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Vital Essentials Dog Food Review

? This rating is determined by comparing the food’s nutritional content to AAFCO standards and other foods in our database. Nutrient Value 56%
? Each recipe is evaluated based on a 5-point ingredient rating system that measures ingredients’ nutritional value, safety, and more. Quality of Ingredients 95%
? We scan the FDA’s database and rate each brand by the number of recalls in its history. Brands with fewer recalls receive higher ratings. Recall History 16%
? By comparing the prices of foods in our database, we determine if a food is above or below market average price. Lower-priced foods receive higher ratings. Price 53%
? This metric is based on customer ratings from various retailers. Customer Experience 80%
? Our rating system evaluates each food’s manufacturing method, assigning higher ratings to manufacturing processes that promote higher nutritional value Manufacturing Method 30%

Company HQ

LocationGreen Bay, Wisconsin

Parent company

Carnivore Meat Company

Sourcing and Manufacturing

LocationUnited States

Type of food

Cat Fresh Frozen Food, Dog Fresh Frozen Food

Where to Buy

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Pros

  • High protein content
  • Foods are nutritionally complete and balanced according to AAFCO standards
  • All animal protein comes from animal sourced ingredients

Cons

  • The brand has been previously recalled
  • Price is above market average

Brand Overview

Vital Essentials is a family-owned company based in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The product line features raw food and treats for dogs and cats. In addition, Vital Essentials offers hemp chews for dogs and a range of supplements for dogs and cats.

How Much Does Vital Essentials Dog food Cost

We’ve compared Vital Essentials dog food to the other 197 dog food brands in our database.

Brand Price Market Price Avg +- From the Avg
Dog Fresh Frozen Food $18.39/oz $6.06/oz +$12.33/oz
Vital Essentials dog food is priced above the average market price for dog food.

Vital Essentials Nutrient Profile comparison

We’ve compared Vital Essentials dog food to the other 197 dog food brands in our database.

Dog Fresh Frozen Food

Brand Avg Market Avg +- From the Avg
Protein 51.58% 44.39% +7.19%
Fat 27.53% 27.44% +0.09%
Fiber 2.02% 4.94% -2.92%
All of Vital Essentials dog food recipes meets AAFCO's minimum requirements.

Recall History

The following list (if present) shows all dog food recalls related to Vital Essentials since 2009. If no recalls are listed, no recall events have been reported.

Vital Essentials - Pet Foods (07/08/2015) -+
Date: 07/08/2015
Company Name: Carnivore Meat Company, LLC
Product Description: Pet Foods
Recall Reason: Listeria monocytogenes
Vital Essentials - Frozen Chicken Patties Entree for Dogs (01/15/2016) -+
Date: 01/15/2016
Company Name: Carnivore Meat Company, LLC
Product Description: Frozen Chicken Patties Entree for Dogs
Recall Reason: Potential for salmonella
Vital Essentials - Freeze-dried beef nibblets for dogs (02/26/2018) -+
Date: 02/26/2018
Company Name: Carnivore Meat Company
Product Description: Freeze-dried beef nibblets for dogs
Recall Reason: Potential to be contaminated with Salmonella
Vital Essentials® - Dog/pet food Freeze-Dried Beef Toppers and Frozen Beef Chub (04/17/2018) -+
Date: 04/17/2018
Company Name: Carnivore Meat Company
Product Description: Dog/pet food Freeze-Dried Beef Toppers and Frozen Beef Chub
Recall Reason: Salmonella

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FAQ

Who owns Vital Essentials dog food?

Vital Essentials is owned by Carnivore Meat Company.

Where is Vital Essentials dog food made?

Vital Essentials is manufactured in the United States .

Is Vital Essentials AAFCO approved?

Not, all of Vital Essentials recipes are AAFCO approved, the following recipes are not AAFCO approved.

Has Vital Essentials dog food been recalled?

Vital Essentials has been recalled 4 times in the years 2015, 2016, and 2018.

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