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Essence Ocean & Freshwater Recipe Grain-Free Dry Dog Food

Essence Ocean & Freshwater Recipe Grain-Free Dry Dog Food
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Product info
Age Range: Adult
Price per lb $3.60
Cost per day: $0.12
Primary proteins
  • Herring
  • Mackerel
  • Herring Meal
  • Pollock Meal

Breed sizes

size-1 Toy
size-2 Small
size-3 Medium
size-4 Large
size-5 Giant

Overall Score



? This rating is determined by comparing the food’s nutritional content to AAFCO standards and other foods in our database. Nutrient Value 46%
? Each recipe is evaluated based on a 5-point ingredient rating system that measures ingredients’ nutritional value, safety, and more. Quality of Ingredients 78%
? We scan the FDA’s database and rate each brand by the number of recalls in its history. Brands with fewer recalls receive higher ratings. Recall History 100%
? By comparing the prices of foods in our database, we determine if a food is above or below market average price. Lower-priced foods receive higher ratings. Price 98%
? This metric is based on customer ratings from various retailers. Customer Experience 0%
? Our rating system evaluates each food’s manufacturing method, assigning higher ratings to manufacturing processes that promote higher nutritional value. Manufacturing Method 40%
? Based on the variety of sizes available. Size Variety 64%

Estimated Nutrient Content

Guaranteed Analysis


Protein: 38%

Fat: 18%

Fiber: 5.5%

Moisture: 10%

Ash: 0%

Carb: 28.5%

Dry Matter Analysis


Protein: 42.22%

Fat: 20%

Fiber: 6.11%

Carb: 31.67%

Calorie Weighted Basis


Protein: 34.48%

Fat: 39.66%

Carb: 25.86%

What We Like

  • High-quality ingredients
  • Affordable
  • Free of potentially-harmful ingredients and additives

What We Did Not Like

  • High in carbohydrates
  • Low in moisture
  • Receives some negative customer reviews

Recall History

The following list (if present) shows all dog food recalls related to Essence since 2009. If no recalls are listed, no recall events have been reported.

Since 2009 Essence has never been recalled.


Herring, Sardines, Mackerel, Herring Meal, Cod Meal, Pollock Meal, Catfish Meal, Coconut Flour, Red Lentils, Olive Oil, Garbanzo Beans, Natural Flavors, Salmon, Calcium Carbonate, Trout, Navy Beans, Choline Chloride, Pumpkin, Salt, Dicalcium Phosphate, Potassium Chloride, Taurine, Vitamins (Niacin Supplement, D-Calcium Pantothenate, Vitamin A Acetate, Riboflavin Supplement, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Thiamine Mononitrate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Folic Acid), Minerals (Zinc Proteinate, Iron Proteinate, Copper Proteinate, Manganese Proteinate, Selenium Yeast, Calcium Iodate), New Zealand Green Mussel, Chia Seed Oil. Caloric Content 3,810 kcal/kg, 433 kcal/cup

Ingredient Review

Our review of Essence Ocean & Freshwater Recipe Grain-Free Dry Dog Food begins with a detailed look at the food’s ingredients.

The first ingredient is Herring. Herring is a general term for several species of saltwater fish. In pet food, herring can be a good source of protein, plus it offers many other important nutrients including essential fatty acids.

The second ingredient is Sardines. Sardines are small, oily fish that are used for human consumption worldwide. In pet food, sardine serves as a source of protein, fat, vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and Omega-3 essential fatty acid.

The third ingredient is Mackerel. Mackerel is meat from a fish belonging to any mackerel species. In pet food, mackerel serves as a source of protein, essential fatty acids, and other important nutrients.

The fourth ingredient is Herring Meal. Herring meal is the ground, dried tissue from the herring fish. In pet food, herring meal can serve as a source of easily digested protein, amino acids, and essential fatty acids to benefit your companion’s overall health.

The fifth ingredient is Cod Meal. Cod Meal is derived from clean, dried and ground codfish, bones and organs. It's packed with proteins, iodine, vitamin B12, selenium, phosphorus and omega-3 fatty acids. Cod Meal in pet diet promotes healthy heart function and reduces inflammation

After the fifth ingredient, the list includes all remaining ingredients. It’s worth noting that ingredients (other than nutritional supplements) located this far down on the list aren’t likely to have an impact on the overall rating of this Essence Ocean & Freshwater Recipe Grain-Free Dry Dog Food.

Nutritional Analysis

We’ve compared Essence Ocean & Freshwater Recipe Grain-Free Dry Dog Food to the other 1677 Dog Dry Food in our database:

Product info All Products avg.
DM Protein 42.22% 29.99%
DM Fat 20% 15.88%
DM Fiber 6.11% 5.14%

This recipe has:

  • 12.23% more protein
  • 4.12% more fat
  • 0.97% more fiber

Dogs typically thrive on a diet that includes high protein content, a medium amount of fat, and a comparatively low amount of carbohydrates, along with sufficient moisture. It’s worth noting that specialty diets recommended by veterinarians might prioritize different nutrients based on your pet’s condition and unique needs.

Analysis Overview

Essence Ocean & Freshwater Recipe Grain-Free Dry Dog Food is priced below the average market price for Dog Dry Food.

When we analyzed the ingredients in Essence Ocean & Freshwater Recipe Grain-Free Dry Dog Food, we found that most of the protein is derived from herring based sources.

As for the overall quality of the recipe, 4 of the first 5 ingredients are high-quality ingredients. That’s why we believe that this recipe is recommended.

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