Eukanuba Large Breed Puppy Dog Food

January 19, 2009  
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Eukanuba Large Breed Puppy Dog Food

Eukanuba dog food is made and manufactured by, Procter and Gamble. Eukanuba dog food comes in many different formulas.

Eukanuba Large Breed Puppy Dog Food Review

As with all dog food recipes the first thing we are going to look at are the first five ingredients. The first five ingredients are a good indication of the quality of the dog food. When looking at the first five ingredients you want to make sure there is plenty of meat and grains are minimal.

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Eukanuba Large Breed Puppy Dog Food First Five Ingredients:

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

Chicken is the first ingredient in this recipe. This ingredient is inclusive of its water content. Meaning that once the water is removed and this ingredients becomes a dried ingredient it will weigh significantly less, thus making it fall further in the ingredients list.
Corn Meal is the second ingredient. Some believe that’s dog’s digestive systems have a hard time digesting this ingredient. Corn in excess has also been linked to many cases of dog allergies.
Sorghum, the third ingredient is primarily a filler and offers an additional source of carbohydrates. We feel there are better sources of carbohydrates. Sorghum is a lower quality ingredient.
Chicken By-Products is the fourth ingredient. This ingredient is impossible to determine the actual quality of. The AAFCO definition of chicken by-product meal is “a meal consisting 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.”
Brewer’s rice is the fifth ingredient and is a lower quality grain and is also considered a by-product.

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Eukanuba Large Breed Puppy Dog Food First Full Ingredients:

Chicken, Corn Meal, Ground Whole Grain Sorghum, Chicken By-Product Meal (natural source of Chondroitin Sulfate and Glucosamine), Brewers Rice, Natural Chicken Flavor, Dried Beet Pulp (sugar removed), Fish meal, Dried Egg Product, Fish Oil (preserved with mixed Tocopherols, a source of Vitamin E), Brewers Dried Yeast, Chicken Fat (preserved with mixed Tocopherols, a source of Vitamin E), Potassium Chloride, Salt, 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], Calcium Carbonate, 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), Marigold, Rosemary Extract.

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Eukanuba Large Breed Puppy Dog Food Guaranteed Analysis:

Crude Protein not less than 23.00 %
Crude Fat not less than 14.00 %
Crude Fiber not more than 5.00 %
Moisture not more than 10.00 %
Calcium not less than 0.80 %
Phosphorus not less than 0.67 %
Vitamin E not less than 140 IU/kg
Docosahexaenoic Acid (DHA) not less than 0.1 %*
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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12 Responses to “Eukanuba Large Breed Puppy Dog Food”
  1. Brian says:

    This food was recommended to me from the pet supply chain store. I have a boxer puppy and she did not take to this food. She would not dive into this food and would never finish the servings that I was giving her. I switched her to kirkland puppy and she gobbles it down. I would recommend this food based on quality and price. kirkland puppy food is as good as some of the super premium brands but costs about $11.99 for a 20lb bag. Read the indgredients and you will see for yourself.

  2. Jess says:

    Hey Brain find a good pet store and get a good food, this stuff is crap. Kirkland is OK, BUT YOU HAVING A PUPPY YOU SHOULD FIND A REALLY GOOD BRAND AND FEED KIRKLAND maybe at night and a top of the line food in the morning.

  3. allison says:

    My 4month old lab is doing great on eukanuba large breed puppy. When I got him he was on proplan. He was so gassy so I switched him to.kirkland slowly. This made it worse and he stopped eating it. Kirkland was a bad choice for him. Forget reviews, read the label, do what is best for ur dog

  4. derek says:

    FEEDING EUKANUBA LARGE BREED PUPPY MEANS YOU ARE FEEDING MOSTLY CORN MEAL AND GROUND WHOLE GRAIN SORGHUM….just so you know.

    allison, you state “forget reviews,read the label”. ok, dogs are primarily meat eaters designed to eat and utilizr primarily meat product. Eukanuba Large Breed Puppy uses CORN as its primary ingredient. the Chicken is only listen first because its precooked weight places it there. once this food was cooked, the corn meal easily became the main ingredient. the chicken was about 70% water weight, so once that was removed, it became a pretty insignificant ingredient.

    its one of the dirty tricks of the pet food manufacturers, and it makes unaware consumers think a meat being listed first is a good thing. its not, unless there is an accompanying named meat meal listed also before any non meat ingreadients. so, a person should know what they are getting when they read the label.

    this explains it well:

    http://www.animalworldnetwork.com/meatvsmealco.html

    Eukanuba Large Breed Puppy:
    Ingredients
    Chicken (AFTER DEHYDRATION, PROBABLY 6TH OR 7TH INGREDIENT), Corn Meal (MAIN INGREDIENT), Ground Whole Grain Sorghum (NEXT MAIN INGREDIENT), Chicken By-Product Meal (Natural source of Chondroitin Sulfate and Glucosamine), Brewers Rice, Chicken Flavor, Dried Beet Pulp, Fish Meal, Dried Egg Product, Fish Oil (preserved with mixed Tocopherols, a source of Vitamin E), Brewers Dried Yeast, Potassium Chloride, Chicken Fat (preserved with mixed Tocopherols, a source of Vitamin E), Salt, Calcium Carbonate, Choline Chloride, Fructooligosaccharides, 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), Vitamins (Ascorbic Acid, Vitamin A Acetate, Calcium Pantothenate, Biotin, Thiamine Mononitrate (source of vitamin B1), Vitamin B12 Supplement, Niacin, Riboflavin Supplement (source of vitamin B2), Inositol, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (source of vitamin B6), Vitamin D3 Supplement, Folic Acid), Vitamin E Supplement, Marigold, Beta-Carotene, Rosemary Extract.

