American Journey Grain Free (Dry)

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Rating: ★★★★★

American Journey Grain Free Dog Food receives the Advisor’s top rating of 5 stars.

The American Journey product line includes 7 dry recipes.

Each recipe below includes its related AAFCO nutrient profile when available on the product’s official webpage: Growth, Maintenance, All Life Stages, Supplemental or Unspecified.

  • American Journey Beef and Sweet Potato [A]
  • American Journey Lamb and Sweet Potato [A]
  • American Journey Salmon and Sweet Potato [A]
  • American Journey Chicken and Sweet Potato [A]
  • American Journey Puppy Lamb and Sweet Potato [G]
  • American Journey Puppy Chicken and Sweet Potato [G]
  • American Journey Large Breed Chicken and Sweet Potato (4.5 stars) [A]

American Journey Lamb and Sweet Potato Grain Free recipe was selected to represent the other products in the line for this review.

American Journey Lamb and Sweet Potato Grain Free

Dry Dog Food

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

Protein = 36% | Fat = 16% | Carbs = 41%

Ingredients: Deboned lamb, chicken meal, turkey meal, peas, chickpeas, sweet potatoes, dried beet pulp, pea protein, chicken fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols), natural flavor, flaxseed, menhaden fish meal, salmon oil, blueberries, carrots, salt, dried kelp, fructooligosaccharides, choline chloride, vitamin E supplement, mixed tocopherols (natural preservative), ferrous sulfate, zinc proteinate, zinc sulfate, iron proteinate, Yucca schidigera extract, taurine, niacin supplement, copper sulfate, potassium chloride, sodium selenite, calcium pantothenate, copper proteinate, riboflavin supplement, manganese sulfate, thiamine mononitrate, manganese proteinate, vitamin A supplement, pyridoxine hydrochloride, vitamin B12 supplement, folic acid, calcium iodate, vitamin D3 supplement, dried Bacillus coagulans fermentation product, rosemary extract

Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 5.6%

Red items indicate controversial ingredients

Estimated Nutrient Content
MethodProteinFatCarbs
Guaranteed Analysis32%14%NA
Dry Matter Basis36%16%41%
Calorie Weighted Basis31%33%36%
Protein = 31% | Fat = 33% | Carbs = 36%

The first ingredient in this dog food is lamb. Although it is a quality item, raw lamb contains about 80% water. After cooking, most of that moisture is lost, reducing the meat content to just a fraction of its original weight.

After processing, this item would probably account for a smaller part of the total content of the finished product.

The second ingredient is chicken meal. Chicken meal is considered a meat concentrate and contains nearly 300% more protein than fresh chicken.

The third ingredient is turkey meal, another protein-rich meat concentrate.

The fourth ingredient includes peas. Peas are a quality source of carbohydrates. And like all legumes, they’re rich in natural fiber.

However, peas contain about 25% protein, a factor that must be considered when judging the meat content of this dog food.

The fifth ingredient lists chickpeas, also known as garbanzo beans. Like peas, bean and lentils, the chickpea is a nutritious member of the fiber-rich legume (or pulse) family of vegetables.

However, chickpeas contain about 22% protein, a factor that must be considered when judging the actual meat content of this dog food.

The sixth ingredient is sweet potato. Sweet potatoes are a gluten-free source of complex carbohydrates in a dog food. They are naturally rich in dietary fiber and beta carotene.

The seventh 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 eighth ingredient is pea protein, what remains of a pea after removing the starchy part of the vegetable.

Even though it contains over 80% protein, this ingredient would be expected to have a lower biological value than meat.

And less costly plant-based products like this can notably boost the total protein reported on the label — a factor that must be considered when judging the meat content of this dog food.

The ninth 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.

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 five notable exceptions

First, we find flaxseed, one of the best plant sources of healthy omega-3 fatty acids. Provided they’ve first been ground into a meal, flax seeds are also rich in soluble fiber.

However, flaxseed contains about 19% protein, a factor that must be considered when judging the actual meat content of this dog food.

Next, we note the inclusion of menhaden fish meal, yet another high protein 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

In addition, this recipe includes salmon oil. Salmon 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, salmon oil should be considered a commendable addition.

Next, this recipe contains fructooligosaccharide, an alternative sweetener2 probably used here as a prebiotic. Prebiotics function to support the growth of healthy bacteria in the large intestine.

And lastly, this food 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.

American Journey Grain Free Dog Food
The Bottom Line

Judging by its ingredients alone, American Journey Grain Free Dog Food looks like an above-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 36%, a fat level of 16% and estimated carbohydrates of about 41%.

As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 35% and a mean fat level of 15%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 42% for the overall product line.

And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 42%.

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

When you consider the protein-boosting effect of the peas, chickpeas, pea protein and flaxseed, this looks like the profile of a dry product containing a significant amount of meat.

Bottom line?

American Journey Grain Free is a plant-based dry dog food using a significant amount of named meats 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 and (when appropriate) their fat-to-protein ratios.

American Journey Dog Food
Recall History

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Notes and Updates

02/25/2017 Last Update

  1. Association of American Feed Control Officials
  2. Wikipedia definition
  • Susan

    Hi Rachel,
    Yeasty ears & skin can be from food sensitivities or Environment allergies bath in “Malaseb” medicated shampoo the Malaseb kills the bacteria & yeast on skin & change food to different ingredients to what they’re eating now. your dog with ear infection probably has a food sensitivity & your other dog could have grass allergy bath both dogs to wash off allergens & bacteria on skin…
    I would not feed American Journey kibbles get a refund tell Chewy you have recieved another bag with same batch nb, the ingredients look great but when a company did study & tested back in August 80 different brands for 130 Toxins, Metals, Lead, Arsenic, Mercury, BPA, American Journeys Lamb, Salmon & Chicken formula’s were VERY high in toxins, you’ll be surprised when you see brands like Orijen, Acana, Wellness, Holistic Select, Timberwolf, Natural planet all very high in toxins google “Toxins in pet foods” scroll down a little look for Dog & Cat Food Completed Study on 1084 pet food products 80 different brands were screened for 130 toxins then click on “Dry Dog Foods” on your left side then pages 11 onwards have the worse 1 star pet foods.
    “Canidae’s” Under The Sun” LID formula’s did really well when tested for toxins & have different ingredients to American Journey kibble has Canidae’s link is below ask Chewy can you have a bag of Canidae’s “Under The Sun” Chicken or Lamb formula’s instead as they keep sending you the same batch NB with plastic, when you find the Toxin link you’ll see all the 5 star pet foods I’m not allowed to post the link, Canidae’s UTS is a cheaper brand then Canidae’s Pure formula’s https://www.canidae.com/dog-food/products

  • Rachel

    I have only been feeding American Journey for a couple months. Our very first bag I have tried was the Lamb and Sweet Potato Grain Free, and I have found multiple pieces of plastic. I contacted Chewy and they sent me a free replacement bag, which when received had the same Lot number and expiration date. I emailed again explaining the problem and they sent out another free replacement bag stating they would have a manager personally check the bag before being sent out to make sure it did not have the same Lot number. Well, it did. I did not contact them again assuming that would be a waste of time and hoped I would not find any more plastic pieces. Also, one dog now has an ear infection while my other dog has what looks like a fungal infection on her belly. Both of these dogs have had these issues in the past on other foods buts its been quite some time, and now I’m starting to wonder if it’s the food??

