Rated 3 out of 5 by Magg Big Price, Disappointing Benefit
This canned dog food by Addiction Foods NZ has a few things going for it: it does use unique protein sources for highly sensitive/allergic dogs -- in this case, New Zealand unagi river eel and venison. It contains seaweed meal for boosting the immune system. It is grain-free, gluten-free, and has no artificial preservatives or by-products. It does not smell fishy or otherwise unpleasant; nor is the flavor or texture unusual, fishy or anything but pleasant. My two food-hypersensitive dogs love it. So, what's the beef?
I am always on the lookout for unique protein sources and foods for my dogs, since strict food rotation keeps most of their symptoms at bay. They have already sampled and love the Addiction Brushtail Canned Food. My curiosity finally got the better of me, and I plunked down the money for the Unagi & Seaweed Entree.
The main reason that I cannot give this food a good recommendation quite simply is that you pay almost twice the cost of any other canned food, even other Addiction brand flavors, and yet it does not deliver. All of the advertising for this particular flavor on Chewy, on the Addiction website, and on the can, talks about the eel, which is the first ingredient on the list, while completely ignoring the venison that is the second ingredient. I did send an email to the company, asking what the proportion of the eel to the venison was in the total meat content. That was well over a week ago, and I have not received a reply. Actually, the same is true of their Brushtail entree - venison is the second ingredient there, too. However, you pay only 60% of the price. I can feed my dogs venison once in rotation, but not over and over, which would defeat the point of rotation.
Secondly, for all that money you are only getting the all-too-common white potato as the main, but not the only, carbohydrate source.
Finally, the nutritional analysis shows 8% for the protein content of this food. This is the same protein level shown in some grocery store brand canned dog foods.
Although they advertise the omega fatty acid benefits of this food, they do not show the percentage or amount of omega 3 and 6 in the nutritional analysis on the can.
How disappointing for a dog food that targets dogs with allergies and hypersensitivities! I don't know about other pet parents, but I have better things to do with my money.
April 1, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5
by Randy2004 Novel protein, no chix fat or other
My 7lb poodle developed "leaky gut" at 9y.o. I almost lost him!! I now buy all of his food from Chewy. Chewy list all of the ingredients for all of it's products. Read these carefully. Some have chix fat or "liver" not specifying which species. My boy is in good health now as we continue to taper his prednisone and feed him novel proteins. I am leaving this same review for the products I am using with good results. CHEWY is a great vendor as it lists ALL ingredients for ALL of the products it sells. CHEWY is my knight in shining armor. Before CHEWY I was at my whits end as duck wasn't helping. I was cooking cod filets and worrying about him having a balanced diet. Thank you CHEWY!
April 10, 2014
Rated 1 out of 5 by GA007 Over rated and Over Priced.
Don't waste your money. This product is WAY overprice for the ingredients. VERY VERY LITTLE EEL!!! Will not buy again.
August 22, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Norell68 excellant for dogs with allergies
I have 2 dogs that have food allergies. The Jack Russell has severe allergies. He and my other dog can eat this food with their special dry food. This food has not cause itching or skin break out. They also love the taste, and gobble it down. Thanks for having this food . The addiction brand is wounderful.
March 29, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by SlavetoShihTzus Unagi and Seaweed
If you have a dog with skin issues I urge you to give this a try! Yes, it's pricey but so are vet visits and endless steroids and antibiotics. This is a novel protein to our dogs, one that they don't normally get so they haven't developed allergies to it and my 3 Shih Tzus will give it a resounding 6-paws up! They know the can, they know the cabinet and they know what "Doggie-Noggie" means when I say it. They are normally raw-fed dogs but this is their special treat when we rotate proteins. Also try Addiction Brushtail and Vegetables. Another 6-paws-up!
January 21, 2014
Rated 3 out of 5 by Styx Hit or Miss In the Flavor - But a Good Product
My elderly Pomeranian had chronic pancreatitis and after he recovered from it was still unable to consume food with a percentage of fat greater than 5% (this is lower in fat than the kidney diet SD provides by perception FYI). This food really fit the bill in the low fat department, however my Pom didn't love it very much. Some days he would only eat one bite and that was it. My other Pom and my Sheltie really love this food however, my AKK is so-so on it. It seems to be a hit or miss in the flavor department depending on the dog.
The product itself however is good and high quality with great ingredients.
I ended up mixing this food with other foods like Tripett, or some hold cooked scrambled eggs, and that has worked out really well. I can also mix it with canned foods that have a higher fat content (like 6%) to bring the fat content of his meal down enough overall so that he doesn't get sick.
I'd recommend someone to try this food if they have a dog with medical issues that require a special diet or a dog that just likes unusual flavors.
Because of the seriously low fat content, I would likely continue to buy this food.
December 9, 2015