Halo Spot’s Stew (Dry)


Rating: ★★★★☆

Halo Spot’s Stew Dog Food receives the Advisor’s second-highest tier rating rating of 4 stars.

The Halo Spot’s Stew product line includes seven dry dog foods.

Each recipe below includes its related AAFCO nutrient profile when available on the product’s official webpage: Growth, Maintenance, All Life Stages, Supplemental or Unspecified.

  • Halo Spot’s Stew Succulent Salmon Adult [A]
  • Halo Spot’s Stew Wholesome Lamb Adult [A]
  • Halo Spot’s Stew Wholesome Chicken Adult [A]
  • Halo Spot’s Stew Wholesome Chicken Puppy [G]
  • Halo Spot’s Stew Large Breed Wholesome Chicken [A]
  • Halo Spot’s Stew Toy/Small Breed Wholesome Chicken [A]
  • Halo Spot’s Stew Toy/Small Breed Turkey, Duck & Pheasant [A]

Halo Spot’s Stew Wholesome Chicken Adult Recipe was selected to represent the other products in the line for this review.

Halo Spot's Stew Wholesome Chicken Adult

Dry Dog Food

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

Protein = 31% | Fat = 18% | Carbs = 43%

Ingredients: Chicken, eggs, pea protein, oats, vegetable broth, pearled barley, chicken fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols and citric acid), whole peas, chicken liver, salmon, flax seed, salmon oil (preserved with mixed tocopherols), pea fiber, sweet potatoes, apples, blueberries, green beans, carrots, cranberries, zucchini, alfalfa, inulin, calcium sulfate, potassium chloride, taurine, salt, vitamins (folic acid, vitamin A supplement, vitamin D3 supplement, vitamin E supplement, vitamin B12 supplement, choline bitartrate, niacin, d-calcium pantothenate, ascorbic acid, riboflavin supplement, thiamine mononitrate, pyridoxine hydrochloride, biotin), minerals (zinc proteinate, iron proteinate, cobalt proteinate, copper proteinate, manganese proteinate, magnesium proteinate, calcium iodate, sodium selenite), dried Lactobacillus acidophilus fermentation product, dried Bifidobacterium longum fermentation product, dried Enterococcus faecium fermentation product, dried Lactobacillus plantarum fermentation product

Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 7.2%

Red items indicate controversial ingredients

Estimated Nutrient Content
Guaranteed Analysis28%16%NA
Dry Matter Basis31%18%43%
Calorie Weighted Basis27%37%37%
Protein = 27% | Fat = 37% | Carbs = 37%

The first ingredient in this dog food is chicken. Although it is a quality item, raw chicken 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 includes eggs. Eggs are easy to digest and have an exceptionally high biological value.

The third ingredient is pea protein, what remains of a pea after removing the starchy part of the vegetable.

Even though it contains over 80% protein, this ingredient would be expected to have a lower biological value than meat.

And less costly plant-based products like this can notably boost the total protein reported on the label — a factor that must be considered when judging the meat content of this dog food.

The fourth ingredient includes oats. Oats are rich in B-vitamins, minerals and dietary fiber.

The fifth ingredient is vegetable broth. Broths are nutritionally empty. But because they add both flavor and moisture to a dog food they are a common addition component in many canned products.

The sixth 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.

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 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 ninth ingredient is chicken liver. This is an organ meat sourced from a named animal and thus considered a beneficial component. However, organ meat contains about 80% water.

After cooking, most of that moisture is lost, reducing the meat content to just a fraction of its original weight.

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, pea fiber is a mixture of both soluble and insoluble dietary fiber derived from pea hulls. Aside from the usual benefits of fiber, this agricultural by-product provides no other nutritional value to a dog.

In addition, 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.

Halo Spot’s Stew Dog Food
The Bottom Line

Judging by its ingredients alone, Halo Spot’s Stew 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 31%, a fat level of 18% and estimated carbohydrates of about 43%.

As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 31% and a mean fat level of 17%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 44% for the overall product line.

And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 56%.

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

When you consider the protein-boosting effect of the pea products and flaxseed, this looks like the profile of a kibble containing a moderate amount of meat.

Bottom line?

Halo Spot’s Stew is a plant-based dry dog food using a moderate amount of named meats and egg 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.

Those looking for a quality wet food from the same company may wish to visit our review of Halo canned dog food.

Halo Dog Food
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Notes and Updates

01/25/2017 Last Update

  • Steph Wong

    My cousin’s Shih Tzu has the same problem

  • Melissa Clough

    Thanks for sharing this. I just took a look at Life’s Abundance and it does have a slightly higher rating than Halo, but noticed the first ingredient is chicken meal. Just wondering how this is better and/or if there is a line of that brand that doesn’t use chicken meal? Thanks!

  • Frank J

    I have a Belgian Malinois and he was having similar problem but stool was at the point of hemorrhagic gastroenteritis. He was on Halo since we rescued as we thought was the best food option for our dogs. Long story short, after a $1000 vet visit…doc said that Halo is high in protein and fat and is most likely what caused the issues. Since changed food to Prescription Diet low fat food and he is feeling a lot better. I am guessing it is most likely just an issue with specific breeds as our other 3 dogs do just fine on it. I have since just removed it and changed to Merrick as it seems to be a little less in the fat and protein content.

  • Coco

    Sugar free Tums have aspartame as a sweetener, not xylitol. Xylitol is the ONLY artificial sweetener which is proven to be toxic to dogs.

  • Coco

    … a quick google search reveals Sugar Free Tums have aspartame as a sweetener, not xylitol. Please do your research before accusing other people of poisoning their animals.

  • Coco

    Um, a variety of things could’ve caused a taller, lankier dog, the main one being early neutering. How can you automatically assume it’s from food?

  • Crazy4dogs

    Well, it’s the second spot on her website homepage, so I guess that would be a yes. LOL! 😉

  • DogFoodie

    And, let me guess, you also just happen to be a Life’s Abundance distributor.

  • Sandra Cliffe Kozlowski

    I have been breeding Labradors for 32 years and feed Life’s Abundance because I feel is the best dog food. We also train Service Dogs, so we usually have young adults around the age of6 – 12 months for their preliminary training. Since we also offer Boarding and Training, one of
    my puppy clients brought their dog in for boarding. He did not look like my typical Lab that I produce. He is now 10 months old and looks thin with not much muscle tone. I asked what they were feeding him and they said, “Halo”. I heard of it but didn’t know much about it. They asked if I still had the brother to their dog. The brother, Ivan was in
    our Service Dog Program but is being offered as a trained pet because he didn’t pass one of the required test. They asked to see Ivan, when I brought him outside they couldn’t believe their eyes. Ivan has much more muscle tone and much heavier bone. There is an unbelievable difference in the 2 of them and their dog that was named, Ike was just
    as big as Ivan when they got him.

    So this made me curious to look up the Halo dog food! I immediately knew what the problem was! The 1st ingredient is “Chicken”! The company brags on their website that they use NO “Chicken Meal”. My question is this…..How do you put “chicken” in the dog food unless you cook the chicken and process it into “chicken meal”???? Does it really take a genius to figure that out!!!! When the company list Chicken as it’s 1st ingredients, it hasn’t been cooked yet! Once the chicken has been cooked and processed it loses 80% due to the moisture in the chicken. Look above where it states:
    “The first ingredient in this dog food is chicken.
    Although it is a quality item, raw chicken contains about 80% water. After cooking, most of that moisture is lost, reducing the meat content to just a fraction of its original weight”. To us humans, “Chicken” just sounds much more appetizing then, “Chicken Meal”! You can vision “chicken” as a plate of “fresh chicken” or a plate of “fried chicken” or even a “live chicken” walking around! BUT, there is only 1
    way to vision “Chicken Meal”! Yes, it’s looks unappealing to us because it is a dried ingredient. But Chicken Meal,
    IS that “Fresh plate of Chicken” that has been cooked until dehydrated and then processed and is ready to put into your dogs food.

    This is the same for other meats such as, Lamb, Fish etc….
    I have always told my customers that Dog Food Companies that list Chicken as the 1st ingredient is “Fooling” it’s customers by making you think it is a better ingredient then Chicken Meal. So if these companies are trying to fool you with the 1st ingredient, just think of all the things they are not telling you! Remember, the 1st ingredient is suppose to
    be the MAIN ingredient that should make up at least 50% of what is in the food. When they list “Chicken” as the 1st ingredient is IS NOT the main ingredient! Buy losing 80% of the chicken to water weight, it is probably 1 of the last ingredients.

    One more thing……this company also advertises NO Rendered meat. Ok, so how do they get the chicken fat that is listed as the 7th ingredient??? Once again, in the above description by Dog Food Advisor, it states: 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.
    I really hate companies that try to fool their consumers!!! PLEASE take my advise on this! Look at my website and look at my puppies! They have the most beautiful plush coats, dark pigment, strong bone and muscle tone! Yes, they are very well bred, but without proper nutrition, they would not look this good!

  • riverdivine

    Sugar-free TUMS most likely has Xylitol in it, which is highly TOXIC to dogs! Sheesh! Not wise to give dogs human medication…

  • GSDsForever

    I just thought this was an interesting article, albeit from 2004, interviewing the founder/creator of Halo, Andi L. Brown, and thought I’d share it:


  • Mary C

    I hope your dog is ok. Her behavior sounds like she may have health issues beyond food choice.

  • Crazy4cats

    Yes, I have read that information as well. I don’t think anyone knows for sure what exactly causes it. But taking as many precautions as possible and like you said getting them to the vet ASAP if they show signs of it is the most important step!

  • theBCnut

    No, it isn’t. You should have read further in the link you provided. The poster said her dog ate another dogs stool and became uncomfortable. That is NOT bloat. It is dietary indiscretion or sour stomach. The person who responded pointed out that activated charcoal is the right treatment for sour stomach, not bloat in dogs. Bloat in cattle that is treated withAC is not the same thing.

  • DogFoodie

    Yes Bob, you should immediately take your dog to the vet if you suspect bloat, but you should administer Simethicone first.

  • SP

    Activated Charcoal is another solution


  • SP
  • theBCnut

    Hi Bob
    If you have a bloat prone dog, you should keep simethicone on hand. If you suspect bloat, you should stop long enough to give simethicone first, then immediately take your dog to the vet. If you don’t take the time to give the simethicone first, your dog has a MUCH smaller chance of a good outcome. Simethicone is the proper first aid.

  • SP

    “exercise is a contribution factor…”

    Yes, I just spoke to a guy at a pet store a couple of weeks ago, & his large dog died of bloat from running around in the yard right after a meal.

    The guy didn’t know that was a possibility.

  • Bob K

    Yes – Also slowing down their eating and feeding smaller meals per day helps.I believe exercise is a contributing too, too intense exercise right before eating or 2 hrs after eating. But I have no scientific proof to back this up.

  • Bob K

    I have always been told that if you suspect bloat – take your dog to the vet immediately. There are some good Youtube videos on how to identify bloat

  • Crazy4cats

    Yes, very true, but according to The Whole Dog Journal, having an immediate relative with the condition also increases the chances. Such as mother, father, or sibling. Scary stuff :-/

  • DogFoodie

    Be careful giving your dog “sugar free” things which could contain artificial sweeteners, like Xylitol, which can be toxic. If you suspect bloat, choose Simethicone (which is the active ingredient in Gas-X) instead.

  • SP

    “some dogs may have a genetic disposition”

    Yes, deep chested dogs, e.g. “dogs whose chests present a higher depth-to-width ratio. In other words, their chests are long (from backbone to sternum) rather than wide. Such breeds include Saint Bernards, Akitas, Irish Setters, Boxers, Basset Hounds, Great Danes, Weimaraners and German Shepherds.”


  • Crazy4cats

    In my research of bloat, I have come to believe that feeding any dry food alone increases the risk. In my opinion, adding a fresh or canned topper decreases the odds of bloat. Also slowing down their eating and feeding smaller meals per day helps. I guess some dogs may have a genetic disposition to the condition also. The ASPCA site has some useful information. I’m with you, scared to death of it happening. I wish you luck on your search for a different food.

  • Cindy Dannesberger

    My German Shepherd has been on Halo for 3 years because she can not have grain. About 6 months ago her stools were soft every other day. Then we noticed after she would eat she was uncomfortable. Licking the front door. Trying to lick up anything on the carpet. It was a red flag that she ate too fast. So we gave her 2 sugar free Tums. I never thought it was HALO until NOW! I have noticed the food does not smell fresh. The pieces of vegetables are in her stools and stuck on her butt after she goes. Is it plastic? I love my dog. She was a rescue. To think I am making her sick. She eats out of my hand. I am switching Dog Food. I was up until 3:00 am reading posts. Thank you for letting me know. I kept looking for Recalls.
    I am so sorry to hear about your dog. It could have been mine without your post. Thanks

  • Deb Smith-Utes

    I am so very sorry for your loss! I always mix my dogs Halo with warm water and am thankful for your post. I actually had just decided to stop using this food last week anyway, and as I am shopping for a replacement I wanted to read comments on here, also.

