Pulsar Dog Food (Dry)

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Rating: ★★★★½

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

The Horizon Pulsar Dog Food product line includes three 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.

  • Horizon Pulsar Fish Formula
  • Horizon Pulsar Turkey Formula
  • Horizon Pulsar Chicken Formula

Horizon Pulsar Fish Formula was selected to represent both products in the line for this review.

Pulsar Fish Formula

Dry Dog Food

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

Protein = 31% | Fat = 17% | Carbs = 45%

Ingredients: Salmon meal, red lentils, peas, pea starch, salmon, salmon oil (preserved with mixed tocopherols), flaxseed, liquid egg product, carrots, apples, broccoli, bok choy, cabbage, blueberries, fructooligosaccharides, Yucca schidigera extract, dried Aspergillus niger fermentation extract, dried Aspergillus oryzae fermentation extract, pineapple, dried Trichoderma longibrachiatum fermentation extract, dried Rhizopus oryzae fermentation extract, dried Enterococcus faecium fermentation product, dried Lactobacillus casei fermentation product, dried Lactobacillus acidophilus fermentation product, dried Bifidobacterium bifidum fermentation product, dried Lactobacillus plantarum fermentation product, vitamin A acetate, vitamin D3 supplement, vitamin E supplement, vitamin B12 supplement, riboflavin, niacin, folic acid, pyridoxine hydrochloride, thiamine mononitrate, d-calcium pantothenate, biotin, l-ascorbyl-2-polyphosphate (source of vitamin C), ferrous sulphate, iron proteinate, zinc sulphate, zinc proteinate, manganous oxide, manganese proteinate, copper sulphate, copper proteinate, calcium iodate, sodium selenite, magnesium oxide

Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 5.5%

Red items when present indicate controversial ingredients

Estimated Nutrient Content
MethodProteinFatCarbs
Guaranteed Analysis28%15%NA
Dry Matter Basis31%17%45%
Calorie Weighted Basis27%35%39%

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

We are pleased to note that, unlike many fish meals, this particular item appears2 to be ethoxyquin-free.

The second ingredient is lentils. Lentils are a quality source of carbohydrates. Plus (like all legumes) they’re rich in natural fiber.

However, lentils contain about 25% protein, a factor that must be considered when judging the actual meat content of this dog food.

The third ingredient is peas. Peas are a quality source of carbohydrates. And like all legumes, they’re rich in natural fiber.

However, peas contain about 25% protein, a factor that must be considered when judging the meat content of this dog food.

The fourth ingredient is pea starch, a paste-like carbohydrate extract probably used here as a gel-like binder for making kibble.

The fifth ingredient is salmon. Although it is rich in omega-3 fatty acids, raw salmon 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 sixth 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.

The seventh ingredient is flaxseed, 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.

The eighth ingredient is liquid egg product, an aqueous form of shell-free eggs. Quality can vary significantly. Lower grade egg product can even come from commercial hatcheries — from eggs that have failed to hatch.

In any case, eggs are easy to digest and have an exceptionally high biological value.

The next items include six nutrient-rich vegetables and fruit

  • Carrots
  • Apples
  • Broccoli
  • Bok choy
  • Cabbage
  • Blueberries

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 sweetener3 probably used here as a prebiotic. Prebiotics function to support the growth of healthy bacteria in the large intestine.

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.

Horizon Pulsar Dog Food
The Bottom Line

Judging by its ingredients alone, Horizon Pulsar Dog Food looks like an above-average kibble.

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 31%, a fat level of 17% and estimated carbohydrates of about 45%.

As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 31% and a mean fat level of 17%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 45% for the overall product line.

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

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

However, when you consider the protein-boosting effects of the lentils, peas and flaxseed, this looks like the profile of a kibble containing a moderate amount of meat.

Bottom line?

Horizon Pulsar Dog Food is a legume-based kibble using a moderate amount of fish or chicken meals 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.

