Holistic Select Grain Free Small & Mini Breed Puppy Health Review

Anchovy & Sardine and Chicken Meals Recipe

Holistic Select Grain Free Small & Mini Breed Puppy Health Anchovy & Sardine and Chicken Meals Recipe

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Review of Holistic Select Grain Free Small & Mini Breed Puppy Health
Anchovy & Sardine and Chicken Meals Recipe

This product is manufactured by WellPet LLC..

According to our data, this Holistic Select recipe provides complete & balanced nutrition for growing puppies. In other words, this formula is AAFCO approved.

Holistic Select Grain Free Small & Mini Breed Puppy Health Anchovy & Sardine and Chicken Meals Recipe is formulated to meet the nutritional levels established by the AAFCO Dog Food Nutrient Profiles for growing puppies.

Ingredient Review

We'll begin this review of Holistic Select Grain Free Small & Mini Breed Puppy Health Anchovy & Sardine and Chicken Meals Recipe with a detailed discussion of the ingredients.

The first ingredient is anchovy meal. Anchovy meal is produced by cooking anchovies using a process called rendering. The rendering process dramatically reduces the natural moisture of anchovy and thereby results in a highly condensed protein source.

The second ingredient is sardine meal. Sardine meal is produced by a process called rendering. In short, the rendering process involves cooking sardine until the moisture level falls below 10%. By removing the moisture, we're left with a concentrated protein powder made with sardine (i.e. sardine meal).

The third ingredient is chicken fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols). Chicken fat is a relatively good source of linoleic acid, which is an important essential fatty acid.

The fourth ingredient is ground brown rice. Ground brown rice is naturally rich in fiber and various minerals including manganese, phosphorus, and magnesium. Relative to other grains, ground brown rice is easy to digest.

The fifth ingredient is ground white rice. Ground white rice is another name for white rice flour, which is a gluten free carbohydrate source.

Because ingredients are listed in order of pre-cooked weight, the remaining ingredients in Holistic Select Grain Free Small & Mini Breed Puppy Health Anchovy & Sardine and Chicken Meals Recipe 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 Holistic Select recipe.

Next we have chicken meal. Chicken meal is produced by cooking chicken using a process called rendering. The rendering process dramatically reduces the natural moisture of chicken and thereby results in a highly condensed protein source.

The next ingredient is pork meal. Pork meal is produced by a process called rendering. In short, the rendering process involves cooking pork until the moisture level falls below 10%. By removing the moisture, we're left with a concentrated protein powder made with pork (i.e. pork meal).

Then we have oatmeal. Oatmeal is simply coarsely ground oats and therefore contains the entire oat grain. As with regular oats, oatmeal is rich in dietary fiber, B vitamins, and various minerals.

Moving on, we have dried beet pulp. Dried beet pulp is the by-product which remains once sugar has been extracted from sugar beets. The primary contribution of beet pulp is dietary fiber.

We'd also like to note that beet pulp is fairly controversial in pet food. Proponents claim that beet pulp can promote intestinal health and regulate blood sugar. However, opponents claim that beet pulp is an inexpensive filler.

Moving on with this review, we have 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.

The next ingredient in this review is dried egg product. Dried egg product consists of shell-free eggs which are easy to digest and contain high quality protein. Egg protein is often given the highest biological value (BV). The BV metric measures the usability of the ingredient's protein.

Our next ingredient is carrot, which provide a healthy dose of vitamins, minerals, and dietary fiber.

pumpkin is the next ingredient in this recipe. Pumpkin is an excellent carbohydrate source, rich in dietary fiber and various minerals. It's also rich in beta-carotene, an antioxidant which is a precursor to vitamin A.

The remaining ingredients in this Holistic Select Grain Free Small & Mini Breed Puppy Health recipe are unlikely to affect the overall rating of the product.

Our analysis of the ingredients show that this product derives a considerable amount of protein from non-meat ingredients. This is an undesirable property because plant based protein often lacks many of the necessary amino acids required by dogs. This property is typically found in lower quality products.

Final Thoughts

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

The official PawDiet rating for Holistic Select Grain Free Small & Mini Breed Puppy Health Anchovy & Sardine and Chicken Meals Recipe is 3.0 out of 5.