Holistic Select Dog Food Review: Is It Truly Holistic?

Holistic Select

Holistic Select
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Overall Rating

8.0/10

Pros

  • Chicken meal is the first agredient
  • Grain Free option available
  • Mostly positive reviews

Cons

  • Can be somewhat expensive
  • Has a few controversial ingredients

The day I came across Holistic Select dog food, it was of course not for this Holistic Select dog food review. It was actually when I worked at a doggy day care in the Lodo section of Downtown Denver. Aside from Eagle Pack dog food the day care sold, they also sold this exclusive brand for a fairly reasonable price. Many of the pet parents that dropped their dogs off swore by this food so I decided to try it out on my dogs for myself. My dogs, who are prone to sensitive stomachs, didn’t do that well on this food to start, but once they got used to it, they did alright on it.

So, how holistic is Holistic Select dog food? Let’s jump into my honest Holistic Select dog food review to find out!

For this Holistic dog food review, I will be looking carefully at the Adult Health Chicken Meal and Recipe formula.

 

Name: Holistic Select

Website URL: www.holisticselect.com

Flavors Available: Anchovy, Sardine and Salmon Meal, Chicken Meal and Rice, Lamb Meal, Turkey and Lentils, Duck Meal, Chicken Meal and Lentils and Chicken Meal and Peas

Formulas Available: Adult, Grain Free Adult, Large and Giant Breed Adult, Large and Giant Breed Puppy, Senior, Small and Mini Breed Adult, Small and Mini Breed Puppy and Weight Management

Sizes Available: 4 pounds, 12 pounds, 15 pounds, 24 pounds and 30 pounds

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Guaranteed Analysis

Crude Protein

Not less than

25.00%

Crude Fat

Not less than

15.00%

Crude Fiber

Not more than

4.00%

Moisture

Not more than

10.00%

Calcium

Not less than

1.30%

Phosphorus

Not less than

0.90%

Vitamin A

Not less than

22,000 IU/kg

Vitamin E

Not less than

165 IU/kg

Omega-6 Fatty Acids*

Not less than

3.50%

Omega-3 Fatty Acids*

Not less than

0.70%

Glucosamine*

Not less than

340 mg/kg

Total Lactic Acid Microorganisms*
(Enterococcus faecium, Lactobacillus bulgaricus, Enterococcus thermophilus, Lactobacillus acidophilus, Lactobacillus casei)

Not less than

100,000,000 CFU/lb

Total Bacillus Organisms*
(Bacillus licheniformis, Bacillus subtilis)

Not less than

7,000,000 CFU/lb

Protease*
(Aspergillus oryzae, Trichoderma reesei, and Rhizopus oryzae)1

Not less than

280 HUT/lb

Cellulase*
(Aspergillus oryzae, Trichoderma reesei, and Rhizopus oryzae)2

Not less than

100 Cellulase Units/lb

Alpha-Amylase*
(Aspergillus oryzae, Trichoderma reesei, and Rhizopus oryzae)3

Not less than

5 Dextrin Units/lb

Ingredients

Chicken Meal, Brown Rice, Rice, Oatmeal, Chicken Fat (preserved with Mixed Tocopherols), Oats, Pork Meal, Dried Plain Beet Pulp, Flaxseed, Pumpkin, Cranberries , Apples, Brewers Dried Yeast, Salmon Oil, Potassium Chloride, Papayas, Choline Chloride, Blueberries, Pomegranates, Vitamin E Supplement, Inulin, Dried Kelp, Zinc Proteinate, Mixed Tocopherols added to preserve freshness, Zinc Sulfate, Niacin, Ferrous Sulfate, Iron Proteinate, Vitamin A Supplement, Yucca Schidigera Extract, Glucosamine Hydrochloride, Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C), Ground Cinnamon, Ground Fennel, Ground Peppermint, Copper Sulfate, Thiamine Mononitrate, Copper Proteinate, Manganese Proteinate, Manganese Sulfate, d-Calcium Pantothenate, Sodium Selenite, Dried Enterococcus faecium Fermentation Product, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride , Riboflavin, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Biotin, Dried Lactobacillus bulgaricus Fermentation Product, Dried Enterococcus thermophilus Fermentation Product, Calcium Iodate, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Folic Acid, Dried Bacillus licheniformis Fermentation Product, Dried Bacillus subtilis Fermentation Product, Dried Aspergillus oryzae Fermentation Product, Dried Trichoderma reesei Fermentation Product, Dried Rhizopus oryzae Fermentation Product, Dried Lactobacillus acidophilus Fermentation Product, Dried Lactobacillus casei Fermentation Product, Rosemary Extract, Green Tea Extract, Spearmint Extract.

Breakdown

1. Chicken Meal

Chicken meal is a high-quality protein ingredient used in this food. It contains as much as 300% more protein than chicken has alone.

2. Brown Rice

Brown rice is a healthy source of carbohydrates and fiber. Not only will this fuel your dog with the energy he or she needs, but it will also help to support a healthy GI system.

3. Rice

This ingredient is considered to be a controversial one in this food. Not only does the label NOT specify if this rice is white or brown rice, but additional rice is seen as nothing more than a filler in this food. This particular ingredient holds no nutritional benefits whatsoever.

