Redpaw PowerEdge Dog Food (Dry)


Rating: ★★★★½

Redpaw PowerEdge Dog Food receives the Advisor’s second-highest tier rating of 4.5 stars.

The Redpaw PowerEdge product line lists 3 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.

Important: Because many websites do not reliably specify which Growth or All Life Stages recipes are safe for large breed puppies, we do not include that data in this report. Be sure to check actual packaging for that information.

  • Redpaw PowerEdge 32K [A]
  • Redpaw PowerEdge 38K [A]
  • Redpaw PowerEdge 26K (4 stars) [A]

Redpaw PowerEdge 32K was selected to represent the other products in the line for this review.

Redpaw PowerEdge 32K

Dry Dog Food

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

Protein = 36% | Fat = 22% | Carbs = 34%

Ingredients: Menhaden fish meal, ground corn, poultry fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols), chicken meal, pork meat and bone meal, pearled barley, pork blood meal, beet pulp, chicken liver, brewers rice, fish oil (preserved with mixed tocopherols), brewers dried yeast, flaxseed, salt, potassium chloride, vitamins [vitamin A acetate, vitamin D3 supplement, vitamin E supplement, vitamin B12 supplement, choline bitartrate, niacin supplement, d-calcium pantothenate, L-ascorbyl-2-polyphosphate, riboflavin supplement, thiamine mononitrate, pyridoxine hydrochloride, folic acid, biotin], minerals [zinc sulfate, ferrous sulfate, manganese sulfate, magnesium sulfate, copper sulfate, cobalt carbonate, calcium iodate, iron proteinate, zinc proteinate, copper proteinate, manganese proteinate, magnesium proteinate, cobalt proteinate, sodium selenite], dried Lactobacillus acidophilus fermentation product, dried Bifidobacterium longum fermentation product, dried Lactobacillus plantarum fermentation product, dried Pediococcus acidilacticii fermentation product

Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 3.9%

Red items indicate controversial ingredients

Estimated Nutrient Content
Guaranteed Analysis32%20%NA
Dry Matter Basis36%22%34%
Calorie Weighted Basis29%44%28%
Protein = 29% | Fat = 44% | Carbs = 28%

The first ingredient in this dog food is menhaden fish meal. Because it is considered a meat concentrate, fish meal contains almost 300% more protein than fresh fish itself.

Menhaden are small ocean fish related to herring. They’re rich in protein and omega-3 fatty acids. What’s more, in their mid-depth habitat, menhaden are not exposed to mercury contamination as can be typical with deep water species.

Fish meal is typically obtained from the “clean, dried, ground tissue of undecomposed whole fish and fish cuttings” of commercial fish operations.1

The second ingredient includes 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 third ingredient is poultry fat. Poultry fat is obtained from rendering, a process similar to making soup in which the fat itself is skimmed from the surface of the liquid.

Poultry fat is high in linoleic acid, an omega-6 fatty acid essential for life.

However, poultry fat is a relatively generic ingredient and can be considered lower in quality than a similar item from a named source animal (like chicken fat).

The fourth ingredient is chicken meal, another protein-rich meat concentrate.

The fifth ingredient is pork meat and bone meal, a dry “rendered product from (pork) tissues, including bone, exclusive of any added blood, hair, hoof, horn, hide trimmings, manure, stomach and rumen contents”.2

Pork and bone meal may have a lower digestibility than most other meat meals.

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

On the brighter side, pork and bone meals are meat concentrates and contain nearly 300% more protein than fresh pork.

The sixth ingredient is barley. Barley is a starchy carbohydrate supplying fiber and other healthy nutrients. Unlike grains with a higher glycemic index, barley can help support more stable blood sugar levels.

The seventh ingredient is pork blood meal. Although it doesn’t sound very appetizing to humans, blood is naturally rich in protein (albumin), vitamins and minerals.