  • Maggie McSpadden

    Looks like you got some LID or other edition mixed in there!

  • Maggie McSpadden

    American Journey Grain Free Dry line now has LID editions, Limited Ingredient Diet Grain Free in Duck, Turkey, Salmon, etc.
    Can you please update to include? It’s the same price as regular grain free line, so I’ve been switching and alternating between both but would like to see the LID rating. TIA! Love this site.

  • DinaKouveliotes

    The first rep didn’t ask me for serial number on the bag I found a feather in. I called back and the second rep I was complaining to did take the information. I conveyed that they will need to disclose what company is manufacturing their food because i’ve seen on multiple websites concern over the source of ingredients etc. I kept an open mind until the issue with the first bag of American Journey I fed to my GSD, They refunded me for the two bags purchased and I threw away open bag and donated the salmon limited ingredient bag to a shelter. My GSD is having success with a Farmina, fingers crossed it continues. Using pumpkin varieties due to lower protein, over 30% and my dog doesn’t do well.

  • Kfetz317

    I received an email from the company Chewy that American Journey pet food is made in the US but the company will not disclose what facility and who makes it. They also outsource one of their preservatives or vitamins from China. If they cant say who they are using as a manufacture then it poses a real problem for issues like mine. Seems pretty shady! Won’t ever use their products again!

  • sandy

    If you are concerned about mixed kibbles in a bag of Food, you might want to find out the manufacturer of the food as they probably pack more than one label.

  • Kim Fetzer

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/f9534058f87900c735272c7c535fa51d2e79ed24f258111c3e83d6a584558a18.jpg I just contacted Chewy about a bag of American Journey Salmon and Sweet Potato food because it had bright orange triangle kibbles mixed into it. While the customer service agreed this is not American Journey kibble they did nothing about the batch number etc but just offered a new bag or refund. I gladly accepted the refund and will not feed this brand ever again. I had to contact multiple customer service reps until one said they would send the photos into the multiple manufacture locations to get more info. To me the food looks like kibbles and bits, its too orange to be a better quality food. This is suppose to be a grain free food, what would happen if my dog was allergic and I didnt notice these pieces mixed throughout the bag? Sad because I like Chewy but it seems the Petsmart buy out has changed standards for what was a great company.

  • haleycookie

    I always thought you and anon were the same person. And there’s a person named anonymously that posts every so often too. But I guess you’re not all the same person. Anon101 doesn’t agree to Disagree about anything. In fact he seems to believe (and shoves these beliefs onto other ppl as if they are the only route you should take) every single thing his own vet and skepvet says and clearly doesn’t have any intention of changing view points regardless the info presented to him. He also deletes most of his incriminating posts after a small amount of time. He probably did say that quote at one point but deleted it. No point in even talking to him in my opinion. He’ll eventually get tired of arguing and ignore anything you have to say.

  • anon101

    I have no clue as to what you are referring to.
    Semantics.
    what you referenced was not my post??
    I have changed my user name a few times and deleted my posts in an attempt to avoid the bullies, however, I found that it doesn’t work.
    So I don’t bother anymore.

  • Anonymous

    https://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/dog-food-reviews/before-grain-dog-food-dry/
    “Anonymous Guest • a month ago
    I’ve never heard of anyone feeding ground marrow bones, as those are extremely hard, dense, and probably would cause an obstruction.”

    Your post was deleted and replaced with guest, as it happens, fyi.
    I’ll agree to disagree on this one.

  • anon101

    Who fed ground marrow bones? Not I.

    We can just agree to disagree.
    My experience with raw feeding and bones was much different than yours.

  • Anonymous

    I don’t care if I’m right or wrong. I feed raw because I’ve had good experiences doing so and have enjoyed improved overall health in my pets because of it.
    Not every opinion needs to be a hard and fast fact. Opinions are opinions, and people are going to go with what’s worked for them. Pretty simple concept. I don’t get why you’re going after me for having pointed out that feeding ground marrow bones was unwise, but whatevs =)

  • anon101

    You say you don’t want to argue.
    But, you won’t accept that you could be wrong?
    You could be right. I could be wrong.
    I could be right. You could be wrong.
    BTW: Everything you read on the internet is not fact.

    People think they are doing research, when all they are doing is reading opinions on various forums.
    I prefer science-based veterinary medicine.
    To each his own.

  • Anonymous

    The many recalls of pet foods for e-coli, listeria, penobarbitol and various “spare parts” (plastics, metal pieces, etc.) is all the proof I need that nothing is 100% safe. I’m not here to argue with anyone, sheesh.

  • anon101

    It’s not just one experience. Talk to any Emergency Veterinary Clinic.
    (Homeopathic vets will tell you a different story) I suspect that is who you are choosing to believe.

    Example https://www.petinsurance.com/healthzone/pet-articles/pet-health/Dog-Bone-Danger.aspx?extcmp=smd-ebiz-BL0002-fbwall
    excerpt below

    Dog Bone Danger
    Veterinarian Warns of Potential Hazards

    Dogs and bones seem like a natural combination, but they’re not, warns Karen “Doc” Halligan, DVM.
    Doc Halligan, a sought-after pet health expert, wants to educate pet owners about the potential, life-threatening dangers of feeding dogs bones.
    Bones Can Harm Your Dog
    Dogs can spend hours chewing on a bone in a happy bliss and contentment, but there have been many emergency trips to the veterinarian because a dog has choked on a bone, or bone fragments have become lodged in an intestine.
    “All veterinary experts agree,” says Halligan, “that there are potential hazards to feeding bones to dogs: broken teeth, fragments lodged in the mouth, intestinal obstruction and even perforation — which can lead to painful abdominal infection.”
    This can result in hospitalization with major surgery that can be very expensive. In the worst cases, warns Halligan, it can even be fatal.
    “Although dogs love bones, it’s not worth the risk to your pet’s life to give him something that is possibly unsafe.”
    Bones Have Hidden Dangers

    Natural bones, whether raw or cooked, can present potential health hazards.
    Cooking bones in an oven hardens and dries the bone matrix, allowing the bone to splinter while chewing it into sharp pieces that can injure a dog’s intestinal tract. But even raw or uncooked bones can be dangerous as well.
    “Raw meat and bones can harbor bacteria such as salmonella and e coli,” explains Halligan, “which can be transmitted to humans, causing vomiting, diarrhea and even organ failure.”
    Is There a Safe Bone for Dogs?
    Dogs that are used to eating bones can have problems under certain circumstances, says Halligan. “Bones that are described as ‘safe’ can injure an individual animal and there is no way to predict whether your dog will have a problem.”

