Nature’s Variety Beef & Lamb Meal Formula

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  • Nature's Variety Beef & Lamb Meal Formula
  • Published on: April 14, 2015
  • Last modified: July 27, 2015
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Review Summary:

This recipe has a lot to offer. First there is a lot of meat protein from various meat sources. There is fish meat and Salmon oil that are good sources of Omega-3 fatty acid. Then there is variety of fruits and vegetables to further support a good spread of nutrients. Tapioca is a low value ingredient that is heavy in carbohydrates and lacks other nutritional value, but in this case, it may have been added to provide more energy because the recipe is lean on carb oriented ingredients. Overall, this recipe looks very good, and is deemed excellent.

Pros

  • Provides Omega-3 and 6 fatty acids content
  • Relatively higher in protein
  • Contains multiple good straight meat sources
  • Good variety of wholesome vegetables and fruits
  • Chelated / Proteinate minerals
  • Quick Nutritional Breakdown:

    Protein Fat Fiber Moisture Carbs
    35% (min) 19% (min) 4% (max) 10% (max) 24% (Est.)

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

    Detailed Nutritional Facts:

    Calories 452 (per cup)
    Vitamin A 51 260 IU/kg
    Vitamin C 85 mg/kg
    Vitamin E 100 IU/kg
    Calcium NA
    Phosphorus NA
    Selenium NA
    Zinc NA
    Docosahexaenoic Acid (An Omega-3 fatty acid) NA
    Linoleic Acid (An Omega-6 fatty acid) NA
    Omega-3-acid 0.5%
    Omega-6 fatty acid 2.0%

    Ingredients Analysis

    First 5 Ingredients:

    1. Beef
    2. Turkey Meal
    3. White Fish Meal (Pacific Whiting Pacific Sole Pacific Rockfish)
    4. Chicken Fat
    5. Lamb Meal

    Beef is a good start and source of protein with all the essential amino acids for dogs, but keep in mind on this ingredient rank list, it factors in the water content, which is roughly about 70% or more water.

    Turkey and Lamb 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 with 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.

    Whitefish offers excellent protein and Omega-3 fatty acids, but keep in mind on this ingredient rank list, it factors in the water content, which is roughly about 70% or more water.

    Chicken fat is a good for dogs in the right amount, whom can metabolize fat and used for various body system functions, including for energy.

    Other Ingredients to be Aware of

    Tapioca starch (also known as tapioca flour) is high in carbohydrates and calories. Beyond this, it does not offer much nutrients, fiber, or protein. This ingredient is a poor choice for average dog’s diet.

    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. It can also improve or be a stimulant to the circulatory system. 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

    Beef, Turkey Meal, White Fish Meal (Pacific Whiting, Pacific Sole, Pacific Rockfish), Chicken Fat (preserved with Mixed Tocopherols and Citric Acid), Lamb Meal, Tapioca, Peas, Tomato Pomace, Chickpeas, Menhaden Fish Meal, Natural Flavor, Montmorillonite Clay, Salt, Carrots, Apples, Cranberries, Vitamins (Vitamin A Supplement, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Vitamin E Supplement, Niacin Supplement, L-Ascorbyl-2-Polyphosphate, d-Calcium Pantothenate, Thiamine Mononitrate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Riboflavin Supplement, Folic Acid, Biotin, Vitamin B12 Supplement), Minerals (Zinc Proteinate, Iron Proteinate, Copper Proteinate, Manganese Proteinate, Ethylenediamine Dihydriodide, Sodium Selenite), Choline Chloride, Potassium Chloride, Freeze Dried Beef, Freeze Dried Beef Liver, Freeze Dried Beef Kidney, Pumpkinseeds, Dried Bacillus coagulans Fermentation Product, Butternut Squash, Rosemary Extract, Ground Flaxseed, Dried Kelp, Broccoli, Apple Cider Vinegar, Salmon Oil, Dried Chicory Root, Blueberries

    Manufacture and Location

    Manufactured by: Nature’s Variety
    Location(s): Lincoln, Nebraska USA.

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    Recalls

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

    Date Brand Reason
    07/24/2015 Instinct Nature’s Variety Salmonella

    *Recall information from FDA website.

     


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