|Country of origin||Australia|
|Available from||Coles & Woolworths|
Ultimates Indulge dog food is a product of SAFCOL, so like a certain much talked about current affair it originated from a fish market (or did it?). You’ll find it on the shelves of Coles and Woolworths which don’t have a great track record when it comes to quality pet foods.
In our Ultimates Indulge dog food review we’ll find out if it’s as tasty as other SAFCOL products like their smoked oysters and mussels…
What the marketing says
Packaged in a glamorous John Player Special black and gold bag we see the words “NATURAL & GRAIN FREE” in big bold letters at the top of the bag, “Natural Chicken” below a cutesy dog, a picture of succulent chicken breast (as if this food is made from such an ingredient), and the words “HEART HEALTHY OMEGA OILS”.
Some of these are mere marketing – what does “NATURAL” mean anyhow?
What is surprising are the two claims at the bottom of the bag – “Over 50% meat” and “35% protein”. That’s actually very impressive for a dry dog food, especially from the supermarkets. Could Ultimates Indulge dog food be better than we would expect from a supermarket product?
Onwards with the review and we’ll find out!
What the labelling really says
The first (and seemingly main) ingredient is poultry meal. Although this doesn’t scream quality in terms of meat ingredients (and doesn’t ring true with the succulent chicken breast on the packaging) it’s a much better choice of ingredient than the cereal by-products you’ll find as the main ingredient in adjacent supermarket brands. We find another animal ingredient listed third which is natural chicken flavour. Your guess is as good as mine what they mean by this? It’s perhaps similar to poultry oil and poultry digest further down the ingredients, which are all signs of meat rendering, or in laymans terms cooking up a load of poultry “stuff” in a vat. Perhaps these three ingredients are one and the same, split into three for the sake of diversity on the label?
The main carbohydrate is sweet potato, which can be the tasty inside part or the skins. It’s a better option than potato as it’s lower GI, and it’s definitely better than cereal waste. The remaining significant ingredient in Ultimates Indulge is field peas, included in a reasonable moderation, and a source of vitamins, minerals, protein and fibre.
There’s a few nice additions to this dog food, such as an omega 3 & 6 oil blend to support health and wellbeing. It would be nice to know what oils are used so we know the quality, but at least it’s included. We find the vitamins and minerals are a pack form (likely sourced from overseas), but it does state the minerals are in a more absorbent chelated form. Fructo-oligosaccharide is a pre-biotic for gut health (or to boost digestibility of whatever the meat content is), and bacillus subtills as a probiotic.
All in all Ultimates Indulge dog food is better than we would expect for a supermarket brand. The clear downsides are we can expect the quality of most ingredients, including the meat content, to be a bit of an unknown. At least it has a bias towards meat rather than alternative fillers.
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Ingredients of Ultimates Indulge
Ingredients of Ultimates Indulge Natural Chicken dry dog food as of June 2021:
Poultry Meal, Sweet Potato, Natural Chicken Flavour, Field Peas, Potato Starch, Poultry Oil, Poultry Digest, Omega 3 & 6 Oil Blend, Potassium Chloride, Complete Vitamins and Chelated Trace Minerals, Choline Chloride, Fructo-oligo-saccharide, Taurine, L-lysine, DL Methionine, Bacillus Subtills. Product protected with mixed Tocopherols and Rosemary
Guaranteed analysis of Ultimates Indulge
Guaranteed analysis of Ultimates Indulge Natural Chicken dry dog food as of June 2021:
|Crude Fibre||(max) 3.5%|
|Carbohydrates *||Estimated 33%|
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- High protein & fat
- Unknown quality of ingredients