Ol’ Roy Dog Food (Dry)


Rating: ★☆☆☆☆

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Ol’ Roy Dog Food receives the Advisor’s lowest rating of 1 star.

The Ol’ Roy product line includes nine 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.

  • Ol’ Roy Small Breed [A]
  • Ol’ Roy Bacon Flavor [M]
  • Ol’ Roy Puppy Complete [A]
  • Ol’ Roy High Performance [A]
  • Ol’ Roy Complete Nutrition [A]
  • Ol’ Roy Cheeseburger Flavor [A]
  • Ol’ Roy Meaty Chunks and Gravy [M]
  • Ol’ Roy Kibble, Chunks and Chews [A]
  • Ol’ Roy T-Bone and Chicken Flavor [M]

Ol’ Roy Complete Nutrition was selected to represent the other products in the line for this review.

Ol' Roy Complete Nutrition

Dry Dog Food

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

Protein = 24% | Fat = 11% | Carbs = 57%

Ingredients: Ground yellow corn, meat and bone meal, soybean meal, animal fat (preserved with BHA and citric acid), corn gluten meal, natural flavor, brewers rice, salt, potassium chloride, choline chloride, zinc sulfate, vitamin E supplement, ferrous sulfate, yellow #5, zinc oxide, yellow #6, red #40, blue #2, niacin, copper sulfate, vitamin A supplement, biotin, manganous oxide, d-calcium pantothenate, vitamin B12 supplement, thiamine mononitrate, pyridoxine hydrochloride, menadione sodium bisulfite complex (source of vitamin K activity), riboflavin supplement, sodium selenite, calcium iodate, folic acid, vitamin D3 supplement, cobalt carbonate

Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 5.1%

Red items indicate controversial ingredients

Estimated Nutrient Content
Guaranteed Analysis21%10%NA
Dry Matter Basis24%11%57%
Calorie Weighted Basis22%26%52%
Protein = 22% | Fat = 26% | Carbs = 52%

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 meat and bone meal, a dry “rendered product from mammal tissues, including bone, exclusive of any added blood, hair, hoof, horn, hide trimmings, manure, stomach and rumen contents”.2

Meat and bone meal can have a lower digestibility than most other meat meals.

Scientists believe this decreased absorption may be due to the ingredient’s higher ash and lower essential amino acid content.3

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 allergens impossible.

Even though meat and bone meals are still considered protein-rich meat concentrates, we do not consider a generic ingredient like this to be a quality item.

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

Although corn gluten meal contains 60% 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.

After the natural flavor, we find brewers rice. Brewers rice is a cereal grain by-product consisting of the small fragments left over after milling whole rice. Aside from the caloric energy it contains, this item is of only modest nutritional value to a dog.

The eighth 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 four 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 kibble is?

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

In addition, 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 recipe also contains menadione, a controversial form of vitamin K linked to liver toxicity, allergies and the abnormal break-down of red blood cells.

Since vitamin K isn’t required by AAFCO in either of its dog food nutrient profiles, we question the use of this substance in any canine formulation.

Ol’ Roy Dog Food
The Bottom Line

Judging by its ingredients alone, Ol’ Roy 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 24%, a fat level of 11% and estimated carbohydrates of about 57%.

As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 25% and a mean fat level of 11%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 56% for the overall product line.

And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 45%.

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 and corn gluten meals, this looks like the profile of a kibble containing a modest amount of meat.

Bottom line?

Ol’ Roy is a plant-based dry dog food using a modest amount of meat and bone meal or poultry by-product 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.

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.

Ol’ Roy Dog Food
Recall History

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Notes and Updates

09/01/2017 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 8/28/2014
  2. Association of American Feed Control Officials, 2008 Edition
  3. 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
  • Betsy Greer

    Hi Drako,

    Not that your asking for suggestions, but if you shop at Wal-Mart, take a look at Pure Balance by Ol’ Roy. It’s a significantly higher quality food than the one you’re feeding.

  • Drako Marley

    you just linked to a 4 year old video nice one.

  • Drako Marley

    really my rotti can eat an entire bag and she still shits bricks… not that i feed her entire bags but she has knocked over a bag or two in her 6 years.

  • Qi Xing

    We have two dogs been fed by this brand dog food for their whole life(at that time we didnt know anything about dog food)..both of them dead from cancer around 10 years old!! now I think the bad dog food killed them, because it made by dead animal, sick animal, and it kill ur pets slowly..Now I feed my new puppies wellness and fromm. dont want this sad thing happen again!

  • Natalie Marie Alvarez Padilla

    Try convinving him to buy kirkland it’s cheaper than most dog food in general and premium quality.

  • coconuts

    Did you feed your dog the recommended daily amount of Blue Buffalo? Blue Buffalo is an awesome product! Too much of any food will cause diarrhea.

  • Michelle Regnier Reifschneider

    I would not recommend Blue Buffalo. It gave my dogs bloody, runny stools. I had a vet tell me several years ago that you could starve a dog on Ole Roy because it is corn based and has very little nutritional value. Like one of the other responses, I would suggest transition to a mid grade food to avoid stomach upset, but do not get one with corn, and always make sure a meat product is the first ingredient.

  • SandyandMila

    There’s lots of links online ( to name a few:http://www.dogaware.com/diet/freshfoods.html http://naturalpaw.wordpress.com/2007/11/18/are-your-dogs-and-cats-getting-enough-vitamin-e/ http://ottawavalleydogwhisperer.blogspot.com/2012/06/fatty-acids-for-dogs-omega-3-omega-6.html?m=1 http://www.dogsnaturallymagazine.com/nutritional-herbs-your-dog/) that can help you add whole foods (eggs, organ/muscle meats, green tripe, fish and plant based omegas, etc.) you might already have around the house you feed yourself that can be beneficial to your dog’s health and skin issues. You can add them to upgrade the food you’re already feeding and to Nutrisource, Victor, and Earthborn that were suggested. Skin issues are common with pitties/boxers unfortunately as I’ve learned with my girl. You definitely came to the right place for help, there are so many here that can help. Good luck and transition slow adding more of the new food and less of the old according to digestive issues like diarrhea.

  • theBCnut

    Before leaping on to the Blue Buffalo bus, you might want to look at some mid range foods to try. Often a big change like that will cause big stomach upset issue. See if you can find NutriSource somewhere around you. It is usually pretty easy to switch to and is a good stepping stone to better foods. Victor, if you can find it near you, is a good, inexpensive food, and so is Earthborn.

  • bobbie

    I fed my dog this (without reading its ratings) her whole life. She is going to be 2 next month. She never had diarrhea from it. But she did develop red irritated rashes on her sides. Someone told me (cuz they did the same for my dogs sister) that her groomer said it was a lack of nutrients… im not sure what to think. But I just bought a new bag and dont want to just throw it away… but im going to change her food. Maybe to blue buffalo. Corn is really bad for dogs I hear. So should I chose something without it? Shes a pit-bull/boxer mix.

  • Daniel

    Ol’ Roy is made up of carcinogens and very poor quality ingredients. Find something else for your dog.

  • LabsRawesome

    You’re vet is very ignorant. He has given you totally wrong advice. Ol’roy puppy is one of the worst things you can feed your puppy. Please watch this video, by Dr. Karen Becker, a Veterinarian. http://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/choosing-dog-food/karen-becker-choose-dog-food-1/

  • Shawna

    Unfortunately, your vet is very very wrong. 🙁

    Actually chicken is a great source of protein but not a good source of nutrition if fed alone.

    When you say 15 to 20% are you talking a kibble diet?

  • Brandy Joy

    I was feeding my pit bull puppy ol roy puppy and the protien is extremly high, really high protien amounts is ( from what the vet told me) not good for puppies unless you are starting them into dry food or for working dogs ( such as hunting dogs, sled dogs, herding dogs, ext.) It will give them the runs and is unhealthy for non working dogs. Non working dogs should have between 15-22% protien. The best source of givening your dog protien is simply giving them actual meat such as chicken.

  • sue66b

    Cant u put the food bowl up when it hasnt been finished, When I visit my daughter I put the cats kibble bowl up somewhere so Patch doesnt have a nibble then when I leave I put it back on the floor & tell my daughter that she gives the cat too much kibble & it goes stale…

  • Yan Fortin

    Mon chien en a mangé un bol et a été malade comme ca se peut pas. Il n’a jamais remangé voulu remangé cette marde.

  • LeahA

    Well glad I’m not the only one going through this! I hate that some people just think that a dog is just an animal that does not deserve healthier food. I tell my dad all the time but he says as long as its cheap he will keep buying it and dosent care what’s really in it. Sometimes there is just not much we could do. Hopefully you can find a way to keep your little ones from eating the junk.

  • theBCnut

    If it’s just a piece here and there, then no harm done. As long as the primary diet is sound, the dog has what it needs to eliminate little bits of nasty from its body. Kind of like allowing your child to occasionally eat some junk.

  • Robin

    Hi, I don’t think it tastes better. I think it has something to do with being different than the usual.

  • Robin

    This happens here too! My significant other has a 50 pound dog and refuses to listen. I have 2 little dogs and I only buy 5 star food.My little ones sneak a morsel here and there and I get upset like you. .I don’t know why he is being stubborn. He spends money and gives to neighborhood causes, so I don’t know why he won’t spend a little bit more.I tried to explain to him that he can upgrade to a better food and not have to spend too much.He almost said yes one time. I can cut and paste articles but nothing works. I think it’s worth every penny to buy the best. What can we do? I don’t know! I’ll be going back to work soon and it worries me even more.

  • Crazy4cats

    Four chihuahuas? Never a dull moment at your house! Good luck with the authority. I hope they do well on it too!

