Is Blue Buffalo Basics Dry Dog Food Good?
Blue Buffalo Basics Dry Dog Food is a pet food line with a 2.5 stars rating — accounts for 8% of all the pet food we review.
They seem to have a certain level of carbs, and contain some ingredients we concern. We do not recommend this pet food.
What We like
- Use Organic Minerals to Improve Absorption
- Aid Digestion with Probiotics
- No Potential Allergens like Corn, Soy, Gluten, and Dairy products
What We Concern
- Relatively Low Level of Protein
- More than 37% Carbs
- Include Plant Protein in Top 5 ingredients
- Numberous Controversial Ingredients
- Include Ingredients that might be Related to Poor Digestion
- Contain Ingredients that might be Uncertain
Recipes could have different ingredients in the same product line. We rate each recipe and list them from higest to lowest ratings.
TipsRecipes have different ratings, and some of the recipes contains grains.
Recipe to review
To rate Blue Buffalo Basics Dry Dog Food, we will take one representative recipe to evaluate the nutrition, ingredients and meat content of this product line.
We have chosen Blue Buffalo Basics Turkey and Potato Adult.
Pet food show guaranteed analysis on their labels. It includes moisture and does not reflect the level of carbs — which we prefer lower for dogs and as low as possible for cats.
Calculate the dry value (no moisture) on a dry matter basis will help us to estimate the carbs level and other nutrition without water — so we can get a better idea about the ratio.
(We think the ideal nutrition profile would be Protein > Fat > Carbs)
|Nutrition||Our Ideal||Dry Value||Like?|
|Protein||30% or more||22%|
|Fat||15% or more||13%|
|Carbs||Less than 28%||49%|
|Fiber||Less than 5%||6.7%|
61 ingredients are listed on the label. We research their quality to pet and use our best judgement to group them in the proportion of Prefer, Concerned, and Notice ingredients in the bar chart.
Deboned TurkeyAnimal Protein
PeasCarbs, Plant Protein
Turkey MealAnimal Protein
Natural FlavorFood Additive
Pea ProteinPlant Protein Concentrate
Dried Chicory RootCarbs
Dehydrated Alfalfa MealCarbs, Plant Protein
Alfalfa Nutrient ConcentrateCarbs, Plant Protein
Vitamin E SupplementSupplement
Preserved With Mixed TocopherolsFood Additive
Zinc Animo Acid ChelateSupplement
Vegetable Juice For ColorFood Additive
Iron Amino Acid ChelateSupplement
Yucca Schidigera ExtractCarbs
Vitamin A SupplementSupplement
Copper Amino Acid ChelateSupplement
Manganous Amino Acid ChelateSupplement
Vitamin D3 SupplementSupplement
Vitamin B12 SupplementSupplement
Dried YeastPlant Protein Concentrate
Dried Enterococcus Faceium Fermentation ProductProbiotics
Dried Lactobaccillus Acidophilus Fermentation ProductProbiotics
Dried Aspergillus Niger Fermentation ExtractProbiotics
Dried Trichoderma Longibrachiatum Fermentation ExtractProbiotics
Dried Bacillus Subtilis Fermentation ExtractProbiotics
Sodium SeleniteFood Additive
Oil Of RosemaryFat
TipsWe find 9 Concerned and 4 Notice ingredients from Blue Buffalo Basics Turkey and Potato Adult. Check from the above list to view the details.
- Pea Fiber
- Canola Oil
- Natural Flavor
- Vegetable Juice For Color
- Dried Yeast
- Sodium Selenite
- Brown Rice
- Pea Protein
- Fish Oil
- Dicalcium Phosphate
Estimated Meat Content
Some pet food uses high plant protein ingredients to boost up the overall protein level — to make it looks like it includes a lot of meat, which is more appealing for customers.
Therefore, protein level itself cannot tell the quality and how much animal ingredients (more digestible than plants) is in the pet food.
1 / 7 (14%)in top 7 ingredients
22%in dry matter
By looking at the plant protein in top ingredients and compare with the total protein level, we will try to estimate how much animal ingredients is used in the pet food as Meat Content.
Based on my "godly" guess, the meat content might be Low to medium !
It looks like it contains some amount of meat. Your furbabies would prefer something with more meat!
Blue Buffalo Basics Dry Dog Food Product Line Review
To make a conclusion about the whole product line, we will consider all recipes and their average nutrition ratio.
Recipes Average Compares to Ideal Level
In the total of 13 recipes, the group has an average of 23% protein, 14% fat and 47% carbohydrate.
（Protein and Fat: Prefer Higher丨Carbs: Prefer Lower）
- Protein is -7 (%) less than ideal
- Fat is -1 (%) less than ideal
- Carbs is 19 (%) higher than ideal
What does it mean?Overall,Blue Buffalo Basics Dry Dog Food has an carbs level higher than our preferred level.
Throughout the review, we have 3 major opinons about this pet food line:
- Nutrition ratio, mainly the level of carbs raises our attention
- Ingredients might be worth to take a second look
- Low to medium level of meat content
Based on these, we can conclude Blue Buffalo Basics Dry Dog Food is a pet food line with a 2.5 star rating.
Do we recommend Blue Buffalo Basics Dry Dog Food ?There are several things make us concerned, so we do not recommend it. If there is a very strong reason for you to choose it, try to mix with other pet food with higher meat to balance the diet.
The review is entirely our own view and opinon. It is for informational reference only and not a purchase advice.