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Eukanuba is a household name. You can find it anywhere, vets recommend it, and many dog owners are proud to feed it to their dogs. Given the high price you’d expect a quality product, and they’re bold enough to state “100% High Quality Nutrition” on the packaging. But is it? Let’s see…
Corn meal is the top ingredient in this food, so we’ve fallen at the first hurdle. Yes, corn is great for food manufactures – it’s a filthy cheap filler and leads to $$$s in profit. Sadly it’s not good for dogs, and it’s one of the main causes of allergens. It’s never good to see corn in a dog food, especially not as the main ingredient. You’d think a professional company like Eukanuba would know that?
What else have we got? Chicken – that’s good. Chicken by-product meal – not so good. Sorghum is a starchy grain and, like corn, it’s used because it’s cheap and not because it’s nutritional. Whole grain barley★★★ Excellent source of nutrients, great grain for pets, but not “whole ground.” Can be of any quality. is good to see, especially as other Eukanuba products seem to contain brewers rice★ Waste product from breweries, cheap, non-nutritive filler can be harsh on intestines and lead to diabetes., a by-product of beer brewing. It doesn’t get much better than that.
There really isn’t much else to say about this food, it’s not a good product.
I’ve given this food 2 stars as there’s definitely worse foods in the supermarket. Personally I’d keep looking.
What’s good about this food….
Chicken as the second ingredient, that’s about it.
….and what’s not so good.
I can never recommend a food with a cheap filler as the main ingredient, and it doesn’t get much better.
Corn Meal, Chicken, Chicken By-Product Meal, Ground Whole Grain Sorghum, Ground Whole Grain Barley★★★ Excellent source of nutrients, great grain for pets, but not “whole ground.” Can be of any quality., Dried Beet Pulp★ Sugar-filled fiber/filler, can lead to hyperactivity and diabetes. Can be addicting to some pets., Chicken Flavor, Dried Egg Product★ Cheap source of protein, waste product of egg industry, free of shell., Fish Meal, Potassium Chloride★★★ Standard source of potassium, balances acid/alkaline levels., Calcium Carbonate★★★ Standard source of calcium, promotes strong bones, teeth, cardiovascular health and skeletal strength, used as a buffer to acidic foods., 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., Flax Meal★★ Poor source of fatty acids, oil has be pressed out., Fish Oil (preserved with mixed Tocopherols★★★★ Natural Vitamin E★★★ Antioxidant used as food preservative. preservative., a source of Vitamin E★★★ Antioxidant used as food preservative.), Sodium Hexametaphosphate★ Cheap source of phosphorus can become deadly to dogs — emulsifier, texturizer., Choline Chloride★★★ Standard source of choline, emulsifies fats., Fructooligosaccharides★★★ Mostly used as gimmick, prebiotic to aid digestion., Minerals (Ferrous Sulfate★★★ Standard source of iron, promotes oxygen-rich blood, immune support., Zinc Oxide★★★ Standard source of zinc, protects against free radicals, essential to insulin formation and immune function., Manganese Sulfate★★★★ Manganese is necessary to development of strong bones and enzyme activators, enhances immune system., Copper Sulfate★★★ Standard source, aids in bone formation, iron absorption and protein metabolism., Manganous Oxide★★★ Standard source, manganese is necessary to development of strong bones and enzyme activators, enhances immune system., Potassium Iodide★★★ Standard source of potassium, balances acid/alkaline levels., Cobalt Carbonate★★★ Standard source of cobalt, improves use, needed for B12 synthesis.), Brewers Dried Yeast★ Waste product (used for flavoring, protein, B-vitamins) which can become very toxic to the liver causes allergies and arthritis., Chicken Fat (preserved with mixed Tocopherols★★★★ Natural Vitamin E★★★ Antioxidant used as food preservative. preservative., a source of Vitamin E★★★ Antioxidant used as food preservative.), DL-Methionine★★★ Standard source of methionine, supports healthy skin and nails, liver activity and immune health., Vitamins (Ascorbic Acid★★ Vitamin C — this form can be harsher on stomach, anti-oxidant/immune stimulant, food preservative., Calcium Pantothenate★★★ Standard source of a B-complex vitamin B5, supports adrenal activity., Biotin★★★ Standard source to promote healthy skin and coat., Thiamine Mononitrate★★★ Standard source of B-1, effects nervous system and mental attitude. (source of vitamin B1), Vitamin B12 Supplement★★★ Standard source, involved in immune response., Niacin★★★ Standard source, promotes proper digestion, healthy skin and nerves., Riboflavin★★★ Standard source of Vitamin B2, necessary to energy production, fat and carbohydrate metabolism. Supplement (source of vitamin B2), Inositol★★★ Standard source, non-vitamin B-Complex metabolizes blood fats., Pyridoxine Hydrochloride★★★ Standard source, immune stimulant, major factor in protein metabolism and red blood cell production. (source of vitamin B6), Vitamin D3★★★ Standard source, aids calcium and phosphorous in building bones and teeth. Supplement, Folic Acid★★★ Standard source, needed for blood building and DNA synthesis.), Vitamin E★★★ Antioxidant used as food preservative. Supplement, Vitamin A Acetate★★★ Standard source, needed for immune function., L-Carnitine★★ Supplements poor meat source diets, a B-vitamin factor naturally found in meat, important in regulating fat metabolism., Beta-Carotene, Citric Acid★★★ Vitamin C, immune stimulant, antioxidant and anti-carcinogenic., Rosemary Extract★★★★★ Natural preservative, concentrated..