Kibbles ‘n Bits (Dry)


Rating: ★☆☆☆☆

Kibbles ‘n Bits Dog Food receives the Advisor’s lowest tier rating of 1 star.

The Kibbles ‘n Bits product line includes 11 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.

  • Kibbles ‘n Bits Beefy Bits [A]
  • Kibbles ‘n Bits Small Breed [A]
  • Kibbles ‘n Bits American Grill [M]
  • Kibbles ‘n Bits Light and Tasty [M]
  • Kibbles ‘n Bits Bistro Small Breed [A]
  • Kibbles ‘n Bits Homestyle Grilled Beef [A]
  • Kibbles ‘n Bits Homestyle Roasted Chicken [A]
  • Kibbles ‘n Bits Bistro Grilled Chicken Flavor [A]
  • Kibbles ‘n Bits Hearty Harvest Roasted Beef [A]
  • Kibbles ‘n Bits Bistro Oven Roasted Beef Flavor [A]
  • Kibbles ‘n Bits Original Savory Beef and Chicken Flavors [A]

Kibble ‘n Bits Original Savory Beef and Chicken Flavors was selected to represent the other products in the line for this review.

Kibbles 'n Bits Original Savory Beef and Chicken Flavors

Dry Dog Food

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

Protein = 23% | Fat = 15% | Carbs = 54%

Ingredients: Corn, soybean meal, beef and bone meal, ground wheat, animal fat (BHA used as preservative), corn syrup, wheat middlings, water sufficient for processing, animal digest (source of chicken flavor), propylene glycol, salt, hydrochloric acid, potassium chloride, caramel color, peas, sorbic acid (used as a preservative), sodium carbonate, minerals (ferrous sulfate, zinc oxide, manganous oxide, copper sulfate, calcium iodate, sodium selenite), 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), choline chloride, calcium sulfate, wheat flour, carrots, green beans, titanium dioxide (color), yellow 5, yellow 6, red 40, BHA (used as a preservative), blue 1, dl-methionine

Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 4.9%

Red items indicate controversial ingredients

Estimated Nutrient Content
Guaranteed Analysis19%12%NA
Dry Matter Basis23%15%54%
Calorie Weighted Basis21%31%48%
Protein = 21% | Fat = 31% | Carbs = 48%

The first ingredient in this dog food is corn. Corn is an inexpensive and controversial cereal grain. And aside from its energy content, this grain is 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, a by-product of soybean oil production more commonly found in farm animal feeds.

Although soybean meal contains 48% 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 actual meat content of this dog food.

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 may have 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 cereal 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 pets.

For this reason, we do not consider generic animal fat a quality ingredient.

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

The sixth ingredient is corn syrup. Corn syrup is a glucose-rich, high-calorie item of questionable nutritional value to a dog.

The seventh ingredient includes 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.

Unfortunately, the variations in nutrient content found in wheat middlings can be a critical issue in determining their suitability for use in any dog food — or even livestock feeds.3

In reality, wheat middlings are nothing more than milling dust and floor sweepings — and an ingredient more typically associated with lower quality pet foods.

The eighth ingredient is water, which adds nothing but moisture to this food. Water is a routine finding in most canned dog foods.

The ninth ingredient is animal digest. Animal digest is a chemically hydrolyzed mixture of animal by-products that is typically sprayed onto the surface of a dry kibble to improve its taste.

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 seven notable exceptions

First, this product contains the controversial food moisturizer, propylene glycol. Propylene glycol has been banned by the FDA for use in making cat food.

However, it can still be found in some commercial dog foods.

Next, we’re always disappointed to find artificial coloring in any pet food. That’s because coloring is used to make the product more appealing to humans — not your dog. After all, do you really think your dog cares what color his food is?

This includes titanium dioxide, a white coloring agent. Although most claim the pigment to be a safe food additive, one international agency4 has classified titanium dioxide as a “Group 2B carcinogen” possibly linked to cancer in humans.

This recipe also contains caramel, a natural coloring agent made by caramelizing carbohydrates. It’s used by pet food manufacturers to impart a golden brown tint to the finished product.

However, the concentrated version of this ingredient commonly known as caramel coloring has been more recently considered controversial and found to cause cancer in laboratory animals.5

In addition, we find 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.

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

We also note that 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.

And lastly, this food is preserved with BHA, a suspected cancer-causing agent.

Kibbles ‘n Bits Dog Food
The Bottom Line

Judging by its ingredients alone, Kibbles ‘n Bits Dog Food looks like a below-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 23%, a fat level of 15% and estimated carbohydrates of about 54%.

As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 24% and a mean fat level of 12%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 56% for the overall product line.

And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 48%.

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

When you consider the protein-boosting effect of the soybean meal and peas, this looks like the profile of a dry product containing a limited amount of meat.

Bottom line?

Kibbles ‘n Bits is a plant-based dry dog food using a limited amount of beef-and-bone meal or meat-and-bone meal as its main sources of animal protein, thus earning the brand 1 star.

Not 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.

Kibbles ‘n Bits Dog Food
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Notes and Updates

09/29/2016 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
  3. Wheat Middlings as defined in an article by Wikipedia
  4. International Agency for Research on Cancer
  5. Consumer Reports February 2014
  • LabsRawesome

    In the 7 years you fed this, did you ever read the ingredients? I mean come on, it’s called Kibble’s n bits. That is like saying you fed your kids froot loops because you thought they were healthy, and the manufacturer cared what your kids ate. Seriously?

  • Denise Tompkins

    this food is like feeding Hershey Bars! Assumed company had dogs health in mind. wrong again Shouldn’t be allowed to put corn syrup in food. In fact it shouldn’t be in human food either.

  • Hound Dog Mom

    Well, the company shouldn’t have to reimburse your veterinary dental bills because you failed to read the ingredient list. That’s like feeding your kid chocolate bars everyday, having their teeth rot out then saying Hershey’s should refund your for your child’s dental bills.

  • Denise Tompkins

    The public needs to know not to buy or feed this product to their dogs. The only sugar or corn syrup my dog ate is in this food.

  • Hound Dog Mom

    Hi Denise –

    Feeding a particular food doesn’t cause a dog’s teeth to rot – not providing proper dental care does. You should be brushing your dog’s teeth at least 3 times per week and/or bringing the dog in for regular dental cleanings at the veterinarian’s. Not defending the quality of this food because it’s a low quality food, but a dog will have poor dental health on any food if the owner doesn’t care for their teeth.

  • Denise Tompkins

    Thanks to your dog food my chi weiney has a mouth full of rotten teeth. She is 7 years old and ate nothing but your food since puppy chow. I should be compensated for all vet bills concerning her mouth.

  • shannoncookie

    Lol true!!

  • Pattyvaughn

    Actually, I think this is probably worse than McDonalds by a good shot with its food dyes, BHA, and questionable “meat” sources. This actually makes eating McDonalds look very healthy. This might be more comparable to feeding your child a diet of Laffy Taffy with some road kill and poison thrown in for good measure.

  • Pam c

    Instead of putting other people down maybe you should read up on how bad this food is. It’s like feeding McDonald’s to your dog every day. Just because Fido thinks kibbles and bits is delicious does not make it healthy.

    What’s worse is your dog doesn’t have a choice on what he eats. He’s limited to what you put in his bowl. So in that respect you should think of his like a child that is depending on you for care. I really hope you wouldn’t consider feeding a kid a diet of fast food & junk food.

  • Beth Knuth

    Good response Inked Marie! I agree.

  • InkedMarie

    A dog loving a food doesn’t mean anything. This is a horrible food. If you must shop at a grocery store, pick up a bag of Pro Plan, Purina ONE, Iams or Eukanuba, they’re not great foods but IMO, better than Kibbles & Bits.

  • Real

    I feed my chocolatelab libels n bits and he lovesit I have tried everything
    So all of you that tolk about all kind of fentsy brands you should get a life

  • Dana

    Thank you for talking some sense!!! Food is medicine.

  • Taco

    Try Purina One Beyond. My 13 yr old chihuahua loves it and is noticeably restored with energy. Also throw in half a Gloucosimine dog tablet every few days. Unfortunately my Mom got my dog this K&B garbage for Christmas & he won’t eat it, like yours he just lays there, its sad. I gotta throw it away.

  • Carlyn

    I’d make sure to avoid Kibbles n’ Bits… You really want to avoid ANY dog food that is “big name” and “flashy”. Take a minute to flip the bag over and read the ingredients.

    If you don’t have time to see the food’s review on this website, then at least check the ingredients and make sure of the following: Meat is #1 (not by-product), and that there are other good meat-sources. Make sure there isn’t any corn, wheat, or soy. Try to avoid foods with any sugar sources (like corn syrup), and avoid dyes and salt whenever you can…

    You will find yourself spending a bit more on the food. The reward is priceless though: Give him a 4-5 star food, and I guarantee he’ll seem a few YEARS younger in just a couple months. You’ll also be feeding less food, he’ll make less waste, and he won’t stink or itch nearly as much.

  • Carlyn

    Hi Shandra,

    The most affordable and fairly-quality food I’ve found so far has been Nutra Nuggets. (Be sure to get the Lamb & Rice formula, as Lamb is the first ingredient) It is 3-3.5 stars, and it’s usually only 25$ for 40lb bags. I’m sure you wouldn’t need to get the giant bags if you have tiny dogs, though.
    I can’t afford much more than that as I have 3 big dogs who eat a LOT.

    I really recommend switching to something that is at least 3-4 stars on this website…

  • Hound Dog Mom

    Hi Shandra –

    Where do you shop for food? If you go to Walmart they have a pretty decent food called “Pure Balance.” It’s fairly new. You may want to give that a go instead of the kibbles ‘n bits. Good luck.

  • Shandra

    Bought this dog food and my 2 year old Chihuahua/Papillon Mix throws it up. i gave it a couple weeks but she will pick out the little red balls in the small breed mix and if i don’t refill their bowl she will eat them because that is what is left and throw it up within the next few hours. Now her brother which is 6 months older than her has no problems. I will have to switch brands.

  • Diana

    I would also suggest getting of chicken. Try Nutri Source Pure Vita Duck & Oatmeal, Salmon & Potato, Bison, Salmon & Berries and/or Turkey & Berries.
    To transition a dog over night, give some canned pumpkin (not already made pie filling)

  • Lindsey Masewicz

    Just like some people have good fox-o Genes I’m sure some dogs do as well.

    However, the correlation of one dog living longer does not equal the causation that this is a high quality food. With that being said many people report this food giving their dog seizures, and well, max died of seizures

    Not that we can say for any certainty still that it is the food, since we don’t know what exactly is in the food that would be causing it. Still generally speaking, dogs live longer on healthy food just like people do, so I still wouldn’t consider feeding a dog kibbles n bits.

  • mward1993

    Karen, you could completely resolve this problem by changing to a healthy diet. My old dog had the same issues on kibbles and bits and when we switched it was like night and day. His fur was actually pleasant to touch. Before it was horribly scaly and greasy with huge chunks of missing fur (he was a chow, so thats saying something)
    My current dog was rescued from a back yard breeder who says he fed Ol’ Roy (when she got food) and she had a whole body staph infection along with mange. She was recovered in 2-3 weeks from meds, baths, and a healthy food.

  • Amy Lovesanimals

    Steroids are usually given as a last resort due to the harmful physical and psychological side effects they may cause. They do work quickly and are very potent in treating skin issues, allergies & inflammation, but they lower immune systems so those treated with them have less ability to fight off infection. I’m really surprised that your vet has not recommended a different food for your dog, as any reputable vet would encourage their clients to feed their pets a healthy diet, and would suggest that your dogs skin condition may be alleviated by feeding him properly. Could it be that he/she would rather make money from the suffering of your pet?

