AvoDerm Natural Chicken Meal, Brown Rice and Oatmeal Formula Senior Dog Food

November 11, 2008  
Filed under Avoderm, Dog Food Reviews

AvoDerm Natural Chicken Meal, Brown Rice and Oatmeal Formula Senior Dog Food

AvoDerm is manufactured and produced by Breeders Choice Pet Foods. AvoDerm Natural Chicken Meal, Brown Rice and Oatmeal Formula Senior Dog Food can be found in 4.4lb, 17.5lb and 30lb bags. AvoDerm claims that avocados provide your dogs skin and coat with quality nutrients. Others claim this ingredient to be toxic to dogs.

AvoDerm Natural Chicken Meal, Brown Rice and Oatmeal Formula Senior Dog Food

We are concerned with the lack of meat in this ingredient. Dogs are natural carnivores and need a diet that is filled with meat.
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AvoDerm Natural Chicken Meal, Brown Rice and Oatmeal Formula Senior Dog Food First Five Ingredients Analysis:

  1. Chicken Meal
  2. Ground Whole Brown Rice
  3. Oatmeal
  4. Ground Whole Rice
  5. Chicken Fat

Chicken Meal is going to be this formulas main source of Meat. Herring Meal is further in the ingredients, far enough we don’t believe it offers much benefit.

Ground Whole Brown Rice is the second ingredient  in this formula. This ingredient is followed up by another rice ingredient in the fourth spot. Those two rice ingredients combined probably outweigh the meat content.

The third ingredient Oatmeal is also a decent quality ingredient. If your dog is allergic to gluten oatmeal this ingredient should be avoided.

AvoDerm Natural Chicken Meal, Brown Rice and Oatmeal Formula Senior Dog Food Full Ingredients List:

Chicken Meal, Ground Whole Brown Rice, Oatmeal, Ground Whole Rice, Chicken Fat (Preserved with Mixed Tocopherols and Ascorbic  Acid), Rice Bran, Chicken Cartilage (Natural Source of Chondroitin  Sulfate and Glucosamine), Flax Seed, Herring Meal, Oat Bran, Avocado  Meal,  Dried  Alfalfa  Meal,  Natural  Flavor,  Avocado  Oil,  Lecithin,  Rosemary  Extract,  Sage  Extract,  Bromelain,  Papain,  Dried  Bacillus  Subtilis Fermentation Product, Dried Aspergillus Oryzae Fermentation  Product, Monosodium Phosphate, Choline Chloride, Ferrous Sulfate,  DL-Alpha Tocopherol Acetate (Source of Vitamin E), Zinc Oxide,  Sodium Selenite, Manganous Oxide, Riboflavin Supplement (Source  of  Vitamin  B  Complex),  Copper  Sulfate,  Zinc  Methionine,  Iron  Proteinate,  Manganese  Proteinate,  Copper  Proteinate,  Cobalt  Proteinate, Niacin, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Vitamin A Supplement,  Calcium Pantothenate, Biotin, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (Source of  Vitamin  B6),  Calcium  Iodate,  Thiamine  Mononitrate  (Source  of  Vitamin B1), Folic Acid, Vitamin D3 Supplement.
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AvoDerm Natural Chicken Meal, Brown Rice and Oatmeal Formula Senior Dog Food Guaranteed Analysis:

Guaranteed Analysis
Crude Protein (min) 20.00%
Crude Fat (min) 10.00%
Crude Fiber (max) 6.00%
Moisture (max) 10.00%
Omega 6 Fatty Acids* (min) 2.27%
Omega 3 Fatty Acids* (min) 0.39%
Chondroitin* (min) 2,000 mg/kg
Glucosamine* (min) 1,000 mg/kg
Caloric Content
Metabolizable Energy (calculated) 3150 kcal/kg
Metabolizable Energy (calculated) 340 kcal/cup

*Not recognized as an essential nutrient by the AAFCO Dog Food
Nutrient Profiles.
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8 Responses to “AvoDerm Natural Chicken Meal, Brown Rice and Oatmeal Formula Senior Dog Food”
  1. rannmiller says:

    I like the use of chicken cartilage as a natural source of glucosamine and the somewhat decent amount of meat is nice. I’m still wary of the avocados and would be very hesitant to recommend any food I wasn’t sure was safe for dogs.

  2. Gordie's person says:

    I’ve been using the ‘weight control’ Avoderm. After this information I’m going to change to the Senior version so he can get more protein. The difference in calories is 290 to 340 cals/cup. Just another lap around the block! As far as Avoderm and use of avocados, he has good energy and consistent solid poops with Avoderm plus he has stopped having skin problems that ran up the tab at UC Davis Vet Clinic so I think the probs with avocado refer to avocado skin, seed and leaves, not the fruit. At least not with my guy. I tried pretty much all the dry high quality foods and there was some digestive problem with a lot of them in addition to the hot spots. So we’ll stick with this.

  3. Dee says:

    I agree with Gordie’ person. Our dog developed allergies when we moved to Florida and we tried everything: high quality foods, shampoos, special hot spot treatments, etc…. On top of that we also had high vet bills which were becoming a big burden. She used to scratch so hard that she had open sores all avoer her belly:-( We started giving her Avoderm and all of that stopped. Her coat started to get really shiny and her skin problems went away. This food is amazing. Plus she likes how it tastes.

  4. Bobbie of Tennessee says:

    I’ve been feeding my 6 month old Maltese Avoderm since I got him at 7 weeks of age. His coat is beautiful and he’s never had a problem with itchy skin. My vet says he’s really healthy and that his 1 (or 2) weekly baths with an oatmeal based shampooo don’t seem to dry out his skin at all. I think the oil in the avacados really make his coat silky and soft. He likes it…so, if it works for him then it works for me.

  5. Andrea says:

    I just bought a bag of this for my 7yr old American Staffordshire Terrier (pitbull) Onyx. I initially did some research about the best food for senior dogs with general skin problems/irritations. He’s been to the vet on MANY occasions for hot spots and general skin problems, which is always costly. He’s also been experiencing dry/flaking skin for the first time in the 2.5yrs I’ve had him, which then in turn doesn’t help the itch factor. I’m really hoping this food will help him with all of that and then some. Not that he’s ever been a picky eater, but I’m glad to see that he likes the taste of this food a lot. We are still transitioning the food slowly but he should be fully switched over in a few more days and hopefully the benefits will be noticeable at some point afterward.

  6. Cleo says:

    My terrier-poodle mix has had the worst problems with chewing and scratching herself. Nothing seemed to help until we tried this food. She likes the taste, too, so I’m sold on the product.

  7. Jenny says:

    I have been using Avoderm for over 20 years now. All of my dogs have led long healthy lives. Breeders Choice only uses the meat and oil of the avacado. The skin and bark of the tree is not good for anyone, but that is never used.

    This is a very well made product from a quality producer. Unlike Nutro or other mass produced products. People still use Nutro??

  8. crystal says:

    We switched our dog Mackenzie to avoderm because of skin allergies but have to switch her off of it because it caused her constant gas

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