Premium Edge Dog Food (Dry)


Rating: ★★★★☆

Product May Have Been Discontinued
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Premium Edge Dog Food receives the Advisor’s second-highest tier rating of 4 stars.

The Premium Edge product line includes eight 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.

  • Premium Edge Skin and Coat [M]
  • Premium Edge Healthy Weight II [M]
  • Premium Edge Puppy Large Breed [A]
  • Premium Edge Healthy Weight I (5 stars) [M]
  • Premium Edge Adult Chicken, Rice and Vegetables [M]
  • Premium Edge Adult Lamb, Rice and Vegetables (3 stars) [M]
  • Premium Edge Puppy Small and Medium Breed (4.5 stars) [A]
  • Premium Edge Senior Lamb, Rice and Vegetables (3 stars) [M]

Premium Edge Adult Chicken, Rice and Vegetables was selected to represent the other products in the line for this review.

Premium Edge Adult Chicken, Rice and Vegetables

Dry Dog Food

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

Protein = 29% | Fat = 17% | Carbs = 46%

Ingredients: Chicken, chicken meal, ocean fish meal, whole grain brown rice, cracked pearled barley, ground white rice, oatmeal, chicken fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols), potatoes, tomato pomace, natural chicken flavor, egg product, flaxseed, potassium chloride, salt, choline chloride, dried chicory root, glucosamine hydrochloride, dried kelp, carrots, peas, apples, tomatoes, blueberries, spinach, cranberries, rosemary extract, parsley flake, Yucca schidigera extract, l-carnitine, chondroitin sulfate, dried Lactobacillus acidophilus fermentation product, dried Bifidobacterium animalis fermentation product, dried Lactobacillus reuteri fermentation product, vitamin E supplement, iron proteinate, zinc proteinate, copper proteinate, ferrous sulfate, zinc sulfate, copper sulfate, potassium iodide, thiamine mononitrate, manganese proteinate, manganous oxide, ascorbic acid, vitamin A supplement, biotin, niacin, calcium pantothenate, manganese sulfate, sodium selenite, pyridoxine hydrochloride (vitamin B6), vitamin B12 supplement, riboflavin, vitamin D supplement, folic acid

Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 3.3%

Red items indicate controversial ingredients

Estimated Nutrient Content
Guaranteed Analysis26%15%NA
Dry Matter Basis29%17%46%
Calorie Weighted Basis25%35%40%
Protein = 25% | Fat = 35% | Carbs = 40%

The first ingredient in this dog food is chicken. Although it is a quality item, raw chicken contains about 80% water. After cooking, most of that moisture is lost, reducing the meat content to just a fraction of its original weight.

After processing, this item would probably account for a smaller part of the total content of the finished product.

The second ingredient is chicken meal. Chicken meal is considered a meat concentrate and contains nearly 300% more protein than fresh chicken.

The third ingredient includes ocean fish 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.2

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

The fifth ingredient is barley. Barley is a starchy carbohydrate supplying fiber and other healthy nutrients. However, aside from its energy content, this cereal grain is of only modest nutritional value to a dog.

The sixth ingredient is ground white rice, another name for rice flour. Ground rice is made from either white or brown rice and is considered a gluten-free substitute for wheat flour.

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

The eighth 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 ninth 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.

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, 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.

Next, flaxseed is 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.

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 recipe 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.

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.

Premium Edge Dog Food
The Bottom Line

Judging by its ingredients alone, Premium Edge 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 17% and estimated carbohydrates of about 46%.

As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 30% and a mean fat level of 15%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 47% for the overall product line.

And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 49%.

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 flaxseed and peas, this looks like the profile of a kibble containing a moderate amount of meat.

Bottom line?

Premium Edge is a plant-based dry dog food using a moderate amount of named meats 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.

Premium Edge Dog Food
Recall History

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Notes and Updates

11/12/2017 Last Update

  1. “Last Update” field at the end of this review reflects the last time we attempted to visit this product’s website. The current review itself was last updated 1/17/2017
  2. Association of American Feed Control Officials
  • Alli Ed

    I just ran across an article:

  • Peggy Eckroth

    Have been feeding my 11 year old golden Premium Edge Lamb and Rice Senior for 4.5 years. Would like to know why you rate it 3 and others rated 5. He has some arthritis. Do you have another recomendation? Also supplement his food with Missing Link Hip and Joint.

  • Janet

    I wanted to try the skin and coat formula, but didn’t because it’s made by Diamond. They make many brands.

  • Dave Jones

    this food is made by diamond

  • Michelle

    I give my dogs (both mixed breeds) the healthy weight dog food. It has five stars, its a touch more than the weight maintence type. My one dog had gained ten pounds in six months so that’s why we started this food. He lost about 7 pounds in six months on this food. His vet said he’s doing great and is very healthy, he highly recommended this brand.

  • Susan

    , Its good she getting better on the Chicken & Rice, so it has to be her old food causing the problems, try lower fat kibbles…..or keep her on cooked foods, I do both, cooked for Breakfast & kibble for lunch & dinner..I have to do more smaller meals thru the day instead of just the 2 feeds a day…..My boy has IBD

  • stucker1103 .

