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Maxximum Nutrition Super Premium Dog Food Adult Recipe
 
4.3

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This is a terrific find in dog foods but it may not matter now!

I have been using Maxximum Adult Recipe Dog Food for approximately one year.  I have 3 dogs - a senior Beagle, an adult Basset Hound, and a young Terrier...Read complete review

I have been using Maxximum Adult Recipe Dog Food for approximately one year.  I have 3 dogs - a senior Beagle, an adult Basset Hound, and a young Terrier Mix - 2 of them are rescues - and 1 of them needed almost one year of rehabilitation in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.  I used to feed Nutro Ultra until I discovered Maxximum at Wal-Mart.  I have found all of the comments associated with this food to be very interesting. 

Some people are condemning this product because it is distributed exclusively by Wal-Mart.  So what does it matter who distributes it?  All we want is a decent, nutritious food for our beloved pets.  Many products are distributed by Wal-Mart under a different label because Wal-Mart is able to negotiate a lower price with the manufacturer that is offset by the volume business that is generated by being carried in a Wal-Mart Store.  The manufacturer does not want the public to know that you can get the same product for less - and so they change the name and packaging to mask their marketing ploy.  There is no shame to this - it is business...and one that Wal-Mart has mastered!  Good for them - it is the American way!  By the way, Wal-Mart sells products, it does not manufacture them.

Other critics of this product state that they doubt the quality of the ingredients that are listed - that the protein that they list could be hair. Traditionally L-Cysteine is produced from feathers, pig bristles and sometimes human hair. These days L-Cysteine can also be produced synthetically but apparently human hair remains one of the richest sources of this amino acid - it makes up about 14% of your hair - and there is a small industry in China making the additive from hair clippings.

If we can't believe what the label says, then that is probably more indicative of the agency who regulates the pet food industry.  I found on the web an interesting summary by a pet advocate:

"At this time the pet food industry is "governed" by the Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO). AAFCO was originally formed to bring together representatives from Federal and State agencies to discuss and standardize regulations they would be imposing on the animal feed industry. This has changed and today AAFCO's membership roster reads like a "who's who" from the pet food industry. AAFCO's membership changed drastically after President Reagan's administration, in the mid-1980's when industries were offered "privatization" - a form of deregulation. The pet food industry took full advantage of the offer. Today, if a problem with an animal feed comes to the attention of a state or federal agency, because of the privatization policies, it will be referred to AAFCO. But AAFCO is an association and not an agency. AAFCO still has some members from state and federal agencies but the majority of AAFCO members are closely aligned with the animal feed industry. Today, when AAFCO votes on an issue the result is that the pet food industry regulates itself.

An example of how saturated AAFCO has become by feed industry employees can be found on page 304 in the *Official Publication 1994, Association of American Feed Control Officials*. Here they list the members for a group used to develop, and review standards for terms used on pet food labels. The group is comprised of six AAFCO members. Four of the six are pet food company employees: Ken Johannes, Hill's Pet Products Inc.; Dan Chauslow, Westreco, Inc.; Dave Bebiak, Ralston Purina Co.; and Mark Finke, Alpo Petfoods, Inc."

 I don't know if the above summary is true, but if we can't believe the Maxximum Dog Food label, then how can we trust the labeling on any other bag of dog food marketed in the United States!  It is not necessarily follow that if a dog food is inexpensive that it is "too good to be true."  It depends on the marketing costs.  Wal-Mart has an established credibility with buyers - but the manufacturer has to pay for advertising, packaging, distribution, etc.  The real cost of the dog food is a fraction of the selling price.  So they can sell it to Wal-Mart at a lower cost that Wal-Mart can pass on to their customers.