The eighth ingredient is beet pulp. Beet pulp is a controversial ingredient, a high fiber by-product of sugar beet processing.

Some denounce beet pulp as an inexpensive filler while others cite its outstanding intestinal health and blood sugar benefits.

We only call your attention here to the controversy and believe the inclusion of beet pulp in reasonable amounts in most dog foods is entirely acceptable.

The ninth ingredient is chicken liver. This is an organ meat sourced from a named animal and thus considered a beneficial component.

Although it is a quality item, raw organ meat contains up to 73% water. After cooking, most of that moisture is lost, reducing the meat content to just a fraction of its original weight.

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

The tenth ingredient is 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.

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, brewers yeast can be a controversial item. Although it’s a by-product of the beer making process, this ingredient is rich in minerals and other healthy nutrients.

Fans believe yeast repels fleas and supports the immune system.

Critics argue yeast ingredients can be linked to allergies. This may be true, but (like all allergies) only if your particular dog is allergic to the yeast itself.

In addition, a vocal minority insists yeast can increase the risk of developing the life-threatening condition known as bloat. However, this is a claim we’ve not been able to scientifically verify.

In any case, unless your dog is specifically allergic to it, yeast can still be considered a nutritious additive.

What’s more noteworthy here is that brewers yeast contains about 48% protein, a factor that must be considered when judging the actual meat content of this dog food.

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

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

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

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

Redpaw PowerEdge Dog Food
The Bottom Line

Judging by its ingredients alone, Redpaw PowerEdge Dog Food looks like an 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 36%, a fat level of 22% and estimated carbohydrates of about 34%.

As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 36% and a mean fat level of 23%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 33% for the overall product line.

And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 66%.

Above-average protein. Above-average fat. And below-average carbs when compared to a typical dry dog food.

Even when you consider the protein-boosting effect of the flaxseed and brewers yeast in this recipe and the corn gluten meal in the PowerEdge 38K recipe, this looks like the profile of a kibble containing a notable amount of meat.

Bottom line?

Redpaw PowerEdge is a meat-based dry dog food using a notable amount of named meat and by-product meals as its main sources of animal protein, thus earning the brand 4.5 stars.

Highly 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.

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Notes and Updates

10/09/2017 Last Update

  1. Association of American Feed Control Officials
  2. Adapted by the Dog Food Advisor and based upon the official definition for meat and bone meal as published by the Association of American Feed Control Officials, 2012 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
  • haleycookie

    Because of the protein to fat ratios and where the meat is listened throughout it is a high meat content food. It isn’t really judged based on what the ingredients are per say but how much meat and protein there is. It’s explained if you search how we rate foods here on dfa

  • Mary Jo Janowicz

    How can you give 4 stars to a food with 5 controversial ingredients and the 2nd one is corn??

  • Glen Canale

    Great Dog Food! As a Former Sled Dog racing kennel owner and ISDRA Champion, I really like the food. I own a Czech Shepherd now and he fence runs 1-2 hrs a day non stop. I use Power Edge 32K.

  • Malamute Ranch

    Great food! I have a kennel of 16 working Alaskan Malamutes and have been feed Redpaw’s Performance Edge 32K formula for 6 years now. My dogs train for mid-distance races (50+ miles) and always have great energy on this food!

  • Crazy4dogs

    I’ve never used Solid Gold so I can’t really comment, but good luck with it!

  • GSDgrl82

    He reacts to raw chicken as well, I’m going to give solid gold barking at the moon a try, no chicken or rice!

  • Crazy4cats

    Oh my, what beautiful dogs and picture! It definitely is frustrating trying to figure out what might be causing the issues. I have fed Victor grain free often and am now feeding their weight management recipe. So far so good. Best wishes!

