Addiction Dog Food (Canned)

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Rating: ★★★★½

Addiction canned dog food receives the Advisor’s second-highest tier rating of 4.5 stars.

The Addiction product line lists nine canned dog foods, some claimed to meet AAFCO nutrient profiles for all life stages. Others do not appear to be specified on the company website.

The following is a list of recipes available at the time of this review.

  • Addiction Unagi and Seaweed
  • Addiction King Salmon and Potatoes
  • Addiction Herbed Duck Confit (4 stars)
  • Addiction Safari Buffalo Meatloaf (4 stars)
  • Addiction Hunter’s Venison Stew (4 stars)
  • Addiction New Zealand Venison and Apples
  • Addiction Turkey with Cranberries and Apples
  • Addiction Black Forest Rabbit and Blueberries
  • Addiction New Zealand Brushtail and Vegetables (5 stars)

Addiction King Salmon and Potatoes was selected to represent the others in the line for this review.

Addiction King Salmon and Potatoes

Canned Dog Food

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

Protein = 40% | Fat = 10% | Carbs = 42%

Ingredients: King salmon, hoki, potatoes, peas, carrots, lemons, oranges, carrageenan, cassia gums, taurine, calcium carbonate, choline chloride, zinc sulphate, ferrous sulphate, vitamin E supplement, copper sulphate, manganese sulphate, niacin supplement, sodium selenite, thiamine mononitrate, calcium pantothenate, vitamin A supplement, riboflavin supplement, calcium iodate, vitamin B12 supplement, pyridoxine hydrochloride, vitamin D3 supplement, folic acid

Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 5%

Red items when present indicate controversial ingredients

Estimated Nutrient Content
MethodProteinFatCarbs
Guaranteed Analysis8%2%NA
Dry Matter Basis40%10%42%
Calorie Weighted Basis38%23%40%

The first ingredient in this dog food is salmon. Salmon is a fatty marine and freshwater fish not only high in protein but also omega 3 fatty acids, essential oils needed by every dog to sustain life.

The second item lists hoki, a white fish found along the southern coasts of Australia and New Zealand. Although it is not as rich in fatty acids as salmon, it is just as high in protein.

The third ingredient includes potato. Potatoes can be considered a gluten-free source of digestible carbohydrates. Yet with the exception of perhaps their caloric content, potatoes are of only modest nutritional value to a dog.

The fourth ingredient includes peas. Peas are a quality source of carbohydrates. Plus (like all legumes) they’re rich in natural fiber.

However, peas contain about 25% protein, a factor that must be considered when judging the actual meat content of this dog food.

The fifth ingredient includes carrots. Carrots are loaded with beta-carotene, minerals and dietary fiber.

Next, we note the inclusion of two fruits, lemons and oranges.

From here, the list goes on to include a number of other items.

But to be realistic, ingredients located this far down the list (other than nutritional supplements) are not likely to affect the overall rating of this product.

First, carrageenan is a gelatin-like thickening agent extracted from seaweed. Carrageenan has been safely used as a food additive for hundreds of years.

And lastly, the minerals listed here do not appear to be chelated. And that can make them more difficult to absorb. Non-chelated minerals are usually associated with lower quality dog foods.

Addiction Canned Dog Food
The Bottom Line

Judging by its ingredients alone, Addiction canned dog food looks like an above-average wet product.

But ingredient quality by itself cannot tell the whole story. We still need to estimate the product’s meat content before determining a final rating.

The dashboard displays a dry matter protein reading of 40%, a fat level of 10% and an estimated carbohydrate content of 42%.

As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 39% and a mean fat level of 21%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 32% for the overall product line.

And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 53%.

Near-average protein. Below-average fat. And above-average carbs when compared to a typical wet dog food.

Even when you consider the protein-boosting effect of the peas, this looks like the profile of a wet product containing a moderate amount of meat.

Bottom line?

Addiction canned dog food is a meat-based wet product using a moderate amount of novel game species as its main sources of animal protein, thus earning the brand 4.5 stars.

Highly recommended.

Please note certain recipes are sometimes given a higher or lower rating based upon our estimate of their total meat content.

Those looking for a nice kibble from the same company may wish to visit our review of Addiction dry dog food.

