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.