Newman’s Own Dog Food (Dry)


Rating: ★★★½☆

Newman’s Own Dog Food receives the Advisor’s mid-tier rating of 3.5 stars.

The Newman’s Own product line includes two 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.

  • Newman’s Own Adult Dog Formula [A]
  • Newman’s Own Advanced Dog Formula [A]

Newman’s Own Advanced Dog Formula was selected to represent both products in the line for this review.

Newman's Own Advanced Formula

Dry Dog Food

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

Protein = 27% | Fat = 11% | Carbs = 54%

Ingredients: Chicken, chicken meal, organic oats, organic barley, organic peas, organic soybean meal, organic sorghum, organic brown rice, organic millet, organic rice, chicken fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols), organic flax seed, dicalcium phosphate, organic carrots, natural flavors, salt, potassium chloride, parsley, zinc proteinate, choline chloride, iron proteinate, vitamin E supplement, rosemary extract, manganese proteinate, lecithin, copper proteinate, vitamin B12 supplement, vitamin A acetate, niacin, calcium pantothenate, vitamin D3 supplement, ascorbic acid (source of vitamin C), riboflavin, folic acid, pyridoxine hydrochloride, thiamin hydrochloride, biotin, cobalt proteinate (source of chelated cobalt), ethylenediamine dihydriodide (source of iodine), sodium selenite, dehydrated Lactobacillus acidophilus fermentation product, dehydrated Bacillus subtilis fermentation product, dehydrated Bifidobacterium thermophilum fermentation product, dehydrated Enterococcus faecium fermentation product

Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 6.1%

Red items indicate controversial ingredients

Estimated Nutrient Content
Guaranteed Analysis24%10%NA
Dry Matter Basis27%11%54%
Calorie Weighted Basis25%25%50%
Protein = 25% | Fat = 25% | Carbs = 50%

The first ingredient in this dog food is chicken. Although it is a quality item, raw chicken contains about 80% water. After cooking, most of that moisture is lost, reducing the meat content to just a fraction of its original weight.

After processing, this item would probably account for a smaller part of the total content of the finished product.

The second ingredient is chicken meal. Chicken meal is considered a meat concentrate and contains nearly 300% more protein than fresh chicken.

The third ingredient includes oats. Oats are rich in B-vitamins, minerals and dietary fiber.

The fourth ingredient is barley. Barley is a starchy carbohydrate supplying fiber and other healthy nutrients. However, aside from its energy content, this cereal grain is of only modest nutritional value to a dog.

The fifth ingredient includes 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.

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

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

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

The ninth ingredient is millet, a gluten-free grain harvested from certain seed grasses. Millet is hypoallergenic and naturally rich in B-vitamins and fiber as well as other essential minerals.

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 four notable exceptions

First, we find chicken fat. Chicken fat is obtained from rendering chicken, a process similar to making soup in which the fat itself is skimmed from the surface of the liquid.

Chicken fat is high in linoleic acid, an omega-6 fatty acid essential for life. Although it doesn’t sound very appetizing, chicken fat is actually a quality ingredient.

Next, flaxseed is one of the best plant sources of healthy omega-3 fatty acids. Provided they’ve first been ground into a meal, flax seeds are also rich in soluble fiber.

However, flaxseed contains about 19% protein, a factor that must be considered when judging the actual meat content of this dog food.

In addition, we note the inclusion of dried fermentation products in this recipe. Fermentation products are typically added to provide enzymes to aid the animal with digestion.

And lastly, this food contains chelated minerals, minerals that have been chemically attached to protein. This makes them easier to absorb. Chelated minerals are usually found in better dog foods.

Newman’s Own Dog Food
The Bottom Line

Judging by its ingredients alone, Newman’s Own Dog Food looks like an above-average dry dog food.

The dashboard displays a dry matter protein reading of 27%, a fat level of 11% and estimated carbohydrates of about 54%.

As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 25% and a mean fat level of 12%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 55% for the overall product line.

And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 49%.

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 flaxseed, this looks like the profile of a kibble containing a moderate amount of meat.

Bottom line?

Newman’s Own is a plant-based dry dog food using a moderate amount of chicken meal as its main source of animal protein, thus earning the brand 3.5 stars.


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.

Those looking for a wet food from the same company may wish to visit our review of Newman’s Own Organics Grain Free canned dog food.

Newman’s Own Dog Food
Recall History

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Notes and Updates

02/15/2017 Last Update

  • anonymously

    I use Newman’s dry foods and canned as a backup, something I can get at the local market, it’s okay. Sometimes I mix it with another food. But, I use a grain free product for my dog with allergies. Some of Newman’s canned are grain free.

