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Review Summary

Holistic Select Grain Free Senior Health – Chicken Meal & Lentils Recipe is a high-quality dry dog food. Its nutrient profile is above average. In particular, its protein content is significantly above average in comparison to other senior dry dog foods recipes. The formula contains a range of high-quality ingredients with a focus on Chicken. A range of Legumes, fruit and other vegetables are present and they provide high-quality sources of carbohydrates. In addition to this, they provide fiber for healthy digestion. Holistic Select Grain Free Senior Health – Chicken Meal & Lentils Recipe range of ingredients may make it unsuitable for those with dietary sensitivities and allergies. Nevertheless, this is one of the most nutritious and high-quality senior dog foods on the market.

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Pros

Satisfactory Protein Proportion High-Quality Meat & Vegetable Ingredients High Levels of Omega Fatty Acids

Cons

Excessive Carbohydrate Proportion

A Full review of Grain Free Senior Health – Chicken Meal & Lentils Recipe By Holistic Select

Holistic Select Senior Health With Chicken and Lentils Packaging

Nutritional Analysis

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.

Holistic Select Senior Health Calorie Breakdown Chart

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 43% of Holistic Select Grain Free Senior Health – Chicken Meal & Lentils 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 average for a Senior Dog Food.

Peas, Chickpeas, Lentils among others are the core of the carbohydrate content of Holistic Select Grain Free Senior Health – Chicken Meal & Lentils Recipe. While the number of sources might be overwhelming they are all considered high-quality carbohydrate sources. This is a satisfactory level of carbohydrates for a senior dog and while it could be lower, it is not excessive extremely excessive. In addition, senior dog food recipes tend to contain more carbohydrates instead of fat in order to keep their calorie density lower.

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 29% of Holistic Select Grain Free Senior Health – Chicken Meal & Lentils 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 Senior Dog Food.

While not quite as high as some other Holistic Select dry dog food recipes, this level of protein is high and satisfactory. This means that Holistic Select Grain Free Senior Health – Chicken Meal & Lentils Recipe is suitable for senior dogs of all activity levels. Contrary to popular belief, senior dogs do not need a reduced protein diet and they may, in fact, need additional protein than younger dogs. Therefore this very high level of protein is very well suited for senior dogs. The protein content is sourced from Chicken Meal. The Chicken in this recipe is considered a high-quality protein source.

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 28% of Holistic Select Grain Free Senior Health – Chicken Meal & Lentils 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 average for a Senior Dog Food.

It will come as no surprise that poultry fat constitutes the majority of Holistic Select Grain Free Senior Health – Chicken Meal & Lentils Recipe fat content. Animals fats such as Chicken are the ideal energy source for senior dogs. The proportion of fat in this recipe is quite low but it is likely that this is intentional as many senior dogs are less active and need lower calorie food.

Calorie Density

Calorie Density is essential to understand as it determines the portion size of food your dog will require per day or meal. Calorie Density is commonly measured in calories per kg or per cup.
Dog food formulas with high-calorie densities can be more cost efficient to purchase while recipes with lower calorie density can be advantageous to dogs attempting weight loss or who are relatively inactive.

Overall Holistic Select Grain Free Senior Health – Chicken Meal & Lentils Recipe contains an average of 3,504 kcal/kg or 417 kcal/cup

Disclaimer

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 – Holistic Select Grain Free Senior Health – Chicken Meal & Lentils 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) – 28.00%
  • Crude Fat (Min) – 12.00%
  • Crude Fiber (Max) – 5.50%
  • Moisture (Max) – 10.00%
  • Calcium (Min) – 1.00%
  • Phosphorus (Min) – 0.70%
  • Omega 6 Fatty Acids (Min) – 3.00%
  • Omega 3 Fatty Acids (Min) – 0.75%

Ingredient Analysis

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.

High-Quality Ingredients

  • Chicken Meal
  • Chickpeas
  • Peas
  • Lentils
  • Flaxseed
  • Pumpkin

Low-Quality Ingredients 

  • N/A

Dangerous / Harmful Ingredients

  • N/A

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. Holistic Select Grain Free Senior Health – Chicken Meal & Lentils Recipe contains a single source of meat or fish.

The primary meat source present is Chicken Meal. Chicken Meal is considered a high-quality source of protein. Meat Meal is a concentrated form of meat that has already had the majority of its moisture removed. This means that gram for gram it is much richer in protein and other nutrients. Chicken Meal will contain the same vitamins and minerals as Chicken but in higher concentrations. This includes the high levels of Niacin and Vitamin B6.

In-Depth None-Meat Ingredient Review

Holistic Select Grain Free Senior Health – Chicken Meal & Lentils Recipe contains Peas, Lentils, and Chickpeas. These are members of the legume family of vegetables. Legumes are famous for having a relatively high amount of protein for a vegetable. Legumes also contain a high amount of fiber, which is essential for healthy digestion. Pet foods often use legumes as a replacement for grains in grain-free pet food. Protein from vegetables such as legumes should not be a replacement for protein from meat. Instead, it should act as an additional protein source.

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.

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.

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.

Pumpkin is a high-quality vegetable ingredient and a beneficial addition to a dogs diet. Pumpkin contains high levels of a variety of vitamins and minerals including Vitamin A, Vitamin C, and Potassium. However, Pumpkin is probably best known for the Dietary Fiber it can contribute. This fiber can improve and regulate digestion. Finally, Pumpkin does not contain significant levels of plant-based protein. This lack of protein prevents Pumpkin being used solely to inflate protein levels like other vegetables, such as Peas, often are.

Full Ingredient List – Holistic Select Grain Free Senior Health – Chicken Meal & Lentils Recipe

Chicken Meal, Chickpeas, Peas, Lentils, Dried Ground Potatoes, Chicken Fat (preserved with Mixed Tocopherols), Dried Plain Beet Pulp, Flaxseed, Dehydrated Alfalfa Meal, Pumpkin, Cranberries, Apples, Brewers Dried Yeast, Papayas, Potassium Chloride, Choline Chloride, Taurine, Blueberries, Pomegranates, Vitamin E Supplement, Inulin, L-Carnitine, Dried Kelp, Zinc Proteinate, Mixed Tocopherols added to preserve freshness, Zinc Sulfate, Niacin, Ferrous Sulfate, Iron Proteinate, Vitamin A Supplement, Yucca Schidigera Extract, Glucosamine Hydrochloride, Chondroitin Sulfate, Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C), Ground Cinnamon, Ground Fennel, Ground Peppermint, Copper Sulfate, Thiamine Mononitrate, Copper Proteinate, Manganese Proteinate, Manganese Sulfate, d-Calcium Pantothenate, Sodium Selenite, Dried Enterococcus faecium Fermentation Product, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Riboflavin, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Biotin, Dried Lactobacillus bulgaricus Fermentation Product, Dried Enterococcus thermophilus Fermentation Product, Calcium Iodate, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Folic Acid, Dried Bacillus licheniformis Fermentation Product, Dried Bacillus subtilis Fermentation Product, Dried Aspergillus oryzae Fermentation Product, Dried Trichoderma reesei Fermentation Product, Dried Rhizopus oryzae Fermentation Product, Dried Lactobacillus acidophilus Fermentation Product, Dried Lactobacillus casei Fermentation Product, Rosemary Extract, Green Tea Extract, Spearmint Extract.