Gravy Train Dog Food: An In-Depth Review

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Gravy Train Dog Food: An In-Depth Review

My dogs are my family and I want to feed them the best, but the fact is, I can only feed them as well as I can afford to. Like you, I do what I have to do to keep my dog happy and healthy and make sure their nutritional needs are being met. But is it really worth the cost to buy expensive dog food, or is it just hype?

In this article, Gravy Train Dog Food: An In-Depth Review, I’ll look into this brand of dog food extensively to see whether it can keep your dog healthy as well as save you money. 

Considerations in Choosing a Dog Food

Nutritional levels

Whatever dog food you choose, it is essential that it is formulated to meet the nutritional levels established by the AAFCO Dog Food Nutrient Profiles. If you have an older dog or a puppy, the ideal nutritional levels may vary. Be careful to choose a dog food that is formulated to maintain the necessary levels of nutrition for your adult dog.

Taste

The most nutritious dog food in the world won’t do any good if your dog won’t eat it. You need dog food that your dog enjoys eating. You want food that is attractive enough that your dog will work to get it out of food-distributing toys or work for it as a treat. With food that tastes good enough, you won’t need to rely on expensive and nutritionally uncertain treats.

Reputable Company

Wherever you choose to get your dog food, you want to buy from a company that has been in existence for some time. This is especially important when choosing lower-priced dog foods. You want to make sure that you are not purchasing dog food from a company that plans to make a quick profit and get out of the market.

Gravy Train Dog Food: An In-Depth Review

Last update on 2020-01-24 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

Editor’s Comments

The argument cannot be made that Gravy Train Dog Food is the most nutritionally dense food you can buy. If you are considering brands like Hills or Blue Buffalo, you are probably going to turn up your nose at the ingredient list for this brand of dog food. However, Gravy Train Dog Food is formulated to meet nutritional levels as established by the AAFCO Dog Food Nutrient Profiles for Maintenance, just like foods that cost twice or three times as much. Here’s what you need to know about Gravy Train.

Pros

  • Affordable food that most dogs love to eat, thanks to the optional gravy
  • Meets the AAFCO Dog Food Nutrient Profiles for Maintenance
  • Bone and meat meal provides dense protein while corn and soybean offer additional protein, vitamins and minerals, and fiber

Cons

  • Corn and soybean have fallen out of favor with many pet owners, in general, much less as first ingredients
  • Sourcing of ingredients may not be as good as more expensive foods, resulting in additional risk of contamination
  • No recipes are sufficient in protein or other key components to be sufficiently nutritious for growing puppies or nursing mothers

Features & Benefits of Gravy Train Dog Food

Taste

Gravy Train Dog Food is all about taste. This is an unusual dry dog food because it can also be made into yummy wet food. It has a coating that creates a rich and savory gravy when water is added. The enticing texture and meaty smell make most dogs want to devour all Gravy Train recipes. You can choose among hardy classic chicken, meaty classic beef liver and bacon, hearty pot roast, and small bites beefy for little dogs.

Affordable

Perhaps the most attractive feature of Gravy Train Dog Foods is how affordable they are. This food can be had at a fraction of the cost of other dog foods. When you are shopping for your dog’s entire life span, especially if you have a very large dog or lots of mouths to feed, you can’t afford to spend any more than you absolutely have to on dog food. Gravy Train Dog Food is one of the least expensive and most attractive to dogs.

Nutrition

All recipes of Gravy Train Dog Food are formulated to meet the nutritional levels established by the AAFCO Dog Food Nutrient Profiles for Maintenance. Nutritional content varies little between recipes, so you are primarily choosing a flavor when picking between various Gravy Train options. Crude protein is held at 17%, crude fat at 8%, and crude fiber at 4%.

There is some variety between the percentages of vitamins and minerals. The classic chicken flavor has slightly lower levels calcium and potassium than other flavors.

