Eukanuba Dog Food (Dry)


Rating: ★★★½☆

Eukanuba Dog Food receives the Advisor’s mid-tier rating of 3.5 stars.

The Eukanuba product line includes 13 dry dog foods, ten claimed to meet AAFCO nutrient profiles for adult maintenance, two recipes for growth (Puppy recipes) and one for all life stages.

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

  • Eukanuba Puppy Growth
  • Eukanuba Adult Small Breed
  • Eukanuba Adult Maintenance
  • Eukanuba Senior Large Breed
  • Eukanuba Adult Large Breed (3 stars)
  • Eukanuba Puppy Small Breed (4 stars)
  • Eukanuba Senior Small Breed (4 stars)
  • Eukanuba Puppy Large Breed (4 stars)
  • Eukanuba Senior Maintenance (4 stars)
  • Eukanuba Adult Maintenance Small Bite
  • Eukanuba Adult Weight Control (2 stars)
  • Eukanuba Adult Weight Control Small Breed (3 stars)
  • Eukanuba Adult Weight Control Large Breed (3 stars)

Eukanuba Adult Maintenance was selected to represent the other products in the line for this review.

Eukanuba Adult Maintenance Formula

Dry Dog Food

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

Protein = 28% | Fat = 18% | Carbs = 46%

Ingredients: Chicken, chicken by-product meal, corn meal, ground whole grain sorghum, brewers rice, ground whole grain barley, dried beet pulp, chicken fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols, a source of vitamin E), chicken flavor, dried egg product, fish oil (preserved with mixed tocopherols, a source of vitamin E), potassium chloride, salt, flax meal, sodium hexametaphosphate, fructooligosaccharides, choline chloride, minerals (ferrous sulfate, zinc oxide, manganese sulfate, copper sulfate, manganous oxide, potassium iodide, cobalt carbonate), dl-methionine, vitamins (ascorbic acid, vitamin A acetate, calcium pantothenate, biotin, thiamine mononitrate (source of vitamin B1), vitamin B12 supplement, niacin, riboflavin supplement (source of vitamin B2), inositol, pyridoxine hydrochloride (source of vitamin B6), vitamin D3 supplement, folic acid), calcium carbonate, vitamin E supplement, brewers dried yeast, beta-carotene, rosemary extract

Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 5.6%

Red items when present indicate controversial ingredients

Estimated Nutrient Content
Guaranteed Analysis25%16%NA
Dry Matter Basis28%18%46%
Calorie Weighted Basis24%37%40%

The first ingredient in this dog food is 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.

The second 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 feathers.

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 third ingredient is cornmeal, a coarsely ground flour made from dried corn. Corn is an inexpensive and controversial cereal grain of only modest nutritional value to a dog.

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

The fourth 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 fifth ingredient is brewers rice. Brewers rice is a cereal grain by-product consisting of the small fragments left over after milling whole rice. Aside from the caloric energy it contains, this item is of only modest nutritional value to a dog.

The sixth ingredient is barley. Barley is a starchy carbohydrate supplying fiber and other healthy nutrients. However, aside from its energy content, this cereal grain is of only modest nutritional value to a dog.

The seventh 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 eighth 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.

After the chicken flavor, we find dried egg product, 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 six notable exceptions

First, fish oil is naturally rich in the prized EPA and DHA type of omega-3 fatty acids. These two high quality fats boast the highest bio-availability to dogs and humans.

Depending on its level of freshness and purity, fish oil should be considered a commendable addition.

Next, flaxseed meal is one of the best plant-based sources of healthy omega-3 fatty acids. Flax meal is particularly 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.

In addition, we note the inclusion of sodium hexametaphosphate, a man-made industrial polymer with no known nutritive value.

HMP is used in making soap, detergents, water treatment, metal finishing and most likely here to decrease tartar build-up on the teeth.

Although some might disagree, we’re of the opinion that food is not the place for tartar control chemicals or any other non-nutritive substances.

Next, this recipe contains fructooligosaccharide, an alternative sweetener1 probably used here as a prebiotic. Prebiotics function to support the growth of healthy bacteria in the large intestine.

We also note the inclusion of brewers yeast, which 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.

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.

Eukanuba Dog Food
The Bottom Line

Judging by its ingredients alone, Eukanuba Dog Food looks like an 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 28%, a fat level of 18% and estimated carbohydrates of about 46%.

As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 28% and a mean fat level of 16%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 48% for the overall product line.

And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 56%.

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

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

Bottom line?

Eukanuba Dog Food is a plant-based kibble using a moderate amount of chicken by-product meal as its main source of animal protein, thus earning the brand 3.5 stars.


Please note certain recipes are sometimes given a higher or lower rating based upon our estimate of their total meat content and (when appropriate) their fat-to-protein ratios.

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Other spellings: Eukenuba, Eucanuba

Notes and Updates

11/13/2014 Last Update

  • Garry

    dogs are not carnivores

  • disqus user

    I wouldnt touch this stuff with a barge pole – let alone feed it to my dogs. Prey Model and never going back.

  • sue66b

    Hi Monica, if you read Dr Beckers book “Real Food for healthy Dogs & Cats”, she writes if you have a dog with GI problems to start with lean cooked meat then over 4 months you so slowly cook the meat less & less making sure that poo are firm along the way, if poos are sloppy cook meat more until you get to raw,

  • Monica

    Hi! I have an 8 month golden retriever and we have been struggling to find a diet that is good for him. He has a very sensitive stomach and often has diahrrea and vomit. We’ve taken him to the vet on several occasions and still are not helpful! At first they told me to feed him chicken and rice until his stool was better then back in his dry food which he doesn’t like. Then they prescribed ID can food and this made his stomach more upset. Now he is on royal canin can food for gastro intestinal high energy. And he seems to like it but it’s so expensive! He is slim and needs to gain weight. I would love to get him on a raw diet but am not sure how to go on about it without upsetting his sensitive stomach. Any suggestions? Thank you -Monica

  • Kim

    Actually canids are omnivores.

  • Stella

    Actually, at the time being, Eukanuba has no CHICKEN ingredient, neither the Large breed
    adult formula, nor the Large breed puppy one, and it has no brewers rice (at least the adult formula)

  • Shawna

    Disqus sometimes temporarily loses posts — they may be there though. If you click on your name, it will show you the posts you have made. I see two posts, one of which is about raw.

  • Claire Bee

    It still amazes me how people think that ANY processed food is good for dogs, dogs don’t need and do not digest cereals, they are carnivores, they come from wolves, their teeth are made for meat, no matter what size, what age, my dogs only eat raw, lamb, chicken, beef, duck, turkey, venison, they are lean, healthy, small hard stools, very small since most ingredients are absorbed by the body so no by- products, no kibble, no canned or any processed food for my dogs, one is 2 years old, the other is 6 and they eat the same food, all raw, all fresh, we eat fresh food in our home so why would I give any dry or canned food to my pets, Dr. Karen Becker has a facebook page and lots of videos, they are free to anyone that wants some real info.

  • Claire Bee

    Funny, can’t find my post about raw food, just posted a few minutes ago…wonder why.

  • Hater & Molly’s Mom

    Thank you!

