Artemis Osopure (Dry)

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Rating: ★★★½☆

Artemis Osopure dog food receives the Advisor’s mid-tier rating of 3.5 stars.

The Artemis Osopure product line includes three dry grain free dog foods.

However, since we’re unable to locate AAFCO nutritional adequacy statements for these dog foods on the company’s website, it’s impossible for us to report specific life stage recommendations for these recipes.

The following is a list of recipes available at the time of this review.

  • Artemis Osopure Duck and Garbanzo Bean
  • Artemis Osopure Bison and Garbanzo Bean
  • Artemis Osopure Salmon and Garbanzo Bean

Artemis Osopure Bison and Garbanzo Bean was selected to represent the other products in the line for this review.

Artemis Osopure Bison and Garbanzo Bean

Dry Dog Food

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

Protein = 26% | Fat = 16% | Carbs = 51%

Ingredients: Bison, salmon meal, garbanzo beans, sweet potatoes, peas, potatoes, canola oil, ocean fish meal, tomato pomace, flaxseed, natural flavor, salt, choline chloride, dried chicory root, tomatoes, blueberries, raspberries, Yucca schidigera extract, green tea extract, barley grass extract, dried fermentation products of Enterococcus faecium, Lactobacillus acidophilus, Lactobacillus casei and Lactobacillus plantarum, dried Trichoderma longibrachiatum fermentation extract, vitamin E supplement, iron proteinate, zinc proteinate, copper proteinate, ferrous sulfate, zinc sulfate, copper sulfate, potassium iodide, thiamine mononitrate (vitamin B1), manganese proteinate, manganous oxide, ascorbic acid, vitamin A supplement, biotin, niacin, calcium pantothenate, manganese sulfate, sodium selenite, pyridoxine hydrochloride (vitamin B6), vitamin B12 supplement, riboflavin (vitamin B2), vitamin D supplement, folic acid

Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 4.4%

Red items when present indicate controversial ingredients

Estimated Nutrient Content
MethodProteinFatCarbs
Guaranteed Analysis23%14%NA
Dry Matter Basis26%16%51%
Calorie Weighted Basis22%33%45%

The first ingredient in this dog food lists bison. Although it is a quality item, raw bison contains about 80% water. After cooking, most of that moisture is lost, reducing the meat content to just a fraction of its original weight.

After processing, this item would probably account for a smaller part of the total content of the finished product.

The second ingredient lists salmon meal. Because it is considered a meat concentrate, fish meal contains almost 300% more protein than fresh fish itself.

Fish meal is typically obtained from the “clean, dried, ground tissue of undecomposed whole fish and fish cuttings” of commercial fish operations.1

The third ingredient is garbanzo beans, also known as chickpeas. Like peas, bean and lentils, the chickpea is a nutritious member of the fiber-rich legume (pulse) family of vegetables.

Garbanzos contain about 22% protein, something which must be considered when evaluating the total protein reported in this food.

The fourth ingredient includes sweet potato. Sweet potatoes are a gluten-free source of complex carbohydrates in a dog food. They are naturally rich in dietary fiber and beta carotene.

The fifth item lists peas. Peas are a quality source of carbohydrates. And like all legumes, they’re rich in natural fiber.

However, peas contain about 25% protein, a factor that must be considered when judging the actual meat content of this dog food.

The sixth ingredient is potato. Potatoes can be considered a gluten-free source of digestible carbohydrates. Yet with the exception of perhaps their caloric content, potatoes are of only modest nutritional value to a dog.

The seventh ingredient is canola oil. Many applaud canola for its favorable omega-3 content while a vocal minority condemn it as an unhealthy fat.

Much of the objection regarding canola oil appears to be related to the use of genetically modified rapeseed as its source material.

Yet others find the negative stories about canola oil more the stuff of urban legend than actual science.2

In any case, plant-based oils like canola are less biologically available to a dog than fish oil as a source of quality omega-3 fats.

The eighth ingredient includes ocean fish meal, another protein-rich meat concentrate.

This item is typically sourced from clean, undecomposed whole fish and fish cuttings of commercial fish operations.3

Unfortunately, the phrase “ocean fish” is vague and does little to adequately describe this ingredient. Since some fish are higher in omega-3 fats than others, it’s impossible for us to judge the quality of this item.

