Addiction Dog Food (Dry)

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Rating: ★★★★☆

Addiction Dog Food receives the Advisor’s second-highest tier rating of 4 stars.

The Addiction product line includes seven dry dog foods, five claimed to meet AAFCO nutrient profiles for all life stages and two for growth (Puppy formulas).

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

  • Addiction Salmon Bleu Grain Free
  • Addiction La Porchetta (3.5 stars)
  • Addiction Salmon Bleu Puppy Grain Free
  • Addiction Le Lamb Grain Free (3.5 stars)
  • Addiction Wild Kangaroo and Apples (3.5 stars)
  • Addiction Viva La Venison Grain Free (4.5 stars)
  • Addiction Viva La Venison Puppy Grain Free (4.5 stars)

Addiction Viva La Venison Grain Free was selected to represent the other products in the line for this review.

Addiction Viva La Vension Grain Free

Dry Dog Food

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

Protein = 29% | Fat = 16% | Carbs = 48%

Ingredients: Venison meal, dried potatoes, chicken fat (free from chicken protein and naturally preserved with mixed tocopherols - a source of vitamin E), natural flavors, dried egg, dried kelp, dehydrated alfalfa meal, dried carrots, dried cranberries, dried apples, dried spinach, potassium chloride, salt, brewers dried yeast, lecithin, dried Enterococcus faecium fermentation product, dried Lactobacillus acidophilus fermentation product, dried Aspergillus niger fermentation extract, dried Bacillus subtilis fermentation extract, choline chloride, zinc proteinate, vitamin E, iron proteinate, dried Saccharomyces cerevisiae fermentation solubles, inulin (from chicory root), ascorbic acid (source of vitamin C), taurine, dl-methionine, Yucca schidigera extract, niacin (vitamin B3), copper proteinate, manganese proteinate, calcium pantothenate, thiamine (vitamin B1), biotin (vitamin B7), riboflavin (vitamin B2), vitamin A, vitamin D3, pyridoxine (vitamin B6), vitamin B12, beta carotene, folic acid (vitamin B9), sodium selenite, rosemary extract

Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 3.9%

Red items when present indicate controversial ingredients

Estimated Nutrient Content
MethodProteinFatCarbs
Guaranteed Analysis26%14%NA
Dry Matter Basis29%16%48%
Calorie Weighted Basis25%33%42%

The first ingredient in this dog food is venison meal. Venison meal is considered a meat concentrate and contains nearly 300% more protein than fresh venison.

The second ingredient is dried potato, a dehydrated item usually made from the by-products of potato processing. In most cases, dried potato can contain about 10% dry matter protein which can affect our estimate of the total meat content of this recipe.

The third ingredient is chicken fat. Chicken fat is obtained from rendering chicken, a process similar to making soup in which the fat itself is skimmed from the surface of the liquid.

Chicken fat is high in linoleic acid, an omega-6 fatty acid essential for life. Although it doesn’t sound very appetizing, chicken fat is actually a quality ingredient.

After the natural flavor, we find dried egg, a dehydrated powder made from shell-free eggs. Eggs are easy to digest and have an exceptionally high biological value.

The sixth ingredient is dried kelp, a dehydrated form of seaweed also known as alginate. Kelp is most likely used here as a thickening or gelling agent.

The seventh ingredient is alfalfa meal. Although alfalfa meal is high in plant protein (about 18%) and fiber (25%), this hay-family item is more commonly associated with horse feeds.

The next four items included in this recipe are nutrient-rich fruits and vegetables

  • Carrots
  • Cranberries
  • Apples
  • Spinach

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 three notable exceptions

First, brewers yeast can be a controversial item. Although it’s a by-product of the beer making process, this ingredient is rich in minerals and other healthy nutrients.

Fans believe yeast repels fleas and supports the immune system.

Critics argue yeast ingredients can be linked to allergies. This may be true, but (like all allergies) only if your particular dog is allergic to the yeast itself.

In addition, a vocal minority insists yeast can increase the risk of developing the life-threatening condition known as bloat. However, this is a claim we’ve not been able to scientifically verify.

In any case, unless your dog is specifically allergic to it, yeast can still be considered a nutritious additive.

What’s more noteworthy here is that brewers yeast contains about 48% protein, a factor that must be considered when judging the actual meat content of this dog food.

Next, we note the inclusion of inulin, a starch-like compound made up of repeating units of carbohydrates and typically sourced from chicory root.

Not only is inulin a natural source of soluble dietary fiber, it’s also a prebiotic used to promote the growth of healthy bacteria in a dog’s digestive tract.

And lastly, this food also contains chelated minerals, minerals that have been chemically attached to protein. This makes them easier to absorb. Chelated minerals are usually found in better dog foods.

Addiction Dog Food
The Bottom Line

Judging by its ingredients alone, Addiction 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.

The dashboard displays a dry matter protein reading of 29%, a fat level of 16% and estimated carbohydrates of about 48%.

As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 27% and a mean fat level of 14%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 51% for the overall product line.

And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 51%.

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

When you consider the protein-boosting effects of the alfalfa meal and brewers yeast, this looks like the profile of a kibble containing a below-average to moderate amount of meat.

