Amicus Dog Food (Dry)

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Rating: ★★★★★

Amicus Dog Food receives the Advisor’s top rating of 5 stars.

The Amicus product line includes three dry dog foods. Although each formulation appears to be designed for a specific life stage, we found no AAFCO nutritional profile recommendations for these dog foods on the product website. So, it’s impossible for us to report life stage targets for these recipes.

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

  • Amicus Small and Mini Breed Adult
  • Amicus Small and Mini Breed Puppy
  • Amicus Small and Mini Breed Senior and Weight Management

Amicus Small and Mini Breed Adult was selected to represent the other products in the line for this review.

Amicus Small and Mini Breed Adult

Dry Dog Food

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

Protein = 33% | Fat = 18% | Carbs = 41%

Ingredients: Turkey, chicken meal, red lentils, peas, pea starch, salmon, chicken fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols, form of vitamin E), turkey meal, flax, salmon oil (preserved with mixed tocopherols, form of vitamin E), alfalfa meal, egg product, pea fibre, carrots, apples, broccoli, bok choy, cabbage, blueberries, dried Saccharomyces cerevisiae fermentation extract, fructooligosaccharides, Yucca schidigera extract, glucosamine hydrochloride, chondroitin sulfate, dried Aspergillus niger fermentation extract, dried Aspergillus oryzae fermentation extract, pineapple, dried Enterococcus faecium fermentation product, dried Lactobacillus casei fermentation product, dried Lactobacillus acidophilus fermentation product, dried Bifidobacterium bifidum fermentation product, dried Lactobacillus plantarum fermentation product, vitamin A acetate, vitamin D3 supplement, vitamin E supplement, vitamin B12 supplement, riboflavin, niacin, folic acid, pyridoxine hydrochloride, thiamine mononitrate, d-calcium pantothenate, biotin, l-ascorbyl-2-polyphosphate (source of vitamin C) ferrous sulfate, iron proteinate, zinc sulfate, zinc proteinate, manganous oxide, manganese, proteinate, copper sulfate, copper proteinate, calcium iodate, sodium selenite, magnesium oxide

Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 4.7%

Red items when present indicate controversial ingredients

Estimated Nutrient Content
MethodProteinFatCarbs
Guaranteed Analysis30%16%NA
Dry Matter Basis33%18%41%
Calorie Weighted Basis28%37%35%

The first ingredient in this dog food is turkey. Although it is a quality item, raw turkey contains about 80% water. After cooking, most of that moisture is lost, reducing the meat content to just a fraction of its original weight.

After processing, this item would probably account for a smaller part of the total content of the finished product.

The second ingredient is chicken meal. Chicken meal is considered a meat concentrate and contains nearly 300% more protein than fresh chicken.

The next two ingredients are lentils and peas. Both lentils and peas are quality sources of carbohydrates. Plus (like all legumes) they’re rich in natural fiber.

However, lentils and peas contain about 25% protein, a factor that must be considered when judging the actual meat content of this dog food.

The fifth ingredient is pea starch, a paste-like carbohydrate extract probably used here as a gel-like binder for making kibble.

The sixth ingredient is salmon. Salmon is an oily marine and freshwater fish not only high in protein but also omega 3 fatty acids, essential oils needed by every dog to sustain life.

The seventh 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 eighth ingredient is turkey meal, another protein-rich meat concentrate.

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.

The tenth ingredient is salmon oil. Salmon oil is naturally rich in the prized EPA and DHA type of omega-3 fatty acids. These two high quality fats boast the highest bio-availability to dogs and humans.

Depending on its level of freshness and purity, salmon oil should be considered a commendable addition.

The next 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.

Next we find egg product, an unspecified (wet or dry?) form of shell-free eggs. Quality can vary significantly. Lower grade egg product can even come from commercial hatcheries — from eggs that have failed to hatch.

In any case, eggs are easy to digest and have an exceptionally high biological value.

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, this recipe contains fructooligosaccharide, an alternative sweetener1 probably used here as a prebiotic. Prebiotics function to support the growth of healthy bacteria in the large intestine.

Next, 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.

Amicus Dog Food
The Bottom Line

Judging by its ingredients alone, Amicus 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 33%, a fat level of 18% and estimated carbohydrates of about 41%.

As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 34% and a mean fat level of 17%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 41% for the overall product line.

And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 48%.

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

Even when you consider the protein-boosting effects of the lentils and peas, this looks like the profile of a kibble containing a notable amount of meat.

Bottom line?

Amicus Dog Food is a lentil-based kibble using a notable amount of chicken meal as its main source of animal protein, thus earning the brand 5 stars.

Enthusiastically recommended.

Please note some products may have been given higher or lower ratings 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.

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Notes and Updates

05/02/2011 Original review
12/12/2012 Review updated
12/12/2012 Last Update

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  • Pattyvaughn

    According to the Mastocytosis Society, fish should only be fed fresh.

  • Chrissy

    We have a little girl that is prone to mast cell tumors. We used to feed her fish based kibble all of the time due to her severe orthopedic conditions – however, we have found that most say stay away from kibble that is fish based, high on histamines – but ok to give fish oils and lots of omega3′s.

    We are wondering if canned foods with some fish in it is as bad as dry kibble? We have been giving her more of a canned food diet…she seems to be doing well with this. She has Hound and Gatos, as well as she is currently on Holistic Select. We purchased all of these prior to the warning about the fish based kibble.
    We just noticed on the holistic select it has whitefish on most of the cans third or fourth on the ingredient list. We are wondering if this is alright for her to eat still?

    Also, we have a bad of Amicus at home. We were going to rotate her small amount of kibble she receives and do the Amicus, however, we see Salmon on the list…if Salmon is listed we are assuming then this kibble should not be given to her?

