Kibbles ‘n Bits (Dry)


Rating: ★☆☆☆☆

Kibbles ‘n Bits Dog Food gets the Advisor’s lowest rating of 1 star.

The Kibbles ‘n Bits product line includes eight dry dog foods, seven claimed to meet AAFCO nutrient profiles for all life stages and one for adult maintenance.

The following is a list of recipes available at the time of this review.

  • Kibbles ‘n Bits Small Breed
  • Kibbles ‘n Bits ‘n Beefy Bits
  • Kibbles ‘n Bits Weight Maintenance
  • Kibbles ‘n Bits Bistro Meals Grilled Chicken Flavor
  • Kibbles ‘n Bits Bistro Meals Oven Roasted Beef Flavor
  • Kibbles ‘n Bits Original Savory Beef and Chicken Flavor
  • Kibbles ‘n Bits Homestyle Roasted Chicken & Vegetable Flavor
  • Kibbles ‘n Bits Homestyle Grilled Beef Steak & Vegetable Flavor

Kibble ‘n Bits Original Savory Beef and Chicken Flavor was selected to represent the other products in the line for this review.

Kibbles 'n Bits Original Savory Beef and Chicken Flavor

Dry Dog Food

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

Protein = 23% | Fat = 15% | Carbs = 54%

Ingredients: Corn, soybean meal, beef and bone meal, ground wheat, animal fat (BHA used as preservative), corn syrup, wheat middlings, water sufficient for processing, animal digest (source of chicken flavor), propylene glycol, salt, hydrochloric acid, potassium chloride, caramel color, sorbic acid (used as a preservative), sodium carbonate, minerals (ferrous sulfate, zinc oxide, manganous oxide, copper sulfate, calcium iodate, sodium selenite), titanium dioxide (color), vitamins (vitamin E supplement, vitamin A supplement, niacin supplement, d-calcium pantothenate, riboflavin supplement, pyridoxine hydrochloride, thiamine mononitrate, vitamin D3 supplement, folic acid, biotin, vitamin B12 supplement), choline chloride, calcium sulfate, yellow 5, red 40, yellow 6, BHA (used as a preservative), wheat flour, dl-methionine

Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 4.9%

Red items when present indicate controversial ingredients

Estimated Nutrient Content
Guaranteed Analysis19%12%NA
Dry Matter Basis23%15%54%
Calorie Weighted Basis21%31%48%

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 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 third ingredient is beef and bone meal, a dry rendered product from (beef) tissues, including bone, exclusive of blood, hair, hoof, horn, hide trimmings, manure, stomach and rumen contents”.1

Beef and bone meal may have a lower biological value than most other meat meals.

Scientists believe this decreased protein quality may be due to the ingredient’s higher ash and lower essential amino acid content.2

On the brighter side, beef and bone meals are meat concentrates and contain nearly 300% more protein than fresh meat.

In any case, beef and bone meal is not considered a better quality dog food ingredient.

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

The fifth 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.

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

The sixth ingredient is corn syrup. Corn syrup is a glucose-rich, high-calorie item of questionable nutritional value to a dog.

The seventh ingredient 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.

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 eighth ingredient is water, which adds nothing but moisture to this food. Water is a routine finding in most canned dog foods.

The ninth 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 four notable exceptions

First, this food contains the controversial food moisturizer, propylene glycol. Propylene glycol has been banned by the FDA for use in making cat food.

But it can still be found in some lower quality dog foods.

Next, we note the inclusion of hydrochloric acid, also known by its chemical formula, HCl. HCl is most likely used here to help prevent mold growth by making the product more acidic.

While high concentrations of any acid can be dangerous, very small amounts of low-concentration HCl can be considered safe for use in both pet and human foods.

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?

Caramel is a coloring agent made by caramelizing carbohydrates.

And titanium dioxide is a white coloring agent. Although most claim the pigment to be a safe food additive, one international agency4 has classified titanium dioxide as a “Group 2B carcinogen” possibly linked to cancer in humans.

