Before Grain Chicken Dry Dog Food

Editor's Review: 4 / 5.0
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Before Grain Chicken dry dog food is a diet especially formulated to be more natural. More recent dog foods have incorporated a number of ingredients, especially grains, that have caused stomach upset or allergies in dogs. Many owners are now trying to avoid all grains in an attempt to feed their dogs things more similar to what they had in the wild.

Before Grain Chicken dry dog food is a diet that is made to be much more meat protein, along with ingredients that are easily digestible and filled with nutrients. It is grain free, so it’s a good alternative for sensitive dogs.

Quick Look

Nutritional Content Information

  • Protein (min) 32%
  • Fat: (min) 15%
  • Fiber (max) 3%
  • Moisture: (max) 11%

Kcal Information – Calories Per Cup

This dry dog food provides 3595 kcal/kg or 1633 kcal per pound of metabolizable energy (ME). One cup (100 grams) provides 385 calories.


A 6.6 lb bag will be approximately $18, an 11.1 lb bag will be $26, and a 25.3 lb bag will be approximately $49.

January 17, 2013
Before Grain Chicken Dry Dog Food


Main Ingredients

  • Deboned Chicken – This is your main protein ingredient. While not including the weight in bones, this ingredient is likely to still be heavier due to water content. This shouldn’t be considered the main protein ingredient.
  • Chicken Meal – This ingredient is dehydrated chicken. It is greatly condensed to make it a very high quality protein source. Chicken is highly digestible, and considered to be a very good quality protein source for dogs.
  • Dehydrated Potato – This is an alternative carbohydrate source. It has been chosen as a non-grain alternative for some foods, and hasn’t caused problems, but it’s been criticized for low nutritional value. If you have a dog that is sensitive to grains, though, you are limited in alternate carbohydrates. It does contain some protein.
  • Turkey Meal – This is another meal product. Turkey meal is a condensed form of turkey, so it has a higher value as a protein source. It is highly digestible and considered a low allergy ingredient. It’s still a poultry ingredient, so it has similar nutrition as chicken.
  • Canola Oil – A dog does need fat in his diet, especially for skin and coat. Currently, there is some debate whether Canola is good for dogs, as is reported for people. We would probably want to see a chicken fat ingredient here rather than the oil, but we don’t yet know whether the oil is good or bad.

Other Ingredients

  • Dehydrated Sweet Potato preserved with mixed tocopherols (source of Vitamins E and C)
  • Yeast Culture
  • Natural Dried Chicken Liver
  • Dicalcium Phosphate
  • Lysine
  • Guar Gum
  • Sea Salt
  • Alfalfa
  • Salmon Oil
  • Choline Chloride
  • Acai Berry (freeze dried)
  • Blueberry (freeze dried)
  • Yucca Schidigera Extract
  • Dried Venison Broth
  • Zinc Amino Acid Complex
  • Chondroitin Sulfate
  • Glocosamine Hydrochloride
  • Natural Venison Flavor
  • Chickory Root
  • Marigold Extract
  • Rosemary Extract
  • Lactobacillus Plantarum
  • Enterococcus Faecium
  • Lactobacillus Casei
  • Lactobacillus Acidophilus
  • Natural Celery Flavor
  • Iron Amino Acid Complex
  • Vitamin E Supplement
  • Manganese Amino Acid Complex
  • Natural Color (turmeric)
  • Vitamin A Supplement
  • Vitamin B12 Supplement
  • Copper Amino Acid Complex
  • d-Calcium Pantothenate
  • Vitamin D3
  • Niacin
  • Lecithin
  • Riboflavin Supplement
  • Biotin
  • Ethylenediamine Dihydriodide
  • Pyridoxine Hydrochloride
  • Cobalt Amino Acid Comples
  • Folic Acid
  • Thiamine Mononitrate
  • Sodium Selenite

AAFCO Statement

Before Grain Chicken is formulated to meet the nutritional levels established by the AAFCO Dog Food nutrient profiles for all life stages.

Product Overview

Before Grain brand chicken dry dog food is a dog food formulated to be an average protein level food product but without many of the artificial ingredients, by-products , grains, or fillers in found in the contents of other foods. It has been designed with some berry ingredients to provide a broader variety of nutrition in the diet.

This food is notable in that it doesn’t contain any of the well-known allergy ingredients, and should be safe for most allergic dogs. Please be aware of your own dog’s allergies prior to trying this food and review the ingredients.

It has all poultry protein ingredients, which are known to be highly digestible. In addition, there are several ingredients that are great to help with digestion. You may recognize some of these kinds of bacteria, like acidophilus, because of their increasing popularity in human yogurt products specially design to help digestion. You may be surprised at how much this can help your dog’s digestion at every feeding.

After analysis, the ingredients appear to be good quality, low allergy, and with no grains. This is a highly recommendable product that any healthy pet should enjoy eating.

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