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I’ve decided to review the rather unique Bison & Garbanzo variety. If you don’t know what garbanzo beans are then I’ll forgive you, they’re chickpeas – an excellent ingredient and great source of fibre, lecithin, potassium, and vitamins A, B, and C. With quality ingredients like that it sticks out from the crowd. Being a limited ingredient grain free food it’s great for dogs with allergies (as well as those who don’t).
Bison is a quality ingredient, found in a few decent pet food brands including Canidae. We need to be mindful of the fact it’s weighed before cooking and mostly water, but that’s okay as it’s backed up by salmon meal, another quality meat product packed with protein and nutrients.
Our next three ingredients make up the substantial bulk of the food – garbanzo beans, peas, lentils. These are all nice ingredients but they’re also very similar. Despite offering some excellent nutritional benefits, they’re also all very dense in protein. With a relatively average protein percentage of 24% we can deduce there isn’t as much meat in the food compared with other 5-star rated kibbles. If these ingredients were combined and listed as “legumes” I’m pretty sure they’d be listed as the main ingredient.
Sunflower oil is a moderate choice of oil, although fish oils would be better. Flaxseed is great for a healthy, shiny coat. We find some other small niceties such as pumpkin and coconut oil. Yucca Schidigera has anti-arthritic benefits, and thankfully anti-flatulence benefits to combat the amount of beans and peas in the food.
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The food has an average amount of protein at 24%, with chickpeas and peas being a weighty constituent of this. Otherwise the ingredients are well chosen and it feels balanced. It’s very much a plant based kibble when a dog’s ideal diet should be meat.
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Well chosen ingredients, well thought out.
Composition suggests a heavy lean towards plant-based ingredients. It would be nice to see a greater density of meat.
* 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%).
Bison, Salmon Meal, Garbanzo Beans, Peas, Lentils, Pea Flour, Sunflower Oil, Tomato Pomace, Flaxseed, Natural Flavour, Salt, Choline Chloride, Dried Chicory Root, Yucca Schidigera Extract, Pumpkin, Coconut Oil, dried Lactobacillus acidophilus fermentation product, dried Bifidobacterium animalis fermentation product, dried Lactobacillus reuteri fermentation product, Vitamin E Supplement, Iron Proteinate, Zinc Proteinate, Copper Proteinate, Ferrous Sulfate, Zinc Sulfate, Copper Sulfate, Potassium Iodide, Thiamine Mononitrate (Vitamin B1), Manganese Proteinate, Manganous Oxide, Ascorbic Acid, Vitamin A Supplement, Biotin, Niacin, Calcium Pantothenate, Manganese Sulfate, Sodium Selenite, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (vitamin B6), Vitamin B12 Supplement, Riboflavin (Vitamin B2), Vitamin D Supplement, Folic Acid.
Previous ingredients (review updated 21/08/2017) – Bison,Salmon Meal, Garbanzo Beans, Sweet Potatoes, Potatoes,Peas, Canola Oil, Ocean Fish Meal,Tomato Pomace, Flaxseed, Natural Flavour,Salt,Choline Chloride, Dried Chicory Root,Tomatoes, Blueberries,Raspberries,Yucca Schidigera Extract, Green Tea Extract, Barley Grass Extract, Dried fermentation products of Enterococcus Faecieum,Lactobacillus Acidophilus Lactobacillus Casei and Lactobacillus Plantarum,Dried Trichoderma Longibrachiatum Fermentation Extract, Vitamin E Supplement, Iron Proteinate, Zinc Proteinate, Copper Proteinate, Ferrous Sulfate, Zinc Sulfate, Copper Sulfate, Potassium Iodide, Thiamine Mononitrate (Vitamin B1), Manganese Proteinate, Manganous Oxide, Ascorbic Acid, Vitamin A Supplement, Biotin, Niacin, Calcium Pantothenate, Manganese Sulfate, Sodium Selenite, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (vitamin B6), Vitamin B12 Supplement, Riboflavin (Vitamin B2), Vitamin D Supplement, Folic Acid.