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Halo Dog Food Reviews, Recalls & Coupons 2021

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The Halo Pets company’s mission is to “provide people and their pets with honest information and wholesome products to better the lives of animals and the people who love them”.

In doing so, it makes an effort to offer a wide variety of holistic product choices for pets of different ages, breeds, and lifestyles.

Halo’s holistic viewpoint “stems from the belief that health is achieved by focusing on the whole body through natural living”. In keeping with this philosophy, the brand uses high-quality ingredients to create formulas that act as a foundation for health in dogs and cats.

Every ingredient used in its pet products serves a purpose – to nourish the body of cats and dogs from the inside out.

The company steers away from sourcing animals from factory-farms (those that offer close confinement of animals and which inject animals with antibiotics or genetically-modified feeds).

Instead, it focuses on getting all of its ingredients from sustainable and humane sources.

For our unbiased, in-depth Halo Dog Food Reviews, read on below.

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Manufacturer Information

The Halo, Purely for Pets Company was founded in 1986 when a cat named Spot suffered from skin problems and digestive issues. When Spot’s human grew frustrated with the failure of so-called “premium” cat foods to resolve these issues, she set out to create a new cat food that would.

And thus the Halo brand of pet food was born. What started out as an independent pet food company has grown into a major brand of premium-quality, natural diets for dogs and cats.

The Halo brand of pet food is produced by the Halo, Purely for Pets Company, but it is unclear whether or not the company outsources the manufacture of its products.

Made in the USA?

The company is headquartered in Tampa, Florida and each package of their pet food carries the stamp, “Made in the USA”. The company is co-owned by Ellen DeGeneres, though there is no specific information available regarding where its products are manufactured or by whom.

This is a point of concern for some pet parents, though an almost complete lack of product recalls in the history of the brand suggests that there are no major problems in the supply or production chain.

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Halo’s dog food offerings are currently divided into three lines — dry food, wet food, and treats — and those are further divided into sub-ranges geared for specific life stages or special diets.

Because the foods are marketed as holistic, Halo only utilizes only whole meat and fish in its formulations. There are no meat meals of any kind nor GMO fruits or veggies.

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Halo Holistic Garden of Vegan
  • Nutrition with only plant-based ingredients
  • Made with non-GMO veggies and fruits
  • Formulated to nourish canines’ bodies
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Halo Holistic Surf & Turf
  • Free of rendered meat meals - just whole meat
  • Free of grains, meat meals, and artificial ingredients
  • Features a tasty combination of duck, turkey, and whitefish
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Halo Holistic Healthy Weight Small Breed
  • With no artificial ingredients or meat meals
  • Contains only whole meat from sustainably caught fish
  • Kibble is rich in nutrients & paw-fectly sized for small friends
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Halo Holistic Chicken & Chicken Liver
  • Contains only hearty, tasty whole meat
  • With Omega-3 and 6 fatty acids
  • Made from cage-free chickens, non-GMO fruits and vegetables
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Halo Holistic Garden of Vegan Canned Recipe
  • Recipe gives adult dogs balanced nutrition
  • Made with only plant-based ingredients
  • Great for canine companions with protein sensitivities
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Halo Holistic Small Breed Turkey & Duck
  • Smooth texture and savory flavor
  • Rich in antioxidants, healthy fats, and protein
  • Set to nourish small dogs with high metabolisms
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Halo Holistic Beef Stew
  • Contains no rendered meat meals
  • Help improve their coat and skin
  • Stew has a smooth texture, drool-worthy flavor
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Halo Vigor Salmon & Roasted Venison
  • Gluten free formula made with coconut oil, red berries & kale
  • Multiple Animal Protein Blend - wholesome & highly digestible
  • No chicken meal, rendered meats, by-product meal
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Halo Liv-A-Littles Chicken Breast Treats
  • Great snack for both canine and kitty companions
  • Made in the USA without artificial ingredients
  • Treats are freeze-dried to achieve the paw-fect texture
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Halo Healthsome Peanut ‘n’ Pumpkin
  • Treats are 100% plant-based
  • Low-calorie, grain-free treats
  • Perfect for pals with protein sensitivities
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  1. Halo Holistic Garden of Vegan
  2. Halo Holistic Surf & Turf
  3. Halo Holistic Healthy Weight Small Breed
  4. Halo Holistic Chicken & Chicken Liver
  5. Halo Holistic Garden of Vegan Canned Recipe
  6. Halo Holistic Small Breed Turkey & Duck
  7. Halo Holistic Beef Stew
  8. Halo Vigor Salmon & Roasted Venison
  9. Halo Liv-A-Littles Chicken Breast Treats
  10. Halo Healthsome Peanut ‘n’ Pumpkin
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1. Halo Holistic Garden of Vegan

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Specially formulated to give furry friends balanced nutrition with only plant-based ingredients. It features sustainably sourced ingredients like wholesome grains, green peas, and chickpeas.

