Avoderm dog food

AvoDerm Dog Food Review

Avoderm dog food formulas are known for incorporating an unconventional ingredient in dog food—California avocados.  The dog food brand is formulated and produced by Breeder’s Choice Pet Foods. The company started out as a producer of frozen pet meals in 1947 which later expanded to include kibble and biscuits which have been oven-baked and packed with nutrients that exceeded the minimum nutritional requirement for pet foods. Today, Breeder’s Choice continues to produce their “all-natural oven-baked pet foods and treats” in their Irwindale facility.

In 1982, AvoDerm pet foods came into being as a result of an excess supply of avocados at a local farm. The company capitalized on the skin and coat-restoring properties of nutrients present in avocados to come up with their flagship product that has become one of their best-selling dog food line.

Avoderm dog food products have been tailored to meet specific AAFCO nutrient profiles for different life stages.avoderm dog food review

Not all AvoDerm dog food formulas have a meat-based protein source as its first ingredient. While some AvoDerm dog food formulas have chicken meal, there are those which have peas or ground whole rice as their first ingredient.

Chicken meal is a valuable source of meat-based protein. It is a meat concentrate which means it contains 300% more protein than fresh meat sources.  However, chicken has been linked to cases of canine food allergies thus dog owners whose dogs are hypersensitive to chicken shy away from any AvoDerm formula that contains any form of chicken.

Another meat-based protein which is a common ingredient in AvoDerm dog food formulas is salmon meal. Although it does not follow chicken meal as the next major ingredient, salmon meal is usually included among the first five ingredients. Aside from being a good source of protein, salmon meal is also rich in omega-6 fatty acids which are essential components in important body processes and safeguard the integrity of body cells.  Salmon meal is also considered a meat concentrate.

There is one AvoDerm formula with Peas as the first ingredient. Peas are good sources of plant-based proteins and fibers.  Putting it as a first ingredient may not be a good idea since dogs are primarily meat eaters and compared to meat sources, protein from peas is relatively of inferior quality.

Whole rice is a complex carbohydrate which is a good source of energy.  Brown rice is of better quality than white rice because the layer which contains the essential vitamins and minerals are still intact. With white rice, the outer layer has been removed thus stripping rice of valuable nutrients.

Oatmeal is a gluten-free whole grain cereal from ground oats. It is a natural source of B-vitamins and digestible fiber.

Rice bran is an inferior protein source that can, however, boost the protein level of a dog food formula. A by-product of the rice milling process, rice bran is also a rich source of natural vitamins and minerals.

Flaxseeds provide good sources of plant-based omega-3 fatty acids and digestible fiber particularly when they are ground into a meal.

Chicken fat is a rich source of linoleic acid, a type of omega-6 fatty acid which plays an important role in physiological processes of the body. It is a product of rendering.

There are several controversial ingredients in certain AvoDerm dog food formulas which have been consistently pointed out by concerned dog owners.

Avocado is not a common ingredient in dog food products. However, many AvoDerm dog food formulas incorporate California avocado because it possesses nutrients which are excellent for maintaining a dog’s shiny hair coat and healthy skin. But there are others who view the inclusion of avocado in a negative light because of concerns regarding the potential toxicity which, for the most part, lack sufficient evidence to be of much cause for apprehension.

Tomato pomace is another controversial ingredient because it is often viewed as an inexpensive filler of pet food products. It is a by-product when tomatoes are processed into catsup, soup, or juice.

Many dog owners are happy with the fact that using AvoDerm formulas on their dogs resulted in shinier hair coats and healthy skin. There are also fewer reports of hypersensitivity reactions with AvoDerm dog food products.

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

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

Avoderm Dog Food Formulas:

  1. AvoDerm Natural Chicken Meal and Brown Rice Puppy Food
  2. AvoDerm Natural Chicken Meal and Brown Rice Adult Dog Food
  3. AvoDerm Natural Lamb Meal and Brown Rice Adult Dog Food
  4. AvoDerm Natural Vegetarian Adult Dog Food
  5. AvoDerm Natural Brown Rice, Oatmeal and Chicken Meal Formula Lite Dog Food
  6. AvoDerm Natural Chicken Meal, Brown Rice and Oatmeal Formula Senior Dog Food
  7. AvoDerm Natural Chicken Meal and Brown Rice Large Breed Adult Dog Food
  8. AvoDerm Natural Chicken Meal and Brown Rice Large Breed Puppy Food

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69 Responses to “Avoderm dog food”
  1. Elizabeth says:

    I know a lot of people who think avocados are toxic to dogs but the only part of the avocado that is toxic to dogs is the pit. The only part of the avocado used in the food is the meat part. So if you want to feed your dog this food do not freak out because it is not going to die from the avocados. Do research yourself and you will be reassured. And to back up Deborah’s story I have read story’s of dogs who live on orchards and have never gotten sick from eating avocados straight off the ground.

