halo vegan garden medley review

Halo Vegan Garden Medley Dog Food Review

halo vegan garden medley reviewThis Halo Vegan Garden Medley Dog Food Review is based on what Halo, Purely for Pets, the manufacturer of Vegan Garden Medley, provide on their website. There you will also find more information about the company itself and other products they offer.

Quick Overview

A dry kibble-type of vegan dog food, Halo Vegan Garden Medley claims to be a holistic and high-quality alternative to animal-based protein. The company does not use any rice in their formulas, and promise a balanced and a complete diet for vegan dogs. Every purchase also supports shelter dogs.

Read our full review to find out why Halo Garden Medley for vegan dogs received a high rating from us. Garden Medley is also available as a wet food, but this review focuses on the dry kibble.

Ingredients in Halo Vegan Garden Medley

Green Peas, Chickpeas, Pearled Barley, Oat Groats, Pea Protein, Whole Flaxseed, Sunflower Oil, Dried Plain Beet Pulp, Potato, Sweet Potato, Alfalfa Meal, Carrot, Celery, Beet, Parsley, Lettuce, Watercress, Spinach, Canola Oil (preserved with mixed tocopherols), Dicalcium Phosphate, Monocalcium Phosphate, Dried Kelp, Natural Vegetable Flavors, Flaxseed Oil, Carrots, Dried Apple, Dried Blueberry, Dried Cranberry, Chicory Root, Taurine, Rosemary Extract, L-Carnitine, Potassium Chloride, DL Methionine, Salt, Calcium Carbonate, Choline Chloride, Vitamins (Vitamin B12 Supplement, Niacin, Vitamin A Supplement, Calcium Pantothenate, Riboflavin Supplement, Vitamin D-2 Supplement, Thiamine Mononitrate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Biotin, Folic Acid), Minerals (Zinc Proteinate, Iron Proteinate, Zinc Sulfate, Iron Sulfate, Manganese Proteinate, Manganese Sulfate, Cobalt Proteinate, Copper Proteinate, Copper Sulfate, Ethylene Diamine Dihydriodide, Sodium Selenite).

Top 5 Ingredients

  1. Green Peas. The most abundant ingredient in Garden Medley, green peas, is quickly gaining popularity in many commercial dog food formulas. That is because peas are an excellent source of complex carbohydrates, which are important for good bowel movement and digestive system. Besides carbs, peas provide protein, which is arguably the most important macronutrient is dog’s diet. You can read more about peas in dog foods here.
  2. Chickpeas. Another great source for both carbohydrates and protein, chickpeas (or garbanzo beans) are full of fiber, too. Fiber makes dogs feel full quicker, thus being a great option for dogs who like to overeat or ones that are on a restricted calorie diet. The fiber in chickpeas is also great preventing colon problems. Read more about these legumes over at Animal Wellness Magazine.
  3. Pearled Barley. Unlike the hulled variety, pearled barley has its outer husk and bran layers removed, making it easier to digest and quicker to cook. It does, however, lose some of its original nutritional value. Generally, barley is widely used in dog food formulas because it is a great source of carbohydrates, which is the primary source of energy for our dogs. Barley, though, contains gluten, so be mindful of this if your dog is allergic to it.
  4. Oat Groats. An oat groat is an oat with the outer layer (hull) removed. They come as the fourth most abundant ingredient in Halo Garden Medley. Oats are high in protein, soluble fiber, iron, zinc, and B vitamins. Moreover, they are easily digestible, making oat groats a very beneficial constituent in a vegan dog food formula.
  5. Pea Protein. Pea protein does not only add more protein in the formula, but it also provides more essential amino acids, which are so important for a healthy vegan dog. It is also a human-grade ingredient, commonly used among vegan athletes.

Other Interesting Ingredients

There are many ingredients in Halo Vegan Garden Medley that we think are important. We did, however, already cover things like cranberries, Taurine, and L-Carnitine. We believe that they are essential additions to a vegan dog diet, and Garden Medley contains all of them. Therefore, we will list a few other ingredients that we think are interesting and/or controversial.

  • Dried Plain Beet Pulp. Not to be confused with beets, that will be discussed below, plain beet pulp comes from sugar beets. Since the pulp is dried after extracting the juice (which is then processed to make sugar for the sweetener industry), it may be considered as a by-product of human industry. It is not, however, bad for dogs in any way. As a vegan dog formula ingredient, it adds firmness to the stool and provides fiber. You can read more about the myths of beet pulp at Precise Pets.
  • Beet. Beets are know to have high levels of manganese (an anti-oxidant), iron, and Vitamin C. All of which are great for a dog’s health. ASPCA has concluded that they are not toxic for dogs in any way.
  • Flaxseed Oil. An amazing ingredient in a vegan dog food formula, flaxseed oil is beneficial for dogs in many ways. Some of the benefits include a shinier coat and a healthier skin, proper kidney function and normal metabolism – we could go on and on. It also contains the essential Omega-6 and Omega-3 fatty acids, which are usually hard to obtain on a vegan diet.