Garden of Vegan is a Halo line that uses only plant-based ingredients. Even without the meat, this line strives to provide all the necessary nutrients that dogs need to lead a healthy lifestyle. So far, there is only one recipe under the dry dog food range.

There is absolutely no animal protein or fat nor dairy in the Vegan line.

First 5 ingredients:

  • Green Peas
  • Chickpeas
  • Pearled Barley
  • Oat Groats
  • Pea Protein

Guaranteed analysis:

Crude Protein 20%
Crude Fat 10%
Crude Fiber 8.5%
Moisture 10%

This Halo recipe takes its protein from plant sources. Specifically, green peas and chickpeas. Despite only taking protein from these two beans, the protein level of this formulation is quite good at 20%.

Fat is an important part of any dog diet because fat is crucial in many canine bodily functions. It is also responsible for giving your dogs enhanced energy and, during harsh weather, a type of cushioning and insulation against the cold.

In this recipe it comes in the forms of canola oil, which has a higher amount of omega-3 fatty acids than other oils (aside from flaxseed), and sunflower oil.

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Pearled barley, oat groats, and potatoes provide the carbs in the meal. Carbohydrates are the main sources of energy in the body. These help fuel brain functions, the central nervous system, and more.

Plus, those mentioned above are all complex carbohydrates. They digest slower than simple carbs and can help your dog feel fuller longer.

Since a balanced meal is not complete without vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and fiber, Garden of Vegan has other fruits and vegetables aplenty. It has sweet potatoes, carrots, parsleys, apples, blueberries, cranberries, and more. Dogs won’t lack for flavor or nutrients at all.

This diet contains no rice to make it truly compatible for dogs who are food-sensitive. All plant-based ingredients are sourced sustainably with none coming from GMO or factory farms.

Rating: 4/5 stars

There are many reasons for dogs to go vegan, but for the majority it is because of health issues. This recipe does a good job of providing canines with a balanced diet, including all of the necessities, such as protein, fiber, carbohydrates, and amino acids.

In many cases where a plant-based recipe is used, dogs fail to get all of the essential amino acids that they need because most plant proteins do not contain these.

However, in this recipe, Halo took that into consideration by providing supplemental levels of the amino acids, particularly taurine. (Low levels of taurine can lead to a heart disease called canine dilated cardiomyopathy.)

While dogs in perfect health are best served by eating meat-based food, those who have no other choice but to stick to a vegan diet will find all of their nutritional needs met by this Garden of Vegan recipe.

2. Halo Holistic Grain-Free Surf & Turf Recipe

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Combining whole meats from land and sea, this recipe is sure to satisfy your hungry hound. This dry food features a tasty combination of duck, turkey, and whitefish, as well as non-GMO fruits and veggies.

The Surf ‘n’ Turf recipe is crafted for adult dogs of all breeds. It features a tasty combination of whitefish, turkey, and duck for an interesting mix of poultry and fish. The formula is specially designed to help adult dogs maintain their energy and strength levels.

First 5 ingredients:

  • Whitefish
  • Dried Egg Product
  • Dried Chickpeas
  • Dried Lentils
  • Dried Peas

Guaranteed analysis:

Crude Protein 25%
Crude Fat 15%
Crude Fiber 5%
Moisture 10%

Whitefish starts off the ingredient list as the primary protein source. To support and raise the protein levels further (helping the meal reach 25%), a few more animal and plant-based proteins were added. These are the dried egg product, chickpeas, peas, turkey, turkey liver, and duck.

Turkey liver is a particularly beneficial ingredient. Not only does it add protein, it is also full of vitamins and minerals. It has plenty of vitamin A, D, and many B vitamins.

It also has iron in abundance as well as folic acid, zinc, and copper. It’s like a meaty superfood, actually, with the amount of antioxidants and nerve, bone, mental health, and muscle-supporting nutrients it contains.

The chicken fat provides the food’s requisite fat content. This type of fat is particularly noted for its high content of linoleic acid, which is excellent at keeping the skin healthy and the coat luxurious. The fat is also important as a concentrated source of energy, especially helpful for performance or working dogs.