    I took her to the vet and everything was fine. I have started with the chicken and rice and she seem to be doing much better. I’m going to try adding new items slowly and see how she does. Thank you so much for your help!

  • stucker1103 .

    I have taken her to the vet and all tests are negative. She is in the same yard or with me on a leash so I don’t know what else she could be getting into. Thanks for the suggestions!

  • Bob K

    If your dog has been eating this fine for several bags now all of a sudden your dog had diarrhea perhaps something else is going on. Have your vet do a complete fecal complete with Giardia, Crypro and Coccidia testing for starters. Fecal tests are fairly inexpensive. Is there anything else your dog is getting into, lake or river water, herbicides or pesticides, eating other things outside? Any new treats?

  • Susan

    Yes take her to the vet or boil some chicken breast, boiled rice & about 1 tablespoon boiled pumkin & feed this for about 1 week & see if she gets better, if she does it may be an ingredient in this food.. I found I have to feed kibbles with the fat 11% & under & potatoes gives my boy bad diarrhea, the only other thing is when feeding the boiled chicken & rice & when she is doing firm poos again start to add a new ingredient like boiled potatoes see how her poos goes, if they are firm then add say a boiled egg, if poos are firm, then some oats etc to see if she has any food intolarances to certain foods..then you’ll know what kibbles to buy & try a kibble with limited ingredients & a lower fat % then this one.. like Natural Balance kangaroo & potaotes or the rabbit & potatoes Limited ingredients or Wellness Simple, I’d try the cooked foods first so you’ll know if she can’t eat certain foods & thats why she has a sensitive tummy…

  • theBCnut

    Take your dog to the vet and have it checked out. This could be any number of issues. A food change is definitely in order. Maybe try NutriSource. It is usually well tolerated by sensitive dogs and is usually easy to transition to.

  • stucker1103 .

    My dog (2 yr) greyhound mix has a terrible sensitive stomach and Premium Edge Adult Chicken was recommended. She initially ate the food but for the past 2 bags has had terrible diarrhea and is now refusing to eat it. Has anyone had issues like this or have any suggestions? Thanks!

  • Jack

    I just ordered a couple of bags of the Premium Edge Adult Chicken, Rice & Vegetables Formula Dry Dog Food. The biggest factor was the price. 4.5 stars for under $1 a pound delivered is hard to beat. It would be nice if this site listed the approximate price per pound of reviewed foods.

  • Michelle Marrison

    Anyone know about premium edge healthy weight 2, I decided to try it because a lot of the word seems good and I need to work my dogs away from purina.

  • Kayla

    The plant in Missouri, where the company originated from.

  • Betsy Greer

    At which location does your husband work?

  • Kayla

    My husband works in the lab for the Diamond Pet Feeds company. They do a crazy amount of testing and have as high of standards on their pet feed as other companies do for human food!!! We feed our dogs this line of diamond pet feed and they wont eat any other brand!!

  • Crazy4cats

    Thank you for the information. I also thought that the analysis for the weight control cat food looks great. I am currently mixing with wellness core to bring the calories down for my chubbies. There are not very many low calorie cat food options with such high protein without off the chart fiber. Plus, it is nicely priced. So far so good. I live in Wa state, so have not had as many issues here with recalls. However, i am signed up for recall alerts!

  • Betsy Greer

    You definitely sound like you’ve done your homework. Just be vigilant and keep an eye out for recalls. There’s no guarantee that you won’t get products out of South Carolina, even if you were to live in California. I’d also not feed it exclusively, but as part of a rotation, in case you need to switch quickly and so that your pup can tolerate abrupt ingredient changes. I’d probably also buy the freshest I could and keep an extra bag on deck in case of a recall, you should get plenty of notice regarding your supply on hand.

    Sorry, I’ll get off of my Diamond soapbox now. : )

  • Bryan Ledford

    It is a disappointment. I’ve spoken to them at great length and check in frequently since 2012. I’m totally okay with their products coming out of California. The South Carolina facility is the scary place. I’ve actually been to that area. It’s not very shocking that the people working there don’t care about the work environment.

  • Betsy Greer

    Too bad it’s made by Diamond.

  • Bryan Ledford

    I just spoke to Premium Edge about the ash content of the Healthy Weight 1. I know it has some veggie protein in it but it reads like it has plenty of chicken and fish meals as well. I was impressed to find that it only contains 6.5% ash. Even with pea and potato protein I was shocked. I can’t think of another food this high in protein, with or without veggie proteins, that has ash that low.

  • tlcheung

    We switched to premium edge dog food awhile back hoping that our 2 nine year old French bulldogs might loose a little weight but by about the 2nd and a half bag both have developed fairly severe skin allergies ( one had had allergies in the past and the other has never had a problem). We’ve moved them off and onto another food and the allergies are clearing up. I’m not happy with this food at all.

  • kc66

    lesions and being on prednisone… might have you dog checked for Crushing’s disease..

  • luvmymutt

    my dog had the same problem with premium edge skin and coat formula, we switched to wellness simple limited ingredient and her itching has stopped

  • Tracy’s mom

    Maria, your vet stated that Purina pro plan would be excellent food?

    Do you know that vets have hardly any nutrition in their training?

