|Country of origin:||Australia|
It appears BIOpet is made by The Great Australian Petfood Company, the culprits behind Boomer, True Blue, and Winning Edge. That’s not a positive thing, and I wasn’t aware of it when I reviewed BIOpet Vegan – a cleverly marketed food I definitely wouldn’t recommend for dogs. You’ll find all the above foods rated poorly on Pet Food Reviews.
So is this Grain Free offering any better? Well, thankfully it is…
The protein level of 30% is significant, with the average for dry food being approx. 22%. It’s great to see two meat meals as the top ingredients – beef meal and chicken meal, which ensures the food is made of what it should be – meat. We find peas as a further source of protein, as well as fibre, an ingredient that’s become common over the last few years. It’s a fine inclusion as long as meat remains the dominant source of protein, which is the case with BIOpet Grain Free.
Potatoes are a reasonable source of carbs, and help bind the kibble together. The concern with potato is it’s high GI, but I only see that as cause for concern when it’s more prominent in the food. I see no issue here, but sweet potatoes are regarded as a better alternative.
Poultry oil is a source of energy, and includes varying degrees of linoleic acid as a source of omega 6. It has to be noted it’s a by-product of meat rendering, a nasty way of manufacturing meat ingredients (search Google for some gruesome reading). The quality of poultry oil varies greatly, so it’s hard to say what nutritional benefit this ingredient may have. It’s a shame to see a by-product in a food that has done so well until this point. Other ingredients of questionable quality are fish oil and fish meal (can be rank fish and one of the most common ingredients to find synthetic additive ethoxyquin).
It’s nice to see flaxseed included, as well as natural prebiotic, and minscule traces of garlic and kelp.
The food is low in carbohydrates which is good to see, and testament to the amount of meat in the food. From a company that produces some appalling foods, this is a great start at redemption. It hovers around the 3 to 4 star mark, so I’ll give it the benefit of the doubt with a low 4 stars.
Two meat meals in the top spot.
By-products used (poultry oil).
* 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%).
Beef meal, chicken meal, field peas, potatoes, poultry oil, tapioca, canola, fishmeal, flaxseed, beet pulp, fish oil, salt, natural prebiotic, yucca schidigera extract, taurine, mixed tocopherols (vitamin E), rosemary plant extract, vitamins (vitamins A, D, E, K, B1, B2, B6, B12, niacin, folic acid, biotin, choline, pantothenic acid), minerals (iron, zinc, copper, manganese, selenium, iodine, cobalt), lutein, garlic and kelp.