Fiber is important in keeping the digestive system in proper working order, because it helps in the regular elimination of waste.

As you can see in the analysis above, there’s enough fiber in the recipe to help prevent constipation from occurring. The pea fiber and flaxseed in this food provides all the fiber needed.

The addition of fruits and vegetables such as carrots, cranberries, and blueberries plus the inclusion of supplemental vitamins and minerals make this diet a complete and balanced one.

Rating: 4.5/5 stars

Everything that dogs need to keep up with an active lifestyle are all here, from the whole meat (protein) to the bountiful fruits and vegetables. Since there are no artificial ingredients, nutrients from the food are much more easily absorbed.

It also helps that prebiotics are very much present here. These break down the food faster so that your dog gains more nutrients before the food completely leaves his body.

The duck, turkey, and whitefish is a good combination, especially if your dog has some food sensitivities. These aren’t commonly used in dog foods so if your dog hasn’t been exposed to these yet, then for him these will be novel proteins.

The calorie content, though, is a little high. At 470 calories per cup, this recipe might be a little fattening if your dog doesn’t lead a very active lifestyle.

3. Halo Holistic Healthy Weight Small Breed

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This kibble features whole meat from sustainably caught fish, as well as non-GMO fruits and veggies. The combination of salmon and whitefish gives the crunchy bits a drool-worthy flavor that even picky pups can’t resist.

Small breed or no, our dogs need to maintain a healthy weight to be considered healthy. This salmon and whitefish formulation keeps small pups fully nourished without letting them gain more pounds than necessary.

First 5 ingredients:

  • Salmon
  • Whitefish
  • Dried Egg Product
  • Chickpea
  • Dried Lentils

Guaranteed analysis:

Crude Protein 27%
Crude Fat 12%
Crude Fiber 5%
Moisture 10%

Salmon, whitefish, and dried egg product contribute the most proteins in this meal to help it reach a high 27%.

Small breeds naturally need more calories per pound than their large-sized counterparts because they have higher metabolisms, so their diets must be high in protein and fats. But the high protein level here also helps them become more active and less sedentary.

Chicken fat is a high-quality type of fat that provides a concentrated energy source for playful dogs. It is a much better source of energy than carbs and more closely reflects a dog’s natural diet. Chicken fat is also high in omega-6 fatty acids, which can aid heart health and reduce cholesterol levels.

A well-rounded diet must have meat and then fruits and veggies to complement it. This recipe has more than enough of the latter two.

Blueberries, cranberries, sweet potatoes, peas, and chickpeas provide all the fiber, minerals, and vitamins that dogs need. And a dose of prebiotics makes sure that your dog’s digestive system is cared for as well.

Rating: 4.5/5 stars

This grain-free Healthy Weight dog food by Halo provides small dogs with enough nutrition to support high energy plays, lean muscle development, and a healthy skin and coat. It also has all the essential vitamins and minerals they need for a longer life.

Compared to other formulations by the Halo brand, this one has reduced fat and calories to support weight loss. A good amount of fiber also helps our small sidekicks feel full longer.

Overall, this recipe is top-notch and contains none that we deem as unnecessary or harmful. All ingredients are premium and beneficial for your pups.

4. Halo Holistic Chicken & Chicken Liver Recipe

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This recipe features a delectable combination of whole meat from cage-free chickens and non-GMO fruits and vegetables. Contains only hearty, tasty whole meat—no rendered meat meal.

This Halo formulation is designed for adult breeds of all sizes to help them maintain a healthy coat and skin and provide the proper levels of energy that they need for their daily activities. It is made from cage-free chickens and non-GMO vegetables and fruits.

First 5 ingredients:

  • Chicken
  • Chicken Liver
  • Dried Egg Product
  • Oatmeal
  • Pearled Barley

Guaranteed analysis:

Crude Protein 25%
Crude Fat 15%
Crude Fiber 5%
Moisture 10%

Two types of whole meats start off this recipe. There’s muscle meat (chicken) and organ meat (chicken liver). While muscle meat is a common ingredient in dog food for its protein content, it’s the organ meat that contains most of the nutrition. Organs, and especially the liver, are the most nutritious parts of an animal for it contains a multitude of vitamins and minerals.

To aid the chicken and chicken liver with more protein content, which is at a really nice level (25%), Halo added peas, chickpeas, and dried egg product. (We support plant-based proteins as long as the primary protein in a recipe is animal-based.)

This is a grain-inclusive recipe and so has a couple of good ones in the mix — pearled barley and oatmeal. Barley is a grain that’s low in cholesterol but high in fiber.

