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Joy Special Meal Dry Dog Food

Joy Special Meal Dry Dog Food
Company info
Company HQ
Pinckneyville, Illinois
Parent company
Joy Dog Food
Product info
Age Range: Adult
Price per lb $0.78
Cost per day: $0.03
Primary proteins
  • Beef Meal
  • Corn Gluten Meal
  • Soybean Meal

Breed sizes

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

Overall Score

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70%

Ratings

? This rating is determined by comparing the food’s nutritional content to AAFCO standards and other foods in our database. Nutrient Value 32%
? Each recipe is evaluated based on a 5-point ingredient rating system that measures ingredients’ nutritional value, safety, and more. Quality of Ingredients 57%
? 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 100%
? This metric is based on customer ratings from various retailers. Customer Experience 88%
? 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

Guaranteed Analysis

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Protein: 26%

Fat: 12%

Fiber: 4%

Moisture: 10%

Ash: 0%

Carb: 48%

Dry Matter Analysis

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Protein: 28.89%

Fat: 13.33%

Fiber: 4.44%

Carb: 53.33%

Calorie Weighted Basis

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Protein: 25.21%

Fat: 28.25%

Carb: 46.54%

What We Like

  • Affordable
  • Free of potentially-harmful ingredients and additives

What We Did Not Like

  • Low in protein
  • High in carbohydrates
  • Low in moisture

Recall History

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.

Ingredients

Beef Meal, Ground Yellow Corn, Ground Wheat, Corn Gluten Meal, Soybean Meal, Animal Fat Preserved With Mixed Tocopherols And Citric Acid, Dried Beet Pulp, Flaxseed, Natural Flavors, Salt, Potassium Chloride, Calcium Propionate (Preservative), Minerals (Zinc Sulfate, Ferrous Sulfate Monohydrate, Copper Sulfate, Manganese Sulfate, Calcium Iodate, Sodium Selenite), Vitamins (Vitamin A Supplement, Vitamin D-3 Supplement, Vitamin E Supplement, Niacin, Calcium Pantothenate, Riboflavin, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Thiamine Mononitrate, Menadione Sodium Bisulfite Complex, Folic Acid, Biotin, Vitamin B-12 Supplement), Choline Chloride.

Ingredient Review

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.

Nutritional Analysis

We’ve compared Joy Special Meal Dry Dog Food to the other 1677 Dog Dry Food in our database:

Product info All Products avg.
DM Protein 28.89% 29.99%
DM Fat 13.33% 15.88%
DM Fiber 4.44% 5.14%

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.

Analysis Overview

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.

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