Eukanuba German Shepherd Dog Food

November 21, 2008  
Filed under Dog Food Reviews, Eukanuba

Eukanuba German Shepherd Dog Food

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

Eukanuba German Shepherd 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.
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Eukanuba German Shepherd Dog Food First Five Ingredients Analysis:

  1. Chicken
  2. Corn meal
  3. Ground Whole Grain Sorghum
  4. Chicken By-Products
  5. Brewers Rice

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 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.

The fifth ingredients Brewers Rice is a low quality grain and also considered a by-product.

Eukanuba German Shepherd Dog Food Full Ingredients List:

Chicken, Corn Meal, Ground Whole Grain Sorghum, Chicken By-Product Meal (Natural source of Chondroitin Sulfate and Glucosamine), Brewers Rice, Fish meal, Natural Chicken Flavor, Dried Beet Pulp (sugar removed), Dried Egg Product, Brewers Dried Yeast, Potassium Chloride, Calcium Carbonate, Salt, Flax Meal, Chicken Fat (preserved with mixed Tocopherols, a source of Vitamin E), Fish Oil (preserved with mixed Tocopherols, a source of Vitamin E), 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, Fructooligosaccharides, 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.
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Eukanuba German Shepherd Dog Food Full Guaranteed Analysis:

Nutrient (percent)
Crude Protein not less than 23.00 %
Crude Fat not less than 13.00 %
Crude Fiber not more than 5.00 %
Moisture not more than 10.00 %
Copper not less than 22 mg/kg
Zinc not less than 197 mg/kg
Vitamin E not less than 140 IU/kg
L-Carnitine not less than 30 mg/kg*
Omega-6 Fatty Acids not less than 2.4 %*
Omega-3 Fatty Acids not less than 0.3 %*
Glucosamine not less than 375 mg/kg*
Chondroitin Sulfate not less than 35 mg/kg*
*Not recognized as an essential nutrient by the AAFCO Dog Food Nutrient Profiles.

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22 Responses to “Eukanuba German Shepherd Dog Food”
  1. Jess says:

    I have never said nor well I ever say dogs get the runs from meat, in fact I say they really can’t get to much meat….When you shock a dogs system with to much of anything to include new dog food they well get the runs. If I threw down 4 pounds of raw meat to my dog, I would bet he would get the runs, but if I did it slowly over a long period of time, it would be great for him, but I don’t have that kind of money. As far as fruits and veggies go please show me the quote where I said that???? Now I well say they PROBABPLY could do just fine without them, but I would never say they are bad for dogs.

    be contradictory when you say that GSDs will get the runs from too much meat and yet you seem to recommend Orijen which contains 70% meat. You also say there is absolutely NO NEED for dogs to have fruit and vegetables, yet the rest of Orijen is made up of 30% vegtables….. Please make your mind up and stop scaremongering!

  2. Lewis says:

    I’m sorry Jess, but your entry on the 3rd February, where you were responding to Helen you actually write: “and helen thier is absolutly no need for a dog to eat Vegetables and Fruits” I shouldn’t need to show you where the quote is seeing you are the person who wrote it in the first place.

    I find it very interesting that you made no reference to the fact I have gone back to feeding Eukanuba for both my adult lad and our puppy.

    You talk of Orijen, well I have to admit on paper it looks like a very good food, but there is one problem with it, well 2 actually if you wish to include the price…. Anyway the problem being is that you feed less Orijen than you would your normal dog food. This then leads to Coprophagia, as the dog may being getting the quality, but it is not longer getting the quantity and so is left feeling hungry. I have heard of this occuring with several people who have started feeding Orijen. Simply the dog didn’t eat dog poo before the diet switch, but has started to eat dog poo now.

    Anyway I’m sorry if Jess took offence at my previous entry, but people need useful information on which they can make an informed decision, they don’t need to be confused and worried.

  3. derek says:

    i know well over 100 gsd owners feeding orijen. never have i heard any indications of eating orijen actually causing Coprophagia. people are used to dogs needing 4 1/2, 5, 6 cups og the lower grade foods, when 3-4 cups of a much more nutrient dense food like orijen is plenty.

    in fact, i find the experiences of dogs switiching to grainless foods to be that if they were poop eaters, then they often arent interested in it any more. mosdt of the poop eaters i know are eating grain inclusive foods full of fillers (iams, eukanuba, purina, etc…they eat it because its full of too much undigested fillers that taste good to them, not usually because of nutrient deficiencies.

  4. Laura says:

    I wonder what really happened to the GSD? Many many years ago long before either of you were born I suspect. I had 2 beautiful GSD’s the only food we had back there was just awful compared to today’s food. YET! both had beautiful shiny coats, no hotspots which were unheard of in those days, no bloat. no itchy skin. all all what I now consider crap food. What happened to dogs period?
    I have shiba inus now and my male is the #1 dog in the breed, he could not get that way on bad food and I have tried the gauntlet of foods. Currently he is on Taste Of The Wild Salmon and Potatoes ( Eukanuba) I have a friend who uses Orijin and other then paying twice as much for it, I see little differences in the dogs coats.

  5. Michelle says:

    Laura – I guess you meant “Naturally Wild” By Eukanuba?? Taste Of The Wild is a totally different food made by Diamond…..

  6. Jess says:

    Laura, your dogs coat would be way better if you feed anything but this poison. I bet you anything you can see the difference in my dogs coat compared to yours. Back in the 60’s Purina actually made a decent product, but greedy share holders did them in. Hotspots WERE in fact in a ton of dogs back then. Tony is my 7th GSD and I notice a huge difference in his coat after I got him on a good diet. Think your dogs can match up with Tony’s coat?? I doubt your dogs are even in my dogs league. Check him out and the cats coats. Keep in mind GSD’S should have rough coats and usually do. BUT NOT TONY.

  7. Jess says:

    Oh here is a list of god foods you should consider…

    The A list
    1. Orijen
    2. Acana, Harvest, Pacifica & Grassland only.
    3. Wellness Core
    4. Instinct
    5. Go, Grain free only.
    6. Acana, the rest of Acana products.
    7. Blue Wilderness
    8. Taste of the Wild, wetlands & prairie only, Grain free
    9. Artemis
    10. Fromm
    11. Evo

    The B list
    1. California Natural
    2. Now, Grain free.
    3. GO, free indurance,chicken,salmon only
    4. Merrick
    4. Evangers
    5. Timberwolf
    6. Wellness
    7. Solid Gold
    8. Canidae
    8. First Mate
    9. Health Wise
    10. Karma
    11. Nature’s Logic
    12, Innova
    12. Kirkland, Costco

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