Satori Dog Food Review (Dry)

Rating:

Satori Dog Food receives the Advisor’s second-highest rating of 4.5 stars.

The Satori product line includes 5 dry dog foods.

Each recipe includes its related AAFCO nutrient profile when available on the product’s official webpage: Growth, Maintenance, All Life Stages, Supplemental or Unspecified.

  • Satori Stride Duck Recipe (5 stars) [A]
  • Satori Stride Lamb Recipe (3.5 stars) [M]
  • Satori Stride Salmon Recipe (5 stars) [A]
  • Satori Stride Chicken Recipe (4 stars) [A]
  • Satori Oven Made Chicken and Lentil Recipe (4 stars) [A]

Satori Stride Salmon Recipe was selected to represent the other products in the line for this review.

Satori Stride Salmon Recipe

Dry Dog Food

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

Protein = 37% | Fat = 19% | Carbs = 36%

Ingredients: Fresh deboned salmon, salmon meal, peas, northern white bean, whitefish meal, canola oil (preserved with mixed tocopherols and rosemary extract), suncured alfalfa, flaxseed, natural flavours, fresh fruits & vegetables (pumpkin, cranberries, spinach, blueberries, pomegranate, apples, tomatoes, raspberries, alfalfa sprouts), olive oil (preserved with mixed tocopherols and rosemary extract), herring oil, choline chloride, kelp, algae meal, chicory root extract (FOS), mannanoligosaccharides (MOS), green lipped mussel, l-carnitine, Yucca schidigera extract, taurine, green tea extract, probiotics (Lactobacillus acidophilus, Lactobacillus casei, Bifidobacterium bifidum, Enterococcus faecium), digestive enzymes (papain, bromelain, Aspergillus oryzae fermentation product), vitamins (vitamin E, niacin, calcium pantothenate, vitamin A, riboflavin, vitamin B12, thiamine mononitrate, pyridoxine hydrochloride, vitamin D3, folic acid), minerals (zinc sulphate, ferrous sulphate, copper sulphate, manganese sulphate, sodium selenite, calcium iodate), chelated minerals (zinc proteinate, iron proteinate, manganese proteinate, copper proteinate)

Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 3.3%

Red denotes controversial item

Estimated Nutrient Content
MethodProteinFatCarbs
Guaranteed Analysis33%17%NA
Dry Matter Basis37%19%36%
Calorie Weighted Basis31%39%31%
Protein = 31% | Fat = 39% | Carbs = 31%

The first ingredient in this dog food is salmon. Although it is rich in omega-3 fatty acids, raw salmon 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 salmon meal. Because it is considered a meat concentrate, fish meal contains almost 300% more protein than fresh fish itself.

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

The third ingredient includes peas. Peas are a quality source of carbohydrates. And like all legumes, they’re rich in natural fiber.

The fourth ingredient lists beans, legumes naturally high in dietary fiber and other healthy nutrients.

However, both peas and beans contain about 25% protein, a factor that must be considered when judging the meat content of this dog food.

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

Whitefish is a marine or freshwater species native to Canada and the California coast.

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

The sixth ingredient is canola oil. Unfortunately, canola can be a controversial item. That’s because it can sometimes (but not always) be derived from genetically modified rapeseed.

Yet others cite the fact canola oil can be a significant source of essential omega-3 fatty acids.

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 seventh ingredient is dried alfalfa. Although alfalfa is high in protein (18%) and fiber, it’s uncommon to see it used in dog food. This hay-family ingredient is more commonly associated with horse feeds.

The eighth 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 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 4 notable exceptions

First, olive oil contains oleic acid, a healthy monounsaturated fat. It’s also rich in natural antioxidants and carotenoids.

Next, we note the use of herring oil. Herring 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, herring oil should be considered a commendable addition.

In addition, chicory root is rich in inulin, a starch-like compound made up of repeating units of carbohydrates and found in certain roots and tubers.

Not only is inulin a natural source of soluble dietary fiber, it’s also a prebiotic used to promote the growth of healthy bacteria in a dog’s digestive tract.

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.

Satori Dog Food Review

Judging by its ingredients alone, Satori Dog Food looks like an above-average dry product.

The dashboard displays a dry matter protein reading of 37%, a fat level of 19% and estimated carbohydrates of about 36%.

As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 30% and a mean fat level of 17%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 44% for the overall product line.

And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 57%.

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

Even when you consider the protein-boosting effect of the peas, beans, alfalfa and flaxseed, this looks like the profile of a kibble containing a notable amount of meat.

Bottom line?

Satori is a grain-free dry dog food using a notable amount of named meat meals as its main sources of animal protein, thus earning the brand 4.5 stars.

Highly recommended.

Satori Dog Food
Recall History

The following list (if present) includes all dog food recalls since 2009 directly related to this Satori product line. If there are no recalls listed in this section, we have not yet reported any events.

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Notes and Updates

  1. Association of American Feed Control Officials
  2. Association of American Feed Control Officials

07/19/2018 Last Update