One great nutrient it contains is betaine, which the body converts to choline — essential in proper liver functions. Oatmeal is also a good source of fiber and can be safe to eat even for dogs with wheat allergies.

Other sources for fiber here are flaxseed and pea fiber, bringing the total fiber content to a max of 5%. This is considered a good level in dog foods (fiber usually ranges between 2-5%).

Why is fiber important? Fiber is fermented into fatty acids by the good bacteria in your dog’s digestive tract. It also provides bulk to waste so that waste can be eliminated easily and regularly, preventing constipation.

Your dog will lack for nothing with the inclusion of several wholesome vegetables and fruits like sweet potatoes, carrots, blueberries, and cranberries. Supplemental vitamins and minerals have also been added to enhance the food’s nutrition profile.

Rating: 4.5/5 stars

A meaty flavor and a tempting crunchy texture are often irresistible to canines. The chicken liver enhances that taste even more. (If you’ve ever had a dog that wouldn’t eat, you probably have been told to give him something with liver in it as that organ meat is highly enticing to dogs.)

The inclusion of healthy grains complement the meats and whole veggies/fruits nicely and makes this a well-rounded and perfectly balanced diet. There are no by-products nor rendered meats, so you can be sure that every ingredient in the recipe is premium.

With a calorie content of 403 kcal per cup, this is on the higher part of average. This works perfectly for active, working, or performing dogs. Dogs who follow a more sedentary lifestyle may need a little watching when fed this diet on a regular basis.

5. Halo Holistic Garden of Vegan Canned Recipe

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Gives canine companions balanced nutrition, using only plant-based ingredients. It features a combination of sustainably sourced, non-GMO fruits and vegetables, making it great for protein-sensitive pals.

Whether you are a vegan and want your dog to share in your diet, want to lessen your carbon footprint, or help your dog who is sensitive to meat proteins, this diet is ideal for your pet. The plant-based diet provides your canine with fresh and non-GMO fruits and vegetables to support sustainable farming.

First 5 ingredients:

  • Vegetable Broth
  • Chickpeas
  • Potatoes
  • Pea Protein
  • Carrots

Guaranteed analysis:

Crude Protein 5.75%
Crude Fat 3.50%
Crude Fiber 2%
Moisture 78%

As seen above, the broth makes up a large percentage of the meal. This is okay for wet foods, which usually contain around 78-82% of moisture.

Wet foods are the best type of food to give dogs who need to increase the amount of water they take in. They’re also easier to digest (helpful for seniors), and they help prevent dehydration.

Since there is no meat, a good alternative for proteins comes from these four nutrient-rich sources — chickpeas, peas, flaxseed, and pea protein.

Pea protein is extracted from split peas, and they offer a healthy option in boosting the protein content of food that does not have meat or dairy.

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Chickpeas, peas, and flaxseed offer a bit more than just protein. They have fiber aplenty too, which makes dogs last longer between meals since the fiber makes them feel fuller longer. Potatoes provide the carbohydrate or energy source in the diet.

You might see two things in the ingredients list that aren’t commonly found in dog food. These are dandelion greens and sesame seeds. The dandelion greens are actually great food inclusions.

Did you know that they have 3 times more calcium, 15 times more vitamin A, and 3 times more iron than broccoli, which is a superfood?

Sesame seeds, meanwhile, are filled with minerals like calcium, selenium, manganese, and phosphorus. It also has traces of copper, which can help dogs fight joint pain.

Rating: 3.5/5 stars

Because they’re minimally-processed and as close to their natural state as possible, canned foods normally contain less nutrients than dry dog food. However, there is very little protein in this vegan diet here. It is about half of what you see in other wet foods, which on average contain at least 10% protein.

For dogs that can’t process meat, dairy or grains, this alternative diet seems a good option. However, if you’re used to seeing nutrient profiles of non-vegan foods the analysis here might seem too low.

Even the calories seem to be on the low end of the scale, although this recipe meets the nutrition requirements established by the AAFCO (Association of American Feed Control Officials).

Can dogs be vegan? They are omnivores so, yes. This formulation can help those struggling with plenty of food sensitivities and health issues thrive and still lead a happy, healthy lifestyle.

6. Halo Holistic Small Breed Turkey & Duck

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This recipe was specially formulated for the smaller furry friends. It’s full of healthy fats, protein, and antioxidants to keep them looking and feeling their best.

Our smaller furry friends deserve food that’s made just for them, because they have specific dietary requirements different from bigger dogs.

