This Halo Vegan Garden Medley Dog Food Review is based on what Halo, Purely for Pets, the manufacturer of Vegan Garden Medley, provide on their website. There you will also find more information about the company itself and other products they offer.
A dry kibble-type of vegan dog food, Halo Vegan Garden Medley claims to be a holistic and high-quality alternative to animal-based protein. The company does not use any rice in their formulas, and promise a balanced and a complete diet for vegan dogs. Every purchase also supports shelter dogs.
Read our full review to find out why Halo Garden Medley for vegan dogs received a high rating from us. Garden Medley is also available as a wet food, but this review focuses on the dry kibble.
Ingredients in Halo Vegan Garden Medley
Green Peas, Chickpeas, Pearled Barley, Oat Groats, Pea Protein, Whole Flaxseed, Sunflower Oil, Dried Plain Beet Pulp, Potato, Sweet Potato, Alfalfa Meal, Carrot, Celery, Beet, Parsley, Lettuce, Watercress, Spinach, Canola Oil (preserved with mixed tocopherols), Dicalcium Phosphate, Monocalcium Phosphate, Dried Kelp, Natural Vegetable Flavors, Flaxseed Oil, Carrots, Dried Apple, Dried Blueberry, Dried Cranberry, Chicory Root, Taurine, Rosemary Extract, L-Carnitine, Potassium Chloride, DL Methionine, Salt, Calcium Carbonate, Choline Chloride, Vitamins (Vitamin B12 Supplement, Niacin, Vitamin A Supplement, Calcium Pantothenate, Riboflavin Supplement, Vitamin D-2 Supplement, Thiamine Mononitrate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Biotin, Folic Acid), Minerals (Zinc Proteinate, Iron Proteinate, Zinc Sulfate, Iron Sulfate, Manganese Proteinate, Manganese Sulfate, Cobalt Proteinate, Copper Proteinate, Copper Sulfate, Ethylene Diamine Dihydriodide, Sodium Selenite).
Top 5 Ingredients
- Green Peas. The most abundant ingredient in Garden Medley, green peas, is quickly gaining popularity in many commercial dog food formulas. That is because peas are an excellent source of complex carbohydrates, which are important for good bowel movement and digestive system. Besides carbs, peas provide protein, which is arguably the most important macronutrient is dog’s diet. You can read more about peas in dog foods here.
- Chickpeas. Another great source for both carbohydrates and protein, chickpeas (or garbanzo beans) are full of fiber, too. Fiber makes dogs feel full quicker, thus being a great option for dogs who like to overeat or ones that are on a restricted calorie diet. The fiber in chickpeas is also great preventing colon problems. Read more about these legumes over at Animal Wellness Magazine.
- Pearled Barley. Unlike the hulled variety, pearled barley has its outer husk and bran layers removed, making it easier to digest and quicker to cook. It does, however, lose some of its original nutritional value. Generally, barley is widely used in dog food formulas because it is a great source of carbohydrates, which is the primary source of energy for our dogs. Barley, though, contains gluten, so be mindful of this if your dog is allergic to it.
- Oat Groats. An oat groat is an oat with the outer layer (hull) removed. They come as the fourth most abundant ingredient in Halo Garden Medley. Oats are high in protein, soluble fiber, iron, zinc, and B vitamins. Moreover, they are easily digestible, making oat groats a very beneficial constituent in a vegan dog food formula.
- Pea Protein. Pea protein does not only add more protein in the formula, but it also provides more essential amino acids, which are so important for a healthy vegan dog. It is also a human-grade ingredient, commonly used among vegan athletes.
Other Interesting Ingredients
There are many ingredients in Halo Vegan Garden Medley that we think are important. We did, however, already cover things like cranberries, Taurine, and L-Carnitine. We believe that they are essential additions to a vegan dog diet, and Garden Medley contains all of them. Therefore, we will list a few other ingredients that we think are interesting and/or controversial.
- Dried Plain Beet Pulp. Not to be confused with beets, that will be discussed below, plain beet pulp comes from sugar beets. Since the pulp is dried after extracting the juice (which is then processed to make sugar for the sweetener industry), it may be considered as a by-product of human industry. It is not, however, bad for dogs in any way. As a vegan dog formula ingredient, it adds firmness to the stool and provides fiber. You can read more about the myths of beet pulp at Precise Pets.
- Beet. Beets are know to have high levels of manganese (an anti-oxidant), iron, and Vitamin C. All of which are great for a dog’s health. ASPCA has concluded that they are not toxic for dogs in any way.
- Flaxseed Oil. An amazing ingredient in a vegan dog food formula, flaxseed oil is beneficial for dogs in many ways. Some of the benefits include a shinier coat and a healthier skin, proper kidney function and normal metabolism – we could go on and on. It also contains the essential Omega-6 and Omega-3 fatty acids, which are usually hard to obtain on a vegan diet.
Guaranteed Analysis of Halo Vegan Garden Medley
|Crude Protein (min)||20%|
|Crude Fiber (max)||8.5%|
|Crude Fat (min)||10%|
|Omega 3 (min)*||1.75%|
|Omega 6 (min)*||4.25%|
*Not recognized as an essential nutrient by the AAFCO Dog Food Nutrient Profiles
AAFCO Nutritional Value Statement
Halo Vegan Garden Medley Adult Dog Formula Dry Dog Food is formulated to meet nutritional levels established by the AAFCO Dog Food Nutrient Profiles for Maintenance.
Halo Vegan Formula contains all the nutrients that we are looking for in a vegan dog food – Taurine, L-Carnitine, Vitamin B-12, and cranberries. It also contains other beneficial ingredients such as green peas, chickpeas, and oat groats, which are great sources of protein. It does not contain soy, which is known to be quite a controversial ingredient.
All in all, we believe that Halo Garden Medley Dry Kibble is a great choice for vegan dog owners and can be used as a main source of daily food.