I order Victor through Amazon. I like it because it has no peas for protein. (the formula I use...I think some do) Too much pea, legume or pulses is what appears
to be associated with DCM, but of course, nothing is 100% clear yet.
I like it for the ingredients after a lot of study on what dogs need. Lots of protein from meat for one thing. Someone had said they don't use a nutritionist to formulate their foods. So I called them and asked. And they DO
use a nutritionist to create their formulas. I like how their poops come out...kind of like when I fed raw...firm, dark and few. They're utilizing a lot of what they eat. I like the supplements such as taurine, L Carnitine, selenium yeast and others.
I don't care a whole lot if a food has grain in it or not. But I don't think they need it. And what I've learned from reading about archaeologist findings is that before grain was introduced in the agricultural era, (as opposed to the hunter-gatherer era) humans and dogs showed no signs of tooth decay and arthritis. I believe that grain or too much of it may cause some of the inflammatory issues. So, if a food has a little grain, I might feed it sometimes. But I prefer foods without or with just a little, such as I think the formula I use has...it has some millet and alfalfa in it but it's way down on the list. I don't believe that it's the inclusion of grain that prevents DCM. I think it's a coincidence that the absence of grain is coupled with the high use of pea protein instead of meat...meat that has essential amino acids and other properties a carnivore needs that is missing in many dogs foods.
Another thing I like is that I haven't been able to find any recalls on their foods. They're a small, family type company that's been around since the 50's...not some big, huge food conglomerate. (ie: Nestle corporation) I lived on Carnation Farm, now owned by Nestle and they now own Purina. Nestle is the biggest food giant in the world. I am under whelmed with their ingredients for the most part.
I don't always feed the same thing. I have switched around. But this is my staple. lol. I also feed Orijen dehydrated food crumpled as a little extra on top or sometimes as their meal. (excellent) They like that. https://www.orijen.ca/foods/dog-food.../regional-red/
Sometimes I put in a wee bit of Merrick canned. (the ones that say 96% protein from beef or chicken or whatever the meat is) Not peas!
Expert Victor Dog Food Reviews, Recalls, and Updates for 2019