Before Grain Turkey Canned Dog Food

Editor's Review: 4 / 5.0
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Before Grain brand dog foods have been recently reformulated into a complete diet for dogs. These foods have changed from 100% meat products to 96% meat balanced diet which includes many 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) 6%
  • Fiber (max) 1.4%
  • Moisture: (max) 78%

Kcal Information – Calories Per Cup

945 kcal/kg. A single 13.2 oz. can provides 359 calories of metabolizable energy (ME).


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

January 17, 2013
Before Grain Turkey Canned Dog Food


Main Ingredients

  • Turkey – 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. Turkey is a standard poultry protein source for dog foods. It’s considered good in both nutrition and digestibility.
  • Turkey Broth – Broth is a common ingredient in canned, wet variety dog foods. Not generally very nutritive, this is more a flavor enhancer. Of course, it provides much of the moisture content of wet canned foods.
  • 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

Before Grains brand turkey canned food is an alternative food for those pet owners who want a more meat diet. This is for a variety of reasons. Some feel it’s better to get dogs back toward their natural diet. Sometimes it’s for health reasons such as for diabetic dogs or to combat allergies. Owners have many reasons for choosing an alternative food, and Before Grains turkey canned food is a good choice.

Turkey as a protein is a relatively common ingredient. It’s considered a quality source that’s unlikely to cause digestive or allergy issues. Normally such a high protein food would have grains or other carbohydrates. The only ingredient that may cause problems in feeding is the yeast extract. In a very few dogs, an allergic reaction is possible. You may want to be aware of this and alert for any unusual symptoms or behavior after eating.

Overall, this is a food that’s limited to one main meat protein source along with egg. There are no grains or other carbohydrate sources to cause the most common of allergic reactions. If you prefer a diet heavier in meat, this is a good alternative.

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 be aware that the older 100% meat formulation is still available on some websites. While the 96% meat product is AAFCO approved, the 100% formulation is not. Be careful when shopping to get the approved variety (unless you want the other for supplemental feeding only).


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