Holistic Blend Grain Free (Dry)


Rating: ★★★★★

Holistic Blend Grain Free Dog Food receives the Advisor’s top rating of 5 stars.

The Holistic Blend Grain Free product line includes two dry dog foods.

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

  • Holistic Blend Grain Free [U]
  • Holistic Blend Grain Free Marine 5 (4.5 stars) [U]

Holistic Blend Grain Free was selected to represent both products in the line for this review.

Holistic Blend Grain Free

Dry Dog Food

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

Protein = 42% | Fat = 20% | Carbs = 30%

Ingredients: Turkey meal, turkey meat, potato, pea, salmon meal, sunflower oil, yeast culture, sweet potato, salmon oil, dried kelp, chicory root extract (FOS), lecithin, Yucca schidigera extract, 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, niacin, copper proteinate, copper sulfate, manganese proteinate, manganous oxide, calcium iodate, sodium selenite

Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 2.2%

Red items indicate controversial ingredients

Estimated Nutrient Content
Guaranteed Analysis38%18%NA
Dry Matter Basis42%20%30%
Calorie Weighted Basis35%40%25%
Protein = 35% | Fat = 40% | Carbs = 25%

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

The second ingredient is turkey. Although it is a quality item, raw turkey 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 third 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 fourth ingredient includes peas. Peas are a quality source of carbohydrates. And like all legumes, they’re rich in natural fiber.

However, peas contain about 25% protein, a factor that must be considered when judging the meat content of this dog food.

The fifth ingredient is 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

The sixth ingredient is 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 seventh ingredient is yeast culture. Although yeast culture is high in B-vitamins and protein, it can also be used as a probiotic to aid in digestion.

The eighth ingredient is sweet potato. Sweet potatoes are a gluten-free source of complex carbohydrates in a dog food. They are naturally rich in dietary fiber and beta carotene.

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, salmon oil is naturally rich in the prized EPA and DHA type of omega-3 fatty acids. These two high quality fats boast the highest bio-availability to dogs and humans.

Depending on its level of freshness and purity, salmon oil should be considered a commendable addition.

Next, 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.

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 Grain Free Dog Food
The Bottom Line

Judging by its ingredients alone, Holistic Blend Grain Free 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 42%, a fat level of 20% and estimated carbohydrates of about 30%.

As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 38% and a mean fat level of 19%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 35% for the overall product line.

And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 50%.

Above-average protein. Above-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 significant amount of meat.

Bottom line?

Holistic Blend Grain Free is a meat-based dry dog food using a significant amount of named meats as its main sources of animal protein, thus earning the brand 5 stars.

Enthusiastically recommended.

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

Those looking for a grain-based kibble from the same company may wish to visit our review of Holistic Blend dry dog food.

Holistic Blend Dog Food
Recall History

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Notes and Updates

03/10/2017 Last Update

  1. Association of American Feed Control Officials
  • Dana

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/ebe3d9746377365e765eba64d3daf7e5616fe4ad4d19f404ece0e1290b2d94cd.jpg I started giving my Collie Holistic Blend Grain-Free Marine 5 Fish All Life Stages Dry Dog Food about 4 months ago. This is an excellent dry dog food made in Canada.
    My Collie, like so many other dogs, did not do well on the U.S. version of Origen after having been on the Canadian version.
    I tried many brands of kibble before coming across Holistic Blend and found that my dog preferred the 5 Fish version. He is thriving on it. His coat is soft and is coming in thick once again. His allergies are improving, his weight is steady, his stools are compact and consistent and best of all, he loves this kibble.
    I am more than pleased with Holistic Blend so far. It is a quality product.

  • Judy Hughey Langehennig

    No I didn”t. But, I will. Thanks

  • sandy

    Have you tried their store locator or try sending them an email or call them?



