Rotations New Zealand Lamb and Potato Recipe for All Life Stages

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  • Rotations New Zealand Lamb and Potato Recipe for All Life Stages
  • Published on: May 30, 2015
  • Last modified: May 30, 2015
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Review Summary:

This recipe starts off with assorted meats that include: lamb, fish meal, and turkey meal. These meat offer protein with the essential amino acids a dog needs. The fish provides healthy Omega 3 fatty acid too. There are a few vegetables and fruits too for other nutrients. A word of caution, for there is a few carb heavy ingredients near the top of the ingredient list. This is reflected on estimated amount of carbs, which maybe more than needed for some dogs. Overall, this recipe is above average.


  • Provides both Omega-3 and 6 fatty acid content
  • Cons

  • May contain too much non dietary fiber carbohydrates than necessary
  • Quick Nutritional Breakdown:

    Protein Fat Fiber Moisture Carbs
    25% (min) 14% (min) 3.5% (max) 10% (max) 40% (Est.)

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

    Detailed Nutritional Facts:

    Calories 362 (per cup)
    Vitamin A NA
    Vitamin C NA
    Vitamin E 100 IU/kg
    Calcium 1.1%
    Phosphorus 0.9%
    Selenium NA
    Zinc NA
    Docosahexaenoic Acid (An Omega-3 fatty acid) 0.1%
    Linoleic Acid (An Omega-6 fatty acid) NA
    Omega-3-acid 0.4%
    Omega-6 fatty acid 2.5%

    Ingredients Analysis

    First 5 Ingredients:

    1. New Zealand Lamb
    2. Menhaden Fish Meal
    3. Turkey Meal
    4. Potato
    5. Rice

    Lamb 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.

    Menhaden meal is a fish meal that provides protein and Omega-3 fatty acids. Menhaden refers to a specific fish that is relatively small.

    Turkey  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 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.

    Potatoes are a starchy food, thus it does contributes carbohydrates. Notably it offers a good source of fiber, vitamin C B6, and potassium.

    Rice is a source of fiber. It does contain a high amount of carbohydrates.

    Other Ingredients to be Aware of

    Whole grain sorghum is a grain where its feed value is similar to corn. Adding sorghum maybe a tactic to substitute corn out or help lower the ingredients in the order they rank. Similar to corn, the concern is too many carbohydrates it may contribute to the diet.

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

    Rye is a cereal grain. It is a good source of iron, vitamin B6, and magnesium. Also, it offers dietary-fiber, but it is rich in other carbohydrates too.

    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

    New Zealand Lamb, Menhaden Fish Meal (Source of DHA), Turkey Meal (Source of Glucosamine), Potato, Rice, Whole Grain Sorghum, Peas, Chicken Fat (Preserved with Citric Acid and Natural Mixed Tocopherols), Tomato Pomace, Rye, Lamb Meal, Natural Flavors, Apple, Cranberries, Choline Chloride, Flaxseed Meal, Potassium Chloride, Sodium Chloride, Kelp, Calcium Carbonate, Zinc Sulfate, Vitamin E Supplement, Ferrous Sulfate, Niacin Supplement, Copper Sulfate, Thiamine Mononitrate, Calcium Pantothenate, Vitamin A Supplement, Manganous Oxide, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Sodium Selenite, Riboflavin Supplement, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Biotin, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Calcium Iodate, Folic Acid, Rosemary 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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