Special Alert

Rice ingredients can sometimes contain arsenic. Until the US FDA establishes safe upper levels for arsenic content, pet owners may wish to limit the total amount of rice fed in a dog's daily diet.

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Notes and Updates

03/29/2010 Original review
10/29/2010 Review updated
04/20/2012 Review updated
11/02/2013 Review updated
11/02/2013 Last Update

  • Dot Mc C

    I need a dog food for my catahoola; she can only have straight venison w/out liver or potato–she is allergic to just about everything according to the lab test done. venison & ground flaxseed oil are the only unmarked ones. Hope u can help..

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  • Angie Hendrickson

    I’m very impressed by Addiciton’s line of wet foods. They really appear to be great quality. I’ve tired them all. He especially loves the Buffalo meatloaf, of which really did have pieces of carrots, peas, and all kinds of fresh stuff. I use their canned food as light mixers for our puppy’s dry food (Solid Gold Wolf cub).

  • Kim

    One thing I’ve noticed in reading the ingredients on the label is that the products made in New Zealand (Brush Tail, New Zealand Venison, King Salmon, and Unagi) are made with sodium selenite, a controversial ingredient in some circles and the meat levels seem a bit lower while the products made in America (like the Rabbit, Buffalo, Duck, Venison and Turkey) are made with what is considered the much safer selenium yeast and the overall meat content is higher. For that reason, I’m giving their products a try, but I’m sticking to stuff made on this side of the Pacific. (I do buy Ziwi Peak which is made in New Zealand, but their dehydrated foods contain no discernible added carbs or controversial ingredients.)

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  • hounddogmom12

    Meg K,

    If she’s refusing food try adding some Tripett (she might eat the THK with this). They have a venison formula. I give my dogs tripe every day and I have never heard of a dog that turned their nose up to green tripe.

    http://www.tripett.com/Home.html

    http://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/dog-food-reviews/tripett-dog-food/

  • Meg K

    Thanks for your suggestions!! I have tried Honest Kitchen but unfortunately she didn’t like it. She is such a picky eater…..I wish she would like it. I checked out Nature’s Logic but they add poultry to the duck and salmon….not sure if she would like sardines but I do like that it does not contain any synthetic vitamins and minerals. She was doing pretty good on Stella and Chewy’s but now decided that she does want it and I tried Pimal Freeze-dried but that made her sick. I have been searching for something that won’t make her sick and she will eat. She has IBD, so she has very sensitive digestive system.

  • hounddogmom12

    Meg K,

    It surprises me that they don’t specify in their ingredients list. It would lead you to believe the liver and broth is derived from the main protein source, but if your dog has allergies you may not want to risk finding out if that is the case. I would either a. contact the company or b. look into a food that is more specific and labels their ingredients. Personally I’m a big fan of Nature’s Logic canned. I use it to stuff my dog’s kongs sometimes, I love that it has no synthetic vitamins or minerals. All the nutrients are derived from whole foods and the broth and liver are specified as pertaining to the main source of protein. They have a venison, a duck & salmon, and a sardine formula that would be okay for your dog. http://www.natureslogic.com/products/dp.html

  • Mataviam

    Also honestly they seem to be too keen on listing specific sources of meat. And it also has carrageenan listed in some of the products.  I didn’t like what was found on that product. You should try a dog food that features protein sources that your baby isn’t allergic to. There are foods designed for sensitivities. Just keep searching all that hard work will pay off for your baby in the long run. Try searching Petco or Petsmart. Or doing a little research.

  • Mataviam

    Did you try calling the company?

  • Meg K

    Does anyone know what kind of liver and broth they used in their can food?? I haven’t had any luck getting someone from their company to responded to my emails. I would like to try this food but my dog is not able to have anything with beef, chicken or lamb.

  • Mandy Bennett

    Thank you Addie! This was helpful. 

  • Addie

    Oh, also all flavors of Tiki canned dog food meet your criteria as well.  

  • Addie

    Only some of their formulas are low fat- King Salmon & Potatoes, New Zealand Venison & Apples, and New Zealand Brushtail & Vegetables. Another really good low fat food (all under 2%) is Weruva Human Style. Don’t get it confused with their Kobe canned line though, those are not low fat. 

  • Mandy Bennett

    Not sure if I needed to mention that I’m looking at the Addiction canned food.

