Extreme Dog Fuel Elite Nutrition (Dry)


Rating: ★★★★☆

Extreme Dog Fuel Elite Nutrition receives the Advisor’s second-highest tier rating of 4 stars.

The Extreme Dog Fuel Elite Nutrition product line includes four dry dog foods.

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.

  • Extreme Dog Fuel Elite Pro-Athlete 30-20 [A]
  • Extreme Dog Fuel Elite Active Dog 26-18 [M]
  • 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, menadione sodium bisulfite complex (source of vitamin K activity), 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 items indicate controversial ingredients

Estimated Nutrient Content
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. 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 fourth ingredient includes dried peas. Dried peas are a good source of carbohydrates. Plus they’re naturally rich in dietary fiber.

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

The fifth 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 ingredient 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 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

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 six notable exceptions

First, we find 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.

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.

Next, 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.

And lastly, this dog food includes menadione, a controversial form of vitamin K linked to liver toxicity, allergies and the abnormal break-down of red blood cells.

Since vitamin K isn’t required by AAFCO in either of its dog food nutrient profiles, we question the use of this substance in any canine formulation.

Extreme Dog Fuel Elite Nutrition Dog Food
The Bottom Line

Judging by its ingredients alone, Extreme Dog Fuel Elite Nutrition 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 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%.

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

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 plant-based dry dog food using a moderate amount of chicken meal as its main source of animal protein, thus earning the brand 4 stars.

Highly recommended.

We like this product. However, it’s unfortunate the company chose to include menadione in its recipe. For without this controversial ingredient, we would have been compelled to award this product a higher rating.

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.

Extreme Dog Fuel Dog Food
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Notes and Updates

02/09/2017 Last Update

  1. Association of American Feed Control Officials
  • Yana Freeman

    …..and by the way, no dog is going to live as long as any of us and some are prone to disease more than others. If the food you feed works for your budget and works for your pet, then no one can tell you what is best for you or your pet. As far as Vets knowing about Nutrition I don’t give them much credit when most of the foods they sell the very first ingredient is Corn! Yes, dogs need the grains, but in the wild they get them by eating other animals. In the wild they eat fur, intestines, bones and even Rabbit poop….most things none of us would imagine we’d feed them, but they know what they need! Unless your dog has a grain allergy then any food with grains is good for them. I don’t like GMO grains, but the non-GMO dog foods are too expensive.

  • Yana Freeman

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/dd3fa5ac2edf02860da23174f2a0ca3760acf8279e3eb748f7de12cd99a32d22.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/40bd8f56a1fdbfef67c42522787a6d4d2d9351c3ce72e57228a3699c050c5df0.jpg https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/2cd50aa31e568ff8a4f2e3c3ee4b66f535ef7822d3122423106e684523ff5d4c.jpg I have tried every freaking dog food on the market (wet and dry) over my lifetime of being a pet owner. As one who recently was up to 7 dogs, two Seniors and three pups I can honestly say my Vet told me if I had to feed them anything off the store shelf he recommended Purina. Well, after two died from a very aggressive Cancer I moved away from that crap!

    I went to Pure Balance Dry and it did very well, but for the price I couldn’t afford to feed it to everyone. The wet is such a low protein, but for a Dog with Kidney Stones I thought it would be a good choice over the Hill’s c/d which is filled with garbage ingredients and made my girl fat!! I called Wal Mart to ask what the % is on Calcium, Phosphorous, Magnesium and Sodium is in the Pure Balance and they couldn’t tell me. I was told they would find out and call me back, but that never happened. I then had to buy that expensive Hill’s crap because of my girl having Sturvite Stones, but I am not happy with the ingredients.

    Now, as for EXTREME 22/12 Chicken & Rice, I have all my boys on it and they are doing great! No complaints here and its more affordable than most other foods at the feed store unless you want to feed your dogs by-products (dead, diseased and dying animals)!!!

    I spoke to the Keith, the Owner of EXTREME yesterday at length and he is a man who shoots straight and doesn’t tell you what you want to hear and feed you a line of Bull. Unlike most companies he will gladly speak to his customers and answer any question you many have. He has a genuine concern for his pets as well as yours.

    My personal opinion… I am very pleased with the EXTREME DOG FUEL and go through a bag a week and all my boys (Labs) coat is smooth and shiny, they’re not overweight and they eat less of this food than the others I have fed them in the past. They are all healthy and happy. I pay $28 for a 40 lb bag at our local Farmer’s Supply. No complaints here! I give it 5 stars!!