  • zennifer baldwin

    Hi pitlove and dori! I thought I could delete this whole conversation, but you will have to delete your own answers. The situation played out and it is most definitely fleas. I wanted to delete these remarks so as not to insult Newman’s. I was almost sure I was right, but those pesky beasts made themselves known lol. Thanks for your help!

  • zennifer baldwin

    see below

  • Dori

    Many people that I know have had problems with dog food ordered from Amazon, myself included. I would suggest that you give a try to ordering on line. A lot of posters here on DFA swear by that on line site.

  • zennifer baldwin

    Hi and thanks for the tips! There are no holes/patched holes in the bag and I purchased it on Amazon, which may or may not do a brisk Newman’s business. I will definitely make note of the lot number and call the company once I see how she responds to going off of it – of course I don’t want to blame the food if it isn’t the food (though I truly suspect that it is – she hasn’t had any since yesterday morning and is already digging at herself less). I’ll post an update once I have contacted them 🙂

  • Pitlove

    Hi zennifer- If you still have the original bag I would say definitely check it for any holes and any holes that someone at the store might have taped up. Typically stores are not allowed to resell natural foods that have holes in the bag because the fats start going rancid once the air hits it and sometimes there is no way to know how long the food has been getting air, as it could have been damaged in shipping thus meaning air was getting to it the whole ride to the store from the distribution center.

    Even if there is no hole, I would still take the bag back to the store. It could be a bad batch. Every batch of food is different which is why a lot of companies now are making their foods in small batches. I would then try ordering the same food from another online store or buying at another store. Just get it from somewhere different and see if you have the same issue. If you do call the company and report it as they may need to look into those lot numbers that went out in that area.

    Best of luck!

  • zennifer baldwin

    I came here today hoping to find others who have had issues with what seems to be some sort of formula change in the Adult Dry Food. I purchased a bag on June 6. When I opened it a week later, I noticed it smelled VERY strong and stunk of fish. I thought maybe it was because it was fresh or maybe a new formula, so I just went with it. Within a week or two my dog was scratching like crazy. I thought it was fleas, so I used some Frontline. The itching went on and on – I bathed her, tried lemon juice and other natural flea remedies, etc and then suddenly (ugh why didn’t I think of it) I realized the itching started when the new bag of food came into the house! I made her some rice, chicken and carrots today and I am hoping after a week of bland diet, I will see improvement. Can’t say it is the Newman’s yet, but it seems that it may be. She even reeks of that new smell it has! Will report back.

  • empiricist2

    Too bad it has Soy, only good if aged and fermented because of the hormones, anti-nutrient phytic acid and enzyme inhibitors. Read The Whole Soy Story. Also see Westin A Price website. No better for dogs than people. Then I wonder about the grain processing. Do they soak them first to get rid of the phytic acid? See Known fact that this increases protein availability by ~7 times also.

  • brian

    you didn’t gradually begin feeding him…time to educate the owner

  • mopsie1

    The problem I have with soy is GMOs.

  • DogMom

    Another thing to consider is the SOURCING. Where are these ingredients sourced from? If it’s anywhere outside of the USA, I will not buy it. I do a great deal of research into our pets food, the ingredients, and where they ingredients come from.


    yes, seriously , proselytizing is exactly what she was doing. Religious *zealots*, especially who quote their particular scripture as though it were inarguable fact, are responsible for at least half of the evil in this world.
    You want to believe in Jesus, that’s fine. Just don’t throw your belief right into other people’s faces, as though it were the one and only correct answer.
    Jews don’t believe Jesus was the son of God. are they wrong ?

  • Jordan

    Seriously, do you really think that’s what she was doing? And why do you feel the need to tell someone that they are not allowed to share their Religious View, Spirituality etc on a public forum. Is you because you feel threatened by God? Regardless of my Beliefs … I feel that everyone should have a voice and there own opinions. Anger is not a great quality and its wasted energy.

  • Jordan



    thumbs down for bringing religion into this discussion. leave your personal religious agenda out of it, and stop taking advantange of the poster’s grief, to proselytize!

  • Piper’s Mom

    I’m sorry about your dog. That’s awful.

    I just came to this site to see if anyone else had had a bad experience with this dog food. I just threw out two cans of it. I purchased them a few days ago at Whole Foods and fed some to my dog yesterday. Her stomach started making strange noises, she seemed to be in pain as she kept changing positions, and she had really bad gas. When i looked closely at the remaining contents of the can, there were pieces of purple string and other odd looking stuff. It makes you wonder–what’s really in this dog food?

