BOGO Bowl Dog Food (Dry)

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Rating: ★★★★☆

BOGO Bowl Dog Food receives the Advisor’s second-highest tier rating of 4 stars.

The BOGO Bowl product line includes seven dry dog foods, one claimed to meet AAFCO nutrient profiles for growth, two for adult maintenance and four for all life stages.

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

  • BOGO Bowl Puppy Formula (4.5 stars)
  • BOGO Bowl No Grain Formula (5 stars)
  • BOGO Bowl Lamb Meal and Rice Formula
  • BOGO Bowl Salmon Meal and Rice Formula
  • BOGO Bowl Chicken Meal and Rice Formula
  • BOGO Bowl Maintenance Formula (3.5 stars)
  • BOGO Bowl Healthy Weight Formula (3 stars)

BOGO Bowl Chicken Meal and Rice Formula was selected to represent the other products in the line for this review.

BOGO Bowl Chicken Meal and Brown Rice Formula

Dry Dog Food

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

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

Ingredients: Chicken meal, brown rice, ground grain sorghum, oat groats, chicken fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols), dried plain beet pulp, millet, potato product, menhaden fish meal, egg product, brewers dried yeast, natural flavor, whole ground flaxseed, chicken cartilage, salt, potassium chloride, lecithin, dicalcium phosphate, carrots, celery, beets, parsley, lettuce, watercress, spinach, menhaden fish oil, calcium carbonate, l-lysine, dl-methionine, Lactobacillus acidophilus fermentation product dehydrated, cranberry, fructooligosaccharide (FOS), glucosamine HCL, Yucca schidigera extract, vitamin E supplement, mineral oil, ascorbic acid, niacin supplement, organic dried kelp, d-calcium pantothenate, riboflavin supplement, biotin, vitamin B12 supplement, thiamine mononitrate, vitamin A acetate, pyridoxine hydrochloride, citric acid, vitamin D3 supplement, folic acid, iron sulfate, zinc sulfate, zinc proteinate, iron proteinate, copper sulfate, zinc oxide, manganese sulfate, manganese proteinate, copper proteinate, manganous oxide, selenium, calcium iodate

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

The second ingredient is brown rice, a complex carbohydrate that (once cooked) can be fairly easy to digest. However, aside from its natural energy content, rice is of only modest nutritional value to a dog.

The third ingredient is sorghum. Sorghum (milo) is a starchy cereal grain with a nutrient profile similar to corn.

Since it is gluten-free and boasts a smoother blood sugar behavior than other grains, sorghum may be considered an acceptable non-meat ingredient.

The fourth ingredient is oat groats, a whole grain, minimally processed form of oats. With the exception of their caloric content and the fact they’re also gluten free, oat groats can be considered average in nutritional value.

The fifth 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 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 millet, a gluten-free grain harvested from certain seed grasses. Millet is hypoallergenic and naturally rich in B-vitamins and fiber as well as other essential minerals.

The eighth ingredient is potato product, a dried residue of the potato processing industry consisting primarily of potato pieces, peelings and culls.

With the exception of perhaps its caloric content and a small amount of protein, potato product is of only modest nutritional value to a dog.1

The ninth ingredient is menhaden fish meal, another protein-rich meat concentrate.

Menhaden are small ocean fish related to herring. They’re rich in protein and omega-3 fatty acids. What’s more, in their mid-depth habitat, menhaden are not exposed to mercury contamination as can be typical with deep water species.

Fish meal is typically obtained from the “clean, dried, ground tissue of undecomposed whole fish and fish cuttings” of commercial fish operations.2

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 six notable exceptions

First, we find brewers yeast. 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.

Next, we find menhaden oil. Menhaden are small ocean fish related to herring. Their oil is naturally rich in the prized EPA and DHA type of omega-3 fatty acids, two high quality fats boasting the highest bio-availability to both dogs and humans.

What’s more, in their mid-depth habitat, menhaden are not exposed to mercury contamination as is typical with deeper water species.

In addition, flaxseed is one of the best plant sources of healthy omega-3 fatty acids. Provided they’ve first been ground into a meal, flax seeds are also rich in soluble fiber.

However, flaxseed contains about 19% protein, a factor that must be considered when judging the actual meat content of this dog food.

Next, this recipe also contains fructooligosaccharide, an alternative sweetener3 probably used here as a prebiotic. Prebiotics function to support the growth of healthy bacteria in the large intestine.

Although we can’t be certain, mineral oil is apparently used in this recipe as a stool softener.

