Sojos Complete Dog Food Review (Freeze-Dried)

Sojos Complete Dog Food Review

Review of Sojos Complete Freeze-Dried Dog Food

Rating:

Sojos Complete Dog Food receives the Advisor’s top rating of 5 stars.

The Sojos Complete product line includes the 8 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
Sojos Complete for Puppies 5 G
Sojos Complete Turkey Recipe 5 M
Sojos Complete Beef Recipe 4.5 M
Sojos Complete Lamb Recipe 4.5 M
Sojos Complete Goat Recipe 5 M
Sojos Complete Chicken Recipe 5 M
Sojos Complete Pork Recipe 5 M
Sojos Complete for Senior 5 M

Recipe and Label Analysis

Sojos Complete Turkey Recipe 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.


Sojos Complete Turkey Recipe

Freeze-Dried Dog Food

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

Protein = 31% | Fat = 13% | Carbs = 48%

Ingredients: Turkey, sweet potatoes, whole egg, broccoli, apples, flaxseeds, cranberries, celery, turkey liver, tricalcium phosphate, basil, pumpkin, ginger root, dried kelp, zinc sulfate, vitamin E acetate, ferrous fumarate, copper sulfate, d-calcium pantothenate, riboflavin, vitamin D3 supplement, pyridoxine hydrochloride, folic acid

Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 4.4%

Red denotes controversial item

Estimated Nutrient Content
MethodProteinFatCarbs
Guaranteed Analysis28%12%NA
Dry Matter Basis31%13%48%
Calorie Weighted Basis28%29%43%
Protein = 28% | Fat = 29% | Carbs = 43%

Ingredient Analysis

The first ingredient in this dog food is turkey. Turkey is considered “the clean combination of flesh and skin… derived from the parts or whole carcasses of turkey”.1

After freeze-drying, this item would probably account for a smaller part of the total content of the finished product.

Turkey is naturally rich in the ten essential amino acids required by a dog to sustain life.

The second ingredient is sweet potato. Sweet potatoes are a gluten-free source of complex carbohydrates in dog food. They are naturally rich in dietary fiber and beta carotene.

The third ingredient includes whole eggs, which are easy to digest and have an exceptionally high biological value.

The fourth ingredient is broccoli, a healthy green vegetable and a member of the kale family. It’s notably rich in vitamin C and fiber and numerous other nutrients.

Like other cruciferous vegetables, broccoli is believed to provide potent anti-cancer benefits.

The fifth ingredient is apple, a nutrient-rich fruit that’s also high in fiber.

The sixth 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.

The seventh ingredient lists cranberries, a nutrient-rich fruit that’s also high in fiber.

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 Sojos product.

With 2 notable exceptions

First, we find turkey liver, an organ meat sourced from a named animal and thus considered a beneficial component.

And lastly, the minerals listed here do not appear to be chelated. And that can make them more difficult to absorb. Chelated minerals are usually associated with higher quality dog foods.

Nutrient Analysis

Based on its ingredients alone, Sojos Complete Dog Food looks like an above-average dry product.

The dashboard displays a dry matter protein reading of 31%, a fat level of 13% and estimated carbohydrates of about 48%.

As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 30% and a mean fat level of 16%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 47% for the overall product line.

And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 53%.

Which means this Sojos product line contains…

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

Even when you consider the protein-boosting effect of the flaxseed, this looks like the profile of a dry product containing a significant amount of meat.

Our Rating of Sojos Complete Freeze-Dried Dog Food

Sojos Complete is a grain-free dry dog food using a significant amount of named meats and egg as its dominant source of animal protein, thus earning the brand 5 stars.

Enthusiastically recommended.

Has Sojos Brand Dog Food Been Recalled?

The following automated list (if present) includes all dog food recalls since 2009 related to Sojos.

No recalls noted.

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References

  1. Adapted by the Dog Food Advisor and based upon the official definition for chicken published by the Association of American Feed Control Officials, Official Publication, 2008 Edition

07/09/2021 Last Update