    We were also looking at Addiction. They also have an allergy based food that might just help our boy that has really bad skin conditions that we have not been able to help – we have tried everything…

    Just wanted to get others opinions….thanks so much! <3 Chrissy

  • Betsy Greer

    I seemed to recall you were in Canada, Sharron. It was an early Winter here in the Chicago earlier this week, although we’re supposed to have thunderstorms this Sunday. Weird!

    Sometimes it’s simply not practical to go for a long walk like your pup (Lexi, right?) would like, but I’m sure you engage her in lots of fun indoor games when you just can’t get out.

    Good luck with the Amicus. It looks like a great choice!

  • sharron

    Hi Betsy – thanks for your reply
    we’re doing ok on the amicus – she hasn’t lost but hasn’t gained either – at least she is eating it – that’s something to excited about – i’m trying to keep her at 3/8 to 1/2 cup/day – our walks have been shortened – our weather here in Calgary is all over the map – blizzard suppose to happen tomorrow and much colder -10 wind chill -15 – o goodie!!!

  • Betsy Greer

    Hi Sharron,

    Calories aside, this food is also lower in fat and still has 30% protein. Horizon states that Amicus is a lower glycemic index food that helps to control appetite and delay hunger. At least those 400 calories are quality calories, but I know it’s so easy to overfeed a small breed dog. At least Amicus kibbles are super tiny and that should make it easy to get an accurate measurement. Maybe measure out the day’s worth of food and reserve a bit to use as treats and divide what’s left into two meals.

  • sharron

    just curious – why does the amicus small breed weight loss formula have 400cals/cup – I thought weight loss food should be
    lower in cals
    thanks

  • Pattyvaughn

    A weight management formula that is 5 stars is rare, so even though I haven’t tried it, I would say that it just about has to be great.

  • sharron

    hi – was at the vet yesterday and my dog is still a little chubby
    about a 1 – 1 1/2 lbs over – the tech suggested I try amicus small breed weight management – i’m assuming this is a decent food – opinions please – thanks

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  • annette

    natural balance duck and sweet pototo
    good food

  • sam kumar

    hi, you can visit petglobe.blogspot.com for branded dog foods

  • Hound Dog Mom

    Betsy – I know a few of the NV Instinct foods don’t contain canola (chicken and beef I think) so if you’re using Instinct you could always go with these. Personally, I never worried about canola too much because I rotated foods so often and fed so many without canola – so it wasn’t like Gus was getting canola for an extended period of time.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1140685339 Betsy Greer

    Ohh, no kidding? I missed that and that’s definitely something I want to look into. Thanks!

  • Sue

    Sorry for the delayed answer.  I found out that there have been recalls in the past. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1140685339 Betsy Greer

    Hi Dave,

    I’m on my NV Instinct rotation right now and the canola is the one thing about it that bothers me. None of the other foods I use have canola so I thought since this was the only food I used that did it would be OK for a this short time I’m using it.

    I know you feel strongly abut canola. I have a bottle in the kitchen that I haven’t touched since the first discussion, in which I participated, abut canola. I’ve been using coconut and olive oils since and I’m pitching the canola tonight.

    So, tell me, other than / or in addition to the fact that it’s a GMO, why should I steer clear of canola?

    I appreciate your input! : )

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1140685339 Betsy Greer

    Hey Sue,

    I’m wondering what influenced your decision. I’m investigating it myself and I wondered why you didn’t feel it was a good choice for you ~ I thought maybe I might have overlooked something and just wanted to get your thoughts. : )

  • Dave’s Hounds

     I would not let anyone in my house use canola oil – let alone my dogs

  • InkedMarie

    I do suggest you rotate for a couple reasons: what if you can’t find the food locally, if you order & it’s out or you order too late, if they change the ingredients. If you have two or three foods that your dog can eat, you won’t have to worry. 

  • Sue

    Nevermind.  Not for me.

  • Sue

    Does anyone know about TimberWolf?  TimberWolf has an amazing web site, but from earlier posts, I just don’t know.  It has everything I want, but I still have my reservations.  Thanks Betsy for pointing this food out.  It’s interesting. 

  • Sue

    Thank you for the info…Yup, I need another food to consider!  But, I will.  Sounds good, but not an easy food to get.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1140685339 Betsy Greer

    Hey Sue,

    Not to add any confusion to your decision… but, a food that I’ve recently become curious about is TimberWolf:  http://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/dog-food-reviews/timberwolf-organics-dry/.  

    For some reason (I think Sandy said that possibly because it was reformulated since it’s last review by Dr. Mike) it doesn’t pop up under the best grain free foods; but, it meets your requirements of white potato, canola and grain free.  I’ve heard that there are just some issues with some inaccuracies on the website not matching labels (maybe because of recent reformulation?), etc., and it’s not available in a lot of retail outlets and I heard shipping was somewhat of an issue (slow? ~ but, it does say on the website 3 to 5 weeks for pre-ordered items).  If you’re interested, I’d call the company and ask them the questions:  http://www.timberwolforganics.com/platinum-canine-formulas.html.  

  • Sue

    Oops…I replied to you in the Earthborn Holistic.  I’m new at this.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1140685339 Betsy Greer

    I agree with HDM on the rotation ~ it’s a lot more interesting, too.  Plus, I’d buy several smallish bags of your top three favorites to start because what you decide on might not agree with your pups.  For example, Back to Basics is a great food and I wanted my dogs to love it as much as I did, but after a few weeks, both of mine developed very loose stools and I’ve talked to some others that have similar experiences ~ that doesn’t mean it won’t be perfect for your dogs though.  

    Personally, I have taken quite a liking to dog food and now consider myself to be a bit of a collector ~ right HDM?  ; )My two favorites on your list are Brothers Complete and NutriSource.  I use and love both ~ I trust both of the companies completely as well.  I’ve thought about giving Horizon Legacy a try (but haven’t yet) because Amicus gave my dog a strange reddish eye discharge.  

  • Hound Dog Mom

    Why don’t you want to rotate? It’s a lot healthier for your dogs to get variety.

  • monkey

     I don’t like the pea protein in Zignature. Pretty high up on the ingredient list.