  • Betsy Greer

    Hi Karen,

    I would get your poor dachshund off of the Kibbles & Bits right away and on to a quality food.

    Taking steroids everyday is definitely not the answer. He’s likely having a reaction to something in the food and while he may possibly be having some sort of autoimmune response to something, why not control what you can and possibly remove the stimuli rather than simply mask the symptoms with steroids.

    Sorry to be so blunt, but Kibbles & Bits is a terrible food and has nothing but, unhealthful junk in it. If cost is an issue, there are good quality foods that are affordable and would definitely be a step up from the K & B.

  • Karen Mohr

    Lara, My Dashound has a yeast infection that started on his paws and is on his face, mouth, chest, & ears. The vet thought he had a auto immune skin disease and gave him a steroid. That’s it!! {King} takes it daily. This yeast infection Is from switching to Kibbles and bits. We feed him and his brother {Hershey}Dog chow up until then. We have been using Sargent’s HOT SPOTS and it is working!! For 3 days after seeing the vet we did noting and King was eating himself!! biting and scratching. I gave him 1 baby aspirin during that time and now he has had blood in his stool for 3 days. I will talk to a vet tomorrow. any advice?

  • Karen Mohr

    Lara, I have a 18 lb dog that has a yeast infection from I think eating Kibbles and bits. can you give me some advice, He also has bleed in his stool.

  • Lara

    Vet dog foods are crap too. Your dogs are addicted to the sugar and crap in this food. If my kids only wanted Mcdonalds, would I give it to them? NO Most likely your dogs are ticking time bombs waiting to go off.

    Silly BYBs bragging about their inferior cheap food …

  • Lara

    Dont bother with Science Diet, while it is a somewhat better food it is WAY overpriced for what you are getting. Look into foods like Wellness Core, Merrick Grain Free, Natural Balance, Acana Regionals, Orijen, Blue Buffalo Wilderness or even Kirkland Dog Food if price is an issue – all are much better than Science Diet.

  • Lara

    Feed a higher quality food. Look at the four or five star ratings and you will find some great options. Your dog’s breed can easily live to be 15+ years, so it is important you feed a good food. I suggest Blue Buffalo Wilderness, Acana Regional, Wellness Core, or Orijen. Do a slow switch from one food to another, over 10-14 days. Her energy will improve within weeks.

  • shelby

    i have a chihuahuas also and i feed him kibbles and bits but he has no life to him just lays around not playful at all but he is old and i need to feed him something to make him happy he is full blood chihuahua can some one help me in what i need to do.

  • Pattyvaughn

    Try just adding an egg a day to her diet. Give it to her boiled one day and raw the next. That is an inexpensive way to give her diet a boost and eggs are easy to digest. In fact you could start by just giving her 1/2 of a boiled egg for a few days first. When you can afford better food, just give her a few pieces each day for a week, then a quarter cup for a week, and so on. If she ever shows any sign of distress, go back to a lesser amount for longer. Find out if she can tolerate a little yogurt. Just a spoonful of plain yogurt will give her some much needed probiotics.

  • Cyndi Boone

    Thanks. Our other older dog can eat anything without any issues. When we could afford to feed more expensive foods, I would feed Science Diet i/d for her and the Science Diet r/d for our older lab/mix. Abbey is a German Shepherd/ Shar Pei mix, by the way.

  • Cyndi Boone

    I think we tried over a few weeks to slowly introduce her to a new food. The vet suggested a very slow approach, but after getting the bloody diarrhea, she suggested we just stick with what works. I was disappointed, as I was trained as a Vet Assistant and did a lot of study on dog food under one of my teachers – she fed raw, but suggested other more natural foods. But Abbey has always had some issues – the vet suspected some sort of allergy, but unsure what to. We currently can’t afford to make a huge switch – hubby has been out of work since Sept 2012, so hopefully once we get back on our feet we can start adding some things to her diet to help.

  • beaglemom

    Please stick around Cyndi. We are happy to help you do whatever it takes to get your dog off of this garbage asap.

  • Pattyvaughn

    Her body no longer knows how to process or tolerate anything else. For a dog like this, you have to give them extra support in other ways, like adding pumpkin, digestive enzymes and probiotics. Even if you just add small amounts of a different food and stay with just small amounts it would do her a lot of good nutritionally. How long did you take trying to transition her to the new food?

  • Cyndi Boone

    I have a dog who gets bloody diarrhea often full of mucous if I feed her anything but Kibbles n Bits. I don’t know why…but since it works for her, that is what we try to feed. I had thought she would do better on a higher quality dog food, but for her it just makes her miserable. Even with a slow transition.

  • Shortysheree

    my sister has a 9 year old border collie/golden retriever/basset hound cross that has eaten kibbles and bits her entire life and is 100% healthy, a 4 year old german shephard/husky who is 100% healthy and i have a 3 year old boston terrier who just had her check up at the vet as i will be breeding her in the spring of 2014. for the german and my boston terrier Kibbles n Bits is the ONLY dog food they can eat due to allergies. my vet said to not switch my dog off of it due to her allergies and also that my boston is 100% healthy. each dog is different but these 3 cannot eat anything other then Kibbles n Bits. they are even allergic to the vet dog foods.



  • Skeptic
  • Patrick check out Blue Buffalo – more natural, healthier, more wholesome ingredients

  • JellyCat

    I’m glad to hear your doggies love the new food.

    Rotating foods is best and not all good foods are expensive. If you are interested in finding good foods for the price of Rachel Ray – just ask. There are so many knowledgeable members.

    I’m in Canada and prices here are a bit different so it is hard for me to know how much is Rachel Ray grain free is in USA.

    Good luck 🙂

  • Julia

    Hi Cat, we’ve been doing exactly what you said. We’ve been mixing the food and actually we’ve come to see that our dogs really enjoy Rachel Ray Zero Grain- It has four stars but they still really enjoy it to the point we just gave them it the second time *yesterday last night we gave them it for dinner, today this morning we gave them it for breakfast* and mixed in with the kibbles N bits, they ate all the Rachel Ray up! They didn’t even dare touch the Kibbles N Bits! I was surprised! So today, tonight, we’re gonna give them Rachel Ray in their bowls for their evening meal. I might just give them a variety of foods someday like, rotate their foods by simply mixing the food, and who knows I might add in a little raw meat into their diet someday? Who knows. I hope I can somehow someday but this new food is doing well with them and if my mom agrees to buy more ‘expensive’ food for them in the future then hopefully I can mix and rotate their foods. Thanks so much Cat!

  • JellyCat

    Hi Julia,
    Dogs do get used to flavors and sugars in inferior foods and may have hard time changing diets. You can try mixing in small amounts of new food in Kibbles N Bits and gradually increasing an amount of a new food.

    There is no such thing as “best” dry dog food. There are however good and safer foods an the market like Orijen, Acana, Go, Brothers Complete, Horizon etc. It all depend on your location. If you are in USA it is easier (and cheaper) to get foods. Try something with lower protein at the beginning such as Acana and rotate foods from there. Others will be able to suggest more foods.
    I hope your dogs will love the new food!

  • Julia

    Also, my two Chihuahuas are 5 years old and my one mutt is 15 years old.

  • Julia

    I’ve been feeding my dogs Kibbles N Bits their whole lives. I’m astounded by how bad this dog food is! And honest to god, yes, yes, yes, they have HORRIBLE BREATH THAT I CANT STAND! So. I want to somehow change their food. One dog is a ten pound Chihuahua and one is a five-seven pound Chihuahua, the other dog is around 30 to 35 pounds *he’s a mutt and I don’t know what he’s mixed with*. I want the best 5 star rated food and I’ve been even considering raw food to this point but i haven’t the time to prepare things like that…

    So can anyone recommend me the best dry dog food? And how do I introduce it to them? My mom is convinced that they wont eat other types of food, but I’m going to FORCE it on them if i have to because I don’t want them eating crap and ruining their lives.Of course when you hear ‘force’ you understand what I mean- I just mean that ‘if you don’t eat it this is the only food you get, I’m not feeding you Kibbles N Bits anymore.’

    I’m just afraid that they’ll throw up or have icky poo or something if I switch to a different food too fast and in an improper way. Can someone help me?

  • Shawna

    Bwahahahahah, that was pretty funny!! 🙂 You always find the best links!!

  • Shawna

    That’s fantastic Mike!! Being on nexium for a lifetime doesn’t seem like a great option. 🙁 I own quite a few books on healthy and healing but I actually don’t have that book but my local mom and pop health food store has a copy they display for customer reference needs. I’ve used it before. I always forget which homeopathic is used for localized issues and which is used for broad areas (6 or 30 as an example).

    My dad is a retired Naturopathic Doctor so a lot of info I need and don’t know from osmosis or my own research I can get from him..

    The animal ingredients in this food are sadly some of the poorest quality — animal fat, animal digest and meat and bone meal can all come from sources like road kill to euthanized animals. The FDA says that the small amount of pentobarbital in pet food is not harmful but the US Fish and Wildlife Service says it is “poison” and should not be rendered into dog food.

    From the FDA’s website (link attached)
    “There appear to be associations between rendered or hydrolyzed ingredients and the presence of pentobarbital in dog food. The ingredients Meat and Bone Meal
    (MBM), Beef and Bone Meal (BBM), Animal Fat (AF), and Animal Digest (AD) are rendered or hydrolyzed from animal sources that could include euthanized animals.”

    US Fish & Wildlife quote

    “Rendering is not an acceptable way to dispose of a pentobarbital-tainted carcass. The drug residues are not destroyed in the rendering process, so the tissues and by-products may contain poison and must not be used for animal feed….

    All pentobarbital-euthanized carcasses should be prominently tagged with one or more highly-visible “POISON” warning labels. Bagged animals should have a label affixed to the carcass itself and also attached to the outside of the bag.”

    The FDA states that dogs and cats were not found in any of the ingredients however another government entity clearly states that some rendering facilities get dead dogs and cats from shelters that they render into animal feed (may not be in dog food though?).

    The FDA also knows that 4-D animals are rendered to be used in pet foods. Unnamed meat sources like “meat” and bone meal as well as “animal” fat and digest are the most likely sources.

    “*CVM is aware of the sale of dead, dying, disabled, or diseased (4-D) animals to salvagers for use as animal food. Meat from these carcasses is boned and the meat is packaged or frozen without heat processing. The raw, frozen meat is
    shipped for use by several industries, including pet food manufacturers, zoos, greyhound kennels, and mink ranches.”
    We all don’t mean to come off as food snobs. We just simply don’t think ingredients like this, as well as the chemicals in the food lead to long term health…

  • mike brunke

    I would consider myself duly attacked for feeding my dog kibbles n bits.

  • Mike Brunke,

    The Dog Food Advisor community encourages “courteous critiques, polite debate and calm disagreement”.

    Unfortunately, your recent remarks compel me to remind you to please adhere to Our Commenting Policy which states:

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  • mike brunke

    You took the bait. If people would quit responding, I’d quickly get bored with this site and never return. At least you had a chance to feel good about yourself while insulting someone who doesn’t feel the same way you do.

  • mike brunke

    My mistake, no propylene glycol in mayonnaise. I dispense raw materials at my job and recognize most of the ingredients in this food except the animal ones. BHT is the only one that requires a lot of protective wear when dispensing it.

    With your knowledge you might own prescription for nutritional healing, by P. Balch. Instead of nexium forever, it gave my wife info on how to heal her ulcer naturally instead of take pills.

