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4health Salmon & Potato Formula for Adult Dogs
four and a half stars

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From the 4health Website:

4health Salmon & Potato Formula for Adult Dogs is specifically formulated to meet the nutritional needs of your adult dog. Made with salmon and ocean fish meal, this formula provides a diet option for dogs that prefer the taste of fish or that are sensitive to chicken or lamb.

  • Salmon & Ocean Fish Meal: Ideal protein sources for dogs that prefer the taste of fish or that are sensitive to other protein sources. Optimal sources of Omega-3 fatty acids.
  • Digestive Support: Dried chicory root and dried fermentation products work together to help support the digestive system.
  • Antioxidant Formulation: Contains guaranteed levels of vitamin E and selenium to ensure that your dog is receiving optimum antioxidant nutrition.
  • Contains Glucosamine and Chondroitin: Contains 300 mg/kg glucosamine hydrochloride and 100 mg/kg chondroitin sulfate.
  • Omega Fatty Acid Nutrition: A blend of Omega-6 and Omega-3 fatty acids helps keep the skin and coat healthy and shiny.
  • Chelated Minerals: These minerals (proteinates) are attached to amino acids and are easily absorbed for optimal mineral nutrition.
Ingredients:
Salmon, ocean fish meal (a source of fish oil), potatoes, peas, cracked pearled barley, egg product, millet, canola oil, tomato pomace, natural flavor flaxseed, salt, choline chloride, dried chicory root, glucosamine hydrochloride, dried kelp, carrots, apples, tomatoes, blueberries, spinach, dried skim milk, cranberries, rosemary extract, parsley flake, yucca schidigera extract, L-Carnitine, chondroitin sulfate, dried Enterococcus faecium fermentation product, dried Lactobacillus acidophilus fermentation product, dried Lactobacillus casei fermentation product, dried Lactobacillus plantarum fermentation product, dried Trichoderma longibrachiatum fermentation extract, vitamin E supplement, iron proteinate, zinc proteinate, copper proteinate, ferrous sulfate, zinc sulfate, copper sulfate, potassium iodide, thiamine mononitrate, manganese proteinate, manganous oxide, ascorbic acid, vitamin A supplement, biotin, niacin, calcium pantothenate, manganese sulfate, sodium selenite, pyridoxine hydrochloride (vitamin B6), vitamin B12 supplement, riboflavin, vitamin D supplement, folic acid.
Guaranteed Analysis:
Crude Protein 25.0% (Minimum)
Crude Fat 14.0% (Minimum)
Crude Fiber 3.0% (Maximum)
Moisture 10.0% (Maximum)
Zinc 150 mg/kg (Minimum)
Selenium 0.4 mg/kg (Minimum)
Vitamin E 150 IU/kg (Minimum)
Omega-6 Fatty Acids* 2.5% (Minimum)
Omega-3 Fatty Acids* 0.5% (Minimum)
Glucosamine* 300 mg/kg (Minimum)
Chondroitin Sulfate* 100 mg/kg (Minimum)

*Not recognized as an essential nutrient by the AAFCO dog food nutrient profile

The main ingredients

Salmon is the first ingredient, which means this formula contains more salmon than any other ingredient. Salmon is not only a great source of protein, it is also high in omega-3 fatty acid. Dogs love the taste of salmon!

The next ingredient is ocean fish meal (a source of fish oil). Fish meal is another great source for omega-3 fatty acid, as well as fish oil that is needed to maintain a healthy skin and coat on your dog. Some fish meals have been found to contain ethoxyquin, a fat preservative that may cause problems with your dogs liver

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

The fourth 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 fifth ingredient is cracked pearled barley. Barley is a good carb source, which is absorbed slowly in the intenstinal tracts, helping keep blood sugar levels even.

Other ingredients of note in 4health Salmon & Potato Formula for Adult Dogs

Millet: Millet is a gluten-free grain from certain seed grasses. It is rich in the B-complex vitamins, as well as fiber and other essential minerals.

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.

So is 4health Salmon & Potato Formula for Adult Dogs a good dog food?

4health Salmon & Potato Formula for Adult Dogs

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 28% protein and 16% fat. Again, using the dry matter bases we can calculate an carbohydrate content of 48% and a fat to protein ratio of 57%.

This shows 4health Salmon & Potato Formula for Adult Dogs contains near average protein, near average fat, and near average carbohydrate content.

So, the bottom line is that 4health Salmon & Potato Formula for Adult Dogs is an above average dry dog food, with a moderate amount of meat, and is therefore highly recommended, receiving four stars.

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