Ivory Coat Grain Free Dog Food Review

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Ivory Coat Grain Free Dog Food Review
7.8 Total Score
  • Meat as the main ingredient
  • Higher than average protein
  • Lower than average carbohydrates
  • Natural preservatives
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Ivory Coat Grain Free Dog Food Review

15/09/2020 – Due to numerous consumer issues regarding Ivory Coat from The Real Pet Food Company we advise avoiding this product.

If your pet has suffered any ill effects from feeding this product please give details in the comments section below.

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Ivory Coat is an Australian success story. Just like Black Hawk, they produced a dog food which put many of the big commercial brands to shame. Ivory Coat boasts one of the highest protein and fat percentages of dog foods available in Australia, which consequentially means less carbs (sugars).

Just like Black Hawk, once established the company was bought up by a bigger player. Black Hawk was bought by New Zealand’s Masterpet, and Ivory Coat was bought by Australian’s largest pet food manufacturer The Real Pet Food Co. It’s a huge company which makes many commercial and private label brands, not all of them good. Some feeders noticed changes in quality, but from an ingredients and analysis standpoint the product stacks up well.

Ivory Coat Grain Free Dog Food Review

Let’s take a look at the adult Chicken & Coconut Oil formula…

The food is essentially four main ingredients, potentially in fairly equal proportions. Two of those ingredients, the 1st and 4th, are a combination of chicken meal and chicken fat. These animal ingredients are far more in tune with a canine diet than the other two, peas and tapioca.

It’s good to see a protein percentage in the 30s (32%) combined with a moderate 14% fat. I estimate the carbs to be around 36% which is pretty good for a dry food. It’s important to note a fair whack of the protein will come from peas, the second most significant ingredient. The tapioca provides little in terms of nutrients, but the starch serves the purpose of binding the kibble together. There are certainly far worse ingredients than tapioca, such as the far too common wheat.

Ivory Coat Grain Free Dog Food Review

The rest of the ingredients are pretty good. It’s nice to see the food preserved naturally, rather than using cheaper/nastier chemical preservatives. Flaxseed is included, an excellent source of omega 3 and nutritive fibre. Salmon oil is a good choice for both omega 3 and 6 to maintain a healthy, glossy coat. Coconut oil is also great to see which will help maintain a healthy coat and boost the immune system. Common to many high-end foods we find a range of fruits and veggies, vitamins and minerals, which should provide benefits.

All in all it’s a decent food and worthy of adding to a rotation.

19/07/2017 Ivory Coat bought by The Real Pet Food Company. More information can be found here and here.

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Ingredients

Australian Chicken Meal, Peas, Tapioca, Chicken Fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols), ground flaxseed, Tomato Pomace, Coconut Oil, Pea fibre, salmon oil, sweet potatoes, Carrots, kale, broccoli, spinach, parsley, apples, blueberries, vitamins A, B1, B2, B5, B6, B12, D3, E, Beta-Carotene, Niacin, d-Calcium pantothenate, Biotin, Folic Acid, Magnesium, Iron, Zinc, Manganese, Copper, Natural Prebiotic, Calcium Propionate, Rosemary Extract & Green Tea Extract.

7.8 Total Score
Ivory Coat Grain Free dog food review

It appears Ivory Coat grain free dog food has diminished in quality with numerous negative consumer reports in recent years.

PROS
  • Meat as the main ingredient
  • Higher than average protein
  • Lower than average carbohydrates
  • Natural preservatives
CONS
  • Peas are a significant contribution to the protein

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Janette
Janette
9 days ago

Hi a vet put me on to Ivory Coat fat free Turkey for seniors for my dog a few years ago but in the past few months noticed he was struggling to use his bowels his coat was looking terrible and he started vomiting .
Took him to my vets who run some tests and told me it was the food making him very sick I came home and googled reviews for Ivory Coat and read that people’s dogs had actually died eating this food .
It used to be good when it was Owned by a Australian Company but was recently sold to China using the same name .
I’m not sure what they are putting in this but some people’s dogs had blood in their stools and were either getting very sick or had past away just glad I got my dog to the vets in time and have now stopped buying the product.
Please just be very very careful if you are going to feed this to your dog .

TIana
TIana
3 years ago

I just brought a 2 kg bag of this for my dog to try, he seems to be fine and likes it but is this really good.

What would you recommend out of these 3 brands Meals 4 Mutts, Ivory Coat or Black Hawk

Susan
Susan
3 years ago
Reply to  TIana

Hi,
Ivory coat was bought out by Chinese & now is made at Dubbo Plant by the Real Pet Food Company also Black Hawk is NZ owned, also made at the Dubbo plant, The Real Pet Food Company also makes supermarket dog foods & was making Baxters when dogs became very ill & some have died, I’ve email The Real Pet Food Company & asked them are they still making Baxters dog food, they said NO but dogs are still getting very ill after eating Baxters wet & dry dog foods..

“Meals For Mutts” it’s Australian made & owned but was recently sold & is made in WA now…..

I do not feed Australian made pet foods no more, Australian pet food companies are not regulated & these pet food companies can do what they like.. So until our pet foods become regulated I feed US & NZ dog foods..

Canidae is very good dog & cat food & when Canidae is tested every 3months for Heavy Metals, Toxins & Contaminates tests came back really good…

Wellness also good dog food, it’s only sold Pet Barn..

It’s best to rotate between a few different brands so your dog isn’t eating the same brands causing health problems if the food is high in toxins, heavy metals or not balanced property etc..

“Stay Loyal” is Australian owned & made try rotating with “Stay Loyal” & “Frontier Pets” also “Ziwi Peak”.

A really GOOD Australian made & owned dog food is “Frontier Pets” it’s free Range Chickens, Pigs & Cows all organic feed, dehydrated human grade ingredients, you just add some warm water….try a trial pack $16.65 makes 1.2kgs Frontier Pets is really good if your dog has health problems, IBD, IBS, Allergies, Food Sensitivities etc. Have a look.
here’s their link.
https://frontierpets.com.au/

TOM
TOM
3 years ago
Reply to  Susan

Susan did you try emailing MFM, I don’t think they would sell, their very proud of their formulas, MFM facebook page won’t let me post a question , are they hiding maybe?

Susan
Susan
3 years ago
Reply to  TOM

Hi Tom,

Here’s where I read it, read Pet Review 3rd post, it was written by someone else then he deleted his posts & Pet Review re-posted his post, he works for Hypro & MfM is now manufatured by Hypro….
https://www.petfoodreviews.com.au/dry-dog-food/meals-for-mutts/

Bill was MfM Nutritionist then he left MfM after MfM was sold & he started his own dog & cat food called “LifeWise”, LifeWise Special Needs Grain Formula’s look good..
https://www.lifewisepetfood.com/product/wild-tuna

Sam who now makes Petzyo is some how related to MfM or was the old owner of MfM (I Think)??

These Australian pet food companies get real big cause of social media, people spread the word their food is good, then they sell when at their peak & get the big bucks…..

Alan
Alan
3 years ago
Reply to  TIana

Both M4M and Ivory Coat seem to be in a state of flux at the moment, with recent reports suggesting that neither is the product it used to be since M4M changed their manufacturing facility and Ivory Coat changed ownership. The Blackhawk situation seems clearer since they went through their ownership change a while ago, with most agreeing that it’s really gone downhill. To avoid this scene, you might want to consider something like Stay Loyal, or for a few dollars more, one of the Pete Evans formulas while M4M and IC sort themselves out.

Melanie K Hardy
Melanie K Hardy
2 years ago

I bought 13kg of this and 2 weeks later have decided we can’t use it. It goes right through my dog and his coat is now dry and coarse (no other changes to his diet or anything else). Too much pea protein and we don’t like green tea extract as it’s heavy on the liver. Looking for something better now.

Edanna
Edanna
2 years ago

Keep in mind anything below salt is 1% or less, of course IC have decided to not disclose salt so it’s pretty hard to tell where the good ingredients start or end but green tea extract based on other foods will likely not be more then 0.05% of the ingredients and unlikely to cause any issues.

I personally wouldn’t feed IC these days, just don’t think it’s at the quality it could be for the price.

I feed Cherish albeit the puppy formula and have a lot of success with it, the kibble also tastes good lol and is the reason my dogs like it vs the dozens others I tried with no success. Their main food is however air dried, the kibble only makes up a very small amount of their diet usually around a kilo per month.

