Solid Gold Holistique Blendz (Dry)


Rating: ★★☆☆☆

Solid Gold Holistique Blendz receives the Advisor’s second-lowest tier rating of 2 stars.

The Solid Gold Holistique Blendz product line includes one dry dog food, a recipe claimed to meet AAFCO nutrient guidelines for adult maintenance.

Solid Gold Holistique Blendz

Dry Dog Food

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

Protein = 20% | Fat = 7% | Carbs = 65%

Ingredients: Oatmeal, pearled barley, peas, ocean fish meal, canola oil (preserved with mixed tocopherols), dried eggs, flaxseed, tomato pomace, dicalcium phosphate, natural flavors, potassium chloride, salt, dl-methionine, choline chloride, salmon oil (preserved with mixed tocopherols), taurine, dried chicory root, l-carnitine, carrots, pumpkin, parsley, apples, cranberries, blueberries, lettuce, celery, beets, watercress, spinach, broccoli, spearmint, almond oil (preserved with mixed tocopherols), sesame oil (preserved with mixed tocopherols), Yucca schidigera extract, dried kelp, thyme, lentils, vitamin A supplement, vitamin D3 supplement, vitamin E supplement, zinc sulfate, niacin, ferrous sulfate, l-ascorbyl-2-polyphosphate (source of vitamin C), calcium pantothenate, thiamine mononitrate, copper sulfate, riboflavin, pyridoxine hydrochloride, manganese sulfate, zinc proteinate, folic acid, calcium iodate, manganese proteinate, copper proteinate, sodium selenite, biotin, vitamin B12 supplement, 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 items indicate controversial ingredients

Estimated Nutrient Content
Guaranteed Analysis18%6%NA
Dry Matter Basis20%7%65%
Calorie Weighted Basis20%16%64%
Protein = 20% | Fat = 16% | Carbs = 64%

The first ingredient in this dog food is oatmeal, a whole-grain product made from coarsely ground oats. Oatmeal is naturally rich in B-vitamins, dietary fiber and is also (unlike many other grains) gluten-free.

The second ingredient is barley. Barley is a starchy carbohydrate supplying fiber and other healthy nutrients. Unlike grains with a higher glycemic index, barley can help support more stable blood sugar levels.

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

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

The fourth ingredient is ocean fish 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

Unfortunately, this particular item is anonymous. Because various fish contain different types of fats, we would have preferred to have known the source species.

The fifth 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 sixth ingredient includes dried eggs, a dehydrated powder made from shell-free eggs. Eggs are easy to digest and have an exceptionally high biological value.

The seventh 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 eighth ingredient is tomato pomace. 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.

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, chicory root is naturally rich in a substance called 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.

Next, this recipe includes lentils. Lentils are a quality source of carbohydrates. Plus (like all legumes) they’re rich in natural fiber.

However, lentils contain about 25% protein, a factor that must be considered when judging the actual meat content of this dog food.

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.

Solid Gold Holistique Blendz Dog Food
The Bottom Line

Judging by its ingredients alone, Solid Gold Holistique Blendz looks like an above-average dry dog food.

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 20%, a fat level of 7% and estimated carbohydrates of about 65%.

And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 33%.

Below-average protein. Below-average fat. And above-average carbs when compared to a typical dry dog food.

When you consider the protein-boosting effect of the peas, flaxseed and lentils, this looks like the profile of a kibble containing a limited amount of meat.

Bottom line?

Solid Gold Holistique Blendz is a plant-based dry dog food using a limited amount of ocean fish meal as its main source of animal protein, thus earning this recipe 2 stars.

Not 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.

Those looking for a better kibble from the same company may wish to visit our review of Solid Gold Barking at the Moon Dog Food.

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Notes and Updates

08/20/2016 Last Update

  1. Association of American Feed Control Officials
  • Bobby dog

    Four minutes is definitely super fast. Fastest reply I ever received from a pet food company. I was reading my e-mails for the day and was surprised when I received notification of their response.

    I have never contacted them via phone or through their site so I cannot attest to those response times. I prefer e-mailing questions so I have a record of a company’s response.

    I am sure I just happened to catch the cs rep while they were checking e-mail. I followed up with another question after I read their initial reply. The response time for the second question was less than a minute!

    However, I do remember when I contacted them several years ago. They responded the same day and answered all my questions.

  • aimee

    Wow! Four minutes is a super fast response. You and Rick had very different experiences!

