Company HQPinckneyville, Illinois
Parent companyJoy Dog Food
- Beef Meal
- Corn Gluten Meal
- Soybean Meal
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What We Like
- Free of potentially-harmful ingredients and additives
What We Did Not Like
- Low in protein
- High in carbohydrates
- Low in moisture
The following list (if present) shows all dog food recalls related to Joy since 2009. If no recalls are listed, no recall events have been reported.
Since 2009 Joy has never been recalled.
Our review of Joy Special Meal Dry Dog Food begins with a detailed look at the food’s ingredients.
The first ingredient is Beef Meal. Beef meal is cooked, dried, finely ground meat from any cattle breed. In pet food, beef meal can serve as a protein source as well as a source of animal fat, minerals, and amino acids.
The second ingredient is Ground Yellow Corn. Ground yellow corn is made with cooked kernels from yellow corn species. In pet food, ground yellow corn can be a filler as well as source of inexpensive protein, carbohydrates, and fiber.
The third ingredient is Ground Wheat. Ground wheat is a coarser form of ground wheatberries than wheat flour, usually made with the whole grain. In pet food, ground wheat can add texture while serving as an inexpensive source of protein, carbohydrates, and fiber.
The fourth ingredient is Corn Gluten Meal. Corn gluten meal is produced as a byproduct from the manufacture of corn syrup and other sweeteners made with corn. It contains no wheat gluten. The corn gluten meal in pet food is a source of inexpensive protein, but it has high levels of cysteine, which have been linked to the formation of urinary stones.
The fifth ingredient is Soybean Meal. Soybean meal is the pulverized, ground remnants of soybeans after soy oil has been extracted. In pet food, soybean meal serves as an inexpensive source of plant-based protein, along with some carbohydrates.
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 Joy Special Meal Dry Dog Food.
We’ve compared Joy Special Meal Dry Dog Food to the other 1677 Dog Dry Food in our database:
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This recipe has:
- 1.10% less protein
- 2.55% less fat
- 0.70% less fiber
Dogs typically thrive on a diet that includes high protein content, a medium amount of fat, and a comparatively low amount of carbohydrates, along with sufficient moisture. It’s worth noting that specialty diets recommended by veterinarians might prioritize different nutrients based on your pet’s condition and unique needs.
Joy Special Meal Dry Dog Food is priced below the average market price for Dog Dry Food.
When we analyzed the ingredients in Joy Special Meal Dry Dog Food, we found that most of the protein is derived from beef meal based sources.
As for the overall quality of the recipe, 4 of the first 5 ingredients are low-quality and controversial ingredients. That’s why we believe that this recipe is not recommended.