Skip to Content

Blue Buffalo Life Protection Healthy Weight Dry Dog Food Review

Blue Buffalo Life Protection Healthy Weight Dry Dog Food Review

Our Recommendation

If your dog struggles with their weight then you need a dog food that keeps them satisfied while controlling the calories they consume. Dogs that have low activity levels can gain weight oh so easily. Even active dogs can struggle with being too heavy as they become senior dogs. Blue Buffalo offers a quality solution to maintaining a good weight for adult dogs.

  • Meat is the first ingredient.
  • No artificial colors or flavors.
  • No corn, wheat, or soy.
  • Fewer calories from fat.
  • L-Carnitine supports lean muscles.
  • Chelated vitamins and minerals for healthy bones and teeth.
  • Glucosamine, Omega-3 and 6 fatty acids, and chondroitin all help support healthy joints and hips while promoting a sleek coat and great skin.
  • Probiotics for digestive support.

ScoutKnows recommends this dog food for anyone that has an adult dog that needs to lose a few pounds and keep it off. A reduced calorie dog food can also make up for snacks and other foods that get snuffled up by your dog or given to them by well meaning kids and relatives!

Also, check our review for the lamb and brown rice recipe variant.


Deboned Chicken, Chicken Meal, Brown Rice, Barley, Pea Fiber, Pea Starch, Oatmeal, Peas, Potato Starch, Natural Flavor, Flaxseed (Source of Omega 3 And 6 Fatty Acids), Powdered Cellulose, Chicken Fat (Preserved with Mixed Tocopherols), Pea Protein, Dehydrated Alfalfa Meal, Dicalcium Phosphate, Potassium Chloride, Potatoes, Calcium Carbonate, Dried Chicory Root, Choline Chloride, Alfalfa Nutrient Concentrate, Salt, Dl-Methionine, Preserved with Mixed Tocopherols, Sweet Potatoes, Carrots, Garlic, L-Carnitine, Zinc Amino Acid Chelate, Zinc Sulfate, Vegetable Juice For Color, Ferrous Sulfate, Vitamin E Supplement, Iron Amino Acid Chelate, Glucosamine Hydrochloride, Blueberries, Cranberries, Barley Grass, Parsley, Turmeric, Dried Kelp, Yucca Schidigera Extract, Niacin (Vitamin B3), Calcium Pantothenate (Vitamin B5), L-Ascorbyl-2-Polyphosphate (Source of Vitamin C), L-Lysine, Copper Sulfate, Biotin (Vitamin B7), Vitamin A Supplement, Copper Amino Acid Chelate, Manganese Sulfate, Taurine, Chondroitin Sulfate, Manganese Amino Acid Chelate, Thiamine Mononitrate (Vitamin B1), Riboflavin (Vitamin B2), Vitamin D3 Supplement, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (Vitamin B6), Calcium Iodate, Dried Yeast, Dried Enterococcus Faecium Fermentation Product, Dried Lactobacillus Acidophilus Fermentation Product, Dried Aspergillus Niger Fermentation Extract, Dried Trichoderma Longibrachiatum Fermentation Extract, Dried Bacillus Subtilis Fermentation Extract, Folic Acid (Vitamin B9), Sodium Selenite, Oil of Rosemary.

Scout’s Pick

Blue Buffalo Life Protection Formula Natural Adult Healthy Weight Dry Dog Food, Chicken and Brown Rice 30-lb

Buy from Amazon

Nutritional Analysis

Pet food ingredients, nutritional values, and the way they are labeled for consumers are monitored by several organizations in the United States including the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the NGO, Association of American Feed Control Officials


Each year the AAFCO publishes two sets of nutritional minimum standards for dog food intended to help specify if a food is suitable for:

1. Dogs in the growth & reproduction phases of life
2. Adult dogs maintaining a healthy weight and activity level

Caloric Content

3,251 kcal/kg, 326 kcal/cup

Guaranteed Analysis

Nutritional Component Value Meets AAFCO Growth & Reproduction Standards Meets AAFCO Adult Maintenance Standards
____________________________ ____________________ ____________________ ____________________
CRUDE FAT 9.0% min
CRUDE FIBER 10.0% max
MOISTURE 10.0% max
CALCIUM 0.9% min    
PHOSPHORUS 0.7% min    
OMEGA 3 FATTY ACIDS 0.3% min    
OMEGA 6 FATTY ACIDS 1.75% min    
L-CARNITINE 100 mg/kg min    
GLUCOSAMINE 400 mg/kg min    
CHONDROITIN SULFATE 300 mg/kg min    

* – indicates not yet analyzed

Transition Instructions

Over 7-14 days replace a small portion of your dog’s current food with your chosen formula of Blue Buffalo. If your dog is not really sensitive to food changes you may reduce the period to 5 days. Dogs with allergies and other health concerns may do better with a 7-14 day transition.

Feeding Amounts

Weight Weight Reduction (cups) Weight Maintenance (cups)
UP TO 15 LBS 1/2 – 1 1/2 – 1 1/2
16 – 25 LBS 1 – 1 1/2 1 1/2 – 2
26 – 40 LBS 1 1/2 – 2 1/4 2 – 3
41 – 60 LBS 2 1/4 – 3 3 – 4
61 – 80 LBS 3 – 3 3/4 4 – 5
81 – 100 LBS 3 3/4 – 4 1/2 5 – 6
OVER 100 LBS 4 1/2 cups, plus 1/2 cup for each additional 20 lbs 6 cups, plus 1/2 cup for each additional 20 lbs

Feeding Instructions

Provide clean fresh water.  Some pet parents may want to split the feeding amounts into two smaller meals. This can help some dogs stay more satisfed while losing weight.

The Bottom Line

ScoutKnows recommends this food. In terms of value, Blue Buffalo is much more affordable than a lot of comparable brands, especially those that are specially formulated to address a specific health issue like weight. The addition of probiotics and other supplements also means you don’t have to feel like you need to spend more on additional supplements in order to keep your dog healthy and happy

Scout’s Pick

Blue Buffalo Life Protection Formula Natural Adult Healthy Weight Dry Dog Food, Chicken and Brown Rice 30-lb

Buy from Amazon

Continue reading:

Blue Buffalo Puppy Food Review

Blue Buffalo Wilderness Grain-Free Canned Dog Food Review

9 Best Foods for Great Dane Puppies (Review & Recall)