  • Bobby dog

    Hi aimee:
    I agree not receiving a response or when it takes forever to answer questions is a red flag. In the past I have received quick replies from SG. I was curious about the discrepancies in the Green Cow recipe discussed here so I zipped off an e-mail; they responded within four minutes.

    The GA listed on my can is correct. SG also confirmed the site has the most current info posted as the analysis has changed along with the label design. Bad news for Bobby, little too high in fat and calories.

    As a side note they are still using Simmons for their cannery.

  • aimee

    Sorry to hear that BeBe had a set back.

    That’s a red flag for me when a company can’t answer a simple question about their product in a timely manner.

    Since Phos Bind has no protein in it I wonder if this was some sort of irritant reaction or ??? Between the two it is the better binder.

    You could have a PTH level done to see if it is where you want it to be with a blood phos of 4.2

    Hope you find a product that works for you and BeBe

  • Rick

    Hi Aimee, I never received any sort of reply or answer from Solid Gold regarding discrepancy between website and can label – after contacting through website, sending email, and calling customer service. I’ve given up on chasing them down.

    Tuesday morning 4-25 (2 days ago) Bebe had a pancreatitis vomit (yellow, foamy, with a few thin chunks about 2″ diameter puddle), so we stopped the Green Cow Tripe and Holisitique Blendz. He had eaten those for 3 days.

    It was a mild episode, and his belly was never sore. He was active immediately. We withheld food until evening, but let him drink water.

    He’s now eating pasta, with apple, and a bit of white chicken breast, and Epakitin; twice a day. Taking Cerenia too.

    (We originally tried Phos-Bind Aluminum Hydroxide powder for 7 weeks starting Jan 2017, but it seemed he became allergic to it because as soon as he started eating food with it, his eyes would become heavily watered, and he’d paw at his face. When I stopped the Phos-Bind, his eyes stopped getting watery. Then we switched to Epakitin.)

    Biggest issue at the moment is finding enough fiber to add to pasta so he isn’t constipated. That’s why we added the apple.


  • aimee

    Will stay tuned for info from Rick.

    Always exceptions to the rule… maybe though she meant to say I’m wired… as nervous energy… hard to know what she meant.

  • aimee

    Hi Rick,

    Epakitin isn’t a great binder but it may be all you need at this point if the phos level in the diet is controlled. The biggest drawback to it is that you can’t use calcitriol when using Calcium carbonate.The second drawback in my opinion is the cost, calcium carbonate as a supplement ( no Vit D) is a lot cheaper.

    Here is some info on Ca/ Phos and calcitriol in kidney patients and you can find lots of other articles on kidney disease and treatment at this site.

    Have you checked blood pressures or looked for protein in the urine? If you kid is losing protein in the urine the protein level in the Solid Gold is much higher than desired in that situation.

  • Bobby dog

    If there was a recipe change my guess would be the site has the most current info. Probably the reason why my pet store had the awesome sale on my current stash. I keep looking for another one, probably not going to happen. ☹

    Let’s see i before e except after c, hmmmmmm seems to be a few exceptions to this mnemonic rhyme…

  • Rick

    Thank you, Aimee.
    And we’re using Epakitin with the meals to help lower the phos, too.
    If I get an answer from Solid Gold, I’ll update.

  • aimee

    Hopefully Solid Gold will clarify this for you. The fat level is certainly lower than the renal diets and hopefully can work, but high protein can also aggravate the pancreas and I’d consider this diet high protein. Really depends on your dog though.

    Get the phos level from the company. It will be likely higher than you want for a kidney patient but find out how high. Phos content for kidney diets are usually 0.5-0.8gram/1000kcals and the new AAFCO min is 1gram/1000. If this diet is close to AAFCO min. it might be ok, in that respect. I say might because it also depends upon the company’s quality control to adhere to that level. As the diet isn’t made specifically for renal patients I don’t know that they are monitoring that closely. This is where I think the therapeutic diets have an edge up on OTC.

  • aimee

    Thanks for the info, I wonder which is the “newer” formula.

  • Bobby dog

    Hi Aimee:
    I actually have this recipe on hand. My can has the same info that Rick just posted. The label has calories listed as 374 kcal/can and fiber 1.5%; different than their site. The protein is the same as posted on their site at 9.5%.

    Maybe they changed the recipe in the past year? My pet store had an awesome sale on canned SG four or five months ago so I ordered four cases of this recipe and another. Bummer if it changed because the %’s were perfect as a topper for Bobby and he really likes it.