  • Thank you Crazy4cats. It was a horrific nightmare. I hope no one ever goes through what we just went through

  • Crazy4cats

    I’m really sorry. Bloat is such a scary thing. 🙁

  • Thank you 4FootedFoodie

  • 4FootedFoodie

    So sorry for your loss, Christo.

    I believe your claim is a valid one.

  • Last Tuesday, September 16, 2014 my Boxer Bobo died from a horific bloat attack which was caused (I believe) from mixing Halo Large breed kibble with water. Halo was a new product for Bobo that was purchased on September 9, 2014 After reading her hospital discharge papers listing factors of bloat risk I see the high factor of bloat by mixing citric acid preserved kibble with water. I nearly died when Halo’s ingredient list revealed “citric acid”. Bobo’s usual food, Fromm’s, also mixed with water, did not contain citric acid.

    Halo Purely Pet’s advised me on Twitter that citric acid is not generally considered a risk. Halo’s consulting “vet”, Miss Donna Spector states in the halo pet food blog on June 1,2009:
    “it is IMPOSSIBLE to claim that citric acid in dog kibble is a risk factor for causing bloat.”

    Yet on February 10, 2012, in the Halo Pet food blog Miss Donna Spector states the risk factors for bloat including: Moistening dry foods (if citric acid is a preservative)

    That is just one reason above that clearly shows that Halo is full of BS. They sound GREAT! But dig a little deeper through their preaching and one soon discovers that Halo Purely For Pets, Inc can not practice what they preach. Halo can’t seem to keep their answers straight. Not so holier and healthier than thou are they?

    I have also read the many mant claims of citric acid and the problems this “natural” hidden GMO black mold preservative has caused for humans and pets.

    Halo Purely for pets is aware of Bobo’s death. They have been contacted via email and phone.

    I am currently writing a complaint to the FDA regarding this. Regardless if the FDA claims Ciric acid (GRAS). I claim BS. And I want to let the world know. A simple label on the package indicating that “Ingredients within when mixed with water MAY OR MAY NOT increase the risk of BLOAT” Bobo was my third boxer that I had raised. None of which ever had any digestive issues or problems. Let alone “bloat”. This past week was the most horrific nightmare one could ever go through. And now I want to make sure it doesn’t happen to anyone else.

  • SP

    Agree with 4FootedFoodie.

    It’s like feeding your kids the same bowl of cereal for every meal, every day, for the rest of their lives.

    You’d miss out on nutrients that you’d get if you varied their diet.

    Also, if there was a recall, at least you weren’t feeding that same brand day in & day out, building up the “damage” in their body.

    I can understand that some dogs are allergic & need limited ingredient diets, but if that is not the case, if possible, rotate amongst a few brands. When the current bag is about to run out, start to slowly mix in a new bag / flavor / brand.

  • 4FootedFoodie

    I hate to say it, but when a dog eats the same thing everyday for “years,” the slightest ingredient changes could easily put them into a gastrointestinal tailspin.

  • laurie meier

    Hi- my two dogs also have had stomach issues in the past month after a few years of the same food – spots stew wild salmon dry – If you find out anything, please let me know. Thanks. Laurie

  • Highland Barker

    Has anyone noticed their dog getting sick from this food over the last 2 months? I’ve had my dog on this for years but the last few months she has had multiple upset stomachs, and now sometimes refuses to eat it at all. A customer of mine just had the same problem. Just wondering if the formula has changed?

  • dani

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  • Our Bulldog has allergies and we are in the process of doing diet elimination first. Had him on Science Diet Vet-No problem..then started developing hotspots after 4 yrs.. Put him n Science Diet Grain Free-still issues-So we decided perhaps its a protein allergy-Put him on Halo Spots Stew Salmon and huge improvement already. We love it-I’m now looking into their other brands for my female. Will not be going back to science diet. PS I used to work in an animal hospital-just like drs are endorsed and recognized for pushing certian medical prescriptions, drs are trained to believe that Science Dirt and Medical/Royal Canin are the only brands to go w. Do your research, and do whats best for your pup!

  • Sandy Ortega

    Any Vitamins???

  • darjea

    my sheltie did well on origen for 3 yr. Then developed bad allergy to it.

  • Tahtianna Friend

    Thank you! I will see if our local pet store has that brand. I want to rule out dehydration first, I may go back to the boiled chicken with kibble but will add in the canned pumpkin for her intestinal issues and see if that helps. She was pretty much raised on real cooked chicken and dry kibble (switched from iams to wellness about 6 years ago – i do like the grain free better) but she’s 12 now and started getting runny butt… switched her to rice and ground beef & rice and boiled chicken until it cleared up but it didn’t so switched her to kibble only and she was back to normal again. And I wouldn’t be shocked if she’s sneaking the cat food on the sly and that’s why her belly was not doing good.

  • SP

    Please consider Fromm Four Star Grain Free

    I rotate among a few brands & this is one of them.
    The kibble pieces are the size of an eraser on a #2 pencil (my chihuahua won’t eat big kibble pieces).
    My dog likes the Game Bird flavor.
    The only thing is, it has white potato which I don’t like to feed a lot of, BUT as of this past April, they came out with a Lamb & Lentil flavor which has no white potato.
    I got a sample at Kriser’s (don’t know if you have this pet store in your area), & they are really tiny & in the shape of lambs!

  • Tahtianna Friend

    Switched my yorkie to halo after she was being picky about wellness, she likes it but now she gets me up three times a night to drink water and is panting… There’s nothing about the sodium content listed anywhere. It’s too coincidental so I’ll be switching brands.

  • Deb Smith-Utes

    One of my Boston Terriers was diagnosed with a Malignant Mast Cell Tumor in February 2013. She had it removed and has done very well since. I read the Canine Cancer Survival Guide at that time and Halo was one of the few dry foods that was recommended. Halo was also the first company to be awarded the National Canine Cancer Foundation’s Seal of Excellence. I switched all of my dogs to Spots Stew Wholesome Chicken at that time & they loved it! 2 of my Bostons have skin issues, itching, and one loses hair in patches. I have recently trialed those 2 on grain free foods without chicken and the one seems to be doing much better. The other may have thyroid disease or Cushings, and we are in the process of testing for both, so I don’t know if the food is an issue for him or not. Overall, I think it is a very good food for them and they seem to love it and thrive.

  • Eva Hickman

    My dogs refused to eat the Halo Spot’s stew. They spit it out. It smelled like alfalfa to me. I feed them Life’s Abundance and Diamond Naturals small breed dog food. They love those foods and do well on them.

  • Danni
  • Bethany Marino

    Both my dogs are on halo in the beginning they were ok then they started getting itchy and the vet suggested switching flavors. So far we have been useing the lamb flavor and both dogs are fine. They have to use small breed because there very small dogs so we havnt tried every flavor

  • Betsy Greer

    Anyone fans of Halo have any thoughts on the product?

  • Guest

    I was reading where someone was feeding halo and their dog isn’t doing as well on it as before. I have a friend who used halo and all her fur babies started not looking as well. a man at the market told her about a brand called orijen after 3 months her pups are looking really good even her 15 year old pup . a while back they changed the formula. and she thinks that is why maybe but she is sold on orijen. she said you really have to change over very slow but was worth it to her, I think I will look into this food also as my reason her 15 year old pup looks really different bright eyes no film over them and his fur and plays so well. after I try it I will be back to post on this.if I see the same with my 17 year old baby. but for 17 she is bright eyed and bushy tail full of play. I am just getting older and lazy with my health need to spend more time than in the kitchen with my baby while I still have her.

  • MI49080

    I am confused, wasn’t this supposed to be a discussion of Halo? I would be interested in knowing what people think that feed it to their dogs, how their dogs tolerate it, issues being resolved, etc.

  • guest

    I cook stews I boil whole chicken remove all skin and bones very carefully I ad green beans, yellow and green squash, garden pea’s celery, sweet potato I add fresh cranberries, apple, blueberries, and blackberries I puree all together and I also use all organ meat that came with the bird. I do lamb roast and beef roast I never stick with one meat. I make a meat loaf I mix either chicken or turkey breast meat only I add Laura’s lean beef to the mix and add 1/16 organ meats and all veggies above that are puree I add a few eggs and the fruits too bake until done I do not use grains sweet potato is the carb I always keep egg shell’s as I bake to clean them grind them to powder. I have a 17 year old fur baby doing great my last dog was born dec 25th 1979 I brought her home the new year in 1980 she passed away in 2005 only on homemade food. the trick is to not over do or under do supplements. and I use coconut oil and fish oils not salmom oil and wheat germ oil I make a mix. I do not like cod liver oil as vitamin A toxicity over use. I like a mixture of fish oils and good grade mix coconut oils unrefined and wheat germ oil then fish oil all together example 1 oz coconut oil 1 oz, wheat germ oil 3 oz. fish oil in about 6-8 weeks fur that shines like glass. about 1/4 tsp for tiny dogs and 1 tsp for med dogs and 1 1/2 for 50 lbs. but always start out with less add more each day until full dose no tummy issues that way. sorry I haven’t been back on this sight in a few months to give examples of what I feed.i also have a small yporkie boy who never has had any tummy woe’s I have had him since he was two days old the breeder lost all pups and mom and I was asked to bottle feed which I did with goats milk and then feed him home made that was many years ago.he is very healthy as all my older dogs which are 17 years young.hope thois helps.i do use purtitan pride for senior dogs vitamins not with high iron as I feed oragan meats they don’t need all that iron and I use primary yeast from time to time in any stress times.i just don’t like dry kibble as you don’t find it growing on tree’s in the wild for wild dogs whole real food will never hurt them just do the switch like you would with kibble .

  • Crazy4cats

    I’m glad you feel better. Thank you for the review.

  • Guest100

    Helloooooo…this was supposed to be a website to evaluate Halo dog food not a forum for every brand of food or home made stuff your dogs eat, their poop or health issues. Why don’t you all trade phone numbers and discuss your dog issues . My daughter just bought Halo dog food for her three dogs. They ate it like it was a treat. Of course she did mix it with her holistic dog food so don’t get all upset about stomached issues and start nasty comments. I feel better now’

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  • furkids

    I also have a tiny yorkie but picky eater, can you give examples of the food you prepare for your fur kids?

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  • Hound Dog Mom

    Have you read her book Manual of Natural Veterinary Medicine? I’ve had that on my to-read list. Probably going to have to wait until winter or summer break though. I’ve checked out her website before and one of my issues, aside from the grains which Shawna mentioned (although it’s great to hear she does support grain-free recipes as well!) is the reliance on synthetic vitamins and minerals. Making a fresh food diet is the perfect opportunity to not rely on synthetic vitamins and minerals and a veterinarian so well versed in nutrition should be able to formulate and she be wanting to promote homemade diets that are balanced without the use of synthetic supplements. The diet on her website is called a “Paleolithic Diet for Dogs and Cats” – I don’t see anything Paleolithic about meat, rice and veggies with a Centrum multivitamin.

  • Shawna

    Thanks for the data on Dr. Wynn!! I’ve read a few of her things but, from what I can tell, she’s not as vocal as say Dr. Goldstein or Becker.. Or maybe they just hit my radar and she didn’t? Always a possibility :).. I’ll definitely do some more investigating / reading based on your wonderful review of her!! Always good to have one more source of holistic and alternative info!!!!!!!!

  • GSDsForever


  • GSDsForever


    I hear you. Actually her diets that I’m using are all grain free. There are many times when she recommends against grains and she prepares many grain free diets. It is very individual to the individual dog how she devises the diet. As I said, she is opposed to using grains in many situations. And she also takes account of owner preferences as well, including grain free. She’s probably the most open minded, balanced, respectful, and least dogmatic nutritionist I’ve found, honestly.

    I love her combination background in holistic and eastern medicine fields and expertise with things like cancer (since now half of all dogs and cats will die of it). She researches and considers and reconsiders everything so extensively. I’ve been very impressed with her and love reading her thoughts on various subjects, like grains.

    She recommends a variety of multivitamin/minerals, usually what owners can easily access and prefer.

    I’ve had my own battles with grains. My dog seems unable to digest pretty much any whole unprocessed grain. No allergies or adverse health effects related to them, so far as I can tell. They just come out the other end, unchanged. Other dogs seem to do just fine with them.

  • Shawna

    Thanks 🙂 I will most definitely check it out!!!

    I also feed the sardines as a topper so it doesn’t take much. Plus five of the dogs only get grass finished meats so I don’t have to add much, if any, omega 3 DHA/EPA.

    Thanks again!

