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Eagle Pack Dog Food (Dry)
Eagle Pack Adult Reduced Fat Formula Dog Food gets the Advisor’s mid-tier rating of three stars.
The Eagle Pack product line includes eight kibbles… one of which has been specifically designed for adult weight loss.
That product, Eagle Pack Adult Reduced Fat Formula, meets AAFCO nutrient profiles for adult maintenance.
Eagle Pack Adult Reduced Fat Formula
Dry Dog Food
Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content
Ingredients: Ground yellow corn, ground brown rice, pork meal, oatmeal, dried beet pulp, chicken meal, chicken fat (preserved with natural mixed tocopherols), dried egg product, anchovy & sardine meal, flaxseed, wheat germ meal, brewers dried yeast, potassium chloride, carrots, peas, inulin, dl-methionine, vitamins [vitamin A supplement, vitamin D3 supplement, vitamin E supplement, riboflavin supplement, vitamin B12 supplement, d-calcium pantothenate, niacin supplement, pyridoxine hydrochloride, thiamine mononitrate, folic acid, ascorbic acid (vitamin C), biotin], minerals [polysaccharide complexes of zinc, iron, manganese and copper, cobalt carbonate, potassium iodate, sodium selenite], choline chloride, dried kelp, lecithin, rosemary extract, glucosamine hydrochloride, Yucca schidigera extract, dried Lactobacillus acidophilus, Lactobacillus casei, Enterococcus faecium, Bacillus subtilis, Bacillus licheniformis, Aspergillus oryzae and Aspergillus niger fermentation products, mixed tocopherols (a natural preservative)
Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 4.8%
Red denotes controversial item
|Estimated Nutrient Content|
|Dry Matter Basis||22%||11%||59%|
|Calorie Weighted Basis||21%||25%||54%|
The first ingredient in this dog food is corn. Now, contrary to what you may have heard, corn isn’t necessarily a bad ingredient.
On the other hand, although there’s no way to know for sure here, the corn used in making many pet foods can be similar to the kind used to make feed for livestock.
And that can sometimes be problematic.
What’s more, corn is commonly linked to canine food allergies1.
For these reasons, we rarely consider corn a preferred component in any dog food.
The second item is brown rice. Brown rice is a quality ingredient… a complex carbohydrate that (once cooked) is fairly easy to digest.
The third ingredient is pork meal. Pork meal is considered a meat concentrate and contains nearly 300% more protein than fresh pork.
The fourth item lists oatmeal… a whole-grain product made from coarsely ground oats. Oatmeal is naturally rich in B-vitamins, fiber and is also (unlike many other grains) gluten-free.
The fifth ingredient is dried 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.
Normally, we find the inclusion of beet pulp in reasonable amounts to be entirely acceptable. But at position number five on the list, this item not only dilutes the calories but also serves as a means for reducing meat content.
The sixth ingredient is chicken meal… another protein-rich meat concentrate.
The seventh 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.
The eighth ingredient is dried egg product… a dehydrated form of shell-free eggs. Quality can vary significantly. Lower grade egg product can even come from commercial hatcheries… from eggs that have failed to hatch.
In any case, eggs are easy to digest and have an exceptionally high biological value.
The ninth ingredient mentions anchovy and sardine meal… another high protein item.
The tenth ingredient is 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.
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 three notable exceptions…
First, the manufacturer appears to have applied friendly bacteria to the surface of the kibble after cooking. These special probiotics are used to enhance a dog’s digestive and immune functions.
Next, we note the inclusion of wheat germ meal… a mixture of nutritious by-products of the wheat milling process.
Even though wheat germ meal contains at least 25% protein, this plant-based ingredient will likely have only minimal impact on the protein content of this dog food.
And lastly, this food also contains chelated minerals… minerals that have been chemically attached to amino acids. This makes them easier to absorb. Chelated minerals are generally found in better dog foods.
Eagle Pack Adult Reduced Fat Dog Food
The Bottom Line
Judging by its ingredients alone, Eagle Pack Adult Reduced Fat appears to be an average dry dog food.
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.
Low protein. Low fat. And high carbohydrates… when compared to a typical dry dog food.
Like most weight control products, Eagle Pack Adult Reduced Fat isn’t just “lite” on the calories. It also appears to be light on the meat content, too.
Eagle Pack Adult Reduced Fat is primarily a grain-based dry dog food using a modest amount of pork meal as its main source of animal protein… thus earning the brand three stars.
Those looking for comparable products may wish to visit our article, Suggested Low Protein Dog Foods.
Important FDA Alert
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Notes and Updates
02/24/2010 Original review
09/27/2010 Review updated
06/21/2012 Last Update