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Addiction Grain-Free Salmon Bleu Dry Dog Food

by Addiction
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March 7, 2019

Addiction Grain-Free Salmon Bleu is a mid-priced dry dog food with overall good quality. This product has no controversial ingredients, including zero artificial colors, preservatives or flavors. This food is high in carbs, compared to protein and fat, but has excellent meat and fat quality. Addiction has a below-average number of recalls. The company was relatively transparent when answering our questions. Overall, Watchdog Labs recommends this food.

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Dry Dog Food
Small, Medium, Large Breeds
Grain-Free, Sensitive Digestion, No Corn Wheat or Soy
4, 20, 33 lbs
New Zealand
Addiction Foods LLC

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The food has high carbs and somewhat low protein and fat, making it less nutritionally balanced compared to other dog foods we evaluated. Carbohydrates are cheap so they keep the food’s cost low and they are nutritionally useful to dogs in the right amounts. However, high amounts of carbs can reduce the much-needed meat-based protein and fat content.

To evaluate dog foods, we first calculate out the moisture. This is called the “dry matter basis” and shows you only the solid ingredients in the food. These estimated “dry matter” numbers are different from the food label, but a better way to understand the real nutritional value of the food. We also calculate the carbs. Find out more

Label Claim

Dry Matter

Min. Protein 26.67%

Min. Fat 14.44%

Min. Carbs 47.78%

Max. Fiber 3.33%

Max. Ash 11.11%

Max. Moisture 0.00%

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Food Label

Min. Protein: 24.0%

Min Fat: 13.0%

Min Carbs: N/A

Max Fiber: 3.0%

Max Ash: 10.0%

Max. Moisture: 10.0%



392 Calories per Cup

This product has a somewhat high amount of calories. It’s important to understand how many calories you are feeding to prevent under or overfeeding. Slightly higher calorie foods like this are typically best for fairly active dogs who need a moderate amount of daily calories. Based on your dog's current weight and activity level you may want to feed more or less than the recommended amount. It's helpful to know that weight loss foods often have fewer than 340 calories per cup, weight maintenance foods typically range from 340-380 calories, and high-activity dog foods are usually over 400 calories.

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Total Ingredients
Controversial Ingredients

Salmon Meal, Dried Potatoes, Dried Tapioca, Chicken Fat (Preserved with Mixed Tocopherols), Peas, Natural Flavor, Ground Flaxseed, Dried Kelp, Dried Cranberries, Dried Blueberries, Dried Spinach, Brewers Dried Yeast, 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), Sodium Chloride, Taurine, Choline Chloride, Magnesium Sulfate, Zinc Sulfate, Ferrous Sulfate, Calcium Carbonate, Copper sulfate, Manganese Sulfate, Calcium Iodate, Cobalt Sulfate, Sodium Selenite, Green Tea Extract, Rosemary Extract.

The average dog food we reviewed had 39 total ingredients, with 1 controversial ingredient. This product has 0 total controversial ingredients, that’s fantastic.

Top 5 Ingredients
Dog food ingredients are listed in descending order of weight. So when shopping for dog food, take a close look at the first 5 ingredients. They make up about 80% of the total weight.

  • Salmon Meal
    Salmon meal is generally a healthy dog food ingredient. Salmon offers one of the highest Omega-3 contents of any type of fish. Meat meals are the result of cooking. Water is removed from meats to create a protein-rich meal powder. Meat meals contain about four times the protein meats do, so generally, they're a good source of nutrients.
  • Dried Potatoes
    Salmon meal is generally a healthy dog food ingredient. Salmon offers one of the highest Omega-3 contents of any type of fish. Meat meals are the result of cooking. Water is removed from meats to create a protein-rich meal powder. Meat meals contain about four times the protein meats do, so generally, they're a good source of nutrients.
  • Dried Tapioca
    Tapioca is a gluten-free starch extracted from the root of the cassava plant. Because it mostly consists of carbohydrates and is low in fiber, Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids, we do not consider this a high-quality dog food ingredient.

