Jack’s Premium Dog Food receives the Advisor’s second-highest tier rating of 4.5 stars.
The Jack’s Premium product line includes three dry dog foods.
However, since we’re unable to locate AAFCO nutritional adequacy statements for these dog foods on the product’s web page, it’s impossible for us to report specific life stage recommendations for these recipes.
The following is a list of recipes available at the time of this review.
- Jack’s Premium Beef
- Jack’s Premium Whitefish Grain Free (5 stars)
- Jack’s Premium Chicken, Lamb and Rice (4 stars)
Jack’s Premium Beef recipe was selected to represent both products in the line for this review.
Jack's Premium Beef Recipe
Dry Dog Food
Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content
Ingredients: Beef meal, ground rice, millet, ground sorghum, chicken fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols, citric acid and rosemary extract), beet pulp, lamb meal, chicken meal, fish meal, flaxseed meal, dried egg product, brewers dried yeast, chicken liver flavor, yeast culture, potassium chloride, salt, lecithin, garlic, vitamin A supplement, vitamin D supplement, choline chloride, vitamin E supplement, ferrous sulfate, zinc oxide, manganese oxide, copper sulfate, zinc amino acid chelate, iron amino acid chelate, manganese amino acid chelate, cobalt amino acid chelate, potassium iodate, niacin, calcium pantothenate, riboflavin, biotin, vitamin B12 supplement, thiamine mononitrate, pyridoxine hydrochloride (vitamin B6), sodium selenite, calcium iodate, folic acid, cobalt carbonate, Yucca schidigera extract
Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 3.9%
Red items indicate controversial ingredients
|Estimated Nutrient Content|
|Dry Matter Basis||30%||11%||51%|
|Calorie Weighted Basis||28%||25%||47%|
The first ingredient in this dog food is beef meal. Beef meal is considered a meat concentrate and contains nearly 300% more protein than fresh beef.
The second ingredient is ground rice, another name for rice flour. Ground rice is made from either white or brown rice and is considered a gluten-free substitute for wheat flour.
The third ingredient is millet, a gluten-free grain harvested from certain seed grasses. Millet is hypoallergenic and naturally rich in B-vitamins and fiber as well as other essential minerals.
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 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.
The sixth 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 seventh ingredient is lamb meal, another protein-rich meat concxentrate.
The eighth ingredient is chicken meal, yet another high protein meat concentrate.
The ninth ingredient is fish meal. Fish meal is typically obtained from the “clean, dried, ground tissue of undecomposed whole fish and fish cuttings” of commercial fish operations.1
Unfortunately, this particular item is anonymous. Because various fish contain different types of fats, we would have preferred to have known the source species.
The tenth ingredient is flaxseed, one of the best plant sources of healthy omega-3 fatty acids. Provided they’ve first been ground into a meal, flax seeds are also 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.
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, brewers yeast 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.
So, one must weigh the potential benefits of feeding garlic against its proven tendency to cause subclinical damage to the red blood cells of the animal.
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, 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.
Jack’s Premium Dog Food
The Bottom Line
Judging by its ingredients alone, Jack’s Premium Dog Food looks like an above-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.
As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 30% and a mean fat level of 14%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 48% for the overall product line.
And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 48%.
Near-average protein. Below-average fat. And above-average carbs when compared to a typical dry dog food.
Even when you consider the protein-boosting effect of the brewers dried yeast, this looks like the profile of a kibble containing a moderate amount of meat.
Jack’s Premium is a plant-based dry dog food using a moderate amount of beef, chicken or whitefish meals as its main sources of animal protein, thus earning the brand 4.5 stars.
Please note some products may have been given higher or lower ratings based upon our estimate of their total meat content and when appropriate their fat-to-protein ratios.
Jack’s Premium Dog Food
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11/05/2015 Last Update