The Artemis brand promotes a holistic approach to your dog’s health by including fruits, vegetables, botanicals, and probiotics that may help prevent disease. The Fresh Mix Maximal differs from the other Fresh Mix dry kibbles in that it is grain free and it is notably higher in protein. This food will provide a complete and balanced diet for your pet.
Nutritional Content Information
Kcal Information – Calories Per Cup
This food supplies energy at a rate of 4000 Kcal per kilogram which is 420 Kcal per 8 oz cup.
This dog food comes in two different sizes. The 15 lb bag costs around $37.99 and the 30 lb bag $64.99.
|March 4, 2013
|Artemis Fresh Mix Maximal Dry Dog Food
- Chicken meal — a cooked chicken product high in protein and nutrients
- Potatoes — good source of digestible carbohydrates
- Chicken fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols) — high in linoleic acid, an omega-6 fatty acid
- Chicken — fresh chicken
- Flavor enhancer — for better taste appeal for your dog
Other Ingredients List
- Tomato pomace
- Natural mixed tocopherols
- Choline chloride
- Dried chicory root
- 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
No AAFCO statement is available on the company website.
An analysis of the ingredients reveals that this dry kibble gets most of its protein from chicken meal, which is rendered chicken that is dried and then ground. Fresh chicken does appear on the list but fresh meat loses a lot of weight when cooked due to loss of moisture. In actuality, the fresh chicken, after cooking, would most likely appear farther down the list. Chicken fat sounds pretty unappealing, but it is actually a high quality ingredient that provides essential fatty acids that are good for general health as well as for a beautiful coat. Potatoes provide easy-to-digest carbohydrates as well as other nutrients and they help to hold the food together. The term flavor enhancer is somewhat vague, and it would nice to know what it is since it appears so high on the list of ingredients.
The rest of the ingredients include fruits and vegetables as well as a complete vitamin and mineral spectrum. The minerals are present as mineral sulfates as well as minerals chelated to proteins. The chelated minerals are good to see because this kind is more easily absorbed by the intestines. Tomato pomace appears fairly high on the list and some think that this is a controversial ingredient. The pomace is what is left over when tomatoes are processed for ketchup or soup. This material is a good source of vitamins and fiber but some are worried about possible pesticide residues that might have been left on the tomato skins.
Review of the product information show that this food is a high-quality kibble. It differs from the other Fresh Mix recipes in that it has a very high protein content. It gets its carbohydrates from potatoes rather than grains, which may be a plus if your pet doesn’t digest grains well. The high protein content is provided by meat sources rather than vegetable proteins. This food is higher in caloric value as well, so you may not need to feed your dog as much as with other brands. If you see weight gain, reduce the amount that he eats until your pup has a lean and healthy look again.
The Artemis Company has its headquarters in California, but there is no information on where their dry foods are actually manufactured.