Blue Buffalo Dry Dog Food, Fish and Sweet Potato Recipe Review

//Blue Buffalo Dry Dog Food, Fish and Sweet Potato Recipe Review

Blue Buffalo Dry Dog Food, Fish and Sweet Potato Recipe Review

Blue Buffalo Dry Dog Food, Fish and Sweet Potato Recipe

Blue Buffalo Dry Dog Food, Fish and Sweet Potato Recipe

Blue Buffalo Life Protection Fish and Sweet Potato Formula contains real meat, whole grains, garden vegetables and fruit and lots of antioxidant-rich ingredients.

This recipe contributes to your dog’s health in all areas such as digestion, skin and coat, weight and energy level.

The main ingredient in this natural dog food is deboned whitefish. It is an excellent source of nutrients essential for your dog’s health and well-being.

Blue Buffalo Fish and Sweet Potato Adult Dog Food includes unique Life Source Bits included in the dog food mixture.

Life Source Bits help to promote a healthy immune system and oxidative balance. These Bits enclose a particular combination of vitamins and minerals selected by veterinarians and nutritionists.

Garden vegetables like carrots and blackberries plus added vitamins provide your adult dog with antioxidants he needs to maintain a strong immune system.

Dog Food Analysis

  • Protein: Deboned whitefish, menhaden fish meal
  • Fat and Oil: Canola oil, flaxseed, sunflower oil, chicken fat
  • Carbohydrates: Whole ground brown rice, whole ground barley, oatmeal
  • Fiber: Fruits and vegetables
  • Fruits and vegetables: Tomato pomace, whole sweet potatoes, whole potatoes, peas, whole carrots, blueberries, cranberries, apples, blackberries, pomegranate, spinach, pumpkin, alfalfa meal, dried kelp, garlic
  • Flavorings: Natural fish flavor
  • Preservatives: Mixed tocopherols
  • Sweeteners: None
  • Dyes: Caramel
  • Supplements and minerals: Barley Grass, Dried Parsley, Yucca Schidigera Extract, L-Carnitine, L-Lysine, Glucosamine Hydrochloride, Turmeric), Dried Chicory Root, Oil of Rosemary, Beta Carotene, Vitamin A Supplement, Thiamine Mononitrate (Vitamin B1), Riboflavin (Vitamin B2), Niacin (Vitamin B3), d-Calcium Pantothenate (Vitamin B5), Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (Vitamin B6), Biotin (Vitamin B7), Folic Acid (Vitamin B9), Vitamin B12 Supplement, Calcium Ascorbate (source of Vitamin C), Vitamin D3 Supplement, Vitamin E Supplement, Iron Amino Acid Chelate, Zinc Amino Acid Chelate, Manganese Amino Acid Chelate, Copper Amino Acid Chelate, Choline Chloride, Sodium Selenite, Calcium Iodate, Salt, Calcium Carbonate, Potassium Chloride, Dried Yeast (source of Saccharomyces cerevisiae), Dried Lactobacillus acidophilus fermentation product, Dried Bacillus subtilis fermentation product, Dried Enterococcus faecium fermentation product.

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 22 % (min.) 24.4 %
Fat 12 % (min.) 13 %
Fiber 4 % (max.) 4.4 %
Moisture 10 % (max.) NA
Carbohydrates NA 53 % (EV)
Omega 6 3 % (min.) NA
Omega 3 1.3 % (min.) NA
Glucosamine 400 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 Life Protection Formula Fish and Sweet Potato Recipe Food for adult dogs is formulated to meet the nutritional levels established by the AAFCO Dog Food Nutrient Profiles for maintenance.

Detail Ingredient Analysis

Protein: Deboned whitefish is defined as clean whitefish meat. It is a brilliant source of protein, and also provides niacin, phosphorus and selenium.

