Blue Buffalo Homestyle Recipes Dog Food receives the Advisor’s second-tier rating of 4 stars.
The Blue Buffalo Homestyle Recipe product line lists ten canned dog foods, nine claimed to meet AAFCO nutrient profiles for adult maintenance and one for growth (Puppy Chicken).
- Blue Buffalo Homestyle Beef Dinner
- Blue Buffalo Homestyle Lamb Dinner
- Blue Buffalo Homestyle Chicken Dinner
- Blue Buffalo Homestyle Toy Breed Chicken
- Blue Buffalo Homestyle Small Breed Chicken
- Blue Buffalo Homestyle Large Breed Chicken
- Blue Buffalo Homestyle Puppy Chicken Dinner
- Blue Buffalo Homestyle Fish and Sweet Potato
- Blue Buffalo Homestyle Turkey Meatloaf Dinner
- Blue Buffalo Homestyle Small Breed Lamb Dinner
Blue Buffalo Homestyle Recipe Beef Dinner Dog Food was selected to represent the others in the line for this review.
Blue Buffalo Homestlye Recipe Beef Dinner
Canned Dog Food
Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content
Ingredients: Beef, beef broth, beef liver, carrots, peas, sweet potatoes, whole ground brown rice, whole ground barley, oatmeal, guar gum, salt, dicalcium phosphate, flaxseed, blueberries, cranberries, potassium chloride, carrageenan, cassia, vitamin A supplement, vitamin E supplement, vitamin D3 supplement, vitamin B12 supplement, niacin (vitamin B3), calcium pantothenate (vitamin B5), riboflavin (vitamin B2), pyridoxine hydrochloride (vitamin B6), thiamine mononitrate, folic acid, biotin, zinc amino acid complex (source of chelated zinc), iron amino acid complex (source of chelated iron), copper amino acid complex (source of chelated copper), manganese amino acid complex (source of chelated manganese), sodium selenite, calcium iodate, choline chloride
Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 5.9%
Red items when present indicate controversial ingredients
|Estimated Nutrient Content|
|Dry Matter Basis||39%||27%||26%|
|Calorie Weighted Basis||30%||51%||20%|
The first ingredient in this dog food is beef. Beef is defined as “the clean flesh derived from slaughtered cattle” and includes skeletal muscle or the muscle tissues of the tongue, diaphragm, heart or esophagus.1
Like most meats, beef is naturally rich in all ten essential amino acids required by a dog to sustain life. A quality meat ingredient.
The second ingredient is beef broth. Broths are nutritionally empty. But because they add moisture to a dog food they are a common finding in many canned products.
The third ingredient is beef liver. This is an organ meat sourced from a named animal and thus considered a beneficial component.
The next item lists carrots. Carrots are rich in beta-carotene, minerals and dietary fiber.
The fifth ingredient mentions peas. Peas are a quality source of carbohydrates. Plus (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 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 seventh 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 eighth 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 ninth item is oatmeal, a whole-grain product made from coarsely ground oats. Oatmeal is naturally rich in B-vitamins, dietary fiber and is also (unlike many other grains) gluten-free.
The tenth item is guar gum, a gelling or thickening agent found in many wet pet foods. Refined from dehusked guar beans, guar gum can add a notable amount of dietary fiber to any product.
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 one notable exception…
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.
Blue Buffalo Homestyle Recipe
The Bottom Line
Judging by its ingredients alone, Blue Buffalo Homestyle Recipe looks to be an above-average canned 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.
As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 41% and a mean fat level of 26%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 25% for the overall product line.
Above-average protein. Above-average fat. And below-average carbs when compared to a typical canned dog food.
When you consider the protein-boosting effect of the peas, this looks like the profile of a canned product containing a moderate amount of meat.
Blue Buffalo Homestyle Recipe is a meat-based canned dog food using a moderate amount of various named species as its main sources of animal protein, thus earning the brand 4 stars.
Those looking for a dry version of the same product line may wish to visit our review of Blue Buffalo Homestyle Recipe canned 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
11/27/2009 Original review
02/15/2012 Updated (discontinued 2 recipes, added 3 new ones)
02/15/2012 Last Update
- Association of American Feed Control Officials ↩