  • GSDsForever

    The wild Alaskan salmon, with skin and bones, is from Trader Joe’s if that helps. It is lower than any price in town for me. It’s Alaskan pink salmon, which is lower than some other varieties in contaminants — smaller, shorter lived fish.

    I think you really benefit from having small dogs. I could buy 3.75 oz cans, but then buying 5+ for one day’s feeding of one dog — plus adding more foods to drive up the calories (since these are both low calorie foods) would be costly!

  • Shawna

    I’ve always had issue with grains in the diet so I could never get on board with Dr. Wynn’s recipes.. The anti-nutrients, the lectins etc… Also not at all a fan of synthetic vitamins however Dr. Becker uses a few too. Better than Centrum though.. Just my hang ups though..

  • GSDsForever

    Cool deal! You were lucky to find those, and your doggies are lucky to have such a good mom! Thanks for the tip — will have to look into that here.

    How strange that the smaller ones were the less expensive ones, as I’d prefer those.

    I prefer to feed cooked, and need to especially right now. But the one time I offered him raw sardines, the WF ones which were larger and bloody, he really wanted nothing to do with them.

  • I found them at the Mexican grocery store. I don’t recall there being lots of blood since they were small and I feed them still pretty cold, not all the way frozen. They were on sale for 1.19 so I bought about 10 lbs, but they were priced according to size. The bigger ones were 1.49 and bigger ones 1.69 per lb. Mine were about 3 oz each sardine. Gone in 1 or 2 minutes.

  • Shawna

    Yikes, we get them MUCH cheaper here in Nebraska.. I can get bone in / 3.75 oz, packed in spring water at Trader Joes for about $1.50 (from memory as my daughter has been picking them up for me lately). They range from .89 to $1.20 at the regular grocers but I’m not sure of the quality…

    To be honest, I haven’t priced canned wild Alaskan salmon locally for a very long time… Might have to do that…

    Thanks for the info. 🙂

  • GSDsForever

    No, where did you find yours? Lucky!

    Whole Foods sells frozen whole sardines here at times, but I don’t recall it being cheap. I bought and fed them once. (They were rather large though, so I suspect they were not pilchards but larger herring or such?).

    I admit I’d hate dealing with the heads and blood. For now, I’ve bought the canned 15 oz in tomato sauce, though it seems so stupid that they come without the bones. (Costco does the same thing with their pricey skinless, boneless, packed in EVOO . . . to suit human palates.) My choices were China (no), Mexico, or Ecuador (not great, but what I went with) from California Girl. I’m keeping an eye out for an ever elusive rare sale (leader loss) I’ve heard about from Walgreens, of 3 small tins in water (3.75 oz) for a dollar — think it’s Bumblebee or Chicken of the Sea, not sure of their sourcing, and whether these are boneless/with bone, etc.

    But!!! Sandy, I was *super* happy to find some pretty good prices recently at a new discount grocer here on other fish:

    Wild Caught Whiting (frozen) 2.5 lbs for $4.72

    Wild Caught Alaskan Fillet of Flounder (fresh) $2.58/lb

    Wild Caught Alaskan Cod Fillet (fresh) $3.98/lb

    Wild Caught Smelt (frozen) $2.68/lb

    Wild Caught Sole (frozen) $4.58/lb.

  • GSDsForever


    I’m not a big fan of Dr. Becker’s or this book (no disrespect to Shawna), though she recently did an interview of one of my talented vets ironically.

    If you really want to pursue feeding homemade long term, I would recommend investing in a nutritional consultation with a vet who is a diplomate in the American College of Veterinary Nutrition (DACVN) — choosing carefully among them by finding out as much as possible about one, her approach/philosophy, experience, views, etc.

    I’d personally recommend Dr. Susan Wynn DVM DACVN, who holds additional certifications in various holistic fields as well as advanced training in viral immunology, etc. She is a gifted, dedicated expert in diet in relation to specific health conditions (like cancer) as well. She provides one sample diet for healthy adult dogs (there are others for specific health issues) on her website and can do a full nutritional consult and customized diets with your vet, regardless of where you live. http://www.susanwynn.com/

  • Are you able to find whole, raw, wild-caught sardines in your area? I found some for 1.19 per lb. I did feed some of the packaged sardines from a sustainable source, but they were over $3 a box.

  • GSDsForever

    They actually aren’t always cheaper, Shawna. I generally see sardines 3.75 oz cans for $1 on sale or at a dollar shop at their lowest price. A 1 lb can of wild Alaskan salmon with skin and bones here is retail $3. I trust the low levels of contamination for Alaskan wild salmon and some varieties are much cleaner than others.

    And, although I think sardines are a great choice also, they have their own problems with different types of contamination and quality control that have to do with country of origin and packing, as well as the effects on the origin town & country — unless you are buying the much pricier brands and from a few less common & pricier originating countries.

    I use both wild Alaskan Salmon and sardines, along with fresh white fish varieties. When I’m feeding as a primary protein source, I’m looking at cost for 1-2 lbs a day plus other pricey fresh organic, etc foods that can add up quickly in price.

    Cheapest I’ve found sardines has been without the bones (which I would prefer left in nutritionally), in tomato sauce, in 15 oz cans, at a discount store. The manufacturers and towns/countries of origin are somewhat dicier for safety, quality, and environmental impact, imo.

  • Shawna

    Tinned sardines are a great substitute for salmon. They are cheaper, less contaminated and a good source of omega 3 fatty acids.

    “Dr. Becker’s Real Food For Healthy Dogs and Cats” third edition is an excellent book with recipes for both raw and cooked homemade foods. When the individual recipes are fed together in the diet, they are confirmed to be AAFCO “complete and balanced” and therefore are not missing any vital nutrients. Using just one or two recipes can often, but not always of course, lead to nutrient excesses and deficiencies. Example, if one were to feed a recipe with chicken only — the diet would have an excessive amount of omega 6 fatty acids and be deficient in saturated fats (found in red meats).

  • GSDsForever


    I’m not the above poster, but —

    With egg shell powder, you clean it first and can grind it into a fine powder (like OP) using a coffee grinder. You can boil the egg shells first to eliminate any bacteria.

    Yes, you can feed cooked salmon. I’d strongly recommend wild caught Alaskan and avoiding farmed. You can even use the kind that is skin and bones (softened) inclusive in the can — sometimes that’s the cheapest way to get wild and include healthy skin and bones.

    I’d encourage you to feed homemade, transition slowly to it to eliminate any digestive upset/diarrhea, with less and less of the regular food added until none. And if you are going to continue to feed kibble, I’d recommend avoiding Diamond manufactured brands/formulas of food (including Canidae). They’ve had numerous recalls and quality control problems for years.

  • You’re welcome. My small dogs also like to chew on beef rib bones. They’re too hard to eat (unlike pork ribs) so they gnaw on them. I also feed tripe stuffed cow hooves. I don’t thaw them all the way.

  • Vivian Perez

    what a great suggestion, Sandy…especially the marrow bone one, my dogs love to chew on those. Wil have to try it on my min pin cuz she eats sooooo fast. thanks!

  • Alex

    that is very inspiring to know your babies are all living such long lives. I’ve become very attached to my 3 yr old husky girl, she’s my first dog and I love her like my child. I am so worried about her growing old . I feed canidae grain free salmon but it’s still kibble. All the vets have sid she looks great but i want to give homecooked…Can you give an example of one of your homemade recipes? Especially how you use the eggs shells for calcium( are they cooked first?) also can you use salmon in your homemade recipes ? I appreciate the reply.

  • Vivian Perez

    both you suggested are super great!! and i agree with your comment about the Royal Canine…its like when some vets suggest Science Diet!

  • Vivian Perez

    Royal Canine has corn in its ingredients, which is not good. Try the Merrick…very very good dog food.

  • Vivian Perez

    try giving her Activia Vanilla flavor…but the pumpkin (like Storm’s Mom said) works wonder on mine too!…maybe getting Wellness Simple Diet..only two ingredients.

  • Vivian Perez

    i rescued a dog with horrible skin issues…she had no fur…demodex, and other issues..got her on the Halo Salmon…fur is back…beautifully.

  • guest

    sometimes when you switch food it can take up to 8 weeks to see impovement or not so good . the body has to detox from bad to good. anytime switching put small amounts of new food to old over weeks to keep tummy issues down from the switch.the only time i would not do the slow change if a recall then off the recall on to the new. but i have homecooked for many,many years. my 17 year old girl runs up and down the stairs daily all the time. she still thinks she is a pup. my last fur child lived 20+ years on homemade food and treats.i just worry about all the stuff from china now before it was the corn then the recall from plastic. many family members and friend lost such dear fur children during the 2007 recall.now i cook for a dear friends little fur children along with mine babies. maybe i am not trusting of any dog food company… but i have to say my fur children look great and they are all older now . even my 17 year old fur baby looks like a 7 year old fur child not 17 years. she can jump she can run and teeth that still are tarter free thanks to deer antlers the forest ground natural chew for many wild animals even little squirrels.hope this helps and the balance is not as hard as you think like dog food companies want you to believe. many good books out there to give advice on the miro and minerals that are a must in amounts and egg shells have been my best for calcium ever ground to a fine powder. do not care for bone meal at all. too easy to undo the balance of phors.& calcium.i have a tiny chi apple head and a tiny yorkie never have they ever had one health issue or tummy issue as the have eaten only real whole foods and the big girl that is 17 years and in august she will be 18 years young. we have never seen one kibble tree growing in the wild ever so far. my # one girl lived 28 years in the 1960’s on home made food.all my gang are senior’s.i hope this helps as you can keep your family memeber around alot longer by whole foods i am not a user of raw deits but homemade has been my way of being a pet parent. i just dont trust dog food already made.but this is just me.

  • Emily elkins

    Wasn’t good for my little 3 pound chihuahua puppy. He has puked a few times. I’m going to be changing his food.

  • Kelly Barrett

    I am a Mom of 8 dogs. They have all been on Fromm’s all their lives. I started an online pet boutique and Fromm’s won’t sell to me, because I don’t have a brick and mortar store. I feel like they made a huge mistake and are losing a ton of business as a result. I have my kids on Merrick’s grain free foods now. Their coats are healthy; they are healthy, yet they just don’t like it that much I have found…although the Duck is their favorite of the choices…we just ordered a bunch of Halo to try in this house. If our picky kids like it and do well on it, I will be really excited, and I will begin to sell it. I love the ingredients in Halo. They are really similar to Fromm’s. For allergic dogs, the salmon-tunalini by Fromm’s is hard to beat, but hoping the surf & turf from Halo, with local whitefish, is also a winner. We will see:) My dogs don’t seem to mind me gradually introducing a new food and new flavors regularly. They all have tolerant tummies, thankfully. (I also always, always have canned pumpkin & pasta on hand to mix in at first).

  • pomie07

    thanks for the website.

  • pomie07

    Hi sandy:
    Thanks for the suggestion.

  • If you just feed the kibble you can put their meal in a treat ball so they have to get it out (like an IQ Ball or Kong of some type). Or you can freeze a Kong filled with the wet and kibble mixture or refill an empty marrow bone and freeze.

  • Guest

    Try this bowl

    I have also seen people buy a muffin tin & divide
    one meal’s worth of the dog’s food into each “hole” so that the dog has to work harder to eat out of each “hole”

  • pomie07

    Hi Hdoodl3:
    I feed my two Pomeranians Zach 5 and Spooky 2 Halo. I have given them all the flavors and they like them all. Sometimes I mix canned 98%fat free people chicken with it. They eat too fast do you know how I can slow them down? Just found this website.

  • Hound Dog Mom

    It’s strange that they wouldn’t eat the adult formula but will eat the puppy formula given the fact that the ingredients are so similar. I agree that it won’t cause any harm to feed the puppy formula to an adult though and, in fact, they’re probably better of because the puppy formula is higher in protein.

  • Ember

    I have fed my shelties Halo puppy food since they were small and when I went to switch to adult they would not eat it. So I contacted the company and asked if they could stay on it when they were adults as there is not much difference, and they said it is fine as it is for all stages even the puppy food. They won’t eat anyother food I have tried that is the same quality or above, They also get boiled chicken and canned Newmans Own dog food with it separately and they are both healthy and have beautiful coats and the vet says their teeth are in great shape.

  • Storm’s Mom

    Have you tried adding in a teaspoon or so of canned pure pumpkin (not the pie filling stuff!), plus probiotics and digestive enzymes?

  • Tunie

    I’m having a terrible time finding dog food that doesn’t make my rescue dog sick. I just bought a small bag of Adult formula Halo dry food last night. This morning I gave my dog a small handful mixed in with the chicken and rice I’ve been feeding her. She was ok. About an hour ago I fed her her second small meal for the day. 20 minutes later, I’m dealing with explosive diarrhea again. The diarrhea contains bits of undigested veggies I can see in the bag of Halo food. Someone told me they thought this food was mild and contained ingredients helpful to canine digestion. Since my dog pooped out undigested Halo dry food, she obviously can’t digest the food. I am at my wits end. I don’t know if the Halo food is making her sick, but I wanted to post this info in case anyone else has a similar problem.