My friend uses Blackhawk and is happy with it so far and my other friend uses Wellness Core and a few other foods and is happy with it too, but Wellness Core line is pricey as heck, but if it’s the only food that works then just gotta roll with it.

Alize
Alize
1 year ago

Hi there, my puppy was eating chicken and rice one and enjoyed a lot so I bought a 13 kg pack.He has become fussy since 2 weeks ago and I had to mix it with wet food. Now he refuses to eat either dry or mixed one. As there are some issue reported should I be worried?

Susan
Susan
1 year ago
Reply to  Alize

Where did you buy the large bag of Ivory Coat from a pet shop? take it back as Ivory Coat is money back for palatability or contact Ivory Coat & tell them they might refund money??.
Don’t make him eat the kibble there might be something wrong, dogs have a good nose smell things we cant smell, Ivory Coat is made by the Real Pet Food Company.

Look at Canidae Pure Puppy, if he’s a large breed Puppy – CANIDAE ALL LIFE STAGES LARGE BREED TURKEY MEAL & BROWN RICE FORMULA DOG DRY, its on special at the moment.
https://www.mypetwarehouse.com.au/canidae-all-life-stages-large-breed-turkey-meal-brown-rice-formula-dog-dry-20kg-p-32126

Melissa
Melissa
5 months ago

I have not experienced any issues with this food (Grain-free Lamb & Kangaroo), I have been feeding it for a few months now. Was feeding Canidae Pure Elements Lamb & Pea but this has unfortunately been withdrawn from the NZ market. This was the only product I could find with somewhat similar values. Yes, the reviews from others were off putting but with gradual change, there has been no negative side affects. My dogs have kept excellent condition, have shiny coats, no issues with stools or any of the other issues listed from other dog owners. I feed this to three American Staffies and I have one American Staffy with extreme allergies and food sensitivities. She is coming up 8 years old and it has taken me a long time of trial and error to find what causes issues with her so changing foods is done very reluctantly.

Edanna
Edanna
3 years ago

Hey again, so Susan is still at her house until tomorrow, pays to read her entire message to me huh? haha, this is what she wrote.

TOTW Sierra Mountain Roasted Lamb formula, or Canidae Pure Wild or Pure Sky or Pure Land if senior dog Pure Meadow Senior.
Wellness Core Large Breed formula is excellent & you dont need to have a large breed dog & you get all the supplements DHA for their joints & bones sold at Pet Barn.

So essentially what I mentioned just the actual names of the formulas.

alicia seinor
alicia seinor
3 years ago
Reply to  Edanna

Thank you very much

Edanna
Edanna
3 years ago
Reply to  alicia seinor

No problem.

alicia seinor
alicia seinor
3 years ago

Hi can anyone recommend a good dog biscuit for dogs with sensitive stomachs?

Edanna
Edanna
3 years ago
Reply to  alicia seinor

The Taste of the Wild lamb formula comes to mind, a friend of mine has a dog with IBD, acid reflux among other things and he was eating the food with no problems.

I’d stay away from fish heavy foods, I don’t see them being tolerated very well, I know when Angel eats the fish kibbles she also starts having pain, more so then if she eats one without,

Would be good if Susan was here, I think she’s currently out of the house on a trip and she has no portable computer, she knows which foods are good for sensitive tummies other then the one I listed above.

I’d see Artemis as being good, did the water test on it and it starts melting rather quickly.

Some Canidae formulas the ones listed as limited ingredient could be good.

Edanna
Edanna
3 years ago

The canned variety is pretty good value for anyone already feeding the dry, at $39 for a slab of 12 400g cans is a good price, considering how expensive their kibble is, they don’t have 20kg bags but they’d cost a lot if they did, if 13kg is already $113 I think, I’ll go check lol. Pet Circle starts at $98 and goes to $118 for the salmon variety. $98 + the 8kg would equal 21 kilos and be an extra $80 but the bigger the bag the cheaper it gets. So instead of $178 it would maybe be around $150, even so MfM is more digestible and a much better value to Ivory, but to each their own.

Susan
Susan
3 years ago
Reply to  Edanna

I just looked at the Ivory Coat wet cans, Ivory Coat doesnt write the fat% protein% or fiber % alot of dogs will probably be getting Pancreatitis as the fat in wet can food is higher then a dry kibble, wet can foods haven’t been converted to dry matter yet, so if it says 5%min fat when converted to dry matter 5%min fat wet is around 20%min to 26% max fat. Ivory Coat should write the converted fat% on their site & on their cans of food….

Edanna
Edanna
3 years ago
Reply to  Susan

Their still in the process of updating the website so they will eventually do it just not right now. The foods are good value but the ingredients are pretty bland. Ziwipeak is 4.5% the ones I give Rusty, so not bad. They don’t go lower then 4.5% though even the venison. Ziwipeak should create a kangaroo formula in place of the venison one, since venison is becoming scarce.

Jacki
Jacki
3 years ago
Reply to  Edanna

I spoke to the Ziwi Peak rep not that long ago and I know they are going to introduce a chicken formula some time this year. They are also thinking of getting rid of the venison formula as it is quite expensive to obtain, so you never know they might make the switch to kangaroo.

Edanna
Edanna
3 years ago
Reply to  Jacki

I heard from K9 that buying human grade venison is becoming really hard, nothing about price, but I don’t doubt it’s expensive as venison formulas are usually more pricey. Chicken should be good, provided it’s a low fat option, K9 chicken formulas have like let me check actually, okay canned is 6.5% and freeze dried is 34%, venison used to be 27% so using Frontier as an example their chicken has 19.9% when it’s dry, so it’s quiet a bit more, it’s really not low fat.

But since I already use chicken with a Frontier and 1 pork ball and because his homemade is chicken, I’d rather a different meat protein entirely. I guess I’ll be wishing for a kangaroo or other exotic meat formula.

Zara Lewis
Zara Lewis
3 years ago

Hi, great review!
A while ago I found out that my pup has a grain allergy… Before we had the final diagnosis, we went through it all, itching, head shaking, diarrhea, feet licking etc. Since then we are constantly researching grain free options and a couple of months ago I discovered grain free Ivory coat and it works very well for us! I often find better prices in online shops than in offline retail stores, for example https://www.nettopet.com.au/brands/ivory-coat-dog-food.html
It makes my life easier.

Victoria Davies
Victoria Davies
4 years ago

Hi guys, I have a 15 week young whippet that’s eating the Hill’s Science Diet kibble. My partner mentioned Ivory Coat as another option and I was wondering if anyone had an opinion on which would be better for my puppy?

Susan
Susan
4 years ago

Hi Victoria, will your dog grow to be a large breed dog?? I dont think Whippets are a large breed dog?? if he/she is a large breed puppy then he needs a large breed puppy formula other wise look for a Puppy formula’s there’s “Ivory Coat”, “Meals For Mutts” MfM are an Australian made & OWN pet food company…another really good kibble is “Canidae” All Life Stages & their Pure grain free formula’s….. I rotate between a few different kibble brands this way my boy is getting a variety & if something is wrong with the kibble my boy isn’t eating it long enough to suffer with long term health problems…
Have you looked are Freeze Dried & Air Dried raw?? There’s Ziwi Peak & our Australian made “Frontier Pets” if you go onto the Frontier Pets site the lady who invented & makes Frontier Pets sells sample bags for 15-17$ which makes up 1.2 kgs, here’s Frontier site have a look it’s free range animals & organic farming.. you just add water.. https://www.frontierpets.com.au

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Pet Food Reviews
4 years ago

Hi Victoria, energetic dogs get their energy from two food sources – fats and carbohydrates (sugars). Hills Science Diet is grain based so will offer your whippet the latter which is not ideal, and if they don’t burn it off they’ll gain bulk. Dogs digest animal fats far more efficiently, and depend on proteins from meats to retain and build muscle strength (as well as overall health). Ivory Coat contains more meat and animal fat than Hills.

Edanna
Edanna
4 years ago

So I’m on product reviews reading about ice cream to see what’s good and what’s not and I go into the pet food section and into meals for mutts and someone literally wrote they changed from MfM to Ivory Coat and are happy with it not containing carbohydrates, I didn’t know that this was an actual thought process with grain free but I guess you learn new things daily.

