Victor Dog Food (Dry)

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Rating: ★★★★☆

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

The Victor product line includes 11 dry dog foods. Although each appears to be designed for a specific life stage, we were unable to find AAFCO nutritional profile recommendations for these dog foods on the product’s web page.

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

  • Victor Ocean Fish Formula
  • Victor Performance Formula
  • Victor Nutra Pro 38 Formula (5 stars)
  • Victor Multi-Pro Maintenance (3.5 stars)
  • Victor Professional Formula All Life Stages
  • Victor Senior/Healthy Weight Formula (4.5 stars)
  • Victor Lamb Meal and Brown Rice All Life Stages
  • Victor High Energy Formula Active Sporting Dogs
  • Victor Beef Meal and Brown Rice All Life Stages (3.5 stars)
  • Victor Chicken Meal and Brown Rice with Lamb Meal All Life Stages
  • Victor Select Hi Pro Plus Formula Active Dogs and Puppies (5 stars)

Victor Professional Formula All Life Stages was selected to represent the other products in the line for this review.

Victor Professional Formula All Life Stages

Dry Dog Food

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

Protein = 29% | Fat = 20% | Carbs = 44%

Ingredients: Beef meal, whole ground grain sorghum, chicken meal, chicken fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols), whole ground millet, pork meal, dehydrated alfalfa meal, flaxseed (source of omega 3 fatty acid), oat meal, potassium chloride, dried kelp, yeast culture, montmorillonite, monosodium phosphate, tomato pomace (source of lycopene), whole carrots, dried celery pomace, dried beet pomace, dried parsley pomace, dried lettuce pomace, dried watercress pomace, dried spinach pomace, l-lysine, Yucca schidigera extract, choline chloride, hydrolyzed yeast, taurine, dried chicory root, l-carnitine, zinc sulfate, vitamin E supplement, zinc amino acid complex, iron amino acid complex, selenium yeast, vitamin B12 supplement, niacin (vitamin B3), copper sulfate, d-calcium pantothenate (vitamin B5), vitamin A supplement, copper amino acid complex, thiamine mononitrate (vitamin B1), biotin (vitamin B7), magnesium amino acid chelate, manganese amino acid complex, riboflavin supplement (vitamin B2), pyridoxine hydrochloride (vitamin B6), vitamin D3 supplement, calcium iodate, lecithin, folic acid (vitamin B9), cobalt glucoheptonate, oil of rosemary, dried Enterococcus faecium fermentation product, dried Lactobacillus acidophilus fermentation product, dried Aspergillus niger fermentation product, dried Bacillus subtilis fermentation product

Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 4.2%

Red items indicate controversial ingredients

Estimated Nutrient Content
MethodProteinFatCarbs
Guaranteed Analysis26%18%NA
Dry Matter Basis29%20%44%
Calorie Weighted Basis24%40%36%
Protein = 24% | Fat = 40% | Carbs = 36%

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

The second ingredient is sorghum. Sorghum (milo) is a starchy cereal grain with a nutrient profile similar to corn.

Since it is gluten-free and boasts a smoother blood sugar behavior than other grains, sorghum may be considered an acceptable non-meat ingredient.

The third ingredient is chicken meal, another protein-rich meat concentrate.

The fourth ingredient is chicken fat. Chicken fat is obtained from rendering chicken, a process similar to making soup in which the fat itself is skimmed from the surface of the liquid.

Chicken fat is high in linoleic acid, an omega-6 fatty acid essential for life. Although it doesn’t sound very appetizing, chicken fat is actually a quality ingredient.

The fifth ingredient is millet, a gluten-free grain harvested from certain seed grasses. Millet is hypoallergenic and naturally rich in B-vitamins and fiber as well as other essential minerals.

The sixth ingredient includes pork meal, yet another high protein meat concentrate. But it can also be high in ash — about 25-30%.

However, the ash content of the final product is typically adjusted in the recipe to allow its mineral profile to meet AAFCO guidelines.

The seventh ingredient is alfalfa meal. Although alfalfa meal is high in plant protein (about 18%) and fiber (25%), this hay-family item is more commonly associated with horse feeds.

The eighth ingredient is flaxseed, one of the best plant sources of healthy omega-3 fatty acids. Provided they’ve first been ground into a meal, flax seeds are also rich in soluble fiber.

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

The ninth 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.

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 five notable exceptions

First, montmorillonite clay is a naturally occurring compound rich in many trace minerals. Montmorillonite has been approved for use in USDA Organic Certified products.

Reported benefits include the binding of certain mold-based toxins and even controlling diarrhea and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).

Next, tomato pomace is a controversial ingredient, a by-product remaining after processing tomatoes into juice, soup and ketchup.

Many praise tomato pomace for its high fiber and nutrient content, while others scorn it as an inexpensive pet food filler.

