Good Sense Dog Food (Dry)

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Good Sense Dog Food earns the Advisor’s lowest rating of 1 star.

The Good Sense product line includes one dry dog food, a recipe claimed to meet AAFCO nutrient profiles for adult maintenance.

Good Sense Beef Flavor

Dry Dog Food

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

Protein = 18% | Fat = 8% | Carbs = 66%

Ingredients: Whole ground wheat, whole ground yellow corn, wheat mill run, beef meal, soybean seed coats, animal fat (preserved with BHA), soybean meal, natural flavor, salt, calcium carbonate, choline chloride, ferrous sulfate, vitamin E supplement, zinc sulfate, copper sulfate, niacin, vitamin d-calcium pantothenate, vitamin A supplement, sodium selenite, manganese oxide, riboflavin supplement, thiamine mononitrate, vitamin B12 supplement, pyridoxine hydrochloride, vitamin D3 supplement, potassium iodide, folic acid

Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 6.8%

Red items indicate controversial ingredients

Estimated Nutrient Content
MethodProteinFatCarbs
Guaranteed Analysis16%7%NA
Dry Matter Basis18%8%66%
Calorie Weighted Basis18%19%64%
Protein = 18% | Fat = 19% | Carbs = 64%

The first ingredient in this dog food is wheat. Like corn, wheat is an inexpensive and controversial cereal grain of only modest nutritional value to a dog.

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

The second ingredient is corn. Corn is another cereal grain and subject to the same issues as wheat (previously discussed).

The third ingredient is wheat mill run, also known as wheat middlings. Though it may sound wholesome, wheat middlings is actually an inexpensive by-product of cereal grain processing.

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

The fourth ingredient is beef meal. Beef meal is considered a meat concentrate and contains nearly 300% more protein than fresh beef.

The fifth ingredient includes soybean seed coats. Seed coats are the skins of soybeans and a waste product remaining after processing soybeans into oil and meal.

Soybean seed coats can be considered a lower quality pet food ingredient and of minimal nutritional value to a dog.

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 pets.

For this reason, we do not consider generic animal fat a quality ingredient.

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

The seventh 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.

After the natural flavor, we find salt (also known as sodium chloride). Salt is a common additive in many dog foods. That’s because sodium is a necessary mineral for all animals — including humans.

However, since the actual amount of salt added to this recipe isn’t disclosed on the list of ingredients, it’s impossible to judge the nutritional value of this item.

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

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

With two notable exceptions

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

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.

Good Sense Dog Food
The Bottom Line

Judging by its ingredients alone, Good Sense 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 18%, a fat level of 8% and estimated carbohydrates of about 66%.

And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 44%.

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 only a limited amount of meat.

Bottom line?

Good Sense Dog Food is a plant-based kibble using a limited amount of beef meal as its main source of animal protein, thus earning the brand 1 star.

Not recommended.

Please note certain recipes are sometimes given a higher or lower rating based upon our estimate of their total meat content.

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Notes and Updates

12/01/2015 Last Update

  1. Walmart as of 12/1/2015
  • Can’t find a website for it with label information.

  • Eva M.

    I buy Publix Premium dry dog food but it is not listed or reviewed on here. Any reason why?