Addiction Dog Food

Kirby eats dehydrated dog food which has a very thick oatmeal texture- it's healthy, wholesome food with human grade ingredients I approve.  When we kept our first foster I was asked to not feed them the same food since it was hard to get them to eat the commercial kibble when they were transported to their forever homes.  So I feed our fosters a dry commercial kibble which  Kirby is always trying to eat.

Knowing how much Kirby loves the crunchy texture of kibble I have been searching for some time for a healthy, safe kibble with no success.  Every brand so far has had less than desirable ingredients listed.  Finally, flipping through my latest Modern Dog Magazine I came across an advertisement for Addiction Dog Food.  Wholesome ingredients air dried into a dry kibble and listed on Whole Dog Journal's Approved Dry Dog Foods for 2009, 2010, and 2011. That's impressive.

Addiction Holistic Food is unlike any other. Free from harmful additives and made in New Zealand, Australia, Canada and USA exclusively from Premium Proteins and Game Meats known for their nutritional and hypoallergenic properties, Addiction has amassed a cult following among discerning pet owners seeking the ultimate in Holistic Nutrition.
Enlightened by the belief that pet food should be natural and free from harmful additives, the Addiction range uses only natural, wholesome, highest-quality ingredients packed with nutritional benefits to enhance health and well-being. It contains no artificial preservatives, flavors, fillers or by-products commonly found in many of today's pet and even human foods. The result is food as close to what nature intended your dog to eat.
The Addiction range specializes in Premium Proteins and Game Meats such as Kangaroo, Brushtail, Venison and Unagi.
Premium proteins are hypoallergenic to dogs not previously exposed to them therefore provide a natural solution to dogs that are allergic to chicken, beef or lamb.
Each premium protein and game meat in the Addiction range is carefully selected for its exquisite taste and nutritional properties,providing your dog with a naturally great tasting meal with unique health benefits.

Kirby can be rather picky so I sent an email to the company and was elated when within hours I received an email back offering to send samples for Kirby to try.  A week later a large package was delivered containing nine generous sized samples of five different flavors. 

I believe in feeding Kirby a varied diet to ensure he enjoys his meals and gets all of the protein, vitamins and minerals his body needs.  This means he gets different flavors of dehydrated meals and homemade meals each week.  Maybe because he has always eaten this way he never gets an upset stomach.

I really couldn't do a day by day recap since I do variety meals.  Kirby ate these meals over a three week period so I decided to just list each kibble flavor noting Kirby's reaction and the ingredients for each.

Le Lamb Entree Kibble

He very much enjoyed this meal each time so it is on my list to order.

Ingredients:  Lamb Meal, Ground Brown Rice, Ground Oats, Rice Bran, Chicken Fat (Naturallypreserved with Mixed Tocopherols), Menhaden Fish Meal, Flaxseed, Lecithin, Menhaden Fish Oil, Natural Flavors, Dried Carrots, Dried Cranberries, Dried Blueberries, Chamomile, Dandelion, Peppermint, Dried Tomatoes, Rosemary,Turmeric, Yucca Schidigera Extract, Dried Lactobacillus acidophilus Fermentation Product, Dried Streptococcus faecium Fermentation Product, Dried Aspergillus oryzae Fermentation Extract, Dried Aspergillus niger Fermentation Extract, Vitamin A Supplement, Vitamin D3 Supplement,  Vitamin E Supplement, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Riboflavin (Vitamin B2), Niacin (Vitamin B3), Calcium Pantothenate, Folic Acid (Vitamin B9), Biotin (Vitamin B7), Thiamine (Vitamin B1), Pyridoxine (Vitamin B6), Menadione Sodium Bisulfite Complex, DL-Methionine, Choline Chloride,Sodium Selenite, Calcium Iodate, Ferrous Sulfate, Manganese Sulfate, Zinc Sulfate, Copper Sulfate

With added:

  • Cranberries and Blueberries, high in antioxidants and phytochemicals
  • Herbal Botanicals known for their aromatic properties
  • Fish Oil rich in Omega 3 for healthy skin and coat

Salmon Bleu Kibble

Kirby loves fish flavors so this one was a big hit.  Every time he ate all of it as quickly aspossible.

Ingredients:  Salmon Meal, Potatoes, Chicken Fat (Naturally preserved with Mixed Tocopherols), Smoked Salmon, Dried Blueberries, Dried Cranberries, Dried Raspberries, Calcium Carbonate, Dicalcium Phosphate, Potassium Chloride, Kelp Meal, Flaxseed Meal, Calcium Propionate, Zinc Sulfate, Zinc Oxide, Ferrous Sulfate, Manganese Sulfate, Copper Sulfate, Calcium Iodate, Cobalt Carbonate, Sodium Selenite, Vitamin E Supplement, Riboflavin (Vitamin B2), Niacin (Vitamin B3),D-Pantothenic Acid (Vitamin B5), Thiamine (Vitamin B1), Vitamin A Supplement, Pyridoxine (Vitamin B6), Biotin (Vitamin B7), Folic Acid (Vitamin B9), Vitamin B12 Supplement, Vitamin D3 Supplement

With added:

  • Smoked Salmon for that extra gourmet taste dogs love
  • Raspberries with unique phytonutrient content rich in Vitamins B & C
  • Glucosamine for joint health

Viva La Venison Kibble

I have never fed Kirby venison which is a shame since we have a lot of hunters here.  However,that will change since he very much enjoyed these meals.