Just the same, there’s probably not enough tomato pomace here to make much of a difference.

In addition, chicory root is rich in inulin, a starch-like compound made up of repeating units of carbohydrates and found in certain roots and tubers.

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.

Next, 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.

And lastly, this recipe also includes selenium yeast. Unlike the more common inorganic form of selenium (sodium selenite), this natural yeast supplement is considered a safer anti-cancer alternative.

Victor Dog Food
The Bottom Line

Judging by its ingredients alone, Victor 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 29%, a fat level of 20% and estimated carbohydrates of about 44%.

As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 29% and a mean fat level of 16%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 47% for the overall product line.

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

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

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

Bottom line?

Victor Dog Food is a plant-based kibble using a moderate amount of various meat meals as its main sources of animal protein, thus earning the brand 4 stars.

Highly recommended.

Please note certain recipes are sometimes given a higher or lower rating based upon our estimate of their total meat content and (when appropriate) their fat-to-protein ratios.

Victor Dog Food
Recall History

The following list (if present) includes all dog food recalls since 2009 directly related to this product line. If there are no recalls listed in this section, we have not yet reported any events.

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Notes and Updates

06/21/2015 Last Update

  • InkedMarie

    Glad to read the update!

  • Mike Edwards

    Just posting an update… it’s been about 17 days on the Victor Beef formula and I just added pumpkin to her diet for the first week. after that it’s just been plain dog food. she was switched over cold turkey because I ran out of the other stuff too soon (she’s growing in leaps and bounds and is always hungry), but so far it’s a HUGE improvement over the pro stuff. she now has half formed stools vs. just pure liquid explosive diarrhea…they’re a deep chocolate color and still CAN be loose, but firms up too if she stays inside most of the day (she’s probably eating something in the yard too) but after a cold turkey switch for 2.5 weeks she’s shown a lot of improvement in her stools and not soiled her crate once, She’s happy as a clam and basically loves everything so I’m not too worried about health. I’ll do a followup fecal test just in case when I get her 6 month heartworm test next month, but so far I’m much happier with the switch

  • Jacquell Rashad Buckholts

    Which one is best for my 3 month female bully?

  • Natasha Myers

    Another option might be the Victor Nutra 38 for active dogs and puppies or the grain free for active dogs and puppies. The grain free has better ratings and more meat content than the grain inclusive.

  • Natasha Myers

    I’m going to order from chewy.com

  • Mike Edwards

    Lol. I and taking it as such. Just explaining my thought process as I was narrowing down the causes and/or triggers

  • Crazy4cats

    Ok then, I’ll quit nagging! : D

  • Mike Edwards

    Oh yeah. I’m keeping that in mind and if it doesn’t get fixed by swapping out the food I’m going to check into a fecal test. The only reason I haven’t yet is because it all started the day of the food switch and instantly gets better with a day of chicken and rice. Just too perfect. However if the batch of grain free does nothing when I switch her back next month the vets it is

  • Crazy4cats

    She’s a lucky pup to be rescued by you. You are lucky to have such good prices on Victor in your area.

    Sounds like it must be the food. But I just have to add that giardia and coccidia are not killed by regular dewormers just in case the loose stools continue. Best of luck to you!

  • Shawna

    Hi Mike,

    You ARE correct in that it is usually the protein that causes food reactions but even carbs have proteins — the gluten protein in wheat, barley and rye, and contaminated oats, seems to cause lots of issues for people and pets alike. The protein in oats is similar enough to wheat protein that, in some, it too can cause issues. That said, it’s low enough in the ingredient list that I wouldn’t expect such a severe reaction so quickly? Sorghum and millet seem to be better tolerated than some grains but they could be the issue. Could also be the yeast culture, alfalfa, flaxseed as well as many other possibilities.

    The best thing to do is check the ingredient list against the old food and document the differences – if it is an allergy (or more likely a sensitivity) this, over time, may help you pinpoint the potential ingredient/s causing the issue.

    I would agree with you that Shepherds tend to have more GI problems. The reason for this (I found in the Merck Vet Manual) is that as a breed they are more likely to be IgA deficient (immunoglobulin A). IgA protects the gut from bacteria, food sensitivities etc. Probiotics can help boost IgA but avoidance of a food causing issues is the best bet. This way the IgA will be available for other things like bacteria.

    From the Merck Vet Manual if interested
    “Some German Shepherds have lower IgA levels than other breeds and a higher incidence of intestinal infections. IgA deficiency in Shar-Peis is highly variable; some have negligible serum and secretory levels, and some have normal serum levels and low or negligible secretory levels. Like German Shepherds, affected Shar-Peis have more problems than expected with allergies. Dogs with these immunodeficiency syndromes may have a higher than usual incidence of autoimmune diseases and autoantibodies, such as autoimmune hemolytic anemia, thrombocytopenia, and systemic lupus erythematosus.” http://www.merckvetmanual.com/mvm/immune_system/immunologic_diseases/primary_immunodeficiencies.html

    They suspect proteins in certain foods actually cause autoimmune diseases (good info below) so in a GSD or GSD mix I think it’s really really important to rule out food sensitivities as a cause of symptoms.

