Billy + Margot is one of the many Real Pet Food Company brands. They’re a huge Australian manufacturer who make many commercial and home brands, of which this and Ivory Coat are two of their more premium products. It’s worth noting the warning on the Ivory Coat review in regard to the number of reports we’ve had of sickness on Ivory Coat and other Real Pet Food Co brands (Woolworths Baxters is another).
For this review we’ll look at the Chicken & Duck formula…
We find chicken meal and duck meal as the top two ingredients which is really good to see. Compare this to most supermarket brands and this food is leaps ahead. Meat in meal form is protein-dense as the moisture has been removed, so we’re assured these ingredients will remain prominent in the food once it’s cooked.
The next three ingredients are red lentils, peas, and chickpea flour. Although these all have nutritional merit, they will also significantly contribute to the protein in the food. It’s likely the bulk of the protein will come from these ingredients, more than the meat, which makes it more of a plant-based food. These ingredients are cost-effective, but dogs digest meat proteins much more efficiently. Pea protein as the 7th ingredient further solidifies this as plant-based.
It’s nice to see sweet potato as a source of carbohydrates and also to bind the food together. It’s low GI compared to potato, and it’s better to see than tapioca (becoming common in grain free foods).
There’s some excellent inclusions in this food. There’s a lot to mention so I’ll be brief.
Chelated minerals are more expensive inclusions than we commonly find, and they’re more expensive because they’re better quality. It’s a sign of a quality product.
We have a range of oils, flaxseed, and the wonderful coconut oil. These are great for health, joints, skin, and coat. Way down the list we find manuka honey which offers anti-bacterial qualities, and another sign of a good product. We find select fruits and veggies as well.
This may verge of being plant-based, but it’s also very well-considered with many plus points. It’s well into the 4 star range and I would happily feed this to my dogs.
Chicken Meal, Duck Meal, Red Lentils, Whole Field Peas, Chickpea Flour, Sweet Potato, Pea Protein, Chicken Oil, Flaxseed, Coconut Oil, Fish Oil, Vitamin Trace Mineral Premix (Vitamin A-Acetate, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Vitamin E (mixed tocopherols) ,Vitamin C Supplement, Vitamin K3, Taurine, Carnitine, Thiamine Mononitrate, Riboflavin, Niacin, Calcium Pantothenate, Folic Acid, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, D-Biotin, Vitamin B12, Zinc Sulphate, Zinc Amino Acid Chelate, Iron Sulphate, Iron Amino Acid Chelate, Manganous Oxide, Supplement, Copper Sulphate, Manganese Amino Acid Chelate, Copper Amino Acid Chelate, Potassium Iodide, Sodium Selenite, Selenium Amino Acid Chelate) , Manuka Honey, Choline Chloride, Yucca Shidigera, Cranberries, Blueberries, Kale, Spinach, Rosemary, Natural Antioxidant (mixed tocopherols).
For more information view the Billy + Margot website.
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- Very well thought out food with so many plus points.
- We need to account for legumes being the largest contingent of protein, but it's still very good.