SavourLife Dog Food Review

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SavourLife Dog Food Review
8 Total Score
  • Donations to pet rescue
  • Chicken meal as the first ingredient
WebsiteSavourLife
Available fromPet Circle My Pet Warehouse

SavourLife started off with a range of natural before releasing a range of grain & gluten free dry dog and cat 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? Read our SavourLife dog food review to find out!

What the marketing says

The SavourLife moto is “Dog Food that Makes a Difference”. What they mean by that is 50% of their profits are donated to dog rescue organisations Australia-wide. On their website they list those organisations by state.

As for the SavourLife products themselves, they state they’re gluten & grain free, natural, holistic, Australian-made, with natural superfood inclusions. But are they any good? Well, yes, they are. Let’s take a look from an ingredients and analysis standpoint…

What the labelling really says

For this review we’ll focus on the SavourLife Chicken (Gluten & Grain Free) 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.

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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.

We find natural flavourings as the 6th ingredient. Ambiguous ingredients are far too common on pet foods (and surprisingly allowed by Aussie regulations). It’s a way of concealing the true nature of an ingredient which is likely unappealing, and in this case its likely animal digest.

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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.

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SavourLife dog food review summary

All in all it’s a really good food, with the benefit of aiding dog rescue as well! It’s much lower in carbohydrates than many foods, and higher in protein and fat. This is great to see, and given the ingredients are all pretty good it makes SavourLife a good choice. Give it a go!

SavourLife Ingredients

SavourLife ingredients as of January 2021:

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.

SavourLife Guaranteed Analysis

SavourLife guaranteed analysis as of January 2021:

Protein(min) 28%
Fat(min) 18%
Crude Fibre(max) 5%
Carbohydrates *Estimated 36%
* May be estimated. Read how to calculate carbohydrates in a pet food.
8 Total Score
Really good food, and every bag includes a donation to Pet Rescue!

PROS
  • Donations to pet rescue
  • Chicken meal as the first ingredient
CONS
  • Peas are very prominent, and tapioca and potato aren't the best source of carbs

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Alison Maree
1 year ago

I have continued to feed my large boxer cross rescue puppy on SavourLife as this was what he was fed when we adopted him ( I did change to large breed puppy as I was given an adult formula). I am not convinced this is the best choice as his poo is often very very soft. We adopted him 2 months ago and have been feeding SavourLife since then.
Hoping for further recommendations.

Michele MacDonald
5 years ago

it’s a shame they endorse/use shark fin cartilage,so shameful they should know better.

Alan
4 years ago

To be fair it’s not this food but one of their treat products that contains the shark cartilage, and they claim that they’re using excess product from existing gummy shark processing. Which seems plausible considering that there’s a whole lot of cartilage in the average gummy shark – the fins are negligible by comparison and presumably not even part of this equation as they would likely be flogged off as a premium product to other buyers, being so notoriously desirable.

Jayson Green
5 years ago

How in the world did this get a four?
Do you take into account things like manufacturing standards?
Doesn’t even have pro biotics in it.
Not to mention this food is absolutely carb central.

Alan
5 years ago
Reply to  Jayson Green

Is there an issue with the manufacturing standards at SavourLife?

Jayson Green
5 years ago
Reply to  Alan

My rule of thumb… if the company doesn’t boast their quality standard certificates then they generally have none. If they also don’t include images of where the food is actually made and proof of what measures are in place to ensure its quality then what does that say about the food.
Honestly having seen where some of Aus premium and grocery level food is made it was enough to make me question almost all Australian pet food companies.

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5 years ago
Reply to  Jayson Green

This food has 53~57% meat which is more than most foods, and the carbs are actually lower than average. I don’t believe many manufacturers boast quality standard certificates or photographs of their facilities?

Jayson Green
5 years ago

Canidae.. WellPet… Hills and even Royal canin show or advertise their standard level of quality and most have photos of their immaculate facilities. Although I hate the stuff in hills and royal canin they have pretty nice facilities.
I get you’re only reviewing ingredients but quality control is so super important too.
I just don’t see how this could get a 4 when something like… Holistic Select has the exact score and is a far far better quality and better feature food?

Susan
5 years ago

I do not understand this 53% protein they write on the front of a kibble bag, when you read the side or back of kibble packet or their online site it says 28% protein, they’re just writing what the protein would be if it were raw/wet tin food like Applaws does & now Black Hawk G/F is doing, isn’t this a marketing ploy to attract customers???

Alan
5 years ago
Reply to  Susan

I just took a closer look at a bag of the kangaroo formula, and the 57% number on the front is referring to “Kangaroo”. In other words you could say that the bag contents are 57% kangaroo meal and 43% other stuff, while the analysis of the whole lot breaks down to 28% protein etc.

