Eagle Pack Dog Food
Eagle Pack was developed in 1985 in conjunction with veterinarians and dog trainers. It is a super premium dog food that is sold in specialty pet retail stores and some local pet retail chains. The food has no corn, wheat, meat by-products, artificial colors, flavors, or preservatives. The brand was purchased by WellPet in 2010. Other WellPet brands include Wellness, Holistic Select, and Old Mother Hubbard. WellPet is headquartered in Tewksbury, Massachusetts.
Who Manufactures Eagle Pack dog food?
Eagle Pack is manufactured at the WellPet manufacturing facility in Mishawaka, Indiana. The majority of WellPet’s pet foods are made at this plant which underwent a $20 million expansion in 2012.
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Eagle Pack Recalls 2017
We did not find any recalls for Eagle Pack dog foods in the FDA or AVMA databases. There is a story dating from 2007 that has been discredited about acetaminophen found in Eagle Pack food that was sold in one store. Again, this story has been discredited. We can find no issues related to Eagle Pack recalls.
Eagle Pack Dog Food Coupons 2017
You can join the Eagle Pack Club on their site to get specials. The company also has a breeder program and puppy kits for breeders to give to new owners. For coupons, check PetFoodTalk.com, PetFoodDirect.com, and DogFoodHowTo.com. Pet food delivery web sites often have discounts on the food or free shipping.
Eagle Pack Reviews
Eagle Pack makes both kibble and canned dog food and cat food. Their dog kibble includes three puppy formulas and six adult formulas. They make four canned formulas.
Eagle Pack’s three puppy formulas include: large & giant breed; original chicken meal & pork meal; and original small breed chicken meal & pork meal. The large & giant breed puppy formula is for puppies that will mature weighing over 50 pounds. It has 23 percent crude protein, 12 percent crude fat, 5 percent crude fiber, and 10 percent moisture. It also includes DHA for brain and eye development. The food contains 330 calories per cup on an as fed basis. The calcium to phosphorus ratio is 1.5 to 1 percent. The food is formulated to meet AAFCO’s nutrient profiles for growth and gestation/lactation. Lamb meal is the first ingredient. It looks like a very good food for large and giant breed puppies who need to grow slowly.
The other two puppy formulas have chicken and pork as the first two ingredients. The original formula is 26/14/4/10 in terms of crude protein, crude fat, crude fiber, and moisture. The small breed formula has 27 percent crude protein. Both foods have slightly higher calories than the large & giant breed formula (350 kcal/cup) and are approved for all life stages.
The adult kibbles include two original formula kibbles: original adult lamb meal & brown rice, and original chicken meal & pork meal. There are also a low fat adult formula, a large & giant breed adult formula, and a small breed chicken meal & pork meal formula. Finally, there is a Power Adult formula.
The original lamb meal formula is 23/12/4/10 for crude protein, crude fat, crude fiber, and moisture, with 337 kcal per cup. It is a maintenance dog food. The original chicken meal and pork meal formula has 26/14/4/10 for crude protein, crude fat, crude fiber, and moisture, with 350 kcal/cup. It is formulated as an all life stages dog food.
The reduced fat adult formula has 33 percent less fat than the original chicken meal & pork meal adult formula. Pork meal is still the first ingredient. It has 24/6-9/4/10 crude protein, crude fat (minimum and maximum), crude fiber, and moisture, and 343 kcal/cup. It is formulated as a maintenance dog food.
The large & giant breed adult formula (for dogs over 50 pounds) features chicken meal and pork meal as the first two ingredients. It is 25/12/4/10 for crude protein, crude fat, crude fiber, and moisture, with 340 kcal/cup. It also has 700 mg/kg (min) glucosamine which is worth noting for large and giant breed dogs. It is formulated as a maintenance dog food.
The small breed chicken meal & pork meal formula is similar to the original formula kibbles (above). However, it has a higher protein percentage. It is 27/14/4/10 for crude protein/crude fat/crude fiber/moisture, and has 350 kcal/cup. It is formulated for all life stages.
The Power Adult formula is for very active dogs. The first two ingredients are chicken meal and pork meal but it has more protein and fat than Eagle Pack’s other kibbles at 30/19/4.5/10 crude protein, crude fat, crude fiber, and moisture. The food has 445 kcal/cup. This is a maintenance dog food.
Eagle Pack’s four wet foods include turkey, beef, lamb, and chicken formulas. These canned foods are 9/6/1.5/78 for crude protein, crude fat, crude fiber, and moisture. Calories range from 482 to 561 per can – can is 13.2 ounces. This is about 300 calories (plus or minus) per 8 ounces. These foods are formulated for all life stages.
In the past, Holistic Select was part of Eagle Pack. If you are interested in grain free dog foods you should check their food. They have some good grain free dog foods. Eagle Pack does use various grains in their foods, although they don’t use corn or wheat. Their foods typically use oatmeal, brown rice, and/or barley.
Eagle Pack has an excellent ingredients page here. It provides much better information than most similar pages with other pet food companies. Many of these definitions are very close to the AAFCO definitions for the ingredients. They have less marketing spin than most dog food web sites use.
