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25 Worst Rated Dog Foods

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Dogs today are still the same as they were in the past. The biological nature of the modern dog is relatively the same as it was for their carnivorous ancestors. Commercial brands produce the worst dog foods and are centered on corn, wheat, or rice as well as artificial vitamins and minerals to pass the standards for required nutrition. Feeding carnivores with this type of product have caused cancer, abnormal fat accumulation, and diabetes. Commercial dog food is known to carry carcinogens. Dog food reviews should base their content on the amounts of real protein and the correct vitamins and minerals.

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25: Purina Beta Active

INGREDIENTS:
Cereals, meat and animal by-products (8%*), Vegetable protein extracts, oils and fats, vegetable by-products (dried beet pulp 1.5%), minerals.

REVIEW:
Purina Beta Active seems to be better than the others with fewer ingredients, but the oils and fats along with the vegetable by-products still are inadequate for a dog’s diet.

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24: Pedigree Vital Protection

INGREDIENTS :
Cereals, Meat and Animal Derivatives (including 4% Chicken), Oils and Fats (including 0.2% Fish Oil, 0.2% Sunflower Oil), Derivatives of Vegetable Origin (including 2% Dried Beet Pulp), Minerals (including 0.7% Sodium Tripolyphosphate), Antioxidants, Preservatives.

REVIEW:
This dog food is better than the rest but also contains high amounts of grains and meat by-products that are not good for a dog.

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23: Sneyd’s Wonderdog Original With Meaty Chunks

INGREDIENTS :
Cereals, Meat and Animal Derivatives (minimum 4% meaty chunks), Derivatives of Vegetable Origin, Oils and Fats (0.25% cod liver oil), Various Sugars, Vegetable Protein Extracts, Minerals.

REVIEW :
This dog food is high in meat by-products, oils, and other extracts that are nutritionally bad.

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22: Tesco Complete Dry Dog Food

INGREDIENTS:
Cereals (4% maize in the yellow components), meat and animal derivatives (4% chicken in the brown components), derivatives of vegetable origin (1% charcoal in the black components), oils and fats, various sugars, vegetable protein extracts, minerals, vegetables (4% vegetables in the brown components), yeasts, Additives: Colourants, Preservatives, antioxidants 125mg/kg.

REVIEW :
The nutritional value of this dog food is well below the standards for a dog’s diet due to the high number of grains and protein by-products.

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21: Frolic Complete With Beef

INGREDIENTS :
Grains (incl. 4% wheat), vegetable by-products, meat and meat by-products (incl. 4% fresh meat, incl. 4% beef), oils and fats (incl. 1% sunflower oil, 0.25% fish oil), vegetables (4% carrots), minerals, vegetable protein extracts, fish and fish by-products.

REVIEW:
Better than most of the others, with fewer ingredients, but still has synthetic vitamins, minerals, and meat by-products.

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20: Purina Moist & Meaty Burger

INGREDIENTS:
Beef By-Product, Soy Flour, Soy Grits, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Water, Wheat Flour, Corn Syrup, Beef, Phosphoric Acid, Calcium Carbonate, Animal Fat Preserved with Mixed-Tocopherols, Salt, Sorbic Acid (a Preservative), Cheese Powder (Source of Cheddar Cheese Flavor), Calcium Propionate (a Preservative), Soybean Oil, Added Color, DL-Methionine, Zinc Sulfate, Ferrous Sulfate, Ethoxyquin (a Preservative), Vitamin E Supplement, Manganese Sulfate, Niacin, Yellow 6, Red 40, Yellow 5, Vitamin A Supplement, Calcium Pantothenate, Thiamine Mononitrate, Copper Sulfate, Riboflavin Supplement, Vitamin B-12 Supplement, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Folic Acid, Vitamin D-3 Supplement, Calcium Iodate, Biotin, Menadione Sodium Bisulfite Complex (Source of Vitamin K Activity), Sodium Selenite. C-4104.