    According to Halligan, there’s not one bone out there that is completely safe in any given circumstance. She recommends pet owners talk with their veterinarians about finding a safer way to feed their dogs a balanced diet, protect their teeth and keep them happy and healthy.
    “Although dogs love bones,” insists Halligan, “it’s not worth the risk to your pet’s life to give him something that is possibly unsafe.”
    Learn more about pet food dangers and foreign body ingestion.

  • Anonymous

    I do remember the comment was deleted, and I responded that the bones fed were far too dense to be fed (perhaps it was a marrow bone). Either way, thousands if not more dogs have thrived and lived good, long lives eating raw bones, so I suppose one experience isn’t factual.

  • anon101

    Anonymous said:
    “It depends on the bones fed, too. I think you said once that you fed a ground up femur bone”

    Not true. I go by what most veterinarians advise and what the emergency veterinarian said ans showed me (x-ray), and the FDA warning, plus my own experience with more than one dog.
    NO BONES.

  • Anonymous

    He is beautiful…OMG. <3
    As hokey as this sounds, I wonder if going back to Nutro Max but feeding a bit less kibble and adding green beans would help keep the weight off? IIRC some posters here have had luck in weight loss for pudgy dogs when adding a bit of canned but others have not. It might be something worth exploring.
    Also, exercise (aka PLAY!) We and our dogs find "regimented" exercise boring, but we find games of Frisbee, ball, and chase the thing-on-a-string (flirt poles for the big guys, cat toys for the littles) super fun and way better than marching around the block for a mile or so. We no longer go for walks unless we meander around as a large group/pack, but bring out a ball or Frisbee and the fun is on, and everyone feels good after the game is over =)

  • Anonymous

    It depends on the bones fed, too. I think you said once that you fed a ground up femur bone? Probably not the best as they’re hard, weight bearing and *very* dense whereas a raw bone from, say, a chicken wing is not. I can understand why this experience would turn you off, though.
    (I’m not trying to be argumentative or snarky, honest. But there is a big difference between a softer, more pliable RMB vs. a femur bone, in a ground state. Whoever suggested or assured you that feeding a ground femur bone or any dense bone like that was beneficial should have been smacked!)

    I’ve cut up pieces of bone in raw chicken (wings, IIRC) to make sure any shards weren’t sharp. They weren’t; they were very soft and pliable. Cooked bones OTOH are not. (We slow cook whole chickens sometimes and the little bones, once cooked ARE very sharp!)

    And to be fair, even my dogs with poor bites (undershot, overshot, missing teeth, etc.) that have been fed raw their entire lives don’t have pristine teeth. Their teeth (according to the vet) look good, but compared to our larger dogs with more “correct canid” mouths (compare the mouth of a Husky with the mouth of a Pug, no offense to Pugs or their humans), their teeth aren’t that super.

    I love feeding raw and love what it’s done for our dogs health, but the people who clam it “cures or prevents” cancer or is a guarantee that your dog won’t have dental problems no matter what is IMO a complete slap in the face to the raw feeding community. Genetics count, probably more than food, but it’s our feeling that food can bring a dog, cat, horse, parrot, or person up to their genetic potential.

    Again, not trying to argue, but just relaying our experiences over many, many years of raw feeding. =)

  • Susan

    Anon
    – Canine teeth & Carnassial teeth are designed solely for puncturing, ripping, shearing and tearing meat, bones and organs.
    – Incissors ideal for the fine cutting of meat and ripping skin, feathers and fur.
    – Claws for gripping prey
    – Extremely strong stomach acid for properly digesting meat, bones and organs, as well as preventing proliferation of bacterias that may be present in these.
    – A very short digestive tract specifically for digesting raw animal proteins and bones, again preventing colonisation of bacteria.
    It’s not BS…

  • DinaKouveliotes

    I found the needle fan part of a feather smushed into a piece of the large breed chicken and sweet potato formula. I realize it would not hurt my dog, but it freaked me out on what other byproducts could be in the food. I donated unopened salmon formula bag to a shelter and discarded the opened bag I had. The only food I have had consistent success with is NOW Fresh Large Breed, but my GSD should have some variety. I started Farmina pumpkin formula because it doesn’t have a really high protein level that my dog cannot handle… Anyone have experience with Farmina that is happy or was unhappy that I should know about? Also I try to buy brands of food that use ethically “sourced (killed) meat. I’m vegetarian my pets are not but I try to find the least offensive sourcing possible. Taking Acana, Orijen, any kibble with super high protein and any non ethically sourced kibble out of the equation- anyone have recommendations? I do not intend feed raw, so I’m looking for kibble recommendations. thx.

  • anon101

    Not exactly, I had a small breed that gently gnawed on RMBs (only a little bit once or twice a week), and ended up at the emergency vet x 2 due to bowel scaused by the finely ground up bone turning into cement/sludge in the gut.
    I know some of you want to rationalize that bones are a good thing.
    The x-rays don’t lie, I saw the damage and paid the vet bills to resolve it.

  • Anonymous

    I totally agree. I got a few femur bones cut a year or so ago and a few of my dogs did well with them, but I wouldn’t buy them again simply for that reason. (I don’t see them recommended in any raw feeding communities either, unless we’re talking a larger RMB for a tiny dog that couldn’t possibly eat the entire thing. Those are nice recreational bones for the little ones.

  • Allison Bickford Higginbotham

    Any bone is a choking hazard.

  • Allison Bickford Higginbotham

    I tried it in June. He had previously been minimal shedding on NutroMax GF lamb and adding brewers yeast tabs. I was looking for something with better balance of carb/fat/protein as he was gaining a bit of weight. He’s a true mutt, but as per the DNA test… Boxer 50%, AmStaff 12.5%, GSD 12.5%, Sheltie 12.5%, and 12.5% leaning towards working breeds. He looks like a Great Dane/Lab mix when he stands though, lol. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/b8eb1e2c63fa5206a98771e122f21ae3c19704aac0d7d7018fc43181633294de.jpg

  • Pitlove

    Hi Anonymous-

    I agree that for some dogs that will not try to chomp on the bone it may not fracture teeth, but overall I rarely see anyone in the raw feeding community recommend them. RMB’s yes, but not large weigh bearing bones like femurs.