  • Betsy Greer

    Alarmist? The only ingredient in the first ten ingredients is number eight, which is water. You feed your dog whatever you like. Considering the source, I’m sure you’re doing the best you can.

  • mike brunke

    No thanks, but I respect your politeness. Thank you.

  • mike brunke

    When I posted my message, I didn’t realize I was on an alarmist website. I was amused with how many negative reviews I received, so I kept checking. It’s not that I don’t want feedback, but it’s like I’m the only republican in a liberal meeting so I decided to leave. But I’m glad I came back. My ten year old dog has a full belly of kibble n bits and couldn’t be happier. Thanks for the entertainment but I wont change and you wont either so that’s it.

  • LabsRawesome

    Hey Shawna, I edited my original post. Check out the link. lol.

  • Shawna

    It’s been so long since I’ve had a real soda (besides root beer) that they now actually offend my pallete, especially coke which used to be my soda of choice.

    My fave Zevia is the black cherry and the least favorite is the grapefruit.. 🙂

  • Shawna

    I’m just a rebel lol!! 😉

    Seems to me I once read that McDonald’s hamburgers have a significant amount of soy in them.. Could be remembering incorrectly though?? They are sure different than homemade or even Wendy’s (which advertise all meat burgers I think).

  • LabsRawesome

    Aw, come on Shawna, You mean you don’t believe the guy walking in the corn field with a little girl, that tells us that High Fructose Corn Syrup is good for us!? Lol.

  • Hound Dog Mom

    I just started to buy Zevia! I first spotted it in the health section at my Hannaford a few months ago. It’s been probably 6+ months since I’ve given up diet coke and I was missing soda. It does the trick for giving me my carbonation fix but it sure doesn’t taste as good as coke. 🙁

  • Shawna

    PS — excessive consumption or “high fructose corn syrup” (based on each individuals particular tolerance) can cause the same type of liver disease as excessive consumption of alcohol. Aspartame in diet soda is toxic.

  • Shawna

    Don’t think you are going to like me much. No, I haven’t drank regular soda pop, for medical reasons, in 20 years (I’m 46 now). Actually, about 3 or 4 times a year I will have an IBC Rootbeer. I also drink Hansen’s or Zevia soda’s from the health food store a few times a month. Coffee and tea are my drinks of choice. I make home made latte’s with goat milk as I’m allergic to cow milk.
    My mayonnaise also comes from the health food store and I use raw honey and homeopathics etc as the normal cough suppressants when needed. And I honestly wouldn’t feed kibbles and bits, or like foods, to any of my eight dogs if I had a free year’s supply.

  • beaglemom

    If you don’t want feedback, then don’t post something positive about this junk. There is so much more wrong with this brand than the corn. We’re more than happy to help you find a better food Mike, but you have to have an open mind and be willing to learn.

  • InkedMarie

    I suggest you do some research on how to identify a good quality dog food. Kibble a & Bits is almost as bd as you can get

  • LabsRawesome

    McDonald’s double cheeseburgers? Lol. Well at least he’s getting some real meat there. Seriously though, if you can afford it, you should get a food with some actual meat in it. Take a look at the 3 and 4 star brands on this site. Or I’m sure, if your interested in switching to a higher quality food we can give you recommendations. Just ask, someone will be happy to help. And surprisingly, better food doesn’t really cost all that much more. 🙂

  • mike brunke

    I got to this web site by accident and do not want to defend dog food brands all day long. Have a good day.

  • Melissaandcrew

    Costs more than what other brands? In my area, its dirt cheap. Heck a large sack of dog chow is just $19.99 aat the local TSC. I’ll dance for the occasional sweet treat to if needed, lol, doesn’t mean its the best choice for me : )

  • Hound Dog Mom

    There’s definitely not propylene glycol in the mayonnaise I use..

  • mike brunke

    Not caring would be a better way to describe my knowledge of tofu. It was an example of blandness. While I’m not an expert of propylene glycol either, I am aware it is many human products such as children’s ibuprofen syrup, night time cough medicine, and mayonnaise. So it can’t be that bad. I suppose you don’t drink coke or pepsi.

  • mike brunke

    I agree. Obviously my dog enjoys meat. He also loves fruit, vegetables, and McDonalds double cheese burgers in moderation.

  • Hound Dog Mom

    Dogs have a carnivorous bias and prefer meat. My dogs eat a healthy, raw meat and bones diet and I bet they enjoy it more than any dog would enjoy eating Kibbles ‘n Bits.

  • Shawna

    Something doesn’t jive here? You don’t eat tofu and you don’t expect your pets to either. The second ingredient in the kibbles and bits foods is “soybean meal”. Apparently you are not aware that they make tofu from soybeans. So yes, you are expecting your pets to eat bland or just gross “ingredients”. However, they disguise the bland and gross ingredients in this food with sugar — aka corn syrup and the sweet tasting propylene glycol. Top it off with the savory tasting animal digest and it is no wonder your pup loves the food — some call it puppy crack.
    Dogs like and deserve meat.. Too bad this food doesn’t have much and the little it does have is of the poorest quality.

  • mike brunke

    I was surprised to see only one star. At the local stores, kibbles n bits costs more than most types of dog food and I thought it was a premium brand.
    My dachshund loves kibbles n bits. We have tried many brands and when we switched back, he could smell the kibbles n bits in the grocery bag and started dancing for us(his way of begging for a treat).
    I’m aware of the negative’s involved with corn, but I still eat it and enjoy it. Some animals unfortunately are going to die. Blaming dog food (unless its from China) seems a little silly to me.
    I don’t eat tofu, salad, tuna, or anything else that I consider bland or just gross. I don’t expect my pets to either.
    Lighten up people, life is short, enjoy it.

  • tdrizz

    We only want the best for our loved ones. My 9 year old keeshond Bear has been fighting seizures for the past three months. He had 3 increases. It was breaking my heart. These pat two weeks his seizures were coming on stronger. I spent every night researching yes he has a blood work visit Wednesday. Finally I found a u tube video of a hypoglycemic spaniael having a seizure . Exactly like bears. I went out and bought kibbles and bits and for the ast three days I have giving him this and raw sugar water. Not one seizure. Some may think this is a bad food. But because of sugar/glucose content it has helped significantly. I know he will need insulin. And now I have mixed a better quality high fiber with the kibbles and bits. Some crappy foods can be life saving.

  • SAC

    My dog became violently ill after eating Kibble n’ Bits, vomiting, diarrhea. She went into distress and had to be put down four days later. She was fine until she ate it.

    She had an upset stomach and was being treated with antibiotics prior to this. We had assumed that the vomiting and diarrhea was due to the sudden change. We followed the vets advice.

    She was an old dog. But we never could have imagined her life would end the way it did.

  • The problem is people don’t KNOW of the alternatives available, making a site like this so incredibly valuable.

    There’s so much more to the cost of having a pet than the price of the food. Heck, there’s so much more to the price of the food other than it’s price sticker.

    What about how much of it you feed? One food may cost $10 more, but if you feed less of that then over time the the price difference could actual reverse, meaning the food that has a higher sticker price is cheaper to feed.

    What about the quality of the food? It’s no secret that the better we eat, the less we need to spend on being sick. The same goes for dogs. Vet visits are not cheap at all.

    This thinking is downright lazy, and reeks of somebody trying to justify buying poor food. Do some research!

  • i agree with you, however, the point of this site is to be informed and to avoid foods like this one. if you literally cannot afford anything but this, then what is the point of going on this site anyways. if you are absolutely stuck with this food, what is the point of researching? the reality is that its never that simple. you could go to costco and buy nutra nuggets lamb & rice which is $26 for 40lbs and contains more calories and way more nutrients by weight than this “food” and you would probably be saving money. so yes, a one star food is better than starving but its rarely one star or dead like you claim.

  • Earthborn lover

    That’s really ignorant of you. Just because you got lucky once or twice, doesn’t mean you always will. To know how bad a food is and choose to continue feeding it to your four legged companion is shameful. Dogs don’t have a voice, they eat what you give them. Shame on you for knowing feeding such disgusting garbage. Poor dog.

  • Melanie_Samuels

    As long as your dog does not show allergies to this lower grade food, and as long as it is true that you CANNOT AFFORD to pay for a better quality food (or even mixing this with a higher grade of food), then I have to state the following that I think more people need to acknowledge:

    Being fed this crappy food is far better than being stuck in the shelter with a high likelihood of being EUTHANIZED to make space for new dogs. If the shelter is a no-kills shelter, it can still send animals to kill shelters once they run out of space, or turn down animals which can then be sent to kill shelters.

    In consideration of that, I think we need be less harsh on the owners who can only afford to pay for brands like this. A lot of people hardly take care of their own health. Sometimes it’s a lot to expect a person who eats fast food every day to feed their dog a brand like Acana, Orijen, or Fromm.

    The most important thing is if the dog is receiving,

    Exercise ✓

    Love ✓

    A Good Home ✓

    If the owner can afford to feed better, then that’s excellent! That’s the most preferable thing! If not, then we must remember that it’s great that these dogs are not in the shelter. We must also remember that a dog eating Beneful is getting a more balanced nutrition than if it were a stray on the street eating from the dumpster or not eating at all.

  • Melanie_Samuels

    I’m happy to hear that your dogs lived for a long time, but it should be acknowledge that this is IN SPITE of being fed Kibbles ‘n Bits, NOT because of it.

    It is always best to feed healthier foods whenever possible. This is especially true if your dog has allergies to the low quality ingredients. Signs of this may be shedding, itchiness, red eyes, etc. There are also symptoms that you may not notice.

    It’s a different story if your income does not allow an upgrade to a higher quality food. A lot of people do not get information on this beforehand even if they take the time to research to prepare for a dog. And since Labradors, Golden Retrievers, and German Shepherds are popular breeds, it’s likely that a lot of people have large dogs and are not prepared or able to pay $30+ every month for their dog’s food (when considering $15 for heart worm prevention, $15 for flea prevention, and other costs like dog walking services, bark control, training for unprepared behavior problems, etc.) And if they have more than one large dog the money just adds up.

    As long as the dog is in a loving home and getting the exercise it needs, then it is OK for the dog to be eating Pedigree, Beneful, Purina, Kibbles ‘n Bits, and other low grade brands. Nutrition is only a part of the aspect. A dog’s overall well being is based on Nutrition/Exercise/Genetics/Love. Love = a healthy environment, affection, stability, etc.

    I have a friend who has a medium sized mutt who is older than 15. He ate Kibbles ‘n Bits for his whole life. It’s clearly because he was getting a lot of exercise, has good genetics, and is in a good home that he lived to an old age and still acts like a puppy. When I worked a Petco, I had customers who fed their previous dogs IAMS, Pedigree, Purina, etc., and their dog had lived to be toward 20 years old. It is possible for dogs to live a long lifespan on these inferior foods (though it should be acknowledged that they could have likely lived longer if fed higher quality food.)

  • MyPrecious

    My dog, Precious, is a Doodle – miniature dachshund/toy poodle. She loved Kibbles ‘n Bits. She started having a ton of issues including major “allergies” and constant infections, mainly on her skin. Her eyes started getting cloudy. She chewed her fur off and rubbed her face on the carpet and furniture almost incessantly.
    The vets were not helping. Allergy medicine and antibiotics were not doing the trick. Finally, I looked her symptoms up online.
    Turns out, her food was the problem. Because of the high carb content from the corn and the syrup, she had developed a systemic yeast infection.
    I immediately changed her diet! They say to do it gradually, but I was so afraid that Precious would die soon from her condition that I made an abrupt change. She did not suffer most of the effects cited from abruptly changing a dogs diet, and she loved the new food.

