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This is Solid Gold‘s grain-free food, which is more expensive than their other varieties simply because it’s more expensive to make with all of the proteins packed in and the grains are left out.
In the grain-free dog food world, I wouldn’t say this would be my top choice. It’s nothing to sneeze at for sure, as it does have a pretty high protein percentage (41%) and they do have quite a few quality oils for heart healthy Omega fatty acids and fat content. However, I do wonder why natural flavoring has to be so high on the list. That isn’t typical at all, and neither is having choline chloride★★★ Standard source of choline, emulsifies fats. in the top 10 ingredients.
There’s nothing bad in this food, let me say that. The ingredients are quality, and the makers of this food do care about pet nutrition. This is a food to try if you’re looking to go grain-free (something I support), along with Wellness Core and Orijen.
What’s good about this food….
Grain-free, high protein percentage, good meat sources, potatoes, salmon oil, fruits & veggies.
….and what’s not so good.
Natural flavors and choline chloride★★★ Standard source of choline, emulsifies fats. are higher than in other foods.
Ocean Fish★★★★★ Quality cold water fish, highly nutritious, high in fatty acids. Meal, Beef, Potatoes, Potato Protein, 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., 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 Flavoring, Salmon Oil (source of DHA), Choline Chloride★★★ Standard source of choline, emulsifies fats., 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., Dried Chicory Root, Parsley Flakes, Pumpkin Meal, Almond Oil, Sesame Oil, Yucca Schidigera Extract, Thyme, Blueberries★★★ Gimmicky, not enough used for benefit to eyes., Cranberries★★★ Gimmicky, not enough used in food to help the urinary tract., Carrots★★★★★ Natural source of beta carotene (precursor to Vitamin A needed for immune function), excellent fiber., Broccoli★★ Nutritious but can lead to gas. Very gimmicky., Vitamin E★★★ Antioxidant used as food preservative. Supplement, Iron Proteinate★★★★★ Excellent, most expensive source of iron needed for red blood cell reproduction., Zinc Proteinate★★★★★ Best 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., Zinc Sulfate★★★ Standard source of zinc, protects against free radicals, essential to insulin formation and immune function., Copper Sulfate★★★ Standard source, aids in bone formation, iron absorption and protein metabolism., Potassium Iodide★★★ Standard source of potassium, balances acid/alkaline levels., Thiamine Mononitrate★★★ Standard source of B-1, effects nervous system and mental attitude., Manganese Proteinate★★★★★ Best source of manganese, necessary to development of strong bones and enzyme activators, enhances immune system., Manganous Oxide★★★ Standard source, manganese is necessary to development of strong bones and enzyme activators, enhances immune system., Ascorbic Acid★★ Vitamin C — this form can be harsher on stomach, anti-oxidant/immune stimulant, food preservative., Vitamin A Supplement★★★ Standard source of A, vital to immune function, develops strong eyes and bones, lowers risk to cancer., Biotin★★★ Standard source to promote healthy skin and coat., Calcium Panthothenate, Manganese Sulfate★★★★ Manganese is necessary to development of strong bones and enzyme activators, enhances immune system., Sodium Selenite★★★ Standard source of selenium, powerful anti-oxidant protects the body from free radicals and heavy metals, supports immune response., Pyridoxine Hydrochloride★★★ Standard source, immune stimulant, major factor in protein metabolism and red blood cell production., Vitamin B12 (Cyanocobalamin), Riboflavin★★★ Standard source of Vitamin B2, necessary to energy production, fat and carbohydrate metabolism., Vitamin D Supplement, Folic Acid★★★ Standard source, needed for blood building and DNA synthesis..