    Edit: Just noticed the pic of the label on their site is different than the label on my can too. Ingredients posted on their site are a little different as well. Looks like they dropped the carrageenan if the site is accurate.

  • Rick

    Green Cow calorie content (ME)
    996 kcal/kg, 374 kcal/can
    Crude Protein (min) 9.5%
    Crude Fat (min) 3.0%
    Crude Fiber (min) 1.5%
    Moisture (max) 78.0%

    I’ve already sent an email this morning to Solid Gold website trying to clarify their website vs. can label.

    Most recent blood screen from April 4th:
    Creatine 2.4, improved
    BUN 20, improved
    Phosphorus 4.2, improved
    Amylase 1715, pancreas number shot up
    Precision PSL 983, pancreas number shot up

    Because of this recent blood screen, our vet advised that Royal Canin Renal Support diet may be too high in fat, and suggested we find a specialist for further help.

    So, I’ve been trying to find low fat food that also has low phosphorus for kidney.

  • aimee

    What is the calorie content listed on the can? And what protein content is on the can?
    I’d rec. you call the company and get an average nutrient analysis.

    Do you know what levels of protein, fat and phos your vet wants for your dog? Or what you dog’s Bun Creat and Phos numbers are?

    Kidney diets are formulated for controlled protein, phos,levels lower then AAFCO allows and to be alkalinizing, with Omega 3’s and water soluble vitamins to exceed AAFCO I don’t know of any OTC diet to hit those marks.

  • Rick

    My can of Green Cow’s label has different info than the website:

    My can says Crude Fat 3%, and with 78% moisture, dry matter basis would put fat at 13.64%

    And the Solid Gold Holistique Blendz (Dry) has Crude Fat dry matter basis at 7%

    Unfortunately we have no money for a nutritionist. Our vet already advised us to see a specialist, but we can’t, so I’m researching on my own…

    Thanks for your reply and help!

  • aimee

    Hi Rick,

    I think to address both kidney and pancreas you may need to consult a nutritionist and home prepare the diet,

    I don’t know which RC product you were on but I’ll compare the Solid Gold Green Tripe product to a few RC products

    The Solid Gold reports as fed min 9.5% protein 6% fat and max moisture 78% On a dry matter basis (DM) protein is 43% and fat is 27%

    For RC kidney canned E DM protein is 12.5% and fat is 23% RC ,dry A is 13.3% protein and 18.4% fat.

    The Green Tripe has a higher protein and fat content then the RC diets. If the fat content in the RC diet was problematic then this diet with an even higher fat content doesn’t seem appropriate.

    Depending on the degree of kidney problem you may be able to use Hills GD diet 18.3% protein, 11% fat and .4% phos Ask you vet what levels your dog needs.

  • Rick

    Look into Solid Gold Green Cow Green Beef Tripe. Our Pomeranian has chronic kidney failure, and we had him on the prescription renal diet (Royal Canin’s) and these kidney diets are higher in fat….our Pom also had a previous instance of acute pancreatitis before the kidney failure was diagnosed….

    Anyway, after being on this high fat kidney diet, his kidney numbers improved a lot, but his pancreas levels got very high….so we needed to find a food good for both both kidney diet and pancreas diet.

    Seems the Green Tripe fits this situation. Our Pom just started on it, and he likes it.

  • steph

    I know this is an old thread but I thought I’d comment anyway. My 13 year old dachshund is diabetic,has chronic pancreatitis and is awaiting surgery for bladder stones. I’ve been trying to find a food that is lower protein/fat/carbs. But I’m at a loss. Right now he’s on earthborn weight management dry and merrick 96% beef. But he’s been not wanting to eat it. I have no clue how to find the actual fat content in foods. Anyone have any recommendations?

  • How are things going for your dog with pancreatitis? Is this food working? Thinking about trying it. Thanks!

  • How are things going for your doggy with pancreatitis? Is this food working well? Thinking about trying it. Thanks!

  • Dana Desjardins

    I USED TO BE A SOLID GOLD customer since about
    1999-2000, but due to ‘regular’ inconsistencies in quality (i.e. color, smell, dog appeal, etc.) I have definitely moved on!
    I’ve used 2-varieties of Solid Gold Dry (Hund-n-Flocken &
    Holistique) as well as several of their supplements and treats. The latter are definitely subcontracted and are quite inferior to say the least! I have regularly encountered ‘bad’ product from Solid Gold starting about 2-years ago through current (2016). I’ve contacted the company directly, but Solid Gold will NOT respond to negative comments or prying questions. Don’t waste your time doing any research concerning their products, just find other products!

