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ALPO Prime Cuts with Beef in Gravy is a lower quality dog food at a low price. This product has 4 controversial ingredients, which includes artificial color. It has well-balanced amounts of protein, fat and carbs with meats and fats that are of relatively low-quality. Nestlé Purina, which owns the ALPO brand, has more than the average number of recalls. But on a good note, they were overall pretty transparent when answering our questions.Read the Full Review Below
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This food has well-balanced amounts of protein, fat, and carbs. Diets that are high in protein and fat, with moderate to low carbs, are ideal for most dogs.
To evaluate dog foods, we first calculate out the moisture. This is called the “dry matter basis” and shows you only the solid ingredients in the food. These estimated “dry matter” numbers are different from the food label, but a better way to understand the real nutritional value of the food. We also calculate the carbs. Find out more
Min. Protein 50.00%
Min. Fat 15.00%
Min. Carbs 25.00%
Max. Fiber 7.50%
Max. Ash 10.00%
Max. Moisture 0.00%
Min. Protein: 10.0%
Min Fat: 3.0%
Min Carbs: N/A
Max Fiber: 1.5%
Max Ash: N/A
Max. Moisture: 80%
370 Calories per Can
This product has an above average amount of calories for wet food. It’s important to understand how many calories you are feeding to prevent under or overfeeding. Based on your dog's current weight and activity level you may want to feed more or less than the recommended amount.
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Water sufficient for processing, poultry, meat by-products, wheat gluten, beef, soy flour, corn starch-modified, added color, Salt, MINERALS [potassium chloride, zinc sulfate, ferrous sulfate, Copper sulfate, manganese sulfate, potassium iodide, Sodium Selenite], tricalcium phosphate, choline chloride, VITAMINS [Vitamin E supplement, niacin (Vitamin B-3), thiamine mononitrate (Vitamin B-1), calcium pantothenate (Vitamin B-5), pyridoxine hydrochloride (Vitamin B-6), Vitamin B-12 supplement, riboflavin supplement (Vitamin B-2), Vitamin A supplement, folic acid (Vitamin B-9), Vitamin D-3 supplement, biotin (Vitamin B-7)].
The average dog food we reviewed has 39 total ingredients, with 1 controversial ingredient. This product has 4 total controversial ingredients and 3 of them are found in the first five ingredients. This is concerning because the first 5 ingredients make up most of the product.
Top 5 Ingredients
Dog food ingredients are listed in descending order of weight. So when looking at dog food label, take a close look at the first 5 ingredients. They make up about 80% of the total weight.
Country of Origin
ALPO Prime Cuts with Beef in Gravy Canned Dog Food is made in the USA. That’s great because the U.S. enforces high-quality standards for dog food makers.
Meat & Fat Quality
This food includes unnamed meat sources such as poultry and meat by-products. However, it also lists beef, which is a much more transparent ingredient than the other two. There are no added oils, so the fat in the product comes from the other ingredients.
This product contains zero controversial preservatives - lots to like here. It’s good to know that not all artificial preservatives are bad. That’s because they serve an important purpose, which is to prevent food from spoiling. However, we consider 11 artificial preservatives controversial because of their potential link to cancer and other serious health conditions.
Added Color is listed on the ingredients list. It’s a controversial artificial color that’s not at all needed in dog food. The reason for adding it is much more to please human buyers than doing what’s best for our dogs.
Just like for preservatives, this product shines by not including any artificial flavors. If only the Added Color was removed, it would get a perfect score for the three “artificial” categories.
Purina is the brand behind ALPO. They have an above-average number of recalls compared to other brands. Here are recent recalls for this company:
We love dog food brands that are committed to transparent business practices. If you make quality dog food you should be willing to openly talk about how it’s sourced and produced. That’s why we reached out to pet food companies, asking questions about all their brands and products. Each company had three weeks to reply to our messages.
How Easy Was it to Reach the Company?
ALPO is owned by the multinational company Nestlé Purina. It required two emails over two weeks to get the answers below. Like most large companies, many of the customer service answers will read like well-crafted marketing messages.
Does ALPO (Nestlé Purina) have a veterinary nutritionist on staff? If so, who are they?
At Nestlé Purina, we have over 500 nutritionists, veterinarians and scientists who work daily to formulate and make quality changes to our products. We also staff quality control specialists at all of our manufacturing plants that run over 100 quality and safety checks during the manufacturing of our formulas.
This lengthy answer did not answer the specific question that was asked. In addition, the names of the professionals could not be provided.
Who formulates your recipes, and what are their credentials?
(see the previous answers)
Do you test your products using AAFCO feeding trials? Why, or why not?
All of our products are manufactured following stringent guidelines approved by the USDA and AAFCO, and our Purina® Pro Plan® brand Pet Food products have undergone the AAFCO feeding studies for quality, safety, digestibility and palatability.
Since this representative is responding on behalf of a family of brands, they have referenced a few of the other brands that do the feeding trials, but was not explicitly clear on the specific ALPO brand.
What country are your products manufactured?
The vast majority of our products are manufactured in the US, at Nestlé Purina owned facilities, with ingredients sourced from the US as well.
Vast majority does not mean “all” which is less clear than it could have been.
Can your manufacturing facilities be visited?
Unfortunately, we do not offer public access to our manufacturing plants at this time, and apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.
What quality measures do you use to assure consistency and quality?
We also staff quality control specialists at all of our manufacturing plants that run over 100 quality and safety checks during the manufacturing of our formulas.
This is good, but not as not as clear as it could be.
Does ALPO (Nestlé Purina) own its manufacturing facility? If it is another company, what company is it?
Do any parts of your product come from China?
A very small number of ingredients are sourced from China, however, these are mainly vitamins and minerals, such as taurine and Vitamin B12, that are not readily available in the US in the quantities we need.
Sourcing quality ingredients at scale is a significant challenge that many large companies will cite. This means that companies like Nestlé who are supplying massive distribution channels will often use a variety of sourcing options, including China.
Linda P Case, MS; Daniel P Carey, DVM; and Diane A Hirakawa, PhD, Canine and Feline Nutrition A Resource for Companion Animal Professionals, Mosby-Year Book, Inc.