May. 31, 2023
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Innova Dog Food is one of the better products on the market in terms of variety and in terms of protein content. We have given Innova one of our very top ratings as a reflection of their high quality offerings. No product is perfect for every dog at every stage of his life. Innova understands this, and they have crafted a wide range of products to address the varying needs of dogs as they develop. Their dry foods have eleven different varieties. Four of them are custom designed for all life stages and have met the strict standards set by the AFFOC. Two of their dry products are perfect for the needs of a growing puppy, and five of their dry kibbles are specifically for adults.
If your dog prefers wet food, they offer seven different types of canned dog food. All of their foods contain a healthy and tasty mixture of meats, grains, and vegetables. Many of the Innova Dog Food products also contain chicken meal which is an excellent source of protein for your best friend.
Reviews for Innova dog food tend to be extremely positive. It contains no fillers or hard-to-digest ingredients, although it may trigger sensitivities in dogs who suffer from grain allergies. Additionally, it contains only real turkey and chicken supplemented with high protein chicken meal and no by-products. It also contains a number of sources of sustaining omega-3 fatty acids, including flaxseed, herring and chicken fats, all of which are quality ingredients when found in dog food. It also includes fiber and beneficial carbohydrates in the form of barley, rice and potatoes. The formula includes a number of probiotics and chelated minerals for easy absorption, making up for the nutrition lost during cooking and processing. The food contains moderate levels of protein with average levels of carbohydrates and fats, making it an appropriate formula for most dogs. For the level of quality and nutrition offered, the price point is reasonable, although obviously more expensive than formulas with lesser quality.
How healthy is your dog’s food? Many pet owners cite Innova as being a high quality dog food for good canine health. Innova brand dog food formulas have received a lot of attention from consumers, mostly due to the overwhelmingly positive reviews.
The company that makes Innova dog food is called Natura Pet Products who is owned by Procter & Gamble. Natura Pet Products also makes several other pet food formulas, including California Natural pet food and EVO Dog Food. Natura Pet Products was first founded in 1992.
In March 2013, Natura recalled specific formulas of Innova dog food due to Salmonella found in one of the products. Please read about the recall on our blog. On April 19, 2013, Natura expanded the recall for all dry food and treats.
Since recall information may change regularly, it’s always best to search the FDA’s pet food recall list, in order to ensure that your dog’s food formula has not been involved in a recall. We will always do our best to keep you posted on the latest in recall news.
You are most likely already familiar with the food pyramid designed for human nutrition. Innova brand dog food formulas follow a similar concept, taking ingredients from each of the five pyramid groups (except for Innova EVO, which is grain-free). Some examples of the ingredients found in Innova brand dog food formulas include Eggs, Pumpkin, Carrots, Cottage Cheese, Herring Oil and Flaxseed.
According to many online Innova dog food reviews, Innova brand dog food formulas aren’t cited as causing any allergic reactions. However, if you have a dog with specific allergies (such as to grain, chicken, dairy or other products), you may have to carefully read the ingredients of Innova dog food to find a formula that’s right for your dog.
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Innova is subject to high ratings in most online dog food reviews. Though the inclusion of grain ingredients is always subject to controversy in relation to dog food, Innova also offers grain-free Wellness Core formulas. Wellness Core is extremely well received by dog owners, as long as a transitional period is provided in between switching formulas.
Have you fed your dog any of the Innova dog food dry or canned formulas? Do you have feedback that could help other pet owners? Please share your review of Innova dog food!
Innova Dog Food Ingredient List
Turkey, chicken, chicken meal, barley, brown rice, potatoes, rice, chicken fat, flaxseed, herring, natural flavors, apples, carrots, pumpkin, egg, sunflower oil, sea salt, potassium chloride, herring oil, cottage cheese, alfalfa sprouts, direct-fed microbials, lecithin, rosemary extract, ascorbic acid, beta carotene, biotin, calcium carbonate, calcium iodate, choline chloride, cobalt carbonate, cobalt proteinate, copper proteinate, d-calcium pantothenate, dicalcium pantothenate, dl-methionine, folic acid, iron proteinate, manganese proteinate, niacin, potassium chloride, pyridoxine hydrochloride, riboflavin, thiamine mononitrate, vitamin A supplement, vitamin B12 supplement, vitamin C supplement (sodium ascorbate), vitamin D3 supplement, vitamin E supplement (alpha tocopherol), zinc proteinate
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I switched both of my dogs to Innova a week ago and both ended up with bad diarrhea, one on Tuesday and one on Friday. I think the food is contaminated with Salmonella just like IAMS and Eukanuba.
