I and Love and You Stir and Boom Dog Food Review (Dehydrated)

Rating:

I and Love and You Stir and Boom Dog Food receives the Advisor’s second-highest tier rating of 4.5 stars.

The I and Love and You Stir and Boom product line includes 4 dehydrated 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.

Important: Because many websites do not reliably specify which Growth or All Life Stages recipes are safe for large breed puppies, we do not include that data in this report. Be sure to check actual packaging for that information.

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I and Love and You Stir and Boom Raw Raw Chick Boom Ba was selected to represent the other products in the line for this review.

I and Love and You Raw Raw Chick Boom Ba

Dehydrated Dog Food

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

Protein = 36% | Fat = 11% | Carbs = 45%

Ingredients: Chicken, sweet potatoes, yellow split peas, carrots, cabbage, dried egg product, flaxseeds, bananas, tricalcium phosphate, dried kelp, spinach, ginger root, zinc sulfate, vitamin E supplement, ferrous fumarate, copper sulfate, d-calcium pantothenate, riboflavin, vitamin D3 supplement, pyridoxine hydrochloride, folic acid

Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 4.4%

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Estimated Nutrient Content
MethodProteinFatCarbs
Guaranteed Analysis32%10%NA
Dry Matter Basis36%11%45%
Calorie Weighted Basis33%25%42%
Protein = 33% | Fat = 25% | Carbs = 42%

The first ingredient in this dog food is chicken. Although it is a quality item, raw chicken contains up to 73% water. After dehydrating, 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 sweet potato. Sweet potatoes are a gluten-free source of complex carbohydrates in a dog food. They are naturally rich in dietary fiber and beta carotene.

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

The fifth ingredient is cabbage. Like broccoli and cauliflower, cabbage is a cruciferous vegetable rich in protective anti-oxidants and fiber.

The sixth ingredient is dried egg product, a dehydrated form of shell-free eggs. Quality can vary significantly. Lower grade egg product can even come from commercial hatcheries — from eggs that have failed to hatch.

In any case, eggs are easy to digest and have an exceptionally high biological value.

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.

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 one notable exception

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.

I and Love and You Stir and Boom
Dog Food Review

Judging by its ingredients alone, I and Love and You Stir and Boom Dog Food 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.

The dashboard displays a dry matter protein reading of 26%, a fat level of 11% and estimated carbohydrates of about 45%.

As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 34% and a mean fat level of 13%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 45% for the overall product line.

And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 37%.

Above-average protein. Below-average fat. And below-average carbs when compared to a typical dry product.

Even when you consider the protein-boosting effect of the peas and flaxseed, this looks like the profile of a dry product containing a notable amount of meat.

Bottom line?

I and Love and You Stir and Boom is a grain-free dehydrated dog food using a notable amount of named meats as its main source of animal protein, thus earning the brand 4.5 stars.

Highly recommended.

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.

I and Love and You Dog Food
Recall History

The following list (if present) includes all dog food recalls since 2009 directly related to this product line. If there are no recalls listed in this section, we have not yet reported any events.

You can view a complete list of all dog food recalls sorted by date. Or view the same list sorted alphabetically by brand.

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Important FDA Alert

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Notes and Updates

05/18/2019 Last Update