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Blue Wilderness, by the Blue Buffalo Company, is one of the best dog foods I’ve found thus far. Oddly enough, I can only seem to find it at Petsmart, which has a pretty bad track record of the food it carries. Perhaps they have some sort of contract with them.
Within the first 6 ingredients, we see 5 named meat ingredients, and 4 of those are meat “meals” which only adds to the amount of good protein in this food. They also use potatoes for their main carb, which is good to see. While this food is not entirely grainless, it’s pretty close. The grain we do see is oatmeal, which is one of the better choices that can be made.
Not only is the meat content more than enough, but they include carrots★★★★★ Natural source of beta carotene (precursor to Vitamin A needed for immune function), excellent fiber., sweet potatoes, blueberries★★★ Gimmicky, not enough used for benefit to eyes., and cranberries★★★ Gimmicky, not enough used in food to help the urinary tract. to give a great mix of fruits and vegetables. This only further gives this food credibility as one of the best foods you can give your dog. What’s more, they are mindful to use flaxseed★★★★★ Whole seeds provide best omega-3 fatty acids and nutritive fiber. and herring oil as fat sources and for the Omega fatty acids that promote heart health. If that wasn’t enough, the array of vitamins is plentiful.
This is very recommended if you shop at Petsmart, but just be prepared to pay.
What’s good about this food….
Extremely high use of quality meats (5 of first 6 ingredients), many fruits and vegetables used, flax is present as well as herring oil, tons of vitamins.
….and what’s not so good.
Nothing to report.
Deboned Chicken, Chicken Meal, Potato Starch, Turkey Meal, Whitefish Meal, Salmon Meal, Tomato Pomace★★ Mostly used as gimmick, not enough nutrition is available to make a difference, can be too acidic on digestive tract causing upset. (natural source of Lycopene), Chicken Fat (preserved with Natural Mixed Tocopherols), Oatmeal, Natural Chicken Flavor, Whole Carrots★★★★★ Natural source of beta carotene (precursor to Vitamin A needed for immune function), excellent fiber., Whole Sweet Potatoes, Blueberries★★★ Gimmicky, not enough used for benefit to eyes., Cranberries★★★ Gimmicky, not enough used in food to help the urinary tract., Flaxseed★★★★★ Whole seeds provide best omega-3 fatty acids and nutritive fiber. (natural source of Omega 6 Fatty Acids), Barley★★★ Excellent source of nutrients, great grain for pets, but not “whole ground.” Can be of any quality. Grass, Dried Parsley, Alfalfa★★★ Source of chlorophyll, dietary fiber. Meal, Kelp Meal, Taurine★★★ Standard source, necessary for cats who are unable to manufacture taurine on their own, helps regulate nervous system, promotes thyroid and cardiovascular health. Some benefit to dogs., L-Carnitine★★ Supplements poor meat source diets, a B-vitamin factor naturally found in meat, important in regulating fat metabolism., L-Lysine★★ Source of Lysine (essential amino acid found in meat), needed to use for food enrichment for grain-based foods., Glucosamine★★★ Gimmicky, not enough can be available to be effective, often listed low on the label as token ingredient. Cooking may effect it’s potency. Hydrochloride★★★ Gimmicky, not enough can be available to be effective, often listed low on the label as token ingredient. Cooking may effect it’s potency., Yucca Shidigera Extract, Green Tea Extract, Turmeric, Herring Oil (natural source of Omega 3 Fatty Acids), Fructooligosaccharides★★★ Mostly used as gimmick, prebiotic to aid digestion., Monooligosaccharides, Dried Chicory Root, Black Malted Barley★★★ Excellent source of nutrients, great grain for pets, but not “whole ground.” Can be of any quality., Oil of Rosemary, Beta Carotene★★★★ Source of Vitamin A precursor, aids immune response, allergy control, slows aging., Vitamin A Supplement★★★ Standard source of A, vital to immune function, develops strong eyes and bones, lowers risk to cancer., Vitamin C, Vitamin E★★★ Antioxidant used as food preservative. Supplement, Vitamin D3★★★ Standard source, aids calcium and phosphorous in building bones and teeth. Supplement, Calcium Ascorbate★★★★★ Buffered source of Vitamin C. (source of Vitamin C), Vitamin B12 Supplement★★★ Standard source, involved in immune response., Niacin★★★ Standard source, promotes proper digestion, healthy skin and nerves. (Vitamin B3), Calcium Pantothenate★★★ Standard source of a B-complex vitamin B5, supports adrenal activity. (Vitamin B5), Riboflavin★★★ Standard source of Vitamin B2, necessary to energy production, fat and carbohydrate metabolism. (Vitamin B2), Pyridoxine Hydrochloride★★★ Standard source, immune stimulant, major factor in protein metabolism and red blood cell production. (Vitamin B6), Thiamine Hydrochloride (Vitamin B1), Folic Acid★★★ Standard source, needed for blood building and DNA synthesis., Biotin★★★ Standard source to promote healthy skin and coat., Choline Chloride★★★ Standard source of choline, emulsifies fats., Calcium Chloride★ Used as a source of calcium but can cause digestive upset, heart issues., Zinc Amino Acid Complex★★★ Good source of zinc, protects against free radicals, essential to insulin formation and immune function. (source of Chelated Zinc), Iron Amino Acid★★★ Good source of iron needed for red blood cell production. Complex (source of Chelated Iron), Copper Amino Acid Complex★★★★ Better source of copper, improves use, needed for iron absorption, bone formation, protein metabolism, blood clotting. (source of Chelated Copper), Manganese Amino Acid Complex (source of Chelated Manganese), Potassium Amino Acid Complex (source of Chelated Potassium), Cobalt Proteinate★★★★★ Excellent source of cobalt, improves use, needed for B12 synthesis. (source of Chelated Cobalt), Potassium Chloride★★★ Standard source of potassium, balances acid/alkaline levels., Calcium Carbonate★★★ Standard source of calcium, promotes strong bones, teeth, cardiovascular health and skeletal strength, used as a buffer to acidic foods., Sodium Selenite★★★ Standard source of selenium, powerful anti-oxidant protects the body from free radicals and heavy metals, supports immune response., Salt★ Used to cover up rancid meat and fat, can cause kidney and heart disease, hypertension — used to encourage cats to drink, source of sodium chloride., Lactobacillus acidophilus, Bacillus subtilis★★★ Gimmicky probiotic to aid digestion, not enough to help and can not stand up to heat processing., Bifidobacterium thermophilum★★★ Gimmicky probiotic to aid digestion, not enough to help and can not stand up to heat processing., Bifidobacterium longum★★★ Gimmicky probiotic to aid digestion, not enough to help and can not stand up to heat processing., Enterococcus faecium★★★ Gimmicky probiotic to aid digestion, not enough to help and can not stand up to heat processing..