The best thing I can say about SavourLife dog food is it’s a good option for many of us. It won’t break the bank like some of those fancy top end foods, and it’s much better than common choices like Supercoat which are packed with not-overly-nutritious cereals.
SavourLife are also Australian, which will likely win hearts.
I have to say the SavourLife Grain Free range is my preference (and the most expensive), but there’s also a slightly cheaper Ancient Grains range, and an Essentials range with bigger bags for those on a tight budget or have to feed larger dogs. I’ll cover all in this review.
At the time of updating this review the food has been around for nearly 8 years, and feedback has been really good over that time. That says something about the quality of the brand.
SavourLife dog food review
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 if you want to check it out.
As for the SavourLife products themselves, they state they’re gluten free, natural, holistic, with natural superfood inclusions. But of course they only tell you the good stuff, so lets take a look at the ingredients and I’ll tell you the other stuff you’ll like to know.
What the labelling really says
The Grain Free Australian Chicken formula is 28% protein and 18% fat. This is very good for a dry dog food, and means there’s less carbs – carbs aren’t great for dogs (they’re meat eaters, right?).
The Ancient Grains and Essentials range aren’t to the same standard, being 23% protein/14% fat and 23% protein/13% fat respectively. That’s the real truth about dog foods, as the more you pay the more appropriate they are for your dog. On that point alone you’ll see why I favour the grain free formulas.
Focusing on the grain free chicken I see the top five ingredients as the majority of the formula as a whole. Chicken Meal, Field Peas, and Tapioca are significant, then we have Poultry Oil (for the fat content) and Potato.
The downside of this is we have 2 animal ingredients to 3 non-animal ingredients, which is what sets SavourLife apart from those on the best rated list. But there’s no reason you can’t feed SavourLife combined with one of those foods for a bit of variety.
They’re not bad ingredients, and I could nit pick and say sweet potato is a better choice than potato, but the biggest improvement would be a greater emphasis on meats.
The 28% protein will be a combination of meat and peas, whereas some more expensive brands have most of the protein from meat – more digestible for your dog.
The Ancient Grains range looks to favour meat/sorghum/brown rice/peas as main ingredients, which I still see as an improvement over Supercoat and similar brands. The downside of the Essentials range is wheat – one of the cheapest grains which I find commonly fed to dogs with itchy skin and dull coat – but it’s combined with oats (good choice of grain) and chickpeas (should be beneficial in moderation).
There’s a few nice smaller inclusions, such as linseed (flaxseed) in the grain free range, which is a good source of omega fatty acids for skin, coat, and heart health. You’ll also find some fruits and veggies, also in the Ancient Grains formulas. There’s little to rave about in the Essentials range, but at least they’re all preserved naturally with rosemary extract and green tea.
I’d love to know which range suits you and your budget, so feel free to add a comment below. It helps me make recommendations.
Should you feed SavourLife to your dog?
Based on good feedback from other dog owners, and a range of dog foods to cater for various budgets, SavourLife could be a good mid-range choice.
You’ll also be buying from an Australian company, and given they donate a share of the profits to dog rescues you’ll also be supporting Australian dogs.
Where to buy SavourLife dog food
SavourLife Grain Free Chicken:
SavourLife Ancient Grains Chicken:
SavourLife Essentials Chicken:
SavourLife Grain Free Australian Chicken ingredients:
Chicken Meal, Field Peas, Tapioca, Poultry Oil, Potato, Natural Flavouring, Beet Pulp, Fish Oil, Vitamins & Minerals & Amino Acids, Linseed, Salt, Yucca Schidigera Extract, Chicory Root (Natural Prebiotic), Tomato Pomace, Sweet Potato, Kelp, Carrot, Broccoli, Blueberries, Glucosamine, Natural Antioxidants (including Rosemary Extract and Green Tea)
SavourLife Ancient Grains Australian Chicken ingredients:
Chicken Meal, Sorghum, Brown Rice, Field Peas, Poultry Oil, Natural Flavouring, Alfalfa, Fish Oil, Vitamins & Minerals & Amino Acids, Linseed, Salt, Yucca Schidigera Extract, Chicory Root (Natural Prebiotic), Tomato Pomace, Kelp, Carrot, Broccoli, Blueberries, Glucosamine, Natural Antioxidants (including Rosemary Extract and Green Tea).
SavourLife Essentials Australian Chicken ingredients:
Chicken Meal, Oats, Chickpeas, Wheat, Poultry Oil, Sorghum, Natural Flavouring, Rice, Alfalfa, Vitamins & Minerals & Amino Acids, Sea Salt, Fish Oil, Seasonable Vegetable Mix, Yucca Schidigera Extract, Chicory Root (Natural Prebiotic), Natural Antioxidants (including Rosemary Extract and Green Tea).
SavourLife Guaranteed Analysis
Guaranteed analysis of Savour Life Grain Free Australian Chicken dog food:
|Crude Fibre||(max) 5%|
|Carbohydrates *||Listed as (min) 33%. Estimated 36%.*|
At the time of updating the SavourLife dog food review, Ancient Grains Chicken is 23% protein/14% fat/estimated 45% carbs, and Essentials Chicken is 23% protein/13% fat/estimated 46% carbs.
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- A good reputation and consumer feedback
- Three ranges of formulas for different budgets
- Probably a better option than what you're currently feeding your dog