Ol’Roy pet food is distributed by Walmart. Ol’Roy has had 39 recalls and withdraws since 2005 with an estimated 16 million recalled cans, bags, or packages of pet products. Ol’Roy has also received a large number of consumer complaints including ones that include pictures of moldy food and maggots.

Ol’Roy Recalls

Recalled Quantity

The total number of recalled containers of pet products is not publicly disclosed but based on the information released by the FDA we are fairly certain there have been at least 582,792 cases. The quantity of items per case is not listed but we have assumed 20 items per case (which is in line with averages seen by other recalls) to conclude that at about 11.6 million bags/cans/packages have been recalled, excluding the 2007 recall. A 2007 recall by Menu Foods included Ol’Roy but did not disclose how many cans/bags/packages were included for Ol’Roy. There were 53.3 million (53,373,600) recalled packages by Menu Foods and we estimate 4-5 million of those were Ol’Roy. We estimate that Ol’Roy has had approximate 16 million (16,000,000) recalled cans, bags, or packages of pet products.

Consumer Complaints


Ol’ Roy has received 300 complaints and reviews on Consumer Affairs with 95% of the ratings consisting of 1 star and 2 star reviews. The large number of complaints of sickness in pets indicates there may have been times where a recall should have been issued but was not. Some of these complaints have pictures that show moldy food and maggots in the bag. While not all are verified as the cause or sickness, with so many complains one has to ask why. ol-roy-pet-foods_3597 




The ingredients in Ol’ Roy dog food are notably terrible. While this site is intended to analyze recalls, the amount of inferior ingredients in this food makes it worth mentioning. In a good food, you’ll see a quality meat like chicken, chicken meal, lamb, lamb meal, etc. Ol’Roy uses cheap grains, animal bones,  by-products, and undisclosed fat sources preserved with cancer causing preservatives.

Ingredients: Ground yellow cornmeat and bone mealsoybean mealpoultry by-product mealanimal 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


Our Take

Ol’Roy is likely one of the worst pet food brands on the market and should be avoided. This has been determined by the quantity recalled, the quantity that hasn’t been recalled (that should have been), and the inferior ingredients. The only recalls Ol’Roy had were in 2007 but based on the consumer complaints, that have compelling pictures, there should have been more. There are companies that have poor food and issue frequent recalls but then there are companies that have complaints but choose not to issue recalls. We consider those to be some of the worst companies in the pet industry as recalls are effectively voluntary unless it poses a health risk to humans (like salmonella).




  1. My cat died from eating this food out of her “sister’s” dog dish. Two days later, my dog became deathly ill, but it appears she may be out of the woods.

  2. My dog GIGI died last week from eating OL’Roy dog food. She was fine and I feed her a new food Kibbles and meat and cheese bags . She ate it at 7 that night started throwing up and throw up all night. I took her the the vet the next morning he started her on IV’s and meds, but died at midnight that night. She was 12 years old and didn’t deserve to die this way. My heart is broken and so is my families.

  3. Our puppy who was getting ready to turn a year old died after we gave him a ol’roy dog biscuit. It was the last thing he ever ate. We bought them at Walmart and never dreamed this would happen in America.

  4. We recently bought old roy bacon flavored 50+lb dogfood within 12 hrs my dog refused to eat by that night he was throwing up violently and very lethargic? The one time we decided to try to get more for our money and it killed our baby. Maverick was full of life only thing we did different was buy this food. Please please please be careful people. I emailed walmart and recieved no return reply! Go figure!

  5. My friend bought ole Roy can food. Friday Nov 20 2015. For our 4 dogs and the 1st can she opened contained a long spiral piece of metal inside the can. I was about 2 1/2 to 3 inches long. This could have killed our dogs. We called the 800 number on the and they said, They would send a coupon for more dog food. What if it had not been seen and our dogs had died. We checked the food for smaller pieces and none were seen. But they could havebeen there or in the other cans in that pack of cans. Something should be done. This problem and the other problems in all of their other types of food should be addressed and dealt with serverly. What if this happened to their children! They would sue the company for the death or harm the caused. I feel that is what should be done. And compensation be paid. And the company be “closed down” !!!!!

  6. Keep in mind that Ol’ Roy is a Walmart label. The same manufactuer labels this as “Ranch Hound” for Atwoods. They make it hard to trace…but do your homework and you will see. There should be a listing for this same or very closely the same food labelled under different names.

  7. I have a lab doodle that is 10 years old and that’s all we never fed him his old Roy and he’s healthy is a fish

  8. Our perfectly healthy 5 year old English Pointer just died from the can of Ole Roy food she ate this morning. This crap killed her in 15 hours.

  9. I have always fed my dogs ol Roy for years without a problem. Of course I don’tmake this food their only ssource of food either.
    They also get table food!
    I’ve never opened a bag and found mold or maggots either and in my own opinion Iwould say the complaint wwas from someone that left a bag open and didn’t properly take care of the food content inside and then wants to blame it on ol Roy and Walmart! I will say this..ol Roy should never be the only source of food for any dog,and isn’t recommended for old dogs without a good vitamin back up.
    In short…you need to worry more about China killing your pets with all the other dog foods,or better yet…don’t feed your pets dog food at all!

  10. Old Roy is ALL my 3 full blooded dogs have ever eaten. They are healthy, and we’ve NEVER had any issues with Old Roy dog food. I don’t think you can blame a dog food for killing you pet. How do you know that they didn’t have an underlying illness that you didn’t know about? Almost ALL generic dog foods are the exact same, and only have each one of the store’s individual labels put on them. Do your research.

  11. I gave my pup ol roy puppy food and now shes sick she refuses it eat and very sick n in pain they need to make good products or sell the business she isnt even 3months old and my six year old bought her out of his own money its not right we took her to the vet n still no improvement i want the ol roy company to pay my son for another pup do u know how heart broken he is

  12. I gave my 1 year old dog some of their “milk-bone” type treats, within 5 minutes she was vomiting violently, and had diarrhea. I threw them away! Never again will I try this brand.

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