  • Judy Hughey Langehennig

    I would like to know also

  • Pitlove
  • freefallun

    Looks like that has changed again?? Colgate owns Science Diet, while Nestle is parent to pet food giant Purina, which includes the Pro Plan brand. San Francisco-based Big Heart owns brands including Milk-Bone, Meow Mix, Natural Balance, Kibbles ‘n Bits, 9Lives, Nature’s Recipe and Pup-Peroni.

    Big Heart, then known as Del Monte, acquired Natural Balance Pet Foods, a competitor to Blue Buffalo with $300 million in sales in late May. That purchase from private equity firm VMG Partners was for $500 million, a source said.

  • Pitlove

    Smuckers actually now owns Natural Balance.

  • freefallun

    I have stopped using Natural Balance since P&G brought them out. Am thinking of trying HB Lamb & rice.

  • LabsRawesome

    If you’re in Texas you should be able to easily get one of my dogs favorite kibble. Victor. I use the grain free formulas and also Active Dog And Puppy. victordogfood.com

  • daniel

    ground shipping from theanimalhouse to here is $27. i wish some of the local stores around here bought from them because there is absolutely no one in texas who sells this brand.

  • redkh

    I found it here in Canada at Walmart

  • Dog lover in Iowa

    http://www.chewy.com is the best place to order any dog product. Free shipping on orders over $49 which it always is. The best part.. you can set up autoship and don’t even have to worry about it. And no tax in most states.. WOW

  • Guest

    You can purchase at petfooddirect.com. At the moment, shipping is free.

  • LabsRawesome

    You’re Welcome. 🙂

  • Rai

    Oh ok. Thanks. Will take a look again.

  • LabsRawesome

    Hi Rai, the link I left you was for the store locator. So you can find a store near you that sells Holistic Blend. Dog food is typically much cheaper if you can buy it locally. If you want to see if it’s available in your area, just put your zip code and other info into the store locator. Here it is. http://holisticblend.com/en/company/store-locator/ If you want the convenience of ordering online, and don’t mind paying the extra money, then go here, to order online. http://www.theanimalhouse.net/holistic-blend/holistic-blend-grain-free-dog-food/

  • Rajani Anand Iyer

    I did go there to read about the product, but didn’t see an option to buy it….

  • Rajani Anand Iyer

    Hi Erika, Thanks. I’ll check out that link.

  • LabsRawesome

    Did you try the Holistic Blend store locator? http://holisticblend.com/en/company/store-locator/

  • Erika

    The only place I could find Holistic Blend was here:


    I love the food, but it just wasn’t convenient enough, so I had to switch to something easier to obtain.

  • Rajani Anand Iyer

    Hi, I wanted to switch my dog from Natural Balance Potato and Duck Formula to this brand. Where do you get this? I searched Petco, Petsmart and Concord Pet Supplies, but didn’t find it there…Any help please?


    Depuis ses tous premiers mois que je donne à Henri la moulée Holistic Blend et sa santé va à la merveille… Je donne cette même moulée à ma chatte Juanita et sa santé est aussi splendide… Si seulement vous aviez la chance de toucher leur pelage… Ils sont aussi doux que celui d’un Chinchilla… Vraiment… Je ne jure que par cette nourriture… Je n’empoisonnerai plus jamais mes animaux avec de la bouffe d’épicerie ou de vétérinaire!!!

  • Betsy Greer

    Looks like a good choice for your guy – no legumes here. : )

  • Karla Tj

    I have a 1 yr old, male standard poodle. He’s experiencing a lot of gas within the last 1-2 months. Has anyone experienced anything similar and any suggestions ? I’m thinking of transitioning him to Holistic Blend GF.

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  • Cram

    For those of you thinking that Holistic Blend is sold at Walmart you are misleading consumers. Holistic Blend is made in Canada and sold under an Orange label. The product is mostly sold at LOBLAW”S in the natural health food section. Actrium sold by walmart is not of the same quality and is equivalent to purina or iams.

