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Dogswell is a relatively newer player on the market and can be difficult to find. However, like many new foods, they are emphasizing quality ingredients over cheap filler. The price tag shows that as well.
I’ve focussed on the Vitality Chicken & Oats★★★★ Good source of fiber and energy but not whole ground for full nutritional value. recipe for this review, but all foods from Dogswell are similar, including the Happy Hips range.
The chicken content is definitely good, comprising the first two ingredients in both regular and meal form for extra protein. Oats★★★★ Good source of fiber and energy but not whole ground for full nutritional value. and barley★★★ Excellent source of nutrients, great grain for pets, but not “whole ground.” Can be of any quality. are top of the range as far as grains are concerns. The use of apples, blueberries★★★ Gimmicky, not enough used for benefit to eyes., sweet potatoes, carrots★★★★★ Natural source of beta carotene (precursor to Vitamin A needed for immune function), excellent fiber. and peas★★★★★ Excellent source of protein/carbohydrates/fiber. also gives the impression this isn’t another run of the mill food. The high spot that flaxseed★★★★★ Whole seeds provide best omega-3 fatty acids and nutritive fiber. has is also encouraging.
If you can find it, I’d recommend the use of this food and their treats as well.
I can’t seem to find any difference between their Happy Hips and Vitality brands other than the color of the packaging, so much of a muchness really.
What’s good about this food….
First two ingredients are meats, good inclusion of fiber with fruits and veggies, grains included are good.
….and what’s not so good.
Nothing to note.
Chicken, Chicken Meal, Oats★★★★ Good source of fiber and energy but not whole ground for full nutritional value., Barley★★★ Excellent source of nutrients, great grain for pets, but not “whole ground.” Can be of any quality., Brown Rice★★ Brown rice is cheap filler, does not have to be whole ground when used in dry foods! Usually found whole in cans. ★★ Brown rice flour★★ Brown rice is cheap filler, does not have to be whole ground when used in dry foods! Usually found whole in cans. ★★ Brown rice flour is cheap filler. ★★★★★ Whole grain in pure form is nutritive. is cheap filler. ★★★★★ Whole grain in pure form is nutritive., Natural Flavors, Chicken Fat (Preserved with Mixed Tocopherols★★★★ Natural Vitamin E★★★ Antioxidant used as food preservative. preservative. and Citric Acid★★★ Vitamin C, immune stimulant, antioxidant and anti-carcinogenic.), Flaxseed★★★★★ Whole seeds provide best omega-3 fatty acids and nutritive fiber., Tomato Pomace★★ Mostly used as gimmick, not enough nutrition is available to make a difference, can be too acidic on digestive tract causing upset., Sweet Potatoes, Apples, Dicalcium Phosphate★ Can become toxic to body — texturizer in can food., Dehydrated Alfalfa★★★ Source of chlorophyll, dietary fiber. Meal, Potassium Chloride★★★ Standard source of potassium, balances acid/alkaline levels., Blueberries★★★ Gimmicky, not enough used for benefit to eyes., Carrots★★★★★ Natural source of beta carotene (precursor to Vitamin A needed for immune function), excellent fiber., Peas★★★★★ Excellent source of protein/carbohydrates/fiber., Vitamin E★★★ Antioxidant used as food preservative. Supplement, 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., Saccharomyces Cerevisiae, Enterococcus Faecium★★★ Gimmicky probiotic to aid digestion, not enough to help and can not stand up to heat processing., Lactobacillus Acidophilus, Choline Chloride★★★ Standard source of choline, emulsifies fats., Zinc Proteinate★★★★★ Best source of zinc, protects against free radicals, essential to insulin formation and immune function., Vitamin A Acetate★★★ Standard source, needed for immune function., Vitamin D3★★★ Standard source, aids calcium and phosphorous in building bones and teeth. Supplement, Niacin★★★ Standard source, promotes proper digestion, healthy skin and nerves., Iron Proteinate★★★★★ Excellent, most expensive source of iron needed for red blood cell reproduction., Pantothenic Acid, 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. Supplement, Copper Proteinate★★★★★ Best source of copper used, aids in bone formation, iron absorption, protein metabolism, bone formation, Garlic★★★★ Good antioxidant, antibiotic. IS SAFE TO USE! Powder, Chicory Root Extract, Manganese Proteinate★★★★★ Best source of manganese, necessary to development of strong bones and enzyme activators, enhances immune system., Folic Acid★★★ Standard source, needed for blood building and DNA synthesis., Calcium Iodate★★★ Source of iodine, promotes strong bones, teeth, cardiovascular health and skeletal strength., Cobalt Proteinate★★★★★ Excellent source of cobalt, improves use, needed for B12 synthesis., Biotin★★★ Standard source to promote healthy skin and coat., Vitamin B12 Supplement★★★ Standard source, involved in immune response., Mixed Tocopherols (Natural Preservative), Sodium Selenite★★★ Standard source of selenium, powerful anti-oxidant protects the body from free radicals and heavy metals, supports immune response., Rosemary Extract★★★★★ Natural preservative, concentrated..