Spotted their Kibble for Adult Dogs at Wallyworld, this last week.
Read through the ingredients and didn't find much in the way of crapola. Has "Brewer's Rice", which is one of those semi-iffy fillers, but overall nothing else caught my attention as being too awful.
Is anyone feeding their Dog this? How are they doing on it? (Questions, questions.. ???)
Hmm.... that food is made by the same folks that make Ol'Roy.  :-X
This is an ingredient list I found on the net for Maxximum:Once you took the water out of the chicken it would probably be waaay further down on the list. You want to look for a protein source that's in "meal" form, that means that the water has been removed already and so the weight is accurately placed in the order of ingredients.Chicken, brewers rice, whole grain corn, corn gluten meal, poultry by-product meal (natural source of glucosamine), whole grain wheat, animal fat preserved with mixed-tocopherols (form of Vitamin E), animal digest, chicken cartilage (natural source of glucosamine), dicalcium phosphate, salt, malted barley flour, potassium chloride, calcium carbonate, choline chloride, L-Lysine monohydrochloride, zinc sulfate, Vitamin E supplement, ferrous sulfate, manganese sulfate, niacin, Vitamin A supplement, calcium pantothenate, thiamine mononitrate, copper sulfate, riboflavin supplement, Vitamin B-12 supplement, pyridoxine hydrochloride, garlic oil, folic acid, Vitamin D-3 supplement, calcium iodate, biotin, menadione sodium bisulfite complex (source of Vitamin K activity), sodium selenite.
That combined with the high amounts of corn/corn gluten meal (difficult for dogs to digest) and the inclusion of an unspecific "poultry by-product" source would concern me, as well as having wheat in it.  :-\
Overall, I wouldn't touch that food with a ten-foot pole.
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Peanut - 7 year old minpin
Monster - 3-ish year old frenchie/jack, rescue
That ingredients list is a little out-dated. Maxximum have since improved their formulas and started using Chicken Meal, taken out the by-products, replaced the animal fat with chicken fat, and added some more wholesome ingredients (fruits & veggies). It's also most likely not made by the same manufacturer as Ol' Roy. This is a sister product to the Sam Club Exceed. Exceed is made by Purina. To my knowledge, Purina doesn't make Ol' Roy- and if they did, I'd have to say even Beneful is better quality.Originally Posted by Baloo317
There are quite a few field folks that have had great results on Maxximum.
No, it's probably not the "best" food ingredients wise, but it's hardly the worst either. I'd give it a try.
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You're factually incorrect.Originally Posted by LabLady101
Purina= Beneful and Sam's Club Exceed
Doane Pet Care= Ol' Roy and Maxximum Nutrition (check the SEC filings for Doane if you don't believe me, it's listed as one of their brands).
Maxximum is not a Purina brand and not a sister food to Sam's Club's Exceed.
Furthermore, since Doane doesn't have an "official" ingredient list out, it's kind of hard to tell whether or not they have updated their ingredients.Hardly a glowing endorsement for a food.Originally Posted by LabLady101
The ingredients list on the bag seem to be the ones that Lab Lady posted.
The inclusion of Taurine has me scratching my head. I've always thought of it as being a stimulant, not necessarily a nutrient.
Oh well. I'm poor as heck and decided to give it a shot.
Rainy likes it. For a Dog that generally hates dry food, that's saying something.
She seems to be doing well on the stuff, for now. It's just such a major accomplishment to get her to eat kibble in the first place. ;D
Taurine is beneficial to the heart. Taurine deficiency can cause heart disease.