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.
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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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%|
|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.
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.