Rating: | Price: $$$ | Under the Sun Website
Under the Sun is made by the Canidae company who I’ve respected and recommended for many years. I was therefore excited to hear about this food, but if you’ve read my review for Under the Sun Original you’ll see this isn’t of the same premium quality.
What we find here is a relatively cheaply produced food with some labeling trickery thrown in to deceive. This isn’t something I like to see with a pet food, I’d rather we were told open and honestly what a food is.
For example, on the bag we see “Made with Farm-Raised Chicken“, but on closer inspection we find very little chicken in the food.
It’s a pork-based kibble, or on even closer inspection it’s more a pea-based kibble. Pork meal is the main ingredient, which is fine, but next we have green peas, chickpeas, and yellow peas. This assures us the majority of the 25% protein will come from peas and not meat. The only upside of this is the food is low fat (at 11% fat).
As with the Original recipe we find the same range of fruits, veggies, vitamins, minerals, alfalfa, and flax – all good to see, but again I’d like to see a better inclusion of animal fats and oils. It feels a bit lacking, and I wouldn’t recommend feeding a kibble made mostly of peas over a long term.
3 stars (there are much worse foods out there).
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What’s good about this food….
A meat meal as the main ingredient, but it’s pork not chicken as we’re led to believe by the labeling.
….and what’s not so good.
Lots of peas, peas, and more peas.
Pork meal, green peas, chickpeas, yellow peas, chicken fat, chicken, suncured alfalfa, flaxseed, natural flavor, minerals (iron proteinate, zinc proteinate, copper proteinate, ferrous sulfate, zinc sulfate, copper sulfate, potassium iodide, manganese proteinate, manganous oxide, manganese sulfate, sodium selenite), vitamins (vitamin E supplement, thiamine mononitrate, ascorbic acid, vitamin A supplement, biotin, niacin, calcium pantothenate, pyridoxine hydrochloride, vitamin B12 supplement, riboflavin, vitamin D3 supplement, folic acid), choline chloride, tomatoes, butternut squash, green apples, blueberries, carrots, sage, parsley, sweet potatoes, mixed tocopherols (a source of vitamin E).