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4Health Dog Food Review (Dry)
Review of 4Health Dry Dog Food
4Health Dog Food earns the Advisor’s second-highest tier rating of 4.5 stars .
The 4Health product line includes the 10 dry dog foods listed below.
Each recipe includes its related AAFCO nutrient profile when available on the product’s official webpage: G rowth, M aintenance, A ll Life Stages, S upplemental or U nspecified.
Recipe and Label Analysis
4Health Chicken and Rice Formula was selected to represent the other products in the line for detailed recipe and nutrient analysis.
Label and nutrient data below are calculated using dry matter basis .
4Health Chicken and Rice Formula
Dry Dog Food
Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content
Ingredients: Chicken, chicken meal, cracked pearled barley, ground white rice, chicken fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols), oatmeal, dried beet pulp , natural chicken flavor, flaxseed, ocean fish meal, potassium chloride, salt, dl-methionine, choline chloride, taurine, dried chicory root, glucosamine hydrochloride, dried Lactobacillus plantarum fermentation product, dried Bacillus subtilis fermentation product, dried Lactobacillus acidophilus fermentation product, dried Enterococcus faecium fermentation product, dried Bifidobacterium animalis fermentation product, vitamin E supplement, iron proteinate, zinc proteinate, Yucca schidigera extract, copper proteinate, ferrous sulfate, zinc sulfate, manganese sulfate, copper sulfate, potassium iodide, thiamine mononitrate, manganese proteinate, chondroitin sulfate, ascorbic acid, vitamin A supplement, biotin, niacin, calcium pantothenate, sodium selenite , pyridoxine hydrochloride, vitamin B12 supplement, riboflavin, vitamin D3 supplement, folic acid
Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 4.4 %
Red denotes controversial item
The first ingredient in this dog food is chicken . Although it is a quality item, raw chicken contains up to 73% water. After cooking, most of that moisture is lost, reducing the meat content to just a fraction of its original weight.
After processing, this item would probably account for a smaller part of the total content of the finished product.
The second ingredient is chicken meal . Chicken meal is considered a meat concentrate and contains nearly 300% more protein than fresh chicken.
The third ingredient is barley , a starchy carbohydrate supplying fiber and other healthy nutrients. However, aside from its energy content, this cereal grain is of only modest nutritional value to a dog.
The next ingredient is ground white rice , another name for rice flour. Ground rice is made from either white or brown rice and is considered a gluten-free substitute for wheat flour.
The fifth ingredient is chicken fat . This item is obtained from rendering chicken, a process similar to making soup in which the fat itself is skimmed from the surface of the liquid.
Chicken fat is high in linoleic acid, an omega-6 fatty acid essential for life. Although it doesn’t sound very appetizing, chicken fat is actually a quality ingredient.
The sixth ingredient is oatmeal , a whole-grain product made from coarsely ground oats. Oatmeal is naturally rich in B-vitamins, dietary fiber and can be (depending upon its level of purity) gluten-free.
The next ingredient is beet pulp . Beet pulp is a controversial ingredient, a high fiber by-product of sugar beet processing.
Some denounce beet pulp as an inexpensive filler while others cite its outstanding intestinal health and blood sugar benefits .
We only call your attention here to the controversy and believe the inclusion of beet pulp in reasonable amounts in most dog foods is entirely acceptable .
After the natural chicken flavor , we find flaxseed , one of the best plant sources of healthy omega-3 fatty acids. Provided they’ve first been ground into a meal, flax seeds are also rich in soluble fiber .
However, flaxseed contains about 19% protein, a factor that must be considered when judging the actual meat content of this dog food.
From here, the list goes on to include a number of other items .
But to be realistic, ingredients located this far down the list (other than nutritional supplements) are not likely to affect the overall rating of this 4Health product.
With 5 notable exceptions …
First, we note the inclusion of ocean fish meal , another protein-rich meat concentrate .
Unfortunately, the phrase “ocean fish” is vague and does little to adequately describe this ingredient. Since some fish are higher in omega-3 fats than others, it’s impossible for us to judge the quality of this item.
Fish meal is typically obtained from the “clean, dried, ground tissue of undecomposed whole fish and fish cuttings” of commercial fish operations. 1
Next, chicory root is rich in inulin , a starch-like compound made up of repeating units of carbohydrates and found in certain roots and tubers.
Not only is inulin a natural source of soluble dietary fiber , it’s also a prebiotic used to promote the growth of healthy bacteria in a dog’s digestive tract.
In addition, we note the use of taurine , an important amino acid associated with the healthy function of heart muscle. Although taurine is not typically considered essential in canines, some dogs have been shown to be deficient in this critical nutrient.
Next, this recipe contains sodium selenite , a controversial form of the mineral selenium . Sodium selenite appears to be nutritionally inferior to the more natural source of selenium found in selenium yeast.
And lastly, this food includes chelated minerals , minerals that have been chemically attached to protein. This makes them easier to absorb. Chelated minerals are usually found in better dog foods.
Based on its ingredients alone, 4Health looks like an above-average dry dog food .
The dashboard displays a dry matter protein reading of 29%, a fat level of 17% and estimated carbohydrates of about 46%.
As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 26% and a mean fat level of 14%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 52% for the overall product line.
And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 53%.
Which means this 4Health product line contains…
Near-average protein. Below-average fat. And near-average carbs when compared to other dry dog foods.
Even when you consider the protein-boosting effect of the flaxseed, this looks like the profile of a kibble containing a moderate amount of meat .
Our Rating of 4Health Dog Food
4Health is a grain-inclusive dry dog food using a moderate amount of named meat meals as its dominant source of animal protein, thus earning the brand 4.5 stars .
4Health Dog Food Recall History
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- Diamond Dog Food Recall Summary (5/6/2012)
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4health pet food uses premium natural ingredients to curate the best formulas for your pet. Always the #1 ingredient, real meat is complemented by whole vegetables so you can be sure your pet is receiving the nutrients they need. You will never find corn, soy or wheat in 4health foods, but you will find omega fatty acids for healthy skin and coat as well as antioxidants to promote overall good health in your animals. Found exclusively at Tractor Supply Co., 4health is committed to providing optimal nutrition for optimal health.
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I purchased 4health Dog Food beef potato formula for large dogs, I also purchased Small breed formula and urinary tract for cats. My 13 year old healthy boxer is the only dog that ate a bowl on Friday after an hour of eating it he started foaming at the mouth and had a seizure. Then on Saturday after eating a bowl he had 15 seizures throughout the day. My other pets wouldn't eat the food. THANK GOD!! On Sunday after eating he had a really bad seizure. I never even thought it could have been the food. We bought it cause the salesperson at Tractor Supply told us it was good for Bully breeds as he has allergies to dog food with corn and junk in it is the reason we were looking for something good for him.
I should have researched the brand before buying and the recalls from the company. My boxer Zeus after having so many seizures on Sunday we had to take him to the emergency veterinarian to have him put to sleep. I realized after thinking what did we do differently that could have caused the seizures it was the 4Health Beef and Potatoes that poisoned my dog. I took all 3 bags back to Tractor Supply they are having the dogfood tested and supposed to give me the results but, after learning it's their brand I'm sure I won't hear back so I kept a quart-size freezer bag of all the 3 bags I bought and going to have it tested myself.
I wish I would have just stuck with Bil Jac and feeding them a raw diet. I was trying to save money and it cost my Beloved Boxer of 13 years his life. I will not even go back to Tractor Supply after learning they are part owners of the 4health and Diamond brand dog foods. Makes me sick to think I fed my dog this poison. I'll stick with Bil Jac and raw diet from now on.
I've always loved ProPlan for my dogs. They happily gobbled it up with no health issues for years, and then I broke down and adopted two cats, (Then two more). I was dumbfounded at the cost and lack of decent options for food at the time. Then one day, I was scanning the aisles of PetSmart for good options that didn't cost 1/2 my paycheck and there was a cat adoption day being held. I got to talking to the woman who runs the rescue and cat food came up. Because we were in PetSmart, she lowered her voice and very quietly told me that if I wanted the best cat food on the market, and at a fraction of the cost, to buy it from Tractor Supply Co, (TSC). She told me that their brand is called 4Health, but it's made by Blue Buffalo. The difference is in the price. It's extremely reasonable! She said she only feeds that to all the animals in her shelter but didn't want the staff at PetSmart to hear her say that.
I immediately went to TSC and was impressed with the variety of options for both dog and cat food. The cat food has options for outdoor, indoor, every life stage, dietary needs, etc., and the cost was a fraction of what buying the Blue Buffalo brand costs. I've been feeding it to my cats for about 4-5 years now, and I also switched the dogs to 4Health which also offers a variety of flavors, dietary needs, life stages, weights, activity levels, you name it. 4Health for is also the only brand I have ever seen for cat food that comes in a 25lb bag. You can get 60lbs of dog food, but cat food? Nope. Not until 4Health. The cost recently went up, as did everything but it's still less expensive at $35 for 25lbs and it's developed with great ingredients to meet every cat's needs. The dog food offers all the same options as Blue Buffalo with varying price levels. I highly recommend giving 4Health a try and feed your pets the best but save some money, too!
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I thought it was the medication my dog was on making her throw up every day all day long. But it turns out it was this food. Very very disappointed and after reading all the complaints about how other people's dogs are doing the same thing and yet there is no recall being done I am switching brands and never coming back to this.
We thought we would try this for our 10 year old Catahoula/Rottie mix. It made her very sick with diarrhea and she was very lethargic until we stopped the treats. Going to return it to the store the next time we go there.
The ingredient list is great which is why I bought it! Then my dog started getting extremely sick and lethargic. Refused to eat her dog food but acted like she was hungry and would eat treats. She had tiny dark inconsistent poops. Throwing up and absolutely no energy. I took her to the vet, who said she ate something that gave her a bug. She literally has no access to anything. Bathroom and bedroom doors always closed and the rest of the house is dog proofed.
They gave me meds, the next night I cooked her some hamburger and she devoured it and was still hungry. So I put half a can of this in her bowl she smelled it and made a disgusted face and refused to eat it. I dumped it, scrubbed her bowl and gave her more hamburger, which she immediately ate. I started researching the food and found on Consumer Affairs 2 dozen situations exactly like mine! It's been a few days now, and my dog still hasn't pooped, still no energy, and will only eat a little at a time. We are taking her to be tested for kidney failure from poisoning caused by this dog food! This has been the only change in her diet for the last 7 years... This food needs to be recalled!
Been with 4 health for a long time. Recently my 6 year old rottie started to not eat it. So we had to put grated cheese on it, somewhat helpful. So I personally did a taste test with Blue Buffalo. 1st was Blue Buffalo in my mouth that had the same taste threw out the chew from the beginning. I spit it out. 2nd 4 health put in my mouth and it had a pungent more of taste but when I bit it and spit it out instantly it was nasty chemical taste [I mean nasty]. If you don't believe me try it. I have called Diamond Pet Food and have told them my experience. Rottie wolfed down the buffalo food like he was starving to death. I personally will never give the food to my dogs again.
I've been feeding this to my 14 yr old dog and my 2 year old for about 8 months. Before that, they both were on the 4 Health puppy formula. About 6 months ago, the old dog would whimper and whine when he ate and afterward. I thought he had bad tooth. I had the vet look at his teeth, there were no issues. He started barfing foam. A few years back a vet said he had acid reflux and to give him an acid reducer 1/2 hr before he eats. So I started that up. It wasnt helping, so I started mixing some instant potato flakes, cooked rice, a little canned Ole Roy, and milk in with a little dry 4 health. He doesnt cry when he eats now!
I think the 4 Health food by itself hurts his stomach (possible an ulcer)...and he's lost so much weight, you can feel his bones! I went back to the 4health puppy food while continuing my people food concoction for the old dog, including a hard boiled egg. He's doing much better! If 4H is hurting my old dog, what consequences are there continuing to feed it to our beautiful two yr old Pyrador? I'm ready to start making them both food in the kitchen. Who can you trust? Re cat food: I've had a number of cats on 9 Lives Urinary formula without one problem. I had a cat prone to UTI, and I switched to a different food once or twice, and he peed in the sink and let me know! Amazing creatures!
Bought this at TS and thought this grain free food would be good for our three dogs. Boy, was I wrong!!! All three usually active dogs are just laying around, have diarrhea and are throwing up. We even have to carry them outside to go potty (if they make it that far). Would never ever buy this stuff again. Pet owners stay away from 4Health dog food!!!
We have sister hounds and thought this brand was the way to go. Early this summer, we noticed both of the girls were not eating typically, their normally firm stools were straight diarrhea. Several times, they had vomiting (white foam included) and explosive diarrhea on more than several of occasions. We changed everything else except their food brand/line (this 4health food). After going round and round with the vets, at LEAST hundreds in vet bills, several rug cleaners, innumerable phone calls, and even tears, in desperation, we changed their food brand/line. THANKFULLY now they are BOTH MUCH better. We will NEVER go back to this line again....EVER. STAY AWAY FROM THIS LINE OF FOOD!
I purchased 4 Health canned food after talking to someone that worked at TS. Our little dachshund puppy loves it but has now started with horrible diarrhea. She’s already housebroken but she can’t make it outside with how bad this is. She has finished 1 1/2 can but you better believe there will be no more. She’s slept more today and wants to be carried and that’s not her personality. A couple of our other dogs have ate it out of bowl and they now have diarrhea. I’ve thrown the rest in the garbage and will never purchase this again.
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4health Dog Food Review, Recalls & Ingredients Analysis
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4Health dog food is a private-label brand of dog food owned by a large chain store, Tractor Supply Company. In this article, we will find out a bit about this company, and check out some of 4health’s most popular recipes. Plus, I’ll recommend some good online alternatives.
My List of the Best Alternatives to 4health Dog Food in 2021:
As 4health Dog Food is only available in stores , if you’re looking for a quick click-and-buy, below I have picked a few of what I believe to be great dry dog food alternatives for each 4 health product, which are available online:
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Who manufactures 4health?
4health is a private-label brand owned by the Tractor Supply Company, but it is manufactured by Diamond Pet Foods Inc., which is owned by Shell and Kampter, Inc.
The latter is a family-owned, U.S.-based company that manufactures pet food and has plants located in California, Missouri, and South Carolina.
So, back to the company that owns the brand, Tractor Supply Company - you might be asking yourself: , “what does dog food have to do with tractors?” Well, this company is an operator of rural lifestyle retail stores - the largest one in the US *, in fact.
It has over 1,600 stores in 49 states and has been operating since 1938. They sell a whole lot of products from welders and generators to animal care products. And this is where dog food comes in - in 2010, they launched 4health as a private-label dog food.
*True at the time of writing this article.
Overview of 4health
The Tractor Supply Company market 4health as a premium but affordable dog food. According to the company, their food costs 20% less than other premium dog food brands, while still being of great quality.
4health dog foods are free from corn, soy, and wheat, as well as artificial flavors, colors, and preservatives. They pride themselves on providing dogs of all sizes and ages with a food that meets their nutritional needs.
4health Recalls history
- In May 2012, Diamond Pet Foods issued a voluntary recall for all of their dog food brands that had best-by dates from December 2012 through April 2013 due to potential Salmonella contamination. While 4Health dog food did not test positive for Salmonella, they took the precaution in any case.
What formulas does 4health have?
4 Health has 10 dog treats, 14 canned food formulas, and 22 different dry food formulas. There are puppy , adult , and senior formulas as well as formulas for small and large breed dogs. They have a range of grain-free foods and a new line of “special care” formulas for dogs with special dietary needs.
Below is 4health's extensive line of dry dog foods:
- Puppy Formula
- Performance Formula
- For Adult Dogs:
- Salmon & Potato Formula/Chicken & Rice Formula/Lamb & Rice Formula
- Large Breed Formula
- Small Bites Formula
- Mature Adult Formula
- Healthy Weight Formula
- Special Care Formulas:
- Sensitive Skin Formula for Adult Dogs
- Weight Management for Adult Dogs
- Sensitive Stomach for Adult Dogs
- Grain-Free Formulas:
- Pork & Potato/Turkey & Potato/Whitefish & Potato/Beef & Potato/Duck & Potato
- Large Breed Formula for Adult Dogs
- Chicken & Vegetables Formula for Adult Dogs
- Small Breed Formula for Adult Dogs
4health’s Top 5 Dog Food Products and Their Best Alternatives (which are available online)
#1 4health salmon & potato formula adult dog food.
Listed as the current most popular recipe with customers on the website, I think this recipe is a good choice for typical medium/large dogs . The protein and fat content may be too low for active dogs who get more than an hour’s exercise a day.
For dogs who are allergic to beef or chicken, it is a good choice, as the sources of protein here are salmon and fish meal .
This formula has small amounts of glucosamine and chondroitin, which are good nutrients for dogs who are prone to joint conditions , as they help to keep cartilage healthy and joints lubricated.
There is also an additional source of iodine - coming from kelp - which is a nutrient that promotes thyroid health . So, if your dog suffers from a thyroid condition, this food may be a good choice.
Of all the recipes in this review, it has the most omega fatty acids, so it will be the best option for dogs with long coats , as well as those with skin allergies, as omega-3s act as anti-inflammatories, helping to soothe itchy, sore skin.
While 4health adds probiotics to their foods to aid digestion, the fiber content is fairly low in this particular recipe, so if your dog is prone to digestive problems like constipation or diarrhea, it’s not the top choice.
Finally, there is a good helping of fruit and veg in this recipe, so it provides a lot of antioxidants . While these are good for any dog, they are especially good for dogs prone to serious diseases such as heart disease or cancer, as they help to undo the damage done by free radicals and maintain healthy cells.
Alternative Dog Food: Blue Buffalo Freedom Grain-Free Chicken Recipe for Adult Dogs
This recipe is usually more expensive than 4health, but it makes a good alternative. The macronutrient balance is similar, though there is slightly more fat (14%). The main sources of protein here are from turkey or chicken rather than fish.
This formula also includes kelp as a natural source of iodine, plus there is a small amount of glucosamine to support your dog’s joints, though it lacks chondroitin. Lastly, this recipe is high in antioxidants (from a range of fruit and veg) to support your dog’s immune system over the years and ward off diseases such as cancer.
#2 4health Grain-Free Beef & Potato Dog Food
As with the first food, I think this recipe is suited to typical medium/large dogs that get an hour or less of exercise a day.
It is a grain-free formula, so it’s a good choice if your dog has a grain allergy. Since the protein in this recipe comes from beef, it’s certainly one for dogs that like the taste of red meat.
As with the first recipe in this review, it has small amounts of glucosamine and chondroitin to help support your dog’s joints, so it is a great choice for dogs who are prone to joint diseases .
While not high, the fiber content is medium-range. Alongside the generous addition of probiotics, this food will be a good choice to support your dog’s digestion .
Alternative Dog Food : Wellness Complete Health Grain-Free Lamb and Lamb Meal Recipe
This recipe from Wellness Complete Health makes a good alternative to this food, as it has a similar macronutrient balance.
It is grain-free, plus it has similar amounts of glucosamine and chondroitin to protect your dog’s joints.
#3 4health Large Breed Formula Adult Dog Food
This food is suited to typical large breed dogs , such as German Shepherds , who do an hour or less of exercise a day. If your large breed dog is very active, she will need a food with a higher protein and fat content.
I recommend this food for large breed dogs already suffering from painful joints or hip dysplasia, as this formula contains high levels of glucosamine (1,200 mg/kg) as well as some chondroitin (400 mg/kg).
In my opinion, there are a lot of carbs in this recipe, which come in the form of white rice, brown rice, cracked pearled barley, and rice bran. Therefore, this formula will not suit dogs sensitive to grains, nor dogs who are carrying excess weight, as they will need a lower-carb diet.
Alternative Dog Food : Merrick Classic Real Beef + Peas Recipe with Ancient Grains
While not a food specifically for large breeds, I chose Merrick Classic’s recipe here because of its very high levels of glucosamine and chondroitin (1200 mg/kg each) for dogs already suffering from joint problems.
It is a touch higher in protein (30%) and fat (15%), but lower in carbs (about 33%), so it should be suitable for typical dogs.
#4 4health Small Bites Formula Adult Dog Food
This dog food is specially formulated to meet the needs of toy and small breed dogs .
