Ol’ Roy Dog Food Review
Ol’ Roy Dog Food Overview
Most people are aware that Ol’ Roy dog food is the Walmart store brand of dog food. The food is often mentioned when someone wants to name the epitome of bad dog food. However, millions of people buy this food every year. Ol’ Roy is annually the top selling brand of dog food in the United States by a wide margin, despite the fact that the food is not advertised at all.
Who manufactures Ol’ Roy dog food?
Ol’ Roy is a private label brand manufactured for Walmart by Doane Pet Food, a division of Mars pet foods. Mars also manufactures Pedigree and many other pet foods. Mars is one of the biggest pet food manufacturers in the world. Mars Petcare is headquartered in Franklin, Tennessee. In 2009 they had global retail sales of US$13.3 billion. Doane Pet Food, owned by Mars, is located in Brentwood, Tennessee.
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Ol’ Roy Recalls 2017
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Latest Recalls List (From newest to oldest):
- There was a voluntary recall in 2008 involving products made at the Everson, Illinois plant because of Salmonella. That plant was later closed. In 1999 there was a recall involving dry dog food made by Doane Pet Care that included Ol’ Roy. The problem was a fungal toxin. Twenty-five dogs died in that case.
- A number of Ol’ Roy products were involved in the 2007 pet food recalls, especially their canned and pouch foods. At that time many of Ol’ Roy’s canned foods were made by Menu Foods and other companies involved in the melamine problems.
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Ol’ Roy Reviews
Many dog owners do look down on Ol’ Roy dog food. There could be a couple of reasons for this attitude. It might be because the food comes from Walmart and people like to hate Walmart. People may also assume that if the food is cheap, it has to be bad. Or, maybe this is really a bad dog food and the ingredients are unhealthy for your dog.
Ol’ Roy dog food includes 10 or more dry kibbles and more than a dozen canned/pouch foods. Their products include foods for puppies, adult dogs, weight management foods, and others.
As far as the ingredients are concerned, there are worse dog foods being sold and fed to dogs. Ol’ Roy is very similar to Pedigree in ingredients. This may not be surprising since Mars makes Pedigree as well as Ol’ Roy. If you’re going to diss Ol’ Roy, then you need to take the same attitude toward Pedigree. Obviously, there are foods that are much better than Ol’ Roy with much better ingredients. But lots of dogs are eating this food and having their basic nutritional needs met. Ol’ Roy foods do comply with AAFCO’s nutritional adequacy standards.
If you know much about dog food then you’ll find lots of ingredients objectionable in Ol’ Roy dog food. The foods feature lots of ground yellow corn and corn gluten meal, for example. Corn is often used as a plant protein in dog foods instead of using animal protein. Some of the foods also contain high fructose corn syrup – a sweetener to make the food taste better to dogs but it’s not a good source of nutrition. You’ll also find artificial colors and synthetic vitamin K. Natural vitamin K is readily available in foods such as liver, alfalfa, kelp, and in fish meals. It’s fat soluble and not a problem for dogs. According to the National Research Council (the government body that provides nutritional information about dogs and cats), dogs don’t really have a dietary requirement for added vitamin K when they are eating natural ingredients. Many pet food companies don’t add any kind of vitamin K to their foods at all. Synthetic vitamin K is toxic in high doses and has been associated with liver problems and allergic reactions, among other things. Synthetic vitamin K has been banned in Europe from use in food and supplements intended for human use. The FDA in the United States has also banned synthetic vitamin K from supplements that are sold over-the-counter. This ingredient does appear in quite a few dog foods so it’s something you should look for when you read labels.
You can also find propylene glycol in Ol’ Roy foods. This ingredient is not the same as ethylene glycol, the ingredient used in anti-freeze, but it’s a close cousin. Studies have found that it does not cause cancer but it’s still not something most people want to find in dog food. It’s use is restricted as a food additive in Europe.
With all that said, there really are many dog foods that are much worse than Ol’ Roy. Lots of dog foods rely on corn as a first ingredient and contain some added sweeteners and artificial colors as well as synthetic vitamin K. (We’ve reviewed dog foods with no meat content at all and nothing but meat flavor, for example.) This isn’t the most nutritious food available and if you can afford to buy a dog food with better ingredients, we recommend feeding a better food. Ideally we could all feed a dog food with meat as the first ingredient and several meat proteins in the first five ingredients; no by-products, artificial colors, sweeteners, or preservatives; healthy fats; and fewer carbs and grains. However, there are lots of dogs who manage to do well on this food as long as they don’t have any food allergies or special health needs.
How would you rate Ol Roy?
