Thinking about feeding your dog Ol' Roy dog food? If so please think again. Ol' Roy dog food and treats have been involved in numerous dog food recalls. Ol’ Roy Dog Food is manufactured by Wal-Mart. The brand is named after the dog of Wal-Mart’s owner, Sam Walton. The Ol’ Roy Dog Food formulas are well-known among dog owners in the United States because it’s quite inexpensive compared to other popular brands. However, the dog food brand has received a lot of negative feedback because of its low quality ingredients as well as the controversy when it tested positive to the presence of Pentobarbital.  We do not recommend this dog food brand and believe it is in the lowest tier in terms of quality.

The Ol’ Roy Dog product lines now include six kibbles and each formula has been designed to meet the AAFCO nutrient profiles required for all life stages.

First five Ol' Roy dog food Ingredients:
  1. Ground yellow corn
  2. soybean meal
  3. ground whole wheat
  4. corn syrup
  5. poultry fat

Although there are different product formulas, they share the same low-quality and controversial basal ingredients. The first five ingredients include ground yellow corn, soybean meal, ground whole meat or meat and bone meal, corn syrup, and poultry fat or chicken by-product meal.

Corn is a common first ingredient among the different Ol’ Roy dog food formulas. Dogs do not need corn as their main source of nutrients. Although it is a rich carbohydrate source, corn which is used for dog food are usually of the livestock feed grade. Another reason to be wary about having corn in the top five ingredients is that corn has been linked to food allergies in dogs.

Meat and bone meal is a good source of meat concentrates, in fact much better than raw meat, but there is a question regarding the source of the components of the meal. The usual practice in feed industries is to make meat and bone meal from animal tissues which have been deemed unsuitable for human food. The meal is actually made of rendered animal products including stomach contents, bones, skin, manure, hair, hoof or horns. Compared to other meat-based meals, meat and bone meal has a lower digestibility and thus cannot be fully metabolized and used by the dog’s body.

Soybean meal is a by-product when extracting soybean oil. Although it contains 48% protein, it is still a plant-based protein, one which is not efficiently assimilated and utilized thus it is considered of low biological value.

Chicken by-product meal is also another ingredient made from dry rendered products of slaughterhouse waste. Once the prime cuts of dressed chicken have been removed, what’s left are made into an unsavory chicken by-product meal, which, just like any by-product meal uses ingredients declared unfit for human consumption.

Animal fat is another by-product of rendering. Since it does not specify what animal the fat is from, it could come from any source including slaughterhouse waste or even restaurant grease.

As though using meat by-products is not bad enough, preserving fat with BHA further brings the quality of the dog food formulas to a much lower level. BHA has been identified as a carcinogen not only in people but in animals as well. Another controversial ingredient is the addition of artificial food color which is another suspected carcinogen.

There is no mention of the incorporation of probiotics or beneficial microorganisms which have been associated with boosting the process of digestion.

Customer Reviews

Any Ol’ Roy dog food formula often receives praise when it comes to its price. However, the high rating stops there. Many dog owners are not satisfied with the questionable and low-fat ingredients which are incorporated in their dog foods.

There are reports of digestive upsets including vomiting and diarrhea as well as of dogs having rough and dry hair coats.

A lot of people decide to buy Ol Roy dog food based on the fact that it is cheap. Thinking like this will catch up to you in vet bills. Your going to take your dog to the vet twice as much as you would if you fed your dog a healthier brand of food.

When looking for dog food, look for a brand that has at least two sources of meat in the first five ingredients, and contains no corn or grains.