Eukanuba Dog Food Review: Where Did This Crap Come From?

In this honest Eukanuba dog food review we will be looking in depth at Eukanuba dog food, looking closely at the ingredients and looking at some first hand reviews and complaints left by actual customers who have fed Eukanuba dog food to their own dogs.

When I first came across Eukanuba dog food, it was when my father purchased our very first dog: a German Shepherd puppy we name Sargeant. My father never took the nutrition of our family dog into consideration and fed our dog whatever the breeder recommended. However, eventually our dogs food was changed due to issues Sarg was having with the food.

So, I know firsthand what to expect from this dog food and it is time you learn the same.

Without further ado let’s jump right into my honest Eukanuba dog food review.

For this Eukanuba review we will focus on the Lifestage Adult formula brand of food.

 

Name: Eukanuba

Website URL: www.eukanuba.com

Flavors Available: Chicken, Salmon, Beef, Seafood, Turkey and Lamb

Formulas Available: Small Breed, Large Breed, Breed Specific, Adult, Weight Control and Small Bites

Sizes Available: 4 Pounds, 5 Pounds, 15 Pounds, 16 Pounds, 25 Pounds, 29 Pounds, 30 Pounds, 33 Pounds

Price: Varies

Overall Rating:paw print

 

Guaranteed Analysis

Crude Protein, minimum 25.00%
Crude Fat, minimum 16.00%
Crude Fiber, maximum 5.00%
Moisture, maximum 10.00%
Calcium, minimum 1.0 %
Vitamin E, minimum 140 IU/kg
Omega-6 Fatty Acids, minimum 2.25 %*
Omega-3 Fatty Acids, minimum 0.35 %*

* Not recognized as an essential nutrient by the AAFCO Dog Food Nutrient Profiles

 

Ingredients

Chicken, Chicken By-Product Meal, Corn Meal, Ground Whole Grain Sorghum, Brewers Rice, Ground Whole Grain Barley, Dried Beet Pulp, Chicken Fat (preserved with mixed Tocopherols, a source of Vitamin E), Chicken Flavor, Dried Egg Product, Fish Oil (preserved with mixed Tocopherols, a source of Vitamin E), Potassium Chloride, Salt, Flax Meal, Sodium Hexametaphosphate, Fructooligosaccharides, Choline Chloride, Minerals (Ferrous Sulfate, Zinc Oxide, Manganese Sulfate, Copper Sulfate, Manganous Oxide, Potassium Iodide, Cobalt Carbonate), DL-Methionine, Vitamins (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), Calcium Carbonate, Vitamin E Supplement, Brewers Dried Yeast, Beta-Carotene, Rosemary Extract.



Breakdown

1. The first ingredient in this food is Chicken. Chicken is a high quality protein source. However, keep in mind that during the cooking process both the chicken and its protein is reduced by at least half.

2. The second ingredient is Chicken By-Product Meal. Chicken by-product meal is nothing but the leftover chicken parts after the white meat and breast of the chicken has been taken out to be used for human consumption. While these bits are not even moderately beneficial for your pet, it does raise the protein level on the label of this food.

3. The third ingredient in this food is Corn Meal. Corn meal itself is just grounded up corn. Corn is not beneficial for your pet and is used primarily in this food as a filler.

4. The fourth ingredient is Ground Whole Grain Sorghum. This ingredient is actually common in many low quality foods as it is rich in various nutrients, vitamins and minerals such as niacin, zinc, iron and antioxidants.

5. The fifth ingredient in this food is Brewers Rice. If you have never heard of Brewers Rice, it is nothing more than processed rice product made from smaller fragments of rice kernels. Brewers rice itself contains almost no beneficial nutrients that is contained in whole grain white or brown rice.

6. The sixth ingredient is Ground Whole Grain Barley. This ingredient is a surprisingly good source of carbs and fiber. So it will help to give your dog the energy he or she needs to thrive while also helping to support a healthy digestive system.

7. The seventh ingredient in this food is Dried Beet Pulp. This is a controversial ingredient used in many commercial brand dog foods today. Regardless it is a known source of fiber which can help to support a healthy digestive tract.

8. The eighth ingredient is Chicken Fat. Chicken fat is a high quality source of fat for your dog that is packed with Omega 6 fatty acids. Not only will this fat source give your dog shiny coat that I know you are going to love seeing, but also help to promote healthy skin as well.

9. The ninth ingredient in this food is Chicken Flavor. While this ingredient can raise the protein level just a little bit, it is most often used to enhance the flavor of the food.

