A La Carte Dog Food Review

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A La Carte Dog Food Review
WebsiteA La Carte
Country of originAustralia

A La Carte is made by a small Australian company. They’re not overly well known but seem to have a following with breeders on the east coast. The food is very reasonably priced considering the ingredients are pretty good. If you prefer grain free then check out their grain free range.

A La Carte Dog Food Review

For this review we’ll use the Smoked Chicken & Rice formula as a benchmark, but consider the other formulas on par.

The four main ingredients are chicken, rice, lamb, and cereals, so two meats to two grains. It’s good to see the two meats, and rice is fine in moderation, but it’s a shame to see the inclusion of ambiguous cereals. This is where the grain free range looks to be the better option.

A La Carte Dog Food Review

There’s a good range of ingredients, and some nice inclusions. Probiotics are great to see to boost digestive health, as well as glucosamine and chondroitin for joint health.

The range is well priced and a good mix of quality and affordability.

Ingredients

Dried Chicken, Rice, Dried Lamb, Ground Cereal, Chicken Fat, Oat Meal, Lamb Flavor, Dried Fish, Oat Bran, Beet Pulp, Alfalfa, Sunflower Oil, Salt, Sodium Bentonite, Calcium Ascorbate (Source of Vitamin C), Essential Vitamins (vitamin A, D, E, K, B1, B2, Niacin, B6, B12, Biotin, Folate), Tocopherol (Source of Vitamin E), Essential Minerals (Calcium, Selenium, Phosphorous, Zinc, Manganese, Iron, Copper, Cobalt, Iodine), Lacto Bac Plus (Probiotic Culture), Choline Chloride, Naturox, Yucca Schidigera, Kelp, Glucosamine, Chondroitin.

8.1 Total Score
A good option for a reasonable price

CONS
  • Ambiguous cereal grains

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Susan
Susan
5 years ago

How did peoples dog do eating this kibble?? & which formula did they eat…

Gerard Pierre JOUAULT
Gerard Pierre JOUAULT
4 years ago
Reply to  Susan

Susan,

Just for your information hereafter you should find our brand new gold class double smoked grain free formulas. I hope to attachment worked ?

Gerard Pierre JOUAULT
Gerard Pierre JOUAULT
4 years ago

comment image here it is?

Melanie Martin
Melanie Martin
5 years ago

I have had a terrible time dealing with this company. They have been rude and hard to deal with. I left them be for a couple of years and came back hoping they had lifted their game and imporved their customer service but alas it is worse than ever. Won’t be going back. Communication problems is a big sticking point. Its a shame as I run a retail pet shop + a large boarding facility and produce regular litters of kittens and was hoping to swich all my food across to theirs.

ken walters
ken walters
5 years ago

As a retailer, very difficult company to deal with,very poor communicators, extreamly hard to attain information from, consistant supply became a major problem. We did promote their product quite heavily with various breeders but they gradually lost intrest due to poor of results and availability issues.

Colleen
Colleen
5 years ago

Have been feeding this food for several years now with great results. My only complaint is the interruption in supply, such a great product that in my opinion and with better management, could be a market leader

Eric
Eric
6 years ago

From the review I’d say it’s a good food? Been feeding my Gsd ivory coat and blackhawk to rottie and sammy. Is its quality just as good as Blackhawks?im planning on switch my rottie and sammy to this food as it’s also rated 4 star, same as Blackhawks, and based on my calculation the change will save over 300bucks a year. They don’t seem to have sample bags though, don’t wanna buy 6 18kg bags and find out that my babies don’t like it.

Eric
Eric
6 years ago

yeah i guess im gonna give it a go. Thanks for the reply btw. Just wanna ask how the salmon/tomato recipe is different to the all life stages lamb/rice recipe? there is not much detail on their website which is way too dated in these days… I suppose i will happily feed either of them, but still its good to find out why the salmon one is slightly more expensive? parents always want the best for their babies 🙂 cant fault that

Leanne Sabarka Spitz
Leanne Sabarka Spitz
5 years ago
Reply to  Eric

They now have 1.5kg bags…

Andi
Andi
5 days ago
Reply to  Eric

In my opinion better thanBlack Hawk. I used to buy Black Hawk when I was still breeding Irish Wolfhounds awesome product . . I’d buy direct and it was in a plain white plastic bag with a sticker . Emu oil was still being used . The bag got fancier . The price went up. Product was sold to big company who promptly changed the recipe and used flax seed oil instead . I’d not use it now especially if breeding animals involved . I e recently heard the original inventor now has a new range but haven’t tried it yet .