  • Anonymous

    Maybe I am just stupid, but I figure a dogs life compared to the life of most humans is pretty boring. My dogs get to do stuff a lot but mealtimes seem to be the highlight of their days spent at home, and I feel a bit sorry for a dog that hates their food so much that they go 2-3 days without eating and only eat it because they have to. One of my childhood dogs was given a kibble that still is produced today and she would go days without eating, but would ravenously scarf up any “real” food she found. Kind of sad IMO.

  • Anonymous

    What breed is he and are you in a climate in which it’s cooling down? Sometimes the cooling trend can trigger a shed out that makes a spring shed on a Husky look pathetic =)

  • Anonymous

    My non-aggressive chewers (gnaw a few seconds, get distracted, gnaw another second, get distracted, etc.) have been fine with these bones but my aggressive chewers have cracked or chipped teeth. I no longer use rec bones, or “wreck” bones, but RMB’s seem to do a nice job on teeth. My cats like gizzards =)
    Any dog that’s excessively hungry or THINKS they’re excessively hungry (I’m looking at Labradors lol) have a higher risk of choking, even on kibble IMO. For this reason it’s rare, if ever, I give any dog of ours anything “bite sized” for their size (it’s either large pieces of whatever that simply NEEDS to be chewed) or ground with water added for our chronic UTI’er. JMO of course =)

  • Pitlove

    Those are the bones almost always guaranteed to fracture teeth. It is commonly known in the raw feeding community not to give weight bearing bones.

  • anon101

    It happens to many dogs, Give a nice cold carrot to chew on instead 🙂

    http://skeptvet.com/Blog/2010/04/give-a-dog-a-bone-not-fda-warns-of-dangers-of-feeding-bones-to-dogs/ see excerpt below, click on link for full article and comments.

    Eating bones can result in all sorts of medical problems, some minor and some serious. The FDA warning lists some of the more important:
    Broken teeth. This may call for expensive veterinary dentistry.
    Mouth or tongue injuries. These can be very bloody and messy and may require a trip to see your veterinarian.
    Bone gets looped around your dog’s lower jaw. This can be frightening or painful for your dog and potentially costly to you, as it usually means a trip to see your veterinarian.
    Bone gets stuck in esophagus, the tube that food travels through to reach the stomach. Your dog may gag, trying to bring the bone back up, and will need to see your veterinarian.
    Bone gets stuck in windpipe. This may happen if your dog accidentally inhales a small enough piece of bone. This is an emergency because your dog will have trouble breathing. Get your pet to your veterinarian immediately!
    Bone gets stuck in stomach. It went down just fine, but the bone may be too big to pass out of the stomach and into the intestines. Depending on the bone’s size, your dog may need surgery or upper gastrointestinal endoscopy, a procedure in which your veterinarian uses a long tube with a built-in camera and grabbing tools to try to remove the stuck bone from the stomach.
    Bone gets stuck in intestines and causes a blockage. It may be time for surgery.
    Constipation due to bone fragments. Your dog may have a hard time passing the bone fragments because they’re very sharp and they scrape the inside of the large intestine or rectum as they move along. This causes severe pain and may require a visit to your veterinarian.
    Severe bleeding from the rectum. This is very messy and can be dangerous. It’s time for a trip to see your veterinarian.
    Peritonitis. This nasty, difficult-to-treat bacterial infection of the abdomen is caused when bone fragments poke holes in your dog’s stomach or intestines. Your dog needs an emergency visit to your veterinarian because peritonitis can kill your dog.

  • Susan

    Hi Mary,
    I dont like any of those new slow dried bones you see in Pet Shops, Always watch your dog while chewing on any type of chews bones etc & work out do you have heavy strong chewer that chews once twice 3rd chews then it’s all gone, they swallow the whole bone, meat, everything is all gone & can cause a blockage, click on this link down the bottom read how dangerous bones & chews are. ..
    In Australia we have “Kangaroo Tendons” you must be getting Kangaroo Tendons in America by now, look on Chewy’s site, Kangaroo Tendons are safe & made from the Achillies (the muscle in the back leg) is not as tender making this a hard to chew, chew, very lean, low in fat, high in protein, high in Omega 3, no preservities, all natural safe chew treats for small & big dogs… I’m real paraniod about bones with my nut Staffy, I gave him a bone when I first got him he took the meaty bone from me he chewed 3 maybe 4 chews & then swallowed a part of the meaty bone, I had to wrestle with the rest of the bone before he swallowed the rest, with these long big Kangaroo Tendons he’s OK & has learnt to slow chew now cause he can’t chew chew & swollow these Kangaroo Tendons, the dog holds the Kangaroo tendon inbetween their front paws & chew & chews for hours cleaning their teeth, I take Patches away when it looks all yuk, there’s smaller Kangaroo tendons or bigger long tendon chews, just depends if its a big male or small female Kangaoo’s tendons that’s slow air drying at the time..cause they come straight from the Kangaroo owner & maker they are big long Kangaroo Tendons & havent been cut in 1/2 yet & sold for double the price. You can cut them in half if you want to you need a sharp meat cleaver..
    Pet Snacks have the best Kangaroo Tendons, they’re Australia made & owned by a family who breeds the kangaroos then ship all the Kanagroo meat all around the world, the owners son lost his 8yr old Staffy to liver failure 2008 from Raw Hide treats, then one day while at work he realised they were thowing away the best part of the Kangaroo the Kangaroo’s Tendon… click on link below, read then click on “Claim my Offer” down bottom then “Pet Snack” link comes up & then click on “Contact” or their “F” on top right side & ask if there’s a supplier in America who imports & sells their Pet Snack Kangaroo Tendons in America? this company is (Marco Meats) has the licence to breed healthy organic kangaroo’s, the Wild Kangaroo’s are full of disease, parasites & very bad to eat, don’t ever buy any Wild Kangaroo pet food… I think the American Pet food companies don’t know this & put “Wild” Kangaroo on their pet foods not realising iWild Kangaroo are bad…
    http://petsnacks.com.au/dangerous-dog-chew/

  • haleycookie

    What kind of bone was it? I typically only recommend raw cow femer bones. They are the most dense and least likely to splinter. Things like hams bones, shank bones, etc are much more brittle especially when cooked or processed. Anything you give your dog is a potential choking hazard. Make sure when you give them any chew, toy, bone, etc to be hyper vigilant. They are like babies. if there’s a way to choke on it they probably will.

  • Mary Davidson

    I purchased USA Bones from Chewy and my dog choked. There were no warnings on the website about it being a choking hazard. Has this happened to anyone else?

  • Allison Bickford Higginbotham

    I tried this food and my boy started shedding like crazy! Has this happened to anyone else?

