Blue Buffalo Wilderness Grain Free Dry Dog Food Chicken Recipe Review

//Blue Buffalo Wilderness Grain Free Dry Dog Food Chicken Recipe Review

Blue Buffalo Wilderness Grain Free Dry Dog Food Chicken Recipe Review

Blue Buffalo Wilderness Grain Free Dry Dog Food Chicken Recipe

Blue Buffalo Wilderness Grain Free Dry Dog Food Chicken Recipe

Blue Buffalo Wilderness Chicken Adult Dry Dog Food is a yummy natural dog food inspired by wolves’ omnivorous diet. It is rich in protein, low in carbohydrates and formulated with concentrated nutrients to support your dog’s energetic daily life.

The majority of protein that fuels this diet comes from deboned chicken, chicken meal, turkey meal. Flaxseed is an excellent source of Omega 3 and 6 fatty acids that help your dog’s skin and coat, and development.

Cranberries, blueberries and whole carrots support antioxidant supplementation. This dog food formula does not contain corn, wheat, soy, artificial flavors or preservatives. This dog food provides your dog healthy complex carbohydrates he needs to thrive, without the grains that contain gluten.

Dog Food Analysis

  • Protein: Deboned chicken, chicken meal, turkey meal, dried egg
  • Fat and Oil: Chicken fat
  • Carbohydrates: Tapioca starch, potatoes, potato starch, whole sweet potatoes
  • Fiber: Fruits and vegetables
  • Fruits and vegetables: Peas, tomato pomace (source of lycopene), natural chicken flavor, flaxseed (source of omega 3 and 6 fatty acids), alfalfa meal, whole carrots, blueberries, cranberries, barley grass, dried parsley, dried kelp
  • Flavorings: Natural chicken flavor
  • Preservatives: none
  • Sweeteners: absent
  • Dyes: Caramel
  • Supplements and minerals: Taurine, Yucca schidigera extract, l-carnitine, l-lysine, glucosamine hydrochloride, chondroitin sulfate, turmeric, 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), 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 34 % (min.) 38 %
Fat 15 % (min.) 17 %
Fiber 6.5 % (max.) 7 %
Moisture 10 % (max.) NA
Carbohydrates NA 37 % (EV)
Glucosamine 400 mg/Kg (min.) NA
Omega 6  2 % (min.) NA
Omega 3  0.3 % (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.
This fog food includes guaranteed levels of glucosamine that is widely recommended for prevention and treatment of joint problems and is one of the most common non-vitamin, non-mineral, dietary supplements for dogs.

In addition to glucosamine, Blue Buffalo gives information about guaranteed levels of omega 3 and 6 fatty acids. You can consult our article about the benefits of these two elements.

Blue Wilderness Chicken Recipe for Dogs is formulated to meet the nutritional levels established by the AAFCO Dog Food Nutrient Profiles for maintenance.

Detail Ingredient Analysis

Protein: Chicken is an excellent, very digestible protein source that make available essential amino acids, fatty acids, and minerals for muscle development, organ function, and energy. Chicken meal is produced by cooking chicken at elevate temperatures, removing the fat and drying the meat residue. It is also a good protein source.

Turkey is another outstanding source of protein and is rich in some vitamins and minerals, low in cholesterol and easy to digest. Turkey Meal is dry, rendered or cooked ground clean whole turkey that is a first-class protein source.

Egg is offers high quality protein and fatty acids. It provides all the essential amino acids.

Carbohydrates: Potato starch a form of carbohydrate, with similar health benefits as fiber. It is also used as a binding agent in grain-free dry foods.

Potatoes are becoming more popular in grain free dog foods. There is some discussion about the ability of dogs to digest starch competently. Potatoes also contain some dietary fiber as well as vitamin C, vitamin B6 and potassium.

Sweet Potatoes are an excellent source of potassium, B vitamins and beta-carotene. They contain phytochemicals and carotenoids (sources of antioxidant agents) providing natural defenses against free radicals (cancer causing agents).

Tapioca is used as a carbohydrate source in grain free dog foods but owing to its general deficiency of all nutrients it is generally regarded as a low grade filler for dogs.

Fat and oil: Chicken fat is a high–quality source of essential fatty acids and energy, Omega 6 fatty acids helps promote healthy skin and coat.

Fruits and vegetables: Peas contain health-promoting antioxidants as well as a wide variety of nutrients including vitamins C, K and B1, manganese, fiber and folate. However, there is some controversy about dog’s facility to digest peas. So in some dogs, that are not able to digest peas efficiently, this ingredient can cause some gastrointestinal problems (diarrhea, flatulence).