 However, all of these issues may be irrelevant at this point.  I went to purchase my usual 20 lb bag of Maxximum Adult Chicken Recipe Dog Food this past week - only to find that not only was Wal-Mat out of the product - but they currently they were not going to re-order it.  I wrote to Wal-Mart Customer Service immediately to find out the problem and received an answer within 24 hours reporting that there is a "pet food shortage" and that Wal-Mart could no longer acquire this pet food to distribute "until further notice."  I don't know what this means - but I can tell you that I am distraught.  If I knew who made this dog food, I would gladly buy it at a higher cost.  Our dogs are happy, healthy, and satisfied with this dog food - and if it ever becomes available again - unless I can find a valid reason not to use - I will be the first one in line to buy it again!

 

 

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Gives my dog the worst gas!

I have a black lab that will be 10 years old. He gets very serious allergies in the fall and winter and I have to be careful of what I feed him. Wheat gluten...Read complete review

I have a black lab that will be 10 years old. He gets very serious allergies in the fall and winter and I have to be careful of what I feed him. Wheat gluten and like products are the worst. At first I thought this food was going to work, but the dog has gas so bad after every meal that it makes family life miserable. His buddie, the beagle is gaining too much weight also. They really like the taste though.

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3.0

Good and well priced.

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from Florida

About Me Long-time Pet Owner

Pros

  • Dog Likes It
  • Good Value

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Larger Dogs
    • Older Dogs

    Comments about Maxximum Nutrition Super Premium Dog Food Adult Recipe:

    I had never heard of this brand of dog food before I started looking for a dog food specifically for an older dog . I chose to try this brand of dog food because of the value of the amount of food I was getting for the price.

    I was a little worried that our dogs wouldn't like it because it was different than the usual food that we had been feeding them. But there was no need to be worried. Both of our senior dogs are in love with this food and it doesn't have a strange smell like other brands.

    We've had no problems with eating or digesting or anything. The food isn't greasy and that actually is a big plus for us.

    I would for sure recommend that anyone with elderly dogs try this out. You'll save money and have happy doggies.

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    4.0

    My dog loves this

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    from Richmond VA

    About Me Long-time Pet Owner

    Pros

    • Dog Likes It
    • Easy To Digest
    • Good Value

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Maxximum Nutrition Super Premium Dog Food Adult Recipe:

        I was in an unfamiliar grocery store and couldn't find the kind of food I usually buy for my dog (I have a puggle - half pug, half beagle). In a pinch, I saw this food and thought I would give it a try, hoping it would be okay for him to eat. And it was! He really seemed to enjoy this food, eating it way more enthusiastically than he did his regular brand. It really made me rethink the kind of food I will be buying for him in the future.

        My dog sometimes gets irritated and has stomach issues with some foods, so it can be hard to find things that are gentle and that he enjoys at the same time. I have not noted any stomach irritation with this food, so that is a huge plus. I am sure that I will be purchasing this kind again for my dog.

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        3.0

        puppy chow

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        from Bristol, CT

        Comments about Maxximum Nutrition Super Premium Dog Food Adult Recipe:

        Hello, my name is sonia and i am the owner of a cockapoo puppy name coco. He is about 3 months and hes been in my family for about a month. This is our first time with a puppy or any kind of animal. Whan i first got him he was eating some food call blue seal, so i though i should keep giving him the same brand of food. But it was deficult to find a store that sold that brand and when i finally found one, it was preety far away from home. So i thouht there has to be another kind of dog food with the same quality around my area. So I start looking on the internet for another brand with quality products on it. And I was so surprise of the amount of dogs food brand around. I was so confuse, i did not know what to buy, Then i thought, well i will wait for his vet apointment, and i will ask the vet. Will looking on the internet i found out that when looking on the ingredients, i should look for Lamb or chicken to be the first ingredients. So that was a good way to start. But like always quality means higher price. When i went to the vet appointment they told me that purina puppy chow was fine. And it was ok for me because is not such a expensive brand. But well all depends in your budget and the health of your puppy. My puppy is been eating it fine. So Im happy with that.

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        5.0

        Maxximum Nutrition dog food-large dog has eaten it for 13 years.

