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Blue Buffalo Wilderness Duck Recipe
Dog Food Advisor rating: ★★★★★
This food is AAFCO approved for all life stages.
Items in italics will be discussed later.
Bag's recommended daily feeding instructions for a dog 81-100 lbs: 3 3/4 – 4 1/2 cups
Crude Protein: minimum of 34.0%
Crude Fat: minimum of 15.0%
Crude Fiber: maximum of 6.5%
Moisture: maximum of 10.0%
Calorie content: 410 kcal/cup, 3,488 kcal/kg
Calculated amount to maintain Ebon's ideal weight (82.5 lbs): 4.07 cups or 0.47 kg (1.056 lbs)
Price per pound when buying the largest bag (24 lbs at $54.99): $2.29125
Estimated cost of feeding Ebon per year on this food: $883.14 (16.06 of the 24 lb bags)
Ebon receives slightly less than the calculated feeding amount to allow for his daily treats
Ebon's overall health on this food: Very good. Shiny coat with less smell, poop small and consistent, energy level moderate to high.
It's been an interesting couple of weeks thanks to a visit from my brother's significant other and a complete clean and work-over of the condo. Plus, I've been doing more training with Ebon after finally getting some inspiration for new tricks. Because of that, I forgot to mark the beginning and end dates for this trial (along with the pictures). However, since I bought an eleven pound bag, it lasted about eleven days, or nine days on this food alone and approximately an additional three days on each end for transitioning on and off.
The kibble itself is moderately sized, triangular in shape and smells rather meaty. This is likely due to the prominant meat ingredients. Some nice things to see in this food: chelated minerals and probiotics. Chelated minerals are believed to be more easily absorbed and used by the body than non-chelated minerals, and probiotics/microorganisms help maintain good gut flora to provide for better digestion.
Ebon did really well on this food, which was a great relief after the frustrations of his bad reaction to Merrick. His stool was quite compact and rather small.He had no loose stools, but he also wasn't stressed while eating it, which is when he will frequently have some looseness. His coat was also very shiny and soft and he had less dandruff than he has had on many of the other foods. He tends to have an odd combination of lots of oil (as you would expect from a Labrador) and dandruff. Usually, the dandruff only becomes really noticeable after a bath, but he has a small, but noticeable, amount of flaking that occurs if you give him a really good scratch. Also, unlike the Merrick, he wasn't scratching himself really at all on this food. I like to look at any changes in these traits as they say, to me, the most about his overall condition.
So far, it seems like he's been doing best on the foods with the highest protein content, which really isn't that surprising considering the fact that dogs are pretty much like all other carnivores.The next food I'll be reviewing will have the highest protein content of any kibble that Ebon has ever eaten.
Will I change foods? We'll see. Next up: Evo.