Kibbles ‘n Bits Bistro Meals (Dry)


Rating: ☆☆☆☆☆

This Review Has Been Merged with
Kibbles ‘n Bits (Dry)

Kibbles ‘n Bits Bistro Meals dry dog food gets the Advisor’s lowest rating of 1 star.

The Kibbles ‘n Bits Bistro Meals product line includes just two dry dog foods.

Since we could not locate AAFCO nutritional adequacy statements for these products on the Kibbles ‘n Bits website, we’re unable to report life stage recommendations.

The following is a list of recipes available at the time of this review.

  • Kibbles ‘n Bits Bistro Meals Grilled Chicken Flavor
  • Kibbles ‘n Bits Bistro Meals Oven-Roasted Beef Flavor

Kibbles ‘n Bits Bistro Meals Oven-Roasted Beef Flavor was selected to represent both products in the line for this review.

Kibble 'n Bits Bistro Meals Oven Roasted Beef

Dry Dog Food

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

Protein = 23% | Fat = 10% | Carbs = 59%

Ingredients: Corn, soybean meal, beef and bone meal, ground wheat flour, animal fat (BHA used as preservative), wheat middlings, corn syrup, water sufficient for processing, animal digest (source of roasted flavor), propylene glycol, salt, apple, hydrochloric acid, potassium chloride, caramel color, vegetable medley (peas, carrots & green beans), sorbic acid (used as a preservative), sodium carbonate, minerals (ferrous sulfate, zinc oxide, manganous oxide, copper sulfate, calcium iodate, sodium selenite), choline chloride, vitamins (vitamin E supplement, vitamin A supplement, niacin supplement, d-calcium pantothenate, riboflavin supplement, pyridoxine hydrochloride, thiamine mononitrate, vitamin D3 supplement, folic acid, biotin, vitamin B12 supplement), titanium dioxide (color), calcium sulfate, red 40 lake, yellow 5, red 40, BHA (used as a preservative), blue 2 lake, yellow 6 lake, blue 1, dl methionine, yellow 6

Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 4.9%

Red items indicate controversial ingredients

Estimated Nutrient Content
Guaranteed Analysis19%8%NA
Dry Matter Basis23%10%59%
Calorie Weighted Basis22%23%56%
Protein = 22% | Fat = 23% | Carbs = 56%

The first ingredient in this dog food is corn. Corn is an inexpensive and controversial cereal grain of only modest nutritional value to a dog.

For this reason, we do not consider corn a preferred component in any dog food.

The second ingredient is soybean meal. Soybean meal is actually a useful by-product. It’s what remains of soybeans after all the oil has been removed.

Soybean meal contains 48% protein. However, compared to meat, this item is considered an inferior plant-based protein providing a lower biological value.

The third ingredient includes beef and bone meal… a dry rendered product from (beef) tissues, including bone, exclusive of blood, hair, hoof, horn, hide trimmings, manure, stomach and rumen contents”.1

Beef and bone meal has a lower biological value than most other meat meals.

Scientists believe this decreased protein quality may be due to the ingredient’s higher ash and lower essential amino acid content.2

On the brighter side, beef and bone meals are meat concentrates and contain nearly 300% more protein than fresh meat.

In any case, beef and bone meal is not considered a better quality dog food ingredient.

The fourth ingredient is wheat. Wheat is another problematic grain and subject to the same issues as corn (previously discussed).

The fifth ingredient is animal fat. Animal fat is a generic by-product of rendering, the same high-temperature process used to make meat meals.

Since there’s no mention of a specific animal, this item could come from almost anywhere: roadkill, spoiled supermarket meat, dead, diseased or dying cattle — even euthanized livestock.

What’s worse, this fat is preserved with BHA… a suspected cancer-causing agent.

We do not consider generic animal fat (especially when preserved in this way) a quality ingredient.

The sixth ingredient lists wheat middlings… commonly known as “wheat mill run”. Though it may sound wholesome, wheat mill run is actually an inexpensive by-product of cereal grain processing.

In reality, middlings are nothing more than milling dust and floor sweepings.

The seventh ingredient is corn syrup. Corn syrup consists mainly of glucose… a sugar capable of causing an unhealthy rise in a dog’s blood sugar.

The eighth ingredient is water… which (of course) adds nothing but moisture to this food.

The ninth ingredient is animal digest. Animal digest is a chemically hydrolyzed concoction of unspecified body parts… from unspecified animals. This product is usually sprayed onto the surface of a dry kibble to improve its taste.

The tenth ingredient mentions the controversial food moisturizer, propylene glycol. Propylene glycol has been banned by the FDA for use in making cat food.

But it can still be found to this day in lower quality dog foods.

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, We’re always disappointed to find artificial coloring in any dog food.

Coloring is used to make the product more appealing to you… not your dog. After all, do you really think your dog cares what color his kibble is?

Next, we find no mention of probiotics… friendly bacteria applied to the surface of the kibble after processing.

And lastly, the minerals listed here do not appear to be chelated. And that can make them more difficult to absorb. Non-chelated minerals are usually associated with lower quality dog foods.

