Purina ALPO Come & Get It! Cookout Classics Dry Dog Food

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  • Purina ALPO Come & Get It! Cookout Classics Dry Dog Food
  • Published on: February 28, 2016
  • Last modified: February 28, 2016
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Review Summary:

There are many negative points for this recipe. First, the protein level is relatively low, and the moisture level is relatively high meaning it may not provide suffice protein your dog requires and your are buying more water content by weight than other dry dog food brands/recipes. The first ingredient is corn and later corn gluten, which provides a solid percentage of the protein. This corn-based protein does not have a good profile of the essential amino acids a dog needs. There are no good quality meat sources, but only questionable generic types, such as “meat and bone meal”. Basically this recipe provides plant ingredients to help bolster the protein levels, which is not as good of a protein source as meat due to the amino acid profile. Another poor ingredient is Animal digest, which is unknown in what you are getting. Another word of caution is the carb level is relatively high, and may be too much for your dog’s dietary needs. The only positive point is the dietary fiber level is relatively high. Overall, this dog food is not a great choice given the poor ingredients used and the relatively high moisture level that is a cheap tactic to reduce the amount of food you are buying.

Pros

  • Relatively higher in fiber
  • Provides 6 fatty acids content
  • Cons

  • Does not contain at least one good meat source in top 5 ingredients (ie Chicken, Beef, etc..)
  • Relatively lower in protein
  • Relatively higher in moisture content
  • Corn is the first ingredient
  • May contain too much non-dietary fiber carbohydrates
  • Does not provide any Omega-3 fatty acid content info
  • Generic animal type ingredient sources
  • Contains unnecessary food coloring
  • Could disclose more information on vitamin content levels
  • Does not provide Calories content info
  • Quick Nutritional Breakdown:

    Protein Fat Fiber Moisture Carbs
    18% (min) 9.5% (min) 6% (max) 12% (max) 47% (Est.)

    *Values by Guaranteed Analysis.
    **Estimated carbs do not include fiber.

    Detailed Nutritional Facts:

    Calories NA
    Vitamin A NA
    Vitamin E NA
    Magnesium NA
    Calcium 1%
    Phosphorus 0.8%
    Selenium NA
    Zinc NA
    Docosahexaenoic Acid (An Omega-3 fatty acid) NA
    Linoleic Acid (An Omega-6 fatty acid) 1%
    Omega-3-acid NA
    Omega-6 fatty acid NA

    Ingredients Analysis

    First 5 Ingredients:

    1. Ground yellow corn
    2. Corn germ meal
    3. Beef and bone meal
    4. Soybean meal
    5. Animal fat preserved with mixed-tocopherols (form of Vitamin E)e.

    Corn is source of nutrients and protein, but it is also contains relatively high amounts of carbohydrates and it is commonly found in dog food, since it is relatively cheap. Take caution some dogs may already be or will develop an allergy to corn.

    Corn germ meal is a part inside the corn kernel. This part of the corn offers oils, fiber, protein, and other starchy carbohydrates. The amino acids in the protein it contains are not well balanced for a dog.

    Beef meal is rendered parts from grinding carcasses and/or remains after the main meat is removed. There are pros and cons to meal. Its advantage is it provides lots of protein for a relatively lower cost and contains low moisture content relative to straight forward named meat ingredients. However, it goes through an extensive heating and processing to ensure it is safe to eat. Not much flavor is preserved and other nutrients are wiped out. Bone Meal add provides nutrition from the bone marrow and calcium too.

    Soybean meal is the remains after grinding the soybean to extract the oil. It is a low cost source of protein with all essential amino acids for dogs, and it’s commonly found in animal feed.

    Animal fat can come from various sources, such as the state of the animal or the specific animal type. There is no enforcement or definition the source. As one example, it can come from healthy slaughtered animal; on the other hand it could also come from a sick and/or euthanized animal.

    Other Ingredients to be Aware of

    Animal digest is processed animal issue by applying heat, enzymes, and/or acids. The end product may contain protein, but it is not clear on what parts of the animal, condition of the animal, or what type of animal was used.  It doesn’t sound great and we advise to avoid this ingredient if possible.

    Food coloring is purely added for aesthetics. Despite being FDA approved, there is always risk they may do harm over time without much or any value in return. Food coloring is unnecessary and should be avoided.  Example of food coloring in the ingredients is blue1, “food coloring”, yellow 5, red 40, etc..

    Garlic oil is a debatable ingredient. You may know that garlic contains thiosulphate, which can cause hemolytic anemia, liver damage, and death for dogs. So why do they add garlic or garlic oil to dog food? It is because some debate the benefits of garlic are significant for dogs, and low dosages do pose any risk to their compromising their health.

    All Ingredients

    Ground yellow corn, corn germ meal, beef and bone meal, soybean meal, animal fat preserved with mixed-tocopherols (form of Vitamin E), pork and bone meal, egg and chicken flavor, animal digest, corn gluten meal, salt, potassium chloride, dried peas, Yellow 6, Red 40, choline chloride, Yellow 5, natural grill flavor, zinc sulfate, ferrous sulfate, Vitamin E supplement, L-Lysine monohydrochloride, manganese sulfate, Blue 2, DL-Methionine, niacin, Vitamin A supplement, 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.

    Manufacture and Location

    Manufactured by:  Nestlé Purina PetCare Company
    Location(s): USA

    Recalls

    Any known recalls for any dog food products from this manufacture from 2013.

    Date Brand Reason
    8/30/2013 Purina One Beyond Salmonella

    *Recall information from FDA website.

     


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