|Country of origin||Australia|
The Vetalogica company began when two pharmacists realised many people were incorrectly offering their dogs human vitamins and supplements, which was a trend circa 2000. They formed a successful Australian company selling natural remedies, supplements, and treats for pets. Skip to 2017 and they’ve just released a dry food range for dogs and cats. Given their experience and background in natural remedies we would expect them to deliver a decent food, so let’s see…
We’ll take a look at the Australian Hormone-Free Chicken formula for this review.
The first ingredient is chicken meal, a protein rich meat ingredient which is exactly what our dogs need. The chicken is farm raised and sourced locally. It’s good to see chicken as the first ingredient in a chicken formula, which very often isn’t the case if you scan the ingredients of the dog foods in the supermarkets. Meat and meat proteins are fundamental to our essentially carnivorous dogs.
Peas come second, an ingredient which has become prominent in recent years, especially in grain free foods. They’re an excellent way for a manufacturer to inflate the protein percentage in a food as a cheaper alternative to meat, but also to add fibre, vitamins, and minerals with an otherwise healthy ingredient. Many nutritionists believe peas shouldn’t be fed in excess, and a notable solution would be to rotate this food with another food without peas.
Potato starch (and also tapioca starch) act as a binder to hold the kibble together. Chicken fat and “natural flavour” are common ingredients in a pet food, with the latter being ambiguous and completely meaningless to us. It’s likely animal or chicken digest, a fatty broth created from rendering animals (lets say chickens) in a vat.
We find some nice inclusions in the food, including blueberries and spinach, as well as flaxseed and fish oil as a source of omega fats for healthy joints, skin, and coat.
Overall the food is predominantly chicken meal and peas. It’s respectfully high in protein at 34%, with the majority of this from the chicken and the rest mostly from the peas. It’s lower than average in carbs (34%) which is a good thing. It’s a decent food, with the main thing to note being the high pea content.
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Significant amount of chicken, decent amount of protein, low in carbs, and good ingredients all round.
Peas are a decent ingredient, but they’re very prominent in this 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%).
Chicken Meal, Peas, Potato Starch, Chicken Fat (Naturally preserved with Mixed Tocopherols), Natural Flavour, Tapioca Starch, Ground Flaxseed, Fish Oil, Dried Blueberries, Dried Spinach, Tomato Pomace, Dried Plain Beet Pulp, Chickpea Flour, Dried Egg Product, Dried Pumpkin, Potassium Chloride, Choline Chloride, Sea Salt, Vitamins (Vitamin E Supplement, Niacin (Vitamin B3), Calcium Pantothenate (Vitamin B5), Riboflavin (Vitamin B2), Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (Vitamin B6), Thiamine Mononitrate (Vitamin B1), Folic Acid, Biotin, Vitamin A Supplement, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Minerals (Zinc Sulfate, Ferrous Sulfate, Magnesium Oxide, Copper Sulfate, Manganese Oxide, Iodine, Sodium Selenite, Zinc Propionate), Yucca Schidigera Extract, Mixed Tocopherols (a Natural preservative), Rosemary Extract.