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American Journey Chicken & Sweet Potato Recipe Grain-Free Senior Dry Dog Food

American Journey Chicken & Sweet Potato Recipe Grain-Free Senior Dry Dog Food
Company info
Company HQ
Bern,Kansas
Parent company
Chewy Inc.
Product info
Age Range: Senior
Price per lb $1.79
Cost per day: $0.07
Primary proteins
  • Deboned Chicken
  • Chicken Meal
  • Turkey Meal
  • Dried Egg Product

Ingredients

Deboned Chicken, Chicken Meal (a source of Glucosamine and Chondroitin Sulfate), Turkey Meal, Sweet Potatoes, Peas, Chickpeas, Dried Plain Beet Pulp, Tapioca Starch, Natural Flavor, Powdered Cellulose, Chicken Fat (Preserved with Mixed Tocopherols), Pumpkin, Flaxseed, Coconut Oil, Blueberries, Carrots, Marine Microalgae, Salt, Dried Bacillus coagulans Fermentation Product, Mixed Tocopherols (Preservative), Dried Kelp, Fructooligosaccharides, L-Carnitine, Choline Chloride, Vitamin E Supplement, Taurine, Dried Egg Product, Ferrous Sulfate, Zinc Proteinate, Zinc Sulfate, Iron Proteinate, Yucca Schidigera Extract, Niacin Supplement, Copper Sulfate, Potassium Chloride, Sodium Selenite, d-Calcium Pantothenate, Copper Proteinate, Riboflavin Supplement, Manganese Sulfate, Vitamin A Supplement, Manganese Proteinate, Thiamine Mononitrate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Calcium Iodate, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Folic Acid, Rosemary Extract.

Breed sizes

size-1 Toy
size-2 Small
size-3 Medium
size-4 Large
size-5 Giant

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Overall Score

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65%

Ratings

? This rating is determined by comparing the food’s nutritional content to AAFCO standards and other foods in our database. Nutrient Value 37%
? Each recipe is evaluated based on a 5-point ingredient rating system that measures ingredients’ nutritional value, safety, and more. Quality of Ingredients 71%
? We scan the FDA’s database and rate each brand by the number of recalls in its history. Brands with fewer recalls receive higher ratings. Recall History 100%
? By comparing the prices of foods in our database, we determine if a food is above or below market average price. Lower-priced foods receive higher ratings. Price 83%
? This metric is based on customer ratings from various retailers. Customer Experience 89%
? Our rating system evaluates each food’s manufacturing method, assigning higher ratings to manufacturing processes that promote higher nutritional value. Manufacturing Method 40%

Estimated Nutrient Content

To understand the nutrient content of pet food, we visualize its macronutrient composition in three ways. In the charts below, you’ll see a guaranteed analysis on an as-fed basis, a dry matter analysis, and a breakdown of the food’s macronutrients on a calorie-weighted basis.

Remember that all of these values are estimates based on the guaranteed analysis published by the company, and the food’s actual nutrient values may be slightly different.

Guaranteed Analysis

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Protein: 30%

Fat: 11%

Fiber: 7%

Moisture: 10%

Ash: 0%

Carb: 42%

Dry Matter Analysis

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Protein: 33.33%

Fat: 12.22%

Fiber: 7.78%

Carb: 46.67%

Calorie Weighted Basis

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Protein: 30.39%

Fat: 27.06%

Carb: 42.55%

Our Review

Pros
  • Low carbohydrate content
  • Supplemented with chelated minerals for optimal nutrient absorption
  • High-quality ingredients
  • Rich in species-appropriate animal protein
  • Affordable
  • Free of potentially-harmful ingredients and additives
Cons
  • Low in moisture

Recall History

The following list (if present) shows all dog food recalls related to American Journey since 2009. If no recalls are listed, no recall events have been reported.

Since 2009 American Journey has never been recalled.

Ingredient Review

Our review of American Journey Chicken & Sweet Potato Recipe Grain-Free Senior Dry Dog Food begins with a detailed look at the food’s ingredients.

The first ingredient is Deboned Chicken. Deboned chicken is chicken meat with the bones removed. In pet food, deboned chicken is a valuable source of protein.

The second ingredient is Chicken Meal. In pet food, chicken meal is often listed as a source of protein. Chicken meal is produced by baking and grinding chicken meat and skin. As a dry form of animal protein, it is most often found in kibble and treats.

The third ingredient is Chondroitin Sulfate. Chondroitin sulfate is a natural anti-inflammatory agent that is often combined with glucosamine. The chondroitin sulfate in pet food, treats, and supplements is often intended to support healthy joint function, particularly in aging companion animals.

The fourth ingredient is Turkey Meal. The turkey meal in pet food is typically a byproduct of turkey meat production. Turkey meal is high in protein, and is easy for pets to digest. It is a good source of B vitamins and amino acids to support your pet’s overall well-being.

The fifth ingredient is Sweet Potatoes. Sweet potatoes are added to pet food as an easy-to-digest source of grain-free and gluten-free carbohydrates. They contain high levels of fiber, along with a number of important vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.

After the fifth ingredient, the list includes all remaining ingredients. It’s worth noting that ingredients (other than nutritional supplements) located this far down on the list aren’t likely to have an impact on the overall rating of this American Journey Chicken & Sweet Potato Recipe Grain-Free Senior Dry Dog Food.

Price Analysis

Product infoMarket Price Avg.% From the Avg
Price per lb$1.79$2.55-30%
Price per 100 kcal$0.12$0.23-50%
Price per day$0.07$0.14-50%

Nutritional Analysis

We’ve compared American Journey Chicken & Sweet Potato Recipe Grain-Free Senior Dry Dog Food to the other 104 dry senior dog food recipes in our database:

Product infoAll Products avg.% From the Avg
DM Protein33.33%28.36%18%
DM Fat12.22%13.52%-10%
DM Fiber7.78%5.43%43%
DM Carb46.67%52.05%-10%
Caloric Content3377 kcal/kg3332 kcal/kg1%

As opposed to formulas intended for growth (puppy) and maintenance (adult), there are no special label requirements or legal definitions for “senior” diets. Senior diets are actually only required to meet the same nutritional needs as for adult diets. This means that there can be a lot of variation and interpretation by different food companies on what makes up a senior diet. Senior diets can have varying amounts of protein, fat, carbs, phosphorus, sodium, and fiber.

The assumptions that all senior pets need low protein, low fat and carbs, low phosphorus and sodium, and high fiber across the board are incorrect. The need for higher or lower levels of these nutrients varies greatly from dog to dog. That’s why it’s very important for senior pets for their pet parents to work with their veterinarian to decide what type of diet is most appropriate. For many young senior pets, the adult diets they’ve been on may be just fine to continue.

Analysis Overview

American Journey Chicken & Sweet Potato Recipe Grain-Free Senior Dry Dog Food is priced below the average market price for dry senior dog food.

When we analyzed the ingredients in American Journey Chicken & Sweet Potato Recipe Grain-Free Senior Dry Dog Food, we found that most of the protein is derived from animal based sources.

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