  • LeahA

    Thanks a lot! And yes he deserves much better but my dad refuses! And yes unfortunately junk food does taste better to some, even people! Some people love and prefer fast food and chips. I personally don’t like or eat fastfood or chips. If I make healthy choises for myself, why wouldn’t I for my dogs? I just wish others could think like I do.

  • Crazy4cats

    Don’t give up! That beautiful golden deserves better. Of course your dog loves it. Unfortunately junk food always tastes better. It sounds like you are making great choices for your dog. Keep trying! Good luck.

  • LeahA

    My dad feeds kibbles, chunks and chews to his golden retriever and one of my mini poodles sometimes sneaks over to his bowl and eats it and she’s getting really overweight. I switch her food around from pure balance, whole earth farms, Evolve and kirkland signature because I refuse to feed this or any other crap, but she still eats it. Dont know how to keep her away from it. I think she prefers this crap to the healthier foods because this has more sugars and artificial flavors, but I hate that she does it! I told my dad to buy something healthier for his dog but he refuses, says he will not spend a penny more on dog food. He is just that ignorant.

  • We used to feed our weenie dog ol’roy! She had a lot of dental problems like abcesses & such til we changed her to healthy morsels.
    She lived for 171/2 years & we still miss our baby girl.
    We now have four Chihuahuas & would NEVER feed ol’roy.
    We just switched from healthy morsels to the authority grain free.
    I hope they enjoy it & do well on it.

  • Cyndi

    This isn’t Ol’ Roy’s website. You might want to think about switching your dogs to a better quality food. This food is made up of pretty much crap.

  • kimberly Price

    My dogs love only the white and round green things in the kibble and bits is there any way possible to special order this with only these only I waste a lot of dog food once they eat out the ones they like I throw the rest away please think about it and let me know thank u so much

  • dchassett

    I agree with InkedMarie. Seriously, this food is awful. Just read the ingredients. You can certainly purchase a much higher quality food for the same amount of money that you were paying for Ol Roy.

  • InkedMarie

    Take this opportunity to find a better quality food. If you must shop at Walmart, look at Pure Balance.

    Trust me, your dog will eat something else.

  • Angie Demaio Pinto

    why is Ol Roy Dinner Rounds hard to find in NJ this is all my dog will eat can you please help me

  • Pam c

    Your punctuation and capitalization of random words made me cringe. If you want to give advice (or to be taken seriously), please proofread and/or spellcheck before posting.

    Why would people specifically yell because their dog had diarrhea? You should also know that sometimes slowly introducing a food is not an option.

  • LabsRawesome

    Okay, I won’t. I have a neighbor that I wouldn’t mind if she drank it. Accidentally of course. 😉

  • Melissaandcrew

    Lol. Ok..but remember…don’t drink the “bug” juice..

  • theBCnut

    Definitely!! She no longer hisses, spits, growls, claws, swipes, bites… I’m wondering where my cat went, but I’m really liking the one somebody left in her place. For a couple days, I thought we were going to lose her too, but she has apparently decided that she can live with humans.

  • LabsRawesome

    Aw she’s missing her sister. She wants comforted.

  • theBCnut

    She was feral, 13.5 years old, and had cancer, but there was something beautiful about her. I have her sister, who is even wilder, but you wouldn’t know it now. Her reaction to losing her sister is to suddenly want to be petted 24/7. For 13.5 years, it has been dangerous to even touch her, now she wants to be touched nonstop. Cats sure are funny.

  • LabsRawesome

    OMG how sad. Sorry for your loss.

  • theBCnut

    Sorry, I worked in that world for so long that I think of it as a blessing rather than depressing…until I have to deal with the brokenhearted people that are left behind, and of course that includes the brokenhearted me. I think it becomes one of those topics that you make jokes and laugh about so you don’t cry. As I’m typing this, my husband brought me the condolence card from my vet for my kitty that we had to put down last Friday, so the tears flow again. They always include the Rainbow Bridge poem. Everyone signed it, but this time they added a special touch. I can’t see to type now. They inked my cat’s paw and signed for her too. I’m bawling like a baby. My husband thinks I’m crazy.

  • LabsRawesome

    OMG guys. Can we have a new subject, please? So depressing.

  • theBCnut

    I always called the red/blue one purple, but it is a weird color of purple. I’ve seen one that was kind of nuclear waste green too. Haven’t seen it in years, so I don’t know if it is still made. Fatal Plus is the prettiest turquoise you ever did see.

  • theBCnut

    Before I found out that I am also a cat person, I trained my parakeet to say “Here Kitty, Kitty. Blue Juice the cat.” For a parakeet, he had quite a repertoire.

  • LabsRawesome

    Hi Jana, No Pedigree is not better than Ol’roy or Dog Chow. They all pretty much have the same horrible ingredients. If you want a good dog food check the 4 and 5 star foods on this site. If you want good food at a good price take a look at Victor. $20 bucks for a 20lb bag. victordogfood.com

  • Melissaandcrew

    LOl.. your comment did not show for me until after I responded. : ) I think the reddish blue is something like euthansol and the hot pink she is thinking of is an older one that went by/goes by buthanasia(something to that affect.

  • Melissaandcrew

    Euthanasia solutions are typically dyed a bright color to make them “obvious” The color depends on the brand . One is a hot pink, another is dyed with a dark red/blue tint.

  • Cyndi

    “Much better” ? I wouldn’t go that far!

  • theBCnut

    There is more than one euth. drug. Fatal Plus is nicknamed “Blue juice.”

  • Jana Maria Shaw Church

    The euthanasia drug is hot pink..

  • InkedMarie

    It’s still a crappy food.

  • Jana Maria Shaw Church

    Try pedigree.. Much better than ol Roy also better than dog chow.

  • Although this information is true, you should NEVER EVER!!! Switch your dog food in a day! This will cause acute diarrhea and perhaps vomiting which will lead to other problems and loss of appitite. The process should be done gradually. About 7-10 days…All of you that say that your dog has been eating this particular dog food for a very long time should use this method. Or just not switch at all..whichever you chose is up to you. I cannot tell you how many times I have had to explain this to Owners who scream at me because the new dog food made little scruffy sick..be wise dog owners…

  • Meelah

    I purchased this food after adopting my first dog on my own. I grew up with dogs but my family never focused on food quality. During my dogs first vet visit she mentioned that there was an issue with his eyes which can be caused by his diet. He had a glossy ring around his iris. She then mentioned some poor quality dog brands can bring it on “like Ol Roy”. I hadn’t told her what I fed him. After I changed his food the ring went away.

  • Hound Dog Mom

    Shawna posted a great article. Canned foods are superior to dry foods for several reasons: they are less processed, they are higher in moisture and (typically) they are higher in protein and fat and lower in carbs (meaning more meat and less filler).

  • Shawna

    Veterinary Nutritionist Dr. Meg Smart talks about some of the issues with dry diets in her blog. She writes

    “These dry diets upon entering the stomach must first rehydrate to be successfully digested thus water is drawn from the body putting a strain on the kidneys. For normal digestion too proceed the gastric pH must become acidic. Unfortunately, dry plant based protein diets to not create an optimal acidic environment.” http://petnutritionbysmart.blogspot.com/2012/03/is-nutrition-key-to-wellness-food-for.html

  • ShepAussie

    Why did you said canned food is healthier than a dry food for dogs or cats?

  • Pattyvaughn

    The 4Health grain inclusive is made by Diamond, not a very good dog food manufacturer, but the grain free is made by Ainsworth, much better.

  • Gail

    after much research, we have chosen the 4- health which is the premium brand from Tractor Supply. It is a 4 star rating with a 3 star price, and they now have it in grain free…… corn to a dog is like sugar to a child.

  • dan

    14 years is a pretty good run for a large breed dog no matter what you feed….give him his due and enjoy his company and don’t forget the dog-treats.I add the escess juice from my canned tuna to feed for a well enjoyed reward.

  • Pattyvaughn

    I’m afraid you broke it 14 years ago by never feeding him anything else. There is absolutely no way that a dog that has been eating the same food for 14 years is going to be able to transition to a new food with no problems. Can you not imagine what it would do to you? A dogs system is not so different from yours in that regard. Your mistake feeding this to your dog for so long, does not make this a good food, by any stretch of the imagination, nor does it make rotating foods bad. But it does make your dog very unhealthy.

  • keepthefaithp

    I have a 14-year-old dog who has been eating this food almost all his life. Until I tried switching him 2 years ago to a “better” food as recommended by two different feed stores (and according to this site it’s a 4-star food), he was in fantastic health, so good, in fact, that his vet was sure I was wrong about how old he was, even though I’d owned him since the day he was born. About 3 months after being totally transitioned to the “better” food, he was extremely ill – he suddenly had allergies and a weakened immune system, signs of arthritis & had visibly lost weight despite eating twice as much food. After seeing his vet, we transitioned him back to this “not recommended” 1 star food at her recommendation. He recovered somewhat, but just isn’t the same. He no longer looks like he’s dying, but he now just lays around 90-95% of the time, usually only getting up if it’s necessary. So, anyone thinking of switching foods just because a site like this says it’s “bad” or because people are telling them how horrible they are for feeding it to their dog, keep in mind the old adage “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” If your dog is doing well, is healthy & happy, leave their diet alone.

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  • Hound Dog Mom

    Canned food is much healthier than dry food (dry food is actually the worst thing to feed a dog). So if someone wants to spend the extra money to feed canned I’d say go for it. In fact, I’d never recommend feeding dry alone. If dry must be fed I’d recommend at the very least topping the dry with canned, fresh foods, raw, dehydrated or freeze-dried.

