AvoDerm Natural Vegetarian Adult Dog Food

November 2, 2008  
Filed under Avoderm, Dog Food Reviews

AvoDerm Natural Vegetarian Adult Dog Food

AvoDerm Natural Vegetarian Adult Dog Food is made and manufactured by Breeders Choice Pet Foods. AvoDerm Natural Vegetarian Adult Dog Food comes in both dry and canned version. The dry version comes in 4.4lb and 17.5lb bags.

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AvoDerm Natural Vegetarian Adult Dog Food Review

Its hard to give a good review on this dog food. Dogs are natural carnivores and need a diet that is based on meat and meat protein. You can not supplement this by feeding a vegetarian type dog food diet. We feel that if your dog is totally healthy then type of food would not be the best choice for your dog.This review is going to be based on the non-meat ingredients.
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First five ingredients of AvoDerm Natural Vegetarian Adult Dog Food:

  1. Ground Whole Rice
  2. Soy Flour
  3. Ground Pearled Barley
  4. Canola Oil
  5. Avocado  Meal

While this is a vegetarian diet it is mostly comprised of Grains and not fruits or vegetables. The crude protein level is at 7.5% which is considerably lower than your normal meat based diet. If you are looking for a vegetarian diet this formulas absolutely no meat.

This formula of AvoDerm also has Avocado meal which is considered by some to be great for a dogs coat and skin. Some believe that Avocados are toxic to dogs. We believe that there are better ingredients to use if you are worried about your dogs coat and skin.

If you don’t have to feed your dog a Vegetarian diet we suggest that you don’t. A dogs diet is not the same as a humans. A dog needs meat and protein’s in their diet.
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Avoderm Natural Vegetarian Adult Dog Food Guaranteed Analysis:

Guaranteed Analysis
Crude Protein (min) 18.00%
Crude Fat (min) 8.00%
Crude Fiber (max) 4.00%
Moisture (max) 10.00%
Omega 6 Fatty Acids* (min) 2.43%
Omega 3 Fatty Acids* (min) 0.81%
Caloric Content
Metabolizable Energy (calculated) 3753 kcal/kg
Metabolizable Energy (calculated) 324 kcal/cup

*Not recognized as an essential nutrient by the AAFCO Dog Food Nutrient Profiles.
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10 Responses to “AvoDerm Natural Vegetarian Adult Dog Food”
  1. rannmiller says:

    Hmm this is similar to their lite forumla, but at least this one doesn’t pretend to have meat in it.

  2. i became a Vegan three years ago and i can say that my health have been very very good. meat and dairy substitutes like soy also works well for the body.

  3. TonyBlonie says:

    My dog is not a vegetarian by choice but he can not digest or tolerate meat. If he so much as chews on a rib bone he will become violently ill within a couple of hours and then be sick for 2 days. Before we have to buy Purina Bentiful and hank pick out the darker meat pieces before feeding it to him and even then he was sick 2 out of every 10 days with rapid weight loss. Fish by products do the same thing to him. The Avoderm Vegetarian canned food has been a life saver for him. We really didn’t think he would make it past 5 but he is now 13 and doing great. Earlier this spring we ran out of the canned Avoderm and rather than make a trip to the only store that carries it in our area we fed him the hand picked Bentiful that the other dogs eat and he got very sick again. I will never run out again!

  4. Modr says:

    The review says that it is 7.5% protein, but the ingredients say 18% minimum. I don’t know why the review says a dog needs meat in its diet. Unlike cats, dogs can produce taurine from other amino acids, and all proteins, regardless of their source, are broken down in the body to component amino acids. Therefore the source of protein is generally not important, so long as enough is present. The food meets the levels of nutrients determined by AAFCO, so it should be sufficient for maintenance.

  5. Jess says:

    Putting carnoves on a vegetarian diet, geez how dumb can people be. When I was getting my dog off Purnia I tried a different formula from Avodern and my dog got super runny stools. I figured it was from the avocado’s since they are posious to dogs. I bet Eric is gonna run right out and a bag of this, LOL.

  6. Chipp says:

    And where did you find that info from Modr,cause its entirely incorrect. Dogs do produce taurine, but not all amino acids such as l-carnitine, valine, typotophan, threonine, and arginine all of which are essential proteins only found in red and white meats. Meat sources are the most important thing in food since it proves quality( you may be getting a euthenized shelter pet labeled as meat byproduct meal). Also dogs dog not produce enzymes bromelian or amylase which are used to digest starches. So not matter how much not-meat protein you give your dog he won’t be able to utilize it.

  7. Suzie says:

    My dog has some liver issues, not major but he isn’t suppose to have meat. So is a vegetarian formula going to sustain him for life? He is 6 now. Thanks!

  8. Ash says:

    Vegetarian diets are more common than one might think. If the issue is the protein in meat be careful. A lot of vegetarian formulas have a good amount of protein. Often soy and pea.

  9. Michelle says:

    I was at the dog park, and their was this large Golden Retriever there. He was friendly, but just walking around, not running and playing like the other dogs. When he came close to me his hair was very thin, and he looked under weight. I thought maybe he was old or something. So I struck up a conversation with the owner.I asked how old her dog was, and she said 2. So then I asked what she fed, and she said VEGETARIAN dog food.I asked if the dog had health problems, and she said no. So then I asked why she fed veggie food to him. She answered “oh, because I’m a vegetarian”. So that told me why the dog looked in such poor condition. DOGS ARE CARNIVORES People should really stop trying to turn them into cows. 🙁

  10. bill says:

    All of you people with your sarcastic comments about dogs being carnivores are ignorant buffoons. I would feed my dog anything it would take to get him 100% healthy, but it seems he has a major protein allergy to ALL MEATS. I even had raw rabbit shipped to the house. He can’t digest it. Period. So stop being so judgmental – or should I say stop being so mental. Some dogs can’t eat meat. We need alternatives for them. I haven’t found a good one yet. I wish there were more vegan alternatives for dogs. Oh, and one of the oldest living dogs lived to be 25 on a lentil and rice and vegetable diet because that’s what the owner ate. So shut up with your naive, brainwashed arguments about dogs needing meat.

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