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Alpo used to have a very large marketing campaign and was basically synonymous with dog food. Those days seem to be long gone, and while it’d be nice to say that it’s a good thing for dogs, an equally bad food (Ol Roy) now stands as the most popular dog food brand in the USA.
Looking at the food, it’s hard to understand just how this could be sold as real food for dogs. For instance, ground corn is the top ingredient, which is known to be difficult to digest and not nutritious for dogs. It’s a filler. Beef & bone meal is the ground up stew of some of the most undesirable parts of the cow, along with some bone thrown in. It’s one of the cheapest things a dog food company can use. Soybean meal★★★ Dogs can not digest soybeans, can cause bloating or death. Good source of protein and fiber for cats. is yet another filler with limited value for dogs. Then, we have “digest of chicken by-products”. The 4 “D’s” of (dead, diseased, dying, and disabled) are used to make any animal digest★ Rendered, by chemical and/or enzymatic process, non-descriptive animal tissues used for flavor. product. It’s a stew of animal parts that would probably make most people vomit upon seeing or smelling it.
It just goes downhill from there. We have more by-products, and then brewers rice★ Waste product from breweries, cheap, non-nutritive filler can be harsh on intestines and lead to diabetes. (another cheap addition with limited value). Also, salt★ Used to cover up rancid meat and fat, can cause kidney and heart disease, hypertension — used to encourage cats to drink, source of sodium chloride. is high on the list as flavoring, which is bad for the animals just like it’s bad for you. It’s only there b/c the food is otherwise too bad tasting and needs seasoning.
This food is such a total failure, I’m not happy about having to give it 1 star.
What’s good about this food….
Nothing at all.
….and what’s not so good.
Very cheap grain including corn and soybeans, very poor animal protein sources, by-products, brewers rice★ Waste product from breweries, cheap, non-nutritive filler can be harsh on intestines and lead to diabetes., salt★ Used to cover up rancid meat and fat, can cause kidney and heart disease, hypertension — used to encourage cats to drink, source of sodium chloride. is way too high.
Ground Yellow Corn, Beef & Bone Meal, Soybean Meal★★★ Dogs can not digest soybeans, can cause bloating or death. Good source of protein and fiber for cats., Digest of Chicken By-Products, Animal Fat★ Non-descriptive source indicates 4-D fat chemically preserved, difficult to digest, potentially carcinogenic. (preserved with BHA), Poultry By-Product Meal, Brewer’s Rice, Salt★ Used to cover up rancid meat and fat, can cause kidney and heart disease, hypertension — used to encourage cats to drink, source of sodium chloride., Iron Oxide★ Can be cultivated from rust!, Calcium Carbonate★★★ Standard source of calcium, promotes strong bones, teeth, cardiovascular health and skeletal strength, used as a buffer to acidic foods., Choline Chloride★★★ Standard source of choline, emulsifies fats., Zinc Sulfate★★★ Standard source of zinc, protects against free radicals, essential to insulin formation and immune function., Ferrous Sulfate★★★ Standard source of iron, promotes oxygen-rich blood, immune support., Vitamin E★★★ Antioxidant used as food preservative. Supplement, Copper Sulfate★★★ Standard source, aids in bone formation, iron absorption and protein metabolism., Vitamin A Acetate★★★ Standard source, needed for immune function., Manganese Sulfate★★★★ Manganese is necessary to development of strong bones and enzyme activators, enhances immune system., Niacin★★★ Standard source, promotes proper digestion, healthy skin and nerves., Calcium Pantothenate★★★ Standard source of a B-complex vitamin B5, supports adrenal activity., Riboflavin★★★ Standard source of Vitamin B2, necessary to energy production, fat and carbohydrate metabolism. Supplement, Vitamin B12 Supplement★★★ Standard source, involved in immune response., Thiamine Mononitrate★★★ Standard source of B-1, effects nervous system and mental attitude., Vitamin D3★★★ Standard source, aids calcium and phosphorous in building bones and teeth. Supplement, Potassium Iodine, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride★★★ Standard source, immune stimulant, major factor in protein metabolism and red blood cell production., Sodium Selenite★★★ Standard source of selenium, powerful anti-oxidant protects the body from free radicals and heavy metals, supports immune response., Folic Acid★★★ Standard source, needed for blood building and DNA synthesis., Biotin★★★ Standard source to promote healthy skin and coat..