Open Farm Grain-Free Dry Dog Food Review
Farmer's Market Pork & Root Vegetable Recipe
Review of Open Farm Grain-Free Dry Dog Food
Farmer's Market Pork & Root Vegetable Recipe
This product is manufactured by Open Farm Inc.
According to our data, this Open Farm recipe provides complete & balanced nutrition for all life stages. In other words, this formula is AAFCO approved.
Open Farm Grain-Free Dry Dog Food Farmer's Market Pork & Root Vegetable Recipe is formulated to meet the nutritional levels established by the AAFCO Dog Food Nutrient Profiles for all life stages.
We'll begin this review of Open Farm Grain-Free Dry Dog Food Farmer's Market Pork & Root Vegetable Recipe with a detailed discussion of the ingredients.
The first ingredient is pork. Although pork is an excellent protein source, raw pork contains more than 60% moisture. After cooking, the relative meat contribution of pork is dramatically reduced. Therefore, it's important to ensure that other meat sources are included within the first few ingredients to ensure the product derives most of its protein from meat.
The second ingredient is garbanzo bean. Garbanzo beans (also known as chickpeas) are an excellent carbohydrate source, naturally rich in dietary fiber and protein.
The third ingredient is ocean whitefish meal. Ocean whitefish meal is produced by cooking whitefish using a process called rendering. The rendering process dramatically reduces the natural moisture of whitefish and thereby results in a highly condensed protein source.
The fourth ingredient is field pea. Field 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 fifth ingredient is green lentil. Green lentils are rich in diary fiber, B vitamins, and minerals. Lentils also provide a notable amount of plant based protein.
Because ingredients are listed in order of pre-cooked weight, the remaining ingredients in Open Farm Grain-Free Dry Dog Food Farmer's Market Pork & Root Vegetable 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 Open Farm recipe.
Next we have wild-caught menhaden meal. Wild-caught menhaden meal is produced by cooking menhaden using a process called rendering. The rendering process dramatically reduces the natural moisture of menhaden and thereby results in a highly condensed protein source.
The next ingredient is sweet potato. Sweet potatoes are a common gluten free carbohydrate source in pet food. In addition to its fiber content, sweet potatoes are an excellent source of beta carotene, an important antioxidant which serves as a precursor to vitamin A.
Then we have coconut oil (preserved with mixed tocopherols). Coconut oil is an excellent source of medium chain fatty acids (MCFA) which are easier to digest and believed to promote skin and coat health.
Moving on, we have tomato. Tomatoes are naturally rich in various vitamins, minerals, and dietary fiber. You may have heard that tomatoes are toxic to dogs, but these claims are about the tomato plant, not the actual tomato.
Moving on with this review, we have natural flavor. Natural flavoring does not contribute any nutritional value.
The next ingredient in this review 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.
Our next ingredient is sunflower oil. Sunflower oil is an omega-6 fatty acid source. Unlike other oils (flax, canola, etc), sunflower oil does not provide omega-3 fatty acids; However, the balancing omega-3 fatty acids are most likely supplied by another oil or fat source.
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 Open Farm Grain-Free Dry Dog Food recipe are unlikely to affect the overall rating of the product.
Our analysis of the ingredients show that this product derives most of its protein from animal based sources. This is an excellent property because meat based protein contains all of the necessary amino acids required by dogs. In our option, this is one of the most important properties to judge when reviewing pet food, therefore we believe this is an exceptional product in this regard.
In summary, we recognize that this product does not contain any artificial colors, artificial preservatives, or anonymous meat ingredients.
The official PawDiet rating for Open Farm Grain-Free Dry Dog Food Farmer's Market Pork & Root Vegetable Recipe is 4.0 out of 5.