And lastly, this food is preserved with BHA, a suspected cancer-causing agent.

Kibbles ‘n Bits Dog Food
The Bottom Line

Judging by its ingredients alone, Kibbles ‘n Bits 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 23%, a fat level of 15% and estimated carbohydrates of about 54%.

As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 24% and a mean fat level of 12%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 56% for the overall product line.

And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 49%.

Below-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 soybean meal, this looks like the profile of a dry product containing a limited amount of meat.

Bottom line?

Kibbles ‘n Bits Dog Food is a plant-based kibble using a limited amount of beef and bone meal or meat and bone meal as its main sources of animal protein, thus earning the brand 1 star.

Not recommended.

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Notes and Updates

12/26/2009 Original review
07/31/2010 Review updated
05/17/2012 Review updated
11/27/2013 Review updated
11/27/2013 Last Update

  1. Adapted by the Dog Food Advisor and based upon the official definition for beef published by the 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
  4. International Agency for Research on Cancer
  • Babslynne

    Costco has a small dog formula called Kirkland Signature that gets 5 star rating but it costs about the same as kibbles and bits, around $14 for #30 bag, or walmart has a brand called Pure Balance that is also 5 star rating around the same price also

  • Johnny w Autrey

    My dogs has eaten kibbles n bits , original for years but this new cost saving idea that you all have came up with they wont touch it . I cant believe that you would screw up a good product so you could improve your bottom line , some things you just don’t mess with , I am betting that you loose a lot of customers . my dogs are big dogs and not picky at all but they want eat your new food the first day I sad oh they will eat it and I left it in their pans that I wash every day , but no they wont eat it I know a man that has some beagles I will give it to him, and tomorrow I will go l searching for a new brand not the NEW KIBBLES N BITS .

  • Beat Junkie

    Here is a link to there site:

  • Beat Junkie

    Check out BLUE but it’s more expensive.

  • GSDsForever

    Now, let’s say you were to select a food with beef.

    That WOULD be a higher quality ingredient.

    When you select a food with actual beef, should you do so in the future (or anyone else reading do so), then these would be good BASIC guidelines:

    1)Try to avoid using beef (or other named meat) that comes from 4D animals — which means dead, dying, disabled, diseased. These are animals that would be rejected for human food due as poor quality. It may be necessary to email the company to confirm that these are not used, unless the company advertises clearly that they are not used.

    2)Understand that “beef” (or “chicken” or “turkey”) may, and most commonly does, refer to the raw meat with water content (~70%). Ingredients are listed in order by weight, and a named meat’s water content can make a food appear to contain much more meat than other (often plant and cheaper) ingredients listed after it, and more meat than the food actually does.

    These are minimum threshold criteria for assessing quality/safety in a named ingredient. Then cooking temperatures and time, packaging, freshness of the food (from manufacture to purchase & use) affect quality in the bag.

    At increasingly higher levels of quality, customers might choose grass fed/pastured or free range or organic options, prefer certain countries of origin for meats vs. others (i.e. China), etc.

  • GSDsForever

    Yes, the issue is the specific ingredient AAFCO outlines as “beef and bone meal” and the tremendous amount of published evidence showing its poor quality and toxic contamination.

    “Beef and bone meal,” “meat and bone meal,” and “animal fat” specifically — and not beef — are all ingredients that have been shown to be highly contaminated with a variety of toxins. Think of them as on a list of, say a top 5 primary ingredients to scan labels for and avoid. A good veterinary teaching hospital (department treating dogs with diets) book detailing these toxins is DVM Donald Strombeck’s Home Prepared Dog and Cat Diets.

    Second, in addition to contamination with multiple toxins, there is very poor quality and digestibility of the raw ingredient, which is one of the cheapest bulk ingredients a pet food manufacturer can buy. The sheer range of what can be allowed in the mix in theory makes it almost impossible to know quality, except that in practice as a bulk ingredient purchase by massive companies, the lowest price point among suppliers of the ingredient to pet food manufacturers tends to get the sale to maximize profit margins.

