Blue Basics Grain-Free Salmon & Potato Recipe for Adult Dogs Review

//Blue Basics Grain-Free Salmon & Potato Recipe for Adult Dogs Review

Blue Basics Grain-Free Salmon & Potato Recipe for Adult Dogs Review

Blue Basics Grain-Free Salmon & Potato Recipe for Adult Dogs

Blue Basics Grain-Free Salmon & Potato Recipe for Adult Dogs Blue Basics Grain-Free Salmon & Potato Recipe for Adult Dogs is a healthy and holistic, limited-ingredient recipe formulated to reduce food sensitivities and, at the same time, maximize the nutritional value that your dog will obtain from his food.

This Salmon and Potato recipe is made with the premium natural ingredients. Salmon is used here as the first ingredient and potatoes are an easily digestible carbohydrate source. This formula is a grain free recipe containing no gluten. The absence of grains in dog’s diet is especially significant to allergic dogs.

Blue Basics includes “LifeSource Bits” which contains a particular blend of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals carefully chosen by holistic veterinarians and animal nutritionists. These bits support your dog’s immune system health, life stage requirements and healthy oxidative balance.

Dog Food Analysis

  • Protein: Deboned Salmon, Salmon Meal, Pea Protein
  • Fat and Oil: Canola Oil, Fish Oil, Flaxseed
  • Carbohydrates: Tapioca Starch, Potatoes, Potato Starch
  • Fiber: Fruits and vegetables
  • Fruits and vegetables: Peas, Alfalfa Meal, Pumpkin, Parsley, Kelp, Blueberries, Cranberries, Barley Grass, Turmeric
  • Flavorings: Natural Flavor
  • Preservatives: Mixed Tocopherols (a natural preservative)
  • Sweeteners: absent
  • Dyes: Caramel
  • Supplements and minerals: Dicalcium Phosphate, Calcium Carbonate, Choline Chloride, Salt, Potassium Chloride, Dried Chicory Root, Vitamin E Supplement, DL-Methionine, L-Ascorbyl-2-Polyphosphate (source of Vitamin C), Yucca Schidigera Extract, Ferrous Sulfate, Iron Amino Acid Chelate, Zinc Amino Acid Chelate, Zinc Sulfate, Oil of Rosemary, L-Carnitine, L-Lysine, Copper Sulfate, Copper Amino Acid Chelate, Nicotinic Acid (Vitamin B3), Taurine, Calcium Pantothenate (Vitamin B5), Biotin (Vitamin B7), Manganese Sulfate, Vitamin A Supplement, Manganese Amino Acid Chelate, Sodium Selenite, Thiamine Mononitrate (Vitamin B1), Riboflavin (Vitamin B2), Vitamin D3 Supplement, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (Vitamin B6), Dried Yeast, Dried Enterococcus faecium fermentation product, Dried Lactobacillus acidophilus fermentation product, Dried Aspergillus niger fermentation extract, Dried Trichoderma longibrachiatum fermentation extract, Dried Bacillus subtilis fermentation extract, Folic Acid (Vitamin B9), Calcium Iodate.
Yellow ingredients represent controversial or low quality sources. Consult our nutrient detailed analysis and find out why.

Nutrient Analysis

Guaranteed Analysis Dry Matter Basis
Protein 20 % (min.) 22 %
Fat 12 % (min.) 13 %
Fiber 6 % (max.) 7 %
Moisture 10 % (max.) NA
Carbohydrates NA 56 % (EV)
Omega 6 1.75 % (min.) NA
Omega 3 1 % (min.) NA
Glucosamine 200 mg/Kg (min.) NA

(NA: not available; EV: estimated value)

Consult our article named “How do we convert guaranteed analysis into dry matter basis?” and find out how we calculate nutrients percentages on a dry matter basis.

Blue Basics Grain-Free Salmon and Potato Recipe Adult Food for Dogs is formulated to meet the nutritional levels established by the AAFCO Dog Food Nutrient Profiles for maintenance.

