Eukanuba Dog Food Ingredients

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Eukanuba manufactures roughly 40 different dog food products. Each product utilizes a unique set of ingredients to achieve a desired nutritional profile.

In this article, we'll explore Eukanuba ingredients and answer many of the most common questions.

As of right now, our records indicate that Eukanuba uses roughly 103 different ingredients.

First 5 Ingredients

Dog food ingredients in the United States are listed in descending order of pre-cooked weight. The first 5 ingredients typically constitute a significant portion of the recipe.

For Eukanuba, these are the most common ingredients found within the first 5 dog food ingredients.

  1. chicken
  2. chicken by-product meal
  3. corn meal
  4. ground whole grain sorghum
  5. wheat

As you can see, the most common first ingredient in Eukanuba is chicken. The most common 2nd ingredient is chicken by-product meal, followed by corn meal, ground whole grain sorghum, and wheat.

Artificial Food Coloring Dyes

Eukanuba does not use any artificial food coloring dyes. According to our records, none of the 40 Eukanuba dog foods contain artificial food dyes.

Artificial food coloring dyes are unnecessary and potentially harmful ingredients. In general, we not not recommend feeding any pet foods that contain artificial dyes.

In 2010, the CSPI raised serious concerns regarding the safety of many artificial dyes. Most of the studies referenced by the CSPI involved prolonged or excessive consumption. Since most dogs consume the same foods throughout their lives, concerns raised by the CSPI are alarming to say the least.

To read more about Artificial Food Dyes, click here.

Animal By-Products

Eukanuba does indeed use animal by-products. More specifically, 1 animal by-product ingredient was found during our analysis of Eukanuba dog food ingredients.

According to AAFCO, by-products are defined as the non-rendered, clean parts, other than meat, derived from slaughtered mammals. In other words, animal by-products are the leftover ingredients that humans typically do not consume (lung, heart, tongue, stomach, intestine, blood, etc).

Many consumers have equated animal by-products with slaughterhouse waste. Animal by-products are still very controversial. Most premium brands have abandoned them in favor of specific named organ ingredients (duck liver, chicken heart, etc).

If you must feed a product with animal by-products, ensure that the specific animal source is specified. In other words, avoid ingredients such as meat by-products or poultry by-products.

chicken by-product meal
31 Recipes

Chicken by-product meal is produced by cooking chicken by-products using a process called rendering. By-products are defined by AAFCO as the "non-rendered, clean parts, other than meat, derived from slaughtered mammals." Thus, chicken by-products contain nearly all parts of chickens which are typically not consumed by humans. These parts include the liver, lung, spleen, kidney, stomach, blood, intestine, bone, etc.</p><p>Like other meat by-products, chicken by-products are considered controversial, mainly because they are inexpensive ingredients which consumers have equated with slaughterhouse waste. However, manufactures and many experts claim that animal by-products are unjustly criticized. Proponents state that "named" by-products, such as chicken by-products, supply many important nutrients required by dogs.

The following recipes contain chicken by-product meal:

Anonymous Meat Ingredients

Anonymous meats are animal-based ingredients which do not provide the source animal's name. These ingredients are controversial because they can come from almost any animal.

In addition, anonymous animal-based ingredients are very inexpensive and often the lowest quality meats that are still allowed to be used in pet food.

In general, we do not recommend feeding any products which contain anonymous meats. When in doubt, always contact the brand's customer service desk for further clarification.

Unfortunately, we've identified 1 anonymous meat ingredient used by Eukanuba.

Controversial Ingredients

In most cases, ingredients which are given the controversial classification can be substituted with higher-quality alternatives. You should evaluate each controversial ingredient independently to see if there is truly a valid cause for concern.

Keep in mind, certain sacrifices often must be made to produce dog foods at a reasonable price. In general, the more expensive the product, the fewer controversial ingredients you'll find.

In our analysis, we've identified 8 controversial ingredients inside Eukanuba products. These controversial ingredients are listed below. Click on each ingredient for more information.

pork plasma
4 Recipes

Pork plasma is the colorless fluid part of a pig's blood. It may sound disgusting, but it's actually very nutritious for dogs. Regardless of the nutritional aspects, consumers are shocked by this ingredient, which is why pork plasma is considered a controversial ingredient.

The following recipes contain pork plasma:

corn meal
12 Recipes

Corn meal is another name for ground corn. Corn is a cereal grain which provides a modest amount of vitamins, minerals, and plant based protein. It also happens to be one of the most controversial ingredients in dog food.</p><p>Proponents of corn claim that corn is highly digestible and an excellent source of protein, energy, vitamins, minerals, and essential fatty acids.</p><p>Opponents however believe that positive claims in regards to corn are either half-truths or completely false, we'll discuss a few of the opposing arguments.</p><p>In regards to digestibility, the claims of "highly digestible" are only true if corn is processed into a meal or flour and subsequently cooked. In regards to the protein contribution, we must note that corn is a plant based protein which does not contain all of the necessary amino acids required by dogs to sustain life. Therefore substituting corn for meat is an unsuitable substitution and actually degrades the overall protein quality of the product.</p><p>Finally, we'll discuss the claims about vitamins and minerals in corn. Although corn does provide many vitamins and minerals, it not necessarily an exceptional ingredient in this regards. There are many other ingredients which are more complete and biologically appropriate. Therefore the usage of corn as the primary ingredient in dog food should certainly warrant further questioning.