  • Jan_Mom2Cavs

    I’m sorry to mislead…I wasn’t talking about dog food in my above post. I don’t use their dog food, but I do use their K-Cups for my Keurig coffee maker. Have a nice day.

  • mnc

    buying dog food at krogers is the most expensive place to buy dog food,thats the only thing I don’t buy at krogers.

  • Candy

    I’m so sorry for your loss! You are right, the love of money is the root of ALL evil! I lost my dog to liver issues, along with other health problems, that I’m sure came from deceitful Vet care and bad dog food. I pray that you will have peace in knowing that your precious fur-baby is no longer suffering – and that through faith in Jesus Christ, you can spend eternity with your beloved animal companion. This is a PROMISE in God’s Word!
    [Romans 8:18-21]

    I do thank God for the information in this article and Mike Sagman, who at least gives us the guidelines needed when choosing how to feed our pets.

  • Hi Robeauch,

    Yes, Newman’s Own Organix does publish its AAFCO nutritional adequacy statement on its website. However, please notice the statement itself reproduced here is incomplete:

    “Our Advanced Dog Formula is complete and balanced and formulated to exceed the nutrient requirements established by the Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) Nutrient Profiles.:

    However, complete and balance for what life stages? Growth, adult maintenance or all life stages?

    Thanks for taking the time to point this out to me.

  • Candace

    Now a days I feel most dog food has gone to crap, You always hear good things AND bad things about ALLLLL dog foods..When you think you finially find a good one, you always find a negative review, Its so hard to find a good dog food. I like this dog food, my dog has a sensitive stomach to everything and have been feeding this to him for a year now.



  • monkeyking42

    Chicken Meal is still the #2 ingredient for the Advanced formula, at least the bag I looked at. Are you looking at the “Adult formula”?

  • Betsy Greer

    LOL! It’s a friend’s dog, and she didn’t like it, but choked it down for something close to 10 years if memory serves.

    Unfortunately, my friend’s vet was older and is since deceased and it appears as though the dog’s records no longer exist. : (

    My friend has since switched foods and was quite comfortable in doing so… I’m just always on a mission to see if I can get to the bottom of her pup’s bladder stones. But, it sounds as though without those records, we’ll really never know.

    Thanks for the feedback!

  • cl.p

    Sorry, I can’t.
    The C/D diet is meant to manage bladder disease and buildup of crystals and stones in the urinary tract. I couldn’t say what kind of stones your dog has.
    If your dog likes it, it’s half the battle.

  • Betsy Greer

    Hi cl.p,

    So, if a vet prescribed Hill’s Prescription C/D dry dog food, would that tell you anything about the type of stones that dog had been diagnosed with?

  • cl.p

    You didn’t say which kind of bladder stones your dog has (Struvite or Calcium Oxalate).
    Struvite stones form in urine with a high pH (alkaline urine), diets
    should help to maintain a low pH (acidic urine). Diets with animal-based
    protein sources are most important in maintaining an acidic pH, while
    vegetarian or cereal-based diets are more likely to cause and alkaline
    With Calcium Oxalate stones, a high protein diet can cause stones by increasing calcium in the urine. It lowers urinary pH and can increase uric acid. High quantities of animal protein can contribute to stone formation by increasing urinary calcium and oxalic acid excreting and by decreasing urinary citric acid excretion.
    Your should increase your dog’s water consumption to help dilute the urine. You can do this by adding water to your dog’s food, it should look like wet mush. Avoid table scraps when caring for an oxalate stone-forming dog.
    There are better diets than Newman’s Own Organic for a dog with bladder stones. Depending on the kind of stone, you either want more, or less protein, and lower in fat (3 -8%). Be sure to check with your veterinarian before changing your dog’s diet.

  • cl.p

    Newman’s Own Organic must have changed their ingredients, The second ingredient listed on the package is no longer Chicken Meal. The first few ingredients listed on the package are: Chicken, Organic Barley, Organic Oats, Organic Peas, Chicken Meal,
    Organic Sorghum, Organic Soybean Meal, Chicken Fat (Preserved with Mixed
    Would this still be considered a 4 star dry dog food?

  • samantha

    would this food be good for a dog who had bladder stones in the past

  • InkedMarie

    I would not think it a good choice. I’d go grain free, possibly potato free. On our forum, under dog food ingredients, there is a list of grain/potato free foods.