Guaranteed Analysis of Halo Vegan Garden Medley

Crude Protein (min) 20%
Crude Fiber (max)8.5%
Crude Fat (min)10%
Moisture (max)10%
Omega 3 (min)*1.75%
Omega 6 (min)*4.25%

*Not recognized as an essential nutrient by the AAFCO Dog Food Nutrient Profiles

AAFCO Nutritional Value Statement

Halo Vegan Garden Medley Adult Dog Formula Dry Dog Food is formulated to meet nutritional levels established by the AAFCO Dog Food Nutrient Profiles for Maintenance.

Final Thoughts

Halo Vegan Formula contains all the nutrients that we are looking for in a vegan dog food – Taurine, L-Carnitine, Vitamin B-12, and cranberries. It also contains other beneficial ingredients such as green peas, chickpeas, and oat groats, which are great sources of protein. It does not contain soy, which is known to be quite a controversial ingredient.

All in all, we believe that Halo Garden Medley Dry Kibble is a great choice for vegan dog owners and can be used as a main source of daily food.

Nature's Recipe Healthy Skin Vegetarian vegan dog review

Nature’s Recipe Healthy Skin Vegetarian Review

Nature's Recipe Healthy Skin Vegetarian vegan dog reviewThis Nature’s Recipe Healthy Skin Vegetarian Review is based on what Big Heart Pet Brands, the manufacturer of Nature’s Recipe, provide on their website. There you will also find more information about the company itself and other products they offer.

Quick Overview

Nature’s Recipe Vegetarian is a dry kibble-type of dog food. The company claims that their use of soybean meal in this formula is the key to a dog’s shiny coat and healthy skin. They also claim that ingredients such as corn or wheat are known to cause allergies, therefore they crafted the formula without using them. The formula, though, has one non-vegan ingredient, and the company does not intend to change it.

Read our full review to find out why Nature’s Recipe Healthy Skin Vegetarian received a low rating from us.

Ingredients in Nature’s Recipe Healthy Skin Vegetarian

Brewer’s Rice, Soybean Meal, Barley, Canola Oil (preserved with mixed tocopherols), Dicalcium Phosphate, Calcium Carbonate, Natural Flavor, Salt, Carrots, Vitamins (Vitamin E Supplement, L-ascorbyl-2-polyphosphate [source of Vitamin C], Inositol, Niacin Supplement, Vitamin A Supplement, D-calcium Pantothenate, Thiamine Mononitrate, Beta-carotene, Riboflavin Supplement, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Menadione Sodium Bisulfite Complex, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Folic Acid, Biotin, Vitamin B12 Supplement), Minerals (Zinc Proteinate, Ferrous Sulfate, Zinc Oxide, Iron Proteinate, Copper Sulfate, Copper Proteinate, Manganese Proteinate, Manganous Oxide, Calcium Iodate, Sodium Selenite), Choline Chloride, Onion Extract, Garlic Powder, Citric Acid (used as a preservative), Rosemary Extract.

Top 5 Ingredients

  1. Brewer’s Rice. Rice is often used in dog foods as a source of carbohydrates, which are important to your dog’s healthy bowel movements and energy levels. Nature’s Recipe, however, uses brewer’s rice, which is a processed rice product made from the small milled fragments of rice kernels that have been separated from the larger kernels of rice. It is thought that this type of rice lacks the nutrients that the ground whole white or brown rice has. You can read a bit more about it over at Paws For Reaction.
  2. Soybean Meal. According to AAFCO, soybean meal is a “product obtained by grinding the flakes which remain after removal of most of the oil from soybeans by a solvent or mechanical extraction process.” Besides the fact that soybean meal is considered a pretty cheap source of protein, the PETA survey back in 1994 has concluded that dogs, who did not eat soy products, were in a better health than those who did.
  3. Barley. Another source of carbohydrates, barley is the third most abundant ingredient in Nature’s Recipe. As mentioned above, carbs are important for dog’s health and energy levels. It is, however, packed with gluten. Therefore, if your dog is allergic to gluten, Nature’s Recipe Formula might not be suitable for them.
  4. Canola Oil. Oils are important in a dog’s diet, because they help to keep their coats shiny and prevent skin itchiness. Canola Oil, however, is surrounded by controversy. Some say that it is even related to the mustard gas used in warfare, which is not true. We do believe that, though it is not toxic, there are healthier alternatives to canola oil, such as coconut oil. That is, because canola oil comes from a largely-GMO source, and was created from rapeseed. You can read more about it on Green Dog Pet Supply.
  5. Dicalcium Phosphate. As the fitfh most abundant ingredient in Nature’s Recipe Formula, dicalcium phosphate is often not recommended to be used in dog food. Although it acts as a source to both calcium and phosphorus, it is included in the dog food formulas to add texture and hardness. Even though it is not harmful in small amounts, dicalcium phosphate is not something we are excited to find in the ingredients list. Note: many other dog foods contain dicalcium phosphate, but we have decided to give Nature’s Recipe a lower rating because it appears in the Top 5 of most abundant ingredients in their formula, while in others it does not.