Tomato pomace is an excellent source of soluble fiber. It is also rich in the antioxidant- lycopene. Tomato pomace sometimes is considered as a controversial ingredient because it is a by-product remaining after processing tomatoes into juice, soup and ketchup.

Alfalfa is one of the richest mineral foods. It is full of trace minerals (zinc, iron and manganese) and vitamins (Vitamin A, Vitamin C).

Flaxseed is one of the richest sources of the essential omega 3 fatty acids. It is also a good source of essential amino acids and contains all the essential vitamins and minerals required by dogs. Flaxseed is a great fiber source that supports digestion. However, if you are a dog breeder you should be aware that flaxseed contains phytoestrogens that can interfere with hormonal balance affecting the reproductive system.

Blueberries are an excellent source of Vitamins A and C, potassium, and fiber. Cranberries include antioxidants that fights toxins in the body. It is also known as a natural urine acidifier that contributes to urinary tract health, preventing bacterial infection in the urinary tract.

Carrots are rich in antioxidants and phytochemicals, vitamins and minerals. Carrots are rich in Vitamin A that is very important to support eye health and vision.

Kelp is a good source of essential vitamins and minerals, such as iodine important for thyroid health. It is a good antioxidant and has been known to be beneficial in helping to protect against cancer

Parsley is an herb connected with the reducing of urinary tract inflammation. It also aids in digestion and contains antioxidants.

Flavors: Natural chicken flavor is liquefied or dried chicken tissue. It is used here as a flavor enhancer. Usually, this element is sprayed on to the food in the final stages of manufacturing.

Dyes: Caramel is a natural color. It is not harmful to dogs. However it also is not beneficial. Natural colors are added to dog food become more attractive for dog owners.

Supplements: Yucca Schidigera is known to support anti-inflammatory processes in tendons and joint cartilage.

Fermentation products included in this dog food are activated on ingesting the food and help to support normal bacteria balance in the large intestine. They aid in digestion and decrease the incidence of diarrhea, contributing to colon and rectum health.

Carnitine is an amino acid. It is recommended for dogs with heart conditions and dogs on weight loss programs. Carnitine has a vital role in the metabolism of fats and so extra carnitine is added to weight-loss formulas. Taurine is an amino acid. Studies have shown that taurine supplementation can help in the treatment of heart problems.

Rosemary is a potent antioxidant which is able to hold up the oxidization process that turns fats rancid. Due to its antioxidant properties rosemary may also help to reduce the risk of cancer.

Turmeric is an herb that aids in digestion by helping to stimulate the flow of bile, which helps digest fat.

Chelated minerals are attached to an easily absorbable substance. So they get into the bloodstream more readily.

This food does not contain sweeteners or artificial preservatives.

Final Comment

Based on the ingredients included in Blue Buffalo Wilderness Grain Free Dry Dog Food Chicken Recipe we give a 4.75 stars score.

Evaluating by its ingredients alone Blue Buffalo Wilderness Grain Free Dry Dog Food Chicken Recipe seems to be a highly recommended dry dog food.

Blue Buffalo’s LifeSource Bits are cold-formed to preserve all of the flavor and nutrients offered by all the ingredients included in this dry dog food.

The optimal quantities of calcium, phosphorus and essential vitamins helps promote strong bones and teeth.

Based diet of dog’s lupine ancestors, this recipe is high protein, grain-free and made with only the finest natural ingredients. Always presenting class proteins as the first ingredient – Chicken and Turkey.

Blue Buffalo Wilderness Grain Free Dry Dog Food Chicken Recipe main benefits:

  • Deboned chicken, chicken meal, turkey meal supply essential proteins
  • Blueberries, cranberries and carrots support antioxidant supplementation
  • Supplemented with a blend of vitamins and minerals
  • Grain free
  • No artificial flavors, or preservatives
  • Added fiber to help provide optimal nutrient absorption and digestive health
  • Balanced quantities of Omega 3 and 6 Fatty Acids helps to promote a shiny coat and healthy skin
  • Sweet potatoes, peas and potatoes provide healthy complex carbohydrates

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

Blue Buffalo Wilderness Grain Free Dry Dog Food Chicken Recipe

Positive Aspects

  • Deboned chicken, chicken meal, turkey meal, dried egg
  • Chicken fat
  • Potatoes, potato starch, whole sweet potatoes
  • Fresh fruits and vegetables
  • Antioxidants boosting
  • Chelated minerals
  • Glucosamine and Chondroitin Sulphate
  • Omega Fatty acids

Negative Aspects

  • Tapioca starch
  • Peas, tomato pomace
  • Flaxseed
  • Caramel

Available in: 4.5 lb (2 Kg); 11 lb (5 Kg); 24 lb (11 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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