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Halo Holistic Chicken & Chicken Liver Adult Dry Dog Food

by Halo
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March 7, 2019

Halo Holistic Chicken & Chicken Liver Adult is an overall great quality dry dog food at a mid-priced. This product has 0 controversial ingredients, which also means no artificial preservatives, colors or flavors. The food has a high amount of carbs, compared to its protein and fat but and excellent meat and fat quality. Halo also has a below-average number of recalls. Additionally, the company was very transparent when answering our questions. Watchdog Labs recommends this product.

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Dry Dog Food
Small, Medium, Large Breeds
4, 14, 25 lbs
United States
Halo, Purely for Pets

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The food has high carbs and somewhat low protein and fats, 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 27.78%

Min. Fat 16.67%

Min. Carbs 47.78%

Max. Fiber 5.56%

Max. Ash 7.78%

Max. Moisture 0.00%

Label Claim

Food Label

Min. Protein: 25.0%

Min Fat: 15.0%

Min Carbs: N/A

Max Fiber: 5.0%

Max Ash: N/A

Max. Moisture: 10.0%



403 Calories per Cup

This product has a relatively high amount of calories. It’s important to understand how many calories you are feeding to prevent under or overfeeding. If your dog has fair to low activity levels, you may want to feed less than the labels recommend amount, since high-calorie foods like this are often feed to more active dogs who require a higher amount of daily calories. 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

Chicken, Chicken Liver, Dried Egg Product, Oatmeal, Pearled Barley, Dried Peas, Dried Chickpeas, Soy Protein Concentrate, Chicken Fat (Preserved With Mixed Tocopherols), flaxseed, Pea fiber, Natural flavor, Dicalcium Phosphate, Calcium Sulfate, Dried Bacillus Coagulans Fermentation Product, Dried Blueberries, Dried Cranberries, Dried Carrots, Dried Sweet Potatoes, Calcium Carbonate, Salt, Dried Golden Algae, Inulin, Vitamins (Vitamin E Supplement, Niacin Supplement, Thiamine Mononitrate, D-Calcium Pantothenate, Vitamin A Supplement, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Riboflavin Supplement, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Folic Acid, Biotin), Potassium Chloride, Minerals (Zinc Methionine Complex, Zinc Sulfate, Iron Proteinate, Ferrous Sulfate, Copper Proteinate, Copper Sulfate, Manganese Proteinate, Manganous Oxide, Sodium Selenite, Calcium Iodate, Ethylenediamine Dihydroiodide), Taurine, Mixed Tocopherols (Preservative).

The average dog food we reviewed has 39 total ingredients, with 1 controversial ingredient. This product does not have any controversial ingredients, which is great to see.

Top 5 Ingredients

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

  • Chicken
    Chicken is a nutritious meat that provides protein, fat and other nutrients to dogs. 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 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). However, chicken is generally a healthy dog food ingredient.
  • Chicken Liver
    Chicken 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.
  • 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.

  • Oatmeal
    Oats are a cereal grain and a source of carbs, protein, dietary fiber, several B vitamins and dietary minerals like manganese. They are a high-quality dog food ingredient that can potentially help with colon health. Oatmeal are oats that have been ground or cut.

  • Pearled Barley
    Barley is a type of grass and a cereal grain. It is a source of calories and several nutrients, including protein, dietary fiber, B vitamins, niacin and various minerals. Barley provides carbs, energy, fiber and other healthy nutrients for dogs. Pearled means that the barley has been ground into finer pieces. Barley is generally a healthy dog food ingredient.

Controversial Ingredients

Halo has not included any controversial ingredients in this food.

Country of Origin

United States

Meat & Fat Quality

Halo clearly names the meat and protein sources like chicken, chicken liver, and dried egg product. This is great because it shows you the species the ingredient comes from. They are just as clear with the two fat sources chicken fat and flaxseed - both identify the source they come from.

Artificial Preservatives

This Halo product does not contain any controversial preservatives. 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 controversial because of their potential link to cancer and other serious health conditions.

Artificial Colors

No artificial colors are in this product.

Artificial Flavors

No artificial flavors are in this product.



Brand Recalls

We did not find any dog food recalls for Halo products, that’s great!




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?

Halo was pretty responsive, taking only 2 days to respond. After a follow-up email, they have openly responded to all but one question.

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

Our formulator for our meat-based diets has a Ph.D. in Nutritional Sciences from the University of Wisconsin and an MS in Biology from Wright University. He also has 30 years’ experience in Pet nutrition and nutritional research working for some of the major pet companies in America. For our Vegan products we work with Dr. Sarah Dodd who is a certified Veterinarian with a Masters in Pet Nutrition and is working on her Ph.D. in pet nutrition. Both her Masters and Ph.D. are focused on plant-based nutrition for dogs.

Who formulates your recipes, and what are their credentials?

See the previous answer.

(2nd email response)

Unfortunately, the information cannot be given for the formulator.

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

The only animal testing that Halo conducts is to ensure the palatability and digestibility of our recipes.  Both tests are non-invasive and are done at an AAFCO recommended facility, which has been visited by our team to ensure animals are treated well.

What country are your products manufactured?


Can your manufacturing facilities be visited?


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

All the manufacturing facilities are located in the US, regulated by the FDA and are regularly inspected by the US government. All the production is done under our supervision and only ingredients specified by us and recipes developed by us are used. We have very strict quality guidelines. All our ingredients are received with certificates of analysis and undergo raw materials testing independent lab analysis and in-depth safety review prior to use.  All lots are fully traceable and once they are produced, the finished product is re-tested and is not released for sale until new testing is completed.  

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

We do not own the manufacturing facilities. We do have confidentiality agreements with all our manufacturing facilities and cannot divulge who or where they are. But let me reassure you that all the production is done under our supervision and only ingredients specified by us and recipes developed by us are used. We have very strict quality guidelines. All our ingredients are received with certificates of analysis and undergo raw materials testing independent lab analysis and in-depth safety review prior to use. All lots are fully traceable. The reason why we do not divulge the information is simply to keep the information away from our competitors. It is our trade secret. Our product development team has and is arduously working to find the best ingredients and working with the best manufacturing facility for our recipes. This is the reason why Halo does not have the recalls all these big companies have.  

This is a reasonable response, but unfortunately, from a consumer perspective, it is troubling to not know who is making the product.  

Do any parts of your product come from China?

None of our ingredients (including vitamins and minerals) come from China.

Halo Holistic Chicken & Chicken Liver Adult Dry Dog Food

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