Other Interesting Ingredients

  • Vitamin D3. A crucial ingredient in a dog’s diet, Vitamin D helps prevent osteoporosis, muscle weakness, diabetes, heart conditions and high blood pressure. Nature’s Recipe, however, produces D3 out of sheep wool, making it non-vegan. To our knowledge, this is currently the only ingredient that makes this formula non-vegan.
  • Onion Extract. While it not be dangerous in tiny amounts, onions are considered as very harmful to their health and can even lead to death. The thiosulphate, found in onions, can basically destroy your dog’s red blood cells, leading to anemia. Even though it appears that this formula has minuscule amounts of onion extract in it, we do not understand why such a potentially deadly ingredient would be used in dog food.

Guaranteed Analysis of Nature’s Recipe Vegetarian

Crude Protein (min)22%
Crude Fat (min)8%
Crude Fiber (max)4.4%
Moisture (max)10%
Omega-6 Fatty Acid* (min)1.9%
Omega-3 Fatty Acid* (min)0.6%

*Not recognized as an essential nutrient by the AAFCO Dog Food Nutrient Profiles.

AAFCO Nutritional Value Statement

Nature’s Recipe Healthy Skin Vegetarian Recipe dog food is formulated to meet the nutritional levels established by the AAFCO Dog Food Nutrient Profiles for maintenance.

Final Thoughts

Nature’s Recipe claims to provide a premium vegetarian dog food formula for our canine friends. However, even looking at the most abundant ingredients, one can have doubts about such statement. We believe that ingredients such as Brewer’s Rice and Soybean Meal should not be included in a dog’s diet.

Furthermore, the company uses an animal-based vitamin D3, which could be easily changed into a plant-based source.

Moreover, they use onion extract in their formula, which can be potentially deadly to dogs. Because of these ingredients, we believe that there are way better formulas for vegan dogs out there and this product should not be used as a primary food source for a vegan dog. Nature’s Recipe does not even include two of the most important nutrients for vegan dogs, Taurine and L-carnitine.

wysong canine dog food formula review

Wysong Vegan Cat and Dog Food Review

wysong canine dog food formula reviewThis Wysong Vegan Dog Food a Review is based on what Wysong, the manufacturer of Wysong Vegan Cat and Dog Food, provide on their website. There you will also find more information about the company itself and other products they offer.

Quick Overview

A dry kibble-type of dog food by Wysong claims to have one of the highest protein and fat values in dog nutrition on the market. Furthermore, they say that their holistic dog food has become popular solely because of recommendations by veterinarians.

Read our full review to find out why Wysong Vegan Cat and Dog Food received a low rating from us.

Ingredients in Wysong Vegan Cat/Dog Food

Brown Rice, Corn, Corn Protein, Extruded Soybeans, Potato Protein, Soybean Oil, Flaxseeds, Molasses, Peas, Dicalcium Phosphate, Montmorillonite Clay, Sesame Seeds, Salt, Coconut Oil, Taurine, Lysine, L-Tryptophan, Choline Chloride, L-Carnitine, Chia Seeds, Rice Bran Oil, Calcium Propionate, Dried Kelp, Organic Barley Grass, Blueberry, Citric Acid, Apple Pectin, Yeast Extract, Mixed Tocopherols, Rosemary Extract, Chicory Root, Hemicellulose Extract, Yeast Culture, Carrots, Celery, Beets, Parsley, Lettuce, Watercress, Spinach, Minerals (Potassium Chloride, Zinc Proteinate, Zinc Sulfate, Ferrous Sulfate, Iron Proteinate, Copper Sulfate, Copper Proteinate, Manganese Sulfate, Manganese Proteinate, Sodium Selenite, Calcium Iodate), Calcium Carbonate, Vitamins (Ascorbic Acid [source of Vitamin C], Vitamin E Supplement, Niacin Supplement, Calcium Pantothenate, Vitamin A Supplement, Thiamine Mononitrate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Riboflavin Supplement, Vitamin D2 Supplement, Biotin, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Folic Acid), Dried Bacillus licheniformis Fermentation Product, Dried Aspergillus oryzae Fermentation Product, Dried Aspergillus niger Fermentation Product, Dried Enterococcus faecium Fermentation Product, Dried Lactobacillus casei Fermentation Product, Dried Lactobacillus acidophilus Fermentation Product, Dried Bacillus subtilis Fermentation Product, Dried Lactobacillus plantarum Fermentation Product, Dried Lactobacillus lactis Fermentation Product, Pepper.

