Blue Buffalo Longevity (Dry)


Rating: ☆☆☆☆☆

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

The Blue Buffalo Longevity product line includes three dry dog foods, two claimed to meet AAFCO nutrient profiles for adult maintenance and one for growth (puppy formula).

The following is a list of recipes available at the time of this review.

  • Blue Buffalo Longevity for Adults
  • Blue Buffalo Longevity for Puppies (4.5 stars)
  • Blue Buffalo Longevity for Mature Dogs (3.5 stars)

Blue Buffalo Longevity for Adults was selected to represent the other products in the line for this review.

Blue Buffalo Longevity Adult

Dry Dog Food

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

Protein = 27% | Fat = 12% | Carbs = 53%

Ingredients: Deboned whitefish, menhaden fish meal, whole ground brown rice, whole ground barley, oatmeal, peas, egg, rice bran, natural flavor, chicken fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols and citric acid), potatoes, oat bran, carrots, spinach, broccoli, tomatoes (source of lycopene), apples, blueberries, cranberries, glucosamine hydrochloride, flaxseed (source of omega 3 fatty acids), barley grass, turmeric, dried kelp, Yucca schidigera extract, alfalfa, parsley, garlic, sunflower oil (source of omega 6 fatty acids), fish oil (source of omega 3 fatty acids), l-carnitine, l-lysine, taurine, oil of rosemary, dried chicory root, dicalcium phosphate, calcium carbonate, beta carotene, vitamin A supplement, thiamine mononitrate (vitamin B1), riboflavin (vitamin B2), niacin (vitamin B3), d-calcium pantothenate (vitamin B5), pyridoxine hydrochloride (vitamin B6), biotin (vitamin B7), folic acid (vitamin B9), vitamin B12 supplement, calcium ascorbate (source of vitamin C), vitamin D3 supplement, vitamin E supplement, iron amino acid chelate, zinc amino acid chelate, manganese amino acid chelate, copper amino acid chelate, choline chloride, sodium selenite, calcium iodate, salt, caramel, dried yeast (source of Saccharomyces cerevisiae), dried Lactobacillus acidophilus fermentation product, dried Bacillus subtilis fermentation product, dried Enterococcus faecium fermentation product

Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 5%

Red items indicate controversial ingredients

Estimated Nutrient Content
Guaranteed Analysis24%11%NA
Dry Matter Basis27%12%53%
Calorie Weighted Basis24%27%49%
Protein = 24% | Fat = 27% | Carbs = 49%

The first ingredient in this dog food is whitefish, a marine or freshwater species native to Canada and the California coast.

This item is typically sourced from clean, undecomposed whole fish and fish cuttings of commercial fish operations.1

Although it is a quality item, raw fish 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 menhaden fish meal. Because it is considered a meat concentrate, fish meal contains almost 300% more protein than fresh fish itself.

Menhaden are small ocean fish related to herring. They’re rich in protein and omega-3 fatty acids. What’s more, in their mid-depth habitat, menhaden are not exposed to mercury contamination as can be typical with deep water species.

Fish meal is typically obtained from the “clean, dried, ground tissue of undecomposed whole fish and fish cuttings” of commercial fish operations.2

Unfortunately, the controversial chemical ethoxyquin is frequently used as a preservative in fish meals.

But because it’s usually added to the raw fish before processing, the chemical does not have to be reported to consumers.

We find no public assurances from the company this product is ethoxyquin-free.

Without knowing more, and based upon this fish meal’s location on the list of ingredients, we would expect to find at least a trace of ethoxyquin in this product.

The third 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 fourth ingredient is barley. Barley is 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.

The fifth ingredient is oatmeal, a whole-grain product made from coarsely ground oats. Oatmeal is naturally rich in B-vitamins, dietary fiber and can be (depending upon its level of purity) gluten-free.

The sixth 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 seventh ingredient is eggs. Eggs are easy to digest and have an exceptionally high biological value.

The eighth ingredient is rice bran, a healthy by-product of milling whole grain rice. The bran is the fiber-rich outer layer of the grain containing starch, protein, fat as well as vitamins and minerals.

After the natural flavor, we find 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.

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 six notable exceptions

First, 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.

Next, garlic can be a controversial item. Although most experts favor the ingredient for its numerous health benefits, garlic (in rare cases) has been linked to Heinz body anemia in dogs.3

However, the limited professional literature we surveyed provided no definitive warnings regarding the use of garlic — especially when used in small amounts (as it likely is here).

