Nutrition - 5/10
Ingredients - 8/10
Wild Calling Xotic Essentials Rabbit Meal Recipe is an average-quality dry dog food. Its nutrient profile is slightly above average and it provides an above average proportion of fat. This nutrient profile is satisfactory for dogs who are not very active. Ideally, this formula would contain additional protein and lower levels of carbohydrates. It has a small range of high-quality meat ingredients such as Rabbit and Rabbit Meal. In addition, it contains a range of legumes and starches such as Sweet Potatoes, Lentils and Tapioca. These contribute high-quality carbohydrates and dietary fiber. The small number of meat ingredients present may mean it is suitable for dogs with serious meat or fish based dietary allergies or sensitivities. However, the larger range of vegetable and starch ingredients present may make this unsuitable for those with vegetable allergies.
High-Quality Meat Ingredients No Grains Or By-products
Excessive Carbohydrate Proportion Low Level Of Protein
A Full review of Xotic Essentials Rabbit Meal Recipe by Wild Calling
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 46% of Wild Calling Xotic Essentials Rabbit Meal 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 Dry Dog Food.
The carbohydrates present are from a range of starches and legumes such as Sweet Potatoes and Lentils. Legumes and some starch ingredients such as these are considered high-quality sources of carbohydrates. This proportion of carbohydrates in this formula is high. The proportion should be significantly 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 23% of Wild Calling Xotic Essentials Rabbit Meal 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 average for a Dry Dog Food.
The protein is sourced from the Rabbit and Rabbit Meal. Meat and fish-based proteins such as Rabbit are the preferred source and can provide complete amino acid coverage. This protein content will be sufficient for dogs of lower activity levels but will not be adequate for those dogs who are more active or need additional protein for other reasons.
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 31% of Wild Calling Xotic Essentials Rabbit Meal 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 appears to be from the Rabbit ingredients present. 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 average dog. Sadly, the levels of the Omega 3 and 6 Fatty Acids in this formula are not significant.
Overall Wild Calling Xotic Essentials Rabbit Meal Recipe contains an average of 3,482 kcal/kg, 415 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 – Wild Calling Xotic Essentials Rabbit Meal 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) – 23.00%
- Crude Fat (Min) – 14.00%
- Crude Fiber (Max) – 5.00%
- Moisture (Max) – 9.00%
- Omega 6 Fatty Acids (Min) – 2.44%
- Omega 3 Fatty Acids (Min) – 0.42%
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.
- Rabbit 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. Wild Calling Xotic Essentials Rabbit Meal Recipe contains two sources of meat or 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.
Another meat source present is Rabbit. Rabbit is considered a high-quality source of protein. Rabbit contains high levels of the Vitamins B3 and B12. Unfortunately, Rabbit does contain a high concentration of water. Much of this water is evaporated during the cooking process leaving a lesser proportion of Rabbit. However given that Rabbit is not one of the primary ingredients, its proportion will be relatively low after the cooking process.
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.
Lentils and Peas 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 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.
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.
Full Ingredient List – Wild Calling Xotic Essentials Rabbit Meal Recipe
Rabbit Meal, Sweet Potato, Rabbit, Lentils, Tapioca, Turkey Fat (Preserved with Mixed Tocopherols and Citric Acid), Dried Peas, Natural Flavor, Coconut Oil (Preserved with Mixed Tocopherols and Citric Acid), Dried Seaweed Meal, Potassium Chloride, Dicalcium Phosphate, Dried Bacillus Coagulans Fermentation Product, L-Ascorbyl-2-Polyphosphate (Source of Vitamin C), Salt, Calcium Carbonate, Zinc Proteinate, Vitamin E Supplement, Manganese Proteinate, Ferrous Sulfate, Niacin, Copper Proteinate, Thiamine Mononitrate, Calcium Pantothenate, Vitamin A Supplement, Riboflavin, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Biotin, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Calcium Iodate, Folic Acid.