Halo used to be known as Spot’s Stew, which is an important thing to remember when considering this food because there is a chance you have used it before. This is a company whose motto is that they take a holistic approach to dog food.
There is no question that this is a quality dog food but like so many canned dog foods, it is only realistic for most to feed a small to medium sized dog just wet food due to the cost. Of course, using this as a topping on Halo kibble is a good way to add variety and texture to your dog’s diet.
Halo Holistic Beef Recipes offers the following to dog parents.
- No artificial colors, flavors, or preservatives.
- No meat meals. Halo only uses real meat and vegetables.
- No Genetically Modified Ingredients. It can be hard to find a dog food that can claim to be GMO-free but Halo can.
- No cheap fillers like corn, wheat, or soy.
- Suitable for dogs with stomach sensitivities or any type of allergy beyond poultry.
- Beef, beef broth, and beef liver are the first ingredients. This is important in a premium dog food.
- No hormones or antibiotics.
The ingredients are great and the cost is what you would expect for this level of dog food. This food is easy to find and the minimal ingredient formula means that more dogs can enjoy it. It would be a great alternative to more expensive presecription only dog foods and those that are looking for something they can feed when they don’t have time to cook or throw together meals for their dog.
Old Formulation: Beef, Beef Broth, Beef Liver, Pea Flour, Oat Bran, Pea Fiber, Carrots, Peas, Tricalcium Phosphate, Calcium Carbonate, Guar Gum, Potassium Chloride, Sunflower Oil, Minerals (Zinc Amino Acid Chelate, Iron Amino Acid Chelate, Copper Amino Acid Chelate, Manganese Amino Acid Chelate, Sodium Selenite, Cobalt Amino Acid Chelate, Potassium Iodide), Vitamins (Vitamin E Supplement, Thiamine Mononitrate, Niacin Supplement, D-Calcium Pantothenate, Vitamin A Supplement, Riboflavin Supplement, Biotin, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Folic Acid), Choline Chloride, Agar-Agar, Salmon Oil (Preserved With Mixed Tocopherols) , Glucosamine Hydrochloride, Natural Flavor , Chondroitin Sulfate, Natural Flavor, Sodium Carbonate, Salt, Beta Carotene, L-Carnitine, Rosemary Extract.
New Formulation: Beef, Beef Broth, Beef Liver, Ground Dried Peas, Oat Bran, Pea Fiber, Carrots, Tricalcium Phosphate, Calcium Carbonate, Peas, Potassium Chloride, Guar Gum, Salmon Oil (Preserved With Mixed Tocopherols), Minerals (Zinc Amino Acid Chelate, Iron Amino Acid Chelate, Copper Amino Acid Chelate, Manganese Amino Acid Chelate, Sodium Selenite, Cobalt Amino Acid Chelate, Potassium Iodide), Sunflower Oil, Vitamins (Vitamin E Supplement, Thiamine Mononitrate, Niacin Supplement, D-Calcium Pantothenate, Vitamin A Supplement, Riboflavin Supplement, Biotin, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Folic Acid), Choline Chloride, Agar-Agar, Glucosamine Hydrochloride, Sodium Carbonate, Chondroitin Sulfate, Salt, L-Carnitine, Rosemary Extract.
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 (AAFCO).
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
1,070 kcal/kg, 402 kcal/can
|Nutritional Component||Value||Meets AAFCO Growth & Reproduction Standards||Meets AAFCO Adult Maintenance Standards|
|CRUDE PROTEIN||8.0% min||–||–|
|CRUDE FAT||4.5% min||–||–|
|CRUDE FIBER||1.5% max||–||–|
|DOCOSAHEXAENOIC ACID (DHA)||0.01% min|
|CHONDROITIN SULFATE||200 mg/kg min|
|CHONDROITIN SULFATE||290 mg/kg max|
|GLUCOSAMINE||300 mg/kg min|
|GLUCOSAMINE||360 mg/kg max|
* – indicates not yet analyzed
Transitioning from a dry to wet diet can take more time. Most dogs eat a combination of dry and wet. Transition your dog over 7-10 days by gradually replacing the old food with new.
For this particular formula of canned dog food, it is recommended that you feed 1 oz per 1 lb of body weight. This amount should be split into two meals. So a 6-7 lb dog would eat half a can each day split into two small meals. When you order this food it comes in cases of 12 cans so you would need quite a few cans to feed this exclusively. A case would do a 6-7 lb dog 24 days using the recommended feeding amounts and not feeding anything else.
Plenty of fresh water next to your dog’s food bowl is advised. Be careful to refrigerate any leftover dog food. Halo will keep in your fridge for a few days if you promptly refrigerate leftovers.
Halo makes a great canned dog food using the highest quality ingredients. If you are looking for something great to go on top of your dog’s dry kibble or just something wet to feed your smaller dog, you are not going to find higher quality food. The cost is high compared to a lot of dog foods but sometimes you get what you pay for.
The meat products are slow cooked and never rendered by-products so you are getting quality protein rather than just whatever the dog food company can scrape off the floor. Halo also gives back by donating to animal shelters so your purchase is supporting some good causes beyond making sure your dog has some of the best dog food out there.
If you love this product, check our review for the Halo Holistic Chicken & Chicken Liver adult dog food.