Rating: 5 star  | Price: $$  |  Website

Actr1um Holistic

Actr1um Holistic

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 and oats 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 (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 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. 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 is present, and far too high in the list of ingredients for my liking.

Ingredients:

Chicken, chicken meal, pearled barley, oats, herring meal, dicalcium phosphate, olive oil, tomato pomace, ground whole flaxseed, dried alfalfa, apples, bananas, blueberries, broccoli, cranberries, dried kelp, pears, spinach, sweet potatoes, capsicum, cinnamon, chamomile, paprika, turmeric, calcium carbonate, vitamin E supplement, choline chloride, ferrous sulphate, zinc oxide, copper sulphate, vitamin B12 supplement, niacin, sodium selenite, calcium pantothenate, manganous oxide, vitamin A acetate, riboflavin, calcium iodate, folic acid, thiamine mononitrate, pyridoxine hydrochloride, vitamin D3 supplement, rosemary extract.

Note – may contain trace amounts of peanuts.