Innova dog food

October 27, 2008  
Filed under Dog Food Reviews, Innova

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.

Customer Reviews

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.

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127 Responses to “Innova dog food”
  1. Jessica says:

    Help!!! :'(

  2. Michelle says:

    Jessica, when my dog was a pup he loved the Wellness super five mix puppy, and did great on it.

  3. Julie says:

    We got our great dane when he was eight weeks old. He is now 3 years old. I have fed my dog Innova dry dog food for his entire life. I loved Innova and never had any problems. I had a VERY healthy great dane. That is until April of this year. He broke out with little pink bumps all over his body and some of them came to a head like a pimple. He lost about 35% of his hair. Then we found out he had an ear infection, his teeth went from being white to having alot of tartar on them. He was so itchy that you couldn’t even touch him without him coming off the floor. I started eliminating everything one by one to target what was causing this. Now he was just on Innova and water. I thought for sure I would see an improvement. Not only did it continue, it seemed to get worse. The vet couldn’t figure out what was wrong with him and no one had any answers. I never thought in a million years that my beloved Innova could be the source of the problem. So I took to the internet to do some research only to discover that proctor and gamble bought natura over a year ago. I had noticed a difference in the appearance of the food but thought nothing of it. It’s color and shape was the same, but the texture changed and it had little white specks on it. I immediately decided that day to go get a different food and start the transition. I fed him 25% taste of the wild and 75% Innova for about a week, but I couldn’t take seeing him like this anymore. So by day eight, I just switched him 100% to taste of the wild. The pink bumps and itching were gone by the NEXT day! The bumps that did come to head started to heal and his hair started to return. I started asking around about Innova and I was told that proctor and gamble are under some sort of contract for two years stating that the ingredients will not change. I personally do not believe that and no one will ever convince me that they didn’t do something to ruin this food. Never again will I purchase Innova! Proctor and Gamble has a far larger interest in their pharmaceuticals.

  4. Meg says:

    Before I got my dog I did a lot of research as to what dog food I wanted to feed her. I had to be extra careful when choosing because I needed something lower in protein because I have a Newfoundland and she is a giant breed and grows very quickly. She has been on Innova for 4 weeks now and she has had a few problems while on the food; he hasn’t had sold poops, she has terrible fart. I have only recently learned that Innova was recently purchases by Proctor and Gamble and has since changed the formula of the dog food. I am now looking to switch to another food. My next option is Fromm Gold Large Breed puppy food.

  5. Gale says:

    We have fed our small dogs Innova for the past 5 years and it worked wonders. We had changed from a vet food. In October 2011 our 10 year old developed pancreatitis. We changed him to Innova low fat and he was fine. However our 4 year old soon developed digestive problems. After many trips to the vet it was suggested it was the food. We switched the younger one to the low fat for a week just to see what would happen and all symptoms disappeared. It is our guess the adult dog food formula has been changed. We have now switched to another brand and they are both fine. It maybe that Proctor and Gamble has now changed the formula. So disappointing.

  6. Lyndie says:

    I got my rescue dog several months ago and I transitioned her from a lower quality food to Innova. I thought I was helping her out. I have had dogs all my life and I understand the importance of a slow transition. That is exactly what I did. She seemed to really like it at first and everything was good. After about one week she started to not eat as much (very weird for her lol) and had the WORST smelling farts and not so firm stool. I thought about it and I realize now, even more after reading all of these reviews that I’m going to try a different food. She was having a really hard time going poop at times. Like she was really uncomfortable. I don’t like it and I’m going to do what’s best for her. She is 3 and healthy as can be! She shouldn’t have to deal with this. Thanks for all the reviews. It really helped in my decision!

  7. Cristy says:

    I give my 3 poms Solid Gold wee bit small breed dog food and their coat
    It’s so soft and shiny, but In my local (only) store it’s very difficult to find, and I bought
    the same Brand Sun dance and it’s ok but the kibbles are I think too big, but they still eat them
    very well. I don’t know If I should switch the food, I Can’t find ONE that hasn’t bad reviews
    First this BB bought by P&G and changed the formula, I Can’t stand that. Wellness Core has China ingredients, that’s a NO No. And last Innova it has found positive in I can’t remember what bad acid and another bad stuff. So I don’t care about the price, I just want to find a great or perfect dog food.

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