There is a tremendous amount of advertising that sells us very expensive dog foods these days. Being that I don’t trust anyone’s claims no matter how many people may be on the bandwagon with them, I always research for myself and come to my own conclusions.

Today I am looking at dog food. Please join me.

Purina has been in the dog food business for thousands of years. One of their low cost food store brands you can buy while you buy everything else you need is Alpo. One of the Alpo types is called Chop House.

Dogs need protein, lots of it so let’s compare a few of the canned brands and their protein content.

Alpo Chop House Filet Mignon & Beef flavors (mmmmmmmmmmmmm sounds delicious) label shows 9% minimum protein.

The can is 374 grams. That means one can has a minimum of 33.66 grams of protein. You can get this for about $.75 per can.

If you have a larger dog say 100 pounds and compare to a man that’s about 170 pounds, that’s a very good amount of protein. A man of that weight needs about 65 grams per day. So if you give your large dog 2 cans of this a day you are feeding him quite well.

Now let’s look at Blue Buffalo, the most overhyped dog food I have ever seen. It gets a lot of EXPENSIVE advertising on TV. It’s a VERY VERY EXPENSIVE dog food.

Here’s a can of their Shepherd’s Pie. It has 8% minimum protein, and it’s 1 ounce smaller, yet it’s about $2.58 per can,

That’s about 3.4 times as much in cost for basically the same thing, protein.

This manufacturer claims it’s much better for your dog than other brands, yet they all do that. All marketers of their products claim they are better, yet in reality, in most cases, you are getting basically what you need most. In the case of buying a luxury new car from company A, you are getting transportation with luxury, and in the case of the luxury car from company B, you are getting transportation with luxury almost identical products and these daze the cars are even looking virtually identical.

One of the claims made by these designer pet foods is that there are no by-products, but your pet loves by-products, they are things like gizzards and hearts, and other parts of the animal they just love.

In looking at the ingredients of the Blue Buffalo Shepherd’s Pie canned dog food we notice there is egg and carrots and potatoes. Mmmm. That’s not in the other one but the amounts are small. They might be making up that 1% difference in the protein content. So you could easily, to save a ton of money, just buy one can of carrots, one can of potatoes, and set aside 3 eggs, mix one egg with 1/3 of the potato and carrot, mash it up, and add it to the Alpo Chop House Filet Mignon and Beef flavor dog food bringing your nutrition value up while keeping your cost to 1/3 that of these over advertised hyped up brands.

Another one that sounds yummy is Blue Buffalo’s Snake River Grill – with Trout Venison & Rabbit. OMG that sounds fantastic! You can give your dog rabbit, the one thing they like the most and hunt most in the wild!

Not so fast. #1 ingredient is chicken, the same main ingredient in 99% of all dog foods out there everywhere.

These 3 that are prominently displayed on the front label which is deceitful are ingredient #6 #7 and #8. Carrageenan is #9. They load up the can with mostly chicken and broth, liver, potatoes, and pea flour. There likely very little of the trout, venison and especially rabbit.

Chicken, Chicken Broth, Chicken Liver, Potatoes, Pea Flour, Trout, Venison, Rabbit, Carrageenan, Cassia Gum, Guar Gum, Salt, Potassium Chloride, Choline Chloride, Zinc Amino Acid Chelate, Iron Amino Acid Chelate, Thiamine Mononitrate (Vitamin B1), Vitamin E Supplement, Copper Amino Acid Chelate, Manganese Amino Acid Chelate, Sodium Selenite, Cobalt Amino Acid Chelate, Niacin Supplement (Vitamin B3), Calcium Pantothenate (Vitamin B5), Vitamin A Supplement, Riboflavin Supplement (Vitamin B2), Biotin (Vitamin B7), Vitamin B12 Supplement, Potassium Iodide, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (Vitamin B6), Vitamin D3 Supplement, Folic Acid (Vitamin B9).

Note how they use the word “with”. This relieves them of any liability to mislead as they are not claiming that this so called Snake River Grill formula is rabbit, venison, and trout, though it is really at it’s core CHICKEN DOG FOOD.