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Blue Buffalo is one of the largest and well-known pet food brands in the United States. It was founded by Bill Bishop in 2002 and was named after Bill’s Airedale Terrier, Blue.

Their products are an almost guaranteed feature at any large chain pet-food store such as PetSmart or Petco. Sometimes there are so many types of Blue Buffalo food available that they can consume an entire shelf. Blue Buffalo is also available at the large online pet food retailers like Chewy.

However, Blue Buffalo has come under criticism for focusing their efforts on marketing their products rather than improving their nutrition, quality, or safety.

Blue Buffalo Product Range

Dog Food

Blue Buffalo has one of the largest, if not the largest, range of dog food products available in the United States. This includes hundreds of individual recipes across a number of unique ranges.

The dog food ranges include Life Protection, Blue Freedom, Blue Basics, Blue Wilderness, Carnivora, and a Veterinary Diet range. Blue Wilderness used to be Blue Buffalo’s premium range, but with the recent release of the Carnivora line, it is now pegged back to second place.

Cat Food

Blue Buffalo’s cat food range is also extremely large although not quite as large as their dog food range.

It includes a huge number of niche and specialty recipes including grain-free foods, grain-inclusive foods, kitten food, senior cat food, and food for cats with sensitivities.

Blue Buffalo Nutrition

Dog Food

Given the huge size of Blue Buffalo’s product range, it is no surprise that the nutrition that their recipes offer varies.

Some of Blue Buffalo’s recipes offer excellent nutrition with significantly above-average proportions of protein and fat and significantly below-average proportions of carbohydrates.

However, other Blue Buffalo recipes offer average nutrition with modest proportions of protein and fat and significant proportions of carbohydrates.

Below is an example of the nutrition offered by a Blue Buffalo recipe.

Blue Buffalo Freedom Puppy Chicken Recipe Calorie Breakdown Chart

Cat Food

Much like Blue Buffalo’s dog food range, its cat food recipes provide a mixed bag of nutrition. Some recipes provide excellent nutrition that is high in protein and fat and has a modest proportion of carbohydrates.

However, there are others with an extremely high proportion of carbohydrates. This can be especially damaging as cats are obligate carnivores and do not require plant-based material in their diet.

Blue Buffalo Ingredients

High-Quality Meat & Fish Ingredients

  • Chicken
  • Turkey
  • Duck
  • Beef
  • Lamb
  • Salmon
  • Rabbit
  • Venison
  • Alligator
  • Bison

Given the extraordinary size of Blue Buffalo’s product range, it will come as no surprise that they utilize a vast range of meat and fish ingredients. This includes all of the staples such as Chicken, Turkey, Beef, and Salmon.

These regulars can provide a plentiful supply of high-quality animal-based protein and fat.

However, Blue Buffalo also use some unique and rare ingredients in their product range. This includes ingredients like Venison, Rabbit, Alligator, and Bison. These ingredients are usually found in recipes for pets with allergies. Learn more about these in our article Best Hypoallergenic Dog Foods Guide.

Rabbit Close Up

Other Notable Ingredients

Many Blue Buffalo recipes include Pea Protein. Pea Protein is a pea-byproduct and is a favorite of pet food manufacturers thanks to its low-cost and high protein proportion. It is often used to inflate the level of protein in a recipe with including additional meat and fish ingredients. Learn more about Pea Protein in our article Peas, Pea Protein, Pea Flour, and Pea Fiber in Dog Food.

Blue Buffalo offers many grain-inclusive recipes. These recipes include grain ingredients such as Brown Rice, Barley, and Oatmeal. While not all of the grain ingredients used by Blue Buffalo are optimal, many of these grain ingredients are considered to be the preferred choices. You can read about one of these, Barley, in our article Barley In Dog Food.

Flaxseed is probably the best plant-based source of the Omega 3 Fatty Acids which is why it is regularly added to dog food recipes. However, Flaxseed can provide other benefits beyond its Omega Fatty Acids. Learn more about Flaxseed in our article Flaxseed In Dog Food.

