Your special puppy has unique nutritional needs. This dry puppy food by Artemis carries on the brand’s philosophy of including fruits, vegetables, botanicals, and probiotics to promote optimal health and resistance to disease as well as natural healing. A nutritious diet is one of the most important ways to ensure the health and growth of your puppy all the way through its first year. Since the food is made for smaller breeds it comes in a small kibble that is easier for them to eat.
Nutritional Content Information
Kcal Information – Calories Per Cup
This puppy food supplies 3719 Kcal per kilogram, which ends up being 348 Kcal per 8 oz cup of kibble.
This dry food comes in three different sizes. The 4 lb bag costs about $12.99, the 15 lb bag $35.99 and the 30 lb bag aboug $59.99.
|February 7, 2013|
|Artemis Fresh Mix Small Breed Puppy Formula Dry Food|
- Chicken— fresh deboned chicken
- Chicken meal— cooked chicken concentrate very high in protein and nutrients
- Turkey— fresh deboned turkey
- Fish meal— cooked fish concentrate that is quite high in protein and nutrients
- Barley — an easily digestible carbohydrate source that is whole grain
- Brown rice
- Chicken fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols)
- Egg product
- Tomato pomace
- Flavor enhancer
- Salmon oil (a source of DHA)
- 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 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
No specific AAFCO statement was available on the Artemis website for this product.
Compared to the regular adult Fresh Mix recipe, this puppy food is higher in protein content and fat and slightly higher in calories per cup. Analysis and review of the list of ingredients seems to show that it is based on whole grains with a significant portion of meat-based protein. These grains are very digestible when cooked so they are unlikely to upset your dog’s digestive system. The protein is supplied mostly by chicken and fish meals, which are cooked meat products that are higher in protein and nutrients than their fresh counterparts. T would have been nicer to see a named fish species, however, than the vague ‘fish meal’ which can be a by-product from the processing of many kinds of fish into other foods. The fresh chicken and turkey have very high moisture content that is lost when cooked. The cooked meat would probably end up farther down the list.
The rest of the ingredients comprise a wide variety of fruits and vegetables as well as botanicals and probiotics. The probiotics encourage healthy growth of good bacteria in your dog’s gut so help keep his digestive system working well. Vitamins and minerals are included as well. The kind of minerals chelated to protein are especially nice to see since they are more easily absorbed. Several sources of essential fatty acids are included. Some may find issue with the inclusion of tomato pomace, a by-product of tomato processing. To some this ingredient represents high fiber and nutrients while other may believe that there is a chance of pesticide residue from the tomato skins.
With any pet, but especially with a puppy, monitor his growth and weight gain carefully to be sure it is appropriate for his breed. Begin with the recommended feed amounts and change how much he eats if necessary to keep him on track.
The Artemis Company is based on California but there is no information available on the company website about where their pet foods are actually manufactured.