  • Sue

    Well, after hours and hours, I’m considering the following…I don’t really want to rotate.  No potato, no canola oil, grain-free, good manufacturer, no recall, etc.  I like Fromms but they have potatoes.  Did I miss something?

    Nutrisca

    Brothers Complete

    Back to Basics

    NutriSource

    Horizon Legacy

    Horizon Pulsar

    Horizon Amicus
    Zignature

  • Sue

    Thank you all for your helpful comments.  I went to the forum (had never checked it out before).  The list there will keep me busy for a long, long time.  

  • http://www.dfwpugs.com/ sandy

    Go to the forum (the forum tab up above in the red bar) and there is a list of grain free/white potato free foods in “dog food ingredients”.

  • houndhelper

    I am suspicious when I see the word salmon without saying which kind. Atlantic salmon means farm raised, which is not a healthy choice. Wild Alaskan salmon is very healthy and is usually listed that way instead of just salmon. 

  • houndhelper

     I am pretty sure it is not. I cook for my dogs and use about a cup of canola oil for the large stock pot of food I am preparing. I have read at both the ASPCA & peteducation.com the long lists of foods to avoid feeding dogs (grapes; who knew?) and canola oil has never been on them. My seven dogs look and act very healthy.

  • Sue

    I’ve been checking the gobs of foods and have gone brain dead…I need a food that’s grain free and without white rice and white potatoes.  Any suggestions out there? 

  • Sue

    Amazing.  It seems there are many dog foods using canola oil.

  • Pattyvaughn

    It is a product made from a genetically modified organism.  Which means it may have high levels of herbicides and pesticides in it.  This is one of the reasons that diet rotation is so important.  If you rotate your dogs diet then your dog can handle having ingredients like this in its food occassionally because the next food you go to won’t have this, so your dog is not constantly exposed to it.

  • Sue

    Is canola oil good or bad for dogs?  I read something about it as an ingredient in a food and another person said it was similar to poison for a dog. 

  • Pattyvaughn

    Why not give all three a test drive on your dog.  Dogs do best when you pick a few different foods and rotate, so they are not getting the exact same nutrients, or missing the exact same nutrients, day in and day out.  And every dog is different, so what works for 1 may or may not, for another.

  • Sue

    It’s been a while since anyone has said anything about this particular brand.  I’ve been searching again for the best…Hi-Tek, Nutrisca or Amicus.  I don’t know yet.  I’m doing a lot of research.  Please help. 

  • MariP

    I recently came across this food at a local holistic pet retailer and am really excited to try it out with my small breed dog.  I like to rotate foods so am always looking at new items.  Most impressive to me is the low glycemic formulation.  My dog doesn’t have glycemic issues, per se, but the more educated I become the more I realize the very limited value of grains.  And the high glycemic index rating of potatos and yams (the carb substitutes used in most grain free formulas) is not a healthy alternative in my opinion. The carbs used in this product are classified as “pulses” – peas and lentils.  I am glad to see it is rated 5-stars here but the ultimate decision will be made by my dog. We’ll see what she thinks when I transition her to it.

  • Pattyvaughn

    Not necessarily a coincidence.  It can take that long for the body to clear out some things and for the reaction to die down.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1140685339 Betsy Greer

    Interesting… but, no red tinge to it that you recall? I would think that it wouldn’t be unusual for it to continue for a month or two after you’ve rotated to something else though. That immune response probably continues for quite a while until the culprit is completely purged from the system.

    Hmmm, but if it’s some sort of allergic response, I need to stop the exposure to the source pretty quickly. I just realized that it’s only been while she’s been eating the Amicus that I became concerned abut her breathing (snorting, snoring, nose rubbing, etc.). It had even crossed my mind that maybe she had a little bit of a cold.

    So, I definitely suspect something in the Amicus doesn’t agree with her.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1140685339 Betsy Greer

    Thanks lousl, I’m not supplementing with krill, but that’s a very interesting thought that this food might already be high in astaxanthin. It does make sense though. Now that I’m thinking about it, she polished off a bag of Brothers Fish formula a couple of bags of kibble ago, and didn’t have the red eye discharge then. She’s typically always had watery eyes, just never with the red tint. Any other thughts? I appreciate your input!

  • losul

    Betsy, ALOT of things could cause the eye goo, even just changing foods can cause for awhile. My dog usually gets some additional eye bugars whenever changing foods.

    About the pinkish tinge though. I really doubt the red lentils could do that. Are you by chance supplementing with krill oil? Krill oil has alot of astaxanthin, which are red pigments. Krill and/or astaxanthin are commonly fed to orange or red tropical fish and even parrots to increase the intensity of red in their scales or feathers. astaxanyhin (usually synthetic) is also added to alot of seafoods to give them red coloration, like  the “fake” pink farmed salmon sold in many stores. A person taking too much krill oil will even develop an orange tinge to their skin.

  • monkey

    Whoa! My shih-tzu got really watery eyes on Amicus too. It might have just been a coincidence though, because it lasted a month or 2 after changing foods. But it increased a lot on Amicus.

  • Pattyvaughn

    I can’t even remember all the foods I’ve tried, much less why I rejected them, other than “They didn’t work”

  • Pattyvaughn

    I’m thinking of starting an index card file for my dogs.  There are so many things that I’ve learned but I don’t need now, that I could see needing in the future.  And that goes double for why a food doesn’t work for me.  Was it the dog that died that couldn’t handle that one, or was it…Yep, index card file is sounding better all the time.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1140685339 Betsy Greer

    Thanks, Patty. : ) I think I’ll stop the Amicus for her and we’ll start something different tomorrow. Too bad, I really wanted to like it for her rotation.

    I always think I’ll remember all of the reasons why something didn’t work for us… I need to save labels and make some notes.