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Notes and Updates

11/05/2014 Last Update

  1. Association of American Feed Control Officials
  2. Horizon Pulsar Customer Service, 12/14/2011
  3. Wikipedia definition
  • Ellie Dunn

    Audrey Roy…I have a distributor that wants me to start carrying Pulsar and the Fact “that it’s not made until a distributor orders” it is very misleading if not true. I own a store in Eugene OR and was never told this by the Director of West Coast sales (an important selling point to me). Not sure if I’m bringing it into my store now as info from you and sales rep seems ambiguous.

    Horizon is located in Saskatchewan.

  • Chris

    I have a very similar mix of dog, (not that it matters really), with the same issue. First started with the fish and seemed to love it, then after a few months he stopped eating. Switched to the chicken, and the same thing is happening, although it took longer. He will no longer eat unless it is mixed with other food or he is really hungry. Did not know turkey was available, I will have to try as I am very happy with the brand and ingredients.

  • Doxie Mom

    My dogs love this food. Great price and quality ingredients. Made in Canada I think and nothing sourced from China. No recalls. They just came out with a turkey flavor.

  • http://www.horizonpetfood.com Audrey Roy

    Yeah, well our plant being so small, the only place we have to stock food is where the orders are put until they are shipped which is very small so we simply cannot produce high quantities in advance and anyway, we truly believe it’s a plus !

  • USA Dog Treats

    Hi Audrey Roy,

    WOW, Horizon makes their food to order for their distributors. I like that!

  • USA Dog Treats

    Hi Guest,

    You could have just typed her name in your search engine like I did and you would have verified that Audrey Roy is indeed a rep for Horizon.

  • http://www.horizonpetfood.com Audrey Roy

    Horizon does not own a warehouse. We produce the food to order for our distributors. When they need products, they place an order and we produce the food accordingly. Our distributors sell to our retailers. The only time the food is sitting on the shelves is at the distributor levels. Some have high turn over (food doesn’t stay more than 1/2 week in warehouse) and some take up to a month to reorder. When distributor receive products, it is freshly made.

  • Bob K

    Audrey – So Horizon has no inventory or kibble ready to ship? If I bought kibble, I would want it as fresh as possible. Sounds more like making to a Master Production Schedule forecast driven by stocking levels.

  • http://www.horizonpetfood.com Audrey Roy

    Yes I am one of the reps and I take care of Quebec and NE USA markets. Just here to answers some questions that were left unanswered.

  • Guest

    Are you a rep for Horizon? If so, the rules of this site state that you need to be state that. Curiously, though, your user profile says:

    Audrey Roy
    Horizon Pet Food
    Montreal, Quebec
    ·
    http://www.horizonpetfood.com

    ..but, the correct company name (and website address) is actually Horizon Pet Nutrition (and horizionpetnutrition.com ..although horizonpetfood.com does redirect to there)

    …and, last I heard, Horizon was not located in Montreal..have they moved?

  • http://www.horizonpetfood.com Audrey Roy

    Nothing comes from China. Locally sourced.

  • http://www.horizonpetfood.com Audrey Roy

    True.

  • http://www.horizonpetfood.com Audrey Roy

    This food is very low sugar and not too much protein. If your dog is very active or muscular, you should try Legacy instead.

  • http://www.horizonpetfood.com Audrey Roy

    Pulsar fits most of the regular dogs. But for higher energy levels dogs or just muscular dogs, Legacy is better.

  • http://www.horizonpetfood.com Audrey Roy

    True ! Oriijen = Legacy, Acana = Pulsar

  • http://www.horizonpetfood.com Audrey Roy

    It is back to 4.5 stores. The Horizon Complete was 4 stars before and now 4.5 stars too. Everything else that Horizon does it 5 starts (Legacy and Amicus)

  • http://www.horizonpetfood.com Audrey Roy

    Usually, we have really good success with the Pulsar fish formula.

  • http://www.horizonpetfood.com Audrey Roy

    Horizon produce everything to order and we have 15 months ahead of products before it expired. At the bottom left of the bags you will see a stamp with expiry date and lot number. Remove 15 months – you have the manufactured date.

  • http://www.horizonpetfood.com Audrey Roy

    The food does have omegas 3 and 6.

