Holistic Blend Dog Food (Dry)

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Rating: ★★★★☆

Holistic Blend Dog Food receives the Advisor’s second-highest tier rating of 4 stars.

The Holistic Blend product line includes four dry dog foods.

However, since we’re unable to locate AAFCO nutritional adequacy statements for these dog foods on the product’s web page, it’s impossible for us to report specific life stage recommendations for these recipes.

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

Holistic Blend Chicken, Rice and Vegetable was selected to represent the other products in the line for this review.

Holistic Blend All Stages Chicken Rice and Vegetable

Dry Dog Food

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

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

Ingredients: Chicken meal, whole brown rice, hulless barley, chicken meat, oatmeal, chicken fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols, a source of vitamin E), potato, natural chicken flavour, sunflower oil (preserved with mixed tocopherols, a source of vitamin E), wild salmon meal, dried whole eggs, flax meal, yeast culture, dried kelp, tomato, carrots, pumpkin, cranberries, spinach, broccoli, green apple, blueberries, pears, bananas, rosemary extract, cinnamon, turmeric, capsicum, chamomile, dandelion, paprika, vitamins: choline chloride, vitamin A supplement, vitamin D3 supplement, vitamin E supplement, niacin, l-ascorbyl (source of vitamin C), inositol, d-calcium pantothenate, thiamine mononitrate, riboflavin, beta-carotene, pyridoxine hydrochloride, folic acid, biotin, vitamin B12 supplement, minerals: calcium carbonate, zinc proteinate, ferrous sulfate, iron proteinate, zinc oxide, copper proteinate, copper sulfate, manganese proteinate, manganous oxide, calcium iodate, sodium selenite, l-lysine

Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 5.6%

Red items when present indicate controversial ingredients

Estimated Nutrient Content
MethodProteinFatCarbs
Guaranteed Analysis25%15%NA
Dry Matter Basis28%17%48%
Calorie Weighted Basis24%35%41%

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

The second ingredient is brown rice, a complex carbohydrate that (once cooked) can be fairly easy to digest. However, aside from its natural energy content, rice is of only modest nutritional value to a dog.

The third ingredient 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 fourth ingredient 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 fifth ingredient is oatmeal, a whole-grain product made from coarsely ground oats. Oatmeal is naturally rich in B-vitamins, dietary fiber and can be (depending upon its level of purity) gluten-free.

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

After the chicken flavor, we find sunflower oil. Sunflower oil is nutritionally similar to safflower oil. Since these oils are high in omega-6 fatty acids and contain no omega-3′s, they’re considered less nutritious than canola or flaxseed oils.

Sunflower oil is notable for its resistance to heat damage during cooking.

There are several different types of sunflower oil, some better than others. Without knowing more, it’s impossible to judge the quality of this ingredient.

The next ingredient includes salmon meal, another protein-rich meat concentrate.

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

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, we note the inclusion of flaxseed meal, one of the best plant-based sources of healthy omega-3 fatty acids. Flax meal is particularly rich in soluble fiber.

However, flaxseed contains about 19% protein, a factor that must be considered when judging the actual meat content of this dog food.

Next, we note the inclusion of yeast culture. Although yeast culture is high in B-vitamins and protein, it can also be used as a probiotic to aid in digestion.

In addition, this recipe contains whole dried egg, a dehydrated powder made from shell-free eggs. Eggs are easy to digest and have an exceptionally high biological value.

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.

Holistic Blend Dog Food
The Bottom Line

Judging by its ingredients alone, Holistic Blend looks like an above-average dry dog food.

But ingredient quality by itself cannot tell the whole story. We still need to estimate the product’s meat content before determining a final rating.

The dashboard displays a dry matter protein reading of 28%, a fat level of 17% and estimated carbohydrates of about 48%.

Excluding the higher-rated grain free product, the brand features an average protein content of 27% and a mean fat level of 14%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 50% for the overall product line.

And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 53%.

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

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

Bottom line?

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

Highly recommended.

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

Those looking for a nice grain-free kibble from the same company may wish to visit our review of Holistic Blend Grain Free Dog Food.

Special Alert

Rice ingredients can sometimes contain arsenic. Until the US FDA establishes safe upper levels for arsenic content, pet owners may wish to limit the total amount of rice fed in a dog's daily diet.

