on 2011-05-16 Low fat, but not Blue's lowest calorie formula
Note: Blue Buffalo no longer makes "Weight Control" dog food and instead makes "Healthy Weight" dog food in the "Life Protection line. Healthy Weight has 415 calories per cup and 3.290 calories/gram. Compared to the Longevity line for adult dogs, Healthy Weight has more calories per cup but a fewer calories per gram, meaning that Healthy Weight has more grams per cup than Longevity. Looking at the order of ingredients (which is by pre-production ingredient weight), I am concerned that too much of Healthy Weight's protein may come from whole grains, which do not contain all of the amino acids that a dog must get from his or her food (dogs cannot synthesize all the amino acids they need from plants and grains the way humans can.) De-boned chicken is the first ingredient, but, because it contains 75% water before processing, it is not the heaviest final ingredient. Chicken meal is a high quality protein, but it is listed as the fifth ingredient.
Also: At the bottom of this review I name a brand of food that ultimately helped me meet my dog's goals.
Overview of Weight Control: While I did not do all I could to make Weight Control work for my dog, it ultimately did not help my dog reach his ideal weight. Blue Weight Control is nutrient rich, very low in fat, and uses high-quality protein sources. Unfortunately, Blue Weight Control has 444 calories per cup, which is pretty calorie-dense. I believe it was over 4 calories per gram, which, in human food, is the caloric density of cheddar cheese. My dog may have been able to eat a satisfying quantity of this food if he only needed to maintain a healthy weight, but he needed to lose weight, and the portions I had to feed him were too small. Fortunately, Blue Buffalo makes an excellent food called Blue Buffalo Longevity Dry Food for Adult Dogs, 24-Pound Bag
, and the adult food has a more reasonable 354 calories per cup, allowing my dog to eat a more satisfying quantity of food per day.
Details: My dog weighed 50 lbs. and needed to get to the maximum ideal weight for his breed --44 lbs.-- as determined by my vet and the American Kennel Club. According to several dog nutritionists, the calories a dog should consume per day to lose weight is computed as follows: 1)Convert his goal weight in pounds to kilograms by dividing the pounds by 2.2. For my dog 44 lbs over 2.2= 20. 2 Multiply her weight in KG by 30. For my dog 20*30 is 600. (3)Add 70. In my dog's case, that meant 670 calories per day. This number represents the dog's caloric needs while on a weight loss diet, assuming the dog has no special needs, such as pregnant or whelping, being a puppy, being a toy breed, working, or living outdoors in cold weather. The formula only is valid if the dog weighs between 5 and 99 pounds. Check with your vet to make sure the daily calories you compute are in the right neighborhood.
The reason Blue Weight Control was not the best Blue Buffalo food for my dog was because it is is relatively calorie dense-- 444 calories per cup. To feed him 670 total calories per day, I could only feed him 1.5 cups per day, meaning that each of his two meals could only be 3/4 cups, and that was without even a tiny buffer for a single green bean as a treat. (Later I explain why I had to add-in other foods. I ended up only feeding him 2/3 of a cup for each meal, and that really worried me about the adequacy of his nutrition. This quantity of food is well below the feeding guidelines on the bag. My dog was miserable and begged constantly. He would even lick his empty bowl between meals. I tried feeding him a 1/3 cup (10 calories) of plain no-added-salt canned green beans as a snack, just to help fill his stomach, but he was not content and eventually turned his nose up at the green bean snacks. I should have added warm water to his dog food and stirred in the green beans, but I wasn't smart enough to do so at the time. My dog kept acting hungry and begging for more dog food. He would actually walk over to the bag of dog food, put his paw on it, and look at me while whining softly! Other members of my household would sneak table food to him because he begged so persistently, and the "diet" was a abysmal failure. My poor dog ended up actually gaining 4 more pounds from all the human cheating!
I was glad I found Blue Longevity adult food. It has 354 calories per cup as opposed to 444. It has 3.384 calories/gram. I gave my dog 1.8 cups per day (in 2 meals) for 640 calories. A saleswomen at Petsmart explained that I could help increase my dog's feeling of fullness even more by adding warm water to to his food, enough to just cover the kibble, and letting it sit on the counter a minute so that the kibble would swell up. I should then stir in 10 calories (a little less than 1/4 cup) of no-added-salt green beans to make it an even more filling meal. I did all of these changes together, so I can't separate the effects. My dog stopped the whining and began to lose the weight.
