Redford Naturals Dog Food Review (Dry)

Redford Naturals Chicken and Brown Rice Dry Dog Food

Review of Redford Naturals Dry Dog Food

Rating:

Redford Naturals Dog Food receives the Advisor’s second-highest tier rating of 4.5 stars.

The Redford Naturals product line includes the 13 dry dog foods listed below.

Each recipe includes its AAFCO nutrient profile when available… Growth (puppy), Maintenance (adult), All Life Stages, Supplemental or Unspecified.

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Product Rating AAFCO
Redford Naturals Salmon and Brown Rice 4.5 A
Redford Naturals Chicken and Brown Rice 4.5 M
Redford Naturals Lamb and Brown Rice Large Breed 4 A
Redford Naturals Chicken and Brown Rice Small Breed 4.5 A
Redford Naturals Chicken and Brown Rice Large Breed 4.5 A
Redford Naturals Chicken and Brown Rice Puppy 5 A
Redford Naturals Beef and Brown Rice 4.5 A
Redford Naturals Duck and Brown Rice 4 A
Redford Naturals Chicken and Brown Rice Senior 5 M
Redford Naturals Lamb and Brown Rice 4 A
Redford Naturals Salmon and Brown Rice Puppy 4.5 A
Redford Naturals Salmon and Brown Rice Large Breed Puppy 4.5 A
Redford Naturals Chicken and Brown Rice Large Breed Puppy 5 A

Recipe and Label Analysis

Redford Naturals Chicken and Brown Rice Large Breed was selected to represent the other products in the line for detailed recipe and nutrient analysis.

Label and nutrient data below are calculated using dry matter basis.


Redford Naturals Chicken and Brown Rice Large Breed

Dry Dog Food

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

Protein = 27% | Fat = 16% | Carbs = 49%

Ingredients: Chicken, chicken meal, brown rice, oatmeal, brewers rice, chicken fat, rice bran, natural flavor, herring meal, flaxseed, dried blueberries, dried egg product, dried spinach, fish oil, salt, dried Bacillus coagulans fermentation product, fructooligosaccharide, potassium chloride, choline chloride, taurine, l-threonine, vitamin E supplement, mixed tocopherols (a preservative), zinc proteinate, zinc sulfate, iron proteinate, niacin, ferrous sulfate, copper proteinate, vitamin A supplement, copper sulfate, manganese proteinate, thiamine mononitrate, d-calcium pantothenate, folic acid, manganese sulfate, pyridoxine hydrochloride, riboflavin supplement, vitamin D3 supplement, calcium iodate, sodium selenite, biotin, vitamin B12 supplement, rosemary extract

Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 4.5%

Red denotes controversial item

Estimated Nutrient Content
MethodProteinFatCarbs
Guaranteed Analysis24%14%NA
Dry Matter Basis27%16%49%
Calorie Weighted Basis24%34%43%
Protein = 24% | Fat = 34% | Carbs = 43%

Ingredient Analysis

The first ingredient in this dog food is chicken. Although it is a quality item, raw chicken 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 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 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 next ingredient is oatmeal, a whole-grain product made from coarsely ground oats. Oatmeal is naturally rich in B-vitamins, dietary fiber and can be (depending upon its level of purity) gluten-free.

The fifth item is brewers rice. Brewers rice is a cereal grain by-product consisting of the small fragments left over after milling whole rice. Aside from the caloric energy it contains, this item is of only modest nutritional value to a dog.

The sixth ingredient is chicken fat. This item 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 rice bran, a healthy by-product of milling whole grain rice. The bran is the fiber-rich outer layer of the grain containing starch, protein, fat as well as vitamins and minerals.

After the natural flavor, we find herring meal, another protein-rich meat concentrate.

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

The tenth 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 ingredients.

But realistically, items located this far down the list (other than nutritional supplements) are not likely to affect the overall rating of this Redford Naturals product.

With 6 notable exceptions

First, this food contains 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.

Next, we note the use of fish oil. Fish 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, fish oil should be considered a commendable addition.

Additionally, we note the inclusion of dried fermentation products in this recipe. Fermentation products are typically added as probiotics to aid with digestion.

Next, we note the use of 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.

This product also includes sodium selenite, a controversial form of the mineral selenium. Sodium selenite appears to be nutritionally inferior to the more natural source of selenium found in selenium yeast.

And lastly, 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.

Nutrient Analysis

According to its ingredients alone, Redford Naturals Dog Food looks like an above-average dry product.

The dashboard displays a dry matter protein reading of 27%, a fat level of 16% and estimated carbohydrates of about 49%.

As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 28% and a mean fat level of 17%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 47% for the overall product line.

And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 58%.

Which means this Redford Naturals product line contains…

Above-average protein. Near-average fat. And near-average carbs when compared to other dry dog foods.

Even when you consider the protein-boosting effect of the flaxseed, this still looks like the profile of a dry dog food containing a notable amount of meat.

Our Rating of Redford Naturals Dog Food

Redford Naturals is a grain-inclusive dry dog food using a notable amount of named meat meals as its dominant source of animal protein, thus earning the brand 4.5 stars.

Highly recommended.

Has Redford Naturals Brand Dog Food Been Recalled?

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No recalls noted.

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References

  1. Association of American Feed Control Officials

09/29/2021 Last Update