Halo Dog Food

October 30, 2011  
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Halo Dog Food Review

Halo dog food products are manufactured and marketed by Halo, Purely for Pets based in Tampa, Florida. Aside from being a maker of premium dog food products, the company’s popularity can also be attributed to its famous co-owner and celebrity endorser, Ellen DeGeneres.

Halo’s dog food formulas are tailored based on a holistic approach to pet nutrition. The company’s guiding principles – “balance,  nature, and love”— form the base of a pet product development program which is geared towards optimum health, wellness, and vitality of your pets.halo dog food

Halo claims the use of only real meat sources like chicken, turkey, lamb, beef or wild salmon. Farm-raised fruits, vegetable and whole grains have also been added with no flavors, artificial colors, or preservatives.

All of these dog food rations have been designed to meet the AAFCO nutrient profiles—two for growth and four for adult maintenance.


Halo’s protein component is mainly composed of fresh meat sources— like chicken, salmon, and lamb.  Although these are all viable sources of high quality protein, raw meat contains high amounts of water (about 80%).  Processing results in the loss of moisture which can leave only a fraction of the ingredient’s original weight as the main source of protein.

Chicken includes the flesh and meat without accompanying bone and devoid of feathers, feet, entrails, and heads.

Salmon is a rich source of omega-3 fatty acids which are essential in maintaining your dog’s healthy skin and coat. This type of fatty acids also helps boost immune system functions and preserve the integrity of body cells. Studies have also shown that dogs with food-based allergies do well with Halo rations containing salmon.

Many dog owners might wonder why eggs are listed right after the meat-based protein source in most Halo dog food products. Eggs are considered one of the best sources of digestible protein, selenium and riboflavin. Eggs is known for having a complete amino acid profile thus it is suffice to say that eggs have the highest biological protein value.

One thing to remember about eggs includes the factors that can affect the ingredient’s quality. Eggs from commercial hatcheries usually have lower quality. Eggs have also been implicated in outbreaks of salmonellosis and other food-borne infections.

Pea protein is produced when the starchy component of peas has been extracted. It contains amino acids which can contribute to the total protein content of the dog food.

Oats is a grain cereal which is commonly used in livestock and pet foods.  It is a good source of soluble dietary fiber and it is the only cereal which contains the globulin protein, avenalin. The protein content of oats is comparable to that present in soy, meat, milk, and eggs. It also contains essential B-vitamins, and minerals.

Vegetable broth is present in all Halo dog food products. Although it is almost devoid of essential nutrients, it lends an appetizing flavor and aroma to the dog food.

Pearled barley is an excellent energy-source for dogs. It is a form of barley wherein the hull and bran has been removed. It is a cholesterol-free ingredient with low fat content. It contains high amounts of soluble and insoluble fiber. With a low glycemic index, it can help maintain your dog’s stable blood sugar levels.

Chicken fat is a product of rendering. Its linoleic acid is viewed as the highest among all animal sources. Linoleic acid helps your dog maintain healthy skin and coat.

Flaxseed is considered as one of the best sources of plant-based omega-3 fatty acids. It is also rich in soluble dietary fiber.

Probiotics or beneficial microorganisms have been added to the surface of the kibble after processing. These friendly bacteria have been proven to boost a dog’s digestive and immune health.

Chelated minerals, where essential minerals have been chemically attached to proteins, have also been added. Chelated minerals have the advantage of being better absorbed and consequently utilized in the body.

Customer Reviews

Many owners are happy with Halo dog food formulas. They reported lesser digestive problems including vomiting and diarrhea in dogs given Halo dog food products. There are also lesser hypersensitivity reactions which have been observed. However, there are many dog owners who point out that Halo’s prices are quite higher compared to other dog food products in the market.

Overall, we believe that Halo produces good quality formulas and we highly recommend this brand. While it is a very pricey alternative, those that can afford it, should be more than happy with the quality of ingredients, meat content and digestibility.

Please visit the links listed below for Halo Spots Stew dog food reviews by formula.

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

Halo Spot Stew Dog Food Formulas:

  1. Halo Spots Stew Puppy Wholesome Chicken Dog Food
  2. Halo Spots Stew Puppy Wild Salmon Dog Food
  3. Halo Spots Stew Adult Wild Salmon Dog Food
  4. Halo Spots Stew Adult Wholesome Chicken Dog Food
  5. Halo Vigor Dog Pork Venison and Salmon Dog Food

Halo Spots Stew Dog Food Consumer Ratings

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23 Responses to “Halo Dog Food”
  1. Carrie says:

    I just started feeding Halo to my EXTREMELY Picky rescued Yorkie boys – both 9-mos old. They LOVE It – in fact, I cant free-feed the canned food because they’ll snarf it all down and make themselves sick -so we do a spoon full in the morning and evening to supplement their kibble.

    The thing I notice most, you open a can of the wet food and although it LOOKS unappetizing, it doesn’t have that gosh-awful canned dog/cat food smell. It’s just FOOD!

    One thing to remember is that dogs are as selective as people, some will like something while others wont – you cant expect every animal to like whatever it is you put in front of them.

    I’m extremely happy with this product.

  2. mainiacb says:

    I received 2 samples of Halo dry dog food. My little Pom mix would not eat either sample. Instead, he would rub his face and neck on it, as though it was some rotten, dead thing he found in the grass! Gross!!

  3. Sandra says:

    I have 3 dogs and have been through several dog foods as my bulldog has allergies and yeast problem. I also have 2 boston terriers and one has allergies as well. Ive had them on the lamb halo which is guess is new as its not even listed and they all love it. Ive never tried the other yet as they seem to be doing well on the lamb. Allergies are much better and the yeast is going away very slowly though. My friend and mother in law also have their dogs on the lamb and they all love it and are doing better. Im glad i tried it as i was wondering if id ever find a food for my dogs and cats. Ty halo for making such a good food.

  4. Becky says:

    for “allergies” check out this site…nzymes.com hope this helps someone out there!

  5. Karla says:

    My dog loves, loves this food, I too have to feed him with a spoon. A because he will inhale the food so fast he throws up and B because all my other animals will bully and steal his food. He is a very picky eater and up until now he has not eaten any food and has lost quite a bit of weight. He is starting to gain weight with this food/ He has been hospitalized and force fed ever since we have had him (2 years) and this is the first time ever he will eat. I will never try any other food. Yeah it’s much more expensive than other foods. but he eats and now I won’t have as big of vet bills. I have even had to take him to specialists. Great food, all you have to do is look at the ingredients, it speaks for itself.

  6. Heidi says:

    this is off topic, but it was interesting to me to see that Ellen Degeneres is making money promoting cosmetic companies that test on animals.

  7. Kelly says:

    I have been feeding my two doggies Halo since I got them almost 5 yrs ago. I have watched the price of Halo climb like everything else and actually have been thinking about changing to another dog food that was more affordable. But with the recent outbreak of dogs getting sick from treats from China, I have decided to stick with Halo. I have noticed that Halo never has recalls and uses food only from the US/Canada. I think that the higher price is worth my peace of mind. I am very happy with Halo and so are Mimi and Milo 🙂

  8. robin says:

    does Halo have a ‘dry’ lamb food for puppies and others?

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