Q Holistic Dry Dog Food | Review | Moesonson (2024)

By 「Chief of Food」Fat Hill on

Rating

Type

Hot Extruded / Dry

Grain

Grain Inclusive

Origin

Canada

Recipes

1

Is Q Holistic Dry Dog Food Good?

Q Holistic Dry Dog Food is a pet food line with a 3-star rating — around 31% of all the pet food we review fall in this tier.

They seem to have nutrition ratio similar to a common pet food, and contain mainly named ingredents. We think they are fine, and it might be great to give your pets some extra meaty food or treats.

What We like

  • No Plant Protein in Top Ingredients
  • Use Organic Minerals to Improve Absorption
  • Aid Digestion with Probiotics
  • No Chemicals or Suspicious Ingredients

What We Concern

  • More than 37% Carbs
  • Numberous Controversial Ingredients
  • Contain Potential Allergens like Corn, Soy, Gluten, and Dairy products

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Recipes Rating

Recipes could have different ingredients in the same product line. We rate each recipe and list them from higest to lowest ratings.

Higher protein and lower carbs recipes are rated higher

Recipe and 1st Ingredient

Rating

Grain Free
Q All Life Stages

1️⃣Chicken Meal 🍚Carbs:43%

3

Tips

There is only one recipe in the line. There is no other flavors as we can see.

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Recipe to review

To rate Q Holistic Dry Dog Food, we will take one representative recipe to evaluate the nutrition, ingredients and meat content of this product line.

We have chosen Q All Life Stages.

Nutrition Label

Pet food show guaranteed analysis on their labels. It includes moisture and does not reflect the level of carbs — which we prefer lower for dogs and as low as possible for cats.

From the label of Q All Life Stages

Protein

25%

Fat

16%

Fiber

2.5%

Carbs

?%

Calculate the dry value (no moisture) on a dry matter basis will help us to estimate the carbs level and other nutrition without water — so we can get a better idea about the ratio.

(We think the ideal nutrition profile would be Protein > Fat > Carbs)

NutritionOur Ideal Dry ValueLike?
Protein30% or more28%
Fat15% or more18%
CarbsLess than 28%43%
FiberLess than 5%2.8%

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Ingredients Overview

46 ingredients are listed on the label. We research their quality to pet and use our best judgement to group them in the proportion of Prefer, Concerned, and Notice ingredients in the bar chart.

Allergen

2 units

🌋 Indigest

1 units

Uncertain

0 units

Organic Minerals Seems to Include

Probiotics Seems to Include

Prefer

Concerned

Notice

Neutral

Click an ingredient to see the detail

Chicken Meal

Animal Protein

A dehydrated form of chicken, it is a meat concentrate that contains up to 4 times more protein than fresh chicken on dry matter basis.

Prefer A high-quality animal protein with high digestibility and biological value.

Allergen N/A

🌋

Related to Digest N/A

Uncertain N/A

Whole Barley

Carbs

🌋

A type of grain that is high in carbs and fiber, along with manganese and selenium.

Concerned An inexpensive filler with gluten, with limited nutrition value to dogs / cats.

Allergen Contains gluten, which is one of the most common allergens that can cause skin rashes, itchiness, and irritation.

🌋

Related to Digest Gluten intolerances can cause damage to the gastrointestinal tract, may result in diarrhea and discomfort stomach.

Uncertain N/A

Ground Brown Rice

Carbs

Whole grain rice with its bran and germ remained, high in carbs and fiber. Studies have shown that rice bran depletes taurine in cats, which is an essential amino acid.

Notice An inexpensive filler with proven disadvantages offers limited nutrition value to dogs / cats.

Allergen N/A

🌋

Related to Digest N/A

Uncertain N/A

Chicken Fat Naturally Preserved With Mixed Tocopherols

Fat

The fatty layer separated during the cooking process, with a high level of omega 6, It is more preferable by dogs and cats over other types of fats.

Prefer A high-quality animal fat with high digestibility and biological value.

Allergen N/A

🌋

Related to Digest N/A

Uncertain N/A

Dehulled Oats

Carbs

A whole grain that has higher protein and fats compared to other types. It is rich in B-vitamins and dietary fiber.

Concerned An inexpensive filler without gluten, with limited nutrition value to dogs / cats.

Allergen N/A

🌋

Related to Digest N/A

Uncertain N/A

Pork Meal

Animal Protein

A dehydrated form of pork, a meat concentrate that could contain 400% more protein than fresh pork. It is an excellent amount of vitamin B1. Compared to beef and chicken, pork has the highest fat content.

Prefer A high-quality animal protein with high digestibility and biological value.

