Nutrition - 4/10
Ingredients - 8/10
Addiction Grain-Free Wild Kangaroo & Apples is an average-quality dry dog food. Its nutrient profile is below average, and it provides below average quantities of protein and fat. In addition, the proportion of carbohydrates in this formula is extremely high and is a poor reflection of a dog’s natural diet The formula contains some high-quality ingredients and limits its meat-based ingredients to Kangaroo. While Kangaroo meat may be unfamiliar to many, it is very nutritious and particularly low in saturated fat. Also, Addiction Grain-Free Wild Kangaroo & Apples contains a range of legumes, starches, and fruit, some of which are considered high-quality sources of carbohydrates. Moreover, they provide fiber for healthy digestion. Thankfully, this formula does not contains pea by-products such as Pea Protein and Pea Flour which are considered lower quality ingredients. While Addiction Grain-Free Wild Kangaroo & Apples includes a range of vegetables, starches, and fruits, the fact it only uses a single source of meat that is unlikely to have been consumed by the majority of dogs could mean it is suitable for those that suffer from meat allergies or sensitivities.
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A Full review of Grain-Free Wild Kangaroo & Apples by Addiction
The ideal nutrition for a dog is entirely dependant on their unique circumstances. However, a high proportion of protein and fat combined with a lower proportion of carbohydrates is most appropriate nutrition profile for the vast majority of dogs. Dog’s are very capable of consuming a high proportion of carbohydrates, but a diet high in protein and fat is more appropriate and a better reflection of their natural ancestral diet.
Carbohydrate Content Analysis
Dogs use carbohydrates as a simple energy source. Dogs do not require significant carbohydrates in their diet, and they are commonly added to reduce cost and increase shelf life. As the chart above displays, a maximum of 51% of Addiction Grain-Free Wild Kangaroo & Apples calories are derived from carbohydrates. Please note that this is the maximum amount of carbohydrates as calculated by the guaranteed analysis. In reality, this value of carbohydrates is likely to be a lot lower. This is above average for a Dry Dog Food.
The carbohydrate content of this formula appears to be from a range of vegetable, fruit and starch ingredients. Vegetables such as Peas are considered high-quality sources. Starches such as Potatoes and Tapioca are considered acceptable but are very dense sources. These will be discussed in more detail later on. This is considerably above what we would consider the ideal proportion of carbohydrates and should be signiicantly lower to better reflect a dogs natural diet.
Protein Content Analysis
Dogs use Protein for growth, development, and maintenance. Excess protein can be burned as calories. As the chart above displays, a minimum of 23% of Addiction Grain-Free Wild Kangaroo & Apples calories are derived from protein. Please note that this is the minimum amount of protein as calculated by the guaranteed analysis. In reality, this value of protein is likely to be higher. This is average for a Dry Dog Food.
This is not a satisfactory level of protein for more dogs and may not be adequate for those dogs who are active. The protein appears to be sourced from the Kangaroo ingredients. Meat such as Kangaroo is considered a high-quality source of protein and provides the full range of needed amino acids. Only a small minority of this protein is from plant-based sources.
Fat Content Analysis
Dogs use fat as a concentrated energy source. In addition, fats also play a role in development and maintenance. As the chart above displays, a minimum of 26% of Addiction Grain-Free Wild Kangaroo & Apples calories are derived from fat. Please note that this is the minimum amount of fat as calculated by the guaranteed analysis. In reality, this value of fat is likely to be a lot higher. This is below average for a Dry Dog Food.
The fat present in this dog food appears to be sourced from the Kangaroo ingredients which are a high-quality source. Kangaroo meat is lower in fat when compared to other meats which may explain why this proportion is so low. This estimate of the fat content is sufficient to satisfy most of a dog’s bodily functions but may not be adequate as a source of energy.
The calorie density of Addiction Grain-Free Wild Kangaroo & Apples is unknown.
Once again please note that the values in this section are calculated using the products guaranteed analysis. The guaranteed analysis only lists the minimum and maximum values, and as a consequence, these can sometimes be an inaccurate representation. As a rule of thumb, most dog foods will contain slightly more protein and considerably more fat than their guaranteed analysis. This will have the knock-on effect of reducing the relative amount of carbohydrates present. However also note that every dog food is different and some will be considerably closer to the guaranteed analysis than others.