    The ingredients include animal fat, vitamin K and Salmon. While we don’t know the origin of Salmon, we do know that fish can be high in mercury, depending if it is from China, if it is farmed or wild..Etoxyquin is likely in the food, a highly toxic carcinogen used as a preservative in fish.
    I would take this into consideration when doing my research on Pro plan or similar food:

    Source ‘Dog food advisor’:
    “The seventh ingredient is salmon meal, another protein-rich meat concentrate.
    However, the controversial chemical ethoxyquin is frequently used as a preservative in fish meals.
    But because it’s usually added to the raw fish before processing, the chemical does not have to be reported to consumers.”

    “We find no public assurances from the company that the fish meal or salmon meal are ethoxyquin-free.
    Without knowing more, we would expect to find at least a trace of ethoxyquin in this product”

    “The fifth ingredient is animal fat. Animal fat is a generic by-product of rendering, the same high-temperature process used to make meat meals.
    Since there’s no mention of a specific animal, this item could come from almost anywhere: roadkill, spoiled supermarket meat, dead, diseased or dying cattle — even euthanized livestock.”

    Synthetic Vitamin K:interesting research; highly toxic.

    Based on all that, I don’t understand why a vet would recommend this food, unless he does not know what is in it.

  • Maria

    I just got back from the animal hospital tonight because my puppy had chronic diarrhea due to eating out of the trashcan. The vet assured me that Purina Pro Plan was a fantastic dog food. Ive been using Premium Edge and my puppy has had no problems.

  • PuggyPuggityPug

    I would like to know which brand of dog food is better for my year old pug/ He is currently on DIAMOND Naturals Chicken and Rice. He itches himself more than he has ever itched and is starting to lose fur. Which brand is better? Taste of the Wild Pacific Salmon or Premium Edge Skin and Coat salmon? Thanks! My kids picked out my name. 🙂

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  • Pattyvaughn

    I’m glad you found something that works for your boy.A regular poster here, Melissaandcrew, also has a Dobie with a sensitive stomach. I hope she see this post and chimes in, because she has a few different options that work great for her gal. I know one of them is Abady Granular, which is a very high calorie food for a dog that has trouble keeping on weight, but I can’t remember the other one she mentions other than it has Ultra in the name. I’m afraid my brain is swiss cheese sometimes.

  • It was difficult for me to find right dog food for my Doberman pincher. He had some sort of stomach problems and had troubles with digesting dog food. We tried many brands before we came to Premium Edge- this is the one. All of my dogs love the taste and all our problems are in the past now. Needless to say, that price is right.

  • Doggy mom

    The kibble in the skin and coat salmon formula is small enough for small breed dogs.

  • Pattyvaughn

    Gas is usually a sign that your dog is not digesting the food as easily as you would like.  Try probiotics and digestive enzymes for a bit and see if it doesn’t clear up right quick.

  • dalemons

    I know this is a silly question but….I’ve been feeding my dogs the Premium Edge Lamb and it makes them horribly gasey (sp?). Anyone else have this problem?

  • LAGraham

     The kibble isn’t really that large… maybe 1/4″ in diameter.

  • LAGraham

    Premium Edge also has a Puppy food that is lamb-based.  It is the ONLY dry food I found that has lamb as opposed to lamb meal in ALL lamb formulas, including the puppy formula.  I’d like to see a review of its Lamb formula up against that of other brands.

  • Kirstie

    I have a pomeranian puppy, I have been feeding her Taste Of The Wild, I’m wondering if this kibble would be too big for her too eat. 

  • Shawna

    Hi Kate ~~ phosphorus only needs to be restricted based on the stage the kidney disease is at.  It is detrimental to restrict phosphorus (too much) before it is necessary to do so.  My Audrey, shown in my gravatar picture, has had kidney disease since birth (congenital).  Symptoms were noticed as early as 6 weeks of age and she was officially diagnosed at her one year blood work..

    Audrey has been on a HIGH protein, raw diet since weaning.  I rotate her diet between Darwins, Bravo, Primal, Trader joe meats mixed with Honest Kitchen Preference etc..  The protein ranges between 45 and 54%.  MUCH higher then any kibble.

    Plant and vegetable proteins are actually harder on the kidneys then animal based proteins because the amino acids in plant based proteins are not as bioavailable to the body and end up becoming nitrogen waste (BUN).  It is BUN (and creatinine) which cause the symptoms of kidney disease.

    Also, MANY plants and vegetables are just as high in phosphorus as meats (organs are higher then muscle meat).  Example — per one ounce of soybean has 68.6mg of phosphorus while one ounce grass finished ground beef only has 49.0% phosphorus.  The higher the fat content of the meat, the lower the phosphorus — 70% lean ground beef has 37.0% phos. 

    Corn IS lower in phosphorus but the protein is only about 54% bioavailable.  Meaning 45% of the amino acids in the protein become BUN.  While ground beef has a biovailability of about 93% (or higher) meaning that 7% of the amino acids become waste.  So technically you could feed a smaller amount of ground beef but still provide the body with the much more needed amino acids from protein while sparing the kidneys the work of having to filter the amino acid wasted..  I would NEVER feed my kidney disease girl plant based proteins over animal based proteins. 

