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Open Farm GoodBowl (Dry)

Karan French

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Karan French
Karan French

Karan French

Senior Researcher

Karan is a senior researcher at the Dog Food Advisor, working closely with our in-house pet nutritionist, Laura Ward, to give pet parents all the information they need to find the best food for their dog.

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Updated: May 24, 2024

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Laura Ward

Laura Ward

Pet Nutritionist

Laura studied BSc (Hons) Animal Science with an accreditation in Nutrition at the University of Nottingham, before working for eight years in the pet food and nutrition industry.

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Our Verdict

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Open Farm GoodBowl dry dog food is made up of three recipes which all receive the Dog Food Advisor second highest rating, 4.5-stars.

Pros
  • 100% traceable ingredients
  • Ethically sourced ingredients
  • Non-GMO ingredients
  • High-quality protein
  • Human-grade
Cons
  • Expensive

The product line includes three dry dog foods.

Each recipe includes its AAFCO nutrient profile: Growth (puppies), Maintenance (adult), All Life Stages, Supplemental or Unspecified.

Recipe and Label Analysis

Open Farm GoodBowl Wild-Caught Salmon and Brown Rice was selected to represent the other products in the line for a detailed recipe and nutrient analysis.

Open Farm GoodBowl Wild-Caught Salmon and Brown Rice

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

27.8%

Protein

13.3%

Fat

50.9%

CarbsCarbohydrates

Salmon, menhaden fish meal, peas, fava beans, milo, brown rice, sunflower oil (preserved with mixed tocopherols), oats, flaxseed, natural flavor, dicalcium phosphate, coconut oil, salt, vitamins (vitamin E supplement, vitamin A supplement, niacin supplement, calcium pantothenate, riboflavin supplement, thiamine mononitrate, vitamin B12 supplement, pyridoxine hydrochloride, folic acid), minerals (zinc proteinate, iron proteinate, copper proteinate, manganese proteinate, selenium yeast, calcium lodate), l-threonine, taurine, dried chicory root, pumpkin, carrots, choline chloride, rosemary extract


Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 4.5%

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Estimated Nutrient Content
Method Protein Fat Carbs
Guaranteed Analysis 25% 12% NA
Dry Matter Basis 28% 13% 51%
Calorie Weighted Basis 25% 29% 46%

Ingredients Analysis

The first ingredient is salmon. Salmon is an oily marine and freshwater fish not only high in protein but also omega 3 fatty acids, essential oils needed by every dog to sustain life.

The second ingredient is menhaden fish meal. Because it is considered a meat concentrate, fish meal contains almost 300% more protein than fresh fish itself.

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.

This item is typically obtained from the “clean, dried, ground tissue of undecomposed whole fish and fish cuttings” of commercial fish operations.1

The third ingredient is 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 is fava beans, legumes naturally high in dietary fiber and other healthy nutrients.

However, beans contain about 25% protein, a factor that must be considered when judging the meat content of this dog food.

The fifth ingredient is milo. Milo is another name for sorghum, a starchy cereal grain with a nutrient profile similar to corn.  

Since it is gluten-free and boasts a smoother blood sugar behavior than other grains, milo can be considered a quality non-meat ingredient.

The sixth ingredient is brown rice, a complex carbohydrate that (once cooked) can be fairly easy to digest. However, aside from its natural energy content, rice is of only modest nutritional value to a dog.

The seventh ingredient is sunflower oil. Sunflower oil is nutritionally similar to safflower oil. Since these oils are high in omega-6 fatty acids and contain no omega-3’s, they’re considered less nutritious than canola or flaxseed oils.

Sunflower oil is notable for its resistance to heat damage during cooking.

There are several different types of sunflower oil, some better than others. Without knowing more, it’s impossible to judge the quality of this ingredient.

The eighth ingredient is oats. Oats are rich in B-vitamins, minerals and dietary fiber.

The ninth 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 the product.

This recipe includes four notable exceptions.

First, taurine, an important amino acid associated with the healthy function of heart muscle. Although taurine is not typically considered essential in canines, some dogs have been shown to be deficient in this critical nutrient.

Since taurine deficiency appears to be more common in pets consuming grain-free diets, we view its presence in this recipe as a positive addition.

In addition, this food includes chicory root. Chicory 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.

Next, this food 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.

And lastly, this recipe incorporates selenium yeast. Unlike the more common inorganic form of selenium (sodium selenite), this natural yeast supplement is considered a safer anti-cancer alternative.

Nutrient Analysis

Based on its ingredients alone, Open Farm GoodBowl Wild-Caught Salmon and Brown Rice looks like an above-average dry product.

The dashboard displays a dry matter protein reading of 27.8%, a fat level of 13.3% and an estimated carbohydrate level of 50.9%.

As a group, the brand features a protein content of 27.8% and a mean fat level of 13.3%. Together these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 50.0% for the overall product line, alongside a fat-to-protein ratio of 48%.

This means the Open Farm GoodBowl range contains near-average protein, near-average carbohydrate, and below-average fat, when compared to typical dry dog food.

Open Farm Dog Food Recall History

The following automated list (if present) includes all dog food recalls related to Open Farm through May 2024.

No recalls noted.

You can view a complete list of all dog food recalls since 2009 here.

Our Rating of Open Farm Dog Food

Open Farm GoodBowl recipes are oven-baked in small batches to seal in nutrients. This range includes humanely raised meat sources and wholesome grains such as brown rice which is gluten-free and high in fiber. There are no added antibiotics or hormones.

Each recipe is crafted with high-quality and ethically sourced ingredients that can be traced back to the original source.

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Highly Recommended

Sources

1: Association of American Feed Control Officials

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