Chicken Soup for the Soul Adult Dry Dog Food Review

Chicken soup for the soul adult review

This dry dog food is manufactured by Chicken Soup in The United States .

first 10 ingredients of Chicken Soup for the Soul Adult include:
1.) Chicken
2.) Turkey
3.) Chicken Meal
4.) Turkey Meal
5.) Cracked Pearled Barley
6.) Whole Grain Brown Rice
7.) Peas
8.) Oatmeal
9.) White Rice
10.) Chicken Fat (Preserved With Mixed Tocopherols)

This dog food is reccommended for all breeds. It's estimated cost is $1.4 per lb.

Our Rating: 7.5
Our Rating: 7.5 - 9
Rating Logic:
Base Score: 4
Bad Ingredients: -1
Good Ingredients: +0.5
Top 10: chicken meat: +1
First 3: chicken meat: +1
Top 10: turkey meat: +1
First 3: turkey meat: +1
Top 10: turkey meat: +1
Top 10: rice grain: -1

Detailed Nutrition Analysis

Estimated Nutrient Content
Protein: 28.89%
Fat: 15.56%
Carbs: 51.11%
Analysis:

This dog food was found to have a healthy nutrient breakdown.

Breakdown of the Main Ingredients

Analyzing the first 10 ingredients in a dog food is a great way to understand the overall nutrient content of the dog food because AAFCO requires all dog food ingredients to be listed in order of predominance by their weight. Here's a closer look at what's inside Chicken Soup for the Soul Adult.
Chicken: Chicken is an extremely common meat used in dog foods and typically the cheapest meat source available. There's nothing wrong with feeding your dog chicken, but it's also not uncommon for dogs to have a chicken allergy. If you find your dog excessively itching, it would be best to try a dog food with no chicken products.
Turkey: Turkey is an excellent protein source for your dog that's recommended by the AKC and others.
Turkey Meal: Turkey is an excellent protein source for your dog that's recommended by the AKC and others.
Peas: Peas are a very popular ingredient in dog foods today, especially with many dog foods going grain-free. Peas are a great source of carbohydrates, fiber, and protein for your dog.
White Rice: Rice is an acceptable source of carbohydrates for your dog, though the quality of the rice used in dog food can vary widely.
Chicken Fat (Preserved With Mixed Tocopherols): Tocopherol may sound like a nasty chemical, but it's actually a naturally occuring organic chemical compound and a type of Vitamin E. Tocopherol can be derived from various nuts and vegetable oils. These serve as a natural preservative for dog foods.

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Knowing What's Good and What's Not

Full Ingredients: Chicken, Turkey, Chicken Meal, Turkey Meal, Cracked Pearled Barley, Whole Grain Brown Rice, Peas, Oatmeal, White Rice, Chicken Fat (Preserved With Mixed Tocopherols), Potatoes, Natural Flavor, Tomato Pomace, Ocean Fish Meal, Flaxseed, Duck, Salmon, Egg Product, Salt, Potassium Chloride, Choline Chloride, Dried Chicory Root, Dried Kelp, Carrots, Apples, Tomatoes, Blueberries, Spinach, Cranberries, Rosemary Extract, Parsley Flake, Vitamin E Supplement, Zinc Oxide, Thiamine Mononitrate, Yucca Schidigera Extract, Zinc Proteinate, L-Carnitine, Ferrous Sulfate, Manganous Oxide, Vitamin A Supplement, D-Calcium Pantothenate, Copper Sulfate, Manganese Proteinate, Niacin Supplement, Calcium Iodate, Riboflavin Supplement, Dried Lactobacillus Acidophilus Fermentation Product, Dried Lactobacillus Casei Fermentation Product, Dried Lactobacillus Plantarum Fermentation Product, Dried Enterococcus Faecium Fermentation Product, Copper Proteinate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Folic Acid, Sodium Selenite, Biotin, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Cobalt Carbonate.

Controversial Ingredients:

  • Natural flavor: What exactly is "natural flavor"? It's impossible for us to say exactly. It's some sort of meat-based or plant-based additive to make the dog food taste better. Due to the mystery behind what exactly is being added to the dog food, we suggest you avoid this ingredient. Reference

Good Ingredients:

  • Flax: Flaxseed or flaxseed oil is a great source of healthy fats for your dog. It has a variety of health benefits including anti-inflammatory properties and helps maintain a healthy coat and skin. Reference
  • Carrot: Carrots are high in fiber, beta-carotene, and Vitamin A. Reference

Ingredients You May Wonder About:

  • Chicken: Chicken is an extremely common meat used in dog foods and typically the cheapest meat source available. There's nothing wrong with feeding your dog chicken, but it's also not uncommon for dogs to have a chicken allergy. If you find your dog excessively itching, it would be best to try a dog food with no chicken products.
  • Mixed tocopherols: Tocopherol may sound like a nasty chemical, but it's actually a naturally occuring organic chemical compound and a type of Vitamin E. Tocopherol can be derived from various nuts and vegetable oils. These serve as a natural preservative for dog foods.
  • Fish meal: Fish meal is typically made from caught fish not used for human consumption. Reference
  • Rosemary: Rosemary is a natural preservative and is very common in dry dog foods.
  • Thiamine mononitrate: This is a scientific name for Vitamin B1. Too little Vitamin B1 can cause a variety of health issues and any excess is easily flushed from the body. Most manufacturers add this dog food to stay in line with AAFCO guidelines. Reference
  • Yucca: Yucca is a plant that has the primary benefit of having your dog's stool smell less. It's a very common dog food ingredient. Reference
  • Calcium pantothenate: This is another B Vitamin that's healthy for your dog and considered a requirement for a complete diet by the AAFCO. Reference
  • Copper: Copper is found in nearly all living things and is required in the diet to keep a dog healthy. As a result, nearly all dog foods add small levels of copper in accordance to AAFCO guidelines.
  • Niacin: Also known as Vitamin B3.
  • Lactobacillus acidophilus: Lactobacillus Acidophilus is a probiotic added to help promote a healthy stomach and digestion in your dog.
  • Lactobacillus casei: Lactobacillus Casei is a probiotic with many known benefits in humans. Reference
  • Copper: Copper is found in nearly all living things and is required in the diet to keep a dog healthy. As a result, nearly all dog foods add small levels of copper in accordance to AAFCO guidelines.
  • Pyridoxine: Also known as Vitamin B6, a healthy part of your dog's diet. Reference