Eden Pet Food is a family-owned company and was formed in 2011 with the aim of producing nutritious pet food products that accurately mimic pets’ ancestral diets. Since then, Eden has become very popular and is one of the leading premium pet food brands in the UK.
As we just mentioned, Eden Pet Food strongly believes in feeding dogs and cats food that is similar to their ancestral diets. This correlates to a diet low in grains, and other plant-matter and high levels of meat and fish ingredients. Eden also aimed to be open and transparent and avoid misleading consumers in order to make a profit.
Eden supports a number of animal charities, including Moorlands Dog Rescue, Huskies In Need, and the Rottweiler Welfare Association. All three of these organizations focus on rescue, rehabilitation, and rehoming of dogs, which is a great and vital cause.
Eden Product Range
All of Eden’s ranges have three dog food ranges that have distinct themes. An “Original” themed recipe, which focuses on Chicken and Salmon. Next up, a fish-themed formula that contains Herring and either Salmon or Turkey. Finally, each range also has a “country” themed formula that contains less common meat ingredients like Rabbit, Venison, and Duck.
This trifecta covers most of the typical pet food themes, and there should be at least one recipe that your pet will enjoy, regardless of how picky or fussy they are.
Eden Pet Food’s range of cat food products is slightly smaller than its dog food range but still contains some diversity and variety. The same trio of Original, Fish, and Country themed recipes are present within the cat food recipes.
Perhaps the only weak point of Eden Holistic Pet Food is that it has a relatively small range of products. However, of all the traits that could be considered negative for a pet food brand, a small product range is not one you should be overly concerned about.
Overall the nutrition offered by Eden’s range of Dog and Cat food is superb and significantly above average. Both Protein and Fat are in abundance, and the carbohydrate proportions are moderate and satisfactory.
The proportion of protein in Eden’s dry dog food products is suitable for dogs of all activity levels, including those who are very active. The proportion of fat is also suitable for dogs that are very active and could be utilized as a dense source of energy. However, dogs who are relatively inactive may gain weight from the high levels of fat if portion control is not enacted.
The Omega Fatty Acids are also in high proportions in Eden’s formulas. In particular, their fish themed formulas contain levels of the Omega 3 Fatty Acids that are as much as two or three times as high as Eden’s competitors. This level of the Omega 3 Fatty Acids would undoubtedly have a very positive effect on the health of a dog or cat, in particular, their skin, fur, and coat.
Eden provides a clear ingredient list, which includes the percentage of the total food that each ingredient provides. This is an extremely transparent approach and one that isn’t done by any none UK dog food brand. The majority of brands from the US or Canada would choose not to do something similar as they are not required. An example of this is displayed below.
The inclusion of percentages removes any doubt about quite how much meat or fish ingredients are present and disproves any claims of techniques like Ingredient Splitting, where a single ingredient is broken down into a number of sub-ingredients, being used. Find out more about Ingredient Splitting in our article Ingredient Splitting in Pet Food – Exposed.
All of the meat and fish ingredients used in Eden formulas are deemed fit for human consumption but are deemed surplus to the human food chain. What this means is the cuts of meat used in their pet food products are less favorable or aesthetic but are still safe and high-quality.
All of Eden’s dog and cat food products are free of low-quality vegetable by-products such as Pea Protein or Potato Protein. These ingredients inflate the overall level of protein in dog and cat food recipes. Find out more about Pea Protein and Potato Protein in our articles Peas, Pea Protein, Pea Flour, and Pea Fiber in Dog Food and Potatoes, Potato Protein & Potato Starch in Dog Food.
In addition to Eden’s transparency around the quantity of ingredients present in its formulas, they also provide a master list of all of the ingredients used in their products on their website. This list is clear and offers an easy to understand picture for each ingredient to avoid confusion and allow pet owners to quickly recognize them.
Eden’s formulas include prebiotics. These prebiotics are added to Eden’s formulas to help aid and promote healthy digestion. Many people believe prebiotics to be nonsense and a buzzword, but they can have a positive effect, albeit limited.
Eden Animal Testing
Eden proudly states that it does not participate in animal testing. This is unsurprising as the majority of premium pet food brands now avoid direct animal testing as it is considered a cruel and outdated practice.
Eden’s alternative methodology to animal testing involves testing new recipes on the owners and their friend’s pets. If the owner of the brand is willing to let their own pets taste these new recipes, you need not be overly concerned with their safety.
We hope that other brands follow Eden’s lead and eliminate or severely reduce animal testing in the near future.
To date, we have no information to believe that Eden has ever been recalled. A lack of recalls shows that Eden has taken it’s the safety and quality of its manufacturing process seriously for the seven years of its existence. However, consumers should be on the lookout for any future recalls to ensure that their pets remain happy and healthy.
Eden Featured Articles
Sadly, Eden has yet to feature in one of our in-depth articles, but we hope to create a Best UK Dog Food article in the near future, and Eden is likely to feature.
Best of Eden
Dry Dog Food
As we mentioned earlier, Eden dog food comes in three distinct flavors, and while they all offer relatively similar nutrition, the fish variety comes out on top because of the high levels of the Omega 3 Fatty Acids it contains.
It contains a whopping 3.1% of these fatty acids. In most other dog food formulas, a level above 1% would be considered high, so the level in this particular recipe is monumental. Many formulas that do not focus on fish have as little as 0.4%.
This high level of the Omega Fatty Acids is thanks to the large portion of fish ingredients present. This includes Salmon, Herring, Trout, and more. These fish ingredients also provide a satisfactory proportion of protein.
The formula is rounded off with a moderate portion of Sweet Potatoes, which provide carbohydrates and fiber. The remaining ingredients are in very small proportions are likely included to provide vitamins and minerals.
Wet Dog Food
While it may have been tempting for us to also recommend Eden’s canned recipe with fish, we thought we would instead display a unique formula. What makes country Cuisine unique is the large variety of uncommon meat ingredients it contains
Examples include Duck, Venison, Rabbit, and Venison. While it is not too uncommon to see some of these ingredients by themselves or as secondary ingredients, a formula that contains all four is exceedingly rare and maybe one of a kind.
These ingredients provide a plentiful supply of protein and fat and could be advantageous for dogs who have severe allergies or intolerances to more traditional meat ingredients like Chicken and Beef.
Other than these four meat ingredients, the formula only contains very small portions of some vegetables. These portions are so small that they could be considered negligible.
Original Cuisine Review
Wet Cat Food
Country Cuisine Review
Eden Full Product Range
80/20 Dried Dog Food
Semi-Moist Dog Food
80/20 Working and Sporting Dog Food
Wet Dog Food
Cat & Dog Treats
Duck & Game
Whitefish & Game
Salmon & Game
Venison & Game
Lamb & Game
Digestive Support Supplement
Joint Support Supplement
Skin and Coat Supplement
85/15 Dry Cat Food
Wet Cat Food
Turkey & Herring