  • Melissaandcrew

     white schnauzer-

    One of my white guys(schnauzers) is prone to tear staining, one is not. I find that both do well on Acana foods, raw commercials and dehydrated/freeze dried.

  • Pattyvaughn

    I would expect that with such a high level of carbs that it would not be great for anything to do with yeast except to grow it, though I have never heard someone refer to tear stains as red yeast tear stains.

    I did read something last night that said probiotics and digestive enzymes helped with tear stains.

  • white schnauzer

    Does anyone know if this dog food is better for dogs who are prone to getting red yeast tear stains due to allergies?

  • Jan

    Great food, use both dry and canned.  Solved my allergic dog problems.  She lived a long good life after switching to Paul Newman food.  Past at 13 years old.  My new GSD loves it, especially the Turkey Rice mixed with Active Dry. No problems opening the cans and I have a 1970’s era Campbell Soup replica can opener. The beef canned food has a pull tab.  Thanks for such a great product. 

  • Andrea Plunket

    My 3 dogs love Chicken & Brown Rice Formula. I hate it because opening the can is a nightmare. I bought 2 new can-openers and I still have difficulty. I just had an accident with a new can and am bleeding like a pig…Please make the cans easier to open. Otherwise your product is wonderful.
    Andrea Plunket

  • Jennifer

    I have a dog that has diabetic seizures. My vet put him on honey, daily. He was 4 months old when he had his first & he is almost 10 years old now & he is still going strong!

  • mjh523

    Wait…the chicken isn’t organic?!!!

  • Hn1225

    I really like this dog food! I have 2 beagles one who is a senior who always had issues with food over the years..I swear my senior dog is doing good on this food (coat looks nice, bm’s are good not too hard, or runny or frequent) it is a little $$ but I have been impressed with this food more so than the “designer brands” and my dogs are healthy and they look great!

  • Addie

    Menu makes their canned food, but I’m not sure who makes their kibble.

  • Jetstreamfarms

    Do you know what manufactures makes their kibble? Who is currently making their cans? With all the recall scares I would like to know where the kibble is made.

  • Johnandchristo


    Do you sell newmans own organic grain free beef?
    in Bulk?

  • Great article we too recommend Newmans Own dog food. We carry many of their products at affordable prices. You can buy it  in bulk at our online store. Save 15% off you purchase use code: NEWGL

  • I would start giving probiotics/enzymes now instead of waiting till you find a new food to start strengthening the gut.  The Hill’s (is it W/D?) is alot different from any of the ones I listed and you may/may not have a hard time transitioning. Go really s-l-o-w. 

  • acarrier8373

    Yes, I do give him adult food, esspecially since he’s been nutured. I was hoping I could give them the same food, so thats great news. I did look into the Horizon food and seemed to like what I read pretty well. I’ll be looking into those others you listed. Thank you so much for your time!!

  • Your two might could eat the same food.  Is the 15-mo old considered an adult? Adults can eat an all-life-stage food which includes puppy formulas. The 7 yr old can eat a non-diet formula too.  A lower carb food will help with weight loss/maintenance. A good digestive enzyme and probiotic will help with digestion.

    Some potato free foods:

    Brothers, Back to Basics, Horizon Legacy, Horizon Pulsar, Darford, Avoderm Rotating Menu, Victor Grain Free, Great Life grain free, Vet Preferred, Nutrisource GF, Dogswell Nutrisca, Innova Prime, Canine Caviar GF, Nature’s Select GF, California Natural GF Chicken Meal

  • acarrier8373

    Thank you so much for your input!! That helps me out a lot, and I’d hate to give my babies the wrong kind of food! Back to searching I go!! Thanks again!

  • acarrier8373

    I wanted to respond to you because in doing research over the years to create Brothers I remember talking with a micro biologist who designed and created a process that “encapsulates” probiotics and keeps the moisture and warmth in dog food kibble from activating the probiotics too soon which results in the majority of them being dead by the time the dog eats the kibble.

    He told me there is a bacteria that usually exists in the small intestine of dogs in the area close to where it leaves the stomach, and this bacteria often reacts to grain in dogs by foaming up, and causing an upset stomach, often causing the dog to throw up. 

    It is just one of a few reasons I feel that dogs do much better on food that does not have grain or white potato in it, and I think in your particular case it would be well worth a 4 to 8 week trial.

    Over the years thousands of dogs have come into our dog food store in Fort Lauderdale, Fl. with every imaginable problem but the vast majority of them often exhibited skin problems or “sensitive” stomach problems along with whatever else they might have had. 

