Addiction Dog Food Review: Healthy or Pure Crap?

Addiction Dog Food

Addiction Dog Food

Overall Rating



    • Venison Meal is the first ingredient
    • Many nutritious ingredients


    • Some controversial ingredients used
    • No large sized bag options
    • Slightly expensive

    The Addiction dog food is a brand of dog food that claims that it makes healthy food that all pets naturally crave. According to the company it was founded by a nutritional vet that only wanted to make a difference in the lives of pet by making a line of dog food that is meant to benefit the animal nutritionally, which can then begin to clear up some other medical maladies that afflict them.

    The problem is that with so many different brands of dog food out there it can be hard to determine whether a brand of dog food is actually healthy for a pet or doing more damage than good. So, the question remains: how healthy is Addiction dog food for your dog? Let’s jump right into my Addiction dog food review to find out!

    For this review we will be taking a look at the Addiction Viva La Venison Grain Free Formula.

    Addiction Dog Food

    Name: Addiction

    Website URL:

    Flavors Available: Wishbone Lake, Wishbone Pasture, Viva La Venison, Wishbone Ocean, Salmon Bleu, La Porchetta, Le Lamb, Wild Kangaroo and Apples

    Formulas Available: Puppy, Adult, Grain Free, All Life Stages

    Sizes Available: 4 Pounds, 20 Pounds and 33 Pounds

    Price: $13.05 to $79.99 (

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    Guaranteed Analysis

    Crude Protein – (min) 26%
    Crude Fat – (min) 14%
    Crude Fibre – (max) 3.5%
    Moisture – (max) 10%

    Caloric Content 4285 kcal/kg


    Venison Meal, Dried Potatoes, Chicken Fat (Preserved with Mixed Tocopherols), Peas, Natural Flavors, Ground Flaxseed, Dried Kelp, Dried Cranberries, Dried Apples, Dried Spinach, Brewers Dried Yeast, Dried Enterococcus Faecium, Dried Lactobacillus acidophilus, Dried Bifidobacterium Longum, Dried Bifidobacterium Thermophilum, Sodium Chloride, Vitamin E Supplement, Niacin (Vitamin B3), Calcium Pantothenate (Vitamin B5), Vitamin A Supplement, Thiamine Mononitrate (Vitamin B1), Riboflavin Supplement, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (Vitamin B6), Vitamin B12 Supplement, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Folic Acid (Vitamin B9) Taurine, Choline Chloride, Magnesium Sulfate, Zinc Sulfate, Ferrous Sulfate, Calcium Carbonate, Copper Sulfate, Manganese Sulfate, Calcium Iodate, Cobalt Sulfate, Sodium Selenite, Green Tea Extract, Rosemary Extract and Spearmint Extract.


    1. The first ingredient in this food is Venison Meal. Venison Meal is a high quality protein used and contains as much as 300% more protein than Venison does alone.

    2. The second ingredient is Dried Potatoes. While potatoes themselves are considered a healthy source of carbohydrates, this particular ingredient can be made up of as much as 10% dry matter which can alter the protein content in this food.

    3. The third ingredient is Chicken Fat. This is a healthy source of fat for your dog and is packed with Omega 6 acids which is essential for your dog’s life. It will also aid in giving your dog shiny skin and a shiny coat that you love to see.

    4. The fourth ingredient is Peas. Peas are a controversial ingredient being used in dog foods today. Regardless peas are seen as a high quality source of B vitamins as well Potassium, Thiamin and phosphorus. Peas are also another source of protein, giving this food some much more protein content.

    5. The fifth ingredient in this food is Natural Flavors. The problem with this ingredient is how AAFCO defines it:

    With respect to flavors, pet foods often contain ‘digests,’ which are materials treated with heat, enzymes and/or acids to form concentrated natural flavors. Only a small amount of a ‘chicken digest’ is needed to produce a ‘Chicken Flavored Cat Food,’ even though no actual chicken is added to the food.