Did you switch it over correctly? Little by little adding to the old food. If not that’s why they got sick
My dogs stool is not as hard as before. I can now squish it between my fingers when I pick it up and it is much easier to chew . I believe in being as green as possible, but preferred the hardness stool factor that I had before. I recycle by eating my own dogs feces……..I encourage others to try this method . It saves me on groceries as well, but like the old formula food better due to harder stools and flavor.
You are sick
Both my dogs, 6-year-old Longhaired Chihuahua and 5-year-old Papillon, have been on Innova since I got them each as a puppy. I love the food, and they have done very well on it. However, because of the recall (which I didn’t know about until I tried to buy more food after mine had run out), I now have to suddenly switch brands. Anyone know what brand is closest so I (hopefully) don’t have any issues with a sudden change in food?
I have been feeding Natural Balance to my 8 year old Golden Retriever for about 3 years. Recently she has developed digestive problems – gassy, eating lots of grass, and panting. She will not eat the Natural Balance and she loves chow! I switched to Acana and all seems normal again. Can’t help but think something has changed with this brand of dog food.
Natural Balance has recently been bought by Del Monte Foods Inc.
My Chihuahua is on adult small bites Innova. He is 14 and has always thrived on the food. Last night my husband came home with a different looking bag. He said the bag just change but read the ingredients and they are a little different. He ate his meal last night and then was up all night with terrible diarreah . Anyone else having problems? Should I see if he gets used to it? I’m worried as his poop is always so solid due to Innova’s previous formula.
My dog is 14 years old, and I just switched from Iams Senior to Innova Senior about 2 months ago. He’s never had digestive problems or any other problems till about the last month…he now seems to have incontenence, pooping without realizing it. I see all these comments and wonder if Innova is the cause.
Innova “New” food is excellent. Both my dogs are thriving on it the same as they did with the “old” formula.
I feed Innova Weight Management which was called “Low Fat” before the change over. They love it and it fills them up without putting on the extra pounds. It does contain 8% fiber, so I do have clean up more, but it is worth it not having over weight dogs that are getting up there in years. My labrador has lost 11 pounds so far on this food.
You have to remember the people on here that write these negative reviews are more than likely shills from other dog food makers. I would take these negative reviews with a grain of salt.
Proctor and Gamble has not touched Natura in the way it manufactures its food. A distributor I know said P&G is not going to touch anything with Natura and let the former employees run Natura. As long as it makes money, there is nothing to touch.
Innova still is a 5 star dog food with good ingredients. My two dogs can attest to that.
My two dogs have been eating Innova for a long, long time. I recently changed to Innova Weight Managment since they are both getting older and putting on some extra weight. They are thriving on this formula and shedding some pounds in the meantime. Innova has been and still is an excellent dog food. Have tried other brands and my one dog, a Lab, always had issues with other brands. He is just an Innova dog.
Having spoken to a distributor, as he has been told, Proctor and Gamble are leaving Innova and the other foods that Natura used to make alone. This is even after the formula changes that were done by the people at Natura, not P&G. If you compare formulas for the old to the new, you will find the new formulas are somewhat better than old. If your dog is having issues with the new formula, I doubt it is the food, but the dog have a reaction to the change in the formula. When I switched both my dogs did not have any issues at all.
Final comment, as long as P&G lets Natura run the business as they are now, the food should be as good as it was before the buyout.
If you didn’t know, the reason Natura sold the company was because the owners were getting up their in age and wanted to retire. It was a privately owned company and more than likely P&G came up with the best price.
My Shih Zu has been on Innova since day one. He is now 10 years old and was eating Adult small bites. Around November, 2012, he started having diarrhea and blood in his stool. After 2 months and many visits, medications and money spent going to the vet, the dog was diagnosised with severe colitis due to the Innova. He NO LONGER eats Innova. I am now left with a large bag and out of many $$$$. My vet said, I either got a bad bag of food OR the formula was changed. Now that I’m reading everyone’s post…..I see that I’m not the only victim.