  • ShepAussie

    Why are your dogs not able to eat a dry kibble?
    You can soak a kibble until it is softer and feed them. You’ll be saving money that way as well because a dry food is more dense with nutrition and would cost less in feeding than a canned. I never feed can food. You may also try feeding a raw diet as that is better and healthier than any commercial dry or wet over processed pet food. There is a lot of information online and books on feeding a raw diet.

  • Pattyvaughn

    Three weeks should be plenty of time to transition off this food.

  • Andrea

    How fast can I transition a puppy off this food? I read to start with a 3/4 of the old food and 1/4 of the new food combination. Maybe she could be eating only the new food in three weeks?

  • ShepAussie

    The low quality or cheaper dog foods I believe add salt and/or sugar onto them, so dogs may like to eat them because of that. Dog are mostly carnivorous so when you read down the ingredient listings, the better dog foods will have more meat. That is determined by the meat ingredients being listed first. There should be less grains or plant matter.

  • Hound Dog Mom

    I’m not sure what your budget is, but if you’re looking for another reasonably priced/readily available option ‘Ol Roy has out a new line of foods called “Pure Balance” available right at Walmart. It’s pretty reasonably priced and much better quality than the original ‘Ol Roy. The dry food is rated 3.5 stars and the canned is rated 5 stars.



    The dry food retails at around $30 for the largest bag and the canned food is around $1 per can.

  • Haywood Udume

    My 14 year old dog eats this food with no issues. I’ve had 3 dogs over the past 19 years and have always fed these “cheap, crappy, 1-star”dog foods – Kal Kan, Ol Roy, Come & Get It, and even Good Sense. Mostly feeding Good Sense and Kal Kan over the Ol Roy, but that is related to trying to distance myself from Walmart…and especially their brands.

    Lost one dog (cocker mix) to cancer after 11 years. Lost the other (beagle) to old age (blind and vestibular disease) at 15 years. My ACD just turned 14 a few months ago and is still doing well.

    Our newest puppy is getting Kirkland Puppy food (previously Hill’s Science and Puppy Chow before finally settling on Kirkland), but still manages to steal some of the cheap food from the older dog. Still waiting to see whether we will transition her to Kirkland Adult food or stick with the
    cheap brands.

    Again, that decision mostly has to do with personal decisions to try to eliminate Walmart from our shopping list.

    I’ve read all the horror stories about the roadkill and questionable products in these “inferior” brands, I just haven’t had the same experience. Honestly, I don’t care what people choose to feed their pets. When I was feeding 3 dogs, I fed what I could afford. All 3 were rescue dogs and I just couldn’t afford the food that cost close to $1 per pound. I never once had a vet tell me they were unhealthy (although the ACD was diagnosed as overweight….as the other dogs were slow
    eaters and he was eating more than his fair share).

    Even the dogs I had when I was younger were fed the cheaper dog foods. All of them died of natural causes (old age or other diseases “common” to their particular breed).

    If these foods don’t agree with your dog, don’t feed it. I have had many dogs over the past 30 years and have never had any problems with the cheaper food. All dogs lived to within their average life span for their breed, and all were healthy.

  • Carol Ann Gradillas

    I need to find dog treats. Old Roy Med.

  • NycPitBull

    Thank you

  • Pattyvaughn

    I agree with Butchroy. NutriSource is also pretty easy to switch to usually.

  • butchroy

    NutriSource has a couple of higher performance foods, much better quality. Check out their website, it is readily available from pet stores and on line in my area. You will have to see in your area. The price is what is special about NutriSource, not that much more than Ol Roy and so much better quality and ingredients. If you do not mind the price, check out Nature’s Variety Instinct. Wonderful and not badly priced and available at Pet Supplies Plus and on line.

  • NycPitBull

    Have used Ol Roy High Performance for quite some time. What “food” is comparable with a high protein and fat content. Hate myself for feeding my dog this BS!

  • Courtney

    Please don’t feed your dog rawhide from china! They are preserved with bleach and formaldehyde, the same stuff they preserve dead things with. They also put in who knows what to keep them from literally decaying on the trip here. Buy American rawhide only! You can even buy it at places like Target now. Honestly I wouldn’t buy ANY food product for myself or my pet that came from outside the USA or Canada. Also remember not to leave edible toys out for your dogs unsupervised so they don’t choke accidentally. I hope that helps!

  • Cyndi

    You probably want to contact the makers of Old Roy & let them know about that. This site just reviews the foods. You might want to consider feeding your dog(s) a better food anyways. This “food” isn’t good at all. Pure Balance is made my the makers of Old Roy, but it’s a better food for your dogs.

  • Kathy Sands

    i bought two 40 pnd bags of old roy at walmart both bags was molded here is the serial numbers on them8113103832 i had another one but my son got mad and threw it away you can contact me at 606 703 0156 thank you

  • Guest

    Just reading the ingredients list makes me sick and sad. I had almost forgot how completely horrid this “food” is.
    So disgusting they are even allowed to sell it.
    Saw a lady walking out of Walamrt the other day with a big bag and had to bite my tongue to keep from telling her how bad it is that she would buy it and to please stop feeding her dogs such crap.

  • Annie

    Stop feeding them this food. Have u tried pure balance it’s made by ol roy. A lot of dogs do good on it.

  • Sam

    Hi so we’ve been feeding our three dogs, a rottweiler / airedale mix, a siberian husky, and a teacup chihuahua ol’roy for quite some time and it didn’t ever seem to be a problem but in the past few months our husky and Chihuahua have had a variety of gas, anddiarrhea problems, and our husky has been peeing in the house a lot. The vet can’t find anything wrong with them and I was just looking at other dog foods to see what other options we might have, it honestly never occurred to me that ol’ roy could be so bad the dogs seemed to love it. I’m kind of at a loss as to what to do now

  • Hound Dog Mom

    It’s not the worst, but far from one of the best. Have you ever thought of switching things up? 12 years is a long time to eat the same food, too long. Variety is healthy.

  • Dom

    I have fed my Pembroke Welsh Corgi Nutro Natural Chicken & Brown rice since he was a pup he is now 12 years old and doesn’t act or show his age. His Vet had advised me that Nutro was one of the BEST dog foods on the market.

  • Cyndi

    I fed FreshPet, actually the DeliFresh, to my dog before I switched to raw and she loved it! Didn’t have any problems on it at all.

  • Hound Dog Mom

    I forgot about Freshpet! That would be another good option. I’ve always thought Freshpet was a pretty decent/widely available product – probably even better than canned (no BPA).

  • Betsy Greer

    Hi HDM,

    I think at Wal-Mart, she’ll also find FreshPet in various forms. What would you think of that for her pups?

  • Hound Dog Mom

    If you’re shopping at Walmart some brands of wet food you could switch to that are much better quality and not too expensive are Pure Balance, Natural Life, Variety, Newman’s Own, Nutrish Tubs or Ol Roy Healthy Mix tubs (in the plastic tubs – not the cans or packets!). I believe they’re all between 3.5 and 5 stars.

  • Shawna

    Any of the “packet” foods are actually pretty horrible foods Linda.. 🙁 A much better moist option is canned foods and, as Marie stated, dehydrated foods (that you rehydrate with water before feeding).

    Check out Marie’s link and then look at the 4 and 5 star foods. If you have a budget that you need to stay within you can mention it here and some of the folks here are excellent at matching foods to that budget.

    I have eight toy breed dogs including a four pound 16 year old Chihuahua. All mine eat raw, dehydrated and 5 star canned.

    My little guys like to chew on Himalayan dog chews — they are pricey but last a LONG time and are actually chews that humans in the Himalayan’s consume. http://www.naturalk9supplies.com/Dog-Treats/himalayan-dog-chew.aspx?gclid=CNf3xILpvroCFWho7AodCmwAmQ

  • Pattyvaughn

    They use bleach and other harmful things on rawhides, so be careful what chews you get. Personally, I would not let my dog have any edibles from China. They aren”t known for having very good food safety for people and I don’t really think that they think American dogs are more important than their own people.

  • InkedMarie


    Start there. You can also try dehydrated foods, such as The Honest Kitchen and Grandma Lucy’s.

  • Linda Smith

    Hi, I am so confused I currently have 2 toy chuichuias I have been feeding them ol’roy moist meals in packages for awhile now their food has to be soft as they can not eat dry food. What would you suggest to be the very best soft wet packaged dog food to feed them with all these confusing labels and ingreds. I don’t know what is the best kind of food to buy. My babies are my whole world and I only want what is best for them and I am even more scared with all the problems with pet food and treats made in china… Please help I am at my ropes end and I only want them to have the very best. I also need to ask since one of my little guys is still a younger dog he still loves to chew. Is there any harm in any of the raw hide bones made in china is there anything in the bones that may hurt him as well… Thanks you so very much for helping this confused pet owner. Sincerely, L. Smith

  • Pattyvaughn

    Your vet is right!

  • My vet says it is worse than garbage!!

  • Lindsey Masewicz

    Dogs won’t eat their poop if their food has been properly digested. It’s only when their poop smells like the food they have eaten will they eat it, and if it has a lot of undigested portions will poop smell like their food.

  • Lindsey Masewicz

    You also have to consider food allergies. For example, When I got my dog from the shelter I was told that he was allergic to corn and wheat. Although he did okay on some grains they got the best results with him on grain-free dog food (they had him for a month clearing up his allergies before he was adoptable) I had him on EVO for the first year I had him and everything was great until he seemed to be getting gas and runny stools. I switched him to Acana grass-lands and the stools hardened again. I suspect he was getting sensitive to the cottage cheese

    anyway, my point is at some point he may become sensitive to the parsnips, or chicory root, or some other ingredient and I’ll have to switch again, and again.
    Because sometimes a dog will be sensitive to a certain or several ingredients in the foods. You are more likely to see senitivity in chemicals and grains and things you no dog should be eating then you are with things that won’t affect most dogs.

