California Grain Free Salmon Meal & Peas Formula Adult Dog Food

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  • California Grain Free Salmon Meal & Peas Formula Adult Dog Food
  • Published on: July 14, 2015
  • Last modified: July 15, 2015
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Review Summary:

This recipe does not offer too many sources of nutrients. It starts off with Salmon meal, which is a good source for meat protein and healthy Omega-3 fatty acid. Then it follows with peas and lentils, which provide vitamins, dietary fiber, and protein too but not with a good balanced amino acid profile. The top 4 ingredients help push the protein content relatively higher than other recipes, and the peas & lentils boast the relatively high dietary fiber levels. Also, being a fish recipe, its healthy Omega-3 fatty acid levels are relatively higher too. For the added minerals, they are “Proteinate” to help the body absorb them with relative ease. It could use a few more wholesome ingredients to add diversity. Overall, it is just average.


  • Provides both Omega-3 and 6 fatty acid content
  • Relatively higher in Omega-3 fatty acid
  • Relatively higher in protein
  • Relatively higher in dietary fiber
  • Chelated / proteinate minerals for easier absorption by the body
  • Discloses extensive nutritional information
  • Quick Nutritional Breakdown:

    Protein Fat Fiber Moisture Carbs
    28% (min) 11% (min) 6% (max) 10% (max) 37% (Est.)

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

    Detailed Nutritional Facts:

    Calories 435 (per cup)
    Vitamin A 19,526  IU/kg
    Vitamin E IU/kg
    Magnesium 0.15%
    Calcium 1.8%
    Phosphorus 0.8%
    Selenium 0.39 mg/kg
    Zinc 140 mg/kg
    Docosahexaenoic Acid (An Omega-3 fatty acid) 0.84%
    Linoleic Acid (An Omega-6 fatty acid) 1.1%
    Omega-3-acid 1%
    Omega-6 fatty acid 1.1%

    *Values by either Guaranteed Analysis or Nutrient Analysis

    Ingredients Analysis

    First 5 Ingredients:

    1. Salmon Meal
    2. Peas
    3. Green Lentils
    4. Red Lentils
    5. Sunflower Oil

    Salmon meal is processed salmon parts and bones that are grounded down. It provides protein and Omega-3 fatty acids. As a meal it contains less water than just “Salmon” itself.

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

    Green and Red Lentils offers protein, but the amino acid profile is not balanced for dogs. Also, it is high in carbohydrates, but this includes dietary fiber too.

    Sunflower oil is a fat that is very high is calories, but it is a good source for Omega-6 fatty acid.

    Other Ingredients to be Aware of

    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

    Salmon Meal,Peas,Green Lentils,Red Lentils,Sunflower Oil (Preserved with Mixed Tocopherols, a Source of Vitamin E),Flaxseed,Pea Fiber,Calcium Carbonate,Natural Flavors,Salt,Minerals (Zinc Proteinate, Iron Proteinate, Copper Proteinate, Manganese Proteinate, Calcium Iodate),Vitamins (Betaine Hydrochloride, Vitamin A Supplement, Niacin Supplement, Calcium Pantothenate, Beta Carotene, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Riboflavin Supplement, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Thiamine Mononitrate, Biotin, Folic Acid),Vitamin E Supplement,Rosemary Extract

    Manufacture and Location

    Manufactured by: Natura Pet Products (Owned by Mars Inc)
    Location(s): USA


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

    Date Brand Reason
    8/14/2013 Iams Salmonella
    8/14/2013 Eukanuba Salmonella

    *Recall information from FDA website.


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