Petsumer Report Review of the Month
August 2010 Petsumer Report reviews 3 new cat foods, 6 new dog foods from Artemis Pet Food; 1 new dog food from AvoDerm Pet Food; 11 new cat foods, 28 new dog foods, and 1 new dog treat from Blue Buffalo.
Petsumer Report Online provides reviews, grade of ingredients, country of origin information, warning of risk ingredients, FDA recall information (and more) for 690 cat foods, 81 cat treats, 958 dog foods, and 199 dog treats; a total of 1928 pet product reviews.
Blue Buffalo Pet Foods
Blue Buffalo Pet Foods are manufactured by CJ Foods in Bern, Kansas and Dad’s Pet Care in Meadville, Penn. Simmons Pet Foods in Arkansas produces canned foods. Meat meal ingredients (example chicken meal) contain internal organs; fish meal is preserved naturally with Naturox. Blue Buffalo did not respond to inquiries to cooking time and temperature. For more information on Blue Buffalo Pet Foods visit http://www.bluebuff.com/
Blue Wilderness Salmon Dog Food Dry
Ingredients: Deboned Salmon, Menhaden Fish Meal (natural source of Omega 3 Fatty Acids), Chicken Meal, Potato Starch, Peas, Chicken Fat (preserved with Natural Mixed Tocopherols and Citric Acid), Potatoes, Tomato Pomace (natural source of Lycopene), Natural Chicken Flavor, Flaxseed (natural source of Omega 3 and 6 Fatty Acids), Alfalfa Meal, Whole Carrots, Whole Sweet Potatoes, Blueberries, Cranberries, Barley Grass, Dried Parsley, Dried Kelp, Taurine, Yucca Shidigera Extract, L-Carnitine, L-Lysine, Turmeric, Oil of Rosemary, Beta Carotene, Vitamin A Supplement, Thiamine Mononitrate (Vitamin B1), Riboflavin (Vitamin B2), Niacin (Vitamin B3), d-Calcium Pantothenate (Vitamin B5), Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (Vitamin B6), Biotin (Vitamin B7), Folic Acid (Vitamin B9), Vitamin B12 Supplement, Calcium Ascorbate (source of Vitamin C), Vitamin D3 Supplement, Vitamin E Supplement, Iron Amino Acid Chelate, Zinc Amino Acid Chelate, Manganese Amino Acid Chelate, Copper Amino Acid Chelate, Choline Chloride, Sodium Selenite, Calcium Iodate, Salt, Caramel, Potassium Chloride, Saccharomyces cerevisiae, Lactobacillus acidophilus, Bacillus subtilis, Enterococcus faecium.
Red Flag Ingredients: None
US Only Ingredients: No – Lamb from New Zealand, some vitamins/minerals from “reputable foreign suppliers”
Natural Preservatives: Yes
Shelf Life: 1 year
Crude Protein: 34% Crude Fat: 15% Crude Fiber: 6.5% Moisture: 10%
Plus: The Blue Buffalo Representative told me the ingredients are human grade/quality. The mineral listings do read to be chelated or proteinated (for better mineral absorption). Contains Alfalfa, Flax Seed & Kelp – health promoting ingredients.
Minus: This food does include probiotics (friendly bacteria that benefits the intestinal system and in turn the immune system of the pet), however they are not listed in the Guaranteed Analysis (no company guarantee bacteria is viable). Contains Sodium Selenite – potential risk form of selenium
To explain the rating – only the first five ingredients – the majority of the food – are rated and listed in bold type. Grey Font ingredients imply inferior quality ingredients providing pets little to no nutrition, and Red Font ingredients are Red Flag ingredients that are potentially dangerous to pets. Quality ingredients are listed in bold black font. Five quality ingredients gives the pet food a five Paw Print rating. Four quality ingredients gives the pet food a four Paw Print rating, and so forth. Four Paw Prints is the highest rating possible for a canned pet food. Do not rely on the paw print rating alone; read the Plus/Minus information and manufacturer information at the top of each page.
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