Blue Buffalo Homestyle Recipes Dog Food Review (Canned)

Blue Homestyle Recipe Dog Food Review

Blue Buffalo Homestyle Recipe Dog Food Review

Rating:

Blue Buffalo Homestyle Recipe Dog Food receives the Advisor’s second-highest tier rating of 4 stars.

The Blue Buffalo Homestyle Recipe product line includes the 12 canned dog foods listed below.

Each recipe includes its AAFCO nutrient profile when available… Growth (puppy), Maintenance (adult), All Life Stages, Supplemental or Unspecified.

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Product Rating AAFCO
Blue Homestyle Recipe Chicken Dinner 4 M
Blue Homestyle Recipe Beef Dinner 4 M
Blue Homestyle Recipe Lamb Dinner 3 M
Blue Homestyle Recipe Puppy Chicken Dinner 4.5 G
Blue Homestyle Recipe Healthy Weight 3.5 M
Blue Homestyle Recipe Small Breed Chicken Dinner 4.5 M
Blue Homestyle Recipe Large Breed Chicken Dinner 3.5 M
Blue Homestyle Recipe Turkey Meatloaf Dinner 4 M
Blue Homestyle Recipe Senior Chicken Dinner 3.5 M
Blue Homestyle Recipe Small Breed Lamb Dinner 4 M
Blue Homestyle Recipe Toy Breed Chicken Dinner 4.5 M
Blue Homestyle Recipe Fish and Sweet Potato Dinner 4 M

Recipe and Label Analysis

Blue Buffalo Homestyle Recipe Chicken Dinner was selected to represent the other products in the line for detailed recipe and nutrient analysis.

Label and nutrient data below are calculated using dry matter basis.


Blue Buffalo Homestyle Recipe Chicken Dinner

Canned Dog Food

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

Protein = 39% | Fat = 27% | Carbs = 26%

Ingredients: Chicken, chicken broth, chicken liver, carrots, peas, pea flour, sweet potatoes, brown rice, barley, fish oil (source of DHA-docosahexanoic acid), oatmeal, flaxseed (source of omega 3 and 6 fatty acids), guar gum, dicalcium phosphate, potassium chloride, salt, cassia gum, carrageenan, cranberries, blueberries, 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), preserved with mixed tocopherols

Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 6.8%

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Estimated Nutrient Content
MethodProteinFatCarbs
Guaranteed Analysis9%6%NA
Dry Matter Basis39%27%26%
Calorie Weighted Basis30%51%20%
Protein = 30% | Fat = 51% | Carbs = 20%

Ingredient Analysis

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

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

The second ingredient is chicken broth. Broths are of only modest nutritional value. Yet because they add both flavor and moisture to a dog food, they are a common addition component in many canned products.

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

The fourth ingredient includes carrots, which are rich in beta-carotene, minerals and dietary fiber.

The fifth ingredient lists 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 sixth ingredient is pea flour, a powder made from roasted yellow peas. Pea flour contains as much as 25% protein, a factor that must be considered when judging the meat content of this dog food.

The next ingredient is sweet potato. Sweet potatoes are a gluten-free source of complex carbohydrates in a dog food. They are naturally rich in dietary fiber and beta carotene.

The eighth 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 ninth ingredient includes barley, a starchy carbohydrate supplying fiber and other healthy nutrients. However, aside from its energy content, this cereal grain is of only modest nutritional value to a dog.

From here, the list goes on to include a number of various 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 Blue Buffalo product.

With 4 notable exceptions

First, this recipe includes fish oil, which 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, flaxseed is 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.

In addition, carrageenan is a gelatin-like thickening agent extracted from seaweed. Although carrageenan has been used as a food additive for hundreds of years, there appears to be some recent controversy regarding its long term biological safety.

The article, The Carrageenan Controversy, published in Scientific American, does a good job of addressing this topic.

And lastly, this food 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.

Nutrient Analysis

Based on its ingredients alone, Blue Buffalo Homestyle Recipe Dog Food looks like an above-average wet product.

The dashboard displays a dry matter protein reading of 39%, a fat level of 27% and estimated carbohydrates of about 26%.

As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 39% and a mean fat level of 28%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 25% for the overall product line.

And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 72%.

Which means this Blue Buffalo product line contains…

Near-average protein. Above-average fat. And below-average carbs when compared to other canned dog foods.

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

However, with 51% of the total calories in our example coming from fat versus just 30% from protein, some recipes may not be suitable for every animal.

Our Rating of Blue Buffalo Dog Food

Blue Buffalo Homestyle Recipe is a grain-free canned dog food using a moderate amount of named meats as its dominant source of animal protein, thus earning the brand 4 stars.

Highly recommended.



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References

  1. Association of American Feed Control Officials

12/31/2020 Last Update