  • theBCnut

    Of course, you are so right!

    Border Collies, potato chips, who knew?

  • aquariangt

    it’s actually Beef and Bone meal, which isn’t a quality product, it’s the leftovers, and the protein content and quality of meat would not fall under what I classify as acceptable

  • Don

    OOps, right. Wrong product. My bad.

    Beef is the third.

    Tell me why beef can’t be fed to a dog and I’ll continue.

  • aquariangt

    Sorry, but the first ingredient is Corn.

  • Don

    Okay, first ingredient is Beef. Tell me why Beef shouldn’t be fed to a dog, then I’ll continue.

  • aquariangt

    Read through those ingredients and explain to me why the first 10 should be fed to a dog. Go ahead. I have no problems with “Big Companies” but I do have a problem with companies that’s focus is delivering a subpar product so they can make more money. There are plenty of small companies whose human food, and plenty of small companies whose dog food I wouldn’t touch either.

  • Don

    Woah, any positive comment here is IMMEDIATELY followed by a comment about the BIG companies out to get you. OOOhhhh… Scared. We see through what’s going on here.

  • Don

    You ARE a nut! Have you even looked at the food? These negative comments are totally UNREAL! Someone is making their money off discrediting other brands.

  • aquariangt

    don’t forget the school lunch programs. They respect Del Monte too :(

  • theBCnut

    There are widespread complaints. And who respects Del Monte? They are known for mass producing cheap “foodstuff” with questionable ingredients from China. Oh, I know who respects Del Monte, the executives that are getting rich off of all the people who don’t care what they put in their bodies. I want more for my family than that. I wouldn’t feed this to a family member, I wouldn’t even feed it to an animal that I would eat. This food is full of sugar, food coloring, cancer causing preservatives, and 4-D animal parts(precious little of those). There is no real meat anywhere in this food.

  • Don

    I cannot speak to the allogations here in these forms, but our dog ate it and never got sick. It is made by a respected and huge human food company, Del Monte and it’s been on the market for decades. If there was something seriously wrong, i would think there would have been wide spread complaints. My brother uses expensive BilJac, and his dog started getting serious allergies to that food. Just like humans, different dogs react differently to different foods. No matter the price or the rating, pay attention to your dog. No food will be 100% perfect for every pet.

  • stef

    So my lil peanut is safe eating this?
    It wont kill him like so many have said?

  • Dawn Mcintire

    I agree Don!!

  • myomy

    After reading the ingredients why would even consider this food. Dust off the floor? Not a single ingredient that is healthy? You really trust the FDA? The FDA loves money and collecting fines. Don’t put all your trust in them. I worked for a company that dealt with the FDA. If they have so much knowledge we wouldnt have people and pets dying….being poisoned by the richest corps in the world. Monsanto, Purina…money…money makes it okay to say, “if it is in small amounts” but you do realize small amounts on a daily basis build up to large amounts.

  • stef

    So what do you feed your dog?

  • stef

    There is like nothing I can feed my dog ! First benifil. Then petagree. Then Iams .now it’s the bits .

  • Tammy Renee Thomas

    Thank you deborah,ur very kind.i don’t want to see thos ever happen to anyone else it was so violent and sad,i have never felt so helpless in my life.

  • Deborah

    I’m so sorry to hear about your babies Tammy. I have Poms too and am always worried about food, flea products, treats, etc. God Bless them and you. I’ve lost too many of them myself to other things. It hurts. Hugs

  • Tammy Renee Thomas

    It is literally toxic it killed one of my poms and hospitalized two more died from toxic poisoning effects started 15_20 min after eating this poison

  • Tammy Renee Thomas

    It killed my baby a month ago today.and almost two more of mybbabies they were hospitalized for 48 hrs toxic poisoning from kibble and if you think its good for ur baby keep feeding it and go pick out a urn for ur prt

  • Dog_Obsessed

    Ew! I would never feed this food anyway, but that is seriously gross.

