Ol’ Roy Dog Food (Canned)

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Ol’ Roy canned dog food receives the Advisor’s lowest tier rating of 1.5 stars.

The Ol’ Roy product line includes 20 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.

  • Ol’ Roy Cuts in Gravy Country Stew [A]
  • Ol’ Roy Cuts in Gravy T-Bone Flavor [A]
  • Ol’ Roy Strips in Gravy Ribeye Flavor [A]
  • Ol’ Roy Meaty Loaf with Savory Beef [A]
  • Ol’ Roy Cuts in Gravy with Savory Beef [A]
  • Ol’ Roy Cuts in Gravy with Lamb and Rice [A]
  • Ol’ Roy Strips in Gravy Filet Mignon Flavor [A]
  • Ol’ Roy Cuts in Gravy Cheeseburger Flavor [A]
  • Ol’ Roy Strips in Gravy New York Strip Flavor [A]
  • Ol’ Roy Cuts in Gravy Savory Chicken Dinner [A]
  • Ol’ Roy Strips in Gravy with Turkey and Bacon [A]
  • Ol’ Roy Strips in Gravy with Savory Beef Flavor [A]
  • Ol’ Roy Cuts in Gravy Rotisserie Chicken Flavor [A]
  • Ol’ Roy Meaty Loaf Filet Mignon Flavor (2.5 stars) [A]
  • Ol’ Roy Cuts in Gravy Stew with Beef and Vegetables [A]
  • Ol’ Roy Meaty Loaf with Beef and Vegetables (2.5 stars) [A]
  • Ol’ Roy Meaty Loaf Porterhouse Steak Flavor (2.5 stars) [A]
  • Ol’ Roy Cuts in Gravy Bacon Cheeseburger Flavor (2.5 stars) [A]
  • Ol’ Roy Cuts in Gravy Senior with Savory Beef Flavor (2 stars) [M]
  • Ol’ Roy Meaty Loaf Puppy Chicken and Beef Flavor (2.5 stars) [A]

Ol’ Roy Strips in Gravy Filet Mignon Flavor was selected to represent the other products in the line for this review.

Ol' Roy Strips in Gravy Filet Mignon Flavor

Canned Dog Food

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

Protein = 44% | Fat = 17% | Carbs = 31%

Ingredients: Water, chicken, meat by-products, wheat flour, beef, liver, modified corn starch, chicken meal, salt, vegetable oil (preserved with BHA/BHT), sodium tripolyphosphate, potassium chloride, calcium carbonate, artificial filet mignon flavor, titanium dioxide (color), iron oxide (color), vitamins (vitamin E supplement, vitamin A supplement, thiamine mononitrate, niacin supplement, d-calcium pantothenate, riboflavin supplement, pyridoxine hydrochloride, vitamin D3 supplement, folic acid, biotin, vitamin B12 supplement), caramel color, minerals (ferrous sulfate, zinc oxide, manganous oxide, copper sulfate, calcium iodate, sodium selenite), choline chloride, onion extract, garlic extract

Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 5.6%

Red items indicate controversial ingredients

Estimated Nutrient Content
MethodProteinFatCarbs
Guaranteed Analysis8%3%NA
Dry Matter Basis44%17%31%
Calorie Weighted Basis38%35%27%
Protein = 38% | Fat = 35% | Carbs = 27%

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 chicken. Chicken is considered “the clean combination of flesh and skin… derived from the parts or whole carcasses of chicken”.2

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

The third 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.2

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 fourth ingredient is wheat flour, a highly-refined product of wheat milling. Like corn, wheat is an inexpensive and controversial cereal grain of only modest nutritional value to a dog.

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

The fifth 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.2

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

The sixth 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 seventh 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.

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

The ninth ingredient is salt (also known as sodium chloride). Salt is a common additive in many dog foods. That’s because sodium is a necessary mineral for all animals — including humans.

However, since the actual amount of salt added to this recipe isn’t disclosed on the list of ingredients, it’s impossible to judge the nutritional value of this item.

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 five notable exceptions

First, vegetable oil is a generic oil of unknown origin. The ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 fats in any oil is nutritionally critical and can vary significantly (depending on the source).

Without knowing more, it’s impossible to judge the quality of an item so vaguely described. However, compared to a named animal fat, a generic vegetable oil cannot be considered a quality ingredient.

What’s worse, this fat is preserved with BHA/BHT, both suspected cancer-causing agents.

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?

Titanium dioxide is a white coloring agent. Although most claim the pigment to be a safe food additive, one international agency5 has classified titanium dioxide as a “Group 2B carcinogen” possibly linked to cancer in humans.

And iron oxide is a synthetic color additive used in industry to impart a reddish color to food — and paint. In its natural form, this chemical compound is more commonly known as “iron rust”.

In addition, we also note the use of 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.6

Next, onion and garlic are controversial items. In rare cases, both have been linked to Heinz body anemia in dogs7.

Although many favor garlic for its claimed health benefits, one must weigh the potential benefits of feeding garlic against its proven tendency to cause subclinical damage to the red blood cells of the animal.

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.

Ol’ Roy Canned Dog Food
The Bottom Line

Judging by its ingredients alone, Ol’ Roy looks like a below-average wet 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 44%, a fat level of 17% and estimated carbohydrates of about 31%.

As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 43% 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 43%.

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

Even when you consider the protein-boosting effect of the soy flour and textured vegetable protein contained in some recipes in this product line, this looks like the profile of a wet food containing a notable amount of meat.

Bottom line?

Ol’ Roy is a meat-based canned dog food using a notable amount of chicken, chicken by-products or meat by-products as its main sources of animal protein, thus earning the brand 1.5 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.

Ol’ Roy Dog Food
Recall History

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Special Alert

Because we’re unable to locate a company operated website that offers complete product information, we’re compelled to rely on photos collected by volunteers at various retail locations.

So, information manually copied from these images and used for analysis can lead to data entry errors, incomplete product listings and inaccurate nutrient averages.

In addition, recipe changes and ingredient substitutions may not be apparent to our research staff or consumers.

For these reasons, we recommend shoppers use caution when considering the purchase of any dog food listed in this review.

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Notes and Updates

10/15/2017 Last Update

  1. “Last Update” field at the end of this review reflects the last time we attempted to visit this product’s website. The current review itself was last updated 4/15/2016
  2. Association of American Feed Control Officials
  3. Association of American Feed Control Officials
  4. Association of American Feed Control Officials
  5. International Agency for Research on Cancer
  6. Consumer Reports February 2014
  7. Yamato et al, Heinz Body hemolytic anemia with eccentrocytosis from ingestion of Chinese chive (Allium tuberosum) and garlic (Allium sativum) in a dog, Journal of the American Animal Hospital Association 41:68-73 (2005)
  • Nancy L Blood

    yes hi my dog has pancratis and is diabetic what type of food would u suggest for her she is a 10yr old pom that ways 15.1 lbs i have been feeding her little cisar wet food
    please i need of wanting the best for her

  • Amateria

    All the percentages seem to be within reason on this one, doesn’t cut it that the ingredients are awful though.
    Someone somewhere once wrote about this flavour, his words sounded like he actually thought that this variety had actual fillet mignon inside, he wished 😛
    Also said his dog won’t get the mignon if he doesn’t eat the veggie part of the dry food, which with the food he was feeding, it had vege flavour only, no actual veggies, some people are funny.