Ol’ Roy

Ol’ Roy Dog Food

Ol’ Roy dog food formulas are currently the top-selling dog food in the United States. While many people see Ol’ Roy as an inexpensive formula to feed their dog, Ol’ Roy has been subject to a lot of criticism about its nutritional content and the quality of its ingredients.

Who is Ol’ Roy Manufactured By?

The company who makes Ol’ Roy dog food is actually Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. Wal-Mart is a multi-billion dollar franchise, which was first founded in 1962 by Sam Walton. Sam had a dog named Ol’ Roy, and decided to create a line of dog food named after his dog. Ol’ Roy dog food formulas first made it to the store shelves in 1983.

Ol’ Roy Dog Food Recall

As of right now, Ol’ Roy dog food is listed on the FDA’s pet food recall list, for certain dog food formulas with specific expiration dates. Several of Ol’ Roy’s treats were recalled, along with several canned dog food formulas and some dog food pouch formulas.

Ol’ Roy Reviews

Ol’ Roy Ingredients

Many of the ingredients contained in Ol’ Roy dog food formulas are by-products, fillers and chemical ingredients. Most of the Ol’ Roy dog food formulas have corn as their first ingredient, as well as other corn products (such as corn gluten meal) among their top five ingredients. In 1998, Ol’ Roy dog food formulas tested positive for pentobarbital, a chemical that is used to euthanize animals. BHA is commonly seen as a preservative in Ol’ Roy.

Ol’ Roy Allergies

There are several different ingredients contained in Ol’ Roy dog food formulas that could cause allergic reactions in some dogs. Corn and corn products are always present in Ol’ Roy dog food formulas. Also, since wheat is contained in many Ol’ Roy formulas, it could cause allergic reactions in dogs with wheat-based allergies. Ol’ Roy also contains soy, which is often in the form of soybean meal.

Ol Roy Recipes

Ol Roy Dry Recipes:

  1. Ol’ Roy Meat Chunks & Gravy
  2. Ol’ Roy High Performance
  3. Ol’ Roy Kibbles, Chunks, and Chews
  4. Ol’ Roy Skin & Coat Formula
  5. Ol’ Roy Meaty Chunks & Gravy
  6. Ol’ Roy Puppy Complete Nutrition with Beef & Chicken Flavors
  7. Ol’ Roy Complete Nutrition
  8. Ol’ Roy Puppy Complete for All Breeds
  9. Ol’ Roy Complete Nutrition for All Breeds

Ol’ Roy Consumer Info

Where can I buy Ol’ Roy?

You may be wondering, “Where can I buy Ol’ Roy Dog Food?”. To assist you, we have included links on the specific Ol’ Roy formula pages to purchase Ol’ Roy dog food.

How much Ol’ Roy should I feed my dog?

A common question that many pet owners have, is “How much Ol’ Roy dog food should I feed my dog?”. Since the answer is dependent on several factors (such as your dog’s age, weight, activity level, etc) always follow the specific instructions on your formula’s packaging.

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Ol’ Roy Ratings

Customer reviews of Ol’ Roy dog food formulas are very negative. The fact that Ol’ Roy tested positive for pentobarbital in 1998 still seems to prevent many dog owners from even considering Ol’ Roy dog food. Also, many dog owners reported that their dogs experienced health problems when fed Ol’ Roy dog food. Allergic reactions and gastrointestinal distress seem to be the most commonly experienced problems. The fact that corn is the first ingredient in Ol’ Roy dry formulas was very negatively received by consumers.

Have you fed your dog any of the Ol’ Roy dog food dry or canned formulas? Do you have feedback that could help other pet owners? Please share your review of Ol’ Roy dog food!

  • TyTX

    I’ve fed Ol Roy to my four farm dogs for months with no problem. Last week they all threw up their food within minutes of feeding from a new bag. Others in our church and my daughter & son-in-law experienced the same problems. We’re bagging this stuff back up from the bin and returning it to Walmart. Never again.

    Feed comes from feed stores. Local ones at that.