Just because it’s grain free doesn’t mean it has zero carbohydrates *shakes head*.

Susan
Susan
4 years ago

Hi, Pet Food Review, I was just on “Ivory Coats” Facebook page & Steven Deveraux-Standard who started Ivory Coat 2014 grooming range then Grain free 2015 Steven has posted in a post to a poster that Ivory Coat has merged with “Real Pet Food Company” who is this “Real Pet Food Company” ? what pet foods do they make??

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4 years ago
Reply to  Susan

Hi Susan, they make VIP, Farmers Market, Natures Gift, Natures Goodness, Tucker Time, Fussy Cat, and also B.A.R.F.

Susan
Susan
4 years ago

Hi, Dr B’s frozen BARF? when I’ve bought the Fussy Cat raw it’s been off a few times how you know it’s off, when you cut the 5 trays of raw cat meat to put in the freezer the freeze the separate packets of raw cat mince swell up with air the Butcher in Coles said yes he’s been seeing this alot lately with the Fussy Cat raw sachets & has been throwing out alot of themout, the meat must be letting off toxin or something for the air to be in these sealed separate packets, I prefer the Aldis “Cachet” raw sachets so does my cat, she wont eat Fussy Cat no more I wonder why?? the Aldi’s Cachet never swell up with air when they’re frozen, I wonder who makes Adlis raw Cachet cat food? I was just worried who makes this Baxters which pet food company?? Ive just gone over to Wollworths Australian F/B page & asked them WHY haven’t Woolworths taken this dry Baxter kibble off the shelves till it gets tested to see whats wrong with it & Woolworths posted back saying, people need to SLOWLY introduce the Baxter food, so Baxter must of told Woolworths “Oh people just arent slowly introducing this dry kibble theer’s nothing wrong with its or something like that.. but its also the Baxter treats dogs are getting sick from, It needs to be tested all the bags of Baxter kibble that has been feed & the dogs have gotten sick & died from it & we need to know who’s making this Baxter what pet food company?? is making the Baxter Dry Wet & Treats???
You should of seen all the poor Staffys that are feed this Baxter cheap crap, I belong to 3 Australian Staffy groups & after I posted your post about Tank the Bull Arb, I woke in the morning to all these posters that had posted on the post I shared about Baxter foods so many sick dogs..Cant accrant affair do a story to warn people if Woolworths wont take it off their shelves I printing out flyers & tomorrow putting them up at the Newcastle Woolworths over teh Senior small bags & the other Baxter small bags I know theres not as many as when Baxter kibble first came out just Senior formula & another formula either adult or puppy formula, I’ll have to have a look tommorow & see so theres definitely a problem cause when Baxter first came out 1/2 the shelving was full of all Baxter range of dry kibble small bags & the Large bags now its just the small senior & another small formula.

Have you watch Rodney Habibs Video’s “The Truth About Pet Cancer” ? it blew me away episode 2 & 3, just scroll down Rodneys F/B page for Episode 2 as Episode 3 came out saturday & it’s up the top of his page & you need to watch Episode 2 first & get to know all these Drs, Vets & Proffessor’s that are talking & telling the truth & Vaccinations my God in America an average 16 week old puppy gets 21 vaccines 21 that’s unbelievable in his short little life & Vets are wondering why are dogs getting cancer so young they know why.. also Flea products more poisons I like Dr John Robb what he takes about in episode 3 I think it was about the Vaccines https://www.facebook.com/rodneyhabib

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4 years ago
Reply to  Susan
Susan
Susan
4 years ago

Hi,
nothing came up when I click on your link only to Subscribe & pay..

today a lady called & introduced herself from the Real Petfood company when she rung me this afternoon, I had sent “Ivory Coat” an email over the weekend asking about Ivory Coat Reduced Fat Senior Turkey formula what is the max fat% & the Kcals per cup, cause Ivory Coat does not write this on there kibble bags or internet site.. She didnt say she was from Ivory Coat….So there musn’t be no more Ivory Coat the Real Petfood people have bought the Ivory Coat name & business. Now I know why “Meals For Mutts” keep writing they are the only Australian made & OWNED pet food company in Australia….

Alan
Alan
4 years ago
Reply to  Susan

The afr site is pretty aggressive when it comes to revenue-related scripts. This link might work in your case.
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-10-24/chinese-investors-sink-teeth-into-pet-food-company/9081298

Time to stock up and freeze any favourite Ivory Coat formulas I guess 🙁

Veronika
Veronika
4 years ago
Reply to  Alan

Glad I don’t care about kibble for at least 1 of my dogs anymore, Angels the special case, but I think I’ll keep her on the Applaws it’s got good ingredients, good meat content and she does very well on it, it ticks all my boxes that’s what matters.

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4 years ago
Reply to  Alan

Thanks Alan, I was struggling to find a better article last night.

Whether this is a bad thing is yet to be seen, but we should keep in mind “Australian Made” only means a minimum 50%.

Veronika
Veronika
4 years ago
Reply to  Alan

You didn’t like contact me on Facebook did you? cause someone stating he was you did and creeped me out.

Alan
Alan
4 years ago
Reply to  Veronika

Me? On Facebook? Yikes that’s about the last place you would find me. Every time I see the quality of conversation there it feels like I’m losing brain cells just reading it. It’s not me, just block/ignore/unfriend/delete/report or whatever tools they give you to deal with these people, and whatever you do, don’t click on any crazy links if they offer you one.

Veronika
Veronika
4 years ago
Reply to  Alan

To be honest I just needed to make sure it wasn’t like maybe a friend or something, didn’t sound anything like you and I was ultra suspicious right from the beginning of the conversation. Kept going on about pet food cost spreadsheet and I tried to talk about random things but this guy didn’t care and I knew from that it wasn’t you also because you enjoy an off topic chat now and then.

Eventually told me he didn’t know what I was talking about or wasn’t able to understand anything and asked me how much I had to drink and that he should of asked me earlier in the day, really weird conversation and yeah creepy af, I told whoever it was that I wouldn’t talk with them anymore, because 1 creeped out haha have I mentioned this yet? and two I wasn’t happy with how they were treating me.

Clearly someone from Dog Food Advisor trolling it out, impersonating you was a mistake on their part though, because I know how you write and how you are toward me and the others and this was definitely not you, not one bit.

Alan
Alan
4 years ago
Reply to  Veronika

Sounds like you’re getting a much more interesting class of loony than the boring ones I get. Just block block block until they go away (or better yet stay off Facebook!).

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4 years ago
Reply to  Alan

Unfortunately for me society dictates Facebook is 90% of running a website, and if you don’t respond to messages within an unrealistic timeframe your rating drops significantly. It isn’t easy answering questions like “Should I feed my cat Supercoat or My Dog”.

Veronika
Veronika
4 years ago
Reply to  Alan

I have real life people on there that I need to keep contact with and it’s much easier then texting them and also much easier to chat with Susan than through email, so not going anywhere sadly haha. But I agree that Facebook can be the bane of anyone’s existence, with some of the s**t you read there. Alternatively if you don’t want help finding a new dog food then don’t comment in the first place! super sensitive special snowflakes supreme.

Veronika
Veronika
4 years ago

Hey Pet Food I don’t get what you mean by original ingredients and new ones, both formulas exist and the chicken was newly added last year but the lamb and kangaroo was always a thing, chicken did not overtake the kangaroo one, the only one changed was venison in favour of lamb and sardine which I think is a much healthier choice to just venison alone.

The best source of venison I feel is Ziwipeak right now, Rusty feels amazing on this new formula and then K9 Natural, that one was good at first and helped tremendously with his joints but the new formula had him gaining weight and not digesting it very well.
Thankfully Frontier arrived when it did, Rusty continues to be full of energy and spunk.

Whende
Whende
4 years ago

Im feeding Ocean Fish and Salmon atm but want to remove the potato in the diet. I’m going to mix with the new lab & Sardine and then switch. Thanks

Whende
Whende
4 years ago

Im keen to try the new Lamb & Sardine variety as it has Sweet potato and no potato. I think it is a seasonal thing with my labs as we live on a farm and they run everyday through our crops that are flowering atm. I have no issues any other time of the year. Bit I really want to cut back on the carbs but still want to feed at least 50% pellets. Their seems to be potato in everything apart from the expensive air dried food.

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4 years ago
Reply to  Whende

The Lamb & Sardine formula is actually very good. Sweet potato is lower GI than potato so is arguably the better ingredient.

