Before Grain Beef Canned Dog Food

Editor's Review: 4 / 5.0
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Before Grain brand dog foods have been recently reformulated. These foods have changed from 100% meat products to 96% meat and a balanced diet which includes more vitamins and minerals. These diets are especially good for owners whose pets that are sensitive to grains, as well as for those owners who prefer a diet more in line with a dog’s natural diet. In addition, this is a good alternative for diabetic dogs who need fewer carbs to keep their blood sugar steady.

Quick Look

Nutritional Content Information

  • Protein (min) 10 %
  • Fat: (min) 3.5%
  • Fiber (max) 1.4%
  • Moisture: (max) 78%

Kcal Information – Calories Per Cup

846 kcal/kg. A single 13.2 oz. can provides 322 calories of metabolizable energy (ME).


Pricing will vary, but generally a case of 12 cans will be approximately $30.

January 17, 2013
Before Grain Beef Canned Dog Food


Main Ingredients

  • Beef – This is your main protein ingredient. According to manufacturer claims, this food is 96% meat product. Some pet owners feel this is a better diet for dogs.
  • Beef Broth – Common ingredient in canned, wet variety dog foods. Not generally very nutritive, this is more a flavor enhancer.
  • Dried Egg – Dried eggs are a dehydrated shell free egg product that is a condensed version. They provide a protein source that are easily digestible and usually are of high quality.
  • Yeast Extract – This is a controversial ingredient. It is a high protein ingredient and has some other nutritive value. There are some reports that claim it can repel fleas, but it can also trigger allergies in sensitive dogs. You may need to be aware that this ingredient may be a problem to a few dogs.
  • Calcium Carbonate – This ingredient is used for the calcium content, and is a common ingredient in dog foods. It’s not known to cause problems, though there have been erroneous news reports indicating this.

Other Ingredients List

  • Sodium Phosphate
  • Potassium Chloride
  • Salt
  • Guar
  • Choline Chloride
  • Taurine
  • Carageenan
  • Mixed Tocopherols
  • Vitamin E Supplement
  • Zinc Amino Acid Complex
  • Iron Amino Acid Complex
  • Manganese Amino Acid Complex
  • Vitamin B12 Supplement
  • Copper Amino Acid Complex
  • d-Calcium Pantothenate
  • Vitamin A Acetate
  • Niacin
  • Lecithin
  • Vitamin D3 Supplement
  • Riboflavin Supplement
  • Folic Acid
  • Ethylenediamine Dihydriodide
  • Cobalt Glucoheptanate
  • Pyridoxine Hydrochloride
  • Biotin
  • Thiamine Mononitrate
  • Sodium Selenite

AAFCO Statement

This product is formulated to meet the nutritional levels established by the AAFCO dog nutrient profile for all life stages.

Product Overview

Some dog owners prefer to feed a more meat-based diet for various reasons. While at times this is a matter of preference, sometimes it’s important requirement for other dog owners. If you have a pet who shows signs of allergy, one of the more common culprits is food products—generally grains. You’ll notice that Before Grain brand Beef canned dog food does not include any grain products at all, and has a large selection of vitamins and minerals for your pet’s health and nutrition.

In addition, with no grain contents, this is an ideal product for diabetic dogs. In all, this is a nutritious dog food with a variety of vitamins and minerals. The quality of protein is exceptional, and there is only a single questionable ingredient. If you have a sensitive or diabetic dog, or you’re an owner who prefers a natural kind of meat diet, this is a good quality alternative.

Please note in the above ingredient analysis that there is yeast extract in this food. If your dog hasn’t been exposed to this before, watch for any sort of reaction after eating. If you know your dog has a sensitivity to yeast ingredients, please avoid this one.

Because of the recent reformulation, you will find information online about the Beef Canned food that it’s only for supplemental feeding. This is accurate for the old formula, but wrong for the new ones. You can feed the new formula as a complete diet. It’s also a great option if you like to supplement dry foods with canned, but again, this is a complete diet if you’d like to use it as such.

I feel it notable that you need to be aware that the 100% meat product cans are still available in some locations online. Please note how much of a percent is listed on the label to be sure. Be aware that the 100% meat product is NOT AAFCO approved as a complete diet. If you are purchasing this product, please make sure you are aware whether you are purchasing the older or new formulation to be sure your dog is getting the proper nutrition. The new product (96% meat) is the one that is a complete diet for all dog life stages.


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