AvoDerm Grain Free Salmon Meal & Potato Formula

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  • AvoDerm Grain Free Salmon Meal & Potato Formula
  • 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. In this grain free recipe, the first ingredient is peas, which a good ingredient, but a meat would be preferred for its higher amounts of protein, better amino acid profile, does not add complex carbs. In addition to peas, pea flour & potatoes near the top of the ingredient list also contribute significant carbs. These ingredients are reflected in the estimated carb content. Beware of this, for some dogs do not require or handle so many carbs too well. There are minerals that are chelated, which aids the dog’s ingestion system for better absorption. Without too man stellar points, and not being dominated in meat protein content, this recipe is deemed average.


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

  • May contain too much non dietary fiber carbohydrates than necessary
  • Does not contain at least one good straight meat source (ie Chicken, Beef, Lamb, etc..)
  • Quick Nutritional Breakdown:

    Protein Fat Fiber Moisture Carbs
    22% (min) 12% (min) 4.5% (max) 10% (max) 43% (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 130 IU/kg
    Calcium 1.08%
    Phosphorus 0.8%
    Selenium 0.62 mg/kg
    Zinc 160 mg/kg
    Docosahexaenoic Acid (An Omega-3 fatty acid) NA
    Linoleic Acid (An Omega-6 fatty acid) NA
    Omega-3-acid 0.78%
    Omega-6 fatty acid 2.49%

    Ingredients Analysis

    First 5 Ingredients:

    1. Peas
    2. Salmon Meal
    3. Potatoes
    4. Pea Flour
    5. Canola Oil

    Peas are a good source of fiber, protein, and other nutrients too, but note that it does contribute carbohydrates from its starch.

    Salmon meal is processed salmon parts and bones that are grounded down. It provides protein and Omega-3 fatty acids. As a meal it contains less water than just “Salmon” itself.

    Potatoes are a starchy food, thus it does contributes carbohydrates. Notably it offers a good source of fiber, vitamin C B6, and potassium

    Pea flour is a good source of fiber, protein, and other nutrients too, but note that it does contribute carbohydrates from its starch.

    Canola oil is low in saturated fat and offers both Omega-6 and Omega-3 fatty acids.  If it matter to you, then please note, it is very likely sourced from genetically modified crops.

    Other Ingredients to be Aware of

    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.

    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

    Peas, Salmon Meal, Potatoes, Pea Flour, Canola Oil (Preserved with Mixed Tocopherols), Tomato Pomace (Source of Lycopene), Apple, Avocado, Flax Seed (Source of Omega-3 Fatty Acid), Alfalfa Meal, Natural Flavor, Salt, Potassium Chloride, 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), Kelp Meal, 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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