    “Lectin” proteins (which are mostly in grains) are suspected of contributing to autoimmune diseases.
    “Of particular interest is the implication for autoimmune diseases. Lectins stimulate class II HLA antigens on cells that do not normally display them, such as pancreatic islet and thyroid cells.” http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1115436/

    Good luck in getting it figured out!!!

  • Mike Edwards

    thanks for replying guys. I’m like 95% sure it’s not parasites since she was a puppy and we JUST had her through 3 rounds of full de wormring with the last one ending 4 weeks ago. I’m pretty dang sure it’s the food because she was a BIZNATCH to get switched over. like I gave her a 10% pro formula and 90% of the older grain free active dog/puppy and she had explosive diarrhea every hour to two hours.. I switched her instantly back to the GF and boom, she cleared up in 24 hours, tried the 10%/90% mix again and back to nastiness. I had to mix in a heavy dose of rice and pumpkin in to get her through the adjustment phase… she had to switch another 10% each 4 days until we ran out and then I continued adding a heaping spoonful of pumpkin to her dish for the last month and a half … if I forget to add the pumpkin for more than 3 or 4 days her poos start getting softer and softer quickly. If I give her a meal of boiled chicken and rice… instant fix and as long as I feed her some pumpkin she firms up to where it’s acceptable (the stools are never firm like my other dog who THRIVES on the Prof formula more than any of the other Victor ones, but they’re not horrible either). I’ve given her 9 or 10 weeks on the pro and she’s not getting any better so I switched to the Beef today (had picked up a bag last week because I wanted to test it out until my local supplier gets the bags of GF back in next month once his supply issue is due to be fixed). Like I said, I’m PRETTY dang sure it’s the pro formula as she was fine on the GF for the fist few weeks we had her, she’s been fully dewormed as a safety precaution cuz she was abandoned and other bland foods fix her right up in less than a day. I had considered chewy originally but figured “nah, it’s the same brand, just a different flavor” since my other dog is iron gun.. I can cold turkey him on just about every brand I can think of… he’s just a picky eater. $37 for the GF bag is a LOT better than $60 ish shipped

  • Pitlove

    Hi Mike-

    I few customers at my work have dogs who, even within the same brand of food, need to transition the dog over as if they were switching brands all together. It could be that she is one of those kinds of dogs who has a bit more sensitive of a stomach than others.

    Crazy4cats gave you some really great advice that I think is worth following up on and I would definitely check out chewy.com like she suggested. You can have food autoshipped to your house and the shipping is free for orders over 49$.

  • Crazy4cats

    Hi Mike-
    It’s so hard to know sometimes. I feel your frustration. I just wanted to let you know that you can order Victor online at http://www.chewy.com, http://www.sportdogfood.com and Amazon.com for those times that you cannot get it locally. Also worms and parasites are common in pups and can cause intermittent diarrhea. Especially, round worms, giardia and coccidia. Have you taken in a stool sample to be sent to a lab for a full panel analysis?
    In addition, make sure you watch the calcium levels in her food since it sounds like she may be a large breed pup and could be at risk for joint issues. There is a great article on this site that you can find on the left border on how to pick food for a large breed pup.
    Good luck with your wonderful new addition! I sure hope she does not already have any food intolerances or allergies!

  • Mike Edwards

    I had a quick question regarding my pup. Newish pup, had her for about 3 weeks on our leftover bag of Victor Grain free puppy and adult… she seemed to do great on it. I can’t get the grain free any more due to our distributor not ordering it in time and having to wait a few months to get it, so I grabbed a bag of the Professional formula. she had a HAAAAARD time switching over to it with diarrhea. even doing 10% switch every 4-5 days was too much. I had to add pumpkin to her diet twice a day to get her to firm up to where she wasn’t blasting the crate at night with liquid poo. well it’s been 2 months on this food (including the 2-3 weeks of changing over from the old food bit by bit with pumpkin) and she has off and on solid and diarrhea for her stools. it was INSTNANT fix by switching back to the victor grain free puppy and adult (red bag) formula but I can’t get that for a while… I know the Professional formula didn’t treat her right, but I’m not sure WHY… was it too much fat??? or too dense in calories (448 vs. 396 of the grain free)… I grabbed a bag of the Beef and brown rice formula to test on her this time around (takes her about 2 months on one 40 lb bag right now) since it has a good bit less fat in the diet, but I was just wondering about Grain intolerance. I’d be surprised since I know most dogs are allergic to the protein source rather than a grain, and even the “grain” versions don’t have soy, wheat or corn which are the common triggers. That and the Grain free AND the professional formula have a mixture of beef, chicken and pork as their protein sources… any thoughts? too much fat or calorie density in the Professional ??? I figure if it doesn’t clear up with the Beef I’ll switch to a grain free to see if that was the problem… she’s a part shephard part boxer mix and I know shepherds are famous for their GI problems

  • Python

    Ordered from Chewy. Thanks!