I budgeted him only 10 calories per day for treats. The problem was, I had to find something to give as a treat at least 3 times per day. See, my dog lived in a no-kill shelter for 18 month, so I had to use treats to re-housebreak him. Now he refuses to do #2 unless he is guaranteed a treat (if he doesn't get one immediately after he goes, he lies down on the ground and makes us carry him home--even if we are two blocks from the house and it is dark and pooring down rain. Welcome to my world of loving an Australian Cattle Dog.) I was surprised to learn that small sized Milk Bones have 20 calories each and contributed to him getting overweight to begin with. Even breaking one in half wasn't enough to make his treat calories reasonable. I found a bite-sized treat that is only 1-2 calories called Premier Liver Biscoti Dog Treats, Original Recipe, Original Bite Size, 8oz. Bag
). They were fine as a substitute for Milk Bones. I recently found a 2-calorie treat that my dog is crazy about called Zuke's Mini Naturals Salmon Dog Treats
(not to be confused with the 10-calorie each Zuke's Mini Bakes Chicken N Cherryz, 16 oz
. My dog would probably walk through fire for the Salmon flavored ones, but he also likes the peanut butter flavored ones.
Update: I eventually found a web site called DogFoodAdvisor.com. Through it, I found another food called Premium Edge Healthy Weight I Weight Reduction Formula Adult Dry Dog Food, 35-Pound
that has the same calories per cup as Longevity but that has twice as much protein (also from high quality sources!) It is also grain-free (dogs don't need grains in their diet at all) and a little less expensive per pound. It helped my dog build muscle and lose weight.
1 Stars By Chad D. on 2017-04-20
My dog loved it until two months ago
I have been buying blue buffalo dog food for almost two years. My dog loved it until two months ago. She stopped wanting to eat. She walks everyday for an hour and a half so she is always hungry. I knew something was wrong, I brought her to the vets they ran blood work, stool sample and could not find anything. She has been having diarrhea for the past few weeks. Then yesterday morning threw up all of her food. I went online and read reviews about people purchasing dog food on amazon and having the same issues I am having. I am a faithful amazon shopper. But I am very disappointed. I now have a large amount of dog food that I purchased and is going to get thrown out. I purchased a bag of dog food (different brand) at a local store, filled her bowl up and she ate the whole thing like her old self. Is it something wrong with blue buffalo or the way it is being stored/shipped? I would prefer to order my dog food through amazon as it is more convenient but my dogs health is more important to me. Please fix this problem amazon so that I can again order her food through amazon.
1 Stars By No Name on 2010-09-02
I was a Blue Buffalo advocate from day one when I purchased it for my dog. The ingredients were fantastic for a pet-parent who's dog is allergic to anything with corn or chicken (which is hard to find). I'm a trainer at Petsmart and told all of my clients about this product. This was before I had to deal with their customer service department. On my way home from work one night I realized I needed to stop and get a bag so I swung by a Complete Petmart and picked up a bag. I got home and realized it had been expired for almost a year. On the bag it said they guarantee their product 100% and this guarantee means they will tell you to take it back to the store and exchange it and that it was your fault that you didn't look at the expiration date. Why did I have to do the leg work for someone who is paid to check the dates? In my Petsmart, Blue Buffalo has a store rep who is supposed to be rotating product and she visits every week. How is this my responsibility? They kept sending harassing e-mails and would never really answer my question as to why the store representative let a bag of what is supposed to be a high-quality brand sit there expired for almost a year. I have since switched my dog to Evo and happy to report his stools are much more solid and he absolutely loves it. I'm sad the customer service for this company doesn't exist because I truly believed in their product. The only reason it got 1 star is because the first ingredient is actual meat and not a meal.
1 Stars By Angela S. on 2016-11-11
Large Breed Fish and Oatmeal, great, but...
I have been feeding the Large Breed Fish and Oatmeal (Life Protection Formula) since May of this year, switching from Taste of the Wild to Blue after adopting a Labradoodle. This review is only for what I received from BTA-MALL, as all the bags I have purchased elsewhere have been great, and I highly recommend Blue's Large Breed Fish and Oatmeal. There were no rips or tears in the bag I ordered on November 6th from BTA-MALL, but I noticed a difference as soon as I opened it- I couldn't smell the fish that has been quite a pungent aroma in other bags, and saw the physical difference as soon as I looked at it. The photo shows the Blue from BTA-MALL (ordered on November 6th) on the left, and Blue from chewy.com (ordered on September 23rd) on the right. The difference in physical appearance is surprising. The food on the right, from chewy.com, smells distinctly of fish, while the food from BTA-MALL does not.
Luckily, I am not out of food, and I will be purchasing another bag locally or from chewy.com to replace the nonreturnable one I received from BTA-MALL. Again, I highly recommend this food when purchased at chewy.com or local pet supply stores, and I will not be purchasing this from BTA-MALL again.