    Audrey just turned 6 the end of June by the way.  She has had kidney disease for 6 years and is still in EXCELLENT health.  She never requires medications, sub-q fluids etc.  She is 100% treated with diet, whole food vitamins and whole food nutraceuticals.

    As Hounddogmom stated, it is actually more detrimental (proven by science) to prematurely lower the animal based protein in senior dogs AS WELL AS dogs with diagnosed kidney disease.  Those eating higher protein lived longer then those on reduced protein.

    Nutritionist Lew Olson of website and nutritionist Mary Straus of website are (or were) both moderators on one of the Yahoo kidney disease sites as well as owners of dogs that had kd.  BOTH will tell you not to restrict protein, and phosphorus, too early in the disease.

  • Hound Dog Mom

    Hi Kate,

    Actually bone is mostly calcium and low in phosphorus, meat is very high in phosphorus. It’s appropriate to downgrade a senior formula because it’s low in protein. Senior dogs do not need any less protein than adult dogs and actually some studies suggest senior dogs may actually need more protein than adult dogs. Also high protein diets do not cause kidney failure, this theory was disproved decades ago. In early 90’s a study was done a Colorado state vet school in which two groups of dogs with chronic kidney failure were tested. One group was fed a diet low in protein (18%) and one group was fed a diet high in protein (32%) and there were higher mortality rates in the group fed a low protein diet. It was also shown protein levels in excess of 42% had no ill effects on the kidneys (and these are dogs that have chronic kidney failure). I don’t ever advise anyone to feed a senior formula due to reduced protein contents. Feeding for lifestages is mostly marketing. Before commercial food dogs didn’t change which foods they ate depending on how old they were. I have a 1 1/2 year old adult and a 7 year old senior and they eat the same food – I have a puppy coming home saturday, she’ll be 8 weeks and will be eating the same food as my senior and adult.

  • Kate

    Hi Mike,  I appreciate your reviews, but I don’t think it’s necessarily appropriate to down-rate a senior dog food because it’s lower in meat.  Chicken and lamb meals and fresh chicken and lamb tend to be high in phosphorus because they include bone.  For a senior dog with any inclination toward early kidney problems, the high phosphorus is bad news.  I’m not an expert, but as far as I can tell, the main sources of protein that are NOT high phosphorus are by-products and plant proteins like corn or rice gluten and soybean meal.  For my senior dogs for whom  I need to avoid high phosphorus, I prefer a senior food that includes one of those non-meat protein sources to keep the protein up without raising the phosphorus.

  • LA

    I just checked their website and cost  – very good price but their is made in the DIAMOND Facilities that have been involved in recalls.  So not worth the cost and taking a chance – rather use a family own brand.

  • Ashley

    My dog has an EXTREMELY sensitive stomach and has been sick on almost every food we’ve tried.  Innova and Blue Buffalo — was very ill.  This food has amazing ingredients and is one of the most inexpensive dog foods in the market.  It is not sold in chain pet stores, I’ve only been able to find at smaller shops, but well worth the trip.

  • Noelvm

    My dogs hate 99 out of 100 dry dog foods. They like the Pink Floyd one “Bark at the Moon” or whatever it is but it’s harder to get from where I am. The local feed store carries this one and ta da, they also like this brand. I have two boxers.

  • Just  keep in mind some dog foods will work for your dog and some won’t! Don’t get discouraged.  Try some probiotics and/or enzymes too! If you click on the product some info will come up.

  • Griffin

    Thanks Sandy, switching my 6 week old Golden Pyranees from Purina Puppy Chow to Large Breed Premium Edge puppy food soon. So In wanted to make sure!

  • 4 stars

  • Griffin

    Im Confused is the Large Breed Premium Edge puppy food 4 stars or 3 stars?

  • Taylor

    Mike- That is what I figured but wanted to double check, thanks!!

    Bob K- I am changing dog foods as a rotation, just trying to find something my dog will eat.  And yes I remember to transition slowly 🙂  Grain free tends to be a little more expensive and coming out of college in May, the budget is a little tight but I also can’t let my dog eat crap food. I didn’t think about adding other meats, I will def remember that. Thanks!!!

  • Bob K

    Taylor – Why the change of dog foods? You can always add additional protein including: eggs, pork, chicken, beef, fish, turkey to your dogs diet if you are concerned about the carbs.  Remember to transition slowly to a new food.  Why not rotate dog foods?  What about “Grain Free” dog foods?

  • HI Taylor,

    Based upon the manufacturers’ labels, the two products you mention appear to have very similar meat and grain contents. No clear winner, here.

  • Taylor

    Mike, (or anyone else really)

    I am debating changing my dogs food to either Whole Earth Farms adult formula or Premium Edge chicken.  I read on WEF that a couple of reviewers say that is “grain heavy.”  Which food has a higher meat content?   Comparing the protein, fat and carbs table, they all look pretty close in comparison with the exception of carbs. Just curious if there is a difference in meat content.

  • Anonymous

    Rhea, I had a German Shepard with a quarter wolf in him for 14 years before he passed on to the rainbow bridge.  Great with kids and other animals.  Best loyal, devoted, and loving dog we have ever had!!  I bet your furbaby is a beauty!!