REVIEW :
This dog food still falls short due to the synthetic vitamins and minerals present in the food.

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19: Purina Beneful Original

INGREDIENTS :
Ground yellow corn, chicken by-product meal, corn gluten meal, whole wheat flour, animal fat preserved with mixed-tocopherols (form of Vitamin E), rice flour, beef, soy flour, water, meat and bone meal, propylene glycol, sugar, tricalcium phosphate, Red 40, ferrous sulfate, manganese sulfate, niacin, Yellow 6, Yellow 5, Vitamin A supplement, Blue 2, calcium carbonate, copper sulfate, Vitamin B-12 supplement, brewers dried yeast, calcium pantothenate, thiamine mononitrate, garlic oil, pyridoxine hydrochloride, riboflavin supplement, Vitamin D-3 supplement, menadione sodium bisulfite complex (source of Vitamin K activity), calcium iodate, folic acid, biotin, sodium selenite, phosphoric acid, salt, animal digest, potassium chloride, sorbic acid (a preservative), dried peas, dried carrots, calcium propionate (a preservative), choline chloride, L-Lysine monohydrochloride, Vitamin E supplement, zinc sulfate.

REVIEW:
Contains a large amount of ground yellow corn and synthetic protein as well as other chemicals and by-products.

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18: KIBBLES N BITS (Original)

INGREDIENTS:
Corn, soybean meal, beef & bone meal, ground wheat, animal fat (BHA used as preservative), sorbic acid (used as a preservative), sodium carbonate, minerals (ferrous sulfate, zinc oxide, manganous oxide, copper sulfate, calcium iodate, sodium selenite), choline chloride, vitamins (vitamin E supplement, vitamin A supplement, niacin supplement, D-calcium pantothenate, riboflavin supplement, pyridoxine hydrochloride, thiamine mononitrate, vitamin D3 supplement, folic acid, biotin, vitamin B12 supplement), titanium dioxide (color), calcium sulfate, yellow 5, red 40, yellow 6, BHA (used as a preservative), DL-methionine, corn syrup, water sufficient for processing, wheat middlings, animal digest (source of chicken flavor), propylene glycol, salt, hydrochloric acid, potassium chloride, caramel color.

REVIEW:
Kibbles N Bits have a lot of carbohydrates, and harmful by-products, as well as BHA makes this food inappropriate for a dog.

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17: Ol Roy

INGREDIENTS :

Ground Yellow Corn, Meat And Bone Meal, Soybean Meal, Poultry By-Product Meal, Animal Fat (Preserved With BHA And Citric Acid), Corn Gluten Meal, Natural Flavor, Brewers Rice, Salt, Biotin, Manganous Oxide, Calcium Pantothenate, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Thiamine Mononitrate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Menadione Sodium Bisulfite Complex (Source of Vitamin K), Riboflavin Supplement, Sodium Selenite, Calcium Iodate, Folic Acid, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Cobalt Carbonate, Potassium Chloride, Color Added (Titanium Dioxide, Yellow #5, Yellow #6, Red #40, Blue #2), Choline Chloride, Zinc Sulfate, Vitamin E Supplement, Ferrous Sulfate, Zinc Oxide, Niacin, Copper Sulfate, Vitamin A Supplement.

REVIEW:
Too many processed by-products along with BHA as a preservative makes this a very bad dog food.

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16: Pedigree Adult

INGREDIENTS:

Ground Whole Corn, Meat and Bone Meal, Corn Gluten Meal, Animal Fat (preserved with BHA/BHT), Wheat Mill Run, Ground Wheat, Natural Poultry Flavor, Wheat Flour, Salt, Potassium Chloride, Caramel Color, Vegetable Oil (Source of Linoleic Acid), Vitamin A Supplement, Thiamine Mononitrate [Vitamin B1], Biotin, d-Calcium Pantothenate, Riboflavin Supplement [Vitamin B2], Vitamin D3 Supplement, Vitamin B12 Supplement), Minerals (Zinc Sulfate, Copper Sulfate, Potassium Iodide), Added FD&C and Lake Colors (Yellow 6, Blue 2, Red 40, Yellow, Rice, Wheat Gluten, Vitamins (Choline Chloride, dl-Alpha Tocopherol Acetate [Source of Vitamin E], L-Ascorbyl-2-Polyphosphate [Source of Vitamin C*].