But the designs vary. Some Addiction kibbles are grain-free. Others aren’t. Some contain chelated minerals. Others don’t. And some include probiotics, while others omit this favorable feature.

Unfortunately, inconsistencies like these make it challenging to determine a fair overall rating for the group as a whole.

What’s more, according to the company, the Addiction La Porchetta recipe contains the food additive, menadione, a controversial form of vitamin K.

So, menadione phobics may wish to ignore our rating and look elsewhere for another product.

Bottom line?

Addiction Dog Food is a plant-based kibble using a below average to moderate amount of various species specific meat meals as its main sources of animal protein, thus earning the brand 4 stars.

Highly recommended.

Those looking for a wet food from the same company may wish to visit our review of Addiction canned dog food.

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

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.

A Final Word

The descriptions and analyses expressed in this and every article on this website represent the views and opinions of the author.

Although it's our goal to ensure all the information on this website is correct, we cannot guarantee its completeness or its accuracy; nor can we commit to ensuring all the material is kept up-to-date on a daily basis.

Each review is offered in good faith and has been designed to help you make a more informed decision when buying dog food.

However, due to the biological uniqueness of every animal, none of our ratings are intended to suggest feeding a particular product will result in a specific dietary response or health benefit for your pet.

For a better understanding of how we analyze each product, please read our article, "The Problem with Dog Food Reviews".

Remember, no dog food can possibly be appropriate for every life stage, lifestyle or health condition. So, choose wisely. And when in doubt, consult a qualified veterinary professional for help.

In closing, we do not accept money, gifts or samples from pet food companies in exchange for special consideration in the preparation of our reviews or ratings.

To learn how we support the cost of operating this website, please visit our public Disclosure and Disclaimer page.

Have an opinion about this dog food? Or maybe the review itself? Please know we welcome your comments.

Notes and Updates

03/28/2010 Original review
10/28/2010 Review updated
01/13/2012 Added menadione information
07/16/2013 Review updated
07/16/2013 Last Update

  • Storm’s Mom

    Storm’s currently on Viva La Venison for the 1st time (with Petkind’s tripe as a topper), and I’m really impressed with how he’s doing on it! I think he’s had a small bag of Nature’s Logic Venison before (the only other Venison kibble he would’ve had), but he’s just loving this Addiction one! I wish there were more Venison options!! I think this one will be a great addition to the rotation, given that it’s a relatively novel protein for him and it doesn’t have peas! (it’s becoming harder and harder to find a decent kibble without peas these days!!). Viva La Venison has potatoes, so that’s also pretty rare for him (the only other potato inclusive food that’s regularly been in the rotation is Performatrin Ultra Grain-Free, but I may not feed that one anymore because of the recent reformulation having way more peas and way less protein from meat). All in all, not something I’d feel comfortable feeding full-time, but, like I said, a great one to have in a rotation! Kibble size is small-to-average, very thin.

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  • suadf

    they delete and mistreat

  • susan

    ghe put me in hspam because he is a hscamh

  • http://www.goofymooseproductions.com/ onhae

    I ordered this new food from amazon 10 days ago, and switched my spoiled dogs (2 Labs, age 3 1/2 & 6ish) to it. They are on the Wishbone Pasture food, and we love it! The younger one does much better on lower protein and his stools are much firmer with this food. I’ve also noticed that my older guy is a lot less itchy than he was w/his other grain free food (Hi-Tek lamb). I’m still learning, but maybe that could be because the new food is gluten free?

  • InkedMarie

    Interesting.

  • Hound Dog Mom

    Addiction has a new line of foods called Wishbonepet. According to the website the products aren’t available in North America but I see that they’re sold through k9cuisine. The protein and fat levels (26% and 10%) are a little low for my liking but the interesting thing is, according to their website, over 90% of the protein in the food is from animal-sources and all the meat is free-range. With only 10% fat it might be a good option for dogs needing to lose weight or that are prone to pancreatitis.

    http://wishbonepet.com/

  • Nicole Goh

    My puppy was on fish4dogs superior puppy and I’ve swap to Salmon Bleu For Puppies recently. It’s definitely less fishy smell, smaller bites. His stool is less, dryer, no strong stench like the former food. Ingredients seem more natural. I’d recommend this.

  • jonnny

    My dog has severe allergies, and literally the ONLY thing I have found that does not almost kill her is kangaroo. After the California Naturals recalls I put her on Addiction Kangaroo and its great. She also seems to gain a lot of weight on it, and I only feed here 2.25 cups a day for a 60lb medium-active lab. For anyone with a dog with allergies, I strongly recommend kangaroo.

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  • annie

    thanks for helping. found that in some dog food, wonder what that is and if it’s necessary. i want feed my dog natural food but not kibbles mainly consists of victamins.some dog food does taste like taking drugs, while some taste like human food.it’s my problem really ^^

  • http://www.dfwpugs.com/ sandy

    It is an essential amino acid found naturally in many foods and is included in many dog foods. It can be found in products that are supposed to help maintain proper urinary pH and even in products for grass burns since it can affect pH. Amino acids can be damaged in kibble making so I guess manufacturers add in some more to make up.

