If you are considering getting healthy food options for your dog, it is not always an easy choice to make. The variety in the market is quite large, but not everything will work for your pup – all because different breeds of dogs have different nutritional requirements.
Any retail outlet will have plenty of options for dog foods, so much that it gets confusing when you are trying to make a choice. In this article, we compare two options that you will notice frequently when shopping for your dog’s foods – Diamond Naturals and Blue Buffalo, and compare different aspects to see if one has an edge over the other. This will hopefully help you to make the best choice for your pup.
Poultry meat (dehydrated)
De-boned fish, turkey, chicken or lamb
Has a wide range of extra, which can add nutritional value (although some are not)
Limited in scope, making it good for dogs that have food sensitivities
The company story
The company is owned by Kampeter & Schell, who were brothers-in-law, and it dates back to 1970. The first plant they used was in Missouri, and then others followed in South Carolina and California. To this day, the company is still a family-owned business, but has expanded its operations to 100 countries. They specialize in making both wet and dry dog food, and this includes treats, as well as canned and dry cat food.
The company has several other brands, and they also specialize some of their efforts into making food for other companies as well.
The main aspect that makes it stand out in its formulation is its addition of numerous ingredients, many of which you will not find in many dog foods of lesser grades. These include vegetables, fruits and berries. All these come at an affordable price as well, although the sizes are not as many.
What to look out for
You will get the product in two formulas – rice and chicken blends. The main attraction, according to the manufacturer, is the use of ‘actual’ meat protein in the formula, and they evidence this through stating that the protein levels range between 23 and 26 percent. In addition, the formula is free from soy, wheat and corn, ingredients that can prove harmful to your dog in the long term. Similar to all the Naturals line of products, they claim to enhance the formula through adding ‘superfoods’ and probiotics.
The best aspect is probably the nutrients that are in abundance in this feed. The sources include spinach, papaya, coconut, and carrots. The only thing we do not like is the presence of salt and natural flavor, which is not entirely beneficial to dogs. As a breakdown of some ingredients, here are some things to know:
Chicken and chicken meal – comes in dry form because it goes through dehydration, so the protein content is quite high.
Flaxseed and Whole grain brown rice – has nutrients such as omega-3, minerals, and B-vitamins.
Salmon oil – contains omega-6 and omega-3 oils, which are good for maintaining your dog’s coat and skin.
Another disadvantage we notice is the lack of extensive size selections – you can only choose between 40 pounds and 6 ounces. Even though 40 pounds is a good size to work with because it is an economical option, it would be better to get more variety in selections, since 6 ounces is only good for small dogs.
The company story
A couple, Bill and Jackie Bishop, are the founders of this brand. The story begins with their Airedale Terrier, Blue, and the dog’s constant issues with his health. This made them think of making a dog food that was commercially available, yet worked on satisfying the nutritional needs that dogs needed to stay healthy.
This led to the birth of this product, featuring added minerals that maintain the balance of nutrients. The company also offers their foods for three categories – senior, puppy and adult, and there are various dry and wet options that all total to 19 puppy options, 20 senior options, and 118 adult food options.
What to look out for
The company never uses by-products of poultry or chicken, and they also avoid adding artificial flavors, preservatives, colors, soy, wheat and corn. The primary ingredient though, is always de-boned fish, lamb or chicken. In addition, they also use the patented LifeSource Bits, which is a blend of specific antioxidants and vitamins.
If you are searching for a food that provides you with immense variety, it is therefore better to go for the Blue Buffalo option. Additionally, you will also be happy to note that they insist on using whole grains, although they have some grain-free options if you want.
The minerals that feature in the feed are chelated to help the animal absorb them easier, and the ingredients are cold-formed to help in preservation of their potent nature.
Both Diamond Naturals and Blue Buffalo are good options, but the latter option is better due to the variety involved, as well as the avoidance of certain ingredients that are not as beneficial such as salts. In addition, Diamond Naturals is pricier than Blue Buffalo, so consider if you are on a budget as well before making a final decision.