Delicate Care

You’ll find Delicate Care recommended and sold by a number of vets. It’s made by Natural Balance in Freo, WA, which makes it Australian 👍

The ingredients in this food are all really good, except the first and main ingredient – sorghum. It’s a shame as Delicate Care is a vet-endorsed food and a welcome rival to big boys Hills and Royal Canin. All three of these brands, however, use a significant amount of grain to keep production costs down.

We’ll focus on the Adult formula, which being a limited ingredient diet should prove beneficial to allergy-prone dogs. The most common allergens are grains such as wheat (often labelled cereal) and meat proteins such as chicken or lamb. This food has none of these, and it makes it one of the few dog foods without chicken.

There are no artificial chemicals, preservatives, or antioxidants. Minerals are chelated, which means they are of a better quality and should be more readily absorbed. They claim 70% of protein comes from meat, which in this case is duck meal (Note, that’s 70% of the protein, not 70% of the product – so 70% of the 24% protein would be approx 17%). The meat selections in all products are chosen as they’re not common causes of intolerances or allergies. If you have an itchy scratchy dog, this will very likely work for you.

As a whole, the carbs sit pretty high (estimated 46%). Protein is moderate, with protein from sorghum and chick peas included in that. Fat sits relatively low. That makes the composition relatively standard compared to many, but with better ingredient inclusions.

I’ll end on a very positive point – It’s made to human-grade food standards, and that’s a big plus when you know how poor other pet food standards are. Out of Hills, Royal Canin, and Delicate Care, this is by a long margin the highest rated.

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Ingredients

Sorghum, Duck Meal, Chick Peas, Tallow, Sugar Beet Pulp, Natural Flavours,Ā Omega Magic™ Essential Oil Blend, Potassium Chloride, Choline Chloride,Ā Blueberries, Turmeric, FOS (Fructo-Oligo-Saccharides),Ā Bacillus subtilis, L-Lysine,Ā MOS (Manno-Oligo-Saccharides), DL-Methionine,Ā Yucca schidigeraĀ Extract,Ā Vitamins A D3 E K3 B1 B2 B3 B5 B6 B12, Folic Acid, Biotin, Copper (fromĀ Sulphate), Copper Chelate, Zinc (from Sulphate), Zinc Chelate, Manganese (fromĀ Oxide), Manganese Chelate, Iron (from Sulphate), Iron Chelate, Selenium, andĀ Iodine. Product protected by natural mixed tocopherols and rosemary extract.

7.8 Total Score
A product vets can be proud to endorse

PROS
  • Made to human grade food standards
  • No artificial chemicals, preservatives, or antioxidants
  • Chelated minerals
CONS
  • Sorghum as the main ingredient
User Rating: 3.27 (37 votes)