|Manufacturer:||Real Petfood Co|
|Country of origin:||Australia|
|Available from:||My Pet Warehouse|
Nature’s Gift is readily available on the shelves of Woolworths and Coles.
The packaging states Australian Made & Owned, but I believe that requires a minimum of 50% of the ingredients to be sourced in Australia. It doesn’t necessarily mean 100% of the ingredients are sourced locally.
This is possibly the best food available at the supermarkets, but how does it compare with other foods available at pet stores? Let’s see…
Chicken Meat and Poultry Meal come first on the ingredients list which means we’re off to the right start. Chicken meat will contain moisture which will be cooked off in the kibble making process, whereas the meal is weighed after moisture is removed and therefore more significant. “Poultry” is slightly ambiguous so can’t be classified as highly as a named meat such as chicken. Most of the protein in the food will come from meat which is great as dogs digest meat protein far easier than protein from grains such as corn.
The food goes a bit downhill from here, with wheat and rice coming next (and making up the majority of the food with these two ingredients combined). Wheat is one of the cheapest grains to put in a dog food, and also the biggest culprit in grain allergies. (White) Rice is a mediocre grain, but at least it’s whole grain, the most nutritious form.
Along with the grains we find potato, another source of carbohydrates. This really gives the food a carb heavy feel. I estimate the carbs to be 50% of the food – that’s high.
We find a few nice inclusions such as peas, carrots, canola oil (for heart and coat), and flaxseed, but also a few ingredients which aren’t so good. Potassium Sorbate is used as a preservative, common in “semi-moist” foods. It’s normally fine in small doses but can irritate the skin, eyes, and respiratory tract. Glycerine (should be “glycerin”) has no nutritional value, and is actually a by-product of soap making. It’s often used as a binder but is generally a safe ingredient. Phosphoric Acid is another pointless ingredient, used in cheaper foods to add flavour. It’s also used in Coke to add flavouring.
One point worth mentioning is the food is 8% fat, one of the lowest fat foods available. That’s not necessarily a good thing as fat is one of the best sources of energy and essential nutrients.
All in all I’ll give it (a low) 3 stars as it’s better than other supermarket offerings. At approx $7.70/kg with the 1.8kg bag it’s reasonably priced.
Where to buy?
Meat and meat meal as the first ingredients.
Lots of cheap grains combined with potato for a high carbohydrate food.
* 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%).
Fresh Australian Chicken Meat and Poultry Meal (contains no red meat), Whole Grain Wheat, Whole Grain Rice, Potatoes, Peas, Carrots, Rosemary, Canola Oil, Glycerine, DHA Omega 3, Flaxseed, Prebiotics, Chia Seed, Green Tea Extract, Taurine, Yucca Extract, Potassium Sorbate, Natural Colour, Phosphoric Acid, Sea Salt, Vitamins & Minerals, Natural Antioxidants.