Edanna
Edanna
5 days ago
Reply to  Andi

It still has emu oil, just a lot less it seems. True Colours is a new brand by those that make Man’s Best and are using the original Blackhawk recipe.

https://www.truecoloursfordogs.com.au/

Last edited 5 days ago by Edanna
Bianca Osborne
Bianca Osborne
6 years ago

I would like to know where I can purchase a la carte dog food., as it seems you do not mentioned any retailers, Thankyou.

Susan Borg
Susan Borg
6 years ago

I found the “Spot On Derma Pro” Hypoallergenic Diet… I thought Hypoallergenic Diets just had a single protein like Kangaroo, Rabbit, Duck, Lamb, Salmon…. The Spot On Derma Pro diets have 3 proteins… lamb meal, meat meal (doesn’t say what type of meat) & fish meal…Dogs with skin problems (yeasty skin) cant eat corn wheat corn gluten, yeast culture & whatis cotton meal?? http://www.connex.com.au/pdf/spot-on.pdf

Susan Borg
Susan Borg
6 years ago

Hi I have just seen the A La Carte dog food, where is it sold?? I’m just worried about the Cheese meal as an ingredient as my boy has IBD & Skin allergies, Do all the kibbles have the cheese meal…I’m worried that the cheese meal may give my boy diarrhea.. He is eating the Meals For Mutts Salmon & Sardines brown rice but he is starting to smell real yeasty & is scratching, so I’m looking for a new kibble preferably one that’s low in carbs & low in fat around 10% fat… I just went on the A La Carte web page but I cant work it out.. I just want to see all their kibbles & then the ingredients then the Protein% fat% fiber% ash% etc…but its vey confusing all I can see are adds & prices..I see the New Platinum but I cant find the ingredients or fat protein fiber %…maybe look at other companies & see how they have their web pages set up like Wellness Holistic Select or Meals For Mutts.. they don’t mention cheap prices… when I see a kibble that’s real cheap, I think its no good, its just like the supermarket kibbles… I’d rather read what is in the kibbles then see the prices then once I like all the ingredients then I’d go looking where to buy & how much it cost.. just my opinion if the ingredients & fat protein % is right.. I don’t care about the price especially after my dog has been on a crappy vet diets….

Susan Borg
Susan Borg
6 years ago
Reply to  Susan Borg

I just found the fat Protein & Fiber % & the ingredients…..

Adele Lindley
Adele Lindley
6 years ago

I have been trying for several weeks now to get a feeding guide and as yet they have not sent me one. We order approx a pallet a month and at the moment we are gestimating as there is nothing on either the old or the new labels about how much to feed. Good food but disappointing that it is taking so long to get an answer.

Gerard
6 years ago
Reply to  Adele Lindley

Hello Adele,

Good to hear from you on this site. I am the sales manager at Oem Pet Care Australia Pty, (A LA CARTE manufacturing and distributing company in Australia). I am sorry to hear that no one has replied to you about your concern regarding our feeding guide. if you send me your email address to gerard@connex.com.au, I will email you a copy of our new bags where it is showing on it. May I ask you which formula are you currently using? Best regards
Gerard JOUAULT
Export manager

sue scott
sue scott
6 years ago

We’ve been feeding our dogs the A La Carte for a few months. Certainly the dogs eat it & seem to maintain good condition, but what I’ve found is a big drawback is that they all seem to get sticky, tacky poos that cling to their butts. Since we have Papillons, this may not occur in dogs with short coats, but it is a real nuisance for us. Also one of our dogs didn’t tolerate it at all, constant bloody diarrhoea. Best food we’ve ever used is Vet’s All Natural Mix, add your own preferred meat source (& a bit of coconut oil if you like following the latest fads. The dogs love it, no allergies, no tummy troubles – brilliant!

Gerard
6 years ago
Reply to  sue scott

Hello Sue,

I am sorry to hear that one of your dogs did not seem to enjoy as much our A LA CARTE Formula. May I ask you which of our 3 formulas are you currently using? Did you also organize a transition period before switching food ? What were you using before A LA CARTE? Do you know that we also have a low grain formula Named Salmon and Potato specially designed for sensitive digestive systems (No Corn No wheat). Perhaps you should try it ? Happy to assist. Cheers Gerard

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