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AvoDerm Information

AvoDerm was founded in 1982 and aimed to aid dog owners in improving their dog’s skin and coats.

They are best known for being one of the only pet food brands to include Avocado in its recipes.

Since its founding, AvoDerm has significantly expanded its offers to include cat food and a wide range of dog food.

For those interested in their backstory, they are owned and operated by Breeders Choice, which is based in Irwindale, California.

Breeder’s Choice has been operating and producing pet food for even longer than the AvoDerm brand, going back to the late 1940s.

The manufacturing of AvoDerm in Irwindale makes Avoderm a made-in-the-USA brand which is a popular trait for many.

Avoderm is widely available, especially in California. The brand is sold at hundreds of retail pet food stores across the country.

Their recipes are also sold at select online retailers like the pet food giants Amazon and Chewy.

AvoDerm Product Range

Dog Food

AvoDerm’s dog food range is broad and consists of a mix of dry and canned dog food.

This product range includes a number of speciality recipes, such as those for large breed dogs and puppies. They also produce a mix of grain-free and grain-inclusive recipes to appeal to both sides of the spectrum.

AvoDerm does not produce any dog food for specific breeds like some of the larger brands do.

Cat Food

AvoDerm’s cat food range is also significant in size and consists of a combination of dry and canned cat food.

While there are fewer niche recipes available in the cat food range, there are some for indoor cats, cats looking to achieve weight management, and kittens.

AvoDerm Nutrition

Dog Food

The nutrition offered by AvoDerm varies significantly. Despite this, the nutritional profile of their recipes is typically average to above average.

This nutritional profile includes average or above-average proportions of protein and fat and average or below-average proportions of carbohydrates.

Sadly, this nutritional profile sometimes equates to notably large portions of carbohydrates, which is a poor reflection of a dog’s natural diet. They would be better suited to a diet higher in animal or fish-based protein and fat.

However, it is worth noting that a few of AvoDerm’s recipes provide very high proportions of fat, which is unusual in dog food recipes.

This may not suit certain dogs, especially those prone to weight gain. Because of this, we recommend you check the guaranteed analysis of any recipe you are considering.

Below is an example of the nutrition offered by an Avoderm grain-free dog food recipe.

AvoDerm Nutrition Example

If you’d like to learn more about canine nutrition, we would highly recommend you check out our Dog Food Guide for a detailed discussion.

Cat Food

AvoDerm’s cat food recipes offer similar nutrition to their dog food recipes and are usually average when compared to other brands.

This average nutrition includes proportions of carbohydrates that are significant.

Cats are obligate carnivores and so do not need to consume large portions of carbohydrates in their diet. Instead, they would be better off with a diet that is higher in protein.

The reality of this is that the nutrition offered by AvoDerm cat food recipes is not ideal.

If you’d like to read more about what it means to be an obligate carnivore or other relevant information on feline nutrition, head over to our Cat Food Guide.

AvoDerm Ingredients

High-Quality Meat & Fish Ingredients

  • Chicken
  • Turkey
  • Duck
  • Beef
  • Lamb
  • Salmon
  • Herring

AvoDerm recipes feature most of the common meat and fish ingredients used in pet food.

This includes staples like Turkey, Beef, and Salmon, which are chosen thanks to their relatively low cost and high availability.

These ingredients should be at the center of any dog or cat food and can provide them with high-quality animal-based protein and fat.

Some AvoDerm recipes make use of meat meal ingredients like Beef Meal or Turkey Meal. These meat meals are often feared by some pet owners, but they shouldn’t be.

Meat Meals are simply meat that has been processed to remove its moisture. Without this moisture, they are incredibly dense sources of nutrition compared to non-meal meat.

Other Notable Ingredients

Many of AvoDerm’s grain-free recipes use Peas as their primary plant-based ingredient.

Peas are the most popular legume ingredient to feature in pet food and are chosen as they are a very cost-effective source of carbohydrates and plant-based protein.

However, there have been developing links between the high use of legumes, like Peas, in dog food, and an increased rate of Canine Heart Disease.

We recommend you check out our discussion of the topic here.

Sadly, AvoDerm makes use of pea by-products like Pea Protein and Pea Flour. These are processed ingredients and can be incredibly dense sources of carbohydrates or protein.

