Ol’ Roy Dog Food Review
Ol’ Roy Dog Food is a low budget dog food that comes under the Walmart banner. The dog food uses cornmeal as its major ingredient, supplemented with meat and bone meal and chicken byproduct as animal protein sources. Despite its less than impressive list of ingredients, Ol’ Roy Dog Food is one of the best-selling dog food brands in the country.
The big selling point for Ol’ Roy Dog Food is its low cost. Compared to premium dog foods, Ol’ Roy is extremely reasonable. However, a closer look at the ingredients is warranted if you do choose to feed your pet Ol’ Roy Dog Food.
Ol’ Roy Company Overview
Ol’ Roy Dog Food was named after Sam Walton’s dog Ol’ Roy. The brand was first launched in 1983. As a brand, Ol’ Roy Dog Food does not even have its own website. The pet food is owned by Walmart and made by Doane Pet Food, which, in turn, is owned by the Mars pet food division.
Mars is one of the largest pet food manufacturers in the country and makes several other brands of pet food. Before being acquired by Mars in 2006, Doane Pet Food was an independent pet food manufacturer. Walmart has never had its own manufacturing plant for Ol’ Roy Dog Food. The Mars pet food division headquarters is in Brentwood, Tennessee.
Ol’ Roy is the best-selling dog food in the United States according to some stats, but still only receives a one-star rating. The dog food brand has also been plagued with a number of recalls in the last thirty-five years.
In 1999, several brands of pet food including Ol’ Roy Dog Food made by Doane Pet Food were recalled due to contamination by a fungal toxin. In March 2007, hundreds of Ol’ Roy products were recalled as part of the melamine crisis. Again, in June 2007, Ol’ Roy Dog Food was recalled because of possible salmonella contamination.
Ol’ Roy Dog Food’s troubles continued with yet another recall in 2008 due to possible salmonella contamination. Early in 2018, Ol’ Roy Strips Turkey Bacon was recalled due to possible low levels of pentobarbital. Pentobarbital is used as a euthanizing agent and potentially fatal at higher levels.
Ingredients Found in Ol’ Roy Dog Food
The main ingredients in Ol’ Roy Dog Food are:
- Meat and bone meal
- Chicken by-product
- Soybean meal
- Animal fat
- Corn gluten
- Brewer’s rice
- BHA as a preservative
- Citric acid as a preservative
- Artificial colors
- Fortified with vitamins and minerals
There are a lot of concerns about the ingredients that Ol’ Roy uses in its dog food. Cornmeal is not a very good source of protein for dogs who absorb animal protein better. Even the animal proteins that are used are of low grade. In addition, Ol’ Roy Dog Food contains artificial colors and preservatives which are not healthy for animals in the long run.
Ol’ Roy Dog Food Product Line
Ol’ Roy has a variety of wet and dry dog food available online and in major retail stores.