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AvoDerm seems to be a better dog food than it is a cat food. The “Avo” comes from “Avocado”, which is their trademark ingredient, and it’s a good ingredient as well.
There’s a variety of flavors in the range so I’ll focus on the Chicken Meal & Brown Rice★★ Brown rice is cheap filler, does not have to be whole ground when used in dry foods! Usually found whole in cans. ★★ Brown rice flour★★ Brown rice is cheap filler, does not have to be whole ground when used in dry foods! Usually found whole in cans. ★★ Brown rice flour is cheap filler. ★★★★★ Whole grain in pure form is nutritive. is cheap filler. ★★★★★ Whole grain in pure form is nutritive. formula for this review. The other flavors seem pretty much the same but with different meat sources.
Chicken meal is the first ingredient, and herring meal is found a lot further down the list. It’s good to see a meat meal as the prime ingredient but it would be nice to see a few more in the top five. The food contains no by-products, corn, wheat, soy, or animal digest★ Rendered, by chemical and/or enzymatic process, non-descriptive animal tissues used for flavor., so that’s a definite plus.
The grain of choice for this food is rice, which is the best you can do for digestion, but rice bran is not a good form of rice to be feeding, nutritionally speaking.
The avocado is a very interesting ingredient, and I believe it to be pretty unique to this food. It provides many vitamins, beneficial fatty acids, and provides for a good coat. This is a quality ingredient. Flaxseed★★★★★ Whole seeds provide best omega-3 fatty acids and nutritive fiber. is included for a further good fat source, which is great to see.
Overall, it’s a pretty good food. The ingredients are good but it’s very grain heavy. It’s a low 4 star.
What’s good about this food….
Chicken meal is first ingredient, grains are pretty solid, avocados are a great ingredient, flax-seed, herring meal is another meat source.
….and what’s not so good.
Too many grains and rice bran isn’t a great ingredient.
Chicken Meal, Ground Whole Brown Rice★★ Brown rice is cheap filler, does not have to be whole ground when used in dry foods! Usually found whole in cans. ★★ Brown rice flour★★ Brown rice is cheap filler, does not have to be whole ground when used in dry foods! Usually found whole in cans. ★★ Brown rice flour is cheap filler. ★★★★★ Whole grain in pure form is nutritive. is cheap filler. ★★★★★ Whole grain in pure form is nutritive., Ground Whole White Rice, Oatmeal, Chicken Fat (Preserved with Mixed Tocopherols★★★★ Natural Vitamin E★★★ Antioxidant used as food preservative. preservative.), Rice Bran, Avocado, Natural Flavor, Tomato Pomace★★ Mostly used as gimmick, not enough nutrition is available to make a difference, can be too acidic on digestive tract causing upset. (Source of Lycopene), Flax Seed★★★★★ Whole seeds provide best omega-3 fatty acids and nutritive fiber. (Source of Omega-3 Fatty Acid), Alfalfa★★★ Source of chlorophyll, dietary fiber. Meal, Herring Meal, Salt★ Used to cover up rancid meat and fat, can cause kidney and heart disease, hypertension — used to encourage cats to drink, source of sodium chloride., Potassium Chloride★★★ Standard source of potassium, balances acid/alkaline levels., Kelp Meal, Vitamins (Choline Chloride★★★ Standard source of choline, emulsifies fats., a-Tocopherol Acetate (Source of Vitamin E★★★ Antioxidant used as food preservative.), Niacin★★★ Standard source, promotes proper digestion, healthy skin and nerves., Calcium Pantothenate★★★ Standard source of a B-complex vitamin B5, supports adrenal activity., Vitamin A Supplement★★★ Standard source of A, vital to immune function, develops strong eyes and bones, lowers risk to cancer., Ascorbic Acid★★ Vitamin C — this form can be harsher on stomach, anti-oxidant/immune stimulant, food preservative. (Source of Vitamin C), Pyridoxine Hydrochloride★★★ Standard source, immune stimulant, major factor in protein metabolism and red blood cell production. (Source of Vitamin B6), Thiamine Mononitrate★★★ Standard source of B-1, effects nervous system and mental attitude. (Source of Vitamin B1), Riboflavin★★★ Standard source of Vitamin B2, necessary to energy production, fat and carbohydrate metabolism. Supplement, Vitamin B12 Supplement★★★ Standard source, involved in immune response., Vitamin D3★★★ Standard source, aids calcium and phosphorous in building bones and teeth. Supplement, Biotin★★★ Standard source to promote healthy skin and coat., Folic Acid★★★ Standard source, needed for blood building and DNA synthesis.), Minerals (Zinc Sulfate★★★ Standard source of zinc, protects against free radicals, essential to insulin formation and immune function., Zinc Amino Acid Chelate★★★★ Better source of zinc, improves use, protects against free radicals, essential to insulin formation and immune function., Ferrous Sulfate★★★ Standard source of iron, promotes oxygen-rich blood, immune support., Manganese Sulfate★★★★ Manganese is necessary to development of strong bones and enzyme activators, enhances immune system., Manganese Amino Acid Chelate★★★★ Better source of manganese necessary to development of strong bones and enzyme activators, enhances immune system., Copper Sulfate★★★ Standard source, aids in bone formation, iron absorption and protein metabolism., Copper Amino Acid Chelate★★★★ Better source of copper, improves use, needed for iron absorption, bone formation, protein metabolism and blood clotting., Sodium Selenite★★★ Standard source of selenium, powerful anti-oxidant protects the body from free radicals and heavy metals, supports immune response., Calcium Iodate★★★ Source of iodine, promotes strong bones, teeth, cardiovascular health and skeletal strength.), Avocado Oil, Lecithin★★★★★ A natural antioxidant, very beneficial., Rosemary Extract★★★★★ Natural preservative, concentrated., Sage★★★★ Natural preservative. Extract, Pineapple Stem (Source of Bromelain), Papain, Dried Bacillus Subtilis★★★ Gimmicky probiotic to aid digestion, not enough to help and can not stand up to heat processing. Fermentation Product, Dried Aspergillus Oryzae Fermentation Product.