Bil-Jac Dog Food (Cooked Frozen)

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Rating: ★★½☆☆

Bil-Jac Frozen Dog Food receives the Advisor’s second-lowest tier rating of 2.5 stars.

The Bil-Jac product line includes one frozen recipe, a product claimed to meet AAFCO nutrient profiles for all life stages.

Bil-Jac Frozen Dog Food

Frozen Dog Food

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

Protein = 32% | Fat = 14% | Carbs = 46%

Ingredients: Beef tripe, chicken, dried bakery product, chicken by-product meal, beef liver, dried beet pulp, cane molasses, brewers dried yeast, phosphoric acid, egg product, citric acid, choline chloride, calcium carbonate, dl-methionine, l-lysine, monohydrochloride, cellulose gum, potassium chloride, zinc proteinate, l-ascorbyl-2-polyphosphate (source of vitamin C), manganese proteinate, zinc sulfate, vitamin E supplement, ferrous sulfate, iron proteinate, inositol, niacin supplement, copper proteinate, sodium selenite, d-calcium pantothenate, copper sulfate, riboflavin supplement, biotin, vitamin A acetate, thiamine mononitrate, pyridoxine hydrochloride, vitamin B12 supplement, manganous oxide, cobalt proteinate, vitamin D3 supplement, cobalt carbonate, calcium iodate, folic acid

Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 4.5%

Red items when present indicate controversial ingredients

Estimated Nutrient Content
MethodProteinFatCarbs
Guaranteed Analysis18%8%NA
Dry Matter Basis32%14%46%
Calorie Weighted Basis29%31%41%

The first ingredient in this dog food lists beef tripe. Tripe usually consists of the first three chambers of a cud-chewing animal’s stomach. As unappetizing as it may seem to us humans, tripe is favored by dogs and sometimes even includes the stomach’s contents, too.

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 dried bakery product, an inexpensive manufacturing leftover salvaged from the processed food industry.

Dried bakery product is nothing more than a mixture of bread, cookies, cake, crackers and other baking waste which have been artificially dried and ground into a coarse powder.

The fourth ingredient is chicken by-product meal, a dry rendered product of slaughterhouse waste. It’s made from what’s left of a slaughtered chicken after all the prime cuts have been removed.

In addition to organs (the nourishing part), this stuff can contain almost anything — feet, beaks, undeveloped eggs — anything except quality skeletal muscle (conventional meat).

On the brighter side, by-product meals are meat concentrates and contain nearly 300% more protein than fresh chicken.

In any case, although this item contains all the amino acids a dog needs, we consider chicken by-products an inexpensive, lower quality ingredient.

The fifth ingredient is beef liver. This is an organ meat sourced from a named animal and thus considered a beneficial component.

The sixth ingredient is beet pulp. Beet pulp is a controversial ingredient, a high fiber by-product of sugar beet processing.

Some denounce beet pulp as an inexpensive filler while others cite its outstanding intestinal health and blood sugar benefits.

We only call your attention here to the controversy and believe the inclusion of beet pulp in reasonable amounts in most dog foods is entirely acceptable.

The seventh ingredient is molasses. Although it can be rich in minerals, molasses is also a less refined form of sugar with a glycemic index in humans similar to maple syrup.

Like table sugar (and in excessive amounts), molasses has the potential to raise a dog’s blood sugar.

The eighth ingredient is brewers yeast can be a controversial item. Although it’s a by-product of the beer making process, this ingredient is rich in minerals and other healthy nutrients.

Fans believe yeast repels fleas and supports the immune system.

Critics argue yeast ingredients can be linked to allergies. This may be true, but (like all allergies) only if your particular dog is allergic to the yeast itself.

In addition, a vocal minority insists yeast can increase the risk of developing the life-threatening condition known as bloat. However, this is a claim we’ve not been able to scientifically verify.

In any case, unless your dog is specifically allergic to it, yeast can still be considered a nutritious additive.

What’s more noteworthy here is that brewers yeast contains about 48% protein, a factor that must be considered when judging the actual meat content of this dog food.

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, this food contains egg product, an unspecified (wet or dry?) 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.

