Pet Food

Is Sorghum a Super Food for Modern Pet Food?

Sorghum’s use in pet food, primarily dog and cat foods, is on the rise as the companion animal industry demands high-quality ingredients to incorporate into their formulations. Sorghum boasts a low glycemic index, is naturally gluten-free and non-GMO. Rich in antioxidants, sorghum has a measurable amount of dietary fiber and has a meaningful amount of minerals. Sorghum also has quality proteins when complemented with sources rich in lysine. Not to mention, sorghum processes well into pet food applications and is environmentally friendly. Sorghum is now being utilized by 15 pet food companies in more than 130 products. Read more information on sorghum’s application in pet food formulations.

Canines and Felines

Although this niche market is relatively small compared to larger livestock markets, sorghum provides a cost competitive and nutritious feed ingredient for pet food companies who are using the grain for carbohydrate blends in dog and cat foods. Sorghum is now being utilized by more than 13 pet food companies in more than 60 products.

IAMS

Healthy Naturals Chicken Recipe dry cat food 
IAMS® ProActive Health™ Adult Chunks dog food
Veterinary Formula™ Glucose and Weight Control Plus Optimum Weight Control cat food
IAMS® Healthy Naturals™ Adult Chicken + Barley Recipe dog food
IAMS® Veterinary Formula™ Weight Loss/Mobility Plus Restricted-Calorie™ cat food
IAMS® ProActive Health™ Adult Large Breed dog food
IAMS® ProActive Health™ Senior Plus dog food
IAMS® Naturistics™ Adult Large Breed Dry Dog Food
IAMS® Naturistics™ Adult Small Bite Dry Dog Food
IAMS® Naturistics™ Large Breed Puppy Dry Dog Food

IAMS® Naturistics™ Senior Dry Dog Food
IAMS® Healthy Naturals™ Adult Weight Management with Chicken dog food
IAMS® ProActive Health™ Mature Adult dog food
IAMS® Sensitive Naturals™ Adult Ocean Fish + Rice Recipe dog food
IAMS® Naturistics™ Small Breed Adult Dry Dog Food
IAMS® Premium Protection™ Adult Dog
IAMS® ProActive Health™ Adult Multi-Cat with Chicken & Salmon
Iams® Veterinary Formula™ Weight Loss/Mobility Plus Restricted-Calorie™ dry dog food
Veterinary Formula™ Glucose and Weight Control Plus Optimum Weight Control dry dog
ProActive Health™ Adult Indoor™ Weight & Hairball Care dry cat food formula

Mr. Bucks
Pet Food

Rescue Blend Special Recipe
Rescue Blend Everyday Recipe
Chicken & Brown Rice

Eukanuba

Eukanuba® Small Breed Dog Food
Eukanuba® Adult Maintenance Dog Food
Eukanuba® Adult Maintenance Small Bite Dog Food
Eukanuba® Premium Resilience 30/20 Dog Nutrition
Eukanuba® Rottweiler Nutrition Dog Food
Eukanuba® Active Performance 28/18 Dog Food
Excel Eukanuba® Weight Control Dog Food—Lamb
Excel Eukanuba® Adult Large Breed Dog Food—Salmon
Puppy Eukanuba® Small Breed Puppy Food
Excel Eukanuba® Adult Large Breed Dog Food—Lamb
Eukanuba® Premium Performance 30/20 Dog Food
Eukanuba® Small Breed Senior Dog Food
Eukanuba® Adult Small Breed Weight Control Dog Food
Eukanuba® Chihuahua Nutrition Dog Food
Eukanuba® Adult Large Breed Weight Control Dog Food
Eukanuba® Dachshund Nutrition Dog Food
Eukanuba® Yorkshire Terrier Nutrition Dog Food
Eukanuba® Senior Maintenance Dog Food
Excel Eukanuba® Adult Dog Food—Lamb
Eukanuba® Large Breed Senior Dog Food
Eukanuba® Weight Control Dog Nutrition
Excel Eukanuba® Adult Dog Food—Salmon
Excel Eukanuba® Puppy Food—Lamb
Eukanuba® Boxer Nutrition Dog Food
Eukanuba® Labrador Retriever Nutrition Dog Food
Eukanuba® Puppy Growth Food
Puppy Eukanuba® Large Breed Puppy Food

Pet Wants

Chicken Meal & Brown Rice dry dog food
Salmon Meal & Brown Rice dry dog food
Lamb Meal & Brown Rice dry dog food
Buffalo Meal & Duck Meal dry dog food
Lean Dog Formula
Maintenance Formula
Puppy Formula
Lean Cat Formula
Adult Cat Formula
Kitten Formula