  • Crazy4cats

    Ha Ha! I’m not surprised. I’ve noticed over the past few years that you are very dedicated to your furries. I think it’s awesome! I like to support my local stores, but ordering online now and then is so tempting and convenient! Thanks for all you do! Much appreciated.

  • sandy

    I used to drive out to the rescue store which is 140 miles round trip and bring home giant loads of food for myself and other fosters! I only go out there a few times a year now.

  • Crazy4cats

    Don’t drive 110 miles! Order it from Chewy. Here is the link: http://www.chewy.com/nutrisource-large-breed-puppy/dp/38141
    Many on this site have had good results ordering from this company.

  • Python

    Thought something was wrong. We purchased a seven-month-old Standard Poodle male late December 2015 and kept him on breeder’s recommended 50% Iams and 50% Eukanuba Large Breed Puppy Foods and he went from 55 to 64 pounds by the beginning of March. Switched him to Victor Select Hi Pro Plus Formula Active Dogs and Puppies for the last six weeks to give him more protein and fat and he has gained TWO pounds in six weeks! He doesn’t like it and we have been adding our leftover food to get him to eat. Will drive 110 miles round-trip to get him NutriSource Large Breed Puppy Chicken and Rice tomorrow!!! Thanks!!!!

  • iamlongverylong

    Update: We wrote to NutriSource with some questions and was surprise when the regional rep for NutriSource reached out to use prior and answered all of our questions/concerens.

    We have moved to NutriSource Large breed Chicken and Rice and the puppy version. Our puppies have been gaining weight since the change and we could not be any happier. Our adult dogs have also taken very well to the NutriSource.

    Our feedback on the Muensters is that dogs didnt have much interest in it and the smell of the poo was more than I could handle.

  • InkedMarie

    If you think it is the Diamond, I’d definitely take him off. If he did well on Victor, go back.

  • Lisa Duggan

    I have a dog that has developed seizures he’s 5 and we use to be on victor snd switched to diamond naturals and that’s when he started having seizures. I’m wondering now if I should go back to victor???

  • Gabriela Decker

    I just read the comment below from the Standard Poodle breeder and am very sorry to hear those results. My personal experience has been wonderful with Victor. I was feeding Beneful and one of my Spoos got oral cancer and died 2 months later. The other dog developed seizures and was on meds twice a day. I switched to Victor when I got a new puppy and in the last 2 years, my boy has been seizure-free and off his meds over 6 months. My girl, who only has had Victor is now 2 and solid, strong and healthy! Love this food for them.

  • Ana

    Oh YES!

  • txtea

    A lot like most Medical Doctors!

  • iamlongverylong

    We are breeders of Standard Poodles and about 7 months ago changed to Victor Select Hi Pro Plus Formula Active Dogs and Puppies. We had been using Frooms but changed due to distance from our local distributer is so far. Since the switch our females have had three litter and the puppy birth weights were smaller than normal. Well as time has gone by our puppies from these litters have not grown very much. The avarage size at 8 weeks is usually 10lbs or more. We are well under 8lbs now and even some puppies at 13 weeks of age are still under 10lbs. Our puppies that have shipped out have gained weight quickly leading us to question our choices. After discusssing this with a close breeder friend of our that is using the same “Victor Select Hi Pro Plus” we start seeing similiar comarisons in the puppy weight challenge. The dogs love the food but I am not sure what the root cause could be. Do we need a higher fat content or is the High Pro not as digestive? Some of our puppies that have shipped and gaining weight are using NutriSource Grain Free (Dry). While this looks like a good solution this is not readily available here. we are also looking to switch to the Victor Grain Free as well as MUENSTER NATURAL™ CHICKEN AND PORK.

    AS I type this we were just delivered a bag of the Victor (grain free) and be doing a one week test to see how our puppies gain.

    Tonight I am traveling to pick up the Muensters and test that as well.

    We are getting desperate as this has been a huge hit to us. Puppies are healthy but are skinny and small.

  • LabsRawesome

    I think most, if not all dog foods have their raw ingredients tested for contaminants these days. And then the finished product is also tested.
    In your original post you said ” I have heard that it is better to do live animal taste testing. I can’t find anything about how it is tested.”
    Taste testing for plataibility (do dogs eat the food and seem to like the taste) is a totally different thing than testing a food for mold/salmonella ect.
    Do you mean did the food go through a field trial vs being formulated per AFFCO standards?

