Hungry Hound Dog Food receives the Advisor’s lowest rating of 1 star.
The Hungry Hound product line includes one dry dog food, a recipe claimed to meet AAFCO nutrient profiles for adult maintenance.
Hungry Hound Dog Food
Dry Dog Food
Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content
Ingredients: Wheat middlings, corn distillers dried grains with solubles, hominy feed, ground yellow corn, calcium carbonate, soybean meal, animal fat (preserved with BHA, BHT, and ethoxyquin), animal digest, salt, propionic acid, choline chloride, iron amino acid chelate, zinc amino acid chelate, manganese amino acid chelate, ferrous sulfate, zinc oxide, copper amino acid chelate, vitamin E supplement, manganous oxide, niacin supplement, d-calcium pantothenate, vitamin A supplement, ethylenediamine dihydriodide, thiamine mononitrate, riboflavin supplement, menadione sodium bisulfate complex, vitamin D3 supplement, copper sulfate, pyridoxine hydrochloride, folic acid, sodium selenite, biotin, and vitamin B12 supplement
Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 8%
Red items indicate controversial ingredients
|Estimated Nutrient Content|
|Dry Matter Basis||18%||7%||67%|
|Calorie Weighted Basis||18%||16%||66%|
The first ingredient in this dog food includes 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.1
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 second ingredient is corn distillers dried grains with solubles, a by-product of the ethanol (bio-fuel) industry. This low quality ingredient is frequently found in cattle feed and only rarely used to make pet food.
The third ingredient is hominy feed, a cereal grain by-product consisting of corn bran, corn germ and unextracted starchy portions left over after milling corn.
Aside from its energy content, this item is more typically found in cattle feed and is of only modest nutritional value to a dog.
The fourth ingredient 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 fifth ingredient is calcium carbonate, likely used here as a dietary mineral supplement.
The sixth 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 seventh ingredient is 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.
The animal fat is additionally preserved with ethoxyquin, a controversial preservative linked to the accumulation of hemoglobin pigment in the liver and elevated hepatic enzymes in the blood.
The eighth ingredient is animal digest. Animal digest is a chemically hydrolyzed mixture of animal by-products that is typically 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, this food contains chelated minerals, minerals that have been chemically attached to protein. This makes them easier to absorb. Chelated minerals are usually found in better dog foods.
And lastly, this recipe includes 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.
Hungry Hound Dog Food
The Bottom Line
Judging by its ingredients alone, Hungry Hound 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.
And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 38%.
Below-average protein. Below-average fat. And above-average carbs when compared to a typical dry dog food.
Hungry Hound is a plant-based dry dog food using soybean meal as its main source of protein, thus earning the brand 1 star.
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.
Hungry Hound Dog Food
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02/01/2017 Last Update