  • Sharon Breedlove

    I bought a small bag of Kibbles last week and when I opened the bag it had cob webs and worms in it. I’m returning it to the store. It may be the store had it on the shelf to long.

  • Shawna

    I think the logic is more like — soft drinks and koolaid both contain high fructose corn syrup. I’m not aware of many that would consider water an undesirable ingredient?

    Your second paragraph is as puzzling as your first. Yes, I do feed my family corn on the cob 4 or 5 times a year. I don’t think that can in any way be likened to eating it every day for every meal – especially as the main course.

  • staticoverdub

    Come on man, don’t believe the hype of quality food.

  • staticoverdub

    Hahahaha. You are so ignorant.

  • staticoverdub

    No. It’s like getting diabetes from eating too much McDonalds and saying you’re not going to eat McDonalds, Burger King, or any other excessively cheap options.
    You would think that an ingredients list would speak for itself. In case you haven’t realized it, the reviews on this site are extremely formulaic and based on ingredients, and nutrition content and ratios. This food is crap, probably literally. If you’re fine giving your dog this then more power to you; I know this one guy who lived to 90 eating nothing but Big Macs, so it must be good enough.

  • Don

    Actually, no. My dog stopped eating Kibbles. But the logic people are using on these threads makes no sense. The previous poster had a bad experience with a Nestle food, and therefore condemned all food by DelMonte. They are two different companies and to condemn a Sony TV because of a bad experience with a Samsung, well – that’s just silly.

  • Don

    According to your logic, Softdrinks and Kale juice both contain water. Soft drinks are terrible for you therefore Kale Juice is also terrible for you.

    You are right. Corn is complete junk. I NEVER let my kids eat Corn. They should ban corn from school lunches.

  • Lyd Bin

    Someone works for Del Monte huh?

  • Dori

    Actually Don. I’ve been reading this thread today and have not felt the need to jump in as others were already on it. I’m one of the many people who ask not only where the food is sourced from but also where was it processed and I also attempt to find out what processing and/or canning plant they use. If they won’t tell me all that information then I move right along to the next company. I also find out from them if their vitamins are synthetic and where they are sourced from. Same thing for their minerals, their fruits, veggies and anything else that is listed in their ingredients. If I can’t pronounce an ingredient and can’t find out what it is then I move right along to the next company. There are so very many dog food companies at this point striving to get everyone else’s business that it’s easy to get info. If I can’t, as I said I go on to the next company. If I wouldn’t eat it then sure as hell I’m not feeding it to my dogs. Too many choices to be feeding subpar foods to our companion animals. Best of luck to you. I mean no offense. We should all feed our companion animals what we feel comfortable with and what we feel will be best for our animals in the long run and whatever lets us sleep through the night.

  • LabsRawesome

    I stand by my statement. It’s not very bright to argue with everyone
    that Kibbles n bits is a good dog food. Even the name sounds like candy,
    or junk food. Then one look at the ingredients should confirm that it
    is toxic waste they’re calling food. I mean there’s review that spells
    it all out in bold RED letters. And explains why the food is crap.

  • LabsRawesome

    I think you are just here to stir things up. We get that on this site. Bored people, with nothing better to do than harass people that actually care what their dogs eat.

  • Don

    So chicken can be ‘sourced from america’ then processed anywhere in the world, then repackaged in America, and it is Made in America, with American chicken… No where does the FDA require anyone to list any processing outside the USA… Sourced only tells where the chicken grew up, not where it was processed… so for EVERY dog food, you have to ask, was any of this food processed outside of the USA.. No one asks that “specific” question.

