Eukanuba Labrador Retriever Formula Dog Food

November 21, 2008  
Filed under Dog Food Reviews, Eukanuba

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.
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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.
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Eukanuba Labrador Retriever Formula 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 5.0 %
Moisture not more than 10.00 %
Copper not less than 27 mg/kg
Zinc not less than 188 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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2 Responses to “Eukanuba Labrador Retriever Formula Dog Food”
  1. rannmiller says:

    They must make a fortune off of this food with how high-priced and low-quality it is. Probably costs them $4 per bag to make and most of the cost is probably for the pretty packaging and lies they put on it to convince people to buy it.

  2. JeniferRVT says:

    My name is Jenifer, and I work for Eukanuba. I would like to clear up some misconceptions about our food:

    It is true that chicken is a wet ingredient and chicken by-product meal is a dry ingredient; however, it’s important to remember that the guaranteed analysis for protein printed on our bag is measured from our finished product, not the ingredients as they go into the mix. Our laboratory technicians take samples off the production line as the kibble is dropping into the open bag. So the amount of water in the chicken at the start doesn’t matter because we are measuring the protein in the finished product–the kibble that will be going into our four-legged customers’ mouths.

    In fact, it’s a waste of time to compare the water content of ingredients at the beginning of the production line–that’s not what your pet will be eating. The important measurements are taken at the end of the production line, after the food has been processed and cooked. That’s what your pet will eat.

    Whole corn, such as corn from the cob, might be difficult to digest. However, we use high-quality corn that is finely ground (breaking up the outside bran covering), and cooked. When prepared in our manufacturing facilities, corn is highly digestible and provides dogs and cats with high-quality carbohydrates for essential energy.

    Dogs can develop allergies to protein ingredients in their food, and there is a misconception that corn commonly causes food allergies. However, of the many dogs that regularly eat a food containing corn, only a very few will develop an allergy to corn. Approximately 10% of all canine allergies are due to a dietary ingredient. Of these, approximately 65% may be due to beef, dairy products, and wheat – none of which we use in our dry Eukanuba dog food.

    Chicken by-product meal may include stuff that people have a cultural aversion to eating; but that doesn’t make it a bad source of protein. It is an excellent and complete source of protein because it provides each of the amino acids that are essential to good nutrition for dogs and cats.

    Not every chicken by-product meal is as good as ours. Our chicken by-product meal is muscle and internal organs (including intestines) that have been cleaned, dried, cooked, and ground. By industry definition, chicken by-product meal can contain the feet of the chicken – but that’s not an acceptable source of protein for us, so our suppliers make every effort to keep the feet out of our chicken by-product meal.

    If you would like more information on any of our formulas, please email us: or call us 1-888-EUKANUBA M-F 9am – 6pm EST.

    Thank you! Jenifer,RVT

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