Addiction Dog Food (Dehydrated)


Rating: ★★★☆☆

Addiction Raw Dehydrated Dog Food receives the Advisor’s mid-tier rating of 3 stars.

The Addiction product line includes 8 dehydrated 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.

Important: Because many websites do not reliably specify which Growth or All Life Stages recipes are safe for large breed puppies, we do not include that data in this report. Be sure to check actual packaging for that information.

Products marked with an asterisk (*) are grain-free.

  • Addiction Fig’licious Venison Feast* [A]
  • Addiction Perfect Summer Brushtail* [A]
  • Addiction Outback Kangaroo Feast (3.5 stars)* [A]
  • Addiction Herbed Lamb and Potatoes (2 stars)* [M]
  • Addiction Steakhouse Beef and Zucchini Entree* [M]
  • Addiction New Zealand Forest Delicacies (3.5 stars) [A]
  • Addiction Country Chicken and Apricot Dinner (3.5 stars)* [M]
  • Addiction Homestyle Venison and Cranberry Dinner (3.5 stars) [A]

Addiction Fig’licious Venison Feast was selected to represent the other products in the line for this review.

Addiction Fig'licious Venison Feast

Dehydrated Dog Food

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

Protein = 22% | Fat = 11% | Carbs = 59%

Ingredients: Venison, potatoes, canola oil, papayas, tapioca, carrots, figs, spinach, dicalcium phosphate, sodium chloride, choline chloride, vitamin E supplement, niacin (vitamin B3), calcium pantothenate (vitamin B5), vitamin A supplement, thiamine mononitrate (vitamin B1), riboflavin supplement, pyridoxine hydrochloride (vitamin B6), vitamin B12 supplement, vitamin D3 supplement, folic acid (vitamin B9), taurine, magnesium sulfate, zinc sulfate, ferrous sulfate, calcium carbonate, copper sulfate, manganese sulfate, calcium iodate, cobalt sulfate, sodium selenite, natural mixed tocopherols (preservatives), green tea extract, rosemary extract and spearmint extract

Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 5.7%

Red items indicate controversial ingredients

Estimated Nutrient Content
Guaranteed Analysis19%10%NA
Dry Matter Basis22%11%59%
Calorie Weighted Basis20%26%55%
Protein = 20% | Fat = 26% | Carbs = 55%

The first ingredient in this dog food is venison. Venison is considered “the clean flesh derived from slaughtered” venison and associated with skeletal muscle or the muscle tissues of the tongue, diaphragm, heart or esophagus.1

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

Although it is a quality item, raw venison contains about 80% water. After dehydrating, 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 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.

The third ingredient is canola oil. Unfortunately, canola can be a controversial item. That’s because it can sometimes (but not always) be derived from genetically modified rapeseed.

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.

Four of the next five items include a series of nutrient-rich fruits and vegetables

  • Papayas
  • Carrots
  • Figs
  • Spinach

Amongst the fruits and vegetables we find tapioca, a gluten-free, starchy carbohydrate extract made from the root of the cassava plant.

The ninth ingredient is dicalcium phosphate, likely used here as a dietary calcium supplement.

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 one notable exception

The minerals listed here do not appear to be chelated. And that can make them more difficult to absorb. Non-chelated minerals are usually associated with lower quality dog foods.

Addiction Raw Dehydrated Dog Food
The Bottom Line

Judging by its ingredients alone, Addiction Raw Dehydrated 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 22%, a fat level of 11% and estimated carbohydrates of about 59%.

As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 23% and a mean fat level of 14%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 55% for the overall product line.

And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 62%.

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

Free of any plant-based protein boosters, this looks like the profile of a dry product containing a modest amount of meat.

Bottom line?

Addiction is a plant-based dry dog food using a modest amount of dehydrated raw named meats as its main sources of animal protein, thus earning the brand 3 stars.


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 wet food from the same company may wish to visit our review of Addiction canned dog food.