Some brands use Pea Flour in conjunction with Peas in a technique known as Ingredient Splitting.

This technique is designed to mislead consumers about the portion size of peas present in a pet food recipe. You can learn more about this and why it’s a problem in Ingredient Splitting in Pet Food – Exposed.


AvoDerm makes use of several grain ingredients in their grain-inclusive recipes. Examples of these include Brown Rice, White Rice, and Oatmeal. Grain ingredients are sources of carbohydrates, fiber, and select micronutrients.

However, grain ingredients are controversial additions to pet food recipes, with many pet owners being strongly against their use. However, there are also many pet owners who strongly believe in the use of grains.

What is clear is that whole-grain ingredients like Brown Rice and Oatmeal can be positive additions to pet food and should be preferred to processed-grain ingredients like White Rice or Rice Bran.

A Bowl of Rice

While many of AvoDerm’s recipes use legumes or grain ingredients, some feature starch ingredients like Potatoes.

Starch ingredients are incredibly dense sources of carbohydrates, which is why their portion size must be tightly controlled. If it isn’t, then the overall proportion of carbohydrates can be excessive.

Chicken Fat is a regular feature on the ingredient list of many pet food recipes. Its purpose in pet food is to enhance the flavor and boost the overall levels of animal-based fat.

It is chosen for this task thanks to its low cost and high availability. Learn more about Chicken Fat in Chicken Fat In Dog Food.

Avoderm makes use of Tomato Pomace in some of its recipes. Tomato Pomace is popular among manufacturers as a source of soluble fiber.

Soluble fiber can be crucial to some dogs to ensure they keep regular digestion and stools. Outside of its fiber content, Tomato Pomace provides little nutritional value.

Read more about Tomato Pomace in Tomato Pomace as a Pet Food Ingredient?.

Avoderm is one of a tiny number of pet food brands to make use of Avocado in its recipes. Avocado is a fruit and so provides a mix of carbohydrates, fats, vitamins, and minerals.

It can be a costly ingredient, which is why few pet food manufacturers would choose to utilize it.

Flaxseed is best known for its high levels of the Omega 3 Fatty Acids, which is why pet food brands choose to include it.

These fatty acids are strongly believed by many to provide health benefits. While all of these benefits have not been proven, there is a widespread belief in Flaxseed. Read more in Flaxseed In Dog Food.


Alfalfa is found in pet food recipes in tiny quantities, usually far down the ingredient list. It is an ingredient that is included for its health benefits and micronutrients.

Many believe the vitamins and minerals found in Alfalfa can be beneficial to dogs and cats. However, these benefits have not been conclusively proven.

AvoDerm Animal Testing

At this time, we have no information on whether AvoDerm participates in animal testing.

We strongly believe that invasive or laboratory-style testing of animals is a cruel and outdated practice. We hope it will be eliminated in the near future.

AvoDerm Recalls

Unfortunately, based on our research (FDA, AVMA, DogFoodAdvisor), AvoDerm has issued recalls in the past and is, therefore, not a recall-free pet food brand.

September 2012 – Potential Salmonella Contamination – This recall affected AvoDerm’s Natural Lamb Meal & Brown Rice Adult Dog Food Recipe.

This is disappointing and shows there must have been lapses in their safety and quality process.

Salmonella is considered to be a serious risk as it can affect humans and pets. Learn more about the risks of Salmonella in dog food in this article by Banfield Pet Hospital

Regardless, we encourage all pet owners to be vigilant of any future recalls from AvoDerm or any other pet food brand to ensure their pets remain healthy and safe.

Best of AvoDerm

Grain Free Salmon & Vegetables Recipe Review

Avoderm Grain Free Salmon & Vegetables

The above recipe from AvoDerm is one of their best dry dog food recipes. While some AvoDerm recipes have very high proportions of fat, this one has a more standard ratio with protein.

This is thanks to a generous portion of Salmon and Herring Meal, which are lean fish ingredients.

These fish ingredients are combined with a mixture of Peas, Chickpeas, and Potatoes. These three ingredients provide carbohydrates, fiber, and some micronutrients.

As always, there is a small portion of Avocado present, which provides some additional carbohydrates, fat, vitamins, and minerals.