Chicken Fat

Tomato Pomace is a regular addition to dog food. Its purpose is to provide soluble fiber. Soluble fiber can very important for many dogs in order to facilitate regular and stable digestion and stools. Beyond its fiber content, Tomato Pomace provides very little nutrition. Learn more about Tomato Pomace in our article Tomato Pomace as a Pet Food Ingredient?.

Sliced Tomato

Alfalfa

Chicory Root

Blue Buffalo Animal Testing

Blue Buffalo is one of the few pet food brands to discuss what type of testing they participate in.

Blue Buffalo’s site states, “Blue Buffalo does not do any invasive animal testing. Our company was founded on the basis of providing the best possible nutrition for dogs and cats, and we treat our pets like family members. We do conduct trials in which our products are fed to pets, but only under conditions that are healthy and comfortable for the animals.

While the details are scarce, Blue Buffalo’s confirmation that they do not participate in invasive testing is crucial. We strongly believe that invasive or laboratory-style testing of animals is a cruel and outdated practice.

Blue Buffalo Recalls

Sadly, Blue Buffalo has had a number of recalls and is not a recall-free brand.

March 2017 – Elevated Levels Of Beef Thyroid Hormone – A single wet dog food recipe was recalled due to the potential for elevated levels of a thyroid hormone.

February 2017 – Poor Packaging Quality – A broad range of wet dog food products were recalled due to inadequate packaging quality.

February 2017 – Potential Aluminium Contamination – A wet dog food recipe was recalled due to possibly dangerous levels of a metal.

May 2016 – Possible Mold – A single batch of a dry dog food recipe was recalled due to possible contamination of mold.

November 2015 – Potential Salmonella – A single batch of chew treats were recalled due to potential Salmonella contamination.

Salmonella is considered to be a severe risk due to the fact it can affect humans and pets. Learn more about the dangers of Salmonella in pet food in this article by Banfield Pet Hospital.

November 2015 – Propylene Glycol – Select cat treat recipes may have contained low levels of a dangerous compound.

October 2010 – Excess Vitamin D – Select dry dog food recipes contained potentially dangerous levels of Vitamin D.

April 2007 – Melamine Contamination – Much of Blue Buffalo’s canned dog and cat food along with some treats and dry cat food was recalled for fear of Melamine contamination.

Blue Buffalo Featured Articles

Best Dog Food With Chicken And Rice

Best Puppy Food – New puppy owners take their puppy’s health very seriously which is why the puppy food space is so competitive. Our article goes into all the details a new puppy owner needs to know and we make a large range of recommendations.

Best Dog Foods With Rabbit – Blue Buffalo is one of a select number of dog food brands to produce a Rabbit themed recipe. This article goes into depth on the use of Rabbit in dog food and some of the best recipes available.

Best of Blue Buffalo

Adult Rabbit Recipe Review

Blue Buffalo Wilderness Rocky Mountain Recipe with Rabbit Packaging

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Grain Free Chicken Puppy Recipe Review

Blue Buffalo Freedom Puppy Chicken Recipe Packaging

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Blue Buffalo Full Product Range

