Rating: | Price: $$$$ | WebsiteThis review is based on California Natural Grain Free Chicken Meal Formula. The other products in the range differ in ratings with this brand, so I’ll summarise the other formulas too. The Chicken Meal formula is definitely one of the best in the range.
These foods have been designed to have few ingredients and no grains, which is great for dogs that suffer allergies. They have a single meat protein source combined with a select choice of legumes. This formula has chicken meal as the prime ingredient which is exactly what we want. Having a lean meat meal ensures plenty of digestible protein in the food. It’s backed up with peas★★★★★ Excellent source of protein/carbohydrates/fiber. which offer an additional source of protein as well as fibre, and are a good ingredient. Some foods use peas★★★★★ Excellent source of protein/carbohydrates/fiber. to bulk up the protein where the meat content is lacking, but with the protein in this food at 34% it’s safe to say there’s a decent amount of meat. We then find Green Lentils, and you can’t get better than that. They’re packed with protein in a form very digestible for dogs (and that’s fantastic if your dog usually suffers from gas!)
The oil used in the food is sunflower oil★★ Gimmicky, source of fat for energy, healthy coat, not preserved. for a glossy coat. I’d prefer to see canola oil★★★★★ Excellent source of fat for energy and healthy coat contains 10% omega 3 fatty acids and half the saturated fat found in other vegetable oils commonly used in pet food. which is a better source of omega fats, but sunflower oil★★ Gimmicky, source of fat for energy, healthy coat, not preserved. is more resistant to heat when cooking a kibble.
If you’re looking to feed a simple well-rounded diet to your dog then this food is definitely recommended.
What’s good about this food….
A well-rounded simple diet with a great choice of meat meal and legumes.
….and what’s not so good.
Not much. It makes you wonder why other products need such a long list of ingredients.
Chicken Meal, Peas★★★★★ Excellent source of protein/carbohydrates/fiber., Green Lentils, 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.), Pea Fiber, Sunflower Oil★★ Gimmicky, source of fat for energy, healthy coat, not preserved., Natural Flavors, 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., Minerals (Zinc Proteinate★★★★★ Best source of zinc, protects against free radicals, essential to insulin formation and immune function., Iron Proteinate★★★★★ Excellent, most expensive source of iron needed for red blood cell reproduction., Copper Proteinate★★★★★ Best source of copper used, aids in bone formation, iron absorption, protein metabolism, bone formation, Manganese Proteinate★★★★★ Best source of manganese, necessary to development of strong bones and enzyme activators, enhances immune system., Calcium Iodate★★★ Source of iodine, promotes strong bones, teeth, cardiovascular health and skeletal strength.), Vitamin E★★★ Antioxidant used as food preservative. Supplement, Vitamins (Betaine Hydrochloride, Vitamin A Supplement★★★ Standard source of A, vital to immune function, develops strong eyes and bones, lowers risk to cancer., Niacin★★★ Standard source, promotes proper digestion, healthy skin and nerves. Supplement, Calcium Pantothenate★★★ Standard source of a B-complex vitamin B5, supports adrenal activity., Beta Carotene★★★★ Source of Vitamin A precursor, aids immune response, allergy control, slows aging., Vitamin B12 Supplement★★★ Standard source, involved in immune response., Vitamin D3★★★ Standard source, aids calcium and phosphorous in building bones and teeth. Supplement, Riboflavin★★★ Standard source of Vitamin B2, necessary to energy production, fat and carbohydrate metabolism. Supplement, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride★★★ Standard source, immune stimulant, major factor in protein metabolism and red blood cell production., Thiamine Mononitrate★★★ Standard source of B-1, effects nervous system and mental attitude., Biotin★★★ Standard source to promote healthy skin and coat., Folic Acid★★★ Standard source, needed for blood building and DNA synthesis.), Rosemary Extract★★★★★ Natural preservative, concentrated..
Other foods in the range
Grain Free Pork Meal & Sweet Potatoes Formula – Pork isn’t often seen in pet food, mainly due to stigmas regarding parasites and a difficulty to ensure quality of suppliers. It’s actually a very digestible source of protein, some times more so than chicken and fish. We also find a number of main brand pet food manufactures do in fact use pork. I’ll stick with 4 stars for this one.
Grain Free Salmon Meal & Peas★★★★★ Excellent source of protein/carbohydrates/fiber. Formula - Like the Chicken Meal formula, this is worthy of 4 stars.
Grain Free Kangaroo & Red Lentils, Grain Free Lamb Meal, Grain Free Venison & Green Lentils – These varieties have little meat content so are essentially plant-based kibble. They have less protein than the other formulas, and most of it will be from the peas★★★★★ Excellent source of protein/carbohydrates/fiber. and lentils. I’ll give these formulas 3 stars, but if you have a less active or older dog then these should be fine. The ingredients are still of a good quality.
Note that some of the formulas have changed recently. For example, the Venison formula used to be Venison Meal Formula, but they’ve unfortunately substituted the meat meal for regular meat.