Valiant Pet Nutrition Raw Freeze-Dried Dog Food receives the Advisor’s second-lowest tier rating of 2.5 stars.
The Valiant Pet Nutrition Raw Freeze-Dried product line includes one dry dog food, a recipe claimed to meet AAFCO nutrient guidelines for adult maintenance.
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Valiant Beef Medallions
Freeze-Dried Dog Food
Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content
Ingredients: Beef, beef heart, broccoli, green beans, coconut oil, chia seeds, red cabbage, sunflower seeds, beef liver, calcium carbonate, kelp powder, zinc amino acid chelate, vitamin E, vitamin D3
Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 7.4%
Red denotes controversial item
|Estimated Nutrient Content|
|Dry Matter Basis||38%||43%||11%|
|Calorie Weighted Basis||25%||68%||7%|
The first ingredient in this dog food is beef. Although it’s a quality item, raw beef 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 beef heart. Although it doesn’t sound very appetizing to us humans, heart tissue is pure muscle — all meat. It’s naturally rich in quality protein, minerals and complex B vitamins, too.
The third ingredient is broccoli. Broccoli is a healthy green vegetable and a member of the kale family. It’s notably rich in vitamin C and fiber and numerous other nutrients.
Like other cruciferous vegetables, broccoli is believed to provide anti-cancer benefits.
The fourth ingredient includes green beans, a healthy vegetable notable for its vitamin, mineral and natural fiber content.
The fifth ingredient is coconut oil, a natural oil rich in medium-chain fatty acids.
Medium-chain triglycerides have been shown to improve cognitive function in older dogs.1
Because of its proven safety2 as well as its potential to help in the treatment of canine cognitive dysfunction syndrome (CDS) and chronic skin disorders, MCT can be considered a positive addition to this recipe.
The sixth ingredient includes chia seed, an edible seed nutritionally similar to flax or sesame. Provided they’re first ground into a meal, chia seeds are rich in both omega-3 fatty acids as well as dietary fiber.
However, chia seeds contain about 17% protein, a factor that must be considered when judging the meat content of this dog food.
The seventh ingredient is red cabbage. Like broccoli and cauliflower, cabbage is a cruciferous vegetable rich in protective antioxidants and fiber.
The eighth ingredient lists sunflower seeds, a good source of plant-based fatty acids that and are also rich in vitamins. minerals and dietary fiber.
The ninth ingredient is beef liver. This is an organ meat sourced from a named animal and thus considered a beneficial component.
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 one notable exception…
Aside from zinc amino acid chelate, the minerals listed here do not appear to be chelated. And that can make them more difficult to absorb. Chelated minerals are usually associated with higher quality dog foods.
Valiant Pet Nutrition Raw Freeze-Dried Dog Food Review
Judging by its ingredients alone, Valiant Pet Nutrition Raw Freeze-Dried dog food looks like an above-average product.
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.
And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 114%.
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 chia seeds, this looks like the profile of a meat-based dog food containing a significant amount of meat.
However, with 68% of the total calories in our example coming from fat versus just 25% from protein, some recipes may not be suitable for every animal. In addition, this same finding also prevents us from awarding the brand a higher rating.
Valiant Pet Nutrition Raw Freeze-Dried is a meat-based dog food using a significant amount of beef as its main source of animal protein.
Unfortunately, because of its unusually high fat-to-protein ratio, this product may not be suitable for some animals and thus earns only 2.5 stars.
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.
Valiant Pet Nutrition Dog Food
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Notes and Updates
08/06/2018 Last Update
- Pan Y et al, Dietary supplementation with medium-chain TAG has long-lasting cognition-enhancing effects in aged dogs, British Journal of Nutrition, Volume 103, Issue 12, June 2010, pp 1746-1754 ↩
- Matulka RA et al, Lack of toxicity by medium chain triglycerides (MCT) in canines during a 90-day feeding study,Food Chem Toxicol, Jan 2009, 47(1) 35-9. ↩