  • There is a new food coming out made with “feather meal” by a major dog food company, and guess what, it will be AAFCO approved. So don’t take a food that meets AAFCO standards at face value!

  • There are foods that are not “aafco approved”. The label will say it is for “intermittent or supplemental feeding only”. This means it did not meet the standards for either “adult maintenance or growth & reproduction”. I see it mostly in canned foods and treats.

  • Butchroy

    Sheila, another good inexpensive brand is 4Health Grain Free at TSC. Do you have a Tractor Supply near you? Buy only the 4Health Grain Free, it is a brownish bag, not white, and is made by Ainsworth, not Diamond, who I just do not trust for the quality of the dog food. Hope this helps you.

  • ShepAussie

    Right, I don’t recall reading a label on any dog food that was not AAFCO approved. I believe having their approval means the food has the minimum amount of vitamins and minerals and/or other nutrients needed to sustain the animal. The AAFCO does not check on the quality of or even type of ingredients or sources used.

  • AAFCO makes guidelines. Dog food manufacturers can use whichever ingredients they want to meet these guidelines so it’s buyer beware!


  • InkedMarie

    I believe all dog foods have this, that just means that it’s appropriate for pets. It doesn’t make it a good food. Ol Roy is garbage.

  • LabsRawesome

    AFFCO standards are a joke. You could take some leather, motor oil, and feathers add some vitamins and it would meet AFFCO standards, based on protein, fat, and carbs. If the ingredient list starts with corn, soy, by- product meal, with colors, and toxic preservatives thrown in, it’s pretty easy to tell that the food is low grade. There are some decent foods available at Walmart now. Rachael Ray’s Zero grain dry(4 stars), Pure Balance canned (4 stars) Pure Balance grain free canned( 5 stars), And Pure Balance dry (3.5 stars). If you look at the ingredient lists for the foods I’ve listed, you will notice the difference in the quality of the ingredients used, in comparison to the floor sweepings used to make Ol’roy. http://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/dog-food-reviews/pure-balance-dog-food/

  • Lynn Garner

    Can someone clear up my confusion? I was under the understanding that if a pet food meets the AAFCO standards it was a good food to use. Ol roy makes this claim but yet the review gives it a low rating.

  • Melissaandcrew

    No its made by old roy

  • robert

    Ahh ! But Pure Balance is made by Hills probably the worst rip off dog food company which is owned by Colgate Palmolive. Check out their Prescription Dog Food scam . No dog food requires a ” prescription ” It is a marketing agreement between vets and hills to try to give the food some kind of credibility and sell below average food for three times the price to misinformed dog owners . I have trouble trusting a co. like that. Again , look at the ingredients . Even the foods that aren’t fruit and vegetable salads bake most of the nutrients out of food before it’s packaged . Thanks for the heads up on diamond brands , they don’t list salmonella in the ingredients . Our parents / grandparents fed the dogs table scraps , maybe better than the junk they sell today . Nice typing with you , Robert

  • Melissaandcrew

    Actually, they now have Pure Balance that is rated half way decent and many have had luck with, I would feed it over Chicken Soup, because CS is a Diamond product and I will not feed their products.

  • robert

    I think my above comment to ole PHD. P.E. AKA The Champ is extremely appropriate . Why is it taking so long to post . My dogs are my priority . Robert

  • robert

    So do morticians .

  • robert

    Old Roy was one of the dog foods that KILLED many dogs before the recall a couple years ago . Cheaper than a divorce ! Strange sense of humor , I know . Robert

  • robert

    Dogs are Darwin’s nightmare , Not all dogs can tolerate it. My pit tbull got so gassy I thought we would have to buy another house . Back to Chicken Soup Dog Food and the methane cloud has dissipated , whew . I do give him additional supplements also because he is old . My other pitt bull and westie love any kind of raw meat . Don’t forget a raw fish at least once a week for the omega oils . Love my dogs . Robert

  • robert

    Cheap garbage, good for kids too. Hand it out at Halloween .You’ve been tricked .

  • robert

    Buy your dog food from chewy.com free shipping to your door.

  • robert

    Any dog food you buy at Walmart isn’t fit to feed your dog ! Try Chicken Soup dog food , it is a much better choice and won’t kill your wallet . If you can’t afford to feed your dog decent food you can’t afford a dog . What is the difference in price , the price of a six pack ?

    Good Luck

  • ShepAussie

    Right Lyn.

  • ShepAussie

    That is right Hound Dog Mom.

  • ShepAussie

    What exactly do you feed your dog now?

  • Karma_Grant

    This guy shows up on random rating pages and makes similar comments but uses the brand name of whatever is being reviewed, in this case Ol Roy. He’s a troll.

  • Pattyvaughn

    If they don’t know how to spell the breed name, don’t expect them to have a kennel or any of the other things they claimed.

  • ShepAussie

    What is your kennel name J. Singer? How many of your dogs if any, have you fed Ol Roy from when they were puppies until old age and they passed away?

  • CranberryCoco

    They might take it back if you have the receipt. Wal-Mart is pretty good about that.

  • InkedMarie

    Can you feed a better quality food? Walmart has Pure Balance, go to pet stores or feed stores and look for dr Tim’s, Fromm…

  • sheila

    I was feeding my dogs beneful, but lost my job so I bought ol’roy Healthy mix which say it is compaired to the Beneful. Well my dogs will not eat it al all. Now I have a 15.5LB bag of dog food my dogs will not eat. Has anyone had any problems with this food? My dogs refuse to eat it. They have not touched it in 2 days.

  • InkedMarie

    Your dog will love a higher quality food, too.

  • SandyandMila

    Please consider a different food for your dog! You made the right choice to come to this site and people will be more than willing to answer you questions and concerns and recommend a better fit for your dog. Looking at the ingredients list you wouldn’t feed the food to yourself, why would you to your dog?!

  • lisa

    our dog love ol’ roy dry dog food

  • Richard J Breard

    Had trouble with rats around my home. Fed them this food, no more rats. All dead!!!

  • Richard J Breard

    There is only a fine line between love and”HATE”

  • Hound Dog Mom

    Hi Diane –

    You’re going to find negative reviews no matter which food you research. There are always going to be positive and negative experiences. For me, I check to make sure the positive reviews outnumber the negative reviews. If I check a thread and there are 50 positive reviews and 3 negative reviews I won’t be deterred. On the other hand, if I see about 50 positive reviews and around the same number of negative reviews (especially if the posters in the negative reviews are all reporting similar symptoms with their dogs) that’s going to raise a red flag for me. I also would research the company itself and contact their customer service with questions so you can get an idea of how trustworthy the company itself is.

  • butchroy

    did you consider raw? Darwin’s is so wonderful. Sent right to your door, look into it. Very good customer service to help you find how you need to use. We are having a wonderful time using here at my home. Butch roy

  • diane

    I’ve spent the last few days trying to find a decent brand of dog food and every brand even the five star rated ones I’ve inquired about had bad reviews. So sad . Will have to be a trial and error thing.

  • DogLover12

    I will work on getting studies to prove my point, however, at this time I am on the road and my phone isn’t the easiest way to reach those sites. But, once again, my point of even commenting on dogs eating their stool is for the fact that if a customer were to go to a reputable feed store and say “My dog is eating their feces and I can’t figure out why.” And informs the feed store employee that they are feeding Ol’Roy the first thing to help solve this problem would be changing them to a higher quality, more nutritional dog food. What people yet to realize is by finding a higher quality food that BEST FITS YOUR DOG can cure many health issues AND behavioral issues. I’ve had more customers than not come in and tell me how much better their dog acts after being switched from a lower quality food to one of our higher quality foods that we sell. A well balanced, highly nutritional diet, just like as in humans, creates a better behavior for dogs. But back to my point is that I’m talking about a case where a dog is eating Ol’Roy with this problem. Which was all in reference to the comment that was from CP saying the more expensive food isn’t higher quality and that those dogs are the ones that eat their own poop and that those food include fruit and vegetables that are just as bad for dogs as corn is.

  • Pattyvaughn

    I’ve also heard that it’s the “natural flavors” in dog food that cause some dogs to eat their stool. Improving the level of my dogs nutrition didn’t stop his stool eating at all, but eliminating certain ingredients did. And when we babysit a dog that eats those foods, my dog goes right back to stool eating, just not his own this time. I have known far more dogs that it did not matter what they tried, the dog never stopped eating stools, far more.

  • Hound Dog Mom

    Could you post any studies demonstrating that coprophagy is more often a nutritional problem than a behavioral problem? I’ve never read anything supporting this, in fact most of what I’ve read suggests the opposite. In the Merck Veterinary Manual coprophagia is discussed under the “Behavioral Problems” header and Small Animal Clinical Nutrition States: “In many cases coprophagy is a behavioral problem and the etiology is unknown…Food changes due to coprophagy have been recommended, however, most of these recommendations lack substantiation.” Small Animal Clinical Nutrition does note the possibility of poor digestibility of food causing coprophagia however the majority of factors they list as being associated with the problem are behavioral or gastrointestinal disorders independent of the food being fed (i.e. parasitic infections, diabetes or Cushing’s). I know of very few people who have had success curbing the behavior with a change in diet or the use of deterrent supplements.

  • DogLover12

    Amen! Higher quality of dog food equals a healthier dog. A healthier dog doesn’t need to go to the vet except for annual check ups! ANNND the less food you have to feed the less you have to pick up in the back yard haha!

  • DogLover12

    I’m speaking from my experience and education on this matter. Where I can see in some cases that it could be a behavioral problem, it’s more common for it to be a nutritional problem. I received this information from vets that I have personally used and from dog nutrition classes I am required to take for my job. However, my reason for posting about dogs eating their own stool on this site is because of the topic of ol’roy dog food, not to debate why dogs eat their stool. More than not, dogs that eat their stool when on a cheaper product of dog food is because they aren’t recieving the nutrition they need from their food. If their owners would invest a bit more into the food they feed then they will more than likely stop eating their own stool. Granted, it’s not the solution to every case but the majority would find this solution helpful.

