslie – So basically, your Vet is saying that your 8 lb dog should have more carbohydrates than protein in its food. I couldn’t disagree more. Nor can many Vets, to yours. I’m not a Vet, but I know that no matter how small the breed or what breed of dog, it has the same nutritional requirements as its ancestor, the wolf. And I can tell you that 38% overall protein on a dry matter basis, is not a high protein level, nor is it too high for your dog.

    If your dog loves the EB range than don’t let that stop you feeding it to your dog. This food is OK, but too high in carbs for Nature’s liking, IMHO.

  • Leslie

    I just put my yorkie on this…he has had problems in the past with Blue Buffalo, Merrick, Eukanuba, etc. I had been feeding him Science Diet Nature’s Best…not the greatest but the only food he tolerated well. When I couldn’t find it any longer, I switched him to Natural Balance which he tolerated but didn’t enjoy. He is enjoying the Berkley and Jensen which I gradually mixed into the Natural Balance. No diarrhea, no vomiting, no stomach issues plus he likes it! I mix it with his boiled chicken livers and sweet potatoes and he just goes nuts over the stuff! He has been on it soley for 3 weeks and no complaints!

    His favorite food to date has been Earthborn Holistic grain free bison but the vet told me it is too much protein for an 8 pound dog to process.

  • Erick

    I found this food at my local BJ’s and was shocked when I saw the ingredient deck. It has saved me so much money and honestly my English Pointer is doing as well if not better than she was on some other super premiums i was paying a fortune for. Julie to Mike’s point since this is mostly a meat based food and Eukanuba is a grain based food you need to transition your dog onto this food. Dolly struggled when we went from Iams to Nature’s Variety, (similar recipe to Berkley and Jensen) years ago becuase we didn’t know we had to transition, but once she was on the diet she did way better and like I said she likes the BJ’s even more. Also we just recently found out they have a cat food to :) which Marmalade, (male tabby) is doing great on :)

  • Eleisha

    Well All. I have purchased the food for my dogs and they like it!!! The kibble is small so they don’t have to chew forever. It comes in a resealable bag which is very nice! The food has a good odor to it. Not the fake smell however, so I know if I can smell it my dogs sure can. Hope that helps.

  • http://DogFoodAdvisor.com Mike Sagman

    Hi Rich… Boots and Barkley (from Target) is already on my To Do list. However, due to my current backlog of products for review, it could be a while longer before I get to it. Thanks for the reminder.

  • Rich

    You have not reviewed the Boots & Barkley dog food from Target. I would like to see it thanks.

  • Eleisha

    How did your dog’s like this food? I am switching my dog from another chicken and rice food to this just due to cost. I can not really find any reviews online about the food so I am curious. Any help will do, thanks!!

  • sandy

    If you’re looking for a corn free food, but still grain inclusive, there’s plenty to choose from. Nature’s Variety Prairie, Nature’s Select, Pinnacle, Wellness, Natural Balance, Merrick, Canidae, Castor & Pollux, Earthborn Holistic, Kirkland, and lots more. Did you transition slowly from the Eukanuba? And did you try feeding a little less of the new food?

  • http://DogFoodAdvisor.com Mike Sagman

    Hi Julie… Did you transition between the two foods gradually? Imagine yourself eating only turkey and rice every meal for years. Then, someone takes you out for Mexican food. How do you think your GI tract might respond? Although slow transition can help, not every food will be satisfactory for each animal. You may have to try others. Hope this helps.

  • Julie

    Hi Mike
    I’ve been using Eukanuba for years for my dogs but was concerned by the order of ingredients, especially the prominence of corn meal. My lab has always done well. Last year we adopted a cocker spaniel who’s skin and coat seemed dry so I began looking for a new food. I transitioned them to the BJ’s brand but my cocker developed diarrhea. My husband bought Eukanuba again and overnight the cocker’s stools went back to normal. Any suggestions what I may try next or should I just keep him on Eukanuba? I’d like to have them on the same food, if possible.
    Thanks
    Julie

  • John

    I was just in BJ’s they came out with an all natural, meat first, no corn, wheat or soy cat food as well. I’m going to see how Captain liks it this week

  • John

    Hey guys… I’m a BJ’s shopper. I used to feed Wellness but saw this food at BJ’s. I was totally skeptial of the product because the ingredient statement looked great but it was $19.99. I called BJ’s to ask what kind of chicken they used in their food and was given the number of the manufacturer to call. They told me they use Human Grade Chicken, (Not the chicken meal as meal can never be human grade), and that they Perioxide Value tested it to make sure it hadn’t turned rancid. I’ve since put Miney on this food and she does as good if not better than she did on other foods! Based on the price of the food A+++++++++ I didn’t expect to find a good store brand at BJ’s.. I would have though trader joes but their food isn’t nearly as good.

  • “Ryo”

    Melissa, I meant the best store-brand dog food. :P This is far from the best kibble. I’m just surprised that a store like BJ’s would have a better store brand dog food than a “health food” store like Trader Joe’s or something- no probiotics and I think no chelated minerals, and some recipes use corn and/or soy. Just clearing some stuff up! :)

  • ShamelessRawFoodie

    I’m curious if the typical probiotics used in most commercial dry dog food are effective. The reason I’m curious is because Brother Complete claims the typical probiotics used are ineffective. See this document:
    http://brotherscomplete.com/The_Brothers_Complete_Document.pdf

    Here is an excerpt on page 10:
    “The probiotics in existing kibbles, when used at all, were human grade probiotics and were ineffective because they were designed for the pH5 of a human stomach. Since a dog’s stomach acid content can go to pH1 (which is 10,000 times more acidic than pH5) when digesting food, the much stronger stomach acid of the dog renders the human grade probiotics ineffective. The brothers had to find a source of reinforced probiotics designed to survive the extremely low pH in a dog’s stomach. . . .”

    Aimee – do you know of any research on the types of probiotics used in dry dog food and the corresponding effectiveness?

  • melissa

    Ryo-

    I disagree-no chelated minerals and no probiotics. Its good, but I would say far from “best of its kind”

  • Ryo

    Wow, so this is the BJ’s brand dog food? This is among the best of it’s kind- I’m impressed.