  • pinkpoodle

    My dog was having similar problems, I finally took her to a specialist, allergist/dermatologist…no food allergies, all environmental.
    She is now receiving immunotherapy and doing well.
    I still feed her quality food but her diet isn’t as restrictive.
    I found this website helpful.

  • Pattyvaughn

    I was wondering, does it smell like cat food?

  • LabsRawesome

    Sounds like you got a totally different food. Maybe it was bagged incorrectly.

  • Pattyvaughn

    You should call the company and ask what’s up.

  • Stacey

    Have they changed the formula? I get the adult chicken and my dog has done very well on it. bought a new bag and the next day my dog was sick. I looked inside the bag and the food is alot smaller than the previous bags and there are NO peas and carrots.

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  • coopsmom

    I can’t say enough good things about our vet she is awesome but you may be right about the information from the reps. We had no allergy issues before royal cain and now our little guy is having a rough time. We bought the merricks yesterday and started mixing it with other food last night. He really likes it so far, lets see if his eyes and ears get better.

  • It stinks, but you got some horrible nutritional advice. I’m sure your vet had your pup’s best intentions in mind, but like so many other vets his knowledge of proper nutrition seems quite limited. Not to mention it likely comes from the reps of food like Royal Canin too.

    Why not try a grain-free fish-based food? Fish is better for skin and coat issues. I really like Merrick’s food, but they don’t have a fish-based one. If you can find it I’d give Fromm Salmon Tunalini a try, or Acana Pacifica.

  • coopsmom

    we started our goldie on this last year and after 4 months his coat looked awful. Our vet told us to stop feeding him this and started him on royal cain large breed. We have had nothing but problems since ( allergies, ear infections, scratching his eyes until they are almost raw) he has been on predisone twice and antibiotics several times since starting and they keep switching the food kind but swear by the brand. After reading this we are going to try merrick duck and see what that does for him.

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  • roro

    I make my maltese’s food and supplement with Halo grain free dry dog food for crunchiness. Halo is the only dry food she will eat without doctoring up, she loves it.

  • vital from fresh pet it great. You get it in the refregerated section. I also give my maltese halo. she loves them both.
    Tammy, AZ

  • coffee_bean

     And I forgot to add, her ear infections are gone 🙂

  • coffee_bean

    My 4 year old border collie/lab mix has been eating this for 6 months after she had a terrible allergic reaction to Castor and Pollux Organix.  She had chronic ear infections, so we switched to Halo Salmon (dry) adult.  She seems to like it and her coat has been very healthy.  Her stools are firm and regular.  Sometimes I throw a fried egg in for a treat and she loves them together.

  • Pattyvaughn

    Loads of people use raw as toppers for their kibble without problems, I’m one of them.  Some dogs may get diarrhea from that, but I would say that is a dog that already has something else going on.

  • Sssss

    You are not supposed to mix raw & kibble in the same meal or they will get diarrhea__________

    You can feed them all raw for one meal, then all kibble for the next meal____________http://dogfoodchat.com/forum/raw-feeding/224-mixing-raw-kibble-bad.html

  • Ssss

    Natura owns California Natural.

    P&G, which owns Iams (terrible brand), bought Natura at about that time.
    http://news.pg.com/press-release/pg-corporate-announcements/pg-acquires-natura-pet-productsNatura also owns Innova, what I WAS feeding my dog.My dog also stopped eating a new bag of Innova I bought after the time of the buy.Natura owns Evo, what an acquaintance was feeding her dog.  Her dog also suddenly wouldn’t eat the new bag of Evo she about after the time of the buy.

  • Torrymendoza

    I’ve been feeding my German Shepherd Halo for quite some time now and he is not doing as we’ll on this as other brands. He too, has had to have hs glands expressed-though I was told by his vet that it is a common issue for GS. His fur is also lack luster, I substitute olive oil on his food with ground flax seed and ground raw pumpkin seeds, because he is a picky eater. He seems to prefer the cheaper brand foods over the higher end brands. Not sure about his shedding due to Halo foods, our weather is torturous and it’s hard to pin down his shedding due to drastic radical winter weather temperature changes teens to fifty degree temps.

  • Mixy

    I’ve been feeding my italian greyhound Halo dry food for 3 years now. She has done really well on it. Her coat is nice and shiny and poops are firm (and don’t stink!). My only complaint is that the small breed dry food doesn’t come with the bits of carrots and peas like the larger kibble does. What’s up with that? Small dogs like veggies, too! Overall I’ve have been very happy with this company and their products. As far as I know, they haven’t had any recalls. I signed up for their newsletter e-mails so I get coupons every month – which is an added bonus. I’ve bought few cans of wet Halo food and it looks good enough for me to eat. If you’re looking for an affordable holistic food – I definitely recommend giving this one a try. I fed my dog Wellness and Solid Gold before lading with Halo. My pet sitter wants me to switch to Royal Canin because my dog seems to like it better but I feel like Halo is a better product overall – especially after comparing the reviews on this site.

  • Stacey

    I just switched to this food for my 4 dogs. I hope it works out better than the last change in food that I made. Due to reviews such as this one I switched to Kirkland and now I have one dog in the Hospital being treated for Salmonella.

  • HelloDiana

    I switched to Halo after being a loyal Wellness buyer for my pug (she had no desire for it any more, even mixed in with wet food). The pet food express people said many picky eaters do well on Halo. She did love it, but her stools were to soft and for the first time ever she had to have anal glands expressed! 🙁 I also noticed her fur was not as shinny and she started shedding ALOT. Has anyone else noticed that?? She is back on wellness now (small breed, weight control) with merrick wet food and seems to doing okay, except for the gas :/

  • Jan_Mom2Cavs

    Well, actually, I haven’t fed Halo for some time now but just wanted to let you know that to find your answer regarding the contact info. you will have to go to Halo’s own website.  This is a ratings site and not the actual Halo website.

  • lauren

    what do you think of the omega 3 fatty acid(DHA Gold) that is synthetically made by martek bio-science and added to Halo’s small and toy breed turkey, duck, pheasant? I noticed it was not in this adult food and wonder why? It is also listed as “fat product”. Is it safe?
    Is there a contact address on this site that I am missing? I would like to ask about DAH Gold directly.

  • rosie

    shes on the salmon stew.

  • rosie

    I got this food for my dog a few months ago. she recently started getting dark dry skin bumps on her coat. gonna try a grain free dog food for now.

  • LabsRawesome

    This is what you’re looking for. Sorry, it’s not Halo, but just used for illustrative purposes. This is Orijen’s 6fish. GUARANTEED ANALYSIS

    Crude protein (min.)
    38.0 %

    Crude fat (min.)
    18.0 %

    Crude fiber (max.)
    3.0 %

    Moisture (max.)
    10.0 %

    Calcium (min./max.)
    1.4 % / 1.6 %

    Phosphorus (min./max.)
    1.2 % / 1.4 %

    Omega-6 (min.)
    2.6 %

    Omega-3 (min.)
    1.8 %

                 DHA (min.)
    1 %

                 EPA (min.)
    0.6 %

    Carbohydrate (max.)

    Ash (max.)

    Taurine (min.)
    0.4 %

    Glucosamine (min.)
    1250 mg/kg

    Chondroitin (min.)
    1000 mg/kg



    Chicory root
    700 mg/kg

    Licorice root
    500 mg/kg

    Angelica root
    350 mg/kg

    350 mg/kg

    Marigold flowers
    350 mg/kg

    Sweet fennel
    350 mg/kg

    Peppermint leaf
    300 mg/kg

    Chamomile flowers
    300 mg/kg

    Dandelion root
    150 mg/kg

    Summer savory
    150 mg/kg



    Vitamin A
    15 kIU/kg

    Vitamin D3
    2 kIU/kg

    Vitamin E
    400 IU/kg

    Vitamin B12
    0.5 mg/kg


    50 mg/kg

    450 mg/kg

    Pan. Acid (B5)
    50 mg/kg

    Pyridoxine (B6)
    35 mg/kg

    1 mg/kg

    Folic Acid
    5 mg/kg

    2700 mg/kg

    Ascorbic Acid
    55 mg/kg

    Beta Carotene
    0.4 mg/kg





















    20 mg/kg

    0.47 mg/kg

    0.5 mg/kg

    240 mg/kg

    200 mg/kg

    20 mg/kg


    Based on this biological fact, and to produce a nutritional
    analysis that mirrors the diet Mother Nature would provide for your dog,
    ORIJEN 6 FISH for DOGS is loaded with a diversity of nourishing fish
    proteins and oils, but is limited in carbohydrate.

  • Shawna

    The AAFCO sets the minimum for copper at 7.3 mg/kg and the maximum safe upper limit at 250 mg/kg.  Twenty is well below the safe upper limit for dogs that don’t have copper storage issues.

    My guess at a reason why manufacturers would increase zinc within their foods is that new information has been learned about copper.  Like phytates in grains prevent some copper absorption as does fiber and ascorbic acid etc..  They may be increasing amounts (like they already do with zinc) to offset what is lost to phytates etc.  This is just a guess though.. 

    Also, companies are moving away from grains like wheat and corn, for obvious reasons, and replacing them with foods higher in copper like barley, lentils and garbonzo beans.  More companies are adding liver to their foods as well..

    By fixing one problem for one segment of the dog population, they may be creating a different problem for another segment..??

  • LabsRawesome

     Hi About_the_food, the guaranteed analysis is on Halo’s website. But, it is not a complete g/a that lists every individual  nutrient, like copper. Email Halo asking for a complete g/a. They should have the info.

  • About_the_food

     Thanks, that’s not what I need.  I wanted the breakdown of the nutrients in their food.  All of the stuff that sounds like a chemistry class.  Some manufacturers make that available on their websites.

  • InkedMarie

    I just went to the website and I see the guaranteed analysis; if that is what you’re looking for, it’s there

  • About_the_food

    I would also just like a comment from a user of this product.  Halo’s website does not list Nutrition Analysis so I called the company to find out how much copper/zinc is in the Wholesome Chicken Small Breed.  First I was told they didn’t have that information and when I insisted that they had to have it somewhere.  The person conferred with someone and came back with numbers that are too good to be true in today’s dog food market.  Good enough that I am considering a switch from Avoderm.

    As for the copper/zinc issue can anyone tell me why commercial dog foods are climbing higher and higher in copper content?  I understand that if you are feeding a meat-based raw diet the content would be higher, but I’m wondering if companies are trying to be “trendy” with their ingredients. 

    It’s an important issue to me and the six dogs I feed. The accepted range for copper used to be between 7 and 14 mg/kg or ppm.  I’m having trouble finding anything under 20.  Innova used to be an acceptable 11 mg now that it has been reformulated its 20 mg

  • Hdoodl3

    can anyone just tell me how good or bad this food is? I usually feed my pomeranian Wellness Small Breed Adult formula but she is no longer eating it. I would love to hear all comments about the quality of the food (please stay of track with the comments). Let me if there is any other dry foods you would recommend. 

  • InkedMarie

    there are many comments on Halo dog food here, including the review on top. We’re allowed to go off topic here.

  • Jan_Mom2Cavs

    What would you like to know about Halo?  I used to feed it (maybe for about 4-6 months) to the dogs and cats.  I didn’t have Laverne (dog in pic at left) at the time, though, and she does have some minor allergies so I don’t know how she would have done.  The others all liked the dry.  The cats didn’t like the canned food, but the dogs thought is was okay and ate it fine.  I would’ve continued to feed the food, but when I tried to find out who manufactured it, I couldn’t find out anything.  It’s not included on The Whole Dog Journal’s list (not that I go solely by this list) of approved dog foods and I think that’s because they do not want to reveal who makes them.  There is another food that I would like to feed (Simply Nourish dry) but I am hesitant with it, as well, because they also don’t reveal who makes them.  Now I will say that I use Simply Nourish cans…they are made in Thailand and are similar to Weruva.  Sorry to have gotten off track a bit, but I will say that I think Halo is a fine food and did work okay for my crew.  They seem to have a knowledgable vet on their staff and their website is good, but it just seems odd that they would not want everyone to know where they’re made.     

  • Hound Dog Mom

    terrashafer –

    DFA is a place for dog lovers to discuss dog food/nutrition. Yes, often people stray off topic but that’s the best part about the site there’s so much information about everything related to canine nutrition. If you read through the comments nine times out of ten you’ll see they do relate back to food somewhere down the line, you’ll probably learn a lot reading the comments too (I know I do). If you want information directly related to a food all you have to do is ask and about ten people will give you their opinions. Dr. Mike moderates the site very well and if he feels something strays too far off topic he’ll let everyone know, so you don’t have to worry about it.