Guaranteed Analysis – Addiction Grain-Free Wild Kangaroo & Apples
Pet foods in the United States are legally required by the AAFCO to have a guaranteed analysis on their packaging. A guaranteed analysis must display certain nutritional information. This is similar to how nutritional values are now commonly displayed on food for human consumption. The information that must be displayed includes Crude Protein, Crude Fat, Crude Fiber, and Moisture. Some guaranteed analysis will contain additional information. The guaranteed analysis for this product is listed below.
- Crude Protein (Min) – 22.00%
- Crude Fat (Min) – 11.00%
- Crude Fiber (Max) – 6.00%
- Moisture (Max) – 10.00%
The ingredients of pet food are disclosed on the packaging of the product as a list in descending order. Therefore the ingredients at the start of the list make up the bulk of the pet foods content. As a consequence, the quality of these primary ingredients is the most significant factor in determining the quality of pet food.
However, ingredients listed further down the ingredient list should not be ignored, especially if they could have adverse or harmful effects on a pet.
Dangerous / Harmful Ingredients
In-Depth Meat/Fish Ingredient Review
The meat and fish ingredients of dog food are without a doubt the most important. They are critical as they provide the majority of the protein and fat that dogs desperately need. Also, these ingredients would have made up the bulk of dogs ancestors diet. Therefore, the quality of a dog food formulas meat and fish ingredients is crucial. Addiction Grain-Free Wild Kangaroo & Apples contains a single source of Kangaroo.
The primary meat source present is Dried Kangaroo. Dried Kangaroo Meat is considered a high-quality source of protein. Meat Meal is a concentrated form of meat that has already had the majority of its moisture removed. This means that gram for gram it is much more abundant in protein and other nutrients. Kangaroo meat is often praised for being very low in fat, particularly saturated fat. In addition, it contains high levels of Iron and Vitamin B12.
In-Depth None-Meat Ingredient Review
Potatoes are a starchy vegetable and a dense source of complex carbohydrates. Also, Potatoes can provide fiber and a surprising number of minerals and vitamins such as Potassium, Copper and the Vitamin B6. Sadly, Potatoes are considered an average-quality ingredient as they provide minimal nutritional value beyond their carbohydrate content.
Addiction Grain-Free Wild Kangaroo & Apples contains Peas. These are members of the legume family of vegetables. Legumes are famous for having a relatively high amount of protein for a vegetable. Legumes also contain a high amount of fiber, which is important for healthy digestion. Pet foods often use legumes as a replacement for grains in grain-free pet food. Protein from vegetables such as legumes should not be a replacement for protein from meat. Instead, it should act as an additional protein source.
Tapioca is a starchy vegetable and a source of complex carbohydrates. Tapioca, which is also known as Cassava Root, is a staple of South America and is rarely seen in the western world. This means it is often used as a novel ingredient for dogs with allergies or sensitivities to other ingredients such as Peas and Potatoes. Tapioca does not contribute substantial nutrition beyond its carbohydrate content but does contain the some B Vitamins such as Folate and the Vitamin B6.
Apples are considered a positive addition to dog food assuming that the seeds and core have been removed. Apples can provide high levels of soluble fiber as well as vitamins such as Vitamin C. In addition, they do not artificially inflate the protein levels by providing noticeable quantities of low-quality plant-based protein.
Full Ingredient List – Addiction Grain-Free Wild Kangaroo & Apples
Dried Kangaroo Meat, Potato, Tapioca, Peas, Chicken Fat, Apples, Blueberries, Cranberries, Papaya, Mango, Basil, Oregano, Rosemary, Thyme, Sunflower Seeds, Chamomile, Peppermint, Camelia, Natural Flavors, Vitamin E Supplement, Niacin (Vitamin B3), Calcium Panthothenate (Vitamin B5), Vitamin A Supplement, Thiamine Mononitrate (Vitamin B1), Riboflaven Supplemement, Pyridoxine Hydriochloride (Vitamin B6), Vitamin B12 Supplement, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Folic Acid (Vitamin B9), Sodium Chloride, Taurine, Choline Chloride, Magnesium Sulfate, Zinc Sulfate, Ferrous Sulfate, Calcium Carbonate, Copper Sulfate, Manganese Sulfate, Calcium Iodate, Cobalt Sulfate, Sodium Selenite, Rosemary Extract, Green Tea Extract, and Spearmint Extract.