  • Elena

    All I can say is this comment made my day!

  • Shawna

    You are probably right!! 🙁

  • beaglemom

    I think it’s just easier and cheaper to live in a bubble of blissful ignorance like this person 🙁

  • Shawna

    I would no more feed a food made with meat and bone meal and corn gluten meal etc to my dogs than I would feed my kids Swanson TV dinners every night day after day. However my dogs sleep with me and go on vacations with the family etc. I’m sure not all view their dogs in that same way. Or maybe it’s that they don’t understand the importance of nutrition?

  • Pattyvaughn

    Comparing garbage to garbage, yes, you’re right, it is cheap garbage. They do have that going for them. BTW I don’t have to feed this to my dogs to know I would never want to feed this to my dogs, I just have to read the ingredients list. This website wasn’t really designed for people who don’t care what they feed their dog. It was designed for people who do care and so far it’s the best one I’ve found.

  • LabsRawesome

    Ingredient lists don’t lie. This food is terrible.

  • HC

    I laugh at the guy making judgements on this food!!!! He didn’t feed it and text how his dogs did on it. He just read the ingredient and wrote an article telling you what it is. Well I have fed it, along with science diet and proplain and other similar dog food. So a real review is simple. When talking about 40 and 50 lbs bags, extreme dog food is one of the best I’ve seen under $40 a bag. The hunting dogs we use, are healthy, can hunt all day, day after day, have a shinny coat, firm no smelling stole etc. I order it by the pallet to get the best price. Averages around $25 per 40 when doing that. Almost Half the cost of proplain and other compairible dog foods. It’s just a nice solid food

  • Jonathan

    “Extreme dog fuel… so EXTREME, your dog will run faster, jump higher, and his bowel movements will blast holes in the Earth!”

    Advertising… that’s where I should be.


  • Antonio


    They eat it b/c their hungry LOL, dogs, wolves, coyotes, etc,, are also scavengers, I’ll take a twist from Doc Mike & Jonathan, when they say they are Omnivores w/ a carnivorous preference, the same is true about their lifestyles, they are hunters that prefer to scavenge on easy meals, but in the event they have to hunt down a prey for a meal they will. Coyotes, dogs, wolves, etcc generally spend their entire days laying around doing absolutely nothing until it’s meal time.

  • Mary

    Thank you Antonio for your help. Don’t worry my pack get alot of exercise. And I must say you have a beautiful Dobie. I had one, a black and rust female. She was the 3 year old I spoke of above. She would mind better than my children. I do love my babies and the more I think of it the more I believe I will start feeding them from home. We will be moving to Ohio in a couple of months and my husband said we were gonna start gardening since we will have a larger space. When you only have an acre for 9 dogs to play on it kind of takes away your gardening space lol. But up there we will have several acres. I do have a question if y’all don’t mind. My husband is a hunter and he has trail cams out on his food plots and corn piles and we’ve got pictures of Coyotes eating the corn, hard freakin deer corn at that. Wonder what makes them eat it? Have a wonderful day guys and gals.

  • Antonio

    man she ran over a hour at a ball??? my goodness, I’m pretty sure my Dobie would stop before getting to a hour as warm as it was outside yesterday. You know Fetch is the ultimate dog drill, you can cover so many things w/ a simple game of fetch, like obedience, conditioning, patience…. etcc..

  • Jonathan

    Noted, Antonio. Physical activity is an important factor as well. We ran poor Sadie so hard after the ball yesterday that she didn’t stop breathing hard for an hour. And she STILL wanted to play! lol

  • Antonio

    And Mary, while looking at the 4 or 5 star foods, make sure most importantly that you get the animals out for some good exercising, I can’t stress enough how important it is for animals to maintain proper conditioning while eating a balanced diet.

  • Jonathan

    Hey Mary, you asked what the best food was… oh, man, I wish I knew! There are many great foods… and finding which one is right for your pack could take some trial and error. Have a look at mike’s lists of 4-star and 5-star dog foods and see if you have any of them in your area and then do food trials. Keep in mind that kibble is the “lowest” form of dog food. Canned would be next best, then dehydrated raw, then fresh or frozen raw. So with kibble, try to find the lowest amount of carbs because carbs are the biggest part of why kibble is inferior to the other types of dog food. With the amount of dogs you have, I don’t think leaving kibble is even a practical or affordable option! Let us know what you find. 🙂

  • Antonio

    Another brand you might want to try is Pro Pac, I fed it in the past and was very pleased w/ the results as well, the only problem I ran into was the inconvenience of driving distance to the only location that carries it in Central arkansas.

