Doggy Bag Dog Food (Dry)

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Rating: ★☆☆☆☆

Doggy Bag dog food gets the Advisor’s lowest tier rating of 1 star.

The Doggy Bag product line includes just one dry dog food, a product claimed to meet AAFCO nutrient profiles for adult maintenance.1

Doggy Bag

Dry Dog Food

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

Protein = 21% | Fat = 7% | Carbs = 65%

Ingredients: Wheat middlings, ground yellow corn, meat and bone meal, soybean meal, calcium carbonate, animal fat (preserved with BHA and citric acid), animal digest salt, choline chloride, zinc sulfate, ferrous sulfate, vitamin E supplement, zinc oxide, manganous oxide, copper sulfate, vitamin B12 supplement, niacin, biotin, vitamin A acetate, calcium pantothenate, thiamine mononitrate (source of vitamin B1), calcium iodate, sodium selenite, pyridoxine hydrochloride (source of vitamin B6), menadione sodium bisulfite complex (source of vitamin K activity), riboflavin supplement (source of vitamin B2), vitamin D supplement, cobalt carbonate, folic acid

Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 13.6%

Red items when present indicate controversial ingredients

Estimated Nutrient Content
MethodProteinFatCarbs
Guaranteed Analysis18%6%NA
Dry Matter Basis21%7%65%
Calorie Weighted Basis20%16%64%

The first ingredient in this dog food is wheat middlings, commonly known as “wheat mill run”. Though it may sound wholesome, wheat mill run is actually an inexpensive by-product of cereal grain processing.

In reality, wheat middlings are nothing more than milling dust and floor sweepings — and an ingredient more typically found in the lower quality pet foods.

The second ingredient includes corn. Corn is an inexpensive and controversial cereal grain. And aside from its energy content, this grain is of only modest nutritional value to a dog.

For this reason, we do not consider corn a preferred component in any dog food.

The third ingredient is meat and bone meal, a dry “rendered product from mammal tissues, including bone, exclusive of any added blood, hair, hoof, horn, hide trimmings, manure, stomach and rumen contents”.2

Meat and bone meal can have a lower digestibility than most other meat meals.

Scientists believe this decreased absorption may be due to the ingredient’s higher ash and lower essential amino acid content.3

What’s worse, this particular item is anonymous. Since there’s no mention of a specific animal, this ingredient could come from almost anywhere: spoiled supermarket meat, roadkill, dead, diseased or dying livestock — even euthanized farm animals.

Even though meat and bone meals are still considered protein-rich meat concentrates, we do not consider a generic ingredient like this a quality item.

The fourth ingredient is soybean meal, a by-product of soybean oil production more commonly found in farm animal feeds.

Although soybean meal contains 48% protein, this ingredient would be expected to have a lower biological value than meat.

And less costly plant-based products like this can notably boost the total protein reported on the label — a factor that must be considered when judging the actual meat content of this dog food.

The fifth ingredient is calcium carbonate, likely used here as a dietary mineral supplement.

The sixth ingredient includes animal fat. Animal fat is a generic by-product of rendering, the same high-temperature process used to make meat meals.

Since there’s no mention of a specific animal, this item could come from almost anywhere: roadkill, spoiled supermarket meat, dead, diseased or dying cattle — even euthanized livestock.

What’s worse, this fat is preserved with BHA, a suspected cancer-causing agent.

We do not consider generic animal fat a quality ingredient.

The seventh ingredient is animal digest. Animal digest is a chemically hydrolyzed mixture of animal by-products that is usually sprayed onto the surface of a dry kibble to improve its taste.

From here, the list goes on to include a number of other items.

But to be realistic, ingredients located this far down the list (other than nutritional supplements) are not likely to affect the overall rating of this product.

With three notable exceptions

First, we find no mention of probiotics, friendly bacteria applied to the surface of the kibble after processing to help with digestion.

Next, 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.

And lastly, this dog food contains menadione, a controversial form of vitamin K linked to liver toxicity, allergies and the abnormal break-down of red blood cells.

Since vitamin K isn’t required by AAFCO in either of its dog food nutrient profiles, we question the use of this substance in any canine formulation.

Doggy Bag Dog Food
The Bottom Line

Judging by its ingredients alone, Doggy Bag dog food looks like a below average dry 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 21%, a fat level of 7% and estimated carbohydrates of about 65%.

And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 33%.

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

When you consider the protein-boosting effect of the soybean meal, this looks like the profile of a kibble containing a limited amount of meat.

Bottom line?

Doggy Bag dog food is a plant-based kibble using only a limited amount of meat and bone meal as its main source of animal protein, thus earning the brand 1 star.

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

08/10/2011 Original review
02/17/2013 Last Update

  1. Tractor Supply Customer Service, 8/10/2011
  2. Association of American Feed Control Officials, 2008 Edition
  3. Shirley RB and Parsons CM, Effect of Ash Content on Protein Quality of Meat and Bone Meal, Department of Animal Sciences, University of Illinois, Poultry Science, 2001 80: 626-632
  • Melissaandcrew

    Hi Lewis-
    There are many other options out there. If cost is a concern, see if you can find propac- decent dog food, very very reasonable.

  • InkedMarie

    this is a one star food, very poor ingredients. What have you purchased in it’s place or is that what you need help with, finding a new food?

  • Lewis Blitzy Morgan

    I am here because my dogs have lost so much weight on this food it is unreal….

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  • Lynn

    Who would feed their dog this stuff??