5 Stars By Sandy Beach on 1969-12-31
Always Fresh. High Quality. Great Price. Keep reading for a short intro to Cold and Hot proteins.
I really like the Blue Buffalo brand. I work for a small pet feed store and even with my 20% discount at work, I get a better deal here. We currently feed the Whitefish and brown rice flavor. I read another review where the reviewer stated that the bag they received from BTA-MALL did not have a pungent fish aroma like bags bought elsewhere. FYI If you purchase the fish flavor, it should NOT smell strongly of fish. When you get the strong fishy smell, that is because the fish oils in the product have turned rancid. Fish oils can turn rancid pretty quickly, so if you receive a bag that has no odor, trust that you have gotten a very fresh bag. A slight fish odor is normal. Slight being the key word here. It should not be overpowering.
On to flavor choices. When choosing a flavor or meat source for your dog food, you need to first consider whether your dog needs a "hot" protein or a "cold" protein based on their specific health needs/personality. This subject can get very deep and intricate, so it is highly recommended to learn and investigate to fully understand the subject. Food has intrinsic properties that can help balance bodily energy. So dogs who tend toward an overbalance of “hot” energy should consume cooling foods, while those who tend to be "cold" in nature should consume warming foods.
For example, my lab suffers from anxiety (hot energy). We used to feed the lamb formula, knowing nothing about hot or cold proteins at the time. As it turns out, lamb is one of the hottest proteins available. This was actually making his anxiety worse. We worked with a trainer who suggested switching the flavor of food we fed and gave us information about hot and cold proteins. By switching his food to the Whitefish flavor, which is cooling, we have seen a drastic improvement in his anxiety levels. Sometimes I am still in awe as to how something as simple as switching the main source of protein in his diet has helped him so much. This also goes for many dogs with allergies, the flavor you are feeding could be the culprit!
If you are switching from another brand of food, please take your time and acclimate your dog or puppy slowly! Blue Buffalo is very rich in protein so it is important that you switch your dogs food gradually from his current food to avoid digestive upset or tummy trouble. (This goes for all brands, not just switching to Blue) To transition, mix your dog’s current food with his new food. Over 7 days, gradually decrease the amount of the current dog food while increasing the amount of new dog food. Using this method for transitioning, I have had great results. Day 1 & 2 25% new and 75% current. Days 3 & 4 50% new with 50% current, Days 5 & 6 75% new to 25% current and on the 7th day I feed 100% new. Every dog is different and some need a few extra days to acclimate. Watch their stools each day to decide if you should increase the % of new food.
1 Stars By Georgia A. Minor on 2016-10-20
Includes a large infestation of some sort of insect. Blue Buffalo blames amazon and seemed very unconcerned when contacted.
2 Stars By John B. Williams Jr. on 2011-02-05
Poor UPS service
Have ordered this in lots of 4-6 bags several times in the past. The dogs really like this food. However, yesterday UPS dumped four practically destroyed cardboard boxes on my front porch. One box was so damaged the dog food bag inside had the end torn completely open. Spent awhile sweeping up all of the spilled kibbles. So much for the convenience of ordering dog food online. From now on I will make a bulk purchase locally instead. That way I might be able to get a larger bag, and if not, at least it will be intact when I get it to the house.
5 Stars By Kate Mahoney on 1969-12-31
The best food for our 3 y/o 80lb Austism therapy Labradoodle with skin problems and allergies
Ever since we adopted our 85lb 3 y/o Labradoodle he has battled extreme itchiness, hot spots, feet chewing, self biting etc. We've tried 3 different foods. First one he didn't like, second one sold out to another company and the quality went down. Then I bought this food from the pet store to try out (they didn't have the large breed formula but we got the exact same flavor and type in just regular) and he LOVED IT! Not only that, but on this food (with a combination of probiotics, fish oil and some allergy pills) he's doing wonderfully! Itching and skin problems have gone way down and his coat looks wonderful. Granted, that might be because of all the other things we're doing for him, but I think the food definitely has something to do with it too. I now order the large breed kind on BTA-MALL. He eats it every day and has great energy! We run 3 miles every morning, swim and play lots and he's always got plenty of gas in the tank for everything and anything. He never has loose stool and never throws up. He was overweight when we adopted him and has been slimming out very nicely on this food as long as we are consistent with treats. I am very pleased with the quality ingredients and feel like I'm giving him the best I can. He was trained to be an autism therapy dog for our 5 year old son and he deserves the best. I'm SO glad I can get this through BTA-MALL Subscribe and Save!! It is SO much cheaper than buying it in the pet store! 5 stars well earned in my opinion! I intend to buy other flavors to try in coming years but our dog loves the chicken and rice. I think we're going to be Blue Buffalo for life! I did NOT receive this for free or at a discount. Hope this helps!
