Review of Perfectus Ancient Grain Dog Food
Perfectus Dog Food earns The Advisor’s second-highest rating of 4.5 stars.
The Perfectus Ancient Grain product line includes the 2 dry dog foods listed below.
Each recipe includes its AAFCO nutrient profile when available… Growth (puppy), Maintenance (adult), All Life Stages, Supplemental or Unspecified.
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Recipe and Label Analysis
Perfectus Rich Red Meat and Ancient Grain Recipe was selected to represent both products in the line for this detailed recipe and nutrient analysis.
Label and nutrient data below are calculated using dry matter basis.
Perfectus Rich Red Meat and Ancient Grain Recipe
Dry Dog Food
Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content
Protein = 25% | Fat = 16% | Carbs = 51%
Ingredients: Deboned beef, whole ground sorghum, barley, oats, beef meal, sorghum flour, pork meal, chicken fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols), natural flavor, tomato pomace, potassium chloride, vitamins (vitamin A supplement, vitamin D3 supplement, vitamin E supplement, niacin supplement, d-calcium pantothenate, riboflavin supplement, thiamine mononitrate, pyridoxine hydrochloride, vitamin B12 supplement, folic acid), fish oil, choline chloride, taurine, sea salt, inulin (from chicory root), minerals (zinc proteinate, iron proteinate, copper proteinate, manganese proteinate, sodium selenite and calcium iodate), tocopherols (preservative), rosemary extract, dried Bacillus coagulans fermentation product
Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 5.7%
Red denotes controversial item
|Dry Matter Basis||25%||16%||51%|
|Calorie Weighted Basis||22%||34%||45%|
Protein = 22% | Fat = 34% | Carbs = 45%
The first ingredient in this dog food is beef. Although it’s a quality item, raw beef contains up to 73% water. After cooking, most of that moisture is lost, reducing the meat content to just a fraction of its original weight.
After processing, this item would probably account for a smaller part of the total content of the finished product.
The second ingredient is sorghum. Sorghum (milo) is a starchy cereal grain with a nutrient profile similar to corn.
Since it is gluten-free and boasts a smoother blood sugar behavior than other grains, sorghum may be considered an acceptable non-meat ingredient.
The third ingredient is barley, a starchy carbohydrate supplying fiber and other healthy nutrients. However, aside from its energy content, this cereal grain is of only modest nutritional value to a dog.
The fourth ingredient includes oats. Oats are rich in B-vitamins, minerals and dietary fiber.
The fifth ingredient is beef meal. Beef meal is considered a meat concentrate and contains nearly 300% more protein than fresh beef.
The sixth ingredient is sorghum flour. Sorghum flour (milo flour) is a starchy cereal grain consisting of 28% total carbs, which includes about 6% dietary fiber. Since it’s gluten-free and boasts a smoother blood sugar behavior than other grains, sorghum may be considered a healthy, non-meat ingredient.
The seventh ingredient is pork meal, another protein-rich meat concentrate.
The eighth ingredient is chicken fat. This item is obtained from rendering chicken, a process similar to making soup in which the fat itself is skimmed from the surface of the liquid.
Chicken fat is high in linoleic acid, an omega-6 fatty acid essential for life. Although it doesn’t sound very appetizing, chicken fat is actually a quality ingredient.
After the natural flavor, we find tomato pomace. Tomato pomace is a controversial ingredient, a by-product remaining after processing tomatoes into juice, soup and ketchup.
Many praise tomato pomace for its high fiber and nutrient content, while others scorn it as an inexpensive pet food filler.
Just the same, there’s probably not enough tomato pomace here to make much of a difference.
From here, the list goes on to include a number of other items.
But to be realistic, ingredients located this far down the list (other than nutritional supplements) are not likely to affect the overall rating of this product.
With 5 notable exceptions…
First, we find fish oil. Fish oil is naturally rich in the prized EPA and DHA type of omega-3 fatty acids. These two high quality fats boast the highest bio-availability to dogs and humans.
Depending on its level of freshness and purity, fish oil should be considered a commendable addition.
Next, this recipe includes inulin, a starch-like compound made up of repeating units of carbohydrates and typically sourced from chicory root.
Not only is inulin a natural source of soluble dietary fiber, it’s also a prebiotic used to promote the growth of healthy bacteria in a dog’s digestive tract.
In addition, this food contains chelated minerals, minerals that have been chemically attached to protein. This makes them easier to absorb. Chelated minerals are usually found in better dog foods.
Next, we note the use of taurine, an important amino acid associated with the healthy function of heart muscle. Although taurine is not typically considered essential in canines, some dogs have been shown to be deficient in this critical nutrient.
And lastly, this recipe contains sodium selenite, a controversial form of the mineral selenium. Sodium selenite appears to be nutritionally inferior to the more natural source of selenium found in selenium yeast.
Based on its ingredients alone, Perfectus Dog Food looks like an above-average dry product.
As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 27% and a mean fat level of 16%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 49% for the overall product line.
And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 60%.
Above-average protein. Near-average fat. And near-average carbs when compared to a typical dry dog food.
Free of any plant-based protein boosters, this looks like the profile of a dry dog food containing a notable amount of meat.
Our Rating of Perfectus Dog Food
Perfectus is a grain-inclusive dry dog food using a notable amount of named meat meal as its main source of animal protein, thus earning the brand 4.5 stars. Both recipes present a favorable fat-to-protein ratio.
Perfectus Dog Food Recall History
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No recalls noted.
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