Halo brand foods advertise a "holistic" nutrition more in line with the thinking that dogs should be eating less grains and more natural foods for their species. The three chosen types of adult dry food, Spot's Stew Adult Wholesome Lamb, Wholesome Chicken and Wild Salmon flavors, all share similar basic ingredients but for their major protein sources such as lamb, chicken and salmon.
Three major protein sources are listed in each of the three types of dry dog food. The first are true meats rather than meat-meals: chicken, lamb, salmon and chicken liver. Another source of protein are eggs, and a final source is called "pea protein." These ingredients show up in the list within the first seven words, making them some of the largest parts of the food. The differences in major meats also seem to be the major factor in what makes each food a different flavor. Notably, the Wholesome Chicken includes salmon and the wild salmon includes chicken.
Vegetable and Fruit Sources
Spot's Stew Adult Wholesome Lamb, Chicken and Wild Salmon flavors all contain a variety of fruits and vegetables that are dog-safe. These include whole peas, vegetable broth, sweet potatoes, apples, blueberries, green beans, carrots, cranberries and zucchini. None of these listed ingredients appears to be "dried."
Vitamins and Minerals
Dog food companies often add vitamins and minerals, especially trace minerals, into their food given the processes involved in creating it can draw out those necessary compounds. Halo is no exception, adding several vitamins to their dry food series: folic acid, vitamin A supplement, vitamin D3 supplement, vitamin E supplement, vitamin B12 supplement, choline bitartrate, niacin, d-calcium panothenate, ascorbic acid, riboflavin supplement, thiamine mononitrate, pyridoxine hydrochloride and biotin. They also add minerals: zinc proteinate, iron proteinate, cobalt proteinate, copper proteinate, manganese proteinate, magnesium proteinate, calcium iodate and sodium selenite.
Grains and Additives
Grains and some additives in commercially produced dog foods can be considered controversial, both for reasons of health and nutritional requirements. Many pet owners believe that wheat and corn type grains are detrimental to a dog's health. The three adult dog foods by Halo discussed here contain no wheat or corn products. They contain oats, pearled barley, flaxseed, salmon oil, inulin, calcium sulfate, potassium chloride, taurine, salt, dried Lactobacillas acidophilus fermentation product, dried Bifidobacterium longum fermentation product, dried Enterococcus faecium fermentation product and dried Lactobacillus plantarum fermentation product. The lamb flavor also includes monocalcium phosphate while the Wholesome Chicken flavor includes pea fiber.
Dondi Ratliff is a certified secondary English teacher in Texas. Her articles typically cover topics regarding animals both wild and domesticated. Ratliff holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Tarleton State University, a Master of Arts in teaching from Texas Woman's University, and a Master of Arts in English from Tarleton State University.