Earthborn Dog Food
Earthborn Holistic dog food is produced by Midwestern Pet Foods, Inc., headquartered in Evansville, Indiana. Midwestern Pet Foods is a 4th-generation family-owned company. Earthborn makes both dog and cat foods. They promote an earth-conscious, environmentally-friendly attitude on their web site. Their dog foods include 10 kibbles – six of which are grain free; and five moist dinners in stews and gravies.
Who Manufactures Earthborn?
Midwestern Pet Foods is the parent company of Earthborn Holistic pet food, ProPac, ProPac Ultimates, and Sportmix. The company was founded in 1926. It operates as a subsidiary of Nunn Milling Company, Inc. Earthborn’s dry foods are made at the company’s facilities in Monmouth, Illinois. Midwestern has three manufacturing plants for making dry foods in the Midwest. Their canned cat food and dog foods are produced in a human-grade facility by USPet Nutrition, a division of Chicken of the Sea.
Earthborn Recalls 2017
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Earthborn Dog Food Recalls 2017
- Earthborn Holistic and Midwestern Pet Foods have never had a recall. Not only do they say this on their web site, but we searched the AVMA and FDA databases. They have not had a recall or withdrawal of any of their pet foods.
Earthborn Dog Food Coupons 2017
Earthborn Holistic has two kibble product lines. One line is their “Natural” line. This food does not have any corn, wheat, or soy. All ingredients are ethoxyquin-free. According to Midwestern Pet Foods, “We source all ingredients from US suppliers if ingredients are available, grown or produced in the US. All ingredients in Earthborn Holistic dry pet food are grown or produced in the US except for lamb meal which comes from Australia or New Zealand and flaxseed which comes from Canada.” The Natural product line uses meat proteins such as chicken meal and whitefish meal. Grains include oatmeal, barley, and rye flour. Other carb sources include potatoes and sweet potatoes.
The foods in the Natural product line are for adult dogs with chicken meal, adult dogs with whitefish meal, a puppy formula, and a formula for small breeds. The adult dog formulas have 22 percent crude protein and 12 percent crude fat. They each have 410-415 calories per cup in terms of Metabolizable Energy.
The puppy formula has 28 percent crude protein and 20 percent crude fat. The calcium: phosphorus ratio is 1.30 : 1.10 percent. The food has 445 calories. It uses the same proteins and grains as the other foods in the product line.
The food for small breeds has 28 percent crude protein and 17 percent crude fat. It has 420 calories per cup.
The carbohydrate figures for these food provided by the company are moderate to high compared to other dog foods.
Earthborn also has a product line of natural grain free dog foods with six foods. These foods include a meat protein-rich food with 38 percent crude protein and 20 percent crude fat (their Primitive formula); a herring-based food that is 32/18; a bison-based food that is 34/18; a lamb-based food that is 26/15; a large breed formula that is 26/13; and a weight management formula that is 25 percent crude protein, 7 percent crude fat, and 9 percent crude fiber. The calories per cup in this food are 325.
Earthborn also makes five moist grain free foods in stew and gravy form.
Many people will like these foods based on their protein and fat percentages, as well as their ingredients. Earthborn Holistic is not well-known in some parts of the U.S. but they should become better known in the future. Tractor Supply Company now carries the brand.
Earthborn Consumer Ratings:
Our Earthborn Holistic® Primitive Natural™ Dog Food Review:
For this review we have selected Earthborn Holistic® Primitive Natural™ Dog Food. The first five ingredients in the food are:
- turkey meal
- chicken meal
- chicken fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols)
- whitefish meal
Most dogs can eat turkey and chicken without any problems but if your dog has allergies or food intolerances to these ingredients, you can check out other Earthborn foods such as their Coastal Catch formula. It uses several kinds of fish for protein instead of poultry.
Turkey is about 70 percent protein. It’s a good source of Riboflavin and Phosphorus, and a very good source of Selenium. Turkey meal has already had most of the moisture removed so it is a concentrated form of turkey protein. People debate whether chicken meal or chicken is better but they are both good ingredients. Chicken meal has had most of the moisture and fat removed so it is mostly protein from the chicken. Chicken is about 80 percent protein and 20 percent fat. It’s a good source of Vitamin B6 and Phosphorus, and a very good source of Niacin and Selenium and omega-6 fatty acid.
Potatoes are the third ingredient in the food. This is a grain free dog food but it still contains carbs. Dogs don’t need carbohydrates from a nutritional standpoint but they help a dog feel more satisfied between meals. They also affect how fast a dog digests the meal. Potatoes are fine for most dogs but they are high in carbohydrates. They are 7 percent protein, 1 percent fat, and 92 percent carbohydrates. Many dog food companies are using them as a substitute for grains. Some dogs can have some allergy issues with them. They are also relatively high on the glycemic index if you need to be concerned about your dog’s blood sugar levels.