So yes, it does smell like a marketing ploy to be creative with numbers and generally baffle the consumer 🙁

Bugs Bunny
4 years ago
Reply to  Alan

I know this is an old post, but in case someone else comes browsing through here….. It’s NOT a marketing ploy, it’s basic biology and nutrition, I really don’t know how anyone can be confused by this. If I gave you 100g of meat you would be getting around 26g protein. Meat is not composed of 100% protein and I don’t know where people get the idea that it does. Thats biology, meat is composed of protein, fats, water and minerals. Their claims are factual, correct and in no way misleading.

Alan
4 years ago
Reply to  Bugs Bunny

I used the word “ploy” because they have chosen to describe the contents a little differently to others in the bold copy on the front panel, and in doing so introduce a new level of indirection as opposed to competitors who (for the moment anyway) generally describe their product first and foremost in terms of x% protein, x% fat. And I’m fairly sure that the kangaroo content being 57% when placed alongside competing products quoting far lower fat/protein percentages on their front panel, was a wee bit more than a happy marketing accident.

Bugs Bunny
4 years ago
Reply to  Alan

What if it went the other way, what if a manufacturer was adding supplemental protein into a product, which then actually contained very little meat. Wouldn’t you want to know? As far as I’m concerned, the meat content is a very valid product feature/claim and should be labelled prominently. You can’t say “well other makers label their products differently, therefore this is deceptive”. The same thing happens in human foods too, by the way.

Alan
4 years ago
Reply to  Bugs Bunny

I suspected a little yesterday, but now it seems almost certain that you’re misunderstanding the meaning and usage of the word “ploy” here, deception doesn’t come into it. Sadly I don’t have the skills or patience to help with english comprehension issues.

Veronika
4 years ago
Reply to  Alan

Lol Alan your other side is showing haha.

Alan
4 years ago
Reply to  Veronika

I’ll have to tell you the ‘wrong again monkeyboy!’ story one day over a beer :p

Veronika
4 years ago
Reply to  Alan

Oooh sounds like fun can’t wait!

Bugs Bunny
4 years ago
Reply to  Alan

You’re the one claiming you are confused by the totally readable and COMPREHENSIBLE packaging. You obviously feel you have been misled by some sort of “ploy”. You claim that this “ploy” has “baffled” you, so if you are now not claiming that this was deceptive, then maybe you need to learn how to express yourself better. Long story short, you have read the packet incorrectly, which is your fault, not the products.

Veronika
4 years ago
Reply to  Bugs Bunny

Man give it a rest, it’s clear your ego is currently out of control and frankly I don’t care, I’m keeping my pride in check you do the same with ego please, we’re all nice people here, want to meet the bad guys instead? go visit dog food advisor.

Bugs Bunny
4 years ago
Reply to  Veronika

Wow, what part of anything I said was somehow egotistical?

Veronika
4 years ago
Reply to  Bugs Bunny

Go away Troll, no one here wants to deal with you on a perfect day like today.

Bugs Bunny
4 years ago
Reply to  Veronika

Ha oh dear, who is trolling who? If you don’t have anything to add to the conversation maybe you should butt out? I’d shudder to think what the people at dog food advisor must be like if you represent the “nice people”.

Veronika
4 years ago
Reply to  Bugs Bunny

Came back to read what you wrote once again blocking you though everyone should do the same have a nice day!

Bugs Bunny
4 years ago
Reply to  Veronika

Bye!

Jane
4 years ago
Reply to  Veronika

why is dogfoodadvisor “the bad guys”? I thought they were legit…. Have I been misled?

Edanna
4 years ago
Reply to  Jane

Lol sometimes I post funny things, I had forgotten all about this, but truthfully I’m over dog food advisor, Aimee and Anon lead the charge on every new post, sometimes me and Susan want to help and they just bulldoze us, saying we’re homeopathic shills.

To be honest we’re entitled to our own opinions on how to feed dogs correctly. Anon doesn’t really believe in anything, all that new research and findings are all just fake to her and that’s too bad, because there’s a wide spread movement happening to change pet food laws and hopefully get rid of bad pet food brands.

I think as of currently Rodney has 500 million followers and her Skeptvet she’s in love with only has a few thousand, you can see that he’s not someone a lot of people would trust wit their pets, personally I wouldn’t either, I’ve only researched online and I know heaps more then he does, but then I’m a part of that movement hoping for change.

The ratings however are not bad, but because of how food is rated based on ingredients and nutritional analysis it can be very biased.
Of course America has 400 different pet foods? so doing a full out investigation on every food simply isn’t going to happen, that falls on the pet parent.

Oh yeah and forgot that Anon had Mike remove any and all mentions of clean label until they can prove that what they say is true, because apparently the tests they did weren’t real, yeah sure lol, I’m not a fan of clean label as of late, they promote some stuff I’m not a fan of, but hey everyone’s got there issues, maybe one day they will find out that oh I don’t know all meat has bacteria?

Gypsy
4 years ago
Reply to  Susan

Fresh meat isn’t 100% protein. Its not even 50% protein.

28% is on a dry matter basis so it isn’t comparable to normal meat.