And lastly, this food also contains chelated minerals, minerals that have been chemically attached to protein. This makes them easier to absorb. Chelated minerals are usually found in better dog foods.

Bil-Jac Frozen Dog Food
The Bottom Line

Judging by its ingredients alone, Bil-Jac Frozen Dog Food looks like an average frozen product.

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 32%, a fat level of 14% and estimated carbohydrates of about 46%.

And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 45%.

Below-average protein. Below-average fat. And above-average carbs when compared to a typical frozen dog food.

Even when you consider the protein-boosting effect of the brewers dried yeast, this still looks like the profile of a frozen product containing a below-average amount of meat.

Bottom line?

Bil-Jac Frozen is a meat-based pasteurized-then-frozen dog food using a below average amount of tripe and chicken as its main sources of animal protein, thus earning the brand 2.5 stars.

Not recommended.

Please note some products may have been given higher or lower ratings based upon our estimate of their total meat content.

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

04/03/2011 Original review
12/07/2012 Review updated
11/10/2013 Review updated
11/10/2013 Last Update

  1. Association of American Feed Control Officials
  • Brenda Gombola

    I use to use Bil Jac Frozen around 25 years ago, but I have noticed the ingredients have changed. I seen it at Wal Mart today, wanted to buy it, but seen the all the added crap to it that didn’t use to be there. So I came here to see what it all is. My dogs are on Taste of the Wild High Prairie Formula and will keep them on it. Shame on you Bil Jac, you sold out!

  • Ch

    Mike time to block aroumd the clock

  • Ch

    Inked marie time to downvote

  • Robert Morris

    bill jac is a awsome brand my dogs are very healthy very happy its our entire familys first choice look if you dont like it then make your dog steak and eggs cause thats the qaulity your asking for at bill jac`s prices

  • Melissaandcrew

    There was a recall a year or two ago. Granted it was small, but I think it was for mold in the bags?
    I had a rescue come in with a bag of this food, and the stench of the stool that came out of that poor dog was enough for me to skip the transition and switch him cold turkey.

  • Lara

    Ingredients don’t lie. Quite likely you switched over too soon (not waiting the suggest 10-14 transtion days) or your dogs already have kidney issues that were worsened by a quick switch.

    I live in Canada (higher dog food prices) and haven’t found any dog food that is $7 a lb. My dogs food is roughly $3 a lb and the best, most expensive kibble money can buy.

  • Lara

    So you are going to wait until you have an issue with a good until you switch. Personally, I’d rather feed my dogs something I know is high quality, rather than something that may or may not be causing underlying health issues.

    It is a no-brainer. Feed my dog a food with 10 first meat ingredients, or something with by product meals, corns, fillers, and etc? Of course I am going to go with the meat based food. Why wouldn’t I? My pride doesn’t come into the way of my dogs best interest, common sense, and easy to read ingredient labels.

    And to inform you, Bil Jac does make a raw dog food that is sold in the freezer isle at low quality pet stores.

  • Shawna

    They make a raw food and it is one of, if not the, worst I’ve seen. Not sure how you can screw raw up as bad as they did?

    Edit – normal illnesses, like arthritis, can be caused by the food eaten.

  • InkedMarie

    They have kibble and raw. I think they have something else as well but cannot remember what it is.

  • Pattyvaughn

    Then what is it? Surely, you don’t think this is the one and only variety Bil Jac sells?

  • Marie031

    Wow, every time I read this I can’t figure out why some people think Bil Jac is a RAW dog food. I have been feeding Bil Jac since the 1970′s. Sorry, but you can’t change my mind about this dog food. My show dogs are in great weight and healthy. I have never had any medical issues that were not the ordinary ones and never anything major. There, also, as far back as I can remember, has never been a recall on this food. I will be sticking with Bil Jac as I have not had any problems whatsoever. Also, please, Dog Food Advisor how can you advise on this food if you do not know whether it is RAW or not. This is not a RAW dog food.

  • InkedMarie

    According to their website, the fifth ingredient is beef liver, not dried beet pulp.

    what the heck is dried bakery product anyway?

  • Pattyvaughn

    Um, they are still about 80% water, so if they were listed according to where the nutrition or the calories come from rather than how much they weigh, they would still come after bakery product(whatever that is), chicken meal, and probably after dried beet pulp as well.