  • Tanya Barnes

    it is sold at Walmart and is called, Actrium Holistic.. if you look at http://www.dogfoodadvisor.com you will find it under “holistic” dry dog food

  • Tanya Barnes

    Can anyone help me find, “Actruim Holistic grain free dog food”. I am writing this comment on the page below it’s review. I found the food when i was looking into a review of, “Actrium Holistic dry dog food”, and the grain free was listed as one of the options for dry food. I know it is a Walmart brand but i cannot seem to see the grain free type 🙁

  • nosharks

    I too have a Rhodesian Ridgeback but I’ve never heard of one that weighed 120 pounds. A male shouldn’t normally weigh more than 80 pounds and a female 70. Dottie is a 11 year old female and 3 years ago got up to 85 pounds. She started having extremely painful hips and had trouble getting up after lying down for more than 10 minutes. We switched her to TOTW for breakfast and real chicken from the deli for dinner and one triple strength Osteo Bi-flex pill (the same as I take as well for my joints). Within 6 months she was down to her idea weight of 68 pounds and all her hip pain appeared to be gone. Now she’s old and grey but still runs like a puppy. I won’t feed any commercial dry food other than Taste of the Wild to my girl.

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  • Hound Dog Mom

    Holistic Blend and Vet’s Choice are two different products. Holistic Blend is based out of Ontario, Canada. Vet’s Choice is a company based in New York State.

  • Alice


  • Alice

    Its buy a company Vets Choice that sells a variety of holistic health extension products…you can buy them online or a decent amount of pet stores carry it. My two collies are on it bc they have irritable bowl and it does wonders for them, I highly recommend Holistic Health Extension to any animal lover.

  • InkedMarie

    Thanks for replying, as you read up there, I got this mixed up with Holistic Select.

  • Storm’s Mom

    Ohhhhhh! haha Can’t help ya there, haven’t fed that one! (yet …though it does have REALLY low fat..probably too low for my guy ..I’ve tried another one with that fat level and really had to overfeed it in order for him to keep weight on)

  • InkedMarie

    After I typed the above, I couldn’t find the food anywhere I order; silly me thought it was Holistic Select, you know, the old Eagle stuff? Oops

  • Storm’s Mom

    I haven’t fed it since, actually, but yes I’m still keeping it in mind for the rotation. I’m about the try the new Go! Grain-Free, Potato-Free Turkey formula, though, which may end up replacing Holistic Blend as my turkey option, because Holistic Blend does have potato, and I’d love to just have Performatrin Ultra Grain Free as the only potato-inclusive kibble in my rotation. But Holistic Blend does have significantly more protein then the Go! ….so we’ll see. Regardless, I’d definitely recommend Holistic Blend Grain Free.

  • Pattyvaughn

    Try replying to BryanV21 and see what he says.

  • InkedMarie

    ten months since you typed the above….still a keeper for your dogs?

  • InkedMarie

    Yeah, I know this is old, not sure if Mike P or anyone else is reading but if you are Mike, did you ever feed this? Thoughts?

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  • Storm’s Mom

    It’s made by Elmira Pet Products in Elmira, Ontario, Canada (or, at least I know (via en email from HB) it’s made in Elmira, and since Elmira Pet Products is the only manufacturing plant I can find in Elmira, I’m assuming it’s made there). No recalls as far as I know.

  • Mike P

    This food is interesting and looks good. Anyone know where it’s made,who makes it,any recalls etc…We are going with Brothers and Fromm but this would be nice to throw in the rotation once or twice a year maybe ??

  • BryanV21

    I was really excited to get this in my store.

  • Storm’s Mom

    So far, so good! Storm’s been on HB Grain Free for about 3 weeks now, and already I am seeing a big change in the condition of his coat..I didn’t even realize it had deteriorated on the last food he was on (Precise Grain Free, both varieties), but it’s much darker and shinier now.  He seems to really love it too. The food smells very fresh! It’ll definitely be a keeper in the rotation …just wish it didn’t have potatoes so high up in the ingredient list (or didn’t have potatoes at all, actually).

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  • melissa


    Be sure to report back how he does on it! I am always interested in trying new foods, but when possible, love to see how others “rate” it in daily use! Thanks!

