Redford Naturals Dog Food receives the Advisor’s second-highest tier rating of 4 stars.
The Redford Naturals product line includes the 10 dry dog foods listed below.
Each recipe includes its related AAFCO nutrient profile when available on the product’s official webpage: Growth, Maintenance, All Life Stages, Supplemental or Unspecified.
- Redford Naturals Lamb and Potato [A]
- Redford Naturals Salmon and Brown Rice [A]
- Redford Naturals Chicken and Brown Rice [M]
- Redford Naturals Lamb and Brown Rice Large Breed [A]
- Redford Naturals Chicken and Brown Rice Small Breed [A]
- Redford Naturals Chicken and Brown Rice Large Breed [A]
- Redford Naturals Chicken and Brown Rice Puppy (4.5 stars) [A]
- Redford Naturals Beef and Brown Rice [A]
- Redford Naturals Duck and Brown Rice [A]
- Redford Naturals Senior Chicken and Brown Rice (4.5 stars) [M]
Redford Naturals Chicken and Brown Rice Large Breed was selected to represent the other products in the line for this review.
Redford Naturals Chicken and Brown Rice Large Breed
Dry Dog Food
Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content
Ingredients: Chicken, chicken meal, brown rice, oatmeal, brewers rice, chicken fat, rice bran, herring meal, natural flavor, flaxseed, dried blueberries, dried spinach, dried egg product, salt, fish oil, potassium chloride, choline chloride, vitamin E supplement, mixed tocopherols (a preservative), zinc methionine complex, zinc sulfate, niacin supplement, iron proteinate, ferrous sulfate, vitamin A supplement, copper proteinate, copper sulfate, thiamine mononitrate, d-calcium pantothenate, manganese proteinate, pyridoxine hydrochloride, riboflavin supplement, sodium selenite, vitamin D3 supplement, manganous oxide, vitamin B12 supplement, calcium iodate, folic acid, biotin, ethylenediamine dihydroiodide (source of iodine), rosemary extract
Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 4.5%
Red denotes controversial item
|Estimated Nutrient Content|
|Dry Matter Basis||27%||16%||49%|
|Calorie Weighted Basis||24%||34%||43%|
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.
The next ingredient is 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
After the natural flavor, we find 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 4 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 find no mention of probiotics, friendly bacteria applied to the surface of the kibble after processing to help with digestion.
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.
Redford Naturals Dog Food Review
According to its ingredients alone, Redford Naturals Dog Food looks like an above-average dry product.
As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 28% and a mean fat level of 16%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 48% for the overall product line.
And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 58%.
Which means this Redford Naturals product line contains…
Near-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 moderate amount of meat.
Redford Naturals is a grain-friendly dry dog food using a moderate amount of named meat meals as its dominant source of animal protein, thus earning the brand 4 stars.
Redford Naturals Dog Food
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Notes and Updates
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04/12/2020 Last Update