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        from Blandford, MA

        Comments about Maxximum Nutrition Super Premium Dog Food Adult Recipe:

        Maxximum Nutrition dog food was my large dog's only food for most of her life (13 years old, so far). I have been unable to find it regularly the last year or two, but I keep looking. It's her favorite and has kept her healthy so far!

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        (8 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        This is a terrific find in dog foods but it may not matter now!

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        from Houston, TX

        Comments about Maxximum Nutrition Super Premium Dog Food Adult Recipe:

        I have been using Maxximum Adult Recipe Dog Food for approximately one year.  I have 3 dogs - a senior Beagle, an adult Basset Hound, and a young Terrier Mix - 2 of them are rescues - and 1 of them needed almost one year of rehabilitation in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.  I used to feed Nutro Ultra until I discovered Maxximum at Wal-Mart.  I have found all of the comments associated with this food to be very interesting. 

        Some people are condemning this product because it is distributed exclusively by Wal-Mart.  So what does it matter who distributes it?  All we want is a decent, nutritious food for our beloved pets.  Many products are distributed by Wal-Mart under a different label because Wal-Mart is able to negotiate a lower price with the manufacturer that is offset by the volume business that is generated by being carried in a Wal-Mart Store.  The manufacturer does not want the public to know that you can get the same product for less - and so they change the name and packaging to mask their marketing ploy.  There is no shame to this - it is business...and one that Wal-Mart has mastered!  Good for them - it is the American way!  By the way, Wal-Mart sells products, it does not manufacture them.

        Other critics of this product state that they doubt the quality of the ingredients that are listed - that the protein that they list could be hair. Traditionally L-Cysteine is produced from feathers, pig bristles and sometimes human hair. These days L-Cysteine can also be produced synthetically but apparently human hair remains one of the richest sources of this amino acid - it makes up about 14% of your hair - and there is a small industry in China making the additive from hair clippings.

        If we can't believe what the label says, then that is probably more indicative of the agency who regulates the pet food industry.  I found on the web an interesting summary by a pet advocate:

        "At this time the pet food industry is "governed" by the Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO). AAFCO was originally formed to bring together representatives from Federal and State agencies to discuss and standardize regulations they would be imposing on the animal feed industry. This has changed and today AAFCO's membership roster reads like a "who's who" from the pet food industry. AAFCO's membership changed drastically after President Reagan's administration, in the mid-1980's when industries were offered "privatization" - a form of deregulation. The pet food industry took full advantage of the offer. Today, if a problem with an animal feed comes to the attention of a state or federal agency, because of the privatization policies, it will be referred to AAFCO. But AAFCO is an association and not an agency. AAFCO still has some members from state and federal agencies but the majority of AAFCO members are closely aligned with the animal feed industry. Today, when AAFCO votes on an issue the result is that the pet food industry regulates itself.

        An example of how saturated AAFCO has become by feed industry employees can be found on page 304 in the *Official Publication 1994, Association of American Feed Control Officials*. Here they list the members for a group used to develop, and review standards for terms used on pet food labels. The group is comprised of six AAFCO members. Four of the six are pet food company employees: Ken Johannes, Hill's Pet Products Inc.; Dan Chauslow, Westreco, Inc.; Dave Bebiak, Ralston Purina Co.; and Mark Finke, Alpo Petfoods, Inc."

         I don't know if the above summary is true, but if we can't believe the Maxximum Dog Food label, then how can we trust the labeling on any other bag of dog food marketed in the United States!  It is not necessarily follow that if a dog food is inexpensive that it is "too good to be true."  It depends on the marketing costs.  Wal-Mart has an established credibility with buyers - but the manufacturer has to pay for advertising, packaging, distribution, etc.  The real cost of the dog food is a fraction of the selling price.  So they can sell it to Wal-Mart at a lower cost that Wal-Mart can pass on to their customers.

