Holistic Select Natural Dry Dog Food Anchovy & Sardine and Salmon Meals Recipe is fish-based, single protein natural dry dog food formulated with our unique Digestive Health Support System, including active probiotics, healthy fiber and digestive enzymes. When combined with our other high quality, natural ingredients, this recipe supports the absorption and utilization of vital nutrients throughout your dog’s entire body. Your dog will look and feel healthy from the inside out.
I want to be clear, I am not speaking of nor picking on just this one product, but like most dog foods out there that have these lovely names, “Holistic”,’Natural’,’Healthy’,etc,there is usually nothing to back up claims of being healthier nor of better quality than the less expensive brands. The ingredients often are the same as most other dog foods, comprised of substances of the poorest quality, including ingredients that are not even considered food.’Made with chicken’ can mean as low as 3% chicken legally. Generally, only meats totally unable to be used for any other purpose at all are added to dog foods, and often includes feces, talons, feathers, hide, teeth, tumors and worse. Many of these poor grade and disgusting ‘meats’ are also then soaked in chemicals before being added to dog foods, the FDA’s great idea to keep the meat from actually being used in ‘people’ food–but I doubt you want your dog’s food soaked in chemicals. People truly love their pets, and for some of us, it’s all the family we have or certainly the ones that seem to understand us best. I’m working on a recipe that will work well for my dogs, human-grade. In days gone by, we raised our ‘mutts’ often on just left over table scraps and they flourished… because they were getting ‘people grade’ food. If you use canned dog food, smell the opened, refrigerated can on day 2,3 or 4–if it smells good, you will know. If not it’s rancid–bad, spoiled, musty. We feed organic dog food now, not much more $$ but I don’t ‘trust’ any of them,& try to make sure it’s not from China or anywhere but the USA, and I keep an eye on ingredients and smell regularly, and I rotate. Even those with added supplements and vitamins may use those that are useless, poor quality that are not absorbed.
Manufacturers preserve with either synthetic or “natural” preservatives. Synthetic preservatives include butylated hydroxyanisole (BHA) and butylated hydroxytoluene (BHT), propyl gallate, propylene glycol (also used as a less-toxic version of automotive antifreeze), and ethoxyquin. There is little information documenting their toxicity, safety, interactions, or chronic use in pet foods that may be eaten every day for the life of the animal. Propylene glycol was banned in cat food because it causes anemia in cats, but it is still allowed in dog food.
Potentially cancer-causing agents such as BHT or BHA, and ethoxyquin is permitted at some levels. The use of these chemicals in pet foods has not been thoroughly studied, and long term build-up of these agents may ultimately be very harmful. July 1997 the FDA’s Center for Veterinary Medicine requested that manufacturers voluntarily reduce in half the maximum level of ethoxyquin by half. Some pet food critics and veterinarians believe that ethoxyquin is a major cause of disease, skin problems, and infertility in dogs. Hey, who loves my pets more, me or these companies? Hmmm?
We discovered in puppyhood that our boxer was allergic to chicken, beef and pork and had to be restricted to a fish- and vegetable-based diet. He has been on the veterinarian-recommended Eagle Pack anchovy, etc. fish-only dry food for eight years… his entire life, and with fabulous results. We noticed recently that his allergies were acting up. I just sat down to order another 30-lb. bag and while price-comparing, the ingredients list caught my eye: They now include chicken and pork products! How can you advertise that this food is good for dogs with allergies and digestive issues when you start including the very ingredients to the food we owners turn to in order to AVOID the allergic reactions and digestive issues? I gladly paid top-dollar for this food, even when the price increased during the recalls of other brands over the past few years (NOTE: This brand was unaffected), because I was glad and thankful to be secure in my knowledge that I was protecting my dog’s well-being with a trusted company who seemed dedicated to serving this smaller market for special-needs food. I suspect Eagle Pack is trying to cut costs by decreasing the amount of fish-based ingredients and substituting the less-costly poultry and pork. I can no longer trust this company since they have clearly put canine health far behind their bottom line. I also suspect their corporate attorney approved the change due to some loophole(s) in truth-in-advertising laws. Did they think consumers such as myself would not notice?? We pay top-dollar for this type of food because we need it! Heaven forbid a beloved pet has a severe reaction or dies as a result of this. How long have I and other owners been putting our dogs’ health at risk?? I just hope I can find another fish-based dry food without poultry, pork or beef products. There are so few, this is another reason I am baffled… Eagle Pack had this market cornered because their fish-only version was superb.
