|Country of origin||Australia|
CopRice claim to use the highest quality natural ingredients. I’d say the highest quality natural ingredient in a canine diet would be a decent form of meat or meat meal. In this food it’s filler cereals/grains. Okay, well they state the grains are “natural”, but aren’t all grains “natural”?
This review is based on the Family Dog recipe.
When it comes to grains I like to see low GI nutritional grains like oats and barley, not wheat and sorghum that we find here. Rice is the best of the three listed grains (it will be the cheaper white rice), but we can’t be sure which of these grains is the most dominant. Wheat is the #1 cause of allergies (usually from mites), and sorghum is starchy and difficult for a dog to digest.
Thankfully we find meat as the 2nd ingredient, a mix of chicken and cheap and nasty chicken by-products. We need to account for moisture being cooked off during the kibble-making process, which will reduce this ingredient to approximately 30% of it’s weight.
Once the moisture is cooked off from the meat we’ll find the next ingredients to be more significant. That’s an issue as the next two ingredients are wheat bran and rice bran, both of which are harsh on the digestive tract.
Calcium Carbonate is added to provide a necessary intake of calcium, but it’s one of the cheapest sources. It seems high on the ingredients list which is concerning as too much of this ingredient can cause health problems as it restricts the intake of minerals such as iron, magnesium, and zinc. Salt also appears very high on the list in the 6th spot.
On the upside it doesn’t contain any artificial colours, flavours, or preservatives, but it doesn’t come across as a wholesome food. It’s grain heavy and lacks decent meat ingredients, fats, and oils.
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