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Our Ol’ Roy Kibbles, Chunks ‘n Chews Review:
Ol’ Roy Kibbles, Chunks ‘n Chews is formulated for dogs of all life stages. It has AAFCO approval based on nutrient profiles. By dry matter basis the food has 25.6 percent protein (not bad), 9.8 percent fat (a little low compared to the protein percentage), 4.9 percent fiber (typical), and a whopping 50 percent carbohydrates. Our guess is that most of the carbs come from the ground yellow corn in the food which is the first ingredient.
Should dogs be eating that many carbs? Well, no, we don’t think so. That’s a very high percentage of carbohydrates. But there are some well-known, more expensive dog foods that have comparable carbohydrate percentages. Most people will say that corn, in general, is bad for dogs but that’s not exactly true. Corn is pretty much just another grain. It wouldn’t be criticized by dog owners so much if it wasn’t so widely used in dog foods. Grains, in general, are not as easy for dogs to digest as meat protein. For example, fish meal and milk have a biological value of 92, meaning dogs can digest most of the protein in these foods. Beef has a value around 78. Chicken and lamb are easy for dogs to digest. Corn and wheat are about 50. The protein in grains like barley and sorghum are even harder for dogs to digest. A lot also depends on how the grain (including corn) is cooked or prepared before it is added to the dog food. Some preparations make grains easier to digest than others. So, it’s not exactly fair to single out corn and consider it a “bad” ingredient. Some dogs are allergic to corn but that’s only because corn is a common ingredient. Dogs can be allergic to any common dog food ingredient, not just grains.
Still, the first ingredient in this food is ground yellow corn and it contains corn gluten meal later, which would indicate that this is a major source of protein and carbs in the food. That’s not what most owners want to see in a good dog food. Ideally we like to see a meat protein as the first ingredient.
Soybean meal is the second ingredient. Although soybeans are legumes and they provide a lot of protein, they are still a plant source of protein and we consider them to be less desirable than meat protein. Dog food manufacturers like them because it’s cheaper to use plant protein than meat protein. There are also some drawbacks to soybeans in dog food. Soybeans can contain phytoestrogens which interfere with a dog’s hormones, especially female dogs. They also have phytates which can prevent the proper absorption of various minerals and nutrients in the food. Again, you find all kinds of soybean ingredients in lots of dog foods.
The food also contains whole wheat which is essentially a flour. The fourth ingredient is beef meal. This is a good ingredient for dogs as long as your dog isn’t allergic to beef. As already mentioned above, beef has a high biological value (78) so dogs can digest most of the protein in it. Beef is a good source of riboflavin, niacin and zinc, and a very good source of vitamin C, vitamin B12, iron, phosphorus, copper and selenium. Beef meal means that most of the moisture has been removed from the beef and it contains several times as much protein as beef normally contains when used in dog food.
The fifth ingredient is high fructose corn syrup. No dog needs corn syrup or sweeteners in his diet. This kind of ingredient is usually added to make the food more palatable so dogs are more likely to eat it. Since this is the fifth ingredient you have to assume the food contains quite a bit of this corn syrup.
Based on these five ingredients and looking over the rest of the ingredient list, we still believe that this isn’t the worst food in the world – lots of dog foods are corn-based and this food does have beef meal in the top five ingredients. But the food has some less than desirable ingredients and it contains 50 percent carbohydrates. You can find some better dog foods that don’t cost a lot more.
Where can you buy Ol’ Roy?
Ol’ Roy is the private label brand for Walmart so it can only be purchased at Walmart. You can buy it online at Walmart.com and they will ship it to you if you prefer.
I love Ol’ Roy and glad to hear some one giving it a second look and telling the truth.
This dog food killed many dogs including my mom’s. It is a terrible dog food and should be pulled from the market.
YOU might love Old Roy, but it is the CHEAPEST DOG FOOD available.
Your dog would prefer a little more quality in his diet !
I’ve started using (alternating) Ol’ Roy Pure Balance for can food, mostly. I occasionally get their dry food if I can’t make it to the pet store to get Merricks. Can you tell me more about this product? Looking at the can food label, it seems quite exceptional for the price point ($1/can)
ps. as an aside, i gave my dogs some IAMS Woof Delights a couple of nights ago (I’ve never used this before, but I was in a pinch)… the 2nd night I used it, I believe all my dogs vomited (i didn’t witness it, just saw 4 piles on the deck). Any other reports of this?
They might have thrown up simply because they are not used to the food. If you switch to a different type of dog food you should do it slowly to let them adjust. Unless the ingredients are very similar. Our dog has issues switching as well so we just stay on the Ol’ Roy dog food.
