Blue Buffalo Dog Food & Treat Reviews for 2020

One of the easiest ways to make sure your dog is healthy is use good food that is nutritionally dense and has a great taste so your dog is sure to enjoy mealtime without getting tired of it.

Blue Buffalo is one of the best choices in dog foods and we have used it for many years. They have a lot of products and we generally give them very high ratings. So it’s time we dedicated a top list to them!

On this page, we list our top ten picks for Blue Buffalo food & treats on the market this year!

Our Top 10 List

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Preview

Product

Our Rating

Link

Price / Value

1

Blue Buffalo Life Protection Formula

9.5/10

2

Blue Buffalo Soft-Moist Training Dog Treats

9.5/10

3

Blue Buffalo Wilderness Dry Dog Food

9.5/10

4

Blue Buffalo Basics Limited Ingredient Diet Dog Food

9.5/10

5

Blue Buffalo Homestyle Recipe Natural Adult Wet Dog Food

9.5/10

6

Blue Buffalo Freedom Grain-Free Dry Dog Food

9.5/10

7

Blue Buffalo Divine Delights Wet Dog Food Cups

9.5/10

8

Blue Buffalo Blue Wilderness Canned Dog Food

9.5/10

9

Blue Buffalo Health Bars Natural Crunchy Dog Treats Biscuits

9.5/10

10

Blue Buffalo Freedom Grain-Free Adult Wet Dog Food

9.5/10

1. Life Protection Formula Adult Dry Dog Food

Blue Buffalo Life Protection Formula Adult Dog Food Natural Dry Dog Food for Adult Dogs Chicken and Brown Rice 30 lb. Bag

One of the benefits to this adult kibble is that the food has real meat (deboned chicken) as the first ingredient. Additional wonderful ingredients in this food include vegetables, brown rice, as well as fruits. Finally, this formula of Blue Buffalo has LifeSource Bits which consist of antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals selected by holistic veterinarians and animal nutritionists to help the immune system health, life stage requirements, and help keep a good oxidative balance.

This dog food, which I use, is also ideal for dog owners concerned about poultry by-product meals as ingredients. This is because there are none. Also, corn, wheat, soy, artificial flavors, and preservatives are not present either.

Takeaways

  • High quality protein for muscle building
  • Vitamins and minerals for a healthy immune system
  • Omega 3 and 6 fatty acids for healthy skin and coat
  • No poultry by-product meals
  • No corn, wheat, soy, artificial flavors, or preservatives

2. Soft-Moist Training Dog Treats

Blue Buffalo BLUE Bits Natural Soft-Moist Training Dog Treats, Beef Recipe 4-oz bag

Positive reinforcement dog training is an excellent way to train your dog, and these training treats are a sure way to help you successfully train your dog positively without having to worry about giving your dog a reward that isn’t healthy. The number one ingredient is beef, so you know you dog will probably love them; they also have DHA which supports cognitive development making them good to give to a puppy.

These wholesome training treats will not fill your dog up because each one has only 4 kcals; they are also free of poultry by-product meals, corn, wheat, soy, and artificial preservatives such as, propylene glycol, as well as colorings such as red 40.

Takeaways

  • Excellent for dog training
  • Good for puppies
  • No poultry by-product meals
  • Free of corn, wheat, soy, artificial preservatives, and food coloring
  • 4 kcals per treat

3. Wilderness Dry Dog Food

Blue Buffalo Wilderness High Protein Grain Free, Natural Adult Dry Dog Food, Chicken 24-lb

This high-protein food begins with deboned chicken, meaning that it is great for satisfying a dog’s natural love of meat; the food is also grain free with carbohydrates coming from ingredients like sweet potatoes and peas to give an energetic dog the energy needed for an active lifestyle.

This food is a natural dog food without any poultry by-product meals that is also made from the best natural ingredients that are enhanced by the addition of vitamins and minerals. Also, an accurate amount of antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals are crafted into the LifeSource Bits by holistic veterinarians and animal nutritionists to support your dog’s immune system, life stage requirements, and have a healthy oxidative balance.

Takeaways

  • Natural food
  • Meat as the first ingredient, helping muscle development
  • Balanced protein and carbohydrates, good for energetic dogs
  • Calcium and phosphorus for strong teeth and bones

4. Basics Limited Ingredient Diet Food

Blue Buffalo Basics Limited Ingredient Diet, Grain Free Natural Adult Dry Dog Food, Turkey & Potato 24-lb, Adult Turkey and Potato

The limited ingredient recipe is made without chicken, beef, corn, wheat, soy, dairy or egg, meaning this food is ideal if your dog has food sensitivities. This food helps a dog with a sensitive stomach with potatoes, peas, and pumpkin, rather than grains with gluten, which means this dog food supports gentle digestion.