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However, our rating system is not intended to suggest feeding a particular product will result in specific health benefits for your pet.

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Notes and Updates

11/05/2010 Original review
03/12/2014 Last Update

  1. Association of American Feed Control Officials
  • squishysmom

    Very glad to hear about this dog food< I bought it at my grocery store (Brookshire Bro.) surprise! in a very small town in Texas, My dog loves it,I thought I'd by 2 bags as I wouldn't have to go into town so much, The 2nd bag soured so it just shows it doesn't have all the preservatives I don't like and now I buy fresh. It is VERY reasonable, $9.00 for a 20lb bag. Cheaper than the crummy stufff! Thanks for review!

  • Vikki

    I live in Russia, in my country the price of Holistic blend dog food is really high. 35lbs/15.88 kg cost $120. And dry dog food like Ekanuba, Pro plan, Royal Canin (15 kg) cost $87. But still I want my dog to be healthy and happy, that’s why I am going to try to feed my dog Holistic blend. I hope it’s worth the price!

  • Vikki

    Thank you!!

  • Zyekitty

    its 390 calories in 1 cup of the food and then they are just telling you how many grams are in a cup in case you want to weigh your dogs food in grams.

  • Vikki

    Hi! Help me please. I would like to feed my dog Holistic blend “all life stages Lamb and Rice”. My dog’s weight is 27 kg and it isn’t very active. It is written on their website that I should give my dog 2 cups a day. It is also written there:” Metabolisable energy evaluated as per AAFCO calculation method 390 Kcal/g (per cup). A standard Measuring cup contains 226.8g (8oz.).” I don’t really understand One cup contains 390 g or 226.8 g? How much should I feed my dog? I know that it is a stupid question, but I really don’t understand(((

  • InkedMarie

    I think you mean Holistic Select, this is a different dog food.

  • Angiematian

    No , Holistic Blend is NOT made in Indiana it’s a Canadian product made by family owned business in Ontario. It is it’s own business and not affiliated with any other company. You’re confusing the name with another holistic food .

    My dog has been on this for 4 years without any problem, she does great on it. After weening her off of puppy food I tried Cannidae which in my books for an expensive dog food is not the best for my dog ( key words here for my dog). She was having 4 bowel movements a day which means there wasn’t very much nutrition staying in the body so we switched to Holistic Blend, it came highly recommended by someone I trust very much. My dog and her mother and others in her breed have done very well on this food and I will continue to buy it plus it’s from a CANADIAN company and I try to buy Canadian whenever I can.

  • Pattyvaughn

    What did you replace the food with?

  • sparki

    i like holistic but after 2 months i noticed some yellow greenish discharge on my dogs penis, i take him to the vet and take medicines, after 1 week my dog still has discharge the vet gave another medicine and after a week again my dog still has discharge, then i decided to replace his food, after 3 days the discharge is gone.

  • http://DogFoodAdvisor.com/ Mike Sagman

    Hi Tanya,

    You should be able to simply click the name of the Grain Free product right here in this review. That should take you directly to the article you’re looking for. Hope this helps.

  • Tanya Barnes

    mike can you please help me find the grain free blend. it is listed as an option under the review for the Holistic Dry Food and it has 5 stars. i can only find the original dry food, it had 4 stars but i would really like the grain free type. should i contact Walmart head office ??

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  • Alice

    I have two collies and a cat and have endured a long hard struggle to find something they not only enjoy but is healthy and makes me comfortable feeding them. My quest finally came to an end when I purchased a product Vet’s Choice Holistic Health Extension. They have a variety of all natural foods, treats, and supplements ect. My collies are on the lamb and rice dry kibble which has significantly aided their irritable bowl and I feed my cat Sasha their cat food and her frequent UTIs have basically disappeared. It is low in magnesium and is made with cranberries as well. I highly recommend this product to any animal lover.

  • Deborah Keays

    I believe since Holistic came out not to long ago. Have also enjoyed useing all the Holistic brands they seem to be on the the track for ingredients and the health of the dogs have been great for it. Just hope Holistic or Eaglepack don`t ever fall into the recall list. Being reputable in dog food business is were success will be.

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  • Pattyvaughn

    This is a dog food review site, not a manufacturer!!!!

