Nutrition - 8/10
Ingredients - 9/10
American Journey Chicken & Turkey Recipe is a high-quality wet dog food. It has significantly above average protein and fat proportion and a significantly below average carbohydrate proportion. Its nutrient profile is very satisfactory and closely mimics a dog’s natural diet.
It contains a range of high-quality ingredients including a variety of meat ingredients with a focus on poultry such as Turkey, Chicken and Organ Meat. The formula also includes a small portion of white potatoes which provide carbohydrates and fiber.
The smaller range of ingredients may make American Journey Chicken & Turkey Recipe suitable for dogs with serious dietary sensitivities or allergies. It is a very suitable wet dog food and will provide excellent nutrition from high-quality ingredients.
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A Full Review of Chicken & Turkey Recipe by American Journey
The ideal nutrition for a dog is entirely dependant on their unique circumstances. However, a high proportion of protein and fat combined with a lower proportion of carbohydrates is most appropriate nutrition profile for the vast majority of dogs. Dog’s are very capable of consuming a high proportion of carbohydrates, but a diet high in protein and fat is more appropriate and a better reflection of their natural ancestral diet.
Carbohydrate Content Analysis
Dogs use carbohydrates as a simple energy source. Dogs do not require significant carbohydrates in their diet and they are commonly added to reduce cost and increase shelf life. As the chart above displays, a maximum of 19% of American Journey Chicken & Turkey Recipe calories are derived from carbohydrates. Please note that this is the maximum amount of carbohydrates as calculated by the guaranteed analysis. In reality, this value of carbohydrates is likely to be a lot lower. This is significantly below average for a Wet Dog Food.
This is a low proportion of carbohydrates and very accurately mimics a dog’s natural carbohydrate intake. Potatoes appear to be the only ingredient that contributes to this sum. Potatoes are considered an average-quality ingredient and will be discussed later on. While the proportion of carbohydrates present could be lower, this would not provide significant benefit.
Protein Content Analysis
Dogs use Protein for growth, development, and maintenance. Excess protein can be burned as calories. As the chart above displays, a minimum of 32% of American Journey Chicken & Turkey Recipe calories are derived from protein. Please note that this is the minimum amount of protein as calculated by the guaranteed analysis. In reality, this value of protein is likely to be higher. This is significantly above average for a Wet Dog Food.
This is a high proportion of protein and will be satisfactory for the vast majority of dogs including those who are more active. A mix of Chicken and Turkey ingredients contributes to this protein sum. Meats such as Chicken are considered high-quality sources and will provide your dog with the full range of amino acids required for growth, repair, and maintenance.
Fat Content Analysis
Dogs use fat as a concentrated energy source. In addition, fats also play a role in development and maintenance. As the chart above displays, a minimum of 45% of American Journey Chicken & Turkey Recipe calories are derived from Fat. Please note that this is the minimum amount of fat as calculated by the guaranteed analysis. In reality, this value of fat is likely to be a lot higher. This is significantly above average for a Wet Dog Food.
This proportion of fat is very satisfactory and can provide dogs of all activity levels with a highly concentrated source of energy. In addition, the vast majority of this fat content appears to be sourced from animal fats. Animal fats such as Turkey Fat or Chicken Fat are considered high-quality sources and are a natural part of a dog’s diet.
Overall American Journey Chicken & Turkey Recipe contains an average of 1,200 kcal/kg or 425 kcal/12.5oz can
Once again please note that the values in this section are calculated using the products guaranteed analysis. The guaranteed analysis only lists the minimum and maximum values and as a consequence, these can sometimes be an inaccurate representation. As a rule of thumb, most dog foods will contain slightly more protein and considerably more fat than their guaranteed analysis. This will have the knock-on effect of reducing the relative amount of carbohydrates present. However also note that every dog food is different and some will be considerably closer to the guaranteed analysis than others.
