Vital Essentials Dog Food Ingredients

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Vital Essentials manufactures roughly 57 different dog food products. Each product utilizes a unique set of ingredients to achieve a desired nutritional profile.

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

As of right now, our records indicate that Vital Essentials uses roughly 57 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 Vital Essentials, these are the most common ingredients found within the first 5 dog food ingredients.

  1. beef
  2. chicken heart
  3. chicken liver
  4. herring oil
  5. mixed tocopherols

As you can see, the most common first ingredient in Vital Essentials is beef. The most common 2nd ingredient is chicken heart, followed by chicken liver, herring oil, and mixed tocopherols.

Artificial Food Coloring Dyes

Vital Essentials does not use any artificial food coloring dyes. According to our records, none of the 57 Vital Essentials 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, Vital Essentials 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 Vital Essentials 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 57 Vital Essentials ingredients. According to our data, Vital Essentials does not contain any anonymous animal-based ingredients.

Controversial Ingredients

Brands which do not use any controversial ingredients are typically top-of-the-line. Avoiding all controversial ingredients indicates that the brand has not sacrificed quality for cost savings.

Our research indicates that Vital Essentials is one of these top-notch brands. We've looked through all 57 Vital Essentials ingredients and none of these ingredients were classified as controversial in our system

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

Vital Essentials Dog Food Ingredient Lists

Vital Essentials Freeze-Dried Entrees Beef Mini Nibs

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Vital Essentials Freeze-Dried Entrees Beef Mini Patties

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Vital Essentials Freeze-Dried Entrees Beef Nibblets

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Vital Essentials Freeze-Dried Entrees Beef Patties

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Vital Essentials Freeze-Dried Entrees Chicken Mini Nibs

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Vital Essentials Freeze-Dried Entrees Chicken Mini Patties

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Vital Essentials Freeze-Dried Entrees Chicken Nibblets

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Vital Essentials Freeze-Dried Entrees Duck Mini Nibs

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Vital Essentials Freeze-Dried Entrees Duck Mini Patties

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Vital Essentials Freeze-Dried Entrees Turkey Mini Nibs

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Vital Essentials Freeze-Dried Entrees Turkey Mini Patties

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Vital Essentials Freeze-Dried Entrees Turkey Nibblets

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Vital Essentials Frozen Entrees Beef Chubs

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Vital Essentials Frozen Entrees Beef Mini Patties

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Vital Essentials Frozen Entrees Beef Nibblets

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Vital Essentials Frozen Entrees Beef Patties

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Vital Essentials Frozen Entrees Chicken Chubs

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Vital Essentials Frozen Entrees Chicken Nibblets

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Vital Essentials Frozen Entrees Chicken Patties

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Vital Essentials Frozen Entrees Duck Chubs

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Vital Essentials Frozen Entrees Duck Patties

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Vital Essentials Frozen Entrees Fish Patties

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Vital Essentials Frozen Entrees Rabbit Patties

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Vital Essentials Frozen Entrees Turkey Chubs

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Vital Essentials Frozen Entrees Turkey Patties

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Vital Essentials Frozen Entrees Wild Boar Patties

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Vital Essentials Green Tripe Frozen Beef Tripe Patties

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Vital Essentials Freeze-Dried Snacks Sockeye Salmon

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Vital Essentials Freeze-Dried Snacks Turkey Necks

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Vital Essentials Freeze-Dried Vital Treats Beef Liver

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Vital Essentials Freeze-Dried Vital Treats Beef Nibs

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Vital Essentials Freeze-Dried Vital Treats Beef Tripe

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Vital Essentials Freeze-Dried Vital Treats Bully Sticks

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Vital Essentials Freeze-Dried Vital Treats Chicken Breast

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Vital Essentials Freeze-Dried Vital Treats Chicken Hearts

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Vital Essentials Freeze-Dried Vital Treats Duck Nibs

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Vital Essentials Freeze-Dried Vital Treats Minnows

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Vital Essentials Freeze-Dried Vital Treats Rabbit Bites

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Vital Essentials Freeze-Dried Vital Treats Rabbit Ears

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Vital Essentials Freeze-Dried Vital Treats Turkey Fries

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Vital Essentials Freeze-Dried Vital Treats Turkey Giblets

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Vital Essentials Freeze-Dried Vital Treats Wild Alaskan Salmon

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Vital Essentials Freeze-Dried Vital Treats Wild Alaskan Salmon Rings

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Vital Essentials Green Tripe Freeze-Dried Tripe Treat Nibblets

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Vital Essentials Raw Bar Bully Sticks

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Vital Essentials Raw Bar Chicken Necks

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Vital Essentials Raw Bar Cod Skins

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Vital Essentials Raw Bar Duck Heads

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Vital Essentials Raw Bar Duck Necks

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Vital Essentials Raw Bar Moo Sticks

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Vital Essentials Raw Bar Pig Ears

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Vital Essentials Raw Bar Pig Snouts

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Vital Essentials Raw Bar Salmon Skins

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Vital Essentials Raw Bar Turkey Necks

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Vital Essentials Frozen Beef Bones Knee Caps

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Vital Essentials Frozen Beef Bones Spare Ribs

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Vital Essentials Green Tripe Frozen Tripe Treat Nibblets

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