Addiction 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

07/23/2017 Last Update

  1. Adapted by the Dog Food Advisor and based upon the official definition for beef published by the Association of American Feed Control Officials, 2008 Edition
  • ProudAmerican9

    Just want to thank you for your wonderful site. We’re looking to store some dehydrated raw dog food in case of emergencies and the information you provide is so valuable. Raw fed dogs are the most healthy; we’re raw feeders and natural rearing pet parents for life. This brand obviously is not top quality so our search continues.

  • theBCnut

    I’m sorry you are going through so much with Pippa. You’re doing an awesome job with all your pups!!! I hope you are able to nail down some answers. Even when all the problems aren’t completely solved, it does help if you can understand why.

  • Chrissy

    I want to thank toy so much for that last statement. We took little Pippa to 4 or 5 vets because some told us just to let her lay there and not spend any money on her – that it was not worth it and to just get some good time in with her – her othopedic conditions were too bad. One even went as far to say that this would be her demise if she did not get a terminal illness like cancer and she did. We then literally stumbled into a card at a local pet shop. I called this vet because she comes to the home and does in-home visits. She is AMAZING – first she was just seeing Pippa, but we switched them all over….she is just amazing and wonderful with them all! However, that strong girl not only fought through chemo, but she developed the fourth mast cell while on chemo. She then needed upper airway procedure. I had noticed her breathing, panting and coughing had just gotten progressively worse. We have pugs. It turned out that she needed soft palate surgery, sacules removed that were blocking her airway and her nasal holes needed to be widened. She came home with us and had a really difficult time recovering. Some were telling us their dogs just bounced back and little pippa was not. But one day she did and she certainly fought through everything! She was then evaluated and got the go ahead for mast cell removal 20 days after her other surgery. We were not sure if she would get good margins because all of Pippa’s tumors were in really bad areas, but we could no longer wait. During this surgery I received a call and was told that Pippa was not breath right under anesthesia. It turned out she had more sacules and tissues to remove, but also she has laryngeal collapse. We have to watch our little girl really closely. Her mast cells came out just wonderful – mostly all clean margins and all grade 1, with the exception of one that is a grade 2 – for now no more chemo and radiation. She was one strong girl – she has been her whole life. She came from an awful hoarding situation – she has the worst orthopedic conditions. They forced her to breed despite her spondylosis, hip dyslaysia, luxating patellas all beyond grade 4, as well as severe alignment issues from not developing properly and she has osteoarthritis. She had a wonderful foster mom and we were so lucky to adopt her. Butch the senior I talk about all of his issues with his skin is doing a little better. We placed him on nothing but raw food and straight meat treats – or ones that do not have very much in them at all. It is working right now. Hailey was a puppy mill rescue. She has a lot of needs we work with. She also has focal seizures – she is taking a medication that is really helping her. She is high energy and finding her way with us. Odie is the wild one of the bunch! I just want to thank you so much for

    the kind words. You are right, we do have an awesome vet who takes great care of them….I just worry all of the time. We work with each of them daily. <3

  • Pattyvaughn

    You do have a lot going on with your dogs!! It may be that your vet is right about it being an environmental allergy, but unfortunately it can be both. It sounds like you have a great vet, so I wouldn’t feel bad at all about following her advice.