We have noticed that some pet food companies are advertising that their foods are “potato free.” As far as we know, there is nothing particularly wrong or harmful with potatoes in dog food. Not as long as they are not a primary ingredient. Unless your dog is diabetic or a young Toy breed puppy where hypoglycemia might be a concern, potatoes and the glycemic index should not be an issue. Just to make sure, we consulted with a veterinarian who has been making meals for her own dogs for years. She agreed and couldn’t think of any reason why a dog food company or dog owners would be particularly concerned about potatoes in dog food. Potatoes do have lots of carbs but so do some other grain substitutes. Ingredients interact with each other. The overall nutrition of the dog food and how it affects your dog is what really matters. Potatoes are not poisonous and won’t hurt your dog as long as you don’t feed your dog any potato skins with green spots on them which indicate the presence of solanine. You can read more about the nightshade family and arthritis here and here.
The fourth ingredient in this food is chicken fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols). Chicken fat is high in omega-3 fatty acids and extremely high in omega-6 fatty acids. Dogs who use up lots of energy and some older dogs who have trouble holding their weight can benefit from chicken fat in their diet. Since this is an adult dog food, the fatty acids should be good for a dog’s skin and coat, as well as his energy levels.
The fifth ingredient is whitefish meal. Whitefish is a general term for several different kinds of small white fish that are used in dog foods. Whitefish is about 61 percent protein and 39 percent fat. It’s a good source of Niacin, Vitamin B6, Vitamin B12, Phosphorus and Selenium. It’s also a very good source of omega-3 fatty acid.
Other important ingredients in Earthborn Holistic Primitive Natural Dog Food include dried egg products which increase the protein in the food. The food also has tomato pomace (a fiber source), blueberry fiber, and cranberry fiber. All of these fibers help digestion.
Apples also provide fiber, as well as vitamins and minerals. Blueberries and cranberries are good antioxidants. Carrots are another good fiber source and a source of beta-carotene. The food also contains added beta-carotene.
Methionine is an essential amino acid that is often added to pet foods if the carbs and/or plant proteins in the food are on the high side compared to the meat protein. It can also make pet foods taste better. The food has some other amino acids supplements: L-Lysine, L-Carnitine, and Taurine. L-Lysine is an essential amino acid in mammals. It’s a building block of protein. It also plays a major role in calcium absorption and the body’s production of hormones, enzymes, and antibodies. L-carnitine comes from the amino acids lysine and methionine. It helps the body turn fat into energy, among other things. It’s often added to weight control dog foods or to foods that contain a lot of carbohydrates. Taurine is an amino acid that is often added to dog foods today to prevent a deficiency that could cause heart problems and other health problems in some dogs.
We note the presence of Rosemary Extract which is a natural preservative. If you have a dog who has seizures, you should avoid foods with rosemary. The food also has some probiotics/fermentation products to help with digestion.
The food has chelated minerals which are often used in higher quality, more expensive dog foods. Chelated minerals are minerals where proteins have been bonded to the minerals, making them easier for your dog to digest.
The food contains 445 calories per cup. This is a moderately rich dog food.
Earthborn Holistic® Primitive NaturalTM is formulated to meet the nutritional levels established by the Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) Dog Food Nutrient Profiles for all life stages.
|Crude Protein, not less than||38.00%|
|Crude Fat, not less than||20.00%|
|Crude Fiber, not more than||2.50%|
|Moisture, not more than||10.00%|
|Calcium, not less than||1.50%|
|Phosphorus, not less than||1.00%|
|Vitamin E, not less than||250 IU/kg|
|Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C), not less than||100 mg/kg*|
|Docosahexaenoic Acid (DHA), not less than||0.05%*|
|Omega-6 Fatty Acids, not less than||3.30%*|
|Omega-3 Fatty Acids, not less than||0.40%*|
|L-Carnitine, not less than||15 mg/kg*|
|Beta-Carotene, not less than||5 mg/kg*|
|Taurine, not less than||0.05%*|
*Not recognized as an essential ingredient by the AAFCO Dog Food Nutrient Profiles.
The dry matter basis figures for this food are: 42.2 percent protein; 22.2 percent fat; 2.8 percent fiber; and 23.9 percent carbohydrates.
This food is high in protein and has a high percentage of fat. The fiber content is low for most kibbles while the carb percentage is quite low compared to other commercial kibbles.
We think this is one of the best Earthborn grain free formulas. We like the protein and fat percentages, though if higher fat content bothers your dog, you will need to find a formula with less fat. We also like the ingredients in the food. Most of the other Earthborn grain free formulas rely heavily on peas, pea protein, and tapioca, as well as pea fiber. We think this food stands out. However, if for some reason your dog cannot eat potatoes, you probably won’t like any of these foods. This food is not a substitute for Orijen or EVO which have enormous amounts of meat protein. However, it doesn’t cost as much as those foods do either. It’s a good grain free dog food at a more modest price.
Where can you buy Earthborn dog food?
You can buy Earthborn dog foods nationwide at pet stores and at Tractor Supply Company stores. You can also buy it online from many pet food retailers.
Earthborn Holistic dog food isn’t currently well-known among dog owners but that should change in the future. Many of these foods have good ingredients and good nutrition for dogs. The company has been family-owned for four generations and they have never had a recall. We like some of the foods better than others, but we think that many dog owners will like Earthborn if they check it out.