  • klr6204

    Hi, Ann. I recently switched from NutriSource “Seafood Selects” to American Journey’s Salmon and Sweet Potato *Limited Ingredients* (LID) formula. Our Boxers are both doing very well on it, including an old 14+ y/o Boxer. It’s still fairly early, but we’re on our 2nd bag. I did not realize that there are TWO Salmon and Sweet Potato grain-free formulas in the American Journey line, until I mistakenly ordered the wrong thing on our second purchase. I freaked out when I saw the difference in protein and fat content over the LID version. The limited ingredient version has 25% protein and 12% fat, although the fiber is higher (7%).

  • anon101

    Don’t free feed (leave food out all day) Offer 2 meals per day at the same times, MONITOR MEALS, if they don’t eat, pick up the food, store in the fridg and offer at the next meal time. Have fresh water available at all times.
    As long as they are drinking water, it is okay if they skip a meal or two, in fact I would wait 72 hours and if the dog has not comsumed any solid food, call the vet, something else is going on.

  • Davis Christopher

    She’ll eat Blue when she gets hungry enough because no dog has ever committed suicide.

  • Susan

    Hi have you tried pre made raw or freeze dried raw? kibble is over proccessed & not that great or the kibble she’s eating isnt agreeing with her & she doesnt want to eat it no more…..
    Why not try feeding Hills Ideal Balance Large breed Kibble for 1 meal & raw for the other meal you’ll have a healthier dog then feeding a dry kibble that she won’t eat..

  • Anonymous

    In the past, we’ve had healthy Huskies that were incredibly light and somewhat finicky eaters. They remind me of cats in this way. It’s like they’re genetically pre-programmed to maintain their weight on the least amount of food possible!

  • Kerry Lee Haas

    Oh, yeah. I have to keep my boxer boys protein content (from dry food) at or below 28% or they have serious tummy issues. If I add protein from ground turkey or chicken to their lower protein kibble, they’re okay.

  • sharron

    Hi Susan – thought i would let you know that Lexee is now eating the goat

  • Susan

    Hi, he probably likes it cause it has 3 meat protein as 1st 2nd & 3rd ingredients & further down the ingredient list it has more meat & he can taste the meat, the cheaper brands probably add meat flavours to their junk foods so the dogs love it that’s probably why he loves some of the junk brands…..
    Now I would look for another flavour in the American Journey one with a few different meats & rotate between the 2 formula’s so he doesnt get sick of eating the same food 24/7 & if later you see another brand on special make sure it has meat as the 1st, 2nd 3rd ingredients & the protein is over 30%…
    I wonder who makes American Journey for Chewy?

  • Inanna

    My dog does not have any allergies or food problems, other than being very picky. I purchased the Lamb & Sweet Potato formula of this brand at Chewy due to the 50% off the first bag offer. My dog has tried everything from 1 star to 5 star foods in the past and he generally will only eat the “junk food” varieties. It’s been a big waste of my money trying to find him something good for him that he’ll actually eat. I’ve even mixed the cheap/unhealthy food in with the good stuff and watched him pick out the bits he liked and leave the rest.

    Well, he loves this stuff. I started out mixing it with the old food I had until that ran out, then eventually straight feeding this. He’s been eating it for 2 months now. We’ve had no sickness, still 2 normal poops a day, and a happy healthy dog.

  • LJ444

    That’s so true. Most of the big brand companies produce poison. If Chewy isn’t honest about where this food is produced and by whom, then I’m simply going to assume the worst in order to protect my dogs! So as far as I’m concerned, they’re just as bad as a company like Diamond! No, thanks.

  • Ann

    Hi Tanya,
    Thanks for the info .I will definitely look into this brand.I do not give my dogs chicken due to my boxer sensitive stomach..So instead of feeding different foods to each I try and find one that works for all 3.Whicj the other 2 have no issues .I also need low protein for my boxer .intried giving him salmon and sweet potatoes not realizing the protein content was 36%.Thanks for the info.

  • Tanya Doyle

    Forgive any crazy misspelled words in my previous reply. My “smart phone auto correct” hates me and I’m horrible at remembering to proofread before submitting. Lol

  • Tanya Doyle

    I’ve dogs that any time my fur babies have something they are not used to they will poo more! I think their systems are more delicate than we realise sometimes especially those such as the ones with owners like ourselves who are mindful of what they are eating. My girls get VERY little human food and I always make sure that what little they do get is ok and when possible even good for them. Their tummies get used to having a fairly regular and for some a strict diet so when we change something up, even just a slight change can cause more pooping. Best of luck to you and your fur baby!

  • Tanya Doyle

    At this time the grain-free diets are currently manufactured in Kansas, though the Brown Rice and Limited Ingredient Diets formulas are manufactured in California. American Journey does source most of the ingredients right here in the United States. If sourcing in the U.S. is not available due to any reason, they look at Mexico, New Zealand, Canada, Thailand, Belgium, Norway, Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland, Chile.

  • Kelly Christina Sloan

    an undisclosed manufacturer in kansas…all ingredients are sourced within the US

  • Kelly Christina Sloan

    I decided to put my lab on this food and after a few days of switching completely over he has stopped eating it. This was the same time that i’ve been feeding him very tasty pill pockets so i wonder if he’s just being stubborn with the taste… its hard to tell. I put a little coconut oil in it tonight and he ate it. but if this continues i will discontinue this food. too many uncertainties with the manufacturer and my lab is NOT a picky dog at all so very weird that he’s not wanting it. I just hope he’s being stubborn and not trying to tell me something

  • Kelly Christina Sloan

    I contacted them and while they are still holding the manufacturer secret, the facility is a highly rated one and ALL ingredients are sourced within the US. I’m still iffy but for the price and the ingredient rating my lab is currently trying the food out. We shall see

  • InkedMarie

    My brittany does much better on a lower fiber food. Best for her is Earthborn Primitive Natural but a couple other Earthborn formulas are 4% & she does okay with those as well.

  • Angela Scarpone

    i am currently researching that. thanks

  • Amanda Nelson

    Does anyone know where this food is made?

  • Susan

    Hi YES Patch is the same peas seems to be OK but no Chickpaes no more, if the chickpeas are further down the ingredient list Patch seems OK but poos are bigger, when the grain free kibble has no chickpeas he’s really good…
    I feed Taste Of The Wild” Sierra Mountain, Roasted Lamb, fiber is under 4% it has no chickpeas & has Lamb, Lamb Meal, Sweet potatoes, Potatoes, peas, egg, roasted lamb, tomato pomace, natural flavour etc

  • InkedMarie

    Might want to look at a lower fiber food.

  • Angela Scarpone

    fiber in this food is 5%, her old food that we tried for a couple of months had 4%, and her prescription food that she was on for about 8 months before that had 4.7% fiber. seems like it could be the peas and chickpeas making all of the poop!

  • Angela Scarpone

    i see a lot of grain free food has chickpeas, so i will have to do some research. her old foods did not have chickpeas or peas, so i’m think both are causing the extra pooping.

