You want to keep your older dog healthy and energetic.This senior food, in keeping with the other products in the Artemis brand, includes a wide variety of fruits, vegetables, and botanicals in the diet as part of their holistic philosophy of preventing and fighting disease through adequate nutrition. As a senior dog food, this product is slightly lower in fat and calories than their regular Fresh Mix adult formula to help protect your pet against obesity and associated diseases in his later years.
Nutritional Content Information
Kcal Information – Calories Per Cup
This kibble provides 3421 Kcal per kilogram, which is 320 kcal per 8 oz cup. This is approximately 15 Kcal per cup lower than the regular adult Fresh Mix recipe.
You can get this food in a 15 lb bag that costs around $35.99 or in a 30 lb bag that costs $59.99.
|March 7, 2013|
|Artemis Fresh Mix Medium Large Breed Senior Dry Dog Food|
- Lamb— fresh deboned lamb
- Lamb meal— a cooked lamb concentrate very high in protein and nutrients
- Brown rice— easily digested whole grain for carbohydrates and nutrients
- Barley— easily digestible whole grain providing carbohydrates and fiber
- Oatmeal — easily digestible whole grain providing carbohydrates and fiber
- Egg product
- Chicken fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols)
- Tomato pomace
- Fish meal
- Flavor enhancer
- Potassium chloride
- Choline chloride
- Glucosamine hydrochloride
- Dried chicory root
- Condroitin sulfate
- Dried skim milk
- Rosemary extract
- Parsley flake
- Pea powder
- Green tea extract
- Barley grass extract
- Enterococcus faecieum
- Lactobacillus casei
- Lactobacillus acidophilus
- Saccharomyces cerevesiae fermentation solubles
- Dried aspergillus oryzae 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
An AAFCO statement was not available on the company’s website.
Dogs are subject to reduced metabolism and a sluggish digestive system in their later years in much the same way that people are. Guarding against obesity is important so that your pet can stay healthy as he ages. In comparison to the regular adult Fresh Mix kibble, this senior dog food has slightly reduced protein and fat to reduce calories. Plenty of fiber is provided to help prevent constipation that is common in older dogs.
Analysis and review of the ingredients show that this is food is primarily based on whole grains. This kind of grain is easily digestible when cooked. The protein component is supplied mostly by lamb meal, a quality concentrated cooked meat product that is very high in protein and nutrients. The fresh lamb that is listed first is quite high in water content that disappears upon cooking. This item, when cooked, would probably appear somewhat farther down on the list.
The rest of the ingredients include a range of fruits and vegetables as well as glucosamine and chondroitin which may help to support joint health in your older dog. Essential fatty acids needed for general health and for a beautiful skin and coat are provided by fish meal, chicken fat and flaxseed. Vitamins and minerals necessary for complete nutrition are present. It is nice to see minerals chelated to protein, since this kind is more easily absorbed. The probiotics encourage the growth of health bacteria in the gut, which may promote a more robust digestive system. People differ on the use of tomato pomace in dog food. Some see it as a valuable source of nutrients and fiber while others question whether it introduces possible pesticide residues into the food.
You should weigh your dog periodically to make sure that he is not gaining too much weight. If you see unwanted changes, change how much he eats until his weight is back on track. The goal is to keep your dog fit and active so that he can enjoy his later years as much as possible.
The Artemis company has its headquarters in California but there is no information on the company website about where the food is manufactured.