    We suggest putting the dog on a good grain and white potato free food for 2 months in an attempt to narrow down the search for the problem. In roughly 80% to 90% of the cases this is all they needed to do to either resolve the problems completely or they would see enough progress that the wisdom of continuing on this diet was self evident.

    In conjunction with eliminating grain and potato from their diets (including treats with those ingredients) it was extremely helpful and the success rate was even higher and the progress quicker if the dogs were given digestive enzymes, prebiotics, and probiotics to encourage intestinal repair and overall health.

    My point is that it won’t harm the dogs; you have a 90% chance of success in my experience; and you will actually probably get a good indication of your chances for success even sooner than that – and if your dogs are in the 90% success group you’ve saved a lot of money that probably would have been spent on Vet. care; and your beautiful dogs are feeling better and now you basically know how to keep them that way.


  • Jan_Mom2Cavs

    While I applaud organic foods, I personally stay away from soy, so I would not feed this food….which is a shame because I love quite a few of Newman’s products.  I have used some of the canned dog food and the small heart shaped biscuits with success.  (Newman’s Own coffee k-cups are also some of my favorites lol!)

  • acarrier8373

    Can anyone give advice? I have 2 cocker spaniels and I’ve been trying to find the best food for them. I read online somewhere that since one of my cockers has acid reflux he needs a low-protein low-fat food. This food is the first food I’ve found out of A lot of these listed dog foods that is low-protien, low-fat. Does anyone else have experience a dog with acid reflux and throws up from time to time? Is this a good food for that problem? I have to give him pepcid AC everyday and want him on a food that will help his problem. He’s 15 months old. I’m doing my research before I ask the vet about this, I dont him to put him on Hills perscription food.
    Also, my other cocker has seizures and am in the process of looking for a good food for him as well. He’s on Hills perscription for weight controll. I dont think he needs it anymore and dont really want him on Hills. He’s about 7 yrs old.
    Thanks for any help I can get! I just havent found much online about these types of problems.

  • MaxineC

    @ J baker…did you try other grain free from Acana, Fromm or Solid gold, etc? I’m just curious because Newman’s own looks good and all but the 1st main ingredients are CHICKEN and that’s the #1 culprit for dog allergies and itchiness. 

  • J. Baker

    My dog had a persistent problem with dry skin itching, no matter what dog food I tried until I tried Newman’s Own Organic.   Since then he has had no problem and the vet visits have stopped.   

  • It is listed at Amazon $26?  I pay one yearly shipping fee to Amazon so stuff like this ships free.  I rarely go shopping for anything but food and Costco or Sams.  Too much trouble parking, driving, crowds, they are out of what I want, etc.  Here’s another case where Amazon comes through.  I also like their product comments which help me decide.  That is how I picked this dog food.  Try them.  Canidae is also popular and slightly lower in some combinations. 

  • sandy
  • Jan_Mom2Cavs

    One more thing….sometimes online sites have deals where if you order the same thing every month, you get a discount and/or free shipping.  Perhaps that is something you could check in to.

  • Jan_Mom2Cavs

    Bruce….I’m so sorry that your dog has to go through this.  Please note that this is not the site for Newman’s Own dog food.  This is a dog food review/rating site and as such only reports reviews of the food.  This site has no control over where Newman’s Own is sold.  You could contact the company and talk to their customer service dept. about your issue.  I’ve never contacted them so I don’t know how responsive they are.  I think (not sure) that Newman’s Own may be sold at Walmart….do you have one close to you?  I buy mine at my local Krogers store.  I wish you the best of luck in your search.

  • Bruce Powell

    i would liike to see paul newman canned food in our local grocery stores..we are retired,money real tight..but our 9yr old cockapoo has valley fever, which she takes medicine for and she will only take her pills in paul newmans turkey or chicken and rice canned food..she wont eat in pork chop or hamburger..but the closest store is over 10 miles away..and just simply cant afford to buy a case online at a time…so please put the food in a local grocery like frys or safeway, albertsons..shes my baby, and i hate putting her thru the trauma of shoving them down her throat twice a day for the rest of her life…by the way we found out about this through someone who recently had lost there little old dog and donated a couple cans to us to try..and boy did it work, and for awhile we were able to find at one of the above groceries, and now you… just cant find it..and we are having a heck of a time getting her medicine in her..and without she will not make please i beg you to put it back in grocery stores..

