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AvoDerm Natural Lamb Meal & Rice Formula is a mid-priced wet dog food with average quality. This product has 1 controversial ingredient, but no artificial preservatives, colors, or flavors. The food has very well-balanced amounts of protein, fat, and carbs and also excellent meat and fat quality. AvoDerm has an average number of dog food recalls. The company was not responsive and transparent when answering our questions.Read the Full Review Below
This food has well-balanced amounts of protein, fat, and carbs. Diets that are high in protein and fat, with moderate to low carbs, are ideal for most dogs.
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
Min. Protein 38.64%
Min. Fat 36.36%
Min. Carbs 15.91%
Max. Fiber 6.82%
Max. Ash 9.09%
Max. Moisture 0.00%
Min. Protein: 8.5%
Min Fat: 8.0%
Min Carbs: N/A
Max Fiber: 1.5%
Max Ash: N/A
Max. Moisture: 78.0%
509 Calories per Can
This product has an above average amount of calories for wet food. It’s important to understand how many calories you are feeding to prevent under or overfeeding. Based on your dog's current weight and activity level you may want to feed more or less than the recommended amount.
Grain-Free Dog Foods
This is a grain-free dog food. The FDA is investigating a potential connection between grain-free diets and canine heart disease. There is not enough evidence yet to affect our ratings but we've created an article for you explaining the topic.Learn More
Lamb Broth, Lamb, Lamb Liver, Rice, Dried Egg Product, Peas, Carrots, Potatoes, Dicalcium Phosphate, Flax Seed, Guar Gum, Blueberries, Cranberries, Dried Kelp, Lecithin, Avocado Meal, Avocado Oil, Salt, Minerals (Iron Amino Acid Chelate, Zinc Amino Acid Chelate, Cobalt Amino Acid Chelate, Copper Amino Acid Chelate, Manganese Amino Acid Chelate, Sodium Selenite, Potassium Iodide), Potassium Chloride, Carrageenan, Vitamins (Vitamin E, A, B12, D3 Supplements, Thiamine Mononitrate, Biotin, Riboflavin Supplement), Choline Chloride.
The average dog food we reviewed has 39 total ingredients, with 1 controversial ingredient. This product has 1 controversial ingredient. It's called Carrageenan - more on why it’s controversial below.
Top 5 Ingredients
Dog food ingredients are listed in descending order of weight. So when looking at dog food, take a close look at the first 5 ingredients. They generally make up about 80% of the total weight.
Country of Origin
This product is made in the United States. That’s a plus because the U.S. enforces stricter quality controls and dog food regulations than many other countries.
Meat & Fat Quality
This dog food uses named meat and protein sources like lamb, lamb liver and dried egg product. This is great because it shows you the species the ingredient comes from. The same goes for the fat sources (like flax seed, avocado meal and avocado oil) - all of them identify the plants they come from.
AvoDerm does not have any controversial preservatives in this formula. 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.
AvoDerm Natural Lamb Meal & Rice dog food uses no artificial colors.
This food does not use any artificial flavors either.
AvoDerm is made by a company called Breeder’s Choice. It has an average amount of recalls. Here are the details:
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?
Avoderm was contacted twice over a 3 week period. A response was given that they had forwarded the email to the correct department, but no follow up was received.
Does AvoDerm have a veterinary nutritionist on staff? If so, who are they?
Who formulates your recipes, and what are their credentials?
Do you test your products using AAFCO feeding trials? Why, or why not?
What country are your products manufactured?
Can your manufacturing facilities be visited?
What quality measures do you use to assure consistency and quality?
Does AvoDerm own its manufacturing facility? If it is another company, what company is it?
Do any parts of your product come from China?
Linda P Case, MS; Daniel P Carey, DVM; and Diane A Hirakawa, PhD, Canine and Feline Nutrition A Resource for Companion Animal Professionals, Mosby-Year Book, Inc.