    We now make her food from real meat (cooked – either beef, turkey, chicken or pork), a little rice and eggs. We add yogurt and vitamins. Additionally, she gets bathed with a bit of apple cider vinegar in her bath water and we put tiny amount of ACV in her drinking water.
    She began recovering very quickly. She still has bouts of itching when we supplement her diet with canned dog food, but she is remarkably improved, much happier, and has put on a healthy weight (before, she was losing weight even though she was eating a lot!)
    Her eyes have also improved, but she damaged one so badly, that she is blind in that eye.
    I cannot tell you what a difference diet makes. It seems that when I was a kid, dog food was better. We fed our dogs a mixture of dog food and fresh ingredients and they thrived. I now realized that another dog I had that was diagnosed with “allergies” probably had the same problem – diet.
    The fresh food is easy to make and inexpensive. It’s far worth the time to make and has saved us a ton of $$ in vet bills.

  • i made the terrible mistake of feeding my 2yr old pitbull this garbage for the first month after getting him because his previous owner was feeding him this and i just kept doing it. i meticulously read ingredients and nutritional content on human food but i stupidly didn’t read the ingredients on this until after i took him off of it. i was in shock. i was mad at myself and even madder at del monte for producing this crap. needless to say, i will never, ever feed my dog this or anything else with less than 4 stars ever again. since getting off this food, he has put on 15 lbs of lean muscle, his coat is a thousand times better and he is no longer bloated. its shameful that this stuff is even on the shelf at all.

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  • I_Love_Lily

    You really shouldn’t post your name, address, and phone number on an internet forum.

  • Truth be told

    The 1st ingredient CORN,come on people,corn is not good for dogs.When have you ever driven past a corn field,and seen dogs eating it.Dogs are carnivores,though they do eat some grain,but,this dog food has no meat.This food has dyes,which are not good for dogs.Smarten up,and feed your dog a better,nutritious dog food,that is good fro them.Just becasue,your dog looks good on the outside,you do not know,what its doing to their insides..

  • My puggle nearly died on Kibbles and Bits and Beneful… They are POISON!!

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  • JellyCat

    Shelties, slightly more expensive food is not expensive at the end. You dogs will eat less of better food as better food is more nutrient dense. Also, good foods contain glucosamine, chondroitin and good quality fish oils that actually substantially reduce inflammation in arthritic joints. You dog’s quality of life will enormously improve just because of that. Pain of arthritis is really-really bad. It is on my opinion very cruel not to intervene.

    Also, as animals get older they are less able to digest and utilize poor quality protein like one derived from plant matter. You dogs at this age must have high good quality protein food to be healthy and happy. And like I said, it is actually not more expensive to get 4 star kibble recommended by Hound Dog Mom. They will definitely eat LESS of it and at the end the price will be either the same or pretty close.

  • I use and recommend a number of brands. Which one depends on the needs and wants of the dog. Some of my favorites include Fromm, Acana, Orijen, Merrick, Nature’s Variety Instinct, Nutrisource, Zignature, and Evo.

    Of course, I believe in the ancestral diet, so a raw diet would be most ideal. Whether that be home made or commercial (think Primal, etc.).

  • ada

    can I ask what food you give your dogs, thank you for your help

  • InkedMarie

    Hi, fellow sheltie person! Hound Dog Mom gave you some great advice. Even on a budget, there are some foods that are better than Kibbles & Bits. Your shelties are a bit older, with arthritis; do you have them on a joint supplement? It would be a good idea.

  • Hound Dog Mom

    Hi Shelties –

    I agree, the most important thing is for a dog is a loving forever home. However, there are a couple of foods out there that are much better quality than Kibbles n Bits that wouldn’t cost you a whole lot more. At my Walmart a 35 lb. bag of Kibble n Bits is about $22. There’s a new line of food at Walmart called “Pure Balance” it’s rated 3 1/2 stars and the Chicken variety costs around $32 for a 30 lb. bag. If you have a Tractor Supply near you – they sell 4Health (4 stars) for $32 for a 35 lb. bag and Diamond Naturals (4 stars) for $32 for a 40 lb bag. Also, if you have any feed stores near you, you could see if they carry Pro Pac (4 stars) it runs about $30 for a 33 lb. bag. If your dogs go through a large bag each month this would equate to only around $10 more per month or about $2.50 per week (and keep in mind they also will likely eat slightly less of a better quality food). If you must stick with the Kibbles n Bits there are some cheap fresh foods you can buy and mix in to boost the quality – fresh eggs, plain yogurt, cottage cheese, tinned sardines or any lean left over meat you have from dinner – a little bit of real food is better than nothing.

  • Shelties

    I have 2 shelties, 10 and 15.The older one has always avoided anything crunchy, but after we got the younger one, we found. Kibble and Bits worked for both-she picks out the soft parts, the younger likes the crunchy. I understand good nutrition, and wish I had the resources to buy the best for my girls. We know it works the same with people food-try to make a good salad in the winter without spending 2/3 of your grocery money. Years ago,when we were first married, we had a cocker and she was on the cheapest Blue Barn dog food, what we teenagers could afford. But she had the worst gas, and we learned we just had to buy at least a name brand food, which took care of that. So I learned that cheapest isn’t always worth it. But, in our case, our girls are healthy unless you count deafness or arthritis at their ages. We know that If we feed them table food, we can count on cleaning up a mess.Otherwise, they rarely have stomach issues. So the only time they get that is taking medicine with crunchy peanut butter and crackers. The older one does have bad breath, but considering she has a nasty habit of recycling, we’re not surprised. We know the day is coming when we will be looking for shelties again, as we love having them and wouldn’t like to be without a furry family member for very long. I guess I can only say that we do what we’re able to, and no, we don’t pop out dogs without thinking of how to afford to care for them,but at least they’ve had a forever home since they were puppies, and the older one came from a puppy mill broker, so she definitely had a better life than she might have otherwise.

  • Hound Dog Mom

    Dobermans are one of the breeds most predisposed to lipomas. Most holistic veterinarians believe the formation of fatty tumors is directly correlated with how well the dog metabolizes fat. Feeding a healthy food is definitely a must for keeping a dog’s metabolism and immune system functioning at its peak well into the dog’s senior years. If a dog gets a fatty tumor an immune boosting supplement in conjunction with a natural, minimally processed, species appropriate diet would be best. A supplement I’ve read great things about is “Integrative Theraputics Cellular Forte Max” – it contains IP6, inosotil, maitake and cat’s claw – all ingredients that boost the immune system, have anti-tumor properties and strengthen the B and T cells that combat abnormal cell growth. Turmeric and bromelain are also noted for their anti-cancer and immune-boosting properties.

  • Pattyvaughn

    For some dogs, the formation of lipomas are genetically predisposed, but nutrition does affect the degree to which they show up. I’ve had lipomas disappear from a dog when I switched foods, and it wasn’t to a lower fat food either, but rather a lower carb one. Some people maintain that lipomas are the body’s way of dealing with toxins and that giving the dog a better quality of food makes them more able to eliminate toxins on their own thus shrinking the lipomas.

  • Tasha

    I was wondering about the formation of “fatty tumors” developing on the bodies of aging dogs. Both my sister’s dog and now a friend of mine’s dog have developed these benign tumors as they’ve aged. Even though they don’t really cause much damage at first, eventually they will invade the body cavity and overtake the bodies organs. That is why my sisters dog had to be put to sleep. He was a 12 year old doberman, but still.
    Does feeding low quality dog food contribute to this condition?

  • Pattyvaughn


    This site is not affiliated with any dog food.  It is a dog food review site.  And it pretty clearly tells you that this is a BAD dog food.  Do you really think Kibbles and Bits would actually admit to that on their own site?

  • doggonefedup

    probably to keep it from “outgassing” and getting everybody in the house from getting sick……JMO

  • Mary

    I was wondering why you have a wonderful zipper close bag on the kibbles and bits bistro meals and not on any other dog food. Why? It’s so hard to keep big bag’s fresh. I don’t know why you do it for one style and not all. I would love it on all. Thank you.

  • InkedMarie

    sorry your dogs are sick but glad you won’t be using it again.

  • The dogs in my house ate kibbles n bits for the first time and all of them are pooping red diarrhea and puking all over. Will never purchase this product again

  • If you like them both, why not alternate between the two. It’s better for your dogs to have a variety of proteins and not have prolonged exposure to a single protein (or other ingredients) at the risk of developing an intolerance or allergy.

  • tonya

    And i did find the whole earth farms dog food for a great price we are interested in that but our dogs are doing good on chicken soup so we’ll prob just stick with that.

  • tonya

    I know nutro isn’t diamond–i didnt mean to sound like i was saying it was.

  • tonya

    We are currently feeding chicken soup for 42.99 35 lb.

  • BryanV21

    Good, you read it. Now point me to the word “starch”.

  • M Ward1993

    “Thank you! I will look into those. He needs to stay away from potatoes sweet potatoes yeast high sugars high carbs. I don’t know what it is he’s allergic to, maybe it’s the grains?”


  • BryanV21

    “He needs to stay away from potatoes sweet potatoes”

    There’s more to issues with potatoes than their level of starch. Besides, the person I was replying to didn’t even say the word “starch”, so I don’t understand the point of your reply to me. If it was just to add information… thanks. Otherwise, please read through a conversation first.

  • M Ward1993

    sweet potatoes are not high in starch. 

  • LuvMyMutt

    Fromm’s Gold is also a great price – I pay $34 for 30 pounds.

  • BryanV21

    Merrick does use sweet potatoes, however I believe Instinct does not (uses peas instead). Not sure about Core, but worth a look.

  • Hound Dog Mom

    Tonya –

    It is too bad that the majority of the reasonably priced 4 and 5 star foods are made by Diamond. There are a few reasonably priced non-Diamond options out there though. You may want to check out: Healthwise (4 stars, ~$40/35 lbs.), Merrick’s Whole Earth Farms (4 stars, ~$40/35 lbs.), Native (4 & 5 star formulas, ~$50/40 lbs.), NutriSource (4 stars, ~$45/33 lbs.), Eagle Pack (4 stars, ~$35/30 lbs), Victor (4 stars, ~$32/40 lbs.). My mom’s on a budget so I’m always on the lookout for quality reasonably priced foods for her dog, these would be my top picks.

  • M Ward1993

    Well Nutro isnt Diamond. And Wellness and Natural Balance left Diamond, or are in the process of doing so. I feed Natural Balance, it runs $50 or so for a 30lb bag, not that bad. Wellness is a bit more.

  • tonya

    When my dog was a young we had him on kibbles and bits. We hadnt yet known about the bad brands. This food tore his stomach up and gave him diarihia. We now feed taste of the wild, chicken soup, or nutro natural choice. We cant bring ourselves to feed this, any purina products, or any other junk food. we have 4 dogs. 1 husky, 1 beagle and 2 mixes. although dog food can be quite expensive (totw running $42.99 and up for 30 lbs in our area) we dont always like feeding a diamond made food brands but they make up a lot of dog food brands. wish there could be good brands for not so expensive.

  • Ltchorse8

    Thank you! I will look into those. He needs to stay away from potatoes sweet potatoes yeast high sugars high carbs. I don’t know what it is he’s allergic to, maybe it’s the grains?

  • BryanV21

    PetCo carries some good foods, so I’d go there. As for brands/formulas I’d look into Merrick Grain-Free, Nature’s Variety Instinct, or Wellness Core. 