In addition, sunflower oil is nutritionally similar to safflower oil. Since these oils are high in omega-6 fatty acids and contain no omega-3’s, they’re considered less nutritious than canola or flaxseed oils.

Sunflower oil is notable for its resistance to heat damage during cooking.

There are several different types of sunflower oil, some better than others. Without knowing more, it’s impossible to judge the quality of this ingredient.

Next, chicory root is rich in inulin, a starch-like compound made up of repeating units of carbohydrates and found in certain roots and tubers.

Not only is inulin a natural source of soluble dietary fiber, it’s also a prebiotic used to promote the growth of healthy bacteria in a dog’s digestive tract.

In addition, caramel is a coloring agent made by caramelizing carbohydrates. It’s used by pet food manufacturers to impart a golden brown tint to the finished product.

Even though caramel is considered safe by the FDA, we’re always disappointed to find any added coloring in a pet food.

That’s because coloring is used to make the product more appealing to humans — not your dog. After all, do you really think your dog cares what color his food is?

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.

Blue Buffalo Longevity Dog Food
The Bottom Line

Judging by its ingredients alone, Blue Buffalo Longevity 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.

The dashboard displays a dry matter protein reading of 27%, a fat level of 12% and estimated carbohydrates of about 53%.

As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 27% and a mean fat level of 12%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 53% for the overall product line.

And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 45%.

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

When you consider the protein-boosting effect of the peas and flaxseed, this looks like the profile of a kibble containing a moderate amount of meat.

Bottom line?

Blue Buffalo Longevity Dog Food is a plant-based kibble using a moderate amount of whitefish and menhaden fish meal as its main sources of animal protein, thus earning the brand 4 stars.

Highly recommended.

Please note certain recipes are sometimes given a higher or lower rating based upon our estimate of their total meat content.

Those looking for a higher-grade kibble from the same company may want to check out our review of Blue Buffalo Wilderness.

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Notes and Updates

04/22/2015 Last Update

  1. Adapted by The Dog Food Advisor from the official definition of other fish ingredients as published by the Association of American Feed Control Officials
  2. Association of American Feed Control Officials
  3. Yamato et al, Heinz Body hemolytic anemia with eccentrocytosis from ingestion of Chinese chive (Allium tuberosum) and garlic (Allium sativum) in a dog, Journal of the American Animal Hospital Association 41:68-73 (2005)
  • Christopher C

    Blue Buffalo isn’t a high quality dry dog food and doesn’t meet the standards I require for my cairn terrier or my scottish terrier.Losing weight should come from exercising your dog properly with the right amount of organic dog food.Johhny bgood has several valid points and I suggest people research legitimate usda websites when deciding on the food to get for a valuable member of your family.I certainly wouldn’t feed my children food based on commercials I see on T.V. and while your Vet can give you some good guidelines,I wouldn’t purchase food from them either,because of their financial gain from deals with manufacturers.I am not a lazy man and do all of the research on my own and make my decisions based on my research,whether my dog actually enjoys the food and things like her coat,teeth and other health related issues you can visualize.When you find one that meets all your requirements,continue to use that brand and monitor the dogs wellness.Each dog cost over 1000 dollars but are priceless to me and I expect them to live 20 years plus,whch Clyde,my deceased Cairn lived beyond.

  • dani

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  • shirley jordan

    My saluki has been diagnosed with pancreatise. Wheni got to the store that sell’s it I got confused. I finally bought chicken long liveabilty. Did I buy the right one the store help was no help at all.please answer.

  • Danielle Hahn

    I know everyone else has their opinions on what works best or what is best for their own dogs as it should be, but I love the blue buffalo brand. I tried this stuff when my middle aged Shiba Inu when he got diagnosed with cancer and had to lose weight to have a healthy amputation (this brand was created when Blue was diagnosed with cancer). Since I switched him to this he lost the weight he needed to, kept it off and has been the healthiest he has ever been.

  • SP
  • Shawna

    And here’s what Dr. Smart (the nutritionist) says about feeding trials.

    “The validity of trials conducted on dogs and cats kept in a kennel or research facility is questioned, as these animals do not have the same freedoms and human bonding experiences of the pets kept within a home environment. Most nutritional trials on companion animals are only valid for that particular group, maintained under the same conditions, fed identical diets. Even the results from the relatively simple non invasive digestibility, palatability and feeding trials done in kennels or catteries specifically established and approved to conduct these trials have come under scrutiny when environment, previous diet, gender, breed and age differences are considered.”

  • Shawna

    You wrote “Ill take the word of a vet any day over the dog food advisor.”

