|Country of origin||Australia|
When a new product is launched by a pet store it’s interesting to see they come with 5 star ratings from consumers. Food for Dogs on the PETStock website is a prime example, with 5 star consumer reviews on multiple recipes, ironically written with different user names on the exact same date. Makes you wonder if the pet store has written the reviews themselves? A common marketing strategy…
In our Food for Dogs dog food review we’ll take a truthful, unbiased look at this dog food and see if it’s any good, or just another kibble in funky packaging…
What the marketing says
The packaging is refreshingly simple, with no misleading graphics of succulent chicken breasts and fresh veggies. For the Adult Chicken Recipe the bag states an above average 26% protein, 8 core ingredients (making this a limited ingredient diet), as well as the claim “Australian Made & Owned” which doesn’t necessarily mean all the ingredients come from Australia.
The rear of the packaging has the hilarious claim “Dogs Love Us”, plus some spiel about Food for Dogs being “exactly what it should be – a complete, nutritious and tasty food that puts your dog’s needs first”. A better choice of wording would’ve been “puts your dog’s health first”, but perhaps that falls under a grey area in marketing regs.
One nice to see claim is “Free of artificial colours, flavours, and preservatives”.
What the labelling really says
Truth be told, Food for Dogs is actually pretty good. The protein and fat percentage is respectable, and we can estimated roughly 1/3rd carbohydrates.
We can assume the first three ingredients listed on the label comprise most of the product, probably in relatively equal proportions, and these are chicken meal, barley, and legumes. We don’t know what legumes are included, but we can assume a fair proportion of the protein comes from this inclusion. The preference would be more bio-available protein from the meat ingredient, but not many dog food manufacturers opt for this option as meat ingredients are expensive, legumes are cheap. Ambiguous ingredients are always sad to see, and transparency in ingredients would be much better.
We can assume the legumes are peas, or a mixture of whatever is most cost-effective at the time of manufacture.
Barley is one of the better grains to see in a pet food, and grains are good in moderation as a slow-burning energy source. Combined with the chicken meal and legumes it’s not a bad base formula.
Poultry oil is the fat constituent to make up for chicken meal as a dense protein powder with fat extracted from it, and this will offer the 16% of the food which is fat.
One sign of a really high-quality dog food is a hand picked selection of vitamins and more absorbent chelated minerals. We don’t find that in Food for Dogs, only a bog standard vitamin and mineral premix, likely purchased from an overseas supplier.
Fibre is added with beet pulp (pretty standard in dog food) and chicory root.
We find the inclusion of a product called TruMune, which according to this sponsored post is a “new ingredient revolutionising pet nutrition health”. The article is sponsored by the manufacturer of the product (funny that), but is a “postbiotic” formula as a combination of pre and probiotics which should benefit the gut health of your dog. We also find it in US brand Blue Buffalo.
To summarise our Food for Dogs review it’s not bad at all, and arguably one of the better brands if you shop at PETStock. Limited ingredient diets are a often a good starting point if you have a dog with a sensitive stomach, itchy skin or itchy ears, so that could be a good reason to try this food.
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Ingredients of Food for Dogs
Ingredients of Food for Dogs Adult Chicken Recipe dry dog food as of June 2021:
Chicken Meal, Barley, Legumes, Poultry Oil (preserved with Natural Anti-Oxidant), Vitamin and Mineral Premix, Functional Fibres (Beet Pulp, Inulin from Chiccory), TruMune™ (Yeast Metabolites from Saccharomyces cerevisiae)., Yucca Extract.
Guaranteed analysis of Food for Dogs
Guaranteed analysis of Food for Dogs Adult Chicken Recipe dry dog food as of June 2021:
|Carbohydrates *||Estimated 36%|
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Food for Dogs isn't a bad food for dogs...
- Respectable protein and fat
- Low(ish) carbohydrates
- Limited ingredients