Solid Gold Dog Food
Solid Gold dog food has had a good reputation for years among people who like to feed their dogs a premium quality food. The company was started in the 1970s by a Great Dane breeder and originally featured more natural ingredients. Today Solid Gold has nine kibbles for dogs and six canned foods as well as treats and supplements. They have grain free food, low protein/low fat food, food for puppies, and large breed food, among others.
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Who manufactures Solid Gold?
Solid Gold Health Products For Pets, Inc., a worldwide supplier of pet foods, is based in El Cajon, California. Solid Gold has distribution centers in many cities around the world. However, the pet foods, at least the dry foods, appear to be made by Diamond Pet Food for the company today. We say this because Solid Gold pet foods have been recalled when Diamond has issued recalls, though we don’t find anything on the Solid Gold web site to indicate where the food is made.
Solid Gold Recalls 2017
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Latest Recalls List (From newest to oldest):
- Sold Gold products were recalled in May 2012 as part of a Diamond Pet Food recall. This was due to concerns about Salmonella.
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Solid Gold Dog Food Coupons 2017
Solid Gold Reviews
Solid Gold produces Sun Dancer Grain and Gluten Free Adult Dog Food, Hundchen Flocken Small and Medium Breed Puppy Food, Wolf Cub Large Breed Puppy Food, Hund-n-Flocken Adult Dog Food, Barking at the Moon Grain and Gluten Free Adult Dog Food, Wolf King Large Breed Adult Dog Food, Holistique Blendz Low Protein/Low Fat Adult Dog Food, Mmellennia Adult Dog Food, and Just A Wee Bit Small Breed All Life Stages Dog Food.
Crude protein typically ranges from 22 percent to around 30 percent, with Holistique Blendez low protein coming in at 18 percent crude protein and Barking at the Moon featuring 41 percent crude protein. Animal protein in the foods is supplied by ingredients such as chicken, lamb, beef, bison, and ocean fish. Other ingredients appear to be named ingredients. Carbohydrates include potatoes, tapioca, brown rice, barley, quinoa, and oatmeal, among others. The company appears to use chelated or proteinated minerals which are easier for dogs to digest. Chelated minerals are often found in better quality foods. They are more expensive for manufacturers to purchase, but the company can use smaller amounts of them in their formulations.
Solid Gold’s foods are AAFCO approved for different life stages.
According to Solid Gold, their foods do not contain any chemical preservatives. The fish used in Solid Gold dog foods appear to be ethoxyquin-free but this information is not found on their web site. They state on their web site that their fish is caught wild but this has no bearing on whether it would contain ethoxyquin or not.
Judging by the ingredients and guaranteed analyses offered on the company web site, these foods generally look like foods that many dog owners would like for their dogs, especially if they are interested in a grain free, gluten free dog food. It’s important to read the labels more closely and look at the dry matter basis for the foods before reaching conclusions.
Solid Gold Consumer Ratings:
Our Solid Gold Sun Dancer Grain and Gluten Free Adult Review:
According to Solid Gold, Sun Dancer is a chicken-based, grain and gluten free dry dog food with a moderate protein and fat content. The dry matter basis figures for Sun Dancer are 33.3 percent protein, 15.6 percent fat, 4.4 percent fiber, and approximately 37.8 percent carbohydrates. These percentages are similar to other grain free foods with moderate, good quality protein. The food has a modest 350 calories per cup. Most dogs will not gain a lot of weight by eating this food. Sun Dancer is AAFCO approved for adult maintenance.
The first five ingredients in Solid Gold Sun Dancer Grain and Gluten Free Adult Dog Food are Chicken, Chicken Meal, Tapioca, Peas, and Whitefish Meal. Three of these five ingredients are animal proteins and the peas are typically added to increase protein content.
Chicken and chicken meal – the first two ingredients in this food – are excellent ingredients for dogs unless your dog happens to be allergic to chicken. Chicken is about 80 percent protein and 20 percent fat. Chicken is also a good source of vitamin B6 and phosphorus, and a very good source of niacin and selenium. The first ingredient here – chicken – refers to whole chicken, so it contains lots of moisture. If the moisture were removed, this ingredient would fall much lower on the list. However, chicken meal has already had most of the moisture removed. Since this is a condensed form of chicken, it contains several times as much protein as chicken normally does.
The third ingredient listed is tapioca. Tapioca is a starch that comes from the cassava root or Manioc found in South America and elsewhere. Tapioca is a staple in some cultures but it contains very little nutrition. Gluten free, yes, but it’s 100 percent carbohydrates. Many times people looking for grain free and/or gluten free foods for their dogs are under the impression that a dog food will also be free of carbohydrates but that’s not the case. When dog foods omit grains they nearly always substitute some other kind of carbohydrate instead of grain. Some of those carbs have more or less nutrition than common grains.
The fourth ingredient in the food is peas. Peas are showing up in more and more dog foods today. Most people think of them as garden peas but the peas used in dog food are usually field peas (for example, split peas). Peas are about 22 percent protein, 2 percent fat, and 76 percent carbohydrates. They’re a good source of lots of things: vitamin A, riboflavin, niacin, vitamin B6, folate, magnesium, phosphorus and copper, and a very good source of dietary fiber, vitamin C, vitamin K, thiamin and manganese. However, dog food companies particularly like them because of that high plant-based protein percentage that makes them cheaper to use than meat protein. Peas have been added to livestock feed for some time but they are a relatively new addition to pet foods and there is little to no research on their use in dog food. Some dogs do not digest them very well and they can result in diarrhea. If you change dog food and your dog has digestive problems, you might attribute it to the new “rich” food when, in reality, your dog is having problems digesting a food with peas in it. Check the ingredient label. Many very expensive dog foods are using peas, unfortunately.
“Chia is an edible seed that comes from the desert plant Salvia hispanica, grown in Mexico dating back to Mayan and Aztec cultures…chia seeds are a concentrated food containing healthy omega-3 fatty acids, carbohydrates, protein, fiber, antioxidants, and calcium.” According to this site, chia seeds are an unprocessed, whole grain food that can be absorbed by the body as seeds. One ounce has about 139 calories, 4 grams of protein, 9 grams fat, 12 grams carbohydrates and 11 grams of fiber, plus vitamins and minerals. Apparently the jury is still out on whether chia seeds really help people lose weight, though they do seem to be healthy for you. We’re not sure how good they are for dogs.
Where can you buy Solid Gold?
You can purchase Solid Gold dog food at specialty pet food retailers and from small distributors. You can also buy it online from pet food retail sources like Petfooddirect.com, Chewy.com, and similar sites.