Extreme Dog Fuel Elite Nutrition Dog Food Review (Dry)

Rating:

Extreme Dog Fuel Elite Nutrition gets the Advisor’s second-best rating of 4 stars.

The Extreme Dog Fuel Elite Nutrition product line includes the 4 dry dog foods listed below.

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

  • Extreme Dog Fuel Elite Active Dog 26-18 [U]
  • Extreme Dog Fuel Elite Pro-Athlete 30-20 (5 stars) [A]
  • Extreme Dog Fuel Elite Puppies and Active Dogs 26-17 [A]
  • Extreme Dog Fuel Elite Chicken and Brown Rice 22-12 (3.5 stars) [A]

Extreme Dog Fuel Elite Active Dog 26-18 was selected to represent the other products in the line for this review.

Extreme Dog Fuel Elite Active Dog 26-18

Dry Dog Food

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

Protein = 29% | Fat = 20% | Carbs = 43%

Ingredients: Chicken meal, brown rice, premium chicken fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols), dried green peas, sorghum, rice bran, pork meal, brewers dried yeast, fish meal, dried beet pulp (sugar removed), flaxseed, natural chicken liver flavor, canola oil, dried egg product, salt, sunflower oil, potassium chloride, calcium carbonate, hydrated sodium calcium aluminosilicate, choline chloride, zinc proteinate, iron proteinate, ferrous sulfate, vitamin E supplement, zinc sulfate, zinc oxide, manganese proteinate, manganese sulfate, copper proteinate, copper sulfate, sodium selenite, niacin supplement, biotin, calcium pantothenate, vitamin A supplement, riboflavin supplement, thiamine mononitrate, vitamin B12 supplement, glucosamine hydrochloride, chondroitin sulfate, calcium iodate, pyridoxine hydrochloride, vitamin D3 supplement, cobalt carbonate, folic acid, probiotics (dehydrated Lactobacillus acidophilus fermentation product, Lactobacillus casei fermentation product, Bifidobacterium thermophilum fermentation product, Enterococcus faecium fermentation product)

Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 3.9%

Red denotes controversial item

Estimated Nutrient Content
MethodProteinFatCarbs
Guaranteed Analysis26%18%NA
Dry Matter Basis29%20%43%
Calorie Weighted Basis24%40%36%
Protein = 24% | Fat = 40% | Carbs = 36%

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 brown rice, a complex carbohydrate that (once cooked) can be fairly easy to digest. However, aside from its natural energy content, rice is of only modest nutritional value to a dog.

The third ingredient is chicken fat. This item 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 and although it doesn’t sound very appetizing, chicken fat is actually a quality inclusion.

The next ingredient includes dried peas. Dried peas are a good source of carbohydrates. Plus they’re naturally rich in dietary fiber.

But dried peas contain about 27% protein, a factor that must be considered when judging the meat content of this dog food.

The next ingredient is sorghum. Sorghum (milo) is a starchy cereal grain with a nutrient profile similar to corn.

Since it is gluten-free and boasts a smoother blood sugar behavior than other grains, sorghum may be considered an acceptable non-meat ingredient.

The sixth ingredient is rice bran, a healthy by-product of milling whole grain rice. The bran is the fiber-rich outer layer of the grain containing starch, protein, fat as well as vitamins and minerals.

The seventh item is pork meal, another protein-rich meat concentrate.

The eighth ingredient is brewers yeast, which can be a controversial item. Although it’s a by-product of the beer making process, this ingredient is rich in minerals and other healthy nutrients.

Fans believe yeast repels fleas and supports the immune system.

Critics argue yeast ingredients can be linked to allergies. This may be true, but (like all allergies) only if your particular dog is allergic to the yeast itself.

In addition, a vocal minority insists that yeast can increase the risk of developing the life-threatening condition known as bloat. However, this is a claim we’ve not been able to scientifically verify.

In any case, unless your dog is specifically allergic to it, yeast can still be considered a nutritious additive.

What’s more noteworthy here is that brewers yeast contains about 48% protein, a factor that must be considered when judging the actual meat content of this dog food.

The ninth ingredient is 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

Unfortunately, this particular item is anonymous. Because various fish contain different types of fats, we would have preferred to have known the source species.

From here, the list goes on to include a number of other items.

But realistically, ingredients located this far down the list (other than nutritional supplements) are not likely to affect the overall rating of this product.

With 5 notable exceptions

First, we find beet pulp, which 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.

Next, flaxseed is 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.

In addition, we note the use of canola oil. Unfortunately, canola can be a controversial item. That’s because it can sometimes (but not always) be derived from genetically modified rapeseed.

Yet others cite the fact canola oil can be a significant source of essential omega-3 fatty acids.

In any case, plant-based oils like canola are less biologically available to a dog than fish oil as a source of quality omega-3 fats.

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

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.

Extreme Dog Fuel Elite Nutrition
Dog Food Review

Judging by its ingredients alone, Extreme Dog Fuel Elite Nutrition appears to be an above-average dry dog food.

The dashboard displays a dry matter protein reading of 29%, a fat level of 20% and estimated carbohydrates of about 43%.

As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 29% and a mean fat level of 19%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 45% for the overall product line.

And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 64%.

Which means this Dog Fuel product line contains…

Near-average protein. Above-average fat. And below-average carbs when compared to a typical kibble.

Even when you consider the protein-boosting effect of the dried peas, flaxseed and brewers yeast, this looks like the profile of a kibble containing a moderate amount of meat.

However, with 40% of the total calories in our example coming from fat versus just 24% from protein, some recipes may not be suitable for every animal.

Bottom line?

Extreme Dog Fuel Elite Nutrition is a grain-inclusive dry dog food using a moderate amount of named meat meal as its main source of animal protein, thus earning the brand 4 stars.

Highly recommended.

Extreme Dog Fuel Dog Food
Recall History

The following list (if present) includes all dog food recalls since 2009 directly related to Extreme Dog Fuel. If there are no recalls listed in this section, we have not yet reported any events.

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Notes and Updates

  1. Association of American Feed Control Officials

12/30/2019 Last Update