Blue Buffalo Grain-Free Puppy Beef Recipe

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  • Blue Buffalo Grain-Free Puppy Beef Recipe Dog Food
  • Published on: August 2, 2014
  • Last modified: February 16, 2017
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Review Summary:

Relatively high in dietary fiber, lots of ingredients for various natural sources of nutrients. The minerals are chelated for better absorption by the body. Overall, it is a better than the average dog food.

Pros

  • Provides both Omega-3 and 6 fatty acid content
  • Good variety of wholesome vegetables and fruits
  • Relatively higher in fiber
  • Chelated minerals
  • Cons

  • Could disclose more information on vitamins
  • Added tapioca starch
  • Quick Nutritional Breakdown:

    Protein Fat Fiber Moisture Carbs
    27% (min) 16% (min) 5% (max) 10% (max) 34% (Est.)

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

    Detailed Nutritional Facts:

    Calories 393 (per cup)
    Vitamin A NA
    Vitamin E NA
    Magnesium NA
    Calcium  1.2%
    Phosphorus  0.9%
    Selenium NA
    Zinc NA
    Docosahexaenoic Acid (An Omega-3 fatty acid) NA
    Linoleic Acid (An Omega-6 fatty acid) NA
    Omega-3-acid 15
    Omega-6 fatty acid 2.5%

    Ingredients Analysis

    First 5 Ingredients:

    1. Beef
    2. Turkey Meal
    3. Tapioca Starch
    4. Peas
    5. Potatoes

    Beef is a good tasty start, but keep in mind on this ingredient rank list; it factors in the water content (roughly about 70% water).

    Turkey meal is 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 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 starch (also known as tapioca flour) is high in carbohydrates and calories. Beyond this, it does not offer much nutrients, fiber, or protein.  This ingredient is a poor choice for the average dog’s diet.

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

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

    Other Ingredients to be Aware of

    Chicken meal is 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 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.

    Canola oil is low in saturated fat and offers both omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids.  If it matter to you, then please note, it is very likely sourced from genetically modified crops.

    Potato starch contains high amounts of calories and carbohydrate.

    Sweet potatoes contain 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.

    Garlic is a debatable ingredient. You may know that garlic contains thiosulphate, which can cause hemolytic anemia, liver damage, and death for dogs. So why do they add garlic or garlic oil to dog food? It is because some debate the benefits of garlic are significant for dogs, and low dosages do pose any risk to their compromising their health.

    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.

    Dried yeast is a good source for proteins and vitamins. The proteins from yeast are complete and it offers good B-complex vitamins particular. However, a possible drawback is some dogs maybe allergic or will develop an allergy toward yeast. Thus, take caution and keep an eagle eye on your dog.

    All Ingredients

    Beef, Turkey Meal, Tapioca Starch, Peas, Potatoes, Chicken Meal, Chicken Fat (preserved with Mixed Tocopherols), Pea Protein, Tomato Pomace (source of Lycopene), Flaxseed (source of Omega 3 and 6 Fatty Acids), Dried Egg, Natural Flavor, Fish Oil (source of ARA-Arachidonic Acid and DHA-Docosahexaenoic Acid), Alfalfa Meal, Salt, Choline Chloride, Potassium Chloride, Canola Oil (source of Omega 6 Fatty Acids), Dicalcium Phosphate, Dried Chicory Root, DL-Methionine, Potato Starch, Calcium Carbonate, Caramel, Sweet Potatoes, Carrots, Mixed Tocopherols (a natural preservative), Garlic, Parsley, Kelp, Blueberries, Cranberries, Barley Grass, Yucca Schidigera Extract, Turmeric, Vitamin E Supplement, Ferrous Sulfate, Iron Amino Acid Chelate, Zinc Amino Acid Chelate, Zinc Sulfate, Oil of Rosemary, L-Carnitine, L-Lysine, L-Ascorbyl-2-Polyphosphate (source of Vitamin C), 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, Thiamine Mononitrate (Vitamin B1), Riboflavin (Vitamin B2), Vitamin D3 Supplement, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (Vitamin B6), 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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