  • Hound Dog Mom

    I agree with Marie. While I believe in some cases coprophagia is a result of nutritional factors, I think it’s more often a behavioral issue. It’s very common in puppy mill dogs and dogs that spend long periods of time kenneled (such as in a shelter).

  • InkedMarie

    I disagree. My Brittany is three. Since we got her at five months, she’s eaten Natures Variety (Prairie & Instinct), dr Tim’s pursuit, brothers complete, the Honest Kitchen, Darwin’s, raw meat from Hare Today and currently Natures Logic. If I don’t get pick up quick enough, she’ll happily eat it. IMO, those foods are all high quality.

  • DogLover12

    When a dog eats their own stool it is because they aren’t getting the nutrition that they need. More expensive dog food such as Orijen, Fromm, Holistic Select, Nulo, Taste of the Wild, Blue, ect. provide healthier ingredients in their formulas. Most vegetables and fruits (without seeds) are nutritionally beneficial to dogs. However, dog food brands such as Ol’Roy use corn as a filler and as their main ingredient to make the product cheap. Therefore, you get what you pay for. With the more expensive dog foods you can feed less and your dog get more nutrition from that than feeding a large amount of a cheaper brand. A good way to tell is if your dogs stool is a lighter brown then your dog isn’t getting the nutrition they need. If it is a dark brown and firm then they are receiving all the nutrition to be a healthy dog.

  • Pattyvaughn

    We aways made jokes about how we knew what they did with recycled cardboard. When it first came to our area, that is what it smelled like.

  • blindbat

    My vet strongly “DID NOT” recommend this food for my three year old standard poodle. By that I mean, he said DO NOT purchase OL ROY. His techs had also earlier told me to avoid it.

  • Heather

    Same thing for humans…eat processed foods, foods with chemical preservatives, etc…you’ll have health problems.

  • soondg

    I don’t believe your being arrogant, just a concerned dog lover. I plan on making a change pronto and taking the balance of the food I currently have out to the woods behind my house to feed the wildlife there. Hope their not to upset with the poor quality 🙂 I’ve subscribed to this site.

  • LawofRaw

    Hi soondg,

    I’m glad that you mix up the bad with the good at least. Some just feed the bad and sing its praises all day long, in spite of contradictory evidence of its composition, and what it will almost certainly do down the track.

    I don’t mean to sound arrogant when I say the following, but I read a lot about how “my dog won’t eat anything else” and “my dog just won’t touch that or this no matter what” excuses to justify them feeding their dogs an atrocious diet. When really all you need to do is apply the “20 minute take the bowl away method” of getting your dog accustomed to eat what you want it to eat.

    That method is no secret and is a common practice applied by many people to get the most stubborn of dogs transitioned to other foods or brands. I’ve never failed with that method and neither have any folks I’ve helped in getting their dogs doing the same thing.

  • soondg

    What an education I’m getting here. I’ve pretty much fed most of my dogs over the years commercial dry foods. My last Rottie wouldn’t eat anything but ole roy, and I tried everything on the market. She lived to a ripe age of 14 1/2. I did give her a lot of fresh meats and table scraps, also twice a week I gave her a treat she loved. Milk, egg, olive oil and garlic. Just recently I got a rescue Rottie from a divorced couple who was giving her up and gave her the Ole Roy also. She was overweight and we’ve managed to get her down a few pounds. She’s 4yrs. old and hasn’t had the right amount of exercise. Again, we feed her the dry and also a good amount of fresh meats, table scraps and the milk, egg, garlic, olive oil concoction. Her coat is nice and shiny, her eyes clear, good breath, clean teeth and very active with my 16 grandchildren. When I finish this bag of food I’m definitely going to try a better quality food and see how she likes it. If I had the time I would probably give her fresh prepared meals everyday. Glad I found this site.

  • Pattyvaughn

    Let’s not forget all the cancers and other issues that poor diet causes or contributes to, too. I love your sense of humor, but I had to make sure I was reading into it what I thought I was reading in to it ;-P

  • Eldee

    Yes. I am sure a lot of the reasons dogs go in to see the vet, other than shots, would be for digestive issues or allergies. In my opinion, this would be because they are not feeding a good quality kibble. So, if we all started feeding a 5 star species appropriate diet to our dogs and cats, there would be far less trips to the vet.

  • Pattyvaughn

    In other words, vets who want more work recommend this food?

  • Eldee

    Vets recommend this food, as do dentists regarding Hallowe’en.

  • Johnandchristo
  • LawofRaw

    Yep, no professional would boast about it while posting information supporting the impossible. It’s pretty easy to see that their post is a sham.

  • LawofRaw

    Actually their own “sh*t” is healthier than this dog poison. Just for your educational information.

  • Shawna

    LOL, thanks Labs!

  • Pattyvaughn

    I know 😀

  • LabsRawesome

    Just messin with ya. I totally agree. 🙂

  • Pattyvaughn

    Guess you found out about my pet peeve.

  • Pattyvaughn

    I especially found the signature funny. My brother, the Dr, PhD in physics would expect everyone to be impressed that he deigned to give his opinion. He’s in California, where those things must not be a dime a dozen, like they are here. All seven of my relatives who are engineers would never dream of acting like it meant anymore than another valid college degree, and they certainly wouldn’t go to a dog food forum and sign themselves as Lic. Professional Engineer. They are intelligent enough to know that a PhD in Psych or a degree in engineering means nothing on a dog food site. But then they are rocket scientists.

  • LabsRawesome

    Hi Shawna, I believe it’s Doh. 🙂

  • LabsRawesome

    WOW, Patty. Nice use of bold/caps. Btw, tell us how you really feel. Lmao.

  • LawofRaw

    Sure thing Doc and Eng. Did you get the PhD from Solomon Islands? Or maybe Seychelles? I hear even the common folks of those islands even know better and feed their pooches table crap leftovers. Is the signature advising your educational status meant to impress a state of awe suggesting that Ol’ Roy cancer causing concoction defies its carcinogenesis, much like the fantasy of telekinesis defies the laws of physics and gravity? Tell your fantasy in children’s books.

  • InkedMarie

    I don’t know *if* you think telling us that you’re professionals impresses us but for me, it doesn’t. It’s actually the other way around. Seemingly intelligent people feeding one of the worst dog foods out there.

  • Shawna

    As Homer Simpson would say, Dope!!

    Thanks Patty!! :0)

  • Pattyvaughn

    Shawna, its a troll. It doesn’t even know the name of the breed, much less a proper title, or how to spell it.

  • Pattyvaughn

    Are you aware that there is NO SUCH THING AS a world class champion German Sheperd?!? You not only don’t even know the name of the breed, you don’t know how to spell the breed name, and you don’t even know the common misspelling of the breed name

  • Shawna

    Hi J. Singer,
    Are you aware that two of the ingredients in this food have been found to be contaminated with the euthanasia drug pentobarbital — per the FDA? Those same two ingredients can be derived from 4D (dead, dying, diseased or downer) animals (per the FDA) or from shelter animals (per the EPA)? I can supply links if you are interested.

    I’m sure my grandkids would love McDonald’s for every meal too. But as their guardian I feel it is my job to feed them healthful food. They may not show symptoms from the McDonald’s foods but that doesn’t mean it is health promoting. Soy, as an example, is a product known to cause villous atrophy as well as gut permeability, autoimmune diseases in genetically susceptible individuals etc. Some vets feel that corn has the same affect. Since GSDs have a genetic predisposition to IgA deficiency, they are at even greater risk from problem ingredients. Yours must come from good breeding stock..

    Edit — PS, the US Fish & Wildlife Service says that even small amounts of pentobarbital is “poison” and should not be rendered into animal feed. Can supply the link to this article as well.

  • J. Singer

    THE BEST CHOICE OVERALL !! Dr. Jon Phd. Psych. We Raise World Champion Class German Sheperds.

  • J. Singer

    We have 4 World Champion German Sheperd dogs and 8 month old pups, they are VERY HEALTHY and full of Energy they all LOVE ol Roy’s and eat it in great Pleasure! We would Never !! change Brands, we tried 8 other “High End” brands they hated the food , so, we give Ol’ Roy’s DRY DOG FOOD 5 Stars for Quality and Price!
    Dr. J. Singer Phd. Psych and J, Singer Lic. Professional Engineer (P.E.)

  • Shawna

    Meat and bone meal is a poor quality ingredient too.. Having it as the first ingredient over corn isn’t a huge leap forward…

  • Shawna

    I’m proud to categorize myself as a “dog snob”. But to be clear, I’m not a snob because I have nothing better to do or because I have too much money. I’m a snob because I have a deeper understanding of nutrition than those who can financially afford better but feed foods like Ol’ Roy anyway..

  • InkedMarie

    You are correct bout the High Performance but if you look above, the product reviewed is the Complete Nutrition.

  • DAG

    Just so’s you fully understand, the list of ingredients in Ol’ Roy High Performance dog food has meat and bone meal first, not corn as you imply all their products list first. Which means that your analysis is incomplete and not trustworthy.

    I would like to say that the retailer is disappointing in that they’ve reduced the size of the bag by 25%, but not the price.

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  • InkedMarie

    You may be right, some dogs may do well on Ol Roy, from outward appearances. We don’t know what’s going on inside our pets. That being said, even if someone thinks their dog is doing well on this food, ingredient wise, this is a poor food. That is a fact.

