AvoDerm Adult Lamb Meal & Brown Rice

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  • AvoDerm Adult Lamb Meal & Brown Rice
  • Published on: May 26, 2015
  • Last modified: May 29, 2015
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Review Summary:

This brand’s signature ingredient is Avacados, which is a few ingredients down the list and offers healthy fats. Also, there is avocado oil too near the bottom. The first ingredient is Lamb meal, which is good for protein with all the essential amino acids a dog needs, but there isn’t another straight named meat source to supplement it. However, further down it does have Herring Meal, which is a good source of Omega-3 fatty acid and protein too. Near the top of the ingredient list, there a few carb heavy ingredients, such as rice and oatmeal, that are reflected in the estimated carb content that may be more carbs than some dog require. This is just something to be aware of. There are minerals that are chelated, which aids the dog’s ingestion system for better absorption. Another good offering is the calcium content, which is relatively high. Overall, this recipe is not stellar and is just above average.


  • Helpful amount of nutritional information listed
  • Provides both Omega-3 and 6 fatty acid content
  • Chelated / proteinate minerals for better body absorption
  • Relatively higher in calcium
  • Cons

  • May contain too much non dietary fiber carbohydrates than necessary
  • Quick Nutritional Breakdown:

    Protein Fat Fiber Moisture Carbs
    21% (min) 11% (min) 3% (max) 10% (max) 47% (Est.)

    *Values by Guaranteed Analysis.
    **Estimated carbs do not include fiber.

    Detailed Nutritional Facts:

    Calories 360 (per cup)
    Vitamin A 22 000 IU/kg
    Vitamin C NA
    Vitamin E 165 IU/kg
    Calcium 1.9%
    Phosphorus 1.2%
    Selenium 0.25 mg/kg
    Zinc 180 mg/kg
    Docosahexaenoic Acid (An Omega-3 fatty acid) NA
    Linoleic Acid (An Omega-6 fatty acid) 2.24%
    Omega-3-acid 0.76%
    Omega-6 fatty acid 2.26%

    Ingredients Analysis

    First 5 Ingredients:

    1. Lamb Meal
    2. Ground Whole Brown Rice
    3. Ground Whole White Rice
    4. Oatmeal
    5. Rice Bran

    Lamb  meal is rendered parts from grinding carcasses and/or remains after the main meat is removed. There are pros and cons to meal. Its advantage is it provides lots of protein with the essential amino acids that a dog needs for a relatively lower cost and contains low moisture content relative to straight forward named meat ingredients. However, it goes through an extensive heating and processing to ensure it is safe to eat. Not much flavor is preserved and other nutrients are wiped out.

    Brown rice is good source of fiber and contains more nutrients than white rice. It does contain a high amount of carbohydrates.

    White rice is lower in dietary fiber than brown because white rice lacks the germ and bran. It does contain a high amount of other carbohydrates.

    Oatmeal is ground oat groats, which are high in carbohydrates, and offer protein and fiber too.

    Rice bran is the outer layer of whole grain brown rice; it surrounds the endosperm. This part of the rice is rich in dietary fiber and contains other carbohydrates too.

    Other Ingredients to be Aware of

    Avocados offer a variety of vitamins with particularly good levels of K and assorted Bs. It is also a good source of potassium minerals too. It does contain carbohydrates, but most of it is dietary fiber, which is helpful for the digestive tract. Last, but not least, it is well know for its healthy fat content. It is relatively high fat content is mainly dominated by mono-saturated fats, and it contains some saturated fats too. Within these fats, there are healthy Omega-3 and 6 fatty acids, which are excellent for various biological body processes. Avocados are a healthy as long it is not consumed excessively, due to its high fat content. Avocados being excessive In a dog food recipe is unlikely a concern.

    Rosemary oil or Rosemary extract has a few health benefits and can be found in various dog food brands. One of them is an antioxidant. It can also improve or be a stimulant to the circulatory system. However, some say it is associated with epileptic seizure for some dogs. There is no concrete evidence of this, thus we suggest be caution about it and avoid it if your dog had any past seizures or instability.

    All Ingredients

    Lamb Meal, Ground Whole Brown Rice, Ground Whole White Rice, Oatmeal,Rice Bran, Chicken Fat (Preserved with Mixed Tocopherols), Avocado, Tomato Pomace (Source of Lycopene), Flax Seed (Source of Omega-3 Fatty Acid), Alfalfa Meal, Natural Flavor, Salt, Potassium Chloride, Kelp Meal, Vitamins (Choline Chloride, a-Tocopherol Acetate (Source of Vitamin E), Niacin, Calcium Pantothenate, Vitamin A Supplement, Ascorbic Acid (Source of Vitamin C), Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (Source of Vitamin B6), Thiamine Mononitrate (Source of Vitamin B1), Riboflavin Supplement, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Biotin, Folic Acid), Minerals (Zinc Sulfate, Zinc Amino Acid Chelate, Ferrous Sulfate, Manganese Sulfate, Manganese Amino Acid Chelate, Copper Sulfate, Copper Amino Acid Chelate, Sodium Selenite, Calcium Iodate), Avocado Oil, Lecithin, Rosemary Extract, Sage Extract, Pineapple Stem (Source of Bromelain), Papain, Dried Bacillus Subtilis Fermentation Product, Dried Aspergillus Oryzae Fermentation Product.

    Manufacture and Location

    Manufactured by: Breeder’s Choice Inc.
    Location(s): Irwindale, California


    Any known recalls for any dog food products from this manufacture or parent from 2013.

    • None

    *Recall information from FDA website.


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