  • LabsRawesome

    Yes I know. And I agree. :) Just trying to explain things to Don. Any food can be made in USA, that doesn’t mean it’s sourced here. But the better brands will list counntry of orgin on their website, or at least answer questions about their food. Unless it’s “propriety” info. lol.

  • LabsRawesome

    I stand by my statement. It’s not very bright to argue with everyone that Kibbles n bits is a good dog food. Even the name sounds like candy, or junk food. Then one look at the ingredients should confirm that it is toxic waste they’re calling food. I mean there’s review that spells it all out in bold RED letters. And explains why the food is crap.

  • Melissaandcrew

    That’s just nasty, Glad I do not buy precooked chicken.

  • Don

    “…if chicken processed in China is repackaged in the United States, it could carry a “Made in USA” label. ”

    ” US Department of Agriculture has given permission for chicken products processed in the People’s Republic of China to be sold in the United States without labeling that would indicate where the chicken products came from.”

  • Cyndi

    Well, you obviously didn’t get how crappy this food is by reading the ingredients alone. Labs was just trying to help. I wasn’t very bright either, when it came to dog food, until I found this site & I fully admit that. Don’t take it as an insult. Take it as a learning experience. We’re all here to help each other. Isn’t that right Labs! :)

  • Melissaandcrew

    I don’t know that they could label it as product of the US. However, it does not call for the country of origin to be named since it is processed/cooked.

  • Don

    Your criticism could apply to any dog food on the list – or people food for that matter. There’s no guarantee any ingredient in ANY food (human or canine) doesn’t come from China. THE USFDA just approved: US raised chickens can be shipped to China, processed and shipped back to the States and still be labeled as a US product – no need to label any other country. It could apply to anything that says US Chicken. It doesn’t mean anything anymore.

  • LabsRawesome

    They might be made in USA, but the cheap crappy ingredients could be sourced from China. At the very least, they are floor sweepings, and mill waste.

  • LabsRawesome

    Doritos and cheap kibble are both made of corn. And other junk. That’s where the comparison comes in.

  • Don

    Right… Sorry. You’re right.

  • LabsRawesome

    Sorry, but it’s not real hard to read an ingredient list.

  • Don

    Del Monte Kibbles is not imported from China.

    Get your facts straight.

  • Don

    So now, to prove your point, you have to insult my intelligence?

  • LabsRawesome

    You’re not very bright. One look at the ingredients tells me all I need to know. All junk. Not even one good ingredient. You don’t have to spend $100 a bag. These foods are all between $20 and $25 for 15 to 20 lb bags. 4health TSC, Rachael Ray Zero grain Walmart, Pure Balance Walmart, Kirkland Puppy Costco, Fromm Family Classics, Trader Joe’s dog food. There are many more. All these kibbles are rated 4 stars, so cost is not an excuse. Seriously dude.

  • Tracy

    You’re just trying to make yourself feel better because you feed this crap food. Stop spamming on EVERY post. You only have to post once for people to know where you stand.

    Just because you eat crap imported from China doesn’t mean we do or that we want to feed it to our dogs!

  • Tracy

    It makes perfect sense.

  • Don

    Yeast infections from Dogs are cause from:
    Bacterial infection
    A ruptured eardrum
    Tumor or polyp within the ear canal
    A trapped object
    No, changing diet cannot magically get rid of a yeast infection. Just because two things correlated, doesn’t mean that one caused the other. Correlation does not mean causation. Take your pet to a Vet and talk about various causes of Yeast infections…

  • Don

    Yes! Avoid ANY big name product. They are all OUT TO GET YOU!

  • Don

    HAhaha. Worse than McDonalds. LOL.

  • Don

    Yes! Hershey bars and Kibbles have the same ingredients… Your comparison too a candy bar makes perfect sense.

  • Don

    Don’t believe the hype.

  • Don

    Ever compare the ingredients of Doritos with any dog food? Your comparison makes no sense.

  • Don

    “You got lucky” you are funny.