  • Pattyvaughn

    I understand that some people don’t care to do the best that they can for their family member, but I don’t understand why they bother to come to sites like this that are all about doing the best you can for your dog. And if it’s all about feeding the most expensive foods then why are we spending so much time helping people find the best food within their budget or the best food for the price. I can tell that you don’t mind paying for s**t to feed your dog, but mine can eat it for free, so I only pay for the good stuff. The so called elitist foods contain meat and enough starch to hold kibble together, hopefully starches that actually have some nutritional value. They have things like antioxidants in them. BTW, canines do eat small amounts of fruits and vegetables, but they would never find cornmeal in nature.
    So if you think trying to take the best care of my family that I can and trying to help others do the same makes me a snob, I say you’re the one with a problem.

  • Storm’s Mom

    The last update Dr Mike made on this food was last August (see “Notes and Updates” above), so it’s probably on his list to update this review. There are several formulae that are available on walmart.ca that aren’t mentioned here..my guess is that they’re also available in the US (I can’t imagine Walmart would create a food specifically for Canada, but it’s possible), but probably came out in the last year or so, so after Dr Mike did his last update. I presume it’s the Small Breed one you’re referring to? None of the others have chicken/chicken meal listed as the 1st ingredient. I personally wouldn’t feed this food simply because of its low protein level, and the inclusion of a few ingredients I prefer not to feed. It’s better than some of Ol Roy’s other formulae, though, that’s for sure.


    What you consider “elitist foods” I consider “proper nutrition” *shrug*

    I’m probably one of the “dog snobs” that you are referring to …why is it, do you think, that “dog snobs” don’t have derogatory names for people who aren’t “dog snobs”? Something to think about.

  • DVD

    I have seen dogs eat nothing but $50 a kg natural foods and get the runs. Every dog is different in the way they respond to certain foods. Other dogs may do well on Ol’Roy.

  • CP

    Just so people know, this ingredient list does NOT match the ingredient label on the Ol’Roy sold in Canada. First ingredient is chicken meal here. Food looks not bad at all from the ingredient list.

    I see a lot of dog snobs posting which is depressing. Let us not forget that more expensive does not equal better. Also these are animals that eat their own sh*t from time to time so keep your heads on straight.

    BTW, many ‘elitist’ foods contain fruits, vegetables, and other products that canines are NOT intended to consume any more then they are corn meal.

  • MAC

    My neighborhood grocery store stocks Ol’ Roy. I know they have to have a low-price option for customers who cannot afford premium dog food, but I’m going to show the managers this site’s review and encourage them to stock Pure Balance instead. I’ll sleep better.

  • Cecil Memmers

    Purina Pro Plan is a good food and on sale you can usually get it for around $1 per pound, 35 lb bag being $34.99 on sale.

  • Cecil Memmers

    I unfortunately fed my dog Ol’ Roy for a few years and she always had the runs. No solid poops at all. Switched her and the problem went away. Ugh. This garbage should be taken off the shelves.

  • JMD

    Wow! I guess I learned something today. I was under the impression that Ol’ Roy was decent food for my dogs. I’ve started buying the Kibbles, Chunks and Chews a few months ago. They are not very picky when it comes to dog food but I have to say, they love it! It’s the first time I see them really enjoy their food. They seem to be doing fine on it (no problem of any kind). Still, I’m gonna start paying attention on ingredients and find something else that I hope they will enjoy as much.

  • southern_rebel88

    I used to feed my beagle ol roy. Thinking this will be a nice food for her. Then she got sick, and I changed her diet. Now she eats nothing but fresh foods, and IF I have to feed her dry kibble I always get 5 star. She is doing loads better on this diet. Gaining weight properly, and is not as sluggish as before.

  • somebodysme

    You would be further ahead to cook your dog some cornbread and a multivitamin. And to think some people think that raw feeding is bad…HAHAHA! Crazy!

  • LawofRaw

    I agree. In fact the poorer the food quality (meaning it most likely has a high amount of low nutrition value carbohydrates and low levels of meat based amino acids) the more the dog has to eat to extract that low levels of meat content, hence the more it defecates.

    In contrast, the better the food quality (meaning it most likely has a high amount of meat/protein/amino acids) the less the dog needs to eat, hence the less it also defecates as well as its defecated stool being smaller and firmer.

  • Lyn

    Eating 8-9 cups a day of food is really just proof of how BAD Ol’ Roy really is. I have a boxer and a Husky Malamute Mix. If those aren’t active dogs, I don’t know what is. If you get them a higher quality food, then you can feed LESS and the bag will last longer. I feed both my dogs 3 cups a day and a fish oil capsule and they are energetic, strong, and very healthy. I’m not saying that you shouldn’t feed in your budget, but I am saying that the more expensive foods MIGHT just be less expensive when you get it going. There are high performance, high quality foods out there. It might be a good idea just to TRY some for a few months and see how your dog’s quality of life improves.

  • Courtney C♡

    I totally agree! I feed my dogs only 5-star food because they are my babies. I understand that not everyone can afford 5-star food, but you should minimally make the effort to buy 3+ star food. The justification of it makes me so sad. 🙁

  • Pattyvaughn

    The old starving children arguement. I wanted to say that they could have some of my dog food rejects, but it was the poster I take issue with, not that children need to be fed good food.

  • InkedMarie

    whoa, I missed this, what was the original post that got deleted?

  • Storm’s Mom

    Could not agree with you more Pattyvaughn!!!!

  • Pattyvaughn

    If you can’t afford to feed your own kids then what are you doing with a dog at all. If you are spending any money on anything discretionary rather than giving it all towards feeding hungry children, how dare you tell me how to spend my money. I’m feeding my own children, I’m feeding some of those children, and I’m properly feeding my dogs. That is the responsibility I decided to take on, if it’s not for you then you can simply go away. You ought to be ashamed for coming here and judging people because you see a very narrow slice of their life.

  • Storm’s Mom

    It can actually cost LESS to feed a “premium” quality food because you feed less of it each time. I really wish people understood that more!!! Sure, you may pay more for the bag to start with, but you won’t be buying another one MUCH longer, saving money in the long run (not to mention probably saving money on vet bills, too!!).

  • Cyndi

    There ARE better foods to feed your dogs that don’t cost much more money. Hell, saw dust is better than Old Roy. There is even a different version of Old Roy that’s better than this, IF you loved your dogs, just look at the reviews! That IS what this site is for!

  • Melissaandcrew

    Wow. No one has said that you need to feed any one particular food in any given style of food or price range. The reviews are here for those that wish to read them and learn about what your food of choice contains. I think every one should feed the best they can, and what they “can” will differ from person to person.

    I have nothing to be ashamed of or feel guilty about… Your post however reeks of both. Perhaps you can get a job delivering pizza at night to make a few extra bucks to do better by your pets. I know I would if Old Roy was the best I could do.

  • al

    I love my dogs just as much as anyone on these postings and I dare anyone to say otherwise. But we can’t all afford the premium dog foods you people declare we have to feed our dogs. I do the best I can with what I have. If dogs had to be fed these premium dog foods the animal shelters would be full to the rafters with dogs and cats. So, the people who belittle others for what they are feeding their dogs need to get off their high horse and shut the “F” up. There are kids here in the U.S. that aren’t getting proper nutrition due to numerous reasons and you people are arguing over what to feed your dog. You ought to be ashamed.

  • Hound Dog Mom

    Really, nothing but Taste of the Wild? Maybe you should consider giving your dog some variety – I doubt you would like to eat only one food for a lifetime.

  • pete g

    I feed nothing but Taste of the Wild. Awesome food and my dogs love it!

  • froglips7846

    THANKS my beagle is having hot spots & thought I might put him on a grain free food

  • Hound Dog Mom

    There is no “best” food. Ideally you should feed a variety of foods and, if you’re feeding kibble exclusively, incorporate fresh foods whenever possible. Different dogs do well on different foods.

  • froglips7846

    what is the best grain free dog food on the market??

  • Micah

    I have fed my dogs Ol’ Roy for years and one of my dogs has always had a bladder problem. For years now I have had to lock her up at night because she would pee all over the place. Recently we switched to Diamond Naturals Chicken and Rice and she has not had an accident since. Ol’ Roy is CRAP!

  • Hound Dog Mom

    Okay just checked – according to Wiki Answers it’s manufactured by Doane which is owned by Mars.

  • Hound Dog Mom

    Agreed. When Gus was eating Beneful (ugh) he was eating about 8 C. per day, if I recall correctly. On foods like Orijen and Nature’s Variety Instinct he generally ate around 5 C. per day. From what I’ve seen, low grade foods like this generally have less then 400 calories per cup and most of the 5 star foods are usually closer to 500 calories per cup.

  • Hound Dog Mom

    I always thought ‘Ol Roy was manufactured by Mars?

  • InkedMarie

    Your dogs being active and running around does not mean this is a good food. Your last paragraph is a bunch of s**t. You really should do some research before spouting such nonsense.

  • Pattyvaughn

    I believe that makes it worse than Diamond. Due to supplier confidentiality agreements, what does that imply? Their ingredients are so nasty that their supplier doesn’t want to be known? The supplier doesn’t want people to know that they supply to such a bad place? I can’t think of anything good that it could possibly mean.

  • Then, in response to the question, who makes Ol’ Roy High Performance, Wal-Mart’s response was this:

    A: Due to supplier confidentiality agreements we are unable to share who the manufacturer of the product is.

    2 years, 7 months ago

    Walmart Product Expert”

  • Pattyvaughn

    If you have to read the package to find the ingredients and the package is by law allowed to be up to 6 months out of date and they admit that they may change the ingredients willy nilly any time it suits them, you REALLY have NO idea what your feeding when you feed this stuff.

  • Cindy


    It’s not just the coloring/vegetable gluten you mention that are the problem. EVERY food ingredient I see in this food is toxic. This food scares me.