    I keep thinking it’s the lentils. The only other foods he’s ever eaten with red lentils was Acana Grasslands and she to pudgy and had the runs after several weeks of that. She doesn’t do well with duck and that’s why I thought was the culprit. If I saved labels, I could probably see common problem ingredients pretty easily.

  • Pattyvaughn

    It may not be eye so much.  That may just be where the first signs show up.  It could be an inflammation response, that causes the eyes and other places to secrete more mucous.  So, maybe it’s not so great a food for her.  When the eyes are irritated they have two responses, tear more or get dry.  Tearing more is an early response trying to flush the eyes.  If the irritation is actually in the tissue around the eye, it can block tear production and you get that thick gooby stuff.  Down here mine will do that on a windy day because I’m allergic to airborn particles.  So it can be caused externally, but I wouldn’t want to count on it since you just started a diff. food.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1140685339 Betsy Greer

    Hi Patty,

    Hmmm, I’m glad I asked this…

    Bella’s eyes are usually sort of watery, a relatively common Cavalier issue, I understand. I planned to take her to the vet for a check-up while I’m off work around Christmas because I wanted to have her eyes checked and I’m very concerned abut her breathing/snoring and whether BAOS might be an issue.

    So anyway, the whites of her eyes are never terribly white and they do have a tendency to tear. This morning, when she came in from chasing Sam around outside, I looked at her and I thought at first she had some grass or something in her eye. Turned out she had an unusually thick glob of goo right on the front of her eye.

    So, I’m thinking that the food might not be best for her overall eye health. Do you think it’s the lentils or something else? Is it something to do with lectins? Are there any supplements that are ideal for eye health?

    Fortunately, it’s never a problem to switch foods around here. I’ve got a stash in my bunker.

  • Pattyvaughn

    Does she usually have eye goo?  If she’s doing fine in all other ways, I would probably go ahead and feed it out, but I’d be watching for any signs that there was any other kind of irritation going on.  Are the whites of her eyes bloodshot?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1140685339 Betsy Greer

    So I picked up a bag of Amicus for my Cavalier to try thinking it might work in her rotation. She likes it and her stool is fine, but I noticed that she seems to have pink tinged eye goo on this food. Luckily she’s a tri-color so it’s black around her eyes otherwise, I’m sure this would look much worse, but you can easily see reddish pink on the white part of her coat just beneath the black.

    Red lentils are the third ingredient and something tells me their the culprit. So, I was wondering, it’s just cosmetic right? There’s no need to discontinue the food for any other reason I presume.

  • Kate

    I have two Chihuahuas, whom I feed with Amicus food. They like it very much, they eat it all, never leave anything in their bowls. They don`t have any gas problems which they had with other dog food they ate before. Highly recommend this food.

  • [email protected]

    I wondered if I can get some advice I have 3 fur babies 1 bichon 7 with kidney stone issues so I need low protein for her I have one schnoodle 14 with fat issues ( Pancriatitis ) so I need low fat and I have a 7mos old goldendoodle with no issues and I need a food/foods suggestion, please help asap

  • Cfus06

    My Miniature Schnauzer is currently on the senior formula and yes he still appears hungry.  I have  increased his snacks between his feedings which has solved the problem.  He still remains between 22-23 pounds which is ideal for his body frame (taller than breed standard).

  • Rmarisco

    hi – on many of the dog foods you have pea fiber and pea derivatives highlighted.. but not on this particular brand. any reason??

  • Shawna

    I’m REALLY REALLY excited to hear the results!!!  Fingers crossed!!!  Call me if you want!!  Afternoons are, as always, better :)

  • Cheryl & Pepper

    Well Hello Shawna,
    Yes I am giving the coconut oil (1/2 tsp) at each meal- I first heat some water then add the Standard Process supplements, then soak the kibble add the Mercola Probiotics and Mercola Digestive Enzymes then the coconut oil. Poor Pep is pacing and smelling and going bonkers waiting-while i shred her 1.4 oz boiled skinless chicken breast then add the mixture-its gone in like 2 minutes and Shawna I got her a “slow-feed”bowl!!! Poor thing-it breaks my heart-butI can’t give her more food. I know I am way over the 20% on the chicken-I just can’t give her less.
    I know her estrogen has got to be crazy high-hopefully Dr.Al’s protocol will help with the hunger. It is also “supposed” to level out after SARDs is diagnosed,what I have read anywhere from 3-4 months after the vision is lost. She loves the AMICUS-but with Pep that ain’t saying much(if you get my drift)! I hope to have the hormone/immune results tomorrow so I will be in touch.
    Thanks for your input.
    Cheryl & Pepper

  • Shawna

    Morning Cheryl and little baby Pepper!!!

    Fat is actually what causes satiety and because Pepper has to be low fat she may not seem as satisfied as a dog getting more fat.  Are you giving the coconut oil with her food or away from (I can’t remember sorry)?  Giving it with food will help her feel fuller..

    My Gizmo didn’t have what Pep has but after Gizmo was spayed she went into a hormone flux and my little 5 pound Pom started fighting the other dogs for their food, dumpster diving, stealing from people plates etc..  She was a mess for many many months but thankfully pulled out of it and eats less food then any of the other dogs in the house.

  • Cheryl & Pepper

    I was wondering if anyone out there has or is currently using the “Senior & Weight Management” formula of Amicus? The reason I am asking does anyone find that the kids seem hungry? Pepper is fully transitioned on it presently and it seems not to be satisfying her. Now she has NUMEROUS health issues so it may not be the food. Just wondering if anyone else found this to be so. I thought with the protein level at around 30% or so it would be filling-she was on the NOW senior but had to get off it because of it containing white potato. Thanks.
    Cheryl & Pepper

  • Barbara

    Is the protein level of 30% safe for 2-1/2 lb puppy?  After reading various sources, 24% seemed to be advised. Also recommend was 14% fat versus 18%. Thank you.