    What this all comes down to is how the company using the flavor and where it gets it from to produce this kind of flavor naturally. In this case, Venison.

    6. The sixth ingredient in this food is Ground Flaxseed. This is a controversial ingredient that is used in many brands of food today. Regardless, this ingredient is a known source of Omega 3 and 6 Fatty acids which can aid in giving your dog a shiny coat and healthy looking skin.

    7. The seventh ingredient in this food is Dried Kelp. Dried Kelp is used in many dog foods today primarily as a thickening or gelling agent and comes from a dehydrated form of seaweed.

    8. The eighth ingredient is Dried Cranberries. Cranberries themselves are rich in various vitamins such as Vitamins A, B2, and C. This is also an ingredient used to help aid in healthy urinary tract function.

    9 and 10. The ninth ingredient and tenth ingredients are Dried Apples and Dried Spinach. Apples and Spinach are another healthy source of various nutritious vitamins and minerals that you pets could benefit from.

    11. The eleventh ingredient in this food is Brewer’s Dried Yeast. This is yet another controversial ingredient used in this food. Many people believe that this ingredient can cause allergies while others are convinced that it is highly beneficial for your dog as well as repel fleas. Regardless, this ingredient also contains about 48% protein and can be a nutritious additive in your pet’s food.

    Formulas and Flavors Available

    The formulas available in the Addiction line of dog food consists of:

    • Puppy
    • Adult Grain Free
    • All Life Stages

    The flavors available in this brand of dog food consists of:

    • Wishbone Lake
    • Wishbone Pasture
    • Viva La Venison
    • Wishbone Ocean
    • Salmon Bleu
    • La Porchetta
    • Le Lamb
    • Wild Kangaroo and Apples

    Sizes and Price

    Wishbone LakeAddiction dog food

    • 4 Pounds-$13.05
    • 12 Pounds-$31.99
    • 24 Pounds-$56.50

    Wishbone Pasture

    • 4 Pounds-$13.05
    • 12 Pounds-$31.99
    • 24 Pounds-$56.50

    Viva La Venison

    • 4 Pounds-$13.99
    • 20 Pounds-$59.99

    Wishbone Ocean

    • 4 Pounds-$13.05
    • 12 Pounds-$31.99
    • 24 Pounds-$56.50

    Salmon Bleu

    • 4 Pounds-$18.22
    • 20 Pounds-$43.99

    La Porchetta

    • 4 Pounds-$11.99
    • 20 Pounds-$43.99

    Le Lamb

    • 4 Pounds-$11.99
    • 20 Pounds-$43.99

    Wild Kangaroo and Apples

    • 20 Pounds-$79.99

    Salmon Bleu Puppy

    • 4 Pounds-$17.99
    • 20 Pounds-$67.99

    Viva La Venison Puppy

    • 4 Pounds-$17.49
    • 20 Pounds-$66.99

    Addiction Dog Food Complaints and Reviews

    There are a couple of mixed reviews out there for Addiction dog food from various dog owners. Just take a look for yourself what some owners are saying about this food.

    Addiction Dog Food Complaints

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    Addiction Dog Food Complaints

    Final Opinion

    In my honest opinion I believe that this is a healthy brand of dog food that will be overall nutritious for your pet. However, with the use of a couple of controversial ingredients such as Brewers Dried Yeast and Peas, this is certainly not the best food out there. It is fairly priced though the fact that this food does not come in bigger sizes, this can be a downfall for owners with large dogs.

    Regardless, this is a quality dog food that I highly recommend to other dog owners out there.

    Final Verdict:


    Nutritious Food, But Made With Some Controversial Ingredients

    Have you fed your dog Addiction dog food? If so, what do you think of the food? Let me know in the comments below!


    Vanessa is a Certified Vet Tech in the state of Colorado and has over 10 years of experience in animal nutrition. She owns two dogs: a Siberian Husky mix and a Beagle Black Lab mix.

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