         However, all of these issues may be irrelevant at this point.  I went to purchase my usual 20 lb bag of Maxximum Adult Chicken Recipe Dog Food this past week - only to find that not only was Wal-Mat out of the product - but they currently they were not going to re-order it.  I wrote to Wal-Mart Customer Service immediately to find out the problem and received an answer within 24 hours reporting that there is a "pet food shortage" and that Wal-Mart could no longer acquire this pet food to distribute "until further notice."  I don't know what this means - but I can tell you that I am distraught.  If I knew who made this dog food, I would gladly buy it at a higher cost.  Our dogs are happy, healthy, and satisfied with this dog food - and if it ever becomes available again - unless I can find a valid reason not to use - I will be the first one in line to buy it again!

         

         

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        (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        a dog lover who wants to do the best for my dog but isn't rich.

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        from Leland, NC

        Comments about Maxximum Nutrition Super Premium Dog Food Adult Recipe:

        Switched from Nutro to this when I found out that Nutro had changed their formula. Maxxiumum Nutrition offers a great product at a very affordable price. My dog loves the flavor, has a shiny coat, and has very stools. I also mix in 1 small tsp. of the stage 2 baby foods. He almost howls when he hears the food hit the bowl because he gets so excited. He never acted like this over the Nutro.

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        (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        A welcome relief from the higher priced brands

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        from Tunnel Hill, GA

        Comments about Maxximum Nutrition Super Premium Dog Food Adult Recipe:

        I have Doberman Pinschers, and was feeding my dogs the expensive higher priced brands and it was costing me a fortune.  So, I decided I would experiment, for the sake of my wallet, with a lower priced dog food that a family member swore by.  My dogs did eat it but without much gusto and they dropped condition rapidly! 

        In a panic, I researched what makes a quality pet food, which I should have done before changing.  I started reading labels on all the pet food bags.  Most brands were quickly dismissed due to the number one ingredient being a non-meat.  I found Maxximum Nutrition and compared it nutritionally to my expensive brand and was very surprised.  So I thought I would give it a shot.  The dogs loved it!  They are back to their previous condition and energy level.

        My only problem with Maxximum Nutrition is that I haven't found larger bags of the food yet.  If they could market it in 40 lbs or more bags it would make my life much easier.

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        (5 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

         
        3.0

        Gives my dog the worst gas!

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        from Lincoln, NE

        Comments about Maxximum Nutrition Super Premium Dog Food Adult Recipe:

        I have a black lab that will be 10 years old. He gets very serious allergies in the fall and winter and I have to be careful of what I feed him. Wheat gluten and like products are the worst. At first I thought this food was going to work, but the dog has gas so bad after every meal that it makes family life miserable. His buddie, the beagle is gaining too much weight also. They really like the taste though.

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        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        The only dry food my dogs will eat!

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        from Billingsley, AL

        Comments about Maxximum Nutrition Super Premium Dog Food Adult Recipe:

        I have tried all of the dry dog food brands you can buy and this is the ONLY one my 4 dogs will eat. They love it. It costs a fraction of the leading name brands and is just as nutritous. They will eat it dry but ,if you add about 1 teaspoon of Gerber stage 2 chicken baby food to it your dogs will think it's prime rib! It's amazing. This little tidbit came straight from my vet and he's the best!

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        (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        You get peace of mind when feeding this to your pups.

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        from Tomball, TX

        Comments about Maxximum Nutrition Super Premium Dog Food Adult Recipe:

        Like the other two reviewers, I also agree that this is the best kibble food (for the price) I've found for my two boxers.  BUT just becuase it says no by-products, etc. doesn't mean this should be the only thing you feed your dog.  It's like saying you'll live off of chicken and rice for the rest of your life.  They need variety.  Mine also get raw chicken leg quarters and a vegeteble mix...what you would call a veggie smoothie.

        As far as kibble goes, I think the price tag of this Maxximum Nutrition is very reasonable compared to "premium" labels from the pet stores.

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