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Whole Earth Farms Puppy Recipe Dry Dog Food

by Whole Earth Farms
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March 7, 2019
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Whole Earth Farms Puppy Recipe is an exceptional quality dog food at a low price. This product has no controversial ingredients and zero artificial preservatives, colors or flavors. However, it has a high amount of carbs, compared to its protein and fat. The quality of the meat and fat in the food is excellent. Whole Earth Farms has a below-average number of dog food recalls and was extremely transparent when answering our questions. Watchdog Labs highly recommends this product.

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TYPE
Dry Dog Food
PRICE
$
BREED SIZE
Small, Medium, Large Breeds
AGE
Puppy
FEATURES
-
PACKAGE
4, 12, 25 lbs
MADE IN
United States
COMPANY
Nestle Purina PetCare

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Nutrition

Nutrition

This food has a good amount of protein but is high in carbs, which is lowering the fat content somewhat and making it less nutritionally balanced compared to other dog foods we evaluated. Carbohydrates are cheap so they keep the food’s cost low. They are nutritionally useful to dogs in the right amounts, however, very high amounts of carbs can reduce the much-needed meat-based protein and fat content.

To evaluate dog foods, we first calculate out the moisture. This is called the “dry matter basis” and shows you only the solid ingredients in the food. These estimated “dry matter” numbers are different from the food label, but a better way to understand the real nutritional value of the food. We also calculate the carbs. Find out more

Label Claim

Dry Matter

Min. Protein 29.21%

Min. Fat 13.48%

Min. Carbs 49.44%

Max. Fiber 4.49%

Max. Ash 7.87%

Max. Moisture 0.00%

Label Claim

Food Label

Min. Protein: 26.0%

Min Fat: 12.0%

Min Carbs: N/A

Max Fiber: 4.0%

Max Ash: N/A

Max. Moisture: 11.0%

Calories

Calories

340 Calories per Cup

This product has a relatively low amount of calories. It’s important to understand how many calories you are feeding to prevent under or overfeeding. Low-calorie foods like this can be for weight loss or less active dogs who require fewer daily calories. Based on your dog's current weight and activity level you may want to feed more or less than the recommended amount. It's helpful to know that weight loss foods often have fewer than 340 calories per cup, weight maintenance foods typically range from 340-380 calories, and high-activity dog foods are usually over 400 calories.

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Ingredients

Ingredients

Score
96%
45
Total Ingredients
0
Controversial Ingredients

Chicken Meal, Brown Rice, Oatmeal, Pearled Barley, Chicken Fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols), Natural Pork Flavor, Peas, Potato Protein, Chicken, Natural Chicken Flavor, Salmon, Yeast Culture, Organic Dried Alfalfa Meal, Salt, Salmon Oil, Vitamins (Vitamin E Supplement, Vitamin A Acetate, Vitamin B12 Supplement, d-Calcium Panthothenate, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Niacin, Riboflavin Supplement, Biotin, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Folic Acid, Thiamin Mononitrate), Minerals (Zinc Sulfate, Iron Amino Acid Complex, Zinc Amino Acid Complex, Manganese Amino Acid Complex, Copper Amino Acid Complex, Potassium Iodide, Cobalt Amino Acid Complex, Sodium Selenite), Dried Blueberries, Choline Chloride, Cinammon, Rosemary, Sage, Thyme, Yucca Schidigera Extract, Dried Lactobacillus Plantarum Fermentation Product, Dried Lactobacillus Casei Fermenation Product, Dried Enterococcus Faecium Fermentation Product, Dried Lactobacillus Acidophilus Fermentation Product.

The average dog food we reviewed has 39 total ingredients, with 1 controversial ingredient. Whole Earth Farms Puppy Recipe has 0 controversial ingredients, that’s excellent.


Top 5 Ingredients

Dog food ingredients are listed in descending order of weight. So when looking at dog food labels, take a close look at the first 5 ingredients. They make up about 80% of the total weight.

