Product Review: Halo Vegan Canned Food for Dogs

My dog says the pups have taste tested one of Halo's canned food for dogs and we're here to share the results. See what the canine crew has to say about Halo Vegan Garden Medley.



Ingredients:

As can be seen from the name, Vegan Medley is a meat-free food. The first three ingredients are vegetable broth, chickpeas, and potatoes. There's also carrots, spinach, peas, and dandelion greens. There is no animal protein, animal fat, or dairy in this recipe. Spinach, olive oil, and flaxseed provide essential fatty acids and pea protein helps to build strong muscles.

Usability:

This is a slightly grainy pate. I suspect some of that "grainyness" is from the chopped up chickpeas. It's also sticky. If you use a spoon to scoop it out, the food sticks to the utensil and you have to wipe it off with your finger. It won't come off on its own, even when you tap the spoon on the bowl pretty hard.

The most noteworthy thing about Vegan Medley is the smell. It reminds me of Thanksgiving stuffing. Maybe it's the dried rosemary? I'm not sure, but It made me want stuffing that's for sure.

Origin:

Made in the U.S.A.

Cost:

A 12-can case of the Halo Vegan Medley currently sells for $41.18 on Chewy.com, so it's three bucks and change per 13 ounce can. A discount kicks in if you auto-ship.

Rating:

We've tried the Vegan Medley kibble in the past and the dogs really liked it. That's why we were eager to try this recipe in canned. However, it was met with a mediocre response. Half of the crew ate it, and half wouldn't. It kind of felt like feeding a kid brussel sprouts. You know it's good for them, so you want them to eat it. But they're not doing cartwheels when you serve it up.

It's a high quality food and when using it, it's nice not to have to worry about food safety issues for the meat. That said, we give this canned food 2.5 paws.

Disclaimer: As a Chewy influencer, we received this product for free so we could sample it. Our reviews, however, are not bought or paid for and you can count on My Dog Says Woof to give you an honest assessment in all our product reviews. 

Product Review: Blue Buffalo Wilderness Pate for Cats

My dog says today we're eager to share our thoughts on one of Blue Buffalo's products for cats. KitCat has his tastebuds at the ready, so let's get started.


Ingredients:

Blue Buffalo offers a pate, variety pack in three flavors: salmon, chicken, and duck. Each are grain-free and have solid ingredient lists, with meat as the first ingredient.

The duck has duck, turkey broth, and chicken liver. The chicken has chicken, chicken broth, and chicken liver. And the salmon has salmon, fish broth, and chicken liver. Each recipe also contains potatoes, but no corn, wheat, or soy. There are no chicken or poultry by-product meals in any of these foods.


Usability:

This is a nice, soft pate with an enticing broth. It's easy to eat and smells really enticing. It's similar to a kitten food in that has lots of moisture. Texture is ideal for kittens, adults, or seniors.

Origin:

Made in the United States.

Cost:

The variety pack comes in a case of 12 cans, four of each variety. It's the "kitten size" cans, three ounces. The current cost for the Blue Buffalo at Chewy.com is $12.99, just a little over a buck a can, so that's a pretty competitive price for a high quality food. It's a little less with auto-ship.


Rating:

This is the second Blue Buffalo product KitCat has reviewed and he's really liked both of them (see his previous review on Blue Buffalo Tasty Toppers). KitCat ate with enthusiasm and he finished everything in his dish. This was a great food and it was clear he really liked it. How many paws do we give the Blue Buffalo Wilderness Pate Variety Pack? Four! Four paws up for sure.


Disclaimer: As a Chewy influencer, we received this product for free so we could sample it. Our reviews, however, are not bought or paid for and you can count on My Dog Says Woof to give you an honest assessment in all our product reviews. 

Product Review: Evo 95 Cat Food

My dog says KitCat is back at it! He's been tasting food far and wide to give you his take. Today, we'll be giving you the scoop on one of the many products from Evo.

Billed as an "ancestral diet" that is similar to what cats eat in wild, Evo is rich in protein, but void of grains and potatoes, It's formulated to maintain lean muscle mass and a healthy body weight. There's many varieties, but we tried the Evo 95 Grain-Free Chicken and Turkey Recipe in Gravy.


Product Review: Ziwi Peak Canned Cat Food

My dog says today we're going to share our experience with Ziwi Peak food for cats. KitCat was happy to step up as our taste tester, so let's get this party started.

Ziwi Peak Beef Recipe canned food for cats is a brand from New Zealand and boasts a high quality line of foods. The meat in their foods is from local, range-free farms in New Zealand and each recipe is made in small batches.