REVIEW:
Meat by-products as well as a large number of synthetic vitamins and minerals. Artificial colors, low-quality protein, large amounts of carbohydrates, and BHA/BHT.

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15: IAMS ProActive

INGREDIENTS: Ground Yellow Corn, Chicken By-Product Meal, Soybean Meal, Animal Fat (preserved with mixed Tocopherols, a source of Vitamin E), Chicken, Corn Gluten Meal, Dried Spinach and Dried Tomatoes), Vitamins (Vitamin E Supplement, Ascorbic Acid, Vitamin A Acetate, Calcium Pantothenate, Biotin, Thiamine Mononitrate (source of vitamin B1), Vitamin B12 Supplement, Niacin, Riboflavin Supplement (source of vitamin B2), Inositol, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (source of vitamin B6), Vitamin D3 Supplement, Folic Acid), Minerals (Ferrous Sulfate, Zinc Oxide, Manganese Sulfate, Copper Sulfate, Manganous Oxide, Potassium Iodide, Cobalt Carbonate), Dicalcium Phosphate, Rosemary Extract, Dried Beet Pulp, Chicken Flavor, Salt, Calcium Carbonate, Potassium Chloride, Choline Chloride, Vegetable and Fruit Blend (Dried Apple Pomace, Dried Carrots, Dried Peas.

REVIEW:
The food has high amounts of vitamins and minerals, but they are produced with synthetic by-products.

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14: Alpo Brand Dog Food

INGREDIENTS:
Ground yellow corn, meat and bone meal, soybean meal, beef tallow preserved with mixed-tocopherols (form of Vitamin E), corn gluten meal, egg and chicken flavor, animal digest, salt, calcium pantothenate, garlic oil, pyridoxine hydrochloride, Vitamin B-12 supplement, thiamine mononitrate, Vitamin D-3 supplement, riboflavin supplement, calcium iodate, menadione sodium bisulfite complex (source of Vitamin K activity), folic acid, biotin, sodium selenite.potassium chloride, choline chloride, Red 40, zinc sulfate, ferrous sulfate, Vitamin E supplement, Yellow 5, manganese sulfate, Blue 2, L-Lysine monohydrochloride, niacin, Vitamin A supplement, copper sulfate.

REVIEW:
This dog food contains a lot of vitamins and minerals from synthetic sources, but the real issue is the processed protein.

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13: Twin Pet

Ingredients: Ground Corn, Wheat Middlings, De-Fatted Rice Bran, Meat And Bone Meal, Animal Fat (Preserved With BHA And Citric Acid), Vitamin A Supplement, Riboflavin Supplement, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Thiamine Mononitrate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Calcium Iodate, Vitamin D Supplement, Folic Acid, Sodium Selenite, Salt, Potassium Chloride, Animal Digest, Corn Gluten Meal, Choline Chloride, Zinc Sulfate, Ferrous Sulfate, Vitamin E Supplement, Copper Sulfate, Niacin, Manganese Sulfate, D-Calcium Pantothenate.

REVIEW:
A large number of synthetic vitamins and minerals as well as BHA. Moderate amounts of artificial protein mixtures are also found in this dog food.

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12: Kal Kan

INGREDIENTS:

Ground yellow corn, meat and bone meal, soybean meal, ground wheat, chicken by-product meal, animal fat (preserved with BHA and citric acid, source of Omega-6 Fatty Acids), Vitamin E supplement, zinc oxide, copper sulfate, niacin, manganous oxide, Vitamin A supplement, biotin, d-calcium pantothenate, Vitamin B12 supplement, thiamine mononitrate, sodium selenite, pyridoxine hydrochloride, menadione sodium bisulfite complex (source of Vitamin K activity), riboflavin supplement, calcium iodate, folic acid, cobalt carbonate, Vitamin D3 supplement, wheat middlings, corn gluten meal, natural flavor, salt, dl-methionine, potassium chloride, choline chloride, zinc sulfate, ferrous sulfate.

