|Country of origin||Australia|
|Available from||Various small retailers|
Box 1 Gold is targeted at racing greyhounds and seems to be popular in the community.
At approx. $40 for an 18kg bag it’s very cheap, but you get what you pay for. The food is primarily wheat, the number 1 problematic grain in dog foods. It’s a common allergen, more often than not because it typically contains mites, and it provides little nutrition. It’s used in dog food for one reason only, and that’s because it’s cheap.
The second ingredient is sorghum, another cheap filler. Dog’s are essentially carnivores, so these main ingredients are completely against canine nutrition 101 and will likely lead to health issues in later years.
We find meat and meat by-products in the 3rd spot, the cheapest inclusion of meat and meat-related “stuff”. The composition of wheat and sorghum before meat qualifies this as a resounding 1 star food.
I’ll run through a few of the other ingredients:
Tallow and Digest are by-products of meat rendering, the first is a fatty substance the second a liquid broth used to add flavour to an otherwise bland food. Wheat bran is harsh on digestion (and in any case we already have too much wheat in the food as it is). Soybeans are another culprit for allergies.
As a whole this is a poor quality food. A greyhound will burn off the carbs from the wheat and sorghum, but there’s little in the food to aid muscle mass, development, joint health, or overall health.
You’re buying a bag of wheat with other stuff thrown in.
* 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%).
Ground wholegrain wheat, ground wholegrain sorghum, meat and meat by-products (derived from beef & lamb), beef tallow, wheat germ and bran, soybeans, chicken digest, kelp meal, garlic powder, dried yeast, antioxidants, vitamins and minerals.