    That is awesome.. Here’s what Veterinary Nutritionist Dr. Meg Smart has to say.

    “Variety is the Key (My conclusions after over 30 years of teaching veterinary clinical nutrition)

    Do not be afraid to add variety to your pet’s diet. Variety in the diet can include healthy table scraps (not leftovers often laden with salt and fat), homemade diets, kibble, canned, freeze-dried and dehydrated foods.

    Choosing a Commercial Diet

    If you wish to feed a commercial diet find a company that is small, family owned and accountable. The company should instill confidence in you when you contact them and should be willing to share information on ingredient sources as well as the level of quality control they have in place.”

  • Regarding your statement that “more than 80 percent of all their ingredients are sourced overseas”, it appears your claims are completely fabricated.

    Unlike your misleading and fictitious claims, my reviews are based upon facts as published on each product’s label and regulated by US Federal law.

    However, it looks to the rest if us like your sensational and misleading claims here might be the ones that need to be “re-thought”, Mr. Johnny Bgood.

  • The reviews on this website are based upon the assumption that products that claim to be complete and balanced meet standard AAFCO profile requirements for either growth and reproduction (all life stages) or adult maintenance.

    By the way, the value of feeding trials are overrated. Here’s what Dr. Randy Wysong, a respected veterinarian and pet food formulator, has to say in his article about feeding trials:

    “…these tests do not prove what they are intended for 100% completeness. Feeding trials are performed on caged animals and are short-term (generally 26 weeks at most). Such tests deny that nutrition can have effects beyond the few weeks used in a feeding trial. Undetected nutrient imbalance in youth has, for example, been shown to affect both animal and human, adult- and latter-age susceptibility to many chronic degenerative diseases, and even impact the health of future generations. A feeding trial does not and cannot measure this. Results from a laboratory-bred puppy raised on concrete in stainless steel cages, placed under fluorescent lights, breathing conditioned air does not necessarily correlate to real animals in homes and backyards.”

  • Johnny bgood

    So what im reading is you are judging foods soley based on ingredients not actual nutritional content , digestibility or the quality grades of said ingredients. That seems somewhat irresponsible as these foods may not be nutritionally balanced regardless of ingredients. Do you think its important for foods to go through feeding trials? And why do large brand companies such as blue buffalo not do these trials? Is it the cost or do they not want feeding trials? Either way makes you think.

  • Beth Knuth

    This food is rated per ingredients not all the other things you mentioned. If you want to join the Editor’s Choice section, I think you would like that, extensive research went into those food choices, out here food is just rated per the ingredients and you cannot be sure of what you are getting. Like you I was not sold on this food, so I became a member of the Editor’s Choice, which took the Dog Food Advisor over a year to make. Just a thought.

  • Johnny bgood

    You folks realize that your blue buffalo and your wilderness diets are created without a head nutritionist consulting or working for them. That more than 80 percent of all their ingredients are sourced overseas. Also you may want to take a look at their aafco minimum statements. You do realize that they conduct no feeding trials on any of their diets. Hmmm may want to rethink that quality issue ” mr dog food advisor”. Also I suggest any of you to look up salmonella recalls and other food issues on the fda and usda websites, im sure youll see big name brands at the bottom of the list and boutique foods at the top. So lets recap no research, no nutritionists, no feeding trials, outsourced ingredients, sounds like something I would feed my pets. There is a difference between aafco minimum stds being met and conducting actual research and feeding trials. Ill take the word of a vet any day over the dog food advisor.

  • robertd772

    On this very page above it says ” two claimed to meet AAFCO nutrient profiles for adult maintenance and one for growth (puppy formula)” — so DogFoodAdvisor lists this and you claim otherwise. What is your source? Thx

  • Alexandra

    Thanks for sharing that!!

  • Dr Beth

    As a veterinarian I do not recommend ANY of the Blue Buffalo lines of food. They have not been proven to meet AAFCO standards and have not been tested for the entire lifespan of a pet. Just because something looks good on paper does not mean it is a good food. We have seen problems with diarrhea, vomiting, pancreatitis, and bladder stones at a much higher proportion in dogs eating this brand of food. Please stay away.

  • Pattyvaughn

    I have heard that before about cutting calories after a spay, oddly enough, never from one of the vets I worked for. I’ve known many dogs where it was very necessary to cut calories, but it never was with mine. I wonder how much that has to do with breed and activity level, because I never had one that settled down soon after being spayed either.