  • Angela Renee

    Some brands use actual dogs to ensure there are no adverse effects of the food while others use science and machines to test for safety.

  • LabsRawesome

    How can a machine do a taste test?

  • LabsRawesome

    lolololol

  • Weirdanimalboy .

    They look at the ingredients. If they went by taste testing “Cat Poop” would get 5 out of 5 stars.

  • Brandon

    Your welcome

  • Thea tricks

    Thank you for the info!

  • Brandon

    All Victor Dog Food formulas contain Bio-Mos® from Alltech. Bio-Mos® is derived from a specific strain of yeast and helps promote animal performance. Gastrointestinal (GI) health and integrity are essential for animal performance and Bio-Mos ‘feeds the GI tract’ and thus plays a critical role in animal nutrition.
    For you 8 month old puppy I would recommend the 26/18 Victor Performance with Glucosamine and Chondroitin.
    Good luck!

  • thea trics

    I have a 8 month old malamute/collie who’s on Diamond Naturals large breed pupppy formula. I’m considering switching to another food because his stools are soft (not mushy but it’d be nice if they were firmer) and I’m also looking for something more calorie/nutrient dense so I can feed less of it.
    I was considering switching to Victor chicken meal w/ Lamb meal or Victor Performance. Chic meal w/ Lamb because I thought the bit of Lamb in it would make it easier on the stomach (his vet favors lamb for sensitive stomachs and Lamb is the main protein in his food right now). But I like the fact that performance has glucosamine and chondroitin in it because he’s a big boy. But I never really read about people favoring beef diets in general. And I also never really hear malamute owners favoring beef diets either (usually I read about them feeding fish or poultry since that’s what the breed was developed on and what their stomachs and body usually like. Apparently. No cows in the Arctic. It could be a bunch of bs dunno).
    I chose Victor because I read somewhere that it’s comparable to beaverdam which is what his breeder gave him and his stools were awesome on it. But I can’t easily get beaverdam unless I order it directly from their website and shipping is like $20+ for a $30+ bag. Can’t afford a $50+ dog food. I like the prices of Victor chicken w/ Lamb and performance on Chewy, and I really like that they come in 40lb bags.

    So should I go for the Victor chicken meal w/ Lamb meal or the Victor Performance? Or do people have other suggestions. I want to stay in the less than $1.20/lb criteria on Chewy.

  • Hi igo, welcome to DFA 😉

    “not everyone wants a mut”

    There are plenty of purebreds, and “bullies” in local animal shelters.

    https://www.petfinder.com/

  • igo harderthanu

    all this talk about responsible breeding and how everyone should not breed and run down to their local animal shelter to adopt , not everyone wants a mut. Thats why i make sure and charge a substantial amount for my bullies that way i know they wont end up in some idiots care then eventually roam the streets lol

  • Sherry Allen

    Thanks Ana

  • Ana

    Oh. good to know of your awareness and best wishes with your endeavors.

  • Sherry Allen

    Thanks Ana for your concern. I did do research and am feeding Diamond Naturals. I did start out with Diamond and saw that Diamond Naturals was better. Also did see the recalls.

  • Ana

    Hi, Sherry, I’m not trying to be rude, but please do more research on Diamond. It honestly isn’t one of the best brands and they have had recalls on it.

  • Ana

    Absolutely, positively agree. My holistic vet advised me that vet schools spend very little time on nutrition and that the vets. to a large degree. rely on info from the industry’s reps. That’s how Science Diet, and some others, became so (wrongly) renowned as industry leaders. It’s a shame.

  • Ana

    I’ve been feeding my Weimer, Sebastian, Victor’s for approx 21/2 yrs, with good results. I used to cook for all my dogs (many approved recipes online) I burned out after yrs of doing it. Sebastian was morbidly obese for about 3 yrs, till I put him on the BARF diet (raw meat diet, info online). He lost down to his ideal weight of 79 lbs in approx 4 mos. I researched and found Victors. We rotate the Victor Nutra Pro and the Senior Healthy Weight, while continuing to use a variety of raw meat for “good boy” treats. I feel more secure with Victor’s because they have their own plant for manufacturing their dog food and that, imo, is the main reason they’ve never had a recall. Very Best of wishes with your pups!

