Review of Spot Farms Grain Free Dehydrated Dog Food
Spot Farms Grain Free Dog Food receives the Advisor’s top rating of 5 stars.
The Spot Farms Grain Free product line includes the 2 dehydrated dog foods listed below.
Each recipe includes its AAFCO nutrient profile when available… Growth (puppy), Maintenance (adult), All Life Stages, Supplemental or Unspecified.
|Spot Farms Grain Free Turkey||5||A|
|Spot Farms Grain Free Chicken||5||A|
Recipe and Label Analysis
Spot Farms Grain Free Chicken Recipe was selected to represent both products in the line for detailed recipe and nutrient analysis.
Label and nutrient data below are calculated using dry matter basis.
Spot Farms Grain Free Chicken Recipe
Dehydrated Dog Food
Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content
Ingredients: Dehydrated chicken, dried potatoes, flaxseed, dried apples, dried carrots, dried blueberries, dried spinach, dicalcium phosphate, tricalcium phosphate, dried sweet potatoes, dried yeast, salt, fish oil, choline chloride, zinc proteinate, iron proteinate, selenium yeast, copper proteinate, dl-alpha-tocopheryl acetate, ascorbic acid, natural flavors, manganese proteinate, vitamin A acetate, dried Bacillus coagulans fermentation product, d-calcium pantothenate, riboflavin, vitamin D3 supplement, potassium iodide, folic acid, biotin, vitamin B12 supplement
Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 5.6%
Red denotes controversial item
|Estimated Nutrient Content|
|Dry Matter Basis||29%||18%||45%|
|Calorie Weighted Basis||25%||37%||39%|
The first ingredient in this dog food is dehydrated chicken. Dehydrated chicken is considered a meat concentrate and contains more than four times as much protein as fresh chicken.
Plus (unlike chicken meal) dehydrated chicken is not exposed to high temperatures during processing, so it preserves more of the meat’s natural nutrients.
The second ingredient is dried potato, a dehydrated item usually made from the by-products of potato processing. In most cases, dried potato can contain about 10% dry matter protein which can have a slight affect on our estimate of the total meat content of this recipe.
The third 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 next ingredient is dried apple, a dehydrated, nutrient-rich fruit that’s also high in fiber.
The fifth ingredient lists carrots. Carrots are rich in beta-carotene, minerals and dietary fiber.
The sixth ingredient includes blueberries, which are a good source of vitamins, minerals and dietary fiber.
The seventh ingredient is spinach. Due to its exceptional vitamin and mineral content, spinach exhibits a remarkably high nutrient Completeness Score1 of 91.
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 4 notable exceptions…
First, 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.
Next, we find fish oil. Fish 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, fish oil should be considered a commendable addition.
In addition, this recipe contains selenium yeast. Unlike the more common inorganic form of selenium (sodium selenite), this natural yeast supplement is considered a safer anti-cancer alternative.
And lastly, we note the inclusion of dried fermentation products in this recipe. Fermentation products are typically added as probiotics to aid with digestion.
Based on its ingredients alone, Spot Farms Grain Free Dog Food looks like an above-average dry product.
As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 29% and a mean fat level of 18%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 45% for the overall product line.
And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 62%.
Which means this Spot Farms product line contains…
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 flaxseed, this looks like the profile of a dry product containing a significant amount of meat.
Our Rating of Spot Farms Grain Free Dehydrated Dog Food
Spot Farms Grain Free is a dry dog food using a significant amount of named dehydrated meats as its dominant source of animal protein, thus earning the brand 5 stars.
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