Detail Ingredient Analysis

Protein: Deboned salmon is a superb source of meat protein and omega fatty acids that supports skin and coat health and muscle development.

Salmon meal is a concentrated form of salmon protein. It is highly digestible and provides essential amino acids, omega 3 fatty acids, vitamins and minerals for muscle enlargement and vitality.

Pea protein is considered as a controversial ingredient. It is a byproduct of pea processing and is used as a protein font in some dog foods. Pea protein should not be used as a substitute to meat in dog foods since it has a poorer nutritional value and digestibility.

Carbohydrates: Tapioca starch is extracted from the root of the cassava plant. It is used as a carbohydrate source in grain free dog foods. However due to its general lack of all nutrients other than starch, it is usually viewed as a low grade filler for dogs.

Potato starch is used as a binding agent in grain-free dry foods, without which the bits wouldn’t form. It is considered as a controversial ingredient because nutritionists still have uncertainties over the ability of dogs to digest starches efficiently.

Potatoes are widespread ingredients in grain-free dog foods. Potatoes are predominantly made up of starch and contain dietary fiber, vitamin C, vitamin B6 and potassium.

Fat and oil: Canola oil is another controversial ingredient in dog foods. It is rich in mono-unsaturated fats and contains omega 3 fatty acids. However criticizers argue that canola’s oil high content of erucic acid may be a cause for concern. There is little solid scientific evidence to confirm or reject such statements.

Fish oil is made from fatty fish such as tuna, sardines and salmon. Fish oil contains a good amount of omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids and vitamins. Fish oils have been suggested for the prevention and treatment of joint problems, skin disorders, cardiovascular illness and cancer. It would be good if Blue Buffalo had named the fish used to produce this oil.

Flaxseed ground is one of the richest sources of the essential omega 3 fatty acids. It also holds essential amino acids, fiber, vitamins and minerals required by dogs. However dog breeders should be alert feeding dog foods that contains flaxseeds since it also includes phytoestrogens which can interfere with conception and pregnancy.

Fruits and vegetables: Peas are a good source of protein, fiber, potassium, antioxidants and Vitamin A. Fiber helps to manage cholesterol and blood sugar levels. There are some dogs that may present difficulty to digest peas and present some gastrointestinal problems. However, if your dog is able to digest peas, this ingredient is nutritionally valuable.

Alfalfa meal contains abundant amounts of trace minerals (zinc, iron and manganese), vitamins (Vitamin A, Vitamin C) and fiber.

Pumpkin is a great source of flavor and fiber. It is rich in vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and supports a healthy digestion.

Parsley is an herb related with the reduction of urinary tract inflammation. It also aids in digestion and stimulates renal function by increasing urine production.

Kelp is a source of essential vitamins, antioxidants and minerals (including iodine). Iodine is important to thyroid function.

Blueberries are a good source of vitamins, potassium, and fiber. Cranberries are packed with vitamin C and antioxidants.

Cranberries are a natural acidifier that contribute to urinary tract health, avoiding bacterial infection in the urinary tract, and preventing urinary crystals formation.

Barley Grass contains a wide range of nutrients and is sometimes recommended as a natural antioxidant and anti-inflammatory.

Turmeric is an herb related with digestion support by helping to stimulate fat digestion.

Flavors: Natural Flavor can refer to anything from meat meals to more problematic ingredients like animal digest. In dry dog foods, natural flavorings occasionally refers to a mixture of fresh meat and oils which is sprayed on to the food.

Dyes: Caramel is used as a natural colorant in dog food. Although it is not unsafe to dogs, it also isn’t beneficial. Numerous studies have shown that dogs are largely colorblind thus they will not feel more attracted to a colorful food.

Supplements: Dried chicory root is rich in simple sugars and in inulin. Inulin can have a beneficial effect on your dog’s intestinal flora and it is used as a prebiotic.

Oil of rosemary is used as a natural preservative that is also recognized to help protect against cancer.