  5. Jess says:

    Are people really this stupid?? or are they just trying to get a response??

  6. Patrick says:

    I don’t know what it is about this food that makes Dog Breeders use it and recommend it. Both of my dogs – a Pug and an English Bulldog – both were being fed EUKANUBA when I purchased them. I gradually weaned my PUG off of this horrible food and switched her to INNOVA, and I am doing the same with my Bulldog puppy. I do not believe this food is a quality food for any dog.

  7. Lyn says:

    I used to feed my chocolate lab puppy Eukanuba and she gets allergies( as you would know labradors are prone to allergies) plus after intensive research on dog food and reading and comparing the dog foods out there, I found Eukanuba have so much crap in it. I switch my puppy to Canidae, and her allergies are gone, plus I would also recommend Ascenta Canine omega3 for your ” bestfriends”

  8. JonB says:

    This is very good food for hunting dogs. My English Setter consistently finds more birds and is not injury proned on this food. I had switched to a holistic dog food last season and soon my dog took a lot longer to recover from a hunt, he was sore, limping around and we found less birds. Switched back to Euk and all the soreness was gone and soon more birds were in my freezer. I will not switch again based on what is supposed to be better food. What looks good on paper may not necessary be what’s best for the dog. If humans paid more attention to food labels, we would be a more different society. However, humans consume too much saturated fat, fillers like carbs. P{ractice what you preach.

    Jon

  9. Antonio says:

    @JonB,

    Grain-Free diets are not good for working dogs during working seasons. That’s the reason your dog struggled to recover. While many argue that dogs don’t need grains, it’s been proven for me that working dogs do recover faster and have more energy from grain-based carb sources as oppose to potatoes and sweet potatoes as the carb source. Generally during working season I give my dog a feed that agree w/ his digestive system as well as give him the boost he needs for performance. I’m not going to promote any one brand over another, but if you find something that works for your dog then stick with it, maybe rotate the protein source from time to time during the off season.

  10. Jess says:

    Antonio, that could be but this is certainly not the food to feed any dog. PERIOD!! lOOK AT THE INGREDIENT LIST. And look at the “LIES” Chicken By-Product Meal contains a tiny weenie itty bit amount of Chondroitin Sulfate and Glucosamine. And as everyone knows by-products are just flat out bad for dogs(SEE BELOW).

    Chicken, Corn Meal, Ground Whole Grain Sorghum, Chicken By-Product Meal (natural source of Chondroitin Sulfate and Glucosamine), Brewers Rice, Natural Chicken Flavor, Dried Beet Pulp (sugar

    AAFCO: Consists of the dry, 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 unavoidably in good processing practices.

    Chicken byproducts are much less expensive and less digestible than the chicken muscle meat.The ingredients of each batch can vary drastically in ingredients (heads, feet, bones etc.) as well as quality, thus the nutritional value is also not consistent. Don’t forget that byproducts consist of any parts of the animal OTHER than meat. If there is any use for any part of the animal that brings more profit than selling it as “byproduct”, rest assured it will appear in such a product rather than in the “byproduct” dumpster.

    http://www.dogfoodproject.com/index.php?page=badingredients

    And this is their Guaranteed Analysis:

    Glucosamine not less than 375 mg/kg*
    Chondroitin Sulfate not less than 35 mg/kg*

    Now check out Orijens Guaranteed Analysis:

    Glucosamine (min.) 1400 mg/kg
    Chondroitin (min.) 1200 mg/kg

    Laughable isn’t it.

  11. Antonio says:

    I noticed that the other day on Orijen’s website that their Gluco & Chond levels were the highest I’ve seen on a bag of food. I finally found a supplier not far from my house as well. It’s likely going to replace EVO on my rotation.

  12. 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.

    Grain sorghum (also called milo) is used as a grain food source. In many parts of the world, grain sorghum is the staple food component in human diets. We use grain sorghum in our formulas, not sweet sorghum.
    What is Brewers Rice? It is the small fragments of rice kernels that have been separated from the larger kernels of milled rice and classified as US #4 Brewer’s rice. Is there a difference between Brewers Rice and Rice Flour? Nutritionally, no. Rice kernels that are whole are used in the human food industry because of the appearance. Everyone likes to see intact, whole-grain rice. When those very same rice kernels are broken, it’s not as appealing to people. Those broken kernels are very good for the brewing industry, though. Hence the name, “brewer’s rice.”

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

    Thank you! Jenifer,RVT

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