  • Blue MediSpa

    My Very Picky Chahuini has been eating Amicus for about 6 months now and very happily so.  Hi coat and skin have been great, he has had no tummy upsets and I dont find I’m throwing away his kibble at the end of the day.  Prior to this I switching foods on a regular basis.  Hi general health and weight have been excellent and he has plenty of energy.  Very happy with this brand.

  • Shawna

    Diane ~~ a good doggie chiropractor and/or accupuncturist could possibly help a great deal with both the older Boxer and the Daschie.. 

    I do have thoughts on supplements but like Bob K am curious what food you currently feed?

  • Bob K

    Diane – What are you feeding your pack currently?  If the food you are feeding them is rated 4 or 5 stars and they are doing well with no skin, coat, scratching, ears, allergy, intestinal etc… issues I would not change foods.   How is their weight.  Obesity in aging dogs is often a big issues.  All the supplements in the world have minimal impact if they are overweight and the body is stressed. 

  • Diane

    I am new to this site, and is very informative.  Now,I have a question.  We have a 12yr old boxer with hip problems and eye problems.  Also, we have another boxer that is 6 and doing great, and a 8 yrs old mini daschund who is also showing back problems.  Would like advise on food, supplements, etc.  Great Site !!!

  • http://www.dfwpugs.com/ sandy

    My pugs ate it last year (3 bags) and they all liked it.  I don’t recall a gas issue with it either.  When they used to have bad gas, it was on potato-based foods.  Since going off potatoes – no gas issue. They also liked Blue Buffalo Wilderness Salmon, Core Ocean, Instinct Duck & Turkey, Nutrisca Salmon, Great Life Salmon, and now they’re on Brothers, all flavors.  They also eat raw foods and canned foods and various supplements.

  • Brenda

    So I’ve been looking around for a good dog food that I can switch my mini greyhound mix over to and I am considering Amicus Small and Mini Breed Adult. I’m just a little worried that she might get gassy with the broccoli, cabbage, and bok choy since her tummy is a bit sensitive. I read all the comments and it looks like no one has been having any problems. I looked up other customer reviews online and I couldn’t find any others except for this one on amazon.com:

    “After carefully reading the label and liking the ingredients I brought home the vacuum sealed packaged, mixed in the new food with the old, and the girls BOTH picked around it. I figured it was just seeing the smaller kibbles that was throwing them off, but after three days of untouched Amicus, I returned it. It smells a lot like horse feed, and it is very dry, the kibbles are very small and round, but if you have dogs that are slightly picky (mine really are not) then they probably won’t eat this food.”

    I just want to make the decision possible for my dog and I’m sure I’m not the only one. I feel like I’ve been searching for a good dog food to feed her for a while and it’s been a frustrating process. I haven’t been able to find any complaints on this food besides the amazon.com review, but I was wondering if any one here is recently using/has recently used this dog food and their comments on it. Thanks :)

    P.S. This is a great site, by the way. I’m glad I found it!

  • Michelle

    Christine- who are you and what are your credentials? All life stages food are exactly what the name implies. DUH! ALS foods are NOT puppy only. Actually some ALS foods are too high in calcium for large/giant breeds.Where did you get your information? Because you are the one that is wrong. Also, the creator of this site has put a lot of time and effort into it. If you don’t appreciate this site, you should go read Hubpages, the creator of it is a moron, just like you.

  • Sandra

    well christine mike is a person who cares about dogs. he puts alot of time and effort into this site that he does not have to so that those of us wanting to know about a certain food can come here and read about it from him and others who have fed the food. i for one appreciate what he does here and if your not into it then you dont have to read it. clear enough?

  • Christine

    WHO ARE YOU DOG FOOD ADVISOR??? WHAT CREDENTIALS DO YOU HAVE TO ANALYZE PET FOODS? WHOSE VOTES ARE YOU COUNTING TO GET THESE RATINGS? ARE THEY EDUCATED IN ANIMAL NUTRITION? VETERINARY CARE? WHAT RESEARCH IS BEHIND THESE “5 STAR” FOODS? HAVE THESE FOODS BEEN THROUGH FEEDING TRIALS? FED TO DOGS BEFORE TESTING THE FOOD OUT ON OUR PETS? WHAT ABOUT AAFCO STATEMENTS? “ALL LIFE STAGES” ARE PUPPY FOODS, NOT RECOMMENDED FOR ADULT DOGS!!!! WHO MADE THIS WEBSITE? WHY ARE YOU CONSIDERED AN EDUCATED WEBSITE TO FOLLOW?

  • http://DogFoodAdvisor.com Mike Sagman

    Hi Monkey… Thanks to an earlier email I received from Horizon, I was aware that Pulsar was coming out soon. And now that I know it’s actually on the market, I’ll try to get to it as soon as I can. Thanks for the tip.

  • monkey

    Mike S. –

    Horizon announced a new line of foods today called Pulsar. There’s 2 formulas: chicken and salmon. http://www.pulsarpetfood.com/formulas.php

  • monkey

    Moeknows, you’re not the first person i have seen that calls Natures Logic low glycemic.. but everytime i looked up millet the glycemic rating is high. Do you have more information on this? The lowest glycemic foods i know about are Horizon Legacy, Horizon Amicus and Nutrisca.

  • moeknows

    sandy and deedee-i missed some of the conversation about the yeasty dog. Natures Logic is fantastic for chronis yeast infections. Very low on glycemic index since sugar feeds yeast. And they do not use any synthetic vitamins, all whole food based!

  • http://www.facebook.com/Toxed2loss Toxed2loss

    Thanks Sandy! :-) I’m kind of excited about this supplement. I might try it myself. (I have to be soooo careful)

  • sandy

    Great info, Toxed!

  • http://www.facebook.com/Toxed2loss Toxed2loss

    Richard, I’d really love you to read the aboveosts on perilla oil!