  • Don

    Purina puppy chow is made by Nestle, Kibbles is made by Del Monte… How can you make a decision not to buy a Del Monte food after having a bad experience with a Nestle food? That makes no sense.

  • Don

    Hilarious. Every review saying something positive about Kibbles is followed by a slew of posts discrediting the positive review. Give me a break. “My dog lived to 15 on Kibbles” — “You must have gotten lucky”… Even the descriptions of the Dog Food above are slighted to make you think the worst about what is going in it. “You’re sending your dog to McDonalds for every meal.” Standards have lowered in the last few years to cut costs…. Give me a break. FDA standards are getting higher all the time.To compare Kibbles to McDonalds is absurd.

    After this article scared me I’d give my dog Cancer by feeding her this food, I did my own research with the FDA… Yes, in excessive amounts BHA causes cancer, but not in small amounts. Basically, too much of anything will kill you. But the writer of this page seems to have their own agenda to discredit Kibbles, for some reason.

    BHA is used in HUMAN food ALL THE TIME.. Its in your breakfast cereal, it’s in your chewing gum, its in your potato chips and drink mixes…

    I’ve tried a lot of dog foods, and my dog loves the texture of Kibbles – (no, it’s not because its a junk food — you scare-mongers). I called the manufacturer, and have done my own research on the ingredients. The food definitely deserves higher than the one star given here. And it is not junk food, as this article seems to say.

    Maybe not a 5 star rating. You can always pay $100 per bag for something else, I just don’t have that kind of income.

    My last parting thought… This food is made by Del-Monte. I eat Del-Monte foods all the time — canned, dry etc… Yes, I could eat higher priced food, but I eat Del Monte. I like it, and no, It’s not junk food. Maybe the writers of this article would say I’m eating McDonald’s quality food and I deserve better… As for me and my pets, Del-Monte is good enough for me. From my research, I give Kibbles 4 stars.

    Don’t be scared by someone trying to hype more expensive brands. They’re just trying to make a living off this site by having something people want to hear. Don’t buy their hype.

  • Chickima Eye

    Hen Chicken ate this stuff when he over spent on booze for the week and was broke! Look what he’s eating now!

  • Tracy

    Try Instinct. Also, Stella & Chewy’s. The Honest Kitchen is a good food, too.

  • Tracy

    Christy, it’s the equivalent of eating Doritos or McDonalds everyday. Junk food. Of course he loves it.

  • Veritas Vincit

    max the terrier ate kibbles and bits his whole life and lived to 29 and 282 days. THink that’s the oldest dog ever. Luck eh.

  • Cyndi

    Nowadays, the big name pet food companies are cutting every corner they can just to make a buck. They are putting alot more crap in their foods. All the ingredients in red up top are bad for your dog. Why would anyone if their right mind feed their dog all that garbage? They also use 4D animals and euthanized dogs and cats in their “food”. I sure as hell don’t want my dog eating that poison!

  • Jeremy

    Sounds like you got lucky, this food is the equivalent for dogs to eating fast food for every meal every day for your kids. Sure some people would be perfectly fine doing that but the majority of people would have some health issues. There is a huge difference between a dog just surviving and actually thriving, and feeding a higher quality food tends to mean you save a pile of money at the vet’s office down the road.

  • Aaron Levy

    Ok. After seeing some of the reviews from people I have to seriously disagree with the negatives that are stated. My dog we fed him kibbles n bits dry and pedigree canned. He lived to the wonderful age of 15. Half German Shepard half chow. Never any problems, no side effects and never any health problems. I think most of you either didn’t take care of your dogs or you didn’t give them a balanced diet.