  • annie

    is DL-Methionine a common ingredient in dog food ? just found that on the ingredient list.

  • annie

    happened once when i fed my dog nb ultra premium, she suddenly refused to eat, we did all the check-ups . vets telling us she is just being picky. though we don’t think that’s what happened. maybe you should just switch brand.though i m currently trying this food on my dog now. btw, did your dog got rock stone like pool when u feed her the vension formula ?

  • annie

    we just tried the vension formula. is it normal that the dogs got rock stone like powdered pools? does it really no longer contain k 3 ? bit worried. my dog also not eat all of her food at once when we switch her to addiction. hope it’s alright.

  • aimee

    Hi Lyonsdenn,

    Here is a link to an objective review of feeding dogs a vegetarian diet

    http://www.une.edu.au/ers/staff-profile-doc-folders/wendy-brown/brown-raan-2009-vegetarian-dog.pdf

  • Lyonsdenn

    “Dogs do not normally produce the necessary enzymes in their saliva (amylase, for example) to start the break-down of carbohydrates and starches; amylase in saliva is something omnivorous and herbivorous animals possess, but not carnivorous animals. This places the burden entirely on the pancreas, forcing it to produce large amounts of amylase to deal with the starch, cellulose, and carbohydrates in plant matter. Thus, feeding dogs as though they were omnivores taxes the pancreas and places extra strain on it, as it must work harder for the dog to digest the starchy, carbohydrate-filled food instead of just producing normal amounts of the enzymes needed to digest proteins and fats (which, when fed raw, begin to “self-digest” when the cells are crushed through chewing and tearing and their enzymes are released).

    Nor do dogs have the kinds of friendly bacteria that break down cellulose and starch for them. As a result, most of the nutrients contained in plant matter—even preprocessed plant matter—are unavailable to dogs. This is why dog food manufacturers have to add such high amounts of synthetic vitamins and minerals (the fact that cooking destroys all the vitamins and minerals and thus creates the need for supplementation aside) to their dog foods. If a dog can only digest 40-60% of its grain-based food, then it will only be receiving 40-60% (ideally!) of the vitamins and minerals it needs. To compensate for this, the manufacturer must add a higher concentration of vitamins and minerals than the dog actually needs.

    A dog’s dentition, internal and external anatomy, and physiology say it is a carnivore. Even its evolutionary history says the dog is a carnivore. ”

    http://rawfed.com/myths/omnivores.html

  • Lyonsdenn

    I applaud your dedication to a cruelty-free way of life. Humans don’t need to eat met. Our teeth, stomach and long intestines prove that. Clearly people are supposed to derive protein and necessary nutrients different sources. But while I completely agree with your personal (and physically logical) decision, it is unnatural and unhealthy for you to deny meat to your pet. We are omnivores. Dogs and cats are carnivores. They are designed to eat meat!! Their entire body including their teeth, stomachs and very short intestines are specifically built to digest meat. The worst, most unhealthy, unnatural food you could feed your pet is a meat-free diet! It is an entirely selfish choice on your part and completely unfair to your pet!! Vegan is NOT healthy for Dogs and cats. They NEED to have meat in their diet to be healthy. Believe me, it makes me absolutely sick how horribly animals are treated and I understand why you’d want that for your dog. But while your heart may be in the right place, your better judgement is not. Please….do not deny your pets what their bodies need to be healthy.

  • aimee

    Hi Pawprincess,

    Since chicken fat is rendered from a mix which contains protein. I would think it likely that it could contain chicken protein just as peanut oil can contain peanut proteins.

    Highly clarified and refined fat/oil may be free of protein, but I stand by my original posting. I think it best to avoid foods with chicken fat in them, if chicken is not novel to the dog, when doing a food trial just as people with peanut anaphylaxis are advised to avoid peanut oils unless they know it is a highly refined oil.

    Would you please share the link to the publication that tested chicken fat, as sourced for dog food, by pcr or elisa and concluded it is free from chicken protein?

  • PawPrincess

    chicken fat does not contain chicken protein. Do some research.

  • annie

    what a statement. i doubt they got no k3.

  • Hound Dog Mom

    Addiction doesn’t make a vegetarian kibble. They do make a meat-free hydrolyzed protein dehydrated food called Nutri-RX Allergy-HS. It may require a prescription, I’m not positive.

  • yensmiles

    Addiction does have a vegetarian dry dog food kibble

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  • Virginia

    Our jack russell terrier, loved the first 4 bags of Addiction Venison he would eat it without anything else on it. The 5th bag however he would hardly eat it, and when our sons dog came over he didn’t eat it and he eats anything. I smelled in the bag and it was so strong(ransid) and quit feeding it. I took it back to the store and they opened up another bag and it smelled the same. Even the cashier agreed with me. Now my dog is sick, I am not sure if it was the dog food. Had him to the vet for blood work, urinalysis, stool sample and ultra sound. They don’t know what is wrong. Any one else out there with this problem?

  • LabsRawesome

     If you wanted a vegetarian animal, you shouldn’t have gotten a dog. They are carnivores and should be fed that way. Not the way YOU want, because it makes YOU happy.

