Twin Pet Dog Food (Dry)

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Rating: ★☆☆☆☆

Twin Pet Dog Food receives the Advisor’s lowest rating of 1 star.

The Twin Pet product line includes one dry dog food, a recipe claimed to meet AAFCO nutrient guidelines for adult maintenance.

Twin Pet Adult

Dry Dog Food

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

Protein = 19% | Fat = 8% | Carbs = 66%

Ingredients: Ground yellow corn, wheat middlings, meat and bone meal, animal fat (preserved with BHA and BHT), salt, potassium chloride, natural flavor, choline chloride, calcium carbonate, zinc sulfate, ferrous sulfate, vitamin E supplement, copper sulfate, niacin, manganese sulfate, d-calcium pantothenate, vitamin A supplement, riboflavin supplement, vitamin B12 supplement, thiamine mononitrate, pyridoxine hydrochloride, calcium iodate, vitamin D3 supplement, folic acid, sodium selenite

Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 8%

Red items indicate controversial ingredients

Estimated Nutrient Content
MethodProteinFatCarbs
Guaranteed Analysis17%7%NA
Dry Matter Basis19%8%66%
Calorie Weighted Basis18%18%64%
Protein = 18% | Fat = 18% | Carbs = 64%

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 includes 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.1

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 third ingredient is meat and bone meal, a dry “rendered product from mammal tissues, including bone, exclusive of any added blood, hair, hoof, horn, hide trimmings, manure, stomach and rumen contents”.2

Meat and bone meal can have a lower digestibility than most other meat meals.

Scientists believe this decreased absorption may be due to the ingredient’s higher ash and lower essential amino acid content.3

What’s worse, this particular item is anonymous. So, the meat itself can come from any combination of cattle, pigs, sheep or goats — which can make identifying specific food allergens impossible.

Even though meat and bone meals are still considered protein-rich meat concentrates, we do not consider a generic ingredient like this to be a quality item.

The fourth 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 and BHT. Both of these chemical additives are suspected cancer-causing agents (carcinogens).

The fifth 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.

The sixth item is potassium chloride, a nutritional supplement sometimes used as a replacement for the sodium found in table salt.

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

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.

Twin Pet Dog Food
The Bottom Line

Judging by its ingredients alone, Twin Pet 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 19%, a fat level of 8% and estimated carbohydrates of about 66%.

And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 41%.

Below-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 limited amount of meat.

Bottom line?

Twin Pet is a plant-based dry dog food using a limited amount of unnamed meat as its main source of animal protein, thus earning the brand 1 star.

Not recommended.

Please note certain recipes are sometimes given a higher or lower rating based upon our estimate of their total meat content and when appropriate their fat-to-protein ratios.

Twin Pet Dog Food
Recall History

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Notes and Updates

04/23/2017 Last Update

  1. Wheat Middlings as defined in an article by Wikipedia
  2. Association of American Feed Control Officials, 2008 Edition
  3. 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
  • Veronika

    You should generally stay away from those guys and anything made by Mars also, they don’t care about your dog, it’s not worth the risk for me, they add ingredients that are unecessary for life.

    I’m sure there’s plenty of foods within the same price range that are of much better quality, with more meat and less synthetics.

  • Krystal

    Thanks for your reply.I have researched so much since then and now have all my pets on a purina diet.

  • Amateria

    Well it is only 8% fat, that’s like a weight control food amount.
    Need like 18% upwards to put on weight.

  • Krystal

    I was low on funds and funds so i had to buy twin pet.two of my pups amd my pot belly pig lost weight. …one lost so much weight following worms as well.the shelter came and took one of my babieseven after i told them i had bought better food but she hadnt started putting weight back on.has anyone else had issues with weight loss while on twin pet ?

  • InkedMarie

    I didn’t know that was only available at Pet Smart.

  • Crazy4cats

    Actually, I believe that PetSmart’s Authority brand kibble is a good budget friendly choice.

  • InkedMarie

    I didnt know Pet Smart & Pet Co have their own brands….Kirkland is decent, I hear but the others are poor quality.

    I’d really pick a decent kibble, look at the 3 or 4 star foods (upper left links) and transition SLOWLY. Very slowly.

  • Sheila Read

    Both of our dogs though have lost a lot of weight due to us feeding them twin pet

  • Sheila Read

    We tried Kirkland, olRoy, kibbles & bits, petco brand, petsmart brand, twin pet, & some other items, they got sick

  • InkedMarie

    When you feed a low quality food, it can take time to go to a new food, literally one kibble at a time. Take one kibble of the old food out & add a kibble of new. If they do fine, keep adding a little new and removing old.

  • Sheila Read

    We have tried quite a few different foods & this is the only 1that doesn’t make them sick.