  • Susan

    Hi, Peas & Chickpeas are the 4th & 5th ingredient chickpeas are a high in fiber & protein, this could be causing more pooing….as the bag is finishing look for another brand kibble that has no chickpeas. I like to rotate between a few different brands & you do see a difference..

  • InkedMarie

    What is the fiber percentage in this food compared to what your dog previously ate?

  • Angela Scarpone

    my dog has larger and more frequent poops on this food. should i be concerned? she went from twice per day to 3 or 4 times per day. she is eating the salmon and sweet potato by american journey.

  • Because Chewy appears to be the exclusive private label distributor for this brand and to remain unbiased in our rating, we have removed all revenue generating links to the company website from this review.

  • Pitlove

    This is an old list and has likely changed. In fact some brands listed do not exist anymore. (Innova, Karma)

  • Crazy4cats

    Interesting link. Thank you.

  • Dave Jones

    ok ty i”ll just wait and watch the reviews for a while before trying this food.

  • Nevada Cell

    I Googled the manufacturers from this list – http://www.dogingtonpost.com/dog-food-brands-share-manufacturing-facilities/ . CJ Foods, Simmons, and Mars Petcare all have a plant in Kansas. I wasn’t worried about the first 2, but Mars is enough to make me say no.

  • Hi Nate,

    When we originally reviewed American Journey a few months ago, we were not aware that Chewy was the exclusive distributor for this brand.

    Because of your comment today, we have removed the star rating from this product.

    Thanks for calling this to our attention.

  • Nate Dogg

    After reading most reviews, I questioned how this dog food got a 5-star rating on this website. As impartial and unbiased as they claim to be, this website does accept money from Chewy.com. Tread lightly.

  • Susan

    Hi Ann, yes stop feeding it, have you ever feed a kibble that’s this high in protein & fat?? Licking lips is a sign of nausea… I’d say the fat & protein is way to high for them, the kibble is too rich..
    Look for another pet food that’s lower fat & protein, stay under 30% for protein & around 12-15%max for fat% look for a kibble with limited ingredients….
    Have a look at “Taste Of the Wild” Sierra Mountain, Roasted Lamb or Pacific Stream Smoked Salmon, these TOTW formulas are excellent for dogs with sensitive stomach, the fat-15% & protein-25% or look at “Canidae” Pure Wild Boar or Canidae’s All Life Stages formula’s…. https://www.canidae.com/dog-food/products, Whatever kibble you pick read the fat & protein % first then if good then read the ingredient list.. I also read the Kcals per cup & stay under 370 Kcals per cup, I find my boy has less stomach/bowel upsets when the kibbles aren’t so rich.

  • Ann

    I started my dogs in American Journey lamb and rice.My boxer has been throwing up periodically.Today my mix threw up.She never ever gets sick.My bully licks her lips a lot but has not thrown up.So I googled reviews and found out it possibly is the food.I called chewy and they told me it’s made by chewy and all ingredients are from the USA .I even asked if there was a 3rd party that makes it.She said no.The only common denominator in my dogs getting sick is the food.I am going to search for another good food and make a switch.

  • haleycookie

    Nope no recall. It’s a brand new food made by chewy. Hasn’t had much time for it to be recalled yet. There’s a list of all current recalls under menu at the top of this page.

  • Dave Jones

    didnt this food have a recall recently?

  • Julie Harris

    tx

  • InkedMarie

    You need to type “how we rate dog food” in the search here on DFA.

  • Julie Harris

    believe what you want I do not believe this especially after talking to the rep. Spots don’t change they are garbage producers. Enough I will not respond anymore. I want good food and that brand is not.

  • Pitlove

    Many people have asked Purina on their Facebook page if they are sourcing meat from China. They have stated a clear no. Haleycookie is correct that they have stated they source some of their vitamins from China. You can dislike Purina all you want, but they happen to be a very transparent company.

  • Julie Harris

    dog food advisor admits purinia is the buyer rates one of them
    5 but admits he does not check it out. Gets his info from all the companys and takes their word for it, I askedmwhy he does not request proof by invoice copy of purchase of meat???

  • Julie Harris

    the product I mean

  • Julie Harris

    reply to haley yes I did and they were deceptive and I asked
    outright and she said I am sure we purchase i the states.
    Then she said that most meats our outsourced and not necessarily us bought. what does that mean? Maybe she did not want to outright lie. Purinia is a bad co. and they bought a good profitable co to cash in on profits that is why the family is
    managing a d has no say. She pushed the family part but they
    got there money and maybe they made a mistake and trusted
    purinia but won’t purchase anymore. Chewy took it back.

  • haleycookie

    Have you called merrick or purina and asked where they source their meat? From my understanding they only source a small amount of vitamins from china anymore. And if you search “how is dog food rated” or something of the like you’ll find how it’s rated. It isn’t rated based on who owns it.

  • Julie Harris

    doesn’t the dog food advisor giy read all the negative reviews and ck it out?? I just joined and am disappointed because merrick is on his advisor list a d they were bought my purina and their meat is coming from china chicken!

  • Crazy4cats

    It’s most likely the manufacturer that won’t allow Chewy to disclose. Often, big time manufacturers that have name brand products but also make budget friendly house brand products do not want their name revealed in order to keep current customers purchasing the more expensive items. However, I don’t know if that is the case with American Journey, but wouldn’t be surprised if it is.

    Hey, if it’s working for you, and you trust their word, then have at it. There are negative posts on just about every food, unfortunately. I don’t believe half of them. Good luck!

  • Ashley

    I bought like 2 of them lol. And then they had a sale for the 4th of buy one get one free, so I got 8 more. My dogs love it. Once I run out I will be going back to Diamond Naturals though because of cost now that I’ve used up all of my sale pricing on it.

  • InkedMarie

    Ah, I didn’t know that. Non disclosure=no buying for me.

  • Daniel

    American Journey is Chewy’s house brand. They will not disclose who manufactures the food.

  • InkedMarie

    No offense but if I had questions about a dog food, I wouldn’t ask the place that sold it. If you have questions, contact the dog food company; they would know and should share the info.

  • LF

    I’m really not sure why there are so many negative reviews about this food. My dogs are thriving on this food. In my opinion it’s a great price for a decent dog food. I talked to Chewy because I myself was concerned about all the negativity and they were very transparent with me about the ingredients and where they are sourced. I will continue feeding this food to my dogs. Just wanted to give my two cents.