  • Waterwings

    I’ve got a bag of Holistic Blend Grain Free that I’ll be transitioning my guy to shortly.. I’m curious to see how he does on it, and hoping it will be one for the rotation.  Just wish it didn’t have potato.. and have it so high up on the ingredient list 🙁 For this reason (and this reason alone, actually), it won’t be one I’d use on a long-term basis.

  • BryanV21

     I didn’t know that about the herbs, thanks.

  • Shawna

    I never really looked at the ingredients of this food til I read your post Bryan…  WOW, all the herbs in the food are fantastic (if they survive extruding – not sure if they do or not?).  Cinnamon helps with blood sugar, capsicum is a pain releiver (must have other benefits too?), turmeric has many benefits including cancer prevention etc… NICE!!!

  • BryanV21

    I got this in store last week, but I haven’t looked up the rating and information on it until now. Looking at the protein content (38% on the bag) and ingredients, I thought it was good. Now, after looking here, I can say that it’s definitely a good food, and it looks to be the cheapest highly rated grain-free food I carry ($50 for a 30# bag).

    BTW, Taste of the Wild is grain-free and a bit cheaper, but I’ll be pushing Holistic Blend grain-free first (you know, due to the whole Diamond thing). Natural Balance is also cheaper, but that will be for those that need a limited ingredient/grain-free food, and looking for the cheapest food in that category.

  • melissa

    How long is it taking to go through a bag? You could try putting the food, bag and all, into a plastic container with a lid that fits tightly.

  • Pattyvaughn

    You should keep it under air conditioning, in the bag it came in, sealed with excess air squeezed out. Other than that, if it’s in date it’s supposed to be good.

  • Pinkbamboo13

    I have been feeding 4 dogs Holistic Blend Grain Free for a few months now. I buy the large bag and when I get a new bag they love it. However after a few weeks they all begin to develop loose stools and even full blown diarrhea. It is unrelated to table scraps. Two of the dogs get nothing but this food and the other two an occasional dog biscuit as they always have. The bags are well within the expiration date period. I am wondering if since it is a natural food, could it begin to spoil slightly? Should I be refrigerating it? Wondering if anyone else is having a similar experience.    

  • LG

    I’ve been feeding my cats Holistic Blend Grain Free cat formula for years and they do splendidly on it. They’re healthy and happy. Now that I have two dogs I’ve been feeding them Holistic Blend Grain Free dog food, and they love it and seem to be doing great on it, so Holistic Blend definitely gets my seal of approval.

    It makes me glad to know that an unbiased reviewer confirms the quality of the food, as I feel my pets deserve nothing less than the best. I really appreciate what you’re doing here to educate people. I think a lot of people unknowingly feed their pets junk thinking it’s good quality, either because the vet says so (because he has financial incentive to do so) or by word of mouth. I think everyone thinks their pets deserve the best, and have good intentions, but can be misled. 

  • Jan_Mom2Cavs

    Do you mean Holistic Blend Grain Free? Holistic Select Large and Giant Breed is NOT grain free…..it’s actually a totally different brand than the brand listed on this thread. Just wanted to clarify. 🙂

  • Leticia Meehan

    Hi Mike,

    First of all, thank you so much for maintaining this website. I cried when I realized what I had been feeding my dogs. I have now been feeding Taste of the Wild foods for 2 years, and my dogs are much healthier.
    I have recently moved to a new state, and I I am thinking of switching to Hollistic Select Large and Giant Breed dry food. It is easier to find, and might be better for my dogs. I have a Rhodesian Ridgeback who weighs 120 lbs. and likes to trail run. However, I wanted to make sure it is considered grain-free because he used to have chronic ear infections (before I switched to Taste of the Wild). Any thoughts?
    Thanks again.

  • Bob Guenther

    Bob’s bulldogs, I have used some of the top dog foods and my english bulldogs have done great with this food. I do use supplements with the food and I am very happy with Grain Free holistic.. great job Holistic….  