Veronika
Veronika
4 years ago
Reply to  Whende

Air dried is essentially similar to the process of making jerky so that’s why it’s so expensive, your also paying for the best quality air dried in Australia, everyone else is using stuff to make the pieces softer and that stuff is not good long term.

Whende
Whende
4 years ago

Can anyone tell me if potato in pellets can cause itchy skin as I have read it turns to sugar which causes itchy skin and how does it compare with Sweet potato’s.

Veronika
Veronika
4 years ago
Reply to  Whende

Yeah it definitely can, it’s also bad for cancer and diabetes and can make yeast infections worse. I’m very sure that sweet potato was better but it’s still a carb source so for certain ailments it’s s no no, I wish there was more carb variety in dry foods in Australia like chickpea kibbles and such. I can’t have any potatoes of any kind right now with my insulin resistance so that may or may not give you an idea of how good it is.

I feel chickpeas and peas might be better for itchy skin.

I’ll research this further I’m actually genuinely interested in what foods are best as I see this question come up a lot and I don’t know enough to fully help.

debbiemowatt
debbiemowatt
3 years ago
Reply to  Veronika

I’ve been reading and found that pea protein can cause inflammation in dogs. It’s a sugar binding protein apparently.
I even read on the “savour life” dog kibble that because their product has peas in it ( I’m assuming a lot) that you should not feed their kibble every day! Not something you usually see on a product to be honest, telling you not to feed it everyday!

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4 years ago
Reply to  Whende

Most food-related itchy skin conditions are caused by grain allergies, or sometimes from specific meats.

Whende
Whende
4 years ago

PFR – Ivory Coat have a new product out Lamb & Sardines can you give me your opinion on this new product

Alan
Alan
4 years ago
Reply to  Whende

Looks like they have deleted the venison formula too, though it’s still out there in the supply channels 🙁

Whende
Whende
4 years ago
Reply to  Alan

Yeh there has been a few angry people about that but I think its a supply issue. I was just asking because I feed my dogs sardines and was wondering if this has enough sardine in it to benefit compared to the tin. I feed my labs ocean fish & salmon in conjunction with stay Loyal atm plus raw.

Alan
Alan
4 years ago
Reply to  Whende

Could you continue with the cans anyway regardless of the sardine content in the kibble? I mean if you’re using the 59c cans at Woolies/Aldi and assuming maybe 1/4 of that weight is the water they’re packed in, the kibble represents a saving, but not a huge one unless you’re feeding Great Dane quantities. There’s also frozen whole sardines available for a bit less again than the canned version, if your dog likes the look of them.

Whende
Whende
4 years ago
Reply to  Alan

Yeh I would agree with you Alan and yes I would continue the can anyway i was just wondering if the benefits in the pellets is worth buying it as Im just a novice when it comes to the ingredients lists. The only thing I hate about the can is it stinks really bad.

Alan
Alan
4 years ago
Reply to  Whende

Interesting.. it’s probably just my crappy sense of smell but I’ve never really noticed much of a stink with the cans. One reason might be that I sort of flush out the can with clean water a couple of times before opening it fully, just on the assumption that my tap water is probably better than whatever skanky water they used in Thailand. Never tried it any other way but maybe it’s also reducing the smell?

Veronika
Veronika
4 years ago
Reply to  Alan

Guess this shipment will be my first and last venison from them ;(
Really wish they would do away with the tapioca they added it into the new formula as well, it has like no nutritional value from memory and its GI was through the roof.

Alan
Alan
4 years ago
Reply to  Veronika

It’s a bummer huh. Venison protein is tough enough to find in the oz pet food context without taking out a bank loan, and it looks like one more source has just dried up.

Veronika
Veronika
4 years ago
Reply to  Alan

Everyone continues to have problems with venison, there’s just not enough of it to go around and you have to consider all the companies using it in the USA also, if it was just us we’d be able to keep it going forever no problems well maybe.

They need to turn to other proteins, like goat, was going to say rabbit but I don’t think it was very popular either that or once again there just wasn’t enough of it.
You’ve also got emu though, buffalo and a variety of others I’m sure.

Giselle Henning
Giselle Henning
4 years ago

I’ve switched my 16 week old puppy over from Royal Canin Medium Junior to Ivory Coat Puppy All Breeds a week ago but have had really sloppy stools since. I’ve followed the transition guide as per Ivory Coat instruction but after 7 days of only feeding 1:4 of IC to 3:4 RC there has been no improvement. Does any have advice as to how long the sloppy loose stools might go on for? I’ve only got about a kg of Royal Canin left and need to decide whether to persevere for a few more days or jump ship and try to transition to another brand. The other brands I’ve been considering are Canidae Grain Free Pure Foundations Puppy, Meals for Pups and Black Hawk Puppy. Would really appreciate any advice.

Alan
Alan
4 years ago

7 days is probably a bit too soon to draw any conclusions – some dogs need the better part of a month to really settle down. The others you mentioned may prove to be a smoother transition in your case, or at least mask the ‘sloppy’ factor with ingredients like beet pulp etc. but since you’ve started down the Ivory Coat path I’d be inclined to stick with it rather than jump ship just yet. Anything that gets pup off the RC stuff has got to be worth a bit of hassle.

Giselle Henning
Giselle Henning
4 years ago
Reply to  Alan

Thanks Alan and Whende for your replies. I feel relieved to know that not all is lost and I’ll happily persevere as I’m pretty keen for her to be on better food than RC. A friend has recommended adding some Kefir and Slippery Elm to her diet to see if that doesn’t help a bit.

Vid_Ghost
4 years ago

you made the wrong choice.. you should have switched him over to the LOW FAT ivory coat first. The extra fat is the thing that makes the poos wet.. it always is. low fat is 10% .. the puppy food you got is 19% .. low fat kibble also works wonders for older dogs with wet stools. Fat is hard to digest.

Cooked whole potato added to the kibble at feeding time can help FIRM the stool .. it can even make them constipated if you give it to them every single day 🙂

Whende
Whende
4 years ago

Im no expert but from my experience change over from grain to a grain free will need much more than 7days for your dogs system to settle. I would agree with Alan give it a bit longer. Having my dogs now on IC and Stay Loyal respectively for over 12 months. I would not return to RC. I have had mixed results when weaning pups onto BH puppy with runny poos. Canidae puppy no issues bit is expensive. M for M I have not tried. Having said that some of the new owners still have them on BH puppy and doing well but others have transitioned to IC or Canidae. Hope that Helps. If you do changed again just buy the small bags until you sort it out.

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4 years ago

Hi Giselle, there’s a few factors which need to be considered. Diarrhoea often occurs when switching foods, with the common conception being the new food is the issue. This isn’t necessarily the case. If a dog is fed the same food for an extended period they simply become intolerant to other foodstuffs. It’s the same with us humans. Variety in a diet is always a good thing regardless of what manufacturers want you to believe, which has historically been the case. Most RC formulas are heavy on corn, whereas IC is more meat and animal fat, so they’re very different in ingredients and composition.

In your case your puppy is being introduced to a completely new food for the first time in their life, so they’re simply not used to it. I feel it’s worth persisting, but keep in mind it’s possible the puppy may have a more ingrained intolerance to something in the IC. Canidae Pure Foundations is pricier but proves to be very good in instances such as this, so that could be worth a try too.

Giselle Henning
Giselle Henning
4 years ago

Firstly I wanted to thank everyone again for taking the time in replying to my query. Everyone has been wonderfully helpful.

I would like to provide an update on the sloppy stool situation and perhaps some advice for those who might experience the same in the future.

After careful consideration of the advice given I decided to persist with the Ivory Coat. The reviews are good, the ingredients look good and if I had to continue feeding kibble to my pup, this is the brand I wanted to use. So persist we did.
I reviewed the suggested ratios of mixing new with old kibble – initially mixing 1/4 of new with 3/4 old, then 1/2 of each, then 3/4 new with 1/4 old etc. and came to the realisation that since in the past I worked with cup measurements instead of actually measuring the exact grams, I was grossly over feeding the amount of Ivory Coat. I was eyeballing 3/4 cup of old with 1/4 cup of Ivory Coat which ended up being far too many grams of Ivory per serving initially – in fact the eyeballing of a 1/4 cup per serve ended up being nearly 50 grams where according to the gram measurement and 1/4:3/4 mix ratio she was only meant to be having 15 grams to start with!!