  • Dw 1957

    You know, I was looking for a meat free, dairy free dog food and you kept coming up! I’m really disgusted! Turkey and lamb and venison is meat too!!! I WANT CRUELTY FREE!!!

  • http://DogFoodAdvisor.com/ Mike Sagman

    Hi Sovida,

    Your use of all caps is considered in nearly all venues of modern communications a type of digital “shouting”.

    For this reason, many respected sources like Wikipedia, About.com and the Urban Dictionary have each published articles confirming the fact that posting in all caps is considered by those most read your comments as discourteous behavior.

    You are certainly welcome to express your opinions here. However, please respect the universal etiquette standards of the Internet as well as those of the many personal wishes expressed to you posted by fellow members of this community and minimize your use of all caps when commenting here.

    Thanks for your understanding.

  • SOVIDA

    WILL YOU ALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL GIVE IT UP!!! OMG! YOUR ALL BEING RIDICULOUS!! THIS IS DOGFOODADVISOR!! GET IT? ITS NOT COMPUTER 101 IM 57 YRS OLD BEEN DOING IT ALL THE TIME SINCE TYPING I AM NOT GOING TO..STOP..BECAUSE OF  YOU CHILDREN..IM SURPRISED MIKE HASN’T STEPPED IN..ITS HIS FORUM AND I’M SURE HE DOESN’T WANT OTHER CONVO’S BESIDES..DOG FOOD..NO MATTER WHAT YOU ALL SAY I USE CAPS AND NO ONE WILL STOP ME… GET IT?? GET A LIFE..SHEESE!

  • doggonefedup

     SOVIDA,
    Please we aren’t deaf! If you are half blind try lowering your screen resolution it will make everything on your monitor screen look bigger. If you are using 1280 x 1080 change it to 800 x600 you’ll see what I mean.

  • SOVIDA

    WE ARE HERE..STRICKLY..TO TALK ABOUT..DOG FOOD..NOTHING ELSE…I HAVE 1700 + ON MY FB PAGE AND HUNDREDS TYPE IN CAPS..KEEP MOVING ON SWEETY..IF YOUR NOT TALKING DOG FOOD…MOVE ON….

  • InkedMarie

    internet étiquette says that all caps equals yelling. I’m very active on FB and I have no one in my 300 plus friends who types in all caps. 
    That said, i hope you never have anything worth reading because I don’t read all caps posts, except this one. 

  • SOVIDA

    YES… I TOO LOVE WHEN THE CO.’S REALLY CARE ABOUT WHAT THEY’RE PUTTING OUT THERE! ITS A WIN WIN SITUATION…    MY EYESITE IS VERY POOR CAPS ARE SO MUCH EASIER FOR ME TO READ….I’VE JUST ALWAYS DONE IT..I TRULY AM NOT YELLING AT ALL…I HATE FIGHTS!! IM THE LAST ONE TO BE YELLING AT PEOPLE  :o)

  • Pattyvaughn

    Nope, I don’t feel yelled at, I sssooo get writing style.  I’m known for kind of a quirky twisted sense of humor just popping out here and there.  That’s all my comment was.  I’m sorry, it didn’t come across in my post;-(

    I love it when dog food companies listen to owners concerns and improve their product, even though I don’t feed this brand, kudos to them.

  • SOVIDA

    THIS IS MY PREF IM WRITING BEEN DOING HERE AND EVERYWHERE ELSE FOR 18 YRS (4YRS HERE) ITS RIDICULOUS AND PERSONAL IF PEOPLE FEEL LIKE THEY’RE GETTING YELLED AT!! ITS JUST ANOTHER WAY OF WRITING!! IF YOU FEEL YELLED AT THAT’S YOUR CHOICE. BECAUSE. I AM NOT YELLING AT ANYONE. WHEN I AM MY…. WORDS… WILL INDICATE THAT IM MAD!! ON FACEBOOK HUNDREDS WRITE WITH CAPS IT’S VERY COMMON! JUST SKIP OVER MY POST IF YOUR FEELINGS ARE HURT AND FEEL YOUR PERSONALLY BEING YELLED AT. :0). HAVE A GR888 DAY AND TAKE CARE! PS THIS SITE IS FOR COMMENTS ABOUT DOG FOOD… NOT BEING YELLED AT BECAUSE SOMEONE TYPES DIFFERENTLY. :0). ADDICTION ALONG WITH THEIR RAW HAS BEEN WORKING GREAT IM SO HAPPY THEY REMOVE THAT NASTY FAKE VIT K, AREN’T YOU?

  • SovidA

    YES THAT’S ME! BUT FOR 4 YRS ON HERE I’VE ALWAYS POSTED AS SOVIDA DAWN SOPHIE SABRINA IS MY FB NAME. :0)

  • LabsRawesome

     SOVIDA, aren’t you Dawn, with the two Beagles? Sophie, and I don’t remember the other ones name.  :)

  • Pattyvaughn

    Nobody likes being yelled at.  HONESTLY!!!

  • SOVIDA

    I HAVE A LIFETIME GUARANTEE ON CAPS LOL…???IVE ALWAYS POST UNDER SOVIDA?

