Blue Buffalo Natural Veterinary Diet Review

HF Hydrolyzed For Food Intolerance

Blue Buffalo Natural Veterinary Diet HF Hydrolyzed For Food Intolerance
Prescription Diets
Are Not Rated
Price Comparison
51.99 + Shipping (Free)
Existing Customers
Free Shipping Orders $49+
51.99 + Shipping (Free)
$34.57 NEW Customers w/ AutoShip
New Customers w/ Auto-Ship
30% Off + 5% Off / First Time

Review of Blue Buffalo Natural Veterinary Diet
HF Hydrolyzed For Food Intolerance

This product is manufactured by Blue Buffalo.

According to our data, this Blue Buffalo recipe provides complete & balanced nutrition for the maintenance of adult cats. In other words, this formula is AAFCO approved.

Unlike other AAFCO approved cat foods which rely in laboratory testing to substantiate nutritional adequacy, this recipe has undergone feeding trials. In the pet food industry, feeding trials are often considered to be the superior testing method.

Animal feeding tests using AAFCO procedures substantiate that Blue Buffalo Natural Veterinary Diet HF Hydrolyzed For Food Intolerance provides complete and balanced nutrition for the maintenance of adult cats.

Ingredient Review

We'll begin this review of Blue Buffalo Natural Veterinary Diet HF Hydrolyzed For Food Intolerance with a detailed discussion of the ingredients.

The first ingredient is salmon hydrolysate. Salmon hydrolysate is produced by subjecting salmon to a processes called hydrolysis. In short, hydrolysis makes use of water to split chemical bonds. By doing this, amino acids from the protein source can be absorbed into your cats body quicker than the original intact protein source.

The second ingredient is pea. Peas are starchy members of the legume family. Other than carbohydrates, peas are notably high in plant based protein and various vitamins and minerals.

The third ingredient is potato. Potatoes provide a notable amount of dietary fiber, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. In addition, potatoes are gluten free and therefore commonly found in grain free and gluten free products.

The fourth ingredient is pea starch. Pea starch is a gluten free carbohydrate derived from peas. Typically, pea starch is used as a binder in kibble.

The fifth ingredient is canola oil. Because canola oil is actually an improved rapeseed oil, many people are wary of its nutritional impacts.

Because ingredients are listed in order of pre-cooked weight, the remaining ingredients in Blue Buffalo Natural Veterinary Diet HF Hydrolyzed For Food Intolerance are not as important as the first five ingredients.

However, collectively they still have a significant impact on the overall quality of the product. Therefore, we'll continue discussing the remaining ingredients in this Blue Buffalo recipe.

Next we have pea protein. Pea protein is produced by removing the starchy parts of peas. Pea protein is considered controversial because it provides a substantial plant based protein boost. This boost is undesirable because plant based protein is typically lower in biological value when compared to meat based proteins.

The next ingredient is flaxseed. Flaxseeds are an outstanding source of omega-3 fatty acids and dietary fiber. They also provide a notable amount of protein, B vitamins, and various minerals.

Then we have pea fiber. Pea fiber is a concentrated dietary fiber source. Fiber can help stabilize blood sugar levels and promote colon health.

Moving on, we have natural flavor, which is likely included to improve palatability.

Moving on with this review, we have dicalcium phosphate. Dicalcium phosphate (misnomer for dibasic calcium phosphate) is commonly used in pet food and treats as a dietary calcium supplement. It can also be found in breakfast cereals, enriched flour, noodle products, pharmaceutical tablets, and toothpastes.

The next ingredient in this review is calcium sulfate. Calcium sulfate is a food additive that helps control acidity levels and functions as a firming agent. It's not a desirable ingredient, but it is considered safe by the FDA in small quantities.

Our next ingredient is fish oil. Fish oil is defined by AAFCO as "the oil from rendering whole fish or cannery waste." It is typically rich in omega-3 fatty acids and therefore a good fat source. However, the specific fish used to obtain the oil is not specified and therefore we cannot make any specific claims.

choline chloride is the next ingredient in this recipe. Choline chloride is member of the B-vitamin complex (vitamin B4).

Next on the list is calcium carbonate. Calcium carbonate is a naturally occurring mineral supplement. Although it's often used as a dietary calcium supplement, it can also be used as a preservative or color retainer.

The remaining ingredients in this Blue Buffalo Natural Veterinary Diet recipe are unlikely to affect the overall rating of the product.

Our analysis of the ingredients show that this product derives a substantial amount of protein from non-meat ingredients. Since this product is a prescription diet, this property may be required and therefore we cannot make any further statements.

Final Thoughts

In summary, we recognize that this product does not contain any artificial colors, artificial preservatives, or anonymous meat ingredients.