  • InkedMarie

    You should google to find out about Beneful. Your dogs are getting all low quality food. If you’re fine with that, thats great. If you want better for your dogs, a lot of us here can help.

  • Sheila Read

    Well we don’t feed them a can ea it’s like 1scoop for 1dog & the rest of the can for the rest. It’s not even a scoop a table spoon. Than 2coffee cups full of purina beneful for our black lab & 1 coffee cup full for the other dog

  • InkedMarie

    Please don’t feed your dog Alpo. it’s a very low quality food.

  • Sheila Read

    Alpo

  • Babslynne
  • Sheila Read

    I got a case ea can of also canned was .69 cents a can.

  • Babslynne

    Have you tried the Kirkland Signature brand at Costco? They are also very affordably priced and 5 star rated for the canned Turkey Stew for .81 cents a can when you buy a case of 24 for $18.99, and the dry food in the mature dog formula and the small breed formula is rated 4.5 stars and is $28,99 for a 40# bag, no coupons needed.
    http://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/dog-food-reviews/natures-domain-grain-free-canned/

  • Sheila Read

    One of our dogs lost over 30 lbs due eating this food each time our dogs would eat it they would get sick everyday. We know give both of them purina beneful dry dog & purina alpo canned. U can get coupons which will cut down the cost quite a bit.

  • thisbrandsucks

    I made the mistake buying this ‘Twin Pet Adult Dry Dog Food’ for my dog. I didn’t have enough money to get his regular brand and he was running low. Well, I learned my lesson. Never again. My dog was doing great until I added this to his low supply. Not a complete switch-over. The last few days he has had diarrhea. Today there was a little blood there too. I got my dog home & picked through the dog food to keep his old brand. Tossed the rest out. Wouldn’t feed this crap to any animal.

  • mjfromga

    My dog was neutered and FULLY healed (all fur had grown back, totally healed) when I got him at 15 weeks. It had to have been done several weeks prior. He’s dysplastic, extremely prone to weight gain, and his wee never developed so EVERYONE thinks he’s a girl dog. He’s not “leggy” or built oddly, and his temperament is great, but still.

    It’s generally considered unethical to neuter that early, but people were not honoring their contracts which made you promise to alter the dog at 6-8 months (also too early in many breeds, but acceptable). Since shelters CANNOT keep all puppies until 6 months (many people want younger puppies anyway) they had to begin the pediatric neutering here.

    Not the shelters fault, had people honored the contracts and had the dog altered like they promised, shelters would not have had to do this. It can damage your dogs health and lower his lifespan. When done this early, usually causes more harm than good. 🙁

  • Juliann

    I know! 🙁 And the people buying it just don’t know what proper nutrition is for a dog (or cat, or any other popular pet). I have ferrets that are raw meat only (although they do get multivitamins too) and I still get vets chastizing me for not keeping them on kibble (even the most expensive kibble is no good for those guys). I figure, if a vet can be that wrong about a diet, I can’t expect too much better from a patron. As an animal rescuer, I see a lot of animals suffering at the hands of convenience to owners. Poor guys. 🙁 If I had sufficient funds, the feeder stock would be on fresh foods too…

  • Dog_Obsessed

    Okay, sounds good then. I still can’t believe they’d make this stuff for dogs though. 🙁

  • Juliann

    My pet rats are on fresh food only and I would never recommend dog food for them. 🙂 But I also run a mousery for feeders (those guys are not so friendly, trust me), so they don’t really live long enough to build up toxins. The breeders that I use look amazing though and they are on it pretty long term. I’ve never had a tumor in the colony, or an adult mouse die suddenly (which is amazing, given the size of my colonies). The higher quality dog foods have way too much meat and digestable protein for rodents to process.

  • Dog_Obsessed

    Do the chemicals that negatively affect dogs do the same for rats? If so, you could use a vegetarian dog food that doesn’t contain these chemicals. Rats are amazing. I used to have two and they were sooo sweet!

  • Juliann

    This stuff is awful dog food, but it makes a super cheap (and pretty balanced – I add freeze dried veggies with it) mouse/rat food for breeding colonies. Wish it wasn’t marketed for the poor dogs though because it’s not even close.

  • Maryna and Daisy

    I agree with burghdog. I feed Pure Balance to my dog because it’s a four-star food and it isn’t that expensive. They have other flavors, like lamb and brown rice and salmon and pea. Yeah it’s great! They also have canned and the dog treats too.

  • burghdog

    I would suggest Pure Balance Chicken and Rice. No corn, wheat, or soy. Even if it was just mixed in with this, it would probably be an improvement. Do the best you can.

  • ricwhite

    For those Wal-mart shoppers literate enough to read and write, many of them are giving this crap high marks. Disgusting!

