The Artemis company promotes what they say is a holistic approach to your pet’s nutrition that starts with quality nutrition. By incorporating fresh vegetables, fruits, herbs, and probiotics into a balanced diet, your pet’s nutrition may help to prevent diseases and support natural healing processes. This Fresh Mix formula for adult dogs uses fresh chicken and turkey, chicken and fish meals, and a variety of whole grains as the base for their kibble.
Nutritional Content Information
Kcal Information – Calories Per Cup
This food provides 3593 Kcal per kilogram, which is 336 Kcal per cup (250 mL).
This kibble can be purchased in a 15 lb bag for $34.99 or in a 30 lb bag for $58.99.
|March 4, 2013|
|Artemis Fresh Mix Adult Formula Dry Dog Food|
- Chicken — fresh chicken
- Chicken meal — concentrated product high in protein and nutrients
- Turkey — fresh turkey
- Barley — whole grain supplying digestible carbohydrates, fiber and nutrients
- Brown rice — whole-grain for carbohydrates, fiber, and nutrients
Other Ingredients List
- Chicken fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols)
- Tomato pomace
- Egg product
- Flavor enhancer
- Salmon oil (a source of DHA)
- Fish meal
- Choline chloride
- Dried chicory root
- Dried skim milk
- Rosemary extract
- Parsley flake
- Green tea extract
- Barley grass extract
- Enterococcus faecieum
- Lactobacillus casei
- Lactobacillus acidophilus
- Saccharomyces cerevesiae fermentation solubles
- Dried aspergillis orzyae fermentation extract
- Vitamin E supplement
- Iron proteinate
- Zinc proteinate
- Copper proteinate
- Ferrous sulfate
- Zinc sulfate
- Copper sulfate
- Potassium iodide
- Thiamine mononitrate
- Manganese proteinate
- Manganous oxide
- Ascorbic acid
- Vitamin A supplement
- Calcium pantothenate
- Manganese sulfate
- Sodium selenite
- Pyridoxine hydrochloride (Vitamin B6)
- Vitamin B12 supplement
- Vitamin D supplement
- Folic acid
No AAFCO statement was available on the product website.
This food is slightly lower in protein than some other premium kibbles. The majority of the protein appears to come from fresh chicken and turkey as well as from chicken meal. Fresh meat has a high moisture content so their positions on the ingredient list should actually be somewhat lower if you consider the cooked weight. There is no specific statement about the sources of these products or whether they were raised free of hormones and antibiotics. The product depends on whole grains for carbohydrates but uses barley, brown rice, millet, and oatmeal rather than wheat, corn, or soy. These are highly digestible kinds of carbohydrates and the oatmeal, rice and millet are gluten free.
Fruits and vegetables are included for extra nutrients and the food provides a complete vitamin supplementation. The food includes mineral sulfates as well as minerals that are chelated to protein. Chelation makes them easier for your pet to absorb and use. The five probiotics included are thought to promote good bacterial growth in the gut and thus enhance digestive health in your dog. Tomato pomace is a controversial ingredient for some people. It is the pulp left over when tomatoes are processed into ketchup or juice, and contains a high percentage of tomato skins. This makes it a good source of nutrition and fiber, but some think that it may also contain pesticide residues if the fruit was not washed thoroughly before processing.
Analysis and review of this dry food show that it is a grain-based food that has a moderate amount of meat or meat meals. It is sometimes difficult to evaluate various claims and feeding philosophies. Does your dog really need a higher protein level in his diet? Some dogs in certain life stages may, but this food will probably be adequate for most dogs. That being said, the word ‘holistic’ has no specific legal definition like ‘organic’ does in labeling. The botanicals and probiotics included in this food are about the same as those in other brands that do not use the word ‘holistic’ in their advertising.
As with any pet food, begin with by feeding the recommended amounts to your pet and adjust how much he eats if you notice a change in his condition, whether an unexpected gain or loss. A healthy dog should look lean and be athletic and energetic.
The Artemis Company headquarters are located in California, but there is no specific information on their website about where Artemis pet foods are manufactured.