Revolving Menu Lamb Recipe Review

Avoderm Revolving Menu Lamb

The above Lamb recipe from AvoDerm is sure to be appetizing to dogs thanks to its excellent nutrition. The recipe has 8.5% protein and fat, which is extremely high for a wet dog food recipe.

This nutrition is thanks to a generous portion of Lamb and Lamb Liver. Organ meat ingredients like Liver are excellent additions to pet food recipes and enhance flavor and provide vitamins and minerals that traditional meat cuts lack.

There is a minor portion of Peas, Carrots, and Flaxseed also present, which provide a modest proportion of carbohydrates and some fiber.

Grain Free Salmon With Tuna Meal Review

Avoderm Grain Free Salmon With Tuna Meal Cat Food

Grain Free Chicken Chunks In Gravy

Avoderm Grain Free Chicken Chunks In Gravy

AvoDerm Featured Articles

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AvoDerm Full Product Range

Dog Food

Dry Dog Food

Lamb Meal & Brown Rice Formula

Grain Free Beef & Vegetables Recipe

Adult Chicken Meal & Brown Rice Formula

Joint Health Grain Free Chicken Meal Formula

Grain Free Limited Ingredient Revolving Menu Duck Recipe

Grain Free Salmon & Vegetables Recipe

Advanced Senior Health Grain Free Lamb & Chicken Meal Formula

Small Breed Grain Free Limited Ingredient Diet Revolving Menu Lamb Recipe

Weight Control Brown Rice & Chicken Meal Formula

Healthy Weight Grain Free Turkey Meal Formula

Small Breed Grain Free Limited Ingredient Diet Revolving Menu Turkey Recipe

Large Breed Chicken Meal & Brown Rice Formula

Senior Chicken Meal & Brown Rice Formula

Grain Free Limited Ingredient Diet Revolving Menu Turkey Recipe

Puppy Chicken Meal & Brown Rice Formula

Triple Protein Meal Formula

Small Breed Grain Free Limited Ingredient Diet Revolving Menu Beef Recipe

Revolving Menu Trout & Pea Recipe

Grain Free Chicken & Vegetables Recipe

Grain Free Limited Ingredient Diet Revolving Menu Lamb & Sweet Potato Recipe

Small Breed Adult Chicken Meal Brown Rice Formula

Wet Dog Food

Grain Free Limited Ingredient Diet Revolving Menu Beef Recipe

Grain Free Salmon & Potato Stew Recipe

Revolving Menu Lamb Recipe

Grain Free Turkey & Vegetable Stew Recipe

Grain Free Chicken & Vegetable Stew Recipe

Weight Control Chicken & Rice Formula

Vegetarian Formula

Original Formula Lamb Chicken And Herring Meals

Chicken & Rice Formula

Grain Free Beef & Potato Stew Recipe

Grain Free Limited Ingredient Diet Revolving Menu Turkey Recipe

Puppy Chicken & Rice Formula

Adult Lamb Meal & Brown Rice Formula

Cat Food

Dry Cat Food

Grain Free Chicken & Duck Recipe In Gravy

Indoor Weight Control Formula With Hairball Relief

Grain Free Ocean Fish & Chicken Meal Formula

Grain Free Duck With Turkey Meal

Chicken & Herring Meal Formula

Indoor Hairball Care Formula

Grain Free Turkey Meal Formula

Salmon & Brown Rice

Kitten Chicken & Herring Meal Formula

Grain Free Salmon With Tuna Meal

Grain Free Tuna With Lobster and Crab Meals

Wet Cat Food

Grain Free Chicken & Duck Entree In Gravy

Grain Free Salmon & Chicken Entree In Gravy

Grain Free Tuna Recipe In Gravy

Wild By Nature Chopped Sardines In Consomme

Salmon Formula

Grain Free Tuna & Crab Entree In Gravy

Grain Free Sardine, Shrimp & Crab Entree In Gravy

Wild By Nature Tuna With Prawns

Wild By Nature Salmon In Salmon Consomme

Chicken Formula

Grain Free Chicken Chunks Entree In Gravy

Grain Free Tuna & Chicken Entree With Vegetables

Indoor Weight Control Formula

Ocean Fish Formula

Grain Free Salmon Recipe In Gravy

Grain Free Ocean Fish Recipe In Gravy