  • Shannon

    I have dachshunds & have been feeding them ol roy bits & chunks without a problem for some time. I live on a farm and hour away from Costco or pet stores. I checked all the dog food they have at Walmart & Kmart and local grocery stores & couldn’t find one with ingredients any healthier than Ol Roy-they were all corn & miscellaneous parts-would love some advice on what to feed them that I don’t have to drive an hour to get?

  • Dee Lauffer

    I have a purebred pitbulls and I lost my husband and moved up to Michigan with my sis, I’ve always had dogs and there brand was Thompsons Pasta Plus until they stopped making it so I switched them to Kroger’s Old Yeller brand. So my dogs and I’ve had many , have eaten that brand for about 18 years and I never had a problem. When I moved here I switched to Ol Roy dry kibble s bits and chunks. After about a year of them eating that my pit woke up one am and didn’t want his food or treats and was throwing up few hours later he started having diarrhea, it then turned into blood, and I’m talking a lot. After 1850.00 dollars he came home fromtheanimal hospital, ok but all tests were normal. They couldn’t. Tell me what was wrong. 5 years later , almost to the date my Pit Bull started having diarrhea again which then turned to blood. Rushed him to his vet and after all the tests nothing was wrong, again all tests normal. I was told to bring him home and put him om a bland diet , so I cooked chic, burger, turkey (boiled) with white rice. Fed him yogurt and hard boiled eggs,and gave him. The antibiotics I was given by the vet. Brought Sid (my Bull) home and it just got worse so I tried some homeopathic things which did nothing. After 2 weeks of this I took him back in ( I knew he wasn’t dieting cause he was eating and drinking, playing, running around) so I get to his vet and he is off that day so I have to see someone else, we waited a few mins. And in comes a lady that looks about 16 yrs. old.. I had my reservations. Ran all tests again fecal, parasites, temp. Viruses, and another few hundred dollars lighter I still had no answers. Sid was taken off the bland diet and put back on antibiotics and they told me I had to feed him a Royal Canin, vet only food. It had medicine of some kind in it , it was special gastrointestinal food. 75 bucks for a 20 lb bag.we got home I fed him some food and gave him a pill. After eating he didn’t run rt. out to have diarrhea . By the next afternoon there was no blood and pretty solid stools. As I write this it has been 2 weeks , he finished meds a few days ago, and everything is great rt. now but I am down to 1/4of bag of the food and I am supposed to ween him back on his old food but I am terrified that the Ol Roy might be what’s has caused this 2 times and thousands of dollars .Does anyone know of a reasonable priced good food I can switch to. Oh by the way my other dog had this happen once, just no where’s near as bad.

    • TyTX

      Buy your feed at the feed store. We’re former Ol Roy users too. I don’t trust any feed that has ingredients from China. This isn’t hype, it’s real. China has careless quality measures and control when it comes to animal feed.

  • cynthia

    I had a beautiful Shepard mix I started feeding her Olroy dog food. I only had been feeding her this for about a week and a half and she went down hill fast. She started having Gastrointestinal issues and vomiting constantly. Now she’s dead. I believe Olroy dog food killed my dog she was doing fine til I switched to their food.

  • Chris

    For the record, it is not “theory”. It is not that some can eat it or some can’t. Ol Roy is bad food, PERIOD. Just because your dog can stomach that crap does not change the FACT that Ol Roy is nutritionally inferior to almost all other makes of dog food. Just saying.

  • Caitlin

    I fed my girl Rizzy Ol Roy moist and meaty packets for breakfast and purina healthy morsels for dinner. I have no idea what caused her GI problem, probably one of these foods i fed her and now she is dead and she suffered a really horrible death. She was gone from us way before she actually died. She soaked a whole towel with blood from her rectum, she was throwing up blood, had gurgly breathing and right before she died, she seized and at least a pint of blood poured out of her mouth. She had nothing else wrong with her except a GI problem and she deteriorated really quickly. The vet told us he was 90 percent positive she would survive but she didn’t and one of these piece of shit foods caused her to suffer like this. Next time i get another pet I’m going to make sure i buy something that is organic or something because this could have been prevented and I watched my poor girl die a really horrible death. Please don’t get an animal if you can afford veterinary care, healthy food and other pet products. If i had any idea she was going to die like this and the cause was the food, I would have changed it immediately.