    I’m glad your dogs appear in some ways to be doing well for now, but we often cannot see what is happening internally and to their organs. More than half of all dogs and cats now die of cancers, and they can be devastating.

    There are so many poisons in this food if you research what the ingredients actually are. Unfortunately, for example, what “meat and bone meal” actually includes, vs people might think it is, is nightmarishly different. It would not be hard to find a better, safer food for low cost.

  • Cindy

    “as much as my dogs eat due to them being so active(8-9 cups of food a day) it’s easier on the budget than expensive brands”

    Taylor, when you feed a nutrient dense, high calorie, superior protein sources, highly digestible food, you actually feed A LOT less. So the cost difference is not what you might expect.

  • Hound Dog Mom

    Agreed. ‘Ol Roy is pretty scary – the stuff nightmares are made of lol. I had to do quite a bit of digging to find an ingredient list.

  • Know what’s scary… I tried to find the ingredients online for the food that Frank mentioned and cannot find it anywhere. It’s almost like they don’t want you to know what’s in it.

    In the Q & A section of the product page, someone asked what the ingredients were because there were none listed on the product page and here’s the reply from Wal-Mart:

    A: We have multiple suppliers that manufacture our products and formulations may change from time to time based on customer feedback and other business needs. We suggest trying to locate the requested information on the packaging of the product from your local store. If the information you have requested is not available, please contact our Customer Service Line directly at 800-WAL-MART and provide us with the lot code and best by date (if available) and we would be happy to look into this further for you.
    1 year, 3 months ago
    Walmart Product Expert”

  • Hound Dog Mom

    Hi Frank Riggard –

    My three dogs are extremely active (about 2 hours of moderate to heavy physical activity per day – long walks, hiking, runs, etc. – not to mention a large fenced in yard) and I wouldn’t consider feeding them ‘Ol Roy is someone paid me. My dogs eat a species-appropriate raw diet high in protein (45% – 55%), moderately high in fat (30% – 40%) and low in carbohydrates (~15%). They don’t eat any grains or starches (i.e. potatoes, tapioca, legumes, etc.). You’re correct in your statement that “carbs are mainly for energy” and “protein is for muscle maintenance/growth/repair” however, being that dogs are carnivores they don’t require carbohydrates for energy nor is it advisable to feed high levels of carbohydrates unless a dog is a true sprint athlete (i.e. a racing greyhound). Dogs can meet their energy needs with fat – fat is a much more species-appropriate source of energy than carbohydrates and is utilized more efficiently by the body. “On a per weight basis, the energy value of dietary fat is approximately 2.25 times that of protein or carbohydrate. Additionally, direct use of dietary fat is approximately 2.25 times that of protein or carbohydrate. Additionally, direct use of dietary fat for storage in adipocytes or use in functional lipid requires less energy for assimilation and storage when compared with de novo synthesis from protein or carbohydrate in food.” (Small Animal Clinical Nutrition). Through a process known as gluconeogensis dogs are able to convert protein and fat into glucose to use for energy – it is the glucose that a dog’s body requires for energy, not carbohydrates.

    According to Walmart’s website the ingredients in ‘Ol Roy performance are as follows:

    Meat and Bone Meal, Ground Yellow Corn, Ground Wheat, Corn Gluten Meat,
    Animal Fat (Preserved With Bha and Citric Acid), Wheat Middlings,
    Soybean Meal, Natural Flavor, Salt, Potassium Chloride, Choline
    Chloride, Zinc Sulfate, Vitamin E Supplement, Ferrous Sulfate, Color
    Added (Yellow #5, Red #40, Blue #2), L-Lysine, Calcium Carbonate, Zinc
    Oxide, Niacin, Copper Sulfate, Vitamin A Supplement, Biotin, Manganous
    Oxide, Calcium Pantothenate, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Thiamine
    Mononitrate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Menadione Sodium Bisulfite
    Complex (Source of Vitamin K Activity), Riboflavin Supplement, Sodium
    Selenite, Calcium Iodate, Folic Acid, Vitamin D-3 Supplement, Cobalt

    The general analysis reads 27% protein and 15% fat. 27% protein is not high by any standards and 15% is low for a true athlete. You also say this food has “a lot of things active dogs need” – I don’t see much in here any dogs needs, let alone an active dog..

  • Hound Dog Mom

    Hi Jay –

    You could not be more incorrect. Grains are an unnatural food for dogs and dogs (being that they are carnivores) have no dietary requirement for carbohydrates. The ideal diet of a dog is high in animal-based protein, moderate in fat, low in carbohydrates and free of grains and starches (such as potatoes, tapioca and legumes). Grains – unless properly prepared – are a source of anti-nutrients such as gluten, lectins and phytates. Anti-nutrients can damage the gut, impair the body’s ability to absorb certain nutrients, cause leptin resistance, etc. Grains (unless sprouted) aren’t even a healthy food for humans let along dogs.

  • Taylor G.

    My dogs have been eating ol Roy high performance for over 10 years now and haven’t really ran into problems with that one. They are pretty active (run around chasing rabbits, birds, squirrels in the back field all day) so the 28% protein and the high carbohydrates are somewhat essential for my dogs. I don’t like that there’s coloring and corn/vegetable gluten in it but with as much as my dogs eat due to them being so active(8-9 cups of food a day) it’s easier on the budget than expensive brands with basically the same exact ingredients as the high performance. my dogs are doing okay and 3 out of 4 of them have been rescued from uthenization so I’d say with them being able to roam and eat fairly healthy(I also give them homemade meals sometimes too) they’re pretty happy. Maybe the kibbles is crap but the high performance isn’t that bad.

    Honestly most dry foods are really close to the same unless we’re talking about natural balance or blue so if you guys really want the healthiest food for your dogs, completely skip the manufactured food and give them fresh foods that give them all the nutrients they need.

  • Frank riggard

    maybe you should do your research on unbiased sites without some random guys opinion. Learn how to do real research. Not blog for people’s opinions. Not every product in there line is terrible. The high performance and pure balance actually have a lot of things that active dogs need. Which I’m sure if everyone on here loves there’s dogs as much as they act they let their dogs be active… Yeah right. Im sure most of you keep your dogs cooped up in a house or fence or on a leash walking at a whopping 2-3 mph next to you 20 minutes a day. Omg. Sooo active. You All obviously aren’t talking about the high performance though because it’s high in carbs and protein. Carbs are mainly for energy(look it up) protein is for muscle maintenance/growth/repair(look it up)

  • Jay

    1, wheat is not bad for dogs. Grains are essential for a healthy diet. 2, idk what type of ol Roy you were looking at but there is no ‘bone meal’, ‘bha’, or menadione in the high performance. Maybe the others but the high performance really isn’t that bad. Really the worst thing in it are the food coloring and gluten. 3, idk what biased site you were on where you ‘found out’ there was copper sulfate in it,(probably this one) but again, in the high performance it does not. I’m not saying its the best food out there, and a lot of them are bad, but there are 2 types of fairly descent ol Roy; high performance and pure balance. You all should learn for yourselves what is essential for a canines diet and do a wider range of research vs just looking at the worst ones that this biased site focuses on.

  • Michelle

    Kudos to you! You are supposed to switch them over to new food gradually, but in some instances an upset stomach is better than the crap they were getting fed. I would have done the same thing.

  • I just rescued a female boston terrier from a backyard breeder that was going to kill her due to no longer having any use for her. Anyways he was feeding her ol roy kibbles chunks and chews ugh!!! This dog is so skinny and hungry, her poop is sludge and is the color of this food. He gave me what was left and it went in the trash.

  • Shawna

    Good for you to be outspoken about it… I just converted a work acquaintance to raw two days ago simply by opening my big mouth :)..

    Something else to mention to him — although the wolf hybrid may not be aggressive, several of the ingredients when eaten long term can cause aggression. As can vaccinations etc. When dealing with a wolf hybrid, or any powerful dog for that matter, I’d want to limit anything that could cause aggression…

    When I was a child I met a wolf hybrid. Most fantastic dog ever but not for most I’m sure.

    Edit — oops, thought this was a new post but just realized it is 2 months old… Jessica, were you able to convince hubby’s coworker to switch and if so do you know what he switched to?

  • threenorns

    also, jessica, he needs to be careful about bragging about his hybrid – in ontario, for example, they’re illegal: even saying your dog’s a hybrid can result in it being seized on the spot by the MNR and destroyed.

  • marsha gutierrez

    Wolves are meant to stay in the wild and not to be mixed with domesticated dogs. 2000? Understand this a wolf hybrid needs acres and acres of land as it likes to run like crazy. I should know, one is part of my family. BTW, raw meat is the only way to go with these guys. I throw porkbones, ribs, chicken out for him (variety) and he loves whole sweet potatoes…. if he is soo poor how did he afford 2grand? Effing idiot. While I love my four legged son, wolves are wolves for a reason and dogs are dogs for a reason. yes please tell your friend I called him an effing idiot…and to never tell anyone he has a wolfhybrid because people stigmatize these creatures and to please not breed his wolfhybrid.

  • LabsRawesome BS Detector

    No doubt. Just look at the above review. Also the dinner rounds are soft moist? Moist foods contain Propylene glycol, yet another nasty ingredient that has damaging affects on the dogs organs. What food did you switch to?

  • I would think it highly likely that the food is the problem. Ol’ Roy is a very low quality food. What did you switch your dogs to or are you looking for something to switch them to currently?

    There is a new food available at Wal-Mart by the makers of Ol’ Roy called Pure Balance that’s still very affordable (if cost is a factor) and it would be a gradual increase in quality that you could use as a big step up from Ol’ Roy. There are lots of other affordable options if your looking for suggestions.

    Good luck!

