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Kumpi Dog Food receives the Advisor’s mid tier rating of 3 stars.
The Kumpi product line includes three dry dog foods, two claimed to meet AAFCO nutrient profiles for adult maintenance and one for puppies.
The following is a list of recipes available at the time of this review.
- Kumpi Adult
- Kumpi Senior
- Kumpi Puppy (4 stars)
Kumpi Adult was selected to represent the other products in the line for this review.
Dry Dog Food
Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content
Ingredients: Corn meal, chicken meal, chicken fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols [a source of vitamin E] and citric acid), dried beet pulp, lamb meal, menhaden fish meal, chicken liver meal, egg product, dried cheese, rice flour, dried kelp meal, flax seed meal, cod liver oil, yeast culture, linoleic acid, lecithin, salt, monocalcium phosphate, potassium amino acid complex, sodium bicarbonate, magnesium amino acid chelate, dried Lactobacillus acidophilus fermentation product, dried Aspergillus oryzae fermentation extract, dried Aspergillus niger fermentation extract, prayer, ferrous sulfate, zinc sulfate, zinc chloride, manganese sulfate, iron amino acid chelate, zinc amino acid chelate, cobalt amino acid chelate, sodium selenite, rosemary extract, vitamin A supplement, vitamin D3 supplement, vitamin E supplement, choline chloride, d-calcium pantothenate, ascorbic acid, thiamine mononitrate, riboflavin supplement, niacin supplement, vitamin B12 supplement, pyridoxine hydrochloride (source of vitamin B6), folic acid, biotin, inositol, calcium iodate, Yucca schidigera extract
Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 4.3%
Red denotes controversial item
|Estimated Nutrient Content|
|Dry Matter Basis||24%||14%||53%|
|Calorie Weighted Basis||22%||31%||47%|
The first ingredient in this dog food is cornmeal, a coarsely ground flour made from dried corn. Corn is an inexpensive and controversial cereal grain of only modest nutritional value to a dog.
For this reason, we do not consider corn a preferred component in any dog food.
The second ingredient is chicken meal. Chicken meal is considered a meat concentrate and contains nearly 300% more protein than fresh chicken.
The third 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 fourth 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.
The fifth item is lamb meal, another protein-rich meat concentrate.
The sixth ingredient is menhaden fish meal, yet another high protein meat concentrate.
Menhaden are small ocean fish related to herring. They’re rich in protein and omega-3 fatty acids. What’s more, in their mid-depth habitat, menhaden are not exposed to mercury contamination as can be typical with deep water species.
Fish meal is typically obtained from the “clean, dried, ground tissue of undecomposed whole fish and fish cuttings” of commercial fish operations.1
Unfortunately, the controversial chemical ethoxyquin is frequently used as a preservative in fish meals.
But because it’s usually added to the raw fish before processing, the chemical does not have to be reported to consumers.
We find no public assurances from the company this product is ethoxyquin-free.
Without knowing more, and based upon this fish meal’s location on the list of ingredients, we would expect to find at least a trace of ethoxyquin in this product.
The seventh ingredient is chicken liver meal, a dried, nutritious product made from whole chicken livers. Because it contains about 62% protein and 20% fat, this item makes a favorable addition to this dog food.
The eighth 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 ninth ingredient is dried cheese, a dairy-based product containing little (if any) lactose.
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 four notable exceptions…
First, we find yeast culture. Although yeast culture is high in B-vitamins and protein, it can also be used as a probiotic to aid in digestion.
Next, cod liver oil, is a fish oil known to be rich in both EPA and DHA omega-3 fatty acids as well as vitamins A and D.
In addition, we note the inclusion of dried fermentation products in this recipe. Fermentation products are typically added to provide enzymes to aid the animal with digestion.
And lastly, this food also 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.
Kumpi Dog Food
The Bottom Line
Judging by its ingredients alone, Kumpi looks like an average dry dog food.
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 26% and a mean fat level of 14%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 53% for the overall product line.
And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 54%.
Near-average protein. Below-average fat. And above-average carbs when compared to a typical dry dog food.
Free of any plant-based protein boosters, this looks like the profile of a kibble containing a modest amount of meat.
Kumpi is a corn-based kibble using a modest amount of chicken meal as its main source of animal protein, thus earning the brand 3 stars.
Please note some products may have been given higher or lower ratings based upon our estimate of their total meat content.
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Notes and Updates
07/03/2014 Last Update
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