  • http://www.facebook.com/Toxed2loss Toxed2loss

    Here the rest, I had to post in two sections on Mercola because you only get so many characters, “…….(and allergies) (Kinsella, 1991) and has shown potential beneficial effects to decrease the circulating levels of serum cholesterol and triglycerides without toxicity in a short term animal experiment (Longvah et al., 2000). Many medical properties, including the antidermatophytic properties of perilla, have been reported (Honda et al., 1984; Terao et al., 1991; Hirose et al., 1990; Duke, 1988)” &

    “Oh yeah, my independent review of Reserch on cholesterol and triglycerides shows that they are lowered as the body cleans out toxins and gets damage repaired, which would account for the effects of lowering cholesterol and triglycerides seen with these two immune boosting supplements. The body will return to a healthy homeostasis, if given the opportunity.” which was because some of the people were concerned about there low cholesterol and triglycerides being made too low.

    Anyway, just thought it might be worth it. So I tossed it out there.

  • http://www.facebook.com/Toxed2loss Toxed2loss

    I was thinking that the mercola krill oil might be worth a shot, for her eyes. Here’s why: krill oil is rich in astaxanthin; it’s the astaxanthin that is higher in antioxidants. I’m given to understand that all krill oil uses vegetable oil as a carrier. A lot of products use olive oil. Today I learned that Mercola uses “perilla” oil. I’d never heard of it so I looked it up. The perilla oil is as beneficial as the krill! Here’s what I shared, “…For any of you that didn’t know what perilla was, here’s what I found:
    Longvah and Deosthale (1998) have demonstrated that perilla seed is a potential source of food, that is rich in fat and protein of good quality, which be used in both human and animal nutrition. They also demonstrated that the potential of perilla seed protein can be increased by dehulling the seeds and then cooking them. Perilla seed is particularly used in India (Sharma et al., 1989) and in Korea where the seeds are consumed as flavoring and nutritional sources in combination with cereals or vegetables after roasting (Shin and Kim, 1994). Perilla seeds and oil are good source of α-linolenic acid (C18:3 n-3; ALA) and these and other aspects of their dietary value have been researched (Longvah and Deosthale, 1991). Perilla oil is widely used as a salad oil dressing or cooking medium (Shin and Kim, 1994).
    Perilla has recently been introduced into Europe, Russia and USA as an oilseed crop (Nitta et al., 2003).
    Terpenoids, phenolics, flavonoids, cyanogenic glycosides and anthocyanins have been reported as the chemical constituents of perilla, but there has been no indication concerning the oral pharmacological effects of this plant. The oral administration of a perilla leaf extract to mice can inhibit the overproduction of the tumor necrosis factor-a (TNF-a) (Ueda and Yamazaki, 1997) and shows anti-inflammatory and anti-allergic activities (Ueda and Yamazaki, 2001). Rosmarinic acid (Okuda et al., 1986) and ALA (Tsuyuki et al., 1978) have been reported to be anti-inflammatory and anti-allergic substances and luteolin an anti-inflammatory (Ueda et al., 2002) and antitumor promoting substance (Ueda et al., 2003) in perilla leaves and seeds. Perilla leaves have shown to be detoxicant, antitussive, antibiotic and antipyretic (Liu et al., 2000; Nakamura et al., 1998) and are also utilized as a folk medicine to treat intestinal disorders and allergies,…”

  • sandy

    No, that one is on my list. I have a krill oil from the grocery store but the Kid Krill is more dog size (20 mg). I could give one a day. The one I give is twice a week since it is 74 mg (DHA/EPA). I believe (the mercola one) it’s krill with astaxanthin, but I am actually giving the mercola pet astaxanthin. Thoughts??

  • http://www.facebook.com/Toxed2loss Toxed2loss

    Sandy,
    She does sound cute. Too bad about her health. Did you say in another post that you give krill oil to your pups? I was on Mercola today and read apost from a woman there that had begun giving it to her son, instead of some other supplements and noticed a dramatic improvement in his vision. Just sayin.

  • sandy

    She is very, very cute. Small and black, if she were healthy, she would have great conformity. She was used as a breeding dog, but her personality is still so sweet. She’s 5 and did not get the best of health care and she’s almost blind from the neglect.

  • http://www.facebook.com/Toxed2loss Toxed2loss

    Sandy,
    Poor thing! What’s this new girl look like?

  • sandy

    The cute little yeasty girl came with 5 meds too so she’s getting supplements to the max!

  • sandy

    I took advantage of the 10% Brothers too, so I’m stocked up. The dog pantry has Brothers Red, Chicken, Fish, Allergy, Great Life salmon and buffalo, and Epigen Fish. Snd that’s just the kibbles. They also get raw and canned toppers sometimes (mainly to put supplements in). I got a new yeasty foster so she’ll be eating Brothers Allergy.

  • sandy

    I’m getting salmon and buffalo.

  • monkey

    Sandy, which Great Life formula did you get? I forgot.

  • sandy

    DeeDee,

    I’d go for the Great Life or Nutrisca before the limited ingredient ones. And actually Instinct Rabbit might work for you too.

  • http://www.facebook.com/Toxed2loss Toxed2loss

    Hi Dee Dee,
    I like great Life grain free, potato free buffalo… Sandy’s pretty good, isn’t she. ;-)

  • sandy

    Dogwell Nutrisca Chicken, Great Life Grain Free all 3 lines http://www.doctorsfinest.com, Natures Variety Instinct LID, California Natural GF Chicken Meal and GF Lamb Meal.

    Not sure if you mean all yeast or just “brewers yeast.”

  • Dee Dee

    Does anybody know of a good dog food that does NOT contain any of the following: Flax seed, rice, beef, herring or white fish, brewers yeast,
    milk products (eggs are ok). My doggie is allergice to all of these, and all kibble seems to have at least one of these ingredients. I am feeding her Hills Science Diet d/d; but it got a rating here of 1. (not to mention it’s expensive) I want to give her the best (a number 5). Any ideas for this challenge !??

  • sandy

    Monkey,

    The pictures of my dogs are at pugvillage. Look for Pugtown. It’s in my profile.

  • sandy

    Good Luck!! Hope it doesn’t turn into a secondary infection.

