Under The Sun Grain Free Weight Management Formula

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  • Under The Sun Grain Free Weight Management Formula
  • Published on: June 2, 2015
  • Last modified: June 3, 2015
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Review Summary:

In this recipe, despite being grain free, there are a few carb rich ingredients near to of the list. This is reflected in the relatively higher value in the estimated carb level. Such carb levels maybe more than some dogs need in their diet. On the label, there isn’t much nutritional information, which would be helpful if there was. There are wholesome vegetables and fruits, but it is odd that they are at the end of the ingredient list below the added vitamins and mineral supplement. Basically, being so low, they are not a significant nutrient contributor. One highlight is the minerals are “proteinate” to aid easier absorption for the body. Overall, this recipe is average.


  • Chelated / proteinate minerals for better body absorption
  • Cons

  • May contain too much non dietary fiber carbohydrates than necessary
  • Minimal nutritional information. Lacking info on vitamins, minerals, and fatty acids
  • Quick Nutritional Breakdown:

    Protein Fat Fiber Moisture Carbs
    20% (min) 10% (min) 4% (max) 10% (max) 47% (Est.)

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

    Detailed Nutritional Facts:

    Calories 352 (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 NA
    Omega-6 fatty acid NA

    Ingredients Analysis

    First 5 Ingredients:

    1. Pork meal
    2. Chickpeas
    3. Yellow peas
    4. Green peas
    5. Chicken fat

    Park  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.

    Chickpeas (Garbanzo beans) offers protein (not balanced amino acid profile for dogs) and a variety of nutrients. They are also high in carbohydrates and this includes significant dietary fiber.

    Yellow and green peas are a good source of fiber and protein, but note that it does contribute carbohydrates and do not offer all the essential amino acids required by a dog.

    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

    Sweet potatoes contains an abundant amount of vitamin A and beta–carotene, which are important for the eyes / vision. It is also a good source of fiber and be aware that it does offer carbohydrates, since it is a starchy food type. However, being so low in the ingredient list it is unlikely to make any impact due to its insignificance.

    All Ingredients

    Pork meal, chickpeas, yellow peas, green peas, chicken fat, lamb, suncured alfalfa, flaxseed, natural flavor, minerals (iron proteinate, zinc proteinate, copper proteinate, ferrous sulfate, zinc sulfate, copper sulfate, potassium iodide, manganese proteinate, manganous oxide, manganese sulfate, sodium selenite), vitamins (vitamin E supplement, thiamine mononitrate, ascorbic acid, vitamin A supplement, biotin, niacin, calcium pantothenate, pyridoxine hydrochloride, vitamin B12 supplement, riboflavin, vitamin D3 supplement, folic acid), choline chloride, blueberries, butternut squash, tomatoes, sage, carrots, parsley, sweet potatoes, green apples, mixed tocopherols (a source of vitamin E).

    Manufacture and Location

    Manufactured by: Canidae (Ethos Pet Nutrition), Diamond Pet, Performance Pet, or Hampshire Pet
    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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