Mighty Dog (Canned)

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Rating: ★★☆☆☆

Mighty Dog Dog Food receives the Advisor’s second-lowest tier rating of 2 stars.

The Mighty Dog product line includes 14 canned recipes, each claimed to meet AAFCO nutrient profiles for growth and adult maintenance.

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

  • Mighty Dog Lamb and Rice
  • Mighty Dog Hearty Beef Dinner
  • Mighty Dog Savory Steak Flavor Chopped
  • Mighty Dog Tenderloin Tips Flavor in Gravy
  • Mighty Dog Hearty Pulled-Style Beef in Gravy
  • Mighty Dog Thick-Sliced Beef Dinner in Gravy
  • Mighty Dog Porterhouse Steak Flavor in Gravy
  • Mighty Dog Seared Beef with Cheese in Gravy
  • Mighty Dog Rotisserie Chicken Flavor Chopped
  • Mighty Dog Chicken and Smoked Bacon Combo
  • Mighty Dog Hearty Pulled-Style Chicken in Gravy
  • Mighty Dog Thick-Sliced Chicken Dinner in Gravy
  • Mighty Dog Seared Chicken with Cheese in Gravy
  • Mighty Dog Chicken, Egg & Bacon Country Platter

Mighty Dog Thick-Sliced Beef Dinner in Gravy was selected to represent the other products in the line for this review.

Mighty Dog Thick-Sliced Beef Dinner in Gravy

Canned Dog Food

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

Protein = 46% | Fat = 14% | Carbs = 33%

Ingredients: Water sufficient for processing, beef, liver, wheat gluten, meat by-products, chicken, soy flour, corn starch-modified, potassium chloride, added color, calcium phosphate, salt, choline chloride, natural and artificial flavors, calcium carbonate, zinc sulfate, vitamin E supplement, ferrous sulfate, niacin, copper sulfate, thiamine mononitrate, manganese sulfate, calcium pantothenate, pyridoxine hydrochloride, vitamin B12 supplement, riboflavin supplement, vitamin A supplement, potassium iodide, folic acid, biotin, vitamin D3 supplement, sodium selenite

Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 6.8%

Red items when present indicate controversial ingredients

Estimated Nutrient Content
MethodProteinFatCarbs
Guaranteed Analysis10%3%NA
Dry Matter Basis46%14%33%
Calorie Weighted Basis41%30%30%

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

The second ingredient is beef. Beef is defined as “the clean flesh derived from slaughtered cattle” and includes skeletal muscle or the muscle tissues of the tongue, diaphragm, heart or esophagus.1

Beef is naturally rich in all ten essential amino acids required by a dog to sustain life.

The third ingredient is liver. Normally, liver can be considered a quality component. However, in this case, the source of the liver is not identified. For this reason, it’s impossible to judge the quality of this item.

The fourth ingredient is wheat gluten. Gluten is the rubbery residue remaining once wheat has had most of its starchy carbohydrate washed out of it.

Compared to meat, glutens are inferior plant-based proteins low in some of the essential amino acids dogs need for life.

This inexpensive plant-based ingredient can significantly 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 meat by-products, an item made from slaughterhouse waste. This is what’s left of slaughtered animals after all the striated muscle cuts have been removed.

With the exception of hair, horns, teeth and hooves, this item can include almost any other part of the animal.1

Although most meat by-products can be nutritious, we do not consider such vaguely described (generic) ingredients to be as high in quality as those derived from a named animal source.

The sixth ingredient is chicken. Chicken is considered “the clean combination of flesh and skin… derived from the parts or whole carcasses of chicken”.1

Chicken is naturally rich in the ten essential amino acids required by a dog to sustain life.

The seventh ingredient is soy flour, a high-protein by-product of soybean processing.

Soy flour would be expected to have a notably 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 eighth ingredient is corn starch, a starchy powder extracted from the endosperm found at the heart of a kernel of corn. Corn starch is most likely used here to thicken the broth into a gravy.

Corn starch isn’t a true red flag item. Yet we’ve highlighted here for those wishing to avoid corn-based ingredients.

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 two notable exceptions

First, 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 food is?

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.

Mighty Dog Dog Food
The Bottom Line

Judging by its ingredients alone, Mighty Dog appears to be a below-average canned 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 46%, a fat level of 14% and estimated carbohydrates of about 33%.

As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 44% and a mean fat level of 19%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 29% for the overall product line.

And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 43%.

Above-average protein. Below-average fat. And near-average carbs when compared to a typical canned dog food.

When you consider the protein-boosting effects of the wheat gluten and soy flour, this looks like the profile of a canned product containing a moderate amount of meat.

Bottom line?

