Bil Jac Dog Food Review: Not As Healthy As You Think It Is…

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Overall Rating



  • Chicken is the first ingredient
  • Relatively cheap
  • Positive reviews from customers


  • Too many controversial ingredients used
  • Chicken By-Products Used
  • A few incidents where the food has harmed dogs

When I first came across Bil Jac dog food, it was not for this Bil Jac dog food review.  It was actually when I adopted my first dog Bronx. Upon seeing him at the local pet supply store that I was employed at, a representative from Bil Jac itself gave me a huge box of Bil Jac puppy food samples and dozens of coupons for the food. The entire time this representative swore that this food was the healthiest food on the market and if I ever fed my dog any other brand, I should be considered a bad pet owner.

However, upon closer inspection of Bil Jac food, I found that it is not as healthy as the company claims it to be.

So, what did I find out? Read my full Bil Jac dog food review below to find out.

For this review, we will be looking at the Bil Jac Adult Select Formula.

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Bil-jac dog food

My Honest Bil-Jac Dog Food Review


Name: Bil-Jac

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Formulas Available: Puppy Select, Small Breed Puppy, Large Breed Puppy, Adult Select, Small Breed Adult, Large Breed Adult, Grain-Free Adult, Reduced Fat, Senior Select, and Sensitive Solutions

Sizes Available: 6 Pounds, 15 Pounds, and 30 Pounds

Price: Varies per Formula and Size

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Guaranteed Analysis

Crude Protein, not less than ………………………  27.0%
Crude Fat, not less than ………………………  18.0%
Crude Fiber, not more than ………………………  4.0%
Moisture, not more than ………………………  10.0%
Arginine, not less than ………………………  1.40%
Leucine, not less than ………………………  1.60%
Lysine, not less than ………………………  1.25%
Methionine, not less than ………………………  0.55%
Omega-6 Fatty Acids, not less than …………………….  2.50%*
Omega-3 Fatty Acids, not less than …………………….  0.25%*


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


Chicken, Chicken By-Products (organs only, source of arginine), Corn Meal, Chicken By-Product Meal, Dried Beet Pulp, Oatmeal, Brewers Dried Yeast, Monocalcium Phosphate, Flaxseed, Salt, Choline Chloride, Calcium Carbonate, DL-Methionine, Sodium Propionate (a preservative), L-Lysine, Vitamin E Supplement, L-Ascorbyl-2-Polyphosphate (source of Vitamin C), Zinc Proteinate, Zinc Oxide, Copper Proteinate, Vitamin A Acetate, Copper Sulfate, Niacin Supplement, Biotin, Sodium Selenite, D-Calcium Pantothenate, Inositol, Manganese Proteinate, Riboflavin Supplement, Thiamine Mononitrate, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (Vitamin B6), Mixed Tocopherols and BHA (preservatives), Manganous Oxide, Cobalt Proteinate, Cobalt Carbonate, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Potassium Iodide, Folic Acid, Rosemary Extract.

Ingredient Breakdown

1. The first ingredient in this food is Chicken. The chicken itself is a highly digestible source of protein and is packed full of protein, vitamins, and minerals that your dog needs to thrive. However, keep in mind that during the cooking process the chicken is reduced by at least half, reducing the amount of protein contained in this ingredient.

2. The second ingredient is Chicken By-Products (Organs Only). The one thing that I do like about this ingredient is that unlike other low-quality foods out there, this one makes a point of listing out what parts of the chicken by-product is being used in this food. Regardless, chicken by-product is considered to be a low-quality protein source and is only of modest value for your pet’s nutritional needs.

3. The third ingredient in this food is Corn Meal. Corn meal itself is a meal made from ground up dried corn. This ingredient has been known to cause not only food intolerance but can also potentially cause a syndrome known as leaky gut syndromes and even can be contaminated with various harmful toxins. With that being said this is an ingredient that is not very beneficial to your pet and is used only to boost the protein content within this food.

