Leaps & Bounds Dog Food Review
Leaps & Bounds is exclusive to Petbarn and City Farmers, so essentially a homebrand (or phantom brand). It’s manufactured by Australian Pet Brands in Dubbo.
Let’s take a look at the Adult Lamb & Rice formula for the purpose of this review…
The main ingredient is meat meal, a mix of lamb, poultry, and beef. It’s good to see meat as the top ingredient, and meat in a “meal” form is better to see as it’s a more dense ingredient than regular meat which contains a lot of water. It’s worth noting the Australian standard for “meat” in a pet food is inclusive of off-cuts (or by-products), and the ingredient will come from a rendering plant where animals are thrown into a vat and cooked up. This explains our mixture of meat sources, as it’s a case of anything goes, and anything does.
The second ingredient is wholegrain cereal, a mixture of wheat and (white) rice. There’s very little reason for these ingredients to be in a pet food, but they’re common as they’re very very cheap.
If we look at the guaranteed analysis we find the fat content of the food is 10%. That’s low! The protein content of 24% is average, but if we take into account the 3rd ingredient as vegetable protein from soya beans, we’re starting to see the reality that there’s not as much meat in this food as would first appear. Soya (and also the wheat we saw earlier) are two common causes of allergies in dogs, especially if fed over an extended period of time.
Salt as the 6th ingredient is never good to see, and will be added as a palatant to add flavour to an otherwise bland food. The vitamins and minerals in the food appear to be standard inclusions. Linseed (flaxseed) and/or canola seed are included for joint health, the former being better than the latter.
Overall the food is fairly average. There’s nothing about the food that stands out, but it’s better than most supermarket brands. I’d rate it 3 stars.
Meat meal (lamb, poultry and beef), wholegrain cereals (wheat, rice), vegetable protein (soya bean), chicken fat, beet pulp (prebiotic dietary fibre), salt, linseed and/or canola seed, fish oil (containing omega 3 fatty acids), minerals (including potassium zinc, iron, copper, manganese, iodine, selenium), chicory root inulin (prebiotic), vitamins (including E, B3, B5, B2, B6, B1, B9, A, D3), choline chloride, yucca extract, rosemary, garlic, kelp meal, natural antioxidants.
- Wheat as an allergenic grain