Redmoon 1337 Dog Food (Dry)

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Redmoon 1337 Dog Food receives the Advisor’s second-highest tier rating of 4.5 stars.

The Redmoon 1337 product line includes three dry dog foods.

However, since we’re unable to locate AAFCO nutritional adequacy statements for these dog foods on the company’s website, it’s impossible for us to report specific life stage recommendations for these recipes.

The following is a list of recipes available at the time of this review.

  • Redmoon 1337 Lamb and Potato (4.5 stars)
  • Redmoon 1337 Chicken and Potato (3.5 stars)
  • Redmoon 1337 Chicken and Yellow Pea (5 stars)

Redmoon 1337 Lamb and Potato recipe was selected to represent the other products in the line for this review.

Redmoon 1337 Lamb and Potato Recipe

Dry Dog Food

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

Protein = 33% | Fat = 18% | Carbs = 41%

Ingredients: Lamb, lamb meal, dried potato, potato starch, menhaden fish meal, lamb liver, canola oil (naturally preserved with mixed tocopherols), salmon oil (naturally preserved with mixed tocopherols), cranberries, papaya, carrots, broccoli, tomato, sea salt, potassium chloride, dried chicory root, dried Aspergillus niger fermentation extract, dried Aspergillus oryzae fermentation extract, dried Enterococcus faecium fermentation product, dried Lactobacillus acidophilus fermentation product, vitamin E supplement, l-ascorbyl-2-polyphosphate (source of vitamin C), beta-carotene, niacin supplement, inosital, thiamine mononitrate, d-calcium pantothenate, riboflavin supplement, biotin, pyridoxine hydrochloride, vitamin A supplement, vitamin D3 supplement, vitamin B12 supplement, folic acid, zinc proteinate, iron proteinate, copper proteinate, selenium methionine, manganese proteinate, calcium iodate

Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 2.7%

Red denotes controversial item

Estimated Nutrient Content
MethodProteinFatCarbs
Guaranteed Analysis30%16%NA
Dry Matter Basis33%18%41%
Calorie Weighted Basis28%37%35%
Protein = 28% | Fat = 37% | Carbs = 35%

The first ingredient in this dog food is lamb. Although it is a quality item, raw lamb contains about 80% 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 lamb meal. Lamb meal is considered a meat concentrate and contains nearly 300% more protein than fresh lamb.

The third ingredient is dried potato, a dehydrated item usually made from the by-products of potato processing. In most cases, dried potato can contain about 10% dry matter protein which can affect our estimate of the total meat content of this recipe.

The fourth ingredient is potato starch. Potato starch is a gluten-free carbohydrate of only modest nutritional value to a dog.

The fifth ingredient is menhaden fish meal, another protein-rich meat concentrate.

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.

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

We are pleased to note that, unlike many fish meals, this particular item appears2 to be ethoxyquin-free.

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

The seventh ingredient is canola oil. Many applaud canola for its favorable omega-3 content while a vocal minority condemn it as an unhealthy fat.

Much of the objection regarding canola oil appears to be related to the use of genetically modified rapeseed as its source material.

Yet others find the negative stories about canola oil more the stuff of urban legend than actual science.3

In any case, plant-based oils like canola are less biologically available to a dog than fish oil as a source of quality omega-3 fats.

The eighth 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.

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 two notable exceptions

First, 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.

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.

Redmoon 1337 Dog Food
The Bottom Line

Judging by its ingredients alone, Redmoon 1337 Dog Food looks like an above average dry 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.

The dashboard displays a dry matter protein reading of 33%, a fat level of 18% and estimated carbohydrates of about 42%.

As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 32% and a mean fat level of 16%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 45% for the overall product line.

And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 49%.

Above-average protein. Near-average fat. And below-average carbs when compared to a typical dry dog food.

Even when you consider the protein-boosting effects of the dried potato and peas contained in other recipes, this looks like the profile of a kibble containing a notable amount of meat.

Bottom line?

Redmoon 1337 Dog Food is a plant-based kibble using a notable amount of chicken or lamb as its main sources of animal protein, thus earning the brand 4.5 stars.

Highly recommended.

Please note certain recipes are sometimes given a higher or lower rating based upon our estimate of their total meat content.

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Notes and Updates

11/04/2014 Product discontinued and verified by customer service

  1. Association of American Feed Control Officials
  2. Per email from Redmoon Customer Sevice, 04/26/2013
  3. Mikkelson, B and DP, Oil of Ole, Urban Legends Reference Pages (2005)

11/04/2014 Last Update