This review applies to:
- Red Meat Formula Large Bites Dog Food
- Red Meat Formula Small Bites Dog Food
Quick Nutritional Breakdown:
|42% (min)||22% (min)||2.5% (max)||10% (max)||15% (Est.)|
Detailed Nutritional Facts:
|Calories||509 (per cup)|
|Vitamin A||16,100 IU/kg|
|Vitamin E||250 IU/kg|
|Docosahexaenoic Acid (An Omega-3 fatty acid)||0.21%|
|Linoleic Acid (An Omega-6 fatty acid)||1.2%|
|Omega-6 fatty acid||2.1%|
*Values by either Guaranteed Analysis or Nutrient Analysis
First 5 Ingredients:
- Pork Meal
- Salmon Meal
- Tapioca Starch
Turkey and chicken are an excellent start; both are great sources of protein. Please note, each contain about 70% or more water when accounted for the order on the ingredients rank list.
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.
Whole grain barley is a cereal grain that provides a good source of fiber and contains eight out of the ten essential amino acids for dogs.
Brown rice is good source of fiber and contains more nutrients than white rice. It does contain a high amount of carbohydrates.
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, protein, and other nutrients too, but note that it does contribute carbohydrates from its starch.
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.
Beef,Pork Meal,Salmon Meal,Tapioca Starch,Peas,Sunflower Oil (Preserved with Mixed Tocopherols, a Source of Vitamin E),Beef Fat,Bison,Lamb,Venison,Natural Flavors,Menhaden Oil,Apples,Eggs,Carrots,Potassium Chloride,Pumpkin,Tomatoes,Cottage Cheese,Alfalfa Sprouts,Minerals (Zinc Proteinate, Iron Proteinate, Copper Proteinate, Manganese Proteinate, Calcium Iodate),Dried Chicory Root Extract,Vitamin E Supplement,Ascorbic Acid,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),Direct Fed Microbials (Dried Enterococcus faecium, Dried Lactobacillus acidophilus, Dried Lactobacillus),Rosemary Extract
Manufacture and Location
Manufactured by: Natura Pet Products (Owned by Mars Inc)
Any known recalls for any dog food products from this manufacture or parent company from 2013.
*Recall information from FDA website.
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