    All eight of my dogs have always eaten ol’roy, and I have never, EVER had any problem with it. Every dog eats it instantly, are healthy, and VERY happy. Although it is a more affordable dog food, it does not have lower quality ingredients. I have tried Purina and Pedigree, but both have not lasted long in the dogs and do not give them the nutrients they need. I breed corgis and have always, and will always consider that the dog food of my choice.

    • Chris

      If you don’t know what you’re talking about you probably shouldn’t be giving advise. This is the ingredient list

      Ingredients: Ground yellow corn, meat and bone meal, soybean meal, poultry by-product meal, animal fat (preserved with BHA and citric acid), corn gluten meal, natural flavor, brewers rice, salt, potassium chloride, color added (titanium dioxide, yellow #5, yellow #6, red #40, blue #2), choline chloride, zinc sulfate, vitamin E supplement, ferrous sulfate, zinc oxide, niacin, copper sulfate, vitamin A supplement, biotin, manganous oxide, calcium pantothenate, vitamin B12 supplement, thiamine mononitrate, pyridoxine hydrochloride, menadione sodium bisulfite complex (source of vitamin K activity), riboflavin supplement, sodium selenite, calcium iodate, folic acid, vitamin D3 supplement, cobalt carbonate

      Corn is the first ingredient, confirming that this is an inferior food before getting to the second ingredient, meat and bone meal. What is meat and bone meal? Meat and bone meal is a dry “rendered product from mammal tissues, including bone, exclusive of any added blood, hair, hoof, horn, hide trimmings, manure, stomach and rumen contents”

      To compliment their inferior ingredients (some from China) they add a long history of recalls and controversial chemicals found in the food.

      So your dogs eat that crap up, probably because they’re always hungry since the only meal you give them a day has very little nutritional value.

      You could eat nothing but french fries and your belly would swell and you would survive but do you think for one second that it would provide you the proper nutrients?

      You are nothing short of a backyard breeder, which I see as the main problem plaguing domesticated animals today. If you did any research at all you would see that Ol Roy is consistently listed as one of the worst dog foods available. Purina and Pedigree are not far ahead.

      If it has to be something cheap I could recommend Kirkland brand at Costco. It is manufactured by Diamond and actually contains real meat, as the first ingredient even! That would bring you from a 1 star pet food to a 4 star pet food at a close price. If you can afford it I would recommend Wellness brand.

      Just make sure you don’t get your pet food advise from someone whose only experience in dog training and health is letting two dogs mate in their backyard. That’s not exactly rocket science.

  • Shawna

    Much to my distress I found all of the horrible reports about Ol’ Roy products AFTER waking up this morning to my dog with a swollen face and raised bumps all over her body. She is a 4 year old mixed breed rescue and one of the kids as far as we are concerned, so her pain is ours. After a thorough exam it was determined that it must be a reaction to something in the food. As she eats table scraps within reason, and she had never had a reaction before, to anything, I have to wonder what the hell is in Ol’ Roy products. All I bought was the treats. I would hate to see what would happen if she ate the food!

  • Rachel Shuff

    My dogs love ol’Roy!!! I used the dry food for the longest time from ol’Roy and my bull mastiff got real skinny. Then I switched to the ol’Roy kibbles and bits and my dog loves it. I have 3 dogs total and they all love dinner time. See people it wasn’t ol’roys fault about your dog. The cheap stuff is just fine for some dogs. My babies needed better food so I still get ol’Roy I just get a more expensive bag now. It is our own fault! You can’t buy the cheapest and expect the best. Spend your money if you really care about your dogs and get them something that will make them happy and stop blaming the companies!