  • Denise

    i was wondering why you don’t put any coupons out, i started my dogs on this brand and they like it, they have been on this since a year, and i have never seen any coupons so i was wondering why? thanks

  • Lady2882

    I was feeding my boxer a very expensive Vet only dog food due to his sensitive stomach and recommend Actr1um to anyone with a dog. My boxer is doing wonderful on this dog food and loves it. It has been just over a year and I no longer have to clean up dog puke every day or two (unless he gets into something else lol).

  • TIKASAYS…

    Just for the record..our dog was on a cheap brand of dog food prior to us getting her (she was a rescue dog in poor condition) and the lady who had her was only keeping her until a good home came along). We noticed her belly, mouth and anus were all stained red as well as distinct signs of allergic reaction from something. We put her on Actrium Hollistic Blend with Duck and Sweet potatoes and she has cleared up completely. Her coat is healthy, her stained abdomen etc is gone, she has a great appetite and energy level. Prior to using Bactrium we had her on a food from B.C. Canada called Arkana. It’s got a high rating but it’s also got a high price. That food was salmon and sweet potato. We are on a fixed income so we are attempting to cross compare until we hit the quality/price bottom. Hope this helps.

  • Storm’s Mom

    Awesome, could be the rice, then..or as Pattyvaughn says, the inferior quality of the ingredients in the 2 foods you previously fed. To be honest, I was pleasantly shocked that Pet Valu (Bosley’s out here in the west) came up with such a great grain-free food as their “house brand”!   Glad MAC is doing great on it (there’s reason to believe it will continue – stay positive! :-D), you’ve made some great decisions for him!! Congrats!

  • Pattyvaughn

    Fresh cooked ingredients don’t compare to their kibbled counterparts. Many dogs have issues with a particular kibble ingredient because of its poor quality. Fresh cooked would be human grade.

  • Goldenbarstewart

    Hello – no, it was the Smart Blend Lamb and Rice.  As far as chicken itself is concerned, MAC gets fresh cooked chicken regularly along with the Performatrin Grain Free.  We also rotate with fresh cooked lamb and liver.  So it is likely not the chicken that was the culprit as he is doing great now.  I just hope that this continues as he is now a very happy poodle!

  • Storm’s Mom

    Goldenbarstewart, were you feeding the Smart Blend Chicken & Rice formula?  If so, I would say it was (is) likely a chicken and/or rice intolerance/allergy. The Performatrin Ultra Grain Free has neither chicken nor rice, which probably is (one of the reasons) why your dog is going so much better on it!!! You’ve made a GREAT choice!!! I use Performatrin Ultra Grain Free in my rotation, and my guy loves it and does GREAT on it!! I would just steer clear of products with chicken and rice from now on.

  • Goldenbarstewart

    Holistic Blend Chicken and Rice -have been using this for about two years now for my Standard Poodle, MAC, which has seasonal allergies, I believe related to ragweed.  Over that period of time I have seen numerous instances of diarrhea.  I had the stool checked and the vet found nothing in it of concern.  He suggested using anti-diarrhea medication available at the pharmacy.  This helped for a few days but then the diarrhea would return.  This of course made him (MAC) very uncomfortable and us too since we had to take him out so often to relieve himself.  I would hear noises as well apparently coming from his digestive system regularly and a lot of gas expelled while he was resting.  I should have realized it might have been related to the Holistic Blend, but it was so highly recommended, I did not suspect it was the problem.  A few weeks ago I was in Canadian Tire and I noticed a product called Purina Smart Blend and I gave it a try.  Almost immediately, the bouts of diarrhea stopped and his stools were solid again.  The bowel noises stopped as well and he was able to sleep throughout the night comfortably, as were we.  However, after watching Marketplace’s special a couple of weeks ago regarding ‘Beggin Strips’ chicken jerky which allegedly have made many dogs sick, some fatally so, I got concerned because the product was made by Purina, imported from China, and that they refused to pull it from the shelves.  I checked the Purina Smart Blend on this site and it was given only 2 stars due to some concerns.  Needless to say, I returned the remaining portion to Wal Mart – they did not argue and returned my money.  Pet Valu recommended their own brand – Performatrin Grain Free – which is 5 star rated here, which I am now feeding.  MAC likes this food a lot and his stools remain even more compact than on the Purina product.  I also noticed that he has ceased licking his paws and scratching himself now, which usually doesn’t happen until after the first killing frost.  So, was it the Holistic Blend that caused MAC’s problems?  What do you think?       