  • [email protected]

    What does all you comments have to with this dog food!!! Seems like it just place to put out your beliefs on everything but our beloved pets! Preach somewhere else!! I need some feeling about Helo dog food!!

  • Jagger

    Well said.

  • KC

     I disagree.  Animal rights activists are wanting the description of a “Pet owner” to be “Pet guardian” in order to make it easier for them to file frivolous lawsuits against the so called guardian on behalf of the animals. They tried this with Marine World, filing a lawsuit on behalf of the whales and lost.  Don’t play into the hands of urban terrorists and remain your animals owners or you could loose them in a court of law should one of these nut cases decide to have your animal sue you.

  • Shawna

    Mike addressed this very issue not too long ago.  Here is his comment.

    “I’m sorry to see you guys arguing over a problem that is mostly my fault – and not yours. Unfortunately, I don’t yet provide a topic-based forum on The Advisor website.

    So, those who would like to discuss a particular subject still related to dog food yet unrelated to a specific brand are left with no choice but to post their remarks wherever they can.

    And this can be frustrating for everyone.

    I’m aware of this problem and hope to soon be able to open our new forum section for beta testing by those of you who would like to participate.

    In the meantime, please share the road and try to be more understanding of the situation.”   http://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/dog-food-reviews/before-grain-dog-food-dry/#comment-644427274

  • Sunflower0714

    I totally agree. Let’s keep things on topic. When I am researching dog food I do not want to have to skip over mindless conversation to find comments related to the issue at hand.

  • BryanV21

    Even though some posts don’t have to do with the actual food above, that doesn’t meant they aren’t useful. Heck, if it wasn’t for those exact posts you’re referring to, then I wouldn’t know as much as I do about dog nutrition (ps, I have plenty more to learn, just saying).

    So while I understand your, and other’s, frustration, it would be a very bad decision to do away with those posts.

  • melissa

     Hi Jagger-

    You can merely skip over what you do not wish to read. At some point, Dr Mike will be working on a section for “off topic” discussions and the reviews should clear up, so to speak. In the meantime, it is, what it is : )

  • Jagger

    Suggestion: Get rid of these posts that have absolutely nothing to do with the dog food reviewed. It really clutters up the posts for those of us who truly want peoples opinions and experiences with the reviewed dog food.

  • Thermida

    Try Sojos.

  • Thermida

    You should try Sojos dog food. It comes with meat or without, so you may add the amount and kind of meat yourself.
    My 3 yr old Maltese has been eating Sojos since she was a pup, and she’s super healthy. As a puppy she had a virus that almost killed her, and she sort of went anorexic, not wanting to eat anything, until she ate Sojos. It was the first food that never gave her upset stomach, diahrrea or vomit. Whenever I have been with her somewhere and have not had the food on me, I’ve just given her a homemade oil and salt free mix of cooked potato, broccoli and white fish or chicken….and go back to Sojos on the next meal…and she’ll eat it again fine. It’s human grade quality food.

  • melissa

     I tried to respond to this yesterday and for some reason, it would not let me post after the last post I made.

    You may agree with me on the terminology of owner versus guardian, but that is where it stops. I refer to myself and my hubby as Mommy and Daddy to our furkids. They get birthday gifts, Christmas gifts and we talk to them like they understand-which BTW, they do. They have feelings, are capable of love and I believe they have souls.

    They do not need to “work” for me in order to obtain and hold a spot in my life and heart., They simply have ‘to be” and that is enough. As you get older, you will realize that we all pick and choose what causes we will “go to bat” for, and animals happens to be my passion. If you believe that there are no organizations and agencies fighting for children, then you are not looking-there are a ton of them, and most sponsored by the tax dollars, unlike most animal agencies which are sponsored by donations.

    I have been absent from here as I have been attempting to trap a feral cat and her 7 kittens. Only caught 5 kittens so far, and I think she may have moved with the other two. She is not my cat, nor do I even consider myself a cat person. But, I do consider myself a compassionate person who realizes that merely based upon their existence in my woodpile, that they are worthy of time, help and consideration. Neither hubby nor I had to stop and ask ourselves “what’s in it for us?” Or. “what are they doing for us?” I  figure between exams, flea removal, shots and altering we will spend close to $1000 to help this family. Its our $$, we earned it, and no, I would not donate it to a children’s charity over an animal in immediate need. If that makes me a bad person, its okay, I can live with it : )

  • LA

    Crazy arranging a fight between kids – I think our pets have more common sense and act more human than us.  I sometimes wonder what they must think of the human race !

  • doggonefedup

    I just saw…….I AM SPEECHLESS!  I guess we can see who the “pit-bulls” are though…..

    “An organized battle between two toddlers that police say was
    encouraged by three day care workers and videotaped has resulted in
    their arrest and the Dover center having its license suspended,” Wilmington’s News Journal reports.
    say that about five months ago, two 3-year-olds at Dover’s Hands of Our
    Future day care center were encouraged “to fight it out,” as the News Journal writes.
    According to CBS Philly,
    police say that in a video “one child can be heard crying and yelling,
    ‘He’s pinching me,’ while a daycare worker responds, ‘No pinching, only
    punching.’ ”
    The three day care
    employees have been charged with second-degree assault, endangering the
    welfare of a child, second-degree reckless endangering, and conspiracy.
    The Dover police report is posted here.

  • melissa


    Actually yesterday three school aides(maybe daycare?) were arrested for fighting 3 yr olds-no joke! I almost fell over when it was a headline on the news(not sure where it happened, but I am sure it will google quick!)

  • Valerie Noyes

    Monmouth, I can’t even find the words to explain to you how wrong you are.  Even if I could, I don’t think you would ever see it.  Sadly, you’re missing the greatest gift dogs have to offer us.  Unconditional and enduring love.  Look into your dogs’ eyes and let yourself open your heart.  Yes dogs have emotions, yes dogs have souls.  Dogs have feelings, wants, desires.  They feel pain, happiness, sorrow.  They are intelligent.  Frequently more intellient than we “humans” are. 

    I don’t know where your rant comes from.  I’ve never heard anyone on this site make any statement  that children are not important and precious and need to be protected.  Of course they are.  But this is a DOG site.

    I hope one day you can see for yourself what a blessing it is to share your life with a dog and to learn how very much they can teach us.  If we’re open to learning it.

  • doggonefedup

    I couldn’t agree with you more. Well Said!

  • BryanV21

    Wow! You may not mean it, but you come off as a heartless pet owner here.

    You act as if there’s something wrong with a person that likes to call themselves their pet’s “mom” or “dad”. There’s nothing wrong with that at all, and those of us at the store I work at refer to owners as “parents”. I worked at a vet office that did the same thing. It doesn’t mean we don’t know that we “own” our pets, but we also acknowledge the fact that some people don’t see their pets as objects that they own, like say their house or car.

    Do we “own” our pets? Of course. But calling yourself a pet “owner” takes away the fact that a dog and a cat is not just a material thing one puts on a shelf or in a garage. So I understand somebody not being comfortable with that term. Cats and dogs have feelings, and yes they do HAVE A VOICE AND HAVE A SOUL (that part in particular was extremely harsh and heartless).

    Lastly, pets are NOT around to simply do work for us, be that as a police dog, seeing eye dog, hunting dog, etc. Cats are not in our lives simply to kill mice in the barn.

    Please tell me that is not how you really feel, and you were in a bad mood or something. I know that overly PC people annoy me as well, so that can happen.

  • doggonefedup

     “politically correct” is a disease that has caused more problems in this country than any other sickness in history. in a court of law it is the “pet-owner” that is held responsible. If you do not like that term then maybe you can author a bill and submit it to congress to change it…..no disrespect intended. just my opinion. 

  • doggonefedup

    A child can also tell you when and where it hurts, and who did what (except for in extreme cases). A dog can not. The partnership between man and dog goes back eons in time. Had that mostly one sided partnership never happened, then man probably wouldn’t have survived. It’s not that people care more about saving abused dogs than abused children, it’s just that it happens so much more often. You hear about “fighting-pit-bulls” all the time, but when has there ever been an incident of “fighting-children” just an example to help you understand the absurdity of your statement. I’m not trying to lecture you, just trying to show you a completely different view. Perhaps when you are older and wiser you will understand.

  • Stuart, I’m with Melissa 100%. As humans, we have dominion over any animal. They’re supposed to be used for a positive purpose (i.e. guarding your house, farm dog, police and working dogs). I have to spend my money and buy it food, its vet exams, its shots, its grooming, but I chose to do that since I OWN the dog. You can call us “guardians,” “angels,” or “pet-parents” but people are still sick bastards who abuse pets AND children.

    How come people care more about saving abused dogs  than children? I see NO ONE advocating for them! A child could bring you a glass of water when you’re sick, go to the store and buy you food when you’re old, and be a contribution to society. Other than working dogs, what are they doing for us? I’m not saying we shouldn’t help, because we created them and its our responsibility. However, humans should come first in this debate. My mother “HAS” a daughter, call the police. 😛

  • Excuse me. We’re not guardians over our pets. The dog is my property. It has no voice, it has no soul. Yeah, it has emotions and I treat my dog almost better than I treat myself! This country needs to stop talking “PC” and look at the big picture. People do WORSE to children and they’re called parents or GUARDIANS too. Do you give a damn about them or just a dog?

  • melissa

     LOl..well when you are out today, look at the label on the duck/chicken pate can. The can itself is purple.  The dogs seem to have a “thing” for canned duck, so I tend to give it frequently(different brands each time) Since I started adding in  canned duck, they seem to have gained a bit of weight, so I just the other day cut back on the dry. I saw 994 calories per can and thought Holy crow..no wonder why they gained, lol.

  • Jan_Mom2Cavs

    Sure, I’ve heard the term “surf & turf” before but we all know that Fromm already had the name long before Halo used it.  I don’t really care either way, I just thought it was kinda funny.  Your experience with the canned food sounds interesting….I haven’t had Fromm canned in awhile (getting ready to buy some more Fromm Gold cans today, in fact).  I’ve been using Weruva mostly.  I like Fromm and will keep using it (dry and canned).  I also used to use Halo (did for quite awhile, in fact) but I’m not happy with the fact that they won’t reveal who their manufacturer is, at least last time I checked.

  • melissa

    WEll, given that its a generic term used in the food industry, you would have thought Fromm would be a bit more creative as well : )

    Speaking of Fromm. I feed the Duck & Chicken  Pate Gold as a topper. I almost fell over the other day, when for some  reason I decided to look at the can and it states that its 994 calories per CAN. As I was about to faint(since I just fed it) I looked down, and it lists the kcals per KG as 367. I was calling Fromm, when I noticed in the french side of the can, the numbers were again different-listing the kcals per can as 904 and the kcals per kg as 334. Obviously they mixed up the kcals per can and the kcals per KG on the label-however, I don’t get how the calories changed from English to French.. the rep assured me that it was 367.

  • Jan_Mom2Cavs

    You’d think that they would have been a little more creative!

  • Jan_Mom2Cavs

    Nothing about Halo, per se, I just wanted to comment on the name “Surf & Turf”……seems like I remember another food with that name….oh, yeah, Fromm LOL!

  • It’s been updated/added with the other Halo dry products already just recently. It has the same GA as the other foods and still has a whole meat (whitefish) as the first ingredient since Halo does not use meat meals.  Thus, the real first ingredient by weight after cooking is pea and pea protein.  Actually 3 plant ingredients before eggs.

    Whitefish, Whole Peas, Pea Protein, Potato, Eggs, Pea Flour, Turkey Liver, Vegetable Broth, Turkey, Chicken Fat

    Even their regular Wholesome Chicken food has at least the chicken followed by eggs and then the pea protein.

  • Could you please do a review of Halo’s Grain Free Surf & Turf?  I imagine the analysis will be substantially different than their other formulas.  Thanks!

  • What kind of dog do you have Jen? My puppy is getting picky after her spay done at 6 mos. and she is now 8 monts. I started with BLue Buffalo, then now she is on Nutro Ultra and I miss chicken breast that is boiled into it. At first she was enjoying it..then its hit and miss. SHe is a Maltipoo pup.  I think I am going to go get the Halo and mix it in like what you do. If you have anymore tips email me [email protected]:disqus .com

    Thanks,[email protected]:disqus 

  • Stupedawg

    What happened to the little bits of veggies that used to be mixed in with the kibble?

