Millies Wolfheart Dog Food (Dry)

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Rating: ★★★★½

Millies Wolfheart Dog Food receives the Advisor’s second-highest tier rating of 4.5 stars.

The Millies Wolfheart 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.

  • Millies Wolfheart Red River Mix (4 stars)
  • Millies Wolfheart Texas Turkey Mix (5 stars)

Millies Wolfheart Red River Mix was selected to represent both products in the line for this review.

Millies Wolfheart Red River Mix

Dry Dog Food

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

Protein = 28% | Fat = 16% | Carbs = 47%

Ingredients: Fresh trout (21.5%), dried sweet potato, dried potato, lamb meal (12.5%), menhaden fish meal (12.5%), chickpea flour, tapioca, turkey fat (3%), salmon oil (1%), tomato pomace, vitamins & minerals (vitamin A, vitamin D3, vitamin E, vitamin B12, riboflavin, d-pantothenic acid, niacin, folic acid, vitamin B6, thiamine, iodine, selenium, copper, iron, manganese, zinc), MSM (methylsulfonylmethane), glucosamine, Yucca, dried cranberry, fennel seed powder, carrot flakes, dried apple, camomile powder, seaweed meal, peppermint, dandelion herb, thyme, oregano, parsley, sage

Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 2.7%

Red items indicate controversial ingredients

Estimated Nutrient Content
MethodProteinFatCarbs
Guaranteed Analysis26%15%NA
Dry Matter Basis28%16%47%
Calorie Weighted Basis25%34%41%
Protein = 25% | Fat = 34% | Carbs = 41%

The first ingredient in this dog food is trout, a freshwater species closely related to salmon. Trout is rich rich in omega-3 fatty acids but also 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 next two items include dried sweet potato and dried potato, both dehydrated items typically made from the by-products of potato processing.

In most cases, dried potato can contain about 10% dry matter protein which can have a slight affect on our estimate of the total meat content of this recipe.

The fourth ingredient is lamb meal. Lamb meal is considered a meat concentrate and contains nearly 300% more protein than fresh lamb.

The fifth ingredient is menhaden fish meal, another protein-rich meat concentrate.

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

The sixth ingredient is chickpea flour, a powder made from roasted chickpeas. Chickpeas (also known as garbanzo beans) are a good source of carbohydrates.

Plus they’re naturally rich in dietary fiber.

However, dried chickpeas contain about 26% protein, a factor that must be considered when judging the meat content of this dog food.

The seventh ingredient is tapioca, a gluten-free, starchy carbohydrate extract made from the root of the cassava plant.

The eighth ingredient is turkey fat. Turkey fat is obtained from rendering turkey, a process similar to making soup in which the fat itself is skimmed from the surface of the liquid.

Turkey fat is high in linoleic acid, an omega-6 fatty acid essential for life. Although it doesn’t sound very appetizing, turkey fat is actually a quality ingredient.

The ninth ingredient is salmon oil. Salmon oil is naturally rich in the prized EPA and DHA type of omega-3 fatty acids. These two high quality fats boast the highest bio-availability to dogs and humans.

Depending on its level of freshness and purity, salmon oil should be considered a commendable addition.

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 find 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.

And lastly, the minerals listed here do not appear to be chelated. And that can make them more difficult to absorb. Non-chelated minerals are usually associated with lower quality dog foods.

Millies Wolfheart Dog Food
The Bottom Line

Judging by its ingredients alone, Millies Wolfheart looks like an above-average dry 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.

The dashboard displays a dry matter protein reading of 28%, a fat level of 16% and estimated carbohydrates of about 47%.

As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 32% and a mean fat level of 15%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 46% for the overall product line.

And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 46%.

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

When you consider the protein-boosting effect of the dried potatoes and chickpea flour, this looks like the profile of a kibble containing a moderate amount of meat.

Bottom line?

Millies Wolfheart is a plant-based dry dog food using a moderate 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.

Millies Wolfheart Dog Food
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Notes and Updates

01/14/2017 Last Update

  1. Association of American Feed Control Officials
  • Tami F

    Millie’s Wolfheart has a “Texas Turkey Mix” as well as the “Red River Mix.” It would be helpful is DogFoodAdvisor.com would include a review on this recipe as well.

  • Jackie

    Red River Mix taken from their website perhaps an update is needed great review!

    • Ethically Sourced US Ingredients •
    All Millies Wolfheart USA recipes are formulated without:
    Gluten, Grain, Rice, Eggs, Chicken, Beet Pulp, Additives or Synthetic Preservatives
    Never a Compromise on Quality

    Red River Mix has: 81% proteins from meat/fish 19% proteins from plant and vegetable sources and 0%proteins from grain.

    Composition:
    MD Trout , Dried Sweet Potato, Dried Potato, Lamb Meal, Menhaden Fish Meal , Chickpea Flour, Tapioca, Turkey Fat , Salmon Oil , Tomato Pomace, Vitamins and Minerals, Glucosamine, Methylsulfonylmethane, Yucca, Dried Cranberry, Fennel Seed Powder, Carrot flakes, Dried Apple, Camomile Powder, Seaweed Meal, Peppermint, Dandelion Herb, Thyme, Oregano, Parsley, Sage

    Crude Protein 26%
    Crude Fat 15.5%
    Crude Fiber 2.5%
    Moisture 7%
    Crude Ash 8.74%
    Omega 3 ≈2.8%
    Omega 6 ≈1.8%
    Calcium 2.32%
    Phosphorus 1.26%

    Red River Mix has a carbohydrate NFE 42% [based on a moisture content of 8%]

    350.61 kcal per 100g