Top 5 Ingredients

  1. Brown Rice. In pet foods, rice is commonly used as a source of carbohydrates. They, in turn, are responsible for providing our dogs with energy and healthy bowels. Rice, however, can also be used as a cheap filler in dog foods, but it is not the case with brown rice. Since it is a whole grain, it contains more healthy nutrients, such as Manganese, Magnesium, and Vitamin B6.
  2. Corn. Now, there are a lot of controversy surrounding corn as an ingredient in pet food. Some say, that it is not nutritious at all and cannot be digested. Others join in with their dogs’ allergy and skin problems, saying that corn is the cause of them. Then, on the other side of the debate, veterinarians, who claim that corn is not as bad, get attacked for being sponsored by commercial dog food companies. The list can go on and on. After extensive research, we have found one issue that may actually be concerning, when it comes to corn. It’s the mycotoxin contamination. Basically, corn can be contaminated by a type of mold, which can be toxic to pets. Dogs Naturally Magazine has covered the issue surrounding corn and other grains being contaminated by mycotoxins.
  3. Corn Protein. Again, a controversial ingredient. Speaking from a consumer’s perspective, corn and corn protein are pretty cheap ingredients, therefore, making the pet food more affordable for us. This might be a selling point to some dog parents, since vegan dog food is usually on the more expensive side. Is it a quality source of protein, though? Not really.
  4. Extruded Soybeans. Coming in as the fourth most abundant ingredient, soybeans got us intrigued because the ingredient list mentions that they are extruded. It does not, however, mention which method does Wysong use to extrude them, though, the wet or the dry method. Extruded soybeans are often used in the dairy and other farm industries, as a feed to animals. Essentially, the extrusion process “enhances the availability of oil, de-activates the anti-nutritional factors such as trypsin inhibitors, lectins, urease, lipase and lipoxyginase enzymes” (wattagnet.com). Usually, we do not support the use of soy in dog food, because of the PETA study. However, we are wondering, if the extrusion process actually eliminates the factors that caused the soy-eating dogs in the study fall lower on the health scale than dogs who did not consume soy.
  5. Potato Protein. Quickly becoming a common ingredient in dog foods, potato protein is considered as a decent quality supplement. It has a high content of protein and corresponding essential amino acids.

Other Interesting Ingredients

  • Molasses. Used as a natural sweetener, molasses can be beneficial in dog’s diet when used in small quantities. It contains Calcium, Chromium, and Vitamin B-6. It is recommended, though, that the quality dark, Blackstrap molasses should be given to dogs, since it is lower in sugar. Wysong Vegan Cat and Dog Food, however, do not specify which kind of molasses have been used in their formula.
  • Montmorillonite Clay. An interesting additive, Montmorillonite Clay is sourced by Wysong form an ancient geologic deposit of marine life. Essentially, it works as a natural anti-caking agent and improves the speed and efficiency of the digestive system. It is sometimes prescribed by veterinarians to help dogs with diarrhea caused by radiation and chemotherapy cancer treatments. You can read more about it on Durable Health.
  • Rosemary Extract. Another interesting ingredient in dog food formulas, Rosemary Extract exerts potent antioxidant and preservative effects. There have been cases, where rosemary has been linked to seizures. Generally, however, in small amounts, rosemary extract is completely safe and promotes health benefits for dogs, FDA claims.

Guaranteed Analysis of Wysong Vegan Dog Food

Crude Protein (min) 26%
Crude Fiber (max)5%
Crude Fat (min)10%
Moisture (max)10%
Taurine** (min)0.2%
Omega-6 Fatty Acids* (min)2.2%
Omega-3 Fatty Acids* (min)0.8%

*Not recognized as an essential nutrient by the AAFCO Dog and Cat Food Nutrient Profiles.
**Not recognized as an essential nutrient by the AAFCO Dog Food Nutrient Profiles.

AAFCO Nutritional Value Statement

Wysong Vegan Cat and Dog Food is formulated to meet the nutritional levels established by the AAFCO Dog Food and Cat Nutrient Profiles for Maintenance.

