The Pet Pantry Dog Food receives the Advisor’s second highest tier rating of 4 stars.
The Pet Pantry product line includes 14 dry dog foods, five recipes claimed to meet AAFCO nutrient profiles for adult maintenance and nine for all life stages.
The following is a list of recipes available at the time of this review.
- The Pet Pantry Holistic Life Canine
- The Pet Pantry Holistic Choice Salmon
- The Pet Pantry Holistic Chicken and Rice
- The Pet Pantry Holistic Salmon and Potato
- The Pet Pantry Holistic Grain Free (5 stars)
- The Pet Pantry Holistic Senior Life (2 stars)
- The Pet Pantry Natural Lamb and Rice Select
- The Pet Pantry Holistic Select Low Fat (2 stars)
- The Pet Pantry Holistic Lamb and Rice Premium
- The Pet Pantry Holistic Senior Weight Management
- The Pet Pantry Premium Adult Maintenance (3 stars)
- The Pet Pantry Holistic Opticoat Hypoallergenic (3 stars)
- The Pet Pantry Holistic Growth and Performance (5 stars)
- The Pet Pantry Holistic Buffalo and Duck Grain Free (5 stars)
The Pet Pantry Holistic Choice Salmon Dog Food was selected to represent the other products in the line for this review.
The Pet Pantry Holistic Choice Salmon
Dry Dog Food
Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content
Ingredients: Salmon meal, brown rice, milo, canola oil, potato product, millet, oat groats, dried beet pulp, natural flavor, lecithin, chicken cartilage, salt, carrots, celery, beets, parsley, lettuce, watercress, spinach, calcium carbonate, dl methionine, potassium chloride, l-lysine, Lactobacillus acidophilus fermentation product dehydrated, cranberry, Yucca schidigera extract, oligofructose, glucosamine HCL, kelp meal, vitamin E supplement, ascorbic acid, vegetable oil, biotin, niacin supplement, d-calcium pantothenate, vitamin A acetate, riboflavin supplement, vitamin B12 supplement, thiamine mononitrate, pyridoxine hydrochloride, citric acid, vitamin D3 supplement, folic acid, potassium chloride, ferrous sulfate, zinc sulfate, zinc proteinate, iron proteinate, zinc oxide, copper sulfate, manganese sulfate, manganese proteinate, copper proteinate, manganous oxide, sodium selenite, calcium iodate
Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 3.9%
Red items when present indicate controversial ingredients
|Estimated Nutrient Content|
|Dry Matter Basis||28%||16%||49%|
|Calorie Weighted Basis||24%||33%||43%|
The first ingredient in this dog food is salmon meal. Because it is considered a meat concentrate, fish meal contains almost 300% more protein than fresh fish itself.
Fish meal is typically obtained from the “clean, dried, ground tissue of undecomposed whole fish and fish cuttings” of commercial fish operations.1
The second 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 third ingredient is milo. Milo is another name for sorghum, a starchy cereal grain with a nutrient profile similar to corn.
Since it is gluten-free and boasts a smoother blood sugar behavior than other grains, milo can be considered a quality non-meat ingredient.
The fourth ingredient is canola oil. Many applaud canola for its favorable omega-3 content while a vocal minority condemn it as an unhealthy fat.
Much of the objection regarding canola oil appears to be related to the use of genetically modified rapeseed as its source material.
Yet others find the negative stories about canola oil more the stuff of urban legend than actual science.3
In any case, plant-based oils like canola are less biologically available to a dog than fish oil as a source of quality omega-3 fats.
The fifth ingredient is potato product, a dried residue of the potato processing industry consisting primarily of potato pieces, peelings and culls.
With the exception of perhaps its caloric content and a small amount of protein, potato product is of only modest nutritional value to a dog.4
The sixth ingredient is millet, a gluten-free grain harvested from certain seed grasses. Millet is hypoallergenic and naturally rich in B-vitamins and fiber as well as other essential minerals.
The seventh ingredient is oat groats, a whole grain, minimally processed form of oats. With the exception of their caloric content and the fact they’re also gluten free, oat groats can be considered average in nutritional value.
The eighth 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.
After the natural flavor, we find lecithin, a waxy substance obtained from soybeans. Although it’s commonly used to make fats more blendable, lecithin is believed to improve a dog’s skin and coat.
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 find vegetable oil, a generic oil of unknown origin. The ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 fats in any oil is nutritionally critical and can vary significantly (depending on the source).
Without knowing more, it’s impossible to judge the quality of an item so vaguely described. However, compared to a named animal fat, a generic vegetable oil cannot be considered a quality ingredient.
Next, we note the inclusion of dried fermentation products in this recipe. Fermentation products are typically added to provide enzymes to aid the animal with digestion.
And lastly, this 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.
The Pet Pantry Dog Food
The Bottom Line
Judging by its ingredients alone, The Pet Pantry Dog Food looks like an above 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.
As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 27% and a mean fat level of 14%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 51% for the overall product line.
And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 52%.
Near-average protein. Below-average fat. And above-average carbs when compared to a typical dry dog food.
When you consider the protein-boosting effects of the peas, chickpeas and lentils contained in some of The Pet Pantry formulas, this looks like the profile of a kibble containing a moderate amount of meat.
The Pet Pantry Dog Food is a plant-based kibble using a moderate amount of various named meats and fish meals as its main sources of animal protein, thus earning the brand 4 stars.
Please note some products may have been given higher or lower ratings based upon our estimate of their total meat content.
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
11/29/2012 Original review
11/29/2012 Last Update