Also, this will help to keep a dog’s skin and coat healthy through omega 3 and 6 fatty acids from fish oil; also, like other Blue Buffalo dog food, there are no poultry by-product meals, corn, wheat, soy, artificial flavors or preservatives.

Takeaways

  • Good for sensitive stomachs
  • Supports gentle digestion
  • Omega 3 and 6 fatty acids for skin and coat care
  • Grain and poultry by-product free

5. Homestyle Recipe Natural Adult Wet Food

Blue Buffalo Homestyle Recipe Natural Adult Wet Dog Food, Chicken 12.5-oz can (Pack of 12)

This wet food from Blue Buffalo contains chicken as its first ingredient for a high-quality protein for healthy muscle development, and it also has good garden vegetables as well. By being a natural wet food, it is made from the best natural ingredients along with enhancements from vitamins and minerals.

These ingredients are also wholesome which means no poultry by-product meals, corn, wheat, soy, or artificial flavoring or preservatives are used to make this food. This can also be fed to your dog as a meal without anything else additional, as a treat, or mixed in with normal kibble food.

Takeaways

  • High-quality protein for muscle development
  • High-quality natural ingredients with vitamins and minerals
  • No poultry by-product meals, grains, artificial flavoring, or preservatives
  • Garden vegetables
  • Can be fed as a meal, with kibble, or as a treat

6. Freedom Grain-Free Food

Blue Buffalo Freedom Grain Free Natural Adult Dry Dog Food, Chicken 24-lb

A grain-free food formulated for the nutritional needs of adult dogs, this natural dog food, with glucosamine for joint jealth, is made for the health of your dog. The ingredients are all natural and made better with additional vitamins and minerals as well as being free of poultry by-product meals, corn, wheat, soy, artificial flavors, and preservatives.

Also, like other foods from Blue Buffalo, it is made even better by LifeSource Bits which are the result of holistic veterinarians and animal nutritionists working to have a precise blend antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals to help your dog’s immune system, life stage requirements ands have a healthy oxidative balance.

Takeaways

  • Helps a dog have energy for an active lifestyle
  • Helps skin and coat with omega 3 and 6 fatty acids
  • Has glucosamine for joint heath
  • High-quality protein from chicken for muscle development

7. Divine Delights Wet Food Cups

Blue Buffalo Delights Natural Adult Small Breed Wet Dog Food Cups, 3.5-oz (Pack of 12)

This filet mignon flavored food that contains real beef as the first ingredient is ideal for small breed dogs because the container holds just enough for a full meal without you having to store it for a future meal.

There are also vegetables for essential vitamins such as A, B, and D3, ensuring the vitamins needed are not lacking. The right balance of minerals and amino acids is present as well. The moisture of this food is also very high being at 82%. Lastly, there are no poultry by-products meals, corn, wheat, soy, and artificial flavors, preservatives, or colors; the fat content is at a minimum of 3%.

Takeaways

  • Good for small breed dogs
  • Just enough so all is eaten and storage is not a concern
  • Has natural, healthy ingredients
  • Very moist food: 82%

8. Blue Wilderness Canned Food

Blue Buffalo Wilderness High Protein Grain Free, Natural Adult Wet Dog Food, 12.5-oz cans (Pack of 12)

Of the great ingredients of this high-protein wet food, real beef and real chicken are the first two ingredients on the list, which means your dog is likely going to love eating this food. The food can be given as a treat, mixed in with your dog’s normal dog food, or given to your dog as a meal without any other food needed.

Not only is it free of corn, wheat, soy, poultry by-product meals, artificial flavors, and preservatives, but this wet food also has vitamins B1, B3, B5, B2, B7, and vitamin B12 supplement as well as no less than 10% crude protein, and 9% crude fat.

Further Reading: Here is our top list for canned dog food in general.

Takeaways

  • High protein from beef and chicken
  • Multiple B vitamins
  • Minimum 10% crude protein
  • Minimum 9% crude fat
  • No corn, wheat, soy, artificial flavors, and preservatives

9. Health Bars Natural Crunchy Dog Biscuits

Blue Buffalo Health Bars Natural Crunchy Dog Treats Biscuits, Bacon, Egg & Cheese 16-oz bag., Model:802369

Whether giving your dog a normal meal or a treat, you don’t want to give it something that is not nutritionally beneficial; with these treats, that will not have to be an issue. These crunchy treats have only the best natural ingredients like oatmeal, barley, and bacon and they are also enhanced with vitamins and minerals so you know they are great for your dog to eat in between meals.

These treats too have vitamin E, vitamin, C, vitamin E as well as up to 6.5% crude fiber. They are free of any meat meal, bone meal, BHA (a potentially toxic preservative), wheat, and artificial coloring; and they are good to give to a dog of any size.