  • Antonio

    Mary, I noticed that you said you were a southern girl, if so you might want to see if your Local Feed store carries Victors Dog Food http://www.victordogfood.com/, I’m located in Central Arkansas and this feed is available in my area and it has done very well w/ my dog. Also the prices are very competitive, and when it come to K9 nutrition you will find that diet and excercise COMBINED is the key, generally food alone will not sustain a animal’s health over time unless the owner takes time to maintain the dogs weight and condition. When you combine the two you increase the animals chance for healthy longevity.

  • Mary

    Unfortunately Meagan she has had many dogs and the majority of them have been hit on the highway right in front of her home. And I can see her home from my own and there is nothing worse than seeing this happen and not being able to do a thing about it. Where we live the law won’t help and we’ve just gotten a Humane Society within the last approximately year and a half. Louisiana like many states has a state wide leash law. Even if a person has 500 acres their pets are not suppose to run loose unless fenced in. But not all people abide by the law. In fact the majority of people don’t. I however do keep my dogs off the roads and out of neighbors yards. Many years ago I had a sickly girl who could not be spayed until we got her well, needless to say she came into season and a neighbors male jumped the fence and got to her and we had to find homes for 4 pups. Took a while I was extremely picky about who got them. And talk about someone worried I was gonna loose my baby she was already unwell. But she came through and about 8 months later I was able to get her spayed. But I wasn’t able to pull her through at the age of 11 when another neighbors dog made her sick. I think our move to a new state is the best for us and our pets. Living here is not good for us at all. Well I see I’m talking to much again as usual. Everyone take care and thank you Meagan I, like you, love my babies and hate to loose them for any reason.

  • Meagan

    Thank you Mary. He was my second adopted dog and I have never had to put my own pet to sleep. Hardest thing i’ve ever done. I’m sorry about your girls. I hope that neighbor didn’t get another dog. Dogs deserve the best we can give them.

  • Mary

    Thank you for the heads up. I sure would have thought with all the vet has to know about a dogs insides they would need to know what’s best to put in them. What would y’all recommend is the best dog food in your minds for every need a dog has. Digestion, bone, brain, eyes, hearing, skin, coat and anything else I may have missed. I am truely at your mercy. I want my dogs to have it good in every aspect of life for as long as they can. By the way Johnathan I do love healthy food and eat it alot, it’s just not organic and I do know what organic is and it does taste different. Heck it’s kind of like being spoiled to a particular dish your mom made when you were a kid and no one else could do it right. If I ate it all the time and got use to organic then man made fertilized food would taste nasty to me. I’ve eaten farm raised yard bird free of chemicals and didn’t like it. Reason being I’ve always eaten it from the store and it does taste different. But if I were smart and some days I do wonder about that, I would eat organic foods. My husband told me when we move he wants to start growing a garden, we will have enough room at our new place. If he does I think I’ll get him to do it organic. Then I can get use to it and maybe we can get some chickens and do our own food for the dogs. I’m not afraid to put in a bit of effort for my youngens. I will do for them before myself. Thank y’all for being so nice to me and helping like you are. I truely appreciate it. And Meagan I know we do not know each other but I am truely sorry for your loss. It’s hard, I had to put 2 of my babies down in the same day. They had all their shots every year, one was 3 years old the other 11 years old, and because my neighbor didn’t see fit to keep her sick dog at home she infected mine somehow and there was no helping them. I lost it. If not for my husband and children I would have went to jail. If nothing else you’d think people would want to keep their pets home so they would be safe and not be hit on the highway but I guess she did not care. That poor dog was at my house every day of the week, then when it got sick it came over and transmitted to mine. Needless to say that poor dog suffered and died. I did the humane thing when I was told there was nothing to be done. It’s been 3 years and I still think about my girls everyday. If y’all will be patient with me I will try to be a quick learner on this food issue I want what’s best for the pack of babies I have. And please accept my apologies if anything I have said has offeneded anyone that is not my nature. I want to make friends that will help me not the opposite. Well I hope to hear from y’all soon. Take care.