  • Brenda Davis

    I will not ever feed my shihtzus Purina puppy chow or kibbles and bits ever again.
    I recently bought a bag of puppy chow and I found dead flies and maggots and black bugs in it.
    I really got sick knowing my dogs ate from that.
    I’m so freaked out over it.
    I called my vet to see if they could become I’ll because they ate from that discusting bag of dog food.
    He told me to keep an eye on them.
    I threw that bag of food in the trash.
    I called the company and told them.
    They acted like it was no big deal.
    But did say they will look in to it.
    I switched my shihtzus to 4- health .
    They seem to like it .
    I never thought dog food was made from euthinized pets .
    Well that’s what puppy chow and kibbles and bits is made out of.
    That’s discusting.

  • LabsRawesome

    None of the brands that Bryan recommended are typically sold by Vets. However, he did recommend expensive brands. Some budget friendly kibbles are- Victor, 4health, Pure Balance, Merrick’s Whole Earth Farms. Fromm Family Classics. All are right around $20-$25 for 20lbs.

  • WilliamRLBaker

    Translation of recommended brands: all expensive often recommended by vets because of kick back brands.

  • HappyTails

    Maybe you could gradually increase the quality of food over time and see if that works,since this is a 1 star food,try and switch him to a 2 star food and see if he will eat that,then after a little bit switch to a 3 star and so on until you find a better quality food that you are comfortable with feeding and that he will eat and does well on.Good luck to you and your pup!

  • Shar24

    Foods like Kibbles n Bits and Meow Mix are addicting to pets. They are really salty and sugary (who doesn’t love that combo) and have all kinds of flavor additives in them. Healthy foods can be a tough sell when they are used to eating these. Our last dog was a VERY picky eater, although fortunately he never had the opportunity to get hooked on KnB it could be a real challenge to get him to eat especially in his later years. I found that the cans of Weruva were a real miracle worker when it came to getting him to eat. He loved the “Funk in the Trunk” “Paw lickin Chickin” and “Wok the Dog” varieties.

  • losul

    I don’t know what to tell you, except that a more appropriate name for this junk “food” would be McKibble and FrankenBits, IMO.

    Bad habits die hard, but keep trying……..

  • Christy

    My rescue cocker spanial loves kibble and bits , we have tried the exspensive stuff but he would not touch it , tried both soft and hard and then a raw diet but he would not eat , vet check was great no concern there but under weight , well we picked up a bag of kibble and bits and he devoured it , he’s at a healthy weight and is active and happy . Thus review is concerning and I may try a different food but this one seems to be agreeing with him , nice shiny coat and all , very disappointed in this review , def got me thinking of a change but to what .

  • Riah

    I recently switched both my dogs to Authority and they both love it! One girl is on the grain free formula, and the other on the senior formula. The older girl has always been horribly picky. She’s been on pretty much every junk food there is for dogs. Finally over winter break I was feeding my ACD her food (grain free) and the kelpie actually ate it! Parents bought a small bag and she ate the whole thing. I say buy a smaller sized bag and see if she likes it.

  • Crazy4cats

    I think Authority would be a great choice. It is Petsmart’s house brand. Also many recommend using Nutrisource chicken and rice as a great transitional food. I’m glad you are switching off the Kibbles and bits.

  • Lorie Mason

    Okay, so here is my dilemma. I thought I was doing wonderfully when I tried my baby on KnB and she actually ate it! Loved it, in fact! Until then, she would barely eat any dog food, and me, being the enabler that I am, was feeding her table food. I was able to get her off of table food when she was eating KnB so darn well! However, after reading the ingredients, I see that it is not a good food for her, clearly. My concern is switching her to another food, and it going uneaten. Any suggestions on a healthy, tasty, affordable alternative? There are so many out there! I did have a friend suggest Authority Pet Food.

  • LeahA

    Kibbles ‘n Shits*

  • Petshrink

    If all the other dogs that ate K&B had rotten teeth, you might have a case. Other dogs eat K&B and still have healthy teeth. You are making associations that are unproven. There are other more feasible causes.

  • Petshrink

    Thank you.