  • Rhea C

    Bob K. ~ thank you for the concern… We are aware of what we are facing ahead and are ready for it. She actually only has a small percentageof wolf in her, but we are ready all the same. For now, she is great with other dogs, people and children. Though I know those symptoms sometimes dont arise until around 18 months.

    The 3 stars I took was from discussion on this thread in which someone mentioned gluten and Mike S stated that the Puppy Formula may be more around a 3 star rating.

  • ash

    I have a dog that is allergic to poulty and game birds, the premium edge skin and coat formual made with salmon has helped her greatly. she no longer constanly chews on herself. her coat is nice and it shines.

  • Bob K

    Rhea – Lab Wolf Mix? Are you sure? Are you aware of the problems you may have on your hand? Are you sure you totally understand? Do you have kids? Premium Edge Puppy is a 4 star food. Look again. Other 4 star foods affordable kibbles include:
    1.) Diamond Natural – Menards 4 Star
    2.) Kirklands – Costco 4 Star
    3.) Taste of the Wild – Blains Farm & Fleet 5 Stars, All life stages formulas

  • Rhea C


    I have a lab/wolf/? mix. The rescuer we adopted her from was feeding her Premium Edge Puppy and we continued it with her, because I didnt want to cause any tummy upset on top of her missing her litter. Then I noticed that the puppy food went from 4 stars to 3 stars. Some of the issues I have with it 1) she definitely tries to eat her stool and 2) her stool smells so pungent, she can go at one end of the yard and I smell it at the other. I’m looking for some cost effective alternatives? any suggestions?

  • Theresa M

    I have a 3 year old black Lab, who has been on premium edge Skin & Coat since I got him at 6 months old. I have had labs before and they all seem to have skin allergy’s in the late summer and I have to make a trip to the vet. But not this summer. He got a couple itchie spots, but didn’t last. I’m pleased with the dog food. The price keeps going up like everything else, but I will still buy it. I buy mine at a feed mill. Thanks for your website.

  • Shawna

    Hi Marie,

    Going along with Mike said 🙂 — There is a product on the market called Better Breath for Pets by Garden of Life. Better Breath is nothing more then good oral bacteria — which repopulate the mouth and crowd out the bad bacteria Mike discusses… I have a Pom that won’t chew on anything and must have genetically poor oral health.. She needs a dental literally within three months of getting a dental. I’ve tried the sprays like DentaSure with moderate success. The Better Breath has been awesome for my Pom… I can be sprinkled on the kibble or applied directly to the mouth with a brush, gauze or bulb syringe.

    The person reviewing it in the link hasn’t had quite the same success with teeth (did with breath) but I syringe it on her teeth for maximum contact (versus putting on her food).

  • Hi Faru,
    I’ve stared reading Steve Brown’s “Unlocking the Canine Ancestral Diet” and he talks about balancing fats, and that too high of Omega 6s causing skin problems. Chicken is 26:1, Omega 6s to Omega 3s…. Optimal ratios are 4:1. Perhaps that is a factor? That is also why others use combination/rotation diets. By changing protein sources, your dog gets a more balanced fat profile. Also, gains are not beneficial for canines, and I noticed several grains in this diet. Perhaps your golden needs to eat a grain free, potato free food. Since there bodies can’t use grains or potatoes, and there’s some research saying they are harmful, (allergies and skin problems) its in the least case scenario wasting money… As the object is to give the best nutrition you can afford- in the worst, causing harm.

    Both the antibiotic and the drug are going to weaken your dogs immune system and thereby compound the problem, so until you stop giving those and your dog returns to health, supplement with probiotics and enzymes. 🙂

  • Hi Marie — Like with humans, most offensive mouth odors (feted breath) are associated with sulfur-producing bacteria (called mercaptans) growing on the teeth and surrounding oral tissues (like the tongue).

    For more information about this topic, you may wish to read my article, Dry Dog Food and the Myth of Cleaner Teeth.

    Please be sure to browse the many notes following the report and posted by knowledgeable and experienced dog parents. Hope this helps.

  • Marie Snoreck

    Searching for a quality dry dog food. I like the look of Laughing Dog – Premium Edge looks good too. Are there any of the high quality foods that are best for promoting good breath?

  • melissa


    Get a good fine tooth flea comb and check him very very carefully for fleas(one of the biggest causes of skin issues)-look for the “black gritty” flea excrement-many people see this, but no crawling fleas and do not realize what it is. If he is flea free and nothing else has changed, perhaps try a different food for him? It is possible for a dog to develop allergies if eating only one protein source for extended periods of time.

  • Hi Faru… Not sure what you mean by a “combination” diet. Did you mean a “rotation diet”? For more information, please visit our FAQ page and look for the topic, “Diet Rotation for Dogs”. Hope this helps.

  • Faru

    My Golden has been on the Premium Edge Salmon formula for about 4 years. He is now turning 6. He used to do fine but then gradually dveloped lesions all over his body and it’s getting worse. The different vets have given him antibiotics and he takes Peridnosone (steroid) which does not help either. No vet suggested different food
    Question: I’ve read about combination diets. What sort of food, vitamens, other supplments might help? Premium edge sounds like good food.

