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Brothers Complete is one of the smaller manufacturers, and appears to be the house brand of Fort Lauderdale’s The Doggy Store. It’s always hard to review a little known brand as it’s difficult to find reliable information. As such it’s important to know this review is based on ingredients analysis alone, and it’s worth doing your own research if you wish to feed this food. This review is for the Chicken Formula variety.
This is a grain free food which is good to see, and the price reflects this. The first two ingredients are chicken meal and turkey meal, both lean meats and packed with protein as they’re in meal form. This is an excellent start for this food. Next we find whole eggs★★★★ Good source of protein, free of shell. which is fantastic to see, ensuring this food has great sources of protein in a form very digestible for dogs. Pea starch will provide additional protein as well as fibre, and isn’t a bad choice of ingredient.
The fifth ingredient is cassava/tapioca, which we often find as a substitute carbohydrate source in grain free foods. It’s a mixed bag with this ingredient as it contains a high proportion of sugar, second only to sugar cane, but it’s biochemical simplicity means it won’t affect dogs with allergies.
We find some other interesting ingredients in this food, such as dried whole cell algae as a source of omega 3. This is something I haven’t seen in any other dog food. There’s also a decent range of veggies which we’d expect from a high end food, and even watercress which is unusual.
The ingredients in this food are very impressive, and worthy of 5 stars. I’m giving it 4 as I know too little about the company to thoroughly recommend it.
What’s good about this food….
Great to see two lean meat meals as the top two ingredients, with whole eggs★★★★ Good source of protein, free of shell. as well.
….and what’s not so good.
There’s little information available on the food, so it’s worth doing further research.
Chicken meal, turkey meal, dried whole eggs★★★★ Good source of protein, free of shell., pea starch, cassava/tapioca, pea flour, chicken fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols★★★★ Natural Vitamin E★★★ Antioxidant used as food preservative. preservative., a source of vitamin E★★★ Antioxidant used as food preservative.), dried chicken liver, pumpkin, ground flaxseed★★★★★ Whole seeds provide best omega-3 fatty acids and nutritive fiber., alfalfa★★★ Source of chlorophyll, dietary fiber. meal, dried carrots★★★★★ Natural source of beta carotene (precursor to Vitamin A needed for immune function), excellent fiber., potassium chloride★★★ Standard source of potassium, balances acid/alkaline levels., sea 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., choline chloride★★★ Standard source of choline, emulsifies fats., dried whole cell algae (pure source of omega 3 DHA), prebiotics [organic, branched inulin FOS], mixed tocopherols, rosemary extract★★★★★ Natural preservative, concentrated., green tea extract, cranberry pomace, celery, beets, parsley, lettuce, watercress, spinach, dl-methionine★★★ Standard source of methionine, supports healthy skin and nails, liver activity and immune health., lysine HCL, lecithin★★★★★ A natural antioxidant, very beneficial., 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., vitamin A, vitamin D3★★★ Standard source, aids calcium and phosphorous in building bones and teeth., vitamin E★★★ Antioxidant used as food preservative., zinc sulfate★★★ Standard source of zinc, protects against free radicals, essential to insulin formation and immune function., ferrous sulfate★★★ Standard source of iron, promotes oxygen-rich blood, immune support., niacin★★★ Standard source, promotes proper digestion, healthy skin and nerves., folic acid★★★ Standard source, needed for blood building and DNA synthesis., biotin★★★ Standard source to promote healthy skin and coat., manganese sulfate★★★★ Manganese is necessary to development of strong bones and enzyme activators, enhances immune system., copper sulfate★★★ Standard source, aids in bone formation, iron absorption and protein metabolism., calcium pantothenate★★★ Standard source of a B-complex vitamin B5, supports adrenal activity., 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., riboflavin★★★ Standard source of Vitamin B2, necessary to energy production, fat and carbohydrate metabolism., l-ascorbyl 2-polyphosphate (source of vitamin C activity), zinc proteinate★★★★★ Best source of zinc, protects against free radicals, essential to insulin formation and immune function., manganese proteinate★★★★★ Best source of manganese, necessary to development of strong bones and enzyme activators, enhances immune system., copper proteinate★★★★★ Best source of copper used, aids in bone formation, iron absorption, protein metabolism, bone formation, calcium iodate★★★ Source of iodine, promotes strong bones, teeth, cardiovascular health and skeletal strength., sodium selenite★★★ Standard source of selenium, powerful anti-oxidant protects the body from free radicals and heavy metals, supports immune response., cobalt carbonate★★★ Standard source of cobalt, improves use, needed for B12 synthesis., vitamin B12 encapsulated probiotics [dried Enterococcus faecium fermentation product, dried Lactobacillus acidophilus fermentation product, dried Lactobacillus casei fermentation product], enzymes [amylase (Aspergillus oryzae), protease (Aspergillus oryzae), cellulase (Trichoderma reesei), lactase (Aspergillus oryzae), hemicellulase (Trichoderma reesei), lipase (Aspergillus oryzae).