Purchased the grain free version for my chi, who is picky. I purchased Blue Buffalo grain free for my pit puppy. The chi did not like the Innova, but wanted the Blue Buffalo and scarfed it up. This was pushed by two different employees at Pet Smart over Blue Buffalo. I am not convinced and after reading all positive reviews on Blue Buffalo, I am going to go with them and not continue the Innova. Very dissapointed and now wonder why it was so pushed on me.
Just in the last week I have been having issues with my 2 dogs. They have been eating Innova for years and I have been completely happy with the product. I have worked in pet retail for many years and know my foods and choices that are out there. When we opened this newest bag of Innova dog food I noriced the kibble was different in size. I had a feeling something was different when my dogs wouldn’t eat ir. It took me a couple days of coaxing but they finally accepted the new kibble. My older dog seems way less interested in her food and has been throwing up these past couple days. My smaller dog seemed to be doing ok but this morning I noticed he is acting funny. I think he is constapated and he will not eat anything. This comming from a dog who will eat anything you put in front of him. Today has been a long day as I try to deduce what is causing their health
issues. The only thing they get is their dry
food. They will not touch wet foods which is fine by me. I was really wondering if anyone else has had any issues with the recent food. It is just regular Innova adult dog food.
Yes I know take them to the vet, that is the next step.
Does anyone know what the previous formula was? My dog has been on Innova Adult Dry large bites since April. I did notice recently that his stool was not as solid, and he was scratching more than usual however he does have allergies so I’m not sure if this has been due to the new formula or what.
I was very unhappy with this dog food and the company. I slowly started to change my dogs from blue buffalo to innova prime. All 3 of my dogs got very sick and ended up at the vets. I emailed the company about there product and was told there was no recalls and sorry your dogs got sick. This is a company that does not stand by there product with a 100perfect guarantee. I would never buy anything that comes from this company. All animal lovers beware.
In July 2012 Innova released and shipped to their vendor’s new improved formulas, this applies to: Adult Dog, Senior Dog, Senior Plus Dog, Weight Management Dog, Large Breed Puppy, Large Breed Senior Dog, Cat, Kitten, and Weight Management Cat diets. Both my labs have been eating the Adult Dry Dog Food-Large Bites original formula since they were puppies and never had any problems with it. That is until around the second week in August 2012 both dogs starting itching, scratching and biting themselves so much so we had to take them to the vet. At the time none of us knew Innova had changed their formula, therefore he chalked it up to seasonal allergies and prescribed Prednisone and a zinc cream to apply. Once they were finished with their meds the symptoms came right back again. We were at square one. It was at this point my husband remembered the last time he purchased their food he noticed the bag had changed and just assumed they had only changed the bag and nothing else. Upon hearing this I went to the Innova website and there it was; they had changed the formula. The food was different. Well needless to say we stopped feeding them the Innova and switched to the Orijen. They have only been on the new food for a few days so it’s too early to tell. Nevertheless has the new formulas affected anyone else?
My dogs are now also having issues. After being on the food for 3 years my pug has been having some serious anal gland issues, he’s even had to go to the vet. I just realized today it may be the food. I noticed the bag change but didn’t think about it. How frustrating. Now to find something both my dogs can enjoy
Innova used to be made by Nutura Pet Products and was an excellent food. In 2010, the Nutura Company sold to Procter and Gamble (which is a concern). Years ago, Proctor and Gamble bought the company that made Eukanuba pet food, and since then the quality of that food has really gone down hill. They said they did not change the formula or ingredients, but as many animals got sick, they finally admitted that they had. My fear is that P & G will do the same to Innova. I would avoid this food for that reason. Proctor and Gamble is just worried about the bottom line, and not pets.
i am a bit confused here, this page reads it was updated 2/19/2012….
natura is now owned by proctor and gamble, purchased in 2010, same company that makes iams and eukanuba….
neither natura or proctor and gamble make the food called “wellness core”, that is made by Old Mother Hubbard”
also i fed innova from 2006 to 2011, one year after proctor and gamble purchased natura, my dog started to show signs of poor nutrition, her coat became coarse, rough and dull looking….
i switched to wellness core, and her coat is beautiful again….
Corrections made. Thanks Dee