Vom Daxi Hundefutter Dog Food receives the Advisor’s second-highest tier rating of 4.5 stars.
The Vom Daxi Hundefutter product line lists two dry dog foods, one claimed to meet AAFCO nutrient profiles for all life stages and one recipe for growth (Vom Daxi Junger Hundefutter).
The following is a list of recipes available at the time of this review.
- Vom Daxi Junger Hundefutter
- Vom Daxi Haus No Grain Hundefutter
Vom Daxi Haus No Grain Hundefutter was selected to represent both products in the line for this review.
Vom Daxi Hundefutter
Dry Dog Food
Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content
Ingredients: Chicken meal, potato product, tapioca starch, field pea, turkey meal, canola oil, catfish meal, carrots, celery, beets, parsley, lettuce, watercress, spinach, chicken fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols, a natural source of vitamin E), chicken cartilage, natural flavor, lecithin, salt, dl-methionine, l-lysine, Lactobacillus acidophilus fermentation product dehydrated, cranberry, choline chloride, Yucca schidigera extract, fructooligosaccharide (FOS), glucosamine HCL, calcium carbonate, vitamin E supplement, mineral oil, ascorbic acid, niacin supplement, organic dried kelp, d-calcium pantothenate, riboflavin supplement, biotin, vitamin B12 supplement, thiamine mononitrate, vitamin A acetate, pyridoxine hydrochloride, citric acid, vitamin D3 supplement, folic acid, potassium chloride, iron sulfate, zinc sulfate, zinc proteinate, iron proteinate, copper sulfate, zinc oxide, manganese sulfate, manganese proteinate, copper proteinate, manganous oxide, selenium, calcium iodate
Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 3.9%
Red items when present indicate controversial ingredients
|Estimated Nutrient Content|
|Dry Matter Basis||32%||16%||44%|
|Calorie Weighted Basis||28%||33%||39%|
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 potato product, a dried by-product of the potato processing industry consisting primarily of potato pieces, peelings and culls. With the exception of perhaps its caloric content and a small amount of protein, potato product is of only modest nutritional value to a dog.1
The third ingredient is tapioca starch, a gluten-free, starchy carbohydrate extract made from the root of the cassava plant.
The fourth ingredient lists peas. Peas are a quality source of carbohydrates. Plus (like all legumes) they’re rich in natural fiber.
However, peas contain about 25% protein, a factor that must be considered when judging the actual meat content of this dog food.
The fifth ingredient is turkey meal, another protein-rich meat concentrate.
The sixth ingredient is canola oil. Unfortunately, canola can be a controversial item. That’s because some worry that canola oil is made from rapeseed, a genetically modified (GMO) raw material.
Yet others cite the fact canola oil can be a significant source of essential omega-3 fatty acids.
In any case, plant-based oils like canola are less biologically available to a dog than fish oil as a source of quality omega-3 fats.
The seventh ingredient is catfish meal, yet another high protein meat concentrate.
Fish meal is commonly made from the by-products of commercial fish operations.
The next seven items include a series of nutrient-rich vegetables…
The next 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.
From here, the list goes on to include a number of other items.
But to be realistic, ingredients located this far down the list (other than nutritional supplements) are not likely to affect the overall rating of this product.
With three notable exceptions…
First, this recipe contains fructooligosaccharide, an alternative sweetener3 probably used here as a prebiotic. Prebiotics function to support the growth of healthy bacteria in the large intestine.
Next, although we can’t be certain, mineral oil is apparently used in this recipe as a stool softener.
However, the inclusion of this additive can be controversial. That’s because the European Food Safety Authority has expressed some concern as to the long term health effects of using mineral oil in human food.4
And lastly, this food includes 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.
Vom Daxi Hundefutter Dog Food
The Bottom Line
Judging by its ingredients alone, Vom Daxi Hundefutter 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.
As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 32% and a mean fat level of 17%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 43% for the overall product line.
And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 54%.
Above-average protein. Near-average fat. And below-average carbs when compared to a typical dry dog food.
Even when you consider the protein-boosting effect of the peas, this looks like the profile of a kibble containing a notable amount of meat.
Vom Daxi Hundefutter is a plant-based dry dog food using a notable amount of chicken meal as its main source of animal protein, thus earning the brand 4.5 stars.
Rice ingredients can sometimes contain arsenic. Until the US FDA establishes safe upper levels for arsenic content, pet owners may wish to limit the total amount of rice fed in a dog's daily diet.
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Notes and Updates
09/01/2010 Original review
06/29/2012 Review updated (new formula)
02/06/2014 Review updated
02/06/2014 Last Update