Nutrition - 9/10
Ingredients - 8/10
Nature’s Logic Canine Duck & Salmon Meal Feast is a high-quality dry dog food. Its nutrient profile is significantly above average and it provides significantly above average proportions of protein. While we consider the carbohydrate proportion to be higher than ideal, this nutrition profile is suitable for the majority of dogs.
The formula contains high-quality meat-based ingredients such as Duck Meal and Salmon Meal which provide digestible protein. It also contains Millet which is considered a lower-quality source of carbohydrates than some alternatives but superior to other grains.
Nature’s Logic Canine Duck & Salmon Meal Feast contains multiple sources of meat and fish and a single source of grains. For this reason, it may not be suitable for dogs that suffer from allergies or sensitivities depending on their reaction to Millet.
High-Quality Meat & Fish Ingredients
Satisfactory Protein Proportion
A Full review of Canine Duck & Salmon Meal Feast By Nature’s Logic
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 29% of Nature’s Logic Canine Duck & Salmon Meal Feast’s 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 Dry Dog Food.
The majority of this carbohydrate content appears to be sourced from a single grain ingredient which is Millet. This ingredient will be discussed in depth later on. This is slightly above what we would consider the ideal proportion of carbohydrates. 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 37% of Nature’s Logic Canine Duck & Salmon Meal Feast’s 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 more than sufficient proportion of protein for the majority of active dogs including those who are extremely active. This protein appears to be sourced from the Duck and Salmon ingredients present which are all considered high-quality sources. Plant-based proteins are considered inferior to meat-based proteins but this formula does not appear to contain a significant quantity of plant-based protein.
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 34% of Nature’s Logic Canine Duck & Salmon Meal Feast’s 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 Dry Dog Food.
The fat present in this dog food appears to be sourced from a range of Duck and Salmon 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 is sufficient to fulfill the energy needs of the majority of dogs but may not be sufficient for those who are extremely 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.
Nature’s Logic Canine Duck & Salmon Meal Feast contains on average 416.99 Kcals per 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 – Nature’s Logic Canine Duck & Salmon Meal Feast
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) – 38.00%
- Crude Fat (Min) – 15.00%
- Crude Fiber (Max) – 5.00%
- Moisture (Max) – 9.00%
- Omega 6 Fatty Acids (Min) – 4.05%
- Omega 3 Fatty Acids (Min) – 0.99%
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.
- Pork Meal
- Pork Liver
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. Nature’s Logic Canine Duck & Salmon Meal Feast contains five sources of meat and fish.
The primary meat source present is Duck Meal. Duck 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. Duck Meal will contain the same vitamins and minerals as Duck but in higher concentrations. This will include the selenium and phosphorus mentioned previously.
The secondary meat source present is Turkey Meal. Turkey 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. Turkey Meal will contain the same vitamins and minerals as Chicken but in higher concentrations. This includes high levels of Niacin and Vitamin B6.
Another fish source present is Salmon Meal. Salmon Meal is considered a high-quality source of protein. Fish Meal is a concentrated form of fish 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. Salmon Meal will contain the same vitamins and minerals as Whitefish but in higher concentrations. This includes Vitamin B12 and Selenium.
In-Depth None-Meat Ingredient Review
Millet is a cereal grain that is high in carbohydrates and plant-based proteins. It is considered a viable alternative to legumes in dog food by many. Grains such as Millet are seeing increasing use by a number of brands. Sadly, Millet has little nutritional value past its carbohydrate and protein content. Read more about Millet in our article Millet In Dog Food.
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 – Nature’s Logic Canine Duck & Salmon Meal Feast
Duck Meal, Millet, Turkey Meal, Chicken Fat (preserved with Mixed Tocopherols), Salmon Meal, Pumpkin Seed, Yeast Culture, Spray Dried Pork Liver, Alfalfa Nutrient Concentrate, Montmorillonite Clay, Dried Kelp, Spray Dried Porcine Plasma, Dried Tomato, Almonds, Dried Chicory Root, Dried Carrot, Dried Apple, Menhaden Fish Meal, Dried Pumpkin, Dried Apricot, Dried Blueberry, Dried Spinach, Dried Broccoli, Dried Cranberry, Parsley, Dried Artichoke, Rosemary, Dried Mushroom, Dried Lactobacillus acidophilus Fermentation Product, Dried Lactobacillus casei Fermentation Product, Dried Bifidobacterium bifidium Fermentation Product, Dried Enterococcus faecium Fermentation Product, Dried Bacillus coagulans Fermentation Product, Dried Pineapple Extract, Dried Aspergillus niger Fermentation Extract, Dried Aspergillus oryzae Fermentation Extract, Dried Trichoderma longibrachiatum Fermentation Extract