Summit Dog Food Review (Dry)

Rating:

Summit Original Dog Food receives the Advisor’s second-highest tier rating of 4 stars.

The Summit Original product line includes the 4 dry dog foods listed below.

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

  • Summit Original Large Breed Recipe [A]
  • Summit Original Adult Recipe (3.5 stars) [M]
  • Summit Original Puppy Recipe (4.5 stars) [G]
  • Summit Original Reduced Calorie Recipe (3 stars) [M]

Summit Original Large Breed Recipe was selected to represent the other products in the line for this review.

Summit Original Large Breed Recipe

Dry Dog Food

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

Protein = 27% | Fat = 12% | Carbs = 53%

Ingredients: Chicken meal, oatmeal, whole brown rice, rye, barley, chicken fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols), natural chicken flavour, lamb meal, salmon meal, whole dried egg, rice bran, flaxseed, dried kelp, potassium chloride, choline chloride, l-lysine, sodium chloride, glucosamine hydrochloride, vitamins (vitamin A supplement, vitamin D3 supplement, vitamin E supplement, niacin, l-ascorbyl-2-polyphosphate (a source of vitamin C), d-calcium pantothenate, thiamine mononitrate, beta-carotene, riboflavin, pyridoxine hydrochloride, folic acid, biotin, vitamin B12 supplement), minerals (zinc proteinate, iron proteinate, copper proteinate, zinc oxide, manganese proteinate, copper sulphate, ferrous sulphate, calcium iodate, manganous oxide, selenium yeast), chondroitin sulphate, taurine, dl-methionine, dried rosemary

Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 2.8%

Red denotes controversial item

Estimated Nutrient Content
MethodProteinFatCarbs
Guaranteed Analysis24%11%NA
Dry Matter Basis27%12%53%
Calorie Weighted Basis24%27%49%
Protein = 24% | Fat = 27% | Carbs = 49%

The first ingredient in this dog food is chicken meal. Chicken meal is considered a meat concentrate and contains nearly 300% more protein than fresh chicken.

The second 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 next ingredient lists 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 rye, a cereal grain nutritionally similar to barley.

The fifth 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 sixth item 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.

After the natural chicken flavor, we find lamb meal, another protein-rich meat concentrate.

The ninth ingredient is salmon meal, yet another high protein 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

From here, the list goes on to include a number of other items.

But realistically, ingredients located this far down the list (other than nutritional supplements) are not likely to affect the overall rating of this Petcurean product line.

With 5 notable exceptions

First, 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.

Next, we find no mention of probiotics, friendly bacteria applied to the surface of the kibble after processing to help with digestion.

In addition, 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.

Next, rice bran is 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.

And lastly, this recipe also contains selenium yeast. Unlike the more common inorganic form of selenium (sodium selenite), this natural yeast supplement is considered a safer anti-cancer alternative.

Summit Original Dog Food Review

Based on its ingredients alone, Summit Original Dog Food looks like an above-average dry product.

The dashboard displays a dry matter protein reading of 27%, a fat level of 12% and estimated carbohydrates of about 53%.

As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 26% and a mean fat level of 13%. 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 that this Summit product contains…

Near-average protein. Below-average fat. And above-average carbs when compared to other dry dog foods.

Even when you consider the protein-boosting effect of the flaxseed, this looks like the profile of a kibble containing a moderate amount of meat.

Bottom line?

Summit Original is a grain-inclusive dry dog food using a moderate amount of named meat meal as its dominant source of animal protein, thus earning the brand 4 stars.

Highly recommended.

Summit Dog Food
Recall History

The following list (if present) includes all dog food recalls since 2009 directly related to this Petcurean brand. If there are no recalls listed in this section, we have not yet reported any events.

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Notes and Updates

  1. Association of American Feed Control Officials

03/19/2020 Last Update