Kibbles ‘n Bits Bistro Meals Dry Dog Food
The Bottom Line

Judging by its ingredients alone, Kibbles ‘n Bits Bistro Meals looks to be a below-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.

The dashboard displays a dry matter protein reading of 23%, a fat level of 10% and estimated carbohydrates of about 59%.

As a pair, the brand features an average protein content of 23% and a mean fat level of 10%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 59% for the overall product line.

Below-average protein. Low fat. And above-average carbs when compared to a typical dry dog food.

In addition, when you consider the protein-boosting effect of the soybean meal, this looks like the profile of a kibble containing only a limited amount of meat.

Bottom line?

Kibbles ‘n Bits Bistro Meals is a corn-based dry kibble using only a limited amount of beef and bone meal as its main source of animal protein… thus earning the brand 1 star.

Not recommended.

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Notes and Updates

05/21/2011 Original review

05/16/2012 Last Update

  1. Adapted by the Dog Food Advisor and based upon the official definition for beef published by the Association of American Feed Control Officials, 2008 Edition
  2. Shirley RB and Parsons CM, , Effect of Ash Content on Protein Quality of Meat and Bone Meal, Department of Animal Sciences, University of Illinois, Poultry Science, 2001 80: 626-632
  • If you search in the forum area, there should be a list of budget friendly foods or conversations that contain a list. For some dogs, a slow upgrade can be less dramatic on their GI system. Start in the 3-4 star categories and then 4.5 and higher.

  • Crazy4dogs

    Hi flower,
    Whatever you switch to, do a very slow transition since this is a very low meat food. Also, a spoon of pure pumpkin added to the food will help the transition and help firm up the stools. I’m assuming you got a rescue dog. If the stools stay smelly and soft, you might want to have a stool sample run. Rescues sometimes have other issues besides bad food.
    Some of the budget friendly ones that get good ratings are, in no particular order: Whole Earth Farms, Propac Ultimates, Victor, Pure Balance, Earthborn Holistic, Fromm. They vary in price. You can also look up 4-5 star foods on DFA. If you go to a pet store, they usually have samples so you can find out what your dog likes. Good luck on the switch!

  • flower

    Wow I didn’t realize how bad this stuff is! We just got our dog about a month ago, she will be 2 years old in October, and we believe she is a German Shepard/Border Collie mix. What would be a cost-friendly food to switch her to? Right now she has very smelly stool, and it looks maybe a little soft. She’s very active. I was looking at Taste of the Wild, any suggestions?

  • theBCnut

    For a dog with seizures, you want to eliminate as many chemicals from his life as possible, so making homemade food is the best way to go. Also get rid of chemical cleaners, pesticides, fertilizers, herbicides, scented candles, air freshners, etc. Good luck with your dog. Figuring out things that trigger seizures can be tough.

  • Jenna Nicole Brennan

    My dogs have been on this dog food since puppies and now they are both 6. My pit bull started having seizures and the vet suggested a change of food. I came into a pinch when researching different diets and ran out of food and went to the market and got abound dog food…which was really not that much more and they loved it. I did my research and it received three and a half stars. even though I love this new dog food I am convened I am going to start making my own ( a raw diet) so I know what I am feeding them. Be careful what you feed your dogs, they are like family. Also, there are really inespesive receips on home made dog treats and dog food out there. I made peanut butter and vanilla yogurt treats and froze them in ice trays….my dog loves them!

  • LabsRawesome

    Hi Tracy. What are you feeding your other dog? If you want I can recommend some healthy 4 and 5 star foods that are budget friendly. Just let me know.

  • Crazy4cats

    I am very sorry to hear about your dog. He was very beautiful. I’m glad you found this site so you can feed your new pup with more healthy food. I know I’ve learned a lot and wish I knew better with my previous pets. Welcome!

  • Tracy Grosso Flanagan

    I’ve been feeding this to my dog for my years only bought the beef flavor switched it up to the chicken flavor in the beginning of the month and on the 13th my dog had a black tarry bloody diarrhea, severely dehydrated and very sick. We had to put him to sleep(he was almost 10 yo). Wow I never knew all this disgusting stuff that these Big Brand name Companies put into our pets foods. I am more cautious now with the other pup we have in the house. We as ppl need to speak up for our pets since they can’t do it for themselves. I am appalled at what is put into our pets foods. I will NEVER EVER buy a pet food product from China, they eat dogs and are a very disgusting ppl. RIP Oe! 8.13.2014

  • B. Scott

    Bought this new food since my dog is such a picky eater…he loves it…HOWEVER…it must have a lot of salt or sugar in it because he drinks, drinks, drinks water…from not even 1 bowl of water a day to several…and I finally narrowed it down to that was the only thing different in his diet. Have 1 unopened bag that goes back today and back to PetSmart for better quality food!

  • Deanna Brown

    Here i been feeding that dog food fot four yrs here now my dog is sick she has pancreasts hav e to take meds for life

  • me :3

    Yea I saw this in our 10 year old bassest hound. we used to buy iams but my dog barley ate it we defitly need to swish the food I’m telling my mom about this in the morning. I just hope nothing else is wrong but other than that he seems OK his getting up the stairs he sesmless less playfull but I gess that’s what happens in older dogs. But I hope he’s OK because currintly he does not have a vet we have to find him another one but for now he has to do with out.