  • Jan_Mom2Cavs

    I wasn’t aware that Purina One Beyond had a grain free?  Just wondering 🙂

  • Robmag2010

    Ive had my little man on Halo Lamb for about 2 months now. Prior to switching, he was on wellness for small breeds and before that Purina One Beyond for a year. I must say, I was somewhat impressed with the latter due to it being grain free and containing a limited number of.ingredients. And with one.beyond costing only $7 for a small bag, it was very affordable. But then I learned the truth about pet food, much to my dismay, and decided I must either make my own food or buy a more expensive premise dog food that met my standards. Also, he began to have flaking skin and itching. Turns out he’s allergic to chicken, and since being on Halo lamb he no longer scratches like crazy and flakes have subsided. I highly recommend Halo. The kibble is small so its great for small dogs. Smells great too!

  • Dog Food Ninja

    I’m with Melissa on this… I never believe that changing the terminology of something will create a new outcome for it. I HAVE two dogs. They are mine. Just like I HAVE three children. They are mine untill they turn 18. The reason we can own pets is two fold: first, we are the only animal smart enough to contain another animal for our own purposes. It does’t matter what you call them, you still legal and technically own them. Or else you’d let them free. We keep animals for selfish reasons. They make us happy. The second reason is that dogs and cats are our invention. Okay? They are domesticated animals and, for the most part, prefer to have a human own them and take care of them. I’m just saying focusing on terminology is a misplaced effort.

  • melissa

     Hi Stuart-

    The laws still say that my pets are my property, and therefore, I am a pet owner. Honestly, I don’t give a rats behind as to what is politically correct, and changing the terminology is NOT going to stop abuse.  

    As my property, I can choose to spay/neuter, I can choose to treat to the fullest extent a disease that others may not choose to, and at the end, I can choose to  humanely end their suffering when no other options remain. Yes, they are my property, and as such I am given the ability to care for them in the best manner that I deem fit. Changing a term to be “politically correct” is not going to alter my moral and ethical compass, and it is not going to change the actions of those that are cruel and inhumane.

  • Stuart Wisong

    Dear first priority, I sense you are not making progress with your pet’s health. I know the pet food that your vet sold you. My dog had the same reaction. When I read the label and saw “byproducts” which as you know means any thing the manufacturer wants to put in, from chicken legs, feathers, etc. I called the manufacturer and took the remaining food back to the vet. This is when I changed my vet to a Holistic Vet. We had a blood test taken. From that test my new holistic vet suggested raw food, which can be cooked. Since I travel with my pet around the U.S. I chose the second best which is Stella And Chewy freeze dried dog food, The blood test indicated my pet was allergic to wheat and beef, so lamb was the choice the vet made. My pet is thriving on it. She is a Maltese. Weighs 6.8 pounds and we tested her immune system to see what vitamins and minerals she needed. The only shot she gets is rabies. Having periodic vaccinations destroys a pets immune system, especially a pet with a liver condition. Make an appointment with a Holistic Veterinarian and discuss your pets condition. Let me know what happens. Stuart Wisong, author
    [email protected]

  • stuart wisong

    Comments were very helpful. Although I feed my pet Stella and Chewy dog food, freeze dried, it is considered an expensive dog food and our organization is asked to recommend dog food. This sounds like one we can recommend. Please consider eliminating the term, “pet owners’ from “The Dog Food Advisor” statement above.
    It is not considered politically correct, even though a great many publications use the term. It is associated with old laws that say a pet is the property of the owner. When a pet is placed into our care as our adopted pet, we become the guardian. Google “Pet Guardian, organizations changing the term to eliminate animal abuse.” Stuart Wisong, founder of the Angel Come Home Legacy for Animal Welfare as seen on Face book and our website:AngelComeHome.com 

  • Ddhilljl

    i used halo since the 1980’s and over some time i have noticed some changes in the food can and the dry. but they use to have only can food. but where are the veggies???now. so little in the bag. also i asked questions and got a run around. my dogs started looking different. i have one who has a terrible disease imha. i started homecooking in just weeks i see a big difference… and it is a good change.i buy all my meats and veggies from earthfare.i use nutritional yeast and kelp also spiulina.only buy 100% cetf. organic foods.and but organic vitamins and minerals and natural vet has given all amounts for each pet. they have never looked so healthy as now.halo stated they have changed manufactor’s but the recipe remains the same you can not get me to say on that… i saw my dogs looking not the same now i see my dogs looking healthy. i even followed everything in the book.. but the products just wasn’t working as they use to i could understand on one but all my gang… started looking sickly. i do not know as i trusted halo for many years but the proff is in sight even the dream coat didn’t do it. but i use a recipe that the vet gave it is great!!! and all the right amount of everything makes a big differenc. i just don;t know what happend to halo. but i asked where (C) GOT THE PEAS NO ANSWER!!! if grown in CANADA OR CHINA.i will stick to my homecooking. my gang finally looks healthy. i didn’t even realize how they looked until i started cooking for them and giving everything the vet said with home made and beeing balanced. not plant protien for mine anymore. now pea’s do have alot of good stuff for pets but they need more than pea’s for the stable of protien. where is the factory and why do they not show the inside as the request other dog food companies… so far no recall from halo but i want my pets to look healthy and that is just me. as i said they don’t have a recall at any time that i know of but my pets started looking not so healthy and losing weight that they had eaten the amount before on. just not happy as a customer anymore.

  • Ddhilljl

    no they do not have puppy can food but puppy dry food

  • Halo canned foods is for all life stages.

  • Guest

    Does anyone know if Halo has canned puppy food?

  • Guest

    I had my dog on Freedom Grain Free BB and she stopped eating it. She was never that crazy about food. I was so worried until I discovered Halo Salmon and she LOVES it! I mixed it in with some BB canned food. Dinner time has taken on a whole new meaning now!

  • Emily

    Does anyone know the calcium/phosphorus ratio for this food?

  • Sgrplm007

    Mev I would just give your dog a bigger serving.  They have the serving suggestions but we need to base how much we food give them according to their activity level.

  • Sgrplm007

    I switched my dog to Halo Seafood this last month and he is loving it!  The fiber is higher which he needed because he has problems with his anal glands not being expressed properly when he had a bowel movement.   Before I had to add canned pumpkin to his other dry food.

  • MEV

     Just FYI: We bought Spot’s Stew for our rescued Weimaraner and she rapidly lost weight. If you have a very active dog, the calories aren’t high enough to sustain them.

  • Victoria

    Has anyone ever asked the company what % of protein comes from chicken vs pea protein? I know they boast that they dont use rendered meals, but I would much rather use a food with named meal meals vs plant proteins. 

  • Victoria

    Has anyone ever asked the company what % of protein comes from chicken vs pea protein? I know they boast that they dont use rendered meals, but I would much rather use a food with named meal meals vs plant proteins. 

  • Finnessence

    My pup did not like the tiny kibble size, thus refused to eat it. Even when I mixed it with canned he loves and does well with he often spit out the Halo kibble and would even have runny stools even after only small quantities of the Halo. Not for us. We have found one he loves, doesn’t have to be disguised to eat it and good stool quality. Try Merrimack 5 star entrees and their Whole Earth Farms line. Having best results with them.

  • First_priority

    My dog has liver disease. It has been very hard feeding him food that he will keep down and to find food that has low animal protein . I tried the special expensive vet prescription dog food which only made him throw up. He went from 25 lbs to 10 lbs. This is the only food that he keeps down and loves to eat. We are all very happy about this find although it is more expensive then the prescription dog food!

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  • Cheryl

    Hey Mike
    Did you know Halo has 2 new dry food dogs Lamb and Rice and Small breed Chicken is it on their website to check

  • Hi Linda… There’s been a lot of debate here on the DFA website regarding the validity of that claim. The whole citric acid debate appears to be related to an article about canine bloat which was published a few years ago and originated from Purdue University. There is a great deal of controversy about how much truth can be found in that “study”.

    One of the more interesting explanations calling attention to the the questionable value of that report was written by Linda Arndt (also known as The Great Dane Lady). She does a very good job of presenting the other side of this story. Click on the link here to read her article, “My Comments on the Purdue Bloat Study“.

    You may wish to read it and decide for yourself. Hope this helps.

  • Linda

    I read a review on the Halo dry dog food (from another site). It mentioned that citric acid used as a preservative. Therefore, water should not be added to food because of the citric acid and that combo could cause bloat. Mike, ever hear of this? Linda

  • Jan (Mom to Cavs)

    Lynn…did you ever get a response from Halo or did you switch foods? I have been using Halo dry and sometimes can for my cat and dogs (dogs eat premade raw and get kibble for treats) for a few months now. I’ve never found anything inappropriate in any of the bags or cans. I’m not doubting you, but I would hope their customer service would answer you in a timely manner. Once I emailed them with a question re calcium/phosphorus percentages and they got back to me in a timely fashion.

  • melissa


    I don’t know if its supposed to be there or not, but if there are burnt dry black pieces and pieces that appear to be nutshells, why not just bring it back and get a refund? If I have to ask myself “is this okay to eat?” The answer will always be no based on caution. And, if that customer service has not responded in a time appropriate frame, I would stop using their products-but that is just me-I expect a response and a timely one at that !

  • Lynn

    I just bought my dog some Halo Spot’s Stew Wholesome Chicken for Adult dogs. I noticed some dried black pieces and some tiny pecan shell-type pieces in addition to the kibble pieces. Is this supposed to be in there with the kibble? I have emailed Halo and called the customer service number, but no live person ever answered. I was always prompted to leave a message and no one has returned calls or emails. Very disappointed in the lack of response to such an easy question.

  • Janie B.

    I decided to go with Organix. My dog liked Halo and did not have any problem with it, but the kibble is so tiny (my dog is 63 pounds) and I didn’t like the way the receptionist was so “cool” on the phone when I asked about the peas coming from China. My dog loves Organix and is doing fine on it. She’d had some urinary tract issues w/ her old food, but her last urine analysis was great — perfect pH w/ this food. Yes, it’s expensive, but I print the $5 online coupon (at foodforpets.com), plus use a Petco coupon (when available) and save $10. Plus, she does eat less of Organix than the old Purina Pro Plan (yuck) that she was on. (I am so glad to have found this website and find out what I had been feeding my dog.)

  • Dee

    I was feeding my 2 dogs Organix, the price went way up and no sales on Organix canned dog food. I tried other brans and the dogs did not like them. I am going to try Halo. I always read the ingredients label, buy dog food without by-products and preservatives.

  • Dee

    To Janie B.
    Ellen DeGeneres owns the Halo pet food company.
    Why don’t you try to email Ellen or her TV show and ask about the pea protein, if Canada buys the pea protein from China.

  • Janie B.

    In regards to Halo dog food, I’m concerned about Canada getting the pea protein from China. When I called Halo, the lady wouldn’t answer my question about where Canada gets the peas. There was a long silence so I repeated my question. After a long pause, she said, “We don’t buy anything from China.” I know Halo doesn’t buy from China, but I certainly got the impression that Canada DOES and I’m very disappointed that Halo can’t use/buy AMERICAN peas. Should I be worried about this food source coming from China?

  • Lazaro

    Hi, I’m knew to this site. I have a 23 pound Pomeranian Poodle mix neutered male dog. I took a look at the crude protein content of the Stew Chicken recipe for Halo and it has 28% Protein in it. Is to much protein a bad thing for dogs? I’ve always wondered about the dog foods that have very high levels of protein in them. Can high levels of protein be harmful to dogs? Please help me understand the protein level thing.

  • Gordon

    No way Debbie. Any fat and oil contained in the kibble would have become rancid, from oxidisation regardless of its bag being unopened, thanks to oxygen and time slowly making the kibble become stale. The kibble in the bag might have even become too stale and can even cause adverse effects, especially on pups.

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  • Debbie

    I have used Halo now for 3 years or so. It did wonders for my rescue dog and my dogs that cannot tolerate chicken one could not tolerate lamb, so i put them on Halo Salmon, and all dogs can eat it, no problems. My big dog used to throw up a lot and now she doesn’t. I have some puppy food unopened and it is almost 2 years old, is dry dog food still good that long if un opened?

  • Jen

    I have had great success using Halo with my extraordinarily finicky Rough Collie pup. We had her on California Natural Lamb & Rice and she started rejecting it out of the blue… so we switched to the CN chicken which she only ate for a few weeks until once again she turned up her nose… then we tried Eukanuba Lamb & Rice (her breeder had strongly recommended keeping her on lamb and she is a sensitive girl so all these switches took weeks of slow transition) and she ate one bag of the Eukanuba before getting bored of that. Somewhere in here I decided to try Halo and oh my, I’m glad I did. We mixed it into whatever food she was on at the time and it seemed to get her (and our cat, incidentally) very excited about eating. So now, we use the Halo as a mix in. It is SUPER smelly which is I think why she loves it. I hesitate to switch her over to it exclusively since I don’t want it to lose it’s specialness (and since we’re desperate to use up the 20 leftover lbs of CN chicken) but I am a HUGE fan of Halo for all the help it’s been.