If your dog is active (does more than an hour of exercise a day), the fat content here is likely to be too low. In my opinion, it better suits typical toy and small breed dogs , and could even be a good choice for overweight dogs who need to shed a few pounds.
The protein comes mainly from chicken in this recipe, and there are good sources of fat (chicken fat and flaxseed.) Having said this, the omega-3 levels are fairly low, so I recommend this food for short-haired breeds .
Lastly, this recipe contains some glucosamine and chondroitin, so it is a great choice if your little dog is prone to joint problems , like Chihuahuas, for example.
Alternative Dog Food : Blue Buffalo Life Protection Chicken & Brown Rice Recipe for Small Breed Adult Dogs
This recipe from Blue Buffalo Life Protection is a great alternative for small breed dogs. It is slightly higher in fat (15%), so could even suit more active dogs. It is also fairly high in omega fatty acids, so would be suited to long-haired dogs.
It contains a wealth of fruit and veg to support your little dog’s immune system throughout her life (and little ones do tend to live longer!) Finally, it contains some glucosamine for your dog’s joints, though this formula lacks chondroitin.
#5 4health Puppy Formula Dog Food
This formula is specially developed for puppies, who need a different macronutrient balance to adult dogs.
I think it is a good choice for less active puppies , and not for those who are very high-energy and do more than 1 - 1 ½ hours’ exercise a day - for example Border Collies or Boxers - as they may need more protein and fat to sustain their energy levels.
The protein comes from lamb and ocean fish meal here, and chicken fat and salmon oil provide good sources of fat. There is also a nice handful of fruit and veg to support your puppy’s immune system.
The omega-3 levels are low, so I recommend it for short-haired puppies . If your pup suffers from skin allergies, she may need a food higher in these fatty acids to soothe her.
There is no added glucosamine or chondroitin in this recipe, so I do NOT recommend it for large or giant breed puppies , as they are more prone to developing joint problems, and so tend to do well with extra support.
Alternative Dog Food : Taste of the Wild High Prairie Puppy Formula with Roasted Bison & Roasted Venison
Taste of the Wild provides a good formula for puppies here, which contains many sources of protein (mainly meat-based) as well as a few fruits and vegetables and plenty of supplements to support her immune system.
As with the above recipe, it is better for short-haired breeds due to low levels of omega-3, and, as it does not contain glucosamine or chondroitin, I don’t recommend it for large or giant breed pups.
What is the average price and how long will it last?
A bag of 4health regular ( non -grain-free) dog food weighs 35 lb (15.87kg) and will cost you in the region of $35 ($1/lb.)*
A bag of 4health grain-free dog food weighs 30lb (13.6kg) and costs slightly more - about $38 ($1.26/lb.)
*all prices in this post are given approximately by looking on average at 5 of the top online retailers. The final price can vary.
Take a look at the chart below to see how long a bag of 4health food can last you, and the difference between the regular and grain-free varieties:
*For typical dogs. Active dogs may need more to meet their daily calorie intake
**Used the Salmon and Potato Formula as an example
While the recommended daily allowance for your dog can differ depending on which 4health recipe you choose, it seems to differ quite a lot if the recipe is grain-free - as you can see from the chart, the recommended intake of food is much higher if your dog is on a grain-free recipe . This is likely because the high grain content in the regular foods fill up your dog much more.
If your dog needs a grain-free food, it is still worth opting for one. If you’re more interested in the food lasting longer, however, it’s better to opt for a regular formula.
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4health Dog Food Review
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- Meat Content
- Grain Content
- Quality/Price Ratio
All in all, 4Health is a good-quality dog food at a low price. In my opinion, their recipes could contain a little more protein and fewer carbohydrates. Furthermore, a high-quality dog food for me should contain a range of fruits and vegetables, which some of 4health’s recipes are lacking.
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I have been feeding our dogs 4 health for about 8 years now. I used to have a coupon that I could use over and over. But it expired and I have not found another. It was from 4 health and I could really use a coupon right about now. I’m on workmans comp and have not received a check from them for 8 weeks now. Getting the money out of my account to buy dog food that the price has increased $15 over the past 3 years kinda hurts my dogs thrive on 4 health but enough is enough. The price has went up every month for the past 5 months. If I must choose between food for my family or for my dogs, I’m going to have to feed the family and go back to feeding the dogs Dog Chow which is less than HALF THE PRICE OF 4HEALTH. Maybe think about putting a coupon inside the $55 bag of dog food and people like myself might be able to justify the purchase!!! 4health is a great product but I think you have hit the limit for the price of a 45# bag.
We have been feeding 4 health beef and potato to our Golden Retriever for 2 years with great success. I just opened a new bag two weeks ago and while scooping his ration I noticed a small, shiny object in the bag. It was a 1/2 long sheet metal screw. Thankfully I saw it before it ended up in his bowl. I
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4Health Puppy Food Review
Several people have asked us to evaluate 4Health Puppy Food because they are interested in switching to this lower cost food.
4Health Dog Foods are sold exclusively by Tractor Supply and manufactured by the Diamond Company.
There is a small amount of information on the Tractor Supply Website, but no site is devoted entirely to this line of food, so information is scare. Some of the information had to be obtained on an actual bag of food. 4Health foods include a variety of products, many labeled as grain-grain free.
They make one dry puppy kibble formula which is the target of this review.
The following information was obtained from the Tractor Supply Website:
Ingredients From Tractor Supply Website
Lamb, lamb meal, egg product, rice, millet, cracked pearled barley, pea protein, chicken fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols), potatoes, oatmeal, tomato pomace, ocean fish meal, flaxseed, natural flavor, salmon oil (source of DHA), potassium chloride, salt, choline chloride, dried chicory root, dried kelp, carrots, peas, apples, tomatoes, blueberries, spinach, dried skim milk, cranberries, rosemary extract, parsley flake, yucca schidigera extract, L-Carnitine, Dried Enterococcus calcium fermentation product, dried Lactobacillus acidophilus fermentation product, dried Lactobacillus casei fermentation product, Dried Lactobacillus Plantarum fermentation product, Dried Trichoderma longibrachiatum fermentation extract, vitamin E supplement, iron proteinate, zinc proteinate, copper proteinate, ferrous sulfate, zinc sulfate, copper sulfate, potassium iodide, thiamine mononitrate, manganese proteinate, manganous oxide, ascorbic acid, vitamin A supplement, biotin, niacin, calcium pantothenate, manganese sulfate, sodium selenite, pyridoxine hydrochloride (vitamin B6), vitamin B12 supplement, riboflavin, vitamin D supplement, folic acid.
4Health Puppy Food Review: Guaranteed Analysis
Crude Protein 27.0% (min.) Crude Fat 15.0% (min.) Crude Fiber 3.0% (max.) Moisture 10.0% (max.) Calcium 1.2% (min.) Phosphorus 1.2% (max.) Phosphorus 1.0% (min.) Zinc 150 mg/kg (min.) Selenium 0.4 mg/kg (min.) Vitamin E 150 IU/kg (min.) L-Carnitine* 30 mg/kg (min.) Omega-6 Fatty Acids* 2.2% (min.) Omega-3 Fatty Acids* 0.3% (min.) DHA (Docosahexaenoic acid)* 0.05% (min.)
*Not recognized as an essential nutrient by the AAFCO dog food nutrient profile.
(From a Bag of food, not the website)
4health Puppy Formula is formulated to meet the nutritional levels established by the AAFCO Dog Food Nutrient Profiles for All Life Stages.
This means that this food could be served to dogs throughout their lifespan.
3,656 kcal/kg (342 kcal/cup) Calculated Metabolizable Energy
We use Sara Irick’s Sale to do the initial analysis for the 4Health puppy food review and then look at the Guaranteed Analysis, Ingredients List, and Company Information to provide greater depth to our reviews.
To do the 4Health Puppy Food Review, we start with 100, then add or subtract points for various components of the food.
-2 points because the food contains chicken fat
-1 point because it contains salt
Next we added points:
+ 3 points because it contains probiotics
+3 points because it contains vegetables: carrots, peas, spinach
+3 points because it contains fruits: apples, tomatoes, blueberries, cranberries
+2 points because it contains barley
+1 point because it contains oatmeal
+2 points because it contains two additional animal protein sources (egg product, ocean fish meal
Total: 111 A+
Add back the lost 2 points for chicken fat:
Score Given to this 4Health Puppy Food Review:
113 A+ See note below*
Evaluating the Nutrient Value
We use the guaranteed analysis panel to assess some of the nutritional value of the food. The figures are given in “as fed” basis. This means that the nutrient content of the diet is measured without accounting for the amount of moisture or water. We convert the figures to a “Dry Matter Basis” to make it easier to compare.
Remember when looking at these figures, they represent maximum and minimum quantities not the actual amount.
Calculating the Food on a Dry Matter Basis: The Results
Protein: 30% : This food has a minimum of 30% Protein
Fat: 17%: This food has a minimum of 17% Fat
Fiber: 3 % This food has a maximum of 3% fiber
There is a decent amount of Protein and Fat in this food, however there is no way to determine how much of the protein was animal or plant based. Examining the first five to seven ingredients will give us a little more information on the quality of the food.
The food contains four sources of animal protein: Lamb, Lamb Meal, Egg product, and Ocean fish meal.
While Lamb is listed as the first ingredient, it is likely to contain too much water to add substantially to the total protein content. Meals are always more concentrated and deliver more protein. Watch out for any foods that do not specific the type of meal such as poultry meal or meat meal. Egg product is also an excellent type of protein.
The Ocean fish meal is rather vague. It is presented in meal form rather than fresh so will contain more protein. It is included far down on the list, so the actual quantity is questionable.
Some of the fat in the food will come from the lamb and lamb meal, but a significant source of fat in the food comes from the chicken fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols). This is a real named source of fat. It’s high in omega-6 fatty acids and it’s a favorite fat in many dog foods. Mixed tocopherols are a form of vitamin E, so this is a natural preservative.
Evaluate the Ingredients as Part of the 4Health Puppy Food Review
When doing a review, it is important to look at ingredients. Let’s look at the first seven ingredients. Usually ingredients prior to the first fat source are the most abundant in the food.
Items are listed in descending order according to their weight, so those listed towards the end may have negligible amounts of a substance and therefore may not add value even though they “look good on paper.”
The first seven ingredients are Lamb, lamb meal, egg product, rice, millet, cracked pearled barley, pea protein, and chicken fat.
A whole lamb is the heaviest and you would presume that it contained the most protein. This is not true because fresh whole meats are up to 70% water. The lamb meal, or second ingredient is likely to have more protein. Egg product is the cooked and dried egg minus the shells and other non-egg material. It is a high quality, highly digestible source of protein.
Rice is the fourth, a source of carbohydrates and Millet is another grain and carbohydrate source. It is highly nutritious, gluten-free and easy to digest.
Cracked Pearled barley is a whole grain with 50% more protein than rice. It helps control blood sugar and provides that feeling of fullness after the meal.
Pea Protein is a concentrated protein source and adds to the total amount of protein found in the food.
*Chicken Fat is frowned upon by the Sara Irick’s Scale, but it is actually a high-quality ingredient and I have begun add back any points food loses due to the inclusion of Chicken Fat.
Tractor Supply and Diamond Company
When doing this 4Health puppy food review, I wanted to determine where the food was manufactured and where the raw ingredients obtained. The Tractor Supply site did say it was manufactured in the U.S., but there was very little information about supplies, whether any of the ingredients were organic, or if they were human grade.
This food is manufactured by the Diamond Company and is somewhat like the Diamond Brand Natural Puppy Food except for the initial protein source.
Diamond has had several recalls, and the 4Health blends were part of a 2013 recall. Bags that said Best By Date prior to 4-7-2013 were the ones involved. Even though they were part of the Diamond recall it was found that none of the 4Health products tested positive for Salmonella and no illnesses were reported.
The 4Health label is available exclusively through Tractor Supply and includes a variety of grain free blends, adult, puppy, performance and others. Since it is only offered through Tractor Supply stores, it may be food that is unavailable for many people.
The current cost in USD is approximate $1.06 to 1.40 per pound, making it a very reasonably priced food.
My Personal 4Health Puppy Food Review Taste Test
I am unable to taste test all foods I review on Small Dog Place, but this is one that I could because I live in close proximity to a Tractor Supply Store.
Since the AAFCO statement stated that the food was appropriate for all stages, I taste tested the food on very young puppies, adolescents and adult dogs. They all seemed to like the taste of the food if I added water to the food to moisten and soften the kibble.
The addition of water assures that the dogs are getting enough hydration, but defeats the purpose of feeding a dry kibble. Some but not all of the dogs would eat the kibble straight from the bag, at least initially.
This is a quality puppy food with decent ingredients and an attractive price. It is distributed by Tractor Supply so it may not be available to everyone. Being produced by the Diamond company, 4Health products have received some bad publicity due to recalls, even though no food was found to have tainted ingredients.
Much of the protein found in this food is of plant origin, so if you are looking for food with less plant and more animal sources of protein, this product may not be enough.
No one food is perfect for every dog. While this is a high-quality food for puppies, only the owner can be the ultimate judge.
You will know whether food is right for your dog if he loves to eat it, has regular stools of normal consistency, enjoys health and vigor and has a shiny coat and healthy skin.
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4Health Dog Food Review: Pros, Cons, Recalls & FAQ
We give 4Health dog food a rating of 4.0 out of 5 stars.
If you don’t have a Tractor Supply Co. in your area, you might not have heard of their private label dog food brand, 4Health . The brand offers limited ingredient foods that include real meat and veggies in both grain-free and wholesome grain options. Though it’s a bit limited where you can find the brand as it’s a private label, the food should be suitable for most pups. However, including peas and legumes in nearly every recipe is a bit of a concern, as these ingredients may impact the health of a dog’s heart.
Overall, though, the dog food brand has good ingredients and several options, which is why we’ve given it 4.0 out of 5 stars. See below to find out more about 4Health and whether this food brand would be the right one for your pup!
- At a Glance: The Best 4Health Dog Food Recipes:
4Health Dog Food Reviewed
If you don’t live near a Tractor Supply Co., you’re likely unfamiliar with 4Health dog food as it’s a private label of the retailer. The brand has a focus on limited ingredients and recipes that are grain-free (though they have a wholesome grains line as well), so if your dog has allergies or sensitivities, this dog food could be an excellent fit.
However, they do seem to use peas and legumes in most, if not all, of their recipes which could be cause for concern. Peas and legumes have been linked to heart disease in dogs, though this link requires more research to determine the validity. Still, it’s something to be aware of.
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- Who makes 4Health dog food, and where is it produced?
4Health dog food is a private-label brand owned by Tractor Supply Co , a rural lifestyle store selling various products, including pet food. They have approximately 1,600 stores in all but one of the U.S. states and have been around since 1938.
Though 4Health is a Tractor Supply Co. brand, it is manufactured by Diamond Pet Foods Inc. This company is a family-owned and operated one in the U.S. that makes several different brands of dog food. They have plants in South Carolina, California, Kansas, Arkansas, and Missouri.
The 4Health brand was created in 2010.
- Which type of dog is 4Health dog food best suited for?
4Health has about an equal amount of grain-free food and food with grains, making it suitable for most dogs. If your pet requires a grain-free diet, this dog food brand makes for a budget-friendly option. Not all dogs need to avoid grains, though, so if yours doesn’t, you can go with their Wholesome Grains line. And if your pet has food allergies or sensitivities to common proteins, the 4Health Untamed line features meats such as lamb, venison, and buffalo, making it a good pick.
- Which type of dog might do better with a different brand?
If your pup doesn’t need a grain-free diet and doesn’t like the 4Health Wholesome Grain recipes or is just a picky eater, you might want to try a food that’s been dog-approved such as Purina Pro Plan Adult Shredded Blend Beef & Rice Formula Dry Dog Food . And if your pet’s food allergies or sensitivities don’t clear up on 4Health, we’d recommend a food like Wellness Simple Natural Limited-Ingredient Grain-Free Dry Dog Food .
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- Discussion of the Primary Ingredients (Good and Bad)
You should always know what’s in your dog’s food, especially since some dog foods use ingredients that aren’t that great. Here’s a quick look at the ingredients in 4Health dog food—the good and the bad.
- Protein Sources
As far as the quality of the protein in 4Health dog food goes, most recipes have real meat and listed as the first couple of ingredients, which is excellent. Real meat tends to be the number one ingredient, while meat meals seem to be added for an extra boost of protein. That means your pup will be getting quality protein that will help keep them healthy and strong.
- Grain-Free vs Wholesome Grains
4Health dog food has a lot of grain-free recipes, which is excellent for dogs who require grain-free diets due to food allergies or sensitivities. However, not all our four-legged friends need a diet free of grains, so the fact that they have a nearly equal number of recipes in their Wholesome Grains line is wonderful. That means no matter which way your dog’s diet needs to go, you have plenty of options.
When it comes to the Wholesome Grains line, the whole grains seem mainly to be brown rice, so there isn’t a lot of variety. (But it’s better than something like white rice!)
Flaxseed seems to be used in the majority of 4Health dog food recipes, and while it’s a fabulous source of omega fatty acids that keep your pet’s coat and skin healthy, this ingredient doesn’t always agree with dogs. If your pup has a sensitive digestive system, it might not do well with this brand. If they can stomach it, though, they’ll get a boost of healthy omega fatty acids and amino acids.
- Peas & Legumes
- A Quick Look at 4Health Dog Food
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- Limited ingredient
- Most recipes have real meat and meat meal as the first ingredients
- Grain-free recipes for those that need them
- Wide variety
- Contains peas and legumes
- Has flaxseed which may not be suitable for dogs with sensitive stomachs
- Few targeted recipes, such as for those with sensitive skin, etc.
- Recall History
4Health itself hasn’t had many recalls.
There was one in May 2012 , when all of their dry food recipes were recalled for possible salmonella contamination.
The next came in 2013 when their All Life Stages Cat Formula was recalled for low levels of thiamine.
There was also a voluntary recall in 2017 of canned pet foods due to the possibility of a foreign material.
However, Diamond Pet Foods, Inc. (the manufacturer of the brand) has had several recalls throughout its history, as they have had issues with both contamination and quality control.
Reviews of the 3 Best 4Health Dog Food Recipes
Here’s an opportunity to take a closer look at the three best 4Health dog food recipes, so you can see what their food is all about!
- 1. 4Health Wholesome Grains Salmon & Potato Formula Adult Dog Food
This Wholesome Grains product is designed to meet the nutritional needs of most adult dogs and features salmon as the main ingredient, rather than the more common chicken or beef (which could be good for dogs with food allergies). Besides that, this dog food recipe is stuffed with good-for-your-dog things, including taurine for healthy hearts, probiotics for a healthy digestive system, glucosamine and chondroitin for healthy joints, omega fatty acids for healthy skin and coat, and a special antioxidant blend that includes Vitamin E and zinc.
However, this product also contains peas and pea flour, so be wary of that.
- Salmon as the first ingredient
- Plenty of good-for-your-dog things
- Contains peas and pea flour
- 2. 4Health Wholesome Grains Puppy Formula
Puppies need food made to meet their specific nutritional needs , and that’s what this recipe does with its balanced ratio of protein and fat. It also includes plenty of extras that will help your pup grow up healthy and strong, such as DHA to help keep the brain and eyes in good health, taurine for heart health, probiotics for healthy digestion, omega fatty acids for shiny coats and skin that isn’t dry, and an antioxidant blend to support the immune system.
Plus, this one has no peas or legumes, so you don’t have to be concerned about potential heart health implications!
- No peas or legumes
- DHA for healthy brain and eyes
- Flaxseed could potentially cause stomach upset in puppies with sensitive digestive systems
- 3. 4Health Grain-Free Puppy Formula
If your puppy requires a grain-free diet, then 4Health’s Grain-Free Puppy Formula might be just the thing! It has the same balanced nutrition and extras to keep your little one growing up healthy and strong, just without the grains. Real chicken is the main ingredient and chicken meal the second, so your pet will get all the quality protein they need to maintain lean muscle mass. And the live, active cultures found within will help aid in keeping the digestive system working smoothly.
This recipe does contain garbanzo beans, peas, and pea flour, though, so if you’re wary of the potential heart health implications, this may not be your best bet.
