What They Say
Victor is a Super Premium pet food manufactured by family owned and operated Texas based Mid America Pet Food. Victor Premium Dog Food is distributed thru a network of independent distributors that service independent retailers across the United States.
The Victor line now includes:
~4 Active and Sporting Dog Formulas
~4 All Life Stages Formulas
~4 Grain Free Formulas
~1 Senior / Healthy Weight Formula
ALL victor formulas share these qualities :
~Free from Corn, Wheat, Soy, Gluten, Grain By-Products
~All Naturally Formulated with no artificial preservatives, flavors or colors
~Contains scientifically advanced additives from Alltech that works to support excellent digestion and immune system health
Selenium Yeast as the sole source of added Selenium in all formulas!
Taken from their website Published 2013
What Dog Food Advisor Says:
Victor Dog Food receives the Advisor’s second-highest tier rating of 4 stars.
The following is a list of recipes available at the time of this review.
Victor Professional Formula All Life Stages was selected to represent the other products in the line for this review.
Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content
Protein 29% Fat 20% Carbs 44% Fiber 4.2%
The first ingredient in this dog food is beef meal. Beef meal is considered a meat concentrate and contains nearly 300% more protein than fresh beef.
The second ingredient is sorghum. Sorghum (milo) is a starchy cereal grain with a nutrient profile similar to corn. Since it is gluten-free and boasts a smoother blood sugar behavior than other grains, sorghum may be considered an acceptable non-meat ingredient.
The third ingredient is chicken meal, another protein-rich meat concentrate.
The fourth ingredient is chicken fat. Chicken fat is obtained from rendering chicken, a process similar to making soup in which the fat itself is skimmed from the surface of the liquid. Chicken fat is high in linoleic acid, an omega-6 fatty acid essential for life. Although it doesn’t sound very appetizing, chicken fat is actually a quality ingredient.
The fifth ingredient is millet, a gluten-free grain harvested from certain seed grasses. Millet is hypoallergenic and naturally rich in B-vitamins and fiber as well as other essential minerals.
The sixth ingredient includes pork meal, yet another high protein meat concentrate. But it can also be high in ash — about 25-30%. However, the ash content of the final product is typically adjusted in the recipe to allow its mineral profile to meet AAFCO guidelines.
The seventh ingredient is alfalfa meal. Although alfalfa meal is high in plant protein (about 18%) and fiber (25%), this hay-family item is more commonly associated with horse feeds.
The eighth ingredient is flaxseed, one of the best plant sources of healthy omega-3 fatty acids. Provided they’ve first been ground into a meal, flax seeds are also rich in soluble fiber. However, flaxseed contains about 19% protein, a factor that must be considered when judging the actual meat content of this dog food.
The ninth ingredient is oatmeal, a whole-grain product made from coarsely ground oats. Oatmeal is naturally rich in B-vitamins, dietary fiber and can be (depending upon its level of purity) gluten-free.
To be realistic, ingredients located this far down the list (other than nutritional supplements) are not likely to affect the overall rating of this product. With five notable exceptions…
First, montmorillonite clay is a naturally occurring compound rich in many trace minerals. Montmorillonite has been approved for use in USDA Organic Certified products. Reported benefits include the binding of certain mold-based toxins and even controlling diarrhea and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).
Next, tomato pomace is a controversial ingredient, a by-product remaining after processing tomatoes into juice, soup and ketchup. Many praise tomato pomace for its high fiber and nutrient content, while others scorn it as an inexpensive pet food filler. Just the same, there’s probably not enough tomato pomace here to make much of a difference.
In addition, chicory root is rich in inulin, a starch-like compound made up of repeating units of carbohydrates and found in certain roots and tubers. Not only is inulin a natural source of soluble dietary fiber, it’s also a prebiotic used to promote the growth of healthy bacteria in a dog’s digestive tract.
Next, this food contains chelated minerals, minerals that have been chemically attached to protein. This makes them easier to absorb. Chelated minerals are usually found in better dog foods.
And lastly, this recipe also includes selenium yeast. Unlike the more common inorganic form of selenium (sodium selenite), this natural yeast supplement is considered a safer anti-cancer alternative.
The Bottom Line Judging by its ingredients alone, Victor Dog Food looks like an above-average dry product. But ingredient quality by itself cannot tell the whole story. We still need to estimate the product’s meat content before determining a final rating. The dashboard displays a dry matter protein reading of 29%, a fat level of 20% and estimated carbohydrates of about 44%. Near-average protein. Near-average fat. And near-average carbs when compared to a typical dry dog food. Even when you consider the protein-boosting effect of the alfalfa meal and flaxseed, this looks like the profile of a kibble containing a moderate amount of meat. Victor Dog Food is a plant-based kibble using a moderate amount of various meat meals as its main sources of animal protein, thus earning the brand 4 stars.
Taken from their website Published 2015
What We Say:
We give Victor 6 thumbs up.
The first is for not being misleading. Their formulas are what they say.
The second is for having a meat meal as their first ingredient. Having Beef Meal as their first ingredient tells us that Beef protein is the first ingredient in this formula, so we call this a meat based kibble.
The third thumb up is for having quality protein sources - beef meal, chicken meal, and pork meal are all excellent sources of protein. Also, having a multiple sources of protein allows your dogs to have more complete amino acid chains.
The fourth thumb up is for having quality carbohydrates. All of Victor's grains are non gluten grains, such as sorghum, brown rice, millet, alfalfa meal, oat meal, and flaxseed. Having the variety of grains helps your pet having fast energy as well as sustainable energy throughout the day.
The fifth thumb up is for having high quality fats and oils, and whole food type ingredients. They use chicken fat, which is great, flaxseed for the omega-6 fatty acids, and they use some whole food type ingredients. We'd like to see more whole foods like their whole carrots, instead of pomaces, but we give them credit for including the foods in those forms, as most vitamin/nutrient content is in the skin of the fruit/veggie, and that is part of the pomace.
The sixth thumb up is for having probiotics, prebiotics, and enzymes in the food to help your pet digest, break it down, and absorb all the wonderful things in it. This also helps with backyard clean up. Victor goes a little above and beyond with this, as their formulas also help dogs that suffer from IBS, and chronic GI problems. In other words, if your pet is allergic to healthy food, give this one a try.
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