Crave Dog Food: A Food Your Dog Will Crave?

Crave

6.5

Overall Rating

6.5/10

Pros

  • Chicken is the first ingredient
  • Multiple flavor options
  • Affordable

Cons

  • Too many pea ingredients

crave dog food

I’m not going to lie here: I have never heard of Crave dog food.

NEVER!

So, imagine my surprise when a representative talked to me about it the last time I went to visit my favorite pet supply store in town. This representative swore by the food and made bold claims about it being the healthiest brand of food on the diet.

But, if you have been visiting this blog for a while, you could imagine how skeptical I was.

So, is Crave dog food as healthy as this representative claim it to be? Or is it all a farce?

Let’s just jump into my Crave dog food review to find out!

For this Crave dog food review, I will be focusing on the Crave with Protein from Chicken Adult dog food formula.

 

 

Name: Crave

Website URL: www.cravepetfoods.com

Flavors Available: Beef, Chicken, Lamb and Salmon

Sizes Available: 4 pounds, 12 pounds and 22 pounds

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Guaranteed Analysis

Crude Protein (min.) 34.00%

Crude Fat (min.) 17.00%

Crude Fiber (max.) 3.5%

Moisture (max.) 10.00%

Omega-6* (min.) 2.0%

 

 

Ingredients

Chicken, Chicken Meal, Chickpeas, Pea Protein, Split Peas, Dried Potatoes, Chicken Fat (preserved with Mixed Tocopherols), Lamb Meal, Salmon Meal, Natural Flavor, Dehydrated Alfalfa Meal, Sunflower Oil (preserved with Mixed Tocopherols), Dried Plain Beet Pulp, Choline Chloride, Potassium Chloride, DL-Methionine, Salt, Mixed Tocopherols and Citric Acid (preservatives), Zinc Sulfate, Niacin Supplement, Biotin, Vitamin E Supplement, Iron Amino Acid Chelate, D-Calcium Pantothenate, Selenium Yeast, Riboflavin Supplement (Vitamin B2), Copper Amino Acid Chelate, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (Vitamin B6), Manganese Amino Acid Chelate, Vitamin A Supplement, Thiamine Mononitrate (Vitamin B1), Vitamin D3 Supplement, Folic Acid, Rosemary Extract

 

Ingredient Breakdown

Chicken

Chicken is a high-quality protein ingredient. During the cooking process, the chicken is reduced by at least half.

Chicken Meal

Chicken meal is another high-quality ingredient that can contain as much as 300% more protein than chicken contains alone.

Chickpeas

Chickpeas offer the perfect balance between additional protein and fiber. It is low in fat and packed full of vitamins and minerals your dog needs to thrive.

Pea Protein

This is an ingredient that is a by-product of processed peas. While it is typically used because it is high in protein, it is not that beneficial to dogs and is typically only used to boost the protein content on the label.

Split Peas

Split Peas are considered pulse crops, which pet food companies typically used because they are gluten-free and contain as much as 25% protein to help boost the protein content on the label. However, Split peas can contain lectins and phytates which does not break down and leach onto minerals such as iron, calcium, zinc and magnesium. This can cause GI upsets or leaky gut syndrome.

Dried Potatoes

This is seen as a source of gluten-free digestible carbs. It can not only help to boost a dog’s energy but is only considered to be moderately beneficial.

Chicken Fat

This is a healthy source of fat for dogs. It is loaded with Omega 6 fatty acids which can help support healthy skin and a shiny coat.

Lamb Meal

Lamb meal is a high-quality protein ingredient that can contain as much as 300% more protein than lamb contains alone.

Salmon Meal

Salmon meal is a high-quality protein ingredient that can contain as much as 300% more protein than salmon contains alone.

Natural Flavor

This is an ingredient that comes from a variety of protein, vegetable and fruit sources. It is typically applied to dog food to entice dogs to eat it.