  • Linda Tarango

    Rachael Ray nutrish comes in no corn wheat or soy available at Wal-Mart or vons. Thats my back up when I dont go to petco

  • I am starting to feed more and more raw food these days and supplement wherever I can. This food is a joke

  • Shar24

    If there was ever a food that could qualify for a 0 rating, this would be it

  • Beth Knuth

    OOH, you are so right, he was adorable! and he made this “uh huh” sound when we cuddled him? It broke our hearts and we cuddled him more. I am sick about that early neutering too, Butch had a horrid episode one and half years ago, actually how I started coming on this site! We and vet thought he would die, it was auto immune related, he bled into his skin like rat poison causes. He is good now, but that early neutering and vaccines could be part of it all. We do not do anymore vaccines, only rabies and I feed the raw. Vet is amazed of his recovery.

  • dchassett

    Gosh, what a poor start to life he had. I’ve never heard of a dog being neutered that young, though, I could have been in him anyway to be aggressive. It’s hard to be a strong leader with the puppies are so young cause they’re so darn cute.

  • Beth Knuth

    He loves kids, I do stay and always watch because he gets excited and weighs 85 pounds so he can push them around. But he is true pit bull in that he loves humans. We took him to puppy class, beginners class, and intermediate but he still is dog aggressive which showed up when he turned a year old. He played wonderfully as a young dog. He was neutered at under 9 weeks old too, which I think is too young but we got him from rescue and they need to make sure no more pups! I blame us in a way because we did not do the theory of a dog works for everything and be strong leaders, we babied him, we know better now, but we did not know about in the beginning. Maybe it would not have mattered, some say he could have been bred with mean dogs, he is from bad Chicago area where he was found, pregnant momma running with male, the male was aggressive according to shelter and put down right away. Momma gave birth in shelter then went right to rescue but all but three pups died from shelter diseases.

  • Cyndi

    Dori, I wanted to ask how Hannah was doing. I’m not on here that much & I miss updates and stuff. Have you gotten anything figured out with her yet? Hoping it’s nothing too serious!

  • Cyndi

    Awwww!! What a great pic! He is so adorable!! I want to give him a smooch!

  • dchassett

    He looks so sweet with the kitty but I do see a look in his eyes that if I were a dog I’d keep a wide berth. How is he with kids? Love his coloring, really beautiful. You’re a good mom feeding him Darwin’s exclusively I know raw can get costly. I have three toy dogs so the cost doesn’t break the bank.

  • Beth Knuth

    double whammy! I am so computer stupid!

  • Beth Knuth

    Here is his picture.

  • Beth Knuth

    Howdy! Yes, I am now feeding Butch Darwin’s exclusively, I have tried some JJ Fuds and I (and Butch) liked it well, but I think I will just stick with Darwin’s, even tho a little more expensive it is just easier for it to come to my door. Butch is over 8 years old, rescued as a pup from pit bull rescue, weighs 85 pounds, just had him weighed, I was worried at first if I was giving enough Darwin’s but is good, I feed the 4 part 2 pound package every day. Butch is getting the turkey or chicken necks, frozen once a week too for his teeth, really has cleaned up his tartar. I don’t know about the fat and protein, can you call Darwin’s? I thought I remembered someone saying once, Darwin’s was not high fat, but I could be wrong. I am not good on that stuff! I will post a picture of the Butchie, we love him so much, he loves cats, but we cannot trust him around dogs, he acts fine, but if he is bothered by them, it goes deadly, I don’t think I am a strong leader and some of the pit bulls really need that, I am not good at recognizing very subtle body language, that is what I think is my main problem.

  • Bobby dog

    I got addicted to another show. Not WD but very interesting and entertaining, Orphan Black on BBC America. It’s about clones. I watched the first season in one day. lol The new season just started.

  • Bobby dog

    That download is really helpful and easy to follow. The grocery store items have been mentioned here many times, but the download takes it a step further and is tailored to enhance all ranges of kibble, from Ol’ Roy on up to 5 star rated kibbles. The info has been compiled from his books and is more than worth the $2.95.

  • Betsy Greer

    Me too!!

  • Crazy4cats

    Yes, I thought that such down to earth practical advise deserved more than just an up vote! I’m gonna check out the down load.

  • Betsy Greer

    I have never heard of the Steve Brown download you mentioned. What a great, budget friendly, alternative to the book; especially for someone not looking to go totally raw. That’s awesome!

  • Bobby dog

    Thanks! Akari is great for our budget and our fur babies!!!!

  • Betsy Greer

    I was about to do the exact same thing! What great advice!

