Nutrition - 7/10
Ingredients - 9/10
Sport Dog Food Whitefish Formula is a high-quality dry dog food. Its nutrient profile is significantly above average and it provides an above average proportion of protein and fat and a below average proportion of carbohydrates. This nutrient profile is satisfactory for the majority of dogs.
It has a single source of high-quality meat or fish ingredients in Whitefish. In addition, it contains a small range of starches such as Tapioca and Sweet Potatoes. These contribute high-quality carbohydrates and dietary fiber.
The very small number of ingredients present including a single source of fish may mean this dog food is suitable for dogs with serious dietary allergies or sensitivities.
High-Quality Fish Ingredient
High Level Of Omega Fatty Acids
No Grains or By-products
Excessive Carbohydrate Proportion
A Full review of Whitefish Formula by Sport Dog Food
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 35% of Sport Dog Food Whitefish Formula 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 carbohydrates present are from a small range of starches such as Tapioca and Sweet Potatoes. Starches such as Sweet Potatoes are considered high-quality sources of carbohydrates. This proportion of carbohydrates is not particularly low but is lower than most other dog food recipes. While above what we would consider ideal it is still somewhat satisfactory. This would be well suited for the majority of dogs.
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 26% of Sport Dog Food Whitefish Formula 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 above average for a Dry Dog Food.
The protein is sourced from the Whitefish Meal. Fish-based proteins such as Whitefish are the preferred source and can provide complete amino acid coverage. The portion of protein in this formula derived from plant material is low and likely insignificant. This protein content will be sufficient for most dogs but may be insufficient for those who are very active.
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 Sport Dog Food Whitefish Formula 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 appears to be from the Whitefish ingredients. Meat and fish-based fats are the natural sources of fat in a dog’s diet. This level of fat is sufficient to satisfy the energy needs of the vast majority of dogs. In addition, the fish ingredients contribute a very high level of the Omega 3 Fatty Acids which are known to provide a range of health benefits.
Overall Sport Dog Food Whitefish Formula contains an average of 490 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 – Sport Dog Food Whitefish Formula
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) – 27.00%
- Crude Fat (Min) – 16.00%
- Crude Fiber (Max) – 3.90%
- Moisture (Max) – 9.00%
- Omega 6 Fatty Acids (Min) – 2.39%
- Omega 3 Fatty Acids (Min) – 0.93%
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.
- Whitefish Meal
- Sweet Potatoes
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. Sport Dog Food Whitefish Formula contains one source of meat or fish.
The primary fish source present is Whitefish Meal. Whitefish 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. Whitefish Meal will contain the same vitamins and minerals as Whitefish but in higher concentrations. This includes Phosphorus and other minerals.
In-Depth None-Meat Ingredient Review
Sweet Potatoes are a starchy vegetable and a source of complex carbohydrates. Sweet Potatoes are considered superior to traditional Potatoes as they contain more fiber and a more extensive range of vitamins and minerals. Some examples of vitamins and minerals that are abundant in Sweet Potatoes are Vitamin A, Vitamin C, and Calcium. The higher amount of fiber and the range of micronutrients in Sweet Potatoes mean that they are considered a high-quality ingredient despite containing mostly carbohydrates.
Tapioca is a starchy vegetable and a source of complex carbohydrates. Tapioca, which is also known as Cassava Root, is a staple of South America and is rarely seen in the western world. This means it is often used as a novel ingredient for dogs with allergies or sensitivities to other ingredients such as Peas and Potatoes. Tapioca does not contribute substantial nutrition beyond its carbohydrate content but does contain the some B Vitamins such as Folate and the Vitamin B6.
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 – Sport Dog Food Whitefish Formula
Whitefish Meal (30%), Dried Sweet Potato (28%), Chicken Fat (Preserved with Mixed Tocopherols) (11%), Coconut Meal (10%), Cassava Root (9%), Ocean Fish Meal (5%), Natural Flavors, Salmon Oil, Monocalcium Phosphate, Calcium Propionate, Potassium Chloride, Yeast Culture (Probiotic), Chicory root, Zinc Amino Acid Complex, Iron Amino Acid Chelate, Manganese Amino Acids Chelate, Salt, Yucca Schidigera Extract (Probiotic), Vitamin E Supplement, Zinc Sulfate, Dried Cranberry Powder, Dried Blueberry Powder, Ferrous Sulfate, Copper Sulfate, Selenium Yeast (Probiotic), Niacin Supplement (Source of Vitamin B3), D-Calcium Pantothenate (Source of Vitamin B5), Vitamin A Supplement, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Riboflavin Supplement (Source of Vitamin B2), Vitamin B 12 Supplement , Ethylenediamine Dihydriodide, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (Source of Vitamin B6), Biotin (Source of Vitamin B8), Thiamine Mononitrate (Source of Vitamin B1), Folic Acid, Copper Amino Acids Complex (Chelate), Green Tea Extract, Rosemary Extract, Dried Lactobacillus acidophilus fermentation Product (Probiotic), Dried Aspergillus niger fermentation Product (Probiotic), Dried Trichoderma longibrachiatum fermentation Product (Probiotic), Dried Bacillus subtilis fermentation Product (Probiotic)