Solid Gold Buck With Venison Food Review

by

Samantha Biggers

Last updated Feb. 13, 2018

What This Article Covers

Our Recommendation

This is a high-quality food that pet parents can rely on to provide good nutrition even to dogs that may not tolerate all other dogs foods so well. Venison and turkey offer lean protein while the ingredients further down the list consist of healthy vegetables. In fact, this dog food has ingredients that a lot of people would not mind eating on a regular basis. I would go so far as to say that this is a food a pet parent should consider for all life stages.

  • Grain-free but also gluten-free!
  • No artificial colors, flavors, or preservatives.
  • Added probiotics offer digestive support.
  • Fiber-rich pumpkin helps with digestion while providing vitamins and minerals.
  • A healthy combo of salmon, almond, and olive oils helps dogs have shiny and healthy coats and skin.
  • Blueberries and a variety of other superfoods combine to provide exceptional antioxidant support for enhanced immunity and better overall health.

Scout likes that Solid Gold offers a great balance of meat, veggies, and healthy fats unlike a lot of dog foods that are trying to skimp on balance to cut costs.

Ingredients

Venison, Turkey Meal, Potatoes, Peas, Chickpeas, Tapioca, Canola Oil (Preserved with Mixed Tocopherols), Pollock Meal, Eggs, Pumpkin, Pea Fiber, Natural Flavors, Dicalcium Phosphate, Potassium Chloride, Salt, Dl-Methionine, Salmon Oil (Preserved with Mixed Tocopherols), Carrots, Parsley, Apples, Cranberries, Blueberries, Lettuce, Celery, Beets, Watercress, Spinach, Dried Chicory Root, Broccoli, Spearmint, Almond Oil (Preserved with Mixed Tocopherols), Sesame Oil (Preserved with Mixed Tocopherols), Yucca Schidigera Extract, Dried Kelp, Thyme, Lentils, Choline Chloride, Taurine, L-Carnitine, Vitamin A Supplement, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Vitamin E Supplement, Zinc Sulfate, Niacin, Ferrous Sulfate, L-Ascorbyl-2-Polyphosphate (Source of Vitamin C), Calcium Pantothenate, Thiamine Mononitrate, Copper Sulfate, Riboflavin, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Manganese Sulfate, Zinc Proteinate, Folic Acid, Calcium Iodate, Manganese Proteinate, Copper Proteinate, Sodium Selenite, Biotin, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Rosemary Extract, Dried Lactobacillus Acidophilus Fermentation Product, Dried Enterococcus Faecium Fermentation Product, Dried Lactobacillus Casei Fermentation Product.

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 (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

Caloric Content

 3,490 kcal/kg, 330 kcal/cup

Guaranteed Analysis

Nutritional Component Value Meets AAFCO Growth & Reproduction Standards Meets AAFCO Adult Maintenance Standards
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CRUDE PROTEIN 23% min - -
CRUDE FAT 12.0% min - -
CRUDE FIBER 4.0% max - -
MOISTURE 10% max - -
ZINC 200 mg/kg min
VIATMIN E 250 IU/kg min
ASCORBIC ACID 50 mg/kg min
TAURINE 0.05% min
L-CARNITINE 25 mg/kg min - -
OMEGA-6 FATTY ACIDS 1.75% min
OMEGA-3 FATTY ACIDS 0.65% min
DOCOSAHEXAENOIC ACID (DHA) 0.05% min
TOTAL LACTIC ACID BACTERIA 2 x 105 cfu/g min

* - indicates not yet analyzed

Feeding Amounts


Weight Daily Feeding (cup)
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16-30 LBS 1 1/4 - 2 1/4
31-45 LBS 2 1/4 - 3
46-60 LBS 3 - 3 3/4
61-75 LBS 3 3/4 - 4 1/4
76-100 LBS 4 1/4 - 5 1/4
OVER 100 LBS 5 1/4 plus 1/2 cup per 10 lbs of body weight

Feeding amounts will vary based on dog breed and activity levels so you may need to adjust these amounts. Pregnant dogs and nursing puppies may need 2 or 3 times the amounts listed.

Transition Instructions

Dogs do best with a slow transition. Over 2-3 days replace a total of 25% of your dog's kibble with Solid Gold. Continue adding more Solid Gold and reducing the amount of the other dog food for up to 7 additional days. A full transition can be done in as little as a week but taking 10 days can be best for dogs that have sensitive stomachs.

The Bottom Line

This is an extremely well-balanced dog food that takes care of your dog on all levels. Scout recommends this food as a solution to pet parents that have multiple dogs but are looking for one brand of dog food that they can feed all their furry friends.  While it is more expensive than many traditional kibbles, you cannot argue that it is not good quality for your money and it offers a high level of convenience since it can be ordered with ease.