  • Pattyvaughn

    Great idea to add canned and yes, you should reduce the dry just a little. You can even add a little water to it and make it into a gravy.

  • Hater & Molly’s Mom

    Sure any time! It’s much appreciated. I have learned so much from this site! I feel like im dog food obsessed now, lol! I’m always on this site reading. Thank you!

  • Hater & Molly’s Mom

    It’s so hard! You don’t know how hard it was for me to switch from the Eukanuba! I want to try rotating their food. Should i try a different brand after this bag is gone or keep them on it for another bag and then switch? Thank you!

  • Betsy Greer

    That’s great progress! I really like Wellness Core products, too. I’ve used them with great success myself.

    Now, here’s the hard part. You found a food that you feel good about feeding and that your dogs like and do well on. Don’t stop there! Keep looking for more good foods to add into their rotation. I know it’s really hard to switch from something that works great, but variety is so good for them!

  • Crazy4cats

    I’m not Patty, so I hope you don’t mind me giving my 2 cents. I think it is a great idea to add some canned as it is a step healthier than dry, due to being less processed. It also helps make the dog feel a little fuller with the added moisture. And yes, you should definitely feed a little less dry if you are going to add it to keep your dog from gaining weight. Good luck!

  • Hater & Molly’s Mom

    I want to add maybe just a tablespoon of canned food to the dry. Molly is just a little on the pudgy side, as the vet said. She eats a half a cup in the am and a half a cup in the pm. Should i cut down just a little on the dry? I don’t want her gaining any more weight. Or should i not even add any canned? She was getting way too many treats before! Thank you!

  • Hater & Molly’s Mom

    So far so good on the Wellness Core! It’s been two and a half weeks so far and my angels seem to love it.

  • susan

    Have u tried the Eukanuba ‘Intestinal’ its a vet diet or there’s the Eukanuba ‘Sensitive Digestion’ which is nilly the same as the vet diet kibble & u can buy it from any pet store. My boy has tummy & bowel problems & this is the only one that has worked for him, its a low residue kibble so it breaks up more easy so its easier on their digestion, it has probiotics too help with the bowel.. Being the same brand there should be no problems with the change over.. also its 110% money back if not happy.

  • InkedMarie

    Bouv’s are a gorgeous dog! I have heard that Nutri Source is a food that seems to be easy on sensitive stomachs, you may want to give that a try.

  • Del Hoium

    I have had Bouvier des Flandres for nearly 40 years and fed Eukanuba for perhaps the last twenty years. Bouviers have an
    average life expectancy of 10 – 12 years. I’ve had two live to thirteen years and one live to 14 years. My only other dog had to be put down at three due to temperament problems. Their vets generally commented on their good condition.

    I feel good about the general nutritional value, based on my experience; but my current 9 year old female, who seems to be in good condition, vomits 2 to 3 times per week, so I’m looking for something easier on her stomach.

  • shannoncookie

    Yay im so happy youre trying something different for your little ones!!! Hope you notice a good change! Keep us posted : D

  • Hater & Molly’s Mom

    I sure will and thanks again!

  • shannoncookie

    Lol or you can just keep it simple with the dry food for now switch her to maybe a different type of wellness after youre done with the first bag. From there you may want to think about switching to a new bag with a new brand I know lots of info! Please let me know if anything didnt make sense or if you have questions and keep us posted! I think a lot of people would benefit from hearing how your transition goes!!

  • Hater & Molly’s Mom

    Thank you! I will start out slow with the transition of the new food. I’m also going to try and top the dry with a little canned food once or twice a week.

  • shannoncookie

    Sorry having a hard time writing in here… I was going to say organs can be rich so you probably wouldnt want to feed more than 1 or 2 pieces a day to start. For you I would recommend taking it pretty slow. As you incorporate more variety of food you will notice the dog will transition better and it can be economical cus you can just buy food on sale and put it in the diet without worrying

    I do know raw meat and cooked like canned /dry are digested by a dogs stomach in different ways. If youre going to feed raw meat at all you want to tread very carefully if youre going to put it with dry food. I personally only feed a scrap of raw meat here and there but if you want to do more than that probably best to get someone elses advice

  • shannoncookie

    I have no idea what the vets nutritional training is and im in canada so they may have completely different credentials. I guess the reason they say that is prob cus they get a million dogs in there day for an upset stomach and have really no exact idea of what caused ir so they say well could be cus you fed something different. For me personally I change food at every meal but my pup has been used to that since she was 4 months old… for now I would probably start her off slow and slowly incorporate the new food in with the old stuff. For now i would change after the bag, not at every meal. Maybe slowly if youre up for it you can try adding some fresh food or canned food as a topper once or twice a week in small amounts. (To get used to diferent types of meat)

    I throw in a scrambled egg pieces of leftover meat canned fish. sometimes I buy chicken organs liver hearts gizzards and boil them with a dash of tumeric and other dog friendly spices and give her a piece of organ with her dry food and top the dry food with the organ broth so the dry is more appetizing. Organs can be kind

    When I do canned as a topper to dry I only do a bit of canned. Raw and dry foods are digested by the dogs

  • Hater & Molly’s Mom

    Our vet said the same thing. But he also said to feed either Science Diet, Eukanuba, Pro Plan or Royal Canin. From what i have read the vets only get a few hours training in nutrition. It now makes sense to rotate the food. Should i rotate once i go through a bag?

  • Hater & Molly’s Mom

    Thank you! I’m learning so much here for the health of my babies.

  • Pattyvaughn

    Oh, and questions are all good.

  • Pattyvaughn

    Here’s a spot you can read more about diet rotation and what it offers for your dog.
    Dog food companies want you to believe that you should pick a food and stay with it for life, because it grants them instant customer loyalty. Eating one food for life, no matter how healthy that particular food is, isn’t healthy. No food is perfect and by sticking with one imperfect food, you risk creating health problems. At the very least, you are setting a dog up for stomach issues if you ever have to switch foods, like in the case of a recall.

  • shannoncookie

    Patty should probably answer this too but I feel so bad feeding dogs the same food. I mean I would hate eating the same food all my life. One of the vets ive seen said that they should stay on the same food (because their stomach can get upset) another (my fave vet) said its ok to switch… personally my dog has been getting different food pretty much every meal since I got her. I switch her between wet dry home made different meat sources brands all the time… her stomach is fine she doesnt get sick and I don’t have to transition at all… I dont think it makes sense to keep them on the same food what animal ever eats the same food 24/7? Doesnt seem to make sense. The vets argument about the tummy troubles doesnt hold up cus my dog doesnt have them…

    I have used wellness before and its one of the foods my dog likes! hope that helps!

  • Hater & Molly’s Mom

    I always thought that dogs were supposed to stay on the same food their whole lives? Hope im not asking too many questions. This is all new to me.

  • losul

    If you like Wellness Core, and the price is right, then sure. I think it’s a good quality, balanced kibble. I’ve used it before and likely will use again.

  • Pattyvaughn

    Yes, change slowly. If your dog is used to switching foods, you don’t have to go slow, but that usually takes a few switches to get them used to it. Many of us here feed a rotational diet, so we are always looking for the next food that our dogs do great on.

  • Hater & Molly’s Mom

    Thank you! So i should slowly change to the Wellness?