  2. Lorraine says:

    After eating Avoderm, my Shih Tzu puppy lets out a loud burp that we cannot believe comes from such a small body and gets very bad gas. Was hoping that this food would be a perfect fit for her, but unfortunately we will be changing to another once this bag is finished.

  3. Danni says:

    We have been feeding our 6 month old Australian Shepherd puppy avoderm since she was born and she loves it. Her coat is extrememly soft and she has a very regular digestive tract. I will say though sometimes she does get gas but I wouldn’t feed her anything else.

  4. Shannon says:

    1. The stems, leaves, and pits of avocados are toxic to dogs, or so they say. Avoderm only uses the meat of the fruit and the oil for the omega 3&6 fatty acids which help the skin&coat. Avoderm has been around since the 1980s; if the ingredients in the dog food were toxic the company would no longer be in business.
    2. Avoderm doesn’t need more than one meat source; chicken/lamb meal is enough protein in itself. It takes 5lbs of chicken or lamb to make 1lb of the chicken or lamb meal. When the protein source is just chicken or just lamb, you’re getting about 18% protein, 70% water, and the rest fat, as opposed to 65% protein with meals. If they added anymore protein, the dogs would probably have diarrhea, which is why some dogs cannot handle Blue Buffalo (it’s too rich for them.)
    3. If your dog is having bad gas, they could be allergic to grain. Try a grain free product.
    4. Anytime you change dog foods there is always a chance that the dogs digestive system will not agree with the new food, because it’s not used to it – this is especially true for dogs with sensitive stomachs. ALWAYS ALWAYS ALWAYS mix the old food in with the new food for a period of a couple of days, weening them off of the old food onto the new food. With Avoderm it’s 6 days: 20% Avoderm, 80% old food the first two days, 50/50 the next two days, 80/20 the 5th day, and then 100% Avoderm on the 6th day.

  5. brittany says:

    My puppy minnie started eating the puppy brand and well she started to have really bad gas and is pooping at least 4 times a day. im not sure if this is normal but then again it has only been a week since she’s been eating the food.

  6. kate* says:

    I have a 3yr old 12lb peke, she has had avoderm small breed for about 6 months now. (since we got her) she does not love the taste, I’ve seen her eat cat food at friends houses faster than she runs for the avoderm. but we are constantly getting compliments on how soft and shiny she is, even from other pekingese owners. found this website while researching if i should try something else she may like better, but i have had cockers with skin problem who were only fed science diet their whole lives and do not want to risk dealing with those issues again. so after some in depth research i think I’ll stick with avoderm.
    *also to the people with concerns about allergies and pets, very few vetrinary schools teach allergy testing on animals but there are some out there. so research your vet and find someone who has been educated on animal allergy testing, they are out there! my friends dojo actually had an allergy to cats (which she has 3 of) so they were able to treat her and she immediatly put on weight, could breath better, less runny eyes, and is all and all happier now. such a difference a vet makes!

  7. Marybeth says:

    I have been feeding my black Lab Avoderm Large Breed Chicken and Brown Rice (from memory, I threw out the bag 🙂 His coat is beautiful and his skin problems GONE, ….BUT he has since developed dry, sore lower lips (at the corners of his mouth). I saw (on an “ask a vet” site) thatmy dog is not the only one with this problem. Is there any particular allergen to look out for in this otherwise WONDERFUL food?

  8. Marybeth says:

    OOPS!! I forgot to add, this is just since changing his food 3 months ago!