- Formulated to meet puppy’s nutritional needs
- Real chicken as the first ingredient
- Plenty of good-for-your-puppy extras
- Contains garbanzo beans, peas, and pea flour
- What Other Users Are Saying
You should have a relatively decent idea of what 4Health dog food is all about by now, but there’s no better way to find out how much dogs actually like it than by reading reviews from other pet parents. Here are some things people have said about this brand.
- Tractor Supply Co . – “All of our dogs love this food. We have 4 bullies, 2 Cocker spaniels, and a husky. It is hard to find dog food fitting for all dogs. My husky is very picky and I had trouble with her eating a whole bowl. Now with 4Health strive her coat looks better and there are days where she does through two bowls. I have bought dog food well over the standard price for this bag and I do not feel like they compare. We are pleased with all aspects of this food.”
- Pet Sense – “4Health salmon and potato kibble is the ultimate best food I’ve given my dogs. They love it so much that my westie Kenzie yells and jumps up & down like a jumping bean because I’m not quick enough to get her meals to her. They both gobble up their meals very quickly.”
- Amazon – Amazon is always an excellent place to check what people say about a brand. You can read some of what they’re saying about 4Health here .
4Health dog food is a fairly decent brand. The use of limited ingredients and real meat or meat meals as the first ingredients is a plus, as is the price. And the addition of several grain-free recipes is wonderful for those pups who need a diet free of grains. However, the use of peas and legumes in nearly every recipe isn’t as great, considering the potential heart health implications. The use of flaxseed may also be iffy, depending on how sensitive your pet’s stomach is, too.
Overall, though, 4Health should be suitable for most dogs (if peas and legumes are not a concern), whether you go with the Wholesome Grains line or the Grain-Free line of recipes.
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Focusing on Quality and Value: 4health Dog Food Reviews
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Our rating for 4health dog food:, top products, ingredients analysis, recall history, conclusion/wrap up, top picks for our dogs.
It’s always important to know what you’re feeding your pets. After all, they are part of your family and should be treated as such. This article serves as a wealth of information for you to make a decision regarding if 4health Dog Food is the best dog food for your pet. Ingredients, reviews, and recall history are all parts of a puzzle to determine whether a particular brand of dog food is the best for your pup!
It’s safe to say that there are some dog food and other pet food brands out there that are high quality with great value and, of course, there are some that aren’t. You have probably heard of some of the leading dry food manufacturers, such as Blue Buffalo, Beneful Dog Food, Diamond Pet Food, Pedigree, and IAM Dog Food, but does it mean that they offer the best dog food brands? Also, with so many options out there with so many ingredients such as omega fatty acids and max omega options, chicken fat, beet pulp, meat by-products, grain free, corn… the list is endless and confusing.
That said, with a variety of types of formulas (grain free, special care, untamed, and original), there is a formula for all ages and needs. If you’re looking for a dry dog food manufacturer that offers weight loss management, puppy development, or adult and everyday living, then 4health Dog Food has a product for you. We’re going to dig deeper into 4health Dog Food reviews to determine if this dog food is the best fit for your pet.
4health Dog Food receives a 4 out of 5 star rating from us for a couple of reasons. While customers reported on Tractor Supply’s Website (the only retailer we could find that sold the dog food) that their dog loved the food, others reported that they thought the food had a great value because it was cheaper than most grain-free dog foods on the market today. Some complaints were that some dogs didn’t find the food tasty and the quality wasn’t the best but “it would do”. Overall, customers seem pretty happy with the product according to the 4health Dog Food reviews we looked at.
Customers liked that this brand of dog food was cheaper than most and still had a grain-free option for their furry friend. Most grain-free dog foods can be pricey, but customers liked the price point of 4health and the health benefits of being grain-free.
Affordable products , no matter the market, are what people are searching for right now. And they have found an affordable and quality dog food with 4health Dog Food. Prices range stay in the upper $30+ for most of their products.
Customers reported that they think the value and quality of the food are great, but their dogs disagree with them on the taste aspect, unfortunately. Because the food is inexpensive and has an optimal ingredient list, customers think it’s a great buy. But some owners reported that their dogs do not like the taste of the food and, therefore, found the purchase to be null and void.
Of course, all dogs are different and they all react differently to certain formulas. But some customers reported that their dogs got sick after eating 4health Dog Food. This is not uncommon , as most dog foods have this complaint due to the sensitivity and nutritional needs of all dogs being different.
The ingredients listed for 4health Dog Food are nutritious and healthy. 4health does not use corn, wheat, or soy in their dog food formula and many pet parents look for that characteristic in the dog food they feed their furry friends. They also use real meat as their number 1 ingredient, but this can get tricky. With real chicken meat, about 80% of that can contain water which means it is less packed with nutrients and protein. Therefore, the formula has to have added nutrients to make up for the lost nutrients in the chicken meat. However, it is important to note that they use real meat as their number 1 ingredient.
There are no recent recalls listed for 4health Dog Food listed on the FDA website .
While it seems that 4health Dog Food is an allusive brand, customers who have bought and fed this food to their pups are satisfied with the food’s performance. Quality and affordability are two major factors that pet parents look at when deciding what food to buy for their best furry friend and 4health Dog Food meets both of those requirements.
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I have cats, not dogs. I bought a couple of cans of 4Health Turkey & Salmon flavor and the cats loved it! I went back today and bought 5 cans each of Turkey & Salmon and Chicken & Rice. I also bought a 16-lb bag of dry 4Health Grain Free Whitefish, Pea & Potato Formula with Real Turkey. My 4 cats were quite excited and actually asked for more after I gave them a tablespoon. That is rare for dry food. While I’m not sure vegetables and fruits are good for cats – they are carnivores after all – but also don’t think those ingredients will be harmful. I’ll be sure to let you know if they are but so far so good. These cats are 15 & 16 years old and I’m so happy to have found 4Health which is both nutritional and tasty, as well as being reasonably priced. Also, the food contains no dyes. Cats are color blind, what do they care about potentially harmful dyes? Meow Mix, PAWS & CLAWS, and many other popular brands add dyes – then if the cat pukes, the rug is stained. Good job, 4Health team!
I have an “American” black Labrador Retriever with field champions running deep into both sides of her pedigree. The day we picked up our 8 week-old puppy, she was so gassy we had to drive the long drive home with the windows down! She was being fed Pro Plan by the breeder. Her trainer had us change her to Core Wellness. Her poop was always soft, a bit runny, and a gold color. She lost a lot of hair and had bald patches at one point. I tried many different high grade foods over time, but there was no improvement. I found out about 4 Health, and bought the Lamb and Rice. Her coat began filling in, she is shiny, her poop became normal for the first time. I get many complements on her beauty. She loves the food…but then, Labs will eat anything. I am thrilled with what this food has done for my girl!
My dog loved her 4Health dog food UNTIL RECENTLY. Apparently they changed their formula and it no longer even looks the same. She won’t eat it at all unless I ad a broth or mix cut up chicken in it. Once this 30+ pounds is gone I will be looking for a different food.
4health. Dogs love it, no problems great and healthy ingredients.
My dog lived 4health until recently they changed formula and it looks differet now my dog won’t touch it. I gave her 4 days then had to find another food.
My dogs stool is very soft and wouldn’t get solid after the third 45lbs bag i give up on this brand no more for my pals
I am glad that I have found 4health, after losing 2 dogs to Cancer, I am lucky to be have found this premium dogfood, and feel tons better about giving it to my remaining two now. It’s kinda pricey, but with everything that’s in it, you can’t find this kind of dogfood that people can afford for their fur babies, my cat loves 4health also. I’m so glad that I took a chance and went with 4health. As long as the ingredients remain true, I will always be a Buyer.
I’m concerned about the fda findings on 4 health with dogs getting heart failure . I feed my dog the mature dog food. Let me know any more info on the subject
I have a 3 month old Blue Pit puppy. My friend got me a bag of 4health puppy food. Louise,my pup. Loves it, she is happy,healthy,her coat is beautiful. I will be a customer for sure.
so i feed my dogs zignature,which is a bit pricey.so i bought a 5lb bag of 4health for a penney…..yes thats correct!i will incorporate it in w/fingers crossed
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4Health Grain Free Dog Food Review: Recalls, Pros & Cons
By Nicole Cosgrove
Updated on Feb 2, 2023
We give 4Health Grain Free dog food a rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars.
4Health Grain Free Dog Food is a collection of grain-free dog food recipes that comes from the 4Health Dog Food line, which is a solely made and sold at Tractor Supply Co. stores. 4Health is an above-average dog food brand that makes sure quality doesn’t have to come with a hefty price tag. Their grain-free options are loaded with essential vitamins and minerals for a balanced diet, without the grain ingredients that may cause allergic reactions or digestive issues. If you’re looking for grain-free dog food, 4Health may be a good option to try for your companion.
At a Glance: The Best 4Health Grain-Free Dog Food Recipes:
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4Health dog food is a line of dog products by the large farming and gardening retail giant, Tractor Supply Co. Founded in 1938 as a phone-in tractor parts supply company, the chain has over 1000 locations today. Although they’re mostly known for farming and agriculture supplies, Tractor Supply Co. has a large selection of pet foods, including their own brand.
4Health is solely owned by Tractor Supply Co. and is manufactured by Diamond Pet Foods, a U.S.-based manufacturer of multiple pet products. 4Health lined the shelves in select stores in 2010 and has launched several other products under the same name. It has since grown into a popular dog food choice due to its high-quality ingredients and affordable price.
Which Types of Dogs is 4Health Grain Free Dog Food Best Suited For?
4Health Grain Free Dog Food is a budget-friendly option for dogs that may need limited ingredients, especially to grain ingredients like wheat, corn, and soy. If your vet has recommended a grain-free diet, 4Health may be an option to consider. Although it’s not available except through Tractor Supply Co., the affordable price might be enough to change your mind.
Which Types of Dogs Might Do Better with a Different Brand?
Grain-free diets are not for every dog, so your dog may be better off with one of the original 4Health recipes. Alternatively, if your dog continues to show signs of allergic reactions or digestive issues, Purina Pro Plan Focus Sensitive Skin & Stomach Formula Dog Food may be a better option. Pro Plan is more expensive, but it’s not an exclusive brand and has top quality ingredients.
4Health & Tractor Supply Co. Recalls:
- Reason: Possible salmonella contamination
- Reason: Low thiamine levels
Note: There have not been any more recalls since these two incidents, but their manufacturer (Diamond Pet Products) has a long list of recalls. From FDA recalls to self-issued recalls, Diamond Pet Products has struggled with quality control and contamination issues.
What Ingredients are Found in 4Health Grain Free Dog Food?
Here are a few of the main ingredients found in 4Health Grain Free Dog Food:
Whole Meat: Good
Every 4Health Grain Free recipe has whole meat as the first ingredient, which is especially important when looking for high-quality dog food. Although whole meat is made up of 70% water and reduces in size after cooking, whole meats are still necessary for your dog’s protein and caloric needs. However, it should be stated that solely relying on whole meat as the first ingredient is required, but it should be one of the top 3 ingredients.
Poultry Meal: Great
Poultry Meal, such as chicken meal or turkey meal, sounds a lot worse than it is. Chicken meal is simply a dried product of ground chicken, skin, and bone. Chicken meal, for instance, is not a by-product (unless labeled as such) and does not contain any feathers, feet, or other unsavory body parts. In fact, meat meal products end up having more nutritional value than whole meats because they don’t reduce in size after processing.
Flaxseed is a natural source of Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids, which are essential for your dog’s skin and coat health. While that may sound great, flaxseed does not agree with dogs that have sensitive stomachs. If your dog doesn’t have a digestive reaction to it, flaxseed can be an excellent and protein-free source of essential amino acids. For dogs that can’t have flaxseed, look for a dog food rich in salmon or fish for these vital nutrients.
Potatoes/Lentils/Beans: Potential Issue*
Because grain-free recipes can’t use whole grains in their recipes, another source of carbohydrates needs to be used. Many grain-free recipes, including 4Health Grain Free Dog Food, use potatoes, lentils, and beans as their main carbohydrate source. However, there have been recent studies linking heart problems * to these ingredients, as well as grain-free diets in general. [IMPORTANT NOTE: It is highly recommended to speak to a vet before putting your dog on any new food, even if it’s from the same brand, to keep your dog as healthy and safe as possible.]
Reviews of the 2 Best 4Health Grain Free Dog Food Recipes
1. 4health grain free large breed formula adult dog food.
4Health Grain Free Large Breed Formula Adult Dog Food is a turkey and potato grain-free recipe from the 4Health line of dog food products. It’s a high-quality dog food that uses real meat as the first ingredient, with no fillers or by-products to cut costs. Additionally, 4Health Grain Free Large Breed Formula is not made with any grain ingredients like corn, soy, or wheat, making it an allergen-friendly dog food option. This brand is also very budget-friendly for a limited diet dog food, especially compared to popular name brands like Purina and Taste of the Wild. The only issue we found is that it contains two different sources of protein (turkey and fish), which is not recommended for dogs prone to food-based allergens. Otherwise, 4Health Grain Free Large Breed Formula Adult Dog Food is an excellent option for your grain-free buddy.
- Real meat is the first ingredient
- No corn, soy, or wheat
- Budget-friendly limited diet food
- Contains two different sources of protein
2. 4health Puppy Dog Food
4Health Puppy Dog Food is a chicken and potato formula made for puppies and nursing dogs from the 4Health line of pet products. It’s a high-quality puppy food specifically formulated and fortified for growing puppies, as well as for nursing mothers. One of the best features this dog food has is that it contains real meat ingredients, with no by-products or artificial preservatives. Since it’s a grain-free recipe, it’s also free of fillers and grain ingredients such as corn, soy, and wheat. The only issue we have with this puppy recipe is that it’s made with chicken as the main protein source, which has been found to cause allergic reactions. Aside from the potential allergen issue, 4Health Grain Free Puppy Food is a top-notch dry puppy food that won’t have you spending over your budget.
- Fortified for growing puppies
- Contains real meat ingredients
- No fillers or grain ingredients
- Chicken may cause an allergic reaction
What Other Users Are Saying
While we stand by the products we review, it’s equally important to see what others are saying. Here are some recent comments about the 4Health Grain Free Dog Food line:
- HerePup – “… premium and affordable, providing nutritional requirements for dogs of all ages and sizes for optimal health .”
- Dog Food Guru – “ each 4Health dog food formula provides the right balance of nutrients to the type of dog it’s designed for.”
- Tractor Supply Co. Reviews – You can read these by clicking here and scrolling down to the bottom.
We hope our review of 4Health Grain Free Dog Food products has helped you find the best option for your dog. Although it may be a private label, we are pleasantly surprised by the high quality and dedication that Tractor Supply Co. has put into their dog food product. If you’re in the market for a grain-free diet for your dog, we highly recommend trying 4Health Grain Free Dog Food for a premium, yet affordable, dog food .
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Finding the perfect diet for your dog can be challenging. Often you have to search to find a quality, vet-approved dog food formula that will satisfy your dog’s nutritional needs and taste requirements.
4Health is a reputable and trustworthy brand that offers wet and dry, adult and puppy formula diets that are full of beneficial and nutritional ingredients that will keep your canine strong, healthy, and happy.
4Health Dog Food Review at a Glance
4health dog food company information.
The Tractor Supply Company (in business since 1938) is the largest rural lifestyle store in the US, selling various home, pet, and farming products. On the other hand, founded in 1970, Diamond Pet Foods is a privately-held enterprise owned by Schell and Kampeter.
Where is 4Health Dog Food Made?
Most importantly, Diamond’s plants are GMP (Good Manufacturing Practices)-certified, and you can find all of the different 4Health dog food and cat formulas across the country in Tractor Supply Company stores.
Types of 4Health Dog Food
Where to buy 4health dog food, 4health dog food formulas, 4health salmon & potato formula for adult dogs.
Summary: The Salmon & Potato Formula is the most popular 4Health dog food , and with salmon and ocean fish meal as main ingredients (25% crude protein) and 14.0% crude fat, there is a backed-up science behind the diet’s popularity. The salmon and egg products provide protein, and the ocean fish meal and canola oil are rich sources of fats and linoleic omega-6 and linolenic acid omega-3 fatty acids .
The 4Health Salmon & Potato Formula has added probiotics (Lactobacillus acidophilus, Enterococcus faecium), prebiotics (dried chicory root), and digestive enzymes (Trichoderma longibrachiatum fermentation extract) for healthy digestion. It also has chondroitin sulfate (100 mg/kg) and glucosamine hydrochloride (300 mg/kg) for joint health and mobility support.
4Health Original Dog Food
This dog food does not contain corn, soy or wheat, but does contain powerful antioxidants and omega fatty acid for a silky and shiny coat and a healthy immune system. Overall, 4Health Original Dog Food offers a wholesome and beneficial meal for your dog.
Review: We like the salmon as the first ingredient and added health-boosting compounds. We dislike the use of flaxseed oil. All in all, we rate the 4Health Original Dog Food as the Best for Dogs of All Ages.
4Health Grain Free Dog Food
4health special care dog food.
Summary: The Special Care line of 4Health Pet Food is perfect for dogs with dietary needs and could do with some pet health support. The formulas focus on providing healthy and balanced nutrients while supporting optimal health and well-being.
Additional 4Health Products
4health dog food ingredient analysis.
The 4Health Dog Food uses high-quality meat and fat sources (instead of the typical chicken meal and chicken fat), and most importantly, the fish meal is stated to be ethoxyquin -free. Plus, the formulas do not feature GMO ingredients, fillers, and allergens like soy, corn, and wheat.
However, the brand offers high-quality and well-paired ingredients or, in simple words, proper nutrition with a reasonable price tag.
4Health Dog Food Recalls: What You Need to Know
Is 4health food right for your dog.
Since it is difficult to find a bad review about 4Health Dog Food it is safe to assume that the formula is suitable for your dog’s nutritional and individual needs.
Our Final Thoughts on 4Health Dog Food
We believe that 4Health Dog Food offers balanced pet food for puppies and adult dogs of all breeds, shapes, and sizes, as well as catering to allergies and dietary needs.
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4Health Dog Food Reviews
- Quality meat ingredients
- No by-products
- Excellent fiber - oatmeal, millet, flaxseed
This highly nutritious dog food receives an above average rating from us for its good quality, healthy dry and canned dog foods that meet the AAFCO nutrient profiles for adult dogs and puppies. The company strives to produce great tasting dog foods that contain fresh meats, omega fatty acids and antioxidants at reasonable prices.
4Health Dog Food expert reviews rate both the dry and canned versions of this brand quite high for their high protein and fat content and low carbohydrate levels. In the dry version, meat is the first ingredient on the list, and the addition of barley adds fiber that balances out blood sugar levels. The wet version also lists meat at the top of the ingredient list, and rounding out the mix are eggs for additional protein, as well as potatoes, peas, and carrots for amino acids, fiber and minerals.
Overall, this is brand lives up to its name, providing vital nutrients for health and vitality at an affordable price
The Word on the Street...
4health dog food customer reviews summary.
It is difficult to find negative 4Health Dog Food customer reviews. In fact, most customers report being very satisfied with this brand, both in terms of the ingredients and price point.
Common comments state that dogs love the dry and canned versions of this food, eagerly scarfing it down as soon as it is placed in the bowl. Many dog owners even claim that dogs that are normally fussy eaters enjoy the 4Health brand, and one commenter reported that her dog had suffered food allergies and health problems, yet was fine eating this food. In addition, most customers loved the value for money.
At $25-30 per 35lb bag of dry food and approximately 0.99 cents for a can of wet food, this is an extremely affordable brand. Overall, this brand comes out on top for both dogs and pet owners, for its taste, high nutritional content and very reasonable pricing.
