4Health Dog Food Review (Dry)

By Kevin Myers | 2020 Update
4health Pet Food - Feed your pets like family with no corn, no wheat, and no soy.

This (updated) guide covers the 4Health Dry Dog Food in-depth. For this review, we’ve considered factors such as:

  • Ingredients
  • Customer feedback
  • Reviews from pet sites/forums
  • More…

(…See our 40 point inspection here)

Summary:

After our research, which includes ingredient analysis, aggregating & analyzing customer reviews, and more, we conclude that the 4health Dry Dog Food gets an overall rating of 2.8 out of 5, which is “about-average” when compared to other dog foods in this category. (Find detailed information below.)

After going through this review, I highly suggest checking out our latest guides below to see other alternatives in this category of dog food.

The Best Dry Dog Foods
The Best Dry Puppy Foods


List of dog foods in this product line

There are a total of 9 (nine) 4Health Dry Dog foods in this product line. We are using the first food listed as the benchmark for this review.

  • 4Health Chicken and Rice Formula (Benchmark)
  • 4Health Puppy Formula
  • 4Health Small Bites Formula
  • 4Health Large Breed Formula
  • 4Health Mature Adult Formula
  • 4Health Lamb and Rice Formula
  • 4Health Salmon and Potato Formula
  • 4Health Performance Formula
  • 4Health Healthy Weight Formula

4Health Chicken and Rice Formula (Benchmark)

The “4Health Chicken and Rice Dog Food” is selected as the benchmark for this dog food review.

Life Stage: Adult
Breed Size: All Breed Sizes

Caloric Content:
Metabolizable Energy (ME) 3,755 kcal/kg (351 kcal/cup).

Guaranteed Analysis:
Crude Protein 26.0% minimum
Crude Fat 15.0% minimum
Crude Fiber 4.0% maximum
Moisture 10.0%maximum

Ingredients:
Chicken, chicken meal, cracked pearled barley, ground white rice, chicken fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols), oatmeal, dried beet pulp, natural chicken flavor, flaxseed, ocean fish meal, potassium chloride, salt, DL-methionine, choline chloride, taurine, dried chicory root, glucosamine hydrochloride, dried Lactobacillus plantarum fermentation product, dried Bacillus subtilis fermentation product, dried Lactobacillus acidophilus fermentation product, dried Enterococcus faecium fermentation product, dried Bifidobacterium animalis fermentation product, vitamin E supplement, iron proteinate, zinc proteinate, yucca schidigera extract, copper proteinate, ferrous sulfate, zinc sulfate, copper sulfate, potassium iodide, thiamine mononitrate, manganese proteinate, manganous oxide, chondroitin sulfate, ascorbic acid, vitamin A supplement,. biotin, niacin, calcium pantothenate, manganese sulfate, sodium selenite, pyridoxine hydrochloride (vitamin B6), vitamin B12 supplement, riboflavin, vitamin D supplement, folic acid.


Customer Feedback

An essential part of our dog food inspection includes looking at the customer feedback for the products we review. For the 4health dry dog food, we collected customer reviews from online retailers and other review sites/forums and found an average satisfaction rating of 2.2 out of 5 – Which is About-Average


Estimated Nutrient Content

These are the estimated nutrient content for the 4Health Chicken and Rice Dog Food. We compare Protein, Fat, and Carbs using 3 different methods: Guaranteed Analysis, Dry Matter Basis, and Calorie Weighted Basis.

The estimated Fiber Dry Matter Content for this product is 4.4%

MethodProteinFatCarbs
Guaranteed Analysis26.0%15.0%--
Dry Matter Basis29.0%17.0%46.0%
Calorie Weighted Basis25.0%35.0%40.0%

Ingredient Analysis

Following are the first 7 ingredients for the 4Health Chicken and Rice Dog Food:

  1. chicken,
  2. chicken meal,
  3. barley,
  4. ground white rice,
  5. chicken fat,
  6. oatmeal,
  7. dried beet pulp

You should know that the first 5 to 7 ingredients are the most important when analyzing a recipe. Please check the Ingredient Analysis below for the 4Health Chicken and Rice Dog Food where we breakdown the most important ingredients.

(1st) – Chicken

  • Commonly included in dog food
  • The Raw form consists of up to 70% water
  • After cooking, most of the water is lost and the meat content is reduced to a small amount
  • A clean combination of skin & flesh
  • Extracted from parts or whole chicken
  • Naturally rich in the 10 essential amino acids

(2nd) – Chicken meal

  • Chicken meal does not contain heads, feet, feathers, or intestinal contents.
  • This is rendered chicken meat that has been dried and ground up
  • Chicken meal is safe and nutritious for your dog!
  • Includes clean skin, flesh, and/or bones
  • Concentrated, bioavailable protein source which contains up to 3 times more protein than fresh chicken

(3rd) – Barley

  • Offers Moderate nutritional value
  • Commonly included in dog food
  • Offers healthy nutrients and fiber

(4th) – Ground rice

  • Alternative name for rice flour
  • Gluten-free substitute for wheat flour
  • Ground rice is made from either white or brown rice

(5th) – Chicken fat

  • Actually a high quality ingredient
  • Chicken fat is obtained from processing chicken
  • Fat is skimmed from the surface of the liquid
  • Chicken fat is high in omega-6 (linoleic acid)
  • Commonly included in dog food

(6th) – Oatmeal

  • Naturally rich in B-vitamins
  • Whole-grain product
  • Made from coarsely ground oats
  • With a high level of purity, it is gluten-free

(7th) – Beet Pulp

  • A controversial ingredient
  • High fiber
  • A by-product of sugar beet processing
  • Critics say its an inexpensive filler
  • Great for blood sugar & intestinal health benefits

The first 7 ingredients listed above are the most important ones. Ingredients later in the order will not highly impact 4health Dry dog food overall ratings.

Notable:

Contains flaxseed

  • Excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids
  • Rich in soluble fiber
  • Contains up to 19% protein

Contains chicory root

  • rich in inulin
  • starch-like compound
  • found in certain roots and tubers
  • natural source of soluble dietary fiber
  • a prebiotic which promote the growth of healthy gut bacteria

Contains chelated minerals

  • Minerals are essential nutrients that a pup needs to grow
  • Chelated Minerals are comparably easy to absorb
  • Higher quality dog foods usually use chelated minerals

Conclusion

Looking at the first 7 ingredients, the 4Health Dry dog food seems to be a Better-than-Average product.

Using “Dry Matter Basis”, this dog food brand shows the following stats:

  • Protein = 29%
  • Fat = 17%
  • Carbs = 46%

As a whole group, this dog food brand shows the following stats:

  • Average protein content = 27%
  • Mean Fat Level = 15%
  • Average Carbs = 50%
  • Estimated fat-to-protein ratio = 54%

When compared to typical dog food in this category:

  • Average Protein
  • Average Fat
  • Average Carbs

After considering the factors mentioned in our inspection checklist, the 4health dry dog food product line gets a rating of 2.8 out of 5 – which is about-average.

We highly recommend checking out our latest guides below to see alternatives in this category:

The Best Dry Dog Foods
The Best Dry Puppy Foods


Coupons and Discounts

Following are the best coupons and discount codes for the 4health dry dog food.

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Recalls

The following list includes all of the 4health dry dog food recalls.

  • Diamond Dog Food Recall (Dated: 5/6/2012)

(This section will be empty if there are no recalls or if we have not yet updated this page.)


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Information on this page

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