I have been feeding this brand to my bulldogs for 2 years. Petco stop carring it, so I have been buying from Amazon. I buy two 30lb bags at a time.. I never thougth it would make by bulldogs sick. I stop feeding them from that bag, and opened the new one after I had taken them to the vet and they eventually got better. I ran out of the 2nd bag so I put them back on original bag, and they started vomiting again..It’s hard to see my pupps so sick, and don’t know if I should keep buying this brand.
JeramyAges Brookside, KY
We just switched our English Bulldog from bulldog food to this food because she has a bad rash and we can’t seem to get rid of it. The person that sold us the dog recommended it. I don’t really think it was caused from her food but everyone tells me to switch her food so we are trying this out. The only thing I don’t like too much about this food is that the pieces are quite small and harder for my dog to pick up so they get all over the floor. She seems to be eating it and we will have to wait and see what happens. Everything I read about caring for an English Bulldog seems to point to food for everything and this looks like it should be good for our dog.
EdisonCuba City, WI
Not trying to start an online debate, but I fear the previous 2-star review is discouraging many consumers from buying this product for no good reason. I have been feeding my dogs Holistic Select for about a year after switching from Purina Beneful (which IS one of the unhealthy dog foods referred to in the 2-star review). I have seen noticeable improvement in their coat, skin, muscle mass and energy levels, not to mention more consistent and less waste matter. Those who read the above review, please do your own research before taking this reviewer for their word. Holistic Select is most definitely a premium dog food. I completed quite a bit of research between Holistic Select, Orijen and Lotus brand dog foods, and though Orijen proved to have higher protein content (which is best for most breeds), I decided on Holistic Select Lamb because my Dalmatian requires lower protein due to an inadequate ability to process purines which results in kidney stone formation.
So, to those reading, yes the above review is extremely accurate for most retail store brand dog foods, (even when marked “natural”), but I would not classify Holistic Select in the same category as those. Do your research. The Dog Food Advisor ([…]) is a great place to start comparing dog food brands. A food description and ingredient breakdown is provided for each brand listed, along with a 1-5 star rating. Holistic Select Dry Dog Food received 4-stars out of 5, classifying it as a premium dog food, while Purina Beneful Dry received 1-star. Reference the links below:
JaneanYork Beach, ME
After reading the review about the change of ingredients, I contacted Holistic Select to double check the information and they clearly state that there are no pork products in this food. The only change they made was to add canola oil as a secondary fat source. Here is the list of ingredients that they sent to me:
Anchovy, Sardine & Salmon Meal, Oatmeal, Ground Brown Rice, Ground White Rice, Canola Oil (Preserved with Natural Mixed Tocopherols), Dried Beet Pulp, Menhaden Fish Oil, Flaxseed, Dried Egg Product, Carrots, Sun-Cured Alfalfa, Peas, Potassium Chloride, Organic Quinoa, Apples, Blueberries, Cranberries, Dried Kelp, Yucca Schidigera Extract, DL-Methionine, Vitamins [Beta-Carotene, Vitamin A Supplement, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Vitamin E Supplement, Riboflavin Supplement, Vitamin B12 Supplement, d-Calcium Pantothenate, Niacin Supplement, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Thiamine Mononitrate, Folic Acid, Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C), Biotin], Minerals [Polysaccharide Complexes of Zinc, Iron, Manganese and Copper, Cobalt Carbonate, Potassium Iodate, Sodium Selenite], Choline Chloride, Lecithin, Rosemary Extract, Glucosamine Hydrochloride, Inulin, Dried Lactobacillus acidophilus, Lactobacillus casei, Enterococcus faecium, Bacillus subtilis, Bacillus licheniformis, Aspergillus oryzae and Aspergillus ni ger Fermentation Products, Mixed Tocopherols (a natural preservative).
Holistic Select Radiant Adult Health, Anchovy, Sardine, and Salmon Dry Dog Food, 30-Pound Bag
Our female Ridgeback pup didn’t have the iron gut the breed is know for, and quality lamb or fowl- based foods continued to cause loose, very smelly stool and a gassy dog. (We measure and feed, wetted, twice daily.) At around six months a friend (and pet supply store owner) put me in touch with his dog expert. She suggested this Holistic Select food. We’ve used both the duck and seafood mixes, but now stick with the seafood mix. Her stool immediately firmed up to a surprisingly firm and almost odor free (!) state. No more gas. Her coat is beautiful, I mean strikingly. We’ve used it for almost a year now. No fish breath issues, but we’re sushi lovers anyway…
So, taking all that into consideration, and if you don’t overfeed your dog and waste food, the price is in-line. I got cheap a month or so ago and bought a slightly cheaper salmon-yam mix by another manufacturer and noticed immediate effects. I’m back on track.
