Paramount Dog Food (Dry)

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Rating: ★★★½☆

Paramount Dog Food receives the Advisor’s mid-tier rating of 3.5 stars.

The Paramount Dog Food product line includes three dry recipes.

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.

  • Paramount Healthy Weight Formula [U]
  • Paramount Healthy Maintenance Formula [U]
  • Paramount Performance Formula (4 stars) [U]

Paramount Healthy Maintenance Formula was selected to represent the other products in the line for this review.

Paramount Healthy Maintenance Formula

Dry Dog Food

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

Protein = 28% | Fat = 16% | Carbs = 48%

Ingredients: Turkey, turkey meal, dried peas, dried chickpeas, potato flour, chicken fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols), dried beet pulp, natural flavour, salt, fructooligosaccharide, vitamins (vitamin E supplement, niacin supplement, d-calcium pantothenate, vitamin B12 supplement, vitamin A acetate, vitamin D3 supplement, d-biotin, riboflavin supplement, thiamine mononitrate, pyridoxine hydrochloride, menadione sodium bisulfite complex (source of vitamin K activity), folic acid), choline chloride, minerals (ferrous, sulfate, zinc oxide, calcium carbonate, manganous oxide, copper sulfate, sodium selenite, cobalt carbonate, ethylenediamine dihydriodide, iron amino acid chelate, manganese amino acid chelate, zinc amino acid chelate, copper amino acid chelate)

Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 5.7%

Red items indicate controversial ingredients

Estimated Nutrient Content
MethodProteinFatCarbs
Guaranteed Analysis25%14%NA
Dry Matter Basis28%16%48%
Calorie Weighted Basis25%34%42%
Protein = 25% | Fat = 34% | Carbs = 42%

The first ingredient in this dog food is turkey. Although it is a quality item, raw turkey 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 second ingredient is turkey meal. Turkey meal is considered a meat concentrate and contains nearly 300% more protein than fresh turkey.

The third ingredient includes dried peas. Dried peas are a good source of carbohydrates. Plus they’re naturally rich in dietary fiber.

The fourth ingredient includes dried chickpeas. Chickpeas (also known as garbanzo beans) are a good source of carbohydrates. Plus they’re naturally rich in dietary fiber.

However, both dried peas and dried chickpeas contain about 27% protein, a factor that must be considered when judging the meat content of this dog food.

The fifth ingredient is potato flour. Unlike potato starch, potato flour is made from the whole potato (even the skins). This item is considered a gluten-free source of digestible carbohydrates with only modest nutritional value.

The sixth ingredient is chicken fat. Chicken fat is obtained from rendering chicken, a process similar to making soup in which the fat itself is skimmed from the surface of the liquid.

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

The seventh ingredient is beet pulp. Beet pulp is a controversial ingredient, a high fiber by-product of sugar beet processing.

Some denounce beet pulp as an inexpensive filler while others cite its outstanding intestinal health and blood sugar benefits.

We only call your attention here to the controversy and believe the inclusion of beet pulp in reasonable amounts in most dog foods is entirely acceptable.

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, this recipe contains fructooligosaccharide, an alternative sweetener1 probably used here as a prebiotic. Prebiotics function to support the growth of healthy bacteria in the large intestine.

Next, this food includes 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.

And lastly, this food contains menadione, a controversial form of vitamin K linked to liver toxicity, allergies and the abnormal break-down of red blood cells.

Since vitamin K isn’t required by AAFCO in either of its dog food nutrient profiles, we question the use of this substance in any canine formulation.

Paramount Dog Food
The Bottom Line

Judging by its ingredients alone, Paramount Dog Food looks like an 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.

The dashboard displays a dry matter protein reading of 28%, a fat level of 16% and estimated carbohydrates of about 48%.

As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 30% and a mean fat level of 16%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 46% for the overall product line.

And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 54%.

Near-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 peas and chickpeas, this looks like the profile of a kibble containing a moderate amount of meat.

Bottom line?

Paramount 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 3.5 stars.

Recommended.

However, it’s unfortunate the company chose to include menadione in its recipes. Without this controversial supplement and the plant-based protein boosters, we would have been compelled to award this brand a higher rating.

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.

Paramount Dog Food
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Notes and Updates

01/11/2017 Last Update

  • Michelle Taylor

    Other than this website, I can’t find any information on this food. I am curious of the calories in it.

  • Storm’s Mom

    According to the ingredient list, it is indeed grain-free. As Dr Mike notes in his review, it actually looks like a pretty good food were it not for the menadione in it.

  • MJfromGA

    Tried this when Nigredo was little. Claims to be grain free but was bought at a liquidation store for very cheap. Made by the questionable company Us Pet Nutrition so not sure I trust it.

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