AvoDerm Natural Dog Food (Canned)

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Rating: ★★★★☆

Avoderm Natural canned dog food receives the Advisor’s second-highest tier rating of 4 stars.

The AvoDerm Natural product line lists nine canned dog foods, six formulas claimed to meet AAFCO nutrient profiles for all life stages and three formulas for adult maintenance.

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

  • AvoDerm Original Formula
  • AvoDerm Chicken and Rice
  • AvoDerm Lamb and Rice (3 stars)
  • AvoDerm Turkey and Vegetable Stew (5 stars)
  • AvoDerm Chicken and Vegetable Stew (5 stars)
  • AvoDerm Salmon and Wild Rice Stew (4.5 stars)
  • AvoDerm Weight Control Chicken and Rice (2 stars)
  • AvoDerm Natural Vegetarian Formula Adult (2 Stars)
  • AvoDerm Puppy Chicken and Rice Formula (4.5 stars)

AvoDerm Chicken and Rice was selected to represent the other products in the line for this review.

AvoDerm Natural Chicken and Rice Formula

Canned Dog Food

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

Protein = 36% | Fat = 32% | Carbs = 24%

Ingredients: Chicken, chicken broth, chicken liver, ocean fish, rice, peas, carrots, potatoes, flax seed, guar gum, blueberries, cranberries, dried kelp, lecithin, avocado meal, avocado oil, potassium chloride, salt, carrageenan, minerals (iron amino acid chelate, zinc amino acid chelate, cobalt amino acid chelate, copper amino acid chelate, manganese amino acid chelate, sodium selenite, potassium iodide), vitamins (vitamin E, A, B12, D3 supplements, thiamine mononitrate, biotin, riboflavin supplement), choline chloride

Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 6.8%

Red items when present indicate controversial ingredients

Estimated Nutrient Content
MethodProteinFatCarbs
Guaranteed Analysis8%7%NA
Dry Matter Basis36%32%24%
Calorie Weighted Basis27%56%17%

The first ingredient in this dog food includes chicken. Chicken is considered “the clean combination of flesh and skin… derived from the parts or whole carcasses of chicken”.1

Chicken is naturally rich in the ten essential amino acids required by a dog to sustain life.

The second ingredient is chicken broth. Broths are nutritionally empty. But because they add both flavor and moisture to a dog food they are a common finding in many canned products.

The third ingredient is chicken liver. This is an organ meat sourced from a named animal and thus considered a beneficial component.

The fourth ingredient is ocean fish. This item is typically sourced from clean, undecomposed whole fish and fish cuttings of commercial fish operations.2

Unfortunately, the phrase “ocean fish” is vague and does little to adequately describe this ingredient. Since some fish are higher in omega-3 fats than others, it’s impossible for us to judge the quality of this item.

In any case, fish meat is naturally rich in the ten essential amino acids required by a dog to sustain life.

The fifth ingredient is rice. Is this whole grain rice, brown rice or white rice? Since the word “rice” doesn’t tell us much, it’s impossible to judge the quality of this item.

The sixth 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.

The seventh ingredient includes carrots. Carrots are rich in beta-carotene, minerals and dietary fiber.

The eighth ingredient is potato. Potatoes can be considered a gluten-free source of digestible carbohydrates. Yet with the exception of perhaps their caloric content, potatoes are of only modest nutritional value to a dog.

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 four notable exceptions

First, flaxseed is 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.

Next, we note the inclusion of avocado meal and avocado oil, both of which can be somewhat controversial.

Supporters claim the ingredient to be nutrient rich and beneficial to a dog’s skin and coat — while others worry over what are mostly unsubstantiated concerns over potential toxicity.

These fears appear to originate from a 1984 study in which goats (not dogs) consumed the leaves (not the fruit) of the Guatemalan (not the Mexican) avocado and became ill.3

Based upon our own review of the literature, it is our opinion that the anxiety over avocado ingredients in dog food appears to be unjustified.

In addition, carrageenan is a gelatin-like thickening agent extracted from seaweed. Although carrageenan has been used as a food additive for hundreds of years, there appears to be some recent controversy regarding its long term biological safety.

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.

AvoDerm Natural Canned Dog Food
The Bottom Line

Judging by its ingredients alone, AvoDerm Natural looks like an above-average canned 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.

The dashboard displays a dry matter protein reading of 36%, a fat level of 32% and estimated carbohydrates of about 24%.

As a group, excluding the Vegetarian Formula, the brand features an average protein content of 38% and a mean fat level of 26%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 28% for the overall product line.

And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 68%.

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

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

Bottom line?

AvoDerm Natural is a meat-based canned dog food using a moderate to significant amount of named species as its main sources of animal protein, thus earning the brand 4 stars.

Highly recommended.

However, the higher fat content associated with the Lamb recipe may not be appropriate for every animal.

Please note certain recipes are sometimes given a higher or lower rating based upon our estimate of their total meat content.