  • Joannakollins

    I personally love this food – never had any problems with it and my dogs have both been on it since they were pups (one is 13 now and one is 6).  It seems to be great quality, and the price seems very reasonable for what you’re getting.  I also just wanted to note to busy_b_thats me that Holistic Blend is actually produced at Elmira Pet Products in Ontario, Canada.  Also, Eagle Pack products (ie Holistic Select) are a completely different brand/company.  Holistic Blend is it’s own family-owned and operated company located in Ontario and has no affiliation whatsoever with other brands like Holistic Select.  I think it’s a common misconception because the names are so similar. :)

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  • BryanV21

    omg, it’s “youredumb” not “yourdumb” (not using the apostrophe, of course). 

    I don’t mind spelling/grammar mistakes… they happen. But when that mistake is made while calling others dumb, then I can’t help but speak up and ask… who’s the dumb one?

    BTW, there’s a difference between animals that are slaughtered for food, and those that die in the wild and are left to rot in the Sun. And while dogs are closely related to wolves, their digestive systems are not the same. Just like humans, dogs evolve. 

  • omgyourdumb

    If you read the ingredients……there is meat in the dogfood. That comes from DEAD animals…and the food is for DOGS not people. So the standards for the meat wouldnt be the same. DOGS ( wolves) eat dead rotting animals….and so will your beautiful german shephard dogs if they came across it. So there probably would be carcasses of animals at the factory…just saying.

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  • Keachybean

    I have been using this dog food for about 15 years and would prefer to not feed anything else. I fed it to my own pets, fed it to rescues and fosters and have never had a bad reaction to it when moving over to a new food slowly. I have people asking all the time how my dogs coat is so shiny. The dog food is in what I call its phase three. It used to be a golden color and full of grains I’m assuming. (Back then I didn’t read bags), then they changed to the holistic brand they have now and it has been great. In this third phase they have again changed their packaging and the ingredients slightly plus the price has gone up by $10 per large bag. I have been looking around for something equal to it but haven’t found anything.

  • Mark

     Hi Mike. Saw your post here. Actrium Holistic is made for WalMart by Elmira Pet Foods in Canada (they produce Royal Canin, MediCal vet food, Happy Paws, and more). One of the Walmart employees scanned the product and that’s what came up so I contacted them to ask them about it’s ingredients. I received a phone call back (wondering how i found that out) and they assured me it was a very good food, just that WalMart doesn’t put much of a mark-up on their products ( i believe she said that a few ingredients were sourced offshore but i think it was some spices if memory serves me correct). I’ve had my 3 yr. lab (with glass stomach) on it for approx. 4 months and he does very well on it. $36 Canadian dollars for 35lb. bag – not bad. Can’t get a decent food for under $50 where I live in Vancouver. I’ve tried my pooch on approx. 10 different foods (high to low qaulity) and this one definately works the best so far FOR HIM.

  • Monika696

    My puppy has food alergies n im on a budget. I tried my pup on this food as its inexpensive and his skin has cleared and dirreaha has stopped!!!! Very impressed i will definitly stick with it

  • Busy_b_thatsme

    1011 W. 11th street Mishawaka, IN
    John J. Hart is listed as Chief Operating Officer
    according to MANTA records.
     If you like I can take a picture of the plant  so you may see the outside of it  they do not allow cameras anywhere inside the plants.

  • Emilygreensingle

    What is the adress and name of the plant again? I would like to do some research of my own now…
    Thanks for your reply!

  • http://DogFoodAdvisor.com/ Mike Sagman

    Hi Nikka,

    Based upon the details in your comment, this product appears to be a significant improvement over Ol’ Roy.

    However, at just 22% as fed protein (24.4% dry matter), Actrium Holistic appears to be notably below average in meat content.

    These days with the accessibility of the Internet, I’m always skeptical of companies (like WalMart) who avoid making this information available.

    If you come across a link to a company operated website for Actrium, please post it.

    Hope this helps.

  • NIKKA

    Hi Mike,  I found ACTR1UM HOLISTIC dog food is made by Ol’Roy. Which I know it has the worst ratings. But this one seems to be actually pretty good Holistic Food. Will you please check this food out? It is sold at Walmart but the Holistic Blend seems to have good ingredients.