Allergen N/A

🌋

Related to Digest N/A

Uncertain N/A

Herring Meal

Animal Protein

A dehydrated form of herring, which contains up to 400% more protein than the fresh form. It is a small silvery fish with low content of mercury. It is high in protein, vitamin D, selenium, and omega 3s.

Prefer A high-quality animal protein with high digestibility and biological value.

Allergen N/A

🌋

Related to Digest N/A

Uncertain N/A

Chicken Liver Digest

Animal Protein

Chicken liver has been broken down into a tasty protein to enhance the flavour of pet food.

Neutral Organ meats are highly nutritious, with quality protein and many important vitamins / minerals.

Allergen N/A

🌋

Related to Digest N/A

Uncertain N/A

Potassium Chloride

Supplement

An inorganic form of potassium, which offers 5 - 15% less absorption rate to the body. It is essential for important functions like nerve impulse transmission, muscle contraction, and carbon dioxide / oxygen transport.

Neutral A safe supplement for additional vitamins.

Allergen N/A

Uncertain N/A

Salt

Others

Mainly added to enhance the flavor, might cause kidney and blood pressure issues in a larger dose. High-quality pet foods should get a sufficient amount from raw meat, additional salt is not necessary.

Concerned A controversial ingredient that might cause health issues, unnecessary for the risk.

Allergen N/A

🌋

Related to Digest N/A

Uncertain N/A

Yeast

Plant Protein Concentrate

Made from fungus and often used to make beer, a rich source of minerals such as selenium. B-complex vitamins, and chromium. It contains around 40% protein.

Concerned A controversial ingredient, some believe it can support the immune system, while others say it can be linked to allergies and bloating. However, no scientific research can provide a concrete conclusion.

Allergen N/A

🌋

Related to Digest N/A

Uncertain N/A

Flaxseed

Fat

One of the richest sources of plant-based omega 3s, well known for its anti-inflammatory properties. It contains around 41% of fat, 57% of the total fatty acids is omega 3s.

Neutral A harmless seed with potential health benefits.

Allergen N/A

🌋

Related to Digest N/A

Uncertain N/A

Dried Carrots

Carbs

Well known for its alpha and beta-carotene content, also rich in potassium and vitamin B6. Most pet foods use it as a minor ingredient (include 0.1% to 3% of the total composition).

Neutral Vegetables are fair source of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.

Allergen N/A

🌋

Related to Digest N/A

Uncertain N/A

Dried Apples

Carbs

Contains mainly carbs and sugar with multiple antioxidants to prevent radical damages by oxidative stress.

Neutral Fruit is an acceptable source of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.

Allergen N/A

🌋

Related to Digest N/A

Uncertain N/A

Dried Cranberries

Carbs

High in vitamin C and antioxidants, it is also best known for fighting Urinary Tract Infections. While it could be true for humans, the effect on pets is yet to be confirmed by further research.

Neutral Fruit is an acceptable source of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.

Allergen N/A

🌋

Related to Digest N/A

Uncertain N/A

Dried Blueberries

Carbs

Superfood packed with antioxidants, a good source of vitamin C, K, and manganese.

Neutral Fruit is an acceptable source of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.

Allergen N/A

🌋

Related to Digest N/A

Uncertain N/A

Choline Chloride

Supplement

Vital molecule for various functions in the body, lack of choline can result in weight loss, vomiting, and fatty liver.

Neutral A safe supplement for potential health benefits.

Allergen N/A

🌋

Related to Digest N/A

Uncertain N/A

Yucca Extract

Carbs

Yucca schidigera is a desert plant found in the arid southwestern US and Mexico. It has been shown to reduce fecal aroma (poop's smell) without any harmful effect.

Neutral A harmless ingredient with specific benefits.

Allergen N/A

🌋

Related to Digest N/A

Uncertain N/A

Bacillus Subtilis

Probiotics

A type of probiotics, good bacteria that promotes good digestion and overall health. Bacillus subtilis helps to boost immunity, protect the body from pathogens (like salmonella), and improve gut health.

Neutral A safe supplement for probiotics, which may improve digestive health.

Allergen N/A

🌋

Related to Digest N/A

Uncertain N/A

Bacillus Licheniformis

Probiotics

A type of probiotics, good bacteria that promotes good digestion and overall health. Bacillus licheniformis produces several digestive enzymes such as protease, which helps to digest protein in the body.

Neutral A safe supplement for probiotics, which may improve digestive health.

Allergen N/A

🌋

Related to Digest N/A

Uncertain N/A

Glucosamine

Supplement

The most common joint supplement for reducing the level of pain and inflammation.

Neutral A safe supplement for potential health benefits.

Allergen N/A

🌋

Related to Digest N/A

Uncertain N/A

Chicory Root Extract

Carbs

Contains insulin, which is a prebiotic that promotes friendly bacteria in the gut and supports better digestion.