I had 4 beautiful poms and one rescued Jack Russell terrier but things changed this year as both Sasha and Sophie died from congenital birth defects which a dishonest breeder did not tell us about. Anyhow we loved them more than you can ever imagine and gave them the best veterinary care, food,
and as much love as possible. Lexy and Lacy a.k.a. Wiggins we got from a local owner who failed to tell us the mother had coccidia a parasitic infectious disease which we treated them both for. However they can never be bred as they will also pass down the infection because it lies dormant in their bodies their whole lives. The owner of the Mother of Lexy and Wiggins should have known that and never bred the Mother. We have forgiven her as well as the other breeder because our poms have enriched our lives and given us great joy. we have begun to realize that a lot of breeders are dishonest. We are totally into rescue now. We will never get another animal from a breeder when there are so many poms included that need loving homes. Back to Blue no grain food. Lexy fell very ill at the age of 2 with an illmess that almost killed her. It took the University of Minnesota 8 days to finally save her life and find out what was wrong. She was allergic to beef, chicken, fish, turkey, and pork. Now she can only eat lamb, venison, rabbit, buffalo etc. I switched her to grain free this year along with her sister Lacy who has had an unidentified gastrointestinal illness for years that would make her regurgitate and lose weight but then starting eating again at some point. They both ballooned up on the grain free food and although Lacy began showing improvement with her symptoms when I took her to the U of mn they wanted me to to see a nutritionist and start cooking for her. Lexy who always weighed 7 pounds now weighs about 12. I have reservations about the grain free food. Please someone offer your comments.
We switched our GSD to 4Health in March. We were very careful to slowly add the new food (healthy weight) to her existing food until she was weaned totally on to 4 Health. She became very ill, lethargic, and severe diarrhea. We thought that she had a cold/virus so we took her off of the food and cooked chicken and rice for her. She got better so we returned her to the food. She became extremely ill again including bleeding from her rectum. We again stopped the food and this time we started feeding her Steve McQueens’ product and thus we have not had an issue since. This is very scary and I would like to see the manufacturers addressing these issues.
I feed my pit-mix Grain-Free Turkey and Sweet Potato. He’s been on it for over a year. Prior to 4Health coming out with their Grain-Free formulas, he was on their original Chicken formula. He has done great with their food for the most part. I did get one bag of the Grain-Free Turkey that smelled and looked different. I was wary, but still gave it to him and he did fine. Other than that one bag, the food has been smelling and looking normal. I’ve been reading a lot of complaints lately from people who feed their dogs 4Health, saying their dogs used to do good on it, but now they all of the sudden have issues. I don’t know if a bad batch went around or if they’ve made some changes that are having negative effects on dogs? Either way, I’m keeping a close eye on my dog. If any problems arise, I’m going to switch him to homemade food. The trouble is, not only does feeding your dog a good food cost an arm & a leg, but you still can’t trust that you’re getting what they tell you you’re getting… I emailed Tractor Supply and asked who manufactures 4Health… Ainsworth(DAD’S) makes Grain-Free Turkey and Grain-Free Beef. All others, both Grain-Free and Original formulas, are made by Diamond. I wouldn’t feed an imaginary dog anything made by Diamond, let alone my dog. It’s astonishing they’re still allowed to be in business. I hope this helps!
My Shnoodle became lethargic, had diarrhea and overall very ill on the 4health Whitefish. We weren’t certain that it was a dog food related problem until our Golden Retriever started having loose stools and nausea soon after the Shnoodle. As soon as we switched their food both dogs improved. I have not been able to address the issue with TSC yet so I have no info from their customer service to share.
Ive been using 4health for 3 yrs now. My boys love it. They eat it as soon as I put the bowls down. Have NEVER had any issues with their health. When I got the younger pup he was missing hair in a few spots that is growing back. Their coats are soft and shiny. The stools are normal and regular in frequency. Even after this alleged change in production facilities both of them are very healthy. No upset bellies or accidents. No runny stool or sluggish behavior. I will continue to use 4health.
yes it is on the recall list; we use this brand and were rethinking our decicion http://www.foodsafetynews.com/2012/05/diamond-pet-foods-etc-recalls-2012/#.VM0dD53F9Pg
But that recall is old isn’t it like 2007
2012 was the last recall…so far.
I was wondering if people that use Taste of the wild know it also is made by Diamond along with many more of the premium foods. Mine so far are doing really well on the 4health turkey and potato. Very slowly changed to Duck and Potato they love it. I feed 15 dogs this and all are doing great. The Turkey and potato and the Beef and Potato are not made by Diamond they are made by Dads/Ainsworth I emailed TS they replied quick.
Anyone know of a recent formula change with the 4Health Grain Free Turkey & Potato? We are on our 2nd bag, and the 1st bag was great, my Am Bulldog loved it, his allergies cleared up, his stools were dark and firm as they should on this type of food, his anal gland issues resolved….we loved it. Then we bought the 2nd bag of the exact same formula — and his allergies are back, his stools are soft and much lighter, anal gland issues are all back. Nothing else at all has changed in his diet, due to his allergies he gets nothing but this dog food. Anyone have any ideas or know who manufactures this and how to contact them? Thanks so much!
We are having the same issues with our dog. We buy the Sweet potato fish formula. My dog is losing weight on it now.
I had an issue with one bag. I feed my pit-mix Grain Free Turkey and Sweet Potato. He’s been on it for over a year. Prior to 4Health coming out with their Grain Free formulas, he was on their original Chicken formula. He has done great with their food for the most part. I did get one bag of the GF Turkey that smelled and looked different. I still gave it to him and he did fine. Since then, they’ve been smelling and looking normal. I’ve been reading a lot of complaints lately from people who feed their dogs 4Health, saying they used to do good on it but now they all the sudden have issues. I don’t know if a bad batch went around or if they’ve made some changes that are negative. Either way, I’m keeping a close eye on my dog and if any problems arise, I’m going to have to switch him to a different brand. The trouble is, feeding your dog a good food costs an arm & a leg. Plus, you still can’t trust that you’re getting what they tell you you’re getting…
Hi I have been searching for a different food for my Great Dane. I have has her on 4Health Lamb and Rice for 5 months and the last two bags I have opened she has gotten severe diarrhea. This last time I had to take her to the vet. I took her off for 3-4 days and fed her just pumpkin rice boiled chicken or boiled burger and she was fine, as soon as I added 1 cup into the mixture the diarrhea came back . I took the food back out for a day or two and she was fine. I am switching foods but I don’t know what to get next. I am honestly scared since it seems like these dog food companies don’t really care so much about our pets health. My Dane is my life and if something ever happened to her I don’t know what I would do! I will contact 4health company also and the States agriculture department as well.!
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Does anybody have any information about differences between this and TOTW? I’m using TOTW, for several years, but heard that 4Health is just as good, but also heard that 4Health does not have the pre-pro-biotic that TOTW has, but that may have changed. I feed very small dogs, so the difference between these two brands would only save me about $40 a year, maybe I should not bother.
We have recently switched from TOTW ourselves. I am a happy convert! We have an assorted pack, ranging from 6-40#, several different dietary restrictions, and medical concerns. All of our babies have accepted the food with no problems, I highly recommend the switch.
The “concern” over pro-and pre biotic may be outdated. Had you heard anything about that? Maybe 4 Health added it their ingredients. Thank you so much for responding! 😉
I wouldn’t change from TOTW. With it’s water weight, the first ingredient- lamb- would be further down the list of ingredients, leaving just one protein source before moving on to rice. Also, pro- and pre- biotics are incredibly important as they keep your pet’s microbiome healthy (same for humans). 80% of immunity is located in the microbiome.
I have been using 4Health white fish and potato as I have a 5 month old pit that has had sensitive stomach issues since we have had her and this food was our life saver her stools became firm her coat is so soft we were happy until yesterday my husband went and bought a new bag and this morning I went to feed her and I thought he had picked up the wrong kind I even checked the bag to make sure but it was the same so I thought maybe they had changed the shape it used to be like almost squarish and bigger this looked like little balls not even quarter of the size I didn’t think much of it and fed her tonight she had an accident in the house which she hasn’t done that in weeks and I noticed it was very runny and it looked dark grey in color and trust me I know my dogs poop! She poos like an elephant so I’m always scooping it up ! I’m taking the food back tomorrow I just have a gut feeling something’s wrong with it and my instinct is usually right and I don’t understand why they would suddenly just change the shape of it?? All I know is it upset my dogs stomach and that there is a sign to me something’s not right I’m really hoping I don’t have to switch her to another food it took us for ever to find one that worked for her. She is my life !
Same thing happened to me, I called TSC and they said nothing has changed and no one else has called in. Something is not right!
I call BS on TSC. I emailed them June 3rd and got this response. I had the same issue. Mastiff with explosive diarrhea. They changed the food and didn’t bother telling us.
Hello Maureen, Thank you for contacting the Tractor Supply Company Customer Solutions Team. Starting in April, a different facility began producing the Whitefish formula. This facility began producing the product using incorrect kibble specifications. The formula used was correct, but the kibble was made larger than it should have been. This is caused by the natural variations in the color of the ingredients the color of the kibble can vary from run to run. The correct specifications were provided to the production facility and any product made after May 15 2014 will be the correct kibble size. This issue only affected the kibble size and shape. The nutritional quality of the finished product was not affected. The kibble should be a marshmallow shape and be approximately 7/16 of an inch or 12mm in diameter.
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We have been using this food for about 8 months because my dog has allergy issues. Unfortunately, I have to feed more than double to all of my dogs because they were so hungry than on other foods. I’m going to switch because I’m ending up feeding so much more than we were.
We have been using this food for about 8 months because my dog has allergy issues. Unfortunately, I have to feed more than double to all of my dogs because they were so hungry than on other foods. I’m going to switch because I’m ending up feeding so much more than we were.
Are any ingredients sourced in China?
I’ve used 4Health now for about 7 years. My little 4-legged girl is 9 years old and she loves the Chicken and Rice dry food. She has a lot of allergies and this food agrees with her. She doesn’t get red, itchy skin like with other brands. The cost is great too at about $1.00/pound. It ends up being cheaper than the national brands plus the ingredients are great-very little grain. I will use this brand as long as I have a dog in my house….and that will be always! Try this for your dog; you won’t be disappointed. (Sorry if this sounds like an ad!)
We’re not sure if 4health is the cause, I have not had the food tested. We used to use 4health exclusively for the past 2 years, this most recent bag we noticed a change in the shape which I thought maybe I picked up a different flavor and that was the reason for the shape. Our current shape is square. My German Shepard got sick and died suddenly, and the vet could not find the cause of it. Now my Rottweiler will not eat any of this food where she used to gobble it up like crazy. This is a brand new bag we opened the week prior to my Shepard passing. Does anyone know how to get the food tested?
I noticed a change in the size/shape of food as well. My dogs stool has changed but no vomiting and they are still eating it without a problem. Mine was the grain free potato and fish formula. So this last time I mixed in beef and potato for them. Wondering if I should call tractor supply before buying more?? Sorry I don’t know how to get the food tested but I’d start with tractor supply to see if others have had issues. Sorry for your loss.
Ours was different too my husband picked up a new bag yesterday and my dogs stool was loose and grey and I think there’s something wrong with the food I’m taking mine back tommorow to show them
What was your Flavor I use Grain free turkey 4 health?
I have a five month pit and she had a lot of stomach issues until we used the 4health white fish and potato yesterday my husband went and picked up a bag and this morning when I went to feed her it was smaller pieces looked completely different I checked the bag to make sure he had got the right one and it was so I fed her well tonight she left a huge pile of poop on my kitchen floor with some loose stool trailing it and it looked grey! She hasn’t had an accident in the house for weeks her stool just looked completely different my husband is going to go back to TSC tommorow he was going to make sure he had bought the right food but now I’m reading the comments here I know we got the right bag something must be up with this food so I’m taking it back now I’m worried I’m so sorry you lost your dog
Could you tell me what flavor your GSD was on? Sorry for your loss
I love 4 health .even better my dogs do .good thing to because i spend a good $400.00 some odd $ on the food can and dry .Salmon potato & 100% grain free for my senor dogs .. I have had dogs come back from not doing good at all on a big name brand i trusted and used for 30 some odd yrs .. THANK YOU FOuR HEALTH ..Tractor Supple have faith in you pleas dont let us down
DO NOT feed 4 health puppy to your puppies I am a bloodhound breeder. I started feeding 4 health puppy at weaning they got loose stool. at first i thought it was a change in food a week later I wormed them so i blamed it on the worm med’s for a week by the end of the third week the vet and i decided it had to be the food. I changed back to Hills science diet large breed puppy. The next day their stool was solid. Two days later we had a sick puppy after a trip to the vet hospital it was diagnosed with insussuctio ( a problem with the bowl folding in on its self) the vet says this is caused by prolonged loose stool. we had to have the puppy put down. my lesson $608.00 vet bill loos of a beautiful 7 week old puppy @ $900.00 each
Every dog and puppy is different. so it makes me sad to see you bash the brand because it didn’t work for your dog. We put my akc eligible German Shepherd on it when she was a year old. and she was fine. Science Diet actually didn’t work for her. It seems to me like you were sad about losing the $900, not the puppy. I”m sorry if this sounds rude. But dont go bashing brands that work very well just because you made a mistake by waiting a week to do anything about your dogs loose stool. And anyone who knows anything about dogs knows that you can’t make too many changes too fast to their diet or medications which includes worming. I have always been taught to do things slowly and to do them all separately with my dogs, cats, horses and goats. I would consider spreading it all out next time. That way if you do have a food issue you can pinpoint it faster than you did last time. But this food works GREAT for my dog! her coat is shinier, her eyes are brighter, and she has more energy! I get compliments over and over about how healthy she looks, and along with monitoring how much she eats and plenty of excercise I credit 4Health.
We started feeding 4 Health Small Bite formula about 4 monthes ago. We have a six month old small puppy that is on the Puppy Formula. Our older dogs are a minature dachshound and a 55 lb mixed breed and they eat the Small Bite Formula. Immediately the two older dogs started eating less food. We thought they didnt like it. They are still eating it, but not near as much as they used to eat of their old dog food which was Kibbles and Bits. I found out that K & B is JUNK FOOD. Several things have happened since we started feeding 4 Health, 1. They eat less 2. They have lost weight 3. They appear healthier 4. The Dachshound has had dry skin for years and no long does 5. Both of them have a much healthier coat. 6. Both have more energy, one is 9 yrs and the other is 14 yrs
We wish we had found out about 4 Health years ago. It cost about 40% more than the K & B but is by far well worth it. Would recommend 4 Health to everyone that has pets. Our daughter started her cat on 4 Health and she cant believe the change. She has always fed IAM’s. She said the other day she will never go back.
We have been using this food over a year for 4 dogs, recently the actual food looks different. My husband pointed out the change. Now our black pug Gus is vomiting up his food and then flat out refused to eat it. The other dogs are pooping a totally different color than the last bag.
I’ve been using it too for my five month old pit and never a problem until I fed her today I noticed the food was different in shape it was more like tiny balls instead of the bigger almost square shape and tonight she had an accident on the kitchen floor she hasn’t done that in months! It was really loose not her normal consistency and grey in color I just had a gut feeling something was wrong with her food I shouldn’t have given it to her I’m taking mine back to tractor and supply tomorrow
Ive been feeding my dogs this for about 3 years and they do excellent on it.i have 4 mini schnauzers and i long hair chiauwa i dont know proper spelling dog adopted me.i used to feed iams which is crap and science diet which i was told was good.wrong dont believe everything you hear or read except this.since I’ve been feeding my dogs before health brand of dog food your weight is perfect their energy level is perfect and there is very minimal poop and just all around good food I feel good giving it to my animals and my animals are happy that they get it they don’t have any trouble eating it I never have and I’m glad I found this particular brand of feed my animals because I was neversecure with what I was meaning before.this is true and correct that is what I have seen and experienced and that’s what counts and that’s what it’s all about
I have tried just about every healthy dog food I can think of for my dog, but 4Health is all she will eat. It is a great brand, with good quality ingredients. She does great on it.
Yes in the last few monthes I noticed that the food has changed in shape and bag has also chaned the food was flat and square and now it is different? My dog is 12 and has gas a lot now and the one I use is gold in color and for adult dogs? So can I get answers on these things please?
I will not purchase this for my dog again. It has his system messed up and has given him terrible gas. Yes, I started him with a small amount mixed with his old food. He immediately developed terrible gas and it never went away. I am not happy with this food at all.
I have 10 cats in my house (rescues that wouldn’t leave. Half of them were fat and lazy and half about half-starved appearing. I changed to 4Health after reading the ingredients, and when I found it, went to the whitefish and potato, which has no grains. They all love it. I feed free choice, which means there is always kibble out. My fat cats have thinned down and are more active, and my thin cats are not at perfect weight. All but one have perfectly beautiful, shiny coats, and the one who had colic and had dripping diarrhea is now gaining weight, shiny, and although thin, she is happier than I’ve ever seen her. My food bill has gone from 200 a month to about 90, since I also feed ferals. I give the ferals the soft kind so they are certain to get moisture in the winter, and it’s 99 cents a can for a 13-ounce can, and smells good enough to spread on a piece of bread for a sandwich. This stuff has been a lifesaver for me, and probably for some of my kitties too. My friend changed to 4 Health for her yellow lab and her 2 elderly cats, and they are doing very well too, and she is happy also.
my lil rescue pit is on 4Health, has been since a friend bought it for her, because of the high protein content, and she is doing good on it. I also just switched my 2 Boxers to the Adult 7+ yrs, formula from Royal Canins 5+ yrs formula. they are doing good on it. I have also just switched our 3 rescue cats to the feline formula.
I have 2 Great Danes, and 2 Boxers. I have tried several high quality foods, because the Danes have high food allergies and don’t do well with extremely high protein content, 4 Health Salmon and Potato has been our saving source.
can anyone tell me where this product is manufactured? what country? etc. thanks
I have the same question, where is this product manufactured? what country? I can’t find this information anywhere, why is this?
Diamond makes it for TSC, it is manufactured at their various plants in the US.
4 Health is the Tractor Supply Co. house brand made by Diamond. It is made in the USA. If you go to the Tractor Supply Co. web page you can find more information about the products listed there.
4Health dog food is a private label brand made for the Tractor Supply Company. It is manufactured by Diamond Pet Foods, Inc., owned by Schell and Kampeter, Inc. (no website available). They are a U.S.-based pet food manufacturer with plants located in Meta, Missouri, Lathrop, California and Gaston, South Carolina. The company is a family-owned, privately-held enterprise, still managed by the Schell and Kampeter family.
The headquarters for Diamond are in Meta, Missouri and the company was founded in 1970. At that time brothers-in-law Gary Schell and Richard Kampeter bought Milling Meta Co., a producer of livestock feed and dog food. Early distribution was limited to within 100 miles of Meta, Missouri and only about 5 percent of the company’s production was dog food. Diamond expanded its manufacturing to include plants in San Joaquin County California in 1999 and Gaston, South Carolina in 2002
I switched from Purina Puppy Chow to 4 Health Puppy food. My 8 month old Springer likes it much better and he is very healthy. BTW it is manufactured by Ainsworth Pet Nutrition (formerly Dad’s Dog Food) in Meadville, Pa. I don’t know why they are so secretive about this.
Only the dry grain free 4health is manufactured by Ainsworth. The 4health puppy food is manufactured by Diamond along with all the other dry grain based 4health dog feeds. Dads dog food is still in business and is now owned by Ainsworth. Please do not give out misleading info.
I rescued a almost 2 year old cocker spaniel in December of 2012 . He’s very picky due to me being his third home so he has some issues with separation and would not eat , I tried many different foods and found 4 Health at TSP first trying the dry with no luck then the wet . Let me say … he loves it , his fave is the lamb and rice , he is gaining and seems happier , so glad I found this food , his coat is great and shedding seems a ton less . Only thing I see to be a problem is gas but even that is less on this brand . Love this product .
Have been using 4 health for about 2 years on my Greater Swiss Mtn Dog. She throws up a lot and has the Worst GAS ever.
I am starting to think it is the food.
We feed her Blue from when she was a pup, but switched because ingredients in 4 health looked good.
Now in reading some of these posts with other peoples dogs getting sick it makes me wonder.
I want to try a different food, but don’t know what to switch to, with blue she has occasionally loose stools.
From experience (shelter (dog) and rescues, and greater Mountain Swiss rescue, unfortunately, be careful, many of that breed have pancreatic issues, yes, pancreatic insufficiency. Be careful, do not continually change foods. get her tested, it may save her life. It is a genetic problem in that breed.
My neighbor had two (has owned the breed for many years) both had pancretic issues, the male died at age 9 not bad for a large breed, the female is still alive but, she cooks chicken and rice and veggies and adds digestive enzymes for the pancreatitic insufficiency. Check with rescue perhaps they will give you more legit info not a breeder.
