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Redbarn Air Dried Gut Support Dog Food Review (Air-Dried)

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 14, 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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Redbarn Air Dried Gut Support product range is made up of three recipes which each receive the Dog Food Advisor’s rating, 5 stars.

The table below shows each recipe in this range including our rating and the AAFCO nutrient profile.

Recipe and Label Analysis

Redbarn Air Dried Gut Health and Digestion Chicken and Turkey was selected to represent the other products in the line for detailed recipe and nutrient analysis.

Redbarn Air Dried Gut Health and Digestion Chicken and Turkey

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

34.1%

Protein

28.4%

Fat

29.5%

CarbsCarbohydrates

Chicken, turkey, chicken liver, dicalcium phosphate, flaxseed, salmon oil (preserved with mixed tocopherols), dried yeast, calcium carbonate, miscanthus grass, fructooligosaccharide, potassium chloride, salt, choline (choline chloride), yeast culture, ferrous sulfate, zinc sulfate, vitamin e supplement, copper amino acid complex, sodium selenite, manganese sulfate, niacin supplement, vitamin b5 (calcium pantothenate), riboflavin supplement, vitamin a supplement, vitamin b12 supplement, vitamin b1 (thiamine mononitrate), vitamin b6 (pyridoxine hydrochloride), calcium iodate, vitamin d3 supplement, vitamin b9 (folic acid).Acid)


Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 5%

Red denotes any controversial items

Estimated Nutrient Content
Method Protein Fat Carbs
Guaranteed Analysis 30% 25% NA
Dry Matter Basis 34% 28% 30%
Calorie Weighted Basis 26% 52% 22%

Ingredients Analysis

The first and second ingredient in this dog food is chicken and turkey. Both meats are considered “the clean combination of flesh and skin
 derived from the parts or whole carcasses of chicken/turkey”1 and are naturally rich in the 10 essential amino acids required by a dog to sustain life.

The third ingredient is chicken liver. This is an organ meat sourced from a named animal and thus considered a beneficial component.

The fourth ingredient is dicalcium phosphate, likely used here as a dietary calcium supplement.

The fifth ingredient is flaxseed, one of the best plant sources of healthy omega-3 fatty acids. Provided they’ve first been ground into a meal, flaxseeds 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.

The sixth ingredient is 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.

The seventh ingredient is dried yeast. Dried yeast can be a controversial item. It contains about 45% protein and is rich in other healthy nutrients.

Fans believe yeast repels fleas and supports the immune system. Critics argue yeast ingredients can be linked to allergies. This may be true, but (like all allergies) only if your particular dog is allergic to the yeast itself.

What’s more, a vocal minority insist yeast can increase the risk of developing the life-threatening condition known as bloat. However, this is something we’ve not been able to scientifically verify. In any case, unless your dog is specifically allergic to it, we feel yeast should be considered a nutritious addition.

The eighth ingredient is calcium carbonate, likely used here as a dietary mineral supplement.

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.

Nutrient Analysis

Based on its ingredients alone, Redbarn Air Dried Gut Support looks like an above average dry dog food.

The dashboard displays a dry matter protein reading of 34%, a fat level of 28% and estimated carbohydrates of about 30%.

As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 37% and a mean fat level of 25%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 30% for the overall product line.

And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 68%.

This means this product range contains above-average protein, above-average fat and below-average carbs when compared to a typical dehydrated dog food.

When you consider the protein-boosting effect of the flaxseed, this looks like the profile of a dry dog food containing a significant amount of meat.

Redbarn Dog Food Recall History

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

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

Our Rating of Redbarn Dog Food

Redbarn Air Dried Gut Support is a grain-free dehydrated dog food that contains a generous amount of named meats as its main source of animal protein, thus earning the brand 5 stars.

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Highly Recommended

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