    Are there any ingredients you need to stay away from? I ask because some ingredients, for example chicken, are not tolerated by some dogs and cause allergic-like reactions. 

  • Ltchorse8

    I would like advice! Right now my 3yr old boxer is on Victor. He has a yeast infection in his toenails, he’s had it for some time but I just now found out what it is. I would love to go raw but don’t have the resources. So, what’s a good grain free dog food I can purchase from petsmart petco tractor supply etc?

  • InkedMarie

    This is not a good food. Would you like some advice on a good food? If yes, tell us about your dogs: their ages, do they have any issues (ear infections, overweight, not a good coat, etc) and we can help.

  • LabsRawesome

     Hi Ebellwien, Yes, the dyes are harmful to pets. I could suggest some budget friendly foods, that are much healthier options. If you want. Do you have Costco, Tractor supply, Petsmart, or Walmart close by?

  • Ebellwien

    I have just switched my dog to Kibbles and bits and he did not tolerate it and thruw up during the night.The problem now, since there are three definite Dyes in the food, the stains in the carpet will not come out no matter what was tried including Capt Cleans products.What really concerns me is , is that dye harmful to dogs? it sure seems to be pretty potent. I will ask my Veterinarian also.
    Thank you, Erika Bell,1969 Holly POnds Dr.Sheridan WY 82801

  • Melissaandcrew

     Hi Coco-

    Sometimes, when you are an adult, you realize that things can change in life, and it can change in the blink of an eye. While I believe people should feed a food that is healthier to their pets, I also understand that sometimes these foods are the best that they can do, for the time being.

  •  it you cannot feed your dog a decent food you are not supposed to have a dog. just like if you cannot afford having kids you are not supposed to just pop them out and go for a public assistance!

  • EvesHumanMom

    One other thing occurred to me, if you find something you really want to try, you might contact the maker or the pet food store (generally, the feed store or pet food store will have a better range of dog foods than a big box store or  supermarket) manager and ask if they have any samples.  It doesn’t hurt to ask.

  • EvesHumanMom

    The thing is, though, that Gromettbc wanted suggestions for healthy food that would appeal to her dogs, so she wouldn’t have to keep buying bags and throwing them out.  The budget consideration was assumed because of the Walmart mention.

    Another point is that the low glycemic foods suggested are not prescription foods but foods that are appropriate for all dogs, Merrick and Origen are considered very good foods , in general.
    Additionally, while the Healthy Mix is not a “bad” food, it contains even higher than average carbs, which is not recommended for good canine health, especially for diabetics.  I am pretty sure a palatable food can be found that has average to lower carb content, some more reasonably priced, especially if one considers online options.

  • I’ve not owned a diabetic dog, but if the dog won’t eat anything else, it’s at least an option for food that the dog will eat.  Better to eat the “healthy mix” than to not eat at all.   Look at it like the worst of two evils instead.  Sometimes you have to make that choice.

    Granted yes Merrick has several low glycemic canned options, But there is the question if the dog will eat it or not.  But the other issue is if it fits in the owners budget. So those are important factors.   So it’s good to have plenty of choices. 

    If it was me I would have to order online just because I don’t live anywhere close that sells Merrick.  So looking at the one site where I do order canned dog foods and Merrick is one that I do feed my Golden Retriever but your looking at $2.50 a can and up.   While many can afford that there are also a lot who can’t. 

    It’s the older dog that is diabetic.  But the other younger dogs as well need a healthier diet as a general rule.  So the Healthy Mix would work for those dogs regardless if they like it.   And there isn’t anything wrong with feeding one dog one thing and another dog another.  I do that with my crew the bigger dog has a completely different diet than the smaller two.

  • Melissaandcrew


    I have to disagree. One of her dogs is diabetic, and there are two important things that need to happen-The dog needs to eat(necessary to measure the glucose levels and give the insulin) and 2) the dog needs to eat a low glycemic food if possible.

    Regulation of the insulin levels are just so important in diabetics, and foods can have a major impact on whether or not the dog is considered regulated. When they are not regulated, organs fail, they can self mutilate, develop pica, become PU/PD etc etc.

    If it were my dog( its been MANY years since I owned a diabetic, and low glycemic dog foods where not available then) I would look for something “marked” as low glycemic-Unfortunetly, there is a higher price tag with these foods.

    If the dog is regulated on that food, then yay! stay with it-

  •  No need to wait it out for your dog to eat!  why not find a food that they do like and will want to eat.  It’s not always easy as I have one dog that likes the Healthy Mix the best out of all the others I’ve given her.   And believe me I’ve bought more brands than I care to admit!  But even still she has meals where she skips and I don’t sweat it because she will come around and eat at the next meal.  Where with other brands there was something about them that she avoided like the plague.

    But if they like the Healthy Mix is that affordable to you to feed rather than a kibble?  Wet is a bit more expensive (depending on brand) but it’s also better for the dog because of it’s moisture content.  Of course that is subject to the quality of the food in question of course!    But if your dogs like it for several meals in a row I wouldn’t feel bad about feeding them the Healthy Mix.  But I agree with Jan the food at walmart is junk.  But the Healthy Mix is decent quality and Ol’ Roy also has a kibble out called Pure Balance that is also 3.5 stars, but it’s almost a 4 star but not a 4 star.  But it’s almost more expensive than the 4Health kibble so if you have a TSC close that might be another thought to try as well.  The 4Health kibble is 4 star. 

    While 4Health also has canned at .99 cents it’s the consistency of it that my littlest dog didn’t like.  She likes the stew like consistency of the Healthy Mix with the grains of rice, peas and other veggies.  But the 4Health stews (beef stew and chicken stew) are more like chunks of meat mixture in a gravy and she doesn’t like that.  They also have a chicken version and a lamb version that are pate consistency which my dogs don’t care for.   But some dogs do prefer that style of food.

  • Jan_Mom2Cavs

    Hi again, Gromettbc.  I hope you don’t take this the wrong way, but I see that you’re shopping at Walmart. While I admit I do shop there for various things, I do know that they generally don’t have a very good selection for our canine/feline friends.  Some Walmarts have Newman’s Own, but imho, it’s pretty expensive for what you get.  Ol’ Roy just came out with a dry food called Pure Balance that might not be too horrible.  Some Walmarts carry a food called Lamaderm that’s not too bad. Another food that my local Walmart sells is Freshpet. It’s a refrigerated food. I feed my cat the Roasted Meals from this line.  I do wish you could shop elsewhere, though, as Walmart doesn’t have a very good track record of quality foods.  I know it’s hard, but do your research and you should be able to find a decent, quality food that won’t break the bank, especially from Petsmart of feed stores, like Tractor Supply.  Please take some of the suggestions from this site and check them out.  Let me know how they do.

  •  For some reason comments are showing up on the Expand Recent Comments page but not on the page they are posted on.   I hope it catches up.  

    But the Ol’ Roy healthy mix isn’t a 4 star food it’s a 3.5 star food.  Here is the link to the rating for this food so you can look it up!
    It’s NOT like the rest of the Ol’ Roy line that is junk!  It’s at least decent.  I feed two dogs this food because it’s THEIR preference!   But I also feed some raw diced up beef roast (not ground beef) or diced chicken breast.   I cut this meat up myself and leave it raw.  They like it raw and it’s less work for me.  About 22% of their meal is extra meat that I add.  They each get different amounts since they are different sized dogs.

    So if this is a food that your dog likes you can feel good about serving it.  Chances are it’s much better than the hills canned your vet gave you! 

    With my two dogs it’s what they like so that’s what I’m feeding them.   I’ve tried feeding other brands but one will turn her nose up completely while the other one may or may not eat a few bites.  So it’s just easier to feed him what he likes and he does the happy dog dance as I call it before I put down his dish. Also less wasteful as well.   There are 4 varieties but I only serve three of them.  I serve the chicken, beef and lamb types but I don’t use the chicken and beef combo dinner as I figure they get both of those proteins in the individual meat dinners.   While our other dog gets other brands that are 4-5 star canned and grain free kibble.  She’s also a 99 lb dog! 

    I hope this post eventually makes it to the B&P page.

  • Gromettbc

    Will do , and Thanks so much !

  • Gromettbc

    Thanks again Jan for all your help ! Today I bought the dogs Ol’Roy Healthy Mix. I thought I saw that it was 4 stars. I can’t find it on here, but its not looking good with some of the Ol’roy dry. Of course, they love it. I let them taste it , and they were whining for more. I’ve copied the dog foods you suggested, and am going to try to get some samples. My Vet says to just wait it out, but thats hard to do. Thanks again for all your help ! Wish me luck ! 🙂

  • I’ve noticed that some feedstores have the sample sizes of different foods.  Might want to call and ask.  Also Merrick,  Acana, Orijen sell a small trial size as well.

  • M Ward1993

    Merrick is sold at petco and they have some low glycemic canned and dry food. The canned food comes in all these different recipes like “grammy’s chicken pot pie”, they are so neat.

  • EvesHumanMom

    Hi, Gromettbc,  if you have a diabetic dog, you might want to check out the foods mentioned here:  The other dogs could eat the food too.  Also canned foods with low carbohydrates, as mentioned here on DFA:

    I hope this helps.

  • Jan_Mom2Cavs

    Since your poodle is diabetic, maybe someone else with knowledge about it (there are plenty on this site!) will help you with a food selection that might work.   

  • Gromettbc

    Thanks so much !!

  • Gromettbc

    I’ve never heard of it, but I sure will look into it. My vet even gave me “Critcial Care” canned dog food , when they go to long without eating, but she said not to feed that unless necessary. Thanks so much for your help !

  • Gromettbc

    I wondered if it might be the Eukanuba,  I told my husband I didn’t think they liked it. Its what , (I was told what they were eating when I got them. I bought the Kibbles & Bits today, and just gave them a few pieces, hoping they would think it was a treat, & they love it. Then later (DA !) I researched it, so they won’t be getting any more. I have a 12 yr. old poodle, that has diabetes, probably from what I fed him. Hes blind now, and has 2 insulin shots a day. I sure don’t want to make the same mistake with my younger ones. My daughter has 4 dogs, and they will eat any dry dog food…wonder what that would be like ? 🙂 Thank you so much for all the info., you have been a BIG help !

  • Jan_Mom2Cavs

    Wow…you’re pretty lucky that they carry all those brands.  I actually just have TSC where I live.  But I have some wonderful pet specialty stores! 

  • InkedMarie

    Our local feed store sells an assortment: Diamond stuff but also Blue, Eukanuba, SD, Orijen, Acana, Loyall, Fromm, Earthborn,,,

  • 3isenough

    My dogs are very picky and they LOVE Dogswell Vitality or Happy Hips. It’s a 4-star food (according to this site) – we like that Happy Hips includes glucosamine/chondroitin for our dogs joints. 

  • Jan_Mom2Cavs

    InkedMarie….yes, I thought about suggesting a feed store, but I thought that maybe most of the foods carried might be made by Diamond (at least the feed stores around me) and I don’t want to recommend them, if at all possible…but, yes, these stores do have some good selections at times.

