Ole Jack’s Dog Food (Dry)

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Rating: ★½☆☆☆

Ole Jack’s Dog Food receives the Advisor’s lowest-tier rating of 1.5 stars.

The Ole Jack’s product line includes one dry dog food. However, since we’re unable to locate AAFCO nutritional adequacy statements for this dog food on the company’s website, it’s impossible for us to report specific life stage recommendations for this recipe.

Ole Jack's 21/8 Kennel Formula

Dry Dog Food

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

Protein = 24% | Fat = 9% | Carbs = 59%

Ingredients: Ground yellow corn, wheat middlings, ground wheat, poultry and porcine meal, poultry fat (preserved with BHA), poultry digest, salt, calcium propionate, potassium chloride, brewers yeast, artificial garlic flavor, calcium carbonate, vitamin E supplement (as d-alpha tocopheryl acetate), riboflavin supplement, niacin supplement, biotin, calcium pantothenate, vitamin A supplement, menadione sodium bisulfite complex, thiamine mononitrate (source of vitamin B1), pyridoxine hydrochloride (source of vitamin B6), vitamin B12 supplement, vitamin D3 supplement, ferrous sulfate, zinc sulfate, zinc oxide, manganese sulfate, copper sulfate, sodium selenite, calcium iodate, cobalt carbonate, folic acid

Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 6.8%

Red items when present indicate controversial ingredients

Estimated Nutrient Content
MethodProteinFatCarbs
Guaranteed Analysis21%8%NA
Dry Matter Basis24%9%59%
Calorie Weighted Basis23%21%56%

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 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.

In reality, wheat middlings are nothing more than milling dust and floor sweepings — and an ingredient more typically found in the lower quality pet foods.

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

The fourth ingredient lists poultry and porcine meal. Poultry and porcine meal is considered a meat concentrate and contains nearly 300% more protein than fresh poultry or pork.

Although the word poultry doesn’t clearly identify the species, poultry meal is most commonly sourced from chicken and turkey.

The fifth ingredient is poultry fat. Poultry fat is obtained from rendering, a process similar to making soup in which the fat itself is skimmed from the surface of the liquid.

Poultry fat is high in linoleic acid, an omega-6 fatty acid essential for life.

However, poultry fat is a relatively generic ingredient and can be considered lower in quality than a similar item from a named source animal (like chicken fat).

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

The sixth ingredient lists poultry digest. A digest is a chemically hydrolyzed brew of slaughterhouse waste. Animal digests are usually sprayed onto the surface of a dry dog food to improve its taste.

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

In addition, 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 dog 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.

Ole Jack’s Dog Food
The Bottom Line

Judging by its ingredients alone, Ole Jack’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 24%, a fat level of 9% and estimated carbohydrates of about 59%.

And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 38%.

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

Even when you disregard the protein-boosting effect of the brewers yeast, this still looks like the profile of a kibble containing a modest amount of meat.

Bottom line?

Ole Jack’s dog food is a plant-based dry kibble using a modest amount of poultry and porcine meal as its main source of animal protein, thus earning the brand 1.5 stars.

Not recommended.

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

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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Notes and Updates

06/08/2011 Original review
12/29/2012 Review updated
12/29/2012 Last Update

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  • Jonathan

    Wow, Erin c, that sounds just awful! And regarding this food, just what the heck is “artificial garlic flavoring”? I mean, really. That’s just a strange one.

  • erin c.

    I was looking up Ole Jack on google and got a site that sells only bad dog food. One they are pushing is called Southern States. I looked up Southern States Dog Food and yep it’s bad.

    “Trust Southern States. For nearly 100 years, we’ve provided only the very best in animal nutrition.”
    and “Fresh from the heart. Fresh from the farm.”

    Southern States Dog Food
    Ingredients: Corn Meal, Wheat Middlings, Meat and Bone Meal, Poultry By-Product, Dehulled Soybean Meal, Animal and Vegetable Fat, Calcium Carbonate, Corn Gluten Meal, Brewers Yeast, Natural Flavors, Salt, etc., & Vit.K.

    There should be a dog food “SHAME ON YOU” Trophy!

    Shame on you! Southern States and Ole Jack