  • Chicken Meal
    Meat meals are the result of cooking. Water is removed from meats to create a protein-rich meal powder. Meat meals contain about four times the protein meats do, so generally, they're a good source of nutrients. Chicken meal is generally a healthy dog food ingredient.
  • Brown Rice
    Brown rice is whole-grain rice with the inedible outer hull removed. It provides calories, complex carbohydrates and a few other nutrients to dogs. We generally consider it a quality dog food ingredient.
  • Oatmeal
    Oats are a cereal grain and a source of carbs, protein, dietary fiber, several B vitamins and dietary minerals like manganese. They are a high-quality dog food ingredient that can potentially help with colon health. Oatmeal are oats that have been ground or cut.

  • Pearled Barley
    Barley is a type of grass and a cereal grain. It is a source of calories and several nutrients, including protein, dietary fiber, B vitamins, niacin and various minerals. Barley provides carbs, energy, fiber and other healthy nutrients for dogs. Pearled means that the barley has been ground into finer pieces. Barley is generally a healthy dog food ingredient.

  • Chicken Fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols)
    Chicken fat is the fat left over after cooking chicken parts. It's a high-quality dog food ingredient that provides nutrients such as fat and Omega-6 fatty acids. Mixed-Tocopherols are a natural preservative made from Vitamin E that helps keep food fresh. We consider it a high-quality dog food preservative.

Controversial Ingredients

As mentioned above, there are zero controversial ingredients in this dog food.


Country of Origin

This food is made in the United States. That’s good, because the U.S. has strong quality and food safety laws in place for dog food.


Meat & Fat Quality

This uses meats that clearly show the species they come from: Chicken Meal, Chicken, and Salmon. Chicken Fat and Salmon Oil are the added fats, which also clearly label which animal they come from.


Artificial Preservatives

Whole Earth Farms Puppy Recipe contains no controversial preservatives. It’s good to know that not all artificial preservatives are bad. That’s because they serve an important purpose, which is to prevent food from spoiling. However, we consider 11 artificial preservatives controversial because of their potential link to cancer and other serious health conditions.


Artificial Colors

No artificial colors are used in this food, really great.


Artificial Flavors

Another area this food excels in is the lack of artificial flavors. They’re unnecessary (dogs like many food flavors) and a potential health concern.

Recalls

Recalls

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Brand Recalls

Whole Earth Farms has a below average number of dog food recalls.

Transparency

Transparency

Score
95%

We love dog food brands that are committed to transparent business practices. If you make quality dog food you should be willing to openly talk about how it’s sourced and produced. That’s why we reached out to pet food companies, asking questions about all their brands and products. Each company had three weeks to reply to our messages.

How Easy Was it to Reach the Company?
Whole Earth Farms responded within 1 day with complete answers. Unfortunately, they have an aggressive disclaimer in their email that prohibits us from sharing the answers they provided.


Does Whole Earth Farms have a veterinary nutritionist on staff? If so, who are they?

The company answered this question in detail but did not allow us to share the answer publicly.

Who formulates your recipes, and what are their credentials?

The company answered this question in detail but did not allow us to share the answer publicly.

Do you test your products using AAFCO feeding trials? Why, or why not?

The company answered this question in detail but did not allow us to share the answer publicly.


What country are your products manufactured?

The company answered this question in detail but did not allow us to share the answer publicly.

Can your manufacturing facilities be visited?

The company answered this question in detail but did not allow us to share the answer publicly.

What quality measures do you use to assure consistency and quality?

The company answered this question in detail but did not allow us to share the answer publicly.

Does Whole Earth Farms own its manufacturing facility? If it is another company, what company is it?

The company answered this question in detail but did not allow us to share the answer publicly.

Do any parts of your product come from China?

The company answered this question in detail but did not allow us to share the answer publicly.

Whole Earth Farms Puppy Recipe Dry Dog Food

by Whole Earth Farms
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