Smaller breeds require far more calories in their diets as they have a higher metabolism and tend to go through their energy stores faster. This turkey and duck recipe provides our little bundles of fur with all they need for daily play.

First 5 ingredients:

  • Turkey
  • Turkey Broth
  • Turkey Live
  • Ground Dried Peas
  • Duck

Guaranteed analysis:

Crude Protein 11%
Crude Fat 5%
Crude Fiber 1.5%
Moisture 78%

This wet food recipe for small dogs is happily filled with a few different kinds of whole meats. Turkey meat starts off the recipe, and it is further supported in protein content by turkey liver, dried egg whites, and fresh duck.

A plant-based protein in the form of peas also lends its support for the meal’s protein level, which is at a good level (11%) for wet food.

Turkey liver also contributes a lot of the fat in this recipe. Not only that, but liver contributes plenty of vitamins and minerals for dogs, much more than muscle meats do. The flaxseed oil contains fat too, and it’s a great source of omega-3 fatty acids.

As for fiber, it is taken from the carrots in the recipe. Carrots are fiber-rich, which can help dogs cut down on cholesterol, keep them full, and aid in their digestive process.

To provide moisture and keep dogs hydrated, there’s turkey broth. At 78%, it provides enough water content to aid in a dog’s digestion and increase their water intake.

This recipe doesn’t contain many veggies, but it makes up for it with the inclusion of several chelated minerals and vitamins. It also helps that Halo added L-Carnitine to the food. L-Carnitine helps with fat metabolism and can even aid in reducing weight for overweight dogs.

Rating: 4/5 stars

Halo Holistic Small Breed Grain-Free Turkey & Duck is full of healthy fats, antioxidants, and proteins to keep your small pets looking and feeling their best. It contains hearty ingredients that are wholly natural. There are no artificial preservatives, flavors, or unnecessary ingredients.

The diet’s meaty content will appeal to even finicky pups, especially with its inclusion of turkey liver which is known to add palatability to any dog food.

While most of the nutrients in this recipe seems to be enough, a little more fiber would not hurt. At 1.5%, it’s a little bit low. The caloric content is about average, although it would be better if the food had a bit more since small breeds need lots in their diet.

7. Halo Holistic Beef Stew

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This formula features hearty, tasty whole meat and more sustainably sourced ingredients. It’s free of artificial flavors and colors, as well as meat meals, so canines can efficiently absorb its’ nutrients.

With wholesome grains that support healthy skin, fur, and the immune system, this holistic beef stew recipe by Halo gives every adult dog a healthy boost. It has beef — a canine favorite — making up the bulk of the recipe.

First 5 ingredients:

  • Beef
  • Beef Broth
  • Beef Liver
  • Carrots
  • Pumpkin

Guaranteed analysis:

Crude Protein 8.5%
Crude Fat 5%
Crude Fiber 1.5%
Moisture 84%

Whole beef starts off this recipe and is quickly followed by beef broth for moisture and beef liver for protein and a load of other nutrients. These three provide the majority of the protein content of the meal, which is pegged at 8.5%.

The sole grain here (rolled oats) provide the complex carbohydrates that the diet needs. Complex carbs are not only excellent energy sources, but they’re also high in fiber.

Oats also carry a plethora of minerals and antioxidants and a significant amount of vitamin B and linoleic acid (both supporting a healthy skin and coat).

Fat comes by way of the beef liver and the sunflower oil. Are both healthy? Yes. Organ meats contain lots of nutrients and sunflower oil is often touted as a “healthy oil.”

Sunflower oil has lots of unsaturated fats that may benefit heart health, and depending on the type used, is high in either oleic (omega-9), linolenic (omega-3), or linoleic (omega-6) acid.

A balanced diet will not be complete without the addition of fruits or vegetables or a combination of both. This Beef Stew recipe has carrots, pumpkin, peas, celery, mustard greens, and sweet potatoes. And what the vegetables can’t supply or have enough of, the added chelated minerals and vitamins do.

A bonus ingredient, although it’s at the bottom of the ingredient list and therefore only comprises a small percentage of the diet, is dried kelp.

Plenty of dog food brands add this seaweed to their recipes because of its iodine content (essential for proper thyroid function). And also because it’s made of 25% protein, has 21 amino acids, and 60 different minerals.

Rating: 4/5 stars

All animal-based proteins come from only one animal — beef. This is a good thing if your dog is sensitive to other kinds of animal meat.