  • Meagan

    Thank you all so much. I appreciate that. I miss him so much it was bad circumstances in which it happened. I never want to have to put my own baby to sleep again. I hope my little patch can die peacefully in her sleep. Hopefully a long time from now

  • Jonathan

    Oh, man… 🙁 sorry for your loss Meagan. Dogs leave so fast, but they sure make life better in the little time we have them…

    “That’s the whole secret of life! Life…is a series of dogs.”
    -George Carlin

  • Mike P

    RIP Bolt …

  • melissa


    I am so sorry for your loss of Bolt.


  • Jonathan

    Mary, before I go about answering and/or refuting some of the above that you typed, let me assure you that if certain things I type come across as “harsh”, it is not directed at you! I am just really passionate about my disdain for bad dog food. I’m sure you are a lovely doggy momma and care about your “kids” just as much as any of us do. 🙂

    “All my vet has ever recommended to me in the past was Science Diet, Iams, Eukanuba and at the bottom is Purina…”

    Okay, right there, I need to clear something up for you, because, as well-meaning as your vet may be, and as good a vet as she may be, VETS ARE NOT ANIMAL NUTRITIONISTS. So what is so bad about Iams, Euk, SD, etc? If you don’t know anything about the evolutionary diet of the dog, then you need to be caught up, so have a look at this page…


    Okay, you back? Done reading all that? If you did, then you are now aware that dogs evolved eating nothing but meat, and their teeth, digestive system, and body all suggest a meat diet, and just because a dog “can” survive on carbs, does not mean that carbs are what’s good for dogs. Okay, so back to your vet. Why on earth does your vet recommend high-carb foods? Well, looking at the brands that she recommends, I’d say it’s what she was taught animal nutrition… by those very companies she recommends! Vets are not taught very much at all about animal nutrition, believe it or not. And the “continuing education” they receive is actually conducted by the big dog food companies that have monetary interest in using vets to sling their product. That would be like McDonald’s heading the school lunch nutrition program. See the big conflict of interests?

    “And organic food is awful, sorry if I offend anyone with that comment but I’m a down home southern country girl and food is suppose to taste good…”

    Hey, I like tasty food too. I don’t understand why you equate “organic” with “tastes bad”. All organic means is that it’s grown without chemicals and such. I defy anyone to eat a regular carrot and an organic carrot and tell me which is which. Maybe you think organic food has to be healthful? Well, you can add pork hocks to organic collard greens! Still just as tasty.

    “…if Extreme is so low quality why all 9 of my dogs do so well on it and we no longer have tummy issues with any of them.”

    The answer to this is the remarkable animal it’s being fed to! Dogs can and will survive on all types of stuff! Some foods just digest well by some dogs. I digest Wendy’s better than Burger King which always gives me heart-burn. But I’m not going to argue that one is more healthful that the other… and I don’t eat either any more.

    So, anyways, I hope you spend some time on this website and read all the articles under “article library” up at the top left and read some reviews of various foods to get an idea of why this site exists and why foods like what your vet recommends are so deficient. Have fun! 🙂

  • Meagan

    My dog does great on diamond naturals as did my sensitive stomach boy that is no longer with me. RIP BOLT MAY 17 2011

  • Mary

    I sure appreciate the answers guys. I will tell you this, my vet would kill me if I used Diamond dog food in any form. She told me to never use it. People whom I personally know use that particular Diamond had horrible times trying to keep thier dogs from having diarrhea. All my vet has ever recommended to me in the past was Science Diet, Iams, Eukanuba and at the bottom is Purina but only one of the kinds they have and right now I don’t recall which one it is. When we gave our vet a brochure on the Extreme she said it would not be at the top of her list but she would not condemn us for using it if our dogs were doing that well on it. May I ask who is doing the 4 star ratings? I thought our vets were suppose to know what was best for our dogs. I know not all vets think alike but mine is one of those that will gladly call you out if you aren’t doing right by your pet. At times I’ve thought about cooking for my dogs but heck the stuff we buy to cook is so full of steroids and mess I don’t think I’d be doing them a much better service. And organic food is awful, sorry if I offend anyone with that comment but I’m a down home southern country girl and food is suppose to taste good and to me organic is not what I consider at the top of the great taste list. I don’t want y’all to think that I am worried about expense of the dog food. If I was worried about that I wouldn’t be spending $70 a week on it, lol. I will do what my dogs need, I’ve just had such good results with this food I want to make sure before I put my babies on something else that my keep their stomaches messed up like the other foods I’ve tried. If y’all would not take this as being a smart butt question, can you explain to me if Extreme is so low quality why all 9 of my dogs do so well on it and we no longer have tummy issues with any of them. Extreme is the only dog food out of all the ones I’ve tried, and there have been more than a couple, that none of my dogs have had a problem with it. I am asking repectfully I know when reading sometimes a sentence does not seem polite. I sure appreciate getting to converse with well mannered people who try to talk to and help each other, some places people are down right ugly, it’s their way or no way, LOL. I will ask my vet about the other dog foods you mentioned all except the Diamond, I want to keep my head LOL. So thank you for that information. Well I think I’ve filled the page enough, thanks for your help and support. Hope to hear from you soon. Y’all take care for now.