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  • monkey

    Here’s a picture so you know what to avoid

  • http://www.facebook.com/bszoldak Bruce Zoldak

    would an image of the dog food bag be possible?

  • ILoveMyWeim

    It should be against the law to make cheap, yucky things that they put in dog/animals food! Not right at all, not acceptable period!!! SICK!

  • http://www.facebook.com/Snowball5734 Cindy Emke

    this proves many people should not own a dog if they feed this ti them. It is form of animal abuse. If they can’t afford to feed good quality food they should not own a dog. The vet bill will causer them to dump the dog at the nearest shelter.

  • monkey

    Thats why the AAFCO is a joke.

  • Verthib

    How can this food even get approved to sell? It’s a crime to feed your dog this…along with Old’ Roy.

  • LabsRawesome

     That would make a pretty scary movie, Ninja. But do you know what’s even scarier? The fact that their are people out there that actually DO feed this to their dogs. Shudder  :(

  • Dog Food Ninja

     lol!  I love your sarcasm melissa.  :-)  I wish i had more time to post now-a-days.  But, no, really, I think this would be a good subject for a horror movie: crazy evil guy locks people in his basement and makes them eat this dog food.  Goose bumps, right??  I know!   

  • melissa

     DFN-

    In all fairness, I think Doggy Bag has its place in the market and in life. For example, when my dogs are bad I threaten to feed the DB for a month! They usually shape right up after that ! hahahaha 

  • Dog Food Ninja

    I think the makers of this food should be forced to eat it for 30 days.  Kinda like “Super-size me”.  We’ll get a before and after of all their vitals and blood work and see just how good their “food” is.  lol

  • Jessica

    I think its hillarious that I would have to feed my cocker triple what she eats now. Obviously, the fillers carry zero nutritional value.

  • mjh523

    Thanks. Lovely Lab you got there!

  • LabsRawesome

     Yeah, or malnutrition. There is really nothing nutritious in this food at all. Btw beautiful sheltie.

  • mjh523

    I think this stuff is guaranteed to give your dog cancer. Jeez.

  • Randomwiktor

    We have two dogs, 13 and 9 when we adopted them from their former owners, who had been fed this as the “good” part of their diet – the rest was discarded bread from behind the grocery store. They were ridiculously fat, had awful skin/coats, and the oldest dog’s teeth had virtually all rotted out. I am beyond horrified by the poor caliber of this food and got them off of it immediately. Since then, they have become slender and active with beautiful coats – neighbors are shocked and say they look years younger. Very sad what awful food does to dogs.

  • Michelle

    Robby, if I were you, I’d be throwing some chunks of meat over the fence. Or suggesting to your neighbor to come to DFA and get some education.

  • Robby

    I looked this stuff up on Tractor Supply’s website & the selling point on the front of the bag is 18% chunk…lol.
    What awful food. This is what my neighbor feeds his very friendly Shar Pei. Poor dog. It really is a shame such a good dog gets this crap.

  • Michelle

    Instead of Doggy Bag, this “food” should be called Barf Bag, because that is what I needed after reading the ingredients.

  • “Ryo”

    This is just SAD! And, that is pretty unfortunate. They should be paying people $16 to buy it, not charging people $16.
    And, since I feed my dogs the PMR diet, I know quite a bit on how much of a rip-off this is. I can buy 30 dollars worth of food at my market that will last my two dogs (a 35-pound Carolina Dog and a 22-pound Finnish Spitz Mix) about 17 days. And it’s the local, hormone-free stuff as well. Their old kibble, which was Instinct, costed 20 dollars for a 4-pound bag! So, yep. How come the absolute best thing to feed a dog (in my opinion, anyway) is not much more expensive than this stuff?

  • Jonathan

    It’s sad that Sportmix is notably better than this crap, and Sportmix is 13.99 for 40 lbs.

  • Patrick

    The official word for this stuff is “Craptacular.” There is another one coming up to be reviewed called “Boots and Barkley,” and is sold, of all places, Target. Another very pathetic conglomeration of craptacular ingredients.

  • melissa

    13.99???? Roflmao. I thought Retriever was their low end food, until one day I came across a sad looking pallet of these white bags and curiousity got the best of me. After flipping over the bag and reading the ingrediants, I actually had to check twice to be sure it was in fact considered dog food.

  • Liam

    Well actually out of the 6 comments 2 people gave it 1 star and said their dogs wouldn’t eat it, 2 people gave it 4+ stars and said their dogs loved it, and the other two gave it 3+ stars and said that the wild animals in their backyard love it like rats and raccoons. I don’t know why people would buy it without reading the online reviews before hand.

  • http://DogFoodAdvisor.com Mike Sagman

    Actual price of Doggy Bag DF at Tractor Supply today? 40 pound bag, $13.99 (30 cents per pound). The amazing thing? 4 out of 6 reviewers on their website “would recommend this product to a friend”. Hopefully, not for their friend’s dog.

  • Brittany

    Wow looking at this I thought this was rat food, not dog food. :/ So sad that people might feed this to their dogs…

  • melissa

    Jonathan-

    “Doggy Bag” is sold at Tractor supply, and its like $16 for a 50lb sack of it-yes sack-

  • Mary Lou

    I thought Doggy Bag Dog Food was leftover steak. ; )

  • Jonathan

    Wow, what is this crap? This is, without a doubt, one of the worst foods I’ve ever seen. Wheat Middlings as the first ingredient? Just, wow.