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Ancestry Dog Food (Dry)
Sammy Snacks Ancestry Dog Food receives the Advisor’s top rating of 5 stars.
The Sammy Snacks Ancestry product line includes three dry dog foods. However, since we’re unable to locate AAFCO nutritional adequacy statements for these dog foods on the product’s web page, 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.
- Sammy Snacks Ancestry Lamb and Sweet Potato
- Sammy Snacks Ancestry Salmon and Sweet Potato
- Sammy Snacks Ancestry Chicken and Sweet Potato
Sammy Snacks Ancestry Chicken and Sweet Potato was selected to represent the other products in the line for this review.
Ancestry Chicken and Sweet Potato All Life Stages
Dry Dog Food
Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content
Ingredients: Chicken meal, sweet potato, peas, duck meal, egg, chicken fat (preserved with natural tocopherols), salmon meal, pork meal, ground sage, ground basil, flaxseed, sea salt, tomato, blueberry, raspberry, choline chloride, Yucca schidigera extract, Lactobacillus acidophilus fermentation product, Lactobacillus casei fermentation product, Bifido bacterium fermentation product, Enterococcus faecium fermentation product, vitamin E supplement, biotin, niacin supplement, d-calcium pantothenate, vitamin A acetate, vitamin B12, vitamin D3, pyridoxine hydrochloride, riboflavin, thiamine mononitrate, citric acid, ferrous sulfate, zinc sulfate, zinc proteinate, iron proteinate, zinc oxide, copper sulfate, manganese proteinate, manganese oxide, selenium yeast, calcium iodate, folic acid
Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 3.3%
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|Estimated Nutrient Content|
|Dry Matter Basis||36%||18%||39%|
|Calorie Weighted Basis||30%||37%||33%|
The first ingredient in this dog food is chicken meal. Chicken meal is considered a meat concentrate and contains nearly 300% more protein than fresh chicken.
The second ingredient is sweet potato. Sweet potatoes are a gluten-free source of complex carbohydrates in a dog food. They are naturally rich in dietary fiber and beta carotene.
The third ingredient includes 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 duck meal, another protein-rich meat concentrate.
The fifth ingredient is eggs. Eggs are easy to digest and have an exceptionally high biological value.
The sixth ingredient is chicken fat. Chicken fat 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 salmon meal, yet another high protein 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
Unfortunately, the controversial chemical ethoxyquin is frequently used as a preservative in fish meals.
But because it’s usually added to the raw fish before processing, the chemical does not have to be reported to consumers.
We find no public assurances from the company this product is ethoxyquin-free.
Without knowing more, and based upon this fish meal’s location on the list of ingredients, we would expect to find a trace of ethoxyquin in this product.
The eighth ingredient lists pork meal. Pork meal is considered a meat concentrate and contains nearly 300% more protein than fresh pork. Yet it can also be high in ash — about 25-30%.
However, the ash content of the final product is typically adjusted in the recipe to allow its mineral profile to meet AAFCO guidelines.
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 four notable exceptions…
First, flaxseed is 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.
Next, 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.
In addition, 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.
And lastly, this recipe includes selenium yeast. Unlike the more common inorganic form of selenium (sodium selenite), this natural yeast supplement is considered a safer anti-cancer alternative.
Sammy Snacks Ancestry Dog Food
The Bottom Line
Judging by its ingredients alone, Sammy Snacks Ancestry 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.
As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 36% and a mean fat level of 17%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 39% for the overall product line.
And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 46%.
Above-average protein. Near-average fat. And below-average carbs when compared to a typical dry dog food.
Even when you consider the mild protein-boosting effect of the peas and flaxseed, this looks like the profile of a kibble containing an abundance of meat.
Sammy Snacks Ancestry is a meat-based dry dog food using a significant amount of chicken, lamb or salmon meals as its main sources of animal protein, thus earning the brand 5 stars.
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
01/19/2014 Original review
07/23/2015 Last Update
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