I have been using 4Health grain free for my 2 German Shepherds and they are doing better with the grain free food verses the reg 4Health doog food.I stared with the reg and my oldest which is 9 was having stomach issues so I switched about 1 1/2 ago to the grain free and he is doing great no more stomach issues.
I have used 4Health (grain free) for about a year now and it is doing great with my scotties. They are show dogs and their coats HAVE to be perfect. They have no itchy patches or any problems with stomach disorders at all. This is NOT made by Diamond (the grain free) I do think that the regular formula is made by Diamond however. I feed the canned to my oldest girl who needs the extra calories, and she’s doing wonderful. I don’t know why people are having issues with it.
Can anyone tell me where 4healthdogfood is made. Thanks. Please email me. [email protected]
4health is made in the usa for tractor supply comp.
Diamond makes it. Diamond is the major reason for recalls. Nasty
Diamond does not make 4health
Yes, Diamond manufactured 4Health EXCLUSIVELY for Tractor Supply Co.
Diamond makes. The worse place. Tsp will deny
4Health grain free is the only food that has NOT caused any stomach/bowel problems in my 4 year old French Pug. At her yearly check ups the vet raves about how healthy she is and tells me not to change a thing. We had tried two other brands before 4Health and she had problems with vomiting and diarrhea. She has been eating 4Health grain free for almost 2 years now and has been happy and healthy. Just like humans, dogs have different preferences and tolerate different things. In my personal experience, this is the best food at the best price for our little girl.
If one does research many of the high end dog and cat foods have had recalls, not just products like Diamond or particular companies that Diamond manufactures for. Merrick, Blue Diamond, recently had recalls, and Wellness has also had recalls.
You know Diamond under another name could be manufacturing more than their own products and products for Tractor Supply. Diamond has a separate diision that manufacturers for Chicken Soup products. SO, one caompany cannot be lambasted, and I do question if some of the statements are truthful or other food vendors promoting their products, or of any of the sick animals were vetted and what was the diagnosis.
I had my dogs on this food for the past year. I lost my min pin this spring after buying the small breed formula. I didn’t connect it to the dog food until now. My mom fed the dog food her small dog and it showed the same symptoms as my min pin. Brought the dog in and was diagnosed with hemorrhagic colitis. Several days on IV therapy and thankfully pulled through. I just bought a new bag of the mature formula and my dog became very ill. Over $1000 in vet bills one dog died. I brought the food back today. Told TSC. They did refund the two bags of dog food but really I could care less. I wanted them to know there is something very wrong with the food. I hope no one else goes through this and I feel so guilty for not realizing it was the dog food that made my dogs so sick.
I was wondering if any one knew where 4health was manufactured or where the ingredients are sourced from. I am very curious. I have been using 4health for awhile but recently had a trusted dog trainer tell me some worrisome things about 4health. She is a former vet tech and generally keeps up on these sort of things.I just wanted to double check what she told me but have been having a hard time due to the relatively little information provided by Tractor Supply.
I have used the canned for my IG fosters when needed and have had no adverse experiences with it. However, I have read a German Shepherd forum where a breeder lost 2 of his dogs to bloat after feeding them 4Health. I know with deep chested dogs you have to be very careful in their feeding, but this guy has champion dogs so it’s not like he is new to the game. Word of warning, be careful in the kibble you feed. What works for one breed may not necessarily be a great food for others.
4Health is the only food I feed my coonhounds they are show quality hounds that hunt hard at night in the woods chasing coons. Performance is a must to keep up with those little guys, I choose performance Blend and my hounds are in the greatest shape and love there food!
I too looked in to switching my two dogs from Wellness Core to 4 Health due to the cost savings. I called our local Tractor Supply store and ask the manager if 4 Health was manufactured by Diamond. She said that it was however Tractor Supply asked Diamond to make a top quality food strictly for Tractor Supply thus 4 Health came about. I refuse to feed any food made by Diamond to my dogs. I would rather pay more for Wellness Core at the supply store then the Vet’s office due to recalls.
I switched from TOTW to get away from a Diamond dog food only to learn it is manufactured by them. At first my dog liked the grain free(4Health) which I was told was the only food in the 4Health line that was NOT a Diamond food. My dog liked the canned food also and the price was perfect for us. Then her hair started falling out and she refused to eat it.. I have her on wellness core and she likes the taste so far.
Something changed in the current formula, I won’t be going back to 4Health.
First off, I find that replies from people who obviously work for a company are not helpful.
I switched from Wellness to 4 health because of the cost difference. The nutritional make-up was very similar, so I decided to give it a try. The 4 health puppy food tore up my puppy’s stomach and caused vomiting. I did a gradual introduction to this food and refuse to allow him to be sick for a “few weeks” until he fully adjusts to it. I will be switching back to Wellness and happily spending the extra $.
Purchased the 4 health fish and potato formula last week. All 6 of my dogs are having loose stools and one is also vomiting. I will not be using this food.
Did you just switch them to the new food, or did you introduce them to the new food gradually… a little bit at a time? It is common for dogs to develop diarrhea, if an abrupt change is made in their diet. More so, if you are switching them for a grain based food to a non-grain.
Started feeding Four ealth to my 9 year old Golden and recently rescued Border Collie. Started out ok with first bag but their stool has become soft serve and they have stopped eating their entire meal and at times refused to eat. Something is wrong so we are changing to another brand.
My Scotty & Westie puppies (9 months) are poop eaters. I have tried the deterrents with no success, 4Health contains many of the ingredients in the deterrents; therefore I thought maybe the food might be better.. They really don’t clean the bowl. The first day the Westie was a little loose, after reading the reviews I am wondering if I made a mistake purchasing it, was the kidney failure a breed; age thing or for real?? none of the reviews were for small puppies. They have always been on Taste of the Wild Bison and done well. Any suggestion; ideas??? thanks
I have had Labs for years and not just one or two, I had up to 11 at a time and have always fed premium dog food. I have tried them all, EVO, Blue Buffalo, California Natural, Chicken Soup, Taste of the Wild, Premium Edge and many more. 4Health Grain Free is the first one out of all of them that my dogs will wolf down without adding additional meat to. I have one male that has had stomach problems since birth and is so fussy that many times he just won’t eat, but since starting on this food, he can’t wait to eat and is actually gaining some weight. I have only used the grain free so I don’t know about the other, but my daughter uses the other and her dogs love it. I think it is a good food for the price. I switch flavors every week and haven’t had any stomach problems. They absolutely LOVE the salmon and potato!!!
My spoiled baby has been eating 4Health Dog Food for 2 years now. I had never heard of it until I overheard a TSC employee describing the different dog food to another customer. My dog had recently had puppies (thanks to my roommate letting her out with his dog & my procrastination trying to get her into a vet 3 hours away in my hometown rather than Meth nation Hicktown). She had a large litter for her size & the puppies had drained her. She lost a lot of hair on her rear end & tail. I was told she was OK & all but I wasn’t comfortable so I started looking into this new food. I wanted to help get her hair back, her energy back, & any nutrients she lost while breast feeding. Once they were weaned I slowly introduced her to 4Health. Please, everyone, the recommended process to slowly introduce new food to your pet is a good thing. You can’t just throw new food down & expect your pet’s stomach to be happy with it. I see a ton of complaints about dogs having been on new food for 2/3 weeks & being sick from it. That’s not enough time to complete the process of changing their food so how can anyone say something negative about the food when the owner didn’t do their job as a pet owner to slowly introduce the new food? Year, maybe the food wasn’t good for that dog but we don’t know that without a proper diet change. Some dogs have a harder time adjusting to new food. Some foods just don’t agree with some dogs just like people but it’s not the food. Anyways, at first she was hesitate to eat it but she loves it now. When the change was complete I started getting worried because she wasn’t eating as much as she used to. She still had great energy & was very playful. Then I realized that this food has less filler in it so she’s able to eat less to get the nutrients she need & still feel full. Her hair grew back nice & full. Her coat is shiny & fluffy. Someone described it as a cloud because she’s white. Her bowels are a lot more consistent & very solid. She has plenty of energy! The food was more expensive per pound but she eats a lot less so it is actually saving me money now. When I moved, my roommates had their dog on a different food & they’d take bites from each other’s bowls. I didn’t want them getting sick from eating different food so I talked them into switching their dog food as well. She loves it too now. She’s a mellow dog so not much different there but she used to have a lot of small bowel movements & now they’re much more solid & spaced out. She is small so she doesn’t eat much. Over all we have had a really great experience with this dog food. There haven’t been any recalls that effected their food. As for recalls, things happen with all brands. It’s not been a constant issue with them so it hasn’t changed my opinion. It’s a risk we take with any consumable things we purchase & even safety issues on non consumable items. Years from now they might find something bad about this food. I would hate that but we just never know. Something we find good now might be found to be bad later. That’s another risk we take with everything! Right now my dog is happy & healthy. I couldn’t ask for more & I couldn’t ask for a better dog!
I hopeyou have become responsible and mature and had your dogs fixed.
I found this on another site written by an employee answering a question about who mfg 4Health….
I work for the Tractor Supply Company in the Oxford store. Diamond does make our brand 4Health but this line of food has been produced along side with a Tractor Supply team who has decided the ingredients and quantities, this is why the food is sold under our name because it is our product produced with our customers in mind. But it is different than the Diamond self brand.The Diamond self brand dog food is still sold in our stores along with the 4Health. As far as the recall goes I can say for a fact that this past April 2012 was the only recall for Diamond in my 4 years at TSC. I’m not sure about anything earlier than that. I hope I have answered some questions but if anyone still has more they can call their local Tractor Supply where someone is always willing to help. Keri, Oxford, PA Posted: 9/16/2012 6:05:48 PM
Just switched to this food a few weeks ago and now all my dogs are sick with diarrhea and vomiting. After reading this page I am changing right away.
How did you do the switch from your old brand of dog food to 4Health? It’s highly recommended that you very slowly introduce any new dog food into your dog’s diet. This usually takes about a month If done properly. If you just throw down a whole bowl full of new food it’s more than likely going to make them sick. Most dog foods have directions on how to change your dogs food out to minimize the risk of them getting sick. They eat the same thing every single day. Their bodies become adjusted to the formula of that dog food. When you change dog foods you’re putting higher amounts of some things, lower amounts of others, taking out certain things, & adding others. That can upset their system until their body becomes used to it. Next, have you eliminated all possibilities of anything else being the cause? Have they gotten loose or do they stay loose? Have any chemicals been put out in the yard or used in the home? Do they have the flu? If it’s as bad as you’re making it out to be I would have my dog at the vet immediately to make sure they didn’t get into any poisons. If you’re going to make such a statement insinuating that the food has made them sick provide more details to show that it was the food. Rarely will 3 dogs in the same household have the exact same reaction to a decent line of food (not dollar store food) if it was properly introduced into their diet. I am not saying it can never happen but the odds are quiet low. Also, I don’t see what you read on this page that could negatively influence anyone. It’s a rather good food compared to most crap on the market. Like people, some dogs can’t tolerate certain foods so of course it’s not right for all dogs. I am sorry but when I read reviews I expect a level of maturity, intelligence, & information. If you want to say If it’s good or bad explain why so I can decide If what is good or bad for someone else is good or bad for me. I want to know that someone wasn’t paid to write a good review for the company it If someone is angry about something else & taking it oit in their reviews. Personally, I wish all pages would make a required format for all reviews to assure that we get informative reviews.
I’ve been feeding my dogs 4Health for over a year at the advice of my vet. My guys liked it, but this recent bag they aren’t eating. I thought it might be the hot weather, but they have no problem eating the people food I am giving them. One of my dogs has constipation and after reading some of the reviews, I’m wondering if its the dog food that is causing the problem.
We have been feeding our dogs TOTW for 2 yrs and it has been great for them, but lately I have been looking for a comparable food that is more economical. 4 Health seems a good comparison, and lower price point. After reading a few of the comments about funny smelling food and liver issues, I did a little digging and they recently had recalls on their dog food regarding possible salmonella issues. That might be the problem with the recent bags. TS states “Only bags with the ‘Best By Date’ code on or prior to April 7th 2013 should be removed from the Sales Floor. All bags with a ‘Best By Date’ Code after April 7th 2013 are safe to sell.”
My beagle developed a severe food allergy and the Vet gave him a prescription food that was $60 for an 18lbs bag. I did some research and found this food. We gave it a try and my dog is doing great. The allergies are gone and he looks a lot more healthier now since we made the switch to 4health.
My dod too was on SD Z/D. He has a terrible food intolerance. He suffers from diarrhea/vomiting. What flavor of 4Health do you use?
Which 4health did you switch to? For the allergies.,
I just bought this for my rottweiler… was reading some of the reviews.. I guess if doesn’t fit my buddy then I won’t buy it again 4 Stars is up there to the food he was eating.. I did buy a bag of Blue Diamond before this this bag.. Hubby wanted to try it because it is a few bucks cheaper… if it doesn’t work out for our buddy I will go back to Blue Diamond..
Fed my German Shepherd on this for three weeks, she hated it, wouldn’t eat it without being really hungry, has gotten progressively weaker and less energetic. She’s had noisy bowels the whole time, although her movements have been nice and solid. I’m throwing the rest of this 35 pound bag away.
How did you introduce this into the dog’s diet? 3 weeks barely is long enough to slowly introduce new food into a dog’s diet. It’s a process but that’s what keeps your dog from getting sick as well as helps them get used to the taste & change in nutrients.
I have been purchasing 4health dog food for a very long time. I have never had ANY issues and my vet rants and raves about how beautiful my pit bulls are. They have very soft puppy fur their teeth are polished and overall weight is so perfect that my took pictures so she can show other clients. I feed the high performance but have seen a new salmon that has come out and I am really excited to mix it in and see how my dogs take to it. There are concerns that it causes BLOAT but bloat is not caused by a specific kind of food but food in general. I even refered my gf to feed the small bites to her small chi who is a picky eater and she loves it says her dog eat normal.
4health IS NOT top of the line food like Avo Derm or Orijen which I would prefer to feed but this is very good quality food for the price. Even when I was unemployed I could manage to scrap up enough to buy me some without thinking WHOA that’s a huge dent in my wallet. I will continue to feed this brand of food until I die or at least until I can afford Orijen which is about $80 a bag and not available where I live.
I’m having the same problem with Diamond Dog Food all of a sudden they don’t like it. Maybe Diamond, and 4health are the same company like the rumors say.
My dog has eaten this before and liked it. A bag I bought recently she’d rather eat apple peels out of the garbage when she has a full bowl of this. It’s 4health chicken and rice. My sons dog who loves to eat (black lab) usually comes over and cleans the bowl out. She wouldn’t even go near the bowl. HELP!!! Something is Def wrong with it!!
I had one bag that didn’t smell good like the others and my girl didn’t really want to eat it, but she isn’t a big eater anyhow for being a lab mix. I always throw a tiny bit of hamburger and green beans or carrots with it too, so she’d eat it sometimes but I do think maybe there was a bad batch that maybe wasn’t caught. If I could afford it, I would just cook for my dog and not buy any crappy kibble, altho i do think this is basically one of the better brands for not costing a fortune. When there was that big recall (2007??) it hit so many of the companies that there wasn’t hardly a one that wasn’t affected by it. If you have doubts, take it back where you bought it and find something else until you find out if it was or is found to be on a recall. The bag I’m feeding now smells okay & it’s the small bite formula but i always check & smell the food over, as i have found things in moist cat food that would turn your stomach. Good luck.
Since I switched to 4Health dry and can food my two dogs have gotten sick. One of my dogs now has liver and kidney problems that she did not have prior to eating this food. I purchased at least $60 worth of can and dry food. I believe it is the food that has caused the problem and my vet said to change to a different food asap
I have also had my dogs on this for two years. Lately the food smells funny. My min pin has just been diagnosed with liver disease. Won’t eat the food even with meat on it. What is happening with the food? My other dog is hesitant to eat it also.I think I will throw it all away.
Sorry to hear about your dogs being sick. I do want to say not to put your eggs.in one basket here though. There’s a huge chance that it wasn’t the food. I am not saying it definitely wasn’t but $60 worth of this food isn’t a lot between can & bags. A 35lb bag is around $30 or so. Smaller bags are more expensive per pound. There may have been an underlying issue which the food brought out. Unfortunately some dogs do react diffeerently to different things in foods. For $60 worth of food between 2 dogs to have caused such a severe problem there would either have to be an underlying issue or the batch was severely tainted somehow & need to be investigate by the manufacturer. Have you contacted them? I am sure they’d want to test the food. If they find it’s bad it needs to be pulled off the shelves immediately & a recall notice sent out to save other dogs from this problem. My mom’s dog is having kidney & bladder problems & we were afraid it was the food but the vet was able to tell us that it didn’t just start but just became a problem. She believes it started a couple years ago. My dog is fine & they both eat 4Health & my mom & I split a large bag to save money & not have the food sitting opened for too long. After the dog’s surgery we’ll know more about the issues she is having to know If it is genetics, environmental, or food related including her treats & food she ate before. She had to be taken off the food anyways to be put on prescription food that she HATES with such a passion that it’s actually cute to watch her.
Could anyone tell me where 4health is manufactured? I cannot find it listed anywhere and I’m a google guru. It has to be made in USA or Canada or I don’t buy. THank you!
Pam, It’s manufactured in the USA by Diamond Pet Foods.
Manufactured by Diamond Pet Food, in plants located throughout USA.
I would add that while a pet food or treat may be labeled as being manufactured in the USA, some ingredients of the product may be purchased from outside the States. Just keep your eyes and ears open and periodically check the pet food recall site.
I fed my dogs Blue Buffalo for several years, even though it kicked my financial butt, because it was a good quality product. I started buying it at Tractor Supply because it was a little cheaper than Pet Smart. At checkout, the clerk told us about 4Health, encouraged us to do research and suggested we try it. Our Rott has been a picky eater all of his life, even with BB. We tried 4Health and he has started eating like never before. We now have to be careful about his portions because he’s bulked up to his prime years’ weight of 135#, and his 10-year old butt doesn’t need to weigh any more than that. He’s happy and we’re thrilled …. ’cause when the Rott’s not happy, ain’t nobody happy.
My rescue boxer has eaten the 4Health since I got him and he loves it and looks so healthy. His coat is so shiney. I always fed him the Chicken and Rice and was just switching to the large breed as the ingredients are mostly the same but just a little bit bigger pieces. Now they just came out with the Grain Free so I purchased that and am mixing in to switch to that. I like the idea of grain free and the cost compared to Taste of the Wild and others is so much less. My son used TOW and is switching to the 4Health. He said they eat so much less and get full, thus stools are a lot less to clean up. I have a relative that works there so I get a discount which makes it even better. He is why I started him on it because he swore by it and the quality of it. It is manufactured by Diamond.
I tried 4Health for the first time and my 3 dogs cleaned their bowls. I just got the second bags and right off they turned their noses up and walked away from their bowls. Do they have a quality control issue or what?
The same thing has happened to my four dogs. I tried a bag of 4Health beef and potato last month for the first time. I then got a bag of the Turkey and Potato and they turned their noses up. I don’t think it had anything to do with them just preferring the beef over the turkey. They’ve always enjoyed their meals. We’ve also seen mushy stools form them. Considering all of these negative reviews and my own experience, I’m not sure I feel comfortable buying this product anymore. You made a good point with your quality control question!!
I am writing to quibble about the comment in the review that “Customer reviews of 4Health dog food are mostly average. Many dog owners agree that while 4Health is not the “best” formula available, it is one of the better formulas that is offered for an affordable price. Most dog owners view it as a good choice for a mid-grade dog food formula.”
The reviews I have read have been much better than average and from the ratings I’ve seen and the ingredients I would describe the quality as better than mid-grade. Also the “Dog Food Advisor” website gives most varieties of 4Health 4 stars and the Performance Formula 5 stars, their highest rating.
I’m so frustrated. I have 3 over 70lb dogs. I would like to give them “good food” and have tried. One may have allergies to ?? chicken?. I have tried TOTW and after a while they don’t like it and look at me like “Really? I have to eat this?” Also I have found that giving them grain free foods gives them more “anal gland issues”. So tried Costo turkey grain free and they wouldn’t eat it- took it back. Have been on 4Health and after a while I get the look- “Really?” So I went with cheap Retriever Brand Complete Balance or something like that and so far they love it. Their anal glands don’t fill up like they do with the “poop less” type of foods but I know the quality is poor. I tried an Ol Roy type and they love that too. So what’s the answer? Give them food they will eat and get bigger poops and less anal issues or give them better food which they don’t like and have stinky anal gland issues.
