Before Grain Buffalo Canned Dog Food

Editor's Review: 4 / 5.0
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This food is based on a protein source that’s relatively new in the dog food market. In more recent years, as dogs have developed allergies to many grains and some protein sources, a hunt for alternative proteins and carbohydrates has arisen. In addition, this is a 96% meat product that is more like a wild dog’s diet.

One of the specific newer protein sources is buffalo. While Buffalo would be considered a generally equivalent protein source for dog foods as compared to more common sources, this is a low allergenic protein source that’s a great alternative for allergic dogs. An allergic pet won’t have been exposed to it before and won’t be likely to have an allergy to it.

Quick Look

Nutritional Content Information

  • Protein (min) 8 %
  • Fat: (min) 6%
  • Fiber (max) 1.4%
  • Moisture: (max) 78%

Kcal Information – Calories Per Cup

984 kcal/kg. A single 13.2 oz. can provides 374 calories of metabolizable energy (ME).


Pricing will vary, but generally a case of 12 cans will be approximately $29.

January 17, 2013
Before Grain Buffalo Canned Dog Food


Main Ingredients

  • Buffalo – 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. Buffalo is a newer protein source that’s unlikely to trigger allergies.
  • Water for processing – This provides moisture content for the canned food.
  • 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

This Before Grain brand 96% meat product Buffalo canned food is a good alternative food. Whether you feel strongly against feeding grain food sources, or you just prefer a mainly-meat based diet, this is a great product for your pet. There are a good amount of vitamins and minerals to support good nutrition. In addition, the low carbohydrate amounts are a great idea for diabetic dogs who struggle with their blood sugar levels. Please watch on some websites for the older 100% meat product that is NOT AAFCO approved. You will want to get the 96% meat food that’s approved as a complete food for healthy dogs.

You can note the kind of high quality protein you have in Buffalo (it’s leaner than beef). You also have a very low fiber and carb content, which can be ideal for certain dogs. The review analysis of the ingredients shows a very good quality alternative food.

If you’re interested in the specific nutritional value of buffalo, it is a low fat meat that is lower in calories and cholesterol than beef, pork, chicken and salmon. It’s a good source of iron, and has more naturally occurring Vitamin B12 than most meat sources. Only salmon rivals buffalo’s B12 content. This is a great quality nutritional alternative to many meat sources that are available. When you couple this with the low likelihood of sensitivity for allergy-prone pets, this is a great food to try.

In all, you have a high quality, high protein product with no grains and low carbs. The only item in the ingredients that’s of concern at all is the yeast. This is a fine ingredient, but there are a very few dogs that are sensitive to this. Be aware of this item if your dog has ever shown a sensitivity to yeast.

In all, this is a high quality food with a good protein base. It has no grains and few carbs making it an especially nice looking option for certain dogs. If you value a high meat content diet, this American made food is a great dog food product for most dogs that they’ll enjoy eating.


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