Overall, BLUE Basics Grain-Free Lamb & Potato Recipe For Adult Small Breed Dogs is a below average dog food, earning 5 out of a possible 10 paws based on its nutritional analysis and ingredient list.
When evaluating a dog food, the first five ingredients can tell you a lot about the quality of a product as they make up the bulk of the product. Ideally, you're looking for quality protein sources with a minimum of cheap starches, fillers or by-products. Continuing down the ingredient list, look for ingredients that resemble real food with a minimal number of unpronounceable chemicals - the same as you would for human food.
BLUE Basics Grain-Free Lamb & Potato Recipe For Adult Small Breed Dogs includes the following:
Note - a bolded ingredient in the above tables indicates it is one of the first five ingredients listed by the product manufacturer.In this case, BLUE Basics Grain-Free Lamb & Potato Recipe For Adult Small Breed Dogs's most plentiful ingredient listed is lamb, which is considered a quality protein source.
Additionally, it's worth noting that this product does not list either by-products nor bulk-adding fillers within its top ingredients. By-products are considered inferior, lesser quality ingredients. Common fillers typically used to add bulk to the product are not required in your dog's diet. Together, their combined absence may be indicative of a higher quality product.
Please also be aware that this product contains guar gum and carrageenan, which are additives that some experts claim may be possible contributors to certain medical conditions in dogs.
Allergen alert: This product contains lamb, lamb broth and fish oil which may be problematic for dogs who suffer from lamb or seafood food allergies.
Compared to the other 1160 dog foods in our database, BLUE Basics Grain-Free Lamb & Potato Recipe For Adult Small Breed Dogs has:
Using the calculations provided by the AAFCO, BLUE Basics Grain-Free Lamb & Potato Recipe For Adult Small Breed Dogs has approximately 107 calories per 100g (30 calories/ounce), which is compared to the average of the other wet dog foods in the DogFoodDB.
All the product information on this page is based on data collected from the manufacturer's product website as retrieved on July 19, 2018.
Ingredients as published by the dog food manufacturer:
Lamb, Lamb Broth, Potatoes, Flaxseed (source of Omega 3 and 6 Fatty Acids), Pea Protein, Sunflower Oil (source of Omega 6 Fatty Acids), Guar Gum, Fish Oil (source of Omega 3 Fatty Acids), Pumpkin, Carrageenan, Cassia Gum, Potassium Chloride, Salt, Cranberries, Blueberries, Mixed Tocopherols, Choline Chloride, Zinc Amino Acid Chelate, Iron Amino Acid Chelate, Vitamin E Supplement, L-Ascorbyl-2-Polyphosphate (source of Vitamin C), Copper Amino Acid Chelate, Manganese Amino Acid Chelate, Sodium Selenite, Thiamine Mononitrate (Vitamin B1), Cobalt Amino Acid Chelate, Niacin Supplement (Vitamin B3), Calcium Pantothenate (Vitamin B5), Vitamin A Supplement, Riboflavin Supplement (Vitamin B2), Biotin (Vitamin B7), Vitamin B12 Supplement, Potassium Iodide, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (Vitamin B6), Vitamin D3 Supplement, Folic Acid (Vitamin B9).
Nutritional information as published by the dog food manufacturer.*
The manufacturer's published guaranteed analysis values normalized for moisture content.
*Note that some nutritional percentages reported are only estimated values, and are indicated as such as (est). Each dog food manufacturer is required by law to publish a Guaranteed Analysis, which defines each product's maximum values of fiber, moisture and ash in addition to the minimum values of protein and fat contained within. Exact nutritional percentages are not available and hence all calculated values (including carbohydrate percentages and calorie amounts) are determined using these minimum and maximum published values and therefore may differ from actual values.