Eagle Pack dog food

October 27, 2008  
Filed under Dog Food Reviews, Eagle Pack

Eagle Pack Dog Food and Eagle Pack Holistic Select Dog Food Formula

Eagle Pack is manufactured by Eagle Pack Pet Foods, Inc., a company known to produce holistic pet food formulas since the 1980’s.  Eagle Pack is well known for replacing common filler ingredients with high protein meat ingredients without the use of artificial preservatives and come up with a dog food formula perfect for providing quality nutrition to dogs of all breeds, ages and performance level.

Eagle Pack has nine dry dog food formulas in the market, all of which have met the AAFCO standards for different life stages—two for puppies, six for adult dogs, and one senior dog formula.

The Eagle Pack dog food rations are protein-rich formulas with fresh meat and meat meals as the main sources of meat-based protein.  Eagle Pack claims that the meat which they use are hormone and antibiotic-free.

The protein component of the Eagle Pack dog food formulas are derived from two or more of the following sources—chicken meal, anchovy and sardine meal, pork meal, lamb meal, lamb, turkey, chicken, and beef.

Chicken liver, beef liver, lamb liver, and dried egg product are also added to increase the biological value of protein.

Fresh meat sources are highly desirable but one major disadvantage of using them as dog food ingredients is their high water content (about 80%). Water is lost during processing leaving only a fraction of the original amount. On the other hand, the addition of meat meals is a means of increasing the protein value of the dog food ration. Meat meals such as lamb meal, chicken meal, anchovy and sardine meal, and pork meal are considered meat concentrates containing more than 300 % of protein.

It is good that Eagle Pack identified the specific sources of these meat meals because there are many dog food brands that indicate only generic meat meals that trigger the question on their possible sources. Many generic meat meals are made from parts of slaughtered food animals or fish which have been deemed unfit for human consumption.

Aside from being a good source of high quality protein, liver is also a rich source of all essential minerals, water-soluble and fat-soluble vitamins which are needed by the body.

The carbohydrate component of the Eagle Pack rations are sourced from ground yellow corn, oatmeal, dried beet pulp, ground brown rice, ground white rice, wheat germ meal, brown rice, oatmeal, oat fiber, corn gluten meal, barley (ground or pearled), and flaxseed (linseed).

Although many of these carbohydrate sources are wholesome and desirable, there are a few which have been given the red flag such as corn, dried beet pulp, and wheat germ meal.

Corn is considered by many dog owners as a potential dog food allergen. Dried beet pulp, which is a by-product of sugar beet processing, contains high amounts of fiber but it is considered as an inexpensive dog food filler which contradicts Eagle Pack’s claim of not using any filler. Wheat germ meal contains at least 25% protein but it is a plant-based protein.

Probiotics are added to enhance the digestion process and boost immune functions.

Chelated minerals are also added to ensure better absorption.

Although many dog owners have come up with positive reviews on Eagle Pack dog food products, there are also negative reviews which have been voiced out including poodles which are hypersensitive to beet pulp and allergic reactions which have been linked to corn.  Many dog owners are also decrying the change in some Eagle Pack formulas which has been linked to problems in dogs with sensitive digestive systems.

We recommend Eagle Pack dog food brand and believe that they produce quality formulas with moderate-to-high protein content.

Eagle Pack Holistic Select Dog Food Review

Eagle Pack Holistic Select formulas:

  1. Eagle Pack Chicken Meal and Rice Holistic Version
  2. Eagle Pack Duck Meal and Oatmeal Holistic Version
  3. Eagle Pack Anchovy, Sardine and Salmon Meal Holistic Version
  4. Eagle Pack Lamb Meal and Rice Holistic Version
  5. Eagle Pack Small and Mini Breed Adult Holistic Version
  6. Eagle Pack Small and Mini Breed Puppy Holistic Version
  7. Eagle Pack Large and Giant Breed Puppy Holistic Version
  8. Eagle Pack Large and Giant Breed Adult Holistic Version
  9. Eagle Pack Senior Care Holistic Version

Eagle Pack Holistic Select Consumer Rating

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36 Responses to “Eagle Pack dog food”
  1. Angie says:

    Read the ingredient label on the regular Eagle Pack Dog food on the Large and Giant Breed Formaula. You will notice that the very last ingredient is Aspergillus niger, translation – black mold. I just did an extensive amount of research for a good healthy dog food for my English mastiff and also have done an extensive amount of research on mold… I recognized this right away and also double checked my concern by looking up the scientific name again. Honestly, how bad is your black mold problem if you are having to include it on your ingredients label?! Understandably, we all consume or breathe mold each day, but there is a HUGE difference between the mold from outside spores or what grows on your food to what manifests into black mold. I won’t feed it to my dog, so I’m trying to spread the word about it to other dog owners.

  2. Michelle says:

    Angie, Aspergillus niger is a probiotic. Think healthy bacteria, like yogurt. Black mold. LOL 🙂 You will find this in every high end food that contains PROBIOTICS.

  3. Michelle says:

    Angie, Aspergillus niger is a microbe. No manufacturer would purposely add actual black mold to their food. Here’s how the process works- Most enzymes currently available are blends of enzymes derived from papaya, pineapple, kiwi, figs, or the microbes Aspergillus orzyae or Aspergillus niger. There is no mold or fungus in the finished products. The enzymes are extracted and rigorously purified from the parent organism. The process of getting enzymes from microbes is outlined as follows.

    The fungal organisms are grown in trays or large tanks on a bed of something to culture the organisms. This may be “miso,” which is comprised of a mixture of cereal grains, or something else. The fungal organisms secrete enzymes into the mixture to break down the material, or digest it, as a way to get its nutrition. After some time, the cultured mixture is collected. Then, the fungal organisms and base culture are separated from the enzymes. There may be up to 12 different purification steps involving a variety of methods: alcohol precipitation of the enzyme proteins, centrifugation, gel filtration, and molecular sieving. The end results is a very pure mixtures of enzymes without any of the parent source material. Enzymes go through rigorous quality control testing on each lot of enzymes.

    While many digestive enzymes are derived from a fungal or bacteria organism, the final enzyme product does not contain fungus, mold, or bacteria in the final product. An analogy is penicillin. Just as penicillin is derived from bread mold, you are not getting a dose of mold when you get penicillin.

    Since enzymes are proteins, it is possible that a particular individual may be sensitive (not tolerate) a particular enzyme proteins. This is very very rare though. Enzymes are a natural and constant part of our healthy digestive tract. Our intestinal tract is swimming in enzymes all the time from birth to death anyway. 🙂

  4. Beth S says:

    Angie, Michelle is correct. There’s a difference between black mold and the microbe that can cause it. Furthermore, it helps coeliac disease and prevents cancer. If you do a litle more research you’ll find that it’s widely used to aid in digestive issues and is perfectly safe. Maybe a corrected post after you read up? *Sorry Eagle pack* lol

  5. sheryl says:

    Tim, I think Eagle Pack is the cheaper end of the line. It has a lot of crap in it that I try to avoid. Holistic Select is much better quality and if your dog likes it go for it. I have not tried any Eagle products since the company was sold but I am going to try it again.

  6. sheryl goodfellow says:

    My bouvier has a very sensitive stomach and when I put her on Eagle’s Large Breed Chicken and Oatmeal Holistic Solution the problem was solved. Its an amazing food with a lot of probiotics etc that really seem to settle her stomach. If i try to switch her to another food she gets the runs, not fun with a big hairy dog, or throws it up. I really love this food and its not very well known maybe because the name changed from Eagle Pack to Holistic Select.

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