The following recipes contain corn meal:

corn
15 Recipes

Corn is a cereal grain which provides a modest amount of vitamins, minerals, and plant based protein. It also happens to be one of the most controversial ingredients in dog food.</p><p>Proponents of corn claim that corn is highly digestible and an excellent source of protein, energy, vitamins, minerals, and essential fatty acids.</p><p>Opponents however believe that positive claims in regards to corn are either half-truths or completely false, we'll discuss a few of the opposing arguments.</p><p>In regards to digestibility, the claims of "highly digestible" are only true if corn is processed into a meal or flour and subsequently cooked. In regards to the protein contribution, we must note that corn is a plant based protein which does not contain all of the necessary amino acids required by dogs to sustain life. Therefore substituting corn for meat is an unsuitable substitution and actually degrades the overall protein quality of the product.</p><p>Finally, we'll discuss the claims about vitamins and minerals in corn. Although corn does provide many vitamins and minerals, it not necessarily an exceptional ingredient in this regards. There are many other ingredients which are more complete and biologically appropriate. Therefore the usage of corn as the primary ingredient in dog food should certainly warrant further questioning.

The following recipes contain corn:

caramel color
3 Recipes

Caramel color is a concentrated form of caramel, a natural food colorant. Caramel color has been linked to cancer in laboratory animals. Since our pets do not care about food color, caramel color is an unnecessary addition with possible health risks.

The following recipes contain caramel color:

chicken by-product meal
31 Recipes

Chicken by-product meal is produced by cooking chicken by-products using a process called rendering. By-products are defined by AAFCO as the "non-rendered, clean parts, other than meat, derived from slaughtered mammals." Thus, chicken by-products contain nearly all parts of chickens which are typically not consumed by humans. These parts include the liver, lung, spleen, kidney, stomach, blood, intestine, bone, etc.</p><p>Like other meat by-products, chicken by-products are considered controversial, mainly because they are inexpensive ingredients which consumers have equated with slaughterhouse waste. However, manufactures and many experts claim that animal by-products are unjustly criticized. Proponents state that "named" by-products, such as chicken by-products, supply many important nutrients required by dogs.

The following recipes contain chicken by-product meal:

vegetable oil
5 Recipes

Specific vegetable oils are typically positive ingredients; however, this ingredient does not specify which vegetable(s) were used to produce the oil.</p><p>Without this information, it is impossible for us to make any specific statements. With any fat source, it is important to know the omega-3 to omega-6 fatty acid ratio, a property which cannot be determined with this ingredient. Thus, we have marked vegetable oil as a controversial ingredient.

The following recipes contain vegetable oil:

Potentially Harmful Ingredients

Harmful ingredients are those which have been linked to adverse health effects. In general, we do not recommend feeding any product which contains any harmful ingredients.

During our review, none of the Eukanuba ingredients analyzed were classified as harmful by our system. The absence of harmful ingredients is indicative of a relatively premium dog food brand.

Eukanuba Dog Food Ingredient Lists

Eukanuba Adult Lamb Recipe

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Eukanuba Adult Large Breed Chicken

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Eukanuba Adult Large Breed Lamb Recipe

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Eukanuba Adult Chicken

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Eukanuba Adult Small Bites Chicken

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Eukanuba Adult Small Breed Chicken

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Eukanuba Fit Body Weight Control Large Breed Chicken

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Eukanuba Fit Body Weight Control Small Breed Chicken

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Eukanuba Fit Body Weight Control Medium Breed Chicken

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Eukanuba Breed Specific Boxer

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Eukanuba Breed Specific Chihuahua

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Eukanuba Breed Specific Dachshund

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Eukanuba Breed Specific German Shepherd

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Eukanuba Breed Specific Labrador Retriever

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Eukanuba Breed Specific Rottweiler

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Eukanuba Breed Specific Yorkshire Terrier

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Eukanuba Excel Adult Salmon

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Eukanuba Excel Large Breed Adult Salmon

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Eukanuba Premium Sport 28/18

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Eukanuba Premium Performance 30/20

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Eukanuba Puppy Medium Breed Chicken

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Eukanuba Puppy Lamb Recipe

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Eukanuba Puppy Large Breed Chicken

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Eukanuba Puppy Small Breed Chicken

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Eukanuba Senior Lamb Recipe

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Eukanuba Senior Large Breed Chicken

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Eukanuba Senior Medium Breed Chicken

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Eukanuba Senior Small Breed Chicken

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Eukanuba Canned Dog Food Chicken & Vegetable Stew For Adult Dogs

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Eukanuba Canned Dog Food Chicken, Rice & Vegetables Dinner For Adult Dogs

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Eukanuba Canned Dog Food With Lamb & Rice For Adult Dogs

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Eukanuba Canned Dog Food Beef & Vegetable Stew For Adult Dogs

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Eukanuba Canned Dog Food Mixed Grill With Chicken & Beef Dinner In Gravy For Adult Dogs

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Eukanuba Canned Dog Food Mixed Grill Chicken & Beef Dinner In Gravy For Puppies

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Eukanuba Canned Dog Food With Lamb & Rice For Puppies

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Eukanuba Healthy Extras Baked Bars For Large Breed Adult Dogs

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Eukanuba Healthy Extras Baked Bars For Small Breed Adult Dogs

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Eukanuba Healthy Extras Baked Bars For Puppies

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Eukanuba Healthy Extras Baked Bars For Adult Weight Control

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