REVIEW:
Kal Kan has high amounts of artificial proteins added with BHA. Synthetic vitamins and minerals are in greater abundance.

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11: Gravy Train

INGREDIENTS:
Corn, Soybean Meal, Meat and Bone Meal, Wheat Middlings, Animal Fat (Preserved with Mixed Tocopherols), Animal Digest, Salt, Calcium Carbonate,Cellulose Gum, Niacin Supplement, d-Calcium Pantothenate, Riboflavin Supplement, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Thiamine Mononitrate, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Folic Acid, Biotin, Vitamin B12 Supplement), Natural and Artificial Beef Flavor, Red 40, BHA (preservative), Yellow 5, Yellow 6, Blue 2, Rosemary Extract, Wheat Flour, Caramel Color, Minerals (Ferrous Sulfate, Zinc Oxide, Manganous Oxide, Copper Sulfate, Calcium Iodate, Sodium Selenite), Choline Chloride, Vitamins (Vitamin E Supplement, Vitamin A Supplement.

REVIEW:
Gravy Train has a high number of synthetic proteins mixed with Tocopherols and BHA is also added as a preservative. Artificial coloring and other extracts will cause health issues later in life.

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10: Doggy Bag Dog Food

INGREDIENTS:
Wheat middlings, ground yellow corn, meat and bone meal, soybean meal, calcium carbonate, animal fat (preserved with BHA and citric acid), animal digest, salt, choline chloride, zinc sulfate, ferrous sulfate, vitamin E supplement, zinc oxide, vitamin A acetate, calcium pantothenate, thiamine mononitrate (source of vitamin B1), calcium iodate, sodium selenite, pyridoxine hydrochloride (source of vitamin B6), menadione sodium bisulfite complex (source of vitamin K activity), riboflavin supplement (source of vitamin B2), vitamin D supplement, cobalt carbonate, folic acid, manganous oxide, copper sulfate, vitamin B12 supplement, niacin, biotin.

REVIEW:
High concentrations of protein by-product mixed with BHA and synthetic vitamins and minerals are used in this food.

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9: Ever Pet

INGREDIENTS:
Ground whole grain corn, meat and bone meal, corn gluten meal, animal fat (preserved with BHA), soybean meal, wheat mill run, corn distillers dried grains with solubles, animal digest, dried carrots, zinc sulfate, ferrous sulfate, vitamin E supplement, ascorbic acid (source of vitamin C), zinc oxide, niacin, copper sulfate, manganous sulfate, vitamin A supplement, calcium pantothenate, biotin, vitamin B12 supplement, pyridoxine hydrochloride, thiamine mononitrate, calcium iodate, vitamin D3 supplement, riboflavin supplement, folic acid, sodium selenite, salt, chicken by-product meal, rice, potassium chloride, vegetable oil (source of linoleic acid), caramel color, choline chloride, calcium carbonate, l-lysine, added color (yellow 5, yellow 6, red 40, blue 2), dried peas.

REVIEW:
Ever Pet contains BHA which can cause health issues. There is a lot of vitamin and mineral substitutes compared to the ratio of protein by-product.

