Now Fresh Adult Food vs. Now Fresh Large Breed Food?
I am switching my GSD to Now Fresh dog food. She has some food sensitivities and this was the best food I could find for it that is readily available. I'm unsure if there is really any added benefit to putting her on the large breed formula though. I am alright with reading the ingredients but the whole guaranteed analysis and percentage thing stumps me. I'm wondering if someone could take a look at the ingredients and analysis thing and tell me if there is any benefit to the large breed formula or if I should just stick with the regular adult formula. Thanks!
Now Fresh Grain Free Adult:
De-boned turkey, potato flour, peas, apples, whole dried egg, pea fibre, tomato, potatoes, flaxseed, canola oil (preserved with mixed tocopherols), natural flavour, salmon, de-boned duck, sundried alfalfa, coconut oil (preserved with mixed tocopherols), carrots, pumpkin, bananas, blueberries, cranberries, raspberries, blackberries, papayas, pineapple, grapefruit, lentil beans, broccoli, spinach, cottage cheese, alfalfa sprouts, dried kelp, calcium carbonate, dicalcium phosphate, lecithin, sodium chloride, potassium chloride, vitamins (vitamin E supplement, L-ascorbyl-2-polyphosphate (a source of vitamin C), niacin, inositol, vitamin A supplement, thiamine mononitrate, d-calcium pantothenate, pyridoxine hydrochloride, riboflavin, beta-carotene, vitamin D3 supplement, folic acid, biotin, vitamin B12 supplement), minerals (zinc proteinate , ferrous sulphate, zinc oxide, iron proteinate, copper sulphate, copper proteinate, manganese proteinate, manganous oxide, calcium iodate, selenium yeast), taurine, DL-methionine, L-lysine, dried chicory root, dried Lactobacillus acidophilus fermentation product, dried Enterococcus faecium fermentation product, dried Aspergillus niger fermentation product, dried Aspergillus oryzae fermentation product, yeast extract, yucca schidigera extract, marigold, L-carnitine, dried rosemary.
Crude protein (min) 26%
Crude fat (min) 16%
Crude fibre (max) 3.5%
Moisture (max) 10%
Calcium (min) 1.1%
Phosphorus (min) 0.7%
*Omega 6 (min) 2.5%
*Omega 3 (min) 0.5%
Now Fresh Grain Free Large Breed Adult
De-boned turkey, whole dried egg, potatoes, peas, potato flour, tapioca, natural flavour, flaxseed, de-boned salmon, de-boned duck, pea fibre, apples, sweet potatoes, calcium phosphate, canola oil (preserved with mixed tocopherols), coconut oil (preserved with mixed tocopherols), alfalfa, carrots, pumpkin, bananas, blueberries, cranberries, blackberries, papayas, lentil beans, broccoli, spinach, squash, pomegranate, dried chicory root, dried kelp, calcium carbonate, sodium chloride, potassium chloride, vitamins (vitamin A supplement, vitamin D3 supplement, vitamin E supplement, inositol, niacin, L-ascorbyl-2-polyphosphate (a source of vitamin C), d-calcium pantothenate, thiamine mononitrate, beta-carotene, riboflavin, pyridoxine hydrochloride, folic acid, biotin, vitamin B12 supplement), minerals (zinc methionine complex, zinc proteinate , iron proteinate, copper proteinate, zinc oxide, manganese proteinate, copper sulphate, ferrous sulphate, calcium iodate, manganous oxide, selenium yeast), taurine, DL-methionine, L-lysine, algae extract, glucosamine hydrochloride, dried Lactobacillus acidophilus fermentation product, dried Enterococcus faecium fermentation product, dried Aspergillus niger fermentation product, dried Aspergillus oryzae fermentation product, yeast extract, New Zealand green mussels, yucca schidigera extract, chondroitin sulphate, marigold, L-carnitine, dried rosemary, green tea extract, peppermint, parsley, rosehips, zedoary, dandelion, chamomile, ginger, tumeric, fennel, juniper berries, licorice, cardamom, cloves.
Crude protein (min) 27%
Crude fat (min) 13%
Crude fibre (max) 3%
Moisture (max) 10%
Calcium (min) 1.1%
Phosphorus (min) 0.8%
*Glucosamine (min) 360 mg/kg
*Chondroitin Sulphate (min) 120 mg/kg
*L-Carnitine (min) 190 mg/kg
*Taurine (min) 1500 mg/kg
*Omega 6 (min) 2.4%
*Omega 3 (min) 0.48%
I would go with the large breed adult has it has slightly less protein & fat and the added benefits of Glucosamine and Chondroitin Sulphate - essential for joint and cartilage repair. There is evidence that diets very high in protein can contribute to hyperactivity. As we all know the first few ingredients make up the bulk of the product, I'm not entirely sure but I would think whole dried egg would be more nutritious than potato flour?
I've had Allie on Now grain free for the past 4 years. Stopped the itching, and her coat is just beautiful. It works for her and she will be 9 years old in April.
I thought you might be interested in the below if you want your kibble's protein to come from more meat instead of plants.
This is true with any 'Meat' or 'Meal', just used chicken as an example.
Chicken (Meat) contains 70% water and 15% protein BEFORE processing and loses over half of its weight during the processing.
Chicken “Meal” has had the water and fat removed and it doesn’t change weight during processing, making it 10% water and over 50% protein. The Chicken "Meal" actually provides more protein nutrition by weight.
Acana, manufactured in Canada, has a limited ingredient line: Duck & Bartlett Pear | ACANA Pet Foods
Duck meal, deboned duck*, green lentils, red lentils, duck liver*, pears*, duck fat, green peas, yellow peas, algae, garbanzo beans, pumpkin*, carrots*, freeze-dried
duck liver, kelp, chicory root, ginger root, peppermint leaf, lemon balm, mixed tocopherols (preservative), dried Enterococcus faecium fermentation product.
Acana's sister company, Orijen, has a product called "Six Fish" that only contains fish: Six Fish Dog | Orijen
Whole salmon*, whole herring*, salmon meal, herring meal, Pollock meal, whole flounder*, boneless walleye*, boneless northern pike*, boneless lake whitefish*, salmon oil, herring oil, chickpeas, red lentils, green lentils, green peas, pea fiber, canola oil, sun-cured alfalfa, yams*, pumpkin*, butternut squash*, spinach greens*, carrots*, Red Delicious apples*, Bartlett pears*, cranberries*, blueberries*, kelp*, licorice root, angelica root, fenugreek, marigold flowers, sweet fennel, peppermint leaf, chamomile, dandelion, summer savory, rosemary, Enterococcus faecium. Take note that Orijen gives some dogs loose stool, others thrive on it!;)
Make sure that whatever kibble you choose, to do a very slow transition on to the new food.
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