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  • Anonymous

    There are other options for diabetic dog food. Find a food low in carbs and uses lower glycemic carbs.  Raw foods would be best as it is very low in carbs. Dogswell Nutrisca is certified low glycemic.  Other foods similar to Nutrisca are Horizon Legacy/Amicus, Grandma Lucy’s Pureformance – they use lentils as the main carb which are low glycemic. You might consider Wysong Epigen also.  It is low carb and starch free.

  • Hi Kpeterson… Unfortunately, there’s not much information readily available regarding commercial dog foods for use with canine diabetes.

    Some information can be found on my FAQ page. Look for the topic, “Diabetic Dog Food”.

    In any case, since I’m not a veterinarian and due to the serious nature of diabetes, it would be inappropriate for me to provide specific health advice or product recommendations.

    So, be sure to run your research by your dog’s doctor before you follow any suggestions (like mine) here on the Net. And be sure to check back for a possible response from one of our other readers.

    Wish I could be more help.

  • Kpeterson

    Just wondering if you went with this product for your diabetic dog, my vet recommend Hill w/d – but she will not eat it.  Thanks so much .

  • Hi Tanya… It depends upon the breed of your dog. Small and medium size breeds are usually considered adults at about 6 months or so. But depending upon the breed, some larger dogs can be considered puppies until nearly 2 years.

    Unfortunately, though, as I mention in this review, I was unable to find any AAFCO life stage recommendations anywhere on the company’s website. So, unless you’re certain your dog is an adult, I’m unable to advise you whether this product is appropriate for your pet. Wish I could be more help.

  • Tanya Alcorn


    Is Newmans own advanced suitable for a 10month old? He is currently on Iams and I wanted to find a better dog food. He has also started to bite his paws and nail which I am thinking is related to food allergy (maybe). Anyway… Newmans looks like a good one but it says for “active and senior dogs” so just wanted to make sure it’s good for a puppy (10mth old weighing 30 lbs). IF not, any other suggestion? looking for 4-5 star but not to expensive and that does not make a dog gassy!! Thanks!!

  • Marybeth

    Thank you for your insight and feedback Gordon. I have decided to “transition” to Merrick puppy food; hopefully with great success!

  • Shawna


    I missed your post before.. I’m wondering if you are not concerned with the very high amounts of free glutamic and asparatic acids in isolated soy protein.

    We’ve had several discussions here lately on the dangers of these two excitotoxins — seizures, multiple sclerosis, AIDS dementia complex, migraines, strokes, huntingtons disease, transient ocular ischemia attacks etc.

    As one who has experienced transient binocular ischemia as well as MRI diagnosed white matter brain foci, believed to be caused by excitotoxins and in remission of the vision loss when eliminating these free amino acids, I am very concerned about their use in human and animal foods..

  • Gordon

    My opinion, Marybeth is no. This food has too many various grains, albeit claimed organic, still grains making the carb level too high and protein level, too low, especially for growing pups. The opposite in macro nutrient levels would make it pretty Ok for both pups and adult dogs.

  • Marybeth

    I have a 9 week old puppy, is it ok to feed her the Newman’s Advanced? Or do I wait until she is an “adult” and find another 4 start “puppy” food?

  • suzanne dubinin

    Just for those concerned about soy content…as a health professional I have continually studied the development of soy use in human and animal foods. No, it is not animal protein, but if it is soy in it’s isolated protein form it is a complete protein (it contains the variety of amino acids that are required to build muscle and provides usablel protein to meet any protein need in the body). It is also free from phyto-estrogens in its isolated form so males do not need to be concerned with any effects of the hormone estrogen in their system. it is a quality form of protein for humans and animals.

  • Gayla

    HI, would this food be appropriate for a diabetic dog?

  • Judi

    I’ve been feeding Newman’s Own to my Havanese mix for years, alternating with Lassie Natural Way lamb. He is thirteen years old, has no health issues and everyone thinks he’s a pup. What more could I ask?

  • becki

    We have two corgis and a westie. The westie is allergic to weird things…..had been losing fur in spots and itching a lot. We had been driving 25 miles to the Petsmart for $48 a bog food! Now, for the health of the dog, it was worth it!! But if you get busy and run low…..25 miles is a long way. I found Newman’s Own on the shelf of our local grocery store. Went home and did the research. CLOSE ENOUGH! Been feeding it for four months and I couldn’t be happier! The dogs love it, and the best of all, the westie is in better shape than she’s been in years!!!!!!!!!! Good stuff.