  • Janet

    I have been feeding my 2 shepherd mix dogs Ol’Roy Dinner Rounds for years. The last month or so they have been sick, not eating, laying around, can barely walk. I changed their food to canned to try and get them to eat. The canned worked and they began eating and seemed to be feeling better. I mixed a cup of the ol’roy in with the can after 2 weeks. The very next morning my dogs were sick all over again. I have totally stopped O’l Roy, I think that is exactly what made my dogs sick!

  • Allie

    Feeding raw meaty bones is a cheap alternative to dried up chemical balls aka. kibble. Ol’ Roy should be illegal.

  • Countryfun88


  • Whole Earth Farms is 40 dollars for a 35 pound bag and actually is beating blue buffalo in testing. I suggest you check it out!

  • Pattyvaughn

    The thing that struck me was that I buy a special grain free low carb biscuit for my dog that can’t handle grains or much carb at all. They break easily and there are frequently many broken biscuits in the package, but my dog doesn’t mind, he breaks them anyway. In fact, he thinks he’s getting 2 biscuits.

  • this is the most hilarious out of left field post. firstly, this page is about the dry food, not the treats. secondly, it’s about the ingredients and the nutrition, not whether they’re intact. and thirdly, his last sentence is just straight bizarre because after coming to this page his takeaway should have been that ol roy is terrible but he’s still wondering about whether or not to get more treats with the knowledge that they might be broken. the whole post just leaves you scratching your head. did he read the website? does he realize those treats are probably horrible for his dog? does he know those broken treats were a blessing in disguise because now he should know that ol roy is not fit for consumption? personally, i don’t think any of those things resonated with him but we’ll probably never know because he’ll likely go on living his ol roy life with his head in the clouds.

  • i came to this page specifically to read the comments. as expected, there are some that are rather saddening. i realize there are some people who never bothered to read the ingredients and/or simply didn’t know any better. however, if you have come to this page and you still feed your dogs this stuff you are an unfit parent, and that is putting it very, very nicely. at least with a child if you feed him/her junk food, there is a chance (albeit small) that child will grow up and change paths and live a healthy lifestyle. a dog, however, is completely at the mercy of its owner for sustenance for its entire life. and that is why it is so disheartening to read these comments, even if they are a small minority.

  • Jessica Leanna Taft

    lol kinda aready told him the dog food he is feeding his dog is crap yesterday….lol when i met my husband and his co-workers for lunch and he said he gives his wolf mix ol roy i was just at a loss of words you should of seen my fac… i was like thats like the worst dog food you could give your dog…. so that one is already out of the box lol

  • InkedMarie

    I agree about looking for a better food. I will recommend you look at Fromm, Dr Tim’s or Annamaet. You’ll want to stick with their grain inclusives nice that’s what your dog eats now. If you need help, don’t hesitate to ask!

  • Aslat

    Ktriemstra, we’ve had a lot of issues with our dog’s digestive system and I found that probiotics and prebiotics help A LOT! many dog foods have probiotics but not necessarily prebiotics. I found that having a high quality diet also helps, with minimal grains and he is doing great. Also, if you find the supplements get costly, I actually add 1 tbsp of plain 2% yogurt on his kibble and buy treats with prebiotics (chicory root) and probiotics as well. That seems to do the trick – no gas, no upset tummy or back end! good luck hope it doesn’t grow into a horse!

  • Hound Dog Mom

    Hi Jessica –

    In order to try not to offend your husband’s co-worker, this is how I’d approach it. I’d say “Hey, I was in Walmart the other day and noticed Ol Roy is making a new food called ‘Pure Balance’. I read the ingredients list and was impressed, it’s no over-priced like a lot of other quality foods either. I checked Dog Food Advisor and it had a good rating. You should check it out.” Make it more like a conversation about a new food you saw rather than just outright saying “Hey the food you’re feeding is garbage.” lol. Give him the bait and if he wants better for his dog he’ll take it.

  • Jessica Leanna Taft

    just texted my husband to tell him that… i hope he doesnt think im being rude.. i just want the best for his wolf/mix he paid $2000 for the dog… he should be getting a better diet i think..

  • Hound Dog Mom

    Hi Jessica –

    Let him know that Ol Roy has a new food out called “Pure Balance.” It has decent ingredients and is a big step up from the original Ol Roy formulas. It’s rated 3 1/2 stars, here’s the review: http://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/dog-food-reviews/pure-balance-dog-food/ . It’s available at Walmart like the other Ol Roy formulas and retails at $31.88 for a 30 lb. bag. Tractor Supply sells a food called 4Health that’s rated 4 stars and retails at $32.99 for 35 lbs. Diamond Naturals can be found at most feed stores (including Tractor Supply) and the 40 lb. bags retail at around $35 for 40 lbs.

  • Jessica Leanna Taft

    i just found out that my husband co-worker has a 95% wolf/husky mix but is feeding him this food… i told him yesterday how horrible it was.. and that i feed my GSD canidae… and he should really look into buying different dog food… he doesnt make very much money is there something better i can tell him to buy within a low price??? as he differs from me… i will spend money buying a 4-5 star rated food..i shouldnt but i do anyways… and he cant.. he gets paid a 1/3 of what my husband does… (he is a prep guy) and i really want his wolf/husky mix to get a better diet… when he told me what he fed his dog the expression in my face dropped… i told him how horrible it was.. and he had no clue…

  • Hound Dog Mom

    Hi D Jenkins –

    Check out Pure Balance – it’s a new food in the Ol Roy line. It has much better quality ingredients than the original Ol Roy formulas and it’s rated 3 1/2 stars. It’s available at Walmart and won’t break the bank. Here’s the review: http://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/dog-food-reviews/pure-balance-dog-food/ . Ol Roy also has a good quality canned food called “Healthy Mix” that would be a great topper for the Pure Balance kibble, it’s reasonably priced in comparison to other canned foods of equal quality. The Healthy Mix canned foods are rated 3 1/2 stars as well: http://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/dog-food-reviews/ol-roy-healthy-mix/ .

  • D Jenkins

    It was the Complete Nutrition brand that caused the seizures. He is now eating the Krunchy Bites & Bones and seems to be okay. I’m considering switching to something better after reading this review.

  • D Jenkins

    My dog started getting seizures (every 2 months like clockwork) after eating this food. Didn’t realize what was causing it for 4 years until I finally decided to switch to a different Ol’ Roy without dye (the red dye would stain the carpet if he threw up). For the past year, no seizures.

  • Pattyvaughn

    I like your idea!

  • Tyrena

    Maybe there should be a category for “Well, at least you’re feeding your dog. That’s a step.”

  • klickersnipps

    Our female Coydog lived 12 almost 13 years on Ol’Roy before we even figured out it was a bad food. She died from pneumonia after 3 weeks at the vet :(…my dogs are now fed a Prey-Model-Raw diet. So much cheaper than any kibble out there. You just have to be resourceful. It has cost me $30 so far since January 1 to feed my dogs this diet. 🙂

  • old dog

    Old Roy got my dog sick

  • Going from Ol’ Roy to Dog Chow is hardly any better.

  • Maskwright

    I gave my dog the food gravy as a treat one day and some where around midnight my dog was having horrible stomach pains and horrible diariah. After she’d use the bathroom she’d come in, curl up and shiver and cry. It wasn’t until 7am was she able to actually sleep. Her poops were not solid for two days. I’d never ever buy this product again!

  • cat

    OK so as a vet tech I MUST say something..this brand of dog food has caused many animals to die..mostly from liver toxicity. One from seizures after feeding once (healthy pet beforehand) there are better dog foods in this price range…Pedegree or dog chow is much better. Than this Chinese made cess pool

  • JellyCat

    This so-called food and treats are of extremely poor quality. It is basically as bad as food can get. You shouldn’t want to pay for this at all.
    In fact, you may spend a lot for vet bills resulted because of these so-called food and treats. 

  • InkedMarie

    Do broken treats really matter? I’d be much happier if  you said you read here how crappy Ol Roy dog food is and you assume their treats are just as crappy an decided to make a change. 
    Too bad, you’re only worried about the treats being broken.

  • steve whittingham

    I have 3 big dogs & they LOVE Ol’Roys dog treats but the last 3 boxes i got were NOTHING BUT BROKEN TREATS…..I don’t want to stop buying them but i am not going to pay for a box that has nothing but broken treats…..

  • annie

    My mother-in-law swears by this food. She says it’s the best kind of food there is and pushes me to feed it to my dogs but NO WAY. Her dogs are so nasty looking and constantly pooping. She tells me my dogs love this food and won’t eat any other kind, ( she never gives them any other kind) but she says they gobble it up cuz they love it. No they gobble it up due to being hungry. When she tells me all this i just wanna slap her lol…

  • annie

    My cousin feeds her choc.lab ol roy (brown bag). One day wal mart was out of it so she got the red bag well, 3 days later the dog was acting like something was wrong with it she didn’t think anything about it til one night it was having trouble breathing, panting real hard whining and moaning passing blood. She thought the dog was going to die so she rushed it to the vet and it was bloat, inflammation and infection. The vet told her it has to be the ol roy food. If the dog was perfectly fine with the brown bag and then giving it the red bag food there’s different things in it. But he also suggested getting the dog another kind of food.

  • Brogers65

    Hi what symptons did the dog have because I am on my second bag of ol roy complete and I notice two of my dogs acting strangly but never connected the dots to the food ,until today I said let me do some reasearch on the ol roy complete…

  • Pattyvaughn

    Keep enough to transition them to a new food, then throw it away.  Fromm and Merrick both have good foods that are reasonably economical.  When doing a quick transition, adding pumpkin to help with stools, and probiotics and digestive enzymes to help his system adjust to the new food, is a really good idea.