  • GSDgrl82

    He’s eating horizon legacy salmon right now and he also gets raw, I was feeding raw full time but prep time was getting very difficult for me with 4 dogs because of my health issues so I switched to raw/kibble. I’m about to try Victor hi pro as I’m still trying to work out if it’s the chicken or grains. Victor Yukon worked well too, his ears just get dirty on kibble. Never had to clean them on raw. I did try Dr. Tim’s pork and salmon but he broke out in a nasty hot spot, white potatoes don’t seem to agree with him either though I may try it again just in case it was a fluke.

    My 4 month old GSD puppy is eating dr. Tim’s pursuit and the x series puppy along with the raw and she looks amazing along with having so much energy though she is a working line… She’s herding already and I’m happy with her performance and stamina on Redpaw and Dr. Tim’s. 🙂

  • Crazy4dogs

    Are you looking for a specifc protein/fat ratio? There are other brands that could work. There never will be a 100% allergy friendly food but often dogs that react to a protein in a kibble may not react to that same protein when it is served fresh. I had a dog like that several years ago.

  • Crazy4cats

    What are you feeding now? Do you add anything to his/her meals? You could try adding some quality canned or fresh foods to increase the protein and calories to the meals.

  • Bobby dog

    Hi GSDgrl82:
    Have you ever looked at Dr. Tim’s formulas? I think there is a GF fish based formula with similar protein and fat ratios of this food.

  • GSDgrl82

    My point was that almost all of the canine athlete food is chicken and rice. It would just be nice if they also made an alternate protein or grain free varieties since a lot of dogs have chicken and grain allergies. I know there will never be a food that is 100% allergy friendly.

  • Dori

    In reality there is no such thing as an allergy friendly food of any sort because all canines, as with humans, are allergic, intolerant and sensitive to different proteins and ingredients. I wish there was one because one of my girls has many food issues.

  • GSDgrl82

    I really wish they’d make an allergy friendly sport food, my herding GSD does best with these protein and fat ratios but gets super itchy on chicken and rice. Bah.

  • LadyBug

    I was wondering if anyone out there has experience with feeding RedPaw during pregnany/lactation, especially small breeds?
    The reason I ask is that most premium brands now contain Flax, Rosemary, Yucca and/or Millet/Sorghum. These can act as endocrine disruptors and cause fertility and thyroid problems. I did take my dogs off these ingredients by switching to homemade food but this year I have a litter planned and I worry about trying to balance a homemade diet for a pregnant bitch.
    So – I am looking for kibble and am considering RedPaw. It does have some Flax though. Has this been a problem for anyone with their breeding dogs? Any fertility or thyroid issues or is all well?

  • ziegenfarm

    i am STILL using redpaw. a few times i have run out & tried to feed my dogs something else–just to get by. disaster!!! i can’t get them back on redpaw soon enough. i am convinced that it is the best dry food on the market. to my knowledge, there has never been a recall either. in the past 35 yrs, i have never stayed with a formula as long as i have redpaw 32K. i am completely sold on it 🙂

  • Ginnette wilson

    I’ve feed the fitness line to my dogs and fosters for almost 2 years and have had amazing results with some of the underweight dogs we bring in.

  • Ginnette wilson

    I think it should have been noted that this food was NOT designed for the average pet home. This food was designed as a mushers food (dog sled teams) It’s ingredients was designed for extremely active dogs who need the extra fat content and carbs.
    I have done research on the producer of this food (Fromm) and must say I am beyond impressed on their ethics. They buy their meat source directly from the farmer (the same one) It is a family owned company that has been around for more than 100 years and pet food is all they do. No outsourcing!

  • Hound Dog Mom

    It definitely looks like a good food. My dogs don’t eat kibble, but if they did I would probably consider using the X-Series Perform formula in my rotation. It has a nice protein to fat ratio which is hard to find in a kibble. My dogs thrive on a high protein, high fat, low carbohydrate diet – I usually keep their protein levels between 45% and 55%, their fat levels between 30% and 35% and their carbohydrate levels <20%.

