The Addiction product line lists nine canned dog foods.
Each recipe below includes its related AAFCO nutrient profile when available on the product’s official webpage:
Growth, Maintenance, All Life Stages, Supplemental or Unspecified.
- Addiction Unagi and Seaweed [A]
- Addiction King Salmon and Potatoes [A]
- Addiction Hunter’s Venison Stew (4 stars) [A]
- Addiction Safari Buffalo Meatloaf (4 stars) [A]
- Addiction New Zealand Venison and Apples (5 stars) [A]
- Addiction Turkey with Cranberries and Apples (4 stars) [U]
- Addiction Black Forest Rabbit and Blueberries (4 stars) [A]
- Addiction New Zealand Brushtail and Vegetables (5 stars) [A]
- Addiction Herbed Duck Confit and Sweet Potatoes (4 stars) [A]
Addiction King Salmon and Potatoes was selected to represent the others in the line for this review.
Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content
Ingredients: King salmon, hoki, potatoes, peas, carrots, lemons, oranges, carrageenan, cassia gums, taurine, calcium carbonate, choline chloride, zinc sulphate, ferrous sulphate, vitamin E supplement, copper sulphate, manganese sulphate, niacin supplement, sodium selenite, thiamine mononitrate, calcium pantothenate, vitamin A supplement, riboflavin supplement, calcium iodate, vitamin B12 supplement, pyridoxine hydrochloride, vitamin D3 supplement, folic acid
Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 5%
Red items indicate controversial ingredients
|Estimated Nutrient Content|
|Dry Matter Basis||40%||10%||42%|
|Calorie Weighted Basis||38%||23%||40%|
The first ingredient in this dog food is salmon. Salmon is a fatty marine and freshwater fish not only high in protein but also omega 3 fatty acids, essential oils needed by every dog to sustain life.
The second item is hoki, a white fish found along the southern coasts of Australia and New Zealand. Although it is not as rich in fatty acids as salmon, it is just as high in protein.
The third ingredient is potato. Potatoes can be considered a gluten-free source of digestible carbohydrates. Yet with the exception of perhaps their caloric content, potatoes are of only modest nutritional value to a dog.
The fourth ingredient includes peas. Peas are a quality source of carbohydrates. And like all legumes, they’re rich in natural fiber.
However, peas contain about 25% protein, a factor that must be considered when judging the meat content of this dog food.
The fifth ingredient includes carrots. Carrots are rich in beta-carotene, minerals and dietary fiber.
Next, we note the inclusion of two fruits, lemons and oranges.
From here, the list goes on to include a number of other items.
But to be realistic, ingredients located this far down the list (other than nutritional supplements) are not likely to affect the overall rating of this product.
With two notable exceptions…
First, carrageenan is a gelatin-like thickening agent extracted from seaweed. Although carrageenan has been used as a food additive for hundreds of years, there appears to be some recent controversy regarding its long term biological safety.
And lastly, the minerals listed here do not appear to be chelated. And that can make them more difficult to absorb. Non-chelated minerals are usually associated with lower quality dog foods.
Addiction Canned Dog Food The Bottom Line
Judging by its ingredients alone, Addiction canned dog food looks like an above-average wet product.
But ingredient quality by itself cannot tell the whole story. We still need to estimate the product’s meat content before determining a final rating.
The dashboard displays a dry matter protein reading of 40%, a fat level of 10% and an estimated carbohydrate content of 42%.
As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 39% and a mean fat level of 21%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 32% for the overall product line.
And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 53%.
Near-average protein. Below-average fat. And above-average carbs when compared to a typical wet dog food.
Even when you consider the protein-boosting effect of the peas, this looks like the profile of a wet product containing a notable amount of meat.
Addiction is a grain-free, meat-based canned dog food using a notable amount of novel game species as its main sources of animal protein, thus earning the brand 4.5 stars.
Please note certain recipes are sometimes given a higher or lower rating based upon our estimate of their total meat content and (when appropriate) their fat-to-protein ratios.