Alpo Dog Food

June 30, 2010  
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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 dog food

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.

Please visit the links listed below for Alpo dog food reviews by formula.

Have a comment or question about our Alpo dog food review? Want to share your experiences with others? We welcome your comments!

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

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21 Responses to “Alpo Dog Food”
  1. John says:


  2. Jess says:

    You are right and purnia only cares about one thing and that is making a HUGE profit at dogs expense. They could care less about the American public and how they feel. It is so sad that so many people buy into their commercials and buy this poison. Everyone should take a look at the review of what they are feeding it would really help the poor dogs getting fed this kind of crap.

  3. Lisa says:

    I recently saw the “Real Dogs Eat Meat” campaign and book and went to their website to take a look. I have always known the ingredients in Alpo have been low quality so the title intrigued me. Of course they have removed all the ingredients from their site. Another company trying to pull a fast one on people who believe their ads. I urge everyone to be a concerned consumer and turn that can or bag of food over and take a look – don’t base it on just pictures!

  4. jeri says:

    My dog loves this food! He wont eat anything else!

  5. Michelle says:

    jeri is it Alpo or Ol’roy that your dogs “love”?? People who have no idea what they are talking about really annoy me when they start recommending dog foods!! Whichever one it is,it doesn’t really matter,they are both total crap!! This jag-off is on the Ol’roy review talking about how great that crap is too….can you say CLUELESS!!!!

  6. Jess says:

    jeri, Michelle is right this is as low as you can go. So your kids love candy, SO IS THAT WHAT YOU FEED THEM??? There is so much crap in this food it is unreal. LOL, sounds like Michelle is getting a little fustrated. Boy have I ever been there!! If you have a money issue and MANY of us do, check out our Taste of the Wild or Costco Kirklands brand.

    jeri, check this site out then look whats in the crap you are feeding your dog.

  7. mim artzt says:

    I have tried every single Holistic and “better nutritionally” canned food on the market. I tried each for a week and my no kill shelter huskie would go for aweek and not eat!
    Harley loves Alpo chop house t-bone steak flavor.
    I wish someone would reply with a similar taste and chop in a canned food that is good for my dog. Help!

  8. Bren says:

    mimi artzt,

    My husky is exactly the same way and we’ve tried everything. I mean EVERYTHING. People food, raw meat, holistic, all of it. She’ll starve herself if she doesn’t like it, sometimes losing 8+ pounds. Alpo canned dog food is the ONLY thing she’ll eat regularly.

  9. Symphonic says:

    If you’re budget-conscious and have a fInicky canned-food eater, I recommend Merrick’s Whole Earth Farms canned food. Their kibble is only so-so, but the canned food is a fantastic buy. If you’re feeding Alpo (or any other sub-par food) because you can’t find anything else that your dog will eat, PLEASE try Whole Earth before you give up! I work at a pet shop and regularly recommend this for the picky dogs – lots of converts, let me tell you!

  10. Anna says:

    mim artzt, try By Nature. Good Luck!!

  11. Casey says:

    Mim and Bren, Weruva offers kobe beef cans (Kobe Master, Kobe Yume, and Kobe Gyro) that my dog loves. The ingredients are great, too. They may be a good replacement for the Alpo “steak” cans.

  12. Jess says:

    Isn’t that pretty spendy ? Taste of the Wild wetlands canned is just barely 2 bucks and my dog loves it, but then again my dog loves any canned food.

    Anything is better than alpo. Like the reviewer says their should be a warning label on this crap.

  13. Jess says:

    Anna, that canned dog food is full of Sodium Selenite. Wouldn’t bother me because my dog doesn’t get that much canned. But if I was gonna feed canned only, I would be feeding more raw meat.

  14. Casey says:

    It’s a little over $2 per can when I buy online with a promo code. I can’t believe I’ve never looked at TOTW’s canned High Prairie; looks good.

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