Cherish is available at My Pet Warehouse so essentially a home brand.
The marketing says it nourishes mind, body, and spirit (!!), for playful puppies, amazing adults, and super 7 years +. But we know that’s just marketing, and nothing about the product itself, so is it really any good?
Well yes, it’s actually pretty good…
Starting at the bottom of the ingredients list we see a good sign of quality – chelated minerals. Chelated minerals are said to be more bioavailable (more readily absorbed) than cheaper mineral inclusions. That means your dog should benefit more from the minerals in this food than the many cheaper brands which simply list “vitamins and minerals” (so a powder premix sourced from some foreign country or other).
COCO MCT (in laymans terms coconut oil extract) will support immune system and digestion, and combined with omega fatty acids from fish (and vegetable) sources should really give your dog a boost. There’s a selection of “superfoods” such as blueberries, chia seeds, and anti-carcinogenic spice turmeric.
Let’s take a step back though, and look at the bulk of the food. The first ingredient (read first, not main), is hormone free chicken and salmon meal. It’s good to see meat as the first ingredient, but it’s likely the next three ingredients are in relatively equal proportions – sorghum, chick peas, and field peas. When combined, it’s possible the meat amounts to just over 25% of those four ingredients, so not as prominent as you may think. In reality the two combined pea ingredients may amount to almost half the food, being a prime constituent of protein and carbs.
With close investigation, the vitamins and minerals further down the list are there to substitute anything lacking from the lower meat content. This is nothing surprising though, and is the case for almost all pet foods – reduce meat (save cost), then re-add necessities (as defined by AAFCO).
It’s definitely a good formula. Keep in mind, like many foods, it’s more legume-based than meat based, but your dog should benefit much more from this than what you’ll find at the supermarket.
Well worthy of adding to a rotation (yes, we recommend rotating foods), or perhaps feed alongside some raw patties or fresh ingredients.
If My Pet Warehouse is your store of choice, then this is a good option which won’t break the bank. Recommended.
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Hormone Free Chicken & Salmon Meal, Sorghum, Chick Peas, Field Peas, Chicken Fat, Chicken Gravy, COCO MCT™, Beet Pulp, Omega 3 & 6 Essential Fatty Acids (balanced blend derived from Fish Oil, Vegetable Oils and Oilseeds), Superfoods (Blueberries, Chia Seeds, Cranberries, Apple, Tomato & Turmeric), Potassium Chloride, Choline Chloride, L-Lysine, Chicory Root, Yucca schidigera, Mannan-Oligo-Saccharides (MOS), Bacillus subtilis, DL-Methionine, Vitamins A, D3, E, K3, B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B12, Folic Acid, Biotin, Copper Sulphate, Copper Chelate, Zinc Sulphate, Zinc Chelate, Manganese Oxide, Manganese Chelate, Iron Sulphate, Iron Chelate, Selenium, Iodine and Calcium.
- Good ingredients overall
- Chelated minerals
- Likely more legumes than meat