Eukanuba Labrador Retriever Formula Dog Food

Eukanuba Labrador Retriever Formula Dog Food is made and manufactured by Procter and Gamble Pet Care. Eukanuba Labrador Retriever Formula Dog Food is part of the Breed Specific group of Eukanuba dog foods. It is marketed towards the Labrador breed.

Eukanuba Labrador Retriever Formula Dog Food Review

The first thing I want to mention is the fact that I believe Breed Specific dog food formulas are nothing but a marketing ploy to make the consumer feel like they are getting something special for their. A Boxer doesn't need any different of a food than a German Shepherd does. With that being said lets take a look at the first five ingredients and break them down.


Eukanuba Labrador Retriever Formula Dog Food First Five Ingredients Analysis:

  1. Chicken
  2. Corn Meal
  3. Ground Whole Grain Sorghum
  4. Ground Whole Grain Barley
  5. Chicken By Products
Chicken is the first ingredient and is inclusive of its water content. With that being said once this ingredient is cooked and dehydrated, making it a dry ingredient, it will have lost most of its water content, thus making it fall further in the ingredients list. Chicken is a great ingredient and a wonderful source of protein.

The second ingredient Corn Meal is defined as:"ground corn germ which consists of corn germ with other parts of the corn kernel from which part of the oil has been removed and is the product obtained in the dry milling process of manufacture of corn meal, corn grits, hominy feed and other corn products." Corn is a lower quality grain that has been linked to cases of allergies within dogs. Dogs have a hard time digesting corn therefor we believe that corn should not be used as an ingredient.

The fourth and fifth ingredients sorghum and barley are decent quality grains

The fifth ingredient Chicken By-Product Meal can be a good ingredient only when the manufactures state what is included in their by-products. In most cases the manufactures do not disclose this information, which only leads us to believe that they do not want the consumer to know. Chicken By-Products are defined as: consists of the ground, rendered, clean parts of the carcass of slaughtered chicken, such as necks, feet, undeveloped eggs and intestines, exclusive of feathers, except in such amounts as might occur unavoidable in good processing practice." This is one ingredient that if the manufacture does not state what is included, you will want to stay away from.


Eukanuba Labrador Retriever Formula Dog Food Full Ingredients List:

Chicken, Corn Meal, Ground Whole Grain Sorghum, Ground Whole Grain Barley, Chicken By-Product Meal (Natural source of Chondroitin Sulfate and Glucosamine), Fish meal, Natural Chicken Flavor, Dried Beet Pulp (sugar removed), Chicken Fat (preserved with mixed Tocopherols, a source of Vitamin E), Dried Egg Product, Brewers Dried Yeast, Potassium Chloride, Calcium Carbonate, Salt, Flax Meal, Vitamins (Vitamin E Supplement, Ascorbic Acid, Beta-Carotene, Vitamin A Acetate, Calcium Pantothenate, Biotin, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Thiamine Mononitrate (source of Vitamin B1), Niacin, Riboflavin Supplement (source of Vitamin B2), Inositol, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (source of Vitamin B6), Vitamin D3 Supplement, Folic Acid), Sodium Hexametaphosphate, Fish Oil (preserved with mixed Tocopherols, a source of Vitamin E), Dicalcium Phosphate, Choline Chloride, Minerals (Ferrous Sulfate, Zinc Oxide, Manganese Sulfate, Copper Sulfate, Manganous Oxide, Potassium Iodide, Cobalt Carbonate), DL-Methionine, Dried Chicken Cartilage (Natural source of Chondroitin Sulfate and Glucosamine), L-Carnitine, Rosemary Extract.

Fish Meal is the third source of meat but falls father down on the ingredients list so its unlikely to plain a huge role in the overall nutritional value of this food. We couldn't find anything on the manufactures website stating the use of ethoxyquin free fish.


Eukanuba Labrador Retriever Formula Dog Food Full Guaranteed Analysis:

*Not recognized as an essential nutrient by the AAFCO Dog Food Nutrient Profiles.
Nutrient(percent)
Crude Protein not less than23.00 %
Crude Fat not less than13.00 %
Crude Fiber not more than5.0 %
Moisture not more than10.00 %
Copper not less than27 mg/kg
Zinc not less than188 mg/kg
Vitamin E not less than140 IU/kg
L-Carnitine not less than30 mg/kg*
Omega-6 Fatty Acids not less than2.4 %*
Omega-3 Fatty Acids not less than0.3 %*
Glucosamine not less than375 mg/kg*
Chondroitin Sulfate not less than35 mg/kg*