Blue Buffalo Adult Large Breed Fish and Oatmeal Dry Dog Food

Editor's Review: 4 / 5.0
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Purported to be formulated specifically for large breed dogs, a review of this dog food formula puts some teeth into that claim. With a great line-up of vitamins and minerals and the bone and joint support offered by essential fatty acids in fish, this dog food recipe appears to deliver on Blue Buffalo’s promise to feed pets like family. Owners will want to check out the vegetable protein content as well as the gluten-free carbohydrates.

Quick Look

Nutritional Content

  • Protein 26.0% min.
  • Fat: 12.0% min.
  • Fiber 5.0% max.
  • Moisture: 10.0% max.

Kcal Information – Calories Per Cup

This particular formula contains 3,462 kcals per kilogram or 420 kcals per dry cup.


Although actual costs may vary, the average price for the Blue Buffalo Natural Fish and Oatmeal Recipe for Large Breed Adult Dogs is approximately $2.00 per pound. The 30lb bag is generally less than $2.00 per pound, while the 15 lb bag tends to be a bit more.

March 7, 2013
Blue Buffalo Adult Large Breed Fish and Oatmeal Dry Dog Food


Main Ingredients

  • Deboned Whitefish – generally accepted as a great source of Omega 3 and Omega 6 essential fatty acids, fish is a good source of animal-based protein. It is thought to offer support for healthy joints, coat, and protection from cancer.
  • Peas – are a good source of complex carbohydrates, while also offering a healthy dose of dietary fiber. Because peas contain about 25% protein, it should be realized that a fair portion of the protein in this formula is plant-based.
  • Oatmeal – a source of complex carbohydrates, oats are absorbed slowly, releasing sugar and energy gradually, rather than overwhelming the body as simple carbohydrates may. They are a valuable source of dietary fiber, iron, and other essential vitamins. Oats are especially high in B vitamins, which may aid in breaking down fats for the nervous system and help support muscle tone, skin, hair, and eye health. Also said to contain a blend of many of the essential amino acids.
  • Whole Ground Barley – another gluten-free complex carbohydrate, whole barley adds a low-glycemic carbohydrate that may help balance blood sugar levels.
  • Menhaden Fish Meal (source of Omega 3 Fatty Acids) – usually a questionable protein source, fish meal in Blue Buffalo formulas is said to contain no fish by-products. Made from high quality fish parts, this fish meal could offer an excellent source of highly concentrated animal protein as well as the essential fatty acids and other nutrients fish is thought to contain.

Other Ingredients

  • Flaxseed (source of Omega 3 and 6 Fatty Acids),
  • Natural Fish Flavor,
  • Whole Potatoes,
  • Tomato Pomace (source of Lycopene),
  • Whole Carrots,
  • Whole Sweet Potatoes,
  • Dried Egg,
  • Blueberries,
  • Cranberries,
  • Barley Grass,
  • Dried Parsley,
  • Garlic,
  • Alfalfa Meal,
  • Dried Kelp,
  • Yucca Schidigera Extract,
  • L-Carnitine,
  • L-Lysine,
  • Glucosamine Hydrochloride,
  • Chondroitin Sulfate,
  • Turmeric,
  • Chicken Fat (preserved with Mixed Tocopherols),
  • Dried Chicory Root,
  • Oil of Rosemary,
  • Beta Carotene,
  • Vitamin A Supplement,
  • Thiamine Mononitrate (Vitamin B1),
  • Riboflavin (Vitamin B2),
  • Niacin (Vitamin B3),
  • d-Calcium Pantothenate (Vitamin B5),
  • Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (Vitamin B6),
  • Biotin (Vitamin B7),
  • Folic Acid (Vitamin B9),
  • Vitamin B12 Supplement,
  • Calcium Ascorbate (source of Vitamin C),
  • Vitamin D3 Supplement,
  • Vitamin E Supplement,
  • Iron Amino Acid Chelate,
  • Zinc Amino Acid Chelate,
  • Manganese Amino Acid Chelate,
  • Copper Amino Acid Chelate,
  • Choline Chloride,
  • Sodium Selenite,
  • Calcium Iodate,
  • Salt,
  • Caramel,
  • Potassium Chloride,
  • Dried Yeast (source of Saccharomyces cerevisiae),
  • Dried Lactobacillus acidophilus fermentation product,
  • Dried Bacillus subtilis fermentation product,
  • Dried Enterococcus faecium fermentation product,

AAFCO Statement

As seems to be true for all Blue Buffalo products, no AAFCO information was found for this product.

Product Overview

Blue Buffalo also offers additional nutritional information for this particular formula, including essential fatty acids, glucosamine, and chrondoitin. Of particular interest for large breeds with large bone development is the calcium and phosphorus content:

  • Calcium: 1.0% min.
  • Phosphorus: 0.9% min.

The extra bone support suggested by the vitamin D and calcium levels in fish indicates that this formula may live up to its name in providing good nutrition for large breed dogs. Because essential fatty acids are thought to support joint health, the fish could also promote healthy joints, a common concern for large breeds.

It should be noted that this formula does not rely solely on animal based proteins, but includes a fair amount of plant-based protein due to the addition of peas. This is not a bad thing, but something owners should note. The fact that this is a gluten-free, fish-based formula seems to make it a good choice to consider.

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