  • Grace Wilkins

    The ingredients listed are out of date. The first five ingredients currently are Beef Tripe, Chicken, Dried Bakery Product, Chicken By-Product Meal, and Dried Beet Pulp. Since this is a frozen food, I am assuming the beef tripe and chicken will not lose volume through dehydration, making them less likely to be canceled out by the bakery product. My Great Dane could not keep his weight on Taste of the Wild and is doing fabulously on the combination with Bil Jac!

  • http://www.dfwpugs.com/ sandy

    Maybe Carna4.

  • Pattyvaughn

    Maybe a freeze dried or dehydrated, that you are supposed to feed a LOT less of? Especially if s/he didn’t rehydrate it.

  • somebodysme

    Stella and Chewy perhaps? I know I looked at that a couple times and couldn’t even comprehend how a dog food could be that expensive. Isn’t it more than $7 a lb? $26 for a one lb bag, I just checked. How can anyone afford to feed something like that?

  • sisu

    $7.00 per lb. times 30 lbs. = $210. per bag.

    Please specify the brand that you were feeding that caused bladder and kidney problems.

  • Storm’s Mom

    A $7+ per pound dog food???? Which one are you referring to? I’m in Canada and even I’ve never heard of a dog food that costs that much!!

  • Texas

    I have fed my Old English Sheepdogs Bil Jac for 30 years. Show dogs and rescues both. Their stools are perfect and I have had no issues with bladder, kidneys, heart, ears, stomach or eyes. They (15 of them) all lived to be 12-16 and that is old for Old English. You can bash it all you want but the one batch of dogs that I switched to a very expensive $7+ per pound and a high high rated dog food, I had bladder stones in one of my 5 dogs and early kidney disease in another. I went back to feeding BilJac. Say what you will but its worked for me for 30 years. If it aint broke don’t fix it. Go ahead get sucked in and pay the biggg bucks.

  • Ravenhill

    I use this for giving meds. The consistency is similar to play dough, the dogs wolf it down like cookie dough. You can easily mould it around a capsule or pill without a mess. Does not stick to fingers, etc. Kept in a colder-than-average fridge, a small bag lasts a long time for 2 large dogs needing a pill 2x a day.

    I have also used it as a treat, very seldom.

    A few years ago, one of my dogs was severely poisoned
    (possibly drinking rainwater with bacteria; we never figured it out) She seized, I did CPR, got her to the vet. when she came home, she had no appetite, but would eat this. After a week, she returned to her normal habits, but it got us through. It may have been the “treat” association that made her want it, or something to do with the texture.

  • Pattyvaughn

    You need to feed as many different foods as you can find that your dog does well on. And include different types of food in that as well, dry, canned, raw, dehydrated, freeze dried.

  • rob_reader

    You need to feed more than one brand. You never know when one may miss an ingredient for a while or the nutritional value changes. Insurance

  • Deb

    I only use Bil-Jac as a training treat. I would never use this product as a primary food source.

  • Dachshund lover

    My dogs love his food! I use it about 1/3 of my feedings with the other 2/3 various Bil-Jac dry foods in rotation. I have fed so many brands of 5 star my wife threatened to divorce me as I ended up giving it away because my dogs wouldn’t eat it. Just buy one frozen bag and feed it like a dessert and watch them gobble it up. Don’t pay any attention to all the naysayers. They are full of nothing but hot air. Do your own research. You have a mind. Feed it and watch your dogs. This is amazing stuff!!

  • Hound Dog Mom

    “I hope the negative comments on this site don’t discourage people from trying this food. I can’t imagine the people posting comments criticizing this food have ever actually tried it.”

    I’m sorry but I don’t need to try this food to criticise it, the ingredients tell me all I need to know. It’s slaughterhouse waste and sugar. I’d never “try” this on my dogs. Have you ever considered feeding a quality raw dog food? If your dog is doing well on this junk I bet she’d do phenomenal on a quality raw food. My dogs eat real raw and they’re thriving.

