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Only Natural Pet PowerFusion (Dry)

Discussion in 'Health & Nutritional Care' started by Dog Food Advisor, Jul 4, 2018.

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    Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Only Natural Pet PowerFusion Dog Food receives the Advisor’s top tier rating of 5 stars.


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    The Only Natural Pet PowerFusion product line includes 4 dry dog foods.

    Each recipe below includes its related AAFCO nutrient profile when available on the product’s official webpage: Growth, Maintenance, All Life Stages, Supplemental or Unspecified.

    Important: Because many websites do not reliably specify which Growth or All Life Stages recipes are safe for large breed puppies, we do not include that data in this report. Be sure to check actual packaging for that information.


    Only Natural Pet PowerFusion Red Meat Feast was selected to represent the other products in the line for this review.

    Only Natural Pet PowerFusion Red Meat Feast


    Dry Dog Food

    Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

    Protein = 43% | Fat = 20% | Carbs = 29%

    Ingredients: Deboned lamb, lamb meal (source of glucosamine & chondroitin sulfate), field peas, pork meal, garbanzo beans, lentils, sunflower oil, herring oil, pea protein, pork heart, natural flavor, sun cured alfalfa, flaxseed, pork, carrots, sweet potato, chicory root, kale, potassium chloride, salt, dried apples, cranberries, tomato pomace, dried kelp, goat milk, choline chloride, blueberries, vitamins (vitamin E supplement, calcium pantothenate, niacin supplement, vitamin A supplement, riboflavin supplement, vitamin D3 supplement, vitamin B12 supplement, thiamine mononitrate, pyridoxine hydrochloride, folic acid), minerals (zinc proteinate, calcium carbonate, iron proteinate, copper proteinate, manganese proteinate, selenium yeast, calcium iodate), pumpkin, dried Enterococcus faecium fermentation product, dried Lactobacillus acidophilus fermentation product, dried Aspergillus oryzae fermentation product (source of amylase, lipase and protease), dried Aspergillus niger fermentation extract, dried Trichoderma longibrachiatum fermentation extract, dried Bacillus subtilis fermentation extract, pineapple stems (source of bromelain), turmeric, new zealand green mussels, rosemary extract, mixed tocopherols (preservative)

    Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 7.3%

    Red items indicate controversial ingredients

    Estimated Nutrient Content
    MethodProteinFatCarbs
    Guaranteed Analysis38%18%NA
    Dry Matter Basis43%20%29%
    Calorie Weighted Basis35%40%24%
    Protein = 35% | Fat = 40% | Carbs = 24%

    The first ingredient in this dog food is lamb. Although it is a quality item, raw lamb contains up to 73% water. After cooking, most of that moisture is lost, reducing the meat content to just a fraction of its original weight.

    After processing, this item would probably account for a smaller part of the total content of the finished product.

    The second ingredient is lamb meal. Lamb meal is considered a meat concentrate and contains nearly 300% more protein than fresh lamb.

    The third ingredient includes field peas. Peas are a quality source of carbohydrates. And like all legumes, they’re rich in natural fiber.

    However, peas contain about 25% protein, a factor that must be considered when judging the meat content of this dog food.

    The fourth ingredient is pork meal. Pork meal is considered a meat concentrate and contains nearly 300% more protein than fresh pork. Yet it can also be high in ash — about 25-30%.

    However, the ash content of the final product is typically adjusted in the recipe to allow its mineral profile to meet AAFCO guidelines.

    The fifth ingredient includes garbanzo beans, also known as chickpeas. Like peas, beans and lentils, the chickpea is a nutritious member of the fiber-rich legume (pulse) family of vegetables.

    Garbanzos contain about 22% protein, something which must be considered when evaluating the total protein reported in this food.

    The sixth ingredient includes lentils. Lentils are a quality source of carbohydrates. Plus (like all legumes) they’re rich in natural fiber.

    However, lentils contain about 25% protein, a factor that must be considered when judging the actual meat content of this dog food.

    The seventh ingredient is sunflower oil. Sunflower oil is nutritionally similar to safflower oil. Since these oils are high in omega-6 fatty acids and contain no omega-3’s, they’re considered less nutritious than canola or flaxseed oils.

    Sunflower oil is notable for its resistance to heat damage during cooking.

    There are several different types of sunflower oil, some better than others. Without knowing more, it’s impossible to judge the quality of this ingredient.

    The eighth ingredient is herring oil. Herring oil is naturally rich in the prized EPA and DHA type of omega-3 fatty acids. These two high quality fats boast the highest bio-availability to dogs and humans.

    Depending on its level of freshness and purity, herring oil should be considered a commendable addition.

    The ninth ingredient is pea protein, what remains of a pea after removing the starchy part of the vegetable.

    Even though it contains over 80% protein, this ingredient would be expected to have a lower biological value than meat.

    And less costly plant-based products like this can notably boost the total protein reported on the label — a factor that must be considered when judging the meat content of this dog food.

    From here, the list goes on to include a number of other items.

    But to be realistic, ingredients located this far down the list (other than nutritional supplements) are not likely to affect the overall rating of this product.

    With 4 notable exceptions

    First, we find alfalfa, a flowering member of the pea family. Although alfalfa is high in protein (18%) and fiber, it’s uncommon to see it used in a dog food. This hay-family ingredient is more commonly associated with horse feeds.

    Next, we notice flaxseed, one of the best plant sources of healthy omega-3 fatty acids. Provided they’ve first been ground into a meal, flax seeds are also rich in soluble fiber.

    However, flaxseed contains about 19% protein, a factor that must be considered when judging the actual meat content of this dog food.

    In addition, we find chicory root. Chicory is rich in inulin, a starch-like compound made up of repeating units of carbohydrates and found in certain roots and tubers.

    Not only is inulin a natural source of soluble dietary fiber, it’s also a prebiotic used to promote the growth of healthy bacteria in a dog’s digestive tract.

    Next, we note the inclusion of dried fermentation products in this recipe. Fermentation products are typically added to provide enzymes to aid the animal with digestion.

    And lastly, this food also contains chelated minerals, minerals that have been chemically attached to protein. This makes them easier to absorb. Chelated minerals are usually found in better dog foods.

    Only Natural Pet PowerFusion Dog Food
    The Bottom Line



    Judging by its ingredients alone, Only Natural Pet PowerFusion looks like an above-average dry dog food.

    But ingredient quality by itself cannot tell the whole story. We still need to estimate the product’s meat content before determining a final rating.

    The dashboard displays a dry matter protein reading of 43%, a fat level of 20% and estimated carbohydrates of about 30%.

    As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 43% and a mean fat level of 20%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 29% for the overall product line.

    And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 47%.

    Above-average protein. Above-average fat. And below-average carbs when compared to a typical dry dog food.

    Even when you consider the protein-boosting effect of the garbanzo bean, lentils, and peas, this looks like the profile of a kibble containing a considerable amount of meat.

    Bottom line?

    Only Natural Pet PowerFusion is a meat-based dry dog food using a considerable amount of named meals as its main source of animal protein, thus earning the brand 5 stars.

    Enthusiastically recommended.

    Please note certain recipes are sometimes given a higher or lower rating based upon our estimate of their total meat content and (when appropriate) their fat-to-protein ratios.

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