As for the mention of propylene glycol, the author conveniently forgot to mention that this is an FDA approved ingredient and is also used in all kinds of food consumed by humans. Just saying, don’t let veiled bias just slide through.
I have four dogs and i have used ol’roy for all the dogs i have had. i have a 14 year old dushound that was lacking the nutrition that she needs and i started feeding her ol’roys and she plays more than i have ever seen her play and have two, two year olds that love it and i have a 14 week old puppy that is very picky and i have no problem with her eating this. they love it and i love the price and how active my dogs are
My dogs chow down on kibbles n chews. They dont have to advertise because of the price and we all know kibbles n bits.
ol roy is only a filler for my dogs, my dogs eat pinto beans (drained) with rice, they like cooked carrots, i grill them cheap breakfast steaks, boiled chicken with a pinch of salt, they like pizza, goldfish,plain roasted almonds,baked fish, i run my dogs every three days, they like chicken and beef broth, pistachios, but everything is in moderation, i dont allow them to beg
beg, they are very patient, oh they like fresh peanuts crack the shells and remove the skins, they wont eat unless you skin them. My dogs stay fit and have lots of energy. Hell they live better than me
Wow. Killed all 17 of my pups. terrible. sad face
My brother was feeding his English mastiff purina and diamond but when he tried to switch to Ol Roy to save money she wouldn’t even touch it or eat it, and if a dog does not eat the dog food it is given something is not right about the food.
Also my boxer wont even touch it and i give him purina, I mean honestly as many people know that if a dog does not like something then it cant be very good, if Ol Roy was as good as you say then my dog or my brothers would not have a problem eating it. If it does not have that many nutritional value why would you give it to your dog, unless you don’t want it to as healthy as it should be. And my dad used to work at Wal-mart at the pet department and even he said it has some buy products. Also corn is bad for them because they can not digest it at all and the high fructose stuff is not good for dogs, but it is true that it helps it taste better.
my brother was feeding his english mastiff purina and blue diamond, but when he decided to switch to ol roy to save money, she would not touch or eat it. And if a dog does not eat its food something is wrong with the food because she did not eat untill he switched back to her normal. Not even my boxer eats it (he eats purina)
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my dad also work at wal-mart in the animal department and said that ol roy does include by-products. And the plant protein may be healthy but dogs need animal protien not plant because animal protien is better for them
This brand of dog food killed my beloved dog. It causes cancer. Throwing up and diarrhea are symptoms but my baby was too far sick to save. He had bloody diarrhea and the vet said he was healthy with the exception of all his organs having cancer. Stay away from this product!
I have 10 dogs that will not eat nothing but Ol’ Roy Soft Moist Beef, they have been eating that now for 10 yrs or so…and they are as healthy as can be!
Thank God I have had no problems…so far!
My Saint Bernard died last week after I switched him to this product last month, I thought he was being picky, but then he just started laying around and wouldn’t eat anything, I took him to the vet and they did blood tests and said he had an infection that looked like it was caused by kidney failure, propylene glycol, a component of antifreeze, is in Ol Roy kibbles and chunks and chew, and this causes kidney failure . My dog died the same night after he went to the vet, he was on an antibiotic for the infection, but 12 hours later he went into shock, then gasped his few last breaths and died. Don’t let this happen to your dog!
My dog just died! All my dogs got sick from ol roy had bad gas! he was to old to survive whatever it did to him he died a few days later! fed them ole roy for 6 years! one bad bag and bamm! There went my best friend!
my German Sheppard has become very ill, she has been eating Ol’Roy for the last 6 years and has never been sick like this and it has only been in the last week since we bought this last bag of food, she has become lethargic, excessive thirst, vomiting, diarrhea, and blood in her urine only in the last 48 hours, I hope my Husky/Malamute doesn’t get this sick he is only a year old. I hope we can get her past this and hope its not too late for her.
I have 2 dogs, a Pomeranian and a Rotty. They both have had diaria and my pom has been very sick from Ole Roy gravy train. I bought this last week and just took them off of it yesterday. I always feed them dog chow and due to slack in work had to purchase this to hold them and what a huge mistake. So please stop using this dog food it is seriously dangerous. We had to put them on a strick diet of rice and fresh eggs to get our pomeranian back to good shape. So please do not feed your dogs this food.