Neutral A harmless plant with potential health benefits.

Allergen N/A

🌋

Related to Digest N/A

Uncertain N/A

L-carnitine

Supplement

An amino acid that is naturally produced in the body. It is often added to pet foods because the normal cooking process degrades its availability from whole food.

Neutral A safe supplement to improve the completeness of essential amino acids profile (the building block of protein).

Allergen N/A

🌋

Related to Digest N/A

Uncertain N/A

Iron Sulphate

Supplement

An inorganic form of iron. It is essential for the transport and movement of oxygen around the body. Compare to organic form, it has 5 - 15% less absorption rate to the body.

Neutral A safe supplement for additional minerals.

Allergen N/A

🌋

Related to Digest N/A

Uncertain N/A

Zinc Oxide

Supplement

An inorganic form of zinc, which is vital in skin function and wound healing, cell replication, the structure and function of biological membranes. Compare to organic form, it has 5 - 15% less absorption rate to the body.

Neutral A safe supplement for additional minerals.

Allergen N/A

🌋

Related to Digest N/A

Uncertain N/A

Vitamin E

Supplement

Supplement for vitamin E, which is an important antioxidant that protects oxidative damages on cellular membranes by free radicals. A deficiency will result in symptoms like anorexia, depression, and dermatitis.

Neutral A safe supplement for additional vitamins.

Allergen N/A

🌋

Related to Digest N/A

Uncertain N/A

Copper Sulphate

Supplement

An inorganic form of copper, which is important for the production of blood cells, hair coat color pigmentation, and maintaining the nervous system. Compare to organic form, it has 5 - 15% less absorption rate to the body.

Neutral A safe supplement for additional minerals.

Allergen N/A

🌋

Related to Digest N/A

Uncertain N/A

Folic Acid

Supplement

A synthetic form of folate, which is also known as vitamin B9. It plays an important role to support the body's functions, such as cell growth.

Neutral A safe supplement for additional vitamins.

Allergen N/A

🌋

Related to Digest N/A

Uncertain N/A

Vitamin B12

Supplement

Supplement for vitamin B12, which is vital for carbon transfer and propionate metabolism. A deficiency will result in symptoms similar to gastrointestinal disorders, such as diarrhea and weight loss.

Neutral A safe supplement for additional vitamins.

Allergen N/A

🌋

Related to Digest N/A

Uncertain N/A

Vitamin A

Supplement

Supplement of vitamin A, it is essential for healthy skin, normal vision, and immune function.

Neutral A safe supplement for additional vitamins.

Allergen N/A

🌋

Related to Digest N/A

Uncertain N/A

Niacin

Supplement

Known as vitamin B3, essential to maintain healthy GI tracts, skin/coat, and nervous system.

Neutral A safe supplement for additional vitamins.

Allergen N/A

🌋

Related to Digest N/A

Uncertain N/A

Selenium

Supplement

An inorganic form of selenium, has 5 - 15% less absorption rate than the organic form. It is essential to protect the body from oxidative damage by free radicals.

Neutral A safe supplement for additional minerals.

Allergen N/A

🌋

Related to Digest N/A

Uncertain N/A

Manganese Oxide

Supplement

An inorganic form of manganese that has 5 - 15% less absorption rate than the organic form. It is essential for the transport and movement of oxygen around the body.

Neutral A safe supplement for additional minerals.

Allergen N/A

🌋

Related to Digest N/A

Uncertain N/A

Calcium Pantothenate

Supplement

An organic form of calcium, it is essential in the formation of bones / teeth and different cellular functions. Compare to inorganic form, it has 5 - 15% more absorption rate to the body.

Neutral A safe supplement for additional minerals.

Allergen N/A

🌋

Related to Digest N/A

Uncertain N/A

Riboflavin

Supplement

A synthetic supplement for vitamin B2. which is vital for the body's metabolism and health.

Neutral A safe supplement for additional vitamins.

Allergen N/A

🌋

Related to Digest N/A

Uncertain N/A

Vitamin K

Supplement

Supplement for vitamin K, which is essential for the formulation of bone and normal blood clotting. A deficiency will result in prolonged bleeding times and internal bleeding.

Neutral A safe supplement for additional vitamins.

Allergen N/A

🌋

Related to Digest N/A

Uncertain N/A

Biotin

Supplement

A water-soluble vitamin B that is important for maintaining healthy skin, coat, and nails.

Neutral A safe supplement for additional vitamins.

Allergen N/A

🌋

Related to Digest N/A

Uncertain N/A

Vitamin D

Supplement

Supplement for vitamin D, which is essential for calcium homeostasis - to maintain a constant concentration of calcium. A deficiency will result in osteopenia (lower bone mass).

