Looking at your dog’s food you may notice it to be very bright, colorful and usually has a healthy looking dog chowing down on some colorful kibble. Additionally, the dog food will usually be labeled all-natural and 100% complete and balanced, but is it really?
Through the power of deceptive marketing, dog food companies for years have been selling high-volumes of bright, colorful bags of dog food with very little transparency to what’s actually in the kibble. Many unwanted filler ingredients, synthetic chemical preservatives, unknown sources of meat and diseased animals have entered the diets of millions of dogs.
When trying to read the ingredient list of your dog’s food you may be left with more questions than answers. A more in-depth view of the ingredient list will leave any dog owner in shock with the amount of questionable and potentially harmful ingredients found in many low-end dog food brands.
So what’s the worst rated dog food? Our team of dog food nutritionists have analyzed thousands of varieties of dog food for the worst. We factored in ingredient list quality, guaranteed analysis levels, recall notices, consumer reviews and company transparency when ranking the worst rated dog food. Here are the worst rated dry dog food brands for 2020.
Note: According to AAFCO, all of these dog foods have met nutritional standards and considered safe for canine consumption.
2Gravy Train® Beefy Classics Dry Dog Food
Gravy Train is manufactured and owned by Big Heart Pet Brands, a division of J.M. Smuckers. Just like Ol’Roy, Gravy Train’s wet dog food product line was voluntarily recalled for containing the euthanasia drug Pentobarbital as well.
If that’s not bad enough, Gravy Train is still being sold and unfortunately still not providing transparency to what meat sources they’re using in their kibble and wet dog food formulas. Corn is the #1 ingredient in Gravy Train Beefy Classics. When you think of Beefy Classics you think of well beef not corn. When looking at the ingredient list, real beef is nowhere to be found. The only meat sources are meat and bone meal which clearly doesn’t specify what type of meat it really is.
Additionally, Gravy Train Beefy Classics includes artificial colors, artificial beef flavor, red 40, animal digest and BHA (preservative). The Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment of the state of California lists BHA under “Chemicals Known to the State to Cause Cancer or Reproductive Toxicity”
Ingredients: Corn, Soybean Meal, Meat and Bone Meal, Wheat Middlings, Animal Fat (Preserved with Mixed Tocopherols), Animal Digest, Salt, Calcium Carbonate, Cellulose Gum, Wheat Flour, Caramel Color, Minerals (Ferrous Sulfate, Zinc Oxide, Manganous Oxide, Copper Sulfate, Calcium Iodate, Sodium Selenite), Choline Chloride, Vitamins (Vitamin E Supplement, Vitamin A Supplement, Niacin Supplement, d-Calcium Pantothenate, Riboflavin Supplement, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Thiamine Mononitrate, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Folic Acid, Biotin, Vitamin B12 Supplement), Natural and Artificial Beef Flavor, Red 40, BHA (preservative), Yellow 5, Yellow 6, Blue 2, Rosemary Extract
|CRUDE PROTEIN||17.0% min|
|CRUDE FAT||8.0% min|
|CRUDE FIBER||4.0% max|
|ZINC||110 mg/kg min|