  • Ashley Yohman

    My dog recently stopped eating American Journey dry dog food that, like many of you, I purchased at Chewy.com for 50% off. I thought he was being stubborn because we gave him bacon over the weekend, but it’s been days and after reading many of the same reviews regarding pups getting sick, I feel awful for thinking he was just being picky. I left the food in his bowl Monday thru Wednesday (he ate at night only probably out of sheer hunger) and Wednesday prior to eating anymore food he got really sick. I monitored him and finally today after he didn’t eat his food again, I got him new food. Prior to giving the huge bag to a shelter, I wanted to read up on this dog food and glad I did. The reviews were so helpful, and American Journey is going in the trash. I am also never ever ordering from Chewy.com and canceling my autoship.

  • Elena Boiko

    I decided to buy a bag as well since it was 50% of 1st bad. Got chicken and brown rice. Started transitioning and on the second day my dog threw up all his breakfast. He continued puking all day, turning away from water and getting lethargic. Towards the evening, he finally drank some water but puked that as well.
    I could visibly see he was super uncomfortable and couldn’t rest anywhere. That night me and him barely slept. He kept getting up and down, licking his lips constantly until he fell asleep around 4am.
    Called our Vet in the morning and got a appointment in a couple of hours.
    He was given a anti vomiting shot and a shot of fluids since he hasn’t drunk any water for over 12hrs.
    His blood test came normal except for a little higher then normal white blood count. He also had a fever when we got to the Vet.
    He was on chicken and rice for 5days and slowly started improving but still wasn’t drinking water for 2days. I know he was getting some moisture from rice and chicken but I was still worried so mixed some low sodium fat free chicken broth w water and he would drink that. After a day of broth mix, he was back to normal drinking pattern.

    He is back to his old food now and I am threw AJ in the trash. I would not donate that to a shelter 🙁
    I am pretty sure it’s the food since nothing else changed in his diet and he has never had those symptoms from me changing him to a new brand before, which I do often.
    My dog is 2y.o btw

  • Zarilia

    I have 9 dogs ranging from 1 1/2 years to 19yo.. One being a very sensitive stomached German Shepherd. Started feeding this food 2 months ago now..the salmon and sweet potato formula… And they all love it.. They all have solid only once a day poops.. Are all are happy and healthy

  • Mitch22

    No, Chewy doesn’t care about the health of pets, they care about money. Same with Petsmart and Petco etc. I’m about to start making my own dog food from scratch with a crock pot… Tell all the companies that won’t answer questions to go to hell

  • Daniel

    Same here. Reps at Chewy also refused to answer my questions. I notified them I cancelled my auto-ship and no longer will be patronizing their site. Maybe they don’t care since PetSmart bought them anyway.

  • Mitch22

    I went through one serving of this before reading the comments, and upon contacting Chewy, they will not state where it’s made or by who, which means they have a non disclosure agreement in place, but they INSIST (When I didn’t ask) that the facility has “rigorous quality systems in place” to ensure quality and blah blah blah

    This is their form response for that:

    “American Journey is manufactured through a third-party facility in
    Kansas so any information such as their name, for example, belongs
    solely to them. We’re unable to share the facility’s name due to their
    independent ownership.”

    Why would the factory care if people knew they produced American Journey??? It’s the other way around… Chewy doesn’t want people to know where AJ is produced because it’s undoubtedly at a plant like Hill’s or some other “food” producer of utter poison

    I’m done shopping at Chewy for everything

  • Alli Ed

    I’d like for dog food advisor to address rosemary extract and how it’s been linked to be a neurotoxin and cause seizures in dogs. If I see this ingredient in foods, I steer clear. Also, I agree with the other reviewers that there needs to be transparency as far as where this is made.

  • Maggie

    Have you slowly transitioned the dog food?

  • Veronika

    For puppies yeah for older not necessarily only health ailments would lead senior dogs to eat less fat and less protein, the life stage formulas are actually not completely necessary. (Each stage of life after puppy I mean, not like all life stages those foods are fine, raw and freeze dried foods are all life stages after all).

    If your like some people who feed a freeze dried food that food is always 40% protein and 25-37% fat, now that’s lowered once you add water, but it’s always the same amount throughout life, dogs who have lost mobility from joint problems should be fed food with green lipped mussels in it and other joint supplements like turmeric, I don’t find glucosamine to help very much, I’ve tried it for Rusty with the Blackhawk kibble and his leg problem always returns while on the K9 Natural or Frontier it does not.
    So joint problems should first be addressed as naturally as possible through food before resorting to more drastic measures, including lower fat foods because of little movement.

    Most senior dogs on actual real food never become senior in the least, they run around, jump around and bounce around like their puppies, if the owner said believe it or not he’s 22 years old you wouldn’t have believed it.

    My Rusty would be a good show of this if he didn’t have a heart murmur hopefully the onset of the actual disease doesn’t happen for a very long time because he may just end up being a bouncy senior at 15-17, he’s like 10 right now and super bouncy as it is and despite the murmur he likes to walk his own walks no matter the distance, of course once I see that he’s truly tired I pick him up regardless if he wants it or not.

  • Marc Rabinowitz

    For this food, I noticed that the puppy variety has 30% protein, 12% min fat and 419 calories per cup. The “all stages” variety has 32% protein, 14% min fat and 430 calories per cup. Isn’t this backwards? Don’t puppies need more fat, more protein and more calories than adult and senior dogs? It doesn’t seem like they gave much thought to this.

  • Leslie Sklamberg

    I also just bought a bag of because of the 1/2 price special that Chewy offered (plus the high rating on this website). One dog seems to be fine with it but my other dog has thrown-up twice in the last two weeks shortly after she eats. After reading the comments on this forum I thing I’ll stop feeding it to any of my dogs. Better safe than sorry.

  • Anne Mitts

    You cannot get a recall history because chewey will not disclose who the manufactutrer is. I am changing foods.

  • Anne Mitts

    I started my pups on this food and was about to buy another bag because of the rating and my dogs seem to like it but I decided to have a chat with one of the customer service people and asked who made this food. they couldn’t tell me so even though my pups like it, I am switching. I have the right to know where my dog food is being made.

  • kelley blake

    My dogs have been on the beef & sweet potato for 4 weeks. I just got home from the vet where my Bull Mastiff had to have emergency surgery. The vet specifically said it was the dog food…..he wasn’t able to digest it. Sad thing is I had noticed already that 2 of my other dogs had been eating at least 1/2 of what they were normally eating.

    I would NEVER recommend this food to anyone.

  • Mary Frances Fallaw

    How do you get access to the list?

  • Jena

    Dear Customer Service rep, this is absolutely incorrect. I spoke to management and they have the list of ingredients now that are sourced from 5 different countries. Please gain access to the list. USA, Canada, Australia Belgium & China are your sourcing countries. And the info is proprietary because Chewy isn’t actually making the food, it’s being made by another dog food company in their plant located in Kansas. It’s being labeled as chewy label only.

  • Jena

    Very true.