28% is the guaranteed minimum but it is usually higher than the minimum in pet foods 🙂

Susan
5 years ago

I saw Savourlife the other day, My Pet Warehouse online store has Savourlife on special for
2.5kg bag -$21.74, a 10kg bag-$67.49…. it just has Chicken meal as the only protein, I like a kibble to have at least 2-4 proteins as 1st 2nd, 3rd & 4th ingredients, it would be better if the sweet potatoes were 4th ingredient where the potatoes is instead of being 13th ingredient…..
The Kangaroo formula is the only formula where the fat is 14% min the rest of the Savourlife formula’s are all 18% min fat, way too high for my IBD boy, I like kibbles that have formula’s with different fat % & protein % so if your dog has a health problem you have a better choice, I don’t like the poultry oil why not write chicken fat, is there a difference? also fish oil in a kibble goes rancid very quickly, as soon as kibble bag is opened the air gets to the fish oil & it goes rancid a lot of kibble companies have changed the fish oil & added either coconut oil or canola oil instead, the omega 3 will drop in this kibble, maybe that’s why they have added linseed straight after the fish oil as back up…
How does Savourlife pick which rescue group to donate too, we have a lot of rescue groups in Australia, how does it work? also where is this kibble made?

Alan
5 years ago
Reply to  Susan

I don’t know where their complete list of rescue groups ultimately comes from – presumably some sort of registration process just to get on to the list. I’m involved with one of these groups, we’ve just been through the pain of one round of the donation distribution process which went something like this:

SavourLife offer something like 10 prizes ranging from $3k downward, and people are invited to vote for their favourite rescue group. The group with the most votes gets $3k, 2nd $2750, 3rd $1750 etc. Which is disappointing in a sense because it’s not merit based, but rather a popularity contest much like the TV Week Logie awards. Not that SavourLife could ever be expected to audit every organisation and weed out the dodgy or hopelessly inefficient ones, but I do wonder if there’s a better way than what essentially became a battle of facebook audiences and rescue groups trying to post the cutest puppy picture.

Props to SavourLife though – it’s an incredibly generous thing they’re doing here.

Susan
5 years ago
Reply to  Alan

Really, I see rescue groups posting links & begging people to vote for their rescue group, there’s one rescue group I always vote for & share their link & that’s “Golden Oldies” I see & read Gina Struggling with all these old dogs, owners just dump at pound, she has big vet bills cause most of these old dogs need vet care, people will take the little dogs but the old bigger dogs Gina can’t rehome & Staffys very sad… Meals For Mutts donates food…MFM “Bag for Bowl” I don’t know how it works..

Alan
5 years ago
Reply to  Susan

Sadly I don’t see a rescue group by that name in the list. You might want to contact this person and encourage her to get in touch with SavourLife to see if her outfit qualifies for future consideration.

Veronika
5 years ago

Oh you changed the rating? Wasn’t it 3 and a half? It’s better as a 4 tbh as its really pretty good for it’s price range, compared to the brands you know I hate :p.

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5 years ago
Reply to  Veronika

I gave it the benefit of the doubt and upped it to 4. I also dropped Black Hawk to 3.5 due to ongoing reports of digestive upset.

Veronika
5 years ago

Blackhawk is bringing out lovely new bags and they said no changes to ingredients but actually there is, 3 meat sources in the first 3 ingredients for the lamb and rice one and they’ve removed the rye, the likely digestive upset source to be honest that and maybe even emu oil, Andzia reacted to something in the Blackhawk and the only thing I can pinpoint is the emu oil as she’s had everything else.

Veronika
5 years ago

I always love seeing companies that make treats suddenly making actual food or just new companies in general it’s so much fun to read the new ingredients look at the star ratings even if the happiness is short lived with bad ingredients or something :p

I’ve never much been a fan of the ingredients savour chooses to promote in their foods, it’s nice that they donate but if they had better ingredients I could bet they would make even more money to donate much more but ah well their loss. Maybe they will re think it in the future.

Onto the actual review.
1. It’s chicken “meal” always better then just chicken itself that Purina loves to boast about being number 1 lol.
2. Tapioca and digests from a company that I don’t really know and whose treats I would never buy, means this food will never be tried by me too bad.
3. Always with the vitamins, minerals and amino acids without including what sorts of those items are added, I would hope it’s on the guaranteed analysis, because I think I remember a few brands were it wasn’t listed anywhere to find, if you wanted it you needed to send a message. <— annoying.

Other then that the rest looks fine and although glucosamine is a nice addition the amount is usually 300mg/kg when it's at that point in the list and so your pet will benefit from it but not very much, big dogs require around 1500mg per meal for joint health, so adding a powder extra is a much better idea, because as you can see your pet gets 300mg for every kilo of food they eat which is awful.
To be honest the best supplement for arthritis or anything similar (I have osteo) from personal experience is Turmeric Latte for me and Green Lipped Mussel for Rusty.

Jayson Green
5 years ago
Reply to  Veronika

This review ❤

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