Innova dog food
Innova dog food review
Innova claims to be the first holistic health food for pets. Innova dog food products are manufactured by Natura Pet Products which is a relatively young company having been founded in 1992 by John and Ann Rademakers and Peter Atkins.
The makers of Innova dog food formulas claims to use only the best quality natural ingredients in order to take advantage of the inherent essential nutrients of fresh wholesome ingredients to satisfy the individual requirements of the different life stages.
There are eleven dry dog food formulas each designed to meet the individual needs of dogs of any age, breed, or special diet requirement. Four of these dog food rations meet AAFCO nutrient profiles for all life stages, while two formulas are designed for puppies and five dog food rations are formulated for adult maintenance.
The Innova dog food formulas are tailored based on a food pyramid pattern similar to the ones used in humans. Thus the five pyramid groups –grain, vegetables, dairy, fruit, and meat—are well-represented to make up one complete diet.
The main sources of animal-based proteins include turkey, chicken, beef, chicken meal, and lamb meal. Raw meat contains about 80% water which is lost during the manufacturing process. When this happens, only a small amount of the meat is available as a protein source. Thus the manufacturers of Innova dog food incorporated meat meals which are considered meat concentrates that contain 300% more protein than fresh meat sources.
The grain component is provided by healthy whole grains such as barley, brown rice, and potato. Barley is a fiber-rich carbohydrate which is also a good source of healthy essential nutrients. It has a low glycemic index which can maintain the stability of a dog’s blood sugar levels. Brown rice is healthier than white rice and is much easier to digest. Potatoes are highly digestible sources of carbohydrates.
The vegetable component is made up of alfalfa sprouts, pumpkin, tomatoes and carrots.
Cottage cheese provides the dairy component while apples comprise the fruit component of the food pyramid.
Chicken fat, although not appealing, is rich in linoleic acid and omega-6 fatty acids which are both important nutrients for the many physiological processes of the body.
Flaxseed is a source of plant-based omega-3 fatty acids and is also a rich source of soluble fiber. However flaxseed is almost indigestible for monogastric animals. Thus its incorporation as whole seeds in the Innova dog food formulas is often questioned.
Beneficial microorganisms have also been added to fortify the dog food rations and improve the digestive and immune functions of dogs given Innova rations.
Chelated minerals have also been added which ensures that they can easily be absorbed and assimilated and readily utilized in the body.
Although some dog owners may view Innova dog food with apprehensions because of the inclusion of grains, there has been no reports of allergies associated with any component of the Innova dog food formulas. Many owners report healthy coats and energetic dogs.
Innova has not been included in dog food recalls, but it received negative publicity when samples of Innova dog food tested positive for acetaminophen and cyanuric acid.
There are also dog owners who found that a gradual shift from one dog food brand to Innova is necessary to prevent digestive upsets.
Overall, Innova dog food formulas are of good quality and are generally recommended by our experts.
Innova dog food reviews
Innova dog food Formulas:
- Innova Adult Dry Dog Food – Large Bites
- Innova Adult Dry Dog Food – Small Bites
- Innova Adult Dry Dog Food – Red Meat – Large Bites
- Innova Adult Dry Dog Food – Red Meat – Small Bites
- Innova Low Fat Adult Dry Dog Food
- Innova Senior Dry Dog Food
- Innova Senior PLUS Dry Dog Food
- Innova Puppy Dry Puppy Food
- Innova Large Breed Adult Dry Dog Food
- Innova Large Breed Senior Dry Dog Food
- Innova Large Breed Puppy Dry Puppy Food
Innova Dog Food Consumer Ratings
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