Overall, these look like very good foods. Eagle Pack does not have a product line that is as extensive as some pet foods (though they do make cat food, too), but the foods that they make look like they have high quality ingredients. A quick look at these foods on the web site shows a lot to like. Yes, you can find more select ingredients (organic or exotic proteins, for example), but for good quality food for dogs without particular health problems, these foods look very good.
How would you rate Eagle Pack Pet Food:
Our Eagle Pack Original Chicken Meal & Pork Meal Dog Food Review:
We’ve chosen Eagle Pack’s Original Chicken Meal & Pork Meal for this review. This food seems typical of Eagle Pack’s foods and one that might interest many dog owners.
The first five ingredients in this food are: Chicken Meal, Pork Meal, Ground Brown Rice, Dehulled Barley, and Oatmeal. Before continuing, we should note that we like the fact that Eagle Pack does not use meat by-products (chicken by-products, beef by-products, etc.), artificial colors, flavors, or preservatives. We also think many owners will appreciate the fact that they do not use corn or wheat in their foods.
These first five ingredients show two good meat proteins as the first two ingredients and three of the less common carbs. Chicken meal is a good source of protein and omega-6 fatty acid which is good for your dog’s coat and skin. It has more protein than whole chicken which contains a lot of moisture.
Pork meal is an excellent source of protein for dogs. (Just think how your dog acts around bacon.) As with other meat meals, pork meal has had most of the fat and moisture removed so it is a more concentrated source of protein.
Ground brown rice provides fiber for your dog and some nutrients, such as manganese. It’s a moderate food in terms of the glycemic index, if you are concerned about glycemic values.
The fourth ingredient is dehulled barley. Removing the hull makes the barley easier for your dog to digest. Barley is a good source of dietary fiber. Barley is somewhat slow to digest, helping your dog to feel full longer.
The fifth ingredient is oatmeal. Oatmeal is another good dietary fiber. It is easy for your dog to digest. Surprisingly, oatmeal, barley, and brown rice all contain good amounts of omega-6 fatty acid.
The food also contains rice – white rice is easier to digest than brown rice, but it has slightly fewer nutrients since it is a little more processed. The food also contains peas. Peas provide both protein (22-24 percent) and some fiber. In excess quantities they can cause digestive problems for dogs but when they are lower on the ingredient list they should not be much of a problem.
The food also contains chicken fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols). Chicken fat is a very good source of fat for dog food. It also provides omega-6 fatty acid and some glucosamine which is good for joints.
Brewers dried yeast is a good source of B vitamins. It also adds more protein to the food and makes it taste better. Finicky eaters will often eat food when brewers dried yeast is added.
Flaxseed has some pros and cons. It’s a good source of omega-3 and 6 fatty acid (though not as good as marine sources for omega-3 fatty acid). It’s also a good fiber in the diet. The oil from flaxseed is good for a dog’s skin and coat. However, flaxseed is a phytoestrogen meaning that it can mimic hormones in the body. If you are a dog breeder, flaxseed can cause problems. How much flaxseed is in this dog food (or others)? How much does it take to cause a problem? These are unknowns.
Tomato pomace is a good source of fiber in dog food. It’s also a good source of vitamins A, C, and E. It is not a filler ingredient as you may read on some Internet sites.
The food also contains various vitamins and minerals that you find in all dog foods, plus fermentation products. Fermentation products are sometimes used to help dogs digest foods better. They fall into a similar category to prebiotics and probiotics (which are present, such as inulin). We also note that the food has several natural preservatives such as rosemary extract, Ascorbic Acid (vitamin C), and Green Tea Extract, among others.
Overall, we think this looks like a very good dog food. It is not as high in crude protein percentage as some dog foods, but not every dog needs extremely high protein levels. The ingredients look like they are very good quality.
Eagle Pack Original Chicken Meal & Pork Meal Formula Dog Food is formulated to meet the nutritional levels established by the Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) Dog Food Nutrient Profiles for all life stages.
|Crude Protein||26.0% minimum|
|Crude Fat||14.0% minimum|
|Crude Fiber||4.0% maximum|
The dry matter basis figures for this food are: 28.8 percent protein; 15.5 percent fat; 4.4 percent fiber; and 42.2 percent carbohydrates.
This food has a moderate protein percentage and a moderate fat percentage compared to other kibbles today. The fiber percentage is average. The carbohydrate percentage is also about average compared to other kibbles.
This appears to be a good quality kibble with very good ingredients. If you are looking for a good kibble that includes some grains (without corn or wheat), this would be a food to try. We also like the fact that Eagle Pack/WellPet makes their own food at their own plant and they have a good dedication to quality. Eagle Pack has had no recalls since they started in 1985 that we can find so they must be doing something right.
Where can you buy Eagle Pack dog food?
You can buy Eagle Pack dog food at local independent pet food retailers and also at local pet food chain stores. You can look up retailers on the company’s web site.
We think that Eagle Pack is a very good brand of dog food. They do not currently have any grain free offerings and most of their foods are not extremely high in protein, but many dog owners will like their quality ingredients. Recommended.