  • Nicoll

    You’re supposed to cut the calories by 25% the first month after spay. Two cups a day seems like a lot of food! The better you feed (more species-appropriate) the less you would have to feed. I love grain-free but be careful. Just because there’s no grains doesn’t make it healthier. You want a food with the protein from animal sources – not plants. Some grain-frees are too high in starch. Read your label and the G.A.

  • Katz

    Just stay away from Pedigree. My dog got blood stools and threw up and died. She was poisoned by the food. The vet said he had a lot of complaints lately about Pedigree.

  • Cate

    Wilderness has 34% protein & might be too rich for her. I have a Pap-Chi ( 12 yr)rescue that I feed Blue Buffalo small breed chicken & brown rice (26%protein). She has done great for over 3 yrs. lots if energy & has glucosamine in it.

  • I have an 11 year old Yorkie who has always had bloody diareaha issues which my vet put him on hill’s wd for and it has been the only thing to work for him. I’m sure it is the result of the high fiber content. He has been on it for about 2 years. I know that it has horrible reviews and I now have another Yorkie, puppy 9 months old and I have her on BB puppy. I would love to get him on a better quality food and am wondering if this one would be good for him. I’m going to speak with my vet about changing his food. At this point in his life I would love him to be on a food he loves to eat. So I’m wondering if maybe this one, with a bit of pumpkin purée everyday would help.

    Any thoughts??

  • Merrick Beef is grain inclusive, and lower in protein than their grain free varieties. If your dog likes Merrick, then try their grain frees that come in Buffalo, Pork, Duck, and Chicken.

    And remember that just because the food has more calories per cup/kg, doesn’t mean it’s a bad choice. Foods higher in animal-based protein (more meat rather than peas or corn, as peas and corn can raise protein levels in a food), and lower in carbs, don’t have to be fed as much.

    Go here to figure out how many calories per day you’re dog should be fed, then keep in mind that Merrick Grain frees have 460 kcal/cup of food, while BB Longevity Adult only has 354 kcal/cup. And dogs will get more out of animal-based protein than they will carbs, meaning the carbs are much more likely to turn into fat.

  • Wendy

    She had been on Merrick Beef when she started gaining her weight,…plus yes we gave her milk bones for treats that also contributed to her weight gain. Those have been eliminated and she only gets her food now and supplement. We also tried Earthborn Holistic Grain Free, she hated it, as she does Candidae (she’d spit it out with her former food while switching over) She really likes the Merrick food, but it’s so high in calories and she needs to reduce her weight big time, that’s so important right now with her hips, and the dysplasia is pretty significant, so the weight loss has to be dealt with obviously. I basically am looking for advice to help her lose the excess pounds…

  • You say you’ve been on high protein diets but only mention Halo and Longevity. Sorry, but I wouldn’t consider those “high protein” at all. Halo may be slightly above average for kibble, but that doesn’t make it “high”.

    Another thing to think about is moving to a grain free food. Allergies have been found to have come from grains in a decent amount of dogs, so perhaps yours too has issue with them. There is a Halo grain free (Surf n Turf), but Longevity is not one, so I’m assuming the Halo you used wasn’t either.

    So look for a grain-free food that’s closer or higher than 40% protein, and low carb. Most foods don’t tell you the carb level, but you can figure it out by adding the protein, fat, and moisture levels on all labels, then add in 8 more for ash (by-product of cooking), and subtract it all from 100.

    You can look at the grain free 5-star foods here and give them a try. Most will offer you free samples, either at the stores that sell the food, or by contacting the manufacturer.

  • Wendy

    I need some food guidelines to help my dog lose her weight, we’ve had her just over a year, she’s 7.5 yrs of age, will be 8 in July of 2013….she was spayed last spring and since then has gained about 12-15 lbs 🙁 Then a month or so ago she was diagnosed with hip dysplasia, so I know this excess weight must come off for that reason alone, as well as better health. However, she’s been on high protein foods and I feed her one cup in the a.m and one cup 12 hrs later….and she just gains and gains, she’s on a joint supplement from our vet…Dasaquin. (not sure of spelling sorry) She is an English Springer Spaniel and small for her breed, she is tri color..We have cut all treats out, if she goes way too long between feedings she throws up stomach bile….so we just purchased BB Longevity for Mature dogs, she’s being slowly changed over from Halo, which is reacting to, something does not agree with her in that brand, it keeps her ears constantly dirty and she scratches..and yes I clean her ears often and she’s groomed regularly and on flea preventive, like someone told me they can tell she’s pampered, she looks show dog quality. So how can I get this weight off her to help her? Will the BB Longevity help?