  • losul

    Excellent. Just take it very easy on any transition. sometimes just a new experience can bring on a temporary negative reaction in the body.

    Lucky Molly! Happy for you both!

  • Hater & Molly’s Mom

    Molly is very active now. I want the best for our babies so im pretty sure im going to switch. I have read that Wellness Core is a great food.

  • Hater & Molly’s Mom

    Thank you! We have a mixed, beagle and black lab who is 17 years old so maybe a switch would be good for her. More energy maybe. Molly is about 20 months old. My husband found her where he works just wandering around and no one claimed her. She stole my heart when he brought her home!

  • Pattyvaughn

    Protein has the same number of calories as carbs, but the thing to look at is fat levels and over all calorie count. You may have to feed less, or you may find that Molly exercises herself a bit more. My 12 year old JRT was slowing down a couple years ago when we switched to a higher protein dog food. It had more calories than what we were feeding, but she felt so much better than she started acting like her younger self and actually lost weight. She is now trim and muscular, eating more than she used to, and very happy.

  • losul

    could be alot of things, maybe just a fatty acid imbalance, a deficency, etc. those are things where variety could even things out.

    Edit: The wellness should not cause weight gain unless you feed excessive calories.

  • Hater & Molly’s Mom

    The only thing i noticed on Molly, who is a beagle, is that is has just a little bit of dandruff. Could that be food related? Since Wellness Core has more protein does that cause excessive weight gain?

  • losul

    Maybe not neccesary, but would be very good to give them a break from a perpetual diet heavy on grains, IMO.

  • Hater & Molly’s Mom

    Iam currently feeding our two dogs Eukanuba Adult. They seem to be doing great on it, but after reading all the posts on grain free food im considering switching them over. If they are doing well on a grain food is it necessary to switch them over to a grain free? I’m considering switching them to Wellness Core. Thank you!

  • Pattyvaughn

    Iams is lower in protein and fat, too. While a puppy is growing it is important to give them the best nutrition you can, because you can’t fix whatever went wrong during growth. This is also when their joints are developing, so they need the things that nutritionally build joints. I don’t recommend either of these foods, but between the 2 of them and especially for a puppy, Eukanuba is the hands down winner.
    If it is a large breed puppy, they have very special needs and both of these foods are totally inadequate, IMO.

  • T.B. Downs

    I discussed differences between Iams and Eukanuba with a P&G rep. She stated that they are made from the same basic ingredients (so like Budweiser and Michelob, the grain for each comes in the same rail car), but that Eukanuba contains different additives, and is shaped differently.

    The additives she spoke of were glucosamine and chondroitin (in Eukanuba, not in Iams). She also noted that Eukanuba contained S-shaped bits that were designed to create an abrasive surface (my words not hers) to scour the teeth and clean them. My wife and I examined the listed ingredients on the side of each brand (large puppy), and they were close in reported main ingredients.

    I wonder if a puppy needs glucosamine or chondroitin. I also believe that if one can find suitable ways to cheaply administer tooth cleaning and dietary supplements, it’s possible to save considerable money while giving dogs the same tastes and nutrition as Eukanuba, by simply feeding Iams. Looking forward to other suggestions from readers and reviewer Sagman, as I can read them.

  • T.B. Downs

    We fed our last two golden retrievers Eukanuba large breed throughout their lives. Each of them died at age 11 (11 yr. 7 mo., and 11 yr. 1 month), of different forms of cancer. Our previous golden — fed on Science Diet — died at 12 yr. 6 mo. Not exactly PLUS 3 TO 5 YEARS, Troy.

  • Pattyvaughn

    We call it canine atopic dermatitis, and I know what it is. I was not trying to say that the itchy underarms were only a sign of food intolerance, I was trying to say they can be a sign of food intolerance. And since it is healthier for a dog’s digestive tract to switch foods, it’s a good first measure for trying to work out a problem. And Eukanuba isn’t a good food for dogs with histamine issues anyways. And there are many more reasons than that that a dog will itch.

  • sue66b

    Google ‘Canin Atopy’ I thought food then I thought grass with my boy, he gets itchy paws, back, around his neck, under arms only spring & summer, it turned out his immune system overeacts to airborne or inhaled allergens..

  • sue66b

    Not always..People always assume its the food,I thought food with my boy, it turned out to be Canin Atopy..there are 5 reasons a dog will itch.. the 1st is fleas 2nd inhalant {Canin Atopy} 3rd food 4th contact 5th Bacterial Hypersensitivity.. With Canin Atopy its seasonal summer & spring being the worst months.. With Canin Atopy the dogs immune system overreacts to airborne or inhaled allergen. Google Canin Atopy for more info..

  • Pattyvaughn

    Licking feet can be habitual, but it is not wise to assume that habit is the reason. And itchy patches under the arms are never habit, they are a sign of food intolerances.

  • sue66b

    Licking feet becomes a habit with some dogs when I got my rescue boy he was licking his feet every minute he had a chance, so everytime he’d start to lick his paws I say NO & throw him a ball or toy & play with him, Id get his mind of his feet.. over time he stopped his compulsive licking…

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  • Fay

    If you see this Shirley would appreciate more info. My dog is having liver problems.

  • Pattyvaughn

    It could be the food, but it could be the terrier too. My Jack won’t tolerate other female dogs and only tolerates the males because they get out of her way. Terrier were bred to spar, so a lot of them don’t get along with other dogs and especially other terriers.

  • Petro C

    I started feeding my 4 year old long legged Jack Russel bitch Eukanuba about six weeks ago, on advice from the Vet’s assistant.. She became aggressive and attacked my other short legged Jack Russel bitch of 3 years without any reason whatsoever. This happened after about a week on the food. I stopped the food for a week, then continued again. Once again there was an attack, this time very serious, and almost two days later another attack. I decided I must discontinue the Eukanuba and since then, she is her old self again. This was devastating to me because if these attacks were to continue, I would have to make a choice between the two dogs and even might have to consider to put one down. I love my dogs, they are still young, both spayed and very cute. The incidents caused the victim to be very scared and affected her personality to such an extent that she turned from an extrovert to an introvert. I hope that they will eventually get over the negative. I can not say if it was the food, but there was nothing wrong before I started feeding her on the Eukanuba, and her mood notably improved when I discontinued it. The short legged JR has a skin condition which I am successfully treating with Royal Canine.

  • Pattyvaughn

    Some dogs do just lick their feet because they wash like cats, but it is always time for a switch. Feeding a variety of foods is healthier.

  • Sake Matsui’s mom

    My dog licks his feet all of the time too and I feed him Eukanuba..maybe it is time for a switch

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  • Angie Hendrickson

    Quite aware of that. It just sounded like an advertisement so much it’s easy to raise an eyebrow.

  • aimee

    Hi Pattyvaughn,

    I’ve heard that, Eukanuba formulated as mink food, but have never been able to verify it.

    I found this history, I don’t know if it is accurate. http://www.fundinguniverse (dot) com/company-histories/iams-company-history/

    “Iams reproduced something like the minks’ diet in his dog food. .. Iams Plus, in 1961….And because of a process Paul Iams developed, the new food was both high
    in protein and low in harmful minerals, in stark contrast to other dog foods available at the time……. Eukanuba ( introduced 1969?) was a high-protein, high-fat dog food like Iams Plus, but was supposed to be more palatable.”