1 Stars By D. N on 2011-09-24
Buffalo Worst Dog Food ever! Product is toxic and is being recalled! Both of my dogs got extremely sick thanks to this food!
First of all, the "gain control" formula is a true joke and has a very deceiving label!!!! One of my dogs gained more than 20 pounds in less than 6 months!!!!!! After 6 months, he could no longer hold the food down as he started vomiting the food and have watery diarrhea 4 to 5 times a day and he would start shaking because he could not hold the food in. We were so concerned that we took him right away to the vet and vet requested us to change his diet immediately. We did and his diarrhea stopped right away. Prior to giving him this food, he was healthy and then coincidentally, he started to have major health problems.
To all the people who left comments on my review and think the dry food especially from Buffalo or any other commercial dog food is good and with so much nutrients, then eat it yourself, and see how it works for you ;) I'm sure you'll end up in the hospital. Current pet food regulations allow manufacturers to use ingredients that you would never knowingly give to your pet. In fact, you may be SHOCKED to learn what some companies are putting in their pet food! Take a look at the video for further info: What's REALLY In Your Pet's FOOD??
Furthermore, we got him a companion dog in excellent health condition who was used to eating mainly dry food and we gave her some of this food and to determine whether this food just had an impact (or negative allergic reaction) on our first dog and whether she would be affected or not. Sure enough, same first day she ate her first bowl of this Buffalo brand food, she had diarrhea and she even woke us up at 2am the first night because she could not hold it anymore. She had diarrhea 6 times in just 24 hours. A side note on this dog, she has a strong stomach because prior to adopting her, the previous owners told us she eats just about anything from fruits, vegetables, different dry foods and her stomach does not get upset.
After all this nightmare and realizing there is no quality at this Buffalo corporation, we now have started to give them real organic food made by us since we could no longer trust these dog food companies and our older dog has immediately lost the weight he gained thanks to that disgusting, toxic and cheap food. If you have ever watch the movie "Food Inc" and have realized what food is available for human beings, just imagine what type of food these dog food Corporations are selling to our dogs (babies)!
Now meal time with our home made food is their favorite time of the day, they absolutely love it and start jumping up and down something that never happened with any type of dry food. Today to our surprise, we found out that THIS PRODUCT IS BEING RECALL FOR CONTAINING TOXIC INGREDIENTS. We are shocked that by giving them this Buffalo food, we were putting in great danger the lives of our beloved dogs. If you really love your dog and he/she is truly part of your family, make him/her their own food to protect their health and life. Is really easy to make and does not take that much time. There are books in BTA-MALL that guides you through the food dogs should and should not eat. Now our dogs eat real chicken, brown rice, veggies, and a spoon of organic multi-vitamin which we mix it all together when serving. This will not only make them happier, healthier, stronger, but also increase their lifespan.
The info below will show you some of the reality and suffering of those who have fed their dogs with Buffalo food:
truthaboutpetfood com /articles/more-worrisome-news-on-blue-buffalo-dog-food.html
1 Stars By Christina Scherer on 2015-05-28
NOT the same product as sold in pet stores. MADE OUR DOG SICK.
This was absolutely NOT the same product that we buy from the pet store. Our dog loves Blue Buffalo Lamb & Rice and has been eating it since the day we adopted him. We always buy our dog food at Petsmart or Pet Supermarket, with great results. This is the FIRST AND LAST time we will order his dog food from BTA-MALL, or online at all, after such a terrible experience. Soon after starting a new bag of food, our dog began to have diarrhea for several days. Then, he did not poop at all for 2 days. This had coincided with an overnight boarding, so, at the time, we had thought it had something to do with that. We had called the vet who had suggested we try to wait it out, in case it was something foreign he ingested that would work it's way through his system. Were about to take him to the animal hospital because we were so concerned, but then my husband suggested that perhaps it could be the food. I did not want to believe it. BTA-MALL stands by their products as authentic, right? How could it be that?? Well, we purchased a new bag from the pet store and wouldn't you know it -- IT LOOKS COMPLETELY DIFFERENT. The pieces of food are a different size, shape and color. Not easily noticeable if you aren't looking for it, but now that I have, the difference is clear. I'm completely outraged. I don't know if this product is a knock-off, or if it's old, or outdated, or recalled, or what, but I won't be ordering it from BTA-MALL again, that's for sure. I'll try to upload a photo comparison of the food later.