  • Hi Guest,

    Inositol is a micronutrient member of the B-complex group of vitamins. And that’s a reason you’ll find it in so many pet foods and human vitamin supplements..

    Inositol is a substance found in all cell membranes and necessary for the proper function of nerves, brain, and muscles in the body.

    It’s also necessary for helping the cells in the body communicate with one another – a process known as cell signalling.

    When used with choline (as it is in many dog foods), inositol helps to metabolize fats and to promote the body’s production of lecithin.

    Hope this helps.

  • guest

    I just bought a bag of Holistic Blend, but was concerned about inositol.  Is this safe in dog food?

  • Dave’s Hounds

    I need to bridge a kibble other than Natures Logic as I transfer back to the US from Toronto – have been picking Natures Logic up (an many many other things) in Buffalo for a year – so I will try this kibble next for am feeding. I have seen it in multiple stores. Most of the foods I prefer have not been available in Toronto with the exception of Ziwipeak.

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  • Claire

    Sorry I read what he said wrong, thanks for pointing that out.

  • Jan_Mom2Cavs

    I’m a little confused…maybe you could clarify for me?  How is this food lacking in minerals?  Mike S. has rated it a 5 star food and I’m sure he would not do that with a food that was lacking in minerals…hmm.

  • Claire

    Hi I feed the Holistic Blend Grain Free. I do like it but thanks for the heads up about the lack of minerals, I will probably get my girl a supplement.

  • Jan_Mom2Cavs

    This is a form of vitamin e.  It is used to naturally preserve food.  Nothing bad at all, in fact it is good to  see this in a food instead of artificial preservatives, like BHA and BHT.

  • Jan_Mom2Cavs

    This is a form of vitamin e.  It is used to naturally preserve food.  Nothing bad at all, in fact it is good to  see this in a food instead of artificial preservatives, like BHA and BHT.

  • Depitacat

    What is this product??? 
     Natural Mixed Tocopherols it is with the chicken fat part…   

  • Anonymous
  • Anonymous

    This is the only thing I found on Actrium.  It can be bought at Walmart?  Walmart gets everything on the cheap end…I’d be cautious of where Walmart gets the food and where it is made.  It doesn’t have its own website, doesn’t have public info, I’m suspicious.

  • Shan

    Terri, I would recommend Actr1um over Purina any day. It has no corn, wheat or soy as far as I know. 

  • HI Terri… I’ve never heard of a dog food called Actrium Holistic. In any case, due to the biological uniqueness of each pet, I cannot provide customized product analysis and comparisons for each reader. For more help, please check out my reviews and visit our FAQ page. Look for the topic, “Help Me Choose a Dog Food”. Or check back for a possible response from one of our other readers. Hope this helps.

  • Terri

    I am feeding my two pugs purina dog chow and I’m going to switch them to Actrium holisic dry food – is this a good thing to do?

  • Hi Suspyr… The grain free version of Hi-Tek Rations is already on my To Do list. However, due to my current backlog of products for review, it could be a while longer before I get to it. Thanks for the reminder.

  • suspyr

    Have you looked at Hi-Tek Rations Grain Free? it may be newer….

  • ShamelessRawFoodie

    You’re welcome Mike – Good luck with power restoration. It seems that your state got the worst power outages from Irene!

  • Shameless… Wow, I see what you mean. When I click on one of the most recent comments, I’m taken to a page with many comments missing. But when I go directly to the page and then look directly for the comments, they’re actually there. That is bizarre. I’m completely stumped! Will try to work on this issue tomorrow or Thursday depending when I get better Net access and power is restored to my home. Thanks for the help.

  • ShamelessRawFoodie

    Yes Mike – Out of curiosity, I just tried (several times) the following: When a RECENT COMMENT link didn’t appear on the thread, I then tried accessing the comment in another manner, which worked – I clicked on Search By Brand, then selected the brand name for the ‘missing’ comment. And the comment showed in the thread! No longer missing!
    But…. attempting to access that same comment by clicking the RECENT COMMENT link still didn’t work (although I know the comment exists because I viewed it in the other manner).