Dog Food

Dry Dog Food

Life Protection Range

Puppy Chicken & Brown Rice Recipe

Puppy Lamb & Oatmeal Recipe

Puppy Grain Free Chicken

Small Breed Puppy Chicken & Oatmeal Recipe

Puppy Large Breed Chicken & Brown Rice Recipe

Adult Chicken & Brown Rice Recipe

Adult Fish & Brown Rice Recipe

Adult Lamb & Brown Rice Recipe

Adult Healthy Weight Chicken & Brown Rice Recipe

Adult Small Bite Chicken & Brown Rice

Adult Grain Free Chicken Recipe

Toy Breed Adult Chicken & Brown Rice Recipe

Adult Small Breed Chicken & Brown Rice Recipe

Small Breed Adult Fish & Brown Rice Recipe

Adult Small Breed Lamb & Brown Rice Recipe

Small Breed Adult Healthy Weight Chicken & Brown Rice

Adult Large Breed Chicken & Brown Rice Recipe

Large Breed Adult Fish & Oatmeal Recipe

Large Breed Adult Lamb & Brown Rice Recipe

Large Breed Adult Healthy Weight Chicken & Brown Rice

Senior Chicken & Brown Rice Recipe

Small Breed Senior Chicken & Brown Rice Recipe

Large Breed Senior Chicken & Brown Rice Recipe

Blue Freedom Range

Grain Free Chicken Puppy Recipe

Grain Free Small Breed Puppy Chicken Recipe

Grain Free Large Breed Puppy Chicken Recipe

Grain Free Adult Beef Recipe

Grain Free Adult Chicken Recipe

Grain Free Adult Lamb Recipe

Grain Free Adult Healthy Weight Chicken Recipe

Grain Free Small Breed Adult Chicken Recipe

Grain Free Large Breed Adult Beef Recipe

Grain Free Large Breed Adult Chicken Recipe

Grain Free Large Breed Adult Lamb Recipe

Grain Free Senior Chicken Recipe

Blue Basics Range

Puppy Turkey & Potato Recipe

Adult Turkey & Potato Recipe

Adult Salmon & Potato Recipe

Adult Healthy Weight Turkey & Potato Recipe

Adult Grain Free Duck & Potato Recipe

Adult Grain Free Lamb & Potato Recipe

Adult Grain Free Turkey & Potato Recipe

Adult Grain Free Salmon & Potato Recipe

Small Breed Adult Turkey & Potato Recipe

Small Breed Grain Free Adult Lamb & Potato Recipe

Large Breed Adult Turkey & Potato Recipe

Large Breed Adult Grain Free Lamb & Potato Recipe

Senior Turkey & Potato Recipe

Blue Wilderness Range

Puppy Chicken

Large Breed Puppy Chicken

Puppy Red Meat

Adult Chicken

Adult Duck

Adult Salmon

Adult Healthy Weight Chicken

Adult Small Bite chicken

Toy Breed Adult Chicken

Small Breed Adult Chicken

Adult Small Breed Healthy Weight

Large Breed Adult Chicken

Adult Large Breed Healthy Weight Chicken

Adult Bison

Adult Rabbit

Adult Red Meat

Adult Healthy Weight Red Meat

Small Breed Adult Red Meat

Large Breed Adult Bison

Large Breed Adult Salmon

Large Breed Adult Red Meat

Adult Alligator & Catfish

Adult Wild Salmon Venison & Halibut

Adult Trout Venison & Rabbit

Adult Turkey Quail & Duck

Senior Chicken

Senior Red Meat Dinner

Blue Carnivora Range

Adult Protein-Rich Prairie Blend Recipe

Adult Protein-rich Coastal Blend Recipe

Adult Protein-rich Woodland Blend Recipe

Adult Protein-rich Woodland Blend Weight Control Recipe

Adult Small Breed Protein-rich Woodlan dBlend Recipe

Adult Large Breed Protein-rich Woodland Blend Recipe

Blue Natural Veterinary Diet

W + M Weight Management + Mobility Support

KS Kidney Support

NP Novel Protein

HF Hydrolyzed For Food Intolerance

GI Gastrointestinal Support

GI Gastrointestinal Support Low Fat

W + Weight Management & Urinary Care

