Advanced Pet Diets (Dry)

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Rating: ★★★★☆

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

The Advanced Pet Diets product line includes two dry dog foods.

However, since we’re unable to locate AAFCO nutritional adequacy statements for these dog foods on the product’s web page, 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 Chicken Meal and Rice
  • Advanced Pet Diets Renew Lamb Meal and Rice (3.5 stars)

Advanced Pet Diets Chicken Meal and Rice formula was selected to represent both products in the line for this review.

Advanced Pet Diets Chicken Meal and Rice Formula

Dry Dog Food

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

Protein = 28% | Fat = 17% | Carbs = 48%

Ingredients: Chicken meal, ground whole brown rice, ground whole rice, chicken fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols & citric acid), pearled barley, natural flavor, salmon meal, canola oil, flax seed, potassium chloride, Yucca schidigera extract, dried Aspergillus oryzae fermentation product, dried Bacillus subtilis fermentation product, 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
MethodProteinFatCarbs
Guaranteed Analysis25%15%NA
Dry Matter Basis28%17%48%
Calorie Weighted Basis24%35%41%

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

The next two ingredients include ground rice, another name for rice flour. Ground rice is made from either white or brown rice and is considered a gluten-free substitute for wheat flour.

The fourth 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 fifth ingredient is barley. Barley is a starchy carbohydrate supplying fiber and other healthy nutrients. However, aside from its energy content, this cereal grain is of only modest nutritional value to a dog.

After the natural flavor, we find salmon meal, another protein-rich meat concentrate.

Fish meal is typically obtained from the “clean, dried, ground tissue of undecomposed whole fish and fish cuttings” of commercial fish operations.1

The eighth ingredient is canola oil. Unfortunately, canola can be a controversial item. That’s because it can sometimes (but not always) be derived from genetically modified rapeseed.

Yet others cite the fact canola oil can be a significant source of essential omega-3 fatty acids.

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 ninth ingredient is 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.

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 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 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 28%, a fat level of 17% and estimated carbohydrates of about 48%.

As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 26% and a mean fat level of 17%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 49% for the overall product line.

And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 64%.

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

Even when you consider the protein-boosting effect of the flaxseed, this looks like the profile of a kibble containing a moderate amount of meat.

Bottom line?

Advanced Pet Diets is a plant-based dry dog food using a moderate amount of chicken or lamb meals as its main sources of animal protein, thus earning the brand 4 stars.

Highly recommended.

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.

Advanced Pet Diets
Dog Food Recall History

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Notes and Updates

07/17/2015 Last Update

  1. Association of American Feed Control Officials
  • Joe Smith

    I heard that this company will no longer be making this dog food. Any recommendations for a similar food?

  • Raven Cassidy

    Just started feeding my three huskies this and they love it .. they clean their bowls and their poop looks awsome ….I will comment more after two weeks of them using it … I was happy to find a food that didn’t have corn in it that is affordable …

  • John

    I don’t think the person writing these reviews know very much about ingredients or they would know that brown rice and whole rice are the same thing.

  • http://DogFoodAdvisor.com Mike Sagman

    This recall has already been reported here on Friday. You can check out that article by visiting the Latest Articles section or the Dog Food Recall link on the left sidebar.

    By the way, I’ve just (minutes ago) posted the fourth recall due to aflatoxin in just 10 days.

  • sandy

    It’s already been posted.  It’s on the left side bar under “latest articles”  Advanced Animal Nutrition Recalls Dog Food. 

  • http://www.whosyourvet.com fastwhippets

    I don’t think this is the same brand, didn’t know where else to post this info:

    Pet Food Safety Recall: Advanced Animal Nutrition recalls Dog Power Adult Maintenance Formula 21-12 Dog Food, Dog Power Hunters Formula 26-14 Dog Food, and Dog Power Hi-Pro Performance Formula 26-18 Dog Food (50-lb bags; Lot codes K0004 through K1322; Manufactured between Jan 4, 2011 and Nov. 18, 2011), due to aflatoxin levels that are above the acceptable limit. The recalled dry dog food products were distributed in Missouri, Arkansas and Louisiana.

    http://efoodalert.wordpress.com/2011/12/12/recalls-and-alerts-december-12-2011/

  • Daniel

    Hello. Wondering how you have concluded that the salmon meal may be ethoxyquin free?

  • Mary

    I have had my German Shepherd Dog on this for most of his life (3 years 2 months). NO allergies, no problems, his coat is shiny and his teeth are good. I often get comments on his excellent condition. I do give him raw chicken necks and some extras but his base diet is Advance Large Breed and I am very happy with it. :)

  • wild bird food

    I believe there is that is supposed to keep their skin nice…I’ve never tried it but it could be worth looking into.

  • Pat Moore

    Anybody out there who has fed this food? Hello?