Good-o Dog Food Review

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Alright, Good-o, let’s see what’s so good-o about this food…

I’ll give it credit for being colourful. The packaging’s colourful, and the food’s colourful too given they use colourings. Sadly your pooch doesn’t get any nutritional benefit from eating food colourings, so it’s a moot point.

Good-o Dog Food Review

The packaging states quality meat proteins and wholegrain cereals for healthy digestion, but the ingredients show these to be in reverse. Wheat is the main ingredient in this food, being better known as a cheap allergenic filler more than an ingredient for healthy digestion. The meat proteins aren’t screaming quality to me either, being by-products of poultry.

What really screams out to me is the overall analysis – 16% protein is very low, as is a mere 7.5% fat! How will your dog maintain muscle mass? How will your dog find energy? If you find your dog to be lethargic on this food, then I’m really not surprised.

Humectants are used to retain moisture, and it’s likely the real ingredient is glycerin. It prevents nutrient absorption, which is drastic in a food that contains so little nutrition as it is. I wonder what they mean by palatant. What are they using to make the food palatable? Why aren’t they telling you what it is? It should be the meat that makes it palatable for crying out loud. By palatant they mean digest, a nasty broth created from processing 4D animals in a meat rendering plant. 4D stands for Dead, Dying, Diseased, or Down.

They don’t list the amount of salt in the food, but it’s horrible seeing it in the top 5 ingredients.

Good-o Dog Food Review

You may save money buying this food, but you’ll fork out much more on vets bills later when you’re nursing a seriously sick dog.

The Mars company needs to stick to making Mars Bars, they’re healthier.


Wholegrain cereal (wheat), meat and meat by-products (poultry), humectants, palatant, salt, minerals (including potassium, calcium, phosphorous, iron, zinc, & copper), preservatives, vitamins (including A, B6, B12, D3, thiamine, riboflavin, niacin,folic acid), flavour, methionine, citric acid, colours, antioxidants.

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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. Please reply with an answer as to why Mars are not making Good-o’s anymore. So many people & I want to know why we cannot purchase them anymore. Someone in Perth has been asking $105 for 3 x 3kg bags how absolutely absurd is this. Please tell us why we cannot buy them anymore, our 3 dogs miss them so much.

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      Pet Food Reviews (Australia) November 22, 2023 at 7:52 pm

      Hi Dorothy, I expect the brand isn’t profitable enough – which is about profit margins rather than demand.

      Have you read the review above?

  2. Goodo -The only one my chihuahua will eat because its soft and moist. He has a gum problem. Why can’t there be a more chewy dry food for sensitive teeth?

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      Pet Food Reviews (Australia) November 13, 2023 at 9:17 pm

      Hi Cecilia, moist foods tend to lead to gum problems. Have you considered any appropriate meaty bones or dried meat treats which your dog can gnaw on?

  3. Where can I buy good O minis veal and beef my dogs love them no supermarket has them anymore

  4. Why can’t I get goodos anywhere my dog loves them been buying them for years now no where to be seen

  5. We’re has the Good O dog food gone can we still buy it my dog Loves it please don’t get rid of it please

  6. My Fussy Chihuahua is 10years old and will only eat Good O’s.
    She is too old change her food and she will Not eat anything else.
    I am
    Devastated and don’t know what we are going to do. I have about 2 cups left.

  7. Hey when and we’re can I get goodos from it’s all my dog will eat

    • My dog loves the soft and chewiness of Goodos.
      Now I am at a lost to find any Goodos anywhere. I have tried at least 10 shops in my area. Supermarkets, pet stores and even Bunnings. Still haven’t found any.
      She gets variety in her diet, eats raw fruit and veg, has hard kibble base with other soft foods as dinner. Lunch is 5 Goodos and some other treats. Breakfast is a hand full of Goodos and a Denta stick. Goodos have caused her no issues whatso ever.

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      Pet Food Reviews (Australia) July 12, 2023 at 4:12 pm

      Hi Loreen, did you read the review?

  8. Hi, where can i buy good-o’s both my fur baby’s love these more than any other dried kibble (and vet checks have them at optimum health – so no negative comments please). Our fur babys will do anything for good-os and I am happy to pay shipping to get them – can anyone shed any light on this please?

  9. I have been giving my 1y10mth old Chihuahua x mini foxy Good O’s as treats, nothing more. She is also on a raw food diet for her wet food but also gets kibble from a different brand. But she loves good o’s as a treat! They are easy, small tokens, but now that I can’t find them anywhere, I don’t know an alternative. Anyone have any ideas?

    • I have been giving my shitzu goodo for over 10 years with his pet roll from pet barn never hurt my baby so why has it been removed as it was just a treat when he felt Hungary,plus my little papion chihuahua had them never harmed him they loved them

  10. When will good o be back in the shelf

  11. Mars Pet Care not only supply good ohs, optimum and many other labels. Nestles also supply dog food. Many pet owners only feed dried food so us who give a variety of food types are fine using dry food.