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Notes and Updates

02/12/2010 Original review
09/17/2010 Review updated
06/12/2012 Review updated
01/13/2014 Review updated
01/13/2014 Last Update

  1. Association of American Feed Control Officials
  2. Adapted by The Dog Food Advisor from the official definition of other fish ingredients as published by the Association of American Feed Control Officials
  3. Craigmill AL, et al. Toxicity of avocado (Persea americana, Guatamalan variety) leaves: review and preliminary report, Vet Hum Toxicol 1984;26:381
  • Charlie M

    Mike the dentist acts like an aprentice, he put me in spam because he is a scam he pushes beef which causes all the grief, he likes to block around the clock, he put me in spam because he is a scam, he is a liar who needs to go higher. It s a joke with his coat without a vet no healthy pet he comes from dentistry looking for a new identity but he doesn’t know what he is doing with all the people he is fooling

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  • LabsRawesome

     Kandray, Avoderm is manufactured by Breeder’s Choice, in USA. But where each individual ingredient is sourced??? Check their website, or email them.

  • Kandray

    I wish you would show the manufacturere of these dog food brands. I don’t care how they are rated, if they are made in China, I do not want to take that risk for my dog. It’s practically impossible to find anything on the web sites or labels.

  • Elizabeth H

    Again, another top rated dog food with carrageenan.  This ingredient is known to be a carcinogen, and yet it is still being used in dog food, and in the top rated dog foods on this site.

  • Jfreml

    Hi Mike! Thanks for the site. Avoderm has a relatively new line of canned dog “stews” – they have chicken, turkey, and salmon varieties. I’d be interested in reading a review on them.

  • Aimee

    Really glad to have found this. My shihtzu just prefers wet food. I’ve tried all the kibbles almost. She’ll eat a couple brands for a week at a time and then starves herself. She likes the Avoderm Chicken and Rice and I’m trying the Natural Balance Bison, Chicken and Lamb. The only thing that turns me off concerning wet food is the smell and the price. I really think Avoderm is a really good food though.

  • Meagan

    Mike P- I have recieved three coupons for Avoderm natural. Buy a 13# or larger bag or dry and get 3 12.5 oz or 13 oz cans FREE. Now idk if its worth it or not. I mean I could buy a bag of the Avoderm for 3 rotations(separate times), but a 30# bag of L&R is $42.99 or 30# bag of C&R is #39.99 at tractor supply. I would save $6.00 by getting three cans free. Now maybe I could wait for a sale on the dry?? HMM now i’m just thinking to much. Guess thats the joy of rotation you could buy a cheaper food (diamond naturals) one round and go a little more expensive the next bag(Avoderm, Wellness, BG, etc) Coupons expire 3/31/2012 so plenty of time. Sorry for the rambling.

  • Mike P

    They must have . I called them and they sent me 3 coupons for 3 free cans each . I also emailed and got 1 coupon for 3 free cans . I was planning on hitting them up again in a couple months . Darn

  • Meagan

    Mike P-I emailed avoderm asking about coupons. they responded by saying I to get a free can of food I would have to buy a 13# bag or bigger of dry. How did you get the nine free? Do they change their requirements?

  • Mike P

    Thanks Melissa, she gobbles it up and even cry’s when i mix up her dinner . It’s very rewarding when your dog loves the food your feeding . Did I menntion she is a tad spoiled …lol

  • Melissa

    LOL Mike-

    Don’t worry about what another species can eat or can’t eat-goats can also get toxicity from red maple leaves-go figure! Enjoy those free cans!!

  • Mike P

    Thanks Melissa . Yum Yum Rhubard Pie !!!!

  • Melissa

    Mike P-

    I have fed the Avoderm both canned and dry from time to time and the Avocados have never been a problem : )

    I must be missing something about the goats, lol, but all species have things that they can not eat-For example-I had to rip the rhubarb out of the fields as horses can not eat it, but several of my friends enjoy Rhubard pie with no problems!

    Melissa

  • http://DogFoodAdvisor.com Mike Sagman

    Hi Mike… If it’s the avocado ingredients you’re worried about, I wouldn’t be especially concerned. As far as rotation goes, I don’t think it makes much difference which sequence you go with. Especially when you’re only switching your topper.

  • Mike P

    Mike just got coupons for 9 free cans of avoderm . My worry is the goats . Goats eat everything even plastic and don’t get sick . They got sick on alvacado’s ? As a topper 1/3 rd can per 2 1/2 cups of 5 star grain free , do you feel safe with that ? 9 free cans are a months worth of toppers . I also use wellness canned food . Should I go one week wellness and the next week avoderm ? Or should I use all my wellness first ,then switch to the avoderm ??

  • http://DogFoodAdvisor.com Mike Sagman

    Hi Mike… Sure. I don’t see any reason why this should be a problem. I’d only be concerned if the canned food becomes the main part of each meal. In which case, I’d be sure each canned food is appropriate for your dog’s life stage (puppy versus adult).

  • Mike P

    I got 3 diff canned 3 and 4 star canned foods through coupons . Is it ok to use them as toppers with grain free kibble ? I only use 1 quarter can per 3 cups of kibb.