Holistic Select Radiant Adult Health, Lamb Meal Dry Dog Food came highly recommended by our Rhodesian Ridgeback breeder. The man has done extensive research to find the best dog food available for the breed he so dearly loves and in his opinion this dog food is IT.
We first started our dog out on the ‘LARGE $ GIANT BREED” puppy food by Holistic Select and around age 8-9 months we switched to the adult version. We serve this dog food twice a day with warm water and add a fish oil capsule and probiotics to it. With his dinner our dog also gets 1 tbs of canned Holistic Select as a special treat.
Our Rhodesian Ridgeback is a happy and content dog, his coat looks awesome and up to now he never has had any problems with his digestion.
Being able to buy this large bag of dog food at Amazon is awesome and a great deal. The cheapest I can find this dog food in a local store is $50 and then I have to drive to and from the store and haul the big bag myself. Thank to Amazon this huge bag is now delivered at my doorstep.
To DS Rizzi
You might want to consider some other venue for your [yes, justifiable] rant on conventional dog foods…but please don’t leave a low rating here when you aren’t even referring to this product. This is an excellent dog food with high-quality ingredients and does not deserve your “wrathful” generalizations. It has changed my mini-schnauzer’s life…no more itching, biting, or scratching from allergies, and no GI problems or loose stools [unless she gets into the cat food.] She likes the duck version the best, has almost stopped begging for human food, and we have gotten her quickly back to her ideal weight. She will eat a few kibbles at a time now–like she is enjoying and savoring her food–instead of just sucking it down like a Hoover. I am inclined to attribute that to the nutritional value of this food and its ability to actually supply her body with what it needs.
Selecting a healthy dog food is just like selecting healthy food for yourself: You have to read the label. You’re want specifically named sources of protein like “chicken” or “chicken meal” and you do not want things like “meat byproduct.” You also want to avoid corn or soy, which is used as a filler to make the volume of the dog food appear greater to the human feeding the dog, but since dogs can’t digest corn, it comes out the other end at best and causes digestive tract problems at worst. Neither the “Holistic”label nor the relatively high price is what makes this dog food a good dog food. It comes down to the ingredients:
Lamb Meal, Ground Brown Rice, Ground White Rice, Chicken Fat (Preserved with Natural Mixed Tocopherols), Oatmeal, Dried Beet Pulp, Flaxseed, Dried Egg Product, Carrots, Sun-Cured Alfalfa, Peas, Potassium Chloride, Organic Quinoa, Apples, Blueberries, Cranberries, Dried Kelp, Taurine, Yucca Schidigera Extract, DL-Methionine, Vitamins [Beta-Carotene, Vitamin A Supplement, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Vitamin E Supplement, Riboflavin Supplement, Vitamin B12 Supplement, d-Calcium Pantothenate, Niacin Supplement, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Thiamine Mononitrate, Folic Acid, Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C), Biotin], Minerals [Polysaccharide Complexes of Zinc, Iron, Manganese and Copper, Cobalt Carbonate, Potassium Iodate, Sodium Selenite], Choline Chloride, Lecithin, Rosemary Extract, Glucosamine Hydrochloride, Inulin, Dried Lactobacillus acidophilus, Lactobacillus casei, Enterococcus faecium, Bacillus subtilis, Bacillus licheniformis, Aspergillus oryzae and Aspergillus niger Fermentation Products, Mixed Tocopherols (a natural preservative).
Hey, if I wasn’t a vegetarian I may even consider eating this stuff (don’t try this at home, kids).
I have two dogs: a 65 lb. senior husky and a 25 lb. young jack russell mix. I admit, this food is expensive compared to grocery store brands BUT I have found that it is worth it because it cuts expenses in the long run. For example: (1) You feed less. My husky eats about 2.25 cups a day of this food. If we were to feed her one of the vet brands or grocery brands she would need to eat almost twice that much. (2) Your dogs will have fewer health problems to treat. When my jack russell mix started having runny, bloody stools, the vet diagnosed him with colitis and put him on a prescription vet brand dog food, the first ingredient of which was CORN. When that didn’t work, she continued him on the diet and prescribed medication. I suspected he may have a corn allergy so I switched him to the chicken formula Holistic Select. Within 24 hours my dog returned to solid, blood-free stool. I never gave him the medication and he switched vets after that. (3) This food was not subject to the recall of bad food that sickened so many dogs a few years ago.