Have you spoken with your vet? They might have something that can help loosen up their bowels with the higher end food. I did notice a big difference in my dog’s bowels after switching to 4health. Thankfully she doesn’t have anal gland issues but I definitely see that it could be an issue with certain dogs. My dogs bowels used to be loser & more broken up & now they’re more solid & uniform. Like people, some dogs probably need help being regular just as well. I am sure there is something you can give them to help it. I am not a vet so I don’t want to make any recommendations on here myself. Another option might be to get some vitamins so they can eat a cheap dog food & still get the nutrients they need. It’s really about making sure they’re getting vitamins & nutrients from their food. That doesn’t mean feed the any ole food because some foods really aren’t good but you can find something that’s still good. As for them turning their nose up after a while I am sure they’re bored with their food. I can’t imagine eating the same thing day in & day out to be really exciting. That actually worries me about my dogs. We get to enjoy our meals &.they don’t so I try to get some wet dog food & put a little on top of their dry food every once in a while like a special treat for them. They think it’s the greatest thing ever! When I put meds in wet food & feed them it for a week or however long they’re slow to start eating their food without the wet food on top at first because they are waiting for me to put the good stuff on top but they get over it. That could be another option for you, to put some wet food over the dry food for added moisture to help the food pass through the other end. Maybe even water down the dry food so they’re getting more water intheir diet. I know Ol Roy & Gravy Train have always given all my dogs the runs. There used to be a gravy you could pour over dog food but haven’t seen it in about 8 years. I am sure you can get creative or just leave it. They’ll eat when they get hungry & realize they’re not getting anything different.
I am very please with the results i have gotten from the 4Health brand food. I feed my very picky Chihuahuas the Small Bites formula and they actually eat it with no problem. Its been hard finding a feed that they will eat regularly without having to doctor it up with warm water or mixing in canned food. One of them has a very severe food allergy and she has not had any negative reactions toward it all, he coat actually looks just as good as it did when is was feeding her the Blue Buffalo, at half the price.
I will definitely be sticking with the 4Health Small Bites brand food for my babies!
We have been feeding 4health chicken and rice to our five dogs for over a years. We switched them from blue buffalo due to cost and the fact this food got fantastic ratings. At the time it really deserved it. It was 26.99 a bag and the food was fantastic, you could only get it in stores. We always buy 4 to 10 bags at a time as we have all large breed dogs. With this last cycle of food, bought in January 2013, all but one has stopped eating the food. One will vomit sometimes, but four of them are turning their noses up. We have to coat it with wet food for them to eat it and even then it they eat it begrudingly. I noticed they now sell it online, my thought is perhaps they are now producing in larger quantities so maybe the formula has changed?? I am not saying that is fact, I am just wondering. Is anyone else having this issue?
My Boston Terrier mix rescue pup loves her 4Health. She eats mainly the Small Bites kibble with half a can on the wet food a day. The flavours are fantastic (lamb, turkey, sweet potato, salmon, etc) and the ingredient list is impressive. She has no scratching or skin issues, and loves the taste! The price is right for us.
I thought I would comment on some of the above information that is not correct. Diamond company funds the production of 4health but does not make the food themselves. Also during May 5,2012 there was no Diamond recall for any 4health product.
May 05, 2012 UPDATED: CORRECT PRODUCTION CODE INFORMATION Canidae Pet Foods Initiates Voluntary Recall of Dry Pet Food Due to the Potential for Salmonella Salmonella May 05, 2012 UPDATED: CORRECT PRODUCTION CODE INFORMATION Diamond Pet Foods Expands Voluntary Recall of Dry Pet Food Due to Potential Salmonella Contamination Salmonella
I have been actively feeding my dogs 4health for over a year now and can honestly say it was the best decision I can make as a dog owner.
my cats have been on4health for a year; I have 3. two are fat the the other is lean. 2 of them are going to be 4 in july the other 5 in November . I have had no issues with this food / other than its different effect that it can have in the way my cats look . Obviously 2 are overweight from this food , the other is gaining no weight and looks rather skinny..so I have added purina one to his food . my daughter has a female pit that is itching and scrathing, pulling at her ears and now has some bumps or a knot under her chest along with 2 fatty tissue tumors . I am convinced its the food and she is allergic. I have read several testimonies and I cant explain enuf how it has helped me today . Kudos to all of you for stepping up and SPEAKING up –. we the animal lovers are LISTENING **
my dogs have been on 4health performance about 8 months with no problems until now. my boston terrier/beagle mix suddenly has recurrent yeast-type ear infections and a couple large hives on the side of her neck. she has also been coughing and thrown up multiple times the last couple weeks, which i figured was from eating twigs like she did as a puppy but now i think its more likely the food. my black lab/pit mix has no issues other than chewing his paws but im really uneasy about feeding this anymore. i want them on the same food if there is 1 that meets both their needs.. anybody with suggestions other than totw? we switched from that to 4health
Its not the dog food. Your dogs are both having and environmental allergic reaction. The yeast would be caused from the food. Go to the Fish diet. The fish will help starve the yeast out. Yeast also feeds on sugars and starches. No more treats unless they are fish. I would go to something like stella and chewys freeze dried treats if you have to give treats. And as far as the environmental issue, go to the farmers market and get honey made with 50 miles of your home. If its not local it wont work. Feed them each a table spoon a day. This will help the problem they are having with the pollen.
Shelby is incorrect. It IS the dog food. I have never tried this particular dog food, so I have nothing to say about the specific brand, but when dogs chew on their paws, the most likely cause is food allergies (usually chicken, grain, or corn). This is particularly true in labs. Ear yeast infections are also most commonly caused by grain allergies. If what you’re describing as hives are actually hotspots, same thing. Hotspots can be caused by a number of things but are often caused by allergies to food or flea saliva. More so, dogs with yeast infections can develop hot spots because of the yeast. So yes, it is the dog food, it is not environmental. Try feeding the 4Health Grain Free formula or a different food altogether.
I have a boggle too!! Have you tried switching to a food that has NO chicken on it? Mine gets the hive things when he eats food or treats that have chicken in them…very allergic. She loves the grain free 4health beef or fish formulas.
Anyone ever think that it could be both? Olivia, Shelby did say that the yeast was from the food. It’s quite logical that an allergy to grass would cause their paws to itch. My dog is allergic to fresh cut grass at certain times of the year. Guess where she chews herself the most? Yep, her paws. That’s the part of her body that has the most contact with the grass. I don’t leave her out too long after the grass has been cut but If she does lay or sit in it she will start chewing her rear end & stomach area. As for the food being the problem it isn’t a specific brand of food but what’s in the food. To blame the brand is like blaming Toyota for all car exhaust pollution. Yes, they make cars. Yes, they do give off pollution. They aren’t the only cause of pollution from car exhausts. There are other manufacturers with vehicles giving off the same exhaust. I am allergic to oranges but I don’t hold it against Tropicana. If I drink Tropicana I will break out in hives but it’s not their fault. Switching to another brand of orange juice isn’t going to change the fact that I am allergic to oranges. If I want juice I have to drink something without oranges in it like apple juice. Tropicana has other juices nowadays so I could still drink Tropicana. Just saying….. I really wish people would understand animals before owning one. Take them to the vet when there’s a problem. It’s like having a child. They depend on us to take care of them. Like a child, they have issues unique to them & can’t tolerate certain things that other animals can. That’s why there’s so many different diapers, formulas, foods, snacks, bottles, ointments, medicine, & so on for babies & the same for animals.
I have a Doberman Mix. She had all kind of Skin problems, and she also began to eat at her paws. I took her to the vet about a year ago, she then said that she was having an allergic reaction and that I had to put her on Blue Buffalo. So I went and Bought the Blue Buffalo to help her feel better, but not my wallet by any means. She did amazing with it but it was way to costly, to the point where it was like we feed her or put gas in our car. I told a coworker about it about 3 months ago. She explained that her Poms had the same problem but she got them 4health, and explained that the vet told her that is was the same as blue buffalo only cheaper. So I switched, for thr price of 1 30lb bag of Blue Buffalo, I can get 14 cans of wet food and a 35 lb bag of the 4health, so it seems much more affordable and lasts longer. plus my Dobe seems to like it a little better than the Blue too. So it was a Win Win. I would highly recomend it to any person who has a dog with similar pet allergies.
Two weeks ago I bought a small bag of 4Health Small Bites. I put the old dog food on top so that he would begin getting the new, different dog food in increasingly larger increments. Last week, he should have started receiving almost a full serving of this dog food. Within 30 minutes of dinner last Friday night, he started scratching his face, his lips swelled up, and then he started rolling his body on the floor like he was itching miserably. I could see what looked like dog “hives” developing so I gave him a Benedryl and headed for the emergency vet. By the time I got there, he had hives all over his body. He was treated for an allergic reaction.
I went to Tractor Supply the next day to get some Blue Buffalo (what I fed him previously) and put the 4 Health in a garbage bag to get out. When I said something to the clerk about it, he told me that someone else had bought the same food and their dog had started throwing up. She switched foods and the dog got better. Interestingly, my dog had thrown up a couple of times in the preceding days. Of course, I chalked it up to “who knows what in the world Roscoe has been eating in the dog pen.” I have a question about the 4 Health brand now and will not buy it again.
Also, maybe this is petty, but I called Tractor Supply the day after the emergency animal clinic visit and told them what happened. I would have expected to have heard something from them. Nope. Not a word. I’m not happy about that. They should pay more attention because I spend a lot of money at TSC.
I USED to feed pedigree till I relized that all the skin issues for my fiest came from the dog food. I too fed him pills special soaps and all that jazz. I talked to my local TSC in Delaware, Ohio. They suggested 4 health dog food. Iswitched the boys and couldnt be happier. No more every other day baths or pills to shove down his throat his coat is bright shiny. He is 13 years old and trees squriells like he is 2 yrs. old. My beagle ( 8 yrs.) is not the little fat dog anymore he loves to hit the woods in search of rabbits to run. His pillow is pretty lonely these days. You should give this food a try. You will be happy with it after spending all the money you did for the high dollar stuff that is packed with stuff that slows em down. Read the labels you will be impressed.
I work at TSC and yes it is Manufactured by diamond it was involved on cautionary recalls in April along with taste of the wild. . I am not a representative of the company just a former employee. I feed this and sold it constantly !
FYI…there is no such brand as “Blue Diamond.” There is Blue Buffalo, which has a diamond shaped logo, and there is Diamond. They are not affiliated in any way. Diamond does manufacture 4Health, as well as their name brand, Taste of the Wild, and a few others. That being said, speaking from experience (I worked at TSC for almost 7 years), I have pulled EVERY brand of dog food from the shelves at some point. Most of these recalls are voluntary, which means that animals have not gotten sick, but the manufacturer doesn’t want to take any chances. Diamond seems a little more paranoid than most after the 2007 incident (which, by the way, was due to a mycotoxin infected corn crop– not something Diamond did in their factory. Corn is supposed to be checked for this toxin before it is used in any food, so it was really more the corn distributor’s fault anyway). Anyway. Even after moving on from TSC, I have continued to feed my dogs 4Health because they have done wonderfully on it. I used to be a die hard Nutro fan, but changed to 4Health after the formula changed, and it really is a great food. I’ve seen it clear many skin afflictions such as dandruff and hot spots. Its FAR better than over priced corn laden brands such as Science Diet and Eukanuba. Its definitely the best bang for the buck.
thank you. your info was great, i had been feeding my rottweiler with sams exeed dog food and she had hot spots for years, my ignorance. now i have 2 black labs, 1 getting hot spots and i am in the ts often. i remember the recall in 2007, scared me away from diamond till now. i bought diamond natural lamb and rice. 3 weeks later no more hot spots cheewing the paws.diamond is aresponsiable dog food company and i am going to change to taste of the wild. 151 checks they perform and i was in in the tractor store all the time and employees immediately remove all dog food from stock. better safe than sorry.sams club in bangor had waggin trail chews one day clearenced by the front door, later to find out they were recalled that same week.diamond does not take chances and the tractor supply trains employees on dog food.we live now in a world where we, by use of computer can find truth.
FYI…there is no such brand as “Blue Diamond.” There is Blue Buffalo which has a diamond shaped logo, and there is Diamond. They are not affiliated in any way. I worked at TSC for a long, long time and let me tell you that Diamond doesnt have recalls any more often than the other brands. I had to pull EVERY brand from the shelf at one point. Not only this, but these recalls are almost always voluntary. What that means is that there arent any animals that have gotten sick, but they arent taking any chances. Diamond is the first to pull food after the 2007 incident, because they dont want anything like that happening again. Also btw, that was due to a defective corn crop– not something in Diamond’s factory (yes, they do make 4Health as well as TOTW and several others.) Recall talk aside, hsve continued to feed my pets this brandd even after moving on from TSC because it really is the best food for the money. My dogs have always done wonderfully on it, and I was a die hard Nutro fan for years. It is FAR better than overpiced corn filled brands like Science Diet and Eukanuba.
I have a 10 month old, 110 pound German Shepherd/Labrador Retriever mix. A few months ago, he was acting sluggish, lost the pep in his step, and couldn’t keep up physically with the older dogs we visited. Our vet suggested a food change, and the sales clerk at TSC suggested 4 Health. Within 48 hours of switching his dog food to the 4 Health brand, we had our active, happy puppy back! We fed him a 50/50 mix of his old food with the 4 Health, and by the end of the bag of old food, he was picking out only the new food, and leaving his old chow in the bowl. His coat looks so much shinier and thicker. I have strangers stop me on the street to tell me how beautiful he is. I’ve had dogs most of my life, but have never witnessed such a significant change in behavior and appearance in such a short period of time. I highly recommend.
We have an 8 year 130 lb. white German Shepherd. We have fed him Pedigree since he was a pup and never had any health issues with him. A friend of ours visited tractor supply a couple of months ago to buy his regular food. The sales clerk told him about the advantages os 4 Health. He mentioned it to us and we switched our “little man” to it. He has been eating it for about 3 weeks now with no adverse effects. “Deuce” is getting which appears to be the onset of arthritis in his joints and we hope that the ingredients in the 4 Health will help minimize his discomfort.
Diamond is a company who make many different brands of dry dog food.. some are Diamond, 4Health, Taste of the Wild, and Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover’s Soul. Each are marketed differently. 4Health is the private label that Tractor Supply sells.
In the early Spring of 2012, All, I repeat all of the dry brands were recalled made in their SC factory. Their other two factories output are not effected. The SC output was not available for several months. Recently all of the brands have been come available again. I have used Taste of the Wild before the recall, but my dog started having the runs.
After production started up again, I started with a bag of 4Health. After using a half bag of Salmon and Potato, all is well.
While I would wish that samonella was not a problem with dog food (apparently more than one person has complained of getting samonella from handling the dog food), it seems like it is a fact of life.
For those totally committed, one could make all your dog food by hand from fresh ingredients. I am not willing to do that. I do stay alert for recall notices.
My too cents.
My 5 dogs love this food. I used c/r small bites. I have one very picky little girl and this is all she will eat. It goes on sale quite ofter and that is a plus.
I have a pitbull he is a purebreed bully he’s 13 months old and 85lbs he’s started getting hives awhile ago I tried medicine and changing different. Things except his dog food I been giving him beneful. Since day one. Can anyone give me some info on this dog food if its the cause and if so what other brands are good, I was told blue wilderness and 4health are good can someone plz help
I was ina similar situation i have a purebreed APBT and ever since day one have dealt with skin issues and hives and bumps etc. You name it we tried it. Zyrtec, benedryl steriods etc. FINALLY we just had his allergy test done bc no food change was helping Turns out he’s allergic to alot of seasonal things but also Beef, duck, rice, potatoe, egg, etc We choose this food to put him on bc it only had the rice and not the rest of the allergens and the vet approved it. Especially since Rice was a lower grade allergen. Honestly try switching and if you dont find relief spend the couple hundred for the test and find true relief for your pup. ours is only a year and half and im so happy we figured this all out and the medication to help his seasonal isnt too expensive either. In the end it out weighs the constant vet trips and steriods price.
My 2 yr old female blue pit has skin allergies and my 1 yr old boxer has a sensitive stomach as well as my two 3 yr lab mixes, and my two border collies who were shedding like crazy have had all of their symptons have improved with 4health salmon and potato mix bag. It is grain free which helps in addition to corn, wheat and soy free. I’ve read tons of reviews from nutro to autority and sience diet and pruina and eukauana and in comparion to blue buffalo its not bad for the price with quality ingredients. My dogs love it too which is a plus. Their coats are shinny and their stomachs seem better in digestive sense.
I have been looking for a new food for my Australian Shepard… I have been feeding him Rachel Ray New Trish. He like that but his coat is dull dry and Flaky and he is lethargic… He has NO medical problems to account for this…
I selected the 4Health Mature Adult Formula… It was NOT avail in 35Lbs bags…. (Don’t know why).
Hoping my Boys do well on it…. it looks sort of bland.and does not smell very good…. So far my guys are just looking at it….. Not interested at all.
I have 2 European Black German Shephards that we rescued. They both were good, happy dogs; but, they had weight issues and moved sluggish. The girl had a little issue with walking up and down steps and an odor and skin issue. We first thing was changed their food that they were always on (Benaful) and went with the recommendation that our local TSC employee had given us (she has a shephard as well), which was the 4 health brand. We started it and within a week, we noticed huge improvements. They started losing weight and walking better. They had lots more energy and life to them and they looked so much healthier in appearance. Unfortunately for the girl, the damage of neglect has already been done. She developed allergies that were not addressed untill we got her. If they happen to do a lot of chewing, scratching and licking themselves, then you might have to add some more omega 3 fatty acid suppliments to the food and a benedryl. Other than that, this food has been a huge game changer for us and others we know. Just give them time and they will thank you.
Thank you for that information. My baby has allergy issues but we think they’re from the grass at certain times of the year. She will drive herself nuts chewing on herself at times & I give her a benedryl or half depending on the severity but hate giving them to her. I am going to try to get omega 3 supplements for her. If it doesn’t help at least it will help her coat.
It is my understanding that 4Health dog food & treats are made by Diamond dog food company, who has had more pet food recalls than just about any other dog food company out there. I wonder if that’s why it isn’t sold under the name Diamond anymore. I actually saw on a dog food lable, Diamond company, so unless they’ve been sold out, it’s the same company. Having said that, they get a 4 star rating on dogfoodanalysis.com. You decide for yourself, but do some research on dogfoodanalysis.com to get updated information about recalls in addition to pet food specialists’ take on the quality of most brands, with their explanations as to why they rate the foods between 1 and 5 stars. I’m disappointed that if this is a marketing ploy to resurrect Diamond food products that Tractor Supply is not doing anything to let people now who the owner is regardless of the name on the food. People have a right to know it’s part of a high recall dog food brand.
4 Health is an excellent choice for anyone looking to switch their pet to a holistic food. It has great professional reviews, is highly recommended by many breeders, and the price is unbeatable. Much more affordable than other holistic brands, yet it contains the same ingredients and nutrition. Oh yeah… not to mention dogs (including my two mini doxies) LOVE it!
I called Tractor Supply and was told that 4H canned dog food is manufactured by Simmons. Simmons manufactures pet food for brand name companies,but not under the Simmons name. I am unable to find verification on Simmons website that it does manufacture the 4H brand.
diamond dog food owns it
I couldn’t be happier by switching our 5 German shorthair pointers from Purina pro plan. I go through 4 35lb bags a month plus more when we have pups and now I save about $50.00 + a month. When considering different foods we compared ingredients and 4 health has the same amount of protiene and fat as the Purina without the added junk in it. I have been noticing Purina pro plan was making their stools runny and they had been on it for 2+ years. All vet checked and cleared. So we switched to 4 health. I couldnt be happier with the results. And ALL companies have had recalls!!!! It was only certain formulas. I do the salmon and potato as well as the performance. Their coats are amazing!!! And you feed less per day.
We just switched to 4Health Puppy from Taste of the Wild, we will probably switch to the adult with the next bag we buy. Our son Petey seems to like it a lot! We were also happy with the ingredients we saw in 4Health.
