Mighty Dog (Canned)


Rating: ★★☆☆☆

Mighty Dog Dog Food receives the Advisor’s second-lowest tier rating of 2 stars.

The Mighty Dog product line includes 14 canned recipes.

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.

  • Mighty Dog Lamb and Rice [A]
  • Mighty Dog Hearty Beef Dinner [A]
  • Mighty Dog Savory Steak Flavor Chopped [M]
  • Mighty Dog Tenderloin Tips Flavor in Gravy [M]
  • Mighty Dog Hearty Pulled-Style Beef in Gravy [M]
  • Mighty Dog Thick-Sliced Beef Dinner in Gravy [M]
  • Mighty Dog Porterhouse Steak Flavor in Gravy [M]
  • Mighty Dog Seared Beef with Cheese in Gravy [M]
  • Mighty Dog Rotisserie Chicken Flavor Chopped [M]
  • Mighty Dog Chicken and Smoked Bacon Combo [A]
  • Mighty Dog Hearty Pulled-Style Chicken in Gravy [M]
  • Mighty Dog Thick-Sliced Chicken Dinner in Gravy [M]
  • Mighty Dog Seared Chicken with Cheese in Gravy [M]
  • Mighty Dog Chicken, Egg & Bacon Country Platter [M]

Mighty Dog Thick-Sliced Beef Dinner in Gravy was selected to represent the other products in the line for this review.

Mighty Dog Thick-Sliced Beef Dinner in Gravy

Canned Dog Food

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

Protein = 46% | Fat = 14% | Carbs = 33%

Ingredients: Water sufficient for processing, beef, liver, wheat gluten, meat by-products, chicken, soy flour, corn starch-modified, potassium chloride, added color, tricalcium phosphate, salt, choline chloride, calcium carbonate, zinc sulfate, vitamin E supplement, ferrous sulfate, niacin, copper sulfate, thiamine mononitrate, manganese sulfate, calcium pantothenate, pyridoxine hydrochloride, vitamin B12 supplement, riboflavin supplement, vitamin A supplement, potassium iodide, folic acid, vitamin D3 supplement, biotin, sodium selenite

Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 6.8%

Red items indicate controversial ingredients

Estimated Nutrient Content
Guaranteed Analysis10%3%NA
Dry Matter Basis46%14%33%
Calorie Weighted Basis41%30%30%
Protein = 41% | Fat = 30% | Carbs = 30%

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

The second ingredient is beef. Beef is defined as “the clean flesh derived from slaughtered cattle” and includes skeletal muscle or the muscle tissues of the tongue, diaphragm, heart or esophagus.1

Beef is naturally rich in all ten essential amino acids required by a dog to sustain life.

The third ingredient is liver. Normally, liver can be considered a quality component. However, in this case, the source of the liver is not identified. For this reason, it’s impossible to judge the quality of this item.

The fourth ingredient is wheat gluten. Gluten is the rubbery residue remaining once wheat has had most of its starchy carbohydrate washed out of it.

Although wheat gluten contains 80% 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 fifth ingredient includes meat by-products, an item made from slaughterhouse waste. This is what’s left of slaughtered animals after all the prime striated muscle cuts have been removed.

With the exception of hair, horns, teeth and hooves, this item can include almost any other part of the animal.1

What’s worse, this particular item is anonymous. So, the meat itself can come from any combination of cattle, pigs, sheep or goats — which can make identifying specific food allergies impossible.

Although most meat by-products can be nutritious, we do not consider such vaguely described (generic) ingredients to be as high in quality as those derived from a named animal source.

The sixth ingredient is chicken. Chicken is considered “the clean combination of flesh and skin… derived from the parts or whole carcasses of chicken”.1

Chicken is naturally rich in the ten essential amino acids required by a dog to sustain life.

The seventh ingredient is soy flour, a high-protein by-product of soybean processing.

Although soy flour contains about 51% 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 eighth ingredient is corn starch, a starchy powder extracted from the endosperm found at the heart of a kernel of corn. Corn starch is most likely used here to thicken the broth into a gravy.

Corn starch isn’t a true red flag item. Yet we’ve highlighted here for those wishing to avoid corn-based ingredients.

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 two notable exceptions

First, 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?

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

Mighty Dog Dog Food
The Bottom Line

Judging by its ingredients alone, Mighty Dog looks like a below-average canned dog food.

But ingredient quality by itself cannot tell the whole story. We still need to estimate the product’s meat content before determining a final rating.

The dashboard displays a dry matter protein reading of 46%, a fat level of 14% and estimated carbohydrates of about 33%.

As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 44% and a mean fat level of 19%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 30% for the overall product line.

And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 42%.

Above-average protein. Below-average fat. And near-average carbs when compared to a typical canned dog food.

When you consider the protein-boosting effect of the wheat gluten and soy flour, this looks like the profile of a canned product containing a moderate amount of meat.

Bottom line?

