Azmira Dog Food earns the Advisor’s mid-tier rating of 3.5 stars.
The Azmira product line includes two dry dog foods, each claimed to meet AAFCO nutrient profiles for all life stages.
The following is a list of recipes available at the time of this review.
- Azmira Classic Beef Formula
- Azmira Lifestyle Lamb Formula
Azmira Lifestyle Lamb Formula was selected to represent both products in the line for this review.
Azmira Lifestyle Lamb Formula
Dry Dog Food
Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content
Ingredients: Lamb meal, whole ground brown rice, whole ground sorghum (milo), pearled barley, tomato pomace (source of lycopene), canola oil (preserved with mixed tocopherols), menhaden fish meal, natural flavors, alfalfa meal, vitamins (choline chloride, vitamin E supplement, vitamin A supplement, d-calcium pantothenate, niacin supplement (source of B3), biotin, riboflavin supplement, vitamin K supplement, vitamin B12 supplement, thiamine mononitrate (source of vitamin B1), vitamin D3 supplement, pyridoxine hydrochloride (source of vitamin B6), folic acid), minerals (calcium carbonate, zinc oxide, zinc proteinate, ferrous sulfate, manganese oxide, copper sulfate, sodium selenite, copper proteinate, manganese proteinate, calcium iodate, cobalt carbonate), potassium chloride, kelp meal, lecithin, rosemary extract, sage, dried Bacillus subtilis fermentation product, dried Aspergillus oryzae fermentation product, citric acid
Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 5.6%
Red items when present indicate controversial ingredients
|Estimated Nutrient Content|
|Dry Matter Basis||24%||9%||59%|
|Calorie Weighted Basis||23%||21%||56%|
The first ingredient in this dog food is lamb meal. Lamb meal is considered a meat concentrate and contains nearly 300% more protein than fresh lamb.
The second ingredient 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 is sorghum. Sorghum (milo) is a starchy cereal grain with a nutrient profile similar to corn.
Since it is gluten-free and boasts a smoother blood sugar behavior than other grains, sorghum may be considered an acceptable non-meat ingredient.
The fourth ingredient is 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 fifth 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 sixth ingredient is canola oil. Unfortunately, canola can be a controversial item. That’s because some worry that canola oil is made from rapeseed, a genetically modified (GMO) raw material.
Yet others cite the fact canola oil can be a significant source of essential omega-3 fatty acids.
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 seventh ingredient is menhaden fish meal, another protein-rich meat concentrate.
Menhaden are small ocean fish related to herring. They’re rich in protein and omega-3 fatty acids. What’s more, in their mid-depth habitat, menhaden are not exposed to mercury contamination as can be typical with deep water species.
Fish meal is typically obtained from the “clean, dried, ground tissue of undecomposed whole fish and fish cuttings” of commercial fish operations.1
After the natural flavors, we find alfalfa meal. Although alfalfa meal is high in plant protein (about 18%) and fiber (25%), this hay-family item is more commonly associated with horse feeds.
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 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.
Azmira Dog Food
The Bottom Line
Judging by its ingredients alone, Azmira 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.
As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 24% and a mean fat level of 9%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 59% for the overall product line.
And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 36%.
Below-average protein. Below-average fat. And above-average carbs when compared to a typical dry dog food.
When you consider the protein-boosting effect of the alfalfa meal, this looks like the profile of a kibble containing a below-average amount of meat.
Azmira Dog Food is a plant-based kibble using a below-average amount of lamb or beef meals as its main sources of animal protein, thus earning the brand 3.5 stars.
Please note certain recipes are sometimes given a higher or lower rating based upon our estimate of their total meat content.
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
05/24/2010 Original review
04/15/2014 Last Update
- Association of American Feed Control Officials ↩