|Country of origin||Australia|
|Available from||Pet Circle, My Pet Warehouse|
The SavourLife natural treats have been available in a number of pet stores for a while now, and it’s nice to see they’ve released a range of grain free dry foods. They’re one of the few companies who give back, donating 50% of their profits to pet rescue associations. That’s fantastic to hear, but is the food any good?
Well, yes, it is…
For this review we’ll focus on the Chicken formula, with a total of 4 recipes in the range available in 2.5 and 10kg bags.
The first ingredient is chicken meal, a dense form of chicken meat with water removed. There’s 53% chicken in the food which is excellent in comparison to other brands, and unusual in Australia for a kibble. Other formulas such as Kangaroo has 57% meat.
The second ingredient is peas, which have become more and more common in grain free foods as a source of protein and fibre. We should note peas will contribute to the 28% protein in the food, but that’s not an issue as most supermarket brands are around 22% protein. It’s not advised to feed peas in excess so it’s worth rotating this food with another brand without peas (we always recommend rotating foods if possible).
Carbohydrates are provided as tapioca and potato. These are common ingredients in grain free foods, but an arguably better inclusion would’ve been sweet potato – more nutritious and lower GI. We find sweet potato further down the ingredients but this won’t be the same quantity as the tapioca and potato. I estimate around 36% carbs in the food which is really good, especially as too much carbs are damaging to a dog.
The next ingredient is Poultry oil which isn’t a common ingredient, but it’s a liquid form of poultry fat. Dogs digest animal fats very efficiently and are a source of energy.
The next ingredient is something we see often – natural flavours. This will be animal digest, and it’s labelled ambiguously as it’s a gruesome ingredient produced from meat rendering. There’s been a stigma on this ingredient for many years, and accordingly manufacturers have devised ways of labelling it in a more appealing fashion.
There’s a range of nice inclusions in the food, including linseed (flaxseed) as a great source of omega fatty acids for skin, coat, and health. We find select fruits and veggies as well, each with nutritional merit. Rosemary extract is included as a natural preservative.
All in all it’s a decent food, with the benefit of aiding dog rescue as well.
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Where to buy?
Chicken meal as the first ingredient.
Peas are very prominent, and tapioca and potato aren’t the best source of carbs.
* Carbohydrates aren’t listed on pet food labels. This value is calculated based on levels of protein, fat, moisture, and ash. Estimated values for moisture and ash have been used where these values haven’t been given (moisture of 10%, and ash of 8%).
Chicken Meal, Peas, Tapioca, Potato, Poultry Oil, Natural Flavouring, Beet Pulp, Fish Oil, Linseed, Vitamins, Minerals and Amino Acids, Tomato Pomace, Sweet Potato, Yucca, Kelp, Carrot, Broccoli, Blueberries, Chicory Root, Glucosamine, Salt, Natural Antioxidants (Mixed Tocopherols), Green Tea, Rosemary extracts.