  • smm

    I have been giving my almost yr chi hills r/d for over 4 years. (he does love his food and a bit chubby). The r/d works but i just read the reviews on it…horrible! Does blue buffalo longevity have the same effect for weight loss ??? He has also had luxating patella surgery (successful!) to one of his knees. I want the best for my best friend!

  • losul

    My advice is to give it some time to adjust to the new food. If a month goes by and you’re still looking for better respirators. then it may be time to search for a different food.Forget the the detox crap,  Not detox at all just adjustment.

    PYYstink, haha

  • Pattyvaughn

    You’re welcome.

  • Pamela

    Thank you

  • Pattyvaughn

    Many times gas production is related to the dogs ability to digest the food.  That ability is affected by many things like ingredients, gut health, probiotic level, and digestive enzyme production.  My first suggestion would be to find a good probiotic and a good digestive enzyme supplement.  Frequently, these two are all that is needed.  If you’re still having problems after that I would switch to a food that was lower in carbs and even try going grain free, white potato free.  Good luck!!

  • Pamela Kennedy

    Eleven year old terrier mix moved off of Hills Prescription r/d and onto Blue Longevity Mature gradually. Goal is weight loss. Dog walks briskly 2 miles a day. Her appetite for the kibble is excellent, however, she is experiencing extraordinary gas. The dog uses a bowl to designed to slow her food intake. Any suggestions?

  • blue rep

    Yes u can do the dry puppy then at 1 go to adult can do can every other day or so

  • Luis

    hello, i have a 7 week old bull terrier and i was wondering if giving him bb longevity dry/canned would be a good idea? or what would be a better option?

  • Jim Moss

    My Cocker has been BB Longevity Mature for quite a while and I’ve never seen him eat his poop.

  • Woofie_02

     I recently started my 10 year old female Papillion on Blue Senior.  In just two weeks, I cannot believe the difference in her.  It’s like she’s in a better mood, spunky, more friendly, more energy.  She was on Science diet just because the companion Papillion has always had a weight problem.  I couldn’t see paying an arm and a leg for two expensive dog foods.  Now, I am glad I did and switched her to this.

  • Kip

    Please just read the bags.

  • Kip

    Please every dog eating their, I doubt this, mine don’t eat their poop and have been on Blue forever.  I had to laugh

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  • Just don’t go too drastic a change too quickly. For instance, see if he can tolerate regular Blue Buffalo which has more protein and fat than Longevity before going to something higher. Start using probiotics/enzymes for gut/immune system health now not when you find another food.  I use Mercola probiotcs because it has many different organisms in it, not just Lactobacillus and the enzymes are animal based, but there are many products to chose from. Also adding some canned food for a senior would be a good thing too. I use Blue Stews and Merrick cans and Wellness Stews and Addiction canned and Weruva canned. And my senior (just 10) also eats raw food. But baby steps….don’t go too fast.  I first was using “regular food”, then went to a mix of “regular” and “above-average protein” foods together, now just high protein and raw and the occasional junk food like pizza!
    I know hubby gives them Taco Bell sometimes.  He doesn’t cook or use the microwave seems like.

  • Guest

    This is really interesting – Thank you for posting. I have a 14 year old dog and am looking for a new dog food (Blue Longevity Mature makes him vomit / diarrhea) and people were saying I needed to give him high protein / low fat which went against my vet’s advice (from 2009) that he needed senior food with low protein (max. 20%). This helps.

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  • Dominique Hock

    Frisketa (my chihuahua) actually has a thyroid problem (as is common with most older chihuahuas and the cause for excessive weight gain) so I have her on thyroid medication (half a pill per day) so that should take care of any weight issues (she’s lost 2 lbs in the last 2 months :))

    The wilderness says it has glucosamine and other vitamins and minerals for joint and bone health so I’m not too worried about that. I just want to make sure she is healthy since she has been with me since I was 7 years old… she has been a great friend (the very best!) and deserves the best in life 🙂

  • sandy


    Senior foods usually have reduced fat and protein which equals more filler and senior dogs (without health conditions like pancreatitis or other) do not require this lower fat and protein. Some senior foods also have added glucosamine and chondriotin for joints, but the food will not have enough to be medically effective. If these supplements are something you require for your dog, then a separate supplement would be better or even giving your dog a chicken wing everday. Dogs don’t chew their food. There teeth are meant for tearing flesh and swallowing whole pieces of meat. They might crunch down on it a time or two but for the most part they swallow whole kibbles. I’ve haven’t used the small breed Wellness, but have used Amicus and it is tiny kibbles – one of the smallest I’ve used since it is for Toy dogs. Amicus Senior (or regular adult) would be a good option for your guy. It does not compromise in the meat department.