  • Hi Shameless… Your report has been most helpful. But I’m trying to pin the issue down to one of three possibilities:

    1. Our caching software

    2. Our anti-spam software

    3. Our Recent Comments plugin

    One important question: It looks to me from your remark “after clicking on one of the RECENT COMMENTS” that it might be that plugin. Is that what you’re referring to. Since I never have to look at that list under Recent Comments like my users I never notice any delay. Do you think that’s where you’re seeing the issue?

  • sandy

    I posted a comment to the lady with the burned grass in the last 24 hours but i don’t think I saw it yet this morning and I forgot where i posted it.

  • ShamelessRawFoodie

    above comment I meant to state “but NOT always” (not NOW)

  • ShamelessRawFoodie

    For me, it’s been a problem since Saturday.
    Often (but now always), after clicking on one of the RECENT COMMENTS, the comment doesn’t appear on the thread.
    For example, this comment didn’t show on the thread until several hours after the post time:

  • Shameless or anyone else… Regarding your observation that “comments aren’t all showing on my computer until sometimes hours later”, is there any other information about these delays that might help me get to the bottom of this? I never see it on my end.

    Not sure if it’s the anti-spam filter (Akismet, which now comes standard with WordPress blogging software) or is it something else? Did you just begin noticing this? Or has it always been an issue? Please let me know.

  • ShamelessRawFoodie

    Sandy – Your comment didn’t appear until AFTER I posted my comment. (I wouldn’t have bothered with a comment!) :=)

    Even with ‘refresh’, the comments aren’t all showing on my computer until sometimes hours later.

  • ShamelessRawFoodie

    Lori – Many grain-free formulas are ‘small bites’. An example is Blue Buffalo Wilderness has a Small Breed formula, and all BB kibbles are small. Most times, you can pinch the side of a bag of food and feel the kibble size.

  • sandy


    I have small dogs. Instinct and Amicus and Epigen are really small kibbles. The next size up would be Brothers, then Blue Buffalo Wilderness and Core Ocean. I’ve used/or currently use these.

  • Hi Lori… You’re right to be concerned about kibble size. It can be very challenging for a smaller dog to eat a larger kibble. Unfortunately, I have no way of tracking this information. Please check back for a possible suggestion from one of our other readers.

  • Lori

    Hi there! What a great website. I’m looking to switch my food from innova evo since proctor and gamble bought them out and cuz the fat content is so high and my girls are chunky. However, they are small dogs with not a lot of teeth. It seems evo is the only grain free food that sells small bites? Do u know of any other? I wanted to stitch to dogswell nutrisca but the bites seem kinda large…..thanks!

  • Hi Deborah… The PetWay is already on my To Do list. However, due to the launch next week of our new “Where to Buy Dog Food” directory, it could be just a little while longer before I get to it. In any case, planning to get to your product soon. Thanks for the reminder.

  • By the way-our Private Label brand name is The PetWay-thepetway.com if you’d like to take a look at our products Mike.
    Thank-you -we really appreciate what your doing to make pet owners aware.

  • natalie

    we were thinking of switching to this brand. anyone have any good or bad experiences with it?

  • To the point-We offer a Holistic Grain Free dog food that is quality protein, no hormones or antibiotics Chicken, Turkey & Cat Fish Meal, that we cannot seem to get reviewed. We have attempted to get reviewed for a very long time-as our customers ask why we are not on the listings yet. Please take a look and let us know if we are on the list anywhere in the near future. We have thousands of customers in the area.
    We have Holistic Dog Food that is corn, wheat and soy free with chelated vitamins and minerals at a very reasonable price and free local home delivery-to the Tidewater area. We have veterinarians who approve and recommend our foods for allergies and weight loss.
    We also have a website Petwaydelivers.com that offers many high end healthy pet foods such as Verus, Holistic Select, Natural Balance-delivered by UPS.
    Your response will be greatly appreciated.