  • D.J.

    field trial season now over, we had a puppy running in the under 2 class and I must add she run with mostly 2 year olds or just under and she won the last hunt of the year and was the high scoring under 2 hound of the year, at the last hunt of the year she was only 14 months old. we all so placed dogs in 7th over all for the year and 1 all age dog open class in 3rd place and do to coming in heat only made 2 of the 4 hunts with 2 1st place finishes. All I can say is redpaw took my above average dog and made them top in there class. if you have hard working dogs, I would take a very close look at this dog food…

  • ziegenfarm

    still using the redpaw. i am able to keep the weight on the hard keepers. stools always firm. overall health much better than some of the more expensive foods. i am very satisfied with redpaw & will continue to use it.

  • InkedMarie

    To me it sounded like you were talking TO Redpaw, such as on their page. We get people here asking questions and they think they’re at the foods website.

  • Hound Dog Mom

    They actually have a new line out called X-Series which doesn’t contain corn or brewer’s rice. It still has grains but it’s high protein/high fat – looks pretty good.

  • Shawna

    I actually like this as a food targeted to canine athletes!! Most are high in carbs while this has a nice amount of animal protein.. Personally, for reasons I won’t get into, I’m not fond of corn or barley but all in all this is definitely better than many of the other foods I’ve seen marketed to canine athletes.

  • D.J.

    Inkedmarie. I know that this is the DFA. you don’t have to remind me. I can comp. redpaw any where I want. I have all so emailed them and called them. to thank them for such a fine dog food. it has increased my dogs endurance and they are able to run longer and faster, there for placing better in the field trials. I am not into rescue dogs. again thank you for such a fine dog food Red Paw…

  • InkedMarie

    First, we had a rescue American Foxhound. Loved her and miss her.

    Second, this is the dog food advisor, not Redpaw

  • D.J.

    I have been feeding redpaw 32k to my field trial dogs and they are doing well on it. we have placed all the dogs we have entered into a race in the top 10 if not 1st place. the stools show no sign of corn I them. they are firm even after 50+ mile runs. no sign of stress in the stools like soft or blood, and most of my dogs will not eat over 2.5 cups a day, and with 525 me/c that’s hard to beat in a kibble. I must add, I am feeding American foxhounds.
    Thank You RedPaw for such a fine dry dog food…

  • ziegenfarm

    I am still using the redpaw. that in itself is a miracle. I feel like I have been on a merry-go-round for the past 10 yrs—trying everything I can find & not being satisfied. redpaw may not be perfect as I am sure no kibble ever is, but I am happier with it than I have been for a very long time. the dogs’ condition has continued to improve. even the ear problems seem to be better. I am convinced that quality of ingredients is what makes the difference from one food to the next. as someone said: list of ingredients is not the same as a receipe.

  • Hound Dog Mom

    Redpaw does have a line of food called X-Series that is fairly new and it doesn’t have corn. It looks like a really good food.

  • have recently begun feeding redpaw to my gsds. i,too, was worried about the corn, but their stools are good, coats are improving, coat color enhanced, holding weight better, they eat it well, seem satisfied. i have fed all the high dollar stuff like acana, evo, orijen, etc & still cannot get rid of ear problems & chewing feet in a couple of my dogs. i determined that it was not the food causing this, but something else–environmental. i have to say that i am concerned over some of the ingredients being used in place of grains. some of those things are terribly starchy & turn to sugar when digested. some others are known to produce gas. i would be worried about bloat. i’m going to continue with the red paw for a while & see how my dogs do. so far, i’m impressed. i will report back with my findings in a couple of months. pjp

  • Hound Dog Mom

    Hi Nikki –

    The Redpaw does produce food with corn. They have two lines of food – Power Edge and X-Series. The Power Edge line (the line this review is for) contains corn, the X-Series line does not.

