|Country of origin||Australia|
Apollo is a homebrand offering from Woolworths, marketed as a phantom brand. It’s very similar to their Baxters brand, with this being the more “premium” option.
Is it very good?
The formula for Apollo is very similar to Baxters, so I recommend reading that review first as it saves me covering all the nasty stuff again. It’s a product mostly comprising of meat waste (by-products) and problematic grains and grain by-products. Apollo sees the addition of corn which will explain the marginally higher amount of protein in this food compared with Baxters.
This food contains food colourings. That’s not a good thing in this day and age, and believe it or not dogs really don’t care about the colour of their food. It also contains food acids, and I’m slightly confused they’ve listed “food” as an ingredient in “food”. Does that sound bizarre to you? Hey guys, this food contains “food”….
Humectants is another mysterious ingredient, and is probably glycerin. This would be used to keep the food moist, but also prevents your dog absorbing nutrients which really isn’t a good thing when they’re eating a food with little nutrition in the first place.
Calcium Propionate (spelled incorrectly on the packaging) is a potentially carcinogenic chemical preservative and anti-fungal.
Potassium Choloride is used to balance the pH of a poorly formulated food and can cause intestinal ulcers.
Sodium Bisulphate is another chemical, likely used as a salmonella preventative. It’s a corrosive powder used to coat a kibble post-production to ensure it doesn’t get contaminated after cooking. A tablespoon of human grade sodium bisulphate can cause burning in the mouth, diarrhea, vomiting, and low blood pressure, so imagine what pet grade sodium bisulphate could do to your dog?
I’m sure the preservatives and antioxidants won’t be natural like we find in better foods, they’ll be chemicals.
Does this strike you as a quality product to you? It doesn’t to me. Don’t buy it. 1 star.
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Where to buy?
Nothing… it’s cheap, but you get less than what you pay for. Your vets bills will be huge.
All of it.
* Carbohydrates aren’t listed on pet food labels. This value is calculated based on levels of protein, fat, moisture, and ash. Estimated values for moisture and ash have been used where these values haven’t been given (moisture of 10%, and ash of 8%).
Meat and Meat by-products (derived from poultry and beef), Wholegrain Cereals and Cereal by-products (derived from wheat and corn), Peas, Poultry Tallow, Humectants, Salt, Kelp Meal, Potassium Sorbate, Food Acids, Calcium Proprionate, Choline Chloride, Potassium Chloride, Essential Vitamins and Minerals, Lysine, Sodium Bisulphate, Colours, Preservatives and Antioxidants.