Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Halo Dog Food Review

Halo Spot's Stew Review - Dog Food

In this article I will be reviewing the Spot's Stew dog food by Halo.
Spots stew, Wholesome Chicken Recipe is an all natural dog food produced by Halo. I am reviewing the adult dog formula. The dog food comes in an easy to carry 4lb bag.
What's in the Bag?
Upon opening the bag I notice the kibble looks fresh (not all dried up like some dog food), comes in a thin disc sized kibble, which means it will be easily digestible for many sizes of dogs. I also noticed that there is not just kibble in the bag! I can also see bits of dehydrated vegetables and meat. I think having dehydrated bits of food mixed with the kibble is a great idea. I checked the back of the bag to see what those bits are. There is green peas, cranberries, butcher-quality chicken, flax seed and carrots. I guess it's called spot's stew for a reason!
Why is Spot's Stew better than other dog foods?
Reading on the bag I can see that Halo Spot's Stew is made with vitamins, minerals and trace nutrients, has no artificial colours, flavours or preservatives, and is made without any rendered meats, and no animal or plant meal (meaning they use whole foods, much more nutritious)
Another advantage to feeding your dog Halo Spot's Stew dog food is that the food is free of corn, wheat and wheat gluten. The aforementioned ingredients are not natural in a dogs diet and provide little to no nutrition to a canine (they are usually used as fillers).

Halo Spots Stew Ingredients
Flipping the bag over I can see the ingredients. It is very important to look at the ingredients in your dog food to know what you are feeding your dog. Because most dogs are not allowed to rummage for food they depend on you, their owner and provider to give them the proper nutrition. This is why it is important to know the ingredients of your dog food. On top of having a healthier dog (usually resulting in less vet bills), your dog could actually end up eating less, and going to the bathroom less. This is because if a dog eats a food with a lot of filler, they will need to eat more of it to get enough nutrition. This means eating more and wasting more. Now to the Halo Spots Stew Ingredients
Chicken, Eggs, Pea Protein, Oats, Vegetable Broth, Pearled Barley, Chicken Fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols and citric acid), Whole Peas, Chicken Liver, Salmon, Flax Seed, Salmon Oil (preserved with mixed tocopherols), Pea Fiber, Sweet Potatoes, Apples, Blueberries, Green Beans, Carrots, Cranberries, Zucchini, Alfalfa, Inulin, Calcium Sulfate, Potassium Chloride, Taurine, Salt, Vitamins (Folic Acid, Vitamin A Supplement, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Vitamin E Supplement, Choline Bitartrate, Niacin, d-Calcium Pantothenate, Ascorbic Acid, Riboflavin Supplement, Thiamine Mononitrate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Biotin), Minerals (Zinc Proteinate, Iron Proteinate, Cobalt Proteinate, Copper Proteinate, Manganese Proteinate, Calcium Iodate, Sodium Selenite), Lactobacillus acidophilus, Bifidobacterium longum, Enterococcus faecium, Lactobacillus plantarum.
Deciphering the Ingredients
Taking a look at this ingredient list (or deciphering them) we can see that the first ingredient is chicken. Not chicken by product or chicken meal, just chicken. The next ingredient is egg which is a great source of protein. You may also notice that they use eggs, not dried egg which is a big plus. The next ingredient is pea protein which adds some more vegetable protein for your dog. Protein is important in dogs to help them build bones and muscles. Looking at the rest of the ingredients you will see many whole foods including vegetables, fruits and meat as well as some vitamins and nutrients. This is a great list of ingredients that I would be proud to give my dog. heck I'm even tempted to have a handful of kibble!
Now Lets take a look at the Guaranteed analysis
Halo Spot's Stew Dog Food Analysis
Guaranteed Analysis:
Crude Protein 28.0% (Min), Crude Fat 16.0% (Min), Crude Fiber 6.5% (Max), Moisture 10.0% (Max), Omega 6 Fatty Acids* 3.0% (Min), Omega 3 Fatty Acids* 0.48% (Min), Taurine* 0.1% (Min) *Not recognized as an essential nutrient by the AAFCO Dog Food Nutrient Profiles
Calorie Content ME (calculated): 4,410 kcal/kg, 441 kcal/cup
The protein level being 28% is great, having to much protein is not recommended for small breed dogs. 16% fat is good and 16% is a minimum. Dietary fat is the most concentrated source of energy in dogs. Fat also provides essential fatty acids and aids in nutrient utilization and transportation. Fat is involved in cell integrity and metabolic regulation. So this why fat is important in dog food. Fiber is also important to help your dog have bowel movements. Fatty acids are important to help a dog have a healthy coat and healthy skin. This analysis shows a good balance for the food.
But does my Dog like it?
This is also one of the most important questions. If your dog won't eat it then it will be hard for him to get his nutrition. Well good news! My girlfriend has a Basset Hound and my mom breeds Bernese Mountain Dogs.
I have included a picture that I took of my girlfriends dog, I sent it to the breeder and now it is right on their homepage!

Well Beuford (yes that's his name) loved Spot's Stew. He is a pretty picky eater, and as we all know Basset Hounds have the best sniffers out of any other dog! Beuford did not smell anything wrong with this food, he ate every last kibble and then licked the bowl!

What about the Bernese Mountain Dogs? well they loved it as well but they barely chew when they eat their food so I thought Beuford the picky eater would be a better test subject.

All in all I think that Spot's Stew is a great dog food for it's ingredients, price and taste (according to Beuford anyways)

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Anonymous said...

Who writes this and what qualifies them to review dog food? What is your training in nutrition, etc? It sounds like you just like to look at the food and decide if it looks good. What is the basis for judging that the food has good nutritional balance?

Anonymous said...

The review is great, it posts the ingredients, the experience of opening the bag of dog food, and how the dog reacts. There is even a nutritional break down, and an analysis of the ingredients, I think any person with a brain would be able to judge the nutritional balance.

Read the review and then think for yourself ;)