Young Again Dog Food (Dry)

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Rating: ★★★★★

Young Again Dog Food receives the Advisor’s top rating of 5 stars.

The Young Again product line includes one dry dog food, claimed to meet AAFCO nutrient profiles for all life stages.

Young Again Dog Food

Dry Dog Food

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

Protein = 44% | Fat = 18% | Carbs = 30%

Ingredients: Chicken meal, pork protein concentrate, potato starch, tomato pomace (source of dietary fiber), poultry fat (preserved with rosemary extract, mixed tocopherols and ascorbic acid), herring meal, fish meal, fish oil, cellulose, fructooligosaccharides, natural chicken flavor, dl-methionine, yeast, yeast extract, calcium carbonate, l-threonine, taurine, l-tryptophan, salt, dicalcium phosphate, fat product (source of DHA omega-3 from algae), l-carnitine, dried Aspergillus oryzae fermentation extract, active dry yeast, dried Bacillus subtilis fermentation product, dried Enterococcus faecium fermentation product, dried Bifidobacterium longum fermentation product, dried Lactobacillus acidophilus fermentation product, mixed tocopherols, rosemary extract, zinc proteinate, Yucca schidigera extract, choline chloride, vitamin E supplement, magnesium proteinate, betaine anhydrous, ferrous sulfate, vitamin B12 supplement, niacinamide, d-biotin, manganous sulfate, vitamin A acetate, copper proteinate, thiamine mononitrate, folic acid, riboflavin, calcium pantothenate, sodium selenite, pyridoxine hydrochloride, calcium iodate, calcium propionate, d-activated animal sterol (source of vitamin D3), cobalt sulfate

Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 3.3%

Red items when present indicate controversial ingredients

Estimated Nutrient Content
MethodProteinFatCarbs
Guaranteed Analysis40%16%NA
Dry Matter Basis44%18%30%
Calorie Weighted Basis38%37%25%

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 pork protein concentrate, a boneless and collagen-free meat product derived from the bellies of pigs. This unusually costly ingredient contains notably more protein than most named meat meals — and is exceptionally low in ash.

The third ingredient includes potato starch. Potato starch is a gluten-free carbohydrate of only modest nutritional value to a dog.

The fourth ingredient is tomato pomace. Tomato pomace is a controversial ingredient, a by-product remaining after processing tomatoes into juice, soup and ketchup.

Many praise tomato pomace for its high fiber and nutrient content, while others scorn it as an inexpensive pet food filler.

Just the same, there’s probably not enough tomato pomace here to make much of a difference.

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).

The next two ingredients include herring meal and fish meal, both protein-rich meat concentrates.

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

We are pleased to note that, unlike many fish meals, these particular items appear2 to be ethoxyquin-free.

The eighth ingredient is fish oil. Fish oil is naturally rich in the prized EPA and DHA type of omega-3 fatty acids. These two high quality fats boast the highest bio-availability to dogs and humans.

Depending on its level of freshness and purity, fish oil should be considered a commendable addition.

The ninth ingredient is cellulose, a non-digestible plant fiber usually made from the by-products of vegetable processing. Except for the usual benefits of fiber, powdered cellulose provides no nutritional value to a dog.

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, betaine is a supplement known for its ability to protect cells, proteins, and enzymes from environmental damage. A growing body of evidence seems to suggest betaine may be important for the prevention of chronic disease.

Next, we note the inclusion of dried fermentation products in this recipe. Fermentation products are typically added to provide enzymes to aid the animal with digestion.

In addition, this recipe contains fructooligosaccharide, an alternative sweetener3 probably used here as a prebiotic. Prebiotics function to support the growth of healthy bacteria in the large intestine.

And lastly, this food also contains chelated minerals, minerals that have been chemically attached to protein. This makes them easier to absorb. Chelated minerals are usually found in better dog foods.

Young Again Dog Food
The Bottom Line

Judging by its ingredients alone, Young Again Dog Food looks like an above average kibble.

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 44%, a fat level of 18% and estimated carbohydrates of about 30%.

And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 40%.

High protein. Above-average fat. And low 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 significant amount of meat.

Bottom line?

Young Again Dog Food is a meat-based kibble using a significant amount of chicken meal and pork protein concentrate as its main sources of animal protein, thus earning the brand 5 stars.

Enthusiastically recommended.

Please note certain recipes are sometimes given a higher or lower rating based upon our estimate of their total meat content.

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Notes and Updates

06/04/2013 Original review
06/04/2013 Last Update

  1. Association of American Feed Control Officials
  2. Per email from Young Again Pet Food, 05/31/2013
  3. Wikipedia definition
  • Kim Hyun Yoo

    how much is Young Again?

  • Melissaandcrew

    28.6 lol. I buy 6 at one time and get the 7th free so it works out yo be about 10-12 dollars cheaper.

  • Hound Dog Mom

    $79 isn’t too bad. I’ve seen Regional Red retailed for nearly $100 a bag though. That’s just nonsense to pay that much for dry food – imo. If the bags were 40 or 50 lbs. maybe…but aren’t they only like 28 lbs.?

  • Melissaandcrew

    Its not in our area. 6fish is $79. Plus change here

  • Hound Dog Mom

    Orijen’s prices have gotten a bit outrageous. I do think it’s the best dry food on the market but with prices that high I have difficult time justifying recommending it to anyone as someone could feed raw, homecooked, dehydrated or canned for a similar price. I used to use it years ago and I don’t remember it being that pricey.

  • GSDsForever

    Well, Orijen 6 Fish is $104 for a 28 lb bag here locally, before tax. And I find that ridiculous. So, if they made a 40 lb bag, it would cost far more than this food!
    (And, yes, I’ve seen it for a little less online from big etailers, but still . . . )

  • kandiblades666

    I feed my cats young again cat food. I switched them to it because they were eating another premium brand that caused them to sometimes vomit and produce smelly loose stools. They eat less of the Young Again than they did the other stuff, and I absolutely noticed a marked positive change in all 3 of my cats, especially my 12 year old “Slender”. I have a 70 lb Siberian Husky and a 150 lb Caucasian Ovcharka that I feed different “flavors” of Orijen and supplement with raw meaty bones, and I’d love to switch them to Young Again because of the changes seen in my cats, and I assume they would eat less also, but with my two beastly dogs I just don’t think I could ever afford it, it’s so expensive.

  • Jeni Justt

    If it’s the cost that’s the only factor in not purchasing this brand, then do what I do: I’ll buy an affordable 4 star food from Petsmart and mix in a handful of the more expensive and better quality Young Again brand. This helps on my pocket book and I feel better knowing I’m doing the best I can for my babies while on a budget. I contacted the rep on their Facebook page and she sent me a free sample and a 10 percent off coupon. The cat absolutely shredded the package the cat food sample was in. And she’s the picky one.

  • Hound Dog Mom

    Oh god, who knows. I honestly feel horrible for you guys, everything is so expensive over there. In high school I swam for a Canadian club team (I’m right on the border) and when I used to have to travel for meets, just paying for food and stuff was ridiculous. It’s no wonder all the Candians come over here to shop. My grocery store and Walmart are always full of Canadians.

  • Storm’s Mom

    I shudder to think what this would retail for here in Canada!!!!

  • LabsRawesome

    LOL. Never. I only spend about $150 on human food.

  • Hound Dog Mom

    So this looks like a good food but I just visited their website and $129 for a 40 lb. bag of kibble…really?