  • Anna

    I always do the Protein, fat, etc %’s. That’s for treats too. I go 0.5 – 1 point higher each time and try to keep the numbers alike. One dog I have right now, I’m pet-sitting for. She was on Advanced Fitness Science Diet and shedding too much. Also on T Bone Steak treats and other treats. Changing over to Beef and Barley Solid Gold along with Better than Ears treats and Purina Beggin Strips, we’re doing better. I’ve also given her some green colored Dingo treats and, actually, some good ones too that I didn’t buy but that ‘came here with her.’ Still growing up like a puppy even though she’s 7, she got raised in 1 lazy 2-smoking people home and 1 mobile home temporarily with her 2nd owner and 1 new ‘home’ with that owner and his former girlfriend. Unfortunately, all 3 people the dog new, died. One being in India. The dogs favorite thing right now is short walks and jumping in ‘tubs’ of water, in or out. The rest of the day she rolls around on rugs, smells for pheromones so she can sleep and jumps on ‘family.’ A so-called Irish Jack Russell, she’s doing better now and it will be time to give up in a few days probably anyways

  • Anna

    Yeah really. It wasn’t this Anna. So you have 2 Anna’s

  • Mike P

    Anna , What foods killed your dogs ??

  • Anna

    I almost lost two dogs due all the recalled dog foods that happened. Spent 2000.00 dollars to keep them alive, one was a new mother of 5 days when she started bleeding. The mommy and Daddy spend two weeks in the hospital. I also started cooking food for them, until I seen “Ellen” eat some on her show. It has been three years now and all 7 of my dogs eat the dry food, “not one of them has remotely had a sick tummy or anything”. I will never feed them anything from China. I love this food and by far is the best I think on the market. THANK YOU ELLEN and HALLO!!!! Scooby, Chester, Tommy, Roco, Bentley, Pippin, and Trixie thank you!

  • Carol Dufrat

    We lost a pomeranian 2 years ago from commercial dog food so I agree with Spencer.
    We make all our own food and our vet said that our remaining dog has never been healthier.

  • Too true, but after the massive re-call to beat all recalls, I will remain forever leery of Chinese products, especially for my dogs.

  • Bob K

    Spencer – Just because an ingredient is sourced from another country does not make it bad. The question should be – what is the dog food mfg. doing to manage their supply chain, screen and provide quality checks of all thier suppliers? The US food supply has issues too with Salmonella, Mad Cow, Boving Growth Hormone etc… Bad packaging, improper cooking, storage, blending, incoming and ourgoing inspections etc……. Look at all the recalls of dog foods and treats that are listed on this website.

  • traced the pea protein and pea products “from Canada” directly to mainland China, called the Halo company and tried to get an answer to where the Canadian supplier sources this ingredient but received no viable response, previously had used this food, but began noticing that an awful lot of dry foods were using this particular protein and got a little suspicious.

  • Debbie

    Best Best food ever for 6 years my boxer has tried every food and been on every medication for hair loss scratching . We spent thousand of dollars and Halo chicken dry dog food has changed our lives . What can I say I have tried them all. Thank You Halo

  • Tina S.

    After reading all the wonderful reviews, this food sounds like a perfect switch for my dog with food allergies. However, what I feed one, I must feed the other and they both like a medium size kibble. I really wish ALL food mfrs would include an actual size picture of the food so I don’t waste money and time buying food my dogs have a hard time eating. Can anyone tell me how large the kibble is? If it’s pea size then it it way too small. I am looking for dime size kibble. Thanks!

  • Daniel

    I use this product with my 2 dogs. One is a 2 year old dachshund mix and the other is an 8 year old cocker spaniel rescue.

    The 2 year old has had Halo all of her life and is extremely healthy, with a good coat, and bright personality. When we got the 8 year old, she was on a Purina dog food. Her poop was awful and she was lethargic. After a month on Halo she has a shinier coat, MUCH better poops, and over-all seems to love the food (she finishes it in minutes compared to the Purina, which a lot of the time she would leave in her bowl for over an hour).

    I highly recommend this product for owners looking for a healthy, holistic dog food that provides great nutrition.

  • Jim

    Hi, Mike. There’s so much fiber in this food that I’m going to mix it in with the Nature’s Instinct and Pinnacle Peak Protein to see if I can take care of the loose stool problem. Mixing it in 1/3 will double the amount of fiber. Fingers crossed…

  • Hi Meghan… Unfortunately, I have no information on where Halo manufactures its products. Wish I could be more help.

  • Meghan

    Hi Mike,

    Do you by chance know if Halo produces their own (dry) food, or if they have a co-packer doing it for them?

    Thank you!

  • Hi Mike… Unfortunately, I cannot provide customized product comparisons. Please see our reviews and our FAQ page for help. And be sure to check back later to see if you get a reply from another reader.

  • Mike

    This food sounds awesome! I have my dog on Blue…Seems to like it…But this one sounds better…Do you agree? And also, what high quality food would you suggest for a picky eater? Halo or BB?

  • Hi Julie… You’ve asked a question I’m not sure I’m qualified to answer. In any case, if you only rarely find a solitary pea in your dog’s stool (and if you note lots more in the food before it’s fed) it’s probably safe to assume your dog is healthy.

  • Julie

    Hello Mike,
    First off, thank you for this wonderful website. I have found it very informative. I have a year old golden retreiver. We are in the process of slowly switching from California Naturals to Halo. His stool has been very good on Halo. It is larger in volume, perphaps due to the fiber like your fiber article link discusses. Incidentially, my dog used to have scooting issues, but since being on halo he has not scooted once. So perphaps the larger stool volume is helping the anal glands. Anyways, despite the good consistency of his stool, when I pick it up I typically notice one whole pea or a red bit from the dog food, which is either chicken or carrots, not sure. So my question is, if these vegtable pieces are found whole in his stool does that mean they are not being digested, and if so is he missing out on these nutrients? Thank you for your time in answering this question.

  • Sandra

    I just wanted to say that since ive had my dogs on halo their problems are dissappearing. I have 2 boston terriers who are very active and 1 english bulldog that is not very active. I have been through it with mostly the bulldog finding something to feed her that she is not allergic to or that will not set off her apparent yeast problem that i didnt realize she had till several trips to the vet for ears and tailpocket problems. My dogs have been on several different foods once i realized what we were feeding her was causing her to itch and scratch and eat her back feet raw. yes prednisone was prescribed but i do not like giving my dogs that as i know what it does to humans long term. so my search began for a food that did not make her itch and bite till bleeding. ive had my dogs on natures recipe which made my bulldog swell in one of her paws and redness inbetween pads and red streaks on her tummy. blue buffalo several different kinds and they loved the food but it did not clear up the problems and gave new ones as the bostons developed a rash on their bellies and sometimes would sneeze horribly and runny eyes and noses. then was onto castor and pollux organix. good food but my bulldog became bloated i think as a result of the chicken in it and one of my bostons was throwing up every day with it and they didnt really love eating it. so i had to find something quick and halo was my next choice and so happy it was. my bulldog was full of yeast to my horror. as i said several trips to the vet and yeast medicine later i realized that her ear scratching and redness as well as the tailpocket redness, smell, swelling, hair loss around one side, and black crusty skin, redness between the pads of her feet, licking and biting the feet, her foot pads were turning yellow, hard, and cracking, her back was black and crusty with hair loss and hot spots. As soon as i started them on halo I noticed some improvement in my bulldog. her ears cleared up and tailpocket is almost cleared up,with the help of vet meds at first, her hair is growing back in the thin spots, her paws are healing and redness going away as well as yeast in pads of her feet. Her fur is soft and shiny and my bostons rash is gone on belly and their eyes are clearer although they still have some runny nose at times i think due to envirement. So if you are wondering if halo makes yeast grow i have to say no it helps it go away. Its been a slow process and it will not happen overnight but its heading in the right direction for once in like 4 years. Also my dogs do not go to the bathroom all the time now. They used to get me up 2 or 3 times a night now they sleep all night and not a peep out of them and during the day they hardly go out to the bathroom anymore. I also feed them Wellness 95 percent beef canned food to get them some more meet protein as i realize halo is a little short on this and there is nothing in there to make my bullys yeast problem worse. Also moniter your dogs treats if a yeast problem is present. I feed mine wellness pure rewards and pure bites. Sorry this is so long but if you have struggled like i have with finding something to feed your dogs and the vet bills I want to help someone else avoid the 2 years search i had. Also do not give up there is an end to your search even if its not halo there is a food for your dogs.

  • Hi Helene… Unfortunately, since I’m not a veterinarian, you’ve asked a question I don’t feel qualified to answer. Although I’m sure there are specific dog foods that could help, we try to limit our reviews to reading and interpreting pet food labels only. We never attempt to judge the ability of any dog food to treat certain problems or deliver specific health benefits. I wish I could be more help.

  • Helene

    Hello. My 13 year old standard poodle has been on the Hills l/d diet since Sept 2010. We lost her 7 year old Daughter to liver failure in August 2010. I not totally convinced that the diet she is on right now is the best. I’m looking for an alternative dog food that is “liver friendly” that is not pushed on me by the vet.
    My wonderful sister in law told me about spots stew and I currently trying to find it here in Canada. She has done a lot of research on the types of Protein that she needs to have that won’t damage her liver. Can you please advise if HALO wild salmon is a good alternative to the CRAP that she is eating now. I just want to give her a healthy fighting chance. Do you know of any other alternative dry food that is better and liver friendly?

  • dean

    this is the only food that my wife will feed the 4 legged kidsand she uses the halo shampooand eye wash and ear wash w/ all supplements by halo. but i can say she cooks homemade spot stew free recipe on halo web sight and the kids get that once a day and breakfast is the halo dry. we had a dog that lived twenty+ years and adog that lived twenty+ years on halo along with home cooked but back then it was only can food halo had. so i think it is the best food we now have a dog that is 14 years old runs and play’s with the younger dog’s and the coat is great( oh yea…. she uses the dream coat too.)the fur shines just like the younger dog’s and the vet can’t get over how this big dog is doing.the way we got her she was a stray that never was around people and she is so calm and sweet and house trained from day one we found out about her running all over the woods ran from everyone and been there since a pup. we walked in the woods she ran up to us and the lady down the road said she was about 10 years old then. glad we found her and she liked us. she is happy with her home and she now wears coats when going out or rain coat when it rains no more cold nights on the ground for this ole girl no food or fresh water she has it now .great -great dog. and the other’s are all small dog’s and she is a gentel giant with them. but when we found her she was matted dirty and skinny and we took her to the vet worms she had and shots she got and heartworm test now on intercepter year round and all the food she wants with spring bottled water we buy 25 gal. per week at earthfare. that is all my wife will use for our birds and dogs.good food pay’s off but what ever is working for your own dogs is best for them but i know halo has always worked for our pets.i am not trying to tell anyone what to feed just wanted to let others know the results we have had with the brand that we use and have use many years. my wife always will say we are what we eat… and the same goes for the parrot and 4 legged kids in our house she say’s.

  • Debbie

    I have three dogs, a basset, a yellow lab and a mut. My basset has major skin, they have been on wellness, halo and taste of the wild. For breakfast they get their dry food, with either an egg, cottage cheese or bran cereal. For dinner they get dry food with either frozen veggie or fresh. All of the above foods provide a good fiber contain, if there are days when you notice loose stool, you might want to try the bran cereal, not too much, this may help in the aid of the glands. This my my opinion and it works for my animals, hope this helps.

  • Hi Logan… It would be nice if a dog food could do more for our pets than just provide daily nutrition. But unfortunately, I’m not sure if any commercial dog food can be reliably trusted to resolve our pet’s anal problems, too. Some experts believe that larger stool size (a result of higher dietary fiber) can aid in controlling this common (and unpleasant) malady. Part 2 of my 2-part article, “The Amazing Benefits of Dog Food Fiber” does mention this fickle feature of higher fiber products. However, I’ve never seen any studies that disclose an actual recommended fiber content (percentage) that would predictably provide this desirable benefit. Sorry I can’t be more help.

  • Logan

    Hi, I recently started my chihuahua on halo lamb (will be switching as I can tell he eats the kibble but not the little dried up lamb meat bites) to maybe salmon or chicken after this bag is ate. He was on kibbles n’ bites (he was raised on it) until I found out how horrible it was for him. I’d love to get him top of the line food for 20 to 30 dollars for a 1 to 2 month supply isnt reasonable at this moment. So I’m pretty pleased with Halo, he’s had a few anal gland probablys, I always thought it was from yeast in his penis but I found out it was his anal glands. I got them expressed 2 weeks ago (The gloomer said to do it every 2 weeks), I tried to do it today, but I’m not sure if they were emptied or I did it wrong cause no fluid came out when I squeezed although it did have that smell when he’s released it on accident briefly. I wanted to know, since I switched him to Halo would it possibly help with his anal glands? I know your not a vet so please just give me an informed opinion. So theoretically this fiber boost should help him poop more and the poop be harder, therefore it should release his gland fluid right? I love him to death but I really dont like doing it, and apparently I didn’t do it right. And at the groomers its reasonable but at the moment if I can avoid any monthly extras it would be great (about 10 to 15 dollars for the gland expression & bath *plus a tip*). I’m thinking it might help since either I did it wrong or his glands weren’t full (he pottied before his bath). Any ideas, comments, etc. Also, I dont want to really mess with his glands more then I have to, cause I’d hate to hurt or make his anus sore.

