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AvoDerm Natural Lamb Meal & Rice Formula Canned Dog Food

by AvoDerm
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March 7, 2019
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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.

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TYPE
Wet Dog Food
PRICE
$$
BREED SIZE
Small, Medium, Large Breeds
AGE
Adult
FEATURES
-
PACKAGE
13 oz
MADE IN
United States
COMPANY
Central Garden & Pet Co.

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Nutrition

Nutrition

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

Label Claim

Dry Matter

Min. Protein 38.64%

Min. Fat 36.36%

Min. Carbs 15.91%

Max. Fiber 6.82%

Max. Ash 9.09%

Max. Moisture 0.00%

Label Claim

Food Label

Min. Protein: 8.5%

Min Fat: 8.0%

Min Carbs: N/A

Max Fiber: 1.5%

Max Ash: N/A

Max. Moisture: 78.0%

Calories

Calories

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.

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Ingredients

Ingredients

Score
83%
32
Total Ingredients
1
Controversial Ingredients

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.

  • ‍Lamb Broth
    Broth is often used as a healthy natural flavor or instead of water when making dog food. It makes dogs more likely to eat the food and adds moisture but doesn't provide a lot of nutritional value.
  • Lamb
    Lamb is generally a healthy dog food ingredient that adds protein, fat and other healthy nutrients to the dog food. Raw meat contains about 75% water which is cooked off during the making of dog food. This leaves only a fraction of the protein content in the final product's weight. We recommend looking for dog foods that also include meat meals in the first five ingredients (pre-cooked meat powder that contains four times the amount of protein). This product doesn’t include added meat meals.
  • Lamb Liver
    Lamb liver is an organ that contains healthy nutrients like calories, protein, vitamins and minerals. Specifically, it's rich in iron, copper, vitamin A and B. We consider it a high-quality dog food ingredient.

  • Rice
    Rice provides calories, complex carbohydrates and a few other nutrients to dogs. We generally consider it a quality dog food ingredient.

  • Dried Egg Product
    Dried Egg Product are shell-free eggs that have had their moisture removed. While it provides nutrients like protein, it can be made from food-industry waste products such as eggs that failed to hatch. In other words, quality can vary. Because there are better protein sources (like whole eggs or meat) we do not consider this a high-quality dog food ingredient.


‍‍Controversial Ingredients

  1. Carrageenan
  2. Carrageenan is derived from red algae or seaweed and is used as a gelling or thickening ingredient to bind food together. Evidence has been found that it is potentially inflammatory and toxic to the digestive tract, and may be responsible for colitis, IBS, rheumatoid arthritis, and colon cancer.


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.


Artificia Preservatives

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.


Artificial Colors

AvoDerm Natural Lamb Meal & Rice dog food uses no artificial colors.


Artificial Flavors

This food does not use any artificial flavors either.

Recalls

Recalls

Score
70%
2
Brand Recalls

AvoDerm is made by a company called Breeder’s Choice. It has an average amount of recalls. Here are the details:

Date:
April 2013
Recalled Products:
Breeder’s Choice Active Care Healthy Joint Treats (for dogs), 24 oz. pack, Best by Dec. 19, 2013.
Cause:
Potential for mold.
Class:
III
FDA recalls use classes from I (most serious) to III (least serious).
Type:
N/A
Quantity:
N/A
Source
Date:
9/7/2012
Recalled Products:
AvoDerm Natural Lamb Meal & Brown Rice Adult Dog Formula, 26 lb. Packaged in plastic bag with plastic liner.
Cause:
The firm recalled because the product has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella.
Class:
I
FDA recalls use classes from I (most serious) to III (least serious).
Type:
Voluntary
Quantity:
7,392 bags
Source
Transparency

Transparency

Score
0%

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?

No Response

Who formulates your recipes, and what are their credentials?

No Response

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

No Response

What country are your products manufactured?

No Response

Can your manufacturing facilities be visited?

No Response

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

No Response

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

No Response

Do any parts of your product come from China?

No Response

AvoDerm Natural Lamb Meal & Rice Formula Canned Dog Food

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