Menhaden fish meal is another excellent source of good quality fish protein and omega 3 important fatty acids including EPA, DHA and arachidonic acid. This fatty acids are linked with the prevention of coronary artery disease and protection against arteriosclerosis. They also improve immune response.

Carbohydrates: Whole ground brown rice is connected with natural healthy foods. The bran portion offers B vitamins, minerals and fiber. Brown rice is a brilliant, great quality complex carbohydrate source for energy and fiber for colon health.

Whole ground barley corresponds to the whole grain with the hull and bran. Like, brown rice it is a good carbohydrate source for energy, B vitamins and fiber for colon health. Barley is a quality grain source and reduces allergic reactions characteristically associated with corn or wheat.

Oatmeal is another excellent carbohydrate source for energy. It is rich in B vitamins and like barley minimizes allergic reactions typically associated with wheat and corn. This ingredient is also known to help protect against heart disease, diabetes and cancer.

Fat and oil: Canola oil provides calories for energy and omega fatty acids for a healthy coat. Some claim this oil can have a high content of a toxin – erucic acid. So it may be a cause for concern. Unfortunately, there is no solid evidence to indorse or reject such claims.

Flaxseed is one of the richest sources of the essential omega 3 fatty acids, essential amino acids and essential vitamins and minerals required by dogs. Flaxseed also contains phytoestrogen. A phytoestrogen basically acts like estrogen – a reproductive hormone – in the body. So if you are a dog breeder you should be aware of this because excessive amounts of flaxseed can cause reproductive problems.

Sunflower oil comes from processing sunflower seeds. It is an excellent source of omega 6 fatty acids and also contains linoleic acid.

Chicken fat is known as a quality named source of essential fatty acids, energy and linoleic acid.

Fruits and vegetables: Tomato pomace is a blend of tomato skins, pulp and crushed seeds. It is an outstanding source of soluble fiber and it is rich in the antioxidant lycopene. Some critics does not like tomato pomace. They argue that it is a low quality “filler” with a poor nutritional value and low digestibility. It is also blamed of causing flatulence. I believe that this ingredient is unlikely to be detrimental to your dog. It is not a main ingredient and have some beneficial constituents.

Whole sweet potatoes offer potassium, B vitamins and beta-carotene. They are an excellent source of antioxidant agents providing natural protection against cancer causing agents. Whole fresh potatoes provide lots of vitamins and minerals.

Peas are a good source of protein, potassium, vitamin A and fiber. Fiber helps manage cholesterol and blood sugar levels. However, some dogs have some trouble in digesting peas. Thus they may present some digestive problems like vomit.

Whole carrots provide antioxidants, phytochemicals, vitamins and minerals. They are rich in Vitamin A and carotenoids. Carotenoids are antioxidants providing protection against free radicals. Vitamin A contributes to a healthy vision.

Blueberries, cranberries and blackberries are excellent sources of fiber, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Cranberries also contributes to prevention of bacterial infection in the urinary tract and formation of struvite crystals in the bladder and urethra.

Apples are a first-rate source of pectin, a water-soluble fiber. It adds in digestion.

Pomegranate is a powerful antioxidant. It helps reduce blood pressure and prevents heart disease.

Spinach is a good source of fiber, antioxidants, phytonutrients, omega 3 fatty acids, vitamins and minerals.

Pumpkin is a good source of flavor, fiber, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Pumpkin seeds promote healthy digestion.

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

Dried kelp is an excellent source of essential vitamins and minerals (including iodine). It is also a good antioxidant.

Garlic is a natural antioxidant that can aid thin the blood, strengthen the heart and maintain good circulation. It is known to also have natural antibiotic properties from allicin. Large doses of garlic are hazardous for dogs. However small amounts of garlic can actually be beneficial. Toxic doses are relatively high (as much as two whole bulbs daily for a prolonged period). Thus I would not be too concerned about garlic in this food.

Flavors: Natural fish flavor usually refers to a mixture of fresh fish and oils which is sprayed on to the food in the final stages of manufacturing. It has no nutritional value.