The ninth ingredient is tomato pomace. Tomato pomace is a controversial ingredient, a by-product remaining after processing tomatoes into juice, soup and ketchup.

Many praise tomato pomace for its high fiber and nutrient content, while others scorn it as an inexpensive pet food filler.

Just the same, there’s probably not enough tomato pomace here to make much of a difference.

The tenth ingredient includes flaxseed, one of the best plant sources of healthy omega-3 fatty acids. Provided they’ve first been ground into a meal, flax seeds are also rich in soluble fiber.

However, flaxseed contains about 19% protein, a factor that must be considered when judging the actual meat content of this dog food.

From here, the list goes on to include a number of other items.

But to be realistic, ingredients located this far down the list (other than nutritional supplements) are not likely to affect the overall rating of this product.

With three notable exceptions

First, chicory root is rich in inulin, a starch-like compound made up of repeating units of carbohydrates and found in certain roots and tubers.

Not only is inulin a natural source of soluble dietary fiber, it’s also a prebiotic used to promote the growth of healthy bacteria in a dog’s digestive tract.

Next, we note the inclusion of dried fermentation products in this recipe. Fermentation products are typically added to provide enzymes to aid the animal with digestion.

And lastly, this food also contains chelated minerals, minerals that have been chemically attached to protein. This makes them easier to absorb. Chelated minerals are usually found in better dog foods.

Artemis Osopure Dog Food
The Bottom Line

Judging by its ingredients alone, Artemis Osopure dog food looks like an above-average dry product.

But ingredient quality by itself cannot tell the whole story. We still need to estimate the product’s meat content before determining a final rating.

The dashboard displays a dry matter protein reading of 26%, a fat level of 16% and estimated carbohydrates of about 51%.

As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 26% and a mean fat level of 16%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 51% for the overall product line.

And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 61%.

Near-average protein. Near-average fat. And above-average carbs when compared to a typical dry dog food.

When you consider the protein-boosting effects of the garbanzo beans, peas and flaxseed, this looks like the profile of a kibble containing a below average amount of meat.

Bottom line?

Artemis Osopure dog food is a plant-based grain-free kibble using a below average amount of salmon or duck meals as its main sources of animal protein, thus earning the brand 3.5 stars.

Recommended.

Please note certain products are sometimes given a higher or lower rating based upon our estimate of their total meat content.

Special Alert

Rice ingredients can sometimes contain arsenic. Until the US FDA establishes safe upper levels for arsenic content, pet owners may wish to limit the total amount of rice fed in a dog's daily diet.

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Notes and Updates

03/27/2010 Original review
10/27/2010 Review updated
09/28/2011 Review updated
04/03/2013 Review updated
04/03/2013 Last Update

  1. Association of American Feed Control Officials
  2. Mikkelson, B and DP, Oil of Ole, Urban Legends Reference Pages (2005)
  3. Adapted by The Dog Food Advisor from the official definition of other fish ingredients as published by the Association of American Feed Control Officials
  • sandy

    This food had been reformulated and will be update shortly. There are 3 formulas now.

  • Jess

    This is weird. I don’t recall seeing rice nor chicken in the Osopure range. I thoguht it was a grain-free range?

  • Hound Dog Mom

    It appears Artemis has revamped their product lines, product packaging and website. There are now three Osopure formulas with novel protein sources, a new line called “SOS” which appears to be a limited ingredient line and a new higher protein “Pro-Power” formula in their Pro line. Unfortunately, I don’t see their “Maximal” formula listed anywhere on their new site. Being grain free and 42% protein it was their best food (imo), it would be a shame if they discontinued it.

  • http://DogFoodAdvisor.com Mike Sagman

    Hi Gary… Of course, each dog food recipe varies in its design (sometimes significantly and many times only subtly). Since dogs are a lot like us humans, each responds to a particular food (or ingredient) in its own unique way. So, it would be impossible for me (or anyone) to compare two or more dog foods and choose the one that would be better for your dog than the others (or to provide a specific result you’re looking for). Unfortunately, choosing the right dog food still involves at least some trial and error. Wish I could be more help.

  • gary

    Hi Mike,
    The large breed Osopure contains no beet pulp and substitutes ‘rice bran’ for the ‘rice’ present in the small breed mix. Protein drops to 25% and fat to 15%……but I assume this is a better option than their ‘Fresh Mix Adult’?……