  • LuckyBei

    If your dog does not have health issues, you can go for Acana for seniors….but I use this because my dog has had pancreatitis and definitely need low fat, moderate protein and low in fibre.

  • LuckyBei

    I hope it has been working well for your dog. I just started feeding my Yorkie who has had pancreatitis. I just started with a few kibbles today and he seems to love it and begs for more. I hope he will do well on it. Will likely post another review in the next few months.

  • LuckyBei

    I just bought this food for my post pancreatitis Yorkie. I am very very very happy with it. Thank you Solid Gold for making this food. I don’t have to keep my dog on prescription dry food because the RC dry lowfat gastro food is full of sodium! I tried it and it was so salty! I don’t really care about the 2 stars given because the reality is, not all dogs can have full fat and full protein and I do believe too much protein isn’t a good thing either. I do hope Solid Gold continues making this food.

    From, Burlington, Ontario, Canada

  • DogFoodie

    That’s great, Laura. My holistic vet actually carries a complete line of Solid Gold products in their office. Glad you had such great luck with it.

  • el doctor

    Hi Laura Smith Fedak

    That’s GREAT NEWS!!! I hope you and your Husky girl have a wonderful New Year with lots of Joy 😉

  • Laura Smith Fedak

    I have a husky girl that has a liver shunt that couldn’t be closed off due to having multiple ones. The shunt means her body can’t process protiens & gets cyst in her bladder. The vet had her on a prescription food that was $60 for 17 lbs & she would barely eat it. After much research on this site & others I went with this food. At her last check up her liver levels had dropped significantly after a year on this food. The vet was impressed & has done her own research, she added a daily dose of milk thistle. Above all my girl enjoys eating this food. Yes the carbs are high but all that are low in protein like she requires have high carbs, so she’s a tad heavy but no more cysts since this food & vet agrees that it is/has been good for her.

  • Crazy4dogs

    If you use the supplements of Sam-e and milk thistle you should be able to get the ALT back to normal. I did it with a foster. She was @ 400 and is now @ 67. It takes some time, at least 6 weeks. The vets will give you denamarin, which is a prescription of the same ingredients, just costs more. You can look up the dosage online based on their weight. I use 100 mg Sam-e with 3 drops of vegetable based milk thistle in her food.

  • morkie

    My baby alt is 422 the liver he is not four yrs till june dr put him on hills prec diet not sure about that his stool was more soft and slimey looking so im feeding him freash chick green beans sweet pot white pot rice he gets blood work done inabout aweek

  • I bought this for my dog because it was on deep clearance and very cheap. Opps. I knew it looked low on meat. It’s probably not the right food for my husky. I am not going to return it. Instead I will add more meaty canned food to it when I feed her. I am on a tight budget, so 9 dollars looked awesome to me.

  • Snooksme

    Could you explain her diet as much as you can, please. Buff does not have anything as I said but sweet potato for pill enclosure and then the solid gold holistic.

  • Snooksme

    I forgot to mention this. She is allergic to palm pollen (live in Fl), rag weed, and a couple other outside items from blood work results. She is an inside baby with all piddle pad only as her little bath room. She has all sheets (ones we sleep on), towels washed in detergent that has less allergy items within it. She never goes on the porch. However, the vet said we wear clothes into the home that have outside pollen on them or even shopping pollen from parking lots etc. This vet is a specialist and she said we have a rough way to go Special shampoo too. The atopica worries me too as 3 doses a week. In time I also think they develop a resistance to the help from these drugs. She was little over 5 years old before the problems began. I wondered if the flea medicine on her neck when we went North started it. Of course she went to the screen closed in porch back then with us in the mornings and afternoons where oaks were and still are are towering above it. The railings have mess on them within a few weeks and have to be scrubbed free. Who knows. She was born November 2005 so we are lucky this did not start until probably late 2011 about 6 years old approx.
    . .

  • There are meat only treats like Stella and Chewy’s Carnivore Kisses, Dr Harvey’s green tripe treats, and even a limited ingredient food like ZiwiPeak that comes in very small flat squares like tiny pieces of jerky. Although ZiwiPeak is a food, I also use it for treats.