  • Kevin

    Bob, my dog has been on Eagle Pack > Holistic Select for 10 years. She used to have a digestive breakdown every 6 months (no eat, diaharea, etc), but now it happens every 3 weeks at least. Could be a few things i know, but I figured with her age and activity level, may be time for a change. I also haven’t heard good things about Holistic Select lately. Thanks

  • Bob K

    Kevin – What have you been feeding your dog? The company that makes Premium Edge products makes several different brands with many different formulas as a contract dog food mfg. Remember to transition slowly to a new dog food. If it doesn’t work out, there are other choices.

  • HI Kevin… I’ve added a line to the report to explain why the Senior recipe gets a lower rating. From the information on its label, this formula appears to have less meat.

    Unfortunately, due to the biological uniqueness of each pet, I cannot provide customized reviews and product comparisons for each reader. For more help, please be sure to visit my 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. Wish I could be more help.

  • Melissa

    Hi Kevin-

    Both are made by Diamond, which I am no longer a fan of due to issues that our dogs have had with various foods made by them. With that said, many people have good/great luck with their products, so that depends on your dog.

    I do not use “lifestage” formulas such as light and senior. They tend to be light on the meat content and there is no AAFCO standard for senior. Why not feed the “regular” variety of whichever food you choose and simply control calorie content via feeding amounts? My dogs range in age from 12wks to 16 + years right now and all eat the same ALS foods(all life stage)and always have, and their growth rate as pups and longevity as seniors all seem to be “intact” if you will, lol.

  • Kevin

    Question 3 – maybe I should just forget my original aforementioned plan, and go with the Premium Edge Healthy Weight Reduction blend instead. Grain free, good protein content, cheap, what is there not to like? That last part was rhetorical, but I’m sure you follow! Thanks again!

  • Kevin

    This is a two-part question. Why is the senior formula rated 3 stars? I haven’t found supporting information yet (I’m guessing it’s because it has less meat content). If this is the case, I’m considering mixing it with Taste of the Wild for added meat and overall food quality. Can you offer an opinion on this approach (in general)? My 11-yr old dog has shown stomach sensitivities and I’m looking for good food that won’t “break the bank”. A sensitive stomach blend may be the answer, but I have a feeling the issue is her current food brand’s quality has gotten worse. Both of the brands I mentioned are inexpensive compared to their counterparts, hence looking at them specifically. Thank you.

  • Hi Valerie… Premium Edge Skin and Coat Salmon, Potatoes and Vegetables is the full name of that recipe. It’s listed at the top of the review. Hope this helps.

  • Valerie

    I just bought the Premium Edge Salmon and potato and I do not see that on you list? Do you have any research on this particular type of Premium Edge?

  • I have an 8 year old lab that has several food allergies that manifest in diareah, scaly skin, inflammed ears and mattery eyes. He absolutely cannot digest a chicken based formula. So we have tried many different things. He was on Diamond Beef and Rice for a while and did great on it but his coat was still a little dry. The kennel I manage started selling Premium Edge Skin and Coat, along with Taste of the Wild lines. After comparing PE Skin and Coat to TOTW pacific stream I didn’t really see a whole lot of difference on the bags. So we tried PE Skin and Coat and Moose is doing great, a gradual transition has given us solid stools, super shiny glossy coat, clear eyes and ears. I’m really happy with this food and plan to stick with it. Though I do wonder what your thoughts are on the difference of PE Skin and Coat to TOTW Pacific stream?

  • Hi Dottie… I don’t know if this is the case with Premium Edge. You’ll need to contact the manufacturer (Diamond Pet) to find out. The only foods required to be labeled that they come from China are the ones that are actually made in China. If they contain Chinese ingredients in their recipe but the food is manufactured in the US, there’s no government regulation requiring public notification. By the way, there are many vitamins that are very difficult to find that are made in the US. Amd these commonly contain certian vitamins from China.

  • Bob K

    Dottie What makes you think the ingredients come from China? The food is made by Diamond which is a US based company. What are you currently feeding your dog? Do you believe the US food supply is safe? Salmonella, Mad Cow, rendering processes, Plant inspections etc…… Dog food Mfgs. often source their ingredients from many sources and change suppliers and planst as needed to control costs and supply issues.

  • Dottie Pharr

    I am very concerned about anything that comes from China. I’ve recently been informed that a dog food product may say it is ‘made in USA’ but that some of the ingredients that go into the food may be shipped from China. Can you tell me if this is the case with Premium Edge? Thanks!

  • becky

    This dog food has made my 2.5 year old cockapoo INSANELY itchy after only 4 feedings. She can’t stop scratching and it’s only since beginning this food. I am stopping immediately,

  • Greg

    Our Corgis do really well on this food. I especially like the probiotics and vegetables in the formula. No problems with loose stools here. We rotate this with Diamond naturals. Both good foods at a good price in my humble opinion.

  • Julianne

    This is our second bag of Premium Edge Healthy Weight Control dog food and My dog has diarrhea. We mixed her old food with the last bag until it was gone ( followed vet instructions on how to mix old with new). Every thing was fine and she started to eat only the Premium Edge Healthy Weight Control for the last two weeks but now she has diarrhea. She is six years old and it has been years since she had a run of diarrhea and it never lasted more than a day, now she is going on a week.