  • Poodle Lover

    I love this dog food! It is the most amazing dog food ever! I have a standard poodle who is 12 years old. She ate nothing but frozen Bil-Jac from the time she was a puppy until 6/2006. The reason I stopped feeding her frozen Bil-Jac was that we moved to South Florida and it was not available down here. From 6/2006 until 4/2013 I tried just about every 4 or 5 star dog food you have on here. I even tried mixing different foods. She ate, but was never enthusiastic about it, and never cleaned her bowl. For the last 2 years, I really noticed her slowing down…just really started to see her age. Then, miracle of all miracles, in late April of this year, I was in a Walmart fairly close to my house and I saw the frozen Bil-Jac right above the Ben and Jerry’s ice cream. I purchased every bag they had and went home and stocked up my freezer. As soon as a bag of it thawed, I put it in her bowl. She came running, and licked her bowl clean, and to this day, she still is! Not only is she cleaning her bowl, she is healthier! Her eyes look better, her skin looks better, and her coat looks better. Most of all she is better….she is happier….she tries to play with us all the time now….she has so much more energy now. She runs around the house like a puppy! Feeding her frozen Bil-Jac is the only change we have made. It has literally turned our 12 year old back into a 2 year old. I hope the negative comments on this site don’t discourage people from trying this food. I can’t imagine the people posting comments criticizing this food have ever actually tried it.

  • Hound Dog Mom

    Wow, they did change the first ingredient to tripe. I doubt the rating will change though – it still has by-products, “dried bakery product” (whatever that is..), beet pulp and molasses.

  • Anon

    It looks like it’s been reformulated. It now has beef tripe as the first ingredient. Could you please do an updated analysis?

  • Pattyvaughn

    I may eat fast food once a week and processed food once or twice, but most dogs get the same food day in and day out for years.

  • InkedMarie

    You’re sure right about that. That is why I take so much care when choosing dog food because while I may choose fast food for me, my dogs don’t have a choice in what they eat.

  • Kelly

    It is funny how we all examine our dog food in depth but look how many of us grab fast food for our kids or use processed foods multiple times a week.

  • Erika

    Hi Mike!  When you get a chance, can you please review the new Bil Jac grain free wet food trays?  Thanks!!

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  • Doug

    Two stars is two stars too MUCH.

  • Lucy

    Dfn-lol.  I completely agree.

    This company should not even try to atempt making raw…I mean come on!…wheat germ meal & cereal food fines!  Raw food is supposed to be MEAT!

  • http://DogFoodAdvisor.com Mike Sagman

    Hi John Wilson… Since they changed their webpage, I checked with Bil Jac today and the company confirms this product is indeed a raw frozen dog food. Hope this helps.

  • John Wilson

    One problem with this review: BilJac frozen isn’t a raw food nor is it advertised by the company as such. Otherwise, great job!

  • Amanda

    I watched my dog’s coat transform from in one month to absolutely spectacular from a 3 star food (that came from the rescue), to a 4 and 5 star food. I would not feed this crap to her if it was the last thing on the shelf. How could you possibly feed this to your dog after reading these ingredients? And how could your dog even look good with these ingredients. How do you really know how your dog feels? If I were to eat McDonalds every day, I certainly would not feel well, but I would at least be able to communicate that. Just don’t understand the reasoning. And bloat is not caused by kibble….

  • Amanda

    I watched my dogs coat transform from in one month to absolutely spectacular from a 3 star food (that came from the rescue), to a 4 and 5 star food. I would not feed this crap to her if it was the last thing on the shelf. How could you possibly feed this to your dog after reading these ingredients? And how could your dog even look good with these ingredients. How do you really know how your dog feels? If I were to eat McDonalds every day, I certainly would not feel well, but I would at least be able to communicate that.

  • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ninja Dog Food Ninja

    Yeah, it’s pretty gross stuff. I hate Bil Jac. They preserve all their dry food AND their treats with BHA and then they go on and on about how they don’t have to add sprayed-on fats like that’s some big benefit. If they were adding fats, they could preserve the food naturally! And then they bleat on about why corn is a good ingredient for dogs. Uhg

  • Shawna

    WOW!! I had no idea this was a raw food til I read DFN’s post… I agree, a higher quality kibble might be better then this.. If for no other reason then to send a message to the manufacturer…

    I have to wonder how this food could possibly be free of pathogens?? Is it high pressure pasteurized or something?