Mighty Dog is a meat-based canned dog food using a moderate amount of meats and meat by-products as its main sources of animal protein, thus earning the brand 2 stars.

Not recommended.

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Notes and Updates

04/11/2010 Original review
11/11/2010 Review updated
03/25/2014 Last Update

  1. Association of American Feed Control Officials
  2. Association of American Feed Control Officials
  3. Association of American Feed Control Officials
  • Crazy4cats

    Well, all of the ingredients and analysis are spelled out on this site for you. None of them even get three stars. I think they are all equally poor choices. Do you have a Walmart or a Tractor Supply store close by? You can get Pure Balance or 4Health canned foods at these stores. Both are very high quality for only a fraction more!

  • RLawt0n

    How would this compare to Cesar Savory Delights and Pedigree Little Champions Canned Food? I feed my chihuahua Premium Edge but every Sunday I mix in Cesars so he could have something tasty.

  • Riley

    Of COURSE your dogs are going I love it. It’s junk food for dogs. Just because your dog likes it doesn’t mean it’s healthy. Kids love cupcakes… You gonna feed your kid cupcakes every day?

  • JellyCat

    What do you mean “one bad batch?”

    The ingredients are actually awful. In addition, there are artificial colours and flavors.

  • http://www.facebook.com/zackary.gilbert.7 Zackary Gilbert

    one bad batch isnt enough, those ingedient sound good to me, my moms old pit mix can only eat that stuff { wet food} turn right into a pup again.

  • LabsRawesome

     Phypan_99, of course your dog is going to prefer canned food over dry. But you should choose a higher quality of both foods. Dry Purina & mighty dog? ICK and ICK. Both are terrible foods. Have you looked at the ingredients/reviews? I’m sure you love your little Basenji. It wouldn’t cost that much to feed her high quality food. Look around on this site at the 4 and 5 star rated foods.

  • Phypan_99

    My 20 month old Basendji loves Mighty Dog. We set out a cup of dry purina each morning and she ignores it. Around 5pm we mash in 1/8th can of M.D. and a drop or two of fish oil. Wow, does she love it. What a joy for us to see her go for it.
    I am not a vet. but I recommend my method.

  • Pattyvaughn

    Yeah, my dog liked all those artificial flavors and artificial colors, and mystery meat, too.  But when she almost died from pancreatitis from the food we had to switch her to something that was healthier.  Glad it’s working for you though.

  • http://www.facebook.com/james.cracker.9026 James Cracker

    My dog loves Mighty Dog.  It’s tastes great to him, it’s reasonably priced and healthy.  He likes the variety of flavors.  All other dog foods are worse, imo.

  • Billposter44

    Most dogs seem to like Mighty Dog. My guess is the artificial flavor must be doing it. This stuff is really canine junk food.

  • Guest

    I have a 7 year old bassett hound, for the last 6 years I have tried every brand of dog food on the market, she’ll eat it for a week then turn away. Mightydog has been the only food she has stuck to eating straight dog, she also has a bowl of dry food by purina. I know its not the best food for her but while she enjoys it, I am ok with her being on it.

  • Carol Rickman

    What happened to the quality of Mightydog? My 2 dogs loved it and the last 2 12 packs have been garbage, It’s so dry I have to remove it from the cans with a fork and then try to mash it ….they look at me like I’ve lost my mind expecting me to make them eat the stuff. The latest lot # is sp269164/41306156 .T%he price has gone up and the quality down….shame on you.

  • Anna

    Hearty Beef Dinner’s my Chinese Crested Male favorite too. Really, he doesn’t want the chicken kind I got from By Nature and that’s just the beginning

  • ert

    i have been away and now my dog 2years old does not seem to eat,,i want to take good care of him

  • Jerry

    Great site, just switched my 11 month old adopted girl to a much better food after a lot of research this weekend. Thanks.

    When I was doing my research I spoke to my parents this weekend who have a 16 year old Shih-Tzu, and they said although they cook for him more in his older age, they always primarily gave him Mighty Dog. To my knowledge he’s never had serious health problems; the last two-three years his energy level is pretty flat and he coughes when he moves around too much, but I guess that’s to be expected of an older dog.

  • Ernie Carpenter

    Hi,
    Despite the low rating and low quality ingredients of Mighty Dog canned food, my bichon-pom mix puppy just loves the taste of the Hearty Beef Dinner and the Lamb and Rice variety. I use only a sixth of a can (about one and a half tablespoon) with half a cup of kibble (Royal Canine puppy dry food). I must say it smells good to me (and apprently him too). Now that he’s ready to switch to an adult food diet (10 months), I’m switching him to Blue Buffalo’s no-grain chicken kibble with the Blue’s canned varieties. Thanks for your good advice on dog foods.