Purina Mighty Dog: What’s in the Can?

Mighty Dog ad

This is an eye-cathing ad for Purina Mighty Dog dog food. It suggests that if you feed Mighty Dog to your dog, he’ll be strong and fierce. The ad says it’s bold and meaty. But what kind of meat is in the can?

Here are the ingredients of  Purina Mighty Dog Classic Beef Dinner dog food, taken from Purina’s Mighty Dog website:

Purina® Mighty Dog® Classic Beef Dinner Dog Food

Guaranteed Analysis:

Crude Protein (Min) 10.0%
Crude Fat (Min) 7.0%
Crude Fiber (Max) 1.5%
Moisture (Max) 78.0%
Calcium (Ca) (Min) 0.25%
Phosphorus (P) (Min) 0.20%

Ingredients: Beef, water sufficient for processing, meat by-products, liver, chicken, ground rice, salt, guar gum, potassium chloride, added color (Red 3 and other color), natural and artificial flavors, carrageenan, zinc sulfate, choline chloride, sodium tripolyphosphate, Vitamin E supplement, calcium phosphate, ferrous sulfate, sodium nitrite (to promote color retention), thiamine mononitrate, Vitamin A supplement, copper sulfate, manganese sulfate, niacin, calcium pantothenate, Vitamin B-12 supplement, riboflavin supplement, pyridoxine hydrochloride, Vitamin D-3 supplement, potassium iodide, folic acid, sodium selenite, biotin.

The third listed ingredient is meat by-products. The Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) defines meat by-products as:

The non-rendered, clean parts, other than meat, derived from slaughtered mammals (enphasis mine). It includes, but is not limited to, lungs, spleen, kidneys, brain, livers, blood, bone, partially defatted low temperature fatty tissue, and stomachs and intestines freed of their contents. It does not include hair, horns, teeth and hoofs. It shall be suitable for use in animal food. If it bears name descriptive of its kind, it must correspond thereto.

Source: Wikipedia

Please take a moment to watch the following videos to learn what is in commercial dog food. In the first video, Hersh Pendell, who at the time was the president of the AAFCO, reveals that rendered products used for pet food can contain rendered cats and dogs.


Disclaimer: Since I have been getting flamed by a number of people for this post, I  categorically state that I do not know what is in commercial dog food, nor am I saying or implying that the product Mighty Dog contains rendered pets or zoo animals. The information and opinions in the linked videos are those of the people who created them and not of the writer of this blog.

By Marc Librescu