  9. John says:

    We briefly (for three weeks fed our two dogs, a black Lab and an Irish Setter, Avoderm kibble and wet food. Like someone else who wrote in, our dogs also belched a lot and got gas. This is likely due to the fact that when moist, Avoderm kibble swells to three or four times its weight and size, creating air pockets. This is NOT a healthy situation, as the additional air, together with a fast eater (best to get a bowl that compels your dog to slow down) can lead to bloat, which can be fatal. What’s more, persin, which is the toxic element in Avocados, is an oil that, contrary to the data Avoderm doles out on its website, has been definitively proven to leak into the fruit from the stems etc where it primarily lurks. ( See this scientific study: http://www.madsci.org/posts/archives/2004-07/1088793567.Ot.r.html Though no one can say for sure just how much of a build up of this toxin, even in small amounts, your dog would have to ingest over a period of years before something terrible happened, if at all ( as there are also those who insist that the process of cooking kibble before it is packaged eviscerates the food of any toxicity from persin), why take the risk at all? Who the hell wants to worry about that, when you don’t have to? As the review here says, it’s a mediocre food at best. We don’t. We prefer to spend more money on a high quality food, both kibble and wet, and not have to worry about it. We recommend Eagle Pack Holisitic (now called Holistic Select) When it comes to dog food, you really do get what you pay for. But for those who want to read a most interesting bit on the creation of a sensible canine diet, have a look at Paul Loeb’s sensible book, “Smarter Than You Think”. It’s MOST interesting, and it has certainly worked exceptionally well for our dogs.

  10. Philip says:

    I started feeding my 10 year old Newfie Mix Avo-Derm which he loved at first. His coat and skin was amazing. Little did I know he rapidly began to loose weight I’ve the course of two months. Total weight loss of 25 lbs. Soon jaundice set it and his urine turned the color of tea. Currently he is at the vet with liver complications, they believe it may be due to food poisoning. An ultrasound today will determine more but I have decided to quit avoderm immediately and caution those who do. Back to Beneful he goes.

  11. Annie says:

    We are so grateful we found this web site. Unfortunatley we didn’t do any research before we fed our mini doxie and our lab/greyhound mix Avoderm. First they wouldn’t eat it until they were starving. Then, after two or 3 days, they both developed severe diarrhea.
    Our pet food store had highly recommended Avoderm AND it was on sale sooooo we took the bait and bought the largest bag they had and weaned our dogs off their “Taste of the Wild”.
    We will never ever make that mistake again!! They are back on ‘Taste of the Wild’ and their appetites have return as well as their enthusiasm at meal time. And their stools are now formed and compact and so much easier to pick up!
    PS they wouldn’t even eat the Avoderm treats!
    Taste of the Wild it is from now on!!

    Annie and Jim

  12. Connie says:

    The fruit of the avocado plant (not just the leaves, stems, and pits) also contains persin.

    It’s true that the Guatemalan variety is the bigger problem, but IMO it’s still irresponsible for a dog food manufacturer to imply (more than imply) that a food item that is potentially toxic is wonderful for dogs.

    To further obfuscate the available information, only some dogs are affected by the persin. So of course many owners offer the anecdotal “fed it for years with no problems.” And to their dogs, there was no problem.

    Bottom line for me is that whether or not the amount or type of avocado in the food is dangerous, I consider it a disservice to associate avocado with enhanced dog health. How many people will see that pretty bag and conclude that this ingredient must also be a good fresh snack to offer?

  13. Janet says:

    It cost me $220 in emergency vet bills for a 6 wk. old pup who I fed Avoderm Puppy. Severe diarrhea, lethargic and threw up the food. I thought the puppy had parvo, so rushed him to the vet. Get home from the Vet at 1AM Sat. morning and the other pup now also has diarrhea, so giving both meds, but 2 days later, both are still are suffering from diarrhea. Returned the food to PetsMart and got the brand I had been feeding. Would NEVER recommend this product to anyone.

  14. Pat Purfield says:

    We always fed our dogs Taste of the Wild grain free because one of our dogs has a very sensitive GI system. Our pet store was selling Avo Derm Grain Free for buy one bag get one free. Both had huge stools in the first few days then the one who isn’t sensitive got very ill. He had cranberry colored mucus diarrhea and wouldn’t eat. I took in to the vet and he was serverly dehydrated-they had to admit him and put him on IV antibiotics and flagy for 24 hours. After 4 days of being on chicken and rice-he is a little better. His stools are formed but still have mucus. I really think it was the Avo Derm. The other dog didn’t have as severe a reaction but she had just had surgery and was already on antibiotics so I think that is why. I was very disappointed-we took the food back to the store and will never switch from Taste of the Wild!

  15. Anna says:

    Haven’t had my dog on this food for ages!!! He’s now some 13 years 7 months, 3 days old. A Chinese Crested that is.

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