Blue Wilderness Dog Food
Blue Buffalo, headquartered in Wilton, Connecticut, is a relatively young company that prides itself on producing healthy pet foods with natural ingredients. As with most pet food companies, there is some leeway as to what constitutes “healthy” and “natural,” but we can agree that Blue Buffalo makes premium pet foods that are very popular.
The company has four product lines for dogs – Wilderness, Life Protection, Freedom, and Basics. They produce kibble and canned foods, as well as treats, and make pet food for both dogs and cats. They do not manufacture their own foods but use co-packers. The company is currently involved in a lawsuit with Purina over false advertising. Purina alleges that Blue Buffalo has misled customers about the ingredients they use in their foods. Blue Buffalo has counter-sued. You can read more details about the lawsuit here.
Blue Buffalo has been sued by other pet food companies (Hills, Merrick) or cited by the Better Business Bureau’s National Advertising Division (NAD) multiple times prior to their current lawsuit with Purina. The objections have not been about the quality of Blue’s food but about about misleading advertising.
Blue Wilderness Dog Food Coupons 2017
Blue Wilderness Recalls 2017
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Blue Buffalo Wilderness Recall List: (From newest to oldest)
- Blue Buffalo had a recall in October 2010 because of excess levels of Vitamin D in their foods. Levels were potentially toxic. Foods affected were Blue Wilderness Chicken, Blue Basics Salmon, and Blue Life Protection Large Breed Adult Chicken. A line of Blue Buffalo’s cat food was also affected by the 2007 pet food recalls.
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Blue Wilderness Chicken Recipe Review:
According to Blue Buffalo, the Blue Wilderness line of foods is designed to be a “sensible alternative” to raw diets. They provide high protein, you don’t have to add supplements to the diet, and kibble is a lot less messy than feeding raw for most dogs and it’s very convenient for most owners. Of course, people who feed a raw diet will point out that when you feed kibble you don’t get the benefits of a raw diet but you can read the section on raw diets if you would like to know more about feeding your dogs raw.
Blue Wilderness Chicken Recipe for Adult Dogs is a grain free food with good meat protein in the first five ingredients. The first three ingredients in the food are: deboned chicken, chicken meal, and turkey meal. Chicken and chicken meal are good sources of protein – 80 percent protein and 20 percent fat. They are also a good source of Vitamin B6 and Phosphorus, and a very good source of Niacin and Selenium. People debate whether whole chicken, such as deboned chicken, or chicken meal is better in dog food, but they are both good. Chicken meal has had most of the moisture and fat removed so it is a concentrated source of meat protein. Turkey meal is similar and also a good source of protein, with slightly less fat than the chicken.
The next ingredient in the food is peas which are more problematic. Peas are used in many dog foods today for multiple reasons. They do provide some protein – they are about 22 percent protein. And they are a good source of Folate, Iron and Manganese, and a very good source of Dietary Fiber, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin K and Thiamin. They are about 74 percent carbohydrates. But they can be problematic for some dogs and cause digestive problems. Their use in pet foods has not been studied extensively. They have been used in farm feeds for much longer and there is evidence that they can interfere with the digestion of vitamins and minerals and stunt growth if their use is not carefully monitored.
The fifth ingredient is tapioca starch which, as you might suspect, is a starch or carbohydrate. Not every ingredient in a dog food needs to be a protein or packed with nutrition but this is certainly a filler-type of ingredient. It has very little or no nutritional value. It is probably used in the food to thicken the pet food and/or help the food keep its shape. Most pet foods have some kind of thickener in them. However, it is a little troubling to find this ingredient in the top five where you hope to find the most nutritious ingredients in the food.
Other noteworthy ingredients in the food include: tomato pomace (source of lycopene). Some people disparage tomato pomace as a filler ingredient because it’s a by-product from tomato manufacturing but we like it because of the lycopene, linoleic acid (50 percent), and soluble fibers it contains. It’s also about 20 percent protein. When it’s added to pet food, tomato pomace usually makes up between 3 and 7 percent of the food.
The food also contains chicken fat which is a good source of fat for dogs. We also note several amino acids: taurine, L-lysine, and L-carnitine. Taurine is added to many dog foods these days because it’s thought that it can help prevent some heart problems such as dilated cardiomyelopathy. It also aids in the digestion of fats and the absorption of fat-soluble vitamins which is another reason it may be added to dog foods. L-carnitine is often found in weight control dog foods because it helps convert fat to energy and muscle mass and helps keep the dog’s body lean. L-lysine is a building block for proteins and to boost the immune system.
The food also contains a number of vegetables such as potatoes, carrots, and sweet potatoes which, in all honesty, probably contribute very little nutrition to the food. They are located far down the ingredient list and, when cooked at high temperatures, lose most of their nutritional value.
The food also contains flaxseed (source of Omega 3 and 6 Fatty Acids). Flaxseed is a good source of fatty acids, but not as good as cold water ocean sources. It can also be problematic for dogs used for breeding since it is a phytoestrogen and can mimic estrogen in the body. Feeding dogs pet food with flaxseed can cause some hormonal problems, even with spayed dogs.
The food also has a number of antioxidants and natural preservatives such as blueberries, cranberries, and oil of rosemary. It also has added vitamins and chelated minerals. Chelated minerals are often thought to be a better source of minerals because they are a form of mineral which has been bonded to a protein so they are easier for the animal to digest. The dog is believed to get more use from the mineral. Chelated minerals are more expensive for the company to purchase. However, chelated minerals are normally more important in foods where there are ingredients, such as grains and phyto-estrogens, which would interfere with a dog’s normal absorption of minerals. It’s possible that the peas in this dog food could interfere with the normal absorption of minerals, making chelated minerals a necessity. Otherwise a dog might be getting a overdose of minerals.
Finally, the food has several fermentation products added to help with digestion. These products are sometimes added if the food contains a lot of fiber in order to help break it down and aid in digestion. Dogs don’t normally need a lot of additional help when digesting simple meats and fats. Fermentaion products have been used for a long time with farm animals but they are relatively new for pet foods.
The food contains 410 calories per cup which is good for a premium dog food.
BLUE Wilderness Chicken Recipe for Dogs is formulated to meet the nutritional levels established by the AAFCO Dog Food Nutrient Profiles for maintenance.
|Crude Protein||34.0% min|
|Crude Fat||15.0% min|
|Crude Fiber||6.5% max|
|Omega 3 Fatty Acids*||0.3% min|
|Omega 6 Fatty Acids*||3.0% min|
The dry matter basis figures for this food are: 37.8 percent protein; 16.7 percent fat; 7.2 percent fiber; 38.3 percent carbohydrates.
As you can see, the protein percentage is very good and the fat percentage is acceptable compared to the protein percentage. However, the percentage of fiber is quite high, probably owing to the peas in the food. Some dogs will have problems eating this much fiber in a dog food. The carbohydrate percentage is moderate.
Overall, Blue Wilderness Chicken Recipe looks like a very good food. The meat protein content is very good and most of the other ingredients look good. We are concerned about the peas and some dogs may have problems digesting them, even with the added fermentation products. If your dog has problems with this food it will probably be due to the peas. If that’s the case, then look for another food that uses some other carb.