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Valu-Pak Dog Food Review 2023: Recalls, Pros & Cons

Kit Copson

By Kit Copson

Valu-Pak Dog Food Review

Review Summary

Our Final Verdict

We give Valu-Pak Dog Food a rating of 4.2 out of 5 stars.


If this is the first time you’ve heard about Valu-Pak, you’re not alone. Valu-Pak is one of the lesser-known dog food brands on the market—with its simple, no-frills packaging and low profile on large vendor sites like Amazon and Chewy, it does fade into the background somewhat when compared with better-known brands.

What Valu-Pak lacks in market prominence, it makes up for in its to-the-point advertising, modest product selection, and emphasis on producing high-quality foods at a low price without all the fuss. For this reason, we give Valu-Pak an overall rating of 4.5 stars. If you’d like to learn more about Valu-Pak, this post shares all you need to know.

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At a Glance: The Best Valu-Pak Food Recipes:

Image Product Details
Valu-Pak Free 28-20 Valu-Pak Free 28-20
  • Suitable for all life stages
  • Tasty according to several reviews
  • May benefit skin and coat condition
  • Valu-Pak 24-20 Valu-Pak 24-20
  • For active dogs
  • Can be purchased on Amazon
  • May benefit skin and coat condition
  • Valu-Pak 30-20 for Adult Athletes and Puppies Valu-Pak 30-20 for Adult Athletes and Puppies
  • High in protein
  • Designed for athletic dogs
  • Supports healthy muscles and energy levels
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    Valu-Pak Dog Food Reviewed

    Who Makes Valu-Pak and Where Is It Produced?

    Valu-Pak is a brand owned by SpecialityFeeds, Inc, which owns four dog food brands in addition to Valu-Pak. SpecialtyFeeds’ headquarters are in Memphis, Tennessee. SpecialtyFeeds was founded in 1960 and had its beginnings as a small-scale Mississippi dairy farm. Today, SpecialtyFeeds manufactures its dog food in 20 U.S. states from its plant in Memphis.

    Which Type of Dog is Valu-Pak Best Suited For?

    Valu-Pak is best-suited to active adult dogs and those who need a standard amount of protein in their diet (over 30% protein is considered high.) Several of Valu-Pak’s products are designed for active adult dogs and most contain between 18% and 28% protein, though the Adult Athletes and Puppies formula contains 30% protein.

    Which Type of Dog Might Do Better with a Different Brand?

    Dogs on special diets, puppies, and senior dogs may do better with a different brand. Though Valu-Pak products are labeled as “suitable for all life stages”—including puppies— there aren’t any specific products just for puppies, seniors, or dogs with special dietary requirements.

    If your dog has special dietary needs (weight control, etc.) speak to your vet to find out which brand they would recommend.

    Discussion of the Primary Ingredients (Good and Bad)

    For this part, we’re going to break down Valu-Pak’s most popular product, which is the Valu-Pak Free 28-20 formula. The numbers on the bag refer to the product’s protein and fat content respectively. The ingredients for this formula are:

    Chicken By-Product Meal, Pork Meal, Whole Grain Brown Rice, Whole Grain Sorghum, Chicken Fat (preserved with mixed Tocopherols), Dried Green Peas, Dried Beet Pulp (sugar removed), Ground Flaxseed, Salt, Potassium Chloride, Calcium Carbonate, Hydrated Sodium Calcium Aluminosilicate, Choline Chloride, Ferrous Sulfate, Vitamin E Supplement, Zinc Sulfate, Zinc Oxide, Manganese Sulfate, Copper Sulfate, Sodium Selenite, Niacin Supplement, Biotin, Calcium Pantothenate, Vitamin A Supplement, Riboflavin Supplement, Menadione Sodium Bisulfite Complex, Thiamine Mononitrate, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Calcium Iodate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Cobalt Carbonate, Folic Acid.

    Chicken By-Product Meal

    If your dog has a chicken allergy, this formula contains chicken by-product meal, so is best avoided. In short, meat by-products are animal products that humans do not eat. By-products could include organs, fat, or bones. If you would prefer to feed your dog a diet with no animal by-products, you might want to look elsewhere.

    Corn-Free, Gluten-Free, Soy-Free, Wheat-Free

    Some dog parents choose to feed corn-free, gluten-free, soy-free, and/or wheat-free diets because they believe them to be healthier. According to PetMD, corn, soy, and wheat are not harmful to dogs, but they’re not the best choices for making up the base of the diet.

