VeRUS Dog Food Ingredients

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VeRUS manufactures roughly 17 different dog food products. Each product utilizes a unique set of ingredients to achieve a desired nutritional profile.

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

As of right now, our records indicate that VeRUS uses roughly 116 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 VeRUS, these are the most common ingredients found within the first 5 dog food ingredients.

  1. chicken
  2. lamb broth
  3. lentil
  4. chickpea
  5. pea

As you can see, the most common first ingredient in VeRUS is chicken. The most common 2nd ingredient is lamb broth, followed by lentil, chickpea, and pea.

Artificial Food Coloring Dyes

VeRUS does not use any artificial food coloring dyes. According to our records, none of the 17 VeRUS 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, VeRUS 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 VeRUS 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 116 VeRUS ingredients. According to our data, VeRUS 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 1 controversial ingredient inside VeRUS products. These controversial ingredients are listed below. Click on each ingredient for more information.

tomato pomace
2 Recipes

Tomato pomace is a by-product of tomato manufacturing. It's considered a controversial ingredient because many people believe it is an inexpensive low quality filler. However, tomato pomace provides a notable amount of dietary fiber, B vitamins, Lycopene, and vitamin A. Although it is a very inexpensive ingredient, it is not nutritionally empty.

The following recipes contain tomato pomace:

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 VeRUS ingredients analyzed were classified as harmful by our system. The absence of harmful ingredients is indicative of a relatively premium dog food brand.

VeRUS Dog Food Ingredient Lists

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Canine Dry Food
Adult Maintenance Lamb Meal, Oats & Brown Rice Formula
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Canine Dry Food Adult Maintenance Lamb Meal, Oats & Brown Rice Formula
First Five Ingredients
lamb meal
ground oat groats
ground brown rice
rice bran
ground grain sorghum

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Canine Dry Food
Advanced Opticoat Menhaden Fish Meal & Potato Formula
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Canine Dry Food Advanced Opticoat Menhaden Fish Meal & Potato Formula
First Five Ingredients
menhaden meal
potato
ground barley
ground oat groats
menhaden fish oil

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Canine Dry Food
Life Advantage Chicken Meal, Oats & Brown Rice Formula
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Canine Dry Food Life Advantage Chicken Meal, Oats & Brown Rice Formula
First Five Ingredients
chicken meal
ground oat groats
ground brown rice
rice bran
chicken fat

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Canine Dry Food
Puppy Advantage Chicken Meal, Oats & Brown Rice Formula For Small To Medium Breeds
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Canine Dry Food Puppy Advantage Chicken Meal, Oats & Brown Rice Formula For Small To Medium Breeds
First Five Ingredients
chicken meal
ground oat groats
ground brown rice
chicken fat
rice bran

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Canine Dry Food
Weight Management Brown Rice, Lamb Meal & Oats Formula For Overweight Or Mature Dogs
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Canine Dry Food Weight Management Brown Rice, Lamb Meal & Oats Formula For Overweight Or Mature Dogs
First Five Ingredients
ground brown rice
ground grain sorghum
ground oat groats
lamb meal
rice bran

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Canine Dry Food
Cold Water Fish - Grain Free Salmon, Menhaden Fish Meal & Herring Formula
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Canine Dry Food Cold Water Fish - Grain Free Salmon, Menhaden Fish Meal & Herring Formula
First Five Ingredients
salmon
menhaden meal
lentil
chickpea
pea

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Canine Dry Food
Large Breed Puppy Grain-Free Chicken, Lentils & Yams Formula
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Canine Dry Food Large Breed Puppy Grain-Free Chicken, Lentils & Yams Formula
First Five Ingredients
chicken
chicken meal
lentil
chickpea
pea

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Canine Dry Food
Life Virtue Grain Free Chicken, Lentils & Yams Formula
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Canine Dry Food Life Virtue Grain Free Chicken, Lentils & Yams Formula
First Five Ingredients
chicken
chicken meal
lentil
chickpea
pea

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Grain Free Canned Food
Lamb & Tripe
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Grain Free Canned Food Lamb & Tripe
First Five Ingredients
lamb
lamb broth
lamb tripe
hoki
pea

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Grain Free Canned Food
Lamb & Veggies
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Grain Free Canned Food Lamb & Veggies
First Five Ingredients
lamb
lamb broth
eel
pea
potato

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Canine Canned Food
Beef & Barley Pate Formula
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Canine Canned Food Beef & Barley Pate Formula
First Five Ingredients
beef
beef broth
beef liver
pearled barley
brown rice

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Canine Canned Food
Fish & Potato Pate Formula
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Canine Canned Food Fish & Potato Pate Formula
First Five Ingredients
sardine
mackerel
fish broth
salmon
ocean fish

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Canine Canned Food
Turkey & Veggie Pate Formula
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Canine Canned Food Turkey & Veggie Pate Formula
First Five Ingredients
turkey
turkey broth
turkey liver
brown rice
oats

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Grain Free Canned Food
Chicken & Salmon
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Grain Free Canned Food Chicken & Salmon
First Five Ingredients
chicken
chicken broth
salmon
pea
carrot

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Canine Canned Food
Chicken & Rice Pate Formula
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Canine Canned Food Chicken & Rice Pate Formula
First Five Ingredients
chicken
chicken broth
chicken liver
brown rice
pearled barley

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Canine Canned Food
Duck & Potato Pate Formula
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Canine Canned Food Duck & Potato Pate Formula
First Five Ingredients
duck
vegetable broth
duck liver
oats
pea

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Canine Canned Food
Lamb and Rice
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Canine Canned Food Lamb and Rice
First Five Ingredients
lamb
lamb broth
lamb liver
oats
brown rice