California Natural Chicken Meal & Rice Formula Adult Dog Food

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  • California Natural Chicken Meal & Rice 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 Chicken meal, which is a good source for meat protein. Then it follows with two rice ingredients, to complete its descriptive claim. Estimated carb content is relatively high, which maybe more than some dogs need. It is nice that there is an extensive amount of nutritional information on the label. For the added minerals, they are “Proteinate” to help the body absorb them with relative ease. With the lack of wholesome ingredient diversity and not having too many highlights in the offerings, this recipe is just below average.


  • Provides both Omega-3 and 6 fatty acid content
  • Chelated / proteinate minerals for easier absorption by the body
  • Discloses extensive nutritional information
  • Cons

  • May contain too much non-dietary fiber carbohydrates
  • Does not contain at least one good straight meat source (ie Chicken, Beef, Lamb, etc..)
  • Quick Nutritional Breakdown:

    Protein Fat Fiber Moisture Carbs
    21% (min) 11% (min) 2.5% (max) 10% (max) 47% (Est.)

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

    Detailed Nutritional Facts:

    Calories 430 (per cup)
    Vitamin A 9,919  IU/kg
    Vitamin E 300 U/kg
    Magnesium 0.13%
    Calcium 2.11%
    Phosphorus 1.34%
    Selenium 0.57 mg/kg
    Zinc 200 mg/kg
    Docosahexaenoic Acid (An Omega-3 fatty acid) 0.01%
    Linoleic Acid (An Omega-6 fatty acid) 0.86%
    Omega-3-acid 0.3%
    Omega-6 fatty acid 1.96%

    *Values by either Guaranteed Analysis or Nutrient Analysis

    Ingredients Analysis

    First 5 Ingredients:

    1. Chicken Meal
    2. Brown Rice
    3. Rice
    4. Sunflower Oil
    5. Flaxseed

    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.

    Brown rice is good source of fiber and contains more nutrients than white rice. It does contain a high amount of carbohydrates.

    Rice is a source of fiber. It does contain a high amount of carbohydrates. If it is White rice then it is lower in dietary fiber than brown because white rice lacks the germ and bran. It does contain a high amount of other carbohydrates.

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

    Flaxseed meal is ground up flaxseed. Among the various nutrients it offers, flaxseed is good source of omega-3 fatty acids, and fiber. Also, it contains significant amounts of lignans, which have antioxidant properties.

    Other Ingredients to be Aware of

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

    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

    Chicken Meal,Brown Rice,Rice,Sunflower Oil (Preserved with Mixed Tocopherols, a Source of Vitamin E),Flaxseed,Natural Flavors,Potassium Chloride,Salt,Minerals (Zinc Proteinate, Iron Proteinate, Copper Proteinate, Manganese Proteinate, Calcium Iodate),Vitamin E Supplement,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),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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