Artemis Professional Formula Dog Food gets the Advisor’s second-highest rating of 4 stars.
However, since we’re unable to locate AAFCO nutritional adequacy statement for this dog food on the Artemis website, it’s impossible for us to report specific life stage recommendations for this recipe.
Artemis Professional Formula
Dry Dog Food
Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content
Ingredients: Chicken meal, whole grain brown rice, cracked pearled barley, millet, chicken fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols), tomato pomace, rice bran, flaxseed, natural chicken flavor, fish meal, choline chloride, zinc proteinate, vitamin E supplement, iron proteinate, inulin (from chicory root), ascorbic acid (a source of vitamin C), zinc sulfate, iron sulfate, niacin supplement, copper proteinate, manganese proteinate, vitamin A supplement, calcium pantothenate, calcium sulfate, thiamine mononitrate, d-biotin, riboflavin supplement, manganese sulfate, vitamin A supplement, vitamin D3 supplement, pyridoxine hydrochloride, vitamin B12 supplement, folic acid, sodium selenite, ethylenediamine dihydriodide
Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 3.3%
Red items when present indicate controversial ingredients
|Estimated Nutrient Content|
|Dry Matter Basis||26%||16%||51%|
|Calorie Weighted Basis||22%||33%||45%|
The first ingredient in this dog food is chicken meal. Chicken meal is considered a meat concentrate and contains nearly 300% more protein than fresh chicken.
The second item is brown rice, a complex carbohydrate that (once cooked) can be fairly easy to digest. However, aside from its natural energy content, rice is of only modest nutritional value to a dog.
The third ingredient lists barley. Barley is a starchy carbohydrate supplying fiber and other healthy nutrients. Unlike grains with a higher glycemic index, barley can help support more stable blood sugar levels.
The fourth item lists millet, a gluten-free grain harvested from certain seed grasses. Millet is hypoallergenic and naturally rich in B-vitamins and fiber as well as other essential minerals.
The fifth ingredient is chicken fat. Chicken fat is obtained from rendering chicken, a process similar to making soup in which the fat itself is skimmed from the surface of the liquid.
Chicken fat is high in linoleic acid, an omega-6 fatty acid essential for life. Although it doesn’t sound very appetizing, chicken fat is actually a quality ingredient.
The sixth ingredient includes 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 seventh item is rice bran, a healthy by-product of milling whole grain rice. The bran is the fiber-rich outer layer of the grain containing starch, protein, fat as well as vitamins and minerals.
The eighth ingredient is 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.
After the natural chicken flavor, we find fish meal. Like chicken meal, fish meal is is another protein-rich meat concentrate.
Unfortunately, this particular item is anonymous. The term “fish” does little to properly describe this ingredient. To make a more accurate evaluation of the value of this item, we would have preferred to have known the species.
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 two notable exceptions…
First, we note the inclusion of 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.
And lastly, we note this dog 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 Professional Formula Dog Food
The Bottom Line
Judging by its ingredients alone, Artemis Professional Formula looks to be an above-average dog food.
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.
And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 61%.
Below-average protein. Near-average fat. And above-average carbs as compared to a typical dry dog food.
With no sign of any plant-based protein boosters, this looks like the profile of a kibble containing a moderate amount of meat.
Artemis Professional Formula is a grain-based dry dog food using a moderate amount of chicken meal as its main source of animal protein, thus earning the brand 4 stars.
Those looking for a better quality kibble from the same company may wish to visit our review of Artemis Osopure Dog Food.
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
07/28/2012 Last Update
- Artemis Customer Service, 10/25/2010 ↩