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 recipes 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 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
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 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.
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…
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 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.
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 50%.
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 alfalfa meal 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 Dog Food is a plant-based kibble using a moderate amount of various named meat meals 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.
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Notes and Updates
12/30/2014 Last Update