    ACTR1UM HOLISTIC (Adult Food Dog Large Breed)

    NO CORN NO WHEAT NO COLOURS NO FILLERS NO ARTIFICIAL PRESERVATIVES.

    Crude Protein (min) 22.0 %Crude Fat (min) 11.0 %Crude Fibre (max) 3.0 %Moisture (max) 10.0 %Ash (max) 9.0 %Calcium (min) 1.0 %Phosphorus (min) 0.8 %Omega 3 (min) 0.35 %Omega 6 (min) 1.40 %
    Glucosamine (min) 400 ppm

    Chicken Meal, Brown Rice, Oatmeal, Rice, Potatoes, Chicken Fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols, a source of Vit E), Chicken, chicken Cartilage(natural source of glucosamine), whole dried egg, flaxseed, salmon meal, salmon oil (a natural source of DHA), beet pulp, pea fibre, calcium carbonate, natural flavour, tomatoes, potassium chloride, dicalcium phosphate, lecithin, sodium chloride, Kelp, chicory root extract, cranberries, alfalfa, spinach, broccoli, sweet potatoes, apples, blueberries, pears, bananas, Vitamins and Minerals ( Vit A, Vit D3, Vit E, Niacin, Vit C, Inositol, D-Calcium, Pantothenate, thiamine Mononitrate, Riboflavin, Beta Carotene, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Folic Acid, Vit K, Biotin, Vit B12 supplement, Zinc Proteinate, Ferrous Sulphate, Iron Proteinate, Zinc Oxide, Copper Proteinate, Copper sulphate, Manganese Proteinate, Manganous Oxide, Calcium Iodate, Sodium Selenite). Probiotics (Lactobacillus acidophilus, lactobacillus casei, enterococcus faecium, bifidobacterium thermophilum), Yucca schidigera extract, L-carnitine, dried rosemary, cinnamon, turmeric, capsicum, chamomile, dandelion, paprika, garlic.

    I woul really appreciate your comments about this food.
                

  • Busy_b_thatsme43

    Hello I have some startling news for those of you considering  Eagle pet foods and holistic brand foods. I live  across the  street from the  plant that makes  both of these brands and have for over 15 years so I know what I am talking about ok for all the skeptics out there! the plant was originally called Eagle Brand Pet foods but several years ago they jumped on the holistic bandwagon and changed the name to holistic foods then to the current name of Wellpet. Same owner and President for all  name changes. When the  plant is operating  you can smell the stench(really odoriferious) forget about  having fresh air come in during the summer?! Worst yet  the City  does nothing to  stop them  from  trying to  contain the smell even with all the complaints. You should see what the trucks bring in( my husband and I saw along with some neighbors a few years ago) When one of the  delivery drivers  backed up to the fence with one barn door left open not sure if he knew it was  open?  but  about 1/2 hour later it was closed and padlocked!(inside was various carcasses of dead animals ) just thought  you might appreciate a first hand  knowledge of what  one plant is actually putting in your so called premimum holistic dog food. Oh and btw in case your wondering We have  3 full blooded German Shepards of our own. thanks for letting me  rant I needed it  feel much better now  LMAO

  • Lboucher

    Hi, we have been using Holistic Blend for the past few years.  I just bought a new bag of Holistic Blend Lamb and Rice (I am not sure if this was the kind I bought before) and she suddenly started having tear stains.  Her fur around her mouth is stained red from licking and even around her anus.  I did stop the lamb and rice blend.  I was wondering if it may be the cranberries or cinnamon in the food.

  • ShamelessRawFoodie

    You ‘want what is best for your pet’. The BEST is RAW food.
    Here are a couple of 5* raw foods that offer a duck formula:
    http://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/dog-food-reviews/darwins-dog-food/
    http://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/dog-food-reviews/primal-dog-food-raw-frozen-formulas/

    You can also look for a dry food that uses duck as the primary protein. You might want to ask your vet the reason your dog was put on the hypoallergenic formula, and if there are specific ingredients that you should avoid.
    When there are food allergies and/or intolerances, it is often recommended to feed a grain-free food and to stay with the same meat source when switching foods. After a few months, you could gradually introduce other meat sources that aren’t allergy issues for your pet.

  • http://DogFoodAdvisor.com Mike Sagman

    Hi Doug… Holistic Blend appears to be a good dog food. Unfortunately, due to the biological uniqueness of each pet and the limitations of the Internet, I cannot provide customized product comparisons for each reader. For more help, please be sure to check back for a possible response from one of our other readers. Wish I could be more help.

