Jack’s Premium Dog Food (Dry)

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Jack’s Premium Dog Food earns the Advisor’s second-highest tier rating of 4 stars.

The Jack’s Premium product line includes two dry dog foods.

However, since we’re unable to locate AAFCO nutritional adequacy statements for these dog foods on the company’s website, 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 Chicken, Lamb and Rice

Jack’s Premium Dog Food 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

Protein = 30% | Fat = 11% | Carbs = 51%

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 when present indicate controversial ingredients

Estimated Nutrient Content
MethodProteinFatCarbs
Guaranteed Analysis27%10%NA
Dry Matter Basis30%11%51%
Calorie Weighted Basis28%25%47%

The first ingredient in this dog food includes 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 lists 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 lists 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.

What’s more, the controversial chemical ethoxyquin is frequently used as a preservative in fish meals.

But because it’s usually added to the raw fish before processing, the chemical does not have to be reported to consumers.

We find no public assurances from the company this product is ethoxyquin-free.

Without knowing more, we would expect to find at least a trace of ethoxyquin in this product.

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.

The next ingredient is dried egg product, a dehydrated form of shell-free eggs. Quality can vary significantly. Lower grade egg product can even come from commercial hatcheries — from eggs that have failed to hatch.

In any case, eggs are easy to digest and have an exceptionally high biological value.

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.

Next, garlic can be a controversial item. Although most experts favor the ingredient for its numerous health benefits, garlic (in rare cases) has been linked to Heinz body anemia in dogs.2

However, the limited professional literature we surveyed provided no definitive warnings regarding the use of garlic — especially when used in small amounts (as it likely is here).

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 also 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.

The dashboard displays a dry matter protein reading of 30%, a fat level of 11% and estimated carbohydrates of about 51%.

As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 28% and a mean fat level of 13%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 50% for the overall product line.

And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 47%.

Near-average protein. Below-average fat. And near-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.

Bottom line?

Jack’s Premium dog food is a plant-based kibble using a moderate amount of beef or chicken meal as its main sources of animal protein, thus earning the brand 4 stars.

Highly recommended.

Please note some products may have been given higher or lower ratings based upon our estimate of their total meat content.

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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However, due to the biological uniqueness of every animal, none of our ratings are intended to suggest feeding a particular product will result in a specific dietary response or health benefit for your pet.

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Notes and Updates

01/09/2013 Original review
07/25/2014 Last Update

  1. Association of American Feed Control Officials
  2. Yamato et al, Heinz Body hemolytic anemia with eccentrocytosis from ingestion of Chinese chive (Allium tuberosum) and garlic (Allium sativum) in a dog, Journal of the American Animal Hospital Association 41:68-73 (2005)
  • Storm’s Mom

    It’s not just “ok” to change his food, I’d highly recommmend changing his food up after every bag, if you can! Just make sure you transition very slowly (over a couple of weeks or more), especially if you’ve been feeding him the same food for a long time. As for which ones, I would just take a look at the Best Dog Foods link on the top right side of this page, take that list to the store with you, see what’s available and fits your budget, and then pick something! It might be a good idea to try something with a different protein than he’s been eating, though, too (ie, if he’s been eating a chicken-based kibble, try a salmon-based or lamb-based one, for example).

  • http://www.facebook.com/vanessa.cannoot Vanessa Cannoot

    hey guys my boy is now 9years old he is still full of life but i have one question is it ok to change his dry food he has trouble with digiston and since my other dog past away he dont want his food anymore can some one give me advice i now he need to eat food with the biggest thing of good to digest i wanna give it a try but dont rly now thx

  • http://twitter.com/JackOfSouthlake Jack’s of Southlake

    Those two comments below were from from me and my brother. I have since noticed that Lawrence Clasby is a liar and this dog food makes my Golden throw up every other week or so. I personally do not think this belongs in the 4-star rating. 1.5 star at the most!!!!

  • Fhrost0213

    We have two dogs, one german shepherd lab mix, the other is a husky mix, and they’ve been eating the food for about 4 months now. I can tell a pretty big difference from the cheap ol’ roy food to this food.

  • LBird4

    My 8 year old Golden has been eating the Chicken, Lamb, and Rice for a few months now and loves it! Great dry dog food!