4. The fourth ingredient in this food is Chicken By-Product Meal. Chicken By-Product Meal is just the leftover piece of chicken after it has been taken away for human consumption. None of these tiny bits are actually beneficial to your pet but are simply used to raise the protein level within this food.

5. The fifth ingredient is Dried Beet Pulp. This is one of the most controversial ingredients used in this food. While there are many disadvantages to using this ingredient such as causing various intestinal issues and being of only modest nutritional value to your dog, there are various benefits to using it as well such as it being an insoluble source of fiber helping to support a healthy digestive tract.

6. The sixth ingredient in this food is Oatmeal. Oatmeal itself is a quality source of not only carbohydrates but a source of fiber as well. So, this ingredient will help to give your pet the energy she or he needs to thrive as well as help to support a healthy digestive tract.

7. The seventh ingredient in this food is Brewers Dried Yeast. This is yet another controversial ingredient used in this food. Depending on the type of yeast that is used, this ingredient has been known to cause various allergies and help to repel fleas. However, regardless of the controversy surrounding this ingredient, it is known to be a healthy source of minerals and vitamins for your pet.

8. The eighth ingredient is Flaxseed. Flaxseed is yet another controversial item used in this food. Regardless of what some people may be saying about this, it is packed full of Omega 3 fatty acids, giving your pets that shiny coat that you love to see as well as help to promote a healthy digestive tract.

9. The ninth ingredient in this food is Salt. There is absolutely no nutritional benefit to adding salt to dog food. The only reason that it is used is to enhance the flavor of the food and to entice dogs to eat it.


Formulas Available

There are various formulas available for the Bil Jac line of dog food. The various formulas available with this food include:

  • Puppy Select
  • Small Breed Puppy
  • Large Breed Puppy
  • Adult Select
  • Small Breed Adult
  • Large Breed Adult
  • Grain Free Adult
  • Reduced Fat
  • Senior Select
  • Sensitive Solutions

Bil Jac DogFood Sizes and Price

There are various sizes and prices available for this food, but it all depends on the formula you are purchasing. The various sizes and price for this food is listed below.

Adult Select

This formula from Bil-Jac is specially formulated to help give adult dogs the quality nutrition they need to thrive. It is made with 100% real chicken as the first ingredient and comes in a variety of sizes for your convenience.

Sizes Available: 6 pounds, 15 pounds, and 30 pounds


Small Breed Adult Select

Just as the name implies, this formula is specially made for small breed adult dogs that could benefit from a high-quality and nutritious diet.

Sizes Available: 6 pounds and 15 pounds


Reduced Fat

This is the perfect Bil-Jac formula for adult dogs that need to lose a little weight. It is made with fewer calories and less fat to help keep those extra pounds off.

Sizes Available: 6 pounds, 15 pounds, and 30 pounds


Senior Select

This is the perfect formula for aging pups. It is made with fortified nutrients to help dogs as they age into their wonder years.

Sizes Available: 15 pounds and 30 pounds


Sensitive Solutions

Do you need to feed your dog a specialized diet due to food allergies or sensitivities? This formula by Bil-Jac is made with chicken or whitefish and a few ingredients to keep things simple.

Sizes Available: 6 pounds, 15 pounds, and 30 pounds



Small Breed Puppy

This is the perfect formula for small breed puppies. It is made with the perfect blend of ingredients to give small breed pups everything they need to grow into robust adults.

Sizes Available: 6 pounds and 15 pounds


Puppy Select

This is the perfect formula for any puppy, regardless of breed, to benefit from.

Sizes Available: 6 pounds, 15 pounds, and 30 pounds


Bil Jac Dog Food Review and Complaints

Surprisingly, even though this food is made up of a bunch of low quality and controversial ingredients, many customer reviews and complaints out there are mostly positive. Just take a look at what some people have been saying about this food below.