  • Dominique Hock

    Ok thank you very much!
    I’m not confused, I am educated on feeds quite well (mostly horse feeds were there is a large difference between senior feeds and adult feeds :)) I want to feed a raw diet but I can’t even afford to buy fresh fruits and vegetables for myself since I’m trying to supporr my horse and animals while attending college (majoring in animal sciences) I’m only 18 too lol. I thought the senior provided added nutrients for an older dog and was easier on digestion since they may not be able to chew quite as well (my dog just had 6 teeth pulled) and I’m not talking about dry vs canned food, I mix it up but my dog doesn’t care for canned food too much. Thank you for the info! I will plan on feeding the small breed wilderness to my dog and regular wilderness to my cat. 🙂

  • sandy


    The cat and dog will do best with just the Wildnerness. Adding Longevity and Senior/Mature to the Wilderness defeats the purpose of feeding Wilderness…grain free/high protein. You’ll actually reduce the amount of protein and be adding grains with this mixture which would be the opposite of feeding just Wildernss. Also Longevity is just a marketing tactic and so is Senior/Mature. Just because the dog is 10 does not mean he automatically gets a lower protein food filled with grains. He still requires as much (if not more) protein than an “adult” formula. Am I confusing you?

    To get a good mix or rotation of foods go with foods like Wilderness…Wellness core, Before Grain, Amicus, Instinct, etc (all grain free/high protein). Since there is not one perfect brand of food, rotating between brands will make sure your pet doesn’t “overdose” or “underdose” on one brands nutrients/vitamins/mineral content.

  • Hi Dominique… I know how important it is to give your dog the best. However, and unfortunately, due to the biological uniqueness of each pet, I cannot provide customized product comparisons for each reader. For more help, please check out my reviews and visit our FAQ page. Look for the topic, “Help Me Choose a Dog Food”. Or check back for a possible response from one of our other readers. Wish I could be more help.

  • Dominique Hock

    I have a ten year ols Chihuahua, had her since birth. I have been wanting to switch her to bb for a long time, but I just moved out for college so that was put on hold, anyways, I finally bought dry food for my dog and cat (axfter my horse ate Frisketa’s old food it was proving there was too much grain in there and not enough meat ) (I’m in the transition process right now. I bought small breed wilderness and small breed mature life protection and mixed them. But was wondering if it would be more beneficial to buy the longevity mature with small breed wilderness, or all three and mix them. I want my dog to have the best of everything! 🙂 I bought wilderness and longevity mature for my cat and ha e those mixed, but am wondering about life protection mature/senior. I think my main question is which is better, life protection senior small breed/cat mature or longevity mature dog/cat. Either way I want to keep the wilderness in their diet.

  • Gordon

    David – Your vet advised the truth re the requirement about dogs suffering pancreatitis, should be on a low fat diet. But not about dogs eating grass is a symptom of pancreatitis. That’s ridiculous. Grass eating has various reasons to it, but not that one. All the reasons, mind you, are harmless ones.

    You could consider Wellness Core Reduced Fat which has a higher protein level and about 1 point lower in fat than this formula. You want to also try and limit the carbohydrate level. And whilst its a hard ask to get all the levels just right when it comes to kibble, I would say Wellness Core Reduced Fat is better than this one and healthier re its ingredients list!

    Blue Buffalo have some good formulas too, but even with this particular formula’s low fat level, this one ain’t so good. If your dog does well on it, and its pancreatitis is contained then who’s to say you should change formulas and brands? Just laying out some other options that were off the top of my head, because I’d read a number of times now that people have had good success with the Wellness formula I mentioned.

  • Michelle

    David, if eating grass is a symptom of pancreatitis then both my dogs have it. lol 🙂

  • David

    Also, she has “good quality” poop on the Blue Buffalo – and has stopped eating grass and other greenery (which again we’re told is a symptom of pancreatitis).

    We also like that it’s easy to source this food from national chain pet stores, and reasonably priced too (though no food is too costly for our little “bundle of joy”).

    I agree that it makes sense to “give your senior dog as much quality protein as you can”, but we’ve had trouble finding high protein without higher fat. BB seems to be the answer – at least for us.

