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Halo Freeze Dried Kiblets Dog Food receives the Advisor’s top rating of 5 stars.
The Halo Freeze Dried Kiblets product line includes three dry recipes.
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.
- Halo Freeze Dried Kiblets Beef [M]
- Halo Freeze Dried Kiblets Chicken [M]
- Halo Freeze Dried Kiblets Salmon and Turkey [M]
Halo Freeze Dried Kiblets Salmon and Turkey was selected to represent the other products in the line for this review.
Halo Freeze Dried Kiblets Salmon and Turkey
Freeze-Dried Dog Food
Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content
Ingredients: Salmon, turkey, whole flaxseed, salt, mixed tocopherols (a preservative), calcium sulfate, calcium carbonate, vitamin E supplement, zinc sulfate, ferrous sulfate, copper sulfate, niacin supplement, d-calcium pantothenate, manganese sulfate, vitamin A supplement, riboflavin supplement, sodium selenite, thiamine mononitrate, vitamin D3 supplement, vitamin B12 supplement, pyridoxine hydrochloride, folic acid
Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 3.2%
Red denotes controversial item
|Estimated Nutrient Content|
|Dry Matter Basis||57%||23%||11%|
|Calorie Weighted Basis||46%||45%||9%|
The first ingredient in this dog food is salmon. Although it is rich in omega-3 fatty acids, raw salmon 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 turkey, another quality raw item inclusive of water.
The third 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 fourth ingredient is salt (also known as sodium chloride). Salt is a common additive in many dog foods. That’s because sodium is a necessary mineral for all animals — including humans.
However, since the actual amount of salt added to this recipe isn’t disclosed on the list of ingredients, it’s impossible to judge the nutritional value of this item.
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 two notable exceptions…
First, we find no mention of probiotics, friendly bacteria applied to the surface of the product after processing to help with digestion.
And lastly, the minerals listed here do not appear to be chelated. And that can make them more difficult to absorb. Non-chelated minerals are usually associated with lower quality dog foods.
Halo Freeze Dried Kiblets Dog Food
The Bottom Line
Judging by its ingredients alone, Halo Freeze Dried Kiblets 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.
As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 56% and a mean fat level of 28%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 9% for the overall product line.
And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 50%.
Above-average protein. Above-average fat. And below-average carbs when compared to a typical dry dog food.
Even when you consider the protein-boosting effect of the flaxseed, this looks like the profile of a dry product containing an abundance of meat.
Halo Freeze Dried Kiblets is a meat-based freeze dried dog food using a significant amount of salmon, poultry or beef as its main sources of animal protein, thus earning the brand 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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03/12/2018 Last Update
- “Last Update” field at the end of this review reflects the last time we attempted to visit this product’s website. The current review itself was last updated 3/31/2016 ↩