  • InkedMarie

    a feed store is also sometimes a good place to go

  • Jan_Mom2Cavs

    Hi again…just wanted to say that you need to remember to watch for ingredients like “salt, garlic, etc.” when feeding baby food to your pets.  Sometimes there are ingredients in the food that may not be suitable for them.  I’ve actually never fed Eukanuba, but something tells me (if you read the rating on this site) that it might be kinda bland for your dogs.  I also remembered some other foods that always seem to have wonderful ratings and that’s Orijen/Acana.  They are available online or from specialty petstores.  Merrick, Fromm, Acana/Orijen, Earthborn…those are some foods that seem to appeal to picky eaters.  I have 2 pretty picky eaters and they love, love Simply Nourish (especially the canned, but the dry, too).  I am using Holistic Select Grain free and Fromm for their kibble.  I just placed an online order with and they do offer free samples.  I think you might have to pay a shipping fee, though, if you don’t have any other items in your order.  Also, sometimes the samples are not “out in the open” and if you ask the manager of the petstore they might just have some samples on hand.  Remember, too, that most petstores and food brands will allow you to return a bag even if it’s opened.  I always keep my receipt and the bag until I’m sure my dogs are okay with the food.  This helps in case there’s a recall, as well….hopefully that won’t happen!  Again, good luck to you and I hope this has been helpful. 🙂   

  • Valerie Noyes

    Gromettbc, I’ve never met a dog that didn’t go crazy over green tripe.  You can find it in cans as Tripett.  It’s sold in better pet stores but you can also find it on  I’ll bet if you mix some of this into whatever good kibble you choose they’ll love it.  Hope that helps!

  • Hound Dog Mom

    Gromettbc –

    Checkout and – both sites have free samples of high quality foods and trial sized bags for sale. Also, oftentimes if you email a company they will mail you some samples – it never hurts to ask.

  • Gromettbc

    Not preachy at all, I need all the help I can get. I really wish dog food companies,would sell sample sizes. This can really get expensive. I am trying to feed them Eukanuba right now, but always have to put something in it, like jarred baby meat. I try to add a bit of canned dog food, but they sniff it & walk away. I do believe they would live on milk bones, but common sense tells me , not a good idea. Thanks so much for your help, and I guess I will start at the top of your list. I think I would feel like I won the lottery if I coud find a food that they just gobbled down. 🙂 Thanks again sooo much !

  • Jan_Mom2Cavs

    Well….I apologize in advance if this sounds “preachy”, but I do know you will probably have to go to a petstore to buy a better food.  Sometimes grocery stores carry some foods that are what I call “decent” but not always and petstores will have a better selection.  If you have access to Petsmart, they carry some pretty good foods.  I would recommend Blue Buffalo, Wellness, Innova, Evo, Simply Nourish, Castor & Pollux, Avoderm (although they did just have a recall for salmonella on one formula, so Idk).  These foods have dry and canned formulas that may appeal to picky eaters and all are popular foods.  If you have access to Petco, they have a few different foods, as well as the ones mentioned above (except Simply Nourish, which is Petsmart’s own brand).  Petco carries Natural Balance, Solid Gold, Merrick, Nature’s Variety, Pinnacle, Avoderm, Innova, California Natural, Evo, Blue Buffalo, and perhaps some others I can’t remember right off.  I would do some research beforehand (and it looks like you’re off to a good start since you are on this site).  Oh..there are some other foods not available at either Petsmart or Petco but may be found at smaller pet boutiques or perhaps you could order online.  Fromm and Earthborn are great foods, as well as Holistic Select that I recommend.  I hope this helps some and is not too overwhelming.  I’m sure others will have suggestions, as well.  🙂

  • Gromettbc

    Good grief ! I just bought a bag of this stuff ! I have 2 small dogs, a poodle , and a Bichon/ shih tzu mix. They are very picky eaters !! After reading this, the bag goes in the trash !! Does anyone have any ideas of a dry dog food that is healthy and picky eaters will eat ??? I’m at my wits end.

  • BryanV21

    I gotta add my two cents here as well, as this is not a good food at all.

    Of course they are going to eat it. I’d eat candy all the time too if I didn’t know better. The problem is it’s up to the parent to do what’s best for the dog, not up to the dog, which is all you’re doing by letting them pick the food for you based on taste.

  • LabsRawesome

     Sorry. Actually Pure Balance is rated 3.5 stars, but still a huge step up from Kibbles & toxins. Pure Balance is available at Walmart too!   🙂

  • InkedMarie

    it sounds like you think you are talking to whomever makes Kibbles & Bits; you’re not, this is the DogFoodAdvisor, who reviews pet foods. 
    You should be looking for a new food, Kibbles & Bits is very very very low quality food. We can advise you of some foods to look at if you tell us if any of your dogs have any issues (overweight, underweight, frequent ear infections, dry coat, paw licking etc)

  • LabsRawesome

     Hi Martha, glad to hear that you are switching brands!! Hopefully you will get your dogs on a better food. Try one that doesn’t have like 15 red flag ingredients next time. Hey Ol’roy has a new food out called Pure balance, it says from the makers of Ol’roy really small on the bag. It is rated 4 stars on this site. 100% better than Kibbles & death.  🙂

  • Martha Pursley

    We have had our 5 dogs on this for years…about the only thing they eat. I just want to let you know that you cut the 40 pound bag to 35 pounds for the same price….did you think we wouldN’T notice…we buy our at WALMART WHERE THEY HAVE LOWER PRICES….BUT THEY DONT THINK WE NOTICE THE BAG IS SMALLER ….SO  AS OF TODAY WE WILL BE LOOKING FOR A NEW DOG FOOD….THANKS BUT NO THANKS…

  • melissa

    I have fed my dog kibbles and bits for five years. A few months ago he started biting and chewing on himself leaving bloody bald spots. I happened to notice my neighbors two dogs had the same ailments. Turns out they also fed their beloved pets k & b. Once all three dogs were switched to another brand the chewing and agony stopped.

  • melissa


    What exactly is a “lkely fact?” I have never heard of such a beast- its either fact or opinion. The dogs may or may not have lived beyond the reported 17 plus and 15 plus years.And any way you slice it, that is a good long time for many dogs these days.

    Personally, I would not feed anything with this ingredient content, but I can afford to do otherwise.

  • BryanV21

    I’m tired of this “well my dog lived to be this age on it” stuff. There are humans that have lived to be 90+ years old while smoking every day of their lives, so does that mean you’re going to let you kid take up the habit as soon as he’s old enough to hold a cigarette in his hand?

    God no! 

    If you can’t afford to feed your dog better food I can at least understand a bit (for the record, I don’t totally buy that reason, as most people can find a way to feed better food), but in no way did you say that here. 

    You say “until something proves different”. Well, hell! Look at the list of ingredients! There’s not one good ingredient in the list. Heck, there isn’t even a “so-so” ingredient there. It’s all junk. What more proof do you need?

    For the love of all that’s good in this World, give your dog something good.

  • Umakekityscared6

    You are fortunate and it is great that your dogs lived a long time, however, I noticed that you mentioned a Puggle, a small designer breed. These dogs tend to live much longer, and are often genetically less prone to disease. It is a likely fact that those dogs may have lived even longer and had an even better quality of life had they not been eating garbage. An abnormal case is no guideline. Do right by your dog and give them the best you can. The knowledge to make an informed decision is right in front of your face.

  • My Opinion

    I researched this as my vet keeps telling me to change. I admit, I had not the slightest clue it was made like it is BUT I will not be switching anytime soon. I had 2 dogs, completely diff breeds. My first lived to be 17.5, and my second who I have just put down was 15. Neither cost me any money for any type of medical issues. God bless they both went peacefully due to nothing more then old age. I have a 6 year old puggle now, again not 1 medical issue and will continue to feed her Kibbles and Bits until something proves different.

  • In my opinion, Orijen. Visitthe champion pet foods website and watch the video for details on what’s in it and everything. That brand is one the best ones out there.

  • Jess

    I always wanted a Mexican hair less dog. I bet this would work getting there.

  • trigirl9

    My experience with Kibbles n-bits mirrors others. I had no idea this was so dogs got really finicky at age 11 so I switched and switched and finally landed at KnB which they gladly ate.  3 months  later one of my dogs got really sick–$1000s later turns out she had an abscess growing behind her eye effecting her sight and her jaw (she couldn’t eat since her jaw wouldn’t open).  A friend told me about this website and I did a little research and switched immediately to Kirkland.  They ate that no problem and then there were the salmonnella recalls so I switched to pinnacle salmon/potato with some tripe topper. My dogs are happy, healthy, no sign of any abscess, hotspots and friends have commented how good and healthy they look now.  Thanks to this website for disseminating the information I needed.

  • Personalfailure

    Look at any of the 4 or 5 star foods. Wellness, Taste of the Wild, Blue Diamond, Chicken Soup for the Dog Lover’s Soul, Kirklands, the list goes on.

    Also keep in mind that foods like Wellness aren’t as expensive as you think. Because they contain no fillers, you feed less. You also save on vet bills, and your dog will produce less poop that doesn’t smell as bad.

  • Msbarnard

    sooo, what is good for my dogs to ear?????

  • Eve’sHumanMom

    Natural Balance Synergy seems to work pretty well on poop consistency.  We’re on it now (we rotate foods) and she is down to twice a day, nice and firm.  It is, however, a brand that uses and continues to use Diamond, although they say they test every lot before it goes out.  And the Synergy and Alpha recipes are not made in those factories.  Hope this helps.

  • Moosey

    How about SALT? Dogs can’t sweat, so salt will accumulate in their system & kill them at the end.

  • Kip

    Its because it is like crack is to humans, or craving McDonalds cheeseburghers every day.  Addictive like sugar.  The very fact they advertise this crap amazes me.

  • Kip

    we need a minus star rating here, oh and just so you know the dyes in this food is a known carcinogenic.

  • Kip

    Well just another example of cute marketing and tom foolery in the pet food industry.  These crap foods have been around forever and noone ever even paid attention to the disgusting garbage that’s in it.  If you want your dog to go quickly feed this food!!!! 

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  • joe305

    Brothers Complete 5 star rating !

  • Jamiep409

    Thanks Bette

  • Bette Hyde

    Dear Jamie,

    I don’t know how old your lab is, mine is 11. Always ate Kibbles/bits. The vets recommend getting dry, 1st ingredient on the bag is some form of meat. If it isn’t, it is not good for them. As they get older, they need better food, for their joints and coat. I don’t know what is going on with the fungal infection with mine, and the procedure for a sinus cavity flush, is $1100.00/1200.00. I wish I had switched to a better food a long time ago. The Kibbles/bits is moist, and I did not know about the mold/mildew. If really is your call.

  • Jamiep409

    Quick question for you guys. I feed my lab chicken soup for the dog lovers soul but i find that he is easier to “clean up” after him by mixing in some cheaper food. I bought a bag of this and i mix a small portion into his “quality food” and it helps tremendously!  I would guess its like a 10:1 ratio.  Anyone see a problem with this long term?  Does anyone have an economical alternative? 

  • Bette Hyde

    My dog has been suffering from what the Vet thinks is a fungal infection. He is on anti-biotics. He has always ate Kibbles and Bits. My daughter had a problem with her dog last night. Went to Vet, He said the Kibbles and Bits may be the problem, as it is moist, grows MOLD and FUNGUS. She was originally feeding her dog, Pedigree, switched to Kibbles and Bits, and now there is a problem, with her dog, lethargic, shaking…. My dog has nose bleeds. I am switching right now, from Kibbles and Bits. It does make sense, it is moist and mold grows……

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  • Candiferous

    Feed this stuff to your dog if you want him or her to develop bald spots, bad breath (a sign that something’s wrong) and cysts.  This crap is poison.

  • M Ward1993

    It was hard to get my dog off this terrible food, too.

