|Country of origin||New Zealand|
|Available from||Pet Circle|
|Related||ZIWI Peak (New Zealand), Eureka (Australia)|
Most dogs in Australia are fed processed diets formulated of wheat/sorghum/rice/corn, mostly under the banner of “premium”. But when you consider a dog is from the order carnivora this doesn’t sit right. Wouldn’t it be better to feed them a whole prey diet rich in meat?
This paleo air-dried food from Absolute Holistic does just that. Being air-dried means nutrients remain intact, whereas kibble baked at high-temps will lose most of those nutrients (which doesn’t bode well for foods mostly grains or potato).
But how does it compare to other air-dried dog foods? Read on and find out!
Absolute Holistic, reviewed!
The main ingredients in Absolute Holistic Chicken & Hoki are what you may expect – chicken and hoki. That’s a definite plus point when, like me, you know this is the exception rather than the rule.
The protein is 31% and fat percentage is 25%, which is really decent and ensures carbohydrates (sugars) are kept to a bare minimum (there are barely any carbs whatsoever). If you consider most kibbles can be more than 50% carbs from “fillers”, your dog should be far healthier on a more protein and animal fat focused dog food such as this.
But, there is a but… I’ll get to that shortly, so keep reading!
The third ingredient in Absolute Holistic is chicken liver, which is an excellent ingredient rich in vitamins and minerals, good for the eyes and to tonify the blood, as well as being really good for your dog’s own liver.
Salmon oil, Green Lipped Mussel, and Flaxseed are all wonderful ingredients to support overall health and wellbeing, and should ensure your dog has healthy joints and a glossy coat. We find Parsley included for “fresh breath”, and Kelp to promote a healthy thyroid as well as being great for general health and prevention of allergies and fleas.
There’s some good stuff in Absolute Holistic, and if you feed it to your dog you should definitely see him fit and healthy.
So is there anything bad about the Absolute Holistic?
We find the controversial ingredient vegetable glycerin, which isn’t included in other air-dried dog foods from New Zealand and Australia. The ingredient will serve to keep the food moist (which makes it look more appealing to you, and as a sweetener it will encourage your dog to eat it – again, this makes it seem more impressive to you as a consumer).
Personally I would opt for a dog food without it, even if your dog is slightly more reluctant to lap up an unsweetened meal. I’m sure you know sweeteners aren’t the best, especially when you feed them to your dog with every meal.
That said, Absolute Holistic is a decent choice rich in meat proteins and animal fats, with some great inclusions for health and wellbeing.
Where to buy
Absolute Holistic is fairly easy to find in Australia, with some recommended retailers listed below:
Ingredients of Absolute Holistic Chicken & Hoki air-dried dog food (at the time of writing):
Chicken, Hoki, Chicken Liver, Vegetable Glycerin, Salmon Oil, Dried Chicory, Parsley, Green Lipped Mussel, Flaxseed, Kelp, Mixed Tocopherols, Vitamins & Minerals (Calcium Carbonate, Choline Chloride, Iron, Zinc, Vitamin E, Copper Sulphate, Selenium, Vitamin B1, Vitamin B3, Vitamin B5, Manganous Oxide, Vitamin B2, Biotin, Vitamin A, Vitamin B12, Calcium Iodate, Vitamin B6, Vitamin D3, Vitamin K, Folic Acid).
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A decent air-dried "paleo" dog food with a focus on animal ingredients over unnecessary carbohydrates. Recommended.
- Meat! Fish! Organs! Green Lipped Mussels!
- Air Dried to retain nutrients!
- Vegetable Glycerin :/