  • Shawna

    “If your dog looks and feels great on a two and a half star dog food, imagine how they’re going to look and feel eating a 4 or 5 star with high quality ingredients.”

    LOVE that statement Chris!!!!!!! Soooo very true!!

  • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ninja Dog Food Ninja

    Right-O, Chris. I can’t fathom reading the above descriptions of what meat by-products and cereal fines are and just not caring because the dog seems fine. It’s like, that’s not really the point now, is it? The point is, whether or not your dog looks fine, you are paying top dollar to feed your dog disgusting ingredients. And these are RAW! I think with these ingredients I’d almost rather they be cooked!

  • Chris Valley

    I don’t understand people who will defend a dog food with poor-quality ingredients because their dog “looks great,” or is “thriving.” Would you please read the ingredients?? If your dog looks and feels great on a two and a half star dog food, imagine how they’re going to look and feel eating a 4 or 5 star with high quality ingredients. It won’t necessarily even cost you any more.

  • anna

    my dogs love this stuff. they wont eat nothing else just this. n my puppy that i had gotten double her size in the last 2 months. shes has a nice mucle going on. and a great look to her. my 6yr old husky only looks and acts like shes 2. my pup who is 5months now weighs 25lbs and the vet even said that they both look great.

  • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ninja Dog Food Ninja

    Ellie, if your dogs do well on this, just imagine how much better they could do on a raw diet that didn’t include nondescript by-products and industrial cereal grain waste!

  • Ellie

    I have fed frozen Bil Jac to my show dogs for over 30 years. I had a dog bloat when she was given dry dog food and survived on Bil Jac. I am a fan for life of raw (?) Bil Jac.

  • Ryo

    Whew. Thank god this was switched to 2.5 stars. Sounds like a salmonella bomb to me- I wouldn’t even think about giving unspecified “poultry”, “meat”, and “fish” of unknown origin to a dog. Where did that come from, anyway? The side of the road? This is the Everpet of the raw food world. Just some advice from me: Leave it on the shelf!

  • Gordon

    Christine A. Gietzen – I’m not aware of this author or book, but thanks for divulging its existence. I may seek it and have a read. The more angles of perspectives read, the more gained in knowledge and ability to scrutinise.

    Bill Jac Raw Frozen Food reads like a commercial raw dog food designed by either assuming Bill Jac is a person or a business deciding on such a name as a brand, of whom or which either knowingly put together such a lack luster and undesirable raw dog food for the purpose of cutting overheads and making sales for profit first – dog health 5th, OR, thought they would impress the market with an unwittingly lack of proper scientifically formulated raw diet that turns almost a complete 180 degrees in the opposite direction away from mimicking a natural ancestral diet.

    This beggars the question Bill Jac – why bother making raw dog food?

  • Elizabeth

    I wouldn’t give this junk to my worst enemy!

  • Jonathan

    Hmmm, I kinda agree with Christine… raw meat by-products? Mixed with Cereal Fines? And sugar? Sounds like a nasty concoction. Maybe this is should be the first 2 1/2 star raw food reviewed!

  • http://www.pridepurrfectgifts.com Christine A. Gietzen

    I have a question totally unrelated to this post, but I did read the review and I must disagree in this food being recommended to anyone wanting to feed raw. I would have rated this with 2 stars or less. For people on a tight budget, I’d rather recommend a dry food with a 4 star rating or above to a person rather than them feeding the Biljac to their precious dog. The good raw diets out there are more expensive for a reason. Enough said… So, there, I’ve said my piece. There are just too many red flags in this food.

    My question is, does anyone here know of or has anyone here read William D. Cusick? I happened to find his site through a google search the other day and he has written a book on Canine Nutrition that centers on breed specific diets. His book basically lists all the known dog breeds with a brief history of each and what kind of food sources they had access to. Some of what he says seems plausible, but I’ve seen a certain attitude in his writing that implies that he has a very one-sided approach to his findings. I’m just wondering what anyone else might have to say regarding this gentleman and his works. Thanks!