  • Chrissy

    Not entirely yet. We were seeing another Vet with our 3 pups and then with our little girl who we adopted with the severe orthopedic conditions – we searched through several vets before finding this vet that comes to our home and has really been her angel. At the time she came to us – the others were under someone else. When his skin was not clearing up during his first outbreak she gave suggestions and a lot of things happened that prompted us to move them all under her care. His skin cleared up at that time and was doing alright until this last outbreak. This time we have tried the special shampoos, the special medicated wipes on the small patches, we eliminated anything that could contribute to yeast, we feed him only grain free, she tried a different type of allergy pill, we are staying away from eggs, and he has been on a round of antibiotics this time around. Also, she has added in probiotics, enzymes (those were given away from the antibiotics). After reading the story I saw on Addiction’s website I am wondering if he isn’t allergic to some proteins…she thinks it is more environmental because we are noticing it more this time of year (which is really odd for allergies – but seems he begins the outbreaks early fall and continues through winter – then clears up a bit – but re-breaks out) – we are just really concerned because this outbreak seems to be lasting longer than any of the others, and more intense. I will ask her about elimination diet and possibly removing the more common proteins. I am not sure what the Rx diet is like from addiction…all I read was that it really helped this little girl out…thought it may help our boy. He is 12, so his immune system may just be in over drive. She is the first vet we have had that does not push the vaccines every year, the steroids, the antibiotics(except this time he truly needed them-he was coughing and not feeling well. After 24hrs he was doing so much better with that). She does want them on monthly preventatives-which is understandable in our area…however, we are so hesitant to give him and out 4 year old little girl who just went through everything with the 4 mast cells, soft palate, has laryngeal collapse, severe orthopedic conditions…we are very hesitant to give her and our senior boy with the skin issues monthly preventatives-we are not sure if it can hurt their system, or if that is alright to go ahead and give to them….our vet also promotes using supplements in anyway she can over traditional meds, unless the meds are absolutely necessary. We were able to completely take our little girl off of rimadyl…we do have her on tramadol daily due to her pain levels from all of her orthopedic needs. She is on more herbals, supplements and oils and really the only medication she has to take is the tramadol, benadryl (for her mast cells). Our other little girl has to take gabapentin daily for focal seizures. I know I am all over the place…I am just trying to make sure we have them all on excellent diets and ones that will benefit them…even if they are all on separate diets, we will feed them whatever they need. She comes monthly to do acupuncture (which has really help with the orthopedic needs…a complete turn around when we added that in) – we will ask her about the elimination diet…or I can email her and ask if we can do something like that. I appreciate any and all advice – really helps a lot! Thank you so much! <3 Chrissy

  • Pattyvaughn

    Have you done an elimination diet yet? That probably should have been one of the first things your vet suggested. Have you tried going chicken free?

  • Chrissy

    Hello! I am now looking for a food for our other pug who has had awful skin conditions for a long time now. We have tried everything and his outbreaks continue to come – each time they seem harder and harder to get rid of – and the intensity is of each get worse. This outbreak has me most concerned. It has lasted a long time and just been the worst. The vet has given antibiotics and we changed his diet – but nothing has helped him We think it is yeast, but we just are not sure. I came across Addiction and saw a story on here with a dog that has skin conditions. It seemed similar in appearance. Our dog has never had to be hospitalized, but I am afraid if it gets worse he may have to. He is a senior. Our vet comes once a month, so she is monitoring him. I was looking at the story about the dog with severe skin conditions and the success story with the Nutri-RX Allergy-HS. I was going to share this story with our vet and ask about this food. Does anyone else know much about this food? We have eliminated all grains, eggs, potatoes,anything that could potentially contribute to yeast and that has never made a difference. The next steps I am sure are going to be some testing. She told us it would take awhile to determine if it were yeast…the skin scrapings have not really helped us…we do continue to do them. Just curious if anyone has used this food, or had any testing for meat allergies? I was in tears by the story I read on the site, but so happy that the food helped Millie! I am so happy that it helped her and she is doing well now….hoping that we can get some answers, or find a food that works for our boy. Thanks so much! <3 Chrissy G.

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  • anniearies

    we stop feeding her this. small crystal like stuff comes out with urine. she is more suitable taking dry kibbles.

  • annie

    i see. compare with dry kibble, my dog got dark color urine after we feeding her dehydrated meal for 2 days. her eyes seem bright , and eat happy though….

  • sandy

    The food is rated for all life stages or maintenance so it is suitable for everyday long term use unlike a food rated for “supplemental or intermittent” feeding only.

  • annie

    hi, we used to feed dry kibbles. we tried addiction chicken &apricot tonight, my dog loves it. but we don’t know if the addiction dehydrated food suitable to feed long term like the way we feed kibbles ?

