Holistic Blend Perfect Blend Dog Food earns the Advisor’s second-highest rating of 4.5 stars.
The Holistic Blend Perfect Blend product line includes one dry dog food, a recipe claimed to meet AAFCO nutrient guidelines for all life stages.
Holistic Blend Perfect Blend (Dry)
Dry Dog Food
Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content
Ingredients: Chicken meal, whole barley, dehulled oats, chicken fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols), herring meal, ground brown rice, dehydrated chicken flavor (liver), salmon oil, flax seed, calcium carbonate, choline chloride, chicory root and yeast extract (FOS-MOS), rosemary extract, Yucca schidigera extract, dehydrated carrots, dehydrated apple, chelated minerals: calcium propionate, zinc proteinate, iron sulfate, zinc oxide, sodium selenite, manganese, calcium pantothenate, vitamins: vitamin E, folic acid, vitamin B12, niacin, vitamin A, riboﬂavin, biotin, vitamin D3, calcium iodate, whey protein
Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 5.6%
Red denotes controversial item
|Estimated Nutrient Content|
|Dry Matter Basis||30%||18%||44%|
|Calorie Weighted Basis||26%||37%||38%|
The first ingredient in this dog food is chicken meal. Chicken meal is considered a meat concentrate and contains nearly 300% more protein than fresh chicken.
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 includes dehulled oats, also known as groats. Groats are a whole grain, minimally processed form of oats. With the exception of their caloric content and the fact they’re also gluten free, oat groats can be considered average in nutritional value.
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 herring meal, another protein-rich meat concentrate.
Fish meal is typically obtained from the “clean, dried, ground tissue of undecomposed whole fish and fish cuttings” of commercial fish operations.1
The sixth ingredient is ground brown rice, another name for rice flour. Ground rice is made from either white or brown rice and is considered a gluten-free substitute for wheat flour.
After the dehydrated chicken flavor, we find salmon oil. Salmon oil is naturally rich in the prized EPA and DHA type of omega-3 fatty acids. These two high quality fats boast the highest bio-availability to dogs and humans.
Depending on its level of freshness and purity, salmon oil should be considered a commendable addition.
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 4 notable exceptions…
First, we find 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.
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, 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.
And lastly, with the exception of zinc, the minerals listed here do not appear to be chelated. And that can make them more difficult to absorb. Chelated minerals are usually associated with higher quality dog foods.
Holistic Blend Perfect Blend Dog Food Review
Based on its ingredients alone, Holistic Blend Perfect Blend Dog Food looks like an above-average dry product.
And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 59%.
Which means this Holistic Blend product contains…
Near-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 kibble containing a notable amount of meat.
Holistic Blend Perfect Blend is a grain-inclusive dry dog food using a notable amount of named meat meal as its dominant source of animal protein, thus earning the product 4.5 stars.
Holistic Blend Dog Food
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Notes and Updates
12/01/2019 Last Update