Dyes: Natural colors, such as Caramel, are not dangerous to dogs but they also aren’t beneficial.

Supplements: Barley Grass is a source of chlorophyll, fiber and phytochemicals. It can be beneficial in the treatment of arthritis, diabetes, renal and hepatic disease, and cancer.

Dried Parsley is an herb associated with prevention of urinary tract inflammation, promotion of a healthy digestion and improving of renal function. It also holds vitamins linked with antioxidant properties.

Yucca Schidigera Extract supports anti-inflammatory processes in tendons and joint cartilage.

Oil of Rosemary is a first-rate and natural preservative that is also know to help protect against cancer.

Glucosamine is used in the prevention of arthritis and helps to preserve connective tissue, tendons, ligaments, and cartilage health.

Salt (sodium chloride) is commonly added to dog foods as a flavor enhancer. Disproportionate amounts of salt has the same health implications for dogs as for humans and should be avoided. This is principally important if your dog has a history of heart disease. However, this ingredient is far down in the ingredient list, I believe that the quantity of salt added to this dog food is not problematic.

Dried Chicory Root is known as a prebiotic agent. It feeds the good bacteria and impedes the growth of bad bacteria in your dog’s digestive track.

Fermentation products help to maintain normal bacteria balance in the large intestine. Thus, they aid in digestion and reduce the incidence of diarrhea.

Chelated minerals are attached to an easily absorbable substance. So they get into the bloodstream more readily. Chelated minerals are present in superior quality foods.

This food does not contain sweeteners or artificial preservatives.

Final Comment

Based on the ingredients included in Blue Buffalo Dry Dog Food, Fish and Sweet Potato Recipe we give a 4.5 stars score.

Evaluating by its ingredients alone Blue Buffalo Dry Dog Food, Fish and Sweet Potato Recipe seems to be a highly recommended dry dog food.

This kibble contains original protein from fish, which provides essential amino acids and omega fatty acids.

Blue Buffalo Fish and Sweet Potato kibble also comprises guaranteed levels of nutrients like glucosamine, to help support joint health, omega 3 and 6 fatty acids from whitefish and sunflower oils, for healthy skin and coat, and calcium, phosphorus, and Vitamin A, to maintain strong bones, teeth and immune system health.

This recipe is an excellent choice for your adult dog. Singular dog’s nutritional necessities may vary due to age, breed, environment, and exercise level. You should adjust food as required to preserve ideal body condition.

Blue Buffalo Dry Dog Food, Fish and Sweet Potato Recipe main benefits:

  • Whole grains and healthy garden veggies
  • High-quality protein
  • Calcium, phosphorus and essential vitamins for strong bones and teeth
  • Glucosamine for joint health and mobility
  • Omega 3 and 6 fatty acids for healthy skin and coat
  • Antioxidants for support a healthy immune system
  • No corn, wheat, soy or chicken (or poultry) by-product meals
  • Unique Life Source Bits
  • No artificial colors, flavors or preservatives
  • Fermentation products for a healthy digestion
  • Chelated minerals

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

Blue Buffalo Dry Dog Food, Fish and Sweet Potato Recipe

Positive Aspects

  • Deboned whitefish, menhaden fish meal
  • Sunflower oil, chicken fat
  • Whole ground brown rice, whole ground barley, oatmeal
  • Whole sweet potatoes, whole potatoes, whole carrots, blueberries, cranberries, apples, blackberries, pomegranate, spinach, pumpkin, alfalfa meal, dried kelp
  • Life Source Bits
  • Omega Fatty Acids
  • Chelated minerals
  • Glucosamine

Negative Aspects

  • Canola oil, flaxseed
  • Tomato pomace, peas, garlic
  • Caramel
  • Salt

Available in: 6 lb (2.72 Kg); 15 lb (6.8 Kg); 30 lb (13.6 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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