  • monkey

    Sandy, thanks so much for your help. I actually typed out a long reply with that recipe and a link to the thread but for some reason it didnt post. I don’t know if it got tagged as spam or something.

    Those Duoxo wipes look really good, i’m going to order them in a couple days if things don’t improve. My brother thinks he has an old bottle of Malaseb Flush (its basically the Malaseb wipes in a bottle) that you can use on skin and ears. It is Chlorhexidine Gluconate/ Miconazole Nitrate. I might try putting a little on a makeup pad and see if that helps any first.

    Thanks again.

  • sandy

    Monkey,

    Here’s the homemade recipe from pugvillage. I havent’ used it personally.

    Face Fold and Ear Cleaning Solution

    1/3 cup Rubbing Alcohol
    1/3 cup White Vinegar
    1/3 cup Witch Hazel
    10 drops (give or take) Tea Tree Oil
    Combine in pull top container.
    To clean nose roll, dribble onto Q-Tip or make up pad and wipe out nose roll until clean. Do not rinse.
    To clean ears, squirt into ear canal to fill. Rub base of ear to work in deeply. Allow dog to shake. Use a dry Q-Tip to gently swab out ear until clean. Repeat in other ear

  • sandy

    Monkey,

    Also in Dr Beckers video “Yeast Infection in Dogs” I believe it’s called, she gives a homemade solution as well (for bathing) but I wonder if you could use it as a wiping solution. Vinegar, peroxide, etc…

  • sandy

    Monkey,

    Is it yeasty or gooey or stinky? Most of the nose roll issues in pugs is yeast related. I actually haven’t had one that wasn’t yeast related actually. One foster had it so bad, the vet said if it didn’t clear up, he could surgically remove the nose roll!! I use a Stridex for Sensitive Skin pad to wipe them out or other astrigent (for sensitive skin) and cotton ball. Don’t use just water since it will leave the area moist. There are pads you can get from Amazon, but I’ve used the Stridex and it works just fine. MalaKet or Duoxo Chlorhexadine 3% wipes. For the dog I mentioned earlier, the ketoconazole pills weren’t working. Instead the Stridex for Sensitive Skin wipes and Neopredef powder (rx) squirted into the roll cleared it up.

    Since being potato free for almost a year now, my personal dogs don’t have any nose roll issues. No smell either. My one adopted girl had the stinky/yeasty roll and it’s completely gone. Try keeping the area clean and dry with the Stridex wipe as needed. You may need some of the rx powder if it’s really sore looking. It contains neomycin and tetracaine for pain.

    Also if you’re interested, there’s a lady at pugvillage.com that has a homemade recipe for a nose roll cleaning solution – witch hazel, tea trea oil, something or other. I can’t find it at the moment, but maybe you can just post a thread/question asking for it??

  • monkey

    Sandy,

    hopefully you see this, not sure how to contact you. I think you have dogs with flat faces so maybe you will know this with your experience. My shih-tzu seems to be getting an infection by her nose fold below one of her eyes. We switched her back to a water bottle because she is the messiest drinker ever (probably how the inside fold got all moist and the infection started)

    I cant seem to find any definite home remedys to help it.

    Thank you!

  • Hammy

    My 6 year old shih tzu loves this food. This is the first time in all her six years that she actually enjoys her food. We’ve gone through Fromms, EVO, California Natural and Halo to no avail. We’re very happy with it.

  • alan david

    heard foods heated to over 600 degrees lose vit & min. unless co’s state ‘slow cooked’ or ‘oven baked’ they probably aren’t. duz anyone know about what foods do this??

  • http://DogFoodAdvisor.com Mike Sagman

    Hi Brittany… You have asked an excellent question. And due to my oversight, I had neglected to tag Amicus as “grain free”. So, you should now be able to see the brand listed on any list here that features grain-free designs. Thanks for bringing this error to my attention. :)

  • sandy

    Yes, it is grain free. My dogs love it and their outputs were solid and no gas. No grain: rice, oats, barley, wheat, milo, millet, sorghum.

  • http://www.facebook.com/Toxed2loss Toxed2loss

    Brittany, are you asking if Amicas is grain free? It’s not a stupid question. If you’re new to this site, it can be a little confusing. Scroll up to the top of each page and the ingredient list is in the yellow box. Controversial ingredients are in red. A break down and analysis follows. :-) you can review any of the foods by brand by choosing that link from the selection at the upper left. If its blue, it’s linked. Good luck.

  • Brittany

    This may be a stupid question, but is it grain-free?

  • Gerri

    I am just starting my two dogs on Amicus for small and mini dogs..I am using senior & weight management. I have 10 year old pug(over weight ) and a small 2 year old maltese. I hope it will work and take some weight of both of them.

  • sandy

    If your dog is an adult, the senior/wt mgmt is fine. There’s 2 for adults and one for puppy.

  • Monkey

    Also, in the review Mike S says that 2 of the 3 formulas meet AAFCO nutrient requirements. I am currently feeding the senior/weight management, should I be worried about it?

  • Monkey

    They said they’re working on a new product line but I can’t find any details on it. Emailing them is usually hit or miss, anyone else hear any more about it?

  • paula

    I have a min pin that is 12 years old and diabetic. We have gone thru pretty much every low glycemic dog food out there in the last 2 years. He eats each brand for several weeks and then just turns up his nose! We started on Amicus about 2 months ago, out of desperation to get him to eat, and we have had amazing results! He loves it and his blood sugar since we put him on it is in the 150-165 range. Monkey, I am sorry I can’t answer your question about it making them feel still hungry, we free feed because don’t want him to loose any weigh. I would not ever recommend changing your dog’s diet without talking to your vet first. We also use the Instinct brand of treats, which is gluten and grain free, and he loves those also.