I have an overweight chocolate lab and switched him to 4 Health, the glucosomine formula … He is returning to a healthier weight, and he’s much more energetic. No more grocery store brands in this house!
i should add we switched to Nutri Source Grain Free, 2 flavors she loves…..Seafood/Salmon, and the Bison. More costly but my dog is worth it! Awesome food. I will never use Blue Diamond brands again
I finished my last bag of 4Health and have now switched brands. I am sick of the recalls and will not buy it again. We switched to Nutri Source and my English Setter is thriving off of it!
I have just purchased a new bag of the lamb & Rice formula of this brand for my dog because the Taste of the wild dog food that I usually give her was recalled, then come to find out this brand got recalled. My product number is not on the list of recalls but Do you think I should be feeding it to her? With all the recalls what should I feed her then
Are the 4Health products okay to purchase now?? Anyone know for sure?
I just bought several bags last week, and they are OK…I just checked the product code on the bags to the listing on the petfoodtalk.com blogs…When they have a recall, the company should send out the product code numbers, so the stores can pull them from the shelves, and you can look at any bags you may have at home. I checked my 4 bags & all is good here! My dogs have been on this food for several years…and I breed/show cockers…beautiful coats and skin. Just had my puppies to the vet today, and she asked me what I was feeding them…4Health Puppy, and she was pleased, she said she has many clients using this food with great results.
I just went to my local Tractor Supply store here in west PA and the Diamond Foods are not recalled, they had it posted. I bought a bag a 4Health.
im debating on switching my 2 portuguese waterdogs over to this brand.. i have heard some amazing reviews but i will wait till after they have fixed this recall. :D.
Diamond brands cannot be trusted to “fix the recall” when it comes to my dogs life. This is not their first time around the block with contamination issues.
This is one very good dog food for the money. I have looked high and low for something for my jack russell that has diabetes. Getting the right for for him has been a chore. His need have changed dramatically since being diagnosed with this disease. I have been able to reduce his insulin by 1 unit since changing to this food. His coat is beautiful, shedding way reduced,has the bounce back in his step. Love it!!!
Diamond Pet Foods is expanding their recall to include some 4Health dry dog food formulas. Please check out our blog post dealing with this issue: http://petfoodtalk.com/blogs/diamond-expands-recall/
I started my rottie on 4health puppy. He filled out fit and firm however for some reason this puppy food causes severe diarehea, the vet checked him over and could not see what was causing the water diarehea, this went on for a month. But he was gaining weight, however a little sluggish.
we switched over to the diamond large breed, and his stool went back to normal just after a few days.
4Health is made by Blue Diamond and both Blue Diamond and 4Health have been recalled due to Salm0onella possibilities out of their South Carolina plant. Your dog may have diahrrea due to a sickness caused by the food. Call the company’s number on the bad and complain. I did not know the food had been recalled until I went to Tractor Supply to get some more and their salesperson told me aobut the recall.
Are these dog foods being recalled??i am seriously worried/??we feed this food to all of our dogs…worried
My 3 Boxers ( 5yr,3yr& 21 weeks) are just now finishing the first bag of 4Health, Salmon and Potato .. we have switched from Taste of the Wild (Pacific Salmon) .. The switch over went well , stool was good .. little gassy , but all went well … All 3 of my boys love it .. my picky eater puppy now does not come up for air when the food hits the bowl . When choosing this I compared bags of the TOTW and 4 Health and it was almost the same .. Love it , the price is great (saving almost 14 bucks a bag) ..
I’ve been feeding large breed formula. I’m very happy. My labradors coats are very shiny, and ear infections have decreased. I’m pleased
I have a lab with ear infections. Which 4 health are you feeding that has decreased your dogs ear infections.
I have 2 Rottweilers and have been feeding them 4Health Large Breed dry food for about 2 years. They are very healthy and have good energy with nice shiny coats. Not only is it a really good quality food but in comparison to other foods of the same quality the price is unbelievable. I did a lot of research on dog food before I switched and I am very happy with this brand.
I have been feeding my dogs this food (dry) for the last few years and was always happy with how they were doing. Lately I have noticed the kibble doesn’t look or smell good at all. I have been having very gassy and loose bowel movements. I am not happy with this and thinking about getting them on a new kibble diet. I have 2 seniors that I have had to seriously think of having them pts, and that would be complete torture if I found out it was the food causing their ill health!!
Take them off this food immediately. Been there , done that. Put them on Fromm or Earthborn. Feed them 1 tablespoon of honey a day in their feed( local homey that is paturized if you can get it) and put them on a top quality probiotic like Fastrack Canine Microbial supplement(according to package directions). mean while, feed them 1 cup of Libby’s plain pumpkin a day for 5 days to help push whatever is in them thru them. Plain pumpkin solves both the runs and constipation.I don’t know what breed you have but watch them for bloat. Save the bag of food , do not feed it to anything and be very careful to disinfect your hands when you handle it. Disinfect all bowls and feeding utensils. if you want, contact your vet and have the food tested for bacteria. That is up to you.
Diamond Halts Pet Food Production at S.C. Plant April 14th, 2012 at 11:57:05 am http://www.veterinarypracticenews.com/v … plant.aspx
Diamond Pet Foods of Meta, Mo., suspended all production at its Gaston, S.C., plant, following a dog food recall last week due to salmonella concerns, the company reported today.
Diamond ceased production at the plant on April 8, 2012, two days after it recalled several lots of Diamond Naturals Lamb & Rice dry dog food due to potential contamination with salmonella. No other products are at risk of being contaminated, according to the company.
Diamond stopped pet food production in South Carolina Brands manufactured at the Gaston facility include:
* Diamond * Taste of the Wild * Premium Edge * Professional * Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover’s Soul * Country Value
The company did not provide a specific timeframe on when it would resume production, but said it will not do so until the Gaston plant meets the “highest possible standards of quality.” ———————— http://bigdogshugepaws.com/nutrition scroll down to: List of Recommended Foods for Giant Breeds Food with Grains:
I have been feeding 10 of my 12 dogs 4 Health for the past couple years and it has been great. In February 2012, however, they started having problems with diarrhea, vomiting, lack of appetite, and lethargy. The usual food gobblers just stare at their dish of kibble and wonder if I could give them something else. I changed them to the Diamond product for a bag, but this did not resolve the problem. I know they are manufactured at the same place. When I switched them to yet another brand my other two dogs are on, they were much happier and symptoms cleared. I, too, am concerned something has gotten into this typically good dog food. Mine eat the chicken and rice formula.
My very large family has also been having problems with our dogs. We have 3 different households that are feeding 4Health brand food to our dogs. All 3 households have had vomiting, diarrhea, and lethargy issues. We have determined that it has to be the dog food. Maybe Salmonella poisoning. We are finding a new food ASAP.
Fed the 4-Health to 4 of my 6 dalmatians and all 4 had very runny stools and started throwing up. Gave it a few days to see if it would clear up but the had upset stomachs,gas, and loose stools for a week. Switched to another brand and it cleared up. Cannot get any info from the bag on the manufacturer and no one will answer questions about the food. Not going to feed a bag of food where no one seems to know who makes it and no questions can be answered. I am glad I did not feed it to the 2 puppies I have. They were the only ones who did not get sick.
4health is made by Diamond Pet Foods Company. 4Health sold east of the Mississippi appears to come of out their Gaston, South Carolina plant. This plant has suspended all output of all foods made at this pant while they inspect and find out what is causing problems with their Diamond Naturals Lamb and Rice dog kibble(which they have recalled).
I am getting a large breed puppy. A Rough Collie. Does 4Health have a puppy food suitable for large breed pupppies?
4health has puppy , but not a specific large breed puppy food .. Diamond Natural does have a large breed puppy .. I work at TSC where we sell both of these brands.
I could NOT continue feeding my dog 4Health,(soft and dry mix) broke out in a rash, became very gassy, and stomach continually rumbling. After 4 weeks he began throwing up and would not eat, we have switched him to a bland veterinary product until his stomach has recovered and then will try a different and probably more expensive food
My half chow chow half german shep femaile that will be 3 years old in April has been on 4Health for almost a year… I am currently out of town and the TSC store here didnt have the lamb and rice so i purchased the chicken and rice formula… since she has been eating this, she has had chronic gas that is so horrible that you can not stay in the room with her… I am writing to see if anyone else has had such a problem and if so, please contact me at snowgirlintexas on yahoo so i can find out what is going on with her and this other formula of food… Being that i a out of town, i can not take her to my vet so trying to see if anyone else has had this problem…
I started giving my dogs this about a year ago and have been satisfied. I just bought a new bag though and both of my dogs are having gas and diarrhea. I am very concerned.
i have to ask if it was with the chicken and rice formula as my dog has been on the rice formula and has not had any problem… I am out of town and TSC didnt have they rice formula so i bought the chicken formula and now my dog has chronic gas along with drinking an excessive amount of water… I to am very concerned that’s why i started researching this… i can be contacted at snowgirlintexas on yahoo for an answer to my question… thx…
We started feeding our dogs 4 health Chicken & Rice and they have a lot of gas. One is about 7 yrs old and the other 2 are about 1 year old. Has anyone else had that problem?
I have a ten year old Lab and have feed him Iams Lamb and Rice. For ten years he has had problems with his ears almost nonstop. I switched him to 4 Health and his ears cleared right up and he is acting 3 years younger.
We were feeding our yellow lab, Maine coon cat and domestic long hair cat their respective Purina O.N.E. foods. It wasn’t bad, but the price kept escalating. My friend works at TSC and recommended 4 Health.
The lab’s coat is now shiny and soft (remarkable for a yellow lab). The stools from all three pets are much smaller, meaning they are getting the maximum nutrients from their food. I switched my lab to 4 Health when she was diagnosed with liver disease. She had lost a lot of weight and looked gaunt, with a very dull coat. She filled right back out and perked up on 4 Health. She’s getting old (10 in 4 days), but is still a puppy at heart.
The cats are silky and shiny. They are also going to be 10 this year (different months) and are well for their age. My Maine coon does have plasmacytic pododermatitis (mushy pad syndrome), but is healthy otherwise and has a nice-looking coat. My sable-colored DLH has a gorgeous shiny coat. I can’t say that this was the case when she was eating O.N.E.
I like the food, my critters are healthy and like the food, and the vet is happy with the food. Plus the price is right. It all works for me!
Does anyone know if 4Health is a closed end food? As in the percentage/amounts of ingredients all the time. The most expensive thing you are paying for in a dog food is typically the protein. And in most store brands, Purina, Pedigree, etc. the % of protein remains the same the what they use as protein is determined by price from week to week, etc. I need to keep my dogs on a low cal diet (they are packing on the pounds lately) but I’d really like to stick to a closed end diet for their overall health and can’t afford $50+ a bag.
I am beyond happy with 4 health. I have a small chi/mix who was a rescue. I have tried many different types of food for her including very expensive ones & 4 health has produced the best results in such a short time. I am very close with my girl, we do training every day so I notice every change or any thing at all about her. Her skin was very dry & flakey, she was super itchy, her hair was dull, she was excited about any thing & all that has changed. The recommended serving size is low but the food does so well the 2/3 of a cup lasts her about a day & a half to just about exactly 24 hours. Great price, great product, I’ll never feed any thing again!
Regarding the gas some dogs experience. Many people misunderstand the digestive system. The gass is a temporary issue or was with my dog. What is happening is this is high fiber product or at least works like one. High fiber products do expand. When it expands in the intestine it is forcing gas that was already there to come out. This is a good thing. If this continues for more than a week switch dog foods. If it is temporary, it is a good thing. People and dogs are suppose to have a bowel movement for every meal. The bag also says to keep plenty of water available. Our rescue lab is on her 3rd bag and doing fine. Nice stools and loves the stuff. Coat is nice and shiney.
I have a very very picky cavalier king charles spaniel and it took us 4 years to finally find him something that he would eat. we have tried all kinds of dog foods out there, holistic, cheap, in between food, and even the logs of food, he didn’t like any of them, oh he would eat them after a long time of hemming and hawing, but the food also did a number on him too so we would have to try another one, we finally found 4health and he is a very happy cavalier now and his body is loving it! he goes nuts when I bring out the food and he devoures it in seconds! He loves it so much he cleans the bowl! Since he has been eating this his bowels have been excellent, his fur is nice and soft and shiny, he has no doggie breath at all, and he seems to be a very happy dog over all. We don’t ever plan on changing his food. If you are thinking of trying this food, I say go for it, it’s cheap for one thing and it’s very good for your dogs. Make sure to ween them off their old dog food, don’t just change all together, it will upset their bodies, but in the long run I think you will see how much they love it and at the price you will love it too. Good luck and feel free to ask me any questions, I will try to answer them for you. Starr*
It is made my Diamond, they make many different kinds of food though so dont be discouraged by the name. Their regular Diamond brand is junk but they make Taste of the Wild which my dogs are on which is wonderful food. I work at a TSC and the 4Health is decent food for the price. I wouldnt take my dogs off TOTW but if price is a concern, this is the same price as junk Science Diet and Iams so youre much better off with the 4Health for the money.
I switched my Golden to this food about 2 weeks ago. She started having gas then she refused to eat the food. Finally, she ate some this morning. I found her on the back porch. She had vomited and had diarrhea on herself. I took her to the vet, and he did not know what may have killed her. She was perfectly healthy and happy until I changed her food.
Based on the symptoms and the date of when you fed this food to your dog, I would strongly suspect that your Golden may have eaten some of the pet food made by Diamond that was found to be contaminated with salmonella infantis. It was eventually re-called but only after people and their pets started getting sick. 4Health Dog Food is made by Diamond.
Phenomenal product! I have a 1 yr. old weimarainer, a 13 1/2 yr. old weim. and a 3 1/2 year old silky terrier. The nugget size is perfect for all and DOES NOT BLOW UP in water, which is great for sensitive bellies. No worry for bloat, I hope. The dogs love it. I do think the recommended serving is low but other than that, I thank you for making such a quality product at a great price.!
We started feeding this food about 10 months ago and it is outstanding. This is a GREAT food at a GREAT price!! I recommend it to everyone!!
I ONLY WANT HEALTHY FOR MY BABIES!!! I have 2 poodles and a cat, all are on 4Health. I couldn’t ask for better results. My dogs love it and don’t eat as much because there are no fillers running straight through them (which also means firmer and less frequent bowels). They’re coats are shiny and soft, no itchy or flaky skin, and great weights. My cat will not touch any other cat food. And I love the price!!! As an assistant manager for Tractor Supply I have done my homework on the 4Health brand and researched every ingredient. There is NO corn, wheat, soy, no artificial flavors or colors, and NO by-products of any kind. 4Health is made by the same company as Taste of the Wild (Diamond). After researching, I was floored to discover what was REALLY in brands such as Science Diet, Purina, Iams, Euk and some of the Nutro. As far as getting coupons…visit your local tractor supply regularly for coupons during pet celebrations and events. Also ask to be put on the mailing list for $10 off or 10% off your entire purchase coupons.
I was happy with my dog food and my puppy loved it… until we found a dead mouse in the bag! We bought it at Tractor Supply however, there was no holes in the bag so it definitely came from the manufacturer. I am now so turned off by this. We are returning the bag with the mouse! Not sure if I even want to buy it again.
I recently switched to 4health and my dogs love the taste. I had been feeding them Holistic Select and they are preferring 4health over Holistic Select. Am waiting to see if have any issues and as of now have not, I have a chihuahua, rat terrier and german shepherd so should be able to give a good review. The price was fantastic am hoping for coupons in the future. Any amount of savings is always a good thing. Thanks so much
I switched my Australian Sheppard who just turned 8 yrs in Nov to 4-Health from Taste of Wild both sold at Tractor Supply I switched because of the Price difference and regret that I did! He was on the food for about a month and started leaving food in his bowl about 6 weeks in he started urinating Blood I took him to the vet right away they ran all kinds of tests on him and could not find anything wrong with him. he was home for 2 days and would not eat 4-Health I switched him back to Taste of the Wild he started eating right away. Dec 11th I found him on the front porch in the morning he died. I couldn’t afford to have the food tested. So I can’t prove that it was the cause of his death. It just seems odd to me how this all played out when I changed him to 4-Health. I Miss My Best Friend Very Much and was planning on having him around a few more years!
Sad and Missing My Tanner Boy!!
SO SORRY TO HEAR ABOUT TANNER. GOD BLESS
Seems to be many sales persons for different companies on the board .
Digestive issues are not urinary, so blood in the urine is either stones, non neutered male, enlarged prostate like a human from non neutering, massive infection.
If you said bowel bleeding or anal bleeding different story, pancreatitis or colitis can cause the problem.
Very suspicious comments.
Look again. I was using Nutro and stopped because the problems my Saint Bernard was having with it. It started over a year ago and chronic diarrhea was one. I started looking into Nutro and this is what I found. http://www(dot)consumeraffairs(dot)com/news04/2009/04/nutro_foia.html
it might be good for your dogs but it killed mine and now i have nothibg
I have fed my pointers and setters the 4Health Performance for about 2 years now. I have seen a big difference in their coats and health. We recently took in an Eng. Setter rescue who was nothing but skin and bones and very little hair. She has now filled out and has a gorgeous coat. I recommend 4health. I have told others about it and they have also tried it and have gotten great results.
@PointerPlantationMom.. I too have 2 English Setters who are thriving off 4Health food. Coats are great and they have a ton more energy during hunting season!
I had an issue with two of my cats digestion after I switched to Diamond brand Indoor cat formula. Alot of vomiting, losing weight. Switched to 4Health All stage formula and the problems disappeared. Now have 10 cats that I’ve rescued and all are doing great on 4Health. I’d recommend it to everyone. Ingredients are comparable to Diamond Brand but there must be something different involved with such a drastic difference in reactions. Definitely go 4Health.
I am comsidering purchasing 4 Health for my 2 dogs . I finally found the ingrediant list on the web page for Tractor Supply Co. The cost is wnderful and the ingrediants are very good ! The ONLY question I have is ???? 1..not organic ? and 2…is it made by Diamond ? I am a bit concerned if that’s the case. I did speak with someone who uses it and she rescues a specific breed and said within 2 wks, there was a better look to the dogs skin and coat and within 4 wks, almost all issues were gone.
Yes, it is made by diamond. But it is made to Tractor Supplies specs.
I have twelve 25lbs or less dogs, I went from Pro Plan to Taste of the Wild to 4health. They did well on Pro Plan, horrid on Taste of the Wild, so far on 4health they are doing well. Time will tell if this is the food that gives me all I want from a dog food.
4health along with totw is an excellent combo my boys just eat it up and saves me $$$. feeding my boys high quality food gives them higher quality of life instead the junk big brand name dog foods most folks buy.
I switched to 4 Health dry Puppy food, after using Nutro Natural Choice Small Bites for Puppies for years. I have tried 5 star premium (insanely expensive) brands over the past 25 years, including Wellness, Innova, Wilderness, Solid Gold, and many others… but always went back to Nutro because it’s gentle and my babies have consistent stools. 4Health foods are very comparable to Nutro… no corn, wheat, or soy, meat is first ingredient. Not only that, TSC is a great place to shop, and closer to me than any pet specialty stores. 4 Health costs less than a $1 a pound, and is rated 4 out of 5 stars on one dog food analysis site… Nutro was only rated 3 out of 5 stars. Kudos to 4Health!
I have been feeding my dog TOTW since he was a pup(16 months) and absolutely love it and have had great results with it. I decided to try the canned 4health because most places I looked gave it a 4.5 rating and it was only .99 cents a can…my GSD absolutely loves it so I decided to try the dry….bought a 35 lb. bag(performance formula)for around $30….great value. The ingredients are very good and it is fairly high in protein which is great because my dog is highly active. IMO…considering this is rated as an above average kibble and its price..I dont think there is a better value out there. So far Sam has done great on this food….no change in demeanor…still highly active…his coat and skin look great…and he loves eating it….I would definitely recommend this food to anyone especially if you are on a tight budget.