  • Bob K

    Mary – There are many affordable 4 star dog foods on the market including: Diamond Natural (4), Kirkland (4 Star at Costco), Healthwise (4), Whole Earth Farms (4), Annamet (4), Premium Edge (4). Most have websites that list where the food can be purchased. You can frequently get 40lbs. of Diamond Natural at Menards for around $26.00. Remember to seperate the fact from fiction along with creative marketing. Some of the large name brand dog foods you list are 2 or maybe 3 stars that you pay a premium for. You can do better and save money at the sametime.

  • Jonathan

    Mary, the thing I said about the bag was meant to be comical. I could care less about advertising and bag design.. it was a joke. I do, personally, think this food deserves two stars rather than one, as it is no worse than Sportmix. But still, just two stars. Maybe their chicken by-products are the “better quality” parts they mention in the video, but do they explain the reason for the generic “meat and bone meal”? Or the “corn gluten meal”? Those are the ingredients I am most disturbed by. Also, you mention Hill’s and Iams… they are two star foods as well. Have you ever tried better foods? Spend some time on this site and read up on the 3 and 4-star foods. Some of them are pretty cheap, too.

  • Mary

    I have used Extreme Dog Fuel for 2 years now and have a question about the low quality. My husband and I have several dogs and at one time, by the time it came time to go through the yard with a shovel and bucket it was an awful odor. When we started using the Extreme the odor was practically non existant, and the house dogs had very little to almost no gas. I saw the video on how the food was made and it showed the chicken and said there were no feet, feathers, beaks and such used. Only the chicken meat and innards. I know it could have been false statements but if so then the vet on the video should be held accountable for his part in a low quality food being held up as high quality. He even stated in the video he sold the food at his clinic. I checked and the vet on the video is the real deal, before anyone decides to say maybe he was an actor. I know of law enforcement agencies that use it for their K9 units. I have even had friends use it and it made their dogs do better. One friend has a dog that kept a loose stool and now it’s firm and his coat which was falling out is growing much better and he looks great. Maybe this food isn’t for every dog but what food is. I have tried the Science Diet and Iams and my dogs stayed with gas and their potty was awful. I know it isn’t suppose to smell like roses but is it hurting anything for their bowel movements not to smell so strong? Or for the dogs to not have so much gas. I don’t want to keep using a food that may damage my dogs in the long run and I’d rather deal with the nasty smell than hurt them. But so far my dogs do great with it. And as far as the look of the bag that’s just vanity to need to purchase a pretty bag. The dogs don’t care what the bag looks like it’s not like they are going to eat it. And as far as the name, we all need fuel of one kind or another to keep going. Vehicles need gas. We need proper nutrition so do our loving pets. So if you keep your mind open the name makes perfect sense. The dog food was originally the product and baby of Field Trial Hunters that wanted the dogs they had to be able to go longer in life and not be retired so early from the hunting trials. But as I stated I want to do the best for my dogs so I will talk to my vet and see what she suggest.

  • Meagan

    I would think the bag art would have gas tank or something on it, FUEL, really LOL.

  • Jonathan

    You know, this food may need a second look, Mike. It kinda looks like a two star food. It doesn’t necessarily look “worse” than Sportsmix or Rachael Ray which are two star foods… but is does look “better” than Dog Chow or Beneful. Of course, this is all relative, as these are all “not recommended” foods, anyways. 🙂

  • Sean

    All I can say is that with a name like Extreme Dog Fuel, I expected a much higher quality product, who would have guessed it would be so low quality.

  • Jonathan

    Every time I see the name of this dog food, I imagine the bag art being a mean looking, snarling, cartoon bulldog with his head bursting through some sort of tough looking metal cage and a caption that says “fuel so extreme… your dog will be… EXTREME!” But then I found their web page and was grossly disappointed to see they have a very generic bag. Oh well.