Mighty Dog is a meat-based canned dog food using a moderate amount of named and unnamed meats as its main sources of animal protein, thus earning the brand 2 stars.

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.

Mighty Dog Dog Food
Recall History

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Notes and Updates

03/23/2017 Last Update

  1. Association of American Feed Control Officials
  2. Association of American Feed Control Officials
  3. Association of American Feed Control Officials
  • HoundMusic

    I have a dog with ulcerative colitis who is just getting over a flare up that caused bleeding ulcers, diarrhea/vomiting, extreme pain and anorexia for the past 2 weeks. Compounding the problem was that he refused to take his regular dry food, which seems to help with the inflammatory nature of the condition, nor could he keep down the steroidal medication prescribed by the Vet. I thought canned food might be a help because water wasn’t staying down either 🙁 He was very enthusiastic about the hearty beef flavor Mighty Dog (tbh, it smelled better than the beef bone broth I was giving him) and it was literally the first solid food he was able to stomach in several days. He was also able to “go” without having diarrhea, which wasn’t even happening when I was cooking bland foods for him. I can also sneak a ginger pill in a spoonful of this, which is a great help with inflammation/nausea and is better tolerated than the steroids. Since he feels better, he will take a few pieces of his dry food now, but this will be his main diet for the time being. Haven’t fed Mighty dog in about 17 years, but the quality seemed just as good, if not better than the last time I used it.

  • HoundMusic

    Purina isn’t the brand with innumerable recalls. In fact, Dog Chow has been around for over 90 years without a single recall. I’d say that’s a very respectable track record. I can’t seem to find one for Mighty Dog, either, but if you search the recall archives on this forum, it’s the designer brands like Wellness & Blue that have a ton of them. Personally, I fed Mighty dog from 1982-2000 to both my childhood dogs without a hitch. That’s a long time. And considering one of those dogs was a Lhasa Apso with a Grade 2 heart murmur who lived to be around 14 years old, I’m not certain his Mighty Dog and the occasional gaines burger did him any harm.

  • anon101

    I agree, I had a dog that was post dental surgery, an older small breed, and he had a rough recovery.
    Mighty dog was the only thing he would eat and he thrived on it. Vet was thrilled that he would eat something and gave me the green light. He did well for several more years.
    Every dog is different.
    Ps: I would not hesitate to use this food again, especially as a topper, if need be.

  • Christina Cochran

    Of course they’re going to like something that isn’t as healthy for them– things that have mediocre ingredients. Dogs would eat a dead animal if you let them. That’s like us, when we are accustomed to eating junk– we don’t want to consume healthy tasting products. Purina anything is garbage. Too many recalls – I don’t even feed my horse purina.

  • Sandy4300

    I’ve tried some of the better foods but my 2 dogs seem to like Mighty Dog quite a lot, I do give them Cesar’s also and they like both. I also buy Nature’s Recipe which is more money when I go to Pet Supply Plus or Petco. I bought a bag of Nature’s Variety Instinct dry dog food which is supposedly organic or healthier for them but I am still on the same bag I bought a few months back and have gone through I think the 3rd bag of Purina dog chow little bites. I also have a large bag of Blue that someone said to mix with the wet food. I tried that and when they finish the dish that is all that is left on the dish, so how could you feed them something that is supposedly better for them and yet they don’t eat it and rather eat Mighty Dog and Cesar’s. And its funny when I first bought Mighty dog I would buy the 2 with bacon in it come to find out they are not crazy about those 2 flavors. They do like the pulled chicken, porterhouse steak, savory steak and rotisserie chicken so I continue to buy them.

  • savannah jackson

    Walmart 7$ per case

  • Bobby dog

    Hi Amber:
    I know you mentioned you did not want to feed human foods, but if you are ever interested in trying another food here is a site that has a few recipes for balanced homemade cooked foods. It might make meal time interesting for him to eat different foods a few times a week. Also, if you are unable to find Mighty Dog again you’ll have a back-up if you find a recipe he likes.

    Here’s some books with recipes:

  • Crazy4dogs

    Just an FYI, wet food should never sit in a bowl at room temperature for more than about an hour. Bacteria sets in on wet food very quickly.

  • Amber Ricard

    No this is not a belated April fool joke……..but thanks to my mother in law she mentioned a store I haven’t checked out before and I found it

  • Amber Ricard

    I have tried all wet foods on the market….He won’t eat them. They sit in the bowl untouched for 2 days before I throw it out. I don’t want to just feed him human food because he won’t eat dog food. I checked with his vet and while its not the best stuff on the market it is something he’ll eat and his vet doesn’t have a problem with it.

  • Crazy4dogs

    The sad thing is I had a friend who fed all the crap foods. Their small dog died of cancer before 12 years old.
    Have you seen the new Beneful tub commercials? Ugh! I hate marketing. 🙁

  • LabsRawesome

    Lol it has to be. They literally sell Mighty Dog like EVERYWHERE.