Product Review: American Journey Salmon Oil Supplement for Dogs

My dog says we're excited to share our experience this month as we tested out American Journey Salmon Oil. This supplement for dogs is said to give your pet's skin, coat, and immune system some TLC, as well as keep his joints healthy. We put this elixir to the test on our itchy dog who has battled skin issues since we've had him.

18 ounces may not sound like a lot, but this is a big bottle!

Product Review: Halo Chicken Recipe Small Breed Kibble

My dogs says today we're eager to share with you our review of Halo's kibble for small and tiny dogs. Spot's Stew Wholesome Chicken Recipe Toy and Small Breed Dry Dog Food is Halo's only kibble for tiny pups (although all their kibble products are suited for small dogs, these kibble pieces are extra petite!). What did the hounds of our home think about these little bits of kibblosity? Read on, friends. Read on.

Halo's small breed kibble is currently available in just one flavor: chicken.

Product Review: Nulo Freestyle Grain Free Canned Cat Food

My dog says today we're going to give you the skinny on high-end cat food Nulo Freestyle. Our own resident kitty cat has stepped up to test out Nulo's Turkey and Chicken Grain-Free canned cat food. Thanks, KitCat!

Nulo's grain free cat foods come in six flavors.

Ingredients:

Nulo is a high-quality food with no meat by-products and it's also free of artificial colors, flavors, and carrageenan. There are six, grain-free varieties of the canned food; that means no corn, soy, or wheat. The top five ingredients in the flavor we tested are impressive: turkey, chicken, turkey liver, turkey broth, and tuna. It's a top notch food when it comes to quality.

Usability:

This food is labeled as suitable for adult cats or kittens. It's a nice pate; but not super moist like ordinary kitten food, though. It's a little hard, so you'll definitely want to mash it up a little so it's easier for your kitty to bite into. The appearance is standard, as is the smell. Nothing noteworthy on those fronts.

Nulo's pate is firm, but easy to mash up.

Origin:

This food is made in the United States. Although our food safety system in America is far from perfect, we always prefer food made in the U.S. or Canada.

Cost:

The current cost for a 24-can case of the 5.5 ounce size (that's the standard adult size can) is currently around $40. That's $1.69 per can. When it comes to quality pet foods, we think that's a pretty fair price. Probably moreso it you're a single cat family.

KitCat says no other cats in the house equals more of everything for him!

Rating:

We give the Nulo Freestyle Turkey and Chicken flavor three out of four paws. It's a good food and has all the right things going for it, but KitCat wasn't enthusiastic about it. He walks away from the food before he finishes it and it's not like him to leave food behind. He does, however, go back eventually to finish it off.

We'll try a different flavor next time to see if King KitCat likes it better. Maybe he's not a turkey guy.

Disclaimer: As a Chewy influencer, we received this product for free so we could sample it. Our reviews, however, are not bought or paid for and you can count on My Dog Says Woof to give you an honest assessment in all our product reviews.   

Product Review: Nutro Grain Free Turkey & Potato Canned Dog Food

My dog says we'll be reviewing Nutro Grain-Free Farm Raised Turkey and Potato Recipe canned dog food today. Please note that it looks as though this line has undergone some rebranding, so the label you see in our photos is different than what you might see online. It is, however, the same product and the same ingredients.

This is the old label.
The new label indicates this food is a Limited Ingredient Diet.

Ingredients:

This variety of Nutro is a grain-free food, so there's no corn gluten meal, wheat, or soy. That's good news for dogs with allergies or food sensitivities.

The variety is marketed as being good for your dog's skin and coat.

The first five ingredients are: turkey, turkey broth, whole potatoes, turkey liver, and dried potatoes. The turkey used in this formula is U.S. farm-raised and the food is void of artificial colors, flavors, and preservatives. Lastly, this food is formulated with optimal levels of omega-6 fatty acid and zinc, so it's touted as giving your dog healthy skin and a shiny coat.

Usability:

This loaf-style food is a bulkier version of a pate. It's not super smooth; it has a little more heft to it due to the whole potatoes. If your dog likes to bite into something more robust than a traditional pate, this might be a good option for him.

This loaf isn't chunky, but it's not creamy either. 

Cost:

When you buy from Chewy, this food is a little more than $2 for each 12.5 ounce can (when bought in a case of 12).

