Advanced Pet Diets dog food receives the Advisor’s mid-tier rating of 3.5 stars.
The Advanced Pet Diets product line includes six dry dog foods.
However, since we’re unable to locate AAFCO nutritional adequacy statements for these dog foods on the company’s website, it’s impossible for us to report specific life stage recommendations for these recipes.
The following is a list of recipes available at the time of this review.
- Advanced Pet Diets Lamb Meal and Rice Senior
- Advanced Pet Diets Chicken Meal and Rice Puppy
- Advanced Pet Diets Lamb Meal and Rice Skin and Coat
- Advanced Pet Diets Chicken Meal and Rice Lite (2 stars)
- Advanced Pet Diets Chicken Meal and Rice Skin and Coat
- Advanced Pet Diets Lamb Meal and Rice Renew Skin and Coat
Advanced Pet Diets Lamb Meal and Rice Skin and Coat recipe was selected to represent the other products in the line for this review.
Advanced Pet Diets Lamb Meal and Rice Skin and Coat
Dry Dog Food
Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content
Ingredients: Lamb meal, ground whole brown rice, ground whole rice, rice bran, canola oil (preserved with mixed tocopherols), natural flavor, flaxseed, Yucca schidigera extract, dried Aspergillus oryzae fermentation product, dried Bacillus subtilis fermentation product, potassium chloride, dicalcium phosphate, calcium carbonate, choline chloride, zinc oxide, zinc amino acid chelate, iron sulfate, vitamin A acetate, vitamin D3 supplement, manganous oxide, vitamin E supplement, vitamin B12 supplement, copper sulfate, manganese amino acid chelate, copper amino acid chelate, riboflavin supplement, niacin, calcium pantothenate, folic acid, pyridoxine hydrochloride, thiamine mononitrate, d-biotin, calcium iodate, sodium selenite, cobalt carbonate
Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 3.9%
Red items when present indicate controversial ingredients
|Estimated Nutrient Content|
|Dry Matter Basis||26%||14%||52%|
|Calorie Weighted Basis||23%||31%||46%|
The first ingredient in this dog food lists lamb meal. Lamb meal is considered a meat concentrate and contains nearly 300% more protein than fresh lamb.
The second ingredient is brown rice, a complex carbohydrate that (once cooked) can be fairly easy to digest. However, aside from its natural energy content, rice is of only modest nutritional value to a dog.
The third ingredient lists whole rice. Once cooked, whole rice is a gluten-free source of digestible carbohydrates and dietary fiber.
The fourth ingredient is rice bran, a healthy by-product of milling whole grain rice. The bran is the fiber-rich outer layer of the grain containing starch, protein, fat as well as vitamins and minerals.
The fifth ingredient includes 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 raw material source.
Current thinking (ours included) finds the negative stories about canola oil more the stuff of urban legend than actual science.1
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.
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.
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 two notable exceptions…
First, we note the inclusion of dried fermentation products in this recipe. Fermentation products are typically added to provide enzymes to aid the animal with digestion.
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.
Advanced Pet Diets Dog Food
The Bottom Line
Judging by its ingredients alone, Advanced Pet Diets appears to be an above-average dog food.
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 25% 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 57%.
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 kibble containing a moderate amount of meat.
However, due to its apparently lower meat content, the Chicken Meal and Rice Lite recipe has been downgraded to a lower category.
Advanced Pet Diets is a plant-based kibble using a moderate amount of chicken and lamb meals as its main sources of animal protein, thus earning the brand 3.5 stars.
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
02/19/2010 Original review
08/30/2010 Review updated (ethoxyquin-free)
09/24/2010 Review updated
06/19/2012 Last Update