  • Crazy4cats

    🙂

  • Bobby dog

    Hi Jana:
    I understand having limited funds and sticking to a budget. I feed anything from 3 to 5 star foods depending on my budget. If you are going to check feed stores, see if they carry PMI nutrition’s Infinia or Exclusive, Pro Pac, or Blue Seal Feeds also. These brands might cost a little more than Pedigree, however you will feed less making it cost effective.
    I also recommend downloading Steve Brown’s “See Spot Live Longer the ABC Way – Electronic Download” for $2.95. The download explains various ways to add vitamins to your dogs’ food with whole foods that you can buy easily and affordably at any grocery store. This would be a simple and effective way to boost the nutrition level for your dog on antibiotics. Here’s the link:
    http://www.seespotlivelonger.com/home/sll/page_41/see_spot_live_longer_the_abc_way___electronic_down.html

    You should really go to the forum side of DFA and check out a thread named “coupons.” You can find it under the “Off Topic Forums.” It was started by a regular, Akari 32. Akari is a self-described “poor college student” who feeds two large dogs, one small dog, a cat and various reptiles and fish. Akari has shared some coupon websites and tips that might interest you. For example, on one of Akari’s shopping trips the total bill started out at $76.33, with coupons and sale prices the final cost was $17.07; not bad! Akari is always happy to share coupon tips too, check it out!

  • dchassett

    Hi Beth. Just wondering if you feed Darwin’s exclusively. No other foods whatsoever? What breed and weight dog do you have? I love Darwin’s by the way. I rotate commercial raws only and Darwin’s is in our rotation. I have three toy dogs and I’m wondering if the protein and fat is too high to feed them Darwin’s too often.

  • Jana Maria Shaw Church

    I try to get as much meat as possible. Best of all, its free.

  • Jana Maria Shaw Church

    5 are rescue, all 5 were free to good home. I consider that a form of rescue.
    1 was born here. All female, fixed.

  • Betsy Greer

    Also Jana, if you’re going to look at local feed stores, you might be lucky enough to find Victor also.

    You can buy it online, but it’s much more affordable when you can find it locally. You can usually buy a 40 pound bag of grain inclusive food or a 30 pound bag of grain free each for about $39.99 each.

    Here’s the Victor website: http://victordogfood.com/. Click on the “find a dealer” tab in the black bar at the top of the bag.

  • Beth Knuth

    Also, tell me about your six dogs, are they rescues? I have my one rescue dog and I have made it a point to afford total raw from Darwin’s for him. Because he is dog aggressive, darn it, I cannot have anymore dogs at this time, but if I did have more dogs, I could not afford to feed Darwin’s exclusively. I would probably go with a Merrick product, or Earthborn, I know they own their own facilities and have good reputations. I would probably add raw of some into diet and good canned.

  • Beth Knuth

    If you have a Walmart, maybe you can order on line then have sent to your local Walmart, go to Walmart.com, also the Walmart carries the Pure Balance. Can you order online? Earthborn, Merrick, NutriSource are much cheaper and well tolerated, check out Chewy and Wag.com for best prices.

  • Jana Maria Shaw Church

    Oopps….I posted that to myself.
    :/

  • Jana Maria Shaw Church

    I can’t find Rachel ray where I live.
    Since 50 lbs will feed them for a month, I’ll look around the local feed stores.
    I know this feed is not the best, but its the only one that doesn’t give them diarrhea.

  • Beth Knuth

    Please do not feed Pedigree if you can help it, Rachael Ray is well priced and better quality, Pure Balance that Cyndi mentioned, better as well. Tractor Supply has 4 Health Grain Free for a good price. Look on this web site for 3,4 and 5 star foods that you can afford, I believe there is a budget friendly section of quality pet foods, too.

  • Betsy Greer

    Hi Jana,

    I would be really careful about what you give your dog’s from that big box of scraps you get from the slaughterhouse.

    Quality, lean muscle meats and some organs would be a great addition to your dog’s diets; but I wouldn’t feed them fat scraps. A sudden, sharp increase in fat could be setting them up for some serious gastrointestinal distress or even pancreatitis.

  • Cyndi

    Pedigree really isn’t any better. Walmart carries a brand called Pure Balance that’s on the less expensive side that would be much better than what you are feeding. Maybe you could look into that for your dogs?

  • Jana Maria Shaw Church

    They get a lot of meat 1x a week. I go to the slaughter house and get them a big box of meat scraps, fat.
    I’m on limited income with 6 dogs, 1 of which is visiting the vet 1x a month due to an untreated snake bite when we got her..the previous owner never treated it so we are battling infection in the leg with constant antibiotics. Now there’s a broken bone we have to deal with in the same leg which she’s going back to the vet for.
    I am thinking about switching them to maybe pedigree next month.

  • LeahA

    Are you kidding me?! Why would you feed this garbage?! Dogs need meat not corn!! Please educate yourself on dog food and choose something that is actually food and not trash.

  • theBCnut

    Did you read the ingredient list before you bought it? There is no meat in this “food.”

  • Jana Maria Shaw Church

    My 6 dogs seem to like it .they eat it well. Droppings are normal but crumbly. No loose, runny droppings.