  • Mandy Bennett

    Right now my Yorkie is on RC hypoallergenic Venison/Potato. the can says it has 3.5% fat. I want her on a better quality dog food, but she is absolutely fat restricted due to Canine Intestinal Lymphangiectasia. Anyway, I was wondering how this canned food would work fat-wise. (How does it compare… I’m confused on the numbers actually). 

  • http://DogFoodAdvisor.com/ Mike Sagman

    Hi DoggyRC,

    Unfortunately, unless the label specifies the species of the liver, I have no idea.

    You can probably find out by calling the manufacturer. Wish I could be more help.

  • Doggyrc

    Mike – Do you know the type of liver in most of the canned food?  Is it beef liver?

  • http://DogFoodAdvisor.com Mike Sagman

    Hi Shaylea,

    I’ve modified my review to reflect the new information you included in your comment regarding menadione..Thanks for sharing this information.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_XHYPJVBBFCTEZF2LY7YVZQPOFE Shaylea

    Mike – I am sorry – When I was referring to “low in fat” I meant the Dry Dog Food the Viva la Venison.. Below was the description, but I didn’t think it was considered low fat 14% (especially for those owners who have a dog that had/has pancreatitis)Below is the description from Addiction (Viva la Venison)Low in fat and highly digestible, Venison has a full flavor that dogs simply love. It is also lower in cholesterol and fat than most cuts of meat, making it an ideal protein for optimal well-being and vitality.

    This is the response I received from Addiction:

    Thank you for your email. We add menadione in very small amounts as a precaution from inadequate synthesis in the gut for dogs. In these small quantities they do not pose any health concerns.

    Foods that do not contain menadione are:

    All our canned foodsAll our Raw Dehydrated foods Viva La Venison and Salmon Bleu All our Treats

    I checked again and found that the Canada website incorrectly lists vitamin K in our ingredient list. This website was probably not updated after we had removed Vitamin K from these formulas.

    Thank you for drawing this to our attention.

    Do let me know if you have any further questions.

    Best Regards, Jerel

    http://usa.addictionfoods.com/index.php?page=shop.product_details&flypage=flypage-ask.tpl&product_id=162&category_id=8&option=com_virtuemart&Itemid=57&p_catid=1&p_subcatid=2

    Should be:

    (can)Venison, Apples, Carrots, Potatoes, Peas, Carrageenan, Cassia Gums, Dried Seaweed, Garlic, Taurine, Calcium Carbonate, Choline Chloride, Zinc Sulphate, Ferrous Sulphate, Vitamin E Supplement, Copper Sulphate, Manganese Sulphate, Niacin Supplement, Sodium Selenite, Thiamine Mononitrate, Calcium Pantothenate, Vitamin A Supplement, Riboflavin Supplement, Calcium Iodate, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Folic Acid

  • http://DogFoodAdvisor.com Mike Sagman

    I have written to Addiction regarding the vitamin K but have not yet received a reply.

    Regarding the fat content of the kibble, I could not find any Addiction dry dog food product by the name of Venison and Apple. However, 14% fat (15,5% dry matter) cannot be considered low fat but rather close to “average” for all kibbles in our database.

    Hope this helps.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_XHYPJVBBFCTEZF2LY7YVZQPOFE Shaylea

     I changed from the Addiction Kanagroo kibble to the Venison kibble because I don’t think it had any form of the Vitamin.

     However (my confusion is here)  the Venison CAN has Vitamin K and you did rate the “can” as a 5 star. Do you know if that Vitamin K is safe?

     See here:

    Free-range New Zealand Venison, Apples, Carrots, Potatoes, Peas, Carregeenan & Cassia Gums, Seaweed, Garlic, Taurine, Choline Chloride, Vitamin A, Vitamin B1, Vitamin B2, Vitamin B6, Vitamin B7, Vitamin B12, Vitamin D3, Vitamin E, Vitamin K, Calcium Pantothenate, Copper, Choline, Folic Acid, Iron, Iodine, Niacin, Manganese, Selenium, Zinc

    Also the Venison and Apple Kibble states that it is very low fat, but I don’t think 14% is low.

  • http://DogFoodAdvisor.com Mike Sagman

    That’s a great question, Shaylea,

    The natural version of vitamin K (vitamin K1 and K2) are NOT the same thing as the synthetic version, also known as menadione.

