Marketed as 100% Natural, whatever that means, it comes across as a bog standard kibble. If you shop at Petbarn you can definitely do better, so refer to this list of all their dog foods + ratings.
If you still think Leaps & Bounds is right for your dog, or right for your budget, then read on – only by understanding what a dog food is made from can you find ways to make it work for you.
Leaps & Bounds review
I want you to ignore meat as the first ingredient in Leaps & Bounds, as good as it sounds. You can expect the first three ingredients to be a big part of the formula.
Let’s take a look at Leaps & Bounds Adult Lamb with Rice and Rosemary, but consider the other formulas same same but different.
In no particular order, the first ingredients are vegetable protein from soya, cereals (wheat and rice), and meat meal as a combination of lamb, poultry, and beef (regardless of the meat stated on the front of the bag).
It doesn’t take much to realise the meat (1/3) doesn’t sound as significant as the grains and vegetable protein (2/3). The protein in the food is mediocre at 24%, which is a mix of meat and vegetable protein (meat protein is more digestible for your dog).
With a low amount of fat at 10%, which isn’t guaranteed and could even be less, we’re looking at a product likely 50% or more in unnecessary carbohydrates. I view dogs as carnivores more than omnivores, based on their instincts and biology, which means those carbs aren’t necessary.
Pet food companies love you to think a dog food is full of meat, but what they love more is making it as cheap as possible for the best profit. Cereal grains are great for profit, which is why they’re used.
Chicken fat as the forth ingredient is fine, and everything after that will be a small percentage of the food. It’s really just those four ingredients which make up most of the product.
There isn’t much to say about the remaining ingredients. They’re mostly standard requirements of fibre, vitamins, and minerals.
It’s nice to see fish oil, but it’s two steps down from salt which should be 1%. So not much fish oil then? Or linseed (good for joints), or chicory root inulin as a prebiotic (for better digestion).
When it comes to kelp meal as the second to last ingredient, are we talking about a speck?
Overall Leaps & Bounds comes across as a fairly average dog food. That’s probably being generous, so let’s say a fairly average home brand. Not your best option at Petbarn, so have a look around and if you can pay a little more money – may pay dividends later in the health and wellbeing of your dog.
If you can’t stretch to more, you could look at adding some fresh meat, offal, and raw meaty bones to give your dog some variety.
Where to buy Leaps & Bounds
You can buy Leaps & Bounds directly from Petbarn (or click and collect).
Ingredients of Leaps & Bounds dog food (Leaps & Bounds Adult Lamb with Rice and Rosemary):
Meat meal (lamb, poultry and beef), wholegrain cereals (wheat, rice), vegetable protein (soya bean), chicken fat, beet pulp (prebiotic dietary fibre), salt, linseed, 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, B12, A, D3), choline chloride, yucca extract, rosemary, garlic, kelp meal, natural antioxidants.
Leaps & Bounds uses a Typical Analysis not a Guaranteed Analysis. This means the values listed below may not be in your favour.
Typical Analysis of Leaps & Bounds dog food (Leaps & Bounds Adult Lamb with Rice and Rosemary):
|Carbohydrates *||Estimated 48%|
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As a home brand of Petbarn and City Farmers you shouldn't expect too much with this dog food. Cereal grains are a main ingredient which can be problematic for many dogs. Ingredients such as this keep costs down, which may make the food affordable to you, but won't be ideal for your dog.
- Wheat as an allergenic grain