  • Hi Michael… This website recognizes 3 major categories of dog foods here. Dry, wet and raw. And using a dog’s natural ancestral diet as our “gold standard”, kibble is as far away from nature as you can get.

    What could possibly be less natural than a human engineered, factory assembled, extruded and heat processed food pellet?

    It’s much healthier to eat raw vegetables than their cooked counterparts. Even with human food, cooking temperatures significantly degrade the nutritional value of an ingredient.

    So, then, how can there be such a thing as a 5-star kibble? Because we rate each dog against its peers. Raw against raw. Wet to wet. And kibble to kibble.

    Obviously, if we were to compare (nutritionally) kibble to raw, raw would win hands down.

    Please be sure to watch Dr. Becker’s video which ranks 13 different types of dog foods in order of best to worst.

  • Michael

    I use this for my 3 dog pack.
    I recently read from a Dr. Becker article the detrimental impact of “extrusion” process done to all kibble. It heats the food to a degree that kills some nutrients, and it changes the molecular structure, which has proven to cause disease in humans re: breakfast cereals.
    Given this possibility would you agree that a raw food source would be better, and do you think a 5 star dry food sufficient for happy healthy dogs?

  • Hi Cindy… Our reviews are based upon apparent ingredient quality and estimated meat content only. They have nothing whatsoever to do with expected results (especially in the case of prescription foods). For this reason and because of your dog’s diagnosis of IBD, I’d suggest following your vet’s recommendation. However, I would also advise discussing (with your vet) the long term consequences of feeding a recipe so low in meat content.

  • Cindy

    My dog was just diagnosed with irrital bowel disease. A test was done and sent to Texas A&M and found that he is low in Folate and this indicates a problem in his upper intestines (small intestine). The doctor has recommended switching him to Hill’s i/d, but your reviews do not rate it well. Would this be a good food for him? He is almost 6 years old. Carolina dog that weighs 55 pounds.

  • Hi Jakie… I’m not really sure why your stores have stopped selling these products. However, in the very near future (a few weeks), we’ll be adding a special “Where to Buy” directory of dog food retailers. So, you’ll soon be able to find a retailer that sells the foods you’re looking for. And you’ll be able to search by either brand or by zip and postal code. Until then, you’ll need to contact the manufacturer for this information.

  • Jakie

    We have used Holistic Blend Lamb and Rice formula for our dog for over a year; now, all of a sudden, it is unavailable in any of the quality pet food stores we use. What’s up with that? This is a great food; our dog has done so well with it. I’m disappointed that we can’t easily get it anymore.
    One store has offered to special order it for us; but, that means we have to give them a couple weeks’ notice; that’s inconvenient.

  • Meagan

    Wow this food is very scarce. Glad to hear Dan Martin always has it in stock.

  • Hi Donna… No, vitamin K1 is the safe “natural” type of vitamin K. It’s the synthetic-type of vitamin K3 (menadione) we worry about.

  • Donna Faulkner

    I am looking at the website for Holistic Blend grain free, and it contains Vitamin K1. Is this the same as menadione? My golden retriever has thyroid problems and is on Thyro 0.8 mg medication. I need a dog food that does not have that high of a protein, can you help?

  • Hi my name is Dan from The Animal House. We always have a steady supply of this. I actually feed it to my 3 dogs. Not sure why we are the only online retailer that carries this, it is a great food. Love this site… I saw the link in our log files and came on over. Like how it’s all about the ingredients, a philosophy close to my heart.

    Anyway Theresa and anyone else on here you can use the code “puppylove72” at checkout for 10% off. In appreciation for the 5 stars for an awesome food that doesn’t get much recognition!

  • Anna

    Theresa – you can purchase this food online at http://www.theanimalhouse.net/
    I think it’s the only place that carries it

  • Mike P

    Theresa I’ve been there done that with the alergies. My dog had them . Biting his feet,red ears,shaking his head ,scratching. We spent so much money on steroids and benadryl per our vets advise.Poor dog was all doped up. Now thanks to this site and all the post , it’s all about the food. Feeding my new dog 5 star grain free foods and her coat is great and her eyes so clear and bright , she acts and looks so happy. You can spend hundreds on allergy test or try grain free for alot less . It’s awful to watch your dog suffer so lots of luck to you.