    Chewy has now been sold to petsmart. Has also the rights to the brand been sold as well? It’s gone now from bad to worse. I’m pulling my business. I refuse to support an organization who is so intent on supporting PETA and HSUS, that they beg you for money every time you go to a register

  • Mary Frances Fallaw

    Here is a response I received from Chewy when I asked where their ingredients were sourced from and explained that I’ve been seeing that some ingredients are sourced from China. I asked about a specific recipe, so some of the others may have a different answer.

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/3a3b930a765b949093498e74c4a5c77988c2c79113815b28b6715bcc1651dfc4.jpg

  • Mary

    I would steer clear of this food until Chewy decides to be transparent and remove the secrecy cloak regarding whom is producing this food…with all the recalls, it’s important to know that piece of info. They refuse to disclose, stating it’s proprietary. Also, the minerals/vitamins are primarily sulfates, which is NOT the best in terms of being absorbed and utilized by dogs. Dog Food Advisor needs to consider these things. in my opinion. Disappointed with this brand thus far, and the fact that Chewy is remaining firm in their position to keep important info hidden.

  • lovestorun

    My two dogs love this food and have had no diarrhea problems. They are happy and walk with me several miles everyday. After getting home they are running around in the back yard all day. I’ve had their blood tested and the results were very good and no change from before they started on American Journey. I am going to do another blood test in a couple of months to make sure nothing is harming their organs. I usually do a test once a year but a couple more when switching dog food. The dogs didn’t eat another brad very well is the reason for the switch.

  • guest2

    Thanks for that info!!!! I won’t be trying it!

  • Christine Daley

    Understood!! LOL!!

  • BoxerBliss

    The food has agreed with my pack of five. It is concerning however information coming out about ingredients sourced from China, would defiantly want more information on this before feeding again. In the meantime I will be going back to Victor. I am sure Orijen is a great food, but considering how many rescues I have not an option for us.

  • Erin Dibbs

    Funny enough, I switched my bull terrier to this food, the lamb and sweet potato version, and it’s the only food she’s been on that hasn’t given her diarrhea.

  • gmcbogger38

    I have a dog with diarrhea and what is helping him is cooked ground turkey (low fat) and plain canned pumpkin mixed half and half. Rice isn’t the best to give with diarrhea because it can actually be an irritant, that’s what the majority of holistic vets say, anyway. Just wanted share my experience to see if it could help.

  • Christine Daley

    Just remember chewy sells from low end to high end!! They really don’t care!! Don’t trust this food!! Possibly sourcing ingredients from china. Who makes this food?? I wouldn’t buy it no matter how much they gave off!! My children are Orijen, primal and ziwipeak pups! Be careful!! LOL!!

  • Jena

    Did he say which ingredient ? I have an email from Chewey that states the same thing.

  • Cynthia Kortz

    Today “Dave” from Chewy told me that ONE of their ingredients is sourced in China…..

  • Cynthia Kortz

    I just talked to Chewy about this food and they won’t reveal the company that makes it and also they told me that ONE ingredient is sourced from CHINA!

  • Megan Prentice

    After reading the dog food advisor review and seeing the 1/2 off price on chewy, I decided to buy a bag of the American Journey beef and sweet potato dry dog food. I gradually introduced the food to my bull terrier but it did NOT agree with her, so I was forced to stop. I cut out all food for 24 hours and followed up with a diet consisting of boiled chicken, white rice and pumpkin. She’s been eating small portions of that for 4 days now. Her poop still isnt solid but it’s slowly getting better. I guess you get what you pay for.

  • debbie

    Shame on dogfoodadvisor for giving this food five stars. The second ingredient in every recipe is chicken meal. The first ingredient may be a protein but after removing the moisture the first real ingredient is chicken meal. The food also has peas and chickpeas listed one after another and further down there is pea protein-a cheap way to increase protein levels and a way to trick consumers since all those peas likely.make up more than the meats and have been split up so that it doesn’t need to be listed that e ay.
    What exactly is “natural flavor”?
    And the bulk of the minerals are sulfates that are not absorbable by a dog. So its great that the food has them to comply with AAFCO but too bad the dog will not receive the required levels. It will be sad to read the condition of the dogs who eat this long term.

  • Jena

    At this time, Chewy contacted me and has available all ingredients and where they are imported from: Primarily ingredients are from USA, New Zealand, Canada, Belgium. The location of the chewy plant that manufactures this pet food is located in Kansas. The name of the plant, and its specific location are proprietary and can not be released. I’m happy with the answers except the location. I hope Chewy decides to allow the public to know the location of the plant. Its important to me, to know, where my food for dogs is coming from. The food is labeled American Journey by Chewy. Chewy isn’t the actual manufacturer. So is it possible that Chewy is utilizing one of the big 4 pet food chains to create their brand?

    Hill’s, Nestlé Purina, Mars Petcare and J.M. Smucker’s Big Heart Pet Brands represent 56 percent of global retail pet food sales. Hill’s Pet Nutrition has its corporate headquarters, a manufacturing plant and a lab in Topeka, and Hill’s owns another manufacturing operation in Emporia, Kan. The other large pet food companies are headquartered elsewhere but maintain substantial manufacturing operations in the region.
    These four companies generated more than $37 billion in pet food sales in 2012, when the industry produced $65.8 billion in sales worldwide. The global pet food industry is expected to grow to $95.7 billion by 2017, according to PetFoodIndustry.com.

  • Jena

    the product American Journey sources its ingredients from another country. They decline in telling you which country. We all know the quality of foods coming from china being important to dog food companies is a death sentence for your dog or cat. So at this time, until Chewy tells you where exactly their plant is, and where exactly the foods are sourced, I will not buy this product. I did speak to a rep who said Kentucky, but no plant is found. I spoke to another rep who states the plant to produce American Journey is not in the USA. But some ingredients being used are from USA. ??? I buy all of my food from Chewy, and I’m not changing, I’ve referred at least 50 people to chewy. I’ve been loyal. However they need to stay out of manufacturing until they can be honest of where they get their ingredients and where they are located.

  • Stephanie Shock

    This is the second bag of food I bought for our new puppy, the first being Nulo. He likes his one SO much more than Nulo. We are definitely sticking to this. He pooped a lot more frequently and larger piles on Nulo as well.

  • BoxerBliss

    I just bought a bag from Chewy. Buy your first bag of this brand and get fifty percent off. Couldn’t pass it up! Glad to see it gets high ratings.

  • Linda Harwell

    hi marie–look at least for foods that say”no corn wheat or soy.” and check the recall history where this food is made. i am trying to get that info–if i do i will let you know. this food looks very good and affordable for a grain free fo
    rmula.

  • Marie Owly

    Thank you for the review!! I submitted a request for review of this brand and I’m pleased how quickly it was done. I’m very excited for my puppy to try this new food. We’re switching from a brand that lists corn as its second ingredient.