Final Thoughts

Although it may seem that Wysong Vegan Formula for Dogs is a pretty well-balanced kibble, that is not the case. First of all, the most abundant ingredients in this formula, such as corn and corn protein, are not the highest quality.

Moreover, although it does contain essential nutrients for a vegan dog, such as Taurine, L-Carnitine, Vitamin B-12, it does not have any added cranberries, which may help prevent urinary diseases (read more on that here ).

Furthermore, the company itself says that this formula “is excellent for elimination protocols and as a base to a fresh meat source.” Therefore, it should not be used as a main food source for vegan dogs.

Finally, it appears that a few years ago, Wysong used the name Vegan for its formula, even though it was not completely plant-based. They do, however, claim that they have changed the formula since and the source of vitamin D is now plant-based and does not come from sheep wool.

All in all, we think that there are way better (actual) vegan dog food formulas on the market and we do not recommend Wysong for your dog.

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V-Dog Dry Kibble Review

v-dog kibble review 2017This V-Dog Dry Dog Food Review is based on what V-Dog, the manufacturer of V-Dog Kibble, provide on their website. There you will also find more information about the company itself and other products they offer.

Quick Overview

A dry kibble-type of vegan dog food, V-Dog claims to be “the healthiest dog food on the market.” It has been formulated for adult dogs, and comes in two “sizes” – regular and mini. V-Dog is a family-owned business, who only focus on one product and making it the best in the market.

Read our full review to find out why V-Dog Kibble for vegan dogs received a high rating from us.

Ingredients in V-Dog Kibble

Dried Peas, Pea Protein, Brown Rice, Oatmeal, Potato Protein, Sorghum, Canola Oil (preserved with mixed tocopherols) , Natural Flavor, Suncured Alfalfa Meal,
Brewers Dried Yeast, Dicalcium Phosphate, Flaxseeds, Millet, Calcium Carbonate, Lentils, Peanut Hearts, Quinoa, Sunflower Chips, Salt, Potassium Chloride, Choline Chloride, Taurine, Dried Carrots, Minerals (Ferrous Sulfate, Zinc Sulfate, Copper Sulfate, Sodium Selenite, Manganese Sulfate, Calcium Iodate), Dl-methionine, Dried Parsley, Vitamins (Vitamin E Supplement, Vitamin A Supplement, Niacin Supplement, D-calcium Pantothenate, Riboflavin Supplement, Vitamin D2 Supplement, Thiamine Mononitrate, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Pyridoxine Hyrdochloride, Biotin, Folic Acid), L-Ascorbyl- 2-Polyphosphate (A Source Of Vitamin C), Preserved with Citric Acid, Preserved with mixed Tocopherols, Dried Blueberries, Dried Cranberries, Dried Celery, Yucca Schidigera Extract, Dried Lettuce, L-carnitine, Dried Watercress, Dried Spinach, Rosemary Extract.

Top 5 Ingredients

  1. Dried Peas. One of the most popular ingredients in current dog food formulas, dried peas are a great source of both protein and carbohydrates. Yellow and green peas are usually locally sourced and non-GMO. Furthermore, they also do not contain any gluten, which can cause an allergy in some dogs. Peas also are full in minerals, vitamins, as well as provide most of the essential amino acids required by dogs. You can read more about them over at PetCurean.
  2. Pea Protein. A popular supplement among vegan fitness enthusiasts, pea protein is also used in V-Dog Kibble. Along with the added protein amount, it provides even more essential amino acids.
  3. Brown Rice. Rice is another great source for carbohydrates, which keep dogs’ bowels free and their tummies happy. Many commercial dog food companies, though, use the white variety of rice. It, in fact, became one of the cheap filler ingredients, which is not even a whole grain. Since it provides more essential nutrients like Manganese, Magnesium, and Vitamin B6, brown rice is a better choice in dog food.
  4. Oatmeal. Frequently seen as mainly a source of carbohydrates, oats are a great source of protein, as well. According to the World Health Organization, oat protein is equivalent in quality to soy protein. So, equal to meat, milk and egg protein, which is a key ingredient in dog nutrition. Oats also boast high levels of Iron, Manganese, Zinc, and B vitamins.
  5. Potato Protein. The fifth most abundant ingredient in V-Dog Kibble is potato protein, which is quickly becoming more and more popular. That is because potato protein is low in ash, has a high content of protein and essential amino acids. It is, however, a newcomer ingredient in pet food industry. Therefore, there haven’t been many significant scientific studies done on the long-term effects of potato protein.

Other Interesting Ingredients

There are many ingredients in V-Dog Kibble that we think are important. We did, however, already cover things like cranberries, Taurine, and L-Carnitine. We believe that they are essential additions to a vegan dog diet, and V-dog contains all of them. Therefore, we will list a few other ingredients that we think are as interesting as they are important.