4. Oatmeal

Oatmeal is considered to be a healthy source of fiber which can help to promote a healthy GI tract as well as help to alleviate sensitive or upset stomachs.

5. Chicken Fat

This is a high-quality source of fat used. It contains a natural source of Vitamin E and Omega 6 fatty acids. Not only is it highly beneficial for dogs, but it helps to give a delicious flavor to the food that dogs love.

6. Oats

This is a great source of carbohydrates in few commercial pet foods that offer a great alternative to dogs who are sensitives to wheat or other common grains.

7. Pork Meal

Once upon a time, this would have be considered a controversial ingredient but today it is now seen as a high quality palatable protein source. It contains as much as 300% more protein than pork contains alone.

8. Dried Plain Beet Pulp

This is considered to be a controversial ingredient. Regardless, beet pulp is known for adding additional moisture into dog stools as well as providing a high-quality source of energy to your dog that he or she needs.

9. Flaxseed

This is yet another controversial ingredient used in this food. It is a known source of Omega 3 fatty acids which can help to promote healthy skin and a shiny coat. It is also a known source of fiber which can help to promote optimal GI health.

10. Pumpkin

Pumpkin is loaded with fiber and beta carotene which is then converted into Vitamin A within the body. This is an ingredient that is great for diarrhea and constipation as it can help ensure your dog passes normal bowel movements.

11. Cranberries

Cranberries are packed with anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial properties and antioxidants. Cranberries have been known to help keep a dog’s urinary tract running optimally and keep a dogs teeth nice and clean.

12. Apples

Apples are a surprisingly great source of fiber, Vitamin A and Vitamin C, making them nutritionally beneficial for dogs of all ages.

13. Brewers Dried Yeast

This is a highly controversial ingredient among the holistic pet food industry. There are many people who claim this particular ingredient is a great way to prevent fleas from jumping onto your dog while many other people claim that it can be toxic on a dog’s liver.

14. Salmon Oil

Salmon oil is an oil ingredient used primarily to enhance a dog’s skin and coat. It is packed with Omega 3 and 6 fatty acids which will lead to a shiny coat and healthy skin.

 

Holistic Select Dog Food Formulas, Sizes and Price

Holistic Select Natural Dog Food

This is a formula meant for active and lazy adult dogs. Coming in a variety of flavors, you can find the food that will best fit your dogs needs.

Flavors Available: Anchovy, Sardine and Salmon, Chicken and Lamb

Formulas Available: Adult, Large Breed Adult, Large Breed and Giant Puppy

Sizes Available: 4 pounds, 15 pounds and 30 pounds 

Natural Grain Free

This is a great alternative for dogs and puppies who suffer from food sensitivities. More on the expensive side, it will benefit your dogs from the very first bite.

Flavors Available: Duck, Rabbit, Turkey

Formulas Available: Adult and Puppy, Senior, Large Breed and Giant Adult and Large Breed and Giant Puppy

Sizes Available: 4 pounds, 12 pounds and 24 pounds

Weight Management

This is a dog food that is optimal for dogs who need to lose a little weight in as healthy of a way as possible.

Sizes Available: 4 pounds, 12 pounds and 24 pounds
 

Who Makes Holistic Select Dog Food?

If there is one question many holistic pet food enthusiasts ask about Holistic Select, it is who in the world makes the food? Holistic Select dog food is made by the same company that is responsible for manufacturing Wellness dog food, Old Mother Hubbard, Eagle Pack dog food, Sojos and Whimzees.

Holistic Select Dog Food Reviews and Ratings

As far as the Holistic Select dog food reviews and ratings out there left by actual pet parents, this is one brand of dog food that has been highly rated. Check out what some dog owners are saying about this food below.

This is a great brand of dog food that is ideal for dogs of all breeds. This is a good kibble that my dogs enjoyed a little too much. -Connie


My dogs absolutely love this food! While it may be a little on the expensive side, it is healthy for my dogs so it is well worth the price. -Paulette Touw


This is an excellent dog food. My own dog was pawing at this food the moment I put it down in my kitchen. He loves it so much, he doesn’t even hesitate to eat it. -BNA


This is the best dog food out there! I own a bulldog who is very prone to allergies, weight gain and a sensitive stomach. This food keeps my bulldog happy and healthy without any issues in the process. Can’t recommend highly enough. -Brendan


This is an excellent choice for dogs with sensitive stomachs. If you have a dog who is suffering from diarrhea or can’t keep their food down, then this is a food you need to try! -Terry Kap

My Final Opinion

After writing this extensive Holistic Select dog food review and after carefully looking at the ingredients, relatively expensive price, taking into account what some dog owners have been saying about this food and taking account how readily available it is, this is a food I have no problem recommending. While it does have a few controversial ingredients, it is still one of the healthiest brands on the market.

Though it does have a relatively expensive price, I don’t recommend this for pet parents that need to keep an eye on how much they spend on dog food.

Final Verdict:

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Have you fed your dog Holistic Select dog food? If so, what did you think of it? What did your dog think of it? Let me know in the comments section below!

Vanessa

Vanessa is a Certified Vet Tech in the state of Colorado and has over 10 years of experience in animal nutrition. She owns two dogs: a Siberian Husky mix and a Beagle Black Lab mix.

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