  • LabsRawesome

     Hi Dawn, why are you posting under SOVIDA?  Btw, your CAPS privileges have been revoked!!! lol.

  • SOVIDA

    I HAVE A GUARANTEED LETTER FROM ADDICTION THEMSELVES…THAT THEIR PRODUCTS DEF NO LONGER PUT THE VIT K IN ANY OF THEIR PRODUCTS..THEY SAID SOME BAGS STILL HAVE IT LISTED BUT THEY ASSURED ME 100% WITHOUT A DOUBT THAT..NONE..OF THEIR PRODUCTS CONTAIN THAT HORRIBLE INGRED. ANY LONGER..

  • Sindy

    The one with Kangaroo meat is said to have less fat in it.  How would you rate it?  Is it as good as chicken or other meats?

  • Rishi

    great

  • aimee

    I’ve read that processes can be used to purify fats so maybe they are doing something along those lines.

    You’d have to contact the company to see how they verify it.

    Hill’s for example told me they use PCR testing ( highly sensitive) to verify the oils in their limited ingredient diets are pure.

  • Hound Dog Mom

    The chicken fat used by addiction is free of chicken protein, according to their website.

  • aimee

    You’re Welcome Happy to help!

  • Jan_Mom2Cavs

    Thanks, aimee.

  • Jan_Mom2Cavs

    Thanks, Mike S……I knew you’d set me straight lol.

  • http://DogFoodAdvisor.com/ Mike Sagman

    Hi Cosmo_n_i,

    Addiction Dog Food has not been classified as a “limited ingredient” recipe anywhere in my report.

    However, the report has been tagged as “hypoallergenic” due to the following claim made by the manufacturer on its website:

    Addiction is the leading hypoallergenic pet food company. Addiction Pet Foods are made exclusively from Premium Proteins and Game Meats known for their nutritional and hypoallergenic properties.

    Hope this helps.

  • http://DogFoodAdvisor.com/ Mike Sagman

    Hi Jan_Mom2Cavs,

    I’m with Aimee on this. Her answer makes perfect sense.

  • aimee

    While true that it is the protein that is responsible for an allergic reaction, I highly doubt “chicken fat” as processed from the rendering of chicken would be devoid of chicken protein.

    So if doing a food trail, to be a purist, I’d avoid any ingredient that wasn’t completely novel to the dog.

    I’d also only use a product from the vet designed for that purpose, as OTC “limited ingredient” foods were found to contain many proteins not on the label.

  • Jan_Mom2Cavs

    I’m no expert, by any means, but I’ve heard that “most times” dogs allergic to the protein, chicken, will not be allergic to chicken fat.  I’m sure that Mike S. will comment and explain his reasoning for putting this food on the hypo-allergenic list.

  • Cosmo_n_i

    My issue with this food being Listed as a high quality limited ingredient food is that it contain chicken fat(?) and chicken is a common allergy for dogs. I suggest you revisit your list of limited ingredients food and this food would not be considered a limited ingredient food by any vet looking to address a dogs food allergy!

  • Alex

    unfortenately addiction cans have BPA in it, I believe Weruva doesn’t and I know that Merrick is basically BPA free as well. I don’t believe BPA is harmless, as studies have shown in Germany even small amounts are dangerous.

  • Alex

    I have also seen that Addiction dog food uses synthetic vitamin K- this has been scientifically proven in Germany to create toxitity in the liver and body; it is also useless basically, in good dog foods, dark green veggies provide plenty of vitamin k-natural, which can be actually absorbed. Addition cans also have BPA in it, like most cans. I use Fromm dry food, which is excellent human grade food made in their own human grade, inspected factility; my dogs digestion is excellent, and they like it. I’m also trying Verus right now, which appears great, and their cans are BPA free, which is hard to find. Verus also has a NewZealand lamb version! I also add Orijen, but only as a supplement, because it is too heave on the digestive system. My dogs are very healthy and have always excellent digestion. I tried practically everything else, this is what i came up with.

  • Aj

    Often chicken fat is stripped of the protein so considered safe for dogs with chicken allergies. Best to check with the manufacturer to be safe.

  • Jennj99738

    I see that the site recommends Addiction for allergies but that even the novel protein kibbles contain chicken fat.  If a dog is allergic to chicken, should he still eat chicken fat?  Maybe it’s processed differently by the body.  I see this in lots of so called limited ingredient diets like Instinct Rabbit, too.  Thanks!

  • Shoequeen

    Thanks Sandy.  I just realized that this is a review for the kibble and not the dehydrated!!  The dehydrated ingredients were the ones that I was searching through, because they are the ones that I feed my dogs.  So now I feel much better! 

  • http://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/ sandy

    I ony saw 2 kibbles with menadione listed on the AddictionUSA site – the Porchetta and Kangaroo.

  • Shoequeen

    I have my two on the Addiction and they are really thriving on it.  But since reading the section about Addiction adding menadione, I’ve been on their site scouring the ingredient list looking for it, or any derivative of the name, and can’t find it.  Could you please tell me where it is, or what name it is under in the ingredient list?  Thank you.