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8: Cesar

INGREDIENTS:
Chicken meal, brewer’s rice, chicken by-product meal, corn, wheat, meat and bone meal, animal fat (preserved with BHA/BHT), dried beet pulp, soybean meal, chicken, natural flavours, rice flour, vegetable oil (source of linoleic acid), potassium chloride, yeast, water, glycerine, salt, vegetables (dried spinach, green peas and carrots), tapioca starch, gelatin, DL-alpha tocopherol acetate (source of vitamin E), choline chloride, L-ascorbyl-2-polyphosphate (source of vitamin C), vitamin A acetate, thiamine mononitrate (vitamin B1), biotin, d-calcium pantothenate, vitamin D3 supplement, riboflavin supplement (vitamin B2), vitamin B12 supplement, hydrogenated glucose, potassium sorbate, zinc sulphate, filet mignon flavour, caramel colour, glycerol monostearate, chlorophyll, phosphoric acid, iron oxide, copper sulphate, sorbic acid, turmeric and potassium iodide.

REVIEW :
Too many synthetic vitamins and minerals as well as by-products for the meat. The by-product that is the protein is even less than the synthetic nutrients that are found in the dog food.

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7: Hi Point Dog Food

INGREDIENTS:
Pork Meat and Bone Meal, Ground Wheat, Corn Gluten Feed, Corn Distiller’s Dried Grains with Solubles, Chicken By-Product Meal, Whole Grain Ground Corn, Poultry Fat (preserved with BHA, BHT, and Citric Acid), Zinc Oxide, Vitamin E Supplement, Silicon Dioxide, Sodium Selenite, Copper Sulfate, Niacin Supplement, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Manganous Oxide, D-Calcium Pantothenate, Vitamin A Supplement, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Menadione Dimethylpyrimidinol Bisulfite, Ethylenediamine Dihydriodide, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Thiamin Mononitrate, Riboflavin Supplement, Biotin, and Folic Acid, Hominy Feed, Animal Digest, Calcium Carbonate, Salt, Propionic Acid, Choline Chloride, Ferrous Sulfate.

REVIEW:
This brand seems to try and balance the protein content with a better by-product, but the synthetic vitamins and minerals are even lower in grade than what is expected. The protein is still processed and still is a low substitute for real meat.

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6: ShowTime Dog Food

INGREDIENTS:
Poultry and Porcine Meal, Ground yellow corn, ground wheat, poultry fat (preserved with BHA) corn gluten meal, fish meal, dried beet pulp, ground flaxseed, poultry digest, brewer’s dried yeast, dicalcium phosphate, potassium chloride, salt, calcium propionate, choline chloride, L-lysine hydrochloride, iron sulfate, zinc proteinate, vitamin E supplement, manganese proteinate, zinc sulfate, zinc oxide, copper proteinate, riboflavin supplement, manganese sulfate, copper sulfate, sodium selenite, niacin supplement, biotin, calcium pantothenate, vitamin A supplement, ascorbyl – 2 – polyphosphate (source of vitamin C), menadione sodium bisulfite complex (source of vitamin K activity), thiamine mononitrate (source of vitamin B1), vitamin B-12 supplement, calcium iodate, pyridoxine hydrochloride (source of vitamin B-6), Vitamin D-3 supplement, cobalt carbonate, folic acid, and mineral oil.

REVIEW:
Showtime seems to have low amounts of protein by-product, but it also means reduced amounts of protein. The product seems to concentrate more on meeting the nutritional requirements, than providing a well-balanced meal.

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5: Retriever Hi Protein

INGREDIENTS:
Meat and bone meal, ground yellow corn, wheat middlings, ground wheat, soybean meal, animal fat (preserved with BHA and citric acid), corn gluten meal, animal digest, salt, potassium chloride, choline chloride, zinc sulfate, vitamin E supplement, ferrous sulfate, 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, color added (red #40, yellow #5, blue #2), L-lysine, zinc oxide, niacin, copper sulfate, vitamin A supplement, biotin, manganous oxide, calcium pantothenate.

REVIEW:
This dog food seems to center on the basis of providing a large amount of protein, but the ingredients tell us differently. We see several types of protein by-products that are mixed with BHA, and a lot of synthetic vitamins and minerals.