I sat down and worked out the exact amounts of grams required and within a day the stools firmed up. I carefully persisted with the “gram ratio” rather than “cup ratio” and have not had any sloppy stools since.

We are now at the 3 week mark and Puppy is now fully switched over to Ivory Coat with perfectly normal, firm and regular stools.

I must confess that I did use slippery elm and kefir to help settle her stomach.

My advice would be to measure out the exact grams required rather than just eyeballing a cup measurement. The scales keep us honest.

Lynne Wolfhart
Lynne Wolfhart
4 years ago

I stopped using there dog and cat products due to little coloured plastic contanimants. It is identical to what was in applaws bics.

Shortnsweet
Shortnsweet
4 years ago

So incredibly disappointing to see they have been acquired by some large pet food conglomerate. They were such a great quality Aussie company. And we all know what happened with Black Hawk just recently when they were acquired by some multi-national; reduced pack sizes, increased prices and most importantly much decreased quality in ingredients. I won’t touch Black Hawk anymore and

I very much hope Ivory Coat doesn’t repeat these mistakes. I will be watching closely for any changes in ingredients and checking back here. It’s disappointing how these companies start up small, build a reputation for quality foods and good Aussie-made ingredients and then very quickly sell out their reputations to make a buck!

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4 years ago
Reply to  Shortnsweet

Hi Shortnsweet,

I’ve amended the text at the top of the review as it was slightly incorrect. Ivory Coat has actually merged with The Real Petfood company which may be a positive thing. I believe they now own the factory where their food is made, which gives them more control over the manufacturing and ingredient sources.

Anthony Leong
Anthony Leong
4 years ago
Reply to  Shortnsweet

THanks for sharing

Vid_Ghost
4 years ago
Reply to  Shortnsweet

at least this ones Aussie.. unlike the other pet foods that get taken over by overseas companies

Cal B
Cal B
4 years ago

It’s a great dry food!
It’s one of the very few that has no yuk natural flavours or chicken digest included
May be VIP will learn something about better quality from this brand they have acquired

Alan
Alan
4 years ago
Reply to  Cal B

Usually the buyer isn’t terribly interested in learning lessons from the buyee, but I like your optimistic outlook. Fingers crossed!

Veronika
Veronika
4 years ago
Reply to  Cal B

Unlikely, Purina or Mars not sure who but someone has a really good food and they know what good food is I’m sure of it and they continue to pump out Pedigree trash and Beneful trash. Also like Alan said no one really cares about this or that it’s about how much money they can make selling trash.

Whende
Whende
4 years ago

We hope PFR keeps a close eye on any ingredient changes for us. I will be back here frequently to check it out. Thanks for your good work PFR.

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4 years ago
Reply to  Whende

Will do Whende 😉

Vid_Ghost
4 years ago

thanks.. i just switched to this brand from wellness core due to the fact wellness may or may not be radiated at customs.

Jane Cowan
Jane Cowan
4 years ago
Reply to  Vid_Ghost

I contacted Customs about irradiation and this is what they told me: “Not all types of pet food can be irradiated. For example, cat food is never allowed to be irradiated and only dog treats can be irradiated. If the pet food is intended to make up a substantial amount of an animals diet (e.g. kibble) then it cannot be gamma irradiated to address biosecurity concerns.” So it seems no dog kibble would be irradiated, no matter which country it comes from?

Vid_Ghost
4 years ago
Reply to  Jane Cowan

Customs from what state, NSW?.. From the information I’ve found online its pretty much at the discretion of customs weather things get irradiated or not. They banned cat food irradiation in 2009 after cats started to die… Customs cowboys are nuking food being overprotective. We need labels on things that have been nuked as a standard. I’m not risking vet bills on sick dogs because of it… sticking to Aussie made food. NZ Products looks to be exempt from irradiation also

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4 years ago
Reply to  Vid_Ghost

Wellness won’t be irradiated at customs.

Victoria Docker
Victoria Docker
4 years ago
Reply to  Vid_Ghost

Wellness is not radiated. Great food.

Alan
Alan
4 years ago

Fans of Ivory Coat may be interested (dismayed?) to read the news article on their website advising that the company has been acquired by VIP pet foods/Real pet food in the last week or so 🙁

Veronika
Veronika
4 years ago
Reply to  Alan

I actually saw this on Facebook and replied with the usual what! type of response, damned shame I hope the ingredients don’t change their so good for a kibble right now.

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4 years ago
Reply to  Alan

I suppose time will tell whether this is a good thing or a bad thing.

Vid_Ghost
4 years ago
Reply to  Alan

i like VIP pet products.. from the ones I’ve purchased so far.

philip kirwan
philip kirwan
4 years ago

Hi all have being using ivory coat puppy and now switched to lamb and roo now for a couple of months and my dog is great with it I think this has to one of the best knibble around , and Australia

Veronika
Veronika
4 years ago
Reply to  philip kirwan

I love it also currently don’t have any as I rotate kibbles but I was thinking of buying the venison after this bag of Blackhawk.

Terrah-lee Jordan Cann
Terrah-lee Jordan Cann
4 years ago

just bought a bag today and it was mouldy as can be ..

Alan
Alan
4 years ago

I’m assuming you’re taking it back asap, but while it’s in your possession, could you advise the best-before date to give a rough idea of its age? From what I have observed from bags in the past, the Ivory Coat stuff has best-before dates at least 13 months from manufacture, and no doubt the true number is a round figure further out than 13 months.

Terrah-lee Jordan Cann
Terrah-lee Jordan Cann
4 years ago
Reply to  Alan

Yes I will be going back later today with it. It’s quite disappointing enough that they had no starch free foods let alone us spending over $100 on a bag of dog food (at a discounted members price) only to settle with the best option they had to take it home and find its mouldy.. the bag was dated in 2018 when I quickly viewed it to check it was in date still it’s outside because it stinks so much so I might provide a closer date later when I take it back. But what do i even do ! at this point I’ll have to get a refund and drive like another 30 mins to the place I passed yesterday which I now regret not just going to instead. Not easy with where we live baby an etc :/ ntm I hate having to return it. Now their store will suffer as I cannot trust this brand at all now!

Alan
Alan
4 years ago

It’s a pity this has soured you on the brand, as all signs point to Ivory Coat being a high quality product. I do find though that the handling and storage of anything labelled as pet food is rather carefree, so there’s always that element of mystery when you first open a bag. Perhaps clear windows on the packaging would help to some extent, as Ziwipeak and others use.

This casual approach to pet food seems particularly prevalent with the frozen products without preservatives which are fairly unforgiving. There’s an alarming number of accounts from people who have opened up their nice frozen product only to find it has spent some time in the tropics on the way to the pet supply store freezer 🙁

Amateria
Amateria
4 years ago

Only it’s not really the brands fault though is it? It’s whoever it was with and how it was stored and handled from factory to shop, unless a food recalls for mould issues then it’s not really their fault.

Terrah-lee Jordan Cann
Terrah-lee Jordan Cann
4 years ago
Reply to  Amateria

I’ve never had mouldy feed with dogs an horses an etc before no matter how it’s been stored my guess is it’s actually something to do with the makeup of the feed or process but either way now I won’t be able to trust it. Not all mould can be seen before it’s there. The food makeup is probably the most appropriate I’ve seen so far so as you can imagine we are quite disappointed. The date on the bag Is the 10/04/18

Barb
Barb
4 years ago

I have the same problem with really soft yucky poos that are hard to pick up. They have been on it for a couple of months and no improvement.

Amateria
Amateria
4 years ago
Reply to  Barb

Could also be fat related, some dogs just can’t tolerate high amounts, some of Ivory Coats formulas have 18%, the fish one is good at 12% or even the reduced fat isn’t bad at 10% I mean the ingredients weren’t bad I think it still contains two types of meat sources like all the others.

I think I’ve read not too sure it was loose stools though that too high a protein % can cause dogs some issues as well.

Maybe you could try the old Blackhawk formulas and see how your dog does on those, I really don’t think the new ones are a good place to start and since they changed the ingredients especially.
Artemis has good food but it’s pricier then Ivory Coat, I’m not sure if taste of the wild has a truly low fat option if fat is the problem.