However, the inclusion of this additive can be controversial. That’s because the European Food Safety Authority has expressed some concern as to the long term health effects of using mineral oil in human food.4

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.

BOGO Bowl Dog Food
The Bottom Line

Judging by its ingredients alone, BOGO Bowl looks like an above-average dry dog food.

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

The dashboard displays a dry matter protein reading of 28%, a fat level of 16% and estimated carbohydrates of about 49%.

As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 28% and a mean fat level of 15%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 50% for the overall product line.

And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 54%.

Near-average protein. Near-average fat. And near-average carbs when compared to a typical dry dog food.

Even when you consider the protein-boosting effect of the brewers yeast and flaxseed, this looks like the profile of a kibble containing a moderate amount of meat.

Bottom line?

BOGO Bowl is a plant-based dry dog food using a moderate amount of chicken, lamb or salmon meals as its main sources of animal protein, thus earning the brand 4 stars.

Highly recommended.

Please note certain recipes are sometimes given a higher or lower rating 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

09/06/2012 Original review
03/29/2014 Last Update

  • http://twitter.com/BOGOBowl BOGO Bowl

    Great info! I think we checked into that initially and Amazon’s fees, plus their charges for fulfillment, made it prohibitive with our slim margins, but I will revisit. Sara

  • PreferPets

    thanks for the response, BOGO Bowl.  I currently am an Amazon Prime member and get free 2 day shipping on everything including dog food.  I would consider switching to BOGO Bowl if it was available on Amazon.com as well!

  • http://twitter.com/BOGOBowl BOGO Bowl

    Hi, PreferPets!

    That’s great information. I hope lots of people see your idea and follow suit. Because really, whatever it takes to get food to these hard-working organizations to make their jobs easier and the animals in their care healthier is great with us!

    Just FYI, the price of our food includes shipping both to the buyer and to the recipient organizations. So while it’s a little more than the Eagle Pack, there’s a lot of value. We’ve found for many similar-quality brands we are comparable in price, even with the matching bag and shipping.

    It’s hard to find that sweet spot between high-quality food and affordability to give an exact same bag away. We are constantly looking for ways to improve and feedback like yours helps that process tremendously. 

    Thank you! Sara (Chief Foodie)

  • PreferPets

    This is a great concept but the prices are a little high.  I can buy 3 20 lb bags of Eagle Pack lamb formula (same rating) and donate 2 for the same price as 1 20 lb bag of BOGO Bowl lamb formula.

  • Factchecker

     So, how much dog food do you consume on a daily basis Doglover?

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

    This is a really wonderful concept. Dr. Mike gave their No Grain Formula five stars. I went on the BOGO Bowl website and looked at the ingredients and they look pretty good. I just wish they didn’t use white potato and canola oil.

  • Joe Nolte

    Sandy, I’m glad to see your correction!  I am both a customer and the board president of a partner organization (The Pet Project Midwest).  My dogs absolutely love BogoBowl, and our clients in the Pet Pantry do to.  I have seen both bags and I can vouch that this is high-quality food, identical bags going to the customer and the organization they designate.  We are so thankful for BogoBowl!

  • http://www.dfwpugs.com/ sandy

    I found it! Regarding my comment below -  it is FreeHand that gives a not-same dog food (RescueOne) to oranizations, not BOGO.

  • http://twitter.com/BOGOBowl BOGO Bowl

    Sandy, maybe you’re thinking of another program. BOGO Bowl is an exact one-for-one match. Whatever the buyer chooses is what goes to the organization of their choice. None of our products contain pork. Feel free to check the BOGO Bowl website (bogobowl.com) for information about the program, or the review above for details about the ingredients. Thanks for being careful with your pets’ food!

  • Sara Henderson

    Sandy, maybe you’re thinking of another program. BOGO Bowl is an exact one for one match. Whatever the buyer chooses is what goes to the organization of their choice. None of our products contain pork. Feel free to check the BOGO Bowl website (bogobowl.com) for information about the program, or the review above for details about the ingredients. I’m the founder and owner of BOGO Bowl so I am pretty confident of my facts :-)

  • http://www.dfwpugs.com/ sandy

    Last time I checked it was a low protein pork meal kibble that they gave as the free bag, not the exact same product that was purchased. The free food is not listed as a product to purchase.

  • Doglover

    The ingredients in this food is garbage, if you would not eat, don’t feed it to your pet

  • Sara Henderson

    And don’t forget – when you buy a bag of BOGO Bowl dog food a matching bag of the exact same product is given to a shelter, rescue or pet pantry in your own community.