Get the SCOOP on dog food: Dad’s Trail Mix

Get the SCOOP on dog food: Dad’s Trail Mix

Dad’s dog food brand is no longer popular in the pet world, as most pet specialty stores have stopped carrying it. It can still be found in a small amount of grocery store chains and feed supply stores due to its low price.


How much should my dog eat?


  • Adult dogs 3 to 12 lb.: 1/2 to 1 1/4 cups
  • Adult dogs 13 to 25 lb.: 1 1/3 to 2 1/8 cups
  • Adult dogs 26 to 50 lb.: 2 1/4 to 3 1/2 cups
  • Adult dogs 51 to 100 lb.: 3 1/2 to 6 cups
  • Adult dogs over 100 lb.: 6 cups plus 1/2 cup per 12 lb. of body weight over 100 lb.


Note: These feeding directions are guidelines only. If your dog is still a developing adult (many large breeds are considered developing until age 2-3) or above average in activity level you will need to adjust.


What’s in it?

Ground Yellow Corn, Soybean Meal, Beef Meal, Animal Fat (Preserved with BHA), Chicken By-Product Meal, Corn Gluten Meal, Natural Flavor (Source of Liver Flavor), Dicalcium Phosphate, Dried Beet Pulp, Salt, Calcium Carbonate, Dried Cheese Powder, Iron Oxide, Artificial Color (Red #40, Yellow #5 & #6, Blue #2), Vitamin E Supplement, Choline chloride, Zinc Sulfate, Ferrous Sulfate, L-Ascorbyl-2-Polyphosphate (Source of Vitamin C), Niacin, Manganese Sulfate, Natural Flavor (Source of Bacon Flavor), Copper Sulfate, D-Calcium Pantothenate, Biotin, Sodium Selenite, Vitamin A Supplement, Riboflavin Supplement, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Thiamine Mononitrate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Menadione Sodium Bisulfite Complex (Source of Vitamin K activity), Vitamin B12 Supplement, Potassium Iodide, Cobalt Sulfate, Folic Acid.


The first two ingredients are strictly filler, and offer almost 0 nutritional value for your pet, and the only two main sources of any protein in the food are chicken by-product meal and beef meal.

In case you’re wondering what beef meal is, the AAFCO defines it as; a product made from beef tissues, including bone, exclusive of any added blood, hair, hoof, horn, hide trimmings, manure, stomach and rumen contents, except in such amounts as may occur “unavoidably” in good processing practices.


How much does it cost?

  • 20lb Bag – $9.99

What’s the bottom-line?

Dad’s Trail Mix is almost entirely plant-based kibble using only a small amount of assorted by-product meal as its only source of animal protein; it also contains large amounts of filler products (corn, soybean meal, corn gluten meal) adding almost 0 nutritional value to the food.  Overall, Dad’s does not offer your pet much other than a carb-filled meal, at the cost of hardly any nutritional value.

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  • Renee Gautier

    Yeah Lauren this is awesome woohoo! I bet Dad’s and the beloved Pedigree and Purina aren’t far off from each other! and that darn Beneful too!