Origin:

Made in the United States

Rating:

We tried this food on a few different dogs and most ate it. One was indifferent to it and wouldn't eat it as a meal, but would in smaller quantities when I gave it as a snack. This is a good quality canned food, but not every food is going to be a hit with every dog. We certainly think it's worth a try to see what your dog thinks.

We give this food three out of four paws.

Disclaimer: As a Chewy influencer, we received this product for free so we could sample it. Our reviews, however, are not bought or paid for and you can count on My Dog Says Woof to give you an honest assessment in all our product reviews.   

Product Review: Taste of the Wild Rocky Mountain Formula for Cats

My dog says we're having a great time celebrating St. Patrick's Day this week! We're all about the green, so we chose a cat food with a green label to taste test for you this month: Taste of the Wild Rocky Mountain Feline Formula in Gravy for cats! Is this product all that it's green label purports to be? Let's see!


Ingredients:

We always choose high quality foods to share with you and this one is no different. The first several ingredients in this canned cat food are salmon, fish broth, chicken broth, chicken liver, and dried egg whites. Right there it pretty much sounds like some fancy dish you'd make for human company coming over for a special occasion, huh? There's also smoked salmon, roasted venison, ocean fish, peas, tomatoes, blueberries, and raspberries.

This grain-free food is formulated to lower carb intake and increase water intake. Both really good things for the cat in your life.

Oh, and if your cat prefers a different taste, the Taste of the Wild canned food also comes in Canyon River flavor that contains trout, fish broth, vegetable broth, ocean fish, smoked salmon, carrots, and sweet potatoes.

Usability:

This is a chunky food. Although it's labelled as a gravy product, it doesn't have the usual watery gravy you generally see. It's more like a thick sauce that keeps the chunks moist, but it's nothing your cat would lap up. The food is essentially little cubes of meat and they're cut into sizes just perfect for your kitty's adorable little mouth.



We were all ready to give the Taste of the Wild to KitCat to try, but this duck in St. Patrick's Day garb horned in for a sample. We think she wandered away from a parade or pageant.

No duck in this food, right?
No no, Miss Duck! Please enjoy with confidence! 
You don't seriously expect me to try this
after that prissy little duck put her beak in it, do you? 

Origin:

Made in the U.S.A. (Sorry, but we couldn't find a food from Ireland to review for you this month. The leprechauns must have blocked it all at the border.)

Cost:

The size you see sampled here is the 3 ounce can (we call it 3 leaf clover size), which is sold in a 24-can case for $16.58 on Chewy. They also have a 5.5 ounce can that sells for $30.96 for 24 cans.

Oh my! A leprechaun chased away the duck and laid claim to these cans.
Next best thing to a pot o' gold, don't cha' know!


Rating:

As is usually the case, when we give KitCat a food that comes in chunks, he likes to take it out one piece at a time, set it on the floor, eat it, and then go back for another chunk. It's quite ritualistic. That said, he really liked the Rocky Mountain formula and it was a hearty meal. Overall, a scrumptious dish to celebrate St, Patrick's Day (second only to corned beef and cabbage)!

Where's my shamrock garnish?
Fine, I'll try it anyway but I'm lodging a complaint with the appropriate authorities. 

We give Taste of the Wild canned food in Rocky Mountain flavor two webbed feet up (that would normally be four paws, but the duck insisted we use her rating system this time!).

Thanks for reading and may there be a pot of gold at the end of your rainbow this holiday, my friends! Until next time...QUACK!

Disclaimer: As a Chewy influencer, we received this product for free so we could sample it. Our reviews, however, are not bought or paid for and you can count on My Dog Says Woof to give you an honest assessment in all our product reviews.   

Product Review: Blue Buffalo Tasty Toppers for Cats

My dogs says today KitCat is here to share his feedback on Blue Buffalo Wilderness Tasty Toppers Wild Cuts for cats. We were looking for a special St. Patrick's Day treat especially for our "top" cat, so a "topper" seemed just like the festive thing we needed to celebrate with the leprechauns. KitCat has given us all his notes, so let's get started.

A good treat is like a four leaf clover; hard to find and lucky to have.


Ingredients:

We tested out the Tasty Chicken Morsels in Savory Gravy flavor for breakfast (top to the morning' to you!). The first five ingredients in the Tasty Toppers are chicken, chicken broth, water, chicken liver, and dried egg product. I have to wonder why "product" is after dried egg, but aside from that we're pretty pleased with these ingredients. It's a grain-free product, so paws up for that, plus there are no by-products, corn, soy, wheat, or artificial flavors, colors, or preservatives.