  • Sorghum. Rich in antioxidants, sorghum also boasts a low glycemic index, is naturally gluten-free and non-GMO. Not to mention, this ingredient is a high-quality one, being a source of protein, as well.
  • Suncured Alfalfa Meal. This plant is a relatively high in protein, and also supplies Vitamins A, C, E, and K.  It can help combat vitamin deficiency, and is often used to help with diabetes and thyroid conditions. You may find articles against alfalfa in dog diets, but that’s mostly because they are animal-protein proponents. If you wish to read more on alfalfa, we recommend an article which uses scientific studies to support their arguments.
  • Quinoa. This pseudo-grain is famous for being high in essential amino acids and vitamins, such as B complex, and vitamin E. It also contains loads of minerals, such as iron, potassium, phosphorus, manganese, and zinc, to name a few. Quinoa is also a source of complex carbohydrates and protein, which is the key element in dog’s nutrition. It is a premium ingredient in commercial dog food.

Guaranteed Analysis of V-Dog Dry Kibble

Crude Protein (min)
24%
Crude Fiber (max)4.70%
Crude Fat (min)9%
Moisture (max)10%
Ash (min)6%

AAFCO Nutritional Value Statement

V-dog is formulated to meet or exceed the nutritional levels established by the AAFCO Dog Food Nutrient Profiles for adult maintenance.

Final Thoughts

V-Dog is a small company, which focuses on basically one product – a dry vegan dog food. It is made by vegans for vegan dogs. Just by looking at V-Dog ingredients, you can tell that most of them are of a premium quality and there has been a lot of thought put into the creation of this formula. It contains the most protein out of all vegan dog formulas on the current market, 24%.

V-Dog Kibble is on the more expensive side compared to other formulas, which are made by other brands. We do, however, think that it is justifiable because V-Dog uses premium ingredients. We also believe in supporting small businesses, especially ones that care about the health of our dogs and the good of our planet so much.

Therefore, V-Dog Dry Kibble is our most recommended vegan dog food on the market!

AvoDerm Natural Vegetarian Formula review

AvoDerm Natural Vegetarian Formula Review

 

AvoDerm Natural Vegetarian Formula review This AvoDerm Natural Vegetarian Formula review is based on what Central Garden & Pet Company, the manufacturer of AvoDerm dog food, provides on their website. There you will also find information about how the food is made, recalls, and their quality control.

Quick Overview

AvoDerm Natural Vegetarian Formula is a pâté-style canned food for dogs. It does not include products from animal sources, even though on the package it says “vegetarian”. AvoDerm claims that their Natural Vegetarian Formula is great for adult dogs with allergies to animal protein. They also claim this Formula includes a “super-food”, avocado.

Read our full review to find out why AvoDerm canned food for vegan dogs received an average rating from us.

Ingredients in AvoDerm Natural Vegetarian Formula

Water, Soybean Meal, Rice, Canola Oil, Barley, Peas, Carrots, Potatoes, Guar Gum, Tricalcium Phosphate, Blueberries, Cranberries, Carrageenan, Calcium Carbonate, Tomato Paste, Flax Seed, Dried Kelp, Potassium Chloride, Lecithin, Salt, Avocado Meal, Avocado Oil, Minerals (Iron Amino Acid Chelate, Zinc Amino Acid Chelate, Cobalt Amino Acid Chelate, Copper Amino Acid Chelate, Manganese Amino Acid Chelate, Sodium Selenite, Potassium Iodide), Vitamins (Vitamin E, A, B12, D3 Supplements, Thiamine Mononitrate, Biotin, Riboflavin Supplement), Choline Chloride.