  • http://www.horizonpetfood.com Audrey Roy

    Nancy, maybe something happened with the last bag ? Did you return it and got a new one ?

  • 4FootedFoodie

    Hey C4C,

    I’ve ordered from k9cuisine before also. Mine was a positive experience. Overall, their prices are a little high, but when they have a sale on something, they usually have a great price on it. That said, sometimes their inventory seems a little low (you might want two of something, but you’ll get a message that tells you there’s only one available). And their site can be a little tricky to search. But, like Quinton said, you can choose five free samples with every order – they have a lot of samples to choose from, so that’s fun!

  • Quinton Brown

    Yes I have order from them on several ocassions. And I have been pleased with their service. Place any order of at least 50 dollars and your order ships free plus no taxes. Also you can order five free samples of any dog food they have samples of with your order.

  • Crazy4cats

    Thanks again, looks like a winner! Have you ordered from this site? If yes, were you happy with their service? I think it is really strange that this is the only site I can find the turkey flavor available. Have a great holiday weekend!

  • Crazy4cats

    Thank you!

  • Quinton Brown

    K9cuisine.com carries it.

  • Amber

    No problem. The guy at the store I go to in St Louis said it’s new to their store too so just keep looking. Maybe find a pet Health food store and request it? I came across this one by looking up certain brands like acana and orijen and looking at where their sold since you can’t find them in large chains such as petco. Then the guy recommended it to me and said he feeds his dogs pulsar and it’s the same quality as some premium foods but half the price. He also said that it’s a small family owned company that gets all the ingredients from within 50 miles of the company. I liked that I knew the ingredients weren’t coming from china or over seas

  • Crazy4cats

    I emailed the company, but she said the turkey isn’t available in our area at all. I haven’t even found it on a internet pet food site. Good to hear your pup loves it. I’ll keep my eyes open. Thanks for the review.

  • Amber

    I buy the turkey at a local pet health store. Though sometimes they have it and sometimes they don’t. I’ve been switching between the chicken and the turkey and my pulpy has never had an issue and she loves it

  • Crazy4cats

    Hi-
    This looks like a solid dry food to try. However, it is not available in my area. So, I’ve been checking online and I can’t find the turkey flavor available on any site. Only the fish and chicken. Does anyone know where to order turkey from, or is it not available anymore? Thanks.

  • Nancy Sabo Blecha

    My dog has been on this food for 3 months now, the turkey Pulsar. His coat is amazing black, I can’t even photograph him, and he originally lost that tube shape dogs get from not digesting properly. He is full of energy. But about the time I bought the last bag, he began losing interest in eating, now he has almost refuses to eat it and has developed diarrhea when he does. I am becoming very concerned. If I mix something in with the food then he will eat . . . but not till then.

  • Kim

    Does anyone know about the sodium content in the fish formula? The vet just discovered a very slight heart murmur in my dog and I know sodium is terrible for hesrt disease. We obviously aren’t to that point yet, but I do want to keep him as healthy as possible. Thanks!

  • Doug Miller

    Can’t figure out how to determine manufactured date on this dog food. Suggestions?

  • Dawn

    I tried it last week…mine love it…4 dogs, and 4 happy campers

  • Quinton Brown

    Horizon pulsar has a new grain free turkey formula. k9cuisine.com carries it.

  • Bunnie Hadsall

    There are also currently seven Pet Planets in Arizona, where the same qualities are required in food, staff, and passion.

  • Marie no

    Try Horizon Amicus for small breeds. Anyway, pulsar kibbles are pretty small too. :)

  • Teriw

    I noticed a few people asking about where to purchase this product. In Canada It is carried at Pet Planet. This is an excellent store that ONLY sells high quality foods. They have very knowledgeable staff and are franchised so you will likely end up speaking with the owner alot. I spent half an hour in the Chestermere, AB Pet Planet yesterday discussing with Grant(The owner) on which food would be best for my dogs health issues, age and breed. He recommended a few and I am currently trying Pulsar since My dog may need to be grain free and is putting on some weight. Reviews here tell me this may help him with his weight which is great especially since he is 9 now and slowing down a bit, not much, he is still a Jack Russell afterall.

