In recent years dog owners have become much more conscious about what ingredients they are feeding their dog, but we all know that the better foods are more expensive- so when you need to keep expenses down, is feeding a lower quality dog food like Alpo really a savings? Feeding Alpo dog food can save a large dog owner up to $25 per dog each month, compared to a premium dog food. It sounds great- except that constant exposure to the additives and lower quality ingredients listed in the ingredients for Alpo dog food can mean major vet bills down the road or even a shortened life span. Inform yourself about dog foods! Dogs were designed to eat meat, gnaw on bones, and occasionally eat grass.
Top 3 ingredients: ground corn, meat & bone meal, & soybean meal
#1. Corn: The largest ingredient in Alpo Dog Food is a high energy, largely indigestible grain. A corn-based food produces lots of energy - making many dogs seem hyper and because their bodies can't digest the corn very well, the greater the amount of corn in a food the larger their poop will be. Believe it or not, savings-minded customers will end up picking up most of their Alpo dog food purchase up out of their yard.
#2. Soybean Meal: the lowest quality protein available to dog food manufacturers. Some veterinarians allege that soybeans are the #1 allergy of dogs- this can manifest itself in itching, gas, vomiting, skin irritations, and worse.
#3. Meat & Bone Meal: Any kind of animal can be included by AAFCO standards, including dead, diseased, disabled, or dying prior to slaughter goats, horses, rats, miscellaneous roadkill, animals euthanized at shelters, restaurant and supermarket refuse. This ingredient is believed to be how Mad Cow Disease is spread.
Just a quick read through the ingredients of Alpo Dog food reveals that the bulk of what a consumer is purchasing when they purchase a bag of alpo is undigestable bulk, allergen loaded low quality protein, artificial chemicals, and potentially disease causing "meat". Switching to a higher quality dog food will usually mean spending more money at the pet store, but the extra at the register is money well spent since- unlike Alpo- premium dog foods are nearly 100% digestible and you can feed less of the bag at each meal and still be giving your dog better nutrition. Dogs on higher quality diets live longer, healthier lives. As of 6-2012 The ALPO website lists the ingredients of it's basic dry dog food as: Ground yellow corn, corn germ meal, meat and bone meal (No longer allowed to be fed to animals intended for human consumption, because MBM can spread Mad Cow disease.), soybean meal, beef tallow preserved with mixed-tocopherols (form of Vitamin E), egg and chicken flavor, corn gluten meal, animal digest (meat "materials" treated with heat, enzymes and/or acids to form concentrated natural flavors.), salt, dried peas, potassium chloride, natural steak flavor, natural grill flavor, choline chloride, added color (Red 40, Yellow 5, Blue 2), zinc sulfate, ferrous sulfate, DL-Methionine, Vitamin E supplement, manganese sulfate, niacin, Vitamin A supplement, calcium carbonate, 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. F-5023
BigDogBoutique.com is in no way affiliated with the Alpo Dog food company. This article is an expression of opinion. You should evaluate facts before choosing any dog food brand for your dog.