  • guest

    is addiction dehydrated suitable for a dog that is prone to weight gain and doesn’t like dry dog food except for orijen which i think is too high in protein – she weighs 10 lbs
    thanks

  • sandy

    Cavaliers,

    I also use some of the Addiction cans and the Weruva Human Style cans and Merrick cans.

  • sandy

    Cavaliers,

    Merrick has 24 different canned flavors.  Maybe topping your kibble with different cans will keep your dog interested.  Also topping kibble with other additions like sardines/salmon or scrambled egg, or raw liver/gizzards/heart/kidney or mush in a premade raw medallion from Primal or Natures Variety, Stella & Chewy’s.

  • Cavaliers

    Can anyone tell me a dog food with all good qualities but has lots of flavor for very picky caves

  • DAWN LEDER

    PS
    I SKIP YOUR POSTS TOO. USUALLY VERY MEAN SPIRITED :o)

  • DAWN LEDER

    NO..ORIJEN DRY IS NOT
    mORIGIN RAW
    I DID..NOT…SEE THE INGREDS AT FIRST
    BECAUSE…THE WOMAN WHO I BOUGHT MY BRAVO FROM
    HIGHLY RECOMMENDED IT…I’VE BEEN USING HER FOR A LONG TIME AND I TRUSTED HER.
    THEN I HAPPENED TO GO ONLINE…AND CHECK IT OUT
    THEN I SAW IT HAD THAT INGRED.
    PEEVED ME OFF AND IN MY GOOD CONCIOUS COULD…NOT..GIVE TO MY GIRLS.
    DID YOU UNDERSTAND ME NOW? HERE THIS IS FOR YOU.

    Nature’s way
    is the only way!

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    We have stuck to our principles in making truly carnivorous diets for canines and felines throughout our history, weathering at times some criticism from raw food aficionados, veterinarians (both holistic and allopathic) and individuals who have seen improvements in choosing other diet concepts for their pets.

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    mORIGINS products are made in a specially designed cold room in very small batches of 50# to insure that the meat and other ingredients are minimally exposed to oxygenation. Each batch is packaged, vacuum sealed and rushed back to the freezer to maximize freshness.

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  • ShamelessRawFoodie

    DAWN LEDER – You write “I WAS FEEDING MY GIRL mORIJENS RAW…THEY LOVED IT…THEN I READ THE INGREDS AND CROAAKED WHEN I SAW IT HAD THAT IN IT…I THREW IT ALL OUT..I WROTE THE CO…”

    HARD TO FOLLOW MOST OF YOUR COMMENTS…DONT READ SOME OF THEM…BUT RAW COT MY I…I DIDNT NO ORIJEN MADE RAW…WHERE DO YOU BUY mORIJENS RAW?…IS mORIJENS SAME AS ORIJEN?

  • DAWN LEDER

    OH…I DID JUST ORDER THE BRAND NEW KANGAROO FEAST RAW (DEHYDRATED) FROM ADDICTION….IT COMES NEXT WEEK I FOUND ONLY ONE PLACE SELLING IT SO FAR SINCE ITS SO NEW. I WILL USE ALONG WITH THE NORTHWEST NATURAL RAW FOOD.

    MEG….THE (DRY) KANGAROO FROM ADDICTION HAS THAT NOT SO GOOD INGRED…THE NEW…RAW DEHYDRATED THAT JUST CAME OUT…DOES..NOT..HAVE IT THAT INGRED IN IT!

  • DAWN LEDER

    CHICK FEED EH GORDON LOL..PLZ NEVER FEED YOUR GF THAT HA! NO I WOULD DEFINATELY…NOT…FEED THAT TO MY GIRLS…AS I SAID..I LOOOVE RESEARCHING OF ALL KINDS NOT JUST DOG STUFF…AND THAT HAPPENED TO CATCH MY EYE AND FREAKED ME OUT…BECAUSE..WHY?? WITH AALL WE KNOW NOW A DAYS WOULD A BIG CO LIKE THAT PUT..THAT JUNK IN THE FOOD? I WROTE THEM AASKING…BUT..NO WORD BACK..AS OF YET.
    I WAS FEEDING MY GIRL mORIJENS RAW…THEY LOVED IT…THEN I READ THE INGREDS AND CROAAKED WHEN I SAW IT HAD THAT IN IT…I THREW IT ALL OUT..I WROTE THE CO…AND SHE INSISTED ITS NOT BAD AND SHE WILL NEVER STOP USING IT..SHE SAID ONLINE IS GREAT…BUT ITS ALSSO A FEEDING GROUND FOR SCARING PEOPLE ABOUT THIS AND THAT…AND SAID THERE IS…NOTHING…AT ALL…WRONG WITH USING IT….FINE LADY SHESSH USE IT…BUT..MY GIRLS WILL NOT INGEST THAT CRAP!

  • Gordon

    Oh yeah, the about kangaroo meat. It’s no best kept secret. But their marketing pitch is appreciated, lol. Kangaroo meat is well known to be a meat source very high in protein and extremely low in fat (If not the lowest in fat of all game meats). And usually its meat you can probably trust when it’s claimed to be preservative and drug free. So that part of the ingredients is really good! It’s a shame they ruined it with that “Menadione Nicotinamide Bisulfate” addition.

