Nutrition - 10/10
Ingredients - 9/10
Farmina N&D Chicken & Pomegranate Puppy Maxi is a high-quality dry puppy food. Its nutrient profile is significantly above average and it provides significantly above average proportions of protein and fat. The formula contains well sourced high-quality ingredients with a focus on poultry and fish ingredients including Chicken and Herring. It contains Potatoes which are considered an average-quality source of carbohydrates. In addition to this, they provide fiber for healthy digestion. The fantastic nutrient profile and quality of ingredients make Farmina N&D Chicken & Pomegranate Puppy Maxi a fantastic food for a puppy as they grow and develop. Farmina N&D Chicken & Pomegranate Puppy Maxi’s small range of vegetable and meat ingredients may make it suitable for puppies with dietary allergies or sensitivities.
Very Satisfactory Nutrition Profile High-Quality Meat & Fish Ingredients No Grains or By-Products
A Full review of N&D Chicken & Pomegranate Puppy Maxi By Farmina
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 21% of Farmina N&D Chicken & Pomegranate Puppy Maxi 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 Puppy Food.
The majority of this carbohydrate content appears to be from the starch ingredients of this puppy food. There is a reasonable portion of Potatoes which are considered an average-quality carbohydrate ingredient. These Potatoes are the primary source of carbohydrates in this formula. This is a very satisfactory level of carbohydrates, especially for an overestimate, and reducing it would have a minimal effect.
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 40% of Farmina N&D Chicken & Pomegranate Puppy Maxi 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 Puppy Food.
This will be a far more than sufficient amount of protein for the vast majority of puppies, including those who are very active. This protein appears to be sourced from a small range of poultry and fish ingredients which are considered high-quality sources and contain the full range of amino acids required. Examples include Chicken and Herring.
There does not appear to be any vegetable or plant ingredients contributing a significant portion of protein to this formula. This is ideal as puppies should get the vast majority of their protein intake from meat and fish ingredients.
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 39% of Farmina N&D Chicken & Pomegranate Puppy Maxi 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 Puppy Food.
The fat present in this puppy food appears to be sourced from the small range of fish and poultry ingredients which are a natural source. This low estimate of the fat content is more than sufficient to fulfill the energy needs of even the most active puppies. The level of the Omega Fatty Acids in this formula is very satisfactory and will provide a range of benefits.
In addition, this fat content will help make Farmina N&D Chicken & Pomegranate Puppy Maxi more enjoyable and palatable for puppies. However, this proportion of fat is notably high and so owners must be careful to not overfeed their puppies this formula.
Overall Farmina N&D Chicken & Pomegranate Puppy Maxi contains an average of 2067 Kcal/lb or 493 Kcal/cup
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 – Farmina N&D Chicken & Pomegranate Puppy Maxi
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) – 42.00%
- Crude Fat (Min) – 18.00%
- Crude Fiber (Max) – 2.30%
- Moisture (Max) – 10.00%
- Calcium (Min) – 1.5%
- Phosphorus (Min) – 1.0%
- Omega 6 Fatty Acids (Min) – 3.3%
- Omega 3 Fatty Acids (Min) – 1.0%
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.
Dangerous / Harmful Ingredients
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. Farmina N&D Chicken & Pomegranate Puppy Maxi contains three sources of meat or fish.
The primary meat source present is Chicken. Chicken is considered a high-quality source of protein. In addition to being a fantastic protein source, chicken has high levels of Niacin and Vitamin B6. Unfortunately Chicken does contain a high concentration of water. Much of this water is evaporated during the cooking process leaving a lesser proportion of Chicken. However given that Chicken is the first listed ingredient, its proportion will still be relatively high even after the cooking process.
Eggs are a highly nutritious pet food ingredient and are considered a high-quality source of protein. Eggs contain a vast variety of vitamins and minerals including Vitamin A, Vitamin B2 and B12, Selenium, Phosphorus and many others. In addition to this, they contain a high proportion of protein and healthy fats such as the Omega 3 and 6 Fatty Acids.
Another fish source present is Herring. Herring is considered a high-quality source of protein. The Vitamin B12 is exceptionally abundant in Herring. In addition to this, similar to other fish, Herring is very rich in the Omega 3 Fatty Acid. Unfortunately, Herring contains a high concentration of water. Much of this water is evaporated during the cooking process leaving a lesser proportion of Herring. Given that Herring is not one of the primary ingredients, its proportion will be relatively low after the cooking process.
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 the Vitamin B6. Sadly, Potatoes are considered an average-quality ingredient as they provide minimal nutritional value beyond their carbohydrate content.
Alfalfa is a flowering plant that is closely related to Peas and other legumes. Alfalfa has a long history of use in livestock feed and as a supplement for humans. It has a similar proportion of protein to other legumes which means it can contribute to a minor sum if there is a sufficient quantity used. Alfalfa’s greatest strength is the vast range of vitamins and minerals it provides including Vitamin K, Vitamin C, Beta Carotene, Potassium, and Calcium. Find out more about Alfalfa in our article Alfalfa In Dog Food.
Dried Chicory Root or Chicory Root Extract is an additive or supplement to dog food. It can provide a range of health benefits including soluble fiber to enable regular passage of stool, probiotics to aid and promote digestion, as well as potentially eliminate or prevent intestinal worms. While these benefits are not fully proven, there is strong evidence behind them. The proportion of Chicory Root used in most dog food recipes is tiny and does not contribute meaningful nutrition. Find out more in Dried Chicory Root In Dog Food.
Full Ingredient List – Farmina N&D Chicken & Pomegranate Puppy Maxi
Deboned chicken, dehydrated chicken (source of glucosamine & chondroitin sulfate), potato, chicken fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols), dehydrated egg product, herring (source of glucosamine & chondroitin sulfate), dehydrated herring (source of glucosamine & chondroitin sulfate), herring & salmon oil blend (preserved with mixed tocopherols), fiber vegetable of peas, dried carrots, sun-cured alfalfa meal, chicory root extract, fructooligosaccharide, yeast extract (source of mannan-oligosaccharides), dehydrated pomegranate, dehydrated apple, dehydrated spinach, psyllium seed husk, dehydrated blackcurrant berry, dehydrated sweet orange, dehydrated blueberry, salt, brewers dried yeast, turmeric, vitamin A supplement, vitamin D3 supplement, vitamin E supplement, ascorbic acid, niacin, calcium pantothenate, riboflavin, pyridoxine hydrochloride, thiamine mononitrate, biotin, folic acid, vitamin B12 supplement, choline chloride, beta-carotene, zinc proteinate, manganese proteinate, iron proteinate, copper proteinate, selenium yeast, DL-methionine, taurine, L-carnitine, aloe vera gel concentrate, green tea extract, rosemary extract.