  • Doug

    I currently have my dog on the Veterinarian sold dog food Medi Cal hypoallergenic dry formula which is the duck and potatoe protien blend. Any idea how it compares to the Hollistic dog food? I am always looking for what is best for my pet.

  • YVONNE WILLIAMS

    regarding holistic blend HEALTHYDOG line would love to know if anyone has had a similar problem with it. my dogs have been on it for a year but the last bags i bought all 3 dogs got loose stools, 2 bloody stools and vomiting, very ill. my sister also just bought her first bag at the same time and her dog is beginning to have the same symptoms. i had my dogs stools checked and bloodwork done all of which were neg. i took them off the food a week ago and there are major improvements already. i suspect a bad batch or a change in sorce product. these are dogs that are fenced do not run loose and are not fed scraps, so my only conclusion is the food, veterinarian also agrees. thanks

  • carol

    Adding to the above – it was suggested (might not be the food) however Holistic Blend did not have any added probiotics, could start adding some and see if it helps.

    Also forgot to mention was also using a combination of Acana fit and lite and for wet was using Weruva, funky 1.2% fat. Up untl now all was well with this combination until about 4-5 weeks ago. Was also suggested to try Now Grain Free Senior since it is low in fat (pancreatitis) and see what happens. Going from grain to grain free could be major I’m told so must do it very very slow … Now Grain Free already has Omega and probiotics so was told not to add anything? Any thoughts …Other than that Vet of course wants to eliminate everything and go on ZD? prescription for a couple of months which is not a good time now ….

  • Carol

    Well it’s back to the “drawing board” again I guess.
    I really liked the Holistic Blend, (Lamb and rice) and since my dog had a pancreatitis attack several months ago, this dog food being low in fact really fit the bill. Her stool is fine and she loves it. She has a lot of energy and all seemed fine.

    However slowly over time she seemed to be licking her paws; she did have an ear infection and now generally seems itchy. It is very hard to find an excellent quality food that is low in fat (8%) and hypoallergenic at the same time. I might be able to go up a bit in fat but still, hard to find. Vet just assumes it is a food allergy. We have now added Omega 3 fatty acid. If anyone out there has any suggestions, please let me know :(

  • Heather

    Saw the information this information here

    “A breeder here did tell me that if Holistic Blend is not available where you live, they will ship it to you free of charge. This is in Canada, not sure about the States. ”

    I am not a breeder and have to pay shipping on all my orders.

  • http://DogFoodAdvisor.com Mike Sagman

    Hi Steve… Since we can’t locate a company-owned and managed website for any of Walmart’s or Sam’s Club dog foods, it’s always been difficult to review and rate their products. Let me know if you find an official website for this brand and I’ll be sure to add Actrium to my To Do list for a future review. Wish I could be more help.

  • Steve

    Have you reviewed Walmart’s brand “ACTR1UM” Holistic adult dog food? We are presently feeding Holistic Blend All Stages Lamb and Rice to our buddies and they have flourished on it, but, at $70 CAD per 16kg(35lb) we are having a look at some other products.

    Thanks for your informative website. It’s very hard to find ‘truth’ when it comes to our beloved pets and their health.

  • http://DogFoodAdvisor.com Mike Sagman

    Hi Carol… Vitamin K1 is the natural type of this nutrient. Vitamin K3 is the synthetic version this additive known as menadione. So, you should be OK.

  • Carol

    Well I thought I finally picked a low fat dog food Holistic Blend Lamb and Rice – I liked everything about the food and the Company but never realized that it contained Vitamin K1 Supplement. Is that menadione? If so I must give the food back, which is so unfortunate because my dog is doing so well. I don’t think any of the other flavours etc or types of Holistic Blend contain that and sorry I missed it because I am now quite upset.

  • http://DogFoodAdvisor.com Mike Sagman

    Hi Joe… Be sure to transition gradually. More information on this subject can be found on our FAQ page regarding the topic, “How to Feed a Dog”.

  • Joe Nicholson

    I just purchased a bag of Holistic for my three shephard huskies. I have to ween them off of the junk ol roy ive been feeding them for the past 4-6 years. I never knew the fillers they were eating gave them no benefit. Kinda like going to mcdonalds every day I guess.. Ive got two slightly overwieght females and a male that is slightly under wieght. Im hoping this food will put them in their sweet spot.

