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Review Summary

Holistic Select Rabbit & Lamb Meals Recipe is a high-quality dry dog food. Its nutrient profile is above average and it provides significantly above average proportions of protein. We consider the carbohydrate proportion to be higher than ideal and should be replaced with additional fat. This would better reflect a dog’s natural diet. The formula contains high-quality meat-based ingredients such as Rabbit and Lamb which provide digestible protein. It also contains Pumpin and a range of legumes such as Peas and Lentils. The legumes and Pumpkin provide a high-quality source of carbohydrates and fiber. Holistic Select Rabbit & Lamb Meals Recipe contains a range of vegetables and two different sources of meat or fish. For this reason, it may not be suitable for dogs that suffer from allergies or sensitivities depending on their specific issues.

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Pros

High-Quality Meat and Vegetable Ingredients High Level of Omega Fatty Acids No Grains or By-products

Cons

Excessive Carbohydrate Proportion

A Full review of Rabbit & Lamb Meals Recipe By Holistic Select

Holistic Select Rabbit & Lamb Meals Recipe 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 Rabbit and Lamb Meals Recipe 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 38% of Holistic Select Rabbit & Lamb Meals 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 below average for a Dry Dog Food.

The majority of this carbohydrate content appears to be sourced from a range of legumes such as Chickpeas and Lentils. These legume ingredients will be discussed in depth later on. This is above what we would consider the ideal proportion of carbohydrates but they are from a reasonably high-quality source. The proportion of carbohydrates should be lower to better reflect a dog’s natural diet.

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 Holistic Select Rabbit & Lamb Meals 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 Dry Dog Food.

This will be a sufficient proportion of protein for the majority of active dogs but may be inadequate for those who are extremely active. This protein appears to be sourced from rabbit and lamb ingredients which are all considered high-quality sources. Plant-based proteins are considered inferior to meat-based proteins and there is likely a noticeable proportion of plant-based protein provided by the range of legume 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 30% of Holistic Select Rabbit & Lamb Meals 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 above average for a Dry Dog Food.

The fat present in this dog food appears to be sourced from a range of rabbit and lamb ingredients which are all fantastic high-quality sources. Animal and fish fat such as this is a dog’s natural source of fat and are very easily digested. This low estimate of fat content may be insufficient to fulfill the energy needs of a more active dog but may be sufficient for those who are less active.

The level of the Omega 3 and 6 Fatty Acids in this formula is extremely satisfactory. These Fatty Acids can provide a range of health benefits including a better-maintained skin and coat.

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.

Holistic Select Rabbit & Lamb Meals Recipe contains on average 3,582 kcal/kg or 351 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 Rabbit & Lamb Meals 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) – 31.00%
  • Crude Fat (Min) – 13.00%
  • Crude Fiber (Max) – 6.00%
  • Moisture (Max) – 10.00%

 

  • Omega 6 Fatty Acids (Min) – 3.00%
  • Omega 3 Fatty Acids (Min) – 1.50%

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

  • Rabbit Meal
  • Lamb Meal
  • Chickpeas
  • Lentils
  • Peas
  • Flaxseed
  • Pumpkin

 

Low-Quality Ingredients

  • Millet

 

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 Rabbit & Lamb Meals Recipe contains two sources of meat and fish.

The primary meat source present is Rabbit Meal. Rabbit 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. Rabbit Meal will contain the same vitamins and minerals as Rabbit but in higher concentrations. This includes the high levels of Vitamin B3 and B12.

The secondary meat source present is Lamb Meal. Lamb 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. Lamb Meal will contain the same vitamins and minerals as Lamb but in higher concentrations. This includes Vitamin B12 and high levels of the Omega 3 Fatty Acids.

In-Depth None-Meat Ingredient Review

This formula 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 important 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.

Canola Oil is derived from a modified version of Rapeseed. Canola Oil is most commonly added to dog food to supplement the levels of the Omega 3 and 6 Fatty Acids. These Fatty Acids are crucial for a dogs skin, coat and brain development. While Canola Oil is not the ideal source of the Omega Fatty Acids, it does have a high ratio of Omega 3 Fatty Acids to Omega 6 Fatty Acids. Sources with high ratios, such as Canola Oil, are considered superior. However, Canola Oil can be a controversial ingredient due to the fact it is genetically modified.

Dried Beet Pulp is a by-product of sugar beet processing. It is added to pet food as a source of soluble fiber. This fiber helps absorb excess water in your pets digestive system, as well as promote healthy bowel movement and stool. Dried Beet Pulp does not contain any significant nutritional value.

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.

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 Rabbit & Lamb Meals Recipe

Rabbit Meal, Lamb Meal, Chickpeas, Lentils, Peas, Canola Oil (preserved with Mixed Tocopherols), Dried Plain Beet Pulp, Flaxseed, Pumpkin, Cranberries, Apples, Brewers Dried Yeast, Potassium Chloride, Choline Chloride, Papaya, Blueberries, Pomegranate, Vitamin E Supplement, Taurine, Inulin, 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, 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.