Addiction Raw Dehydrated Dog Food receives the Advisor’s mid-tier rating of 3 stars.
The Addiction product line includes eight raw dehydrated dog foods, five claimed to meet AAFCO nutrient profiles for all life stages and three for adult maintenance.
The following is a list of recipes available at the time of this review. Products marked with an asterisk (*) are grain-free.
- Addiction Outback Kangaroo Feast*
- Addiction Fig’licious Venison Feast*
- Addiction Perfect Summer Brushtail*
- Addiction Herbed Lamb and Potatoes*
- Addiction New Zealand Forest Delicacies
- Addiction Country Chicken and Apricot Dinner*
- Addiction Steakhouse Beef and Zucchini Entree*
- Addiction Homestyle Venison and Cranberry Dinner
Addiction Fig’licious Venison Feast was selected to represent the other products in the line for this review.
Addiction Fig'licious Venison Feast
Dehydrated Dog Food
Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content
Ingredients: Venison, potatoes, papayas, canola oil, figs, carrots, spinach, tapioca, choline chloride, taurine, dicalcium phosphate, calcium carbonate, zinc sulphate, ferrous sulphate, copper sulphate, manganese sulphate, sodium selenate, potassium iodate, vitamins E supplement, niacin supplement, d-pantothenic acid, vitamin A supplement, riboflavin supplement, vitamin B12 supplement, thiamine hydrochloride, vitamin D3 supplement, pyridoxine hydrochloride, folic acid, l-tryptophan, l-threonine, dl-methionine, tocopherols (preservatives), lecithin, rosemary extract
Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 5.7%
Red items when present indicate controversial ingredients
|Estimated Nutrient Content|
|Dry Matter Basis||22%||11%||59%|
|Calorie Weighted Basis||20%||26%||55%|
The first ingredient in this dog food includes venison. Venison is considered “the clean flesh derived from slaughtered” venison and associated with skeletal muscle or the muscle tissues of the tongue, diaphragm, heart or esophagus.1
Venison is naturally rich in all ten essential amino acids required by a dog to sustain life.
Although it is a quality item, raw venison contains about 80% water. After dehydrating, most of that moisture is lost, reducing the meat content to just a fraction of its original weight.
After processing, this item would probably account for a smaller part of the total content of the finished product.
The second ingredient is 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.
Four of the next five items list a series of nutrient-rich fruits and vegetables…
Amongst the fruits and vegetables we find canola oil. Many applaud canola for its favorable omega-3 content while a vocal minority condemn it as an unhealthy fat.
Much of the objection regarding canola oil appears to be related to the use of genetically modified rapeseed as its source material.
Yet others find the negative stories about canola oil more the stuff of urban legend than actual science.2
In any case, plant-based oils like canola are less biologically available to a dog than fish oil as a source of quality omega-3 fats.
The eighth item is tapioca, a gluten-free, starchy carbohydrate extract made from the root of the cassava plant.
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.
With one notable exception…
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 Raw Dehydrated Dog Food
The Bottom Line
Judging by its ingredients alone, Addiction Raw Dehydrated dog food looks like an above average dry 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.
As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 23% and a mean fat level of 14%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 55% for the overall product line.
And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 60%.
Below-average protein. Below-average fat. And above-average carbs when compared to a typical dry dog food.
Free of any plant-based protein boosters, this looks like the profile of a dry product containing a modest amount of meat.
Addiction Raw Dehydrated dog food is a plant-based dry product using a modest amount of novel meats as its main sources of animal protein, thus earning the brand 3 stars.
Those looking for a wet food from the same company may wish to visit our review of Addiction canned dog food.
Please note some products may have been given higher or lower ratings based upon our estimate of their total meat content.
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
03/30/2010 Original review
10/30/2010 Review updated
06/14/2011 Review updated
12/22/2012 Review updated
12/22/2012 Last Update