Abady Dog Food Review

Abady pet food products are manufactured and marketed by Robert Abady Dog Food Co. Ltd. based in Poughkeepsie, New York. The company prides itself in formulating “species-appropriate rations for dogs and cats”. The company’s website lists down the exclusive features of Abady dog food formulas—“advanced natural designs, superior nutrition, greater safety, no artificial stool-forming agents, revolutionary nutrient-sparing method of preparing food, and industry-leading texture”.

Abady dog food formulas attempt to formulate the best natural diet for carnivores with animal-based, low carbohydrate, low-fiber formulas.  One distinct feature of Abady dog food products is the absence of saponin-containing ingredients like tomato pomace, soybeans, alfalfa, oats, beet pulp, garlic, beans, peas, and yucca. They claim that saponin can increase the risk of bloat and other serious metabolic disturbances in dogs and many other species of animals. Another type of ingredients which have been excluded in Abady dog food products includes artificial stool-forming agents like cellulose flour and sodium bentonite.  Abady also claims that each group of nutrients is processed separately to preserve their nutrient value.

Chicken meal is made from parts of the chicken that may include whole carcasses of poultry, heads, feet, feathers, and entrails. Since it is a meat meal, it contains 300% more protein than fresh raw chicken. Chicken meal is a good source of highly digestible protein essential vitamins and minerals which are necessary for your dog’s growth and maintenance.

Menhaden fish meal is a protein-rich ingredient which is made from a species of small ocean fish.  It is a concentrated meat meal which contains high levels of omega-3 fatty acids and minerals which are essential to normal health and growth. There is a need to determine if the fish meal which is being incorporated in Abady dog food products is ethoxyquin-free. Ethoxyquin is an antioxidant which is often used in preserving fish meals because it can help prevent rancidity of fats. However, it has also been marketed as a pesticide. There are cases when ethoxyquin has been linked to liver problems in dogs.

White rice is also called milled rice because the husk, bran, and germ of the grain has been removed.  Although it has a longer storage period compared to brown rice, the polishing process removes the essential vitamins and minerals. It is for this reason that white rice is considered inferior to brown rice where the nutrient-rich bran is still intact.
Chicken by-product meal is an inferior source of protein because it is made from parts of slaughtered chicken where the premium parts have been removed leaving only carcass parts which have been deemed unfit for human consumption like chicken feet, offals, neck, and undeveloped egg. One positive thing though is that the by-product meal has been identified rather than a generic by-product meal with questionable sources.

There are studies which demonstrate that lard in dog food can inhibit the decomposition of organic matter particularly in high amounts. Lard has been incorporated in dog foods as a source of meat-based fats. It contains small amounts of linoleic acid. Linoleic acid is important in the synthesis of linolenic and arachidonic acid. These are fatty acids which are very important to maintain your dog’s skin and coat health. There are those who view lard as a low quality rendered fat.

Flaxseed oil is a rich source of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. These are healthy fatty acids which are important in maintaining the integrity of body cells including protecting the cells from harmful free radicals.

There are mixed reviews from dog owners who have given their dogs Abady dog food products. Some dog owners decry the “use of waste products from the human food industry”. There are also those who claim that feeding their dog with Abady resulted in serious health problems. However, there are also dog owners who claim that their dogs are living healthy lives while on Abady dog food.

Overall, we do not recommend Abady dog food brand. While we do not believe it among the worst brands out there, it's a mid-low quality brand and we would recommend going with a dog food brand that contains higher quality ingredients and/or provides higher value.

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Abady Dog Food Formulas Reviews


Abady Dog Food Formulas:

  1. Abady Maintenance/Stress and Growth Formula for Toys
  2. Maintenance and Stress Formula for Adult Dogs
  3. Abady Classic Formula for Maintenance & Stress
  4. Abady State of The Art Formula for Growing Puppies of The Larger Breeds
  5. Abady State of The Art Formula for Growing Puppies of The Giant Breeds
Abady Dog Food Consumer Rating