  • Irene

    Hi I just switched my 2 dogs to Pulsar–If you live around WPG you can get this food at Canvasback (Lockport)

  • SP

    Thanks for everyone’s feedback.

    I had received a sample of it before somewhere, & my dog seemed to like it. It’s just hard to find, but turns out my pet store can special order it, which I just did.

  • Betsy Greer

    Pulsar is about the size of Coco Puffs. : )

  • dchassett

    I’ve never fed Pulsar so I don’t know the answer to that food. Zignature grain free kibbles are the tiniest that I have seen. Good food. Check it out on the review section and the pet store will probably let you see a sample of the actual food. I’ve never seen a kibble that small. Any kibble that you’re feeding I think you should add a little warm water to it to soften it up a little but mostly to get extra water into your dog. All my dogs are Toys.

  • Hound Dog Mom

    Hi SP –

    I’d recommend checking out Amicus. It’s made by the same company as Pulsar (Horizon). It’s white potato free and uses lentils and peas as the starch source. It’s specifically designed for small breed dogs and has a very small kibble size.

    I got some samples of Pulsar a long time ago but I honestly can’t remember the size of the kibbles.

  • SP

    It says here on their website they “source ingredients locally.”
    http://www.horizonpetfood.com/values

  • SP

    Hi there.

    Wondered if you could please tell me if the kibble pieces for Pulsar are small?

    I have a chihuahua who won’t eat large kibble pieces. Acana’s are like the size of a thick nickel, so he won’t eat it.

    Ideally, he likes the ones that are the size of a eraser tip on a #2 pencil, like Fromm, but I don’t want to feed him Fromm all the time because it has white potato, which is why I want to try Pulsar, because it has lentil instead.

  • Tanner Newcombe

    My shop, Celebrity pets holistic care carries this food, and let me tell you, IT IS WONDERFUL! All of the dogs love the food. It’s also really nice that they don’t treat with the ethoxyquin. I highly reccomend this food to anyone that has dogs.

  • chiapink

    Have always mixed the two together, never a problem either.

  • Pattyvaughn

    You know, canned and kibble digest at different rates and nobody ever suggests that you shouldn’t feed them together. People also digest things at different rates and we don’t get an upset stomach from mixing our food either.

    I mix raw with kibble every day and have been for 16 months now. My dogs have never had a problem with it, not even the very first day. Many people here mix raw and kibble regularly with no issues.

    Did you read the part where DT said his/her dogs were thriving?

  • Crazy4cats

    I also, like DT, add raw nuggets a few times per week to my dog’s dry food with no issue.

  • Jennifer McCowen

    You shouldnt mix raw and kibble together. They diegest at different rates. I recommend feeding kibble for one meal and raw for the other.

  • DT

    I have two scotties 3 and 4 years old and they are doing wonderful on Pulsar. I tried Merrick, Blue Buffalo, President’s Choice and Wellness and they all gave my dogs the runs. I mix Pulsar with a little bit of Natural Instinct raw and they are thriving.

  • Weezerweeks

    I agree!!!

  • InkedMarie

    I’m not making fun of anyone….periods and commas make a run on paragraph easier to read.

  • substancedualist

    I’m pretty sure Steve knows this isn’t an English assignment, he’s just sharing his experience with this particular dog food. Why be a wise-ass? Go on YouTube if u wanna make fun of people.

  • Pattyvaughn

    Feed a variety and make sure they have adequate calcium, better yet get a book on making homemade diets so you know what the issues are, then you can make the best choices for feeding your dogs. Dr Karen Becker has a book called “Real Food for Healthy Dogs and Cats” that is really good.

  • tammy

    Terimelton homemade is the best you can give your pet cause you know exactly what is in the food and the nutritional value of it all. I would not change over for two reasons 1.Peace of mind and 2.The vet bill of anything that could go wrong.

