Lotus Oven-Baked Small Bites Sardine & Herring Recipe Grain-Free Dry Dog Food

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Cats aren’t the only pets who love fish, dogs love them too! Lotus Oven-Baked Small Bites Sardine & Herring Recipe Grain-Free Dry Dog Food is a dry dog food that combines real sardine and herring along with recognizable fruits and vegetables into bite-sized pieces. The beneficial blend of olive and salmon oils provides your pup with healthy omega fatty acids, while vitamins, antioxidants and nutrients help support her overall health. Plus, this kibble tastes just like an oven-baked fish cookie that your canine companion won’t be able to resist!

Key Benefits
  • 100% grain-free for sidekicks with sensitivities.
  • Bite-sized kibble is oven-baked to help preserve protein, amino acids, along with vitamins and antioxidants from fruits and vegetables.
  • Features fresh fish as the only animal protein source, making it paw-fect for pups on a limited ingredient diet.
  • Low in starch and less processed than other kibbles.
  • Contains optimized calcium and phosphorus.

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  • Item Number
    82268
  • Weight
    10.0 pounds
  • Lifestage
    Adult
  • Breed Size
    Small Breeds, Extra Small & Toy Breeds
  • Food Form
    Dry Food
  • Special Diet
    Grain-Free, Chicken-Free
Nutritional Info
Ingredients

Sardine, Herring, Dried Potatoes, Dried Peas, Dried Egg Product, Pea Protein Concentrate, Pea Fiber, Cassava Flour, Catfish Oil (Preserved With Mixed Tocopherols And Citric Acid), Ground Flaxseed, Dicalcium Phosphate, Brewers Dried Yeast, Calcium Carbonate, Choline Chloride, Salmon Oil, Olive Oil, Carrots, Apples, Salt, Calcium Propionate, Monosodium Phosphate, Garlic, Dried Kelp, Spinach, Pumpkin, Blueberries, Zinc Proteinate, Iron Proteinate, Vitamin E Supplement, Copper Proteinate, Manganese Proteinate, Niacin, Vitamin A Supplement, Calcium Pantothenate, Inulin, Yucca Schidigera, Dried Lactobacillus acidophilus Fermentation Product, Riboflavin Supplement, Thiamine Mononitrate, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Calcium Iodate, Folic Acid, Sodium Selenite, Rosemary Extract.

Caloric Content

3,425 kcal/kg, 648.3 kcal/cup.

Guaranteed Analysis
Crude Protein25.0% min
Crude Fat14.0% min
Crude Fiber5.0% max
Moisture10.0% max
Ash8.5% max
Vitamin E100 IU/kg min
Omega-3 Fatty Acids0.7% min
Omega-6 Fatty Acids1.7% min
Ascorbic Acid250mg/kg min
Feeding Instructions
WeightDaily Feeding (cup)
3 lbs1/4
9 lbs1/2
16.5 lbs1
24.5 lbs1 1/4
34.5 lbs1 1/2
45 lbs2

Reproduction: Provide increasing amounts of food the latter half of gestation. The amount may be twice normal intake. Feed to consumption during Lactation.

FAQ

Why is baked dry pet food better than extruded dry pet food?

Because we bake our dog and cat foods, we are able to use up to twice as much fresh meat as extruded pet foods. Then there’s better palatability - in 1 third - party study, Lotus Wholesome Duck Recipe fed 11/2 times better as a first choice against the leading specialty dry duck formulas for dogs. And we do it all without any added flavors or sprayed on fats (Feel the difference - Lotus is not greasy like most extruded foods).Baked foods are cooked at 1 atmospheric pressure slowly cooking and browning each piece of Lotus. Extruders cook food at 2 - 3 times atmospheric pressure using steam. Extruded kibble gets its puffy appearance from being cooked at such high pressure, then being released back into normal atmospheric pressure after cooking. This is cooking from the inside out (think microwave).Oven - baked Lotus retains 100% of its vitamins. Extruded dog and cat foods typically lose an average of 40% of their vitamins. This means that all of Lotus’ fresh fruits and vegetables still provide all of those wonderful antioxidants to keep your best friend’s cells healthy. Lotus even retained 100% of its proteins compared to extruded foods that typically lose 20% during drying the drying process.Feed less! A bag of Lotus lasts 20% longer. This is because a cup of Lotus weighs only 4 oz and many extruded foods weigh an average of 6 ozSlow oven - baking takes about 3 times as long, but we think all the benefits are worth it.

