Holistic Select Puppy Health Anchovy & Sardine and Chicken Meals Dry Puppy Food

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  • Holistic Select Puppy Health Anchovy & Sardine and Chicken Meals Dry Puppy Food
  • Published on: January 26, 2016
  • Last modified: June 1, 2016
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Review Summary:

This recipe offers various types of fish and meat meals that provide protein with an effective profile of the essential amino acid profile a dog needs. Also, Fish offers healthy Omega-3 fatty acid. The multiple meat meal sources help sling this recipe’s protein level to relatively high levels, which is important to a growing puppy. Dried beet pulp is commonly found in a dog food, but in this case it is relatively high on the ingredient list, and is something to watch out for b/c it may potentially not sit well with your dog’s gastrointestinal tract due to saponins. There is a diverse number of vegetables and fruits to provide other important nutrients, but several of them a too low on the ingredient list to likely add any significance. Overall, this recipe is very good.


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

  • No information on where it is manufactured
  • Quick Nutritional Breakdown:

    Protein Fat Fiber Moisture Carbs
    28% (min) 17% (min) 3% (max) 10% (max) 34% (Est.)

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

    Detailed Nutritional Facts:

    Calories 403 (per cup)
    Vitamin A 22 000 IU/kg
    Vitamin C NA
    Vitamin E 165 IU/kg
    Calcium 1.3%
    Phosphorus 0.85%
    Selenium NA
    Zinc NA
    Docosahexaenoic Acid (An Omega-3 fatty acid) 0.1%
    Linoleic Acid (An Omega-6 fatty acid) NA
    Omega-3-acid 0.75%
    Omega-6 fatty acid 3%

    Ingredients Analysis

    First 5 Ingredients:

    1. Anchovy & Sardine Meal
    2. Ground Brown Rice
    3. Ground White Rice
    4. Chicken Meal
    5. Chicken Fat

    Anchovy and Sardine meal are processed fish parts and bones that are grounded down. It provides protein with an effective profile of the essential amino acid profile a dog needs, and healthy Omega-3 fatty acids.

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

    White rice is lower in dietary fiber than brown because white rice lacks the germ and bran. It does contain a high amount of other carbohydrates. Also, its glycemic index is significantly higher than brown rice, which translates to a quicker surge in blood sugar and higher insulin levels as a response by the body. For dogs that are diabetic or at risk of becoming diabetic, this is effect and ingredient is undesirable and should be avoided.

    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 with an effective profile of the essential amino acids that a dog needs 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.

    Chicken fat is a good for dogs in the right amount, since dogs can effectively metabolize fat and use it for various body system functions, including for energy.

    Other Ingredients to be Aware of

    Oatmeal is ground oat groats, which are high in carbohydrates, and offer protein and fiber too.

    Dried beet pulp is a source of fiber, but the saponins it contains may cause irritation in the gastrointestinal tract. If you choose a dog food with this ingredient, then keep a careful watch on your dog and consider discontinuing use if there are any signs of discomfort or irregularities.

    Dried Egg product are eggs that are removed from the shell, then processed and pasteurized at a factory. Its composition does not necessary contain both the yolk and egg white from each egg. The manufacture may blend them at any ratio and may include non-egg products for processing purposes.

    Peas are a good source of fiber, protein, and other nutrients too, but note that it does contribute carbohydrates from its starch.

    All Ingredients

    Anchovy & Sardine Meal, Ground Brown Rice, Ground White Rice, Chicken Meal, Chicken Fat (preserved with Mixed Tocopherols), Pork Meal, Oatmeal, Dried Beet Pulp, Flaxseed, Dried Egg Product, Carrots, Pumpkin, Menhaden Fish Oil, Cranberries, Dehydrated Alfalfa Meal, Apples, Salt, Peas, Choline Chloride, Potassium Chloride, Organic Quinoa, Vitamins [Vitamin E Supplement, Beta-Carotene, Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C), Niacin Supplement, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Vitamin A Supplement, d-Calcium Pantothenate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Thiamine Mononitrate, Riboflavin Supplement, Biotin, Folic Acid], Minerals [Zinc Polysaccharide Complex, Iron Polysaccharide Complex, Copper Polysaccharide Complex, Manganese Polysaccharide Complex, Sodium Selenite, Cobalt Carbonate, Potassium Iodide], Papaya, Dried Kelp, Blueberries, Pomegranate, Inulin, L-Carnitine, Mixed Tocopherols added to preserve freshness, Yucca Schidigera Extract, DL-Methionine, Ground Cinnamon, Ground Fennel, Ground Peppermint, Dried Lactobacillus acidophilus Fermentation Product, Dried Lactobacillus casei Fermentation Product, Dried Enterococcus faecium Fermentation Product, Dried Bacillus subtilis Fermentation Product, Dried Bacillus licheniformis Fermentation Product, Dried Aspergillus oryzae Fermentation Product, Dried Aspergillus niger Fermentation Product, Lecithin, Rosemary Extract, Green Tea Extract.

    Manufacture and Location

    Manufactured by:  Unknown
    Location(s): USA


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

    • None

    *Recall information from FDA website.


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    2 thoughts on “Holistic Select Puppy Health Anchovy & Sardine and Chicken Meals Dry Puppy Food

    1. I haven’t switched my new puppy over to this food yet, but I wanted to share a little tidbit of information that might be useful.

      I noticed that you mentioned there was no information on the manufacturer, but I ordered my Holistic Select from jet.com and on their website it says that the food is manufactured in the USA. Here’s the link for reference https://jet.com/product/Holistic-Select-Small-and-Mini-Breed-Health-Small-and-Mini-Breed-Health-Anchovy-/bc6a22e5b2f4480897da56b78977908c

      Hope that helps other buyers who may be curious as to the food’s origin.

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