  • Nikki

    This list of ingredients needs to be corrected. None of the Redpaw foods contain corn. I have the product ingredient list directly from the company. Im pretty confident corn is an ingredient that doesn’t even enter the manufacturing plant Red paws produced in.

  • Pattyvaughn

    Can I suggest to you that you check out the USBCC website.  There have been a great many discussions on there by the handlers of some of the best stock dogs where they specifically say that Border Collies should not be bred to ANY standard except based on their ability to work.  Structure affects ability to work.  Yes Border Collies are rectangular, so are most breeds of dogs.  That is not what makes them Border Collies.  They are Border Collies because of the way they do stock work.  A dog that is square and is an excellent stock dog is still considered excellent breeding material in the Border Collie world.  A dog that is bred for any other reason is just a dog. That is also ABCA stance.

  • BCFan

    Actually, that simply isn’t true.  The best herders all have similar “bone structure”.  They should all be rectangular, in a nutshell.  I think the vet is probably referring to issues such as cow hock, toeing in and out.  I have seen BCs on poor diets and they had coat and digestive issues, you can tell.  

  • Karen

    Hi, you can find this food on

  • BritLabLover

    I feed my 1 y.o. Very fit & active British Lab hunter Red Paw. Is it helpful/harmful to also add a Fish Oil 1000 mg/day vitamin with food?

  • woowoosiberians

    Just found this site and wanted to reiterate what Panamared said.  Redpaw is known as *the* premium food in the sled dog circles.  Go to any race and you’ll see the redpaw bags around half the trucks there.  The 32k is geared toward working dogs.  Bottom line is that working dogs tend to do fantastic on this food and look, feel and act wonderful on it.  I’ve fed it from pups to seniors for about 5 years now and while I was at first put out by the corn, my Siberians are thriving on it after switching from a corn free product.  Better coats, more energy, better performance.  It’s not easy to get as it is not in pet or feed stores but if you are intersted in it, you can check with mushers in your area (if you have any) or try the police dog groups or hunting groups.  Lots of field labs switching over to it now. 

  • Pattyvaughn

    Border Collies, especially working Border Collies, were not bred for bone structure. They are bred for herding ability, so there is no such thing as perfect bone structure. They come in a huge variety of shapes and sizes and none are wrong except as they affect ability to do the job. And while it is true that most Border Collies do remarkably well on a lousy diet, that doesn’t mean that they won’t do even better on a good diet. By the way, the puppies genes are still different from each other, so it is only normal that as they grow, those differences start to show.

  • Ewculver

    We were given a veteran female Border Collie whos bloodline looks like Whos Who in Border Collie circles. She was a herder and then used for breeding, since she was such a good mother, caring for and teaching the puppies to herd. At six years and 5 litters, she was given to us for retirement. We got her home, and within a day she drops two (2) pups. She had mated with a champion Border Collie from Europe while they were herding. The female had gotten pregnant out of season.
    Now for the dog food. Both puppies wre the same size. We kept one puppy male and gave the other to our daughter. We fed our male Red-Paw from the time he was off his mothers milk. Our daugter and husband put the other male on a common “Plus” dog food. Four (4) years later, the Border Collie on Red-Paw is larger than his brother, by approximately 10-15%. We were told by out Vet that our male had the most perfect bone structure of any Border Collie he has examined. Our dogs have been heathy and have not had the health problem we have experienced with other dog food. 

  • Ssnugsbug

    I must say that I agree with you. No matter what a company does, the fact is that corn is corn and dogs are not made to eat corn for nutrition. I wish dog food companies would honor the fact that dogs are meat eaters and they need to have organ and muscle meats, fat and raw bone. What is most important to dogs is missing in almost all dog foods. I am also against potato, although there is none in Redpaw foods.

  • Danliebers

    If you call red paw the way they process and cook  the corn it is 95% digestable.Corn is the carbohydrate not a filler.My dog loves this food and is doing very well on it.Firm stools.Great food for a hunting dog dog or active house dog.High protein content dont have to feed as much. 