Takeaways

  • Nutritionally beneficial treats
  • Made from high-quality ingredients
  • No meat or bone meals
  • No BHA
  • Good for any size dog

10. Freedom Grain-Free Adult Food

Blue Buffalo Freedom Grain Free Natural Adult Wet Dog Food, Chicken 12.5oz cans (Pack of 12)

This gluten free wet food from Blue Buffalo is what my own dog loves to have mixed in with her normal food, since the food can be given to a dog this way, or as a treat or as a meal alone.

The natural ingredients of this wet food guarantees at least 8% crude protein and 6% crude fat as well as a maximum of 1.5% crude fiber and 78% moisture. Having no gluten from wheat also makes it a great choice for a dog intolerant to gluten or if you are concerned about feeding your dog food with grain.

Takeaways

  • Good for gluten-intolerant dogs
  • Minimum of 8% crude protein and 6% crude fat
  • 78% moisture
  • Grain free
  • Can be given as a meal, mixed with other food, or as a treat

Verdict & Review

Blue Buffalo Life Protection Formula

9.6

Overall Quality

9.7/10

Test-Dog Approval

9.5/10

Price/Value

9.5/10

Ingredients

9.7/10

Pros

  • Quality protein for muscle building
  • Contains vitamins & minerals
  • No corn, wheat, soy, artificial flavors, or preservatives
  • Omega 3 and 6 fatty acids for skin & coat health
  • No poultry by-product meals

Cons

  • None, unless your dog happens to dislike it.

Out of the ten products on this list, I most recommend Blue Buffalo Life Protection Formula Adult Dry Dog Food. With natural ingredients and no poultry by-product meat meals or grain you can always rest assured your dog is getting the nutrients that are needed throughout the dog’s adult years.

The exclusive LifeSource Bits is also an extra health insurance of this kibble because of their support to the immune system, life stage requirements, and healthy oxidative balance.

Also, a kibble food can be used to train your dog during meal time by giving your dog a single piece at a time. This means not only is your dog being feed great quality food, but it is also being trained at the same time.

Buying Guide

Having knowledge about who makes any given dog food is important for the health of your dog because knowing a brand is trustworthy to use the right, high-quality ingredients is reassuring when you feed your dog. Make sure you look for special food meant for senior dogs and food for puppies as the case may be. Dogs of a particular age usually have their own needs, and that is also true if your dog needs to lose some weight.

Not only age and state of health but also breeds have different needs. For example, we have a list of foods for the Australian Shepherd here.

Regardless of the brand, one of the ways to know for yourself if dog food is of high quality is to research online what is nutritional for a dog and what is not. With this knowledge, you can read the ingredient list printed on the package and know if it is made with good or bad ingredients.

A second way to know if a brand’s food is probably high-quality is to look at the price. If a brand is using mainly poor quality ingredients, the price is generally lower than a brand using good ingredients. While cheap sounds nice at first, it may cost you much more if the end result of choosing poor food adds veterinarian costs that might have been avoided if you had put quality food into your dog’s bowl. Therefore, we recommend you avoid the brands that charge very little money for their products.

A third way to do this is to see what is listed first on the ingredient list. This is because the order in which the ingredients present are listed in numerical order so what is present in the food the most is listed first and what is least present in the food is listed last. Therefore, if you see a food that has something like corn, meat meals, and grain as the first ingredients it is probably best to avoid it, but if you see the first few ingredients are something like beef, chicken, carrots, sweet potato, or pumpkin, then you can probably be certain it is going to be high-quality food that is good for your dog to eat.

A fourth consideration is if you have a dog with an extra sensitive stomach. Such a dog will experience an upset stomach from foods other dogs do not. This would mean that you certainly do not want to give your dog food made from poor ingredients and that a special food supporting gentle digestion or allergies may very well be needed. Food like this needs to be made from ingredients like pumpkin and need to be grain free to keep the stomach from being upset from something like gluten.

All in all, if you follow the above four tips in picking a good healthy food for your dog you will not be apt to go wrong. The end result will likely be that you will have a dog that will enjoy a long healthy life with you without the need of possibly having to pay more veterinarian costs than are necessary.

If you feed your dog Blue Buffalo, you won’t have to be concerned because the ingredients used by this brand are generally high quality and natural. This brand also never uses any wheat, corn, soy, artificial flavors, or colors in any of their products, and some foods are made for dogs that have extra sensitive stomachs in mind which means they have no grain whatsoever.

Blue Buffalo has many different products available from which to choose. They make both wet and dry food in many different flavors for dogs of all ages. All of this together makes this brand well worth considering in terms of feeding your dog what is needed in all stages of life.

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