Dehydrated Alfalfa Meal

Dehydrated Alfalfa Meal is nothing more than a blend of vitamins, minerals and digestive enzymes to help support a healthy GI tract.

Sunflower Oil

While sunflower oil is not a common ingredient you will find in commercial pet foods, it is another healthy source of fat for dogs. It is packed with essential fatty acids that can help promote a shiny coat and healthy skin.

Dried Plain Beet Pulp

This is an ingredient that is seen as controversial in the pet food industry. While it is a known source of fiber, it is typically viewed as an unnecessary filler ingredient.

Choline Chloride

This is an ingredient that is a source of the essential B vitamin Choline. Choline can be found naturally in animal and plant sources.

Potassium Chloride

This is a naturally occurring mineral that is added into dog food as a potassium supplement.

DL-Methionine

This is an ingredient that is typically added to pet food in order to help reduce acid levels in urine. This can help grass from becoming yellow whenever a dog goes to relieve himself.

Salt

Salt is only usually used in dog food to enhance the flavor of a dog food to entice dogs to eat it. An excess in salt consumption has been known to lead to obesity and heart disease in canines.

 

Crave Dog Food Formulas, Sizes and Price

Crave Grain Free Adult with Chicken


This formula is loaded with 34% protein from real chicken listed as the first ingredient. It is also made using strictly grain free ingredients to reduce sensitivities.

Sizes Available: 4 pounds, 12 pounds and 22 pounds

 

Crave Grain Free Adult with Beef


This recipe from Crave, may contain a bit more fat content than the other recipes, but it surely doesn’t lack in the protein department. Loaded with 34% protein from real beef and grain free carbohydrate sources, this formula will fuel your dog with the energy he or she needs.

Sizes Available: 4 pounds, 12 pounds and 22 pounds

 

Crave Grain Free Adult with Lamb and Venison


This is a formula formulated with your dog’s inner wild side in mind. Made with 100% real lamb and venison and grain free carb sources from naturally occurring plant and protein materials, this is as close to a wild diet that your dog can get.

Sizes Available: 4 pounds, 12 pounds and 22 pounds

 

Crave Grain Free Adult with Salmon and Ocean Fish


This is the perfect formula for dogs who suffer from stomach sensitivities.  Made with the same level of high protein and using only grain free-ingredients, this will feed your dog with a filling diet that won’t bother their stomach in the process.

Sizes Available: 4 pounds, 12 pounds and 22 pounds

 

Crave Dog Food Reviews from Actual Pet Owners

Most of the Crave dog food reviews from actual pet parents seem to be mostly positive at first glance. See for yourself what some pet owners are saying below.

My pup loves this food and so does my vet! I’ve been feeding this to my dog since I adopted her. Her coat is shinier than ever and even my vet said it was a great food just by looking at the ingredients. Can’t complain about this food. -Mohit Gangwani, Amazon Customer

Nutrient rich and helps my dog with her itchy skin. This food is absolutely amazing. It has helped my dog in a variety of ways. She no longer itches and her coat looks great! It is super healthy and affordable for anybody. -Amazon customer

A dog food that is good and that my dog enjoys! After doing careful research on what dog food was good, I came across this food. My dog was suspicious of this food at first but after having his first bite, this has now become his food of choice. -Doctor, Amazon customer

This is an all around great food. I feed this food to my Beagles and they gobbled up every morsel! -acf, Amazon customer

This food is affordable, the ingredients aren’t too bad and my dogs love it. That’s all that matters! -Beth’s mommy, Amazon customer

 

My Final Opinion

After carefully looking at this food, taking into consideration its price, overall availability, all of its ingredients and taking reviews from pet parents into account, I can’t really complain too much about this line of dog food. Sure, it does have a bit too much pea ingredients in it for my taste, but the amount of protein it contains balances it out. It is a great tasting and affordable brand of food that will satisfy any dog.

Final Verdict:
Recommended

 

Have you tried Crave Dog Food with your dogs? If so, how did they respond to the food? Let me know in the comments section below!

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