Top 5 Ingredients

  1. Water. Water is a common ingredient in canned dog foods. It is used to keep the proper moisture levels inside the can. Canned food is one of the solutions to dogs who do not drink enough water along with their dry kibble.
  2. Soybean Meal. This comes as a 2nd ingredient, which means that AvoDerm Natural Vegetarian Formula uses soybeans as a base for their pâté. We believe that, if possible, soy should not be included in a dog’s diet. We base this on the 1994 study conducted in the USA and Canada by PETA. The researchers observed that dogs, who did not eat soy at all, were in much better health. You can read about the study in more detail over at VegePets. Soy can be an excellent source of protein, which is so important for dogs. AvoDerm, however, does not specify whether or not they use non-GMO soybeans. They do mention that they only use quality products, though.
  3. Rice. A carbohydrate source, rice, comes as 3rd ingredient. Carbs are responsible for the energy levels of a healthy dog, that is why it is often used in dog foods. Rice (and other carbohydrates) keep the dogs’ bowels free, while also making dogs feel full for longer, which is great for overweight dogs. Rice, however, is often considered as a cheap filler, when used in dog foods. We believe that brown rice is healthier, but AvoDerm does not specify what kind of rice they use.
  4. Canola Oil. Oils are important in dog’s diet because they help to keep the fur shiny, skin healthy, while also adding quite a bit of flavor to the commercial foods. Canola Oil, however, is not the healthiest oils to use. You might have read the myths circling around the Internet about its relation to mustard gas.  Even though it is largely a GMO crop and comes from Rapeseed, canola oil is not poisonous. You can read a more in-depth analysis of Canola Oil in pet foods over at Green Dog Pet Supply.
  5. Barley. Another source of carbohydrates, barley, is listed as a 5th most abundant ingredient in this canned food. As mentioned above, carbs are important for the bowel system. Barley, however, contains gluten. Therefore, if your dog has a gluten allergy, AvoDerm Natural Vegetarian Formula is not suitable for them.

Other Interesting Ingredients

  • Cranberries. You might already know from our main article, that we love it when dog food companies add some sort of cranberries in their vegan dog formulas. Whether it’s dried cranberries or an extract, either are very beneficial to dogs’ health, since they help prevent urinary problems. According to the 1994 study by PETA, vegan diets may cause urinary alkalinisation, because of the generally decreased protein content. A simple addition of cranberry extract or Vitamin C in the dog’s diet is enough to help prevent urinary diseases.
  • Flax Seed. A popular addition in vegan smoothies, flax seed is great for dogs, too. It contains quite a bit of fat, protein, and fiber, all of which are essential to dogs’ health. Flax seed is also a great source of plant-based omega-3 fatty acid. It has a beneficial effect on inflammatory and other disorders.
  • Avocado Meal. AvoDerm‘s signature ingredient in their dog food products is avocado. Avocados are a great source of “the good fat”, which might help to lower the levels of cholesterol and improve the condition of dog’s coat. ASPCA claims that this fruit is only toxic to horses, birds, and some other animals, but NOT to dogs.

Guaranteed Analysis of AvoDerm Vegetarian Formula

Crude Protein (min)7.50%
Crude Fat (min)4.00%
Crude Fiber (max)2.00%
Moisture (max)74.00%
Omega-6 Fatty Acid* (min)0.70%
Omega-3 Fatty Acid* (min) 0.10%

*Not recognized as an essential nutrient by the AAFCO Dog Food Nutrient Profiles.

AAFCO Nutritional Value Statement

AvoDerm Vegetarian Formula dog food is formulated to meet the nutritional levels established by the AAFCO Dog Food Nutrient Profiles for Adult Maintenance.

Final Thoughts

In conclusion, we think that there are better alternatives to canned vegan dog food than AvoDerm Natural Vegetarian Formula. AvoDerm boasts the use of avocado as a “super fruit”, which might improve the condition of the coat. It is a quite unique product in the dog food market and people are saying that their dogs love the taste of it.

It does, however, lack some essential nutrients like Taurine or L-carnitine. Therefore, we recommend using AvoDerm Natural Vegetarian Formula along with other vegan dog food products.

Natural Balance Vegetarian Dry Dog Food Review

Natural Balance Vegetarian Dry Dog Food review

This Natural Balance Vegetarian Dry Dog Food Review is based on what Natural Balance Pet Foods, the manufacturer of Natural Balance, provide on their website. There you will also find more information about the company itself and other products they offer.

Quick Overview

Natural Balance Vegetarian is a dry kibble type food for dogs. It does not include products from animal sources, even though on the package it says “vegetarian”. The company claims that this formula is a “complete and balanced” alternative for dogs who do not eat meat. It is supposed to provide all the nutrients, found in meat-based dog diets.

Read our full review to find out why Natural Balance Dry food for vegan dogs received a high rating from us.

Ingredients in Natural Balance Vegetarian Dry Dog Food

Brown Rice, Oatmeal, Cracked Pearled Barley, Peas, Potato Protein, Canola Oil, Potatoes, Tomato Pomace, Vegetable Flavoring, Calcium Carbonate, Dicalcium Phosphate, Flaxseed, Potassium Chloride, Choline Chloride, Taurine, Natural Mixed Tocopherols, Spinach, Parsley Flakes, Cranberries, L-Lysine, L-Carnitine, Yucca Schidigera Extract, Kelp, Vitamin E Supplement, Iron Proteinate, Zinc Proteinate, Copper Proteinate, Ferrous Sulfate, Zinc Sulfate, Copper Sulfate, Potassium Iodide, Thiamine Mononitrate (Vitamin B-1), Manganese Proteinate, Manganous Oxide, Ascorbic Acid, Vitamin A Supplement, Biotin, Niacin, d-Calcium Pantothenate, Manganese Sulfate, Sodium Selenite, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (Vitamin B-6), Vitamin B-12 Supplement, Riboflavin (Vitamin B-2), Vitamin D-2 Supplement, Folic Acid.

