Alpo Dog Food Review

Alpo is an inexpensive dog food manufactured by Nestle Purina PetCare Company. Its facilities are based in St. Louis, Missouri. The company has been producing Alpo dog food formulas since the 1930’s.

Alpo markets their dog food products with the slogan “Real Dogs Eat Meat” but a closer look at the ingredients will reveal that although meat is present, it is not always the first and major ingredient.

Alpo has a number of both wet and dry dog food formulas, all of which contain low quality ingredients, fillers and preservatives. We believe this is a very low quality dog food and would not recommend this brand. For value shoppers, we would recommend Kirkland dog food as an alternative.

There have been Alpo dog food formulas which have been included in the 2007 melamine pet food recalls. Most of those recalled were canned dog food. It is best to see the latest FDA’s pet food recall list before you select the best dog food formula for your dog.

Ground yellow corn, meat and bone meal, soybean meal, beef tallow preserved with mixed-tocopherols (form of Vitamin E), corn gluten meal, animal digest,

Ground yellow corn, corn germ meal, meat and bone meal (source of pork flavor), soybean meal, beef tallow preserved with mixed-tocopherols (form of Vitamin E), egg and chicken flavor, corn gluten meal, animal digest

The first ingredient in the Alpo dry dog food formulas is ground yellow corn. Although corn is a common ingredient in livestock rations, it is not a desirable “first” ingredient in dog food rations. Corn is viewed by many dog owners as one of the most common allergens present in dog food thus many shy away from giving their dogs rations whose primary ingredient is corn.

Alpo lists down different by-product meals as the second or third ingredient. These include beef and bone meal, pork and bone meal, poultry by-product meal, and digest of chicken by-products. These meat by-products are often viewed by many dog owners as the lowest quality ingredients in dog food. Although the source has been named, there is a need for the manufacturer to specify what parts of the carcass are included in the ingredient. Most meat by-product meals use carcass parts where the prime portions have been removed leaving only the lowest-quality parts particularly those which have been deemed unfit for human consumption. Meat by-product meals can also come from dead or dying animals, euthanized, and/or road kills.

Compared to fresh and raw meat sources, meat by-product meals are classified as meat concentrates because they contain 300% more protein.  However, even with this protein value, these types of meat by-products are still viewed as undesirable ingredients in quality dog food rations.

Corn germ meal is produced when oil has been removed from ground corn germ. Unlike most by-product meals, corn germ meal is rich in protein.

Soybean meal is another by-product which is produced when oil has been extracted from soybeans. It has a high protein content (48%) thus it can significantly contribute to  the total protein content of the dog food ration.

Animal fat is a questionable ingredient because the source has not been identified. It is a product of rendering and can come from diseased cattle, road kills, euthanized pets, and even slaughterhouse waste. Another point that should be taken into consideration is the use of BHA to preserve animal fat since it prevents oxidative rancidity of fats. BHA is a suspected cancer-causing agent.

There has been no mention of the addition of probiotics. These are beneficial microorganisms which have been added, usually sprayed to coat the kibbles. These microorganisms can boost both the digestive and immune functions of your dog.

There is also no mention of using chelated minerals. When chelated, minerals can easily be absorbed and utilized in the body.

There are many negative reviews of Alpo dog food brand particularly from dog owners whose dogs have experienced digestive problems when fed with Alpo formulas. There have also been reports of hypersensitivity reactions and low energy levels. Most attribute the dog allergies to corn, an identified dog food-based allergen.

There are also dog owners who point out the presence of chemical preservatives such as BHA and artificial colors which have been linked to serious health problems in dogs.

However, all dog owners are dissatisfied with Alpo dog food formulas. Some report that their dogs are doing fine with Alpo and do not seem to suffer from any health problems.

We believe that Alpo is one of the worst dog food brands available and would not recommend this brand. For those looking for a good value substitute, we would recommend trying Kirkland dog food available at Costco.

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Alpo Dog Food Formulas:

  1. Alpo Chop House In Gourmet Gravy Wet Dog Food
  2. Alpo Chop House Original
  3. Alpo Homestyle Prime Cuts In Gravy
  4. Alpo Homestyle Prime Slices In Gravy
  5. Alpo Classic Chunky
  6. Alpo Classic Ground
  7. Alpo Prime Cuts Dry Dog Food

Alpo Dog Food Consumer Ratings