Leaps & Bounds Grain Free Dog Food Review
* Note – The guaranteed analysis shown below is that of the original formula. It’s not currently available on the Leaps & Bounds website.
Leaps & Bounds is essentially a home brand (or phantom brand) of PetBarn and City Farmers. If you’ve read our review of the original formula it was given a mediocre 3 stars and we noted it was very low in fat at 10% which suggests very little meat content. Many consider grain free foods superior, so let’s take a look at Leaps & Bounds Grain Free to see how it compares.
The main ingredient in the Chicken & Vegetable recipe is actually “meat and meat meals” derived of poultry and beef, so not the chicken we would expect. It’s the same story for the Kangaroo recipe which you pay more for, which is comprised of an ambiguous mixture of kangaroo, beef, poultry, or lamb meat. Ambiguity often means the manufacturer will use whatever can be sourced cheaply at the time, with price being the driving factor not quality. At least meat is the main ingredient, so that’s a small plus point.
The second ingredient is vegetable and vegetable meals (derived from peas, soy, carrots, garlic, tomato, pumpkin). Again, the ambiguity suggests a poor quality of vegetables, likely inclusive of vegetable by-products such as carrot tops and rotten tomatoes. They won’t be the nutritious vegetables you’d have with your steak dinner.
Next up we have tapioca and potato starches to bind the kibble together. This is the substitute for using grains as a binder, and although is a better inclusion than the wheat we find in the original recipe, it isn’t much better. Tapioca is high in sugar and potato is high GI.
The remainder of the food is a run of the mill combination of chicken fat and digest, essential oils (ambiguously labelled as oil seeds), and a vitamin and mineral pack formulated by another manufacturer.
The original formula was mediocre but arguably better than other supermarket brands, and the grain free is no different. 3 stars.
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Meat and meat meals (poultry and beef), vegetable and vegetable meals (derived from peas, soy, carrots, garlic, tomato, pumpkin), tapioca and potato starches, chicken fat stabilised with natural mixed tochopherols (source of vitamin E), chicken gravy, whole oil seeds, salt, potassium chloride, chicory root inulin (prebiotic), beet pulp, yucca, essential vitamins and minerals, natural antioxidants, kelp meal, egg powder.
- Ambiguous ingredients