Guaranteed Analysis – American Journey Chicken & Turkey Recipe
Pet foods in the United States are legally required by the AAFCO to have a guaranteed analysis on their packaging. A guaranteed analysis must display certain nutritional information. This is similar to how nutritional values are now commonly displayed on food for human consumption. The information that must be displayed includes Crude Protein, Crude Fat, Crude Fiber, and Moisture. Some guaranteed analysis will contain additional information. The guaranteed analysis for this product is listed below.
- Crude Protein (Min) – 9.00%
- Crude Fat (Min) – 6.00%
- Crude Fiber (Max) – 1.50%
- Moisture (Max) – 78.00%
The ingredients of pet food are disclosed on the packaging of the product as a list in descending order. Therefore the ingredients at the start of the list make up the bulk of the pet foods content. As a consequence, the quality of these primary ingredients is the most significant factor in determining the quality of pet food.
However, ingredients listed further down the ingredient list should not be ignored, especially if they could have adverse or harmful effects on a pet.
- Chicken Liver
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In-Depth Meat/Fish Ingredient Review
The meat and fish ingredients of dog food are without a doubt the most important. They are critical as they provide the majority of the protein and fat that dogs desperately need. Also, these ingredients would have made up the bulk of dogs ancestors diet. Therefore, the quality of a dog food formulas meat and fish ingredients is crucial. American Journey Chicken & Turkey Recipe contains three sources of meat or fish.
The primary meat source present in this formula is Chicken. Chicken is the most common meat ingredient used in dog food and is considered a high-quality addition. Chicken can provide a plentiful supply of protein and fat. In addition to being an excellent protein source, Chicken has high levels of some vitamins such as Niacin and Vitamin B6.
Chicken Liver is considered a high-quality source of meat. Liver contains a much higher concentration of some nutrients than traditional meat cuts. Some of the nutrients present in Liver are Vitamin A, Vitamin B, and Iron. In addition to these nutrients Liver also contains a high amount of protein.
The primary meat source present is Turkey. Turkey is a considered a high-quality ingredient and source of protein. Some of the beneficial nutrients contained in Turkey include Vitamin B6 and Niacin.
In-Depth None-Meat Ingredient Review
Potatoes are a starchy vegetable and a dense source of complex carbohydrates. Also, Potatoes can provide fiber and a surprising number of minerals and vitamins such as Potassium, Copper and Vitamin B6. Sadly, Potatoes are considered an average-quality ingredient as they provide minimal nutritional value beyond their carbohydrate content.
Flaxseed is a beneficial ingredient that is commonplace in higher quality dog food. Flaxseed contains high levels of the Omega 3 and 6 Fatty Acids which provide a range of health benefits such as healthier skin and fur and improved cognitive function. Also, Flaxseed contains high levels of protein for a plant-based ingredient. Finally, Flaxseed provides Lignans which can help reduce inflammation and cholesterol.
Salt, when added in moderation, is considered a beneficial ingredient. It enhances flavor, helps preserve the food and is important for maintaining healthy blood pressure and other bodily functions. However, some dogs, particularly those with cardiovascular problems may need to limit their consumption of Salt to avoid aggravating their health problems.
Full Ingredient List – American Journey Chicken & Turkey Recipe
Chicken, Chicken Broth, Turkey, Chicken Liver, Potatoes, Natural Flavor, Guar Gum, Flaxseed, Cassia Gum, Xanthan Gum, Fish Oil (Preserved with Mixed Tocopherols), Salt, Potassium Chloride, Choline Chloride, Yucca Schidigera Extract, Zinc Proteinate, Iron Proteinate, Sunflower Oil, Vitamin E Supplement, Copper Proteinate, Manganese Proteinate, Sodium Selenite, Thiamine Mononitrate, Cobalt Proteinate, Niacin Supplement, d-Calcium Pantothenate, Vitamin A Supplement, Riboflavin Supplement, Biotin, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Potassium Iodide, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Folic Acid, Rosemary Extract.