Solid Gold Dog Food Review
Solid Gold Grain Free Dog Food receives the Advisor’s top rating of 5 stars.
The Solid Gold Grain Free product line includes the 15 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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Recipe and Label Analysis
Solid Gold Mighty Mini Chicken, Chickpea and Pumpkin 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.
Sold Gold Mighty Mini Chicken, Chickpea and Pumpkin
Dry Dog Food
Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content
Ingredients: Chicken, chicken meal, chickpeas, peas, pea protein, chicken fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols), pumpkin, sweet potatoes, dried eggs, ocean fish meal, ground flaxseed, natural flavor, dicalcium phosphate, carrots, salt, salmon oil (preserved with mixed tocopherols), potassium chloride, blueberries, cranberries, 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), choline chloride, minerals (zinc sulfate, ferrous sulfate, copper sulfate, manganese sulfate, zinc proteinate, manganese proteinate, copper proteinate, sodium selenite, calcium iodate), dried chicory root, dl-methionine, 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||33%||20%||39%|
|Calorie Weighted Basis||28%||40%||32%|
The first ingredient in this dog food is chicken. Although it is a quality item, raw chicken 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 chicken meal. Chicken meal is considered a meat concentrate and contains nearly 300% more protein than fresh chicken.
The third ingredient includes 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.
However, chickpeas contain about 22% protein, a factor that must be considered when judging the actual meat content of this dog food.
The fourth ingredient lists peas. Peas are a quality source of carbohydrates. And like all legumes, they’re rich in natural fiber and contain about 25% protein.
The fifth ingredient is pea protein, what remains of a pea after removing the starchy part of the vegetable.
Even though it contains over 80% protein, this ingredient would be expected to have a lower biological value than meat.
The next ingredient is chicken fat. This item 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.
The seventh ingredient is pumpkin, which is a nutritious addition high in complex carbohydrates, beta-carotene and dietary fiber.
The eighth 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 ninth ingredient includes dried egg, a dehydrated powder made from shell-free eggs. Eggs are easy to digest and have an exceptionally high biological value.
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 5 notable exceptions…
First, we find 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
Unfortunately, this particular item is anonymous. Because various fish contain different types of fats, we would have preferred to have known the source species.
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 salmon oil. 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.
Next, we find 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.
Since taurine deficiency appears to be more common in pets consuming grain-free diets, we view its presence in this recipe as a positive addition.
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.
Based on its ingredients alone, Solid Gold Grain Free Dog Food looks like an above-average dry product.
As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 32% and a mean fat level of 16%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 44% for the overall product line.
And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 50%.
Which means this Solid Gold product line contains…
Above-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 chickpeas, pea products and flaxseed, this still looks like the profile of a kibble containing a significant amount of meat.
Is Solid Gold Grain Free a Good Dog Food?
Solid Gold Grain Free is a dry dog food using a significant amount of named meat meals as its primary source of animal protein, thus earning the brand 5 stars.
Has Solid Gold Dog Food Been Recalled?
The following automated list (if present) includes all dog food recalls since 2009 related to Solid Gold.
- 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 Dog Food Review (Dry)
- Solid Gold Grain Free Dog Food Review (Cups)
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08/30/2020 Last Update