  • Kajern Niemi

    What I came looking for was a place to give a VERY POSITIVE review about OL’ROY CANNED CHICKEN STEW DOG FOOD. I gave my very picky pomeranian the Ol’Roy canned food in different types. It was the large can that cost $1 per can. I had tried many different brands which she would not eat. Before I give her a canned food, I open it and SMELL AND TASTE it myself. I know, weird, right? I tasted this stew, and it tasted like Gramma used to make. MY POM JUST LOVED IT!! I bought a couple other Ol’Roy canned varieties including the BEEFY CHUNKS IN GRAVY. She ate that also, but not as eagerly. One other was more of a “mush” of ground canned food which she would not eat. I will check the ingredients next time I get the food, but personally, I know that it does taste good, even to a human! The SOFT KIND IN A BOX (WITH LITTLE BAGS OF FOOD), looks like MEAT THRU A GRINDER, LIKE STRINGS OF BURGER, she did like at first, and eats it once in awhile, but it gets HARD when left out in the air, so I put it in a sealed plastic baggie. I HAVE NOT tried the regular dry food by Ol’Roy, but she won’t eat the healthy brands of dry food either.

  • kduby66

    my dog started with sores on his paws, swelling between his toes and the last few days does not want to eat ol’ roy. I did research and saw many posts and sites against ol’ roy. I just switched him over to Hill’s Science diet and my dog gobbled it up like there was no tomorrow. I will NEVER use ol’ roy again. im convinced it’s the food causing his allergic reaction. I will follow up in a few days.

  • rex

    Wal-Mart sells Ol Roy but they do not actually manufacture it. Purina makes some of Walmart’s store brand pet foods but there may be other companies also. When a rat wa found in some Members Mark dog food a couple years ago in Houston it was representatives from the Purina company that investigated the claim.

  • Brad

    I gave my 18 month old Fuji pup ol roy pouches, one a day, for about 6 weeks and she developed gastrointestinal distress. Didn’t eat for 3 days and scared me to death. Vet said to keep her away from Ol Roy. Now their dry food is good for when you’re going fishing with a cast net, because it floats, unlike a lot of other dry foods. Good for catfish, shrimp and other goodies.

  • Tickedinvirginia

    I have used ole roy for years but after today i will never EVER buy another can or bag of ole roy. I lost a pekingnese in the first recall to poisioning. Today,i opened a can of ole roy and to my surprise it had a busted up lightblub in it.I joke not!!!.Even had the screw in part of the bulb. Now ill tell you this i use to work in a processing meat plant. In this plant we also did dog food meat. There is no way a light bulb can get in a can unless of carlessness or done deliberately. When i called the walmart i baught it from they showed not one care what so ever and had no number for me to call about this issue..If we as humans get a lightbulb in our meal at a store or food establishment…Do you not think you desirve more than a can of dog food?..They didnt even want to know what lot number or anything off the can,could have cared less about my dog…so OLE ROY…YOUR SO HISTORY!!!!kill one dog shame on you,kill two dogs shame on me….I wont allow a dog food to kill another one of my dogs ill cook them food from now on

  • amie

    Well I am a groomer and breeder myself. I breed Akitas which are large dogs. I feed them Pro Plan and have had mild allergy issues and I fed Blue Buffalo and had stomach problems. I have never even considered feeding dog chow ol roy kibbles and bits. That’s all junk. Just like people every dog is different. If all you can afford is the cheap stuff maybe you shouldn’t get a dog. The majority of my clients that have skin and allergy issues are feeding their babies kibbles and bits old roy dog chow pedigree. If they are your babies treat them like it and feed them decent. If you can’t afford it don’t get a dog, that’s how I feel hope it doesn’t offend anyone.

  • theresa ryan

    i have a 5 month old puppy yellow lab, i bought ol roy dog food and she loves it, she runs and plays, never had a problem with it. i quess it is each and every ones theory.

    i grew up with labs, my father use to feed our lab, ralston purina, sometimes can food, what ever was cheap he would buy it for her, never had a problem at all with stomach problems, was healthy until the day she died. she died at 15 years of age.

    so it is just the perception people have.

    • k.eckholm

      I am a groomer and at my job i see dogs everyday that come in with bad skin or other health problems. My co-workers and i decided to do an experiment and ask every owner what they feed their dog. Sure enough most of the dogs that come in with health problems were eating either iams or ol’roy. Your dad was very lucky to have a dog that can handle such a poor diet, but it is not a “theory.” Ol’roy is very hard on most dogs. It would be like feeding your child only pork rinds everyday. Even if you think that feeding your dog a low quality food is not a big deal, anything with pentobarbitol in it should make you worry at least a little bit.