  • Dori

    In my opinion a dog with food sensitivities, intolerances and/or allergies should be on a grain free diet. You should also avoid foods that contain corn, rice, soy, white potatoes and tomatoes. Rice, white potatoes and tomatoes (including all night shade plants) are pro inflammatory which is very detrimental to alleviating allergy symptoms. You should also avoid all forms of poultry. I have a dog that has many food intolerances, sensitivities and allergies. She also has environmental allergies. Since doing all the changes I suggested above most, if not all, of her symptoms are gone. She has not been on any allergy medications in three years due to these changes. She too was once on Atopica until I researched and found out about all the side effects. I started researching foods and made the changes. My three dogs are now all on commercial raw diets and all allergy symptoms (with the exception of Spring and Fall environmental allergies) are completely gone. Good Luck. I hope my post will be of help to you and your dog.

  • Snooksme

    I can not give anything but sweet potato for the pills to our furby yorkie due to skin allergy. Are there any treats that are allergy free more so but beneficial to a yorkie with skin problems that are currently under control with my 8 year old baby yorkie.

  • Snooksme

    Blue Buffalo has been getting bad reviews. So I am still using Solid Gold Holistique

  • Snooksme

    I hope you are approving of Solid Gold Holistique.. I have been using for two of my babies as one has to have shots weekly, and atopica 3 a week. They both went on this when the one with the problem was diagnosed with allergies. I have had both therefore on this for 2 years plus. I need to know I am not causing a problem by them being on it. They did not care for the kangaroo one that the vet sold us as an allergy low problem dry dog food and I had to switch them back to Solid Gold Holistique

  • Susan

    Why they get less stars is cause the protein is lower, I know some lower protein foods help some dogs with illnesses, so dont worry about the stars, aleast these kibbles are better then Vet diets..I preffered the Wellness Simple limited ingredient kibbles the Lamb & Oatmeal or the Duck & Oatmeal as there was no potatoes or barley in the Simple lamb or duck kibbles..

  • RevereLP

    I have been searching everywhere for a dog kibble that is moderate/low protein, low fat and high carb for my dog who has chronic pancreatitis and early stage kidney disease. This looks very promising.

  • aquariangt

    lower protein doesn’t help older dogs. 20% protein is too low for pretty much any dog, if not every dog. Some solid gold is ok (Barking at the Moon) but this one I wouldn’t feed

  • Linda Gail

    I’m confused too. This food is supposed to be for less active older dogs who don’t need the protein, but do need an easy to digest formula, generally need less calories, and certainly benefit from the extra fiber and probiotics.

  • DogMa

    The low protein and fat are a plus for me. I have a Yorkie who had liver shunt surgery and must be on low fat food for life. Quality low fat food is hard to find, and he is doing great on Holistic Blendz.

  • Papabrrr

    Thanks for the info!

  • Although the ingredients are quite ok, it only has 20% protein and a whopping 65% carbs.

  • Papabrrr

    What’s the reason for the Holistique Blendz getting such a low rating compared to the other dog foods in the Solid Gold lineup?

  • Elizabeth

    Some of us blame the food for diarrhea or vomiting.  Any chance any of these dogs are on Trifexis or Comfortis heartworm/flea prevention?  Curious as the symptoms sound so familiar after using these products.  They are toxic to your dogs liver/pancreas.  Perhaps not the food but another toxin?

  • CJ

    Hi Snooks, Corn, wheat & soy are known allergiens. Blue Buffalo would have corrected the problems had you not been feeding the bad treats.
    I was feeding what I thought was a good food but I failed to read the ingredient label.I was also giving “junk” treats which my vet said to trash. My dogs were getting steroid shots on a regular basis & my older Shih Tzu developed pancreatitis which led me to study dog nutrition 3 yrs ago.  I chose Blue & everything cleared up including pancreatitis. They are healthy & happy. The Shih Tzu had her 15th birthday in July.

  • LabsRawesome

     Hi Snooks, didn’t realize your dogs had health issues. You didn’t mention it in your original post. Have you ever heard of Brothers complete Allergy formula? The owner of the food posts on this site daily. He is very helpful & knowledgeable. He is willing to answer questions via this site, email, or you can call him directly. You can check out the Brothers Complete dog food website, or just go to his page on this site and click on his name, it will take you there. His food has a money back guarantee. So many animals have been helped by Richard Darlington & his food.

  • BryanV21

    The senior formulas of Wellness, Fromm Gold, Blue Buffalo, and Best Breed have lower protein than their adult counterparts. This particular Solid Gold, after looking, is the same.