It is worth noting that this dog food is not grain free, which many dogs benefit from. For that I recommend Innova Evo, which is what I used to feed my husky when she was younger and more active. This has fewer calories for the more sedentary pup she’s become.
Living on an island with very limited access to premium dog foods, I rely heavily on ordering from Amazon and especially the Super Saver Shipping to make taking care of our pets affordable. Recently, Amazon stopped offering SSS on a lot of the dog foods that I had loved and that were really working for my 40# mixed breed dog who is sensitive to chicken. Since the cost of most of those foods doubled because of shipping, I decided to try Holistic Select to mix with her grain-free, venison- and fish-based foods to extend our supply. She’s been doing really well for the last three months on a blend of half Holistic Select, and half higher-quality foods. She seems to really enjoy her meals still, so the taste must be okay. I understand that there is some chicken in this food, but it is not a top ingredient and she hasn’t had many problems from it. I have noticed that she requires a bit more food now than before, and her waste is “bulkier,” too, so it is apparent to me that there are more fillers in this food than I would like. However, it has been a very good solution for us while we work on an alternative source of the foods we would prefer. It has also worked very well for a friend who wanted to find a healthier food than she could find at the supermarkets, but isn’t ready to make the leap to premium pet foods. Her dog has been very happy and seems to be thriving since the change.
My dog had minor GI system issues and wasn’t excited about her food, but when she went to my parents’ house she’d steal their dogs’ Duck Meal food (my parents had switched to it because their lab had allergies and the vet suggested it). Once I switched to Holistic Select, her GI issues were gone and now she gobbles it up as soon as it hits the bowl. I never intended to buy fancy food for my pet, but it’s also nice to know her food doesn’t have scary additives in it. This brand can be hard to find in normal pet stores so I’m glad Amazon sells it and with SuperSaver shipping!
I researched for the healthiest, least filler type food. I live in the Washington, DC area where there are lots of police K-9 dog owners. They recommend the Holistic. It turns out that you can serve much less for the same amount of nutrition as all the other popular brands so 30lb. goes for two months for my 45 lb dog! I keep ordering online from Amazon and my ordering records show an order every two months. Shows up in two days delivered! The veterinarian always comments on my dog’s healthy coat and leanness. I only wish it could be on the subscription feature so that it would automatically be ordered and worry free, but there are more important things in life to worry about, right!?
SammieNew Vienna, IA
This food is the best. Our golden retriever who is prone to all sorts of allergies is scratch free with this food. Thanks Amazon for making it so easy to order online.
I’ve never used this product before, but had a coupon so thought it would be worth trying, I looked at their site and checked to make sure that the protein was still adequate (which was 28%), when I got to the store, they received new bags, which is now only 22% protein, which is not enough meat to grain ratio. Theres better options on the merket, they make cost little more, but at least you’re not getting jipped.
I adopted a pug several months ago. I was told that she suffered from “itchy butt” which is common in pugs. I was given some allergy pills and told I should give them to her whenever I noticed her trying to scratch herself. I’m not really the type of person who likes to dish out the meds if they aren’t really needed so, I figured I would try to change her diet and see if that helped. My veterinarian recommended that fish oils might help with the itchiness. After doing a lot of research online I decided to give Holsitic Selects a shot. I used to have boxers and always fed them Eagle Pack which they did very well on so I thought this sister brand would be a safe bet. It turns out that it was. My dog loves the food and has not needed any kind of allergy pill in months. People are always commenting on how soft her coat is too. I have also started giving their feline formula to our cats who seem to enjoy it as well. Another great thing about this food is that it is made in the USA and they use all USA grown ingredients which was a huge reason why I chose them. Also, if you join their online community they send you coupons every month for $3-$5 off a bag of dry food and a few $$$ off of wet food or treats too.
Athena my toy fox terrier was having a lot of problems with chewing on her feet, course hair and noisy scratching just after she turned two. She had always shed a lot. If you wore a black shirt her white hair would cover you. If you wore a white one her 3 inch patch of black fur was enough to cover you in black fur. I was about to make a vet appt. for the chewing and itching. I stopped at a dog food store and was just going to pick up a good dog brush for the shedding. The salesman asked what was wrong and then guided me to this food. She didn’t love it at first but loved the dog treats. I think the treats hooked her on the food. No more chewing after about a week. Hardly no scratching and her shedding is less then 1/4 of what it used to be. Not to mention people now comment on how soft she is. I love this food. However for a dog that has NEVER had bad breath she now has fish breath. Thus the four stars.
