Chops has been eating a food that she really likes. It’s VF Complete Active Adult, and it’s made by ARKAT, Inc. in Dumas, Arkansas.
When I first took the call from Dr. Roger Bisges, I was a bit skeptical. He told me that he had created an exceptional dog food, and that he wanted to send me some to try out on our dogs. My skepticism came into play as my memory bank connected Dr. Bisges with his old employer, Diamond Feeds. When he was there, the product line consisted of some foods that were good values, and other foods that were, shall we say, less than thrilled with. (Diamond has improved.)
What would Dr. Bisges do if he had free rein to create a really good dog food? Well, the answer is in the VF bag.
We’ve been quite happy with the product and its performance. In many ways, from ingredients to energy production, to guaranteed analysis, VF is comparable to the ANF food reviewed on the previous page. Even the recommended serving was equally high, about twice what my dogs need.
VF, stands for Veterinarian Formulated, and that veterinarian is Dr. Bisges. The food is a 26% crude protein, 15% crude fat diet. With just 2.9% fiber content, it’s on the low side of the fiber scale. (Most Super-Premium category foods run 3% to 4.5% crude fiber, maximum.).
While Chops has taken great pleasure in her VF meals, Katie put this one into her category of “Real nice at first, but it’s not a flavor I’ll eat for a long time.” For such a picky eater, you wouldn’t think she’d be so overweight!
VF Complete is an excellent food for dogs. (And the VF Complete dry cat food has truly excited our cats!) According to the manufacturer, it’s processed through an improved combination of preconditioner and extruder for a longer, lower temperature cooking process – with increased nutrient availability.
VF Complete Active Adult
Chicken By-Product Meal, Brewers Rice, Ground Corn, Chicken Fat (preserved with Mixed Tocopherols), Dried Beet Pulp, Fish Meal, Meat Meal, Dried Whole Eggs, Brewers Dried Yeast, Rice Bran, Natural Flavor, Poultry By-Product Meal, Potassium Chloride, Salt, Choline Chloride, Garlic Dried Cheddar Cheese, vitamins, minerals, Extract of Rosemary
Crude protein (min.) 26%
Crude fat (min.) 15%
Crude fiber (max.) 2.9%
Moisture (max.) 10%
Category: Super-Premium I
AAFCO Guarantee: All life stages using laboratory analysis
Date Code: International Date Code. Year is represented by letter
Manufacturer: ARKAT Inc., PO Box 647, Dumas, AR 71639