Get the SCOOP on dog food: Blue Buffalo
The foods we will be looking at in the final part of this series are three of the more popular holistic, special diet foods that are widely available to pet parents. We will be looking at Blue Buffalo Lamb and Rice Life Protection, Nutro Ultra, and Wellness Brand pet foods. These foods are the leading examples of the holistic foods that are on the market for your pet, and if your pet has allergies, consider talking to your veterinarian about a holistic diet as a possible solution.
The first food we will be looking at is Blue Buffalo‘s line of dog food.
This a great line for dogs who may have some allergy or skin issues because it comes in many different formulas (listed below), and it does not contain by-products, corn, wheat, soy or artificial colors or flavors:
Wilderness (High Protein, Grain Free):
Basics (Minimal Ingredients):
As you can see, this is another line of food that gives you a lot of options depending on your dogs needs. It is is however considered more of a specialty food and you’ll only find this in Pet Specialty stores.
How much should my dog eat?
- Adult dogs up to 15 lb. 1/4 – 1 1/4 cups
- Adult dogs 16 – 25 lb. 1 1/4 – 1 3/4 cups
- Adult dogs 26 – 40 lb. 1 3/4 – 2 1/2 cups
- Adult dogs 41 – 60 lb. 2 1/2 – 3 cups
- Adult dogs 61 – 80 lb. 3 – 3 3/4 cups
- Adult dogs 81 – 100 lb. 3 3/4 – 4 1/2 cups
- Adult dogs 100+ lb. 4 1.2 cups PLUS 1/2 cup over 20 lbs. over 100 lbs. in body weight
Note: These feeding directions are guidelines only. If your dog is still a developing adult (many large breeds are considered developing until age 2-3) or above/below in activity level you will need to adjust.
Since Blue Buffalo has many formulas, we’re going to take a look at one of their formulas, Blue Buffalo Lamb and Brown Rice.
What’s in it?
Deboned Lamb, Oatmeal, Whole Ground Barley, Menhaden Fish Meal (source of Omega 3 Fatty Acids), Whole Ground Brown Rice, Peas, Natural Lamb Flavor, Whole Potatoes,Canola Oil (preserved with Mixed Tocopherols), Alfalfa Meal, Tomato Pomace (source of Lycopene), Flaxseed (source of Omega 3 and 6 Fatty Acids), Sunflower Oil (source of Omega 6 Fatty Acids), Whole Carrots, Whole Sweet Potatoes, Blueberries, Cranberries,Barley Grass, Dried Parsley, Garlic, Dried Kelp, Yucca Schidigera Extract, L-Carnitine, L-Lysine, Glucosamine Hydrochloride, Turmeric, Oil of Rosemary, Dried Chicory Root, Beta Carotene, Calcium Carbonate, Dicalcium Phosphate, Vitamin A Supplement, Thiamine Mononitrate (Vitamin B1), Riboflavin (Vitamin B2), Niacin (Vitamin B3), d-Calcium Pantothenate (Vitamin B5), Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (Vitamin B6), Biotin (Vitamin B7), Folic Acid (Vitamin B9), Vitamin B12 Supplement, Calcium Ascorbate (source of Vitamin C),Vitamin D3 Supplement, Vitamin E Supplement, Iron Amino Acid Chelate, Zinc Amino Acid Chelate, Manganese Amino Acid Chelate, Copper Amino Acid Chelate, Choline Chloride,Sodium Selenite, Calcium Iodate, Salt, Caramel, Potassium Chloride, Dried Yeast (source of Saccharomyces cerevisiae), Dried Lactobacillus acidophilus fermentation product, Dried Bacillus subtilis fermentation product, Dried Enterococcus faecium fermentation product.
How much does it cost?
What’s the bottom-line?
The ingredients in Blue Buffalo are great quality, with a guaranteed analysis of Crude protein 22%, crude fat 12%, and crude fiber 4.5% this a great food if you are thinking of switching your dogs to a holistic diet.
Want to test your current food against Blue Buffalo and get a $5 coupon to try Blue Buffalo? Click here to go to take the True Blue Test and get your coupon! (Please note the coupon is mail order and one per customer)
Nutritional Information/Analysis and feeding guidelines: Blue Buffalo.
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