Halo Spot’s Choice Shredded (Canned)

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Rating: ★★★★½

Halo Spot’s Choice Shredded Dog Food receives the Advisor’s second-highest tier rating of 4.5 stars.

The Halo Spot’s Choice Shredded product line includes four canned dog foods.

Each recipe below includes its related AAFCO nutrient profile when available on the product’s official webpage: Growth, Maintenance, All Life Stages, Supplemental or Unspecified.

  • Halo Spot’s Choice Shredded Beef and Chickpea [A]
  • Halo Spot’s Choice Shredded Turkey and Chickpea [A]
  • Halo Spot’s Choice Shredded Pork and Chickpea (3 stars) [A]
  • Halo Spot’s Choice Shredded Chicken and Chickpea (4 stars) [A]

Halo Spot’s Choice Shredded Turkey and Chickpea recipe was selected to represent the other products in the line for this review.

Halo Spot's Choice Shredded Turkey and Chickpea

Canned Dog Food

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

Protein = 41% | Fat = 27% | Carbs = 24%

Ingredients: Turkey, turkey broth, turkey liver, chickpeas, carrots, guar gum, cassia gum, potassium chloride, carrageenan, blueberries, cranberries, flaxseed, salt, choline chloride, dicalcium phosphate, zinc proteinate, iron proteinate, calcium carbonate, copper proteinate, manganese proteinate, sodium selenite, vitamin E supplement, thiamine mononitrate, niacin supplement, vitamin A supplement, calcium pantothenate, biotin, riboflavin supplement, vitamin B12 supplement, pyridoxine hydrochloride, vitamin D2 supplement, folic acid

Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 3.4%

Red items indicate controversial ingredients

Estimated Nutrient Content
MethodProteinFatCarbs
Guaranteed Analysis9%6%NA
Dry Matter Basis41%27%24%
Calorie Weighted Basis31%51%18%
Protein = 31% | Fat = 51% | Carbs = 18%

The first ingredient in this dog food is turkey. Turkey is considered “the clean combination of flesh and skin… derived from the parts or whole carcasses of turkey”.1

Turkey is naturally rich in the ten essential amino acids required by a dog to sustain life.

The second ingredient is turkey broth. Broths are of only modest nutritional value. Yet because they add both flavor and moisture to a dog food, they are a common addition component in many canned products.

The third ingredient is turkey liver. This is an organ meat sourced from a named animal and thus considered a beneficial component.

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

However, chickpeas contain about 22% protein, a factor that must be considered when judging the actual meat content of this dog food.

The fifth ingredient lists carrots. Carrots are rich in beta-carotene, minerals and dietary fiber.

The sixth ingredient 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.

The seventh ingredient is cassia gum. Cassia gum is a plant extract likely used here as a gelling agent and providing no nutritional value to this 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, carrageenan is a gelatin-like thickening agent extracted from seaweed. Although carrageenan has been used as a food additive for hundreds of years, there appears to be some recent controversy regarding its long term biological safety.

Next, flaxseed is 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.

And lastly, this food 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.

Halo Spot’s Choice Shredded Dog Food
The Bottom Line

Judging by its ingredients alone, Halo Spot’s Choice Shredded Dog Food looks like an above-average wet 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 41%, a fat level of 27% and estimated carbohydrates of about 24%.

As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 41% and a mean fat level of 30%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 21% for the overall product line.

And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 74%.

Near-average protein. Above-average fat. And below-average carbs when compared to a typical canned dog food.

Even when you consider the protein-boosting effect of the chickpeas and flaxseed, this looks like the profile of a canned product containing a notable amount of meat.

Bottom line?

Halo Spot’s Choice Shredded is a grain-free, meat-based canned dog food using a notable amount of named meats as its main sources of animal protein, thus earning the brand 4.5 stars.

Highly recommended.

Please note certain recipes are sometimes given a higher or lower rating based upon our estimate of their total meat content and (when appropriate) their fat-to-protein ratios.

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Notes and Updates

01/16/2017 Last Update

  1. Adapted by the Dog Food Advisor and based upon the official definition for chicken published by the Association of American Feed Control Officials, Official Publication, 2008 Edition
  • hanover boxer

    It comes out of the can easily, doesn’t smell funny, and my dog devours it. It is simply a quality dog food, and one that is considerably less expensive than other highly rated, grain-free wet dog foods.

  • Alice Maida

    I purchased the shredded beef for the first time. This is not shredded, it is a pate. I emailed and called Halo and received no response. This doesn’t say much for a company that doesn’t respond. Will never purchase their products again.

  • Hadda Nuff

    Has anyone looked at the book put out as the AAFCO? Look at the date for the last time it was published… in the 80’s. How could a panel of unpaid people set a standards that food companies follow. Some 30 plus year old studies that are obviously not today’s standards as we know more now about what food is healthy for our pets than we did when that AAFCO was last put out.

  • Ch

    Betsy Greere dors your boss allow blogging using tax dollars since you work for courts?