  • Theresa… Please see our FAQ page and look for the topic, “Dog Food Allergies”. Please read every word and then look for the link to a list of our recommended hypoallergenic foods near the bottom of that page.

  • Theresa Wilson

    I gave her the prednisone and benadryl hoping it kicks in. But watching her closely all night. Can you recommend another great allergy food for me. I am trying to read through all your reviews but there are so many.

  • Hi Theresa… I am so sorry to hear about your Pug’s allergy. However, I only write reviews and have no connection with your supplier or any company that manufactures dog food. If your dog is having a serious reaction to something, I would urge you to take her to a veterinarian right away. Wish I could be more help.

  • Theresa Wilson

    About 4 weeks, I started my pug on the Grain Free Formula since she has horrible food allergies. For 4 weeks we did great and just started getting off the steroids to see how she does. I went to pick up another bag from the local seller and they never recieved the shipment and are now 2 weeks out. I had to switch her food again and now she is having a horrible reaction and cannot swallow or breath right tonight. I need to get her back on that food, but cannot rely on the shipments. What do I do? She has been on so many foods already.

  • Hi Erin… I’ve added your suggestion to my “wish list” as a possible future addition to my reviews. In the meantime, unfortunately, you’ll have to put up with Google. Thanks for the tip.

  • erin c.

    In re-reading my comment I wasn’t very clear on what I was suggesting.

    What I meant to say was that it would be great to have a link to the company of the dog food you are reviewing.

    From the company we can find out where to buy the food.

    Google lists so much junk to sift thru to find the actual company that processes the food. Sometimes I get the wrong link.

    I also wanted a link to dog food company sites so I can find out if they also sell cat food. 🙂

    Thank you.

  • Hi Erin… An excellent suggestion. And a request I’ve heard many times before. Good news. Beginning soon (next 45 days, or so), we’re launching our “Where to Buy” directory. With the help of your zip code and some very smart software, we’ll be able to provide you with the closest location for specific brands (either locally, or via the Internet). I anticipate the process of populating that directory to take a good while. But it’s definitely on the way.

  • erin c.

    I appreciate all your hard work on dog food, but could you add a link to the dog food site for the purposes of getting information on where to purchase locally. (I had a hard time finding this on Google.) It would also be great to know where the dog food comes from–at least the country. I found out this is from Canada.

    It sounds like great food, but it’s not available anywhere in Arizona, so I won’t be buying it. Can’t order thru the mail. It’s not good for dog food to sit outside in 100+ heat, even in the shade.

  • Hi Casey… Look for the words chelate, chelated, proteinate, amino acid complex, protein complex, etc. (among others) associated with the listed minerals.

  • Casey

    Hi Mike,

    This is a question about ingredient lists in general. How do you tell if the vitamins/minerals in a food are chelated or not chelated?


  • Hi Tammy… Haven’t yet reviewed NRG. But it’s already on my To Do list. Current backlog may keep me from getting to it right away. Thanks for the reminder.

  • Tammy J

    Have you looked at NRG? They are in Canada, but now available in the US. It is a dehydrated food.

  • Hi Laura… This review covers the grain free version only. The chicken and lamb formulas are covered in our review of the regular Holistic Blend Dog Food product line. You should be able to find my opinion of what you’re looking for there. Hope this helps.

  • Laura Medill

    I just switched to the lamb version of this product. Do you have any comment on the lamb product?

  • Hi John,

    Just posted this review a day ago. Readers haven’t yet had a chance to make any comments. And it may also not be as popular as other dog foods. Or only available in a limited geographical area. Thanks for being the first and getting the ball rolling. 🙂

  • Hi Mike,
    I marked this as maybe a good food but I am the only comment, what’s up with this? It has a great rating so did the members miss this……..Confused!!!!!!!