A Pup Above Dog Food Review by Janice Jones
As dog owners, we are always on the lookout for the best care options, best products, and best food for our special furry friends. We want them to be happy, healthy, and enjoy a long life. Finding the best, though, is not always easy with so many choices out there.
Today, I was lucky enough to sample a new food for my “herd” of dogs called A Pup Above. As always, I am skeptical about trying new foods, especially with all the warnings suggesting that changing diets can cause digestive upsets.
But I became very excited after reading about this company. What follows is my unbiased review of the four recipes provided by A Pup Above.
There’s little not to love about A Pup Above, but since I promised you a non-biased opinion, here goes:
With the high protein content contained in the four diets, one might think the food would be great for puppies. Since I didn't see anything about this on the website, I reached out and this is what I learned:
"Our recipes are a great topper option, however, puppies should not be fed A Pup Above exclusively. Puppies need extra calcium and other essential vitamins and minerals to support their growth. Generally, once dogs are a year or older, they can transition fully to adult food."
A Pup Above’s website provides a wealth of information about their products and also includes blog articles that relate to food and the feeding of dogs.
For example, if you are curious about a specific ingredient in any of the formulas, you just need to click on it and find out why it was included.
I did that with apples and learned that this delicious fruit is a good source of dietary fiber and vitamin C.
Texas Beef Stew is packed with bold flavors and nutritious vegetables, and it has the highest amount of crude protein of all four recipes. it’s also a good choice for dogs that need a grain-free option.
The main ingredients include Beef, beef liver, tomatoes, green peas, carrots, russet potatoes, safflower, oil, turmeric, thyme, parsley, vitamins and minerals.
Crude protein: 16.3% min
Crude fat: 6.4% min
Crude fiber: 0.5% max
Moisture: 71.1% max
Taurine: 0.02% min
According to A Pup Above, this limited ingredient diet is made with cage-free, real turkey and non-GMO veggies packed with antioxidants, fiber, and vitamins.
The main Ingredients are Turkey, turkey liver, tomatoes, carrots, green peas, rice, turmeric, thyme, parsley, minerals and vitamins.
Crude protein: 14.31% min
Crude fat: 5.09% min
Crude fiber: 0.5% max
Moisture: 74.3% max
Taurine: 0.16% min
A Pup Above states that this diet has all the flavor of a luau without the limbo stick, Porky’s Luau blends savory, lean pork with superfoods like sweet potatoes, pineapple, and turmeric. Pork is crate free without antibiotics or growth hormones.
The main ingredients of this pork-based diet include pork, pork liver, sweet potatoes, green beans, pineapple, turmeric, thyme, parsley, minerals and vitamins.
Crude Protein 13.4% min
Crude Fat 5.2% min
Crude Fiber 1.1 % max
Moisture: 72.1% max
Taurine: 0.08% min
This single source protein comes from cage-free birds that are produced using no antibiotics or growth hormones.
The main ingredients are chicken, chicken liver, sweet potatoes, spinach, apples, rice kale, turmeric, thyme, parsley, minerals and vitamins.
Crude protein: 14.0% min
Crude Fat: 5.8% min
Crude Fiber: 1.2% max
Moisture: 67.0% max
Taurine: 0.11% min.
If all of these recipes are sounding very tasty, remember this food is for your dog, not you.
If your dog will is anything like mine, they will chow down on any recipe. But you have the option of ordering a sampler pack of all four recipes.
This can be a one-time order or if you prefer, you can start a subscription. if you’re not sure which to try, you can order a sampler pack of all four options, either as a one-off order or a subscription.
On the other hand, you could start off with one option as your first order and then continue to change until your dog has had the opportunity to sample them all.
No cooking method preserves a food’s nutritional integrity, not for dogs or people. Nutrition- minded people always look for the best options and many dog parents are following in this trend.
Raw seems to be a more popular dietary choice for dogs compared to the high processed kibble. But the risk of pathogens remains a concern for many pet parents. So, what’s the alternative? Sous-vide is – and it’s making headway in the pet and human food industry.
The Sous vide process (2) comes from the French term “under vacuum”. The process involves placing uncooked food into food-grade bags, sealing them, and submerging them into water. The temperature of the water, usually 180 degrees F. cooks the food, slowly, until it reaches 160-165˚ F.
This temperature kills any pathogens but doesn’t overcook the food. Overcooked food tend to loose essential vitamins and other nutrients.
There are several options when it comes to shipping, but before you make a decision, it’s best to know how much your dog eats. This will determine the quantity and frequency of your orders.
Another consideration is how you want to feed this food.
There are two options here. First, you may want to make this food the stand-alone diet for your dog, or secondly, you may decide to serve the food as a supplement.
Most people choosing this option will feed 50% A Pup Above and 50% their current dog food. This possibility makes the food much more affordable yet still providing an excellent diet.
To help you decide, information for each formula is provided on the company’s website. Click on any formula and you will be directed to the sales page. Here you can click on any of the small icons to learn more about the product.
So, I hope I have stressed all the major points about A Pup Above Fresh Dog Food Company. If not, let me review:
This is human quality food shipped directly to your home. It is sustainably produced inside the USA, in human quality facilities.
More important, is the way the food is produced, the Sous vide method of cooking. High temperatures and highly processed foods are not as nutritionally sound as less processed ones that use lower temperatures.
This is true for both human and dog consumption. Highly palatable and nutritious, each formula provides a single protein source which is especially important if your dog is dealing with food allergies.
One thing missing from the review is how it tastes. Only dogs can answer that, but I believe I got a good indication when I introduced my “herd” to A Pup Above.
My current “herd” consists of 13 Shih Tzu dogs ranging in age for 7 months to 12 years old. For anyone not familiar with this breed, the Shih Tzu are an ancient breed that have been around for millennium to serve as companion dogs.
Research has shown that this breed is ancient and is one of the few breeds closely related to the wolf. (3)
These gentle little dogs don’t remind me of wolves normally, but when I served this food, I did see the wolf in them.
I was lucky to have all my fingers still attached after I served each their first bite of A Pup Above, Turkey Pawella.
Now, I must also disclose that I have a few very picky eaters and even these dogs were eager to try this new culinary delight. I guess they were thinking that I was serving some table scraps, which I’m guilty of doing upon occasion.
Needless to say, this dog food passed the taste test with five gold stars. So, I can confidently report that the food is not only nutritious and delicious, but the company gets five stars for being sustainable and good for the environment.
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