Adirondack Dog Food Ingredients

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Adirondack manufactures roughly 16 different dog food products. Each product utilizes a unique set of ingredients to achieve a desired nutritional profile.

In this article, we'll explore Adirondack ingredients and answer many of the most common questions.

As of right now, our records indicate that Adirondack uses roughly 95 different ingredients.

First 5 Ingredients

Dog food ingredients in the United States are listed in descending order of pre-cooked weight. The first 5 ingredients typically constitute a significant portion of the recipe.

For Adirondack, these are the most common ingredients found within the first 5 dog food ingredients.

  1. chicken meal
  2. brown rice
  3. lentil
  4. pea
  5. ground grain sorghum

As you can see, the most common first ingredient in Adirondack is chicken meal. The most common 2nd ingredient is brown rice, followed by lentil, pea, and ground grain sorghum.

Artificial Food Coloring Dyes

Adirondack does not use any artificial food coloring dyes. According to our records, none of the 16 Adirondack dog foods contain artificial food dyes.

Artificial food coloring dyes are unnecessary and potentially harmful ingredients. In general, we not not recommend feeding any pet foods that contain artificial dyes.

In 2010, the CSPI raised serious concerns regarding the safety of many artificial dyes. Most of the studies referenced by the CSPI involved prolonged or excessive consumption. Since most dogs consume the same foods throughout their lives, concerns raised by the CSPI are alarming to say the least.

To read more about Artificial Food Dyes, click here.

Animal By-Products

According to our records, Adirondack does not contain any animal by-products.

Animal by-products are basically the leftover parts of the the carcass after its been processed for meat. AAFCO defines by-products as the non-rendered, clean parts, other than meat, derived from slaughtered mammals.

Although by-products are still fairly nutritious ingredients, consumers have equated them with slaughterhouse waste. Therefore, most premium brands, including Adirondack have decided to remove by-products and instead use named organ meats (beef liver, chicken gizzards).

For further reading on the controversy over animal by-products, click here.

Anonymous Meat Ingredients

Anonymous meats are inexpensive low-quality ingredients that can come from practically any animal. These type of ingredients are often used to produce very inexpensive dog foods.

In general, we prefer ingredients which specify the animal source used to derive the ingredient. For example, ingredients such as duck fat are much better than animal fat or poultry fat.

In our analysis, we've looked through all 95 Adirondack ingredients. According to our data, Adirondack does not contain any anonymous animal-based ingredients.

Controversial Ingredients

In most cases, ingredients which are given the controversial classification can be substituted with higher-quality alternatives. You should evaluate each controversial ingredient independently to see if there is truly a valid cause for concern.

Keep in mind, certain sacrifices often must be made to produce dog foods at a reasonable price. In general, the more expensive the product, the fewer controversial ingredients you'll find.

In our analysis, we've identified 2 controversial ingredients inside Adirondack products. These controversial ingredients are listed below. Click on each ingredient for more information.

pea protein
2 Recipes

Pea protein is produced by removing the starchy parts of peas. Pea protein is considered controversial because it provides a substantial plant based protein boost. This boost is undesirable because plant based protein is typically lower in biological value when compared to meat based proteins.

The following recipes contain pea protein:

canola oil (preserved with mixed tocopherols)
4 Recipes

Canola oil is a plant-derived oil from the seeds of canola plants. Although fat is an essential component of any diet, canola oil is controversial in pet food. Proponents claim that canola oil provides a better fat profile in comparison to other plant based oils. However, opponents claim that canola oil is typically produced with genetically modified rapeseed and that rapeseed oil has multiple adverse health affects.

The following recipes contain canola oil (preserved with mixed tocopherols):

Potentially Harmful Ingredients

Harmful ingredients are those which have been linked to adverse health effects. In general, we do not recommend feeding any product which contains any harmful ingredients.

During our review, none of the Adirondack ingredients analyzed were classified as harmful by our system. The absence of harmful ingredients is indicative of a relatively premium dog food brand.

Adirondack Dog Food Ingredient Lists

Adirondack Classic 21% Protein Everyday Recipe For Adult Dogs


Adirondack Classic 26% Protein Active Recipe For Adult Dogs


Adirondack Classic 30% Protein High-Fat Recipe For Puppy & Performance Dogs


Adirondack Classic Large Breed Adult Dogs Recipe


Adirondack Grain-Free Herring, Turkey Meal & Lentils Recipe For Small Breed Dogs


Adirondack Grain-Free Limited Ingredient Pork & Lentils Recipe For Dogs (Weight Management)


Adirondack Grain-Free Limited Ingredient Turkey & Lentils Recipe For Dogs


Adirondack Grain-Free Limited Ingredient Whitefish & Peas Recipe For Dogs


Adirondack Natural Grain Goodness Chicken Meal & Brown Rice Recipe (Puppy & Performance Dogs)


Adirondack Natural Grain Goodness Lamb & Brown Rice Recipe For Dogs


Adirondack Classic Chicken, Sweet Potato And Pumpkin Dog Treats


Adirondack Classic Salmon, Chicken And Mixed Berries Dog Treats


Adirondack Freeze-Dried Dog Treats Pure Beef Liver


Adirondack Freeze-Dried Dog Treats Pure Chicken Breast


Adirondack Freeze-Dried Dog Treats Pure Turkey


Adirondack Freeze-Dried Dog Treats Pure Whitefish