Trader Joe's-A Value for My Dog, Too!
Dec 30, 2011 (Updated Dec 30, 2011)
a Very Helpful Review
by the Epinions community
Pros:Can't beat the price! No grain fillers, dairy free
Cons:Large can could go bad with slow use, unspecificed 'parts'
The Bottom Line: With a really tight budget these days the choice is almost made for us-Trader Joe's Chunky Beef keeps Belle happy, as well as us
My dog Belle has some food allergies, and we try to keep away from grain fillers in all her food. The result of this can mean expensive kibble, treats and wet food. On a whim in my local Trader Joe’s a couple of weeks ago, I wandered into the pet section to see what they offered. I was surprised to see a few varieties of canned food that actually seemed like something Belle would enjoy!
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My eyes gravitated to the Chunky Beef Dinner as everything else Belle typically eats is chicken or fish. I know that she likes beef, based on her reaction to the occasional steak scrap from my husband, so I picked it up to check out the ingredients. There were no grain fillers, and no eggs or dairy (allergy triggers for my baby girl). I didn’t love all of the preservatives in the food, but I often only use a couple of spoonfuls of wet food mixed into a cup and a half of dry food for only one of her two meals each day, so she wasn’t going to be getting a lot of the ‘guar gum’ and ‘sodium blahblahblah’. What really won over my decision was the value-a 22oz can of this food cost $1.09. Her normal 12oz cans had been running us $2.35 each!
The red label sported an adorable Dalmatian, and the title boasted Premium Dog Food. I already decided it wasn’t actually ‘Premium’, but it was much better than what I would find in a regular grocery store! We opened up a can the other day, and it was a grey mucky mass, per dog food. Once I started spooning some out, however, I did notice very visible and obvious chunks of what seemed to be meat, not just lumps of the food. They were darker in color and more solid than the rest of the food. Two spoonfuls of the Trader Joe’s Chunky Beer Dinner provide Belle with over half a dozen chunks of this meat, a nice treat as opposed to just blended flavoring.
She wolfed down that meal, and all of the subsequent ones when I have used this wet food; I can safely say that Belle’s a fan! I use it maybe once a day, and store the can in the fridge with a foil seal over the open top. The one down side to the size is my slow use, but I have been carefully looking at the texture and color to see if anything seems off.
I was disappointed to discover that not every Trader Joe's has a pet section; luckily there is one I pass about every other week, so I should be able to keep stocked up.
I later compared the ingredient list to one of her canned varieties, Natural Balance Fish and Sweet Potato, and found that the ingredients were more similar that I thought! Many of the same preservatives/vitamins/etc. were there. The Trader Joe’s Chunky Beef Dinner is not specific about what parts of the beef and chicken are used, and the Natural Balance specifies ‘Ocean White Fish’ but there wasn’t anything glaringly better about the latter brand. Times are tough right now and the value is indisputable, so as long as she’s happy and healthy, no signs of allergy reactions or problems digesting we’ll likely stick with this brand of food.
Ingredients: Sufficient Water for Processing, Beef, Chicken, Textured Soy Protein Product, Animal Liver, Sodium Tripolyphosphate, Guar Gum, Potassium Chloride, Tricalcium Phosphate, Carrageenan, Cassia Gum, Choline Chloride,Vitamins (Vitamin E, A, B12, D3 supplements, Thiamine Mononitrate, Biotin, Riboflavin supplement), Minerals (Ferrous Sulfate, Zinc Oxide, Copper Proteinate, Manganous Sulfate, Potassium Iodide, Sodium Selenite).
Crude protein 9% min
Crude fat 5% min
Crude fiber 1.5% max
Moisture 78% max
**Thanks so much to Ladysmom for adding this for me!!**
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