Apart from beef, there are no other animal ingredients here. The rest are made up of vegetables, dried kelp, supplemental minerals and vitamins, and natural preservatives and binders.

The protein and fiber are about average, although a bit on the lower end. The calorie content is kind of low too. This wet food is probably not suited to more active dogs but for sedentary ones who don’t need a lot of calories to burn.

Overall, it’s a good formulation that can provide adequate nutrition for adult dogs of all breeds.

8. Halo Vigor Salmon & Roasted Venison

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With fresh salmon as the main protein source supplemented by venison as well as dried egg whites, it provides a complete protein meal for your pet that contains all of the essential amino acids.

This Vigor Salmon & Roasted Venison Canned Food Recipe is a complete and balanced formula for dogs in all life stages.

The company describes this recipe as a wholesome formula that “nurtures from within…with carefully selected ingredients that work in harmony to promote energy, vitality, and healthy digestion”.

This formula features real meat proteins, digestible carbohydrates, and healthy supplements without the use of corn, wheat, and soy. In addition to being protein-rich and full of natural flavor, this recipe is loaded with healthy fats and natural antioxidants.

The main source of protein in this formula (and the first ingredient on the list) is fresh salmon. This protein is supplemented by venison as well as dried egg whites.

Not only is salmon a meat-rich protein, but it is also a complete protein which mean that is contains all of the essential amino acids your dog needs.

It also contains plenty of omega fatty acids to help balance out the omega fatty acid content of this recipe to promote skin and coat health for your dog.

It is worth noting that this recipe receives some supplemental plant protein from the quinoa as well, though it still seems to be a meat-based formula.

Quinoa is the third ingredient and the main source of carbohydrate energy in this Vigor Salmon & Roasted Venison Canned Food Recipe. In addition to being a gluten-free and grain-free carbohydrate, quinoa is highly digestible and full of healthy nutrients.

This ingredient is supplemented by kale, cranberries, and raspberries for supplemental energy and fiber – these ingredients also act as natural sources for key nutrients including antioxidants.

The main source of fat in this recipe is coconut oil which is rich in essential fatty acids, though an animal-based fat might be more biologically valuable for your dog. The remaining ingredients on the list consist of chelated minerals and vitamin supplements – all healthy additions to this recipe.

First 5 ingredients:

  • Salmon
  • Fish broth
  • Quinoa
  • Venison
  • Tricalcium phosphate

Guaranteed analysis:

Crude Protein 8%
Crude Fat 7.5%
Crude Fiber 1%
Moisture 78%

This Vigor Salmon & Roasted Venison Canned Food Recipe is formulated to meet the nutritional levels established by the AAFCO Nutrient Profiles for all life stages.

Rating: 3.5/5 stars

Overall, this Vigor Salmon & Roasted Venison Canned Food Recipe is a quality source of protein and grain-free nutrition for your dog. It is loaded with natural flavor from the salmon, venison, and fish broth as well as digestible carbohydrates from the quinoa and kale.

This recipe could benefit from the addition of an animal-based fat, though your dog does get some fat from the salmon and the venison.

All in all, this seems to be a meat-based formula that offers plenty of healthy fat, digestible carbohydrate, and dietary fiber for your dog.

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Halo Dog Treats

1. Halo Liv-A-Littles 100% Freeze-Dried Chicken Breast

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These treats are suitable for both kitty and canine companions. The chicken breast bites are freeze-dried to achieve the ideal texture and to lock in nutrients.

Live-A-Littles are protein treats made from 100% freeze-dried chicken breasts. These are grain-free nuggets that can be used as rewarding snacks for dogs and cats or as delicious toppers.

All 5 Ingredients:

  • Chicken
  • Water
  • Sodium Phosphate
  • Salt
  • Carrageenan

Guaranteed analysis:

Crude Protein 80%
Crude Fat 3%
Crude Fiber 2%
Moisture 5%

The Liv-A-Littles Chicken Breast uses chicken breasts, which make up 80% of the meal. There are only five ingredients in these snacks, so you can easily see if your pet is food-sensitive to any of the ingredients.

The high protein levels would be a little too much if this were given as a regular meal, but for treats or toppers, these are perfect.

Chicken is one of the best sources of animal protein, and it is loaded with all nine essential amino acids responsible for hormone production and healthy hair, skin, nails, muscles, cartilage, and tendons.

As a second ingredient, water adds moisture to the food to allow it to be a little easier to chew and digest.

The third ingredient, sodium phosphate, is a non-digestible source of phosphorus. It is crucial to maintaining the alkalinity or acidity pH of the food, preserving it for longer.

