Blue Buffalo Grain-Free Puppy Chicken Recipe

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  • Blue Buffalo Grain-Free Puppy Chicken 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 Omega-6 fatty acid
  • Chelated minerals
  • Relatively higher in fiber
  • Cons

  • Could disclose more information on vitamins
  • Quick Nutritional Breakdown:

    Protein Fat Fiber Moisture Carbs
    27% (min) 16% (min) 7% (max) 10% (max) 32% (Est.)

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

    Detailed Nutritional Facts:

    Calories 420 (per cup)
    Vitamin A NA
    Vitamin E NA
    Magnesium NA
    Calcium  1.3%
    Phosphorus  1%
    Selenium NA
    Zinc NA
    Docosahexaenoic Acid (An Omega-3 fatty acid) NA
    Linoleic Acid (An Omega-6 fatty acid) NA
    Omega-3-acid  0.4%
    Omega-6 fatty acid  3%

    Ingredients Analysis

    First 5 Ingredients:

    1. Deboned Chicken
    2. Chicken Meal
    3. Pea Starch
    4. Peas
    5. Turkey Meal

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

    Chicken meal 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 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.

    Pea starch is certainly a starch. For energy, it is added to boast the calorie count, and adds carbohydrates.

    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.

    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

    Deboned Chicken, Chicken Meal, Pea Starch, Peas, Turkey Meal, Chicken Fat (preserved with Mixed Tocopherols and Citric Acid), Potatoes, Pea Fiber, Tomato Pomace (source of Lycopene), Flaxseed (source of Omega 3 and 6 Fatty Acids), Natural Chicken Flavor, Fish Oil (source of DHA-Docosahexaenoic Acid), Alfalfa Meal, Potato Starch, Whole Carrots, Whole Sweet Potatoes, Blueberries, Cranberries, Barley Grass, Dried Parsley, Garlic, Dried Kelp, Taurine, Yucca Schidigera Extract, L-Carnitine, L-Lysine, Turmeric, Oil of Rosemary, Dried Chicory Root, Beta Carotene, Vitamin A Supplement, Thiamine Mononitrate (Vitamin B1), Riboflavin (Vitamin B2), Niacin (Vitamin B3), d-Calcium Pantothenate (Vitamin B5), Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (Vitamin B6), Biotin (Vitamin B7), Folic Acid (Vitamin B9), Vitamin B12 Supplement, Calcium Ascorbate (source of Vitamin C), Vitamin D3 Supplement, Vitamin E Supplement, Iron Amino Acid Chelate, Zinc Amino Acid Chelate, Manganese Amino Acid Chelate, Copper Amino Acid Chelate, Choline Chloride, Sodium Selenite, Calcium Iodate, Salt, Caramel, Potassium Chloride, Calcium Carbonate, Dicalcium Phosphate, Dried Yeast (source of Saccharomyces cerevisiae), Dried Lactobacillus acidophilus fermentation product, Dried Bacillus subtilis fermentation product, Dried Enterococcus faecium fermentation product.

    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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