  • Dawn

    I recently started my 4 dogs (chinese shar-pei) on this food and they are doing fantastic…they love the taste, and their coats are looking great …Very well priced also compared to a similar product…have been recommending it to others

  • Melissaandcrew

    Hi Steve-
    How long have you been feeding it?

  • InkedMarie

    Periods and commas are your friend.

  • steve

    After reading all that I could about this food I have switched both my dogs over one has been very sensitive to all other foods I have tried but this food was no problem to switch her on to the price is good and it is made in Canada after having my first kid money is tight and I am saving like 70 dollars a month after the switch im very happy I did it

  • Hound Dog Mom

    Whether or not a food has red flag ingredients and how many red flag ingredients a food has doesn’t tell the whole story. Dr. Mike has started to place more importance on animal-derived protein versus plant-derived protein and this is my guess as to why the rating was downgraded. While this food doesn’t contain any red flag ingredients, it also doesn’t contain a whole lot of meat when compared to the 4.5 and 5 star foods. It appears that a lot of the protein in this food is coming from the legumes (lentils, peas).

  • Pattyvaughn

    It is certainly worth a try.

  • mary

    im just starting my border collie cross lab on pulsar she has allergys and this was recommended does ppl agree this food will help my dog shes allergic to breads donuts glutin wheat product

  • CDNgirl

    This food when first came out was rated 4.5 star. Nothing in the ingredients are marked in red. Why is it now 4 star.

  • CDNgirl

    Horizon Legacy would be the food that is more like Orijen – higher protein so would feed likely a little less on it than the Pulsar. both great foods just different levels.

  • http://baltimoregal.blogspot.com/ baltimoregal

    I’ve had to feed my 60 lb very well-muscled 5 year old dog (pit-lab mix) a little more on this diet then i did when I was feeding her Orijen or Natural Balance- raised her portion about 1 cup a day from 2 cups to 3- but I am very pleased with the chicken formula, and the price is great. She absolutely adores the food, and it gives her great energy and health. As long as a dog has no dietary restrictions I would recommend the chicken b/c of price. Otherwise, I hear great things about the fish for dogs with chicken allergies.

  • Stacytnt

    My Belgian Tervuren was 30 pounds overweight when we rescued him inSeptember and when he hit a plateau, I switched him to Pulsar. He continued to lose and is now a trim 65 pounds! I changed his food to Acana once he reached his goal weight. I found in order for him to maintain his weight with Pulsar I had to dramatically increase his portions. It made more sense to put him back on his original food. The Pacifica is similar in scent to the Pulsar Fish formula and Cooper loves it just as much but he requires less to maintain his weight. My friend had the same problem with herGolden Doodle. Her dog was up to 6 cups of food a day just to maintain, so she switched to Acana Grasslands. Now she’s eating less than half of what she ate before.

  • CMM

    I love this brand. My two Boston Terriers are highly sensitive and they have been doing great! I buy the fish brand and it is the best kibble I’ve found so far especially for the price. I would suggest it to anyone.

  • http://www.facebook.com/nikki.esser Nikki McAllister Esser

    I would give this kibble FIVE stars and I am surprised that it is not. This is an excellent kibble high quality of ingredients (nothing from China) it is manufactured in its own plant so you don’t have to worry about cross contamination for allergies. It is an excellent kibble for dogs that have allergies. I would highly recommend Pulsar. But as with anything it is important to do your own research.

  • Erika

    Thanks. That is what I was worried about. My dog is on a medication that has suppressed her appetite some, so I don’t want to change her to a food that might make her lose weight. Perhaps I will go with Legacy or one of the Fromm formulas.

  • n8campbell

    I have two Pitbulls. I had them on Pulsar for a few months. They lost weight on this product, so I switched to something with higher calories. I would recommend this food for a dog that has a hard time with being over weight. Its a clean food, Canadian, and fantastic value. 4 stars for 3/5 the price of a 5 star.

  • Erika

    Has anyone had a problem with their dog losing weight on this food?