There is a bit of debate about this, though. Some argue that the ingredient is toxic. In large amounts, maybe. But there is so very little of it here that it shouldn’t make a difference.

As the fourth ingredient, salt shouldn’t give you pause. Again, there’s only a little amount of it in the treats, and dogs do need it. Salt helps maintain the cellular functions of the body, including nerve signal transmission, fluid balance, and acid-base balance.

Last is carrageenan. It has no nutritional value, but works as a thickener, filler, and emulsifier.

Rating: 1/5 stars

A dog treat with a short list of ingredients and made up mostly of chicken breast will normally be a perfectly good reward to give to dogs. However, in the case of Halo’s Liv-A-Littles, we have to disagree.

It includes carrageenan, which is sourced from seaweed. The problem with carrageenan is that even if it is of the food-grade kind, it can cause gastrointestinal issues such as inflammation and lesions.

According to a detailed study by the Cornucopia Institute, food-grade carrageenan can degrade once it is exposed to the acidic environment of the stomach and expose the insides to a “potent and widely recognized carcinogen.”

We’ve always been against the use of carrageenan in food, particularly when there are so many others that can provide the same functions carrageenan does but are much safer for our pets.

2. Halo Healthsome Peanut ‘n’ Pumpkin

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Treats are 100% plant-based, making them perfect for pals with protein sensitivities. Recipe features a combination of sustainably sourced ingredients like apples, ground peas, chickpeas, and more yummy produce.

Halo’s Healthsome line is all about treats that are plant-based. These meat-free snacks feature a delectable blend of flavors from sustainable sources. They’re low-calorie, grain-free, and make great rewards for dogs with protein and other food sensitivities.

First 5 ingredients:

  • Ground Peas
  • Ground Peanuts
  • Chickpeas
  • Potato Flour
  • Pumpkin

Guaranteed analysis:

Crude Protein 13%
Crude Fat 6%
Crude Fiber 5%
Moisture 12%

This Healthsome recipe offers dogs the familiar flavors of peanut and pumpkin in a tasty and crunchy form. Two of the ingredients provide the protein content of the treats.

Peas, peanuts, and chickpeas bring the protein levels to a decent 13%, quite good for food meant only as snacks.

Peanuts not only provide the main flavor, but they also offer up (aside from protein) a significant amount of niacin, vitamin E, vitamin B6, and lots of healthy fats. It also works in conjunction with the sunflower oil in bringing the fat content to a healthy 6%.

The rest of the ingredients (apples, potato flour, pumpkin, tomatoes, cranberries, and sweet potatoes) provide the snacks with a good amount of antioxidants, vitamins, and especially fiber.

Dietary fiber is extremely crucial in dog food because it produces a healthy intestinal system where the growth of harmful bacteria is reduced. Fiber also regulates the bowels for regular movement.

Rating: 5/5 stars

There are no fillers or harmful ingredients in these snacks. Everything that was included is important and none is unnecessary.

All ingredients are premium, from the first to the last. Even the preservative (mixed tocopherols) used is quite beneficial as it is completely natural and safe.

It’s not a common occurrence where we find everything in a recipe list to be top grade. This is one of those rare times. So we’re giving these treats our highest mark!

The snacks also work well with dogs with food sensitivities as there are no meat proteins (usually the top cause of allergens) or grains to be found.

They’re a little bit crunchy so dogs with dental issues might have some issues, but are otherwise perfect for most canines.

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Where do they get their ingredients from?

When it comes to their ingredients, they follow a simple philosophy – only WHOLE meats. According to Halo, whole meats are the key to healthy, natural nutrition for dogs and cats which is why they say “No” to meat meals, animal by-products, growth hormones, fillers, and artificial additives.

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All of their recipes are formulated around whole meats like salmon, lamb, chicken, turkey, beef, and venison as well as digestible carbohydrates, colorful fruits and vegetables, and beneficial supplements.

The company website states that the company tries to stay as close to nature as they can with both their ingredients and their recipes, following high standards for ingredient sourcing. What they do not say, however, is where their ingredients come from.

On their website and on their product labels, some recipes carry the note “Pea ingredients come from Canada” and various sources say that the remainder of ingredients are sourced from the United States.

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Halo Dog Food Recall List

If you peruse the company website you’ll find many claims regarding high-quality ingredients, balanced formulas, and premium products. It is also worth noting that the company has been given a variety of different awards since the company’s founding in 1986.

They have been recognized again and again for their efforts to support local and regional shelters and rescue operations but also for the quality of their products.