  • David

    Through a random screening, we found out that our 12-year old Wheaton has developed pancreatitis. Our vet recommended Hills w/d, and we went with the recommendation. After a week on Hills, we took it all back, did some research on this site, and chose the blue buffalo longevity – mostly because of it’s lower fat content which we’re told is key to managing pancreatitis.

    Long story short, she loves it and seems to have more energy on this food. We’d recommend it to anyone looking to control fat in their pets’ diet.

  • Michelle

    sandy, great advice! I sometimes buy puppy formulas because they tend to have a little more protein.( both my dogs are adults) And I also add meat, eggs, and sardines to my dogs meals. Emily, sandy’s advice is spot on, stay away from senior dog food. Give your senior dog as much quality protein as you can.

  • Amen, Sandy! This whole “seniors need less meat ” thing simply defies science (and logic). I hope my family doesn’t do this to me. Thanks for leaving this comment. And I only hope others will take this message to heart.

  • sandy

    Seniors need and require as much protein as a regular adult. I would feed just “adult” food. When my dog turns 8 yrs old, i will not automatically reduce his meat portion because that would be rediculous. “senior” food is a marketing tactic. It is just their reason to take away some meat and use more filler. Same goes for “diet” or “lite” or “healthy skin formula”.

    Taken from the Orijen White Paper:
    The belief that senior dogs need less protein is false. Senior dogs should be fed a diet that is high in protein, with low carbohydrates and moderate amounts of fat (too little fat leaves your dog feeling hungry all the time, which can make it harder for them to lose weight). Diets formulated on a low protein premise are full of fiber, have higher levels of carbohydrates and reduced amounts of protein and fat.
    This results in dogs that are less satisfied causing them to appear hungry and beg for more food. These ingredients lead to the loss of coat and skin quality and they do not lead to any weight loss. More recent studies show that it is harmful to restrict protein in senior dogs, and that high quality proteins are needed for our older pets. Protein restriction for healthy older dogs is not only unnecessary, it can be detrimental. Protein requirements actually increase by about 50% in older dogs, while their energy requirements tend to decrease.
    When insufficient protein is provided, it can aggravate the age-associated loss of lean body mass and may contribute to earlier mortality.

    Do not feed Senior Food!!!

  • Emily

    I have an 8 year old Siberian Husky. Last year per our vets suggestion, we switched to Iams Active Maturity. She felt he should be on a Senior Food. We had a very hard time switching over. I mixed about 1/4 cup of the Iams with his regular food and then slowly started adding more and taking the old away. He finally became accustomed to it and seemed to do okay. This year I have been seeing a lot of allergy type problems with him. Runny eyes, itchy ears, itchy skin, and so on. I’ve seen others complain about this and the Iams brand. I did some research and looked at the ratings on this website and decided to go with Blue Buffalo Longevity. He LOVES this food. I am now wondering if it’s okay since it isn’t a “senior” food. What do you think? He’s due at the vet soon and I plan to talk with her about this, but I also wanted another opinion. Thanks!

  • Hi Barbara… Orijen and Blue Buffalo are both above-average products. Yet no matter which food you decide to use, be sure to transition to the new food very gradually over a period lasting at least 7 to 10 days. And before you try another brand, allow enough time for your dog to adjust to her new diet.

  • Barbara

    I have a 10 month old yellow lab. She is very active. Runs 1 1/2 to 2 hours 4 x time a week at the Dog Park. Was feeding her Hills Scientific Diet when I received her as a 12 week old puppy. Upon reading on your site that is was not that good a food, I started using Orijen – recommended at Sniglets Dog Store. Noticed her stools were always mushy. So after talking with other dog owners, they recommended Blue Buffalo. I have gradually weaned her off the Orijen and she is now on the BB. But someday the stools are nice, other times mushy????? I’m at wits end. Should I try Innova? My pup is active and having soft stools doesn’t bother her at all.

  • Hi Chris… Both of these products are AAFCO rated for adult maintenance. So, unless your dog is a puppy, there’s no reason to restrict the length of time your dog is fed these products. However, most “senior” type foods are typically low in meat-based protein. Unless your pet is being treated for kidney failure, you may wish to consult with your vet.

  • Chris Pollett

    Hi Mike,

    I would like your opinion on this — I have a 9-year old Black Lab who was recently diagnosed with an enlarged heart. He is on heart meds and water pills. He has been on Blue Buffalo for about four years (regular healthy weight formula), the last year being on BB Longevity-Mature formula. I did a lot of research on this product and liked the ingredients, ratio and food sources, especially to keep his weight down (he’s 117 pounds) and provide nutritional boost for his health condition. A friend of mine recently told me a Blue Buffalo store rep told her that a dog should not be on BB Longevity-Mature or Adult formulas for longer than six months at a time. I asked through my local Petsmart about this claim, and they had never heard of it. I am going to contact Blue Buffalo directly, but wondered what your thoughts might be on this? Thanks.