  • Yvonne

    We just changed to feeding our adult dog Premium Edge Skin and Coat and our puppy Premium Edge Large Breed Puppy. Ever since the switch, they have been eating their own poop and each other’s. We did not have this issue with the food we had been feeding them before. We switched to this food because the owner of the local store where we bought it recommended it. We are going to stop feeding them this food. I don’t think they can digest it fully, making their feces appealing to them to eat.

  • Debe

    My dogs have been on Bil-Jac for about 8 years. Recently, due to lack of unemployment, I started to look for a quality, but less expensive dogfood. I tried the Premium Edge. I gradually introduced it to them, taking about 2 weeks plus. All of a sudden, one of my dogs vomited, twice, just recently after another addition of the Premium Edge into her food. I’m switching back to Bil-Jac. I was leary of Premium Edge, made by Diamond, as I knew it had been one of the dogfoods with melamine awhile back. It’s not worth it. I may eat beans, but my dogs are getting Bil-Jac.

  • Hi Heidi… Haven’t yet reviewed Purina Hypoallergenic so I can’t be as helpful as I’d like. However, no dog food can be protein free (or your dog would die).

    Yet this specific recipe does appear to be meat free. It gets 100% of this critical nutrient from hydrolyzed soy protein. This means the soy protein has been processed to break down the protein itself into its individual chemical building blocks (known as amino acids).

    The good news is that hydrolyzed proteins are actually quite hypoallergenic. However, be sure your dog is actually allergic to ALL meats before you commit to this 100% vegetarian diet.

    Have you already had your dog tested to discover which protein source he’s specifically allergic to? If not, you may wish to discuss this valuable option with your vet first. Hope this helps.

  • heidi

    hi, I love all your research,it helps so much to shop for a quality dogfood.My Vet wants me to use Purina Hypoallergenic, thinking our senior dog Rusty might have Protein allergies.Saying the this Purina HA had a different protein, then what he has been eating(Bil-Jac and Wysong). purina HA doesn’t have any proteins outside of Oils.
    I’d like to get Rusty maybe the Premium Edge Skin and Coat Salmon ,Potatoe&Vegetables Formular. I couldn’t find it on your ratings. What do you think.
    My Rusty has a heart murmer, collappsed Trachea, maybe some arthritis. I hate to take the joy of eating and feed him something that must taste like cardboard in his old age.Pomeranian,9 yrs old.What do you think.Thank you for all you do.

  • Hi Bill… Thanks for sharing this note with us. In any case, please note we’re aware the fish meal is ethoxyquin free and we’ve already published that information in this review.

  • William

    Emailed them about the Skin and Coat product and the preservatives and this is the answer I got from them.

    “If you’ve been on the Premium Edge Senior for a while and would like to see if a change to another food can help, note that changing to a different protein sometimes helps resolve the problem. (Of course, itchy skin is often caused by environmental concerns, not food.) Trying the Skin and Coat formula would be a good choice, as this is made from fish protein—a completely different protein base than the Senior formula. Our fish meal is preserved with mixed tocopherols, not ethoxyquin. “

  • Bill

    I’ve had my Corgi on Premium Edge since she was a pup. Started her on the Puppy formula, now on Adult Chicken – she didn’t much care for the Puppy food, but she loves the Adult Chicken!

    I have had good experience with this brand – our pup is happy and healthy, and picking her up and feeling the sheer density and strength of her muscles is proof enough that she is getting enough protien, without too many carbs.

  • Hi Gail… Senior foods are usually notably lower in meat content. And it’s no secret I’m not a fan of low protein (low meat) dog foods. Since (like us humans) each dog responds to a specific food in its own unique way, it would be misleading for me to assure you a particular dog food would produce the solid stools you’re looking for. You may want to consider a different product line altogether. Hope this helps.

  • Gail

    Hi Mike My miniature poodle was on premieum edge skin and coat but had really lose droppings.The guy at the pet food store said try her on premeium edge for seniors shes 7 yrs old will this stop the lose stools plus she goes about 3 times a day with lose stools will this help her stop going so much?

  • Ceecee

    i’m having a similar problem with Premium Edge Puppy.. my 4 month lab was having mushy to runny stool so I switched to rice and cottage cheese for a week or so. This week I started reintroducing the food.. things were soft but not horribly runny. Yesterday she had more because she genuinely likes the food.. but she vomited this morning. =/ I think it’s time for a change..

  • Hi Marilyn… Looks like Premium Edge may have had a formula change. I don’t see any corn gluten either. By the way, you’re doing the right thing by reading the comments section at the end of any review. Our readers’ reports, experiences and discussions can add a lot to the value of the reviews.

  • Marilyn

    Hi Mike, I’m confused, in one of your earlier statements (July 20, 2010 at 12:32 pm) you said corn gluten was included as an ingredient in the Premium Edge puppy food but when I look at the ingredients I don’t see corn gluten listed as an ingredient in the Chicken, Rice and Vegetables puppy formula. It’s not listed as an ingredient on their puppy food package nor on their website. Does this mean they have had a formula change and no longer use corn gluten and if so would you then rate it as a 4 star puppy food?