Top 5 Ingredients

  1. Brown Rice. The first, and the most abundant ingredient, is brown rice. Rice is a great, gluten-free source of carbohydrates, which provide dogs with energy. Carbohydrates also play a big role in keeping dogs’ bowels healthy, while also making them feel full longer. Many companies, however, use white rice as a cheap carb filler in their foods. Brown rice, which is used by Natural Balance in this formula, is a whole grain, while white rice is not. Therefore, it has way more nutrients in it, such as Manganese, Magnesium, and Vitamin B6, among many others.
  2. Oatmeal. Frequently seen as mainly a source of carbohydrates, oats are a great source of protein, as well. According to the World Health Organization, oat protein is equivalent in quality to soy protein. So, equal to meat, milk and egg protein, which is a key ingredient in dog nutrition. Oats also boast high levels of iron, manganese, zinc, and B vitamins.
  3. Cracked Pearled Barley. Cracked barley means that it “has been dehulled by machine brushing and additionally has the bran removed” (WikiDot). This process makes them smaller in size. Barley is a great source of carbs, which, as mentioned above, are important for healthy bowels. Barley, as well as oats, have gluten, so be mindful of that if your dog has a gluten allergy.
  4. Peas. The fourth most abundant ingredient in Natural Balance formula is peas. They have become a popular ingredient in many commercial dog food brands when the grain-free diets for dogs came to rise. Peas are known as an excellent source of carbohydrates, fiber, and protein. They also provide most of the essential amino acids, many various minerals and vitamins. We personally think that peas are a great addition in vegan dog food; you can read more about them over at PetCurean.
  5. Potato Protein. Interestingly, Natural Balance includes not only potatoes, but also potato protein in their formula, which is quickly becoming more and more popular. That is because potato protein is low in ash, has a high content of protein and essential amino acids. It is, however, a newcomer ingredient in pet food industry. Therefore, there aren’t any significant studies done, and many dog owners are against it, since it is not an animal-based protein.

Other Interesting Ingredients

  • Cranberries. As you might have read about it in our previous reviews or our homepage, we love it when vegan dog foods include cranberries in their ingredients. As the PETA study suggests, cranberries, methionine, and Vitamin C help prevent urinary diseases. Vegan dog food is typically lower in protein amounts, therefore dogs may be subject to urinary alkalinisation. Natural Balance, however, claims to have at least 18% of protein in their formula, which is quite a decent amount for a plant-based dog food.
  • L-Carnitine. Composed of the amino acids lysine and methionine, L-Carnitine is prominently found in red meat, lamb, an other animal-based sources. L-Carnitine is responsible for a healthy heart and can even reverse some already existing heart diseases. It can be successfully synthesized in dogs’ bodies, but vegan dogs need some supplementation. Therefore, it is a must-have ingredient in a vegan dog food.
  • Yucca Schidigera Extract. Found in approximately 20% of current dog foods, Yucca Schidigera is an a herb, which is primarily found in deserts. Used mainly to reduce the stool odor, Yucca also contains vitamins and minerals including Vitamin C and Iron. Studies have shown that it reduces inflammation and helps with the treatment of arthritis symptoms. Therefore, although not a necessary ingredient, Yucca is definitely a beneficial one.

Guaranteed Analysis of Natural Balance Vegetarian Dry Formula

Crude Protein (min)18.0%
Crude Fat (min)8.0%
Crude Fiber (max)4.0%
Moisture (max)10.0%
Omega-6 Fatty Acids* (min)2.0%
Omega-3 Fatty Acids* (min)0.3%

*Not recognized as an essential nutrient by the AAFCO Dog Food Nutrient Profiles.

AAFCO Nutritional Value Statement

Dick Van Patten’s Natural Balance Vegetarian Dry Dog Formula is formulated to meet the nutritional levels established by the AAFCO Dog Food Nutrient Profiles for Adult Dogs.

Final Thoughts

Natural Balance Vegetarian Dry Dog Formula contains lots of quality ingredients, as well as important supplements like Vitamin B12, Taurine, L-Carnitine, and Cranberries. This formula also boasts a decent amount of quality, plant-based protein – 18%.

It is currently one of the most popular vegan formulas on the market and that is for a reason. It is a complete and balanced vegan dog food!