  • Jonathan

    That is strange, Victoria. I have hundreds of customers who buy Blue for their dogs and have never heard of this problem with Longevity, or any of their products… maybe it’s a contaminant from your local distributor?

  • Victoria

    Blue Buffalo may be a quality food but I have just one warning! Every dog I know eating Blue Buffalo is also eating their poop. Yuck! I have 3 older dogs and they never did this until I switched them to Longevity. My daughter’s dogs, and several friends dogs have done the same thing. Needless to say, we are all switching!

  • Hi JP… Per our review, this product is rated 4 stars. Just be sure to use the Puppy formula. The other two are for adult maintenance only and not appropriate for growing dogs.

  • Jonathan

    Welcome, JP! Sure, this food would be good… but there are better dry foods. If you want a 5-star food for around the same price, take a look at Earthborn Primitive Natural. Oh, and actually, Blue has a grain-free wilderness puppy food due out soon that’s sure to be 5-star.

  • JP

    Hi guys I’m new to the world of puppies. I have a golden retriever thats only 4 months old and i wanted to know if this brand would be good for him

  • Hi DeAnn… Unfortunately, I cannot provide customized reviews and product comparisons for each reader. For more help, please check out my reviews and visit our FAQ page. Look for the topic, “Help Me Choose a Dog Food”. Or check back for a possible response from one of our other readers.

  • Jonathan

    DeAnn, weight gain is simply proportional to the amount of calories fed. The quality of calories can vary with different effects, but with 4-star foods, just use the calories per cup information and use Mike’s calculator to help determine their daily caloric needs.

  • DeAnn

    I just recently started my small yorkies on Blue Adult Small Kibble Chicken. They love it, My question is regarding any weight gain from this product been noted? Would the Longevity variety be a better choice. They are both very small 2.5 lb and 4 lbs dogs. Thank you

  • Kris Rainwater

    I contacted the Blue company and asked if any of their products contain Ethoxyquin, and they replied that none of their products contain it.

  • Hi Emily… It’s difficult to find any kibble that’s not fairly high carbs. For kibbles are bakery products. Almost all of them are based (to varying degrees) on carbs. But high meat content is (in many foods) synonymous with higher fat, too. If you’re concerned about preventing pancreatitis, you may want to look for a 4 or 5-star kibble with fat below average (15% or less). Hope this helps.

  • Emily

    I currently have a 8 month old yorkie puppy on Blue Buffalo Longevity. She really enjoys it and does very will on it. I guess I am confused about carbohydrates and I am wondering if this food may be to carb heavy. I have read alot about protein but to be honest higher protein levels scare me, I am still not totally sold on feeding a 5 pound dog super high protein/ fat levels, especially since yorkies are so prone to pancretitis. I really like the fat and the protein levels of this food but I am not sure about the carbs?.. Any suggestions?


  • Hi Gloria… I can certainly understand your desire to help Jake get well. However, since I’m not a veterinarian, I haven’t been properly trained to provide you with the kind of sound professional advice you’re looking for.

    In any case, you should be able to find a good quality low fat, low calorie dog food at your local feed store. Just browse through our list of 4 and 5-star dog foods and look for one that meets your qualifications.

    Of course, since your baby is so sick, you should probably first discuss your chosen food with your vet.

  • gloria waco

    Hi, I would really appreciate your opinion on this; I have a senior German Shepherd, Jake, who is between 10 and 12 years of age. He just had a blood test and it showed his Alkaline Phosphitates level extremely high, at 622.

    His cholesterol was also high, at 328. He weighs about 80 pounds. He is having extreme difficulty getting up and laying down and is panting a bit too much.

    I was told to put him on a reduced fat, reduced calorie dry dog food and Royal Canin Controlled Calorie Dry Dog Food was suggested. I was not able thus far to get a list of the ingredients in their food but was told they have a High Fiber and the regular RCCC available.

    I would prefer to get a 4 or 5 star dog food at Centinela Pet Feed or at Petco rather than have to do special orders.

    Which food do you recommend that are best suited for Jake that I can purchase at a pet store? Or, do you recommend foods like Blue Mountain or Flynt Ranch?

    I really need your help on this as I would like him to eat only the best.

    Thank you for any suggestions you can give me.


    Gloria Waco