Grreat Choice Dog Food (Dry)

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Grreat Choice Dog Food receives the Advisor’s lowest-tier rating of 1.5 stars.

The Grreat Choice product line includes four dry recipes.

Each recipe below includes its related AAFCO nutrient profile when available on the product’s official webpage: Growth, Maintenance, All Life Stages, Supplemental or Unspecified.

  • Grreat Choice Adult Complete Nutrition [U]
  • Grreat Choice Puppy Targeted Nutrition [U]
  • Grreat Choice Large Breed Targeted Nutrition [U]
  • Grreat Choice Small Breed Targeted Nutrition [U]

Grreat Choice Adult Complete Nutrition was selected to represent the other products in the line for this review.

Grreat Choice Adult Complete Nutrition

Dry Dog Food

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

Protein = 24% | Fat = 10% | Carbs = 58%

Ingredients: Ground yellow corn, meat and bone meal, wheat middling, ground wheat, poultry fat (preserved with BHA), corn gluten meal, chicken by-product meal, salt, potassium chloride, natural flavor (source of chicken flavor), canola oil (preserved with mixed tocopherols), choline choride, zinc sulfate, ferrous sulfate, added color (red #40, yellow #5 and blue #2), vitamin E supplement, copper sulfate, niacin, manganese sulfate, d-calcium pantothenate, vitamin A supplement, riboflavin supplement (source of vitamin B2), vitamin B12 supplement, thiamine mononitrate (source of vitamin B1), pyridoxine hydrochloride (source of vitamin B6), calcium iodate, vitamin D3 supplement, folic acid, sodium selenite

Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 5.1%

Red items indicate controversial ingredients

Estimated Nutrient Content
MethodProteinFatCarbs
Guaranteed Analysis21%9%NA
Dry Matter Basis24%10%58%
Calorie Weighted Basis22%23%54%
Protein = 22% | Fat = 23% | Carbs = 54%

The first ingredient in this dog food is 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 second ingredient includes 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”.1

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.2

What’s worse, this particular item is anonymous. So, the meat itself can come from any combination of cattle, pigs, sheep or goats — which can make identifying specific food allergens impossible.

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

The third ingredient lists 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.

Unfortunately, the variations in nutrient content found in wheat middlings can be a critical issue in determining their suitability for use in any dog food — or even livestock feeds.3

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

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

The fifth ingredient includes poultry fat. Poultry fat is obtained from rendering, a process similar to making soup in which the fat itself is skimmed from the surface of the liquid.

Poultry fat is high in linoleic acid, an omega-6 fatty acid essential for life.

However, poultry fat is a relatively generic ingredient and can be considered lower in quality than a similar item from a named source animal (like chicken fat).

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

The sixth ingredient is corn gluten meal. Gluten is the rubbery residue remaining once corn has had most of its starchy carbohydrate washed out of it.

Although corn gluten meal contains 60% 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 seventh 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 eighth ingredient is 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 four notable exceptions

First, we find canola oil. Unfortunately, canola can be a controversial item. That’s because it can sometimes (but not always) be derived from genetically modified rapeseed.

Yet others cite the fact canola oil can be a significant source of essential omega-3 fatty acids.

In any case, plant-based oils like canola are less biologically available to a dog than fish oil as a source of quality omega-3 fats.

Next, we’re always disappointed to find artificial coloring in any pet food. That’s because coloring is used to make the product more appealing to humans — not your dog. After all, do you really think your dog cares what color his kibble is?

In addition, 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.

Grreat Choice Dog Food
The Bottom Line

Judging by its ingredients alone, Grreat Choice 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 24%, a fat level of 10% and estimated carbohydrates of about 58%.

As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 26% and a mean fat level of 11%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 55% for the overall product line.

And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 43%.

Near-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 corn gluten meal in this recipe and the soybean meal contained in another recipe, this looks like the profile of a kibble containing only a modest amount of meat.

Bottom line?

Grreat Choice is a plant-based dry dog food using a modest amount of meat-and-bone meal or chicken by-product meal as its main sources of animal protein, thus earning the brand 1.5 stars.

Not recommended.

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.