  • MalamuteRanchLLC

    Hi, just wanted to mention something important about the use of corn in Redpaw.  I spoke with Redpaw about this and they indicated that the way the corn is processed is an important consideration.  Redpaw “atomizes” the corn they use, which makes it more digestable.  I mention this because I was initially skeptical about the inclusion of corn, but when I fed Redpaw Performance 32K to my 16 malamutes, EVERY one of them did VERY well on this feed.  I have since switched and use Redpaw exclusively for my malamute kennel.  I train malamutes for working (sledding and weight pulling) and they have all done exceptionally well on Redpaw!

  • redex2

    Thank you very much for the info

  • Panamared

    redex2: go here.
    I don’t know who manufacturers it or where it’s made but it was created by an Iditarod racer who wanted a better food for his dogs. Many mushers use it, as do many K9 cops. I bought my first bags of Redpaw from a K9 cop. Check out the testimonials on the Redpaw People page.

  • redex2

    who makes RedPaw?  I’m researching a new good quality dry food for my crew and I cant seem to locate this particular product.  Please advise.

  • Panamared

    I just fed my 3 springers and our border collie RedPaw PowerEdge 26 for the last two weeks. They absolutely love this food and are doing great on it. The border collie has picked up energy we thought we’d never see again and is actually bouncing around again like a pup (he’s 10 or 11 and has only 3 legs). My springers will be in fine shape to hunt this fall. And all four have shiner, healthier looking coats. I’m very sold on RedPaw!

  • LMD

    I had been discounting this food due to a few ingredients, but I have a friend who is using the Perform 32 and has good results. After looking further into it, I realized the Perform line is higher quality. The corn is replaced with barley, and poultry fat is replaced with chicken fat. I think I may give this food a try. The pet shop sells it for $46.

  • Laurie M.

    I bought a 35# bag of the PowerEdge 26K locally, at a canine rehabilitation center. The owner said that if I paid cash she would not charge tax, and it was $40 cash. Not a bad price for this good food that my dogs enjoy very much! I do think the bacon fat makes it quite tasty for them!

  • DK

    Personally, the corn _alone_ for this food would not necessarily be a complete turn off for me unless I were feeding a corn-sensitive dog, but it does raise a red flag to look closely at the food given that corn is generally considered a cheap ingredient.

    What I don’t like most of all is the generic “poultry fat.” I prefer named, single-sourced ingredients, and “poultry” is just too much of a hodgepodge for me.

    Add that to the corn, the brewer’s rice, the beet pulp, the non-chelated minerals — and this label just doesn’t add up to high quality food to me. Individually, these ingredients might not be so bad, but that they are all present again doesn’t say great or even good about the formula as a whole.

  • Renee

    I’m looking for a quality food (don’t care about type) with high calorie content. I cannot keep my dog’s weight up with the amount of exercise he is getting. He gets full before he gets enough calories. My many thanks!


  • Oh, it’s also a little hard to overlook the non-chelated minerals in a five-star food… 4.5 was a good call… if not 4.

  • Hi Laurie… You’re right. There’s no corn in PowerEdge 26K. And as a matter of fact, three of the five Redpaw recipes are corn free. Please don’t get me wrong. I really like this dog food. Yet without the corn, brewers rice or corn gluten meal scattered throughout the different recipes, Redpaw would be a true 5-star kibble.

  • melissa


    I don’t have a problem with it in dog food, and I feed it to the farm animals as its one of the best hays out there, IMO. But like everything else, its not always the same quality, and I believe its the “blister beetle” that likes to infest the fields-and the blister beetle will kill horses if eaten-not sure about dogs etc However, I believe the blister beetle is only present in certain parts of the country

  • Gordon

    I like the name, ‘Redpaw’. Why add that little more negativity in adding brewers rice, when it should have enough of the dreaded corn to bind the kibble. And it’s apparently the second most predominant ingredient here.

