Alpo Chop House Dog Food Review (Canned)

Purina ALPO Chop House T-bone Wet Dog Food

Review of Alpo Chop House Canned Dog Food

Rating:

Alpo Chop House Dog Food receives the Advisor’s second-lowest tier rating of 2.5 stars.

The Alpo Chop House product line includes the 3 canned dog foods listed below.

Each recipe includes its AAFCO nutrient profile when available… Growth (puppy), Maintenance (adult), All Life Stages, Supplemental or Unspecified.

Product Rating AAFCO
Alpo Chop House T-Bone Steak Flavor in Gravy 2.5 M
Alpo Chop House Beef Tenderloin Flavor in Gravy 2.5 M
Alpo Chop House Rotisserie Chicken Flavor in Gravy 2.5 M

Recipe and Label Analysis

Alpo Chop House Rotisserie Chicken Flavor in Gravy was selected to represent the other products in the line for detailed recipe and nutrient analysis.

Label and nutrient data below are calculated using dry matter basis.


Alpo Chop House Rotisserie Chicken Flavor in Gravy

Canned Dog Food

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

Protein = 50% | Fat = 14% | Carbs = 28%

Ingredients: Water sufficient for processing, chicken, liver, wheat gluten, soy flour, meat by-products, corn starch-modified, natural flavor, added color, minerals [potassium chloride, zinc sulfate, ferrous sulfate, copper sulfate, manganese sulfate, potassium iodide, sodium selenite], natural rotisserie chicken flavor, tricalcium phosphate, salt, calcium carbonate, choline chloride, vitamins [vitamin E supplement, niacin (vitamin B-3), thiamine mononitrate (vitamin B-1), calcium pantothenate (vitamin B-5), pyridoxine hydrochloride (vitamin B-6), vitamin B-12 supplement, riboflavin supplement (vitamin B-2), vitamin A supplement, folic acid (vitamin B-9), vitamin D-3 supplement, biotin (vitamin B-7), ]

Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 8.3%

Red denotes controversial item

Estimated Nutrient Content
MethodProteinFatCarbs
Guaranteed Analysis9%3%NA
Dry Matter Basis50%14%28%
Calorie Weighted Basis45%30%25%
Protein = 45% | Fat = 30% | Carbs = 25%

Ingredient Analysis

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 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 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.

Although wheat gluten contains 80% protein, this ingredient would be expected to have a lower biological value than meat.

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 soy flour, a high-protein by-product of soybean processing.

Although soy flour contains about 51% protein, this ingredient would be expected to have a lower biological value than meat and 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 sixth item includes meat by-products, an item made from slaughterhouse waste. This is what’s left of slaughtered animals after all the prime 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

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 allergies impossible.

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 seventh 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 Purina product.

With 2 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. Chelated minerals are usually associated with higher quality dog foods.

Nutrient Analysis

Based on its ingredients alone, Alpo Chop House canned dog food looks like a below-average wet product.

The dashboard displays a dry matter protein reading of 50%, a fat level of 14% and estimated carbohydrates of about 28%.

As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 50% and a mean fat level of 14%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 28% for the overall product line.

And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 28%.

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

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

Our Rating of Alpo Chop House Dog Food

Alpo Chop House is a grain-inclusive canned dog food using a moderate amount of named meat and unnamed meat-by-products as its main sources of animal protein, thus earning the brand 2.5 stars.

Not recommended.

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References

  1. Association of American Feed Control Officials
  2. Association of American Feed Control Officials

03/23/2021 Last Update