  • Chicken Fat (Preserved with Mixed Tocopherols)
    Chicken fat is the fat left over after cooking chicken parts. It's a high-quality dog food ingredient that provides nutrients such as fat and Omega-6 fatty acids. Mixed-Tocopherols are a natural preservative made from Vitamin E that helps keep food fresh. We consider it a high-quality dog food preservative.

  • Peas
    Peas are a good source of carbs, fiber and protein. Peas are starchy but high in vitamin A, vitamin B6, vitamin C, vitamin K, phosphorus, magnesium, copper, iron, and zinc. We consider this a healthy dog food ingredient. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has warned that there is a potential link between peas and canine heart disease. It is still too early to draw conclusions so we cannot yet say if peas are a generally high-quality dog food ingredient or should be avoided.

Controversial Ingredients
Addiction Grain-Free Salmon doesn’t have any controversial ingredients.

Country of Origin

This product is made in New Zealand, that’s a plus. We generally recommend buying dog food that’s made in the United States, Canada, Europe, New Zealand or Australia - all known to have high quality standards and stricter regulations.

Meat & Fat Quality

This dog food clearly shows the sources of its meats (e.g. salmon meal) and fats (e.g. chicken fat). It’s always good when the ingredient list shows you all animal and plant species transparently. There are no unnamed meat or fat sources and both salmon meal and chicken fat are high-quality ingredients.

Artificial Preservatives

There are not any controversial preservatives in this food. It’s good to know that not all artificial preservatives are bad. That’s because they serve an important purpose, which is to prevent food from spoiling. However, we consider 11 artificial preservatives as controversial because of their potential link to cancer and other serious health conditions.

Artificial Colors

This product doesn’t use any artificial colors, that’s excellent.

Artificial Flavors

Addiction Grain-Free Salmon does not include any artificial flavors, either. Not having any of artificial ingredients is a great sign of quality.



Brand Recalls

Addiction has a below-average number of recalls.

Recalled Products:
New Zealand Venison & Apples Entree, canned dog food, Addiction brand, net wt. 13.8 oz/390 g, UPC Code 8 885004 070462. New Zealand Brushtail & Vegetables Entre, Canned Dog Food, net wt. 13.8 oz/390 g, UPC 8 885004 070028.
New Zealand Venison & Apple Canned Dog Food are recalled due to elevated levels of Vitamin A and slight variance in calcium and phosphorous ratios. New Zealand Brushtail & Vegetables Entree, Canned Dog Food, are recalled due to elevated levels of Vitamin A and slight variance in calcium and phosphorous ratios.
FDA recalls use classes from I (most serious) to III (least serious).
347 cases of Venison & Apples Entree and 8 cases of Brushtail & Vegetables Entree



We love dog food brands that are committed to transparent business practices. If you make quality dog food you should be willing to openly talk about how it’s sourced and produced. That’s why we reached out to pet food companies, asking questions about all their brands and products. Each company had three weeks to reply to our messages.

How Easy Was it to Reach the Company?

Addiction was one of the more responsive companies taking only 2 days to reply. They were relatively transparent but did not provide detailed answers to many of the questions.  

Does Addiction have a veterinary nutritionist on staff? If so, who are they?

Yes, at our Manufacturing facility in New Zealand.

They would not provide a specific name of the veterinary nutritionist.

Who formulates your recipes, and what are their credentials?

Our Veterinary and Nutritionist.

Again, this is the above-mentioned persons whose name could not be shared.  

Do you test your products using AAFCO feeding trials? Why, or why not?

Yes. Our formulas is formulated to meet and exceed the nutritional levels established by AAFCO.

Clarification was not provided. This answer is not clear because the feeding trial is different than formulating. This may be a misunderstanding on their part, or possibly intentionally incomplete.  

What country are your products manufactured?

New Zealand.

Can your manufacturing facilities be visited?

Depending on business needs.

This answer suggests it's not likely open to the public but could be visited by a vendor or partnering company.  

What quality measures do you use to assure consistency and quality?

Our products goes through rigorous QA testing and we follow strict regulations mandated by the New Zealand MOA. More details can be provided upon confirmation on how this information will be used.

Does Addiction own its manufacturing facility? If it is another company, what company is it?


Addiction also manufacturers the Wishbone dog foods at this facility.  

Do any parts of your product come from China?


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