Introduction – Background
The Blue Buffalo brand developed from a familie’s desire to help their dog with cancer. They worked with holistic vets to develop their products. They say that they use only the highest quality ingredients and real meat.
Ingredients For Blue Buffalo Life Protection Chicken and Brown Rice
Deboned Chicken, Chicken Meal, Brown Rice, Barley, Oatmeal, Pea Starch, Flaxseed (source of Omega 3 and 6 Fatty Acids), Chicken Fat (preserved with Mixed Tocopherols), Dried Tomato Pomace, Natural Flavor, Peas, Pea Protein, Salt, Potassium Chloride, Dehydrated Alfalfa Meal, Potatoes, Dried Chicory Root, Pea Fiber, Alfalfa Nutrient Concentrate, Calcium Carbonate, Choline Chloride, DL-Methionine, Preserved with Mixed Tocopherols, Dicalcium Phosphate, Sweet Potatoes, Carrots, Garlic, Zinc Amino Acid Chelate, Zinc Sulfate, Vegetable Juice for color, Ferrous Sulfate, Vitamin E Supplement, Iron Amino Acid Chelate, Blueberries, Cranberries, Barley Grass, Parsley, Turmeric, Dried Kelp, Yucca Schidigera Extract, Niacin (Vitamin B3), Glucosamine Hydrochloride, Calcium Pantothenate (Vitamin B5), Copper Sulfate, Biotin (Vitamin B7), L-Ascorbyl-2-Polyphosphate (source of Vitamin C), L-Lysine, L-Carnitine, Vitamin A Supplement, Copper Amino Acid Chelate, Manganese Sulfate, Taurine, Manganese Amino Acid Chelate, Thiamine Mononitrate (Vitamin B1), Riboflavin (Vitamin B2), Vitamin D3 Supplement, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (Vitamin B6), Calcium Iodate, Dried Yeast, Dried Enterococcus faecium fermentation product, Dried Lactobacillus acidophilus fermentation product, Dried Aspergillus niger fermentation extract, Dried Trichoderma longibrachiatum fermentation extract, Dried Bacillus subtilis fermentation extract, Folic Acid (Vitamin B9), Sodium Selenite, Oil of Rosemary.
This ingredient list has 6 questionable items in it. Well, more really, but we are going to cover 6.
First, dried tomato pomace. This is nothing more than a cheap filler. Although some would say grains are too, which are also in this kibble.
Pea protein is next. Pea protein is about 80% protein which bumps up the overall protein content of the product but pea protein is not as bioavailable to your dog as animal proteins are. Thus, your dog really isn’t getting all the protein you think he is.
Alfalfa nutrient concentrate is about 50% protein. Like pea protein a cheap and less bioavailable protein source.
Pea fiber is another cheap, by-product filler like tomato pomace.
Garlic is also a controversial ingredient. This ingredient has been linked to Heinz body anemia in dogs. Though some say garlic is alright depending on how it is prepared and the variety of garlic.
Dried yeast, some dogs are allergic to this so be cautious if your dog is.
One other thing to note is that flaxseeds are the source of omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids. Flaxseeds are not a very bioavailable source of these nutrients of dogs. Plus, with the cooking processes that kibble goes through, there probably aren’t many omega fatty acids left to be helpful to your dog.
This food also contains 5 sources of probiotics. Probiotics are very heat sensitive and will die at high heat or extend periods of heat. So, it is unlikely that the probiotics included even survive the cooking required to make the kibble.
Guaranteed Analysis For Blue Buffalo Life Protection Chicken and Brown Rice
Crude Protein 24.0% (min)
Crude Fat 14.0% (min)
Crude Fiber 5.0% (max)
Moisture 10.0% (max)
Calcium 1.0% (min)
Phosphorus 0.7% (min)
Omega 3 Fatty Acids 0.5% (min)
Omega 6 Fatty Acids 3.0% (min)
Glucosamine 400 mg/kg (min)
This food is 44% carbs 33% fat and only 23% protein… This is pretty sad considering that dogs are carnivores.
The addition of glucosamine is nice but the amount isn’t enough to help your dog’s joints. A good amount of glucosamine is 20mg per pound of dog, daily. 400 mg per kg of kibble is not going to cut it.
Again the food does have omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids but they are from a poor source and are most likely inactive after the kibble processing anyway.
- Red Meat
You can purchase Blue Buffalo in wet or dry formulas.
They also sell options for puppies, adult dogs, and senior dogs.
You can choose small and large breed formulas as well.
They also have options for weight management, grain-free, high-protein, food sensitive, limited ingredient, small bites, and prey feeding.
Small dogs up to 15lbs $30/month
Medium dogs 40-60lbs $60/month
Large dogs over 100lbs $120/month
This kibble is not the best. Some dogs may manage to survive on it, but are they thriving? There are way too many poor quality ingredients. They do offer a wide variety of products, but that’s about the best you can say about them.