Blue Buffalo Dry Dog Food, Lamb and Rice Recipe Review

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Blue Buffalo Dry Dog Food, Lamb and Rice Recipe Review

Blue Buffalo Dry Dog Food, Lamb and Rice Recipe

Blue Buffalo Dry Dog Food, Lamb and Rice RecipeDogs adore the flavor of appetizing lamb, which offers them with essential amino acids they require for a health life.

Whole grains, such as brown rice, barley and oats provide the complex carbohydrates that dogs need for energy. Fruits and vegetables like carrots and sweet potatoes as well as blueberries provide antioxidants your dog needs to support a healthy immune system.

Blue Buffalo Lamb and Brown Rice kibble also contains guaranteed amounts of nutrients like glucosamine, to help support joint health, Omega-3 and -6 fatty acids for healthy skin and hair coat, and calcium, phosphorus, to preserve strong bones and teeth.

Dog Food Analysis

  • Protein: Deboned lamb, turkey meal
  • Fat and Oil: Canola oil, sunflower oil, oil of rosemary
  • Carbohydrates: Whole ground barley, whole ground brown rice, whole potatoes
  • Fiber: Oatmeal, fruits and vegetables
  • Fruits and vegetables: Peas, tomato pomace, flaxseed, alfalfa meal, whole carrots, blueberries, cranberries, apples, blackberries, pomegranate, spinach, pumpkin, barley grass, dried parsley, garlic, dried kelp
  • Flavorings: Natural flavor
  • Preservatives: Mixed tocopherols
  • Sweeteners: absent
  • Dyes: Caramel
  • Supplements and minerals: Yucca Schidigera Extract, L-Carnitine, L-Lysine, Glucosamine Hydrochloride, Turmeric, Dried Chicory Root, Beta Carotene, Calcium Carbonate, Dicalcium Phosphate, 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, 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 %
Fat 12 % (min.) 13 %
Fiber 4.5 % (max.) 5 %
Moisture 10 % (max.) NA
Carbohydrates NA 53 % (EV)
Omega 6 3 % (min.) NA
Omega 3 0.9 % (min.) NA
Glucosamine 400 mg/Kg (min.) NA

(NA: not available; EV: estimated value)

Blue Buffalo Dry Dog Food, Lamb and Rice Recipe is formulated to meet the nutritional levels recognized by the AAFCO Dog Food Nutrient Profiles.
On a dry matter basis, this dog food includes reasonable amounts of protein and fat. The food includes an estimated carbohydrate value of 53 % which is a moderately high amount.

This dog food contains guaranteed amounts of omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids which support your dog’s immune system, skin, coat and cognitive function. Glucosamine nourishes cartilage and joints, so this element included in the guaranteed analysis of this food is good for your dog.

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.

Detail Ingredient Analysis

Protein: Deboned lamb is genuine lamb meat. Lamb is an exceptional source of protein that dogs like.
Turkey meal is a highly concentrated source of premium protein and minerals, such as calcium. It also offers a natural font of glucosamine and chondroitin.

Carbohydrates: Whole brown rice is a complex carbohydrate that after cooking process can be quite easy to digest for dogs.

There are some concerns about arsenic content in rice. So if you are uncomfortable about the risk of small amounts of arsenic in dog foods containing rice, you should avoid this food or any dog food that contains rice.

Ground barley is a starchy carbohydrate supplying fiber and extra healthy nutrients. It is an excellent source of soluble fiber and has been shown to lower cholesterol levels. Barley is a quality grain font and minimizes allergic reactions classically associated with corn or wheat. Potatoes are a natural energy source rich in vitamins and minerals.

Fiber: Oatmeal is naturally rich in vitamin B and dietary fiber.

Fat and oil: Canola oil is a controversial ingredient in dog foods. Many companies claim that it is a healthy choice because it is mono-unsaturated fat and it contains omega-3 fatty acids, but critics argue that its moderately high content of the toxin – erucic acid may be a cause for worry.

Sunflower oil is high in omega-6 fatty acids – linoleic acid. There are several different types of sunflower oil, some better than others.

