Sojos Wild Dog Food Review (Freeze-Dried)

Rating:

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

The Sojos Wild product line includes 3 freeze dried dog foods.

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

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Sojos Wild Caught Salmon was selected to represent the other products in the line for this review.

Sojos Wild Caught Salmon

Freeze-Dried Dog Food

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

Protein = 44% | Fat = 18% | Carbs = 30%

Ingredients: Salmon, whole egg, cranberries, celery root, green peas, purple sweet potatoes, flax seeds, parsnips, green beans, almond bran, coconut, tricalcium phosphate, dried kelp, chard, dried alfalfa, ginger root, vitamin D3 supplement, vitamin E supplement, zinc sulfate, reduced iron, copper sulfate, riboflavin

Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 6.2%

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Estimated Nutrient Content
MethodProteinFatCarbs
Guaranteed Analysis40%16%NA
Dry Matter Basis44%18%30%
Calorie Weighted Basis38%37%25%
Protein = 38% | Fat = 37% | Carbs = 25%

The first ingredient in this dog food is salmon. Salmon is an oily marine and freshwater fish not only high in protein but also omega 3 fatty acids, essential oils needed by every dog to sustain life.

The second ingredient includes whole eggs. Eggs are easy to digest and have an exceptionally high biological value.

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

The fourth ingredient is celery root, also known as celeriac. Celery root is a carbohydrate high in dietary fiber, vitamins and minerals.

The fifth 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 sixth 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 seventh ingredient includes 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 three notable exceptions

First, this food contains coconut. Depending upon the quality of the raw material, coconut is rich in medium chain fatty acids.

Medium-chain triglycerides have been shown to improve cognitive function in older dogs.1

Because of its proven safety2 as well as its potential to help in the treatment of canine cognitive dysfunction syndrome (CDS) and chronic skin disorders, MCT can be considered a positive addition to this recipe.

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

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

Sojos Wild Dog Food Review

Judging by its ingredients alone, Sojos Wild 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 44%, a fat level of 18% and estimated carbohydrates of about 30%.

As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 45% and a mean fat level of 19%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 29% for the overall product line.

And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 42%.

Above-average protein. Above-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, flaxseed and dried alfalfa, this looks like the profile of a dry product containing a significant amount of meat.

Bottom line?

Sojos Wild is a grain-free, meat-based dry dog food using a significant amount of freeze-dried raw named meats as its main sources of animal protein, thus earning the brand 5 stars.

Enthusiastically recommended.

Please note certain recipes are sometimes given a higher or lower rating based upon our estimate of their total meat content and (when appropriate) their fat-to-protein ratios.

Sojos Dog Food
Recall History

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Notes and Updates

  1. Pan Y et al, Dietary supplementation with medium-chain TAG has long-lasting cognition-enhancing effects in aged dogs, British Journal of Nutrition, Volume 103, Issue 12, June 2010, pp 1746-1754
  2. Matulka RA et al, Lack of toxicity by medium chain triglycerides (MCT) in canines during a 90-day feeding study,Food Chem Toxicol, Jan 2009, 47(1) 35-9.

04/21/2018 Last Update