4health is a decent dog food. Just proved to my youngest brother who fell for feeding Science Diet to his new pup because his VET recommended it. If you want to know what is in your foods use the comparison food tool at http://www.naturapet.com 4 health is a good food, BUT yes some dogs will have problems with it. Just like humans who can’t eat some foods, dogs are NOT all the same. 4health is reasonably priced, higher quality than many. Rule of thumb until groceries get on board with good brands, if you can buy dog or cat food at a grocery store or vet office, just DON’T do it. CHALLENGE your vet when it comes to food. I did and he smiled and agreed with me. they offered me Science Diet and I declined. That doesn’t happen very often they said. LOL
i decided to try both the dog and cat food.i have a Beautiful border collie and australian shepard mix (2years old) and a lilac siamese kitten(almost 4 months old)now.both eat 4 health dog and cat food.and i also add Diatomaceous earth to their food 2 tablesspoons everyday.since i changed my dog over to 4 health he longer has any skin problems.and his coat is amazing as with my kitten.everyone always compliments me on both of them when i take them out!it works and i will no longer have to search for a good food for both my dog or kitten.thank you 4 health!
This review site is bogus…… where the hell are the ingredient lists? How am I supposed to compare foods w/ no ingredient lists? This is stupid.
I have all 3 of my dogs (beagle, wheaton terrier, chihauhau) on 4Health and they love it and have beautiful coats and I am spending a lot less than I was on a higher priced brand… they are all 3 maintaining good, solid muscular looking weight and luxy coats. I love it. My cats didn’t take to it, but they have been on Taste of the Wild for such a long time, don’t think I’ll ever get them to eat anything else. I highly recommend 4Health to all my clients (I am a pet sitter and foster pet care provider).
As with many of you, I am looking for a less expensive food that will not cause allergy problems for my lab; other dog never has had any issues. I just got the Tractor Supply ad and saw the 4health and this is what a friend of mine is feeding her many dogs Boston terriers and labs and not having any problems. I can deal with the loose stools for a bit, and as with any lab, eating some yogurt or anything else for that matter is not a problem. Since there is no grain, I am willing to try it. Also in this very hot Texas (105 for days on end) heat, the lab has horrible body odor only when he comes in from outside so I have to spray him with some doggie smell-good stuff. I suppose if it doesn’t work, I can give it to my friend’s dogs. I sure can use to save almost $20 a bag. Comments???
Been reading about ethoxyquin which is a toxic preservative used to preserve fish meal. Lots of the big companies use it, but it’s not ever on the labels. Seems Diamond uses it – anybody know anything about it in the 4Health since Diamond manufactures. Understand it’s a potential carcinogen. Help – can’t find anything really good that I can afford. Was hoping this was it.
The dog food advisor has reported that 4 Health food does not contain ethoxyquin
Forgot to ask! Any advice on how much food I should be giving the 6 month old Golden puppy? I’ve been giving him 1 cup, twice a day, and 1/2 cup just before bedtime (seems to settle his stomach for the night – no more vomiting at 3 AM once I started doing the late feeding).
I switched to 4Health about 6 months ago and haven’t had any issues. I liked the ingredient list and the price was great. I recently adopted a 6 month old Golden Retriever/Border Collie mix who arrived with kennel cough (the foster mom said it was water up his nose from a bath that morning… riiigghtt). Now all three of my dogs, the new one and 2 labs, are on clindamycin for the kennel cough and all three have soft stools and appalling gas. One side effect of the clindamycin can be loose stool, so I’m assuming that’s the cause. They never had problems before the meds, but if the loose stools continue after the meds are done,then I’ll do some worrying. I’ll try the yogurt now, anyway.
I have 2 Rotties, 2yrs and 3 yrs, and I switched them to 4 Health Large Breed about a year ago and they are doing great. I tried putting them on a higher quality, much higher priced food and my 3 yr male had horrible diarrhea even though we very gradually switched them over. He never had any problems with 4 Health and he has a very sensitive stomach. They have great energy, beautiful coats and are very healthy. I did a lot of research on different types of food before making this change. I’m very happy with this food and I agree that it may not be the best quality that money can buy but it’s good quality at an affordable price.
I use 4health exclusively both wet and dry versions (half cup wet at night with hard food). My dog, a 40lb mixed lab 1yr old does well on it. I do add some other foods (cooked chicken,etc) now and again to add a little something different to her meals. She is happy healthy and loves it. She was a rescue and was sent home with a bag of science diet which is insanely expensive. after serious research found 4health is better and she is happy. I happen to know shelters and pounds are given free foods and supplies to send home with their new pets, clever marketing but bad for our pets!
My boston terrier had a constant odor. I was shampooing constantly! After doing a lot of research, and talking to my vet, I decided to switch her from Purina dog food to 4health small bites formula. I didn’t believe dog food would make a bit of difference, by the way! I am amazed! Everyone notices! She has no body odor, her breath isn’t stinky, and she just looks healthier! I am very pleased with this dog food!
Has anyone had dogs who have had any reproduction issues while eating 4 Health? I have a friend who has had a few recent litters born dead. Obviously this is very concerning. Vet says he has no idea why this is happening. The feed is the only thing that has changed that we can think of.
Aimee, seriously? You are gonna try and blame reproduction issues on a decent dog food? Come on. I know of puppies being born totally healthy with mothers on grocery store kibble. PLEASE. GIVE ME A BREAK.
Your friend needs to have the dog spayed. Period. Problem solved. There are WAY too many unwanted and abandoned dogs already.
I believe it is Mother Nature’s doing, not dog food.. It is very sad, but there should be no blame, it solves nothing.. God Bless..
How about not breeding.
I foster Great Danes from our local rescue group and started them off on the 4 Health because it seemed to have similar ingredients to the higher priced brands but was a little easier on the wallet. I’m aware that loose stool is normal in the beginning since I couldn’t wean them off of the food they were getting before but my 2 danes never had firm stools while on the food. The gas was also TREMENDOUS! Multiply that by 2 danes and the air quality in my home decreased! I read in 1 review above that her dog had developed a cough while on 4 Health and my 8 mo old dane had the same problem but it never occurred to me that it could be the food. I have since put them on Nutri Source Grain Free and their stool is compact and there is no more gas. Thank Goodness! Also while on the 4Health they didn’t seem to be eager to eat but since switching them to the other dog food they wait for me to put it down and there is never anything left. I was not at all impressed with 4Health
We recently switched to 4Health because our dog was abnormally blowing his coat & itching alot! After reading different websites about this many of them said poor nutrition. I am not a fan of corn and by-products and was surprised to see that IAMS and Science Diet both had corn listed as first ingredient. I have used Nutro in the past but the price increase made it simply too expensive. 4Health has no corn, no byproducts and has flax seed – which may be the cause of some of the loose stools. My dog has stopped blowing his coat abnormally and loves the taste & I love the price! I use some of their canned food just to make the dry food more moist but not soggy. My dog is a picky eater so if he likes it them I am going to stay with it unless I see adverse reactions, which I haven’t so far.
We recently switched both of our dogs, one being a puppy, to the 4Health brad from Purina Pro Plan. Both of our dogs did have loose stools even though we transitioned slowly, we gave them a scoop of yogurt with their morning meal and there loose stools did go away after about a week. However, they did not have abnormal gas. We are very impressed with this brand because it is cheaper but is similar to the Purina Pro Plan, especially the performance breed formula which we give to our GSP. Both of our dogs, a German Shorthaired Pointer and German Shepherd, love the food.
I’ve been using 4Health chicken and rice for eight months now for my 65lb APBT and she loves the food and was doing great on it. However, recently she has also developed loose stool which has been going on for about 3-4 weeks now. I thought it was a passing thing so I just bought another bag about two weeks ago and now in the past four days she has had some gnarly gas and has been needing to go outside to ‘take care of business’ about 3-4 times a day.
I wonder if the manufacturer changed something recently in the ingredients. It’s too bad because I’ve been a loyal supporter of the brand ever since I switched her to it I’ve been recommending it to all my friends but now I may need to find something else.
I feed my 10 year old Golden Retriever 4Health dog food. It is giving him grizzly, excessive gas! Is anyone experiencing this? I getting concerned I should abandon this product. Would appreciate responses. [email protected]
Has anyone experienced their pets coughing after using this dog food for a while? We know of three different families that have been using this brand for a while and now all have coughs, not sure if it the food or not, just wanted to see if anyone else may be having the same problems.
Yes, my lab/shep mix is allergic to possibly the shellfish glucosamine in 4Health small bites. She coughed all night for about a week, finally switched her dry food and it’s gone away. This is difficult because she’s 15 and has arthritis, yet allergic to glucosamine from shellfish.
We have been using 4health for puppies and it has been fantastic. We have had so much trouble with dog food. The store carries it, then they don’t carry it. The store has it at one price then the next week it goes up $2. No more nonsense with this 4health food. It is always available and price stays same.
Our catahoula pup did get diarrhea even though we transitioned him slowly. It lasted for a few weeks actually. But he has since adjusted and both he and our young chihuahua LOVE the food. My chihuahua is the most picky eater EVER but she has gotten where she cleans her bowl now.
Both dogs are in excellent condition, coats are shiny, they have lots of energy and feel great. We love this dog food. I would definitely recommend it.
i just switch to 4health chicken an rice,from nutro max. an i my pitbull loves it way better…Her coat looks better.And i love the price….
I’ve been giving my three pitbulls 4health dog food for about 3 months now. They seem to really like the food and the price is right. It has good ingredients with no by-products listed. It is a good alternative to grocery store brand foods. I slowly transitioned their previous dogfood to 4health and have had great results.I highly recommend this dogfood. I feed them a little bit less than I did the previous dogfood as all of my dogs are either neutered or spayed.
Well to everybody switching there dogs from one food to another it is NORMAL for your dog to have loose stools after switching from or too any food. I did switch my dogs to 4 health lamb and rice yesterday. 2 of the 3 do have loose stools but that is so normal. We are going to give it a few weeks and see how it goes .I will write again and let everybody know
Yes it IS normal according to the pet guy I spoke with. He also said don’t change everything at once… wean him onto the new food. I have a 60 lb golden retriever puppy. He gets between 3-4 cups of food a day. I was told to start off giving him 1/4 cup at each meal of the 4health along with the other food. Otherwise the change would’ve caused too much disruption. Essentially, the ingredients are teaching his stomach to work properly so there is some adjusting that is going on. The ingredient that is doing that is the probiotics. Probiotics are the things that Activia yogurt sells itself on (if that helps at all)– the probiotics are to cause proper digestion and some adjusting will take place.
Stroud09 Was wondering did the loose stool problem ever settle with your dogs. I switched my 10 year old Golden Retriever to 4Health a few weeks back and he is having loose stool. He also developed a grizzly smelling gas. The gas issue has settled somewhat but ocassionally he still goes. I was told to give him some plain yogurt for that. However, the loose stool is of concern to me.
I’ve used 4Health Large Breed for about 6 months now. I switched from Nutro Natural Choice because of price, and the analysis of ingredients was very comparable. I fed my dogs 4Health in the same measured amounts as Nutro. Both have lost weight on this brand; that is OK for my 13 year old lab, but not good for the 5 year old standard poodle. Another reviewer mentioned loose stools. I’ve noticed that once from the lab. If I stick with 4Health for the poodle, I’ll have to double up on the amount, and that will defeat the purpose of the cost savings. Hope this information is helpful.
My dog has been on the 4Health Puppy food and loves it. He has been tranistioning from Eagle Pack Large Breed Formula, and his having lose stool. I am having second thoughts about switching him back because Bullmastiffs need Glucosamine Chondroitin for their fast growing joints, but I have read some research that states Large Breed Puppy food makes the dog grow to quick. “Who can you believe,” there is information over kill on the topic. Also, Eagel Pack adds a bit more calicium to their formula for strong bone formation.
4Health has not come up on a recall list so it should be fine, if you are on a budget like I am, it offers and extra 5 pounds per large bag compared to Eagle Pack. Althogh, the Eagle Pack company is always rated in the top 10 Dog Food Companies in the world, which always makes me think, “penny wise and pound foolish.” I can save a buck, but maybe I end up with structual problems with my dog in the future.
One last comment, I called the 800 number of the 4Health Puppy Food, and they stated the manufacture was Diamond. I have read where they had a large recall in 2007, but supposedly have got there act togeather. If anyone is interested in calling the the 4Heath for number it is 800-977-8797.
Good luck, JP
I had the same experience with the stool. 4Health is working MUCH better for my golden retriever. I am so glad, also to know the ingredients I am providing him. We had him on a rather expensive puppy large breed formula and it was full of byproducts (eww). Not only 4health cheaper, but its ingredients are MUCH better.
After my cat has started having allergic reactions to the 4Health foods, I certainly will not be switching my digs from Taste of the Wild to 4Health! In fact, I think I’ll be taking the unused portions of cat food back to TSC and getting ToTW cat food. Hopefully then my 14 year old cat (whose never had a reaction to any food prior to this) will have normally functioning eyes again!!
My multiple cat household had a similar allergic reaction to 4Health dry cat food. I purchased it in place of Taste of the Wild (since its price jumped $5/bag recently). What a mistake!!! All the cats had stinky, runny feces for 2 weeks. Switched back and their feces are back to normal, within 1 day. Will NOT ever use their products again.
IMO the 4health Puppy is the best formula,with the best ingredients.I have used it for my two dogs,and they both enjoyed it.
I have been using 4 Health Lamb an Rice four about two months. I swithed from a top brand to 4 Health. It is a great food. I have a Lab,Boston Terrier and a German Shepard. I am very impressed with this product.
I have a cocker she is very picky and I mean picky I have just started her on this food 3 days ago I was shocked that when I mixed it with her old food she picked out this food and ate it and left the old food (Instinct) so after trying several times to mix the food for digestive reasons I just gave up she loves this food. I do feed her boiled chicken as a treat and save the chicken broth and pour some on her food but this stuff she will eat right out of the bag. I got it because I over heard a sales person at T.C. tell another customer about it. So I read the ingredients and thought well lets see what happens the other things I have tried are so expensive and I seem to be getting no where with them. This one is Wheat and Corn and Soy free which is great I think that is what causes her to itch any way, so I was staying away from that. So we shall see but so far it seems to be working out well. She did have a few loose stool but I gave her some Keifer and we are good to go now.
I also work at TSC. I have 2 beagles and 2 chihuahua’s. I was feeding them TOTW because one of my beagles has relendtless allergies, ear issues, etc. The cost of TOTW was pretty steep for 4 dogs though and when I was low on funds I bought 4health as that’s what all the other employees bought for their dogs. It was like a miracle for my beagle with the issues. She would scratch and bite herself until she bled and would literally keep me up all night with her scratching. I tried everything, including a cone on her head, calming pills, benedryl, you anme it and here 4Health cleared everything up almost overnight. I was not expecting that at all, but obviously we’re going to stick with it. For those of you who’s pups reacted so negatively to it, I’m so sorry and don’t know what to say. Perhaps what is good for one dog could be a serious problem for another so it’s best to shop around and find what workds for your dog rather than just read reviews and assume what works for one will work for all.
I also work at TSC; I’m also a former vet tech & have 18+ yrs of active animal rescue/welfare experience. As a former tech in the south, I was a a complete Science Diet & Nutro fanatic for yrs, but started noticing an increase in the number & type of chronic conditions our rescue dogs were experiencing: cushings, diabetes, epilepsy, renal failure, CVD, cardiomyopathy, to simply a decreased lifespan from what is normally expected by breed. It’s not all that unusual with some rescued animals with unknown medical histories, but when we began work with primitive breeds that really can’t handle processed foods,& then I went to work for TSC, I really started doing my research. I’m actually a fan of raw feeding, but yrs as a tech have made me overly cautious & we primarily feed balanced raw mixed with kibble. We tried TOTW & Blue Buffalo, but several of the dogs actually refused to eat it, even with raw mixed in. And the budget just can’t handle food that doesn’t get eaten. Finally switched to 4Health last May, and everyone is doing great! We currently feed the Small Bites formula to 2 seniors (1 beagle, 1 very picky JRT), they gobble it up. We feed the lamb/rice formula to the primitive breeds (LTPMs) with known poultry protein allergies, and the chicken/rice formula to everyone else (labs, siberian huskies, pittie-types). The dogs with massive skin allergy symptoms from Science Diet no longer have them- so no benedryl & antibiotic overload with secondary symptoms. The primitives do great, really love it & are full of energy. And we’ve been feeding the 4Health All Life Stages cat food to both our housecats & the feral cat colony we caretake. Even the ferals are looking beautiful, lush fur, healthy body wt, etc. I’ve recommended the entire 4Health line to family, friends, coworkers & customers, and heard fantastic feedback across the board- healthy wts, beautiful coats, less smell & quantity of waste (esp. housecats)… We have multiple large breed long-term fosters who were developing health issues a yr ago who are now amazing our vets with their energy & vitality- a rescued 15yo sibe who’s now keeping up with 2yo pups in the play yard, a 9yo dane mix with considerably less gas & better body condition, less painful arthritis… To those of you with bad experiences, I’m very sorry & truly wish you & your fur-babies the best. I wish your vets had been able to provide more detailed & accurate care & information- many of the symptoms you’ve described should’ve helped narrow treatment options. I really have seen some amazing results by vets treating “outside the box” when the diagnosis has been vague or undetermined, and IMHO, “it must be what you’re feeding him” is a complete & unconscionable cop-out by a lazy vet who’s trying to make you, the owner/gaurdian, feel at fault… But IME, we’ve personally had 18 dogs & 36 cats transition to 4Health in the past year, are continuing with 4Health formulas in their new homes & are doing beautifully, and I can only speak to my experience, after all. I only hope that this voluntary recall is precautionary only with no bad results to any lives (esp. those I am daily responsible for!) or damage to a decent company’s reputation.
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4Health dog food is a brand that is exclusively offered by Tractor Supply Company. Many pet owners aren’t familiar with 4Health dog food, though it has recently been gaining popularity among dog owners. Is 4Health dog food a good choice for your dog? Learn more about 4Health brand dog food in our review!
Who is 4Health Manufactured By?
The company who makes 4Health dog food is called 4Health. Though some sources claim that 4Health dog food is actually manufactured by Diamond Pet Foods (and sold under a different name), this information could not be officially confirmed. The contact information on the back of the 4Health dog food packaging lists the same address as some other Diamond Pet Foods products.
4Health Dog Food Recall
4Health dog food is not listed on the FDA ’s pet food recall website, and has not been involved in any recent recalls. However, Diamond Pet Foods, which is rumored to be the manufacturing company behind 4Health, has been extensively involved in pet food recalls, mostly in the famous 2007 pet food recall.
In order to make sure that your dog’s food is safe, it’s always highly recommended that you check the FDA ’s pet food recall website. This will help you to stay updated on the latest pet food recall information.
Update 5/5/12 Diamond Pet Foods is expanding their recall to include some 4Health dry dog food formulas. Please check out our blog post dealing with this issue
4Health dog food formulas always contain a meat as their first ingredient. The 4Health line of dog food formulas does not contain any corn, wheat, soy, artificial colors, artificial flavors, chicken by-product meal or poultry by-product meal. The carbohydrate sources in 4Health dog food formula usually include ingredients such as rice, millet and barley. Protein sources are primarily from chicken, fish and lamb. 4Health Allergies
Since 4Health dog food formulas do not contain any corn, wheat or soy, they are free from three of the most common ingredients that are associated with dog allergies. However, if your dog has an allergy to a specific ingredient, it’s always recommended that you read the ingredients label of your dog’s food formula.
Customer reviews of 4Health dog food are mostly average. Many dog owners agree that while 4Health is not the “best” formula available, it is one of the better formulas that is offered for an affordable price. Most dog owners view it as a good choice for a mid-grade dog food formula.
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4Health Dog Food Ingredient List
Lamb, lamb meal, whole grain brown rice, oatmeal, cracked pearled barley, ground rice, millet, egg product, chicken fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols), beet pulp, natural flavor, flaxseed, fish meal, potassium chloride, salt, choline chloride, dried chicory root, taurine, glucosamine hydrochloride, vitamin E supplement, iron proteinate, zinc proteinate, yucca shidigera extract, copper proteinate, ferrous sulfate, zinc sulfate, copper sulfate, potassium iodide, thiamine mononitrate, manganese proteinate, manganous oxide, chondroitin sulfate, ascorbic acid, vitamin A supplement, biotin, calcium pantothenate, manganese sulfate, sodium selenite, pyridoxine hydrochloride (vitamin B6), vitamin B12 supplement, riboflavin, vitamin D supplement, folic acid
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