Mr. Buck’s Dog Food (Dry)

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Rating: ★★½☆☆

Mister Buck’s Dog Food receives the Advisor’s second-lowest tier rating of 2.5 stars.

The Mister Buck’s product line includes four dry dog foods, each claimed to meet AAFCO nutritient profiles for all life stages.

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

  • Mister Buck’s Rescue Blend Everyday
  • Mister Buck’s Rescue Blend Special Recipe
  • Mister Buck’s Rescue Blend No Grain (3 stars)
  • Mister Buck’s Rescue Blend Chicken and Brown Rice

Mister Buck’s Rescue Blend Everyday was selected to represent the other products in the line for this review.

Mister Buck's Rescue Blend Everyday

Dry Dog Food

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

Protein = 28% | Fat = 11% | Carbs = 52%

Ingredients: Chicken meal, brewers rice, rice bran, milo, menhaden fish meal, dried plain beet pulp, chicken fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols), natural chicken flavoring, salt, dried egg product, propionic acid (a preservative), bentonite, iron oxide, choline chloride, vitamin A supplement, vitamin D3 supplement, vitamin E supplement, vitamin B12 supplement, niacin supplement, riboflavin supplement, d-calcium pantothenate, menadione sodium bisulfite complex (source of vitamin K activity), pyridoxine hydrochloride, folic acid, biotin, thiamine mononitrate, calcium carbonate, zinc sulfate, ferrous sulfate, copper sulfate, manganous oxide, ethylenediamine dihydroiodide, sodium selenite

Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 4.5%

Red items indicate controversial ingredients

Estimated Nutrient Content
MethodProteinFatCarbs
Guaranteed Analysis25%10%NA
Dry Matter Basis28%11%52%
Calorie Weighted Basis26%26%48%
Protein = 26% | Fat = 26% | Carbs = 48%

The first ingredient in this dog food is chicken meal. Chicken meal is considered a meat concentrate and contains nearly 300% more protein than fresh chicken.

The second ingredient is brewers rice. Brewers rice is a cereal grain by-product consisting of the small fragments left over after milling whole rice. Aside from the caloric energy it contains, this item is of only modest nutritional value to a dog.

The third ingredient is rice bran, a healthy by-product of milling whole grain rice. The bran is the fiber-rich outer layer of the grain containing starch, protein, fat as well as vitamins and minerals.

The fourth ingredient is milo. Milo is another name for sorghum, 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, milo can be considered a quality non-meat ingredient.

The fifth ingredient is menhaden fish meal, another protein-rich meat concentrate.

Fish meal is typically obtained from the “clean, dried, ground tissue of undecomposed whole fish and fish cuttings” of commercial fish operations.1

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 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.

After the natural chicken flavoring, we find salt (also known as sodium chloride). Salt is a common additive in many dog foods. That’s because sodium is a necessary mineral for all animals — including humans.

However, since the actual amount of salt added to this recipe isn’t disclosed on the list of ingredients, it’s impossible to judge the nutritional value of this item.

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 six notable exceptions

First, we note the inclusion of 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.

Next, we find bentonite, a naturally occurring clay-like compound rich in many trace minerals. Reported benefits include the binding of certain mold-based toxins and even controlling diarrhea and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).

In addition, iron oxide is a synthetic color additive used in industry to impart a reddish color to food — and paint. In its natural form, this chemical compound is more commonly known as “iron rust”.

We’re always disappointed to find any artificial coloring in a 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?

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

We also note 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.

And lastly, this food 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.

Mister Buck’s Dog Food
The Bottom Line

Judging by its ingredients alone, Mister Buck’s Dog Food looks like a below-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 28%, a fat level of 11% and estimated carbohydrates of about 52%.

As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 29% and a mean fat level of 14%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 49% for the overall product line.

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

Near-average protein. Below-average fat. And above-average carbs when compared to a typical dry dog food.

Free of any plant-based protein boosters, this looks like the profile of a kibble containing a moderate amount of meat.

Bottom line?

Mister Buck’s is a plant-based dry dog food using a moderate amount of chicken meal or pork meat and bone meal as its main sources of animal protein, thus earning the brand 2.5 stars.

Not recommended.

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.

Mister Buck’s Dog Food
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Notes and Updates

03/26/2016 Last Update

  1. Association of American Feed Control Officials
  • Sarah

    Mike, this food is advertising on their website, under every single variety, that you gave them 4.5 out of 5 stars. https://mrbuckspetfood.herokuapp.com/dogfood
    “We have been evaluated by “The Dog Food Advisor” and received their second highest rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars.”

  • Valerie Englewood

    Who writes up their list of ingredients anyhow?

  • Valerie Englewood

    Mr. Bucks dog food is of unverifiable sources and unverifiable owners. There is no factory, no business, nada to prove this is a legit company. From all indicators it appears to be a collective group of dog-flippers that are throwing together a bunch of junk food, bagging it, then giving it away to shelters in exchange for access to their shelter dogs, “cherry picking if you will.” If you go to their site and read “users of Mr. Bucks” you will see a list of less than ethical rescue organizations. Local stores here used to carry it but they were booted out. Ask Mr. Bucks to let you take a tour of their “processing center.”

