Hungry Hound Dog Food (Dry)

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Rating: ★☆☆☆☆

Hungry Hound Dog Food gets 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

Protein = 18% | Fat = 7% | Carbs = 68%

Ingredients: Wheat middlings, ground corn, meat and bone meal, soybean meal, wheat flour, animal fat (preserved with BHA, citric acid, propyl gallate), calcium carbonate, salt, wheat germ meal, vitamin A supplement, vitamin D3 supplement, vitamin E supplement, thiamine mononitrate, pyridoxine hydrochloride, calcium pantothenate, niacin supplement, folic acid, riboflavin supplement, menadione dimethylpyramidinol bisulfite, biotin, choline chloride, manganous oxide, copper sulphate, zinc oxide, ethylenediamine dihydriodide, ferrous sulphate, sodium selenite, and vitamin B12 supplement

Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 5.6%

Red items when present indicate controversial ingredients

Estimated Nutrient Content
MethodProteinFatCarbs
Guaranteed Analysis16%6%NA
Dry Matter Basis18%7%68%
Calorie Weighted Basis18%16%67%

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

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

The second ingredient 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 third ingredient is meat and bone meal, a dry “rendered product from mammal tissues, including bone, exclusive of any added blood, hair, hoof, horn, hide trimmings, manure, stomach and rumen contents”.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. Since there’s no mention of a specific animal, this ingredient could come from almost anywhere: spoiled supermarket meat, roadkill, dead, diseased or dying livestock — even euthanized farm animals.

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

The fourth ingredient is soybean meal. Soybean meal is relatively useful by-product — what remains of soybeans after all the oil has been removed.

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

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

The fifth ingredient is wheat flour, a highly-refined product of wheat milling. 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 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.

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 note the inclusion of wheat germ meal. Wheat germ is a nutritious by-product of the wheat milling process and also rich in dietary fiber, B-vitamins and minerals.

However, since it contains at least 25% plant-based protein and depending upon the amount, this ingredient can boost the total protein reported on the label — a factor that must be considered when judging the actual meat content of this dog food.

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

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

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

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.

Hungry Hound Dog Food
The Bottom Line

Judging by its ingredients alone, Hungry Hound looks like a below-average dry dog food.

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 7% and estimated carbohydrates of about 68%.

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.

When you consider the protein-boosting effects of the soybean meal and wheat germ meal, this looks like the profile of a kibble containing only a modest amount of meat.

Bottom line?

Hungry Hound Dog Food is a plant-based kibble using a modest amount of meat and bone meal as its main source of animal protein, thus earning the brand 1 star.

Not recommended.

Special Alert

Rice ingredients can sometimes contain arsenic. Until the US FDA establishes safe upper levels for arsenic content, pet owners may wish to limit the total amount of rice fed in a dog's daily diet.

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Notes and Updates

08/02/2012 Original review
02/16/2014 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
  • rjb

    I just bought a puppy. A lhasa Apso and was wondering what to feed the little guy. So happens this is what my neighbor  feeds both his dogs so it’s familiar to me. Apparently not real healthy though…lol. He gets this stuff delivered to the house too which is really bad. Has to be better stuff at the store. Seriously. WOW. I’ll keep looking…lol.

  • Herpes

    This stuff was meant as a joke right? I love a good joke but this is just going to far………..maybe it is supposed o be call Hungry hound Anti-food.

  • melissa

     LOl. I guess that is one good thing. Seriously, I would eat ramon noodles 3 meals a day before I would feed this to the furkids.

  • Hound Dog Mom

    Hey it doesn’t have colorings and dyes so it’s one step above Beneful and ‘Ol Roy lol

  • Valerie Noyes

    Just when you think it can’t get any worse……  I honestly don’t understand how this pile of crap can be sold as food.

  • Mike P

    I think I’ll just recycle all my trash and heat it all up and form a kibble and start a dog food company.Would probably be as good as this stuff.Forget that I could not do it. I love dogs to much…

  • LabsRawesome

    They should call this food floor sweepings mystery meat cancer causing preservative surprise. I feel bad for all the Hungry Hounds that are being fed this toxic waste.  :(

  • ohnoesaz

    Yummy! It’s about the equivalent of feeding a child paper and glue.