Halo gives away more than 1.5 million meals to animals in need each and every year. As wonderful as they seem, they are not immune to mistakes – there is single recall in brand history. Here are the details of that recall:

  • In March 2015, the company issued a voluntary recall for 3- and 6-pound bags of their Spot’s Stew Wholesome Turkey Recipe Sensitive Formula for Cats due to reports of mold.
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How expensive is their product?

The Halo brand of dog food uses only whole meats, digestible carbohydrates, and other high-quality ingredients so you should expect to pay more for this brand than you would for the average kibble.

Prices vary from one recipe to another, but for the most part a 28-pound bag of regular dry food will cost you between $55 and $105. Halo grain-free dry food is a little more expensive, ranging from $35 to $65 for a 14-pound bag.

You can purchase 13.2-ounce cans of wet food in cases of 12 for $30 to $70, depending on the product line, which gives you an average price of around $4.15 per can. You can also purchase 5.5-ounce cans in cases of 12 for around $22 to $42.

Halo Product Line

Halo produces dry and wet dog foods along with treats. Both their dry and wet food lines are divided into three categories: vegan, grain-free, and grain-inclusive. Along with food, they also manufacture and produce grooming supplies and supplements.

They’ve changed up some of their recipes, introduced new ones, and removed some of the old ranges. Here are their current offerings:

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Dry Products

Grain-Free Recipes:

  • Adult (Surf & Turf)
  • Small Breed (Game Bird Medley)
  • Senior (Turkey, Turkey Liver & Duck)
  • Healthy Weight Adult (Turkey, Turkey Liver & Duck)
  • Healthy Weight Small Breed (Wild Salmon & Whitefish)

Grain-Inclusive Recipes:

  • Adult (Chicken & Chicken Liver)
  • Puppy (Chicken & Chicken Liver)
  • Small Breed (Chicken & Chicken Liver)
  • Adult (Wild Salmon & Whitefish)

Vegan Recipe:

  • Adult (Garden of Vegan)
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Canned Products

Grain-Free Recipes:

  • Small Breed (Turkey & Duck)
  • Small Breed (Chicken & Salmon)
  • Puppy (Chicken)

Vegan Recipe:

  • Adult (Garden of Vegan)
  • Grain-Inclusive Recipes:
  • Adult (Beef Stew)
  • Adult (Chicken Stew)
  • Senior (Chicken)
  • Adult (Lamb Stew)
  • Adult (Turkey & Salmon Stew)

Vigor Canned Food Recipes:

  • Chicken & Beef Recipe
  • Salmon & Roasted Venison Recipe
  • Tukey & Roasted Quail Recipe
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Treats and Mix-Ins

In addition to offering a wide variety of dry and wet food options, they also has some dog treats and mix-ins. The Mix ‘N More line of products includes three flavors of freeze-dried meal toppers designed to be fed with your dog’s dry or canned food diet.

For dog treats, they offer an assortment of treats including biscuits, protein treats, freeze-dried treats, and dental treats. Here is a list of treats and Mix-ins:

Liv-A-Littles Recipes:

  • 100% Freeze-Dried Chicken Breasts
  • 100% Freeze-Dried Wild Salmon

Healthsome Recipes:

  • Peanut ‘n’ Pumpkin
  • Sweet Potato, Carrot & Quinoa
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Manny the Frenchie

Is Halo dog treats good for dogs?

Halo is a great dog treat for any size dog. They are easy to chew and the dog can digest them easily. The texture is smooth so I have no fear of them getting caught in my dog's throat and they don't have that yucky meat smell that some dog treats have. I would highly recommend them to any dog owner.

Does Ellen DeGeneres own Halo pet food?

Halo, Purely For Pets recently announced that talk show host Ellen DeGeneres has become an owner of the all-natural pet care company. The announcement comes at a time when Halo is expanding its product line and retail presence for its all-natural pet food and pet care products in the U.S. market.

What dog food does Ellen DeGeneres feed her dogs?

As a vegan and co-owner of Halo, Purely For Pets, she advocates a meat-free lifestyle for canines. Halo just launched Vegan Garden Medley for Dogs, an all-natural vegan dog food that is also recommended for dogs that have sensitivities to animal- or dairy-derived ingredients.

Is Halo pet food made in the USA?

The Halo dog food brand is owned and manufactured by Halo Pets. According to Halo Pets's VP of Marketing Communications, Halo is entirely made in the United States. Their protein sources (chicken, salmon, and beef) hail from US ranches.

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