Why do some of the lotus kibble pieces look like they have grill marks on them?

Lotus dry foods are baked in real ovens, like the 1 you have at home. So, of course, there will be some browning from the oven. The Lotus kibbles come out shaped slightly different from each other—the same way homemade cookies are never perfectly round.

Where does lotus source all of their ingredients?

All ingredients are sourced in North America (USA and Canada). There are 3 exceptions on our ingredient lists: New Zealand Green Mussel, Deboned Lamb and Lamb Meal - all these great ingredients come from New Zealand.

Where is lotus made?

Our oven - baked foods are made in small batches in a family owned and operated Canadian bakery. all of our canned foods are made in small batches in our very own micro - cannery in California.

Why are whole grains beneficial?

We use whole grains because of the many nutritional benefits they provide. For example, brown rice provides vitamin E to help maintain healthy cells. Brown rice also supplies insoluble fiber which becomes food for the good bacteria in your pet’s large intestine.In fact, our brown rice is actually more expensive than chicken meal because it’s the same brown rice you’d cook at home. Although chicken meal is a nutritious ingredient, it’s not used in the household kitchen.Rye is another whole grain, but this 1 has the highest concentration of lignans, antioxidant like compounds that help keep cells healthy.Barley and oatmeal are a great source of B vitamins, as well as insoluble fiber, which can help feed good bacteria in the large intestine.

What makes the oil blend in lotus so good for my pet’s skin and coat?

We selected 3 special oils for our dog food, each with their own amazing benefits. We chose soy oil because it is a good source of omega - 6 and omega - 3 fatty acids in the form of Alpha Linolenic Acid. We chose olive oil because it’s a rich source linoleic acid (omega - 6). And we added salmon oil because it’s rich in 2 omega - 3 fatty acids - DHA and EPA. DHA has been shown to improve learning in puppies whose mothers were fed a diet containing DHA. All Lotus cat recipes contain chicken fat as well because cats have an increased need for fat, as compared to dogs.

How do I know that lotus is really ethoxyquin free?

Lotus only purchases proteins that are specified by the manufacturer to be preserved with vitamin E, citric acid, and rosemary. This means all our fish, fish meal, chicken, chicken meal, lamb, lamb meal, duck, and duck meal are all naturally preserved. We do this even though we could claim our food is natural by just adding a natural preservative to the food and not worrying about how our proteins are preserved. We feel it’s necessary to go the extra mile and commit to never buying proteins that are preserved with things like Ethoxyquin, BHT, or BHA even though they are cheaper.

I hear many pet food companies say their food contains no soy. will the soy oil in lotus cause an allergic reaction in my dog or cat?

No, the soy oil is 1 of the oils in Lotus that supplies both linoleic acid (an omega 6 fatty acid) and alpha linolenic acid(an omega 3 fatty acid). It is not a protein like soybean meal which is often used as an inexpensive source of protein in some foods. Allergies are primarily caused by proteins, not fatty acids or oils. In fact, Lotus does not use any concentrated plant based proteins like soybean meal, potato protein, pea protein or rice protein concentrate, for that very reason.

I’ve heard that taurine is a necessary nutrient for cats. I’ve seen added taurine recently in some lamb and rice foods for dogs. why doesn’t lotus add taurine to their lamb and rice formula for dogs?

Because dogs can produce taurine if they have all of the required amino acids. Lotus lamb supplies these amino acids with lamb meat, Pollock and lamb meal as protein sources and not just lamb meal. Lamb meal tends to be higher in ash (bone) and collagen than lamb meat and doesn’t have as much usable protein. Also, Lotus does not use ingredients like rice bran which is often combined with lamb meal which is often the only protein source in other dog foods. When a dog is fed this type of diet, he/she may not get all of the required amino acids to produce taurine, so those dog foods add taurine. A deficiency in taurine can lead to heart issues.

Who does the artwork on lotus’ packaging?

