Blue Buffalo Life Protection Formula Adult Chicken & Brown Rice Recipe Dry Dog Food

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  • Essential, high-quality protein for healthy muscle development, and carbs for energy for an active life.
  • Calcium, phosphorus and essential vitamins for strong bones and teeth.
  • Glucosamine is added for joint health and mobility support.
  • Vitamins, chelated minerals and antioxidants contribute to your pup's immune system health.
  • No corn, wheat, soy or chicken (or poultry) by-product meals.

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About BLUE Life Protection Formula Dry Dog Food

The Original Healthy Formula That Started It All

BLUE Life Protection Formula always features high-quality real meat, healthy fruits and wholesome whole grains. Like all BLUE foods, it's made from the finest natural ingredients enhanced with vitamins and minerals.

Finding the Right Food for Your Best Pal Is Easy

BLUE has more breed size and life stage-specific foods than any other natural pet food. You'll find healthy, delicious BLUE Life Protection Formula recipes for toy, small and large breeds as well as puppies, adults and senior dogs

The True BLUE Promise

BLUE is formulated with only the finest natural ingredients:

Always features protein-rich real meat

NO chicken (or poultry) by-product meals

NO corn, wheat or soy

A Sampling of Premium Natural Ingredients

APPLES: Good source of antioxidants, vitamin A, vitamin C and dietary fiber, which promotes overall gastrointestinal health.

SPINACH: Rich in carotenoids, including beta-carotene and lutein, and also contains quercetin, a phytochemical with antioxidant properties.

BLUEBERRIES: Loaded with vitamins C and E, healthy carbs, fiber and powerful antioxidants for immune system support and urinary tract health.

PUMPKIN: Rich in beta-carotene, vitamin A, iron, potassium, magnesium and zinc, plus a good source of fiber to help regulate digestion.

Exclusive LifeSource Bits

All BLUE dry food formulas feature a precise blend of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants selected by holistic veterinarians and animal nutritionists to help promote immune system health, fulfill life stage requirements and support a healthy oxidative balance.

Formulated to Help Dogs Thrive

HEALTHY MUSCLE DEVELOPMENT: High-quality protein plus protein meal and egg help promote strong muscles. Small breed formulas are precisely blended to help meet small and toy breeds' higher energy needs. Large breed formulas feature L-carnitine to help promote lean muscle mass.

STRONG BONES AND TEETH: Calcium, phosphorus and essential vitamins help promote strong bones and teeth. Small breed formulas feature special "small-bite" kibble for easier chewing and tartar removal. Large breed formulas contain glucosamine and chondroitin to support joint function and mobility.

HEALTHY SKIN, COAT AND IMMUNE SYSTEM: Omega-3 and 6 fatty acids help promote a shiny coat and healthy skin. Essential vitamins, chelated minerals and important antioxidants help support the immune system.

About BLUE Buffalo

Blue Buffalo began with unconditional love and some furry inspiration from a large breed Airedale, Blue. When Blue's family started a pet food company, their vision was clear. They wanted every pet parent to be able to feed their pet with the same care they would feed family. So they created the #1 natural pet specialty food to help furry family members live happy, healthy lives. Of course, they named it after Blue.

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Questions & Answers

11 Customer Questions

What age range of dog should be eating this food? What is the youngest age that a dog can start to eat this food?
Answer by ChewySep 21, 2021
This food is suitable for adult dogs of all breed sizes.

Does the multiple high heat cooking processes of dried kibble destroy the nutrients?
Answer by ChewyApr 14, 2021
The Blue Buffalo Life Protection recipe includes the LifeSource Bits, a blend of nutrients and antioxidants selected by holistic veterinarians. They are full of different antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. All of these vitamins and minerals you may find in other brands, however they are cooked along with the protein source and subjected to temps over 250 degrees. These high temperatures will cause these vitamins to lose up to 75% of their potency. Their LifeSource Bits are "cold formed". This means they are cooked separately at very low temps to keep the vitamins and mineral locked in. This way they are getting their essentials on a daily basis.

Why do they recommend slowly integrating this food into their current food?
Answer by ChewyApr 20, 2020
We recommend at least a 7 - 10 day transition before you begin feeding the new formula exclusively. Start by mixing 75% of the old diet with 25% of the new diet on Day 1 and Day 2. On Day 3 and Day 4, mix 50% of the old diet with 50% of the new diet. On Day 5 and Day 6, mix 25% of the old diet with 75% of the new diet. On the 7th day, you can feed the new formula exclusively. This allows your pet’s digestive system to smoothly adapt to the new food.