“Both of my small dogs are PICKY eaters, and because of this, I have had to throw out so much food they have refused to eat. But after trying a sample of Bil-Jac, they both gobbled it up immediately. They have been eating Bil-Jac since.” -Mrs. Wiggins

“You get what you pay for. This is perhaps the only food my girl will even eat now as she’s getting older. While the cost is a major downside at times, I know I am feeding my girl the best.” -Jeremy

“We have tried all different kinds of food for my dog, but he refuses to touch any food that isn’t Bil-Jac. This food is really high in protein and keeps her full throughout the day. I’m really happy with it.” -Grumpy Gramps.

“My dog was the one to choose this brand. After boarding her in a kennel when she refused to eat anything but this brand, we have begun to purchase it religiously.”-Meghan

“This is a quality food with many benefits. If you want the best, try this food for yourself.” -JenE


My Final Opinion

After looking at this food’s ingredients closely and taking into account actual customer reviews, this is one of those pet foods that I can’t recommend. The Bil-Jac line of dog food uses some of the lowest quality ingredients I have ever seen such as corn and chicken by-product meal but does contain a few good ingredients such as Chicken being listed as the first ingredient.

With that said, this is one of the lower quality foods out there and it is one I suggest staying away from. There are many healthier alternatives out there.

Final Verdict:

Low-Quality Food. Stay Away!


Have you fed your dog’s Bil-Jac? If so, I would love to hear about your dog’s experience with the food. Just leave me a detailed comment below.

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5 thoughts on “Bil Jac Dog Food Review: Not As Healthy As You Think It Is…

  • March 13, 2017 at 5:42 pm

    My ten year old Papillion has loved this food for years. He’s a very picky eater and he eats this right up. Part of it I think, is he is a tiny dog, and the food is smaller, and he has also lost a few teeth in a dental procedure, and I think it is easier for him to eat. We go regularly to his vet, and they always
    tell us how healthy he is, as recently as two months ago.

    • April 14, 2017 at 4:24 pm

      I have heard nothing but good things about Bil-Jac from dog owners who swear by the food. While many dogs do enjoy the food, to me some of the ingredients are questionable.

  • April 16, 2017 at 12:08 pm

    At the pet store met a rep who swore by this dog food. So we bought a large bag for my Golden. Halfway into the bag, he just stopped eating it. I have tried making it wet, adding tastier supplements mixed in with it. My dog absolutely hates it. I also have a puppy that I feed a grain free brand to, and my older Golden wants that fdod and not the biljac. I looked at ingredients compared to the puppy grain free brand (which includes some really neat uncredients like sweet potatoes, blue berries etc) and then looked at Bil jacs and I too was disappointed. First and foremost, the cornmeal, and then chicken by product. I also don’t like how it disintegrated into mush with water. I know that the rep said this helped their digestion, but it just looks nasty and has such a bland smell to it. I hate to waste money but I think I am going to have to throw it out and go with the adult food version of my puppy’s good, which is performatrin ultra

    • June 17, 2021 at 1:48 am

      Make sure that you retriever is eating a grain free diet. He may have liked it but if has grain allergies, will stop to keep from get uncomfortable. I don’t understand wetting a dry food. There is a benefit to hard food for a dog’s teeth. It would be more beneficial to put both dogs on the same brand though, even if not Biljac. When there are both adults they can share the same food. I have a dog so picky she will turn away a human meal and she really likes Biljac. Even though all ingredients were described as controversial, I keep seeing but promotes digestive health. I had a hard time understanding the controversy. I plan on trying a dry mix with their original dog food and see how it goes. I did notice I have 2 dogs with dental problems due to their older age and they were crunching right through it! Good luck, long and happy lives to your pets!

      • July 7, 2021 at 4:40 am

        I believe the controversy is coming from some of the ingredients used. However, even with that said, what may work for your pets, may not necessarily work for others. Pet parents have very biased opinions on the best food to feed pets. If it works for your dogs, that is great. I am happy your dogs are doing well on it.

        Have a great day!


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