    I’ve always assumed this meant the original food Iam’s plus, was formulated for dogs and modeled on the concept of a high protein, high fat diet as was being fed to mink. And Eukanuba, also formulated for dogs was released at a later date.

    In regards to mineral content, the diets predated most of the pivotal research linking high Ca to growth abnormalities.

  • Hound Dog Mom

    Just because someone feeds a specific food or supports a specific company does not mean that they are an employee of that company.

  • Angie Hendrickson

    This person must be an employee from Eukanuba, surely. Horrifying he would say “Dogs cannot get salmonella”.

  • Angie Hendrickson

    Whoa.. just Whoa. Patty, you are full of amazing information. Thank you one million times over for constantly improving this website…. I am also so very sorry about your Shepherds. I don’t understand why people continue to support these type of ingredients.. I guess it wouldn’t be a company if people didn’t, huh?

  • Pattyvaughn

    Dogs can get salmonella. The young, the old, and the immune compromised can all get salmonella and die from it. People die from salmonella and they do find out that the dog food is what gave it to them. The big Diamond recall last year was just exactly that senario. That is why the FDA is cracking down on salmonella in pet food.

  • Pattyvaughn

    This site also doesn’t mention that Eukanuba was formulated as mink food, not dog food, but some dope figured out that it gave his dog a nice shiney coat so they started selling it as dog food without checking to make sure that the mineral profile was actually OK for dogs and puppies. Loads of people fell for it , because isn’t a nice shiney coat how you tell if a food is healthy for your dog, then thousands ended up with hip dysplasia. Great food. I was one of the ones that thought Eukanuba was a great food and I lost several German Shepherds out of excellent import breeding to hip dysplasia at an early age.

  • Angie Hendrickson

    I chose to put my dog on a holistic diet. I myself would never eat corn meal, brewer’s rice (yet another by product) or by products day in and day out, and I would never subject my canine friend to that either. Some one once told me “it’s not about the by-products being bad, it’s how those by-products are prepared”. I will never go for that. All one needs to do is do a simple Internet search and you will find consistent results concerning the truth about by-products. It isn’t just dog food advisor websites that will report this, it’s science journals, research articles, and on and on. Being as well read and well researched as possible will help you make an informative choice. I don’t consider that being ‘well conditioned’ and find that term offensive. I consider myself a good researcher on the contrary. This is the first ‘dog food’ review website I’ve ever seen, and yet, I’ve known the truth about by-products long before that. So it’s not ‘these type of websites’ that will ‘have you believe’. I would prefer wholesome real ingredients (beat pulp alone doesn’t cut it), than supplements trying to make up the lack of nutrition in the food. What I will say is that it’s clear Eukanuba has the science down behind what’s necessary in those nutrients, hence why dogs will probably do just fine on this food if you’re on a budget. It appears most people are happy with it, so by all means, go for it. I have chosen to go with Timberwolf, and I encourage any one looking for wholesome ingredients to investigate it.

  • Angie Hendrickson

    Right, I did read that in the report shortly after I posted it. Thanks for clearing it up for those who buy the food.

  • Troy

    That recall only affected the east coast and it is not harmful to your dog. It was recalled due to one test testing possible for salmonella, and dogs can’t get salmonella. The recall was for human safety if you were to touch the food or get any in or around you mouth you would be at risk. This was one of those recalls that other brands may have just let slide because no one would blame their dogs food for a family member getting salmonella, but P&G is a responsible company for doing so.

  • Troy

    Eukanuba has been and still is the most nutritious dog food available. This sites analysis is average at best. They don’t mention the refining processes or ingredients like sodium HMP or L-Carnatine or DHA in puppy food, and all the firsts that have come from this brand. Eukanuba has a 110% money back guarantee that if for what ever reason your dog isn’t healthier, happier, better skin and coat, better teeth, more energy, healthier weigh… MAKE UP a reason that your dog isn’t better off and they will pay you additional money. All this online stuff is written by people who have no nutritional background and if they do it’s in people and not in animals. Its a shame to see bad information breeding more bad information. Eukanuba can’t legally say it but if you were to feed Euk through all life stages you dog will live on average 3-5 YEARS longer than any other food. You can tell people that and they will still feed some other organic, holistic stuff because they believe its better due to sites like this. You can’t argue with results but I bet a lot of you readers completely disregard this post because you are so conditioned to believe what these websites say.

    I digress, one thing that always was funny to me about chicken by product meal (other than it being one of the most nutritious things in you dogs food) is the comment about beaks and feet being in it. A vet/pet nutritionist was talking to me about it and said you will NEVER find chicken feet in by product meal because those have already been removed for human consumption!

    So in closing, please for your dogs sake learn what is actually good for them before believing stuff like this. An example would be their review of beet pulp. Beet pulp is a moderately fermentable fiber that is not just a cheap filler. It is much better than cellulose or other fibers that dont digest as well or digest too well causing diarrhea, yet they make it out to be something bad. I don’t get it and it drives me crazy.

  • Angie Hendrickson

    Canadae, really? Wow. My dad has our 14 year old dogs on Canadae and they’ve always done tremendous on it.

  • Angie Hendrickson

    I don’t buy Eukanuba and never would. I’ve never been too impressed with what they put in it. I was just searching the FDA website for recent recalls as I’m trying to switch my puppy from Solid Gold Wolf Cub to something more premium. I am considering going with Timberwolf. Thank you Besty. Hopefully that information helps out Eukanuba customers.

  • Betsy Greer
  • Angie Hendrickson

    A heads up to all Eukanuba Dog food buyers, there has been a massive recall in the last week. Here is the link for your education on the issue:

  • Ruza Miletic

    I had my GSD on the original large breed before they changed their formula and size. I figured I would give it a try and my dog kept getting sick and developed an allergy. I read the ingredient, sodium hexametaphosphate. That’s the same stuff crest uses in its toothpaste and then tells us to spit it out, and you want our dogs to ingest it??? I don’t care how little the amount it is, you don’t know what the long term effects are. I know you want cleaner teeth for the dogs, but just let the owners clean them. That is why you will stay a 3 star food. I switched from your brand and went to Fromm’s and my pup has never been healthier and happier.

  • Michael

    We’ve had all our dogs (2 of which are guide dogs) on Eukanuba since we’ve gotten them. Our Jack Russell and retired Guide Dog (Lab) are both 14 years old and going strong, having had virtually no nutrion-based illnesses their entire lives (and the JR has had Addison’s since he was 2yo which should in theory have reduced his lifespan).

    The dogs have always been energetic, with healthy coats and teeth with the guide-dogs never finding an 8+ hour work day any strain and the 14yo lab still happy to go for a 5KM walk with me of an evening.

    I can’t stress enough how pleased we’ve been with Eukanuba; we would never feed our dogs anything else.

  • Savvylady

    Eukanuba large breed has changed its shape and formula as of 12/12 because my dog has been on it for yrs. and is now coughing and passing gas which she never did before the change . The package states they just changed the shape of the kibble but I am sure the content changed as she is losing weight as well as unbearable passing gas.