  • Hi Kimber… I know how you feel. So, it’s especially difficult to have to say to you there’s no way I (or anyone) can assure you any specific food is completely safe for your dog. Even the human foods we all take for granted are potentially contaminated, too.

    And of course, it may not have been the food at all. Cancer can be a very strange disease.

    My best advice? Use better quality foods from companies you know and trust. And periodically rotate your dog’s diet (using different products) to minimize the magnifying effect of feeding the same (potentially defective) dog food continuously for years. Hope this helps.

  • Kimber Denny

    I recently lost my 1 and half year old lab to lymphoma, vet and consultants were perplexed as to what exactly happened. After doing alot of research I feel that all signs point to food. Old dog was eating purina one large puppy. New dog was eating Bil-Jac but i recently switched to Premium Edge though I am not still convinced this is the best choice. It seem like with all the research I have done everything has varying opinions about ingredients used. I hate to keep switching his food but I am so paranoid to lose another dog so young. Help, please!!

  • Hi Michele… It would be impossible for me to compare two specific products for each reader. After reviewing all these dog foods, I decided to leave something fun for you to do yourself. 🙂

  • Michele

    How would you rate “premium edge” vs “blue?

  • dennis

    have had similar scenarios with my american bulldog.switched him,gradually, to [email protected] MONTHS TO GROWTH CONCERNS[sorry about cap’s,lol].has been on it ever since[almost 2yrs].he has occasional,hard stools,mostly runny stools,but otherwise very vet thinks its from him drinking out of our pond and creek that runs thru our the brand contents and the price is reasonable

  • Jill

    Thanks Mike. Both the breeder and my vet seem to think my pup should be getting adult food now. I think there are concerns about growth taking place too quickly with larger puppies on higher calorie puppy food. My puppy seems to be just right in terms of growth, but the loose stools have been a problem. I transitioned him gradually from the Pro Plan Puppy to the Premium Edge Puppy and now onto the Premium Edge Adult but the stools have been consistently mushy and sometimes outright diarrhea. I’m not sure exactly what I should be feeding him at this point.

  • Hi Jill… You may be switching your 5 month old to adult food too early. According to the Waltham Center for Pet Nutrition, small and medium sized dogs can transition directly from a puppy to an adult diet at about 6 months of age. However, large breeds (like your lab) can continue to grow until 12 months (or more).

    Adult dog foods are recommended for adult maintenance only. Growing puppies need to eat foods that are designed to meet AAFCO profiles for either “growth” or “all life stages”. If you want to switch to Premium Edge, be sure to feed their puppy product. And be certain to transition to any new food very gradually over a 7-10 day period.

    Since we never know exactly when a dog stops growing, it’s safer to feed a puppy food for too long than it is to feed an adult food too soon. This seems to be an important enough question to merit discussing with your dog’s vet as soon as possible. Hope this helps.

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  • Jill

    Hi Mike,
    My 5 month old lab puppy is currently eating Premium Edge Adult (chicken, rice veggie formula) He was getting the same puppy formula and then I started transitioning by mixing the puppy with the adult. When I first brought him home from the breeder he was eating Purina Pro Plan Puppy (chicken & rice). He didn’t seem to like it much and his stools have always been very soft and sometimes unformed. Lately he has had days of outright diarrhea. He has been checked for intestinal parasites – negative. My vet has put him on a round of Flagyl. I have been mixing in boiled rice with his dog food. He looks great and is active and happy. I suspect diet is the culprit, but not sure. Any recommendations?

  • Hi Linda… Although a food intolerance is possible, the odds suggest bad food would be less likely. Also, how you transition to a new food is crucial and must be gradual. We always start with just 20-25% new food and take the next 7 to 10 days to slowly increase up to 100%.


    Bought two large bags and mixed it in with the remainder of the old food to get adjusted. Three days later had 4 of our 6 dogs all with diarrhea. Put half back on the old food and they are doing fine.. the other half went back on premium edge and again loose stools!! I have 2 large bags. I have no idea what is in the food that our guys can not tolerate or it is a bad bag of food. Same protein content/ Suggestions welcome.

  • John

    I have been feeding my doggies the Adult Lamb formula. The Ocean Fish Meal is much further down on the list of ingredients, after flaxseed. The remainder of the ingredients are pretty much in the same order. I actually cut the ingredient panel off of the empty bag and scan it so I can compare it to other foods I give my dogs. We all seem to like the Premium Edge Adult Lamb, rice and veggies formula.

  • Hi Shannon… Yes, I agree. With corn gluten meal near the top of the list, it’s probably responsible for at least some of the label’s reported protein content. And therefore, I’d guess the recipe contains a little less meat

    The Puppy formula is likely to be a little closer to 3-stars.

  • Shannon

    I was wondering if you would rate the Premium Edge Puppy 4 stars considering it contains corn gluten meal as the fifth ingredient. Thanks!

  • Hi Susan… I’m planning to review Professional Dog Food in the very near future… so stay tuned.

  • susan

    I am looking for some feedback on Professional dog food, I believe it is made by diamond.