Dog Food Review - AvoDerm

AvoDerm is produced by Breeders Choice Pet Foods, a manufacturer of pet foods since 1947.

AvoDerm was launched in 1982, in response to research that suggested that some ingredients in avocados were beneficial to a dog's skin and coat.

This range of dog foods also includes good quality meats and grains for optimal dog health.

Ingredients

The main ingredients in AvoDerm include meat, rice, vegetables such as carrots and potatoes, and added vitamins and minerals. Avocado and avocado oil are added to promote healthy skin and soft shiny fur. These ingredients will meet the nutrient levels that will keep dogs in good health, as recommended by the Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO).

Varieties

No matter what age your dog, there is an AvoDerm food to suit. Their puppy formulations are available in standard, large breed and small breed varieties, to cater for not only specific nutritional needs but also small mouths. Adult kibble is available in chicken and rice or lamb and rice, and they offer a grain free variety containing beef or salmon with potato as a carbohydrate source.

One interesting feature of the AvoDerm Natural range of foods is that they offer a Revolving Menu. You can feed your dog just one flavor, or choose from any of their menu items to add variety to his diet while avoiding an upset tummy which may occur with a sudden change in diet.

Pricing

Adult formulas can be purchased online for around $11 for 4lbs, or $42 for 16lbs. The Revolving Diet range is a little more expensive at $14 for 4lbs, but this can vary depending on where you purchase. Canned food tends to be costlier than dry food and AvoDerm is no exception, with individual cans costing $1.99-$2.39.

When it comes to dog food, you usually get what you pay for. AvoDerm isn't the cheapest food on the market but it's far from the most expensive. The price is very competitive for the quality of ingredients.

Reviews

Many reviews of AvoDerm foods mention that it gives dogs a soft luxurious coat, and that it is tasty - dogs love it. However, some dogs do have soft stools while eating this food, perhaps because of the rich avocado oil. If you do want to try your dog on AvoDerm foods, make sure you change his diet over the course of a week or so; if you change too quickly, he may get diarrhea.

It's worth mentioning that AvoDerm foods have never been recalled for any reason, which inspires confidence among dog owners.

Downsides

There are no real downsides to AvoDerm foods, however some people are concerned that avocado is toxic to dogs, and this food may harm their much loved companion. This is not true; avocado is definitely not dangerous to dogs (unless they eat the seed and it gets stuck in their intestine) and there is no risk to feeding your pet this brand of food.

All dogs can benefit from AvoDerm foods, but it is particularly suited to those with dry skin and dull coats. The company also manufactures a range of avocado based shampoos and conditioners, so your dog can benefit from this nutritious fruit both inside and out.

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