SPORTMiX Premium Formulas Energy Plus Adult Mini Chunk Dry Dog Food

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  • SPORTMiX Premium Formulas Energy Plus Adult Mini Chunk Dry Dog Food
  • Published on: January 27, 2017
  • Last modified: January 27, 2017
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Review Summary:

At the top of the list there is Meat meal ,which offers protein that has a n amino acids profile for dogs. The term “Meat” is a generic term, which makes the unknown meat type questionable on the quality and source of meat. In the top five ingredients, “By-Product” term in Chicken means rendered parts that are considered not fit for human consumption and a lower grade. Then there is corn, which boast the protein levels, but is not a protein with a well-balanced amino acid for dogs. Corn is also carb heavy. There is fish meal and flaxseed further down the ingredient list that are good nutrient sources, but it still lacks diversity of ingredients such as vegetables or fruits. Overall, this recipe does not live up to the premium title it claims, and is considered average.


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

  • Generic “Meat meal” ingredient
  • Minimal nutritional information
  • Does not contain at least one good straight meat source (ie Chicken, Beef, Lamb, etc..)
  • Lacks number of ingredients for diverse of nutrient sources
  • Quick Nutritional Breakdown:

    Protein Fat Fiber Moisture Carbs
    24% (min) 20% (min) 4.5% (max) 10% (max) 33% (Est.)

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

    Detailed Nutritional Facts:

    Calories 340 (per cup)
    Vitamin A NA
    Vitamin C NA
    Vitamin E NA
    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 0.45%
    Omega-6 fatty acid 2.7%

    Ingredients Analysis

    First 5 Ingredients:

    1. Meat Meal
    2. Ground Yellow Corn
    3. Chicken Fat
    4. Chicken By-Product Meal
    5. Ground Brewers Rice

    Meat meal is rendered from other animal parts that humans may not consider eating. 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 pure meat ingredients. However, it goes through an extensive rendering process to ensure it is safe to eat. Not much flavor is preserved and other nutrients are wiped out; it’s strictly good for a source of protein. Another concern is it doesn’t mention what animal it came from; it could be from sick or euthanize animal as just two possibilities among many others.

    Corn is source of nutrients and protein, but it is also contains relatively high amounts of carbohydrates and the protein amino acid profile is unbalanced. It is commonly found in dog food, since it is relatively cheap. Take caution some dogs may already be or will develop an allergy to corn.

    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.

    Chicken by-product meal is rendered parts from parts that are not considered fit for human consumption. They grind down these parts, which may include the carcasses and/or remains after the main meat is removed. It may contain bones, lungs, brains, underdeveloped eggs, intestine, etc… Also, it goes through an extensive heating and processing to ensure it is safe to eat. Some people consider this ingredient to be inferior quality to other meat sources and prefer to avoid it. Like the typical meat, it does offer needed protein with good amino acid profile.

    Ground Brewers rice is milled & processed rice. This processing strips valuable nutrients out, leaving the residual grain fragment, resulting in a carbohydrate biased focused filler. Without much relative value, it is a poor choice of ingredient.

    Other Ingredients to be Aware of

    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.

    All Ingredients

    Meat Meal, Ground Yellow Corn, Chicken Fat (preserved with mixed Tocopherols), Chicken By-Product Meal, Ground Brewers Rice, Dried Beet Pulp, Menhaden Fish Meal, Flaxseed, Salt, Vitamin A Supplement, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Vitamin E Supplement, Riboflavin Supplement, D-Calcium Pantothenate, Niacin Supplement, Choline Chloride, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Folic Acid, Thiamine Mononitrate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Biotin, Calcium Iodate, Copper Sulfate, Ferrous Sulfate, Manganous Oxide, Zinc Oxide, Magnesium Oxide.

    Manufacture and Location

    Manufactured by:  Midwestern Pet Foods,Inc.
    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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