Blue Buffalo Dog Food Reviews, Recalls and Coupons



Brief Overview: Blue Buffalo’s motto is: “Love them like family. Feed them like family.” Blue Buffalo is a family business that produces natural dog and cat food. Their goal is to help dogs and cats maintain a healthy oxidative balance, keep a strong immune system, and develop well in various stages of their lives.
Has this dog food brand been recalled?: According to FDA’s Pet Food Recall Products List, Blue Buffalo has been recalled several times. In 2007, Blue Buffalo Health Bars Baked With Apples & Yogurt Dog Treats, a variety of Blue Buffalo canned dog food, and a variety of Blue Buffalo Spa Select canned cat food were recalled due to a mishandling of an ingredient prior to its arrival at the production facility. In 2011, the Blue Life Protection Formula Natural Chicken and Brown Rice Recipe for adult dogs and the Blue Basics Limited Ingredient Formula Salmon and Potato Recipe Dog Food were voluntarily recalled due to potentially toxic levels of vitamin D.
Coupons: There has been an overabundance of fraudulent Blue Buffalo coupons circulating around the Internet. They’re being sold on websites like eBay and even emailed directly to people. The only legitimate coupons available online are the $3 and $5 coupons from Blue Buffalo’s True Blue Test and our selection of Blue Buffalo dog food coupons on our website.

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Blue Buffalo Dog Food Reviews

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blue buffalo dog food reviewWhen it comes to Blue Buffalo dog food reviews, you will immediately notice that the brand features a lot of products for dogs. This makes it difficult to review the brand as a whole.

Blue Buffalo has many different lines of dog food, including BLUE Life Protection Formula, BLUE Wilderness, BLUE Freedom, BLUE Basics, BLUE Longevity, BLUE Homestyle Recipe, Blue’s Stew, and BLUE Health Bars. Each line focuses on a specific diet, such as a nutrient rich and optimal-calorie diet (BLUE Longevity) or a grain-free, protein-rich diet (BLUE Wilderness).

Blue Buffalo prides itself in producing recipes that contain real meat as the first ingredient. Whole grains, garden veggies, and fruit are among the top 10 ingredients, as well. Blue Buffalo is also the only brand that contains a “precise blend of nutrients and antioxidants that have been cold-formed for greater potency.” In other words, it’s a combination of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants that strengthen pets’ immune systems and help maintain the necessary nutrients pets require in various stages of their lives.

The ingredients used to make Blue Buffalo Wilderness look a lot like what you’d expect for a quality kibble. – Mike Sagman

Blue Buffalo offers more than 100 different products for dogs alone. Below is a small selection of products that the brand is known for.

The products are divided into five different brands:

  1. Blue Buffalo Life Protection
  2. Blue Buffalo Freedom
  3. Blue Buffalo Basics
  4. Blue Buffalo Wilderness
  5. Blue Buffalo Longevity

Not all brands are made for dogs of all life stages. The Freedom brand for instance is only suitable for puppy and adult dogs, but not senior or mature dogs.


Whenever you review dog food, it is essential to look at the list of ingredients reported on the label, as it provides you with one of the “few” objective ways of determining the quality of the food based. The guaranteed analysis is also helpful when it comes to that, which means it should not be ignored in the analysis.

Lets take a look at one product, the Freedom Grain Free Chicken Recipe. Note that the review below is just for that product, and that reviews of other Blue Buffalo products may vary depending on their list of ingredients and guaranteed analysis.

Top 15 Ingredients

  1. Chicken
  2. Chicken Broth
  3. Chicken Liver
  4. Carrots
  5. Peas
  6. Sweet Potatoes
  7. Guar Gum
  8. Ground Flaxseed
  9. Potassium Chloride
  10. Salt
  11. Blueberries
  12. Cranberries
  13. Carrageenan
  14. Cassia Gum
  15. Vitamin A supplement

Problematic ingredients

  1. Carrageenan is problematic, as recent research has linked it to serious health concerns as it led to higher rates of colon cancer in lab tests

Calorie Content

  • 1180 kcal / kg
  • 417 kcal /can

Guaranteed Analysis

  • Crude Protein (Min): 8%
  • Crude Fat (Min) 6%
  • Crude Fiber (Max): 1%
  • Moisture (Max): 78%

The dog food is a high quality product. You not only find named meat sources in top positions, but also notice that it only includes one controversial ingredient. You do need to factor in the protein boosting effects of plant-based ingredients such as peas though, so that we can conclude that the food contains a moderate amount of meat.

The protein is near average, fat higher and carbs lower than your usual canned dog food.

Taken all that together, we can wholeheartedly recommend Blue Buffalo’s grain free chicken canned dog food recipe.

Blue Buffalo dog food reviews by users

Grain-free dog food is becoming more and more popular these days, so Blue Buffalo came up with a new recipe: BLUE Freedom Grain-Free Chicken Recipe for Adult Dogs. Deboned chicken is the very first ingredient, followed by whole carrots, sweet potatoes, peas, blueberries, and cranberries. It doesn’t contain any by-product meals, corn, wheat, soy, or any artificial preservatives. Here’s an in-depth look at the dry dog food recipe based on its ingredients and nutritional value.

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Rating: 6.8/10 (7 votes cast)

Blue Buffalo Resources:

  1. Manufactures Homepage: http://bluebuffalo.com/
  2. Compare BLUE to other Brands: http://bluebuffalo.com/dog-food-comparison/true-blue-test
  3. Consumer Complaints about Blue Buffalo: http://www.consumeraffairs.com/pets/blue_buffalo.html

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    I have fed this to my dogs for years now and never had any issues. I know a lot of people say bad things but my dogs have always lived nice long life’s.

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