Blue Buffalo Divine Delights (Pouch)


Rating: ★★★★★

Blue Buffalo Divine Delights Dog Food receives the Advisor’s top rating of 5 stars.

The Blue Buffalo Divine Delights product line includes six 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.

  • Blue Buffalo Divine Delights Beef Entree [M]
  • Blue Buffalo Divine Delights Duck Entree [M]
  • Blue Buffalo Divine Delights Lamb Entree [M]
  • Blue Buffalo Divine Delights Turkey Entree [M]
  • Blue Buffalo Divine Delights Salmon Entree [M]
  • Blue Buffalo Divine Delights Chicken Entree [M]

Blue Buffalo Divine Delights Turkey Entree was selected to represent the other products in the line for this review.

Blue Buffalo Divine Delights Turkey Entree

Canned Dog Food

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

Protein = 47% | Fat = 17% | Carbs = 28%

Ingredients: Turkey, chicken broth, water, chicken liver, dried egg, potatoes, carrots, potato starch, peas, brown rice, sodium phosphate, guar gum, salt, natural flavor, potassium chloride, sodium carbonate, choline chloride, zinc amino acid chelate, iron amino acid chelate, vitamin E supplement, copper amino acid chelate, manganese amino acid chelate, sodium selenite, thiamine mononitrate (vitamin B1), cobalt amino acid chelate, niacin supplement (vitamin B3), calcium pantothenate (vitamin B5), vitamin A supplement, riboflavin supplement (vitamin B2), biotin (vitamin B7), vitamin B12 supplement, potassium iodide, pyridoxine hydrochloride (vitamin B6), vitamin D3 supplement, folic acid (vitamin B9)

Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 8.3%

Red items indicate controversial ingredients

Estimated Nutrient Content
Guaranteed Analysis9%3%NA
Dry Matter Basis47%17%28%
Calorie Weighted Basis41%35%24%
Protein = 41% | Fat = 35% | Carbs = 24%

The first ingredient in this dog food is turkey. Turkey is considered “the clean combination of flesh and skin… derived from the parts or whole carcasses of turkey”.1

Turkey is naturally rich in the ten essential amino acids required by a dog to sustain life.

The next two ingredients are chicken broth and water. Broths are nutritionally empty. But because they add both flavor and moisture to a dog food they are a common finding in many canned products. Water is also a routine finding in most wet dog foods.

The fourth ingredient is chicken liver. This is an organ meat sourced from a named animal and thus considered a beneficial component.

The fifth ingredient is dried egg, a dehydrated powder made from shell-free eggs. Eggs are easy to digest and have an exceptionally high biological value.

The sixth 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 seventh ingredient includes carrots. Carrots are rich in beta-carotene, minerals and dietary fiber.

The eighth ingredient is potato starch. Potato starch is a gluten-free carbohydrate used more for its thickening properties than its nutritional value.

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, this recipe contains 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.

And lastly, 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.

Blue Buffalo Divine Delights Dog Food
The Bottom Line

Judging by its ingredients alone, Blue Buffalo Divine Delights Dog Food looks like an above-average wet 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 44%, a fat level of 17% and estimated carbohydrates of about 31%.

As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 46% and a mean fat level of 15%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 31% for the overall product line.

And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 32%.

Above-average protein. Below-average fat. And above-average carbs when compared to a typical wet dog food.

Even when you consider the protein-boosting effect of the peas, this looks like the profile of a wet product containing a significant amount of meat.

Bottom line?

Blue Buffalo Divine Delights is a meat-based wet dog food using a significant amount of various species as its main sources of animal protein, thus earning the brand 5 stars.

Enthusiastically 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.

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Notes and Updates

10/05/2016 Last Update

  1. 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
  • Bobbie Chuck

    I’m confused I do see brown rice but I seem to be missing the flour you speak of and “what not”. The first five major ingredients are Turkey, chicken broth, water, chicken liver, dried egg, potatoes, carrots, where is that cheaply made? I wanted to consider this dog food and still might, but confused about some of the statements I am reading.

  • Pat

    Yes it does.. Thanks

  • aimee

    Hi Pat,
    Dry matter basis is a measurement based on weight and calorie weighted basis is a measurement based on energy.

    Using the numbers from this thread if you had 100 grams of the diet you would have 44 grams protein, 17 grams fat and 31 grams carbohydrate.

    If you fed 100 calories 38 calories would be from protein, 35 calories from fat, and 27 calories from carbohydrate.

    The calorie weight basis is the preferred basis for comparing foods. Hope that helps!

  • Pat

    what is the difference between dry matter basis and calorie weighted basis?


  • Pat

    can not find that brand any wheres

  • sharron

    hi – would this wet food be considered a good quality food to mix with the dry – thanks

  • Angela Teague

    I have a very picky and stomach sensitive 8 lb dog.
    We have tried just about every food on the market. I was feeding her
    Blue buffalo divine delights lamb. She loved it till they changed the
    recipe! (if anyone else is not happy with the change, Abound is the closest to the old blue recipe I have found and its a lot cheaper. I feed
    her the lamb and rice packets. She loves it.

  • Mina.j

    My puppy Yoranian(Pom/yorkie) was eating BB puppy dry food & she eat it sometimes, so I brought these and now she whines for more. I think she loves it. I buy BB everything, food, treats , ect

  • Cate

    My dogs wouldn’t touch it. There way overpriced anyway.

  • Akari_32

    I buy this a mixer every now and then (BB has a $1 off any can, and these go on sale for $1 at PetSmart quite often). The dogs like them, but they aren’t “Blue Buffalo Quality” so to speak (As said below, the flour and what-not). Cheaply made and over priced, really. They aren’t bad, but they could be better. I wouldn’t pay for them, but I’ll take them for free!

  • Eldee

    I find it strange that flour and rice are used in Blue Buffalo’s ingredient list near the top of the list. Their commercials slam the big brand dog foods for using them.

  • hanoverboxer

    Thanks for the review, Dr. Mike. This is what I primarily feed my dog, and he seems to like it a lot.