  • Vwinn3

    I found Eukanuba dog food to be a good choice for my dog.  I had been using Canadae and it was making his stools very mushy.  After one day of Eukanuba, this condition was cleared up!





  • Hound Dog Mom

    Hi BernerGal –

    High protein does not cause growth problems in large breed puppies. This is old thinking and several studies have proved no link. High calcium and overfeeding, however, does contribute to growth problems in large breed puppies and studies have proven this. Calcium levels should be 3.5 g. calcium per 1,000 kcal. or less and the pup should be kept lean while growing. I have bloodhounds, my current pup is eating a high protein (45%-55%) raw food diet with controlled calcium levels.

    This is a study done on high protein and large breed puppies:

    Here is an article by Dr. Mike with a video by Dr. Becker on Hip Dysplasia linked to Improper Diet:

  • BernerGal

    Puppy Chow is probably not the best choice, however, my vet said a lot of these foods are too high in protein especially for large breed puppies. If you push too much high protein food in them they could possibly have growth problems. Grow them too fast and you are asking for trouble in my opinion.

  • Andreahill2

    Stay away from the Kirklands… yes bad recalls and more than one… my dogs got terribly sick from it. Lost coat and coat condition and their weight plummeted. Changed food and they are slowly recovering. They had eaten it for over a year and then they just got sicker and sicker.

  • Zhai81

    Bought a pack for large breed puppy. Got the store to pack large bag into 4 smaller vacume sealed pack. After 2 months last remaining pack had worms in them. Checked with the store and they mentioned its a common thing which happens. So do take a 2nd look at the feed before feeding.

  • melissa

     Hound Dog Mom-

    It depends on the area. I just bought my last bag of Instinct Chicken two days ago- 25.3(I think that is the size) bag for $49.99. Acana grain free runs $49.75-$64.75 depending on the “flavor”. The nutrisource grain frees and Earthborns are under 46.99 a bag here.

  • Hound Dog Mom

    Nature’s Variety is great, I like their Instinct line because it’s grain-free and includes freeze-dried raw. Innova is a quality food as well, their Prime line is better than their original line. These two brands are going to be a bit pricey though – I know Instinct is over $60 for a large bag, the Prairie is a bit more reasonable at around $50. Innova’s original line runs about $55 a bag, the Prime is the same price but the bags are 5 lbs. smaller.

  • Dianeonnet

    oh my goodness this website is amazing! thank you! :) what would you say about nature’s variety? also have heard good things about innova.

  • Hound Dog Mom

    Look into Whole Earth Farms. It’s made by Merrick. The kibble is rated 4 stars and runs about $40 for a 35 lb. bag and the canned is rated 5 stars and runs about $1.60 per can. Some other reasonably priced 4 and 5 star foods are: Nutrisource, Nature’s Recipe, By Nature, Healthwise, and Native. These foods are all available on with free shipping.

  • Dianeonnet

    thanks for the help :) yep, looking into switching kibble at similar pricing. my fam definitely won’t allow splurging on orijen etc. kirkland nature’s domain (grain free) seems good but the recalls scared me off. any suggestions? :/

  • Hound Dog Mom

    It could be the corn. I’d try corn-free kibble and see if the itching and licking subsides.

  • Dianeonnet

    I feed my rescue dog Eukanuba (it’s what they feed all dogs at the shelter with). My dog has itchy patches under his arms and often licks his feet. I’m wondering if this has to do with the kibble?

  • Cchampj

    Well, when my dog was younger, I fed him Health Extensions. As he has gotten older, I switched his food to Eukanuba and he’s doing well. He’s a year and a half, and his muscles are of that of a miniature bodybuilder. Keep up the great foods guys!

  • Tiffanie2300

    My purebred blue Heeler reacted very poorly to the eukanuba brand dog food I got him one round while trying to figure out what was best for him. He actually got really sick and the only thing I can actually attribute it to is the food. He got the runs/shits and it hurt him badly to go, it was so sad. I brought him to the bet and everything and the only thing they could suggest that helped a bit was pepto bismal. Once I switched him to natural balance duck and potato (grain free), he has been doing phenomenally… Soft, shiny coat, boundless energy, healthy and regular bowel movements. The funniest part was the first time I gave it to him, he reacted like I was giving him a treat!

  • Paulmacs4005

    I am not sure but I believe ash is defined as the mineral content of the food. The concern would be with the levels of certain minerals in the diet and the ratios between some of them.

  • Pepe

    SO is the Large Breed puppy food good? I just got my mix german shepard that after 3 bags of Purina Puppy chow from walmart. 
    If this isn’t a good product i’ll try blue buffalo, tho i read here it makes them gassy and some dogs dislike it, but for now I’ll try 
    Eukanuba Large Breed Puppy

  • Akitadaddy

    I’ve tried 2 Kirkland foods, the chicken and the veal based adult foods.  I’ve also tried the Nature’s Domain at Costco.  My dog seemed to do just fine on all of them.  My dog usually  can eat almost anything and be fine.  That’s why I was so surprised to see such a drastic change switching off the Eukanuba.
    The kirkland brand food has impressed me because it has a lot of the things I want to see on the label.  My reading has taught me to look for the following:

    “animal feeding TESTS using AAFCO guidelines”, not just “meets AAFCO established levels”.  If it was tested on dogs they actually fed it to a few.  That’s how the big recall problem was discovered.

    “Complete and balanced”, it’s astounding how many foods don’t show this.

    “For all life stages”, that means it’s supposed to be adequate for growing puppies, as well as pregnant and nursing bitches.  I don’t think you could do better than that.

    And of coarse, the ingredients, particularly the first 5 or 6.
    as well as the calorie content (most foods don’t show it).

    The Kirkland foods show all these items on the label clearly, the first 3 items in the AAFCO statement.  On many foods you can’t even find the AAFCO statement.

    I am not necessarily recommending these foods.  I just feel pretty good about them and find them to be a great value as well.  Like most things, it’s a personal choice.  This is what’s working for me.  Sometimes I think you have to just experiment a little.  I would be suspicious of a vet recommending a single product only.
    I don’t feel confident enough to develop a complete diet for my dog on my own.  I’m not a nutritionist, so I use kibble.

    I found the following book to be quite helpful:
    “Feed Your Pet Right” by Nestle & Nesheim.
      No oppinions, just the facts by two acclaimed, PhD, food supply experts.
    My head was spinning while reading it, but I learned a lot.

  • Bob K

     Deangelisd – Can you provide a list of the dog foods available in your area?  Then crossmatch those to the ratings on this website.  What is your dog eating now?  Do you have a budget?  Your question is similar to asking, “Can anyone recommend a new car”?  Maybe Diamond Natural available at Menards and other stores.  Maybe Kirklands or Natures Domain at Costco.  Perhaps Taste of the Wild, Eagle Pack, Canidae Grain Free as a few to start with.  Or if you want one of the most expensive highly rated dog foods, Perhaps Brothers Complete is an option for $3.00 – $4.00lb.    Remember to transition slowly to a new dog food. 

  • Deangelisd

    So with all this quabbling, can anyone just name good quality foods to feed your pets? It seems everyone wants to talk about who knows what and what degrees everyone has but noone can point anyone in any direction as to what “THE” food to buy is! You all are just as annoying as trying to decipher the nutrition labels!

