|Country of origin||Australia|
Heart & Soul dog food isn’t easy to find, which is a shame as it looks decent based on the ingredients and analysis. At the time of writing there is only one formula for dogs – Lamb & Rice – and no cat formulas.
Being launched in 2021 there isn’t a great deal of information on the company, or feedback from consumers, so this review will be based only on ingredients and composition – at least I can give you a heads up in that respect.
Heart & Soul review
What the marketing says
Some say I “bag grain foods”, which is simply not true. There are a few grain-based foods rated highly on this website (Canidae All Life Stages for example is one of my best rated), but there’s also a huge swamp of terrible foods made mostly of cereals, cereal by-products, and other cr*p – they’re the ones I “bag”.
Heart & Soul isn’t one of those. It’s much better. It’s what I would call a decent grain-based dog food, and there’s no reason to be afraid of decent grains as long as there’s decent meat as well.
There isn’t much to say about the packaging of Heart & Soul as it’s minimalistic, with no deceiving photos of gourmet meat platters or cunning wording. We find the fomula has 25% protein, 15% fat, and 4% fibre – which makes it more protein on average, although perhaps a little low on fat.
The real question when it comes to protein, which is essential for your dog, is whether it comes from digestible meat proteins or some cheaper source. So let’s take a look…
What the ingredients really say
The formula name is Lamb & Rice, but the ingredients say the more nutritious brown rice combined with oats. These are two of the most nutritious grains, and can benefit your dog.
There are what I would consider three main ingredients, and these are Australian lamb meal plus the brown rice and oat groats. You’ll find some other dog foods to have more meat (and more protein), but these may cost more.
When many big brand dog foods (including the ones vets recommend) have most of the protein from corn, there’s a lot to be said about a dog food, like Heart & Soul, where the protein is coming from meat. Much better for your dog.
Many dog owners combine a decent grain-based food like Heart & Soul with one of the more expensive brands (such as freeze/air dried/BARF etc). This keeps costs down as well as giving your dog a bit of variety.
I find most dog owners, including myself, rely on the convenience of kibble as part of the diet, as who wants to deal with BARF meat at 5am when your dog decides they’re hungry?
There’s a lot more positive stuff to say about the ingredients in Heart & Soul, and it’s clear care has been taken in creating the formula to benefit your dog.
We also have lamb fat, salmon meal, and salmon to round off the animal ingredients. Having some fish in the formula should benefit your dog in terms of skin, coat, and organ health. Fish oil is also included.
There’s a range of fruits and veggies, with kelp, psyllium (for bowel health), and spirulina (to boost the immune system and possible ward off cancer).
As a whole I find the formula really good. The only real downside is the rice and oats will make up a lot of the food, and although I would always prefer to see more meat, more meat protein, at least these are decent grains. It’s also really good that the protein comes mostly from meat rather than cheaper substitutes like corn.
Heart & Soul comes across as a good dog food. Have you tried it? What do you think?
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Ingredients of Heart and Soul dry dog food:
Australian Lamb Meal, Brown Rice, Oat Groats, Lamb Fat, Salmon Meal, Salmon, Pumpkin, Apples, Carrots, Spirulina, Kelp, Psyllium, Sea Salt, Chicory Root, Fish Oil, Choline Chloride, Potassium Chloride, Natural Antioxidants, Yucca Schidigera, Rosemary Extract, Dandelion, DL Methionine, Cranberries, Blueberries, Parsley, Taurine, Vitamin A, Vitamin D, Vitamin E, Vitamin C, Vitamin K1, Vitamin K2, Thiamine B1, Riboflavin B2, Niacin B3, Pantothenic Acid B5, Pyroxidine B6, Folic Acid B9, Folate, Beta Carotenes, Vitamin B12, Choline, Biotin B7, Calcium, Potassium, Sodium, Chloride, Magnesium, Iron, Copper, Manganese, Zinc, Selenium.
Guaranteed analysis of Heart and Soul dry dog food:
|Crude Fibre||(max) 4%|
|Carbohydrates *||Listed at 36% on the label (my calculation would be 42.5% on other listed values)|
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A really decent, balanced, grain-based formula. The main ingredients are lamb, brown rice, and oats, which are better selections than you'll find in many other grain formulas. A decent amount of protein, but perhaps a little low on fat, Heart & Soul could be a good base diet for your dog.