Ingredients

The ingredient list is where Gravy Train Dog Food begins to fall short for many. The first ingredient is corn, followed by soybean meal. Both of these ingredients are considered highly problematic by many dog food manufacturers and self-proclaimed experts. These ingredients are portrayed negatively by dog food brands that don’t use them. But what is the truth about feeding your dog corn and soybean? What about the third ingredient, animal and bone meal? Let’s consider what science has to say.

Corn

Corn is an inexpensive cereal grain. According to the AKC, corn does have nutritional value for dogs. Cooked corn has carbohydrates, protein, antioxidants, and linoleic acid. Carbs are often portrayed negatively in a keto culture, but carbs are an important source of continuous energy. This allows dogs to have balanced energy levels all day. Corn is also a source of fiber, which can help with digestion. 

Well-respected, veterinary-recommended pet foods like Hills defend the use of corn in dog foods because it is a digestible source of carbohydrates for balanced energy, has essential fatty acids, and has natural antioxidants like vitamin E, beta-carotene, and lutein. 

Corn is also easily digested so it is not generally a cause for gastrointestinal upset. According to published literature, corn causes fewer allergies than common proteins such as dairy, beef, chicken, wheat, lamb, and egg. In fact, the most likely food allergens for dogs are beef, dairy products, chicken, and wheat. This may surprise you, considering that beef and chicken are so often the first ingredients in high-quality (and expensive) dog food. 

Soybean

Like corn, soybean gets a bad rap in pet foods. Many foods advertise themselves as being proudly soybean free. According to the experts, however, soybeans are not fillers at all. Soy is one of the world’s oldest sources of protein and has a high nutritional content. 

It also contains a high content of folic acid and vitamins and a concentrated source of fatty acids. Not only does soybean not have cholesterol, it has been shown to lower cholesterol levels both in humans and animals. Soybean is an excellent source of fiber to help your dog’s digestion. It also contains key antioxidants and potassium.

Interestingly, fewer dogs are allergic to soybean than to protein sources like meat and dairy. Studies found increased digestibility in soybean-based meals for dogs compared to animal protein-based diets. You may be surprised by how many high-quality pet foods use soy as a primary source of protein. Soy is one of the most common plant proteins for pet food. As much as 3% of all U.S. soybean production is used in foods for dogs and cats

Meat and bone meal

The third ingredient is meat and bone meal. Meat meal doesn’t sound very savory to us, and in fact, it is made in a way that most people probably don’t want to know too much about; however, that doesn’t mean it isn’t a good ingredient for dog food. 

Just because we don’t want to eat every part of an animal doesn’t mean that all of a chicken or cow isn’t nourishing for your dog. Meat and bone meal is a good source of animal protein for your dog that is inexpensive for the dog food manufacturer, resulting in low prices for you. 

Other Ingredients

Other ingredients include some that may cause an allergic reaction for your dog, such as wheat; it also includes ingredients known to be good sources of fat and vitamins and minerals, such as animal fat. Do your research if your dog has dietary concerns so that you can decide if this diet will be a good match. 

What Do People Say About Gravy Train?

Overwhelmingly, dogs seem to like Gravy Train Dog Food. Even owners who aren’t a fan of the nutritional content of the food use it because it is all their dogs will eat. People like how convenient it is to create delicious gravy-coated kibble that their dogs devour. The option between kibble and wet food in one product is highly desirable for many users. 

Alternatives to Gravy Train Dog Food

Not sold on Gravy Train? Here are some options that are similar in price, and one with an increased cost but that offers improved ingredients. 

Kibbles 'n Bits Meaty Middles Prime Rib Flavor, Dry Dog Food, 16.5 lb...
  • Dry dog Food features dual-texture Bits, tender Bits, and crunchy kibble for the perfect mix of texture and flavor in every bite
  • Made with real Beef
  • Savory Prime rib Flavor dogs love

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Editor’s Comments

If you want an affordable food which your dog will love, but don’t want to have to mix up the gravy to make Gravy Train, Kibbles ‘n Bits Dog Food may be a great choice for you. This food is made with real beef. It has a prime rib flavor in various sorts of soft and hard kibble that most dogs love. 

