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Blue Buffalo Adult Healthy Weight Dry Dog Food


While many pet food manufacturers offer weight control formulas, the Blue Buffalo brand does it while still providing an impressive range of nutrients and quality carbohydrates to ensure your dog will not suffer under a weight control program. High-quality meat proteins combined with gluten-free carbohydrates and power-packed nutritional ingredients indicate an attention to detail that will benefit the life of your favorite dog.

Quick Look

No Nutritional Content Information Kcal Information – Calories Per Cup
1 Protein 20.0% min. Blue Buffalo Life Protection Formula Healthy Weight Chicken & Brown Rice Recipe contains 3,290 Kcals per kilogram or 415 Kcal per dry cup of food.
2 Fat: 6.0% min.
3 Fiber 7.0% max.
3 Moisture: 10.0% max.


This product is available in 6 lb, 15 lb, and 30lb bags. Generally, customers will find the 30 lb bag to be the most economical with an average price of $1.79 per pound. The 6 lb bag averages much higher, with an estimated cost of $2.83 per pound.


Main IngredientsInformation
Whole Ground Brown Rice is a quality complex carbohydrate that is generally easy to digest after cooking. Providing fiber and great nutrients, brown rice is not considered to be a cheap filler.
Whole Ground Barley is much like brown rice in providing quality carbohydrates without any gluten.
Chicken Meal included in this recipe is not an animal by-product, according to the manufacturer. Instead, it is a concentrated source of animal protein from quality chicken parts.
Deboned Chicken is an excellent source of dietary protein. Dogs generally thrive on animal-based proteins, and Blue Buffalo claims to offer the goodness of whole chicken without any animal by-products.
Oatmeal: is another complex carbohydrate known to provide B vitamins as well as energy and fiber.
NoOther Ingredients
9 Natural Chicken Flavor,
10 L-Lysine,
11 L-Carnitine,
12 Iron Amino Acid Chelate,
13 Glucosamine Hydrochloride,
14 Garlic,
15 Folic Acid (Vitamin B9),
16 Flaxseed (source of Omega 3 and 6 Fatty Acids),
17 Dried Yeast (source of Saccharomyces cerevisiae),
18 Dried Parsley,
19 Dried Lactobacillus acidophilus fermentation product,
20 Dried Kelp,
21 Dried Enterococcus faecium fermentation product,
22 Dried Chicory Root,
23 Dried Bacillus subtilis fermentation product,
24 Dicalcium Phosphate,
25 d-Calcium Pantothenate (Vitamin B5),
26 Cranberries,
27 Chondroitin Sulfate,
28 Choline Chloride,
29 Chicken Fat (preserved with Mixed Tocopherols),
30 Caramel,
31 Calcium Iodate,
32 Calcium Carbonate,
33 Calcium Ascorbate (source of Vitamin C),
34 Blueberries,
35 Biotin (Vitamin B7),
36 Beta Carotene,
37 Barley Grass,
38 Alfalfa Meal,
39 Yucca Schidigera Extract,
40 Whole Sweet Potatoes,
41 Whole Potatoes,
42 Whole Carrots,
43 Vitamin E Supplement,
44 Vitamin D3 Supplement,
45 Vitamin B12 Supplement,
46 Vitamin A Supplement,
47 Turmeric,
48 Tomato Pomace (source of Lycopene),
49 Thiamine Mononitrate (Vitamin B1),
50 Sunflower Oil (source of Omega 6 Fatty Acids),
51 Sodium Selenite,
52 Salt,

AAFCO Statement

There is no information available on whether this formula meets the nutritional guidelines outlined by the AAFCO. This appears to be true for all of Blue Buffalo’s formulas, an unfortunate trend, since dog owners have grown to look for that statement when choosing what kind of food their dog will eat.

Product Overview

Once again, Blue Buffalo brings an excellent quality kibble providing an adequate range of nutrients to maintain optimal health. A review of the ingredients indicate great nutrition and a taste dogs should love to eat.

This formula also contains several key nutrients that are not recognized as an essential part of a dog’s diet by the AAFCO, but which may contribute to the overall health and well being of a dog’s life. Blue Buffalo lists the following:
  • L-Carnitine: 100mg/kg min.
  • Omega 3 Fatty Acids: 0.2% min.
  • Omega 6 Fatty Acids: 2.5% min.
  • Glucosamine: 400 mg/kg min
  • Chondroitin: 300 mg/kg min
This formula seems to have a lower fat content than many dog foods of this kind, making it more likely to help maintain healthy weight levels in most adult dogs. At the same time, adequate levels of animal-based proteins, as well as a myriad of vitamins, minerals, and other important nutrients, ensure adequate nutrition levels. Low-fat levels mean pet owners can feed without fear of promoting obesity.

Blue Buffalo claims to have added their exclusive “LifeSource Bits” to this kibble, suggesting support for a healthy immune system, meeting the needs of various life stage requirements, and maintaining a healthy oxidative balance. The lineup of quality nutrients, including good bacteria for the gut, suggests that this formula is an exceptionally good kibble to meet the needs of many adult dogs.

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