  • monkey

    My dogs dandruff cleared up and her coat became softer after switching to the food. However, it seems like she is hungrier on it than she was on wellness core. I can’t increase the portions anymore without her gaining weight. On their site it says the dog may act hungry when being switched to the food because of the low-glycemic ingredients. Does this make sense to anyone else, and how long should it take to get use to?

  • sandy

    I’m almost done with a whole bag of Amicus Adult and the pug crew have done well on it. They also eat raw 1/3 of the time. No GI issues, no gas, solid waste, good skin, soft fur, their ears don’t smell.

  • monkey

    Anyone else want to try to find out what the meat percentage is in the Amicus formulas? I tried emailing them and haven’t got a response back.

  • natalie

    thanks mike.

    thanks shameless. i just read a few of mr darlings posts and he has me ready to eat brothers complete for dinner tonight. it does sound good. we are switching to another kibble and brothers was one on the list we were looking at.

  • ShamelessRawFoodie

    Natalie – Probiotics are great – if the bacteria cultures are still active! You might want to do some research on the efficacy of probiotics that are included on dog food kibble. Possibly the probiotics have already activated long before the dog consumes the food, whereby there is not useful benefit for the dog.
    Richard Darlington is the owner of Brothers Complete and explains that his food includes encapsulated probiotics, which retains the efficacy of the kibble. I feed primarily raw food to my dog, including probiotic-rich homemade raw kefir. I don’t work for Brothers Complete! but the encapsulated probiotics makes sense to me. Brothers Complete also includes digestive enzymes which most other kibbles do not. (maybe none?)
    http://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/dog-food-reviews/brothers-complete-allergy/

  • http://DogFoodAdvisor.com Mike Sagman

    Natalie… Yes. Probiotics are considered to be healthy additions to a dog food recipe. They’re used to enhance a dog’s digestive and immune functions.

  • natalie

    thanks mike. so these are good things in ur opinion right? i just get worried when i see a bunch of things i cant even pronounce

  • http://DogFoodAdvisor.com Mike Sagman

    Hi Natalie… Ingredients like Saccharomyces cerevisiae fermentation extract are probiotics probably used here to enhance a dog’s digestive and immune functions. Hope this helps.

  • natalie

    what is all the “fermentation extract” stuff in this product? there is an awful lot of it. we are considering this for our two yorkies.

    we need them nice and healthy so we can dress them up and fit them in my little purse

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  • mary

    I have my westies on this food and find it to be an excellent food for them. And Bob K, I don’t “dress them, buy expensive collars and leashes …..”. I feed it because they do well on it. I’ve tried many many brands and since starting this one my westies have very healthy skin and coats and within a few weeks on this food they had lost all traces of red in their muzzles and on their paws. I will keep my dogs on this food and highly recommend it.

  • http://hotmail.ca yvonne

    my two small dogs and one is rescue min.pin.with about 6 teeth and she is doing great thank you the price is o.k.because they dont eat as much therfore not a ton of poop

  • Monkey

    Cindy please keep us updated!

  • Steve

    Sandy, our dog hasn’t had any gas issues at all!

  • Steve

    FWIW, I’ve had our 9 month old Cavachon on Amicus Puppy since about 9 weeks old. She took to Amicus immediately and so far all is good. Her vet tells me she’s in great health & at a good weight.

  • sandy

    Let me know if this makes your dog gassy with all the beans, peas, bok choy, broccoli and cabbage! I was thinking of putting this food in my dogs rotation. Although gas isn’t necessarily the only reason I would not give a dog food. This recipe sounds nutritious.

  • Cindy

    I just switched my 11 month old Brittany to this food. She has been having some skin issues (itchiness, and some sores) so the vet suggested cutting out gluten, which he said is the most common cause of skin allergies. It’s only been a week so I’ll report back when she’s been on it for a bit longer. Her sores have almost totally gone after a course of antibiotics so, I’ll have a clean slate (so to speak) to judge from. She is still a bit itchy (she chews on her front legs every now and again). Hopefully, this food will do the trick. It’s the third one I’ve tried, but, the first grain-free. I’d appreciate reading any of your experiences. Thank you.

  • sandy

    Monkey,

    I’ve been using the grain free Nature’s Select for my pugs. It is white potato free. Only uses sweet potato meal. It’s 33/16. The price is reasonable too. 30 lb for $60.

  • monkey

    Currently feeding wellness core reduced fat. Her ears seem to be getting yeasty and heard it may be from the potatoes (sugar). They both have the same protein sources, around the same protein and fat percentages, and I’ve always heard Horizon is a good dog food company. As far as I know though, Amicus is the first dog food to use red lentils so heavily.

  • Bob K

    monkey – This food is darn expensive. What are you feeding your dog currently? Why switch? This kibble is formed by mixing a whole lot if ingredients together and cooking it to make kibble including red lentils, There is a good evaluation of this food above. No personal experience here – too rich for my pocket book and I like bigger dogs anyway.

  • monkey

    Does anyone have any experiences to share with this food? Do we really know anything about using such a high amount of red lentels?

  • Jonathan

    Good point sir.

  • Bob K

    Jonathan – It’s all smart marketing. People love their pocket animals, Mini’s, T-Cups, MiniPins etc…….. Its like having a baby for 12 years or more, they dress them, buy expensive collars and leashes and will spend anything for thier babies. They can sell small bags for premium just like Starbucks coffee. It sells for about $3.50/lb They are smart filling a nitche for people who spend big money on their babies. They can have a small plant, lower shipping costs, high profit product. Very smart businessmen filling a role in a very premium exclusive nitche.

  • Sheila

    Thanks Mike for including Amicus. I have been waiting for a review. As this is the same company (Horizen) that does Horizen and Legacy I would suspect that because the other two formulas are not specifically for “small breed”, they wanted to produce something they could compete with Acana and Now. I wish they still had their raw food line, I like to rotate, so it’s one I will have my dog try.

  • Jonathan

    This is an interesting food. I wonder why they limit themselves to the small-breed market? This just looks like a good food in general, so why call it “small-breed”? Oh well, who knows.