Abady Dog Food

October 2, 2008  
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Abady Dog Food Review

Abady pet food products are manufactured and marketed by Robert Abady Dog Food Co. Ltd. based in Poughkeepsie, New York. The company prides itself in formulating “species-appropriate rations for dogs and cats”. The company’s website lists down the exclusive features of Abady dog food formulas—“advanced natural designs, superior nutrition, greater safety, no artificial stool-forming agents, revolutionary nutrient-sparing method of preparing food, and industry-leading texture”.

Abady dog food formulas attempt to formulate the best natural diet for carnivores with animal-based, low carbohydrate, low-fiber formulas.  One distinct feature of Abady dog food products is the absence of saponin-containing ingredients like tomato pomace, soybeans, alfalfa, oats, beet pulp, garlic, beans, peas, and yucca. They claim that saponin can increase the risk of bloat and other serious metabolic disturbances in dogs and many other species of animals. Another type of ingredients which have been excluded in Abady dog food products includes artificial stool-forming agents like cellulose flour and sodium bentonite.  Abady also claims that each group of nutrients is processed separately to preserve their nutrient value. abady dog food

Chicken meal is made from parts of the chicken that may include whole carcasses of poultry, heads, feet, feathers, and entrails. Since it is a meat meal, it contains 300% more protein than fresh raw chicken. Chicken meal is a good source of highly digestible protein essential vitamins and minerals which are necessary for your dog’s growth and maintenance.

Menhaden fish meal is a protein-rich ingredient which is made from a species of small ocean fish.  It is a concentrated meat meal which contains high levels of omega-3 fatty acids and minerals which are essential to normal health and growth. There is a need to determine if the fish meal which is being incorporated in Abady dog food products is ethoxyquin-free. Ethoxyquin is an antioxidant which is often used in preserving fish meals because it can help prevent rancidity of fats. However, it has also been marketed as a pesticide. There are cases when ethoxyquin has been linked to liver problems in dogs.

White rice is also called milled rice because the husk, bran, and germ of the grain has been removed.  Although it has a longer storage period compared to brown rice, the polishing process removes the essential vitamins and minerals. It is for this reason that white rice is considered inferior to brown rice where the nutrient-rich bran is still intact.
Chicken by-product meal is an inferior source of protein because it is made from parts of slaughtered chicken where the premium parts have been removed leaving only carcass parts which have been deemed unfit for human consumption like chicken feet, offals, neck, and undeveloped egg. One positive thing though is that the by-product meal has been identified rather than a generic by-product meal with questionable sources.

There are studies which demonstrate that lard in dog food can inhibit the decomposition of organic matter particularly in high amounts. Lard has been incorporated in dog foods as a source of meat-based fats. It contains small amounts of linoleic acid. Linoleic acid is important in the synthesis of linolenic and arachidonic acid. These are fatty acids which are very important to maintain your dog’s skin and coat health. There are those who view lard as a low quality rendered fat.

Flaxseed oil is a rich source of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. These are healthy fatty acids which are important in maintaining the integrity of body cells including protecting the cells from harmful free radicals.

There are mixed reviews from dog owners who have given their dogs Abady dog food products. Some dog owners decry the “use of waste products from the human food industry”. There are also those who claim that feeding their dog with Abady resulted in serious health problems. However, there are also dog owners who claim that their dogs are living healthy lives while on Abady dog food.

Overall, we do not recommend Abady dog food brand. While we do not believe it among the worst brands out there, it’s a mid-low quality brand and we would recommend going with a dog food brand that contains higher quality ingredients and/or provides higher value.

Please visit the links listed below for Abady dog food reviews by formula.

Have a comment or question about our Abady dog food review? Want to share your experiences with others? We welcome your comments!

Abady Dog Food Formulas Reviews

Abady Dog Food Formulas:

  1. Abady Maintenance/Stress and Growth Formula for Toys
  2. Maintenance and Stress Formula for Adult Dogs
  3. Abady Classic Formula for Maintenance & Stress
  4. Abady State of The Art Formula for Growing Puppies of The Larger Breeds
  5. Abady State of The Art Formula for Growing Puppies of The Giant Breeds

Abady Dog Food Consumer Rating

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126 Responses to “Abady Dog Food”
  1. toni says:

    I feed my maltese and the boxer Abady Raw

  2. Sally says:

    I have fed many of the top rated grain free foods and I always felt my dogs looked great. I read through the information on the Abady site and then ordered some for my Hairless Chinese Crested to see what it might do for him. I was delighted by the way he filled out and the muscle he started to get. I then bought some to give my large breed dogs as a test. I can say that I am impressed with the food. The coats on the dogs are the best I’ve ever seen, and I had always had compliments on how nice they looked. I am now meeting people that are wanting the same product I am using to create those lustrous coats and healthy bodies. I have turned on many people to Abady and each one has noted huge differences in total condition of their dogs. There is a reason the formulas work. That is because someone decided to create foods that are totally functional for a dog’s system. The correct type of by-product meal will add much needed natural nutrition that other foods just can’t touch. I believe that this food does work to help hip dysplasia issues. It stands to reason that if a dog or puppy is fed the correct nutrition at every stage that the dog or puppy has a much better chance of better hips. Muscle condition also improves which helps hips to stay in place correctly. It takes the right foods, that a dog’s system recognizes as usable, that nourishes the body in it’s formation. Abady foods make sense if one understands the true needs and sources of the nutrition that actually builds healthy bodies. Unless you actually try it you will never have the experience to judge the food or it’s maker with intelligence.

  3. Linda says:

    I am wondering what your credentials are re veterinary nutrition background. You (Jesse/Michele)seem to be obsessive in trashing Abady while accusing them of doing the same thing to others. I have to give some credence to the experiential evidence. My own dog loves it, her chronic digestive and skin problems resolved on it (after trying numerous other foods) as has been the experience of others.

    What is your opinion of the saponin angle, as Abady appears to be the ONLY food out there that does not use it?

    Re the hip dysplasia claims, it is entirely possible that nutrition can have an effect. I do not believe their claims are that it is the ONLY reason, I think they assert it is one of several factors, but I do know knee displacement in humans can be the result of poor muscle tone and muscle development can be effected by lack of protein.

    As for some of the products you rave about, really? Merrick has had several recalls, and Wellness has too.

  4. Jimmy says:

    LOL,well Linda, good luck feeding your dog lard and by products.

  5. Lorraine says:

    Hi, I m from Singapore. I have been feeding my dog with Abady, today she is a 10 years old strong healthy dog with no health issues. She is able to run 10 with my husband! Thank you Abady…

  6. JT says:

    I am a bit outraged: dogs are carnivores, the Abady raw solved ALL our puppy’s problems in 24 hours. If anyone has any doubt just try it, there is no harm possible from pure food. The puppy came from a shelter and had diarrhea, excessive shedding, nervous tendencies (besides normal teething) and, I am not kidding, within 24 hours of eating Abady raw the coat is better, diarrhea replaced with healthy, non stinking minimal stool, calmer behavior, and generally a very happy puppy. Jeez. Whatever else you try and feed your dog or cat, make sure it’s food for a carnivore!

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