Barb
Barb
4 years ago
Reply to  Amateria

Thanks Amateria. They are on the fish formula as one of my dogs has a terrible time with yeast problems and his ears are particularly sensitive. Was using Blackhawk until a few months ago but local pet shop owner had heard that ear issues had been a problem after owneeship and formula changed. Then tried MFM which was OK except foe loose motions and ear problems. Must skin and ears have been good since using Ivory coat but clean ups a problem especially out walking. Might try the lower fat option.

Amateria
Amateria
4 years ago
Reply to  Barb

Yeast issues are generally aggravated when foods are simply too high in starch aka carbs as the carbs turn to sugar and trigger yeast infections in dogs anyways, Earthborn has low carb foods but in the end I wasn’t fond of their food, triggered a pancreatic attack for Rusty no idea why to this day, can only speculate which ingredients may have caused it.

Grain free also doesn’t mean low carb, as apparently some people think it does.

Barb
Barb
4 years ago
Reply to  Amateria

Yes, I’m aware that carbs are a problem but finding a dry dog food that is grain free and low carb has proven to be a real problem. Many have potato or sweet potato in the recipe and I’m not sure about things like peas and lentils etc. I think the Ivory Coat has reduced my dog’s itching but not eliminated it and the ear problem seems to be under control (fingers crossed) Had a flare up after a week in boarding kennels on Blackhawk salmon and potato formula. Will give lower fat Ivory Coat a go. This little rescue dog has issues with fat (never gains weight no matter how much food he eats) and I know he has a problem with fat.

Amateria
Amateria
4 years ago
Reply to  Barb

Same as me it seems, I eat like a horse legit and I’m just kind of stuck at around 53-55kg I’m also 172cm, I eat all sorts of foods and I’m snacking almost 24/7 and yet nothing.

Sweet potatoes and chickpeas or another name garbanzo beans are low Gi, I know that based on my diet and my love of bread that low Gi foods are better as they take longer to digest, thus slowing down the insulin spikes as I have insulin resistance and I think this also means that it’s better for dogs with yeast conditions and especially better for dogs with diabetes.

Since the carbs turning into sugar are the problem, so slowing down the process could have some pretty dramatic effects on health, I guess it’s worth trying, we have a wide array of kibbles here, a lot less then America but still we have choices for each individual doggy issue.

I guess give it a go for like a month or two and then report back, so me and anybody else whose interested can see how everything went and if the info was helpful.

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4 years ago
Reply to  Barb

What breed of dogs are they Barb?

Wendy Davidson
Wendy Davidson
4 years ago
Reply to  Barb

I changed my labs onto the ocean fish & salmon or chicken and i am able to control their weight much better on the lower fat content.

Malisa Moffat
Malisa Moffat
4 years ago
Reply to  Barb

HI Barb We had the same problem with our Akitas they could not tolerate the fish try the chicken or the turkey and duck no issues there 🙂

Shannon
Shannon
4 years ago

I was wondering if anyone has the problem of Ivory Coat making the dogs stools really soft? Have changed my dog onto Ivory Coat and notice a difference.

Amateria
Amateria
4 years ago
Reply to  Shannon

Only happens if it’s allergy related or if you didn’t transition over 1 week, don’t listen to the people saying 3 days, you need at least 1 week, some dogs I’ve read about needed 1 month imagine that.

Lynne Wolfhart
Lynne Wolfhart
4 years ago
Reply to  Shannon

Yes my dog was excatly the same on ivory coat with sloppy poos. And i slowly transitioned. I switched back to applaws only to find the biscuits mouldy.

fastpoose
fastpoose
4 years ago

Fed our pug/frenchie cross the puppy version of Ivory Coat mixed with different stuff on occasion. Our pup is healthy happy and fit with no allergic reactions or problems. We are now moving on to this one as she is one year old 😉

Malka Barsing
Malka Barsing
4 years ago

my english staffy is 7mths old, and while they’re puppies i have been told by the vet to leave puppy kibble in their bowl for little and often feeding. make sure their bowl has food in it all the time. my puppy likes to graze, and she knows that there’s always food in her bowl.

Amateria
Amateria
4 years ago
Reply to  Malka Barsing

I’ve read that doing that causes picky dogs and a lot of people on dog food advisor also mentioned this.

I wouldn’t personally know as I have no clue what type of life our puppy had before she arrived at our house, but with her you need to leave food out as she won’t eat when you want her too and most days she only eats at night before bed.

Mich
Mich
4 years ago

I’ve been feeding my puppy the chicken one. Does anyone know how long will it take before it goes rancid and no longer good to give to dogs? I keep it in the original packaging inside an airtight container. I read somewhere that it only takes two weeks for kibble to go rancid.

Amateria
Amateria
4 years ago
Reply to  Mich

I have kept Ivory Coat’s fish formula for up to 3 months in its own bag not inside of a container and it was still fresh as ever when I ran out.

Mich
Mich
4 years ago
Reply to  Amateria

Thanks Amateria that’s great news. I alternate ivory coat and B.A.R.F (mince) so it takes longer to finish the pack and it’s only a 2kg pack. Haven’t tried the fish one yet but will try next time. Thanks

Amateria
Amateria
4 years ago
Reply to  Mich

Yeah I use the kibble as a sort of vitamin packed treat and some days I don’t use it at all so it lasts a really long time, I think someone mentioned that their bag lasted a long time in a hot climate with small holes in the bag and didn’t sweat or something so it appears to be a very good brand for long term storage.

The fish one has like 5 different sources of omega oils which is what I really like about it, helps with coat problems (never had any) and achy joints, also helps older dogs with their aging brains be more alert and alive which is an awesome thing.

Mich
Mich
4 years ago
Reply to  Amateria

Hi Susan wow? So just half in the freezer with a packet of those micro bead things you get in shoe boxes? Great idea! Must try that one.

Mich
Mich
4 years ago
Reply to  Mich

Thanks

Veronika
Veronika
4 years ago
Reply to  Mich

You responded to me by the way instead of Susan.

Mich
Mich
4 years ago
Reply to  Veronika

Oops. 🙂

Susan Wilkins
Susan Wilkins
4 years ago
Reply to  Mich

I open the pack and freeze half of it with those moisture absorbing crystal packs lasts a lot longer…

Mich
Mich
4 years ago
Reply to  Susan Wilkins

Must try that one that thanks!

Rod
Rod
4 years ago

How does this compare with Stay Loyal?

Sarah West
Sarah West
4 years ago

I bought ivory coat once and when I read the label it rang alarm bells to me as I have breeding dogs and the label says for non reproducing adult dogs, and I wonder why they put non producing does that mean if you have breeding dogs you shouldn’t feed it to them

Antlers For Dogs
4 years ago
Reply to  Sarah West

Did you get an answer to this?

aly
aly
4 years ago
Reply to  Sarah West

Its due to the flaxseed meal. Its been linked to infertility

Gypsy
Gypsy
4 years ago
Reply to  Sarah West

Its because the food targeted at adults are aimed at maintenance nutritional requirements under the AAFCO.
Reproduction and growth have different nutrient standards because growing/reproduction has higher needs of certain things. The puppy food meets standard for growth and reproduction under the AAFCO so should be fine to feed to a pregnant/lactating bitch 🙂

Ramesh Nathan
Ramesh Nathan
5 years ago

Hi i will be getting my male lab next week and was thinking of feeding Ivory Coat Puppy Large Breed. Is this food suitable? As with most breeders the puppy is currently on Advance and they are insisting i continue with Advance, i just took their recommendations on face value. I want to ensure my lab gets the right nutrition i.e the calcium content, phosphorus and fat are at their right dosage for him to absorb. I would appreciate some guidance on this food from Ivory coat.

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5 years ago
Reply to  Ramesh Nathan

Yes, it’s suitably formulated for puppies. If you’re concerned there’s no reason why you can’t feed a mixture of foods.

Madelaine Edwards
Madelaine Edwards
5 years ago

My 8 month old Labrador has horrible skin, he scratches all the time and gnaws at himself. Ive changed his diet 3 times already. I brush him regularly and bathe him about once a month.
Would Ivory Coat help with this at all?

Amateria
Amateria
5 years ago

Depends what he’s allergic to and if it’s seasonal allergies than food won’t really help at all.

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5 years ago

Grain allergies are the most common for this, so a grain free food would certainly help. Worth a try?

