You’ve heard of Mars right? Eukanuba is just one of the many dog foods made by the same confectionary giant. Not many people know that despite Eukanuba being a huge brand worldwide.
Advance, Royal Canin, Optimum, the latest supermarket rubbish Crave – all made by Mars.
Anyway, enough about the manufacturer, how does Eukanuba stack up as a healthy, nutritious, dog food? Let’s take a look at the pick of the bunch “Premium Performance”, and you can consider any other formulas in the range not quite as good…
There are five main ingredients in the food, of which they want you to think the first two are the main ones – chicken and chicken by-product meal. Although these are decent meaty ingredients (by-product more likely being remnants), truth is the top five ingredients are probably in relatively equal proportions. That would suggest the next three ingredients outweigh the chicken. These are corn, sorghum, and brewers rice, and not as nutritious for your dog. This is common labelling trickery (found on almost all pet foods) to conceal the fact they’re mostly cheap ingredients labelled in a way to look more meaty than they are.
A selling point of this top “performance” offering from the Eukanuba range is it boasts a higher protein of 30%, higher fat of 20%, and consequentially less carbs which is a definite plus point. But it has to be noted some of that protein will come from the grains, particularly corn.
So that’s the best they have to offer. Be wary of other Eukanuba products which list ingredients such as “Maize, Wheat, Maize Flour, Barley”, as they have far less meat than this does.
To end on a marginal positive note, the Mars production facilities tend to have better regulations and hygiene compared to other Australian manufacturing facilities.
Chicken, Chicken By-Product Meal (Natural source of Chondroitin Sulfate and Glucosamine), Corn Meal, Ground Whole Grain Sorghum, Brewers Rice, Chicken Fat (preserved with mixed Tocopherols, a source of Vitamin E), Chicken Flavour, Dried Beet Pulp, Fish Meal, Dried Egg Product, Fish Oil (preserved with mixed Tocopherols, a source of Vitamin E), Brewers Dried Yeast, Potassium Chloride, Salt, Sodium Hexametaphosphate, Choline Chloride, Fructooligosaccharides, Monosodium Phosphate, Minerals (Ferrous Sulfate, Zinc Oxide, Manganese Sulfate, Copper Sulfate, Manganous Oxide, Potassium Iodide, Cobalt Carbonate), Calcium Carbonate, DL-Methionine, Vitamins (Ascorbic Acid, Vitamin A Acetate, Calcium Pantothenate, Biotin, Thiamine Mononitrate (source of vitamin B1), Vitamin B12 Supplement, Niacin, Riboflavin Supplement (source of vitamin B2), Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (source of vitamin B6), Inositol, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Folic Acid), Vitamin E Supplement, L-Carnitine, Beta-Carotene, Rosemary Extract.
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- Decent protein and fat (and less carbs)
- A decent amount of chicken
- Chicken likely outweighed by grains