Rosemary oil is a great antioxidant source which is able to hold up the oxidization process that turns fats rancid. As an antioxidant, rosemary oil may also help to decrease the risk of cancer.

Fruits and vegetables: Peas are a quality font of carbohydrates. They’re rich in natural fiber which helps manage cholesterol and blood sugar. They are also a good source of protein and Vitamin A. Peas are not always efficiently digested by dogs and can result in some gastrointestinal problems, like diarrhea.

Tomato pomace is a controversial ingredient because it is a by-product remaining after processing tomatoes. Many commend tomato pomace for its high fiber and nutrient content, while others disdain it as a low-cost dog food filler.

Flaxseed is rich in healthy omega-3 fatty acids. It is rich in fiber too. However, flaxseed is also a source of phytoestrogen – these are plant-derived substances that imitate some of the effects of estrogen in the body. If you are a dog breeder you should be aware that flaxseed can interfere with conception and gestation in female dogs.

Whole carrots, blueberries, cranberries, apples, blackberries, pomegranate, spinach, pumpkin, barley grass, dried parsley and dried kelp are natural sources of vitamins, minerals, fiber and antioxidants. These elements are very good for your dog.

Garlic can be a controversial item. It has been associated to Heinz body anemia in dogs. However, it is considered a natural antioxidant that can help thin the blood; helps fortify the heart and preserve good circulation. It has natural antibiotic properties from allicin.
Though, the use of garlic especially when used in small amounts does not represent a dangerous ingredient.

Flavors: Natural flavor is an ambiguous term that often indicates the presence of MSG (monosodium glutamate) used for flavoring. This component is added to dog food to discourage your dog from eating his own feces. Additionally, when a food includes natural flavor, it commonly has a lot of salt which is not benefit for dogs.

Supplements: Chelated minerals, which have been chemically attached to protein, are easier to absorb. Chelated minerals are habitually included in better dog foods.
Chicory root is rich in inulin a natural source of soluble dietary fiber; it’s also a prebiotic used to promote the growth of good bacteria in a dog’s digestive system. Yucca Schidigera Extract adds flavor and reduces stool odor. Fermentation products (inbound link prebiotics and probiotics) work in your dog’s intestine to help the growth of good intestinal bacteria.
Turmeric is an aromatic plant associated with aiding digestion by helping digest fat.

Dyes: Caramel, a coloring agent made by caramelizing carbohydrates. It’s used by dog food manufacturers to convey a golden brown color to the finished product. Caramel is considered safe by the FDA, however it is an added color agent used in a pet food. Coloring is used to make the product more attractive to dog owners — not your dog.

This food does not contain artificial preservatives.

Final Comment

Based on the ingredients included in Blue Buffalo Dry Dog Food, Lamb and Rice Recipe we give a 4.35 stars score.

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

Specially formulated for the health and welfare of dogs, Blue Buffalo Dry Dog Food Lamb and Rice Recipe is made with only the best natural ingredients including delicious deboned lamb, whole grains and fresh veggies and fruit.

Blue Buffalo Dry Dog Food, Lamb and Rice Recipe main benefits:

  • High-quality protein from deboned lamb and turkey meal helps maintain strong muscles
  • Essential amino acids and carbohydrates to help meet energy requirements
  • A balanced Calcium/Phosphorus ratio and essential vitamins help promote strong bones and teeth
  • Glucosamine helps support joint function and mobility
  • Omega 3 and 6 fatty acids help to promote a glossy coat and healthy skin.
  • Essential vitamins, chelated minerals and antioxidants help support a healthy immune system

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, Lamb and Rice Recipe

Positive Aspects

  • Deboned lamb, turkey meal
  • Sunflower oil, oil of rosemary
  • Whole ground barley, whole ground brown rice, whole potatoes
  • Fresh fruits and vegetables
  • Mixed tocopherols
  • Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acids
  • Glucosamine and Chondroitin Sulphate

Negative Aspects

  • Canola oil
  • Peas, tomato pomace, flaxseed
  • Garlic
  • Natural flavor
  • Caramel


Available in: 6 lb ( 7.26 Kg); 15 lb (6,80 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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