  • Mike Swartz

    Going under? They have expanded to new markets! They have also introduced mail order this month.

  • Tommy

    Can you please pay Access America Transport your past due? Maybe then you’ll get to your 5 star level.

  • Tommy

    I would stay away! the do not pay their vendors and are on the verge of going under!

  • robinascots

    Roger Biduk, wrote an excellent post. How could any reviewer give Mr. Buck’s 4 stars and even
    worse give it a “highly recommended” rating. Says lots about this site and the knowledge of the person doing the reviews.

  • Roger Biduk

    Hello Hound Dog Mom,

    You’re right! Rather than rate it in stars I’d rather just say that I certainly wouldn’t recommend it. People need to know the whole story when it comes to ALL the ingredients in a food that’s supposedly rated four stars or in the top 80% and is “highly recommended”.

    Thanks for the heads up…
    Roger Biduk

  • Hound Dog Mom

    1 star? I think that’s a little harsh. While this is by no means a fantastic food, it’s definitely on a different level than the 1 star foods like Beneful, Kibble ‘n Bits, ‘Ol Roy, etc.

  • Roger Biduk

    You’re right wizurley… see my response to Mike.
    Roger Biduk.

  • Roger Biduk

    Wizurley is absolutely correct.
    This food is simply a low-tier
    formula just like hundreds of others out there. There’s only ONE meat
    ingredient and is full of fillers, starch and carbs at 42%. Cats/dogs
    have a ZERO need for carbs and the worst is grains. Kibble needs a
    starch for a binder but good commercial kibble get their starches and
    carbs from vegetables and is around 25%, not from horrible grains.

    I’d give this food one star and not recommend it.

    There’s another five ingredients in this stuff that are to be avoided that weren’t singled out.

    Ground grain sorghum and oat groats are cheap fillers, full of starches that will eventually cause big problems.

    Fish
    meal is an anonymous ingredient meaning Mr. Buck doesn’t even specify
    the fish source because they don’t know what they are! Made from
    unspecified parts of unspecified fish. The origin of the fish are
    definitely suspect, as they aren’t named. If Mr. Buck wanted you to know
    what the sources were, they’d name them.
    According to U.S. law
    (Coast Guard and Department of Homeland Security) fish meal MUST be
    preserved with ethoxyquin, a known carcinogen to prevent explosion
    during transport. Pet foods containing quality ingredients never, ever
    use fish meal in any of their products. They will always name a fish
    source such as more expensive herring or salmon meal and guarantee it to
    be ethoxyquin-free.

    Egg product is a waste product, pure junk.
    Cheap source of protein, waste product of egg industry, can contain
    undeveloped and diseased eggs, floor sweepings, etc. Not fit for human
    consumption. Pet foods containing quality ingredients never, ever use
    dried egg product in any of their foods. They only uses fresh, whole
    eggs.

    To add to the comment on beet pulp, it’s a waste product,
    pure junk. Cheap filler/fiber that causes sugar rush/addiction to food,
    hyperactivity, obesity and allergies.
    May cause seizures, skin problems such as itching and excessive shedding, ear and eye infections.
    Dried
    beet pulp is known to be an artificial stool hardener. This is
    dangerous because when the stool remains in the colon too long, it
    exudes toxins into the blood stream, which could lead to a variety of
    short term (E.Coli) or long term health problems.

    Salt is added to this food, and that’s never good.

    You
    will never, ever find the above ingredients in high quality
    commercially available pet foods, nor will you ever find them in healthy
    recipes for homemade pet meals. Where you’ll find them are in very
    affordable, highly processed, very low-quality pet foods. Roger Biduk

  • LabsRawesome

    Hi wizurley, the company also offers a grain free alternative, called Mr. Buck’s No grain.

  • Wizurley,

    The large majority of kibble recipes are carb-based and dominated by grains, potatoes or legumes. Compared to the typical kibble, this product contains a slightly below average amount of carbohydrate.

    As a matter of fact, if you exclude the 3-star Everyday Dog Food recipe, Mr. Bucks appears to be above-average in meat protein and well-below average in carbs. This product surely deserves its 4-star rating.

  • JellyCat

    This food contains a decent amount of chicken meal. It is however plant based still. At the same time, carbs are at acceptable level in this food.

  • wizurley

    I can’t understand why such a heavy grain food received a rating this high. It makes me doubt the validity of this site, and I depend on it greatly for my Natural Pet Food Store business. Ground grain sorghum (corn), dried beet pulp, oat groats- sounds like a lot of low quality cheap filler ingredients to me. Maybe this review needs to be revisited.

  • Jon Kitto

    Thank you for this fair and informative review of our pet food! You have given us some goals to reach 5 Stars!

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