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Essence Ranch & Meadow Recipe Grain-Free Dry Dog Food

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Primary proteins

  • Boar
  • Goat
  • Lamb
  • Pork

Breed sizes

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

Age range


Cost per day


Price per oz


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 62%
? 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%

Dry Matter Analysis


Protein: 42.22%

Fat: 20%

Fiber: 5.56%

Carbs: 32.22%

What We Like

  • High-quality ingredients
  • 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.


Boar, Goat, Lamb, Pork, Lamb Meal, Boar Meal, Mutton Meal, Pork Meal, Red Lentils, Garbanzo Beans, Pork Fat (Preserved With Mixed Tocopherols), Coconut Flour, Natural Flavors, Navy Beans, Tricalcium Phosphate, Dicalcium Phosphate, Calcium Carbonate, Pumpkin, Potassium Chloride, Choline Chloride, Salt, Dried Kelp, Taurine, Vitamins (Vitamin E Supplement, Niacin Supplement, D-Calcium Pantothenate, Vitamin Aacetate, 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), Chia Seed Oil. Caloric Content 3,780 kcal/kg, 430 kcal/cup

Estimated Nutrient Content

Guaranteed Analysis

Protein Fat Carbs
38.00% 18.00% 29.00%

Dry Matter Analysis

Protein Fat Carbs
42.22% 20% 32.22%

Calorie Weighted Basis

Protein Fat Carbs
34.32% 39.48% 26.19%

Ingredient Review

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

The first ingredient is Boar. The term “boar” refers to meat from wild hogs. In pet food, boar can be a good source of novel protein. It is lean, high in vitamins, minerals, and amino acids, and it typically has a flavor your four-legged friend will enjoy.

The second ingredient is Goat. Goat is meat from any breed of domesticated goat. In pet food, goat meat can be a fairly low-calorie source of protein, amino acids, iron, B vitamins, and many other essential nutrients. As a novel protein, goat meat sometimes makes its way into foods designed to support pets with allergies.

The third ingredient is Lamb. Lamb is meat from a young sheep. In pet food, lamb may be a primary protein source as well as a source of animal fat, amino acids, and minerals.

The fourth ingredient is Pork. Pork is a general term for meat from a domestic pig. In pet food, pork can be an important source of protein, along with other essential nutrients.

The fifth ingredient is Lamb Meal. Lamb meal is the rendered, ground, and dried meat from a young sheep. In pet food, lamb meal can be an important source of protein fat, vitamins, and minerals.

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 Ranch & Meadow Recipe Grain-Free Dry Dog Food.

Nutritional Analysis

We’ve compared Essence Ranch & Meadow Recipe Grain-Free Dry Dog Food to the other 1736 Dog Dry Food in our database:

Product info All Products avg.
DM Protein 42.22% 30.09%
DM Fat 20% 15.94%
DM Fiber 5.56% 5.18%

This recipe has:

  • 12.13% more protein
  • 4.06% more fat
  • 0.38% 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 Ranch & Meadow Recipe Grain-Free Dry Dog Food is priced below the average market price for Dog Dry Food.

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

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

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