  • Aly

    Akitadaddy-Fed my Akita Iams for years and now she is dead fom liver cancer. I do NOT have direct proof but I believe in my heart that Iams is the CRAP food that killed her. BTW she vomited a lot and had loose stools but the Vets kept recommending Iams..BS!

    I have a Akita now and I fed her Blue, but with all the recall I am considering putting her on Pure Vita. I also make her pet food from chicken/beef livers, hearts, and turkey gizzards with veggies cooked up in a crock pot.

    My holoistic vet recommends less kibble more meat/veggies.

    Best of luck to you and your Akita…

    Got yo love them

  • Bob K

    Akitadaddy – So what are you feeding your dog currently?  

  • Akitadaddy

    I fed my dog Eukanuba and Iams food for many years.  I last used Euk. “Large Breed Senior” because that described my dog.  She had bouts of vomiting and loose stools about once every other month or so.  This went on for a couple of years, and we(the vets and I) could never figure it out.  They dismissed it as the old “sometimes dogs vomit” thing, and “she’s getting older”.  “No remarkable findings, healthy pet”.
      My latest vet suggested changing the food as a test for “food intolerance”.  The problem virtually disappeared!!!  I could not believe the change!  It was too easy!  I have experimented with several different foods with great success.  She just responded poorly to the Eukanuba, that’s all.
      I am done with that company.  I can’t point to a specific fault in their products, it just doesn’t work for my dog.
      I have had no trouble with several other common brands.  In all fairness I tried a bag of Iams and it was OK, but I cannot spend my money with that company any more.
      I cannot say my dog has never vomited since, but the frequency is 1/100th what it was, and her stools are nearly always normal.

  • Winfred W.

    Ed is correct By product does contain the same protein that meal does, the only part Ed fails to talk about is ash content. Ash in lame-man’s term is the filler, the no value volume in food that has 0 nutritional value or could potentially have negative value. The higher the ash content the lesser the quality of the food. Many people are instructed to stay away from by products because the ability to tell the % of ash used is almost impossible from reading the ingredient label on food. If you see by product as the #1 ingredient than I would stay away from it. Ed would probably not, he is welcome to feed his animals however he like. I would like to point out that Hillary Watson does sell her own products and has a stake in dog food distribution as does Aldrich. When reading articles or studies written by stake holders automatically should produce a red flag. Not to say their studies are inaccurate, but more often than not these studies will leave out important details.

    — Just because by product contains about the same protein level as meal does not mean it is just as good. in fact the Department Agricultural Food and the Marine ( State that
    A: Epidemiological studies carried out on BSE and animal diseases such as Foot and Mouth Disease and Classical Swine Fever have all identified ABP as the source.
    B: It is believed that the outbreaks in the UK in recent years of both Foot and Mouth and Classical Swine Fever were caused by contaminated catering waste.
    They always say you are what you eat.

    Ed when you have knowledge to share try not to be so harsh to people, on reading this thread it appears that people were ready and open to hear your argument , but instead of trying to inform people on what you know you attacked them. This makes me believe that you just read a few websites and dubbed yourself an expert so when people started asking you questions you just attacked instead of being calm and responding with facts.

    and FYI – I personally use Innova dog food for my dogs. this Eukanuba stuff is probably OK , but I want better than acceptable or just OK for my dogs.

  • melissa

    Bridget R-

    Please let us know how it works for your dog : ) I fed Euk many years ago, and my dogs did great on it. Some grains in food do not bother me, so I tend to use a large variety of products. If it doesn’t work, may I suggest looking into some of the products such as Pro Pac, or Hi Tek Naturals . The two listed above do not have the by products nor the sodium hexametaphosphate and are very reasonable in pricing-

  • Bridget R.

    This is my first time using this brand. We were on a really expensive dog food, I think it was Orijin. I’m hoping this will be good enough. Unfortunately, not all of us have money to afford the high quality dog food. The ingredients still sound reasonable and it was at a decent price. I agree with the rating. I will further update. :)

  • Ray G

    My boxer pup was pretty unhappy with Eukanuba Large Breed Puppy. The breeder had them on the Sam’s Club stuff and as I eased him over, his feed dropped WAY off. I finally surrendered, gave away the rest of the 40lb. bag to a shelter and cut him over to Blue Buffalo Chicken and Rice Large Breed Puppy. He woofed it down with gusto from the first feeding on and no need to soften it with water. I’ve always fed Eukenuba in the past with my dachshunds and my Weimaraner, but it’s time I leave the Iams company in the past and migrate to slightly more expensive holistic feed. Your mileage may vary.

  • mercedes hicks

    I am not satisfied with Eukanuba dry food for ROTTWEILERS it is awful and they hate it . I have two german rotties and I thought they would like the food ,but they don,t ,chunks are way to big and not enough protein. That was the first and last time I’ll buy that food and damn sure won’t recommend it. EUKANUBA YOUR DOG FOOD SUCKS. TAYLA AND BEAR HICKS.



  • Dog Lover

    Hillary Watson website says: PhD level courses, nothing about a PhD. I took a few graduate courses myself, still do not have a PhD.

  • melissa


    First, I would suggest that you google the term “poultry” where you will discover that the term is used to describe “any domestic fowl that is raised or caught for human consumption or of which the feathers are used for human “consumption”. Therefore “fowl” can be chicken, duck, pheasant, turkey etc etc. Its not proclaiming to be an expert, but I do proclaim to be able to use Google and a dictionary. You ask which fowl are produced in quanity..Why would the birds have to be produced in quantity” There is a dish called Squab-google it. It is considered a delicacy amongst certain groups, however, you would never find me eating pidgeon. But, by definition, it is classified as “fowl” when raised for this purpose and is prepared similiar to chicken.

    If a company is using a poultry by product of known contents, why not say “chicken/duck/turkey by product”?? Refusing to name the specific ingrediants tells me, as a consumer, they just are not sure what type of “poultry” it contains.
    Ms Watson clearly indicates on her own website that she has been involved in formulating dog foods. I have to assume, therefore, that she has been paid for her services, and probably by a dog food company.

    Not sure why you are trying to jam by products down our throats as a quality ingrediant, but I would say that you would not by other products without knowing exactly what was contained in it. Not all by product meals are of the same quality.

  • Mike Sagman

    Ed… Since when does someone have to be an animal scientist or possess a PhD to understand the meaning of animal by-products? Are you a credentialed animal nutritionist yourself?

    In my articles, I’ve always made a distinction between named by-products (like “chicken” or “beef” by-products) and anonymous “meat” or “animal” by-products. And I can assure you that, by many US state laws, road kill and euthanized pets from animal shelters routinely make their way into rendered generic by-products.

    In the nearly 600 articles I’ve written here, show me where I’ve ever said by-products are “swept off the slaughterhouse floor” as you quote me in your comment. Your claim is a blatant lie… a self-serving fabrication intentionally designed by you to mislead my readers.

    You also erroneously assume in your “lecture” to our group that consumers should routinely trust the words “poultry by-products” on a pet food label to automatically mean (without question) that the manufacturer uses the “pet grade” version of that ingredient and not the ones classified as “feed grade”.

    Much of the information you reference here is either sourced from the pet food industry or is based upon a single article you read by a nutritional fundamentalist… someone who is strictly a scientist and surely not a conscientious canine caretaker.

