Review of Solid Gold Dry Dog Food
Solid Gold Dog Food receives the Advisor’s second-highest tier rating of 4.5 stars.
The Solid Gold 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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|Solid Gold Wee Bit||4.5||A|
|Solid Gold Star Chaser||5||M|
|Solid Gold Wolf Cub||4.5||A|
|Solid Gold Fit and Fabulous||5||M|
|Solid Gold Wolf King||3.5||M|
|Solid Gold Mmillennia||3.5||M|
|Solid Gold Holistique Blendz||2.5||M|
|Solid Gold Hund-n-Flocken||3.5||M|
Recipe and Label Analysis
Solid Gold Hund-n-Flocken 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.
Solid Gold Hund-n-Flocken
Dry Dog Food
Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content
Ingredients: Lamb, lamb meal, brown rice, pearled barley, oatmeal, peas, chickpeas, rice bran, ocean fish meal, chicken fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols), dried eggs, ground flaxseed, dried tomato pomace, natural flavor, carrots, salmon oil (preserved with mixed tocopherols), pumpkin, potassium chloride, minerals (zinc sulfate, ferrous sulfate, copper sulfate, manganese sulfate, zinc proteinate, manganese proteinate, copper proteinate, sodium selenite, calcium iodate), vitamins (vitamin E supplement, l-ascorbyl-2-polyphosphate (source of vitamin C), niacin, calcium pantothenate, riboflavin, pyridoxine hydrochloride, thiamine mononitrate, vitamin A supplement, vitamin B12 supplement, vitamin D3 supplement, biotin, folic acid), blueberries, cranberries, dl-methionine, choline chloride, dried chicory root, taurine, rosemary extract, dried Lactobacillus acidophilus fermentation product, dried Enterococcus faecium fermentation product, dried Lactobacillus casei fermentation product
Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 4.4%
Red denotes controversial item
|Estimated Nutrient Content|
|Dry Matter Basis||24%||11%||57%|
|Calorie Weighted Basis||23%||25%||52%|
The first ingredient in this dog food is lamb. Although it is a quality item, raw lamb 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 lamb meal. Lamb meal is considered a meat concentrate and contains nearly 300% more protein than fresh lamb.
The third ingredient is brown rice, a complex carbohydrate that (once cooked) can be fairly easy to digest. However, aside from its natural energy content, rice is of only modest nutritional value to a dog.
The fourth ingredient is barley. Barley is a starchy carbohydrate supplying fiber and other healthy nutrients. However, aside from its energy content, this cereal grain is of only modest nutritional value to a dog.
The fifth ingredient is oatmeal, a whole-grain product made from coarsely ground oats. Oatmeal is naturally rich in B-vitamins, dietary fiber and can be (depending upon its level of purity) gluten-free.
The sixth 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 seventh ingredient lists chickpeas, also known as garbanzo beans. Like peas, bean and lentils, the chickpea is a nutritious member of the fiber-rich legume (or pulse) family of vegetables and contains about 22% protein, a factor that must be considered when judging the actual meat content of this dog food.
The eighth ingredient is rice bran, a healthy by-product of milling whole grain rice. The bran is the fiber-rich outer layer of the grain containing starch, protein, fat as well as vitamins and minerals.
The ninth ingredient includes ocean fish meal, another protein-rich 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
The tenth 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.
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 Solid Gold product.
With 6 notable exceptions…
First, tomato pomace is a controversial ingredient, a by-product remaining after processing tomatoes into juice, soup and ketchup.
Many praise tomato pomace for its high fiber and nutrient content, while others scorn it as an inexpensive pet food filler.
Just the same, there’s probably not enough tomato pomace here to make much of a difference.
Next, 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.
In addition, we note the use of dried egg, a dehydrated powder made from shell-free eggs. Eggs are easy to digest and have an exceptionally high biological value.
Next, 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.
We also note that this recipe contains taurine, an important amino acid associated with the healthy function of heart muscle. Although taurine is not typically considered essential in canines, some dogs have been shown to be deficient in this critical nutrient.
And lastly, this food includes 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.
Based on its ingredients alone, Solid Gold Dog Food looks like an above-average dry product.
As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 26% and a mean fat level of 12%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 53% for the overall product line.
And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 47%.
Which means this Solid Gold product line contains…
Near-average protein. Below-average fat. And above-average carbs when compared to a typical dry dog food.
Even when you consider the protein-boosting effect of the peas, chickpeas and flaxseed in this recipe, this still looks like the profile of a kibble containing a notable amount of meat.
Our Rating of Solid Gold Dry Dog Food
Solid Gold is a grain-inclusive dry dog food using a notable amount of named meat meals as its dominant source of animal protein, thus earning the brand 4.5 stars.
However, due to it’s apparent lower meat content, we cannot recommend the Holistique Blendz formula.
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- Solid Gold Dog Food Recall (5/8/2012)
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More Solid Gold Reviews
The following Solid Gold dog food reviews are also posted on this website:
- Solid Gold Dog Food Review (Canned)
- Solid Gold Grain Free Dog Food Review (Cups)
- Solid Gold Grain Free Dog Food Review (Dry)
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