Is this a hard nugget or something a little softer and easier to chew?
Answer by ChewyAug 10, 2020
This kibble features a hard, crunchy texture.

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Rated 3 out of 5 stars
By LM on Nov 20, 2023

Need more science-based evidence

Used for years and then vet said it was correlated with heart issues and stomach issues. My girls never had stomach issues with it, but I changed to another food due to fear about the heart issue. I'm still researching and I'm not sure if it CAUSED the heart issues some dogs were experiencing, as the info is limited. Changed just in case. I'm also interested in a vet-created/backed, studied, safe food, so I switched to something with more research/vet approval behind it. No issues with the food other than that. Again, I can't say that it caused the heart issues (correlation does not equal causation, of course). That would be something to research on your own.

Rated 1 out of 5 stars
By Jen on Nov 24, 2023

Bag delivered open and leaking dog food

I am cancelling my subscription with you after years. Fed ex is the worst delivery company. I do t know if it was them or chewy but the bag was open in the box, box taped all a round and still leaking food. I’m not feeding my dogs food that may have been exposed to who knows what. I am just very unhappy with this delivery and don’t want this poor company delivering anymore.

Rated 2 out of 5 stars
By Alayna on Oct 19, 2023

The Search Continues

I was hopeful for this food given all the great reviews and wanted to give it a chance. My dog liked it at first, but over time, he started leaving more and more in his bowl. Its now to the point where I have to coax him to eat his food. Aside from the fact that he doesn't seem to like gives my dog absolutely PUTRID gas. And I mean REALLY BAD. Room clearing. He has never had this before switching to Blue Buffalo - something in this food just does not vibe well with his digestive system. Searching online, I can find others with a similar experience.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By Ralph on Nov 5, 2023

Good stuff

As far as I can tell blue buffalo is the go to for my four legged family member. A little reluctant at first but when hunger pangs kick in, it's to her food bowl she goes. As my canine caretaker I want to say it's good stuff. Or she waited awhile to eat and likes what she's eating. Either way good stuff. If it wasn't she wouldn't eat it. No matter how good it may be.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By Liz on Nov 21, 2023

Chewy is the BOMB!

So very easy to order. I love the auto shipping! I normally have to order before my time is ready and it's SO easy. AND...shipping is better than Amazon! Thank you Chewy! This food is the only one that doesn't hurt my babies stomach.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By Brinda on Oct 6, 2023

Cancel auto ship& refund payment please

Nothing wrong with the food however my dog prefers taste of the wild smoked salmon. I spoke with representative representative from your company and explained that this order was a mistake she advised me to give it to dog shelter and she would refund the money in 3 to 5 days. I thought I explained plainly to the lady that took my order maybe you can listen to the conversation and see where the mistake was.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By Lewis on Oct 3, 2023

For the picky dog

I have a shepherd mix 90 lb dog who never really goes all out for food. I could pour him a bowl and he woule eat when he is ready. I thought maybe he just didn't like it. So I tried several different brands of dry dog food and finally came upon Blue Buffalo. This is the first one that he will not let sit there for 8 hours before he eats. Sure, It's a little more expensive but the saying goes you get what you pay for. Also my dog is spoiled but that's okay.

Rated 4 out of 5 stars
By Candy on Sep 3, 2023

No problems

I bought this by accident. I meant to by puppy. I have to older dogs so I have been mixing their other dry with it. None of them will eat it straight dry. Which I rather feed in the summer time. I been also adding cans and other like powered milk to get the to eat it. I raised my puppy on the blue buffalo. Trie the lamb fo a change but he would not touch it even with added can. Only a few bites. I went back to the chicken and it was dry. He ate it fine. Winter time I soak all the dry and add can or fresh liver, Hamburger and such to get them a warm meal and eat it all. Summer I like to feed just dry just in case they only want to nibble. Over all ok. I hope I get the puppy one next order. So it was my mistake.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By Carol on Oct 26, 2023

Hudon loves Blue Buffalo chicken & brown rice

Hudson was a shelter rescue dog that got whatever dog food was available and I decided to try the Blue Buffalo chicken and brown rice. He loves it and I like the fact the pieces are small since he's a smaller dog.

Rated 5 out of 5 stars
By Patricia on Nov 29, 2023

Abby likes her new food

After one year on another brand of food, my dog refused to eat the food. We selected Blue Buffalo and could not be happier. Easy order and delivery.