    There are many more things you should know about meat by-products that are not addressed in that article. The fact that by-products can be stored in huge trailers outside the plant and not refrigerated for up to 24 hours after slaughter. The fact that they are (currently, this week) about 30-35% cheaper for the pet food manufacturer to buy than regular meat.

    At the very least, by-products (like corn and wheat) are always a tip-off to value-minded consumers that a dog food product is more cheaply made. And that is a fact.

    By the way, in this review, I clearly state, “Brewers rice represents the small grain fragments left over after milling whole rice. This is a cheap cereal grain by-product and not a quality ingredient.”

    And nowhere on this website do I ever describe brewers rice as being “waste from a brewery”. You are again intentionally attempting to misrepresent me and to deceitfully mislead my readers.

    Thankfully, most of our well-meaning readers (who you refer to here as “idiots”) are intelligent enough to see you and your angry, condescending attitude as rude and mean-spirited. And unwelcome in these discussions.

  • Bob K

    Ed – I did not see any of the Euk foods on this site rated 4 stars – Where did you see Euk as 4 stars?

    Like I said before Hillary does not appear to be a PhD. She has had PhD courses. “human grade” is fit for human consumption, you are correct, it might not be at your local grocery store but may be in some cheap factory produced chile, lasagna, cheap sausages, specialty food products or for 3rd. world countries. Euk does not use human grade from the label.

    What exactly is quality by-product meal and where is that writen on the label? You like to use talk about grades, what grade is “quality” grade?

    Mike only evaluates the ingredients on the label.

  • Mike P

    Ed with all due respect , why not ban yourself ? You seem to think most of us are idiots . Why bother yourself ? It must be painful for you to read all of our idiotic comments, because you are THE expert in animal nutrition . It’s not the info you put out to us , it’s the way you put it out . Always combative and talking down to the posters . Do yourself a favor and go bye bye unless you just like being an ass to the rest of us idiots . If that’s the case your doing it for all the wrong reasons . Melissa ,Jonathan,Bob K ,Doc Mike and a few others you attack have never proclaimed to being experts like you have . They are here to give opinions and life experience on dog food nutrition, and try to help one another in a polite decent matter . Sorry ED

  • ed

    You are all idiots and I really don’t care if you ban me.

  • ed

    Dr. Sagman is a human dentist not an animal scientist, and if you look this website as well, he assumes that “by-products” are all from road kills or “swept of the slaughterhouse floor”. He does not even mention the different grades of meal. He assumes that when some boutique pet food comapny says “human grade” its the same quality meat that is available at the supermarket.

    No fool would believe that.

    As for ratings, why would Pro Pac (which I like) be rated higher than Eukanuba, which has fresh chicken, quality by-product meal, fish oil & prebiotics that Pro Pac does not have?

    Eukanuba is superior food than Pro Pac and some grades of Eukanuba are 4 stars foods, the Performance grades.

    By the way, Brewer’s Rice is just broken pieces of rice not fermented waste from a brewery.

    There is nothing in Eukanuba that is low quality like gluten meals.

  • ed


    B.Sc. (AGR) with a major in Animal Science
    Graduate (PhD) level courses in comparative animal nutrition, protein and amino acid metabolism, lipid metabolism, nutrition and immune function, and veterinary pathology

    20+ years experience in veterinary nutrition, including

    new product development, recipe formulation, product evaluation, palatability enhancement
    quality assurance improvement for pet food ingredients and manufacturing
    technical support and training of pet food sales representatives (pet specialty and veterinary channels)
    copy writing of sales support materials, brochures, technical presentations
    marketing and business management, including new product launches, business planning, budgets, sales forecasting, management of distributors and sales team
    nutrition columnist for Dogs in Canada Magazine, the publication of the Canadian Kennel Club (more than 30 published articles)
    lecturer in pet nutrition – invited speaker in Eastern Europe (Latvia, Hungary, Czech Republic) in 2005, speaker at 10 Canadian veterinary conferences (1997-2005), lecturer at the Ontario Veterinary College, the Atlantic Veterinary College and many Animal Health Technology colleges in Canada

    You or Melissa know zero about dogs foods. Admit it. From what I can gather your read the Truth About Petfood website and believe that guy knows what he is talking about. Nutritionally pet grade by-product meal is virtually identical when it comes to amino acids and better when it comes to ash. You have this fantasy that the food you and I eat are put in pet foods. No dry meal is “fit for human consumption” and you would not eat any “human grade” chicken that goes into pet food. Trust me you wouldn’t eat spent egg layers that are technically “human grade”

    Euk is fine food.

  • Bob K

    Ed – Does Hillary really have a PhD? I don’t think so, please read her website. Please read the article from Hillary Watson both pages. Please note the wording about rendering, freshness, unavoidable in good processing practices, so some feathers and beaks are ok, oops a little slipped in and the mention of “grade”. This food is not exactly cheap. Also who says they get all their ingredients from the US? Its a 2 Star food and for the money you can get 4 Star foods.

  • Jonathan

    Ed, not every by-product meal is made as your links would suggest. I have no delusions about chicken meal. I know much of it is made with necks and backs. The point you are missing is that the three sources you have found do not speak for the ENTIRE INDUSTRY. They just don’t. If Eukanuba is using this high-tech perfectly blended intestine mixture you suggest is superior, and, apparently, the only “true” definition of chicken by-products, then why is it twice the price of Dog Chow? Dog Chow’s main protein source is Chicken By-Products. That’s the same “pet-grade” ingredient, is it not? I have not found anywhere, (outside of your link) anything that suggests that there are “pet grade” by-products versus non pet-grade by-products. Do you suggest there is no difference in by-product meals? You accuse others of “pretending” to be experts. Well who are you? I think we would all love to know who you are and what this vested interest you seem to have for “base” dog foods is that leads you to spend your time on a website telling people that they shouldn’t buy the foods that the website recommends. I, personally, have no monetary interest. My pet store makes money whether someone is buying Purina or Blue. I just care about people’s animals. And why do you think your internet research is any more valid than anyone else’s? Why do better, smaller food companies spend much more money on their ingredients and next to nothing on advertising? Do you think that McDonald’s has your best interest at heart because they are a big corporation that pays to throw a bunch of pseudo-science in the face of under-funded nutritionists that attack them? And has the money to mass advertise? A dog is an animal just like you and I. They evolved eating certain things, just like you and I. This is a fact. Corn was not a big part of canine diet until the kibble was created last century. Corn, in it’s current state, did not exist until we tampered with a barely viable food source during the agricultural revolution, just 8,000 years ago. My dog, when she was a puppy, would snatch birds out of the air and eat them. The entire bird… except the head and feet. Weird, huh? Not really. Any group of dogs left to their own devices will start to hunt game and eat dead animals. They will eat the entire animal when they can. They will not seek out a corn field. And they will not eat game animal’s intestines only at the expense of their muscle tissue. Please stop your absurd disinformation routine. Why do you care if people want to give their dogs healthier foods? Why does feeding a dog well seem to offend you so? The wealth of information available agrees with the stances of Dr. Sagman’s website, and with the beliefs of most of the other posters here. the only real detractors with “science” to back them are the industry monsters that have a monetary interest in convincing people of why they should continue to feed their dogs over-priced chicken-flavored corn pellets.

