Drover Dog Food Review

Drover is a shambles found on the shelves of PetBarn, and would be better off in the bin than your dog’s stomach. Not recommended, but if you want to know why feel free to read on…

Drover Dog Food Review

Salt is the third ingredient, and given it sits around 1% of the product that tells us the first two ingredients amount to pretty much all of it. The first is the worst possible ingredient we find in a food for a carnivorous animal, and that’s cereal and cereal by-products. What better way for milling companies to dispose of their waste other than turn it into the profit machine known as “dog food”. It’d made by CopRice after all, a grain company not a dog food company.

The second ingredient is ambiguous meat and meat and meat by-products, which will be some parts of cow or chicken, and not likely the good parts.

They’ve also added in vitamins and minerals, simply because it’s legally required to palm this stuff off as “complete and balanced”, and surprisingly they’ve gone to the effort of sprinkling in a trace amount of kelp and garlic. That’s probably for your benefit – “Oooo, this wonderful food has kelp and garlic in it!”.

Yeah, nah.

Drover Dog Food Review

The only positive thing I can say about the product is the dog on the packaging is beautiful, but I bet he’s fed something better than this.

Oh, and I noticed on the PetBarn website this terrible product has two 5 star reviews. Ironically they’re both by the same person, submitted twice. Just a reminded if a dog eats a product it doesn’t mean it’s good. It’s not.


Whole grain cereals and cereal by-products (Rice, Wheat and/or Sorghum), Meat and meat by-products (Beef and Chicken), Salt, Calcium carbonate, Vitamins (A, D3, E, K, B1, B2, B6, C, Biotin, Pantothenate, Folic acid, Niacin, B12), Trace minerals (Copper, Iodine, Manganese, Iron, Selenium, Zinc), Kelp, Yucca schidigera extract, Garlic, Natural antioxidant, Mixed organic acids.

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David D'Angelo

David D'Angelo has worked as a scientist since graduating with a BSc (Hons) in 2000. In addition, David holds a CPD accredited Diploma in Pet Nutrition as well as being CPD accredited VSA (Veterinary Support Assistant). However, his experience and involvement in the pet food industry for 15+ years has given true insight into pet food, formulations, science, research, and pet food marketing. Facebook | LinkedIn | Instagram | Pinterest

  1. Well mate you talk as if your a legend and got shares in another brand. I think the opposite to you. In my world its all about a balanced diet and the Drover dry food is fine by me and my 10 year old Lab. So per day I feed her 1/2 cup drover dry for breky, Kangaroo back bone for lunch and 1/2 cup of Drover dry food and a 1 ” slice of beef/ veggie sausage for dinner. She is a good looking healthy girl that everyone thinks is about 3 years old and gets rave reviews from the Vet. Interesting that her favourite food is the dry food. If you just feed a dog any of the dry foods only, well maybe you shouldn’t have a dog.

  2. I bought this about 3 weeks ago and it’s going rancid in the food barrel I keep it in,so before reading all these informative comments it will be relegated to the rubbish.

  3. Well I can say I will never feed this junk to any of my dogs again, my dog was healthy then I thought I’d get this since it was cheap and sold at petbarn so must be safe. Then my dog started getting fat and bloated then a year later died from tumours. Not saying it’s from the dry food but it’s funny how he started having heath problems on this food.

  4. David you’ve written this negative review about drovers in anonymity and yet your site seeks name and email address for those who reply. The problem in not declaring identity is it naturally leads to, at the very least, the perception of a conflict of interest. Professional critics and reviewers declare their identity, your hiding under the desk, your credibility is under that desk with you.

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      Pet Food Reviews (Australia) November 28, 2022 at 12:55 am

      Hi Michael, thank you for the feedback.

      Personally I don’t consider a dog food product with the prime ingredient of cereals and cereal by-products a good diet for an animal I class as a facultative carnivore.

  5. Well if all of the other brands weren’t so bloody dear maybe i would buy them. I have no choice but to buy the cheap nasty dry food. Surprise people my dogs will eat this brand more than the expensive brands. Another reason to buy cheap brands no wastage.

  6. I work at Petbarn and I can assure you I would never recommend this. The only people who buy this are the ones who don’t care what their dog eats as long as it’s cheap as chips. It’s a shame because we sell cheap food like Leaps and Bounds that is way better

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