Grreat Choice Dog Food
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Notes and Updates

02/12/2016 Last Update

  1. Association of American Feed Control Officials, 2008 Edition
  2. 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
  3. Wheat Middlings as defined in an article by Wikipedia
  • Shadow-Dancer6

    I’ve been feeding my dog this for a while since it was all we could afford when we first got our dog. He refused to eat the Blue Buffalo and Nutro his previous owner gave us with him but he loves this stuff, likely because of all the addictive fillers and stuff. He’s scratching constantly now and we’re putting him on Wellness Trufood because this stuff is horrible. I’m surprised it has 1.5 stars and not just 1. It really deserves 0 stars, this is last resort food. Horrid stuff.

  • Cathy Koh

    Duh

  • Cathy Koh

    Lol pitlove!

  • awesomeness geena

    I found this in my dogs can food! Let’s say I’m never buying grreat choice.

  • riley hootman

    Baad choice!

  • You ask the question “Is BENEFUL by Purina KILLING or SICKENING Dogs?”

    I could ask ask you the same question with ALL processed commercial pet food.

    Thomas Sandberg has been researching this for over 15 years… If your feeding an all natural raw diet you can sign your canine up to be part of his study.
    http://longlivingpets.com

  • discolust

    Raccoons love it, though.

  • Dori

    Oh my! This appears to be some seriously outrageosly low quality dog feed majorly lacking in nutrition.

  • Pitlove

    the Frosted Flakes of dog food. now where’s tony the tiger when you need him

  • Lacnunga

    Consider that your dog (or cat) will eat between around 2/3 the weight of a filler-based kibble if you feed them a quality food. By quality I mean NO Corn, NO Wheat, NO Rice, NO, Meat and Bone Meal, No Soy, NO Animal Fat, NO Animal Digest, NO Color. Standard 4Health qualifies here. Grain free is a little better but the inclusion of potato in their foods means they rank pretty high on the Glycemic Index and have typically around a 50% Carbohydrate level. The very best foods you can feed your dog are GRAIN AND POTATO FREE.. your dog will eat around HALF of these foods compared to eg This Great Choice crap.. to which I would GENEROUSLY bestow a big fat ZERO! Ingredients: Ground whole corn, chicken by-product meal, corn gluten meal, meat and bone meal, animal fat, brewers rice, natural flavor, ground wheat… Join my group now .. Is BENEFUL by Purina KILLING or SICKENING Dogs? Post YOUR Story! I have prepared extensive files on wet and dry GRAIN AND POTATO FREE Cat and Dog foods, freely available to all our members! BTW you can get Horizon Pulsar Chicken Formula Grain (and potato) Free Dog Food from $1.52/lb (those lentils mean this food is VERY low on the Glycemic Index.. great for overweight, diabetic dogs!

    INGREDIENTS: Chicken Meal, Red Lentils, Peas, Pea Starch, Chicken, Chicken Fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols), Flaxseed, Liquid Egg product, Carrots, Apples, Broccoli, Bok Choy, Cabbage, Blueberries, Salt, DL-Methionine, Fructooligosaccharides, Yucca Schidigera Extract, Dried Aspergillus Niger Fermentation Extract, Dried Aspergillus Oryzae Fermentation Extract, Pineapple, Dried Trichoderma Longibrachiatum Fermentation, Dried Rhizopus Oryzae Fermentation Extract, Dried Enterococcus Faecium Fermentation Extract, Dried Lactobacillus Casei Fermentation Extract, Dried Lactobacillus Acidophulus Fermentation Extract, Dried Bifidobacterium Bifidum Fermentation Extract, Dried Lactobacillus Platarum Fermentation Extract, Vitamin A Acetate, vitamin d3 supplement, vitamin e supplement, vitamin b12 supplement, riboflavin, niacin, folic acid, pyridoxine hydrochloride thiamine mononitrate, d-calcium pantothenate, biotin, l-ascorbyl-2-polyphosphate (source of vitamin c) ferrous sulfate, iron proteinate, zinc sulfate, zinc proteinate, manganous oxide, manganese proteinate, copper sulfate, copper proteinate, calcium iodate, sodium selenite, magnesium oxide

    https://www.facebook.com/groups/Is.BENEFUL.killing.DOGS/

  • Zach

    Agreed. “Grreat dog food! … To stay away from!”

  • Cyndi

    This “food” should be called “NOT a Grreat Choice”! Yuck!