  12. I’ve rescued a little Pekinese/Lhasa Apso who would not touch any biscuits, but I tried him with Goodo Minis and he eats them. The only downside is, it only comes in a 3kg bag. By the time he’s got to the end I think they have gone stale (is that possible?) as he is less than enthusiastic about eating them, but open a new packet and he’s back to wolfing them down. I have to put them into 2 airtight containers. If they made them in a smaller bags,i.e. 1.5kg it would be an improvement. He only gets about 100g a day for lunch

    • Yes when will it return MARS AUSTRALIA ???????????

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      Pet Food Reviews (Australia) April 11, 2023 at 5:38 pm

      Hi Jess, yes kibble can spoil. Personally I try and get through a bag in 3 weeks max, although some will say it can keep longer. It depends on lots of factors – type of preservatives used, packaging, environment (like humidity) from when it was packaged through to opening.

      Here’s some great pet food storage tips.

      • Its like any other dogfood. Its great to give a small amount mixed into the dogfood. We mix it into the grainfree chicken. Our dogs love both the beef and the chicken minis. I dont know why theres 1 sook giving it 1 star. Why give something 1 star coz you dont like it. Its dogfood mate, it wasnt for you to eat n rate.

        • Hello, My dogs are not happy about the discontinued Good-0 it’s the only kibble they like

  13. this is obviously a very bias review about a dog food that if used with other foods is fine , no i wouldnt just feed goodos to my dogs but as an extra its great

    • Yes it sounds very bias to me also.
      A lot of assumptions and no actual diagnosis of the product.
      I have been using this product in conjunction with chunkers to feed our mastiff cross for 12 years now and have had no issues from the product and my dog is happy healthy with abundance of energy for a full size dog.

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      Pet Food Reviews (Australia) February 6, 2023 at 11:47 pm

      Many people feed Good-os as the sole diet for their dogs, which is what concerns me the most.

      • Why can’t we buy good o’s anywhere. Have they stop producing them.

        • Pet Food Reviews (Australia) May 7, 2023 at 4:55 pm

          Hi Teresa, Good O does seem to be out of stock everywhere at the moment. Would you consider feeding something different instead?

  14. Hi I have been buying good os Minis for a few months now and it is quite funny as I mix other biscuits with the good os and my little dog would dig the good os out and leave the rest so happy with the good os I will only buy them from now on. wish I could show a picture of how her bowl is left some days as all the good os are gorn and the other dog biscuits are left

    • Wouldn’t believe the reviews left for moist and meaty on Amazon doesn’t make it a good food.
      Drinking a lot or smoking and dying old doesn’t mean it was healthy, same difference.

  15. I have been buying “good os” as a breakfast snack for my dogs for a few years now. The packaging has changed and so has the recipe, my dogs will not eat them at all!, I now find myself with a large bag of mini ones that will not be eaten! Thanks Mars

  16. Funny thing is on the very occasional times this dog food has made it into my house my too little dogs get so excited and wolf down the Goodo like a couple of kids being given Mars bars for the first time.

  17. I actually fed this food with our first chihuahua its probably why he died so young and we were also super dumb and fed cooked bones.

    Thing is though there’s always plenty of comments saying “can’t people read?” But if you would of asked my kid self if this dog food was ok to feed I’d have told you “yes” because until I was around 21 and started learning stuff about dog food I actually looked at plenty of dog food ingredient labels and I didn’t see anything wrong with any of them.

    • My little chihuahua only ate Good Os and she lived to ripe old age of 17 , she was a very small dog only weighing 1.5 kegs so I do t think there was anything wrong feeding them to her and her parents , they loved them.

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        Pet Food Reviews (Australia) November 26, 2021 at 9:02 pm

        That’s interesting to hear and I have to say I’m impressed. Were Goodo’s all she was fed?

      • Well he died at age 2. The thing is loads of foods can be bad for dogs, even the best brands. Every dog in the world all 900 million of them, 1 has died from every single food that exists.

        Rusty number 1 was a very sick dog, he was never healthy. We gave him all sorts of rubbish, including this food.

        It’s fine if you don’t think it’s rubbish, but I’m not about to lie to make someone feel better. I feed 6 foods right now, mostly air dried, a kibble and freeze dried. Oh and like cooked homemade.

        My dogs actually look and act healthy, nothing like Rusty. I give supplements for certain ailments mostly joints and yeah, I’d never change a thing.

        Even if money was ever an issue I’d still buy Cherish and air dried lol. I mean coming off these anti depressants, I hardly eat, so I could certainly skip a couple things. To get my dogs the best of the best, cause they are so totally worth it.

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      Pet Food Reviews (Australia) August 31, 2015 at 1:21 pm

      You’re not the only one Veronika. I fed my first cat a “premium vet-recommended food” for years without any real consideration. Sadly I only realised how bad it was in hindsight.

      • Please bring them back , my dog will not eat any other dry food, it was the only soft biscuits she would eat , I even tried soaking a very good brand ones in water and honey, but no success

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