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It’s hard to find information about Walmart brands as they won’t publish ingredients and analysis on their website, and this food only seems to be available in Canadian stores. It seems the ingredients have changed over time so keep that in mind. I haven’t had personal experience with this food, so if you have please give feedback.
I believe this food is made by Elmira Pet Products in Canada, the company behind Royal Canin and Dr. Tims. That’s a good thing if it’s true, but I can’t seem to find out if this is fact. Walmart don’t have a high mark-up on their products which makes this food good value for money.
This review is for the Holistic Adult Chicken variety. Let’s take a look…
It’s always great to see a decent protein source as the main ingredient. With this food we find chicken and chicken meal which is a flying start. The main grain content includes barley★★★ Excellent source of nutrients, great grain for pets, but not “whole ground.” Can be of any quality. and oats★★★★ Good source of fiber and energy but not whole ground for full nutritional value. which are great choices for nutrients, fibre, and energy. We also find herring meal which is great to see, and often see in quality foods like Orijen and Canidae. All good so far!
Next we have dicalcium phosphate★ Can become toxic to body — texturizer in can food. (DCP). I see this as a suspect ingredient used as a texturizer which can be toxic depending on where it’s sourced. It’s found in approximately 25% of dog foods, but not usually this high in the ingredient list. That’s a concern for me, and effects the rating of this food.
Flaxseed★★★★★ Whole seeds provide best omega-3 fatty acids and nutritive fiber. is a good ingredient (although some dogs can be allergic), and we find a whole range of fruits and veggies in the food which is great to see. All the sources of calcium, vitamins, and nutrients are sound, meaning this certainly isn’t a bad food other than the dicalcium phosphate★ Can become toxic to body — texturizer in can food.. If that was removed this would certainly be a highly rated food, but otherwise it’s a solid 3 stars.
What’s good about this food….
Good protein and grain sources, with a decent range of fruits and vegetables.
….and what’s not so good.
Dicalcium phosphate★ Can become toxic to body — texturizer in can food. is present, and far too high in the list of ingredients for my liking.
Chicken, chicken meal, pearled barley★★★ Excellent source of nutrients, great grain for pets, but not “whole ground.” Can be of any quality., oats★★★★ Good source of fiber and energy but not whole ground for full nutritional value., herring meal, dicalcium phosphate★ Can become toxic to body — texturizer in can food., olive oil, tomato pomace★★ Mostly used as gimmick, not enough nutrition is available to make a difference, can be too acidic on digestive tract causing upset., ground whole flaxseed★★★★★ Whole seeds provide best omega-3 fatty acids and nutritive fiber., dried alfalfa★★★ Source of chlorophyll, dietary fiber., apples, bananas, blueberries★★★ Gimmicky, not enough used for benefit to eyes., broccoli★★ Nutritious but can lead to gas. Very gimmicky., cranberries★★★ Gimmicky, not enough used in food to help the urinary tract., dried kelp, pears, spinach, sweet potatoes, capsicum, cinnamon, chamomile, paprika, turmeric, calcium carbonate★★★ Standard source of calcium, promotes strong bones, teeth, cardiovascular health and skeletal strength, used as a buffer to acidic foods., vitamin E★★★ Antioxidant used as food preservative. supplement, choline chloride★★★ Standard source of choline, emulsifies fats., ferrous sulphate, zinc oxide★★★ Standard source of zinc, protects against free radicals, essential to insulin formation and immune function., copper sulphate, vitamin B12 supplement★★★ Standard source, involved in immune response., niacin★★★ Standard source, promotes proper digestion, healthy skin and nerves., sodium selenite★★★ Standard source of selenium, powerful anti-oxidant protects the body from free radicals and heavy metals, supports immune response., calcium pantothenate★★★ Standard source of a B-complex vitamin B5, supports adrenal activity., manganous oxide★★★ Standard source, manganese is necessary to development of strong bones and enzyme activators, enhances immune system., vitamin A acetate★★★ Standard source, needed for immune function., riboflavin★★★ Standard source of Vitamin B2, necessary to energy production, fat and carbohydrate metabolism., calcium iodate★★★ Source of iodine, promotes strong bones, teeth, cardiovascular health and skeletal strength., folic acid★★★ Standard source, needed for blood building and DNA synthesis., thiamine mononitrate★★★ Standard source of B-1, effects nervous system and mental attitude., pyridoxine hydrochloride★★★ Standard source, immune stimulant, major factor in protein metabolism and red blood cell production., vitamin D3★★★ Standard source, aids calcium and phosphorous in building bones and teeth. supplement, rosemary extract★★★★★ Natural preservative, concentrated..
Note – may contain trace amounts of peanuts.