  • Gordon

    Used as chick feed, I meant, instead of “used to chick feed”.

  • Gordon

    Dawn – Looks as though Menadione Nicotinamide Bisulfate is part menadione (Vitamin K3, the synthetic version) and part nicotinamide ["....is the amide of nicotinic acid (vitamin B3 / niacin)"] – quote in square brackets from Wikipedia.

    So it looks like a mixture of both K3 (45.7%) and vitamin B3 or niacin (32%) used to chick feed. There’s a whole explanation in plenty of big scientific terminology here http://jn.nutrition.org/content/123/4/737.full.pdf.

    At any rate, I don’t think I’d feed anything with this version or part thereof, to my dogs.

  • Dawn Leder

    I WAS A DOPE…SHOULD HAVE JUST WROTE THE INGRED IM TALKING ABOUT…SORRY

    Menadione Nicotinamide Bisulfate

  • Dawn Leder

    AS USUAL…IM DOING MY RANDOM READING OF INGREDS IN ALL FOODS..LOVEE DOING THAT…I JUST FOUND SOMETHING..
    DISTURBING…I THINK…THE DRY KANGAROO WAS SOUNDING NEET THEN AS I READ DOWN…I SAW THAT INGRED THATS SUPPOSE TO BE BAD..THE VIT K? TELL ME IF THIS IS THE BAD VIT K THATS A VERY BIG NO NO TO GIVE OUR PRECIOUS FUR BABIES

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    Wild Kangaroo, Highest in Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA)
    For decades, Australians have been feeding their pets Wild Kangaroo for its nutritional properties and rich flavor. Wild Kangaroo contains 5 times the amount of CLA found in other red meats. CLA is a fatty acid shown to support many body functions important to overall health and fitness.

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    Apples are packed with flavonoids and polyphenols, natural antioxidants that combat free radicals and boost immunity. The flavonoids and polyphenols also exhibit protective properties that may help your dog achieve optimal health. This unique formula also includes Canola Oil, recommended for healthy skin and coat.

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    Dried Kangaroo Meat, Rolled Oats, Rice, Whole Oats, Canola Oil, Yeast, Peas, Dried Apples, Salt, Garlic, Taurine, Natural Tocopherols, Lecithin, Rosemary Extract, Vitamin A Supplement, Menadione Nicotinamide Bisulfate, Thiamine B1, Calcium Panthothenate B5, Pyridoxine B6, Riboflavin B2, Niacin Supplement, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Folic Acid, Biotin, Vitamin C Supplement, Calcium Iodate, Sodium Selenite, Zinc Sulphate, Copper Sulphate, Ferrous Sulphate, Manganese Sulphate.

  • Meg K

    I was wondering if anyone tried the kangaroo and apple formula? I have a 1 1/2 year old shih zhu with a lot of digestive problems. She has been diagnosed with IBD and I am having a hard time trying to find something that she will eat and won’t upset her system. Right now, I need something that doesn’t have chicken, beef or grains. She has been on and off Metronidazole and now my vet is suggesting that she should probably stay on it the rest of her life. Anyone have any suggestions???

  • Desmond

    Thank a lot Mike
    Thank to you Shawna

  • Shawna

    Hi Desmond,

    If you would allow, I’d like to recommend three products that might help a bit..

    1. SeaCure — It’s made from hydrolyzed whitefish (the hydrolyzing process makes the amino acids in the protein HIGHLY digestible — which is helpful in repairing the gut and strengthening the immune system). Whole Dog Journal had an article a few years back called “Securing Seacure–This Life Saving Supplement Comes From the Sea” that has some good info.. The article is a “paid for” only but in this free article, on Whole Dog Journal, they discuss it a bit http://www.whole-dog-journal.com/issues/10_5/features/Dog_Skin_Problem_15932-1.html

    2. Spirulina — Also loaded with highly absorbable amino acids and natural chlorophyll (which is the “blood builder” of the supplement world). Dr. Karen Becker DVM has some GREAT info on spirulina on her site — she is also a wildlife rehabilitator and this is one of the supplements she turns to first with really sick pets and wildlife. Google for more info.

    3. Green tripe — to help stimulate appetite. Green tripe STINKS but most dogs won’t pass up green tripe — especially if you can find it raw (I foster and have had over 30 dogs come through my house in the last 5 years).

    4. Oops, one more — small amounts of freshly grated raw garlic hidden in some ground meat will help kill fungi, parasites, bacteria etc. Given in LARGE doses it can cause heinz body anemia but in small doses it is VERY beneficial. Dr. Martin Goldstein DMV calls garlic a panacea (cure all) in his book “The Nature of Animal Healing”. Dr. Karen Becker DVM gives dosing information on her clinic website and discusses why it does not cause anemia in small doses — a quote from her site “Although garlic is in the same family, pets can ingest small amounts of garlic and reap huge benefits. Garlic is naturally anti-parasitic, anti-fungal and anti-bacterial. Garlic, in small amounts, is a wonderful addition to your pet’s diet. Fresh garlic should always be used” http://www.drkarenbecker.com/nutrition/raw_food_diets.htm

    Good luck with your puppy!!!!!!!!!