All of the Lotus packaging artwork is done by Bay Area artist Nicholas Wilton. The natural, organic shapes and textures represented in Wilton’s work reflect the organic, holistic nature of Lotus foods. That’s why we chose Wilton to illustrate the images that our art director, Betsy Nathane designed. Wilton’s work can be found at nicholaswiltonpaintings.com

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  • 3 out of 5 stars

    Too Many Peas, Not Enough Meat

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    My dog ate Lotus food for about a year and enjoyed the oven-baked fish and oven-baked chicken recipes, until I started REALLY looking at the ingredient lists and decided to switch. Peas are often used as a way to achieve a low-cost, grain-free food blend, however I'm not convinced that having peas listed 3 times in the top 7 ingredients provides an appropriate meat to legume balance= "Sardine, Herring, Dried Potatoes, Dried Peas, Dried Egg Product, Pea Protein Concentrate, Pea Fiber..."

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  • 5 out of 5 stars

    Furbabies Love It

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    Fussy eater never leaves it and of course the garbage gut inhales it. My two Aussies have had allergies and with this fish food the itching is nearly gone after only three weeks. Love it. It is the supplement to fresh home prepared food and constitutes about 50 percent of their diet.

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  • 4 out of 5 stars

    Great product, terrible customer service

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    Product is great, my picky eater loves it. However if you expect to get your order on time, either via scheduled subscription or individual order, I wouldn’t count on it. After a week delay with my scheduled subscription order, I was really running out of food and got an advertisement for guaranteed 1-2 day shipping so I ordered another bag in hopes to get the single order faster. After I completed the purchase of the second bag, its delivery date updated to 5 days out. Not helpful. AND even that day came and went. The second bag was finally delivered 3 additional days later (8 days for “guaranteed 1-2 day delivery”). Despite contacting customer service in the mix of all this, they showed no Product is great, my picky eater loves it. However if you expect to get your order on time, either via scheduled subscription or individual order, I wouldn’t count on it. After a week delay with my scheduled subscription order, I was really running out of food and got an advertisement for guaranteed 1-2 day shipping so I ordered another bag in hopes to get the single order faster. After I completed the purchase of the second bag, its delivery date updated to 5 days out. Not helpful. AND even that day came and went. The second bag was finally delivered 3 additional days later (8 days for “guaranteed 1-2 day delivery”). Despite contacting customer service in the mix of all this, they showed no understanding and “couldn’t do anything.” Leaving me to search local shops for a bag to get my pup through. Needless to say, I will not be going back to Chewy. Since Petsmart took ownership of Chewy, Chewy’s previously wonderful customer service has been deteriorating, reaching an all time low. If you can find ANY local option, save yourself the trouble! … more

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  • 4 out of 5 stars

    Lotus small bites dog food Fish menu

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    My dog Cookie loved this food and as he has no teeth was able to eat it easily. I plan to stay on it otherwise he might not want to be my friend anymore. LOL

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  • 5 out of 5 stars

    Definitely the best dry food.

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    This food is very high quality. It even smells good. My dog loves the fish and the turkey. It is baked, not chemically processed. Highly recommend!

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  • 1 out of 5 stars

    Not for my picky dogs

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    I read all the wonderful reviews and was hoping my 3 little dogs would like this. But, no, they really really weren't interested. They were pretty sure it was poison. Silly dogs. So it is back to Blue Buffalo. I said this is it; take it or leave it. So they are taking it -- as long as there is some shredded chicken on top. Chewy.com is great. I use them all the time.

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  • 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent dog food

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    My Cavalier loves the Lotus fish! And he finally has good firm poops!!

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  • 5 out of 5 stars

    Good Stuff

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    My little guy is allergic to chicken products. Also, he never cared for kibble. That changed after I found this! Now he eats it all up with some carrots!

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    Boston Terrier Picky Eater!

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    I have a 18 month Boston Terrier who is the pickiest eater. I have tried several other brand name dog food and the is the only one and flavor he would eat.

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  • 5 out of 5 stars

    No chicken!

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    I love that there is zero chicken/chicken fat/chicken byproducts in this food. Not easy to find for my guy with an allergy. Also love that it is under 30% protein, since I don't want to ruin my dog's kidneys. Great food!

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