Fermentation products (Lactobacillus Acidophilus, Bacillus Subtilis, Bifidobacterium Thermophilum, Bifidobacterium Longum and Enterococcus Faecium) are triggered on ingesting the food and help to preserve normal bacteria balance in the lower intestine. They support digestion and reduce the incidence of diarrhea, contributing to colon and rectum health.

Yucca Schidigera is recognized to support anti-inflammatory processes in tendons and joint cartilage.

Chelated minerals are attached to an easily absorbable substance. So they get into the bloodstream more readily. This food does not contain sweeteners, dyes or artificial preservatives.

Final Comment

Based on the ingredients included in Blue Basics Grain-Free Salmon & Potato Recipe for Adult Dogs Recipe we give a 4.2 stars score.

Evaluating by its ingredients alone Blue Basics Grain-Free Salmon & Potato Recipe for Adult Dogs seems to be a highly recommended dry dog food.

If your dog has a food intolerance you should take in account that Blue Buffalo’s Basics dog foods still contains lots of ingredients. This recipe only contain one kind of meat protein, but unfortunately that may be not sufficient. Your dog can be sensitive to a preservative, a coloring (e.g. caramel), or something in the food (e.g. turmeric). The allergy doesn’t have to be a deprived quality food or ingredient.

Blue Basics Grain-Free Salmon & Potato Recipe for Adult Dogs is a good choice for a dog who has a sensitive digestion but, like every other dog food, it is not 100 % secure. In food sensitive cases the idea is to use limited ingredients to avoid triggering a reaction from your dog and evade problematic ingredients. In some cases you have to try several dog foods until you find the right one for your dog.

Blue Basics Grain-Free Salmon & Potato Recipe for Adult Dogs main benefits:

  • Tasty, protein rich Salmon as the first ingredient
  • Grain and gluten-free formula
  • Potatoes are an easily-digestible carbohydrate source
  • No corn, wheat, soy, dairy or eggs
  • Supports joint health
  • Omega 3 and 6 sources to promote healthy skin and coat
  • Vitamins, minerals and antioxidants support the immune system health
  • Blend of veggies, fruit and micronutrients selected for their nutritional value and their capacity to help in the digestive process.
  • Appropriate diet for adult dogs with food sensitivities
  • No artificial colors, flavors or preservatives

The following table is a summary of the positive and controversial/negative ingredients found during the qualitative analysis of this dog food.

Blue Basics Grain-Free Salmon & Potato Recipe for Adult Dogs

Positive Aspects

  • Deboned Salmon, Salmon Meal
  • Fish Oil
  • Potatoes
  • Alfalfa Meal, Pumpkin, Parsley, Kelp, Blueberries, Cranberries, Barley Grass, Turmeric
  • Dried Enterococcus faecium fermentation product, Dried Lactobacillus acidophilus fermentation product, Dried Aspergillus niger fermentation extract, Dried Trichoderma longibrachiatum fermentation extract, Dried Bacillus subtilis fermentation extract
  • Dried Chicory Root
  • Oil of Rosemary
  • Mixed Tocopherols

Negative Aspects

  • Pea Protein
  • Canola Oil, Flaxseed
  • Potato Starch, Tapioca Starch
  • Peas
  • Caramel

Available in: 4 lb (1.81 Kg); 11 lb (5 Kg); 22 lb (10 Kg)


About the Author:

Hi! I'm Dora Mancha, DVM. I am graduated for the Veterinary Medicine Faculty of Lisbon (2009). My degree is recognized by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA). I completed my degree in Veterinary Medicine in July, 2009. Over the first years as a veterinarian my work was closely related to the animal health field. I have gained some average experience having worked in Barcelona University (UAB) Equine Hospital and by working with veterinarians in Portugal. In addition, in 2009 - 2010 I was in Madrid at the University Alfonso X el Sábio doing an internship in the equine service. I am also very interested in small animal medicine and surgery. In fact I worked in several small animals clinics in Portugal improving my knowledge about small animal behavior and health. Dogs always have been present in my life, since I was a child. At the present moment I have four dogs a Labrador, a Epagnheul Breton, a Whippet and a mixed breed dog.

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