  • John

    My old dog (14 yrs plus) is diabetic and doesn’t like the Purina DOC food the vet recommended – nor do I think it’s doing her any good since she seems to be losing weight and she is also having to defecate 5-6 times per day. That dog food has corn and fillers as the main ingredients. I saw somewhere that Newmans is listed as a suitable food for diabetics, would this be a good choice to use?

  • Jonathan

    Frannie, my dog has enjoyed this food. I would continue to use fish oil, though. That’s always a good addition.

  • frannie

    i am surprised to see bil jac with such a low rating. my shar- pei lived to 15 on this food. i have a boston terrier now and she has issues with dry skin almost year round. have tried bil jac, eucanuba, wellness., sciencediet, etc. over 5 years. i’m thinking of making the change to newmans. any other thoughts? have tried supplements, fish oil also thanks

  • Melissa


    Consult your vet, but if this is the only time she vomits-when eating this food, logic tells you not to feed that food. There are plenty of 4-5 star foods for you to feed her that may agree with her system better than this.

  • Bob K

    Jason – Lots of questions for you and lots of reasons why dogs vomit. Why are you switching foods? Did you transition your dog slowly to the new food? How quickly does your dog eat? What are the other foods you used without incident? If you are having success with a chicken and rice based 1 or 2 star dog food, then look for a 4 or 5 star chicken and rice based dog food and transition slowly. There are many excellent affordable 4 star and 5 star foods reviewed on this website.

  • Hi Jason… Reactions like vomiting are always puzzling. Unfortunately, due to the biological uniqueness of each pet, it’s impossible for me to answer your question with confidence. For more help, please check back for a possible response from one of our other readers. Wish I could be more help.

  • jason

    My small terrier mix has only vomited from Newman’s own dog food. When I first bought it I noticed, so I immediately thought maybe it’s the food… new food, no problem. I recently read many good things and tried Newman’s own again, thinking maybe it wasn’t the food originally. The vomiting started again. Should I just go back to another food she likes or should I be worried about other problems?

  • Darlene

    I have a ten year old Daschund. I had been having issues with him throwing up dog food. We had tried Newmans’ Organic about 1 1/2 years ago when I was trying to find something good for him.Then the store stopped carryinng it. Anyway, he had started throwing up again and just didn’t look good. I had him on Wellness for about a month and it seemed to do ok.I did try the canned Wellness and it did not agree with him. I took him to the vet for his checkup and shots and explained to the vet my issues with him. I was convinced it was a food allergy and he does do better on organic dog food(no grain) .He did test positive for hook work which is what the major problem was.(ugh)However, I could never see anything in his poo.After the vet visit and treatment we went back to Newmans Organic and my dog is doing great. No vomiting etc. He has soo much energy for a senior. I really recommend this food and I have had good results and Mojo likes it too! I just wish more stores would carry it.It is hard to find.I am very conscious of what he eats.Also Newman’s makes organic treats shaped like a heart.He gets those too.What you feed your pet really is important.The most expensive is NOt always the best either.You would be better off making dog food at home then what some of these store bought foods contain.Talk to your vet about healthier more organic dog foods.

  • Jane B

    Greetings to all,

    I had been feeding my male Maltese puppy (one year old now) Bil-Jac kibble until I read the review of it here. I decided to change to another brand and thought I would have to go back to the pet store chain. I was happy to see Newman’s Own in my grocery store, AND it costs less than Bil-Jac and the other food alternatives at the pet store chain. My little guy loves Newman’s own. I mixed the Newman’s with Bil-Jac at first, of course. He would pick around the Bil-Jac kibble bits and eat only the Newman’s. Now he is on all Newman’s and he is eating twice as much food, is more playful, and has no digestive problems. The biggest change in this little Maltese – energy! I feel bad that I didn’t change foods sooner.

  • Hi Jana… I do not maintain manufacturing information for all the products in our database. So, I cannot advise you on Newman’s Own. You’ll need to contact the company.

  • Jana Clift

    Just out of curiousity, does Newman’s Own actually process this pet food and bag it at a facility of their own, or is this processed from a third party and Newman’s just puts their name on it?

  • Hi Nate… More recent research appears to discredit the idea that protein is the cause of skeletal problems (like hip dysplasia) in larger breeds. Most experts now believe these unfortunate problems are more related to overfeeding during growth than any other cause. For more information, please visit our FAQ page. Look for the topic, “Dog Food Protein”. Hope this helps.

  • Nate

    Hi Mike, Do you think the protein levels are too low for a growing Mastiff puppy? He’s 9 weeks old now, and i want to switch to a reasonably priced 4 or 5 star food, any recommendations? Thanks

  • Valerie

    Could the adult Newman’s Own be used for a puppy?