  • Carol

    So…it seems that Holistic Blend is not that well known. Mike you could proabably include this food in your low protein/low fat section as well.

    I’ve noticed a few people here who have had their dogs experience pancreatitis and Holistic Blend might be something I am going to try. Low fat and low protein can give me some extra leway so I could offer or mix some can – between the two – might be good combination.

    The Company also suggested Tripe – guess it’s Tripet? They said might be an aid to transition my dog from the prescription (adding a small amount.) I am not familiar with this. Any thoughts?

    They also said I could try a probiotic to sprinkle but it’s not necessary.

    P.S. What’s the difference between pro and prebiotic and when would you use it. In some literature that I read it said for a dog with pancreatitis you shouldn’t use probiotic only prebiotic. It gets more confusing by the minute…

  • http://DogFoodAdvisor.com Mike Sagman

    Hi Carol… Since each dog responds to a particular food in its own unique way, it would be impossible for me to compare two or more dog foods and predict which one would be easier to digest (for your dog). Wish I could be more help.

  • Carol

    Hmmmm do you have an opinion which one of these would be better (easier to digest) Wellness Core reduced fat, Acane Fit and Lite or Holistic Blend Lamb and Rice.

  • http://DogFoodAdvisor.com Mike Sagman

    Hi Carol… The company’s statement about probiotics is only partially true. That’s because many pet food companies apply their probiotics to the surface of the kibble after it is cooked.

    What’s more, you’re correct in noting the lamb product has only 9% (dry matter) fat… notably lower than the chicken recipe.

    As far as the fact Holistic Blend has never had a recall, I’m never inclined to give this much weight. So far, I’ve never found any scientific study that proves a pet food company that’s had a recall is more likely to have another.

    Now, if a company has been a repeat offender, then I might be inclined to stay away. In any case, most recalls appear to be completely unpredictable. Over time, even very “reputable” dog food (and people food) companies can experience a product recall.

    Just the same, Holistic Blend is still a highly recommended dog food product. Hope this helps.

  • Carol

    How do you feel about the lamb and rice? They do not use probiotics but they explain why. As I am looking for a low fat food, this seems to fit the bill even though they use grains. They were never recalled (don’t think so) looks like a reputable company. Human grade, no rendered meats, any thoughts?

  • Laurie

    I feed grain fee frozen raw food (Primal) but I want a dry food as a supplement for my dog. Conventionally grown potatoes often take up toxins from the soil because they are a root crop (they are even used to clean toxic fields). And conventionally grown tapioca also is known to frequently have high levels of pesticides. I was going to go with Great Life, but tapioca is one of their larger ingredients.
    Anyone know of a grain free dry food that either has organic tapioca and potatoes or does not have those two ingredients? thanks!

  • http://DogFoodAdvisor.com Mike Sagman

    Hi Deb… My review of Holistic Blend Grain Free kibble can be found in its own special report. Unfortunately, Facebook wouldn’t let me place 2 links in the same update. Just click on my link at the beginning of this comment or look for a link inside this review you’re now reading. By the way, thanks for sharing your experience with this dog food with the rest of us.

  • Deb

    Mike, I’m not seeing the review for Holistic Blend’s grain free kibble?

  • Deb

    I’ve been using Holistic Blend for about a year now and I am extremely pleased with it, as are my two dogs, a white boxer that suffers from food allergies and a pug. I originally had them on California Natural, but when I moved, it was not available in the little town I now live in. Because Proctor & Gamble has bought out Natura Pet Food (California Natural) I would not buy it any longer as I am completely against cruel animal testing.

    I found Holistic Blend in the natural food dept of our grocery store. After reading the ingredients and more importantly, what was ‘not’ in the food, I gave it a try. My dogs shedding has greatly decreased, the scratching is now non-existent and much less poop to pick up. I would prefer a grain free kibble, but they currently don’t make available in the large 35lb bag size and having two dogs, economically, I have to buy big.

    A breeder here did tell me that if Holistic Blend is not available where you live, they will ship it to you free of charge. This is in Canada, not sure about the States.

    Overall, I’m so happy to see it got a high recommendation. I knew it was a quality kibble, but it’s nice to get verification. Thanks for all you do Mike. :))