Blue Buffalo Divine Delights (Pouch)

(5 / 5)

The Blue Buffalo Divine Delights product line includes six recipes.

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.

  • Blue Buffalo Divine Delights Beef Entree [M]
  • Blue Buffalo Divine Delights Duck Entree [M]
  • Blue Buffalo Divine Delights Lamb Entree [M]
  • Blue Buffalo Divine Delights Turkey Entree [M]
  • Blue Buffalo Divine Delights Salmon Entree [M]
  • Blue Buffalo Divine Delights Chicken Entree [M]

Blue Buffalo Divine Delights Turkey Entree was selected to represent the other products in the line for this review.

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

Protein 47
Fat 17
Carbs 28

Ingredients: Turkey, chicken broth, water, chicken liver, dried egg, potatoes, carrots, potato starch, peas, brown rice, sodium phosphate, guar gum, salt, natural flavor, potassium chloride, sodium carbonate, choline chloride, zinc amino acid chelate, iron amino acid chelate, vitamin E supplement, copper amino acid chelate, manganese amino acid chelate, sodium selenite, thiamine mononitrate (vitamin B1), cobalt amino acid chelate, niacin supplement (vitamin B3), calcium pantothenate (vitamin B5), vitamin A supplement, riboflavin supplement (vitamin B2), biotin (vitamin B7), vitamin B12 supplement, potassium iodide, pyridoxine hydrochloride (vitamin B6), vitamin D3 supplement, folic acid (vitamin B9)

Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 8.3%

Red items indicate controversial ingredients

Estimated Nutrient Content
Method Protein Fat Carbs
Guaranteed Analysis 9% 3% NA
Dry Matter Basis 47% 17% 28%
Calorie Weighted Basis 41% 35% 24%

The first ingredient in this dog food is turkey. Turkey is considered “the clean combination of flesh and skin… derived from the parts or whole carcasses of turkey”.1

Turkey is naturally rich in the ten essential amino acids required by a dog to sustain life.

The next two ingredients are chicken broth and water. Broths are nutritionally empty. But because they add both flavor and moisture to a dog food they are a common finding in many canned products. Water is also a routine finding in most wet dog foods.

The fourth ingredient is chicken liver. This is an organ meat sourced from a named animal and thus considered a beneficial component.

The fifth ingredient is dried egg, a dehydrated powder made from shell-free eggs. Eggs are easy to digest and have an exceptionally high biological value.

The sixth ingredient is potato. Potatoes can be considered a gluten-free source of digestible carbohydrates. Yet with the exception of perhaps their caloric content, potatoes are of only modest nutritional value to a dog.

The seventh ingredient includes carrots. Carrots are rich in beta-carotene, minerals and dietary fiber.

The eighth ingredient is potato starch. Potato starch is a gluten-free carbohydrate used more for its thickening properties than its nutritional value.

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 two notable exceptions

First, this recipe contains 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.

And lastly, this food includes 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.

Blue Buffalo Divine Delights Dog Food The Bottom Line

Judging by its ingredients alone, Blue Buffalo Divine Delights Dog Food looks like an above-average wet product.

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 44%, a fat level of 17% and estimated carbohydrates of about 31%.

As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 46% and a mean fat level of 15%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 31% for the overall product line.

And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 32%.

Above-average protein. Below-average fat. And above-average carbs when compared to a typical wet dog food.

Even when you consider the protein-boosting effect of the peas, this looks like the profile of a wet product containing a significant amount of meat.

Bottom line?

Blue Buffalo Divine Delights is a meat-based wet dog food using a significant amount of various species as its main sources 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.