Holistic Select on our 10 Best Dog Food List
Eagle Pack Dog Food
Eagle Pack dog food – according to our dog food comparison – is right up there with some of the best quality dog food brands available. We found that they are consistently recommended as one of the best commercial dog food companies by experts and consumers alike.
They are also featured in the Whole Dog Journal’s list of approved dog foods.
Eagle Pack dog food was family founded some 40 years ago. In early 2009, they merged with Old Mother Hubbard, and created Wellpet LLC, based in Tewksbury, Massachusetts. Wellpet is also the parent company of Wellness dog food.
Since the merger, Eagle Pack continues to manufacture their dry dog food at their own USDA/APHIS inspected plant in Mishawaka, Indiana. They also utilize a rigid on-site testing and quality control program.
The representative we spoke with told us there had been no changes to their premium dog food recipes since the merger, nor were there any plans to make future changes. She confirmed that the products are all natural, human grade dog food, hormone and antibiotic free, and void of artificial chemical preservatives, additives, and by-products. Their grains are pesticide free.
The majority of Eagle Pack’s dog food ingredients are locally sourced, or purchased from reputable countries such as Australia and New Zealand, and their duck is imported from Germany. The only ingredient they source from China is glucosamine, due to lack of availability from other countries. This ingredient is tested by their supplier, Trial Nutritious (Illinois), and they also conduct their own on-site testing. They offer two product lines: Holistic Select and Eagle Pack Super Premium dog food.
The Holistic Select® brand makes our list of 10 Best Dog Food Brands. It is a hypoallergenic dog food with unique ingredients such as duck, organic quinoa, additional fruits and vegetables and additional holistic supplements. Any dog food ingredients that they perceive as not being holistic have been removed from their dog food recipe.
They also offer a pork based product which is also considered an allergy free dog food, and not found in many other brands.
This top dog food also includes prebiotics, probiotics, digestive enzymes, chelated vitamins and minerals, kelp and many more of the best quality dog food ingredients.
Official Website: www.holisticselect.com
Eagle Pack Pet Foods, Inc Eagle Pack Holistic Select Large & Giant Breed Puppy Formula
Review Date: Thu December 27, 2007
ME 375 kcal/cup Min.
Lamb Meal, Ground Brown Rice, Ground White Rice, Chicken Meal, Dried Beet Pulp, Oatmeal, Chicken Fat (Preserved With Natural Mixed Tocopherols), Anchovy & Sardine Meals, Flaxseed, Dried Egg Product, Menhaden Fish Oil, Carrots, Sun-Cured Alfalfa, Peas, Salt, Potassium Chloride, Quinoa (Organic), Blueberries, Apples, Inulin, L-Carnitine, Taurine, Beta-Carotene, Cranberries, Dehydrated Kelp, Glucosamine Hydrochloride, Yucca Schidigera Extract, DL-Methionine, Vitamin A Acetate, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Vitamin E Supplement, Riboflavin Supplement, Vitamin B12 Supplement, d-Pantothenic Acid, Niacin Supplement, Choline Chloride, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Thiamine Mononitrate, Folic Acid, Ascorbic Acid, Biotin, Lecithin, Rosemary Extract, Inositol, Polysaccharide Complexes of Zinc, Iron, Manganese, Copper and Cobalt, Potassium Iodate, Sodium Selenite, Lactobacillus acidophilus Lactobacillus casei, Enterococcus faecium, B. subtillus, Bacillus licheniformis, Bacillus coagulins, Aspergillus oryzae, and Aspergillus niger.
Crude Protein Min. 23%
Crude Fat Max. 12%
Crude Fiber Max. 3.5%
Moisture Min. 10%
Calcium Min. 1.1%
Phosphorus Min. 0.8%
Vitamin A Min. 22,000 IU/kg.
Vitamin E Min. 165 IU/kg.
**Ascorbic Acid Min. 30 mg/kg.
**DHA Min. 0.1
**Omega 6 Fatty Acids Min. 2.0%
**Omega 3 Fatty Acids Min. 0.7%
**Beta-Carotene Min. 5.0 mg/kg.
**Glucosamine Hydrochloride Min. 41 mg/cup
Pros: First and fourth ingredients are named meat products
Cons: Minimum acceptable meat content, some controversial filler
The first, fourth and eighth ingredients in this food are named meat products, each in meal form. The last is too far down the ingredient list to make a substantial contribution to the overall meat content of the food.
The second and third ingredients are both forms of rice. If these were not ‘split’ it is likely that rice would, in fact, be revealed as the primary ingredient in the food. Rice is a decent quality grain and good carbohydrate source, however canines should be fed diets based on meat rather than grains. Oatmeal is a further grain, 6th on the ingredient list.
Beet pulp is filler and a controversial ingredient – it is a by-product, being dried residue from sugar beets which has been cleaned and extracted in the process of manufacturing sugar. It is a controversial ingredient in dog food, claimed by some manufacturers to be a good source of fibre, and derided by others as an ingredient added to slow down the transition of rancid animal fats and causing stress to kidney and liver in the process. We note that beet pulp is an ingredient that commonly causes problems for dogs, including allergies and ear infections, and prefer not to see it used in dog food. There are less controversial products around if additional fibre is required. We would prefer to see the use of whole eggs rather than dried egg product in the food.