Ingredients:  Venison Meal, Dried Potatoes, Chicken Fat (Preserved with Mixed Tocopherols), Natural Flavors, Dried Egg, Dried Kelp, Dehydrated Alfalfa Meal, Dried Carrots, Dried Cranberries, Dried Apples, Dried Spinach, Potassium Chloride, Salt, Brewers Dried Yeast, Lecithin, Dried Enterococcus faecium Fermentation Product, Dried Lactobacillus acidophilus Fermentation Product, Dried Aspergillusniger Fermentation Extract, Dried Bacillus subtilis Fermentation Extract, Choline Chloride, Zinc Proteinate, Vitamin E Supplement, Iron Proteinate, Dried Saccharomyces cerevisiae Fermentation Solubles, Inulin (from chicory root),Ascorbic Acid (source of Vitamin C), Taurine, DL-Methionine, Yucca Schidigera Extract, Niacin (Vitamin B3), Copper Proteinate, Manganese Proteinate, Calcium Pantothenate, Thiamine (Vitamin B1), Biotin (Vitamin B7), Riboflavin (Vitamin B2), Vitamin A Supplement, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride(Vitamin B6), Vitamin B12 Supplement, Beta Carotene, Folic Acid (Vitamin B9), Sodium Selenite, Rosemary Extract

With added:

  • New Zealand Venison - high in protein, low in fat
  • Probiotics for a healthy digestive system
  • Fruits and Vegetables high in antioxidants and phytonutrients

Wild Kangaroo & Apples Kibble

Kirby refused to eat this kibble.  Apparently kangaroo is an acquired taste.  I tried several times and ended up feeding him something else.  I did mix a little in his dehydrated meals which he ate. Still, I won't be ordering this one even though I had high hopes since Kirbs can get borderline chunky.

FYI - Wild kangaroo containing only 2% fat, wild kangaroo meat is prized as a low fat, high quality meat, free from antibiotics and hormones. Wild Kangaroo contains up to 5 times the amount of CLA than other redmeats. CLA has been shown to support many body functions important to overallhealth and fitness. Also shown to inhibit obesity, CLA is great news for dog owners who want to manage their pet's weight and cardiovascular health.

Ingredients:  Dried Kangaroo Meat, Oats, Rice, Yeast, Canola Oil, Peas, Apples, Salt, Taurine,Garlic, Natural Antioxidants, Choline Chloride, Amino Acids (Leucine,Phenylalanine-Tyrosine, Arginine, Valine, Lysine, Phenylalanine, Threonine,Isoleucine, Methionine-Cystine, Histidine, Methionine, Tryptophan, Cystine),Vitamins & Minerals (Choline, Thiamine B1, Pyridoxine B6, Riboflavin B2,Folic Acid, Vitamin B12, Vitamin A, Vitamin D, Vitamin E, Vitamin K,Pantothenic Acid B5, Niacin B3, Vitamin C, Biotin, Iodine, Selenium, Zinc,Copper, Iron, Manganese, Calcium, Phosphorus, Sodium, Dicalcium Phosphate and Calcium Carbonate)

Kirby loves these dry kibbles and I'm very happy with the ingredients so I ordered a 4 lb. bag of the Salmon Blue Entree kibble.  I thought I would start with that since Kirbs loves fish.  Would you believe he loves crab legs and shrimp?  Really!

Even though I only requested kibble samples we also received the following dehydrated meal samples:

Dehydrated Country Chicken & Apricot Dinner

Kirby enjoys dehydrated meals from honest Kitchen and this was no exception.  He heartily chowed it down

Ingredients:  Chicken, Potatoes, Papayas, Canola Oil, Apricot, Carrots, Spinach, Tapioca Starch, Garlic, Choline Chloride, Taurine, Minerals (Dicalcium Phosphate, Calcium Carbonate, Zinc Sulphate, Ferrous Sulphate, Copper Sulphate, Manganese Sulphate, Sodium Selenate, Potassium Iodate), Vitamins (Vitamin E Supplement, Niacin Supplement, d-Pantothenic Acid, Vitamin A Supplement, Riboflavin Supplement, Vitamin B12 Supplemet, Thiamine Hydrochloride, Vitamin D Supplement, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Folic Acid), Amino Acids (Tryptophan, Threonine, Methionine), Vegetable Oil, Natural Tocopherols, Lecithin, Rosemary Extract

With Added:

  • New Zealand Chicken, free from Artificial Hormones and Steroids
  • Apricots bursting with Antioxidants and Nutrients
  • Raw Vegetables and Fruits for Optimal Health

When I ordered the Salmon Blue kibble I also decided to order the 4 oz samples of the following dehydrated meals:

Dehydrated Herbed Lamb & Potatoes

Kirby enjoyed this one eating every bite.

