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ALPO Come & Get It Cookout Classics
one and a half stars

To get more information on ALPO dog food, the company, and recall history, go to the ALPO Dog Food Review page. Or, to read reviews of other dry dog foods, find it at the Dry Dog Food Review page.

From the ALPO Website:

With the grill-time flavors of beef, pork, chicken and veggie. Good nutrition helps support your dog’s healthy, shiny coat and strong bones and teeth. Every bag of ALPO® contains wholesome grains, high-quality protein sources and essential vitamins and minerals-every bite is 100% complete and balanced.
Ingredients:
Ground yellow corn, corn germ meal, beef and bone meal, soybean meal, animal fat preserved with mixed-tocopherols (form of Vitamin E), pork and bone meal, egg and chicken flavor, animal digest, corn gluten meal, salt, potassium chloride, dried peas, Yellow 6, Red 40, choline chloride, Yellow 5, natural grill flavor, zinc sulfate, ferrous sulfate, Vitamin E supplement, L-Lysine monohydrochloride, manganese sulfate, Blue 2, DL-Methionine, niacin, Vitamin A supplement, copper sulfate, calcium pantothenate, garlic oil, pyridoxine hydrochloride, Vitamin B-12 supplement, thiamine mononitrate, Vitamin D-3 supplement, riboflavin supplement, calcium iodate, menadione sodium bisulfite complex (source of Vitamin K activity), folic acid, biotin, sodium selenite.
Guaranteed Analysis:
Crude Protein 18.0% (Minimum)
Crude Fat 9.5% (Minimum)
Crude Fiber 6% (Maximum)
Moisture 12.0% (Maximum)
Linoleic Acid 1.0% (Minimum)
Calcium (Ca) 1.0% (Minimum)
Phosphorus (P) 0.8% (Minimum)
Iron (Fe) 80.0 mg/kg (Minimum)
The main ingredients

Ground yellow corn is the first ingredient, which means this formula contains more corn than any other ingredient. Corn is a very controversial ingredient. Many of the commercial dog food manufacturers claim it is a vital ingredient for your dogs nutrition. However, there is only modest nutritional value to corn. And corn has been linked to many food allergy problems in dogs.

Therefore corn is not considered a preferred component in any dog food, and should never find its way into the top five ingredients.

The next ingredient is corn germ meal. Per AAFCO, corn germ meal is the "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 germ meal is protein rich, but that protein is not very readily utilized by your dog, since it is corn based.

The third ingredient is beef and bone meal. Per AAFCO, beef and bone meal is the "rendered product from beef tissues, including bone, exclusive of any added blood, hair, hoof, horn, hide trimmings, manure, stomach and rumen contents, except in such amounts as may occur unavoidably in good processing practices." This is a byproduct made typically from beef parts which are not fit for human consumption.

Beef and bone meal is a meat concentrate, so it contains around three times the protein of beef. However, beef and bone meal has been found to have a lower biological value than most other meat meals, due to a higher ash concentration. It is not considered to be a better dog food ingredient.

The fourth ingredient is soybean meal. Soybean meal is a byproduct of soybean oil production which is commonly found in farm animal feeds.

Although soybean meal contains about 48% protein, there is still a lower nutritional value of that protein when compared to meat protein..

The fifth ingredient is animal fat preserved with mixed-tocopherols (form of Vitamin E). Animal fat is an anonymous product of rendering, the same high temperature method of making meat meals. Since no specific animal is mentioned, it could contain any kind of meat, including roadkill, diseased animals, or even euthanized pets.

Animal fat is not considered a quality ingredient for any dog food.

Other ingredients of note in ALPO Come & Get It Cookout Classics

Pork and bone meal: Per AAFCO, pork and bone meal is the "rendered product from pork tissues, including bone, exclusive of any added blood, hair, hoof, horn, hide trimmings, manure, stomach and rumen contents, except in such amounts as may occur unavoidably in good processing practices." This is a byproduct made typically from pork parts which are not fit for human consumption.

Pork and bone meal is a meat concentrate, so it contains around three times the protein of pork. However, pork and bone meal has been found to have a lower biological value than most other meat meals, due to a higher ash concentration. It is not considered to be a better dog food ingredient.

Animal digest: Animal digest is a chemically hydrolyzed mixture of animal by-products that is typically sprayed onto the surface of a dry kibble solely to improve its taste.

Menadione: Menadione is a synthetic vitamin K3 that has been linked to liver toxicity and a break-down of red blood cells. The FDA has banned its use in human supplements, but there are no such restrictions in pet foods. Some advocates state that this is an essential addative, while others highly disagree.

Artificial coloring: Artificial coloring has only one use in dog food... to make it more appealing to humans, since the dog doesn't care what color it is.

Non-chelated minerals: The minerals listed do not appear to be chelated, which means that they may be more difficult to absorb. Non-chelated minerals are typically associated with low quality dog foods.

So is it a good dog food?
ALPO Come & Get It Cookout Classics

ALPO Come & Get It Cookout Classics

ALPO Come & Get It Cookout Classics, judging by its ingredients, is a below average dry dog food. It is corn based, with limited low quality meat protein sources.

For comparison, the guaranteed analyses is converted from an as fed bases to a dry matter bases. This results in this dog food containing approximately 20% protein and 11% fat. Again, using the dry matter bases we can calculate an carbohydrate content of 61% and a fat to protein ratio of 55%.

This shows ALPO Come & Get It Cookout Classics contains below average protein, below average fat, and above average carbohydrate content.

So, the bottom line is that ALPO Come & Get It Cookout Classics is a below average dry dog food, with a below average amount of meat protein.

ALPO Come & Get It Cookout Classics receives one star and avoidance is recommended.

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