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4: Big Red Dog Food

INGREDIENTS:
Ground Yellow Corn, Meat and Bone Meal, Soybean Meal, Wheat Middlings, Animal Fat (Preserved With Mixed Tocopherols and Citric Acid), Guar Gum, Wheat Flour, Natural Flavors, Salt, Potassium Chloride, Choline Chloride, Calcium Propionate (Preservative, Minerals (Zinc Sulfate, Ferrous Sulfate Monohydrate, Copper Sulfate, Manganese Sulfate, Calcium Iodate, Sodium Selenite), Vitamins (Vitamin A Supplement, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Vitamin E Supplement, Niacin, Calcium Pantothenate, Riboflavin, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Thiamine Mononitrate, Menadione Sodium Bisulfite Complex, Folic Acid, Biotin, Vitamin B12 Supplement), Cheese Powder, Methylcellulose, FD&C Color (Red #40, Yellow #5, Yellow #6, Blue #2, Blue #1).

REVIEW:
The level of the protein by-product is low and of a lower grade compared to the vast amount of synthetic minerals and vitamins that are provided. There are also artificial colors that are present in the food.

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3: DAD’S Econ-O-Mets

INGREDIENTS:
Ground Yellow Corn, Beef Meal, Soybean Meal, Wheat Middlings, Animal Fat (Preserved with Mixed Tocopherols), Ferrous Sulfate, Vitamin E Supplement, Zinc Oxide, L-Tryptophan, Copper Proteinate, Niacin, D-Calcium Pantothenate, Vitamin A Supplement, Sodium Selenite, Manganese Proteinate, Riboflavin Supplement, Thiamine Mononitrate, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Potassium Iodide, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Folic Acid, Soy Hulls, Salt, Calcium Carbonate, Choline Chloride.

REVIEW:
This dog food contains too many synthetic minerals and vitamins. The protein by-product is not as abundant as in others, but it is mixed with tocopherols making this product still non-nutritional for a growing dog.

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2: Retriever Mini Chunk

INGREDIENTS:
Ground yellow corn, meat and bone meal, soybean meal, wheat middlings, animal fat (preserved with BHA and citric acid), natural chicken flavor, poultry by-product meal, brewers rice, dried plain beet pulp, salt, choline chloride, zinc sulfate, vitamin E supplement, ferrous sulfate, zinc oxide, color added (red #40, yellow #5, blue #2), niacin, copper sulfate, vitamin A supplement, biotin, manganous oxide, calcium pantothenate, thiamine mononitrate (source of vitamin B1), vitamin B12 supplement, pyridoxine hydrochloride (source of vitamin B6), menadione sodium bisulfite complex (source of vitamin K activity), riboflavin supplement (source of vitamin B2), sodium selenite, calcium iodate, folic acid, vitamin D3 supplement, cobalt carbonate.

REVIEW:
Large amounts of carbohydrates and synthetic vitamins and minerals. Low amounts of protein by-product making it below nutritional values for a well-balanced protein mixture.

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1: Purina Dog Chow

INGREDIENTS:
Whole grain corn, poultry by-product meal, corn gluten meal, animal fat preserved with mixed-tocopherols (form of Vitamin E), meat and bone meal, soybean meal, egg and chicken flavor, whole grain wheat, animal digest, salt, calcium carbonate, calcium phosphate, potassium chloride, choline chloride, L-Lysine monohydrochloride, L-ascorbyl-2-polyphosphate (source of Vitamin C), zinc sulfate, Vitamin E supplement, ferrous sulfate, Yellow 6, Yellow 5,manganese sulfate, niacin, Red 40, Vitamin A supplement, Blue 2, copper sulfate, calcium pantothenate, garlic oil, pyridoxine hydrochloride, Vitamin B-12 supplement, thiamine mononitrate, Vitamin D-3 supplement, riboflavin supplement, calcium iodate, menadione sodium bisulfite complex (source of Vitamin K activity), folic acid, biotin, sodium selenite.

REVIEW:
Purina Dog Chow seems to contain a high concentration of protein by-product, accompanied with a large number of synthetic vitamins and minerals making this dog food a bad substitute for a dog’s diet.

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