Only Natural Pet Wholesome Homemade Dehydrated Dog Food receives the Advisor’s top rating of 5 stars.
The Wholesome Homemade product line includes 3 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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- Only Natural Pet Wholesome Homemade Fish and Fowl [M]
- Only Natural Pet Wholesome Homemade Poultry [M]
- Only Natural Pet Wholesome Homemade Red Meat [M]
Only Natural Pet Wholesome Homemade Poultry was selected to represent the other products in the line for this review.
Only Natural Pet Wholesome Homemade Poultry Recipe
Dehydrated Dog Food
Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content
Ingredients: Deboned turkey, turkey meal, chicken meal, sweet potato, garbanzo beans, chicken fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols), pea protein, dried carrots, field peas, chia seed, freeze dried peas, dried cranberries, pumpkin, dried green beans, natural flavor, pork gelatin, dried sage, dried spinach, potassium chloride, dried parsley, vitamins [vitamin E supplement, calcium pantothenate, niacin supplement, vitamin A supplement, riboflavin supplement, vitamin D3 supplement, vitamin B12 supplement, thiamine mononitrate, pyridoxine hydrochloride, folic acid], salt, minerals [zinc proteinate, calcium carbonate, iron proteinate, copper proteinate, manganese proteinate, sodium selenite, calcium iodate], choline chloride, dried Enterococcus faecium fermentation product, dried Lactobacillus acidophilus fermentation product, dried Aspergillus niger fermentation product, dried Trichoderma longibrachiatum fermentation product, dried Bacillus subtilis fermentation extract, glucosamine hydrochloride, chondroitin sulfate, Yucca schidigera extract, turmeric, green lipped mussel, rosemary extract
Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 5.6%
Red denotes controversial item
|Estimated Nutrient Content|
|Dry Matter Basis||37%||13%||42%|
|Calorie Weighted Basis||33%||29%||38%|
The first ingredient in this dog food is turkey. Although it is a quality item, raw turkey contains up to 73% 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 next two ingredients are chicken meal and turkey meal. They are considered meat concentrates and contain nearly 300% more protein than fresh turkey or chicken.
The fourth 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 fifth ingredient includes garbanzo beans, also known as chickpeas. Like peas, beans and lentils, the chickpea is a nutritious member of the fiber-rich legume (pulse) family of vegetables.
Garbanzos contain about 22% protein, something which must be considered when evaluating the total protein reported in this food.
The sixth 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 seventh ingredient is pea protein, what remains of a pea after removing the starchy part of the vegetable.
Even though it contains over 80% protein, this ingredient would be expected to have a lower biological value than meat.
And less costly plant-based products like this can notably boost the total protein reported on the label — a factor that must be considered when judging the meat content of this dog food.
The eighth ingredient lists carrots. Carrots are rich in beta-carotene, minerals and dietary fiber.
The ninth 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.
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 five notable exceptions…
First, we notice the inclusion of chia seed, an edible seed nutritionally similar to flax or sesame. Provided they’re first ground into a meal, chia seeds are rich in both omega-3 fatty acids as well as dietary fiber.
However, chia seeds contain about 17% protein, a factor that must be considered when judging the meat content of this dog food.
Next, freeze-dried peas. Freeze-dried peas are a good source of carbohydrates. Plus they’re naturally rich in dietary fiber.
However, freeze-dried peas contain about 27% protein, a factor that must be considered when judging the meat content of this dog food.
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.
Next, Yucca schidigera is a natural extract made from a flowering desert plant and used in pet foods to control fecal and urinary odor.
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.
Only Natural Pet Wholesome Homemade Dog Food Review
Judging by its ingredients alone, Only Natural Pet Wholesome Homemade dog food looks like an above-average 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 37% and a mean fat level of 13%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 42% for the overall product line.
And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 36%.
Above-average protein. Below-average fat. And below-average carbs when compared to a typical dry dog food.
Even when you consider the protein-boosting effect of the pea products, garbanzo beans, and chia seeds, this still looks like the profile of a kibble containing a notable amount of meat.
Only Natural Pet Wholesome Homemade is a plant-based dry dog food using a significant amount of dehydrated named meats as its main source 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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Notes and Updates
08/07/2018 Last Update