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Website: Under the Sun
Available from: Pet Circle
Under the Sun

Under the Sun

Under the Sun is new to our shelves but it’s been a long standing product in America. It’s made by Canidae who make some excellent foods, but this is their cheaper offering for those on a tighter budget. What that means is decent ingredients such as meat are substituted with cheaper less-nutritious ingredients such as grains.

Let’s take a look…

The main ingredient is Pork Meal, so it’s nice to see meat as the main ingredient. Sadly it goes a bit downhill from here.

The 2nd ingredient is Milo, and this isn’t the chocolatey malty drink. It’s a cheap starchy grain more commonly know as sorghum. It’s not as problematic as wheat in dog food, but it’s not that great either. We also find a whole range of other grains – brown riceoatmealmillet, and rice bran (harsh on digestion) – making this very grain heavy.

When we consider the protein in the food is on the low side at 20%, and the fat at 10% is also low we can deduce there’s little meat in the food and excessive carbohydrates. A diet high in carbs can be problematic for dogs. We also need to account for the grains in the food contributing to the amount of protein, so that’s not a good sign for a food already lacking in protein.

On the upside there’s a nice range of fruits, veggies, vitamins and minerals. Being made by Canidae I see as a positive thing as I rarely hear anything bad said about the company or their foods, but this is definitely inferior to their main range. If you do decide Under the Sun is the food for you then I’d opt for their grain free formulas over this, or better yet go with Canidae.

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Good points…

Meat as the main ingredient

Bad points…

High in carbs. Very grain heavy.

Guaranteed Analysis

* 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%).

Ingredients

Pork meal, milo, brown rice, oatmeal, millet, rice bran, suncured alfalfa, chicken, chicken fat, flaxseed, natural flavor, minerals (iron proteinate, zinc proteinate, copper proteinate, ferrous sulfate, zinc sulfate, copper sulfate, potassium iodide, manganese proteinate, manganous oxide, manganese sulfate, sodium selenite), vitamins (vitamin E supplement, thiamine mononitrate, ascorbic acid, vitamin A supplement, biotin, niacin, calcium pantothenate, pyridoxine hydrochloride, vitamin B12 supplement, riboflavin, vitamin D3 supplement, folic acid), choline chloride, butternut squash, tomatoes, sage, parsley, sweet potatoes, green apples, carrots, blueberries, mixed tocopherols (a source of vitamin E).


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