Bec Petersen
Bec Petersen
4 years ago

Some dog breeds are susceptible to grass allergies & also have sensitivity to certain meats. Our border collie girl used to itch something crazy so our vet recommended laying off the beef & lamb (chicken/turkey/fish/kangaroo are ok) and it helped a lot.

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4 years ago
Reply to  Bec Petersen

Hi Bec, did your BC definitely have sensitivity to beef/lamb or was it grains?

Bec Petersen
Bec Petersen
4 years ago

We initially removed lamb/beef (only very rare allowance) which seemed to resolve the issues. Later to this we did also put her on a grain free diet which was more of a trial that just continued. She is a very fussy eater and my main aim was to get her away from the supermarket mass produced dry ‘food’. The vet did originally recommend Science Diet but she hated it.

Amateria
Amateria
5 years ago

It’s likely been around for awhile, I haven’t noticed anyone using it yet but pet warehouses review system is up and running and I left a review for the ocean fish formula of this brand and I think I messed up with the knee cap part, do dogs even have knee “cap” problems? Lol

Or just knee problems without the cap? It sounded stupid when I re read it but that doesn’t mean it’s wrong, just means for some reason it sounds dumb.

Amateria
Amateria
5 years ago

I also really want the new Ivory Coat 🙁 so much heartache.

Cain Wilton
Cain Wilton
5 years ago

Hi just bought ivory coat for the first time for my English staffy pup! His 15 weeks and proberly about 7 or 8 kgs. Just wondering how much of this I should be feeding him?

Amateria
Amateria
5 years ago
Reply to  Cain Wilton

I replied to you however my comment is stuck in pending and I’m sure it will be unstuck soon but for now I’ll leave this here without the extra website link.

It appears to be what I generally see across all of the foods that are premium, cheaper foods will be like twice that amount which ends up costing you more.
I forgot but puppies actually need to be fed 3 times daily as I’ve read over countless websites.
So it seems based on that, around 120g per day, so 40g 3 times a day, morning, evening and night, but not too late or he’ll be up all night littering your house with no no’s if he stays inside. You’ll need to be your own judge when it comes down to your dogs weight and general look, so increase or decrease as necessary.

Lacey Colson
Lacey Colson
5 years ago

This is also available at Mega Pet Warehouse stores.

Amateria
Amateria
5 years ago

I now have to ask because I am confused to all hell, was Ivory Coats smallest bag always 2kg? Or was it 3kg at some point?

I was sure as hell it was 3…

Threw the bag out as I don’t need it anymore, placed the rest in the container I got for Artemis darn it.

Lacey Colson
Lacey Colson
5 years ago
Reply to  Amateria

It was always 2kg since launching.

Amateria
Amateria
5 years ago
Reply to  Lacey Colson

I check out at least 25 different dog food brands and their ingredients daily, it’s one of my hobbies now as I enjoy doing it so much, likely I was getting mixed up with another brand as tends to happen, when you review (kind of) so many foods a day.

Shortnsweet
Shortnsweet
5 years ago
Reply to  Amateria

Wait, why are you checking on the daily? It’s not like they change formulas that often.

Amateria
Amateria
5 years ago
Reply to  Shortnsweet

Because I don’t have the memory to remember every ingredient is every food the first time around, so I keep checking them to remember them better if I ever need to help someone in the future with it.

Besides I mentioned hobby and I’ve been doing this same ordeal for 5 years and I love it, just not really any work around to do with it, except maybe holistic nutritionist? because I really do enjoy it more than anything else.

pablo Piedrabuena
pablo Piedrabuena
5 years ago

Hi, I’ve been feeding my two puppies the ivory coat grain free chicken puppy. They love it and their coat is always healthy. i’m just looking at foods that are comparable to this one but cheaper.
I had a look at black hawks and canidae all life stages. What would you recommend? Kind regards, Pablo

Amateria
Amateria
5 years ago

Taste of the wild is comparable if you choose the varities that have a lot of meat.
Black hawk is very good coat wise, I think the meat content is a little low though.

Taste is all high protein which is very good for puppies and even older dogs, don’t want to drop too low with that.

I think most of the higher end foods are very similarly priced, you would need to drop the meat content to get a cheaper food.

Vicki
Vicki
5 years ago

Hi. Update on Milly. It’s day 5 of the change of food and we have some success. I’m offering her 100 grams of kibble once a day and she ate all of it yday but only half today. Nothing else. No treats no bones no leftovers. Just kibble. I will continue this for another week and then re access. She certainly scavengers around the kitchen with no success but would gladly eat people food if offered. She does my head in but I love her to bits so we will continue this journey together.

Amateria
Amateria
5 years ago
Reply to  Vicki

If people food helps her eat more of her food than like I’ve mentioned before that’s not a bad thing, if it however doesn’t than I guess she just needs more tough love haha

I wonder if tripe powder would coax her to eat her kibble or not, I got it today ordered from pet warehouse and funnily enough Anja was nosing around in her food trying to eat only the crumbs and not the food itself, but in the end she had to eat the food as the crumbs were kind of stuck to it too much to scrape off, was really funny to watch.

Tripe is supposedly the stuff that doggy dreams are made of :p as per the packaging for the K9 Natural version, I think it’s because it stinks that they love it so much and it’s super healthy.

Kinda wish we had Tripett dry foods here, all their foods have tripe in it and I think that’s awesome, but alas we do not, sad times.

Vicki
Vicki
5 years ago

So update on Milly the Maltese Shih tzu terror. At the end of day 3 she finally ate 40 grams of kibble. I know it’s not much as that’s 40 grams in 3 days but I’m hoping it s the start of something. She is very head strong and I think it’s a battle of wits between her and I but fingers crossed.

Amateria
Amateria
5 years ago
Reply to  Vicki

Yeah I hope so too, sometimes dogs just need a tough love approach, maybe she will realise that she either eats what she gets or she doesn’t eat at all, eventually she will eat and learn to love it :p

As long as that is truly what’s happening and not something more severe, I guess keep us updated and we will hope for the best.

Vicki
Vicki
5 years ago

Help!! Hi. I have 12 month old Maltese Shih tzu who is a very fussy eater. She hates dry food and although I mix 50% wet and dry together she only eats the wet. Eukanuba puppy is what we have but I’m mostly throwing it out. I need to find a dry food that she will eat. At this stage she hasn’t eaten much at all in 2 days but is drinking water as usual. Ivory coat has been recommended to me and I thought the puppy one would be a good start. Should I still mix it with wet or go cold turkey and just offer the dry?

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Pet Food Reviews
5 years ago
Reply to  Vicki

The puppy formula would be worth a try as the kibble’s smaller. Definitely continue to mix with wet food if that suits, I’m an advocate for mixing foods and there are benefits of feeding wet.

Vicki
Vicki
5 years ago

Thanks so much for your quick response. Will let you know how we go.

Amateria
Amateria
5 years ago
Reply to  Vicki

Hope everything works out well for you, I love Ivory Coat the health benefits of the ocean fish formula didn’t take long to appear, which means it’s awesome quality.

Gemma
Gemma
5 years ago
Reply to  Vicki

Hi Vicki,

I’ve just been at Better Pets and Gardens and been told if you buy the small 2kg bags, they will refund your money if your pet doesn’t like it. All you need to do it bring in the receipt and at least 50% of the food left in the bag. I’m trying to swap my pets food over as well so I thought that wuold come in handy!

Vicki
Vicki
5 years ago
Reply to  Gemma

I bought the 2kg bag from Best Friends and they also said that I can return it with a refund if my pup doesn’t like it. Good to know. Today is day 2 of her not eating. She refuses to eat the kibble. The guys at Best Friends said this would probably happen and to offer it once a day for 20 minutes and then move it. And to give it 4-5 days as long as she is drinking. Let’s see what tomorrow brings but she seems quite hungry just not enough to eat it.

Amateria
Amateria
5 years ago
Reply to  Vicki

Maybe try a canned food with her, I’ve heard of a lot stories of dogs who just seriously dislike kibble, even if it happened over several years.

I’d say it would be worth a try, I can’t really say which ones are good as Rusty will eat any can you buy, I only buy the good ones but yeah, any of the higher star kibble on here that has cans you could try, or try a cheaper supermarket one like natures gift that way you didn’t spend $4-6 for a can your dog won’t touch.