  •  I admit, I used to feed Kibbles N Bits. My late Shetland sheepdog mix (who passed January, 2011 – may she rest in peace) loved this food. For several years, it was ALL she would eat. Any line of it, it didn’t matter. She loved Kibbles N Bits. Knowing now what I didn’t know then, it makes sense. It is FULL of addictive ingredients. Corn syrup? Why does a dog food need corn syrup? Except for the fact that it is as addicting to dogs as it is to us, there is no reason at all for it to be in dog food. Still, she loved this food. She did horrible on it, but I fed it because it was all she would eat. When I finally discovered proper nutrition, it was hard to switch her to a better diet. It took several months to get her off Kibbles N Bits. She would snub every new kibble I put in front of her. The only one I could ever find that she liked (though ate begrudgingly) was Blue Buffalo. She fancied Iams, as well, but it is not the best quality, either. So, I stopped feeding it after a while, too. This dog food [Kibbles N Bits] is horrible. The ingredients are terrible, your dog will most likely have a rough coat on it, runny eyes, smelly farts, runny stools, and the food itself REEKS. I mean, it stinks up to high heaven. It smells like waste, that’s the only accurate way to describe it. And most dogs who eat it (if they touch it in the first place) will become so addicted that it will be hard to switch them off it. I really wish they would stop making this horrible food. It has no place on shelves anywhere. It is almost as bad (if not just as bad) as Ol’Roy.

  • Aimless

    I wish I would have know what I know now! All those years of my (now passed) dog constantly scratching and chewing his paws!  I wish I would have ignored the vets “it’s just allergies to his surroundings” & did some research.  We are now in the process of finding the right food for the 2 new family members so they don’t have to go thru the same.

  • M Ward1993

    I know, its terrible. It makes you feel like you did something wrong.

  • been feeding my 8yr old akita kibles and bits for about 7months now..poor guy is screwed.. hair loss big time..wobbles a bit when he walks.cute photos on the bag just don’t get it…

  • M Ward1993

    My parents fed this nasty food to my dog. When I reached 6th grade I found out how bad commercial foods really are. My dog had huge patches of missing fur and bleeding skin. We tried to get rid of the skin problem but nothing worked. Finally I did some research and made my parents buy avo derm. Of course everything was better after that. Today my dog is 12 and looks and feels better than he did when he was 2. We feed him natures variety prarie.

  • Toxed2loss

    Nicholas P,
    If you have now read the review at the top of the page, and possibly checked out the recall page, you might have an idea of why your pups got sick.

    What were you feeding before this bag of Kibbles -n- bits?

    Do you wish to improve the quality of the dogfood you’re feeding?

  • Bob K

    Nicholas P – Please spend a few minutes and read the detailed report this product above.  Why would you feed this to your dog?  There are many affordable 3 and 4 star dog foods that provide better nutrition for your pet.  Buy a larger bag and save some money.  Often these foods are about $1.00/lb or less if you shop wisely and do your homework..  What was your dog eating before?  Why the change?  Remember to transition to a new dog slowly and read the bad for portion size.  

  • Nicholas P

    I have an Austrailian shepard and a boxer and I bought  a bag of kibbles-n-bits and evrytime they have eaten it within minutes they are vomiting.

  • Deb

    When we first got our husky (then 6 years old) he was being fed Kibbles n Bits. His coat was disgusting – coarse, dull and brittle. He was so thin you could count ribs through his winter fur, and he had frostbite from how poor his (lack of) circulation was.

    We immediately switched him to our dog food of choice (which is Acana) and though it took him nearly a year to achieve a healthy weight, his next shed revealed a dramatically improved coat! He’s also supplemented with fresh meat, but I attribute his glowing vet check-ups to the high quality food he’s been getting. The visible differences from good food were so dramatic that it left little doubt in my mind that grocery store products like Kibble n Bits are the McDonald’s of dog food.

  • Giovanni

    WOW really i never knew and i just bought a big bag of this stuff i’m shocked thats a waste poor my dog 🙁

  • Jonathan

    Lisa, don’t be so fast and loose with your personal information on an open forum. Plus, this is not the manufacturer’s of Kibbles ‘n’ Bits website, this is an independent dog food reviewing website. Why would Kibbles ‘n’ Bits rate itself as 1-star? lol

  • Lisa Featherston

    I bought a 17lbs bag of your dog food and at least half of the bag was crunched to the point it looked like dust. It seemed every hard chunk was powder. I buy this dog food all the time and never had any issues. The bag was not damaged in anyway so I know the store I got it from didn’t damage it in stocking. They won’t let me return it to them because there was no damage to the bag. They said to contact you. Can you help? Address is [address deleted by the editor]. I have no home phone or cell to contact you in person. Thank you.

  • Hi Sheri… As long as these are truly grain insects (weevils?), your dog is probably safe. I’ve been told by many that it’s possible even bread and other flour goods can contain parts of these insects. Hope things work out for you.

  • Bob K

    sheri ehr – Please read the detailed review of this product above and decide if you want to continue feeding your dog this produce. Is this the best you can afford for your loved one?

    Just beacuse it has a well known mane on the bag does not mean its good for your dog. The bugs are probably a benefit to your dog as the protein level may increase a bit.

  • sheri ehr

    OMG i just opened a bag a week ago and have been feeding my dogs kibbles and bits mini bits and I found bugs in there dish I dumped some in a large bowl and found tons of nasty bugs in the bag… I called the hotline and they acted as if they new about this I am very angry they are sending me a coupon I will never feed my babies this again I almost threw up…. pass this along. They said my dogs could not get anything from these bugs they are just wheat bugs I dont care they are gross is this true that they cannot get anything from these bugs???
    Help me , Concerned parent

  • Kathleen


    Thank you so much for posting what is in these dog foods. I have known what is in regular dog foods for a while but this website has helped prove it to my friends. I was petsitting a friends 95 lb. lab and he was itching himself so much he was bleeding and it was just because of this dog food. Now I go to your site and print out what you say about the dog food and give it to my friends so they know what I am telling them is true. My friend has now switched to “good” dog food and now the lab now has a beautiful coat and has lost about 10 lbs.

    Thank you so much,


  • Shirley

    I cant belive my mom is still bying this kind of dog food for my preciouse Pediey!! I know for sure that I will NOT be bying this kind of dog food for my dog. It is disgusting what is in this food. I had only been looking for cases of worms or bugs found in the food because twice now we have found theis worm/bug things in his food and we dont know what they are. I am glade I found this though. Now I know how horrible to food is.

  • Hi Barbara… I’ve already reviewed Mighty Dog. It’s on my list when you “Search by Brands”. Hope this helps.

  • Barbara DeVille

    Hi Mike,

    I work at a dog daycare & kennel where we try and educate our clients on good nutrition for their pets. My last client just checked her dog in for boarding with Kibbles n Bits and Mighty Dog canned!!! Would you mind reviewing Might Dog canned food so I can show it to her? I didn’t even know they still made that disgusting food!!

    Thank you,


  • Hi Sue… Gosh, that looks awful. But the TV commercial and the marketing are impressive (as usual). This is certainly unfortunate for less-informed (and innocent) consumers. In any case, I’m adding this product line to our To Do list. I’ll get on it soon. Thanks for the tip.

  • Sue

    Hey Mike,

    Have you reviewed Kibbles n Bits Bistro Meals? The ingredients are pure garbage and the commercials for it are driving me absolutely crazy!!! Have you seen them yet? They show chefs, nutritious vegetables and cuts of beef that look like London Broil. They claim there is “oven roasted beef, spring vegetables, and a touch of baked apple (directly from TV commercial) in these new dog foods. The vegetables and apple are listed below the corn syrup and salt!! What a joke! It really makes me furious because the marketing is all some people use to choose their food and this is marketing to the extreme. I wish they would spend some of the marketing money on the food!

    Here are the ingredients listed on the website:

    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.

    By the way, I LOVE your website and recommend it to people all of the time! Thanks for giving people the tool to find out truth about dog food without the marketing gimmicks

  • Melissa


    There is something for all of us to learn everyday. : ) People are often shocked to learn that the food they feed can be a source of not only physical ailments,but behavior. There are many higher quality foods that are available with a reasonable price just has to have the motivation to switch!

  • Tricia

    I just wanted to share my experiences with Kibbles and Bits. My pomeranian grew up on Kibbles and Bits. It was the only food she would touch. I had NO IDEA about dog food. The bag said it was nutritionally complete so why would I think anything differently? I read in a book once about how there were cancerous tumors and dead animals in pet food and I threw the book in the garbage thinking the author must be nuts surely that cannot be legal!
    In 2007 I decided that helping animals is my passion and decided to become an animal behavior consultant. My trainer was certified in canine nutrition (sadly she lost a 7 year old dog due to IAMS and that is how she learned about commercial dog food) and told me all about dog food and had me take a close look at my poms coat. It was dull full of dandruff and had bald spots on her legs and she was a tad over weight. I was shocked! I went home and threw Kibbles and Bits in the trash! (I didn’t know about the whole gradual switch thing). And started her on a series of dry foods and ended up on pre-made frozen raw diets (which I am very happy to find the ones I rotate through all have 5 stars). Now my dogs could not be healthier they are good weights with coats that you can almost see your reflection in! On a recent trip to the vet my veterinarian said my cat had the softest most beautiful coat she’d ever seen!
    Everyday is a learning process and I have actually recently learned things from this site! I have been lucky enough to help people with dog behaviors stemming from diet alone! I have people who complain about the price but its so worth it! I always tell them it really is cheaper in the long run! Better food means less eating (you’d be surprised how much less they eat when the food isn’t full of fillers!), less pooping, less shedding, fewer trips to the vet and the cost of replacing your dog when it dies prematurely from crap food! Also to be aware there are quality dog foods that are affordable!

  • Jonathan

    That’s not a bad thing!! 🙂

  • “Ryo”

    Sorry, I must’ve gotten carries away. I hate this food….. way too much!

  • Jonathan

    So Ryo, you’re saying this is actually Kibbles OF “Bits”? Ohh, too soon? lol

  • “Ryo”

    Hydrochloric acid?!?!?!?!?
    I’m. Gonna. Faint.
    How dare Del Monte (yeah, that canned fruit company) put this industrial waste on the market?!?
    Just a future reference: Don’t feed it. On a petter note, don’t buy it. On an even better note, don’t touch it. On the very very best note, don’t even look at it: it had the second highest percentage of the euthanazia used in cats and dogs in 2000. 🙁

  • Jonathan

    Well, I get it from my store… we have the Pet ‘n’ Shape brand and Nutri Vet.

  • Meagan

    Jonathan-Where do you get your alaskan salmon oil? Do brand names matter? I think I am going to order a 32 oz bottle off amazon.

  • Mike P

    good advise melissa .. i think 3 diff brands are the way to go . totw is out for me .. gave her a sample pack and she puked 2 hours later ..

  • Jonathan

    Dogs don’t know it’s not bacon… “it’s BACON!”.

    Yeah, and People don’t know it’s not made from ingredients recognised as food!

  • Melissa

    “Make it and they will buy it” Unfortuently that is the truth. As long as the products are available with catchy advertising, someone will fall prey to the hype. Let;s face it..who here doesn’t recognize their tag line.. from the commercials? Its as recognizable as the treat that screams “”””BACON!”””””” LOl.

  • Jonathan

    You know, this is one of those foods where one star just doesn’t seem low enough. I mean, there are other one-star foods that seem notably better than this utter trash-heap of sugar and chemicals. But what do you do, right? lol

  • Melissa

    Mike P-

    Thats up to you-the foods you choose sound all good. For me, I never rotate within the same brand from the same companies as I worry that if one flavor is lacking or too high in something, it would be across the board-hence my three different foods from different companies-But, that is just me. Many people rotate within the same brand, just varying the protein sources.