  • Erin Goupil

    I have 2 senior dogs, a 12yr old Rotadore, Kiera, (my free mutt can have a cute breed name too), and an 11yr old Heinz 57, Shula. Just before New Years Kiera came down with a case of pancreatitis and Shula has a ruptured disc (or possibly a tumor) in his back. My vet has taken care of both of them and everyone is feeling very frisky again. Before all of this I had been feeding them both Nutro Max Senior Dog Food, Natural Chicken Meal & Rice Recipe, but ATM Kiera is on a strict diet of boiled chicken and white rice while Shula continues to eat the Nutro. I’ve already had the vet take a look at their current food and she doesn’t think there is enough fat in it to cause Kiera to relapse, but I don’t want to take any chances. Shula really isn’t that much overweight, whatever he is mixed with has left him with a very stocky body, but I know that losing weight will put less stress on his back. I would like to either put them both on Victor Senior/Healthy Weight Formula or find a good recipe for homemade food. Does anyone here have experience with this type of dog food, or malady, or making your own food?

  • Kathy Rowe

    We have 8 large dogs and feed the Victor Performance to all of them. 2 dogs are outdoor LGDs and one is a picky eater. They have done OK with the food. Our 6 indoor dogs consist of mostly Great Danes and mixes and all have not had any problems with the food (at least none they’ve told me!) and we feed the Danes 2c twice a day and their weight is great. All have thick, shiny coats. We used to feed Iams but the bags kept getting smaller and the price kept going up. A friend recommended this food to us and you get a 40 pound bag for what you’d pay for a 30 pound bag of Imans. When you have 8 dogs to feed, every pound of dog food counts!

  • Angela Renee

    Is this brand tested by machine or using actual animals? I have heard that it is better to do live animal taste testing. I can’t find anything about how it is tested.

  • Brian Blaney

    I believe that a Vet may be trained by rep/vets from Science Diet or Iams. Our peep Doctors have a similar issue of being internals rather than holistically in their study. Likely the “Vet” knows not about feed.

  • Natasha Myers

    I just ordered a bag of the Victor Hi Pro Plus to try for my 6 month old doberman puppy, my 6 year old lab mix and 13 year old terrier mix. I hope it works for them. They have problems with dandruff and excessive shedding and my pup gets like acne or something. Will report back in a few weeks with results.

  • Amanda Palmer

    Probably about a week. I have 6, 25# 45# 40#, 50# 55#, 60# and it lasts me about 10 days

  • Champ Richard Jr.

    25 19 75 75 75 60 63

  • DogFoodie

    Hi Champ,

    I seem to recall you were switching from another brand of food. Yes, Victor is a very good product. I’m using it for one of my dogs right now.

    I could be that it’s more calorie dense than the last food that your dogs were eating, so you may be feeding less of it than you were the Retriever. It’s hard to say how long a bag will last you, but it’s likely that it’ll be longer than your previous brand. Compare the number of calories (kcals) on the Retriever to the Victor that you chose.

    Introduce it slowly. Use a small amount of the new food mixed with the old and don’t add another small portion of the new and reduce the old until your dogs have good stool quality. If your dogs aren’t used to switching they might have some loose stool if you switch too quickly. If they do get some loose stool, try adding a small amount of plain, canned pumpkin to their food.

    Good luck!

  • InkedMarie

    That would depend on the sizes of your dogs.

  • Champ Richard Jr.

    How long will a 40 lb bag of this dog food last for 7 dogs

  • Pitlove

    yes

  • Champ Richard Jr.

    i just boght this food is it okay

  • Pitlove

    yes I saw that. that isn’t really addressing off topic discussion though and it doesn’t mention there being any consequence for it. I’ve seen tons of off topic convos lately that I’ve stayed out of. I haven’t seen Mike make any comments as of yet.

  • DogFoodie

    It is actually. From the commenting policy, “This website was created to encourage relevant conversation about dog food and dog food manufacturers only.” It’s the first sentence under the paragraph entitled “Personal Agendas.”
    http://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/commenting-policy/

  • Pitlove

    beautiful Schutzhund photo thanks for sharing

  • InkedMarie

    Beautiful dog! Great post too. I have a puppy coming next month, we visited today; the breeder chooses. She may have a couple, three to choose from but she knows her dogs & what we want.

  • Crazy4dogs

    I agree with your completely! Your dog is beautiful and it’s nice to see Shepherds that are actually bred for a job and with correct structure, as was the intention of the breed!

  • GSDgrl82

    And to stay on topic lol I’m currently feeding Victor hi pro with raw to my working GSD’s. I don’t breed so I have no clue what the losing litters issue is but I’ve always had good results with this food.

  • GSDgrl82

    I don’t have an issue with responsible breeders, they are very much needed in my opinion and their puppies do not end up in shelters and IF they do they work to pull them but that is rare. They carefully select their homes and take the dogs back if for some reason the owner can no longer keep them. Ethical breeders have nothing to do with pet overpopulation. More emphasis needs to be placed on the low life owners dumping their pets.