The Tasty Toppers also come in duck flavor and also salmon. These have the same ingredients as the chicken with the exception of the first ingredient, being duck and salmon, respectively.

We like our toppers with a side of shamrocks.


Usability:

Tasty Toppers are meant to be a topper for your cat's usual food (suitable to added on top of kibble or wet food), but it can also be used as a special treat. Luckily, we have some great cat foods in our rotation so we don't ever need to bribe KitCat to eat his food. So, we opted to use the Tasty Toppers as an evening snack.

Each pouch is three ounces so it could easily be used for two rounds of treats. You could certainly use it all at once if you prefer, but it's actually a good amount of food that could be stretched depending on your cat's needs. Although this food is in gravy, there is plenty of meat chunks in it. There's enough sauce to keep it moist and to give your kitty something yummy to lick up. Despite the gravy, though, this food is chock full of chicken.

Keep calm and eat with the leprechauns!

Origin:

Made in the U.S.A.

Cost:

The Blue Buffalo Wilderness Tasty Toppers is sold in a 24-pouch case case from Chewy and currently sells for $27.43 (the duck and salmon are just a little bit more). The price goes down by almost a buck fifty if you autoship it so it gets sent to you automatically.

KitCat's Irish eyes are smiling and his lrish tongue is licking!

Rating:

Looks like KitCat has found his pot gold at the end of the rainbow; he took to the Tasty Toppers right away! We'll be keeping this on hand for KitCat to enjoy long after St. Patrick's Day has passed. We give this Blue Buffalo product four out of four clovers!

Erin go bragh, my friends! May the luck of the Irish be with you this, and every, St. Patrick's Day!

Disclaimer: As a Chewy influencer, we received this product for free so we could sample it. Our reviews, however, are not bought or paid for and you can count on My Dog Says Woof to give you an honest assessment in all our product reviews.   

Product Review: Greenies Grain-Free Teenie Size Dental Treats

My dog says clean teeth rule and treats are the best! That's why we chose to test out Greenies Dental Treats for dogs, a yummy chew that creates healthier teeth and gums! The thing we were most excited about when trying this product? A new TEENIE size we've never seen before, just perfect for tiny dogs!


Ingredients:

We were delighted to see the first ingredient in these grain-free Greenies was chickpeas. We love it when the first thing item on the list isn't some mystery ingredient that leaves us scratching our heads. There's also the usual gelatin and glycerin, along with dried potato, natural poultry flavor, and a host of vitamins and minerals.


Usability:

We've gotten dental treats for dogs in the past, but our smallest pups were never able to partake (even when we get the small size, the treats have always been too big). That's why we were thrilled to see this Teenie size!


Our product tester Vinnie weighs 7 pounds and he was able to chew on this easily and safely. The packaging says this size is for dogs 5 to 15 pounds, however I think you could safely give it to a dog as small as 3 or 4 pounds. I do think it's too tiny for my 11 pound dog, so I don't see the Teenie size being a good option for a pup as big as 15 pounds.  



We've gotten many dental chews over the years, and they've all been hard. That's why we were curious to try these, since they're advertised as being flexible. And, sure enough, they are; you can bend them. The manufacturers says this unique texture allows the treat to contour so it cleans all the way down to the gum line when your dog sinks his teeth into it. Apparently that helps remove plaque and prevent further tartar build-up.

Origin:

Made in the United States of America!

Cost:

The 12-ounce, Teenie size bag has 43 pieces, so it'll last you quite awhile. At Chewy, the bag currently goes for $11.69 or you can get a 27-ounce box with 96 pieces for $25.34. The feeding instructions recommend one treat per day, so this is a very economical treat. (Below, Vinnie admires his good work and contemplates whether or not to eat the second half. He opted for yes.)


Rating:

Since Greenies are proven to help your dog's dental health, it's a great treat to give your pup on a daily basis. The crew here loved the Greenie Teenies from Chewy! Four paws way up from Vinnie!

Disclaimer: As a Chewy influencer, we received this product for free so we could sample it. Our reviews, however, are not bought or paid for and you can count on My Dog Says Woof to give you an honest assessment in all our product reviews.  

Product Review: Solid Gold Purrfect Pairings Savory Mousse for Cats

My dog says we have another new cat food to review today: Purrfect Pairings by Solid Gold. This line of wet cat food comes in six varieties and we are excited to share with you our thoughts on the Savory Mousse with Shrimp and Goat Milk flavor (doesn't that sound yummy?).