  • Hound Dog Mom

    Adding fresh homemade to kibble is definitely a good idea – dogs need fresh food too! Just make sure that if you aren’t feeding a balanced recipe, the homemade only accounts for 20% or less of the dog’s total food intake (if you feed more your dogs might not be getting all the nutrients they need). If you plan on feeding more than 20% of the diet as homemade food, check out a book (such as “Unlocking the Canine Ancestral Diet” by Steve Brown or “Real Food for Healthy Dogs and Cats” by Dr. Becker), dogaware.com has some great tips and the homemade diets and the raw food forums here have some great info and recipes as well.

  • Wpiersanti

    thats what i feed my 3 rottis but i feel like they r lucking something so i gave them some pulsan with my home made recipe. what do u think about that?

  • Joelle

    This company is located in Saskatchewan Canada and only uses local ingredients. I found this info on their website

  • Pattyvaughn

    You have to research the company and decide if you can trust them, then contact them and ask them if they source from China.  If they give you a straight answer, you can probably believe it, but that doesn’t mean that they can’t change in the future.

  • Terimelton

    all of the comments here are so helpful. it sounds good. but my biggest fear is ingredients made in China, and my searches just don’t tell me. I get that the food is from Canada, but do they get ingredients from China? I have a friend whose dog died in one of the early melamine crises and it just scares me. mostly mine get homemade food from meat and veggies from the grocery store. 

  • Hound Dog Mom

    Hi Storm’s Mom –

    Yes, 1.35% calcium would be around the acceptable levels for large breed puppies. However, the calcium levels listed on Horizon’s bag are minimum calcium levels – the actual (or average) levels could be much higher than the stated min. 1.35%. I emailed Horizon asking for the average calcium levels in their Pulsar and Legacy formulas and they never responded so I called and was told that they are only required to disclose minimum levels and don’t have the actual/average levels.

    p.s. sorry if two responses show up. I responded a little while ago but it disappeared…with this crazy new disqus it seems it got lost in cyber space. lol.

  • Storm’s Mom

    The calcium level for the Horizon Legacy Fish is right on the bag – 1.35% – which I think is around the safe upper limit for large breed dogs?

  • Hound Dog Mom

    ashkrp –

    I contacted Horizon about this food and their Legacy formulas to get the calcium levels and they couldn’t give me the average calcium levels, so personally I’d avoid Horizon foods until your pup is at least 6 months old. Like Bryan said, too much calcium has been linked to growth issues.

  • BryanV21

    IMO Orijen Large Breed Puppy is not a good choice, as it’s simply too high in calcium, which could lead to a pup growing too quickly and thus causing more joint issues than most big dogs already suffer from.

    However, I’m a big Orijen fan otherwise.

  • ashkrp

    is this food suitable for large breed puppies? I know large breeds require slightly different formulas to balance their growth…feeling a little uneasy should i just feed him orijen large breed pup

  • The Sydenham Quartet

    We just bought this dog food yesterday and I love the fact that there are no age variety types of the same dog food as there are with other brands.  I have two 4 1/2 month old mixed breeds, 4 year old Golden Retriever and 10 year old collie/shepard X and they are all enjoying the food.  The 10 year old is VERY picky and she started eating it without reserve.  My one pup also was experiencing diarrhea and it stopped with the introduction of Pulsar.  The chicken is the one that we bought.  We were feeding them Pronature but we are definately switching. 

  • sharron

     Hi

    just switched my chihuahua over to Horizon Pulsar Chicken.

    what do people think of it?

    thanks
    sharrron

  • ohnoesaz

    Yes, they’re doing excellent on it. They seem to love it as well. I now mix Darford Zero/G or Horizon Legacy with it to keep things interesting and they always eat the Pulsar pieces first. Also the pieces are a little larger than similar foods (Darford, Blue Wildnerness) and the dogs take their time chewing each piece. With smaller foods they inhale them too quickly and act like I’m starving them.

    I rotate between Pulsar, Legacy, and Darford’s Zero/G to keep things interesting.