Ingredients:  Lamb, Potatoes, Papayas, Canola Oil, Carrots, Spinach, Rosemary, Thyme, Tapioca Starch, Garlic, Choline Chloride, Taurine, Minerals (Dicalcium Phosphate, Calcium Carbonate, Zinc Sulphate, Ferrous Sulphate, Copper Sulphate, Manganese Sulphate, Sodium Selenate, Potassium Iodate), Vitamins (Vitamin E Supplement, Niacin Supplement, d-Pantothenic Acid, Vitamin A Supplement, Riboflavin Supplement, Vitamin B12 Supplemet, Thiamine Hydrochloride, Vitamin D Supplement, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Folic Acid), Amino Acids (Tryptophan, Threonine, Methionine), Vegetable Oil, Natural Tocopherols, Lecithin, Rosemary Extract

With Added:

  • Free-range New Zealand Lamb
  • Aromatic Rosemary and Thyme
  • Raw Vegetables and Fruits for Vitamins and Enzymes

Dehydrated Steakhouse Beef & Zucchini Entree

Kirby loves a hamburger so this was a hit.

I have previously purchased the Honest Kitchen Verve which is made with beef thinking he would love it but ended up having to add extra meat to entice him to eat it.  I didn't have to add anything to this one.

Ingredients:  Beef, Potatoes, Papayas, Canola Oil, Zucchini, Carrots, Spinach, Tapioca Starch, Garlic, Choline Chloride, Taurine, Minerals (Dicalcium Phosphate, Calcium Carbonate, Zinc Sulphate, Ferrous Sulphate, Copper Sulphate, Manganese Sulphate, Sodium Selenate, Potassium Iodate), Vitamins (Vitamin E Supplement, Niacin Supplement, d-Pantothenic Acid, Vitamin A Supplement, Riboflavin Supplement, Vitamin B12 Supplemet, Thiamine Hydrochloride, Vitamin D Supplement, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Folic Acid), Amino Acids (Tryptophan, Threonine, Methionine), Vegetable Oil, Natural Tocopherols, Lecithin, Rosemary Extract

With Added:

  • New Zealand Beef free from Artificial Hormones and Steroids
  • Fresh Zucchini high in Vitamins and Nutrients
  • Vegetables and Fruits for Optimal Health

Dehydrated Perfect Summer Brushtail

Another acquired taste must be brushtail since Kirby also refused this one every time.  I also mixed a little in his dehydrated meals which he then refused to eat.  So brushtail is a definite no for Kirbs.

FYI - Wild Brushtail (Trichosurus vulpecula), is a marsupial found in large numbers in New Zealand, containing the highest levels of Omega 3 & 6 Fatty Acids of any red meat. Brushtail is not native to New Zealand and eats only the best berries and foliage, destroying forests and wildlife. Unlike farmed animals, Wild Brushtail is free from antibiotics and artificial hormones. By feeding this food, you are not only helping to conserve New Zealand's plant and animal life but are also providing your pet with a nutritionally superior meal that promotes wellness and vitality.

Ingredients:  New Zealand Brushtail, Potatoes, Papayas, Canola Oil, Sunflower Seed, Carrots, Spinach, Tapioca Starch, Garlic, Choline Chloride, Taurine, Minerals (Dicalcium Phosphate, Calcium Carbonate, Zinc Sulphate, Ferrous Sulphate, Copper Sulphate, Manganese Sulphate, Sodium Selenate, Potassium Iodate), Vitamins (Vitamin E Supplement, Niacin Supplement, d-Pantothenic Acid, Vitamin A Supplement, Riboflavin Supplement, Vitamin B12 Supplemet, Thiamine Hydrochloride, Vitamin D Supplement, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Folic Acid), Amino Acids (Tryptophan, Threonine, Methionine), Vegetable Oil, Natural Tocopherols, Lecithin, Rosemary Extract

With Added:

  • Wild Brushtail, highest in Omega 3
  • Sunflower Seeds Packed with Fiber, Vitamin E & Minerals
  • Raw Vegetables and Fruits for vitamins and enzymes

There are some other kibble and dehydrated flavors along with canned dinners and treats I may try in the future.  I don't know if these would be cost prohibitive for a large dog but it fits my budget since Kirby eats a cup or less daily.  Overall, Kirby and I give Addiction pet food 5 wags and 4 paws up!

Final Word

I would feed this dog food to Kirby with no hesitation.  Dog Food Advisor rates this dog food produced in New Zealand 4 out of 5 stars. 

Disclosure:  This dog food caught my interest so I requested samples.  We were not compensated in any way and this is my personal opinion of the product based on my requirements for healthy, human grade ingredients and Kirby's reaction to the flavors.