  • http://DogFoodAdvisor.com Mike Sagman

    Hi Desmond… I’m so sorry to hear about your German Shepherd puppy. And hopefully, as you begin to get control of these multiple infections and infestations, things will begin to improve. You may also want to to your dog’s kibble with some fresh (or canned) meat to improve its palatability.

    Unfortunately, since I’m not a veterinarian and due to the biological uniqueness of each puppy, it would be inappropriate for me to provide specific health advice or product recommendations. You may wish to check back for a possible response from one of our other readers. Wish I could be more help.

  • Desmond

    Dear mike, I had just adopt a German shepherd puppy, the problem is she having a buffet style of disease, such as “lies”, fungal infection, cough, parasite in stool. Last week she on 3 medication and currently only one anti fungal medication, the problem is currently her appetite is reduce, my puppy body weight is 2.75 kg, I feed her with addiction salmon bleu all life age stage with 80gm daily, but she can’t event finish it , can u guide me what should I do? Thank a lot

  • Antonio

    Courtney, I’ve had the same problems that you mentioned above w/ my pug in the past. One thing I did find was getting a high quality kibble, and feeding less actually helped to alleviate the gas issue, and his weight is actually awesome. He’s one of the few pugs I’ve seen that weighs over 20lbs and has a tucked waistline like a athlete. He also eats a low calorie Grain Free Kibble (TOTW Pacific Stream). Their GF Lamb worked well also, and currently I’m feeding him GF Victors but he hasn’t been eating the Grain version of it long enough yet for me to give actual results. My Doberman has been on Victor’s Original lines for awhile w/ really nice results. he’s transitioning to their Grain Free at this point as well.

  • Courtney

    I am looking for a food for my pug who is a little bit overweight. The biggest issue I am trying to solve is his gas. He has awful gas. Would this food work or can anyone suggest any other food that might work.

  • Kelsey

    I am in complete awe for this food.
    My Epagneul Breton who is EXTREMELY picky, gobbles this u pevery day and I can use it as treats. Very good for high athletic dogs, since we compete in agility, flyball, dock diving, obedience and freestyle, protein is needed. (:

  • http://DogFoodAdvisor.com Mike Sagman

    Hi Linda… I’ve never been able to find a scientific study published in a peer-reviewed journal that links any yeast-based ingredient with yeast infections in dogs. Unfortunately, since I’m not a veterinarian, it would be inappropriate for me to provide specific health advice or product recommendations. Please see our FAQ page and our reviews for more information. Or check back for a possible response from one of our other readers.

  • Linda Johnson

    My English Mastiff has a problem with yeast in his ears, I see that some foods have Brewers Yeast as a product, would this contribute to the problem, he is currently eating a grain free food, Origens. Is there anything else I can do to correct this? Both ears where infected now only one and I can’t clear it up. Thanks for any help you can give me.

  • http://DogFoodAdvisor.com Mike Sagman

    Hi Olga… Addiction Dog Food is a very good choice. Unfortunately, I cannot provide customized product recommendations for each reader. For more information, please check out my reviews and visit our FAQ page. Look for the topic, “Help Me Choose a Dog Food”. Or check back for a possible response from one of our other readers. Wish I could be more help.

  • Olga

    Hi! I have 2 rescue dogs and they have the following issues:
    -need hypoallergenic food, (itch issues)
    -weight control, (6 pounds overweight)
    -recurrent anal gland itch

    Do you think Addiction is a good choice?
    thanks!

  • http://DogFoodAdvisor.com Mike Sagman

    Hi Xumay… Please see my review for Addiction dry dog food posted on our website.

  • xumay

    Is there anyone could help to introduce the “Addiction Salmon Bleu”?

    And which levels of protein, fat and carbohydrates are the best?

    Thx!!

    The ingredients of Addiction Salmon Bleu:
    Salmon Meal, Potatoes, Chicken Fat (Naturally preserved with Mixed Tocopherols), Smoked Salmon, Dried Blueberries, Dried Cranberries, Dried Raspberries, Calcium Carbonate, Dicalcium Phosphate, Potassium Chloride, Kelp Meal, Flaxseed Meal, Calcium Propionate, Zinc Sulfate, Zinc Oxide, Ferrous Sulfate, Manganese Sulfate, Copper Sulfate, Calcium Iodate, Cobalt Carbonate, Sodium Selenite, Vitamin E Supplement, Riboflavin (Vitamin B2), Niacin (Vitamin B3), D-Pantothenic Acid (Vitamin B5), Thiamine (Vitamin B1), Vitamin A Supplement, Pyridoxine (Vitamin B6), Biotin (Vitamin B7), Folic Acid (Vitamin B9), Vitamin B12 Supplement, Vitamin D3 Supplement

    With added:
    – Smoked Salmon for that extra gourmet taste dogs love
    – Raspberries with unique phytonutrient content rich in Vitamins B & C
    – Glucosamine for joint health

    No:
    – Grain
    – By products, Fillers, Corn, Wheat, Soy, Artificial Colors and Flavorings