Ingredients:

Normally we like to see meat as the first ingredient in our pet foods, but we made an exception on this product because we really liked the ingredient list as a whole. That said, the first ingredient in this flavor of Purrfect Pairings was water sufficient for processing, but the next three ingredients are shrimp, salmon, and tuna. The food smells deliciously fishy, but isn't overbearing. This is also a grain-free food, which we always love, plus there's goat milk!

After opening the cup and dishing it out for KitCat, we quickly realized why water is the first ingredient. The Purrfect Pairings food is wonderfully light and soft; now we get why they call this a mousse. It's just as soft, if not softer, than canned kitten food. After reading more about this product line we realized it is 75% moisture, so it's designed to be a good dietary source of water for your cat's urinary tract health.


Usability:

Purrfect Pairings comes in 2.75 ounce cups; that makes it a smidge less than what you'll typically find in a small can of kitten food. That said, the mousse style plumps up the food and it actually looks like significantly more than it actually is (the cups are even bigger than you'd expect). Solid Gold says to feed two cups per six pounds of body weight, however you could also serve less if you wanted to offer your cat a snack.

When ordered from Chewy (which is where we get all our food and supplies), Purrfect Pairings comes in a six-cup case. To ensure the foil lids don't get pierced, it's packaged nicely in a tray which is easy to store in your pantry.


The foil is easy to peel back and the mousse looks and smells great. 


Origin:

Made in the good ole' U.S.A.!

Cost:

A six-cup case of the shrimp and goat milk flavor is currently $8.34 when you order from Chewy. Although sometimes you'll find that different flavors of food cost different prices, all six flavors of the Solid Gold Purrfect Pairings cost the same price. (The other flavors are tuna and goat milk, chicken and goat milk, chicken liver and goat milk, salmon and goat milk, and whitefish and goat milk. All are grain-free.)

Rating:

When we gave KitCat the food, we weren't in the least bit surprised that he goggled it up. It smells good, has great texture, and looks delish.


KitCat is happy to rate the Solid Gold Purrfect Pairings mousse an enthusiastic four out of four paws! We look forward to trying the other five flavors soon.


Disclaimer: As a Chewy influencer, we received this product for free so we could test it. Our reviews, however, are not bought or paid for and you can count on My Dog Says Woof to give you an honest assessment in all our product reviews. 

Product Review: Blue Buffalo Healthy Starts Grain-Free Wet Food

My dogs says we're anxious to do our very first review of a Blue Buffalo product! We know about Blue, but hadn't tried it yet. So, we started off with something from Blue Buffalo's Healthy Starts line of foods: the turkey and egg, grain-free wet food in trays.


Ingredients:

This flavor of Healthy Starts has a solid ingredient list: turkey, chicken broth, chicken liver, potatoes, and dried egg make up the first five ingredients. We'll only buy foods that have meat as the first ingredient, so that's always super important to us. We also love grain-free foods, too.

Usability:

This food comes in single-serving trays, which can be handy. They're small, though, (only three ounces) so these are really best suited for very small dogs. (For reference, these are a half ounce less than a tray of Cesar. However, the ingredients in Blue Buffalo are far superior to what you'll find in Cesar---which is laden with a plethora of meat by-products). If you do choose to use these trays for larger dogs, it's recommended that you serve three or four trays for every 10 pounds of body weight.

The Healthy Starts line is sold in cases of 12 trays and comes in a nifty rack so you can store them nicely in your pantry.

When I peeled back the foil on the tray, I didn't find the appearance of the food to be very appetizing; it looked pretty rubbery. It also didn't smell (although that might be a plus for some pet parents!). However, once I took the food out and mashed it up it was a very nice pate.



Origin:

Made in the United States of America. That's always a plus in our book!

Cost:

A case of 12 trays sells for $16.21 from Chewy.com (if you autoship it so it comes to you routinely without having to order it, the price drops to $15.40). The chicken and egg flavor is the same price as the turkey and egg, whereas the beef and egg is a little less and the salmon and egg costs a little more.


Rating:

All the dogs in the house really liked the Blue Buffalo Healthy Starts Turkey and Egg flavor. Each one finished their bowl and were eager for more. If you have a small dog, this tray is just the right size to accompany your dog's kibble or even to serve as an evening snack. We even gave some of it to my mom to try on her dogs, and all of them gobbled it up, too. So, safe to say, this was a total hit. Four out of four paws, for sure!

Disclaimer: As a Chewy influencer, we received this product for free so we could test it. Our reviews, however, are not bought or paid for and you can count on My Dog Says Woof to give you an honest assessment in all our product reviews. 


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