I am very disappointed with the large bad of Old Roy mixed flavored dog bones, they are one flavor just the brown ones, no other flavor. What is happening with this my dogs love the mixed flavors. Can someone look into this for me I would greatly appreciate this. I don’t like to throw away 14.00 for each bag, and only get 1 flavor this makes 2 bags. I have to throw them out………
I was wondering if u can send me some coupons for the olroy small plastic can of dog food my lil dog loves them but at .60 each it gets high
I bought dog food two days ago and I found mold in it.and she got really sick
I just switched all my 7 dogs to ole Roy gravy train , compared to Gravey Train , they don’t like it when I mix it there is no gravy at all it’s just dog food floating in water and it has given all my dogs diarear
My dogs would look at me with a sad face when I fed them kibble. They would play with it a bit later, and sometimes eat it, sometimes not. I wasted money on a variety of brands. If I mixed it with canned, then they would eat it because they liked the canned.
So I tried Purina Moist and Meaty, and they loved it. I then tried Ol Roy Soft and Moist. To me, they look and smell exactly the same. I mixed them for a while just to transition, and I have noticed no difference. My two dogs are 1.5 years old, and they beg for the stuff and eat it immediately. They play real hard all day long and sleep some. They sleep all night and haven’t had any accidents in the crate. No problems.
I used to make them chicken and rice and bag it up. My vet said I would have to start adding various supplements — vitamins, etc. and I decided to switch to a dog food, though they loved the chicken and rice. Several brands later, I am happy with the Ol Roy soft and moist.
I purchased a box of large beef basted dog bones and they are terrible. The whole box is nothing but broken pieces I expect some broken but not the whole box. i’ll still use them as I have two dogs but I won’t purchase this item in the future.
We have 6 pitbulls and they love OlRoy Complete nutrition. They all love it and are very healthy. We haven’t had any trouble with our dogs. The dogs are 1 blue Pitt that is 4 years, 1 red nose pitt that is 3 years , 1 american pitt that is 3 years, 2 american gator pitts that are 8 months and they are all very healthy, and they are very happy.
Very disappointed ~ went to Walmart, Big Flats, NY to purchase Ol’ Roy dog food for my pet. This is the only dog food he has ever had – he is an Australian Blue – 6 year old, 85 pounds and very healthy. PROBLEM: could only purchase a 20# or 50# bag. I have always purchased the 30# bag in the past. I was informed that they no longer offer that size. I am a 67 year young female and live in a second floor apartment. 50# bag is too heavy for me! SORRY but REALLY!!!
Man! Why do I always read something like this hours after buying the frigg’n product…AAaaargh!
i bought a bag t-bone&chicken and its chicken no t-bone
My dogs have been acting kinda strange. I wondered why until I just happened to empty the food bag into a different container, when I found mold and maggots. I have pics. Its gross and I’m pissed. Old Roy sucks.
I have bought Ol’ Roy Filet Mignon Flavour and top Siloin Flavour just a couple weeks ago and when I open the box up there were 3 small containers of this soft food was bad the packages have burst open We buy this product a lot because my where my dog Spot doesn’t eat hard food we keep him on soft this is the first time I had to throw them away .My dog loves this brand there is only 2 brands that we feed him Ol’ Roy and Cesears
Thank you for reading this not sure if I am putting this in the right area
BAR CODE NUMBER IS #6 THEN IT GOES 0538861185 AND THEN 7
THEN ON THE TOP OF THIS BAR CODE IS M02
Hello I would like to know if there has been any recent recalls on old Roy dry dog food with bacon flavor. We got to big bags and our dogs acted strange after the third time of feeding them we notice they would walk away and would not even want to smell it one of my dogs died last Tuesday. Please let me know thank you i just want my other pets to be safe and if there’s a recall it would help others . We love animals and the company’s that make dog or cats food should to.
did you find any recalls. I just opened a new bag and one dog is sick and one just smells it and will not eat. the third one eats it . not sure if something is wrong with the food or if they are just not feeling well.
this dog food tested for high levels of phenobarbital. Meaning they use euthanized cats and dogs as protein for their dog food.
We’ve been using the Ol’Roy soft sticks in bags and recently added the Gourmet Grilled flavoured Chicken and Beef in gravy. Our dog loves them however today I opened a bag that was clearly contaminated. The contents were black liquid with a terrible odor. The exp. date was 2021 03 02 so it should be good and only 1 bag out of 12. Just wondering if anyone else has found similar ones and letting you know to check the smell and colour.
I ALWAYS BUY THIS DOG FOOD FROM WALMART. LATELY I HAVE OPENED CANS WITH HALF BROTH.I DIDNT RETURN IT BECAUSE OF NO RETURN POLICY AT WALMART BECAUSE OF COVID 19.I AM VERY SHOCKED BE MY FINDINGS. MY DOG LOVES OL ROY!