  • ed


    You don’t know what you are talking about. I say that with the utmost respect. You really don’t know one thing about dog food. Hillary Watson is a famous Phd & independent expert.

    Please stop parading around as an expert.

    What birds besides chickens are raised commercially in the United States in any quantity? Turkey & Ducks, right?

    Those links show you clearly there are several grades of by-products, and “pet grade” is what is used.

    Please stop acting like some kind of expert. You don’t have one stitch of evidence is this. You just read websites that say by-products are cleaned up from the floor.

    Have you ever seen what you believe is “chicken meat” or “chicken meal” for pet food? Well it is almost always frozen blocks of chicken backs or chicken frames from spent egg layers. It is not the breast meat from a young free range chicken.

    It is for dog food, right?

  • melissa

    Sorry Ed, I will have to disagree. Your three links provided are 1) A person who apparently worked formulating dog foods(and marketing according to her resume) 2) A dog food company with lots of by product meal in their foods and 3) a company that Makes and sells by product meal. It would seem to me that all three have or had some benefit from touting the wonders of by products.

    IF owners are paying a premium price, why would they want by product meal as a main ingrediant -which clearly can and does(at a best case scenario) contain heads(yes, the beak is part of the head) and feet, when they can pay the same price and get quality chicken meal? I have a problem when reading an article that says, clearly, that by product meal(when/if made from whole chicken) is from chicken rejected and marked as unfit for human consumption? I would not feed my dogs food that was rejected(for whatever reason) for humans to eat if I can avoid it.

    Now, if they want to be honest in the ingrediants and say “contains unfit for human consumption poultry by product meal-of which heads and feet may be a part of”, charge me $15 for a 50lb bag, at least I could give them “kudos” for being honest ; )(still wouldn;t feed it though! lol)

    The term “poultry” refers to ANY domestic or wild bird that is raised or harvested for human consumption. It is in way limited to turkey & chicken as you state. Did you find somethign somewhere that requires that the term “poultry” only be used to describe these two species? I may have missed that somewhere.

  • ed

    Bob K,

    The grade of chicken by-product meal used in Euk and other dog foods is called “pet grade” by-product meal. This grade is made from skin, organs, meat and bones. Also “poultry” just means it is a mix of turkey & chicken. Nothing to be concerned about. I know people like to think “by-product” meal is made of feathers & beaks but it is simply not the case.

    “By-Product” Meal is actually better because it has much lower ash than Meat Meal. Below are three links explaining it:

    My point about the goose is that dogs naturally crave “by-products” like organ meat.

  • Bob K

    Ed – You never answered my question. Where do you get your information on what “by-products” they actually use? What does attacking a wild goose and eating its intestines have to do with this dog food? Like I said before – just because a dog eats something doesn’t mean it’s healthy or nutritious.

  • Mike P

    Since I’m a dumb guy , I would not know how to feed raw correctly . Some raw feeders kinda creep me out because they sound so superior .

  • Antonio

    Although my dad did have a particular pack of deer dogs growing up that would start on the butt of a downed deer anytime there was a kill LOL

  • Antonio

    Ed actually has a valid point growing up in rural Arkansas you see many times growing up when a stray dog or coyote gets in the chicken house and dismember a few birds. Many times they eat the entire chicken, head, beak, feathers, and all, but you can also see many times they will eat the insides only.

  • Mike P

    My dog has killed rabbits and never ate anything . She gobbles her topped merricks before grain food . weird

  • ed

    Bob K,

    You don’t sound very well informed. Have you ever seen a dog attack a goose? I have. They eat the organ meat and chew the head up and then walk away. Coyotes disembowel animals, eat the liver, heart & lungs and walk away. The organs are way more nutritious than the muscle meat.

    Have you ever seen a nature show where the lions rip the body cavity open first? Most raw feeders don’t realize this but they feed almost exclusively “by products”.

  • Bob K

    Ed – Where do you get your information on what “by-products” they actually use? Do you work in their standards and purchasing departments? I am sure they would like you to believe that. Maybe its true, maybe it isn’t. What about, intestines, eyeballs, beaks, toenials, feathers, etc… they are all by-products. I had a dog that ate his crap and others including deer and coyote – that does not make it quality food. Just because a dog eats something does not mean its nutritional or healthy.

  • ed


    Listen, the grade of by-product in that food is organ, skin, back meat and bone. If your dog caught a chicken the first thing it would eat is the organ meat, not the breast meat.

  • Janet Hellebuyck

    We were always happy that Chicken was the number one ingredient. Never realized it was a by-product after the good stuff is gone. Sad!

    However, we had two Toy Poodles eating this 3/4 ‘s of their life one living 18 years and one 17 years.

    We currently have two Standard Poodles. One is 13.5 and thriving and the other 12 years old. So, the food must be doing something right! This is ALL our Standards ever eat besides Dog Bisquits made by them too.

  • Mike Sagman

    Hi Andy… After reading your comment, I visited the Eukanuba website and found all the nutritional data and ingredient lists are all still there. But the link to that information is not so easy to find. On each product, look for the links inside the gray-shaded box just to the right of the “Nutrition Summary” below most of the marketing material. Hope this helps.

  • Andy

    Hi Mike,

    I was looking at the Eukanuba website but could not find the ingredients for their food?

    Did they stop publishing it?

  • Mike Sagman

    The actual Wikipedia definition of brewers rice:

    “Brewers rice is the small milled fragments of rice kernels that have been separated from the larger kernels of milled rice. [Association of American Feed Control Officials, 2008 Edition, Ingredient Definition 75.4, p. 338]

    “Brewers rice is a processed rice product that is missing many of the nutrients contained in whole ground rice and brown rice thus reducing the quality [S Contreras, Animal Nutritionist]

    “Brewers rice and second heads are one of the many by-products that rice milling creates. Second heads are milled rice kernels that are one half to three quarters of the original kernel. Brewers rice is a milled rice kernel that is one quarter to half the size of a full kernel. Second heads, depending on their quality are used to make rice flour.

    “If the quality of the second heads are poor, they will be sold for pet food or dairy feed. Brewers rice is sold for pet food and dairy feed exclusively. [Pacifica Ag Commodities]”


  • Dr Hopkins

    Definition: Brewer’s Rice: The dried extracted residue of rice resulting from the manufacture of wort (liquid portion of malted grain) or beer and may contain pulverized dried spent hops in an amount not to exceed 3 percent.
    Also Known As: “broken rice”

  • Mike Sagman

    Hi Warren… I’d love to be able to review and rate Exceed Dog Food. But I’m unable to locate a company-maintained website dedicated to that product. Unfortunately, until the company makes available a publicly accessible web page, I won’t be able to review Exceed.

    Strangely enough, I’ve never been able to find any of the WalMart or Sam’s Club store brands described and detailed on a company-operated public website.

  • Warren Johnson

    Sam’s Club’s Exceed dry dog food claims to be equivalent to Eukanuba. What would be the review on the Exceed chicken dry food?

  • Carolyn Steed

    Looking for results of Euk. lamb & rice…

    Was shocked to see how LOW in general Eukanuba rated.