  • jonathan

    cynthia, most pet food stores will refund a food your dog won’t eat and give you a differnt food. most dog food vendors give pet stores credit for returned product. except purina. but there is no reason to try any of their trash products anyways. they have poor ethics in business and food making.

  • Hi Pamela… The Care-a-Lot store in our area provides a number of dog food products as samples. Maybe the pet stores in your area do, too. Hope this helps.

  • Pamela McGarty

    Hi does anyone know how to get samples of quaility dog food without buying a whole bag. I was feeding my Shetland Sheepdog Halo puppy food after trying many other brands that he would not eat. When he was getting low on the puppy food and getting close to a year old I bought a bag of the adult food to mix in and I didn’t think there would be that much of a difference and bought a 18lb. bag. Well after I had him on the adult food totally he doesn’t like it I have to add chicken and cheese and he still spits some out but does it alittle of the dry. I am thinking of trying Natures Varity, but I don’t know if he’ll eat that either. He likes Newmans Own canned but I can’t afford that as his only food. He did like the Halo puppy food and I tried to contact them asking if it mattered if I fed him that food anyway as the ingredients are not that different, but no response from them, any help would be appreciated. Thanks Pam

  • Hi Cynthia… In many ways, Shih Tzus are a lot like us humans. Each responds to a particular food (or ingredient) in its own unique way. So, it would be impossible for me (or anyone) to assure you feeding a specific product would provide the results you’re looking for. Unfortunately, choosing the right dog food still involves at least some trial and error. You may wish to visit our recent report, “Best Puppy Foods” for some great suggestions. Hope this helps.

  • cynthia

    which dry dog food would you recommend for a shih tzu puppy?

  • Hi Tana… In my opinion, the only practical advantage of a kibble designed for small breeds would be its reduced kibble size. Other than that, not enough to make it of any special value. Of course, in many ways, dogs are a lot like us humans. Each responds to a particular food (or ingredient) in its own unique way. So, it would be impossible for me (or anyone) to assure you feeding Halo (or any specific product) would be the best choice for your Chihuahua. Unfortunately, choosing the right dog food still involves at least some trial and error. Wish I could be more help.

  • Tana

    I have a very small (3 lbs, 12 inches from neck to back) adult chihuahua and i was feeding her purina pro plan toy breed formula until i read its review. She likes the small kibble size and eats it ok but she does not finish the 1/2 cup a day serving size on the bag. I would like to start feeding her this halo spots stew chicken because it is available locally and seems to have a good rating. However i am not sure if it is a good option for my little lady. Is the kibble very big? Do i need to give her food special for small breeds or is that just a promotional gimic?

  • Hi Angie… In many ways, dogs are a lot like us humans. Each responds to a particular food (or ingredient) in its own unique way. So, it would be impossible for me (or anyone else) to assure you feeding a specific product would be hypoallergenic to your dog or provide the results you’re looking for. Unfortunately, choosing the right dog food still involves at least some trial and error. You may wish to read my recent article, “Suggested Hypoallergenic Dog Foods“. Hope this helps.

  • Angie

    Hi Mike, I have just purchased the Halo and am a raw food feeder. I plan on feeding the fresh raw organic holistic chicken with the Halo seening how the Halo has little or no chicken. My dog is algergic to beef, lamb & dairy and I was wondering si there anything in the Halo that will flare up yest infections?
    Thank you,
    Angie Jones

  • Hi Pamela… The answer to your question depends upon your dog’s age. If he’s a small to medium breed, it’s OK to consider him an adult at a minimum of 6 months or so. But larger breeds need to stay on puppy foods until they are between 10 and 15 months of age. And with giant breeds, about 24 months. Hope this helps

  • Pamela McGarty

    I fogot to mention that I have to mix in canned or meat with the adult food and he still doesn’t eat it all. He ate the puppy alot without anything. The only difference I can see is the protein content is just a little higher in the puppy and they put bits of things in the adult that he doesn’t like. Thanks for any help. Pam

  • Pamela McGarty

    Hi I had my puppy on Halo puppy food until a few weeks ago when I switched him to the Adult formula. He liked the puppy, but he doesn’t seem to care for the adult much. Since the ingredients are similar, would it be alright to give him the puppy food even thought he is just a year old. Thanks Pam

  • Jonathan

    Go Ellen! 🙂

  • Mary

    Hi Mike:

    It’s been about a week, and I am now giving Charlie half Halo Salmon and half Natural Balance LID potato and duck. It’s working. His stools are firmer and less! I’m not changing the combination because it’s working. I don’t want to switch completely over because he just loves, loves Halo. I hope this combination keeps working. I just wonder why it does–what makes the difference. As long as it’s working though, I’m not complaining.


  • Hi Mary… Dogs are much like us humans. Each responds to a different food in its own unique way. That makes it impossible for anyone to assure you a particular food would be right for your Havanese. Unfortunately, choosing dog food can involve a considerable amount of trial and error. One word of advise. Switching between foods can invoke havoc for the dog’s digestive system. So be sure to transition very gradually between brands. And be sure open canned foods are refrigerated and are discarded if unused within 3 days or so. Hope this helps.

  • Mary

    I have a one year old Havanese that I purchased when he was just shy of 8 months old. The breeder had him on Royal Canine and then had recently switched to Blue and then to Chicken Soup. Since I couldn’t get Chicken Soup around here, I started Charlie on Blue. His stools would be solid in the beginning and then mushy at the end. He was going around and forcing little ribbony droppings elsewhere. I then tried a sample from the vets of Iams. His poops were much better; but after a few weeks, he refused to eat it. I did tons of research and settled on Halo for him. I mixed Iams and Halo for a long, long time so as not to waste the bag. He absolutely LOVED Halo. Would leave the Iams behind. His stools were better, but not perfect. When I finally switched over to all Halo, his stool problems started again. The breeder said the breed has a tendency towards chicken allergies so I bought the Salmon next time. It doesn’t seem to have done any good. Great stools in the beginning of the poop and soft and mushy at the end. I’m at a lost at what to try next. He has had stool samples taken, antibiotics. With the switch to Iams previously, I know it is the food. I have just purchased Natural Balance LID; but surfing the net, I have found a lot of negative comments on it; and I feel doubly bad because he adores the Halo. What do you suggest? The obedience trainer suggested California Natural or adding an enzyme to the food.

  • lyn

    I have fed Halo and one of my dogs had problems with itching which I have since traced to flax seed. When I make Spot’s Chicken Stew myself from the original recipe found in Andi Brown’s The Whole Pet Diet I do not add flax seed and my girl does not itch. My research has found that flax seed can often be the culprit for an itch that can’t be scratched enough!! So if supplementing for omegas the best source is wild alaskan fish oil….and read the label. Make sure there is no flax seed oil added.

  • Hi Linda… You should be able to find the kind of food you’re looking for on our 4 and 5-star lists of dog foods. Both of the Wellness and Solid Gold foods you mention are very good products and you should do fine with either. Remember, dogs are much like us humans. Each dog responds to different foods in its own unique way. So, it would be impossible for me (or anyone) to suggest a particular food would be the best one for your dog. That’s why I created this website. And unfortunately, choosing the right food involves a lot of trial and error. Hope this helps.

  • Linda

    Hi Mike,
    Your website has been very helpful and I hope you can help me just a bit more…..
    I have been feeding my dogs Halo Dry and they love it sooo much, they aren’t taking the time to chew it.
    I’d like to add a “meatier” and larger kibble with the small/veggier Halo food, to get the best of both worlds.
    Which do you prefer – Wellness Large Breed Dry or
    Solid Gold Wolf King? or a suggestion of your own….I’m open to anything.

  • Hi Alyssa… Dogs are a lot like us humans. Each reacts to a specific food in its own unique way. It would be misleading for me to assure you a particular dog food would solve your dog’s gas problem. Much of choosing the best dog food for any pet should be expected to include at least some trial and error. If things don’t improve, you may need to switch again. 🙁

  • Alyssa

    I just switched my 6lb teacup yorkie from beniful to halo dry food and the more i integrate it into her original food i notice she is having pretty bad gas. Any suggestions on this? Also is the protein content to high for her weight??

  • Hi Cindy… As much as I’d like to help, I’m not a veterinarian. So, it would be misleading and inappropriate for me to recommend a specific dog food to treat your dog’s condition. By the way, I’m not sure if you could call a higher fiber dog food like Halo a low residue product.

  • Cindy

    Hi Mike – My tibetan terrier who is 14 mos old (on the small side) had come to us with giardia. She has had other issues too such as dermadex(sP?). She is fine now and is adorable but my vet has always wanted her on a low residue food for intestinal problems. She has been on IAMS and it has just been recalled. I have read great things about HALO and wanted to know which one of their dry foods you would suggest she go on. She is also a dog that is constantly licking herself. Thought i would throw that in.

    Thanks, Cindy

  • Hi Colleen… Most of your concerns seem to be related to resolving health issues with your dog. Unfortunately, since I’m not a veterinarian, it would be misleading for me to assure you that feeding a particular food will result in specific health benefits.

    However, the one thing I can suggest regarding your decision about whether to feed canned or kibble… why not feed both? Our Bailey loves when we mix the two together. We use a nice canned food “topper” and combine the two thoroughly (so he can’t pick through the blend). Hope this helps.

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  • Colleen

    my dog has now been on halo spots stew kibble for 2yrs now and seems to like it very much,but i was wondering if the salmon would be better for his stomach as he has issues with bloating at times.could that be from the chicken? i do give him fresh carrots as a treat..but i guess im asking should i switch to the salmon halo kibble?and would that help with his sensitive stomach?he’s going on 6yrs old and has always had problems with his stomach(the vet wanted him to go on science diet which i refuse to do) and for about 3yrs was on the nutro holistic brand ,but took him off that after seeing problems and then saw the recall..please help with this question..thank you very much..he means the world to me and want only the very best for my best friend

  • Hi Shannon… I can see why you would question this rating. I had a difficult time in resolving the issue myself.

    However, the 33% protein is still above average for a dry food. Although I don’t mention much about the first ingredient (chicken) it is probably also a major player in the protein content of the food. The pea protein probably lowers the amount attributable to the meat component, this (to us) is still an above-average dog food.

  • Shannon

    I am not sure I understand how this food receives it’s four star rating. Although all of the ingredients are high quality, there seems to be very, very little meat protein at all, which is the reason some of the other foods received a lowered rating.

  • Carolyn Greenlee

    My dog is allergic to wheat and corn. She was on Science Diet when I got her and she smelled horrible and scratched and licked herself furiously. I looked for the most organic food I could get, and I had her tested on different foods by my chiropractor and also by my acupuncturist. She tested strongest on Halo–the wild salmon one. A few weeks after being on Halo, the bad odor left. She still scratches and licks herself, but not nearly as much as before. She also tends to make very small turds, which makes me think she’s digesting most of the food.

    Thank you for providing this valuable service. I’m happy to know I’m giving my girl the best dog food for her–with no questionable ingredients. Since she’s a guide dog, I need her to stay healthy. She’s not a pet; she’s my eyes.

  • Hi Michelle… I agree with you. Halo looks very healthy to me, too.

    It is sometimes very difficult to choose between two adjacent ratings. Especially (as it was) in this case. It’s probably better to think of Halo as a “four plus”… or maybe even a “five minus”.

    As I mentioned in the review, a notable amount of this food’s protein appears to be attributable to the pea protein… which is actually not a bad thing. However, we simply would have preferred more of the protein come more from the chicken… or the eggs.

    Please don’t get hung up on whether any dog food on our website rates 4 stars versus 5… for our judgment is certainly not infallible.

    Any way you look at it, Halo makes an excellent product. If you’re using this kibble, by all means continue. We like Halo… a lot. When we re-visit this product line sometime later on, we’ll surely reconsider our rating. Thanks for your legitimate question.

  • Michelle

    What makes this a 4 star rating and not a 5 star rating?? It looks very healthy to me.

  • shirley griffin

    I would use this product as a good base and add my protein now and again, i would not ask my vets because they sell bad dog food well mine does, and halo is a lot better than a lot of dog brands, i make all my own but think i will ghive halo a go/