    The only mistake I made is not checking this particular brand when responding, NOT in saying “senior diets tend to be lower in things like protein”.

  • BennyandJoon

    Most senior formulas have equal or higher protein then the regular food. Orijen, Evo, Iams all have equal or higher protein. 

  • Snooks

     The Yorkie Spice, Nashville, TN president wanted Buff to have a vegetarian based dry dog food due to the extreme skin allergy Buff has. She had been on Blue Buffalo Lamb and Rice for well  over month but no change.  President said they have much more luck, especially with rescues with skin problems,  in feeding Solid Gold Holistique Blendz than any other dog food. Buff’s blood red cells and white are fine and not anemic. Both she and her pal yorkie here had been on Science Diet for years.  But for the last year (since age 6) she has been on antibiotics and benedryl daily and this is not good vet said.  Her skin clears up due to antibiotics,  finishes a 24 pill (48 days) clavamox, goes off them, and in less than 2 weeks starts to break out again. The vet said could be airborn or food or both. After food change if no luck then extensive tests. Neither dog is ever outside except porch screened in but airborn pollen there.   So now we have backed off milk bones 3 weeks ago, beef chewies and were down to Buffalo Blue, dentastick(their teeth Sept is perfect tartar free almost teeth  and cleaned in Jan) and tiny, tiny piece of cheese to take her pills in.  Off all other foods period.  So it takes approx 6 weeks for food to have a result skin wise if it is going to clear up.  Therefore we are going to the Solid Gold Holistique Blendz now and not waiting on results of the Blue Buffalo since high percentage helping rate for dogs with allergic skin conditions has been discovered by our group using Solid Gold Holistique Blendz brand.  The Barking at The Moon formula will have too much in it for her to have due to her condition.  Thanks for the reply however.

  • LabsRawesome

     Hi Snooks, I’m sure they’ll be OK, it’s just one bag. But if I were you, in the future I would buy the solid gold barking at the moon formula.   🙂

  • BryanV21

    The problem with senior diets tend to be lower in things like protein, fat, and calories. So on top of getting less of things like protein, your dog may be hungry more often since they aren’t getting as much out of the senior diet.

    I’d say send it back for an exchange. If that’s not an option, then you may need to feed a bit more of it, and look into a supplement to add to the food to boost those nutrient levels up to where an adult dog needs.

  • Snooks

    I just bought Solid Gold Holistique Blendz and now realize I bought the Sr Citizen black bag container and not the lighter dark green.  Can my 6 to 7 year old yorkies be okey with this.  It is being shipped

  • luvgry1s

    I just contacted Solid Gold about the ethoxyquin that might be in the fish meal in the Holistique formula dry dog food. They responded in less than 24 hours with this information:

    “All of our formulations specify Ethoxyquin free ingredients.
    We do not add Ethoxyquin to our diets nor is the fish meal used in our formulations preserved with Ethoxyquin; the fish meal used in our diets are preserved with the natural preservative Naturox and additional Naturox is added to our formulations during production.
    We receive a sample of every production run that the manufacturing mill produces, each of these samples is then sent out for Ethoxyquin testing; the test results we have received show no presence of Ethoxyquin.
    Solid Gold Health Products for Pets, Inc.”I was very relieved to read this and pleased with their fast response. I feed 1/3 cup daily of this higher fiber lower fat dog food to my Standard Schnauzers to keep the intestinal tract moving and stools firm. They also get homecooked food. Works very well for us.

  • Hi Yorkmom,

    We’re currently working on updates to our reviews for Solid Gold. Sandy’s already completed the spreadsheets and Patti’s working on the content.

    The new reviews should be posted shortly. Thanks for the tip.

  • Yorkmom

    Mike Sagman,
    Solid Gold has changed the recipes of several of their dry foods, Hundchen Flocken Puppy, Holistique Blendz, Mmillennia Beff and Barley, and Wolfking, do not know if this changes any of the ratings, but gives insight to people having digestive issues with their pets because of recipe changes, hope this helps!

  • Oh, and for a raw protein boost there’s now Instinct Raw Boost – a freeze dried powder you can just sprinkle onto kibble. Very convenient.

