Blue Buffalo Wilderness Rocky Mountain Recipe Dog Food Review (Canned)

Blue Buffalo Wilderness Rocky Mountain Red Meat Adult Wet Dog Food

Review of Blue Buffalo Wilderness
Rocky Mountain Recipe Canned Dog Food

Rating:

Blue Buffalo Wilderness Rocky Mountain Recipe canned dog food receives the Advisor’s second-highest tier rating of 4 stars.

The Blue Buffalo Wilderness Rocky Mountain Recipe product line includes the 3 grain-free 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
Wilderness Rocky Mountain Recipe Puppy Red Meat Dinner 5 G
Wilderness Rocky Mountain Recipe Adult Red Meat Dinner 4 M
Wilderness Rocky Mountain Recipe Senior Red Meat Dinner 3 M

Recipe and Label Analysis

Blue Buffalo Wilderness Rocky Mountain Recipe Adult Red Meat 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 Wilderness Rocky Mountain Recipe Adult Red Meat Dinner

Canned Dog Food

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

Protein = 39% | Fat = 30% | Carbs = 24%

Ingredients: Beef, turkey, beef broth, lamb, potatoes, pea protein, flaxseed, carrageenan, cassia gum, guar gum, potassium chloride, salt, 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) = 6.8%

Red denotes controversial item

Estimated Nutrient Content
MethodProteinFatCarbs
Guaranteed Analysis9%7%NA
Dry Matter Basis39%30%24%
Calorie Weighted Basis29%53%18%
Protein = 29% | Fat = 53% | Carbs = 18%

Ingredient Analysis

The first ingredient in this dog food is beef. Beef is defined as “the clean flesh derived from slaughtered cattle” and includes skeletal muscle or the muscle tissues of the tongue, diaphragm, heart or esophagus.1

The second ingredient is turkey. Turkey is considered “the clean combination of flesh and skin… derived from the parts or whole carcasses of turkey”.2

Both beef and turkey are naturally rich in the ten essential amino acids required by a dog to sustain life.

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

The fourth ingredient is lamb, another quality addition.

The fifth ingredient includes potatoes. 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 sixth ingredient is pea protein, what remains of a pea after removing the starchy part of the vegetable.

Even though it contains over 80% protein, this ingredient would be expected to have a lower biological value than meat.

And less costly plant-based products like this can notably boost the total protein reported on the label — a factor that must be considered when judging the meat content of this dog food.

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 carrageenan, 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.

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 Blue Buffalo product.

With 1 notable exception

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 Wilderness Rocky Mountain Recipe canned dog food looks like an above-average wet product.

The dashboard displays a dry matter protein reading of 39%, a fat level of 30% and estimated carbohydrates of about 24%.

As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 39% and a mean fat level of 30%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 24% for the overall product line.

And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 76%.

Which means this Blue Buffalo product line contains…

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

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

However, with 53% of the total calories in our example coming from fat versus just 29% from protein, some recipes may not be suitable for every animal. In addition, this same finding also prevents us from awarding the brand a higher rating.

Our Rating of Blue Buffalo Wilderness
Rocky Mountain Recipe Dog Food

Blue Buffalo Wilderness Rocky Mountain 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
  2. 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

11/18/2020 Last Update