    At 400-430 calories a cup, it’s a good choice for any dog. Many grain free options are higher than that (and full of yucky potatoes). An overweight dog may need a little ‘push’ when using a food in this calorie range, however. I have found that replacing some of the food with squash, zucchini, or canned pumpkin, helps overweight dogs stuff their face and feel full but still lose weight while on a high-quality grain-free food. I have a chihuahua that was 11lbs that got fat to 16lbs. On Pulsar + veggies he is back down to 13lbs and happily losing more.

    One thing I notice among all dogs is the sustained energy they have from this low glycemic diet. Be prepared! Play time starts at 6am and doesn’t end until midnight. Yikes! On potato-filled foods play time used to be followed by crashes. Not anymore.

  • Shelby Bogaard

    Did the transition go well? I am planning on doing the same switch with my ausie.

  • Jan_Mom2Cavs

    This is just an observation…..Merrick, makers of BG, did not get “bought out”, as far as I know.  They actually bought Castor & Pollux.  However, you are right in that they did change BG….and all their dry and canned foods.  I don’t think I like any of the changes, though.  Just an fyi. 
     

  • Mike D.

    Love it! Feed it to our Maltese and Yorkie, the chicken version.. Best food we have fed them yet, switched to this from Before Grain (cuz they got bought out by some corporation who made a once great food completely inferior.. Boo!!). We get this from a pet store in LA called the Petstraunt in Sherman Oaks — awesome store!!!! :)

  • Hound Dog Mom

    new pup,

    I have yet to come across this food in a store, however I know petflow.com sells it for $43.99 for a 25 lb. bag with free shipping.

  • new pup

    what pet store did you buy this food? I can’t find it anywhere!

  • Akbaard

    way better quality than any diamond

  • ohnoesaz

    I just started a transition to this from Blue Wilderness for a beagle mix. I love Blue but their history makes me paranoid. I’ll report back how this turns out.

    EDIT: Forgot to point out that a grain free/potato-free food was also part of my reasoning.

    One negative thing to report is I’m really unimpressed with the packaging. The 25lb bag might be plastic-ish, maybe, or its just thick paper, either way there is no way this maintains freshness. I think it even has small pin holes just from wear and tear of making it to the store. It’s a bit disappointing. The smaller bags come in what appear to be airtight plastic stand-up type bags and those seem like they will stay fresh while sitting on the shelf. Just a heads up.

  • mtagntz

    I just bought this because Diamond is having issues and I am no longer comfortable buying taste of the wild from them. It is a similar price and similar quality.

  • guest

    Not only is this food a great value, it is also a great quality! My very allergic dog has been able to switch off the taste of the wild salmon to the pulsar salmon with ease. Which makes me alot happier due to the fact that it is Canadian made and just as good of quality! I am very impressed with this food!

  • PuppyMax

    Have you seen this $40 bag of high value food, grain free vs. $70 food? Amazing value! 

  • petlover

    LOL – I think the name comes from ‘pulse crops’ – which are the peas and red lentils in the food.

  • Petlover

    Hi Anna,

    would you mind telling me where you bought your food? Was it chicken or fish?

  • Waterwings

    Anna – just bought a 25lb bag of Pulsar Fish today and it only cost me $52 including taxes (I’m in Canada, so if you are in the US it *should* be even cheaper).  Might want to shop around for a cheaper price than $70/bag!!!

  • Weskeys

    my dogs love this food

  • sandy

    There’s also Core Ocean that’s less than $60 (in my area).  If you feed grain there’s Merrick Campfire Trout Feast.

  • Anna

    I looked at taste of the wild but its almost $68 where i shop! never heard of canidae and I won’t to pay for a membership at Costco just to buy my dogs food, that seems kinda silly to me lol, sorry. I used to feed orijen but its too much to afford and I like that this one is potato free. Unless Rambo has an issue I won’t be changing anytime soon.

  • Bob K

    Anna – There are other Seafood based dog foods that are less expensive:  Perhaps Natures Domain from Costco, Canidae GrainFree, Taste of the Wild.

  • Anna

    I bought this food a yesterday after meeting their salesman in Canada. Rambo loves the fish and I’m happy not spending like 70 bucks each time I need food!

  • Anonymous

    Gee, all they need now, is a dog food called, Seiko, lol.