Blue Buffalo BLUE Wilderness Rocky Mountain Recipe Wild Boar

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  • Blue Buffalo BLUE Wilderness Rocky Mountain Recipe Wild Boar
  • Published on: August 7, 2015
  • Last modified: February 16, 2017
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Review Summary:

The protein level in this recipe is relatively high, which is mainly due the Boar and other meat meal ingredients. Such meat protein provides the essential amino acids a dog needs. Also, relatively high is the dietary fiber level, which is helpful for the digestive system. For a diverse of nutrients, the ingredient list contains a good variety of wholesome ingredients that spreads across various vegetables and fruits. As a negative note, Tapioca Starch is added and ranks near the top of the ingredient list, and further down the list is Caramel. Tapioca Starch is likely added to provide energy, but both offers insignificant nutritional value beyond the carbohydrates it contains. It would be preferred to see alternative ingredients used instead that offer higher nutritional value. Caramel may also contribute to tooth decay too. To finish up, the minerals are chelated, which helps the body for easier absorption. Overall, this recipe is excellent despite the negative note.

Pros

  • Relatively higher in protein
  • Relatively higher in dietary-fiber
  • Provides Omega-3 and 6 fatty acids content
  • Chelated / Proteinate minerals for better body absorption
  • Good variety of wholesome vegetables and fruits
  • Cons

  • Could disclose more information on vitamins
  • Contains Added Tapioca starch
  • Contains added Caramel
  • Quick Nutritional Breakdown:

    Protein Fat Fiber Moisture Carbs
    30% (min) 15% (min) 6% (max) 10% (max) 31% (Est.)

    *Values by Guaranteed Analysis.
    **Estimated carbs do not include fiber.

    Detailed Nutritional Facts:

    Calories 425 (per cup)
    Vitamin A NA
    Vitamin E NA
    Magnesium NA
    Calcium  1.1%
    Phosphorus  0.8%
    Selenium NA
    Zinc NA
    Docosahexaenoic Acid (An Omega-3 fatty acid) NA
    Linoleic Acid (An Omega-6 fatty acid) NA
    Omega-3-acid 0.5%
    Omega-6 fatty acid  2.5%

    Ingredients Analysis

    First 5 Ingredients:

    1. Deboned Wild Boar
    2. Chicken Meal
    3. Turkey Meal
    4. Tapioca Starch
    5. Peas

    Boar is a good start and source of protein with all the essential amino acids for dogs, but keep in mind on this ingredient rank list, it factors in the water content, which is roughly about 70% or more water.

    Chicken and Turkey meal are rendered parts from grinding carcasses and/or remains after the main meat is removed. There are pros and cons to meal. Its advantage is it provides lots of protein with the essential amino acids that a dog needs for a relatively lower cost and contains low moisture content relative to straight forward named meat ingredients. However, it goes through an extensive heating and processing to ensure it is safe to eat. Not much flavor is preserved and other nutrients are wiped out.

    Tapioca or Tapioca starch (also known as tapioca flour) is high in carbohydrates and calories. It is good for energy, but of course too much carbs will go towards storage as fat. Beyond this, it does not offer much nutrients, fiber, or protein. This ingredient is a poor choice for average dog’s diet.

    Peas are a good source of fiber and protein, but note that it does contribute carbohydrates.

    Other Ingredients to be Aware of

    Potatoes is a starchy food, thus it does contribute carbohydrates. Notably it offers a good source of fiber, vitamin C B6, and potassium.  

    Potato starch contains high amounts of calories and carbohydrate.

    Caramel is created from a variety of sugars. Therefore, it is loaded with simple carbohydrates. Just like sugar, in excessive amounts over time it can lead to diabetes, weight gain, and tooth decay.

    Sweet potatoes contains an abundant amount of vitamin A and beta–carotene, which are important for the eyes / vision. It is also a good source of fiber and be aware that it does offer carbohydrates, since it is a starchy food type.

    Rosemary oil or Rosemary extract has a few health benefits and can be found in various dog food brands. One of them is an antioxidant. However, some say it is associated with epileptic seizure for some dogs. There is no concrete evidence of this, thus we suggest be caution about it and avoid it if your dog had any past seizures or instability.

    All Ingredients

    Deboned Wild Boar, Chicken Meal, Turkey Meal, Tapioca Starch, Peas, Potatoes, Chicken Fat (preserved with Mixed Tocopherols), Pea Protein, Tomato Pomace (source of Lycopene), Deboned Chicken, Flaxseed (source of Omega 3 and 6 Fatty Acids), Natural Flavor, Menhaden Fish Meal (source of Omega 3 Fatty Acids), Pea Fiber, Alfalfa Meal, Potassium Chloride, Salt, Choline Chloride, Potato Starch, Calcium Carbonate, DL-Methionine, Caramel, Sweet Potatoes, Carrots, Mixed Tocopherols (a natural preservative), Vitamin E Supplement, Ferrous Sulfate, Iron Amino Acid Chelate, Zinc Amino Acid Chelate, Zinc Sulfate, Yucca Schidigera Extract, L-Lysine, Blueberries, Cranberries, Apples, Blackberries, Pomegranate, Spinach, Pumpkin, Barley Grass, Kelp, Parsley, Turmeric, L-Ascorbyl-2-Polyphosphate (source of Vitamin C), Oil of Rosemary, Copper Sulfate, Copper Amino Acid Chelate, Nicotinic Acid (Vitamin B3), Taurine, Calcium Pantothenate (Vitamin B5), Biotin (Vitamin B7), Manganese Sulfate, Vitamin A Supplement, Manganese Amino Acid Chelate, Sodium Selenite, L-Carnitine, Thiamine Mononitrate (Vitamin B1), Riboflavin (Vitamin B2), Vitamin D3 Supplement, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (Vitamin B6), Beta Carotene, Dried Yeast, Dried Enterococcus faecium fermentation product, Dried Lactobacillus acidophilus fermentation product, Dried Aspergillus niger fermentation extract, Dried Trichoderma longibrachiatum fermentation extract, Dried Bacillus subtilis fermentation extract, Folic Acid (Vitamin B9), Calcium Iodate.

    Manufacture and Location

    Manufactured by:  CJ Foods
    Location(s): USA

    Recalls

    Any known recalls for any dog food products from this manufacture from 2013.

    Date Brand Reason
    11/25/2015 Blue Buffalo Wilderness Salmonella
    05/31/2016 Blue Buffalo Life Protection Mold
    02/14/2017 Blue Buffalo Homestyle Recipe Aluminum metal fragments

    *Recall information from FDA website.

     


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