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Blue Buffalo Basics Adult Turkey and Potato Recipe
three and a half stars

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From the Blue Buffalo Website:

For dogs that show signs of being sensitive to some of the ingredients used in traditional pet foods, less may be more. BLUE Basics is a healthy, holistic, limited-ingredient diet formulated to minimize food sensitivities while maximizing the nutritional value that your dog will receive. BLUE Basics contains:

  • Turkey - A high-quality protein not typically used in dog food.
  • Oatmeal, Potatoes and Brown Rice - Three easily digestible carbohydrate sources.
  • A Precise Blend of Veggies, Fruit and Micronutrients - Selected for their nutritional value and their capacity to help in the digestive process.
  • An Optimal Blend of Omega 3 and 6 Fatty Acids - Helps maintain the immune system and support skin and coat health
Ingredients:
Deboned Turkey, Peas, Whole Potatoes, Whole Ground Brown Rice, Turkey Meal, Flaxseed (natural source of Omega 3 and 6 Fatty Acids), Canola Oil (naturally preserved with Mixed Tocopherols, a natural source of Vitamin E), Tomato Pomace (natural source of Lycopene), Natural Turkey Flavor, Oatmeal, Whole Carrots, Blueberries, Cranberries, Barley Grass, Dried Parsley, Alfalfa Meal, Dried Kelp, Yucca Schidigera Extract, L-Carnitine, L-Lysine, Turmeric, Oil of Rosemary, Dried Chicory Root, Beta Carotene, Calcium Carbonate , 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.
Guaranteed Analysis:
Crude Protein (min.) 22.0%
Crude Fat (min.) 12.0%
Crude Fiber (max.) 5.0%
Moisture (max.) 10.0%
Calcium (Ca) (min) 1.0%
Phosphorus (P) (min.) 0.9%
Omega 3 fatty acids* 0.9%
Omega 6 fatty acids* 2.0%

* Not recognized as an essential nutrient by the AAFCO Dog Nutrients Profile
The main ingredients

Deboned Turkey is the first ingredient, which means this formula contains more turkey than any other ingredient. Although turkey is a quality ingredient, and provides all 10 of the essential amino acids, it contains about 80% moisture. Cooking will drive out this moisture, leaving just a small fraction of the original weight in the finished dog food.

Therefore, this may actually account for a lower part of the total content than is reflected on the ingredient list.

The next ingredient is Peas. Peas provide a good supply of protein and dietary fiber. They also are a natural source for vitamins C and K. However, some dogs experience problems digesting peas because of the fibrous cellulose contained in the peas.

The third ingredient is Whole Potatoes. Potatoes are a good source of dietary fiber, vitamins B6 and C, as well as potassium and manganese.

The fourth ingredient is Whole Ground Brown Rice. Brown rice is a cereal grain often used in place of corn. Brown rice is higher in fiber than white rice, and less processed. It can also be a little more irritating to the stomach than white rice. It's a simple carbohydrate that can give dogs quick energy. Used in conjunction with more complex carbs in a dog food, brown rice is a good ingredient.

The fifth ingredient is Turkey Meal. Turkey meal is a meat concentrate, and can provide up to four times the protein of turkey.

Other ingredients of note in Blue Buffalo Basics Adult Turkey and Potato Recipe

Canola oil: While some experts commend canola oil for its omega-3 content, others condemn it as an unhealthy fat. Regardless, since it is plant based it is less biologically available to a dog than other oils, such as fish oil.

Tomato pomace: Tomato pomace is what is left over after processing tomatoes into juice, soup, and ketchup. Some people praise pomace for its high fiber and nutrient content, while others say it is just a cheap pet food filler.

Chicory root: Chicory root is rich in simple sugars and the polysaccharide inulin. Studies suggest that inulin can have a beneficial effect on the gut's 'good bacteria' which is making it increasingly popular as a prebiotic and as a source of soluble dietary fiber. Inulin is also fairly sweet making it a popular natural dog food flavor enhancer.

Chelated minerals: Chelated minerals are those minerals that are chemically attached to protein, which makes them about 20% more readily absorbed. Chelated minerals are typically associated with higher quality dog foods.

Fermentation products: Fermentation products contain probiotics which will grow in the dogs digestive tract and assist in the digestion process.

So is it a good dog food?

Blue Buffalo Basics Adult Turkey and Potato Recipe, judging by its ingredients, is an above average dry dog food. It contains two sources of meat protein in the top five ingredients.

For comparison, the guaranteed analyses is converted from an as fed bases to a dry matter bases. This results in this dog food containing approximately 24% protein and 13% fat. Again, using the dry matter bases we can calculate an carbohydrate content of 55% and a fat to protein ratio of 54%.

This shows Blue Buffalo Basics Adult Turkey and Potato Recipe contains below average protein, below average fat, and above average carbohydrate content.

So, the bottom line is that Blue Buffalo Basics Adult Turkey and Potato Recipe is an above average dry dog food, with a below average amount of meat protein.

Blue Buffalo Basics Adult Turkey and Potato Recipe receives three stars and is recommended.

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