  • Kells Bells Earl

    I didn’t realize how bad this food was until just now. We bought a small bag to tide them over until my paycheck comes in. We usually buy solid golds wolf cub because of the breeds we have and because they are so picky. Note to self: buy more dog food every month of the normal stuff we buy…

  • Kip

    Bad skins, bad breath, stinky poo and a host of other issues go hand in hand with feeding this type of food. Vets see it all the time.

  • Kip

    hey it’s your choice to feed garbage, maybe you will be lucky and he will make it to 7

  • Daniel

    Matter of opinion, and one I have never subscribed to. I have fed my dog different foods on a regular basis since he was a pup and this kind of reaction has NEVER happened before. That said, I was and remain more concerned about the ingredients in KnB and the fact that any store especially stores like Target would sell it!

  • KimmyKim

    You shouldn’t change dog foods without transitioning. If you put a dog on the healthiest dog food without a transition period it will make them sick. No comment on how healthy Kibbles and Bits is but it can’t be blamed for your dog’s gastric discomfort.

  • dchassett

    As Shawna has said. We’ve all done it at some point in our lives. It’s miserable but it passes. Just see it as a learning experience. Stores, all stores, are in business to make money, not care for our loved ones. That’s our job. You now know that before you switch to any other food you will check out ingredients. Now that you’re on this site you should try to find two or three other foods that your dog does well on so that if this happens again you know there’s a less expensive food that will not upset your dogs digestive system. But, seriously, it has happened to ALL of us. Or at least most of us. OH, by the way. Take the food back, tell them what’s happened and get your money back. Too many people go through these experiences and are too embarrassed or assume they can’t exchange the food. You can.

  • Shawna

    Hi Daniel,

    Don’t beat yourself up!! Most of us have been in your shoes at one point or another. Good puppy parents make mistakes just like anyone else. The difference is whether one learns from those mistakes and takes action — like you did!! Well done!!!!!

  • Daniel

    What’s in a name? I was a little short this month when I ran out of dog food, so I thought I would try buying a less expensive brand. I went to Target and found Kibbles and Bits to be considerably cheaper than all of the others due in part to it being on sale. And I remembered their ads from TV and it’s Target, which is a store I have trusted for years, so I was thinking Target’s buyers would never put anything on their shelves that could potentially harm a pet.

    And so I buy a bag, take it home, and feed it to my dog. A few hours later, he’s drinking water like mad, vomiting, and suffering through diarrhea throughout the night. Some time between trips taking him out in the snow to relieve himself at 3 or 4 in the morning, I decide to come to this website and investigate. I read your review and the ingredients in K&B which of course I should have done before buying it and feeding it to my dog. And I am completely stunned.

    Could I possibly be that naive and or stupid to think that a store like Target would care enough to look out for their consumers? Yep. I guess I was. Really stupid and angry now too.

  • dchassett

    Good Grief! Have you seriously not read the ingredients? Would you eat foods that had those ingredients in them on a daily basis or even as a one time meal. And by the way isn’t propylene glycol in antifreeze. There is really so much bad in this food it’s difficult to pick out the worst of the worst. For what is being spent on this food there are so many better foods on the market including local grocery stores, Walmart, Target, Costco, Sam’s, etc. One doesn’t have to buy “fancy” expensive brands to give your dog proper nutrition. Just please read the ingredients before you purchase and before you feed to your dog. If you have children I doubt you would feed this to your child.

  • Mike Sagman

    Hi Denise. I’m so sorry to hear about your dog’s teeth. Although it probably wouldn’t be fair to hold any dog food company responsible for your pet’s oral health, you may wish to contact the company and discuss your complaint with them.

    By the way, if your dog has lost many of her teeth and in the interest of her future comfort, it’s probably a good idea to consider feeding her a softer diet.

    Hope this helps.

  • InkedMarie

    This is the dog food advisor, not the Kibbles & Bits website. Since you said “your food”, I assume that’s what you think. You should email the company. You won’t get anywhere, the conditions of your dogs teeth is not the fault of dog food.

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