10. The tenth ingredient is Dried Egg Product. While many pet owners are unaware of the potential benefits of dried egg product. Some of the benefits of this ingredient is that it is an excellent source of protein as well as a source of immunoglobulin which can help to boost the immune system.

11. The eleventh ingredient in this food is Fish Oil. Fish oil is an excellent source of Omega 3 and 6 fatty acids which can promote a healthy and shiny skin and coat.

Flavors and Formulas Available

There are various flavors and formulas available with this food.

The flavors that are available for this food include:

  • Chicken
  • Salmon
  • Beef
  • Seafood
  • Turkey
  • Lamb

The various formulas that are available with this food include:

  • Small Breed
  • Large Breed
  • Breed Specific
  • Adult
  • Weight Control
  • Small Bites

 

Sizes and Price

There are various sizes and price available for this food, but of course this will ultimately depend on the flavor, formula and size of the bag that you purchase. A list of available prices and size are listed below.

Adult Maintanence

  • 5 Pounds-$8.99
  • 16 Pounds-$29.99
  • 30 Pounds-$52.99

Adult Large Breed

  • 16 Pounds-$27.99
  • 33 Pounds-$41.99

Adult Small BitesEukanuba Dog Food

  • 5 Pounds-$9.11
  • 16 Pounds-$29.99

Small Breed

  • 28 Pounds-$49.99

Senior

  • 15 Pounds-$29.99

Premium Performance

  • 14 Pounds-$27.99
  • 29 Pounds-$39.89

Weight Control

  • 5 Pounds-$13.99
  • 15 Pounds-$29.99
  • 30 Pounds-$53.99

Excel Adult Lamb

  • 4 Pounds-$14.99
  • 25 Pounds-$51.99

Excel Adult Salmon

  • 4 Pounds-$14.24
  • 25 Pounds-$49.39

Excel Puppy

  • 4 Pounds-$14.99
  • 25 Pounds-$54.99




Eukanuba Dog Food Review and Complaints

Upon further investigation of actual customer reviews for Eukanuba dog food, most of the reviews that you will find are mixed reviews from people who like the food and those who hate the ingredients. Just take a look for yourself what some people are saying about this food below.

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Final Opinion

After carefully looking at the ingredients of this food, looking at actual customer reviews and looking at the overall availability of this food, this is one brand of food that I cannot with good conscience recommend to pet parents. There are too many questionable ingredients used such as Chicken by-product and corn and while most of the reviews for this food seem positive, there are a few that are negative. Also, while this food is widely available in a variety of convenient sizes and prices, it is still not a brand of food that will be beneficial for your dog.

Instead, I recommend feeding your dog a food that is on the healthier side and contains only holistic and beneficial ingredients.

Final Verdict:

thumbs down

Not Recommended

Have you fed your dog Eukanuba? If so, I would love to hear about your experience with this food. Drop me a detailed comment below.

Vanessa

Vanessa is a Certified Vet Tech in the state of Colorado and has over 10 years of experience in animal nutrition. She owns two dogs: a Siberian Husky mix and a Beagle Black Lab mix.

3 thoughts on “Eukanuba Dog Food Review: Where Did This Crap Come From?

  • March 16, 2016 at 11:08 am
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    Overall Rating

    8.60

    Vanessa,

    Thanks for this wonderfully honest breakdown of some really overpriced dog food.

    It still amazes me that supposed “Pet Professionals” would still be filling their products with things like Corn Meal and Chicken By-Products.

    Greed as is usually the case, not science leading the way.
    Thanks so much for the great review its really appreciated, I love the rest of your site as well, my best,

    Gary

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    • March 16, 2016 at 1:01 pm
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      Thanks for the comment. I couldn’t agree more about pet professionals still pushing off foods that contain corn meal or chicken by-products. However, the plus side to all of this is that many pet owners are now becoming wiser about the kind of food they are feeding to their pets.

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  • April 20, 2017 at 3:14 pm
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    Overall Rating

    5.00

    Ive recently read the below article regarding many misconceptions about Grain Free and Meat Meal and other Marketing tactics in the dog food industry. Maybe you have more information regarding this? There seems to be no scientific evidence that grain free and Holistic/Organic foods are more beneficial as well as not really regulated within the dog food industry.

    http://vet.osu.edu/vmc/companion/our-services/nutrition-support-service/myths-and-misconceptions-surrounding-pet-foods

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