Blue Seal EnTrust Dog Food receives the Advisor’s mid-tier rating of 3.5 stars.
The Blue Seal EnTrust product line includes 10 dry dog foods.
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.
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- Blue Seal EnTrust Adult Pork and Barley [A]
- Blue Seal EnTrust Senior Chicken Meal and Barley [M]
- Blue Seal EnTrust Adult Lamb Meal and Rice (3 stars) [M]
- Blue Seal EnTrust Adult Chicken Meal and Barley (4 stars) [A]
- Blue Seal EnTrust Adult Lamb Meal, Rice and Pea (3 stars) [M]
- Blue Seal EnTrust Active Chicken Meal and Barley (4 stars) [A]
- Blue Seal EnTrust Puppy Chicken Meal and Barley (4 stars) [A]
- Blue Seal EnTrust Weight Control Chicken Meal and Barley (3 stars) [M]
- Blue Seal EnTrust Large Breed Puppy Chicken Meal and Barley (4 stars) [A]
- Blue Seal EnTrust Grain Free Chicken Meal, Pea and Sweet Potato (4 stars) [A]
Blue Seal EnTrust Adult Pork and Barley was selected to represent the other products in the line for this review.
Blue Seal EnTrust Adult Pork and Barley
Dry Dog Food
Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content
Ingredients: Pork meal, ground barley, brown rice, chicken fat (mixed tocopherols preservative), pea protein concentrate, whole grain sorghum, rice bran, ground flaxseed, dried beet pulp, natural flavor, yeast culture, salt, potassium chloride, hydrolyzed yeast, calcium carbonate, l-lysine monohydrochloride, dl-methionine, reed-sedge peat, choline chloride, vitamin E supplement, alfalfa meal, selenium yeast, zinc proteinate, zinc sulfate, biotin, manganese proteinate, manganese sulfate, taurine, copper proteinate, ferrous sulfate, l-ascorbyl-2-polyphosphate (source of vitamin C), betaine, copper sulfate, sweet potatoes, dried chicory root, blueberries, cranberries, raspberries, dried carrots, tomatoes, turmeric, yeast extract, niacin supplement, calcium d-pantothenate, vitamin A supplement, sodium selenite, thiamine mononitrate, riboflavin supplement, pyridoxine hydrochloride, vitamin D3 supplement, fish oil (natural source of DHA), vitamin B12 supplement, calcium iodate, folic acid, mixed tocopherols, rosemary extract, citric acid (preservatives)
Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 4.5%
Red denotes controversial item
|Estimated Nutrient Content|
|Dry Matter Basis||27%||16%||49%|
|Calorie Weighted Basis||24%||33%||43%|
The first ingredient in this dog food is pork meal. Pork meal is considered a meat concentrate and contains nearly 300% more protein than fresh pork. Yet it can also be high in ash — about 25-30%.
However, the ash content of the final product is typically adjusted in the recipe to allow its mineral profile to meet AAFCO guidelines.
The second 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 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 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.
The fifth 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 sixth ingredient lists sorghum. Sorghum (milo) is a starchy cereal grain with a nutrient profile similar to corn.
Since it is gluten-free and boasts a smoother blood sugar behavior than other grains, sorghum may be considered an acceptable non-meat ingredient.
The seventh 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.
The eighth ingredient includes 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 ninth ingredient is beet pulp. Beet pulp is a controversial ingredient, a high fiber by-product of sugar beet processing.
Some denounce beet pulp as an inexpensive filler while others cite its outstanding intestinal health and blood sugar benefits.
We only call your attention here to the controversy and believe the inclusion of beet pulp in reasonable amounts in most dog foods is entirely acceptable.
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, we find an ingredient called reed-sedge peat. Peat is a product of partially decayed vegetation.
Although we can’t be certain as to why this ingredient has been included here, some reports suggest peat can aid in digestion, growth and immune function of certain animals.1
Next, although alfalfa meal is high in plant protein (about 18%) and fiber (25%), this hay-family item is more commonly associated with horse feeds.
In addition, 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.
We also find yeast extract in this recipe. Yeast extract is the common name for a broad group of products made by removing the cell wall from the yeast organism.
A significant number of these ingredients are added as specialized nutritional supplements while others are used as flavor enhancers.
However, the glutamic acid (and its chemical cousin, monosodium glutamate, or MSG) found in a minority of yeast extracts can be controversial.
That’s because even though the Food and Drug Administration designated these food additives to be safe decades ago2, the agency continues to receive reports of adverse effects.
So, detractors still object to the use of yeast extract and other glutamic acid derivatives and blame them for everything from Alzheimer’s (in humans) to obesity.
In any case, since the label reveals little about the actual type of yeast extract included in any recipe, it’s impossible for us to judge the quality of this ingredient.
Next, 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.
And lastly, this recipe contains selenium yeast. Unlike the more common inorganic form of selenium (sodium selenite), this natural yeast supplement is considered a safer anti-cancer alternative.
Judging by its ingredients alone, Blue Seal EnTrust Dog Food looks like an 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.
As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 29% and a mean fat level of 16%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 47% for the overall product line.
And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 54%.
Near-average protein. Near-average fat. And near-average carbs when compared to a typical dry dog food.
When you consider the protein-boosting effect of the pea protein and flaxseed, this looks like the profile of a kibble containing a moderate amount of meat.
Blue Seal EnTrust contains both grain and grain-free dry dog foods using a moderate amount of named meat meal as its main source of animal protein, thus earning the brand 3.5 stars.
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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