Wet/Canned Dog Food

Blue Life Protection Range

Puppy Chicken Dinner With Garden Vegetables

Hearty Beef Stew

Country Chicken Stew

Hunter’s Stew

Irish Lamb Stew

Tasty Turkey Stew

Braised Beef Dinner With Green Beans, Carrots & Wild Rice

Hearty Beef Stew With Potatoes, Carrots & Peas

Country Chicken Dinner With Green Beans, Carrots and Wild Rice

Homestyle Chicken Stew With Potatoes, Carrots & Peas

Savory Lamb Stew With Potatoes, Carrots & Peas

Roast Turkey Dinner With Wild Rice & Peas

Backyard BBQ

Shepherd’s Pie

Sunday Chicken Dinner

Mom’s Chicken Pie

Turkey Day Feast

Turducken

Beef Dinner With Garden Vegetables

Chicken Dinner With Garden Vegetables

Fish and Sweet Potato Dinner With Garden Vegetables

Lamb Dinner with Garden Vegetables

Turkey Meatload Dinner Garden Vegetables

Healthy Weight Chicken Dinner With Garden Vegetables

Grain Free Beef Dinner

Grain Free Chicken Dinner

Small Breed Chicken Dinner With Garden Vegetables

Toy Breed Chicken Dinner With Garden Vegetables

Small Breed Lamb Dinner With Garden Vegetables

Large Breed Chicken Dinner With Garden Vegetables

Top Sirloin Flavor In Savory Juices

Rotisserie Chicken Flavor In Hearty Gravy

Prime Rib Flavor In Hearty Gravy

Steak and Egg Flavor Breakfast Bites

Filet Mignon Flavor In Savory Juices

Porterhouse Flavor In Savory Juices

Angus Beef Flavor In Savory Juices

Filet Mignon Flavor In Hearty Gravy

New York Strip Flavor In Hearty Gravy

Grilled Chicken Flavor In Savory Juices

Bacon, Egg and Cheese Flavor Breakfast Bites

Sausage, Egg and Cheese Flavor breakfast Bites

Roasted Turkey Flavor In Savory Juices

Senior Chicken Dinner With Garden Vegetables

Blue Freedom Range

Puppy Grain Free Chicken Recipe

Adult Grain Free Beef Recipe

Grain Free Chicken Recipe

Adult Grain Free Lamb Recipe

Grain Free Small Breed Chicken Recipe

Grain Free Grillers Beef

Grain Free Grillers Chicken

Grain Free Grillers Lamb

Grain Free Grillers Turkey

Senior Grain Free Chicken Recipe

Blue Basics

Grain Free Adult Duck & Potato Recipe

Grain Free Whitefish & Potato Recipe

Grain Free Adult Lamb & Potato Recipe

Grain Free Turkey & Potato Recipe

Grain Free Large Breed Turkey & Potato Recipe

Grain Free Adult Small Breed Lamb & Potato Recipe

Grain Free Adult Small Breed Turkey & Potato Recipe

Grain Free Senior Turkey & Potato Recipe

Blue Wilderness

Puppy Turkey & Chicken Grill

Puppy Red Meat

Beef & Chicken Grill

Duck & Chicken Grill

Salmon & Chicken Grill

Trout & Chicken Grill

Adult Healthy Weight Turkey & Chicken Grill

Small Breed Adult Turkey & Chicken Grill

Turkey & Chicken Grill

Beef Grill

Chicken Grill

Turkey Grill

Duck Grill

Beef Stew

Red Meat Stew

Chicken Stew

Duck Stew

Turkey Stew

Adult Rabbit

Adult Red Meat Dinner

Alligator & Catfish

Wild Salmon, Venison & Halibut

Trout, Venison & Rabbit

Turkey, Quail & Duck

Hearty Beef Stew

Chunky Chicken Stew

Hearty Duck Stew

Savory Salmon Stew

Chunky Beef Bites

Chunky Chicken

Chunky Duck Bites

Chunky Salmon Bites

Senior Turkey & Chicken Grill

Senior Red Meat

Blue Carnivora

Adult Protein-rich Coastal Blend Recipe

Adult Protein-rich Woodland Blend Recipe

Adult Protein-rich Coastal Blend Recipe

Cat Food

Dry Cat Food

Wet/Canned Cat Food