    That said let me talk about my puppies dam and what her owner has done with her. She was health tested(German shepherd) so DM and hips and elbows. Collies are a working breed so for me I want to also see working titles… My pups dam is doing Schutzhund(a protection sport designed to test GSD’s), she just won a regional championship, got her IPO3 and is currently training for nationals. The sire is the same, health tested and also competed in nationals and HIS dam has a boatload of working titles and is still working at 10 years old.

    I also didn’t get to pick my puppy, she was matched to me with what I wanted(high drive bitesport prospect) and she is exactly what I wanted! Breeding isn’t just for cute babies and because you love them… It is being passionately dedicated to the breed and wanting to better them in some way. Ethical breeding also doesn’t make you any money because all that money is being spent on raising puppies, health tests and working, titling dogs. My baby girl and her bad A momma. 🙂

  • Sherry Allen

    True Pitlove and thanks

  • Pitlove

    yes it’s been over for a while. let’s not continue piling on.

  • Crazy4cats

    What you consider “adding to her thoughts”, I considered “piling on”. You guys are all very passionate about the subject and came on very strong to a brand new poster. You all worked it out and now it’s over.

  • Pitlove

    Regardless of the good things I’ve heard about Victor, I think you were smart to not continuing using it for your potential mama to be. Better to be safe than sorry!

  • Pitlove

    Hi DogFoodie- I took your comment as an opportunity to brush up on the commenting policy to ensure that I was not in violation of it with the previous conversation I joined. I was unable to find any statement directly addressing off topic discussion and the potential consequence. Anyway- thanks for you input, always appreciated!

  • DogFoodie

    It actually is part of the commenting policy already. It has been for years. I’ve been involved in completely benign conversation (one I recall was at least a couple of years ago and we were talking about organic local honey) and we were reminded by Dr. Mike to keep things on topic.

  • InkedMarie

    There you go. We all have our breaking point/toleration point. She was one of mine.

  • Crazy4cats

    Ok, thanks. My dogs had a rough start and have had some digestive issues. Victor seems to agree with them. I hope there isn’t any issues with it. I can definitely understand you not wanting to take any chances.

  • Sherry Allen

    Thank you Pitlove. I do understand now why you feel the way you do. Thanks for the information on Victor. Like I told someone else, I really liked Victor until I heard that about the breeding. And this was just what I was told. No investigating it on anything by me. Just didn’t want to chance it so switched. I feed Diamond Natural-Beef. Just started and have heard it is good. On this site.
    No hard feeling. By anyone I hope.

  • Sherry Allen

    Crazy4dogs it wasn’t about what you said so much for I really understand how you would feel the way you do being in rescue. It was mostly that I got on here to get help on the dog food and was bombed with attitude about breeding. I really had lots of respect for you for being in rescue! Good luck to you.

  • Sherry Allen

    Thanks Crazy4cats. I wish I knew. I didn’t want to take any chances so just switch to Diamond. I am feeding Diamond Naturals now. The beef. I am learning as I go on the feeding thing. lol. This man that told me about Victor and his problems with it was someone that was working for me on a job for a day and haven’t ever seen him again. I really liked Victor except for that with the breeding female.

  • Crazy4dogs

    I’m not disagreeing with you. I understand what you’re saying, I saw many of the conversations after I began to try to help her. I think people just gave up or got frustrated after giving her advice and seeing her subsequent comments, both good and bad. There were also negative comments made regarding the posters that were trying to help.

  • Pitlove

    Giving up/not responding to her and attacking her in the way some people did are two very different things. Just like I said to Aquriangt, you can choose to ignore the persons posts and let the burden of helping them fall on someone else.

    Edit: I think we can agree to disagree on the topic of Sharron. My original point was more just that the rule of being nice to people shouldn’t only apply to first time posters.

  • Crazy4dogs

    Honestly Pitlove, InkedMarie is right. Sharron has been on here for many years asking what to feed and going back to Royal Canin. I think we all tried to help her and just gave up. I actually saw a post from her on some other dog website (I can’t remember which) saying that all of the people on this site were mean to her. The interesting thing was, the post was several years ago and Sharron was still posting on this site for several years after, asking for advice.

  • Pitlove

    Yes it seems so. I tried to view some of my past conversations with her to find where she said how unwelcome she felt on here and all her comments were gone.

  • Crazy4dogs

    Did Sharron quit?

  • Pitlove

    Some people are a little thicker than others and it takes more time for them to get it. I’m not very nice usually either, but since I like posting on here I try to behave as well. However, I can only tolerate so much.

  • Crazy4dogs

    I think you’ve been on this site long enough to know that often the topic strays on to other discussions and personal experiences that really don’t have anything to do with the OP, but the discussion continues based on the OP’s comments. I’m not trying to start an argument, but I think many of us here are guilty of that.

    Edit: I am done with this discussion as there is no further reason to continue. I have no reason to bicker.

