Addiction Dog Food receives the Advisor’s second-highest tier rating of 4 stars.
The Addiction product line includes six dry dog foods, five claimed to meet AAFCO nutrient profiles for all life stages and one recipe for growth (puppies).
The following is a list of recipes available at the time of this review.
- Addiction Salmon Bleu Grain Free
- Addiction Viva La Venison Grain Free
- Addiction Salmon Bleu Puppy Grain Free
- Addiction Le Lamb Grain Free (3.5 stars)
- Addiction La Porchetta Grain Free (3.5 stars)
- Addiction Wild Kangaroo and Apples (3.5 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
Ingredients: Venison meal, dried potatoes, chicken fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols), peas, natural flavors, ground flaxseed, dried kelp, dried cranberries, dried apples, dried spinach, brewers dried yeast, dried Enterococcus faecium, dried Lactobacillus acidophilus, dried Bifidobacterium longum, dried Bifidobacterium thermophilum, sodium chloride, vitamin E supplement, niacin (vitamin B3), calcium pantothenate (vitamin B5), vitamin A supplement, thiamine mononitrate (vitamin B1), riboflavin supplement, pyridoxine hydrochloride (vitamin B6), vitamin B12 supplement, vitamin D3 supplement, folic acid (vitamin B9), taurine, choline chloride, magnesium sulfate, zinc sulfate, ferrous sulfate, calcium carbonate, copper sulfate, manganese sulfate, calcium iodate, cobalt sulfate, sodium selenite, green tea extract, rosemary extract and spearmint extract
Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 3.9%
Red items indicate controversial ingredients
|Estimated Nutrient Content|
|Dry Matter Basis||29%||16%||48%|
|Calorie Weighted Basis||25%||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.
The fourth ingredient includes peas. Peas are a quality source of carbohydrates. And like all legumes, they’re rich in natural fiber.
However, peas contain about 25% protein, a factor that must be considered when judging the meat content of this dog food.
After the natural flavor, we find flaxseed, one of the best plant sources of healthy omega-3 fatty acids. Provided they’ve first been ground into a meal, flax seeds are also rich in soluble fiber.
However, flaxseed contains about 19% protein, a factor that must be considered when judging the actual meat content of this dog food.
The seventh 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 eighth ingredient includes cranberries, a nutrient-rich fruit that’s also high in fiber.
The ninth ingredient lists apple, a nutrient-rich fruit that’s also high in fiber.
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, the company appears to have applied friendly bacteria to the surface of the kibble after cooking. These special probiotics are used to enhance a dog’s digestive and immune functions.
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 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.
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 52% for the overall product line.
And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 52%.
Near-average protein. Below-average fat. And above-average carbs when compared to a typical dry dog food.
When you consider the protein-boosting effect of the peas, flaxseed and brewers yeast, this looks like the profile of a kibble containing a 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.
Addiction is a plant-based dry dog food using a moderate amount of named meats as its main sources of animal protein, thus earning the brand 4 stars.
Please note certain recipes are sometimes given a higher or lower rating based upon our estimate of their total meat content and (when appropriate) their fat-to-protein ratios.
Those looking for a wet food from the same company may wish to visit our review of Addiction canned dog food.
Addiction Dog Food
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06/30/2016 Last Update