  • Hi Keli… Vitamin K-1 (the safe kind of vitamin K) is naturally produced in the intestine of a healthy animal. Newman’s Own Organics contains probiotics (good bacteria specifically identified here on the ingredients list). So long as your dog has a healthy gut, you shouldn’t be concerned about your pet getting an adequate supply of this vitamin.

  • I recently changed my dogs diet to Newmans from Science Diet and its made a large difference, for the better, in her digestive problems. So whats the buz on the Vit K thing. If there isn’t any in this food product, then is there a Vit K product, or general Daily Vit I should be feeding her along with the food?

  • Hi NLJab… It appears you’re correct. After checking the Newman’s Own Organics website, we find the company has indeed removed vitamin K from its product line. I’ve now edited our review to reflect this change. Thanks for the tip.

  • NLJab

    Hi Mike,

    I have purchased a small bag of Newman’s Own Adult dog food, but do not see Vitamin K anywhere in the list of ingredients. Has this vit. been removed?


  • Pat Elliott

    I finally decided to buy Newman’s Adult Formula kibble & have been mixing it with my 14-month-old dog’s previous kibble to make the transition. He’d not had any problems with his other kibble & he’s in excellent health per his annual checkup; however, he didn’t really like his original kibble. I’ve been reading info online to educate myself about ingredients and finally decided Newman’s seemed like a very healthy diet; luckily my supermarket carries it at an excellent price (vs. the pet stores). Thank you Mike for your very informative website.

  • Hi Lynesta… This is natural vitamin K, not synthetic K3 (menadione). So, no problem, here. Also, I’m not personally aware of any relationship between soy and bloat. Hope this helps.

  • Lynesta Osborne

    Hello….just recently picked up a small bag of Newman’s Own Organics for my pug. He really seems to like it. There seems to be a lot buzz on the internet regarding the soybean ingredient, especially as it relates to bloat. How concerned should I be about this? I don’t think my dog has a specific sensitivity to soy, as he was exposed to it when he was a puppy. Also, can you elaborte on the Vitamin K discussion above? I’m sorry that this site came about due to the tragic loss of your pet, however thank you for providing all this great information so that pet parents can be better informed and knowledgable.

  • Hi Pat… Yes, vitamin K is present here. But it does not appear to be the K3 (synthetic) version known as menadione but rather natural vitamin K. So, this is the controversial form of vitamin K. You should be fine.

  • Pat

    So, is the vitamin K in Newman’s Dry dog food a negative thing? I don’t see it marked as a “red” item. I’m trying to switch my dog from Science Diet Adult kibble to a food he would like better. I really like the idea (& price) of Newman’s. I don’t want to keep switching foods & am concerned about the comment about using vit. K long term.

  • Anna

    You wouldn’t want ‘source of vitamin K activity’ in your pets food anyway. Cancerous and the like, real vitamin K like phylloquinone or phytonadione is best.

  • Hi Kristen… short term, I wouldn’t worry at all. But long term is probably a different story. I’m always more concerned about the lifetime effects of feeding any synthetic chemical on a daily basis.

  • Kristen

    Hi Mike, I just purchased the Newman’s Own. Should I be worried about the Vit K??

  • Hi Erin… if you don’t see vitamin K (or the word, “menadione”) on the label… it’s probably not there. At least, it’s not supposed to be there. That’s because the law requires manufacturers to report ingredient content accurately. Since we don’t analyze cat food I’m not aware of the presence of vitamin K.

    Soy is present in many human foods as “textured vegetable protein”… a vegetable-based meat substitute. Hope this helps.

  • erin

    The earlier entry was regarding Newman’s CAT FOOD.

  • erin

    I have a bag of this food and it appears that the Vit. K was removed from the list of ingredients. Do you think it’s still there, just not on the list?

    But the SOYbean meal REMAINS high on the list of ingredients.

    I missed the soy when scanning the ingredients at the store, or maybe I trusted Newman’s too much to be suspicious.

    I believe SOY in moderation might be good, but the food industry has put it in just about everything that people consume. Why aren’t more people concerned about that garbage IN OUR FOOD? Maybe soy, the empty filler, is contributing to obesity–food for thought.

  • Lisa Heisey

    Thanks for the review of Newman’s! I really like that it’s human grade chicken and organic, but you are right about pointing out the grain ratio, soybean meal, and the Vit. K…my dog seems to be doing very well on it, but I do supplement with meat leftovers and a little extra flax for his coat. Great review, thanks again!