  • InkedMarie

    this is only me, no clique but not just here but other forums/groups: when i try to help people and they ignore my help or they continually ask the same thing over & over, my patience wears thin. I was gone from here for almost a year for a similar issue. I tend to be not very nice at times and guess what? I’m not always nice IRL. I try to be good online but sometimes, I’m not.

  • Pitlove

    Thats some funny logic. I’m “mad” because you called me out. No, because there was nothing to call me out on, but no I don’t want to be singled out for no reason, as I’m sure you wouldn’t either. If you don’t like what I have to say or me in general, you do not have to respond to me. Instead you could offer Shelly some advice on food choices.

  • aquariangt

    Are you kidding me with this comment? No, I didn’t speak up then. What does that have to do with anything? You’re mad because I called you out?

  • Pitlove

    It gets old and I understand that, but if Aquariangt wants to point out how we “treat” posters, the way EVERYONE on here whether they are apart of the “regular poster clique” or not needs to be taken into account. Otherwise his point is moot. I do not enjoy being singled out when I did not even start the discussion.

  • InkedMarie

    Some of us tried helping Sharron over & over, long before I recall seeing you post here. Some people just don’t want to listen & keep asking the same thing, repeatedly. That gets old.

  • Pitlove

    Remember a poster named Sharron who was dealing with digestion issues with her small breed? She was so upset about the way she was treated on this site she’s since deleted her disqus profile. I’d show you were she stated she didn’t feel welcome here but her posts were removed when she deleted her profile. How come you didn’t speak up for her?

  • Pitlove

    Hi Sherry,
    Dispite how you and others feel about my participation in this discussion, I was not (nor do I think anyone else) was trying to tell you that you can’t breed or shouldn’t. And you are right we do not know your breeding ethics. However, we don’t too often get a good quality breeder asking questions on here, so perhaps we jumped to conclusions.

    No, I’m not against breeders. I’m against certain types of breeders and there are many types. I own a breed of dog that is stigmatized, abused, used for dog fighting, illegal to own in parts of the U.S, is one of the most prevelent breeds in shelters, the most abused breed in the nation, and has over a million of them being euthanized without even being temperment tested and given a chance at adoption, yearly. A huge part of the plight of this breed is due to being over breed and bred for aggression, color, large heads, and a body shape and size they aren’t meant to have. Doing this has destroyed the original breeds that makes up the term “pitbull”. That is why I have such strong feelings towards people who breed because they have a cute dog or two etc.

    To answer your question, I have only heard great things about Victor. I’d be curious to have the food tested to see if there was a way to find out what ingredient caused the loss of your friends bitches litters. Probably not possible to do now however. I use Fromm and my pitbull does very well on it. Perhaps this is a food that could work for your Dam and the pups. My boy eats the Fromm Gold line.

  • aquariangt

    My issue is that you and pitlove just completely turned this poster off to the site, where she could get valuable information regarding a variety of dog related information. Attacking (and that’s how it read, whether or not you meant it, though you specifically brought up many valid points) someone who isn’t even looking for any information on the topic, isn’t doing any good. The “discussion” on this thread absolutely was in reference to the OP, because the first response she got was essentially questioning her validity as a breeder or being a byb.

  • Crazy4dogs

    AGT, there was some discussion between regular posters regarding the plight of dogs, whether they were rescued or a backyard breeder. If you are referring to this, that had nothing to do with the OP, but was, in fact, a discussion.

    I think you might be well aware, in your field and on this site, that all too often, people decide that they want to breed puppies and have posted questions. I also think that if you are going to breed puppies you should have a working knowledge of what are good and/or bad dog foods. I don’t think this discussion was as out of line as you are suggesting. Feel free to dislike this post as many times as you would like.

  • Crazy4dogs

    Hi Sherry,

    I’m sorry if you took offense to my comments, but I am in rescue and there are just so many dogs that are euthanized because there are not enough homes, whether fosters or adopters to take them all. Some are purebred, some are mixed, all deserve a chance at life. I honestly feel that there are way too many dogs being bred and puppies being produced. I have many friends in the dog world, including trainers, show people, day care, breeders and rescue. I also see the flip side of owners that have dogs from “reputable breeders” that have serious defects and the owners are now faced with huge medical bills because they have fallen in love with the puppy that shouldn’t have been bred in the first place.

    Again, If you take offense, I’m sorry. I can only hope that you breed for the betterment of the breed and are responsible enough to ensure the health of the dog and to take the puppies back that have any medical or social problems.

  • Pitlove

    Crazy4Dogs brought the subject of her breeding her dog up and myself, Marie and El Doctor added to her thoughts. Why am I being singled out?

  • Crazy4cats

    Discussion? That’s when people talk WITH each other.

  • Pitlove

    Ah. Ok

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