Recent Developments in Kibble

I’m happy with Silas’s raw diet, but I like to keep abreast of what else is out there. I’ve been thrilled to see a few truly allergy-friendly kibbles out there.

First up, one that I think I’ve mentioned before:

Pure Vita Grain Free Turkey. Ingredients are:

Turkey, turkey meal, peas, sweet potato, pea flour, pea starch, turkey fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols and citric acid), alfalfa, natural turkey flavor, flax seed, sunflower oil, potassium chloride, tomato pomace, salt, dicalcium phosphate, cranberries, minerals (zinc proteinate, iron proteinate, copper proteinate, manganese proteinate, cobalt proteinate, selenium yeast), calcium carbonate, blueberries, apples, glucosamine hydrochloride, turmeric, taurine, chicory extract, lecithin, vitamins (vitamin A acetate, vitamin D3 supplement, vitamin E supplement, niacin, d-calcium pantothenate, thiamine mononitrate, pyridoxine hydrochloride, riboflavin supplement, folic acid, biotin, vitamin B12 supplement), L-tryptophan, choline chloride, garlic, ascorbic acid, chondroitin sulfate, yucca schidigera extract, L-carnitine, calcium iodate, rosemary extract, yeast culture (Saccharomyces cerevisiae), dried Lactobacillus acidophilus fermentation product, dried Enterococcus faecium fermentation product, dried Aspergillus niger fermentation product, dried Bacillus subtillis fermentation product.

Now, that is still a lot of ingredients, any of which could be an allergy for your dog, but it is truly single protein. No “chicken fat” way down on the list, no unnamed “natural flavors.”

PureVita also makes grain free single-protein salmon and bison flavors, and a duck and oatmeal variety.

Other exciting news (Thanks, M.C.!) is that Fromm has introduced a grain-free pork kibble. Their Pork & Peas is, as far as I know, the only single-protein pork food on the market. (Fromm also makes the only canned pork dog food that comes immediately to mind.) They’ve made a pork kibble for a while now, but the older “Pork and Applesauce” has chicken at the 14th spot on the ingredient list. (Which begs the question: why bother? It’s enough to trigger allergies, but surely not enough to add anything to the food?) Ingredients for Pork and Peas:

Pork, peas, chickpeas, pea flour, pork meal, pea protein, pork fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols), whole dried eggs, pork liver, sweet potatoes, dried tomato pomace, salmon oil (preserved with mixed tocopherols), cheese, coconut oil (preserved with mixed tocopherols), flaxseed, carrots, apples, pineapple, mango, melon, celery, parsley, lettuce, spinach, pork cartilage, potassium chloride, salt, chicory root extract, yucca schidigera extract, sodium selenite, folic acid, taurine, Vitamins, Minerals, Probiotics.

Note that it does contain eggs and cheese, but it does come in the prettiest dog food bag I’ve ever seen:

I haven’t tried either of these, so this is not a review. I’m just happy to share that the kibble companies are finally catching up, for those times when raw isn’t an option.

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5 thoughts on “Recent Developments in Kibble

  1. Yes, that bag looks like a pretty Mother’s Day present.

    I’ve been very happy with FreshPet slice and serve for Honey. They also have a grain free version that Laurie Luck of Smart Dog U reviewed a while back. It’s really useful for me to find a high quality food I can pick up at the grocery store. We have a great independently owned pet supply but the big ride there is murder!

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  2. Hey I forgot if I we ever talked about Zignature’s turkey recipe before? We tried a bag once, and it seemed okay. Definitely okay for its price point, which is about the same as Taste of the Wild at our local stores. Not a whole lot of info about the company that makes it though.

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  3. While Kaya and Norman don’t have allergies, they eat Nature’s Variety Instinct limited ingredient kibble in lamb or turkey. All it has is meat, tapioca, peas, canola oil, coconut oil, vitamins and minerals. Supposedly, tapioca is the the hypo-allergenic starch there is, more than potatoes! It is expensive but worth it and the portions are very small!:)

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