Product: Victor Select Ocean Fish and Salmon
Cheapest Place to Buy: Chewy.com
Size of Bag: 40-Pounds
Formulated For: All Life Stages My Rating: 4.25 stars
Victor Select Ocean Fish Formula with Salmon Product Review
I would like to start by saying that I personally feed my dogs Victor Select Ocean Fish Formula with Salmon dog food. This is just one of the many formulas I have fed my girls for the last 3 1/2 years. I initially decided to try Victor dog food after being referred to it by my dog’s breeder and also learning that they meet ALL the standards required by AAFCO (The Association of American Feed Control Officials). These foods are also nutritionally complete and balanced for All Life Stages and Maintenance diets. I was quite impressed by the nutritional profile of vitamins, minerals, essential fatty acids, amino acids and proteins in their foods, and the fact that they have never had any recalls. In addition, Victor Dog Food is far less expensive than other premium dog foods I have looked at, and one of the very few companies that still make a 40-pound bag.
We are an active family with two working dog breeds, a Doberman, and a Rottweiler, so it’s important that the food we feed our girls not only provides them with excellent health benefits but lasting energy as well!
Although I rotate protein sources often when buying new bags, I’m going to do this review on the Victor Select Ocean Fish with Salmon Formula.
- Meat Protein – 73%
- Plant Protein -12%
- Grain Protein -15%
- 405 calories per cup
- Contains NO Corn, Wheat, Soy or Gluten
- Victor Select Ocean Fish with Salmon is AAFCO approved to meet the vitamin, mineral and nutrient profile for an All Life Stages dog food.
Because there are so many ingredients in a dog food, I thought I would only take a look at the first 9 in this formula, which in my opinion, are the most important. The label lists the Ingredients in descending order by weight, so it’s here that you’ll find your protein and carbohydrate sources, as well as grains and omega fatty acids.
- Menhaden Fish Meal – Because it is listed as fish “meal”, it is considered a meat concentrate and contains nearly 300% more protein than fresh fish. Atlantic menhaden fish are very similar to herring and are an excellent source of protein and omega 3 fatty acids. In addition, these fish live at a depth in the ocean where they are not exposed to mercury contamination.
- Whole Grain Brown Rice – A complex carbohydrate that’s easy to digest, high in fiber, and a source of manganese and selenium.
- Grain Sorghum – Unknown to many, sorghum provides many health benefits to your dog(s). First, it’s a gluten-free, whole grain that’s rich in antioxidants and dietary fiber. In addition, you’ll find vitamins B1 and 2, iron, zinc and niacin.
- Salmon – A good source of protein and omega 3 fatty acids, as well as promoting healthy skin and coat.
- Peas – An excellent source of carbohydrates and natural fiber. They are also rich in vitamins A, K, and C, as well as B1 and B6. You will also find them to be high in the antioxidant nutrient lutein, supporting your dog’s eyes, skin and heart health.
- Chicken Fat – Number six on the list, chicken fat is actually a high-quality ingredient. It is, for example, made from the fat that rises to the top of a soup, and then scooped off. It is high in linoleic acid, which is an omega-6 fatty acid.
- Alfalfa Meal – A plant-based protein of about 18%, and 25% fiber. Also, a good source of phytonutrients, and vitamin K. Although not ideal as the main protein source, it is acceptable if included in a diet rich in meat-based protein sources.
- Flaxseed – Flaxseeds are an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids and protein, promoting healthy skin and coat for your dog. They are also a good source of fiber.
- Feeding Oatmeal – A by-product of rolled oats, feeding oatmeal is a source of soluble fiber, and can be a good grain alternative for wheat in allergic dogs.
The first 9 key ingredients would be responsible for making up the majority of the overall ratings for this food. Anything below these, other than supplements, would of course still contribute, however not generally to the final rating. There are 5 exceptions however with this formula that are worth mentioning.
- Montmorillonite Clay – Approved by the USDA to be used in Organic Certified products, montmorillonite clay is an anti-caking agent and a great detoxifier. It binds and removes toxins, boosts the immune system and is known to strengthen bones and joints.
- Tomato Pomace – Although to some, a questionable ingredient, tomato pomace does have high fiber nutrients to offer.
- Chicory Root – Rich in a natural source of dietary fiber called inulin, chicory root has been used by people for many years as a prebiotic and coffee alternative. It is now often used in quality, commercial dog foods to improve health by promoting beneficial bacteria into the intestines for optimal gut health.
- Chelated Minerals – This food includes minerals that are chelated, meaning they have been chemically bound to a protein, making them more easily absorbed and digestible. You would only see these in your more premium dog foods.
- Selenium Yeast – According to Victor dog foods, this is “The most researched and proven form of organic selenium yeast available, Sel-Plex supports metabolism, cellular regeneration and a strong immune response”
Victor Select Bottom Line
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 peas, alfalfa meal and flaxseed, this looks like the profile of a kibble containing a moderate amount of meat.”
Anyone who knows me knows that I am an avid dog food label reader. My dogs are very important to me, and I wanted to make sure that whatever I fed them, was going to be the absolute best food nutritionally I could buy. Are there better dogs foods out there? Probably. But for our budget, I needed to find a kibble that met the nutritional profile of a 4 or 5-star food and did not include corn, wheat, or soy. Good health and longevity start with good nutrition!
I also did not want to go with a company that had recalls. To me, unless there was a very good reason behind it, a recall is inexcusable and makes their food untrustworthy. Victor to date has not had ANY recalls on their products.
Victor Select Final Thoughts
Over the last 3 1/2 years since I have fed Victor Select dog food exclusively to my dogs, where they have been in perfect health. Their skin and coats look amazing, and their muscle mass is undeniable. The energy they have to run, hike and swim is never-ending.
I am often asked what I feed my dogs, and I am not shy to tell them about Victor! This food has been amazing for our girls!. It is up to YOU as the owner to do your research on the different types of foods out there, and find what works best for YOUR dog!
The only thing I would say is missing from Victor Select Ocean Fish and Salmon premium dog food is that it is not formulated with glucosamine and chondroitin for joint support. I feel this is very important, especially when you have large breed, active working dogs like we do. Because of this, and only this, my final rating will again be 4.25 stars out of 5.
If you have any questions, or comments you would like to make on my review, please feel free to leave them below. Would LOVE to hear from you!! 🙂
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