Neutral A safe supplement for additional vitamins.

Allergen N/A

🌋

Related to Digest N/A

Uncertain N/A

Calcium Iodate

Supplement

An inorganic form of calcium, it is essential in the formation of bones / teeth and different cellular functions. Compare to organic form, it has 5 - 15% less absorption rate to the body.

Neutral A safe supplement for additional minerals.

Allergen N/A

🌋

Related to Digest N/A

Uncertain N/A

Oregano Extract

Carbs

A herb that is often used in pasta sauce, rich in antioxidants carvacrol and thymol, which help to prevent radical damages in the body.

Neutral A harmless herb with potential health benefits.

Allergen N/A

🌋

Related to Digest N/A

Uncertain N/A

Cinnamon Extract

Carbs

Loaded with antioxidants and has anti-inflammatory properties, it is completely safe for pets to consume.

Neutral A herb with potential health benefits, safe in small quantities.

Allergen Cinnamon and its oil can cause skin irritation if consumed in large quantities.

🌋

Related to Digest N/A

Uncertain N/A

Red Pepper Extract

Carbs

Commonly known as bell pepper, an excellent source of vitamin C and antioxidants.

Neutral Vegetables are fair source of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.

Allergen N/A

🌋

Related to Digest N/A

Uncertain N/A

Zinc Amino Acid Complex

Supplement

An organic form of zinc, which is vital in skin function and wound healing, cell replication, the structure and function of biological membranes. Compare to inorganic form, it has 5 - 15% more absorption rate to the body.

Neutral A safe supplement for additional minerals.

Allergen N/A

🌋

Related to Digest N/A

Uncertain N/A

Manganese Amino Acid Complex

Supplement

An organic form of manganese that has 5 - 15% higher absorption rate than the inorganic form. It is essential for normal metabolic function with the body.

Neutral A safe supplement for additional minerals.

Allergen N/A

🌋

Related to Digest N/A

Uncertain N/A

Copper Amino Acid Complex

Supplement

An organic form of copper, which is important for the production of blood cells, hair coat color pigmentation, and maintaining the nervous system. Compare to inorganic form, it has 5 - 15% more absorption rate to the body.

Neutral A safe supplement for additional minerals.

Allergen N/A

🌋

Related to Digest N/A

Uncertain N/A

Cobalt Glucoheptonate

Supplement

Cobalt is essential for the synthesis of vitamin B12. This is an organic form of cobalt, which has 5 - 15% higher absorption rate to the body.

Neutral A safe supplement for additional vitamins.

Allergen N/A

🌋

Related to Digest N/A

Uncertain N/A

Tips

We find 4 Concerned and 1 Notice ingredients from Q All Life Stages. Check from the above list to view the details.

Concerned

  • Whole Barley
  • Dehulled Oats
  • Salt
  • Yeast

Notice

  • Ground Brown Rice

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Estimated Meat Content

Some pet food uses high plant protein ingredients to boost up the overall protein level — to make it looks like it includes a lot of meat, which is more appealing for customers.

Therefore, protein level itself cannot tell the quality and how much animal ingredients (more digestible than plants) is in the pet food.

Check if protein is overrated by plant protein boost up

Count of Plant Protein

0 / 7 (0%)
in top 7 ingredients

Protein Level

28%

in dry matter

By looking at the plant protein in top ingredients and compare with the total protein level, we will try to estimate how much animal ingredients is used in the pet food as Meat Content.

Meat Content

Based on my "godly" guess, the meat content might be Medium !

It looks like it contains a moderate amount of meat. Your furbabies should still be fine with it.

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Q Holistic Dry Dog Food Product Line Review

To make a conclusion about the whole product line, we will consider all recipes and their average nutrition ratio.

Recipes Average Compares to Ideal Level

In the total of 1 recipe, the group has an average of 28% protein, 18% fat and 43% carbohydrate.

(Protein and Fat: Prefer Higher丨Carbs: Prefer Lower)

  • Protein is -2 (%) less than ideal
  • Fat is 3 (%) higher than ideal
  • Carbs is 15 (%) higher than ideal
What does it mean?

Overall,Q Holistic Dry Dog Food has an carbs level higher than our preferred level.

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Conclusion

Throughout the review, we have 3 major opinons about this pet food line:

  • Similar nutrition ratio as a common pet food
  • Clear, named animal products as main ingredient
  • Medium level of meat content

Based on these, we can conclude Q Holistic Dry Dog Food is a pet food line with a 3 star rating.

Do we recommend Q Holistic Dry Dog Food ?

It is a fine pet food, and it might be great to give your pets some extra meaty food or treats.

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The review is entirely our own view and opinon. It is for informational reference only and not a purchase advice.

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