I have 5-7 dogs at any given time, sometimes feeding as many as 4 different foods at once. I show dogs in AKC conformation and foster rescue dogs. I look for a high-grade kibble that meets each of their dietary needs, keeps them in optimal condition (skin/coat) and most importantly, that they will eat! I have one dog that will only eat small bites, and several other dogs that are FINICKY. I tried it on a whim (can you say SALE) and now I LOVE LOVE LOVE this food…Sure, it may seem expensive, but I believe if you feed a high-quality food you save money on vet bills down the road and help insure your pets longevity. My dogs look and feel great after 6 months on it. I’ve fed MANY brands of high-grade kibble over the years, this one takes the cake.
My dogs absolutely love this dog food. According to my vet this is one of the best brands and selections you can get. I will keep buying this dog food over anything else.
My dog likes this food and is healthy. I like that her stools are easy to deal with, which they were not when we tried several other foods. After reading some reviews, I had hoped for a miraculous cure for her scratching and foot chewing, but instead got a slight improvement over time.
I highly recommend signing up at their website. They routinely give out $3 off coupons and sometimes have special offers for $5 off (for which you might have to complete a survey or “like” them on Facebook, for instance). Being on their email list has not generated any junk mail for me. They seem to only send out an email once or twice a month which is well within my tolerance.
On a whim I bought some of Holistic Select’s dog biscuits and my dog absolutely loves them, more than any treat I’ve tried. She likes them better than Little Jacs. They are maybe tied with Holistic Select Salmon Recipe Natural Dog Treats, 6-Ounce Bag. The treats I bought are not yet offered on amazon. They are called Holistic Select Wheat Free Holistix with Whitefish, Cranberries, Apples & Blueberries Natural Biscuits for Dogs. They are easy to break in half for using as rewards.
A premium holistic dog food. My last two dogs lived to be 18-19 years of age. Amazon makes it easy for us to locate a supplier of this food.
HattiePhil Campbell, AL
Super picky poodle… doesn’t eat dog food (folks say if you don’t give them anything else they will eat what you give them, not true in this case, tried…) <shrug> he loves this food… He eats it on a daily basis – which is great as he was a rescue who previously had human food and I battled the food issue for years before finding this. Great product!
We have four dogs and they have done very well with the Holistic Select line. It’s a bit more money but if you look at the ingredient list, you’ll see why. Our dogs have not had digestive issues and their skin and coat are healthy. I am also a happy camper for not having to drag a big, bulky and heavy bag from the store to car to home. The product is priced right and shipped super fast. Amazon Prime is so worth it especially if you order a lot of stuff online.
After a rash of pet food recalls about seven years ago we went searching for a brand that was not involved in recalls–and that’s how we ended up with Holistic Select. Never a regret, it’s an awesome dog food. And as it turns out, not only has our dog done well, but she thrives on the hypoallergenic duck and oatmeal type.
HeribertoEagle Lake, TX
Our Husky/Shepherd mix had ongoing GI tract issues, including bleeding out of the rectum and very seriously inflamed lower GI tract (as viewed on a scope). Poor little guy went through so many drugs, and “prescription” alergy-dog-foods and just could not seem to solve it.
Then researched Eagle Pack and moved him onto this as it was heavily fed by Northern dog racers with similar breeds to ours.
“Eagle Pack” was prior brand name before it changed over to “Holistic Select” – but same product.
GI issues went away, and our troubled-eater, barfer, bloody-diarrhea pooch is now healthy, happy, and has a great appetite and energy. Yes, it is more expensive, but if you compare the ingredients they are top notch.
I cannot say enough about this dry food for solving these issues. My review applies specifically to the Anchovy/Sardine/Salmon recipe.
Best dog food out there! Good ingredients and my dog loves it. We first started purchasing this dog food at the recommendation of a friend for our miniature schnauzer.
My dog was looking a bit on the thin side, and after ruling out any health issues, the vet suggested that I make changes to her diet. I stopped feeding her the junk they sell at the corner deli and switched to this stuff, and within 6 days there was a visible difference in her body weight. I never thought a dog could gain weight like that in less than a week, but my dog really bulked up and does not look thin at all anymore. It’s amazing.
I have been buying this dog food for more than three years. It has been the best for both of my dogs. They seem to thrive since the first time they consumed it.
holistic select is extremely healthy for your dog. it is extremely healthy and recommended by vets.
my dog is strong and healthy because of the food he eats
My bichon has been eating this product since day 1. He’s 5 now and loves it. This keeps his skin healthy and he rarely get’s into chewing or allergy fits. With other products, we had allergy problems. I like the fish oil content in this and buying it online is EXTREMELY convenient that trying to carry it out of the store.