    Controversial Ingredients

    Certain ingredients in dog food have caused controversy for a variety of reasons. In some cases, ingredients are controversial for potential quality issues—for example, meat by-products—and in others, certain ingredients are believed to be potentially linked to health issues.

    Controversial ingredients in this formula include:
    • Green peas
    • Chicken by-product meal
    • Pork meal
    • Menadione Sodium Bisulfite Complex

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    A Quick Look at Valu-Pak Dog Food

    • Simple, no-fuss advertising
    • No known recall history
    • Modest product selection makes it easier to choose a product
    • Offers formulas suitable for both puppies and adults
    • Largely positive reviews
    • No products for special diets
    • No products specifically for puppies or seniors
    • No wet food or extras like treats

    Recall History

    We couldn’t find any evidence to indicate that Valu-Pak products have ever been subject to recalls. This is fantastic, and really adds an extra layer of trust that dog parents can really appreciate.

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    Reviews of the 3 Best Valu-Pak Dog Food Recipes

    Let’s take a closer look at the three most popular and easy-to-find Valu-Pak products on the market.

    1. Valu-Pak Free 28-20

    Valu-Pak Free 28-20

    This appears to be Valu-Pak’s most popular and best-selling product. The numbers refer to the protein and fat content—28% protein and 20% fat—and this is a feature on all of Valu-Pak’s packages. It contains two types of meat in the form of chicken by-product meal and pork meal, and contains no wheat, soy, gluten, or corn.

    This recipe is formulated for active adult dogs and puppies from 4 weeks old, and is labeled as suitable for “all life stages.” This is one of the things we like most about Valu-Pak—we can’t imagine a simpler, more straightforward brand!

    • Suitable for all life stages
    • May benefit skin and coat condition
    • Tasty according to several reviews
    • Can be purchased on Amazon
    • Meat is in by-product and meal form

    2. Valu-Pak 24-20

    Valu-Pak 24-20

    This 24-20 recipe contains—you guessed it—24% protein and 20% fat. Unlike the “free” products, this one does contain corn, gluten, and wheat, but no soy. It’s designed for active adult dogs and to support healthy skin and coats. The main meat source comes from pork meal.

    The reviews for this product that we could find were more mixed than those of the 28-20 formula. While some consider this a great food that helped with their dog’s coat condition, others found it far too expensive.

    • May benefit skin and coat condition
    • For active dogs
    • Can be purchased on Amazon
    • Mixed reviews
    • Not made with whole meat

    3. Valu-Pak 30-20 for Adult Athletes and Puppies

    Valu-Pak 30-20 for Adult Athletes and Puppies

    This 30% protein, 20% fat formula is Valu-Pak’s product for athletic dogs and puppies, which is why its protein content is higher than that of other products. Athletic dogs need more protein to support their muscle development and to help keep their energy up. The main protein source comes from chicken by-product meal.

    Unfortunately, this formula isn’t available to buy on Amazon, but you can buy it from other online stores and vendors.

    • Designed for athletic dogs
    • High in protein
    • Supports healthy muscles and energy levels
    • Not available on Amazon
    • Not made with whole meat

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    What Other Users Are Saying

    Taking into account what other users make of a brand is critical to our research and the writing of these reviews. Without knowing what people think, we can’t get a balanced perspective on how good a product actually is. For this reason, we’ve decided to share a few comments on Valu-Pak from online reviews.

    • Amazon – Amazon is a great source of information for us when it comes to understanding how others view products in terms of quality and value. Check out Amazon reviews for Valu-Pak here.
    • com – It is a dry dog food with a balanced nutrition profile, and it contains many vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients to keep your dog healthy.”
    • NRS – “Based on our research (FDA, AVMA, DogFoodAdvisor), we could find no evidence that Valu-Pak dog food has ever undergone any recalls, which makes it a recall-free dog food brand. This is impressive given the long history of Specialty Feeds Inc that goes back over fifty years.”

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    Based on our research, we consider Valu-Pak to be a reliable dog food brand due to its lack of recall history and no-frills advertising. Both of these factors give us the sense that we can trust this brand, as we have a lot of respect for established, long-term brands with a clean history and that value subtlety and honesty in their advertising. We also greatly appreciate Valu-Pak’s simplicity and how easy it is to choose a product from their humble selection.

    Of course, no brand is perfect. Valu-Pak’s product selection may be too minimal for some, and it doesn’t use whole or fresh meat in its products. Stock is also limited on online vendors like Amazon, and Chewy doesn’t sell Valu-Pak’s products at all, so it can be a bit tricky to track down. However, reviews for Valu-Pak products are, overall, pretty good, particularly for its 28-20 formula.

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