Hills Pet
Nutrition

Science Diet® Puppy Healthy Development
Science Diet® Adult Advanced Fitness
Healthy Advantage® Mature Adult Canine
Science Diet® Adult 11+ Small and Toy Breed Age Defying
Science Diet® Adult Sensitive Stomach and Skin
Science Diet® Adult 6+ Large Breed
Science Diet® Adult Healthy Mobility® Large Breed
Prescription® w/d® Canine
Science Diet® Adult Healthy Mobility® Small Bites
Prescription Diet® Derm Defense Canine
Science Diet® Adult Small and Toy Breed Lamb Meal and Rice Recipe
Science Diet® Adult Light
Science Diet® Adult Small and Toy Breed Lamb Meal and Rice Recipe
Prescription Diet® k/d Canine with Lamb
Science Diet® Adult Advanced Fitness Small Bites
Science Diet® Puppy Small and Toy Breed
Science Diet® Puppy Large Breed
Science Diet® Puppy Large Breed Lamb Meal & Rice Recipe
Science Diet® Adult 7+ Active Longevity
Science Diet® Puppy Health Development Small Bites
Prescription Diet® Metabolic Canine Lamb Meal and Rice Formula
Science Diet® Adult Advanced Fitness Lamb Meal and Rice Recipe
Science Diet® Adult Advanced Fitness Small Bites Lamb Meal and Rice Recipe
Science Diet® Adult Sensitive Stomach and Skin Small and Toy Breed
Science Diet® Adult Large Breed Lamb meal and Rice Recipe
Science Diet® Adult Light Small Bites
Science Diet® Adult Light Small and Toy Breed
Science Diet® Adult Light Large Breed
Science Diet® Adult Oral Care
Science Diet® Adult 7+ Active Longevity Small Bites
Prescription Diet® k/d Canine
Science Diet® Adult Large Breed
Science DietÒ Adult Small and Toy Breed
Prescription DietÒ i/d Canine

Newman’s
Own
Organics

Adult Dog Dry Formula
Advanced Dry Dog Formula
Adult Cat Dry Formula
Advanced Cat Dry Formula,

Blackwood

Adult Dog Everyday Diet Chicken Meal and Brown Rice
3000 Everyday Diet Lamb Meal and Brown Rice
Lean/Senior Adult Dog Chicken Meal and Brown Rice
Large Breed Adult Dog Whitefish Meal and Oatmeal
Puppy Food Growth Diet Chicken Meal and Brown Rice
All Life Stages Special Diet Catfish Meal and Pearled Barley
All Life Stages Special Diet Salmon Meal and Brown Rice
All Life Stages Special Diet Lamb Meal and Brown Rice
1000 Everyday Diet Chicken Meal with Oats
Adult Cat Food Chicken Meal and Brown Rice
Indoor Formula Cat Food Chicken Meal and Brown Rice
Lean/Senior Cat Food Chicken Meal and Brown Rice            

Adirondack

21% Protein Everyday Recipe for Adult Dogs
26% Protein Active Recipe for Adult Dogs
30% Protein High-Fat Recipe for Puppy and Performance Dogs
Large Breed Recipe for Adult Dogs
Protein-Rich High-Fat Recipe for Active and Growing Cats
Lean Low-Fat High-Fiber Recipe for Adult and Senior Cats
Nutritionally Complete for Cats of All Life stages

Verus

Canine Adult Maintenance
Weight Management for Overweight and Mature Dogs

Victor Super
Premium
Dog Food

Ocean Fish Formula Premium Dog Food
Lamb Meal and Brown Rice Dog Formula For All Life Stages
Chicken Meal and Brown Rice with Lamb Meal for All Dog Life Stages
Beef Meal and Brown Rice for All Dog Life Stages
Hi-Pro Plus Formula for Active Dogs and Puppies
Performance Dog Formula with Glucosamine and Chondroitin
Professional Formula for All Dog Life Stages
High Energy Formula for Active Sporting Dogs
Multi-Pro Maintenance for Normally Active Adult Dogs
Mers Classic Feline Multi-Pro Recipe       

GNC

GNC Pets Hip & Joint Dog Supplement
GNC Naturals Hip & Joint Health Dog Wafers
GNC Naturals Multivitamin Dog WaferGNC Naturals Fish Oil Dog Wafer
GNC Naturals Digestive Health Dog Powder
GNC Pets® Naturals Skin & Coat Dog Supplement

Muenster
Natural

Classic Chicken All Life Stage Dog Food
Whitefish All Life Stages Dog Food
Chicken and Pork All Life Stages Dog Food
Large Breed Classic Chicken Dog Food
Cat Food Classic Chicken All Life Stages

Other Brands

Cool Canine, Hi-Tek/Signature Pet Products                                            

*This is not an inclusive list of pet foods containing sorghum and the Sorghum checkoff does not endorse one brand over the other. If you would like to add a product to this list, please contact us with your request.    

Birds

Sorghum has a longstanding history of use in birdseed rations. The grain is unprocessed and used whole in birdseed mixtures. Typically, sorghum is favored by larger bird breeds. Sorghum has also become popular among gamebirds, namely quail and pheasants. Boasting health benefits for birds, the large red or white sorghum grain provides a high-quality ingredient for birdseed companies. Ongoing research is exploring sorghum’s use in the birdseed industry.

Pet Food Research



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