  • MotherofPearl

     Sandy, An update.  We switched (gradually) to Nature’s Variety Instinct (grain free chicken) and she couldn’t tolerate it.  May have been too much to go from a very low protein, high carb low fat diet to a very high protein, low carb and fat diet.  She vomited (projectile) after eating only a small amount mixed in with chicken and rice.  She is now gradually being switched (2 days so far good) on Wellness Simple Rice and Lamb (and we are waiting to see if she is truly allergic to lamb).  If we can get her stabilized we will try to gradually top it off with the canned for more protein.  As I was looking for another dog food to switch I noticed on the new bags of Solid Gold a bright neon tag that said “New Ingredients”..  If she does well on Rice and Lamb, I will finally throw away her allergy blood test results.

  • Angeloneandonly

    I have been researching for new dog foods since my dog was recently diagnosed with Pancreatitis and this is one that I have found suggested by another vet. This food is low in protein and fat for a reason – not all dogs can handle the higher amounts. Mine certainly can’t anymore. This food accornding to the link was designed to help balance out other diets such as RAW where dogs may be missing certain nutrients/vitamins. Meat sources can be added to this if need be….

  • sandy

    The recipe is slightly different on the Solid Gold website.  Maybe you got a bag with the new recipe. Also, manufacturers can use up old bags even though there has been a recipe change. Maybe your dog does not agree with the change.

  • MotherofPearl

    Interesting about your dog suddenly having diarrhea on this food.  My Westie has suddenly started to have a couple of bout of diarrhea and she has been on this brand for 2 yrs without a problem.  I am thinking of switching, it may be time.  My Vet said she has built up an ‘intolerance’ or ‘food sensitivity’ to her food.  She is on allergy shots for environmental allergies, and hasn’t had a food allergy reaction since I switched to this Holistic Blendz.  She is not have any allergic reactions (other than diarrhea), so we will probably put her on a food trial (Royal Canin soy based, as she is allergic to lamb, venison, duck, rabbit, brown rice, sweet potatoes, and yeast.)

  • Terryann

    Veterinarians usually know very little about food, in my experience. My vet seems to push whatever her sales rep has pushed on her.

  • I have been reading Solid Gold Holistique Blendz Dog Food | Review and Rating for a while, but I finally got around to posting. Thanks for all of the information, you have created a great resource here.

  • Hi Robert… Canola’s only red flagged because it’s controversial. Not because I’m against it. But when it comes to beneficial fats, canola’s nowhere near as healthy as fish oil.

  • Robert

    I just switched my Dog to this food from Iams. He seems to like it and he hasn’t had any bouts with Diarrhea. So far so good.
    A girl I worked with who’s also a dog owner suggested I eliminate Wheat & Corn from his diet. She said it helped with her dogs itching and flaky skin.
    I see that Canola Oil is highlighted in Red. I have read elsewhere that Canola Oil is good for a Dog. Later on I see you mention most applaud Canola Oil while a vocal minority condemn it. I assume you’re in the vocal minority since you have it as a red item?

  • Michelle

    Hi Allyson, If I were you, I would look around for a LID – limited ingredient diet, for your dog with the sensitive stomach.Their are lots to choose from,but a few that come to mind are: California Natural, and Natural Balance.

  • Hi Allyson… Not sure how to answer this question since I’m not privy to the manufacturing history of this product. Only the label. Unfortunately, due to the biological uniqueness of each pet, I cannot provide customized reviews and product comparisons for each reader. For more help, please check out my reviews and visit our FAQ page. Look for the topic, “Help Me Choose a Dog Food”. Or check back for a possible response from one of our other readers. Wish I could be more help.

  • Allyson

    I opened a new bag of Holistique blend yesterday and I noticed the kibble was much smaller than ever before. I tried serving to my dog (who has been eating Solid Gold for 10 years!) and he refused to eat it – no matter what I tried to mix it with.

    I called Solid Gold and they were very rude and said their manufacturing process has changed, not the formula and hung up on me!!!

    I don’t know what to do – my dog has a very sensitive stomach and I don’t know what food to try – any suggestions????

  • Jonathan

    Hey Solid gold user, this is a great example of why I favor product rotation. It’s amazing how “stubborn” a dog’s system can become from eating the same exact thing ever day for years… so stubborn that just a product source change can cause a problem. Maybe consider rotating proteins every bag (slowly at first with long mix times!) then getting him to where you can rotate on different brands every few months.