  • Starsgalaxiesuniverse

    Addictions are hard aren’t they. Where is the support? What ways of encouragement are there? Well there are therapies, books, CD’s, coaching, help centers, interventions, and others…
    But, the greatest help is ‘Within’! A daily MANTRA can be healing, as well as transforming over time. May I a free booklet…
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  • I am a newbie to “raw” for my 4 legged child.  She is definitely one who would love a “raw” diet. She is Golden and Great Pyrenees.  She is 7 months old though.  Is this ok nutritionally for “puppies”?  Focusing on the need to watch growth rate for large breed puppies because of later bone problems.

    Under a “watchful” eye…we buy absolutely NOTHING that even gives a hint of being from China!  Are the meat and plant sources from which this food is made “NON-GMO?”  Either meat source is fed certified organic grains, no steroids, antibiotics, additives?  The plants used (veggies/fruits/grains) are they certified organic NON-GMO?  Nothing has been irradiated?  No questionable animal parts used in this?  Because when you start using animal stomachs, you open a whole other can of “worms”.  The bacterias and the like of “that” stomach are transferred to the “food”.

    See…I told you I was new to Addiction.  On my way now to read about it’s production.

    Thanks to all!

  • Marshafly8

    We feed this to four of our Italian Spinone (we have 9) that have allergy and digestive problems.  Have given the two Venison varieties, Chicken & Steakhouse Beef.  This is very easily digested and has made a marked improvement in allergy related problems.  It’s expensive but the cost of treating allergy related health problems are far more costly.  I’d recommend trying it & our dogs love it. 

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  • Jonathan

    It is unfortunate that there is sooo much more potato in this food than meat. How much are people here paying for this stuff?

  • Jonathan

    Chitra, so long as you shih tzu hasn’t had any intestinal reaction, I’d say the change is more than fine! I believe in product rotation, so changing up the protein every so often is probably a good idea.

  • chitra

    Addiction New Zealand Forest Delicacies was given to my 1 yr old shis tzu for the last 6 mths .she enjoyed her meal until there was some problems withfinding the food so we changed to
    Addiction Perfect Summer Brushtail*for the last week. she is also eating it without any complains. is the swtich fine for her

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  • Hi Meagan… Thanks to your comment, I’ve now added Outback Kangaroo Feast to the Addiction dehydrated raw product line. After checking the recipe and the Guaranteed Analysis, this one fits right in with its siblings. So, no changes to the ratings are necessary at this time. Thanks for the tip.

  • Meagan

    Mike-Addiction has a new raw dehydrated formula called Outback Kangaroo Feast.

  • Hi Kyrie… Check out the lists of “Raw Dog Food” reviews. Many dehydrated are considered “dehydrated” or “freeze-dried” raw. Hope this helps.

  • Kyrie S.

    We ordered Country Chicken and Apricot for our danes to try and while the nutrient list left a few things to be desires (ash content like 12% or something like that?!) it really smelled like fruity granola and the dogs (a 3 month old dane and a 6.5 month old dane) took out 4.5 cups of the stuff in less than 3 minutes. Much faster than the Grandma’s artisan stuff. I did question the canola oil and I didn’t even see the garlic. And with 2 great danes going through growing stages I really worry about what to feed them. You see all these sites warning you about what not to feed your dane and i researched quite a bit myself. I love to spoil my dogs and cats and if I’m going to pay big money to give them the best then I want it to be the best. Do you have any dehydrated dog foods with a 5 star rating?



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  • Hi Dave… Since the pet food industry (AAFCO) does not have an official definition for venison (and other novel species), we have adapted the standard definition for “meat” issued by the Association of American Feed Control Officials (2008). Of course, venison is the meat of a deer. So, thanks to your comment, I’ve now taken the word “cattle” out of the modified AAFCO definition for meat and replaced it with the word “deer”. It’s enclosed in parentheses to permit readers to know this description has been editorialized. Hope this helps make this description more meaningful. Thanks for the tip.

  • “Dave”

    You say that ‘Venison is considered “the clean flesh derived from slaughtered cattle” and includes skeletal muscle or the muscle tissues of the tongue, diaphragm, heart or esophagus.’

    Venison is deer, not cattle…