My Perfect Pet Dog Food earns the Advisor’s top rating of 5 stars.
The My Perfect Pet product line includes eight cooked-frozen dog foods.
However, since we’re unable to locate AAFCO nutritional adequacy statements for these dog foods on the product’s web page, it’s impossible for us to report specific life stage recommendations for these recipes.
The following is a list of recipes available at the time of this review.
- My Perfect Pet Ultra Low Glycemic Beef
- My Perfect Pet Buckaroo Blend (4 stars)
- My Perfect Pet Boomer’s Blend (4 stars)
- My Perfect Pet Grain Free Knight’s Blend
- My Perfect Pet Grain Free Hunter’s Blend
- My Perfect Pet Ultra Low Glycemic Chicken
- My Perfect Pet Grain Free Roxy’s Blend (3.5 stars)
- My Perfect Pet Reduced Minerals Snuggles Blend1 (3.5 stars)
My Perfect Pet Grain Free Hunter’s Blend was selected to represent the other products in the line for this review.
My Perfect Pet Grain Free Hunter's Blend
Frozen Dog Food
Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content
Ingredients: Turkey thigh, whole potato, boneless skinless chicken thigh, whole yam, boneless skinless salmon, spinach, tricalcium phosphate, chicken liver, fish oil, salt, dried kelp, zinc gluconate, vitamin E supplement, vitamin D supplement, ferrous sulfate, copper amino acid chelate
Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 4.7%
Red items when present indicate controversial ingredients
|Estimated Nutrient Content|
|Dry Matter Basis||47%||13%||32%|
|Calorie Weighted Basis||42%||29%||29%|
The first ingredient is turkey thigh. Turkey is considered “the clean combination of flesh and skin… derived from the parts or whole carcasses of turkey”.2
Turkey is naturally rich in the ten essential amino acids required by a dog to sustain life.
The second ingredient is potato. Potatoes can be considered a gluten-free source of digestible carbohydrates. Yet with the exception of perhaps their caloric content, potatoes are of only modest nutritional value to a dog.
The third ingredient is chicken thigh, another quality raw item.
The fourth ingredient is yams. In much of North America, the word yam can be used interchangeably with the term sweet potatoes.
So, assuming this item is indeed sweet potatoes, it can be considered a good source of complex carbohydrates. In addition, yams are naturally rich in fiber, beta carotene and other healthy nutrients.
The fifth ingredient is salmon. Salmon is an oily marine and freshwater fish not only high in protein but also omega 3 fatty acids, essential oils needed by every dog to sustain life.
The sixth ingredient is spinach. Due to its exceptional vitamin and mineral content, spinach exhibits a remarkably high nutrient Completeness Score3 of 91.
The seventh ingredient is tricalcium phosphate, a beneficial source of calcium and phosphorous. In addition, this additive is used in canned foods as an emulsifier — an agent designed to disperse a food’s fats more evenly in water.
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, we note the inclusion of fish oil. Fish 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, fish oil should be considered a commendable addition.
Next, with the sole exception of copper, the minerals listed here do not appear to be chelated. And that can make them difficult to absorb. Non-chelated minerals are usually associated with lower quality dog foods.
And lastly, we’re pleased to find a detailed list of included nutrients on the company’s website.4
My Perfect Pet Dog Food
The Bottom Line
Judging by its ingredients alone, My Perfect Pet Dog Food looks like an above-average 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 45% and a mean fat level of 18%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 29% for the overall product line.
And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 39%.
Above-average protein. Below-average fat. And near-average carbs when compared to a typical wet dog food.
Free of any plant-based protein boosters, this looks like the profile of a wet dog food containing a notable amount of meat.
Although we rarely comment on any features besides those detailed on the label, we feel compelled to mention that all ingredients used to make these products are USDA/FDA certified restaurant grade and fully cooked to FDA standards.
My Perfect Pet is a meat-based cooked-frozen dog food using a notable amount of beef, lamb or poultry as its main sources of animal protein, thus earning the brand 5 stars.
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.
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
07/04/2014 Last Update
- Claimed to promote urinary tract health ↩
- 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 ↩
- Completeness Score is a measure of a food’s relative nutrient content and is computed by NutritionData.com from the USDA’s National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference ↩
- My Perfect Pet website ↩