  • Crazy4dogs


  • Dori

    Is this a belated April’s Fool joke?

  • Crazy4dogs

    Can you find a better rated wet food to feed him?

  • Amber Ricard

    Does anyone know where to buy mighty dog? My 7 year old tarrier loves the seared chicken flavor (and after spending hundreds on everything else that he wouldn’t eat) its been a relief…. Used to buy it at dollarrama but they sold out weeks ago! Help!!!

  • Babslynne
  • Roxie Cutler

    My other option was cheap dry food and 3/5 of the first ingredients were corn, the other two wheat based… lol nope

  • Roxie Cutler

    I had about 8 dollars to my name so I got an 8 pack of mighty dog to last my dog a few days until I can pick up my check and the ingredient list looked WAY better than what’s listed here… weird.

  • Crazy4cats

    Well, all of the ingredients and analysis are spelled out on this site for you. None of them even get three stars. I think they are all equally poor choices. Do you have a Walmart or a Tractor Supply store close by? You can get Pure Balance or 4Health canned foods at these stores. Both are very high quality for only a fraction more!

  • RLawt0n

    How would this compare to Cesar Savory Delights and Pedigree Little Champions Canned Food? I feed my chihuahua Premium Edge but every Sunday I mix in Cesars so he could have something tasty.

  • Riley

    Of COURSE your dogs are going I love it. It’s junk food for dogs. Just because your dog likes it doesn’t mean it’s healthy. Kids love cupcakes… You gonna feed your kid cupcakes every day?

  • JellyCat

    What do you mean “one bad batch?”

    The ingredients are actually awful. In addition, there are artificial colours and flavors.

  • one bad batch isnt enough, those ingedient sound good to me, my moms old pit mix can only eat that stuff { wet food} turn right into a pup again.

  • LabsRawesome

     Phypan_99, of course your dog is going to prefer canned food over dry. But you should choose a higher quality of both foods. Dry Purina & mighty dog? ICK and ICK. Both are terrible foods. Have you looked at the ingredients/reviews? I’m sure you love your little Basenji. It wouldn’t cost that much to feed her high quality food. Look around on this site at the 4 and 5 star rated foods.

  • Phypan_99

    My 20 month old Basendji loves Mighty Dog. We set out a cup of dry purina each morning and she ignores it. Around 5pm we mash in 1/8th can of M.D. and a drop or two of fish oil. Wow, does she love it. What a joy for us to see her go for it.
    I am not a vet. but I recommend my method.

  • Pattyvaughn

    Yeah, my dog liked all those artificial flavors and artificial colors, and mystery meat, too.  But when she almost died from pancreatitis from the food we had to switch her to something that was healthier.  Glad it’s working for you though.

  • My dog loves Mighty Dog.  It’s tastes great to him, it’s reasonably priced and healthy.  He likes the variety of flavors.  All other dog foods are worse, imo.

  • Billposter44

    Most dogs seem to like Mighty Dog. My guess is the artificial flavor must be doing it. This stuff is really canine junk food.

  • Guest

    I have a 7 year old bassett hound, for the last 6 years I have tried every brand of dog food on the market, she’ll eat it for a week then turn away. Mightydog has been the only food she has stuck to eating straight dog, she also has a bowl of dry food by purina. I know its not the best food for her but while she enjoys it, I am ok with her being on it.

  • Carol Rickman

    What happened to the quality of Mightydog? My 2 dogs loved it and the last 2 12 packs have been garbage, It’s so dry I have to remove it from the cans with a fork and then try to mash it ….they look at me like I’ve lost my mind expecting me to make them eat the stuff. The latest lot # is sp269164/41306156 .T%he price has gone up and the quality down….shame on you.

  • Anna

    Hearty Beef Dinner’s my Chinese Crested Male favorite too. Really, he doesn’t want the chicken kind I got from By Nature and that’s just the beginning

  • ert

    i have been away and now my dog 2years old does not seem to eat,,i want to take good care of him

  • Jerry

    Great site, just switched my 11 month old adopted girl to a much better food after a lot of research this weekend. Thanks.

    When I was doing my research I spoke to my parents this weekend who have a 16 year old Shih-Tzu, and they said although they cook for him more in his older age, they always primarily gave him Mighty Dog. To my knowledge he’s never had serious health problems; the last two-three years his energy level is pretty flat and he coughes when he moves around too much, but I guess that’s to be expected of an older dog.

  • Ernie Carpenter

    Despite the low rating and low quality ingredients of Mighty Dog canned food, my bichon-pom mix puppy just loves the taste of the Hearty Beef Dinner and the Lamb and Rice variety. I use only a sixth of a can (about one and a half tablespoon) with half a cup of kibble (Royal Canine puppy dry food). I must say it smells good to me (and apprently him too). Now that he’s ready to switch to an adult food diet (10 months), I’m switching him to Blue Buffalo’s no-grain chicken kibble with the Blue’s canned varieties. Thanks for your good advice on dog foods.