  • Solid Gold user for years

    I always thought Solid Gold made a good product. Even now, I wouldn’t say it is bad, just that there is a problem. My older dog has been eating solid gold for years. When we opened the latest bag, I noticed the food was lighter in color. I also noticed the kibble was slightly smaller. I didn’t think that much of it. When my dog had diarrhea, then later refused to eat the Holistique Blendz, I thought I should contact the company. Their response was very surprising to me. It was basically that the manufacturing had been changed. While the ingredients had not changed, the sourcing had. OK. Now, here’s the kicker. It went on to say “Pets that are a bit more sensitive may exhibit food refusal or minor digestive concerns such as soft stools, with changes in ingredient sourcing”. Well, to this I say — dogs don’t talk, they can’t say “the food is different” — I can see that it looks different, but I don’t know whether the ingredients have changed or just the sourcing of them — if my dog, (who by the way has never missed or refused a meal — ever) is having diarrhea — and is refusing to eat the food — I think (and this is just my conclusion) there is more to this than “sourcing”! Buyer beware.

  • Hi Jody… Although we’ve not been impressed with quality of some of Hill’s ingredients or meat content, there are number of experts who endorse their urinary products.

    There’s an excellent article about urinary stones that discusses this problem and makes some practical suggestions for controlling the problem.

    In any case, since I’m not a veterinarian, I cannot provide specific health advice or product recommendations. Please see our FAQ page and our reviews for more information. Or check back for a possible response from one of our other readers. Wish I could be more help.

  • Jody

    Hi Roger,
    I have had my dog since he was a pup (almost 3 1/2 years) with no health problems and had fed him California Natural’s Lamb/Rice up until 3 months ago when the price at my local stores skyrocketed overnight, so I decided to switch him to a comparable food. I took the ingredient label to a local pet food seller (not the normal one I’d been using, but this stroe was simply a little more convenient) and was told Black Gold Lamb/Rice (the green label) would be comparable… Within that time he formed Urate stones in his bladder, one of which obstructed his urethra requiring surgery… I promptly started researching foods after being informed that stones could form in as little as a few weeks to months and diet could be a factor. It would appear (research on various review sights) that I downgraded my dog to a fairly crumby food to say the least. The vet recommended Hills Science Diet U/D (as a low purine diet), but after researching ingredients, this looks even worse (I don’t want to offend anyone who feeds this to their dog, as this food may work fine for them, but after researching the ingredients; I will simply say it does not appeal to me). I tried to explain my concerns of feeding corn and flour or brewers rice to my dog but all three of the vets I’ve talked to are VERY defensive of science diet for some reason. They seem mor interested in treating the symptoms versus the root cause of the problem. I am under the impression that a more balanced diet would be better than removing a dietary need all together.
    I have switched my dog to Solid Gold Holistique for the time being (back to where I was buying before) as I wanted to get him off the other food asap. I have read varrying ideas about feeding low protein diets versus feeding a normal level protein diet with simply higher quality ingredients. I wanted to know what (if any) low protein diet dry dog food would be of good quality and if you had an oppinion either way about feeding a low protein diet or normal level protein diet.

  • Hi Roger… The body is an amazing thing. It’s very likely your dog’s only kidney has compensated for the missing one by growing larger and more efficient. So, you’ll likely be OK if you simply feed your pet any good quality dog food. However, since I’m not a veterinarian, I cannot provide specific health advice or product recommendations.

    Please check back for a possible response from one of our other readers. Wish I could be more help.

  • Roger

    I have a two year old Standard Poodle that has one kidney what food do you reccomend to protect the healthy kidney?

  • Christi C

    I feed the Holistique because I have a dog with Addison’s and she is in need of a lower protein diet. She is doing quite well on this food, I do however supplement with a variety of quality treats containing more protein, such as Ziwi Peak jerky, and Dogswell treats.

  • Hi Lori… The feeding method you speak of here I like to call “topping”. I’ve been topping Bailey’s dry dog food with a quality meat for some time now. Sometimes I use fresh meat but usually we simply top his kibble with a high quality canned dog food. Thanks for sharing your excellent feeding technique with the rest of our readers. This is an easy way to really improve the food quality of any dog’s life.

  • Lori A. K

    I use this food daily for the dogs but I add Quality beef to it from hearst ranch which is expensive. Solid gold’s bag used to say it was formulated so you can add another protein of your choice to it. I want to know where the meat is from when feeding my dogs. I don’t trust any meat source in human food let alone pet food. They’re also vegetarian 3 days a week they love avoderm, pet guard and natural balance canned food I use to feed calif natural but they prefer the vegetarian canned.