  • Hollywog1975

    There better not be any problems from this food or this company will be paying for it. My dogs are like my kids and I always thought this was a good alternative to the high end dog food I had always fed them. I lost my job and had to go with a less expensive brand. Thinking I have put them in danger makes me sick and this company should be ashamed of themselves. I am sorry to you all on here who have lost your babies.

  • Hollywog1975

    All 3 of my dogs eat the Bistro Meal and have had no problems, but I am going straight to the store and getting them Nutro. It may cost 3 times as much, but it is worth it. I had no idea this was so bad.

  • Snoogie2

    Our 10 year old lab mix started experiencing lameness within a matter of hours after eating the Kibbles & Bits Bistro Meals (dry).  Luckily we figured out that it was the food and caught it very early and quit feeding it to her. A lady that my husband works with had the same problem after feeding it to her dog, hers got so bad that they had to carry it up and down the stairs because it couldn’t do it by itself. They were also lucky to save their dog. So please do not feed your dog this brand of dog food.  I went to their FaceBook page and posted a comment on their about my problem with their food and they contacted me back.  They were VERY apologetic and concerned.  They stated that anytime you suspect food is causing a problem you should contact the maker of that food.  I encourage all of you to do the same…. their phone number is 1-800-252-7022.

  • Busdriverbabe67

    I just lost my 2 1/2 year old Bull Mastiff and they are investigating the dog food because we believe it is related. Both of my dogs got sick and the 8 year old mixed breed is still fighting for his life as I write this.

  • Slodee

    my daughter has been feeding this to her bull terrier for the past few months, there are no ill effects, I just got tired of cleaning up Huge piles of Poop, which means of course it is full of fillers. I am using the remaining food as treats when playing.

  • Queen Misty

    I just got some kibbles n bits for my dog to night and they love it so if everything go’s well I will continue to purchase kibbles n bits

  • Shawna

    I bet it’s the sugar (corn syrup)..  Who doesn’t love sugary foods :)…  Good luck!!  You may have to be creative in order to get him to change.  Sugar is very addicting..

  • Littlemuskrat135

    My dog loves this stuff but i have to change him to a better quilty product!

  • Mike P

    This food gives Ol Roy some stiff competition as the worst food on the market. Amazing I just looked at the ingredients list in this toxic waste.I got loose stools just from reading it.

  • Ms Gorilla

    I just bought it as well and my dogs are having runny stools!

  • monica

    This food is disgusting don’t buy it I bought it for my dogs in they have had diarrhea and have been puking for the past 3 days it makes dogs sick
    They need recall all the food

  • Guest

    We bought this food in a pinch and have never purchased it since. After 2 feedings of this, my elderly chow mix started having vomiting and diarreah. She was 15 and never seemed to bounce back even though we immediately took her off of this food at first sight of problems. She had a malignent tumor that we were letting her live with until she was no longer comfortable in this world. Then she she got sick from this food and went downhill QUICKLY, passing 4 days after her first feeding. I am not blaming the food for her passing, however, I can’t help but feel that had she not been so sick from the food, she may have had longer to live. Seemed like being sick from the food was the last straw for her and she gave up her fight. ALL DOGFOOD IS NOT THE SAME! Please read up on it and educate yourself.

  • Gordon

    My goodness annettemb. Doesn’t it drive you nuts how these manufacturers get away with concocting these poisons (so called dog food)?

    Be aware of those brands that state they contain “beef and bone meal” in particular due to the very real likelihood, they are using euthanised cattle in their production. And that also means dogs eating this array of toxic substances are also ingesting some traces of pentobarbital. One of the common chemicals they use to euthanise animals.

  • annettemb

    We have been using Bistro Meals since it came out.   As soon as we started using it, our 3 cairn terriers (ages 3, 14, 15) started experiencing lameness.  We could never understand what was going on with our dogs, especially since the young one was experiencing it as well.   We have switched to Taste of The Wild, and all symptoms have disappeared.   I had no idea that I was poisoning my dogs. 

  • Anonymous

    Okay.  I just had to register I guess.

  • Anonymous

    Let’s see: is it working now??

  • Anna

    My 13.5 year old dog is doing well on this right now, thank God.

  • Patrick

    Propylene Glycol?!?! I should call K & B to let them know that I have about half a gallon of anti-freeze hanging around in my garage that they can use. Holy cow, “Craptacular” is not even good enough to describe this industrial strength garbage.

  • Hi Jean… Your wish is my command. Your already on a website that’s all about stars and ratings. Just click one of the links at the top and side of the page to read our reviews. Enjoy. 🙂

  • Jean

    It does not look good but I wonder then how it compares to other dog foods. If in fact they are similar. It would be nice if there was a star system on the bag that shows the rating of that dog food. Such as consumer reports etc.

  • Ray

    Obviously calling it Bistro doesn’t improve on the content in the least.

  • Jonathan

    My god. This is just… just awful.