  • Hi Melissa… As Jonathan mentioned, propylene glycol is assuredly red flagged in all my reviews (including this one). Hydrochloric acid is an approved food additive. It is the main digestive agent secreted inside a dog’s stomach. Although there’s no way to know for sure, HCl in small amounts is usually used for adjusting the final acidity of a finished dog food.

  • Jonathan

    Melissa, propylene glycol is a red flagged ingredient… he even has an article about it!

  • Jonathan

    Mike P, your rotation sounds great to me. Sadie is currently on Natural Balance Organic, life4K9, and Earthborn Primitive. I’m topping with three pumps of wild Alaskan Salmon Oil, and since starting that only about 4 days ago, there is already a noticeable difference in the look and feel of her coat.

  • Melissa

    I emailed k&b a while ago to inquire about the propylene glycol and the hydrochloric acid. The reply stated that the fda allows a certain amount of propylene glycol in dog food. But nowhere in the reply was any explanation for the hydrochloric acid. The prop. Glycol is to make it sweet but I’m wondering why it isn’t in red in your ingredients list.

  • Mike P

    Jonathan, and I hate to bother Mike , but I’m confused . Ok here goes . I am feeding Merrick b4 grain buffalo , salmon , and fromm beef frattata . Is that a good rotation ? Or should I go with , say Blue wilderness or TOTW to replace one of the merrick foods in my rotation ? So far so good on my present rotation . I just want a variety of animal protein in every different bag . Any thoughts ???

  • Jonathan

    You and your dog are lucky! …Must be one tough mutt to be in good shape on this stuff! 😉

  • Chet

    Not here to bash but my dog has lived on kibble n bits for 13 years. He has great energy and has always been healthy. Never had a problem. Although. after finding your site, I will make some changes on my next dog. As of now I will make some changes with my dog. Doing my research for alternative food for his golden years.

    Great site

  • Bob K

    Ted – If you love your pet – find another food and transition your loved pet slowly. There are many better foods that cost less. So you get a better more nutritious food and save money at the same time – a win for both you and your dog. This website evaluates hundreds if not thousands of dog foods based on ingredients. You can do much better and don’t have to break the bank. There are many 3 and 4 star dog foods that are the same or cheaper in price than the stuff you are currently feeding your dog.

  • Ted

    Theres a new kind of kibbles in bits called kibbles n bits bistro meals. It has apple in it but I wonder whats the diffrence?

  • Candy

    thank you Mike : )

  • Mike P

    good luck candy ..

  • Candy

    I almost lost my yorkshire terrier to kibbles and bits, he is still not 100%. he started getting very bloated about 20-30 minutes after eating k&b, we did not know what was wrong with him, he was in severe pain. we rushed him to the animal emergency hospital and they did xrays , which showed his liver was very enlarged, they told us since his vitals were okay, to take him to our regular vet in the morning, which we did. they did an ultrasound on him and found out that his liver, spleen, and his adrenal glands were all swollen and he was producing too much cortisol, which made them think he had cushings disease…well, $1000 later we find all of his tests had came out negative. thankfully he did not have cushings, and the problem had been caused by his food. i have filed a complaint with Kibbles and Bits and am trying to get some of the money back which i put out for all of the testing and vet visits. i would hate to think what would have happened to the poor little guy if we had not figured out what was making him so sick…

  • Meagan

    I saw a commercial for a new formula of kibbles and bits. they need to stop this brand altogether. not make more.

  • jason

    I tried to transition my lab from Nutro puppy to K&B adult. He had no problem eating it however I am a bit embarrassed to explain what the “outcome” was. I will just say a toxin landfill would have been more pleasant. So needless to say that experiment went wrong. I tried Purina Dog chow which he actually seems ok all around with but I know it is not the greatest of dog foods either. Now he has been on Harmony Farms for over a year and doing awesome! I see HF has a good rating here and I would suggest it as well.

  • Jonathan

    What’s scary to me is that they claim this stuff is “food”. And what I can’t understand is, when a company makes a decent grain free food AND they make this… they have to know that this food is poison. They have to. Yet they shamelessly spend millions of dollars advertising this hot trash as healthful dog food. They don’t spend anywhere near as much advertising Nature’s Recipe. Probably because it would be almost like an admission of guilt. Shame on them, and to hell with all their products.

  • I find it interesting that Del Monte makes both kibbles ‘n’ bits and also Nature’s Recipe. nature’s recipe grain free would be good food if it wasn’t for menadione in it, yet there is no menadione in Kibbles ‘n’ bits, which is pretty much trash and candy for dogs. Why does the higher quality food have such a controversial ingredient in it, yet the cheap stuff does not? What’s going on Del Monte?

  • tanya

    Thank you Ray and Mike! I have been scouring the site for hours trying to find the best food for him. I called our local agway and was told that they can order the diamond naturals for him. The person I talked to actually recommended the Blue Buffalo and said they have samples for me to try so I am going to go and order the blue diamond and take some samples of the other and see which one he likes. Again thank you for all your help and for the wonderful site!

  • Hi Tanya… Why not browse our list of 3, 4 and 5 star dog foods. You’re sure to find something better than Kibbles ‘n Bits.

  • Ray

    Tanya, if you want to try Diamond, but can’t find it you can always order it online. Amazon and Petfooddirect are good places to start. If you wish to look at food before you buy it, then you’ll find very wide selections in the pet specialty stores. (I’m sure there’s a few where you live). In switching from Kibbles n Bits when I first got my dog, she transitioned nicely to Blue Buffalo Life Protection. Now I give her BB Wilderness. But many commendations for taking this site seriously and wanting to give your new member of the family better food!

  • tanya

    I just adopted a dog that is being fed kibbles and bits. I know this food is no good for him. He has very dry skin and itches constantly. This site is wonderful, as it contains alot of wonderful information. My problem is I don’t know what to feed him. I was really leaning towards Diamond Naturals, but its very hard to find where i live. I like the price of the diamond naturals as well as the quality ingredients. Anyone have any suggestions?

    Thanks you!

  • Hi Carl… Yes, I agree. These are slightly better ingredients. But at 23% protein using soybean meal as a plant-based protein booster, there’s not much meat in this food. Two stars.

  • Carl

    What about Wholesome Medley which is sold under the K&B flag, but seems a lots better than base K&B? Ingredient List is: whole grain corn, poultry meal, soybean meal, beef fat, brown rice, apples, etc… What star rating would you give this product specifically? Thanks!

  • Hi Jasmine… Unfortunately, I cannot provide health advice or specific product recommendations. Please see our FAQ page. Or check back for a possible response from one of our readers.

  • Ray

    Jasmine, as someone who gave his LATE dog K&B his whole life (he lived just short of his 13th birthday), I would simply suggest you read the ingredients and ask yourself if this is indeed what is BEST for him. My kids would eat candy and Mcdonalds all day, every day if I let them, but I know that’s not what’s good for them. Best wishes!

  • jasmine

    my dog eats kibble and bits and he loves it nothing happens to dog is a chiuhua.anyway i think i would make a swich just to see what he will do.If he likes it than maybe i will stick with it.please tell me wat i should do!

  • Jonathan

    Heck, Shirley, Burger King would even be a step up from K&B’s! K&b is like eating out of a dumpster every day. 😉

  • Shirley

    I used to have a schnauzer that was on K & B. When I told her vet what she was eating the vet said it was like eating at Burger King every day.

  • Jonathan

    That is a great transition story, Ray! And in the face of us being told by another reader the the “failure rate” of transitioning to Blue is 95%. Which I knew was non-sense from many first-hand stories like yours. 🙂

  • Ray

    I started trying to transition our little dog we got in October to this food because we fed it to our old dog who lived to be almost 13 and ate it his entire life. After reading this and a few other websites, I immediately threw away the Kibbles n Bits and replaced it with Blue Buffalo Lifeline that I now mix with Blue Buffalo Wilderness canned food. The Blue Buffalo is definitely agreeing with her for she has so much energy and has regular poo. So looking back at my old dog while feeding him K&B, he had welts, dry skin, ugly coat of hair, and quite the attitude. He also had many accidents in the house that were runny, and he overall was not a happy dog having back problems and constant digestive issues. I have now come to realize that I killed my former pet feeding him this garbage and have vowed not to make that mistake ever again. I’ve also taken to warning people about “dog food” like this and have been begging them to research what they feed their pets. I’ve gotten mixed reactions at best. I hope more and more discover this and other websites like it!

  • Logan

    my dog ate this for over 4 years of his life, until I switched him to halo, I’m thankful he instantly transitioned to halo (no runny poo, not eating etc) and I switched him over completely. I’d never recommend kibbles n bits, first off, dog food doesnt smell good but this stuff smells so bad we put it in a container in the garage. The halo smells kinda like chicken biscuits to me (the crackers) not my fav smell, but because of the resealable packaging and the little smell it has, we keep it in the pantry inside the house. He doesnt like the little lamb bits in halo, so I’m going to try the salmon or chicken next time. But I’m def only going to buy it again. I’m so thankful he never got sick eating that garbage kibbles n bits, it should come with a warning on it. And IMO shame on the company for trying to sell this crap for our animals to eat.

  • Jonathan

    @Janell Hey is this twitter? lol but really, once again, just don’t feed ’em this food. Best advice.

  • Janell

    @Jessica my dog picks out the same ones!!

  • Jonathan

    Jessica, just don’t feed this food to them. That’s where i’d start.

  • Hi Jessica… Not sure why they pick out these specific bits. I would guess these are the pieces that contain the nutrient supplements (not usually known for their flavor). Just a guess. Anyway, maybe the company can tell you what’s in these “unpopular” bits.

  • Jessica

    I have two yorkies, and they both pick at their food and will not eat the light brown pellets or the little brown bones.. why??

  • Karen W.

    My dogs won’t eat the round red and brown pellets ot the little brown bones. I can tell you the vivd details of the bad about feeding your dogs KibblesNBits. There are wartlike moles on my old dogs. My youngest has seziures and they itch I bath them and they still itch. They have fragile bones too. This stuff is a dark construct. I have 4 days left of my dogs being on KibblesNBits Mike. I am going to go with the Diamond Naturals Product despite the fact they get four of their ingredients from other countries. I found out its simply cheaper because of so much reg/tax in this country. Happy to say only acetic acid comes from China. I have blogged everything for days about them and I must say dispite the recalls on their standard products having large amounts of grains and by-product their Naturals does not. I think the only reason after 3 yrs on the stuff they survived was the Iams dry catfood they ate too most of their lives having been raised with the cats. I will have a problem because I want to make the switch on both the cat and dog food at one time. Money prevents me from waiting out one at a time. I suppose if it was best I could wait to translate the Iams next month and do the dogs this month. So how would I do this knowing its got to be gradual and they eat both foods? Do you have some advice Mike?

  • Hi Daisy… That is a very good question. And it is the main reason I created this website. There are plenty of very good dog foods out there. Just browse the 3, 4 and 5-star dog foods on our website and find one that you think your dog would like and give it a try. Please be sure to transition very GRADUALLY to the new dog food. Start with just 20% new food and slowly increase to 100% over a 7 to 10 day period. Hope this helps.

  • Daisy

    What Dog brand should I buy for my four year old poodle schnauzer Candy??? I don’t want to “POISON HER” with unhealthy garbage like purina, kibbles n bits…etc. PLEASE HELP ME!!!!

  • Hi Claire… I’ve only been monitoring dog food recalls since the Fall of 2009. I’m not aware of any recent recalls for this product.

  • Claire Sellers

    did Del Monte ever make a recall for kibble n’ bits??