Halo Dog Food Review (Canned)

Halo Holistic Dog Food Review

Halo Dog Food Review

Rating:

Halo canned dog food receives the Advisor’s top rating of 5 stars.

The Halo product line includes the 6 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
Halo Chicken Recipe Senior 4 M
Halo Chicken Stew Adult 5 M
Halo Holistic Garden of Vegan Recipe not rated M
Halo Turkey and Salmon Stew Adult 4 M
Halo Beef Stew Adult 5 M
Halo Lamb Stew Adult 5 M

Recipe and Label Analysis

Halo Chicken Stew Adult recipe 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.

Halo Chicken Stew Adult

Canned Dog Food

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

Protein = 50% | Fat = 31% | Carbs = 11%

Ingredients: Chicken broth, chicken, chicken liver, turkey, carrots, barley, celery, peas, rolled oats, guar gum, salt, potassium chloride, natural flavor, xanthan gum, minerals (zinc amino acid chelate, iron amino acid chelate, copper amino acid chelate, manganese amino acid chelate, sodium selenite, cobalt amino acid chelate, potassium iodide), vitamins (vitamin E supplement, thiamine mononitrate, niacin supplement, d-calcium pantothenate, vitamin A supplement, riboflavin supplement, biotin, vitamin B12 supplement, pyridoxine hydrochloride, vitamin D3 supplement, folic acid), choline chloride, dried kelp

Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 9.4%

Red denotes controversial item

Estimated Nutrient Content
MethodProteinFatCarbs
Guaranteed Analysis8%5%NA
Dry Matter Basis50%31%11%
Calorie Weighted Basis37%56%8%
Protein = 37% | Fat = 56% | Carbs = 8%

Ingredient Analysis

The first ingredient in this dog food 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 component in many canned products.

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

Next, we find turkey, another quality addition.

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

The sixth 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.

Next, this recipe includes celery. Although raw celery can be very high in water, it can still contribute a notable amount of dietary fiber as well as other healthy nutrients.

The eighth 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 ninth ingredient includes rolled oats, whole oats that have been rolled and flattened into flakes. Since they’re minimally processed, rolled oats are exceptionally high in dietary fiber and nutritional value.

From here, the ingredient list goes on to include a number of other items.

But realistically, ingredients located this far down the list (other than nutritional supplements) are not likely to affect the overall rating of this Halo 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

Judging by its ingredients alone, Halo looks like an above-average wet product.

The dashboard displays a dry matter protein reading of 50%, a fat level of 31% and estimated carbohydrates of about 11%.

As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 44% and a mean fat level of 27%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 21% for the overall product line.

And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 62%.

Which means this Halo product line contains…

Above-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, this looks like the profile of a wet product containing a significant amount of meat, except for the Vegan recipe which is not rated.

Is Halo a Good Dog Food?

Halo is a grain-inclusive canned dog food using a significant amount of named meats as its dominant source of animal protein, thus earning the brand 5 stars.

Enthusiastically recommended.



Has Halo Dog Food Been Recalled?

The following automated list (if present) includes all dog food recalls since 2009 related to Halo.

No recalls noted.

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References

  1. Association of American Feed Control Officials

09/20/2020 Last Update