Vicki
Vicki
5 years ago
Reply to  Amateria

Hi Amateria

Thanks for your comments. At this stage I think we will stick to the program for another 2 days and see if she eats it tonite. She is not a happy dog at this stage. I guess I have spoiled her and now reality is setting in for her.

Amateria
Amateria
5 years ago
Reply to  Vicki

Yeah I hope it works out, I read that she’s generally of adult age, but they can’t really do things until age 2 and long hairs get their full hair at 2 so they should technically be adults at 2 instead of 1 to be honest.

Anyways that puts her into a better position with not eating as an adult dog can go longer without eating, a puppy on the other hand needs to eat, something anything.

What did you spoil her with? Could you possibly add it to her food? It’s quiet important to add real foods to kibble at least once a week, when I make Rusty’s bowl he gets quiet a variety on top of his homemade.
I saw him eating virtually the same thing day in and day out and that’s when I decided to try adding some foods, not to his bowl at first, in fact he didn’t have a bowl until last month, I got it for him because he was in danger of getting bloat eating that quickly.

First tried Ziwipeak beef, he put on weight so the next bag I bought was the venison, he’s had at least 6 bags of Ziwipeak since I started this whole food charade more than a year ago.

K9 Natural was my next choice to try, he became a new man dog on this food, not sure what ingredient did it as it could have been any of them but seriously he became alive!

I tried Sunday pets dry, full of disgusting hair and the pet stock person I spoke to said it smelled weird also, you’d think they would at least be better than pedigree in the USA who killed hundreds of dogs from wires and hairs in their foods yuck.

Decided to also try, Blackhawk, holistic select and Ziwipeak cans and I stuck the Ziwipeak ones as I feel their more natural and they smell like human food, not dog food, they now also contain olive oil which I was very happy to see in the ingredients list, not all the flavours have it though.

Now I’ve ordered yet another batch of treats and with it Artemis osopure bison and salmon, they added pumpkin and coconut oil and removed a lot of other ingredients which has made me want to try their food, I hope it we do well on it.

Oh also Ivory Coat ocean fish formula, which has worked wonders for the costs of both our dogs and Rusty barely limps anymore.

Probably a super long post I can’t see the whole of it, but that’s my story, might open a few doors for you, might not, I hope that your dog will finally eat something in the end, maybe just keep trying kibble since you have a way to return it at least, like try every flavour maybe something will finally spark her interest, maybe try taste of the wild, they have exotic flavours maybe she’s one of those diva dogs haha who will only eat exotic foods never know.

Wish you all the best and now I take my leave, if you continue to have problems it might be time for a vet visit, she could have something wrong inside, my memory has been awful and I’ve unfortunately forgotten what may cause it, but I remember reading about dogs who won’t eat due to specific issues inside their bodies.

You could also visit dog food advisors forums and ask questions there, the people on there are very knowledgeable about everything as they’ve usually seen it all before and may be able to give you better pointers than someone like me.

Vicki
Vicki
5 years ago
Reply to  Amateria

Thanks so much for your advise.

Amateria
Amateria
5 years ago
Reply to  Vicki

No problem at all 😀

Neridah
Neridah
5 years ago

Hi, we run a boarding kennel and breed Bull Terriers and Irish Terriers. I am loving this diet and so are out dogs. I also cook bone broth to give our dogs something warm and wet in winter and we add raw mutton for no reason other than we like to give our dogs a treat. What I have noticed is that some of our Irish Terrier pups are growing coat vigorously and a bit too soft for the breed. any ideas?

Amateria
Amateria
5 years ago
Reply to  Neridah

Usually happens when you start to feed better foods, isn’t it supposed to be like a good thing though? Keeps them warmer after all :p

Neridah
Neridah
5 years ago
Reply to  Amateria

No, not necessarily what we are after. A good undercoat will keep them warm but a harsh, dry, weather resistant top coat keeps them dry. My terriers are meant to have a harsh, weather resistant, wiry coat. They are currenlty a bit oily feeling and way too soft. I suspect too much oil or fat in the diet but don’t know. Have contacted IC but have not yet heard back from them. It would be great if they made a product for harsh coated breeds. There are lots of them around.

Amateria
Amateria
5 years ago
Reply to  Neridah

Salmon oil or any fish oil, green lipped mussels, canola or sunflower oils, flaxseed, any fish meals and apparently even tripe in food lends a hand to make coats softer, more manageable and looks like in your case worser, besides maybe avoiding some of these ingredients I really have no idea how to help you.

I did 5 years of dog food research, not of coats I’m afraid.

If you don’t find any answers here try dog food advisor, they have a wide variety of people online lately, who know everything there is to know about dogs and problems they may have.

Hope you the very best and sorry I couldn’t help 🙁

Marília G. Battistella Lagger
Marília G. Battistella Lagger
5 years ago

Hello everyone!
Does anybody can describe the size of the grains? I have a rotweiller and she eats better a bigger sized grain. I saw that they don´t have a large breed food.
Thank you

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Pet Food Reviews
5 years ago

Hi Marilia, the Ivory Coat kibble is average size. You shouldn’t have a problem with a large breed dog as the kibble isn’t small like some brands.

Marília G. Battistella Lagger
Marília G. Battistella Lagger
5 years ago

Thank you! Will try it.

Amateria
Amateria
5 years ago

Their ocean fish formula is pretty big, I was surprised by it, but it also meant that Rusty wouldn’t just swallow it whole (he does every now and than though).

Marília G. Battistella Lagger
Marília G. Battistella Lagger
5 years ago
Reply to  Amateria

Thank you!! Good to know, I will try this one.

Monique
Monique
5 years ago

Hi there! I’m looking at buying some new, better quality food for my two chihuahua x fox terriers who are aged 3 and 4 (and are 3 and 5kgs, so quite small). I’m tossing up between the Ivory Coat and the Black Hawk Grain Free and was wondering which would be your pick as they both have 5 star reviews. The price difference between the two is not a huge concern. Also, I see that Ivory Coat now offer chicken and fish & salmon in addition to the lamb and kangaroo. Would you recommend a particular meat source over another? Thanks so much!

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Pet Food Reviews
5 years ago
Reply to  Monique

You could rotate between the two Monique 😉

Monique
Monique
5 years ago

Ok great, thanks!

Amateria
Amateria
5 years ago

It’s been around 3 months I would imagine since I bought the Ivory Coat and I always like to review it a 2nd and maybe even 3rd and 4th time as I continue to feed it until the bag is completely empty and also if I buy new bags in the future.

The food is still as awesome as when I got it, still fresh in the bag, still smells amazing, still oily not dried out.
Rusty’s hair is like liquid gold in the sunlight and so is Anja’s as she eats some of it as well, so it continues to make a beautifully silky coat.

Did not change poops, only raw changes poops or foods like Ziwipeak.

Did not change teeth or breath but than Rusty has awful teeth, we are getting them cleaned in the future, at a vet who asks only $50 for a full clean, how awesome is that! We know this vet real well, her visits only cost $20.

Shedding seems to be less, could just be that time of the year but everyone seems to be loosing less hair, which is nice.

Rusty seems to be more alive on this food, likely his body needed some extra supplements like the fish oil to activate his personality again.
He’s barely ever limping anymore and he bounces around like a puppy again.

So to conclude this 2nd review, I am still extremely happy with this kibble and will gladly buy it in the future, when I run out of Totw or something.

Amateria
Amateria
5 years ago

Could be totally coincidence but someone on pet circle bought the Ivory Coat puppy food few days after you wrote that comment, I wonder if it was Haylee buying the food or just that a coincidence.

I’m on pet circle quiet often and I’ve only seen 1 buying of the puppy formula so far, so that’s why it’s so interesting.

Haylee
Haylee
5 years ago

Hi there, I’m planning to switch my two cavalier x poodles from advance to ivory coat thanks to your informative review. They are 6.5 and 11 months old, when would you recommend they can start on adult dry food?

Jade
Jade
5 years ago

Hi there,
Was thinking of changing my 15month old ridgeback cross onto ivory coat as it sounds fantastic. I have two worries but… My first is he is on a specific large breed dog food so worried that swapping him to ivory coat which is not size specific might mean he misses out on things like glucosamine and chondroitin.
My second worry is that the first ingredient is a meal which from my understanding could possibly be things like ground chicken bones not pure chicken meat. What are your thoughts on my worries?

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