    Another thing is, you wouldn’t want to feed or mix this kibble with any raw offerings, including raw meaty bones due to it containing bone meal, which could overdose a dog, calcium-wise, much less cause an even greater imbalance to what this and probably all kibbles lack – Nature’s balance.

  • Laurie, the protein in that formula is lower, making it not worthy of 5-stars either. It is interesting that it uses bacon fat. I bet it’s tasty!

  • Laurie M.

    The PowerEdge 26K formula does not contain corn …… a better choice for those who prefer to avoid corn.

    INGREDIENTS: Chicken Meal, Ground Pearled Barley, Oatmeal, Brown Rice, Fish Meal, Pork Meat Meal, Bacon Fat (preserved with natural mixed tocopherols and citric acid), Chicken Fat (preserved with natural mixed tocopherols and citric acid), Beet Pulp, Chicken Liver, Dried Eggs, Menhaden Fish Oil, Pork Blood Meal, Flaxseed, Brewers Dried Yeast, Salt, Potassium Chloride, Lactobacillus Acidophilus, Bifidobacterium Longum, Lactobacillus Plantarum, Enterococcous Faecium ,Vitamin A, D3, E, B12 Supplements, Niacin, Pantothenic Acid, Ascorbic Acid, Riboflavin, Thiamine Mononitrate, Folic Acid, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Biotin, Zinc Oxide, Iron Carbonate, Manganous Oxide, Copper Oxide, Cobalt Carbonate, Calcium Iodate, Sorbic Acid, Sodium Selenite.

    Available in 35# bags, Redpaw Poweredge 26K is formulated to meet the nutritional levels established by the AAFCO Dog Food Nutrient Profiles for all life stages of the dog.

  • Fair enough, sir, as it is still a meat-heavy food. 🙂

  • Hi Everyone… I know how many feel about the use of corn in a pet food. As I’m certainly no fan of this lower quality cereal grain ingredient myself. What’s more, the brewers rice is another turnoff, too. So, after reading the growing number of objections from those DFA regulars I’ve grown to respect, I’ve decided to downgrade my initial rating of Redpaw to a still respectable 4.5 stars.

  • I have to agree with Bobby… Corn is not a natural foodstuff. It is a concocted, unnatural, and REMARKABLY unhealthy ingredient.

    Beyond just the unnecessary nature of carbs in dog food, save for binding kibble, corn has a host of other blemishes which make me leery of feeding it to any animal day in and day out. The omega-6 heavy fatty acid profile, the gluten which is hard to digest and utilize, the anti-nutrients, and the inflammatory nature of corn are all great reasons to not eat it, let alone feed it to your dog or even cattle.

    Furthermore, given that this product also uses brewer’s rice, I’m sure they aren’t using the “better” version of corn… this is almost certainly number 2 feed-lot commodity corn. There’s your tax dollars hard at work subsidising corn and making animals and people sick and fat, damaging the environment, and wasting fossil fuels.

  • Bob K

    Bobby – When I read your post, I thought the same thing, then I looked at the whole ingredients list. If your dog has issues with corn, absolutely I would not buy this food, but the reality is a very small percentage of dogs have any food allergies at all and few people properly test for dog food allergies, they just switch to different foods until they find one that does well with their pet.

    On a positive – there seems to be lots of meat, protein and a decent amount of carbs listed in the ingredients list and analysis above.

  • melissa

    Bobby-I see no difference if the second ingrediant is corn or tapioca-

  • Bobby

    I can’t believe this brand gets 5 stars when it has CORN in it. And it’s the 2nd ingredient.
    I don’t care how high the meat content. Corn has been linked to numerous Dog allergies and my dog’s one that doesn’t get Corn.
    No dog needs or should have Corn in their everyday food.
    Not to mention this food also has brewers rice in it. Another bad ingredient.