The ingredients in this formula are impressive right from the start. When meat is the first ingredient, you should automatically take note because that means that you aren’t paying for your dog to eat cheap herbicide-laden corn.
Health Extension is not a brand a lot of pet parents have heard of but they seem to be trying to create a balanced grain-free dog food at a mid-range price point. I like that they include lots of fruits and veggies in the mix. While there are some potatoes in there which some consider cheap filler, potatoes are fairly far down the list of ingredients.
- No artificial colors or flavors.
- No corn, wheat, or soy.
- Probiotics and pumpkin help with digestion which makes this dog food more suitable for even sensitive dogs or those that have allergies.
- Good source of Omega-3 and 6 fatty acids.
- No by-products or rendered fats.
- Immune system boosting apple cider vinegar.
- Reasonably priced for a grain-free formula.
- Fish oil can help dogs that have skin issues and sensitivities.
Deboned Salmon, Menhaden Fish Meal (Source Of Omega-3 Fatty Acids), Chickpeas, Lentils, Deboned Whitefish, Salmon Oil (Preserved With Mixed Tocopherols), Tapioca Starch, Whitefish Meal, Whole Sweet Potatoes, Pumpkin, Peas, Coconut Oil (Preserved With Mixed Tocopherols), Whole Carrots, Dried Seaweed Meal, Pomegranate, Blackberries, Whole Blueberries, Whole Cranberries, Raspberries, Potassium Chloride, Spinach, Turmeric, Tomato, Beets, Parsley, Chicory Root Extract, Sage, Bovine Colostrum, Organic Apple Cider Vinegar, Ginger, Green Tea Extract, Vitamin A Acetate, Vitamin E Supplement, Riboflavin Supplement, Vitamin B-12 Supplement, Vitamin D-3 Supplement, Niacin Supplement, Choline Chloride, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Thiamine Mononitrate, Folic Acid, Biotin, Inositol, Organic Dehydrated Kelp, Zinc Polysaccharide Complex, Iron Polysaccharide Complex, Manganese Polysaccharide Complex, Copper Polysaccharide Complex, Cobalt Polysaccharide Complex, Calcium Iodate, Sodium Selenite, Yucca Schidigera Extract, Pectin, Dried Lactobacillus Acidophilus Fermentation Product, Dried Lactobacillus Casei Fermentation Product, Dried Enterococcus Faecium Fermentation Product, Dried Bacillus Subtilis Fermentation Product, Dried Bacillus Licheniformis Fermentation Product, Dried Baciollus Coagulans Fermentation Product, Dried Aspergillus Oryzae Fermentation Product, Dried Aspergillus Niger Fermentation Product.
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
3,778 kcal/kg, 429 kcal/cup
|Nutritional Component||Value||Meets AAFCO Growth & Reproduction Standards||Meets AAFCO Adult Maintenance Standards|
|CRUDE PROTEIN||25.0% min||–||–|
|CRUDE FAT||15.0% min||–||–|
|CRUDE FIBER||5.0% max||–||–|
|VITAMIN E||150IU min|
* – indicates not yet analyzed
A five day transition period is recommended. On the first day, replace 20% of your dog’s food with Health Extension. Continue to replace 20% per day until your dog is just eating Health Extension. A longer transition time can be used if your dog is unusually sensitive to changes in diet.
|Weight||Daily Feeding (cup) Puppies||Adults|
|2 – 16 LBS||1/2 – 1 1/4||1/4 – 1|
|17 – 25 LBS||1 1/4 – 2||1 – 1 1/4|
|23 – 45 LBS||2 – 2 1/2||1 1/4 – 2|
|46 – 85 LBS||2 1/2 – 4 1/2||2 – 3|
|86 – 125 LBS||4 1/2 – 6||3 – 4|
|126+ LBS||Add 1/2 cup per 10 lbs||Add 1/4 cup per 10 lbs|
Always have fresh, clean water available near where your dog eats. While the guidelines above are a good start a dog’s metabolism and activity level can vary a lot based on breed and age. You may need to adjust the amounts listed to maintain a healthy body weight for your dog. Feedings dogs two meals per day may work better for some larger dogs or picky eaters.
The Bottom Line
Health Extension provides a very complex and well thought out blend of meat, fruit, vegetables, vitamins, minerals, probiotics, and dietary supplements from natural sources like kelp and apple cider vinegar. ScoutKnows recommends this formula to pet parent’s that want an affordable grain-free dog food that is fish based rather than the typical chicken or beef.