The food does contain a range of fruits/vegetables and a good range of probiotics.
Overall, we are reasonably satisfied with the quality of this product, but would prefer to see more meat in the food. Supplementing the diet with additional meat should be considered by those using the food.
Also see DogFoodAnalysis.com:
Eagle Pack holistic dog food has been produced for more than a quarter century by Eagle Pack Pet Foods Inc. of Mishawaka, Indiana. The company created a name for itself by making dog food products without artificial preservatives or fillers, and they feature a number of different varieties for pet owners to choose from.
The company also boasts foods containing only hormone and antibiotic-free meats and herbicide-free plant materials. Also, none of Eagle Pack’s formulas contain any artificial colors, flavors, or preservatives and they offer their customers a money back guarantee if pet owners or their dogs are unsatisfied for any reason.
Eagle Pack Holistic Select Dog Food Products at a Glance
Recently, in the year 2000 Eagle Pack introduced their Holistic Select line of dog foods. A variety of nutritious foods are included in all types of their Select line that include natural sources of antioxidants, fats, minerals, nutrients, proteins, and vitamins.
The choices in this line also include highly digestible sources of fats and proteins along with a specialized cooking process to convert more carbohydrates to a readily available source of energy. This line, with its brand new packaging, features several different dry recipes including the following:
Radiant Adult Health, Anchovy, Sardine and Salmon Meal, Radiant Adult Health Chicken Meal and Rice, Radiant Adult Health Duck Meal, Radiant Adult Health Lamb Meal, Nourish Puppy Health Anchovy, Sardine and Chicken Meal, Small and Mini Breed Nourish Puppy Health Anchovy, Sardine and Chicken Meal, Vitalize Senior Health Chicken Meal and Rice, Small and Mini Breed Radiant Adult Health Anchovy, Sardine and Chicken Meal, Large and Giant Breed Adult Health Chicken Meal and Oatmeal, Large and Giant Breed Puppy Health Lamb Meal and Oatmeal, and Weight Management Chicken Meal and Peas.
Three Popular Products
Three popular Eagle Pack Holistic dog food products are:
- Lamb Meal and Rice Formula
This choice features lamb meal, ground brown rice, ground white rice, chicken fat, and oatmeal. It costs around $15 for the 5-pound bag.
- Holistic Select Chicken Meal and Rice Formula
This product features chicken meal, ground brown rice, ground white rice, oatmeal, and chicken fat. It costs around $27 for the 16.5-pound bag.
- Weight Management Chicken Meal and Peas Formula
This product features chicken meal, ground brown rice, oatmeal, peas, and ground white rice. It costs around $47 for the 28-pound bag.
The Eagle Pack holistic dog food Select product line also includes several wet dog foods to choose from which include beef, chicken, chicken and chicken liver, duck, duck and chicken, lamb, puppy, and a tuna, salmon and shrimp recipes.
Final Important Points
Eagle Pack Holistic Select foods features their proprietary blend of ingredients referred to as Select Actives, which are intended to give all types of dogs better nutrition than other brands of super premium dog foods.
The four Select Actives are Direct Fed Microbials (DFM) and Enzymes, SQM Mineral System, Phytonutrient PowerPack, and Omega Health Fatty Acid Blend. Each of these Select Actives serves a different purpose ranging from breaking down proteins and starches, to offering more absorbable minerals and antioxidants, to providing the optimum amount of omega 6 and omega 3 fatty acids, to supporting healthy skin and coats.
With the absence of unhealthy fillers, chemicals, and artificial ingredients, Eagle Pack Holistic Select foods rank rather high among pet owners with few complaints about this new type of dog food.
Some other supposedly unbiased reports are available at the following websites:
- Wikipedia.org: WellPet
- Safe-Dog-Food.com: Eagle Pack Holistic Dog Food │ Holistic Dog Food │ Safe Dog Food
- Viewpoints.com: Holistic Select Dry Dog Food Reviews
- DogFoodAdvisor.com: Holistic Select Dog Food │ Review and Rating
- DogFoodAdvisor.com: Eagle Pack Dog Food │ Review and Rating
There is a product called Dog Food SECRETS that may interest you — I’ve been listening to the spiel while working on this post. However, I suspect that if you get bored with the presentation, then by merely trying to close out of the video, you’ll be presented with a webpage allowing you to read for yourself just what the guide is all about.
I recommend that you explore Dr. Karen Becker’s Health Pets website.
Eagle Pack Holistic Pet Foods from Pawsch Jacksonville FL
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Eagle Pack Pet Foods contain many high quality ingredients to provide certain benefits for both cats and dogs.
WHOLE GRAINS such as Brown Rice and Oatmeal provide a nutritious source of energy and fiber
PROBIOTICS working with PREBIOTICS and DIGESTIVE ENZYMES reduce gas, aid in digestion
FLAXSEED FISH OIL PURIFIED CHICKEN FAT contribute to coat, heart and brain health
ALFALFA contains 8 essential Amino Acids
KELP nourishes a healthy coat and reduces shedding
YUCCA reduces waste odor and prevents arthritis
FRUITS AND VEGETABLES provide nutrients and antioxidants
GLUCOSAMINE renews joint cartilage and improves joint flexability
All Eagle Pack as well as many other pet supplies and foods can be delivered door to door in the Jacksonville area from Pawsch. For more information, call them at (904) 288-0155
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