Like Gravy Train, Kibbles and Bits has corn and soybean meal as the first ingredients. However, the third ingredient is beef and bone meal, so at least you know that the meat is from beef. Impressively, a little further down the line, real beef is listed as an ingredient.

  • Uses real beef in the recipe, rather than the vague animal protein in Gravy Train Dog Food
  • Differently shaped and textured pieces of kibble rather than an add water to make gravy recipe
  • Slightly more expensive on average than Gravy Train 
Pedigree Complete Nutrition Adult Dry Dog Food Roasted Chicken, Rice &...
  • Contains One (1) 15 Lb. Bag Of Pedigree Complete Nutrition Adult Dry Dog Food Roasted Chicken, Rice & Vegetable Flavor
  • Our Balanced Dog Food Provides Optimal Levels Of Omega-6 Fatty Acid And Other Nutrients That Are Essential To Nourish Your Dog'S Skin And Coat
  • Pedigree Food For Dogs Features A Delicious Chicken Flavor That Provides Antioxidants, Vitamins, And Minerals To Help Maintain A Healthy Lifestyle

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Editor’s Comments

Pedigree has been a well-known name in dog food for a very long time. This recipe is very similar to those offered by Gravy Train. It has a slightly higher protein content than Gravy Train, so if you’re looking for something that is similar in price and ingredients but better for higher energy dogs, this might be a great choice for you. Omega-6 fatty acids and other nutrients are added specifically to give your dog a shiny coat. The varying size and shape of kibble entices your dog and is good for their teeth.

  • Higher protein content than Gravy Train Dog Food
  • Similar ingredients, but whole corn and meat and bone meal are listed as first ingredients, so if your dog has an issue with soy this can be a good choice
  • Differently sized and sized and shaped kibble rather than gravy
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Hill's Science Diet Dry Dog Food, Adult, Light for Weight Management,...
  • Adult dog food with 18% fewer calories vs. Science Diet Adult
  • Provides l-carnitine to promote healthy body Weight & heart function
  • Quality protein and natural fibers help keep your dog satisfied between meals

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Editor’s Comments

Want to give your dog the best and not as worried about how much it costs? Hills is scientifically proven to be not just nutritionally balanced but nutritionally effective for your dog’s needs. You will pay significantly more for a bag of Hill’s dog food than you will for Gravy Train, and your dog may not like it as much, but if your dog is having issues due to allergies or insufficient nutrition, those issues are likely to be resolved on a diet from Hills.

  • Chicken meal, cracked pearled barley, and pea fiber are the first ingredients, promising high-quality protein
  • High-quality natural fiber keeps dogs full between meals
  • Recommended by veterinarians

Conclusion


If you don’t want to spend an arm and a leg to feed your canine companion, Gravy Train is a reasonable choice for you to consider. The option to choose between enticing your dog with a rich gravy by adding water or keeping it dry for teeth health gives you a lot of flexibility with one product. It’s hard to beat this price, and while many experts may not advise Gravy Train Dog Food as an ideal source of nutrition for your dog, many dogs have been fed on Gravy Train through the years.


Coral Dawn Drake

My fiance, Justin, and I live with our two little dogs, Sofie and Lisa, and three chickens in Gainesville, Florida. Justin and I are homebodies who occasionally enjoy a good adventure. I love living in Gainesville, and I love Florida. I can’t imagine anywhere more beautiful or strange than this hot, marshy place where people are guaranteed to be nothing other than themselves. Justin is always reminding me to relax. Relaxing doesn’t come naturally to me. I’m always busy. Making art or editing photos, digging in the yard or trying to grow some new moss or plant. There never seems to be enough time to do everything that I want to do. Life is so, so full and I want to plunge into every second of it.