    So, just because a product lists vitamin K in its ingredients list doesn’t necessarily mean it’s menadione..

    However, menadione (K3) is another story. And I try to avoid ever knowingly rate any dog food 5 stars of it contains K3.

    For more in-depth information, you may wish to read my article, The Controversy Over Menadione in Dog Food.

    So, please be specific. Which foods on this site that claim to contain menadione or one of its derivatives are rated 5 stars?

    Thanks for your help.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_XHYPJVBBFCTEZF2LY7YVZQPOFE Shaylea

    I’m a bit confused – is Menadione Nicotinamide Bisulfate and Vitamin K the same?
    Some cans or kibble that you have rated 5 stars have Vitamin K ?

  • Smithac3

    Just saw your post and thought I would give a suggestion. I have my shihtzu on the Addiction Venison. It’s grain free, small, flat kibble. I mix about 1/4 a cup with a couple of tbsp of the Addiction wet food. She likes the Duck and sweet potatoe. FYI I was trying to figure out how to warm the wet food up after it was in the fridge and I figured out if I divied the food up in small ziplock baggies and put them in the fridge, I could pull them out and run warm tap water over the bag warming the food inside the closed baggie. She also seems to eat better if I put her in her kennel with her food. I have 4 boys and I think she feels less distracted if she’s in there with her food. I also only leave her with her food for 15 minutes and then I pick it up. It has shown her she needs to eat when I put her food down or she has to wait until her next feeding. It has made her way less picky.  Anyway, take care.

  • Carol Smith

    I have had my 3 yorkies on the addiction dog food for several months the overall health of my dogs went thru the roof the older ones now have the energy of pups the only drawback is the smaller yorkies tend to get constipated on this diet I have remedied this by including more treats with fiber such as dried apple and dried sweet potatoes

  • sandy

    I bought Addiction cans online and it was cheaper than at a store. So was the Weruva – only $2.75 each at Amazon. Addiction was a little more at $3.52.

  • Robby

    Ok I understand. Thanks.
    I was just wondering because the Pet store where I live started selling a few different kinds of this food and I am going to get a couple cans for my Dog to try.

  • http://DogFoodAdvisor.com Mike Sagman

    Hi Robby… I can see why this would seem unfair. After all, based on its lack of red flag items alone, the canned form of Addiction looks like a 5-star recipe. However, its meat content appears to be only average for a canned dog food (39.8% average for our entire wet database). Hope this helps.

  • DAWN LEDER

    I THINK..IMO…BECAUSE IT SAYS
    AVERAGE ON PROTEIN-FAT-CARBS? AND ONLY A..MODERATE AMOUNT OF MEAT…
    IM TOTALLY GUESSING

  • Robby

    I’m curious to know why this food has No red items but isn’t rated as a five star food?

  • sharron

    thanks mike

    i forgot to mention before that she is getting ziwipeak canned
    and addiction canned (not that the same time) i rotate between the two.

  • http://DogFoodAdvisor.com Mike Sagman

    Hi Sharron… The closer a food is to “real” (what a dog would naturally eat “in the wild”) is nearly always the best choice. Kibble is the furthest from a dog’s natural ancestral diet as you can get. While on the other extreme, we fiud a fresh raw (or cooked) diet .

    So, depending on the product, canned dog food falls somewhere in between.

    Any diet (even raw) can be unbalanced. For example, in nature, a dog (wolf) would consume the entire animal… organs, skeletal meat, bones and all. So, simply feeding a completely boneless meat meal 100% of the time would eventually deprive a dog from vital calcium and other crucial nutrients found in the bones and organs.

    In any case, feeding a quality (balanced) wet dog food all the time would certainly be a reasonable feeding plan for most any dog.

    To learn more about the differences between kibble and canned dog food, please be sure to read my article, “What’s Better… Canned or Dry Dog Food?“. Hope this helps.

  • sharron

    hi mike

    what is your opinion on feeding just canned dog food
    she is 2 1/2 yrs old yorkie/chihuahua female, who really doesnt care for dry food. She doesnt get treats except for raw marrow bones nor does she get human food.
    She is healthy and doesnt have teeth problems.

    thanks