Victor GF Hero Canine Formula with Glucosamine Review

//Victor GF Hero Canine Formula with Glucosamine Review

Victor GF Hero Canine Formula with Glucosamine Review

Victor GF Hero Canine Formula with Glucosamine

Victor Hero Canine Formula

Victor Dog Foods are super premium dog foods providing excellent canine nutrition. These formulas are a healthy choice for your dog meals.
See more details about this brand of dog food below.

This dog food formula is supplemented with extra Glucosamine and Chondroitin to support joint health. It is appropriate to be fed to larger dog breeds that may be more susceptible to joint conditions.

Hero Canine Formula includes protein from chicken, beef and menhaden. It is a grain free dog food. The grain sources have been substituted by a mixture of Peas and Sweet Potatoes.

Victor Dog Food uses a blend of scientifically innovative natural-based ingredients that work to support: healthy skin and coat, healthy digestive system and a strong immune system.

  • Protein: Beef Meal, Chicken Meal, Pork Meal, Menhaden Fish Meal
  • Fat and Oil: Chicken Fat, Flax Seed
  • Carbohydrates: Sweet Potato, Peas
  • Fiber: Fruits and vegetables
  • Fruits and vegetables: Tomato Pomace (source of Lycopene), Dried Carrot, Dried Apple Pomace, Dehydrated Alfalfa Meal, Dried Kelp
  • Flavorings: Natural Chicken Flavor
  • Preservatives: Preserved with mixed Tocopherols
  • Sweeteners: Absent
  • Dyes: Absent
  • Supplements and minerals: Yeast Culture, Potassium Chloride, Montmorillonite, Choline Chloride, Hydrolyzed Yeast, Dried Chicory Root, Taurine, L-Carnitine, Glucosamine Hydrochloride, Chondroitin Sulfate, Zinc Amino Acid Complex, Vitamin E Supplement, Iron Amino Acid Complex, Manganese Amino Acid Complex, Selenium Yeast, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Niacin Supplement, D-Calcium Pantothenate, Vitamin A Supplement, Thiamine Mononitrate, Biotin, Riboflavin Supplement, Calcium Iodate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Folic Acid, Lecithin, Yeast Extract, Dried Enterococcus Faecium Fermentation Product, Dried Lactobacillus Acidophilus Fermentation Product, Dried Aspergillus Niger Fermentation Product, Dried Bacillus Subtilis Fermentation Product, Yucca Schidigera Extract, Citric Acid, Rosemary Extract.

Yellow ingredients represent controversial or low quality ingredients. Consult our nutrient detailed analysis and find out why.

Nutrient Analysis

Guaranteed analysis Dry Matter Basis
Protein 33 % (min.) 36 %
Fat 16 % (min.) 17.6 %
Fiber 3.8 % (max.) 4 %
Moisture 9 % (max.) NA
Carbohydrates 34 % (min.) (EV) 37 % (EV)
Omega 6 2.8 % (min.) NA

(NA: not available; EV: estimated value)

Consult our article named “How do we convert guaranteed analysis into dry matter basis?” and find out how we calculate nutrients percentages on a dry matter basis.

This food can be considered as a superior dry dog food. It contains a significant amount of protein and fat and a lower carbohydrate level when compared to other dry dog foods.

Glucosamine and Chondroitin are very important ingredients that support joint health.

Victor GF Hero Canine Formula with Glucosamine is formulated to meet the nutritional levels established by the AAFCO Dog Food Nutrient Profile for All Life Stages.

Detail Ingredient Analysis

Protein: Beef, chicken and pork meals are protein sources considered as meat concentrates.

Beef is a highly digestible and tasty meat source for dogs. However, it contains high levels of cholesterol and purines. So it should be offered in controlled amounts to dogs with heart or urinary conditions.

Chicken is a prevalent meat source in dog foods. It is also highly palatable and healthy.

Pork is another appetizing meat source. It is rarely found in dog food’s ingredient list. Foods containing pork can be useful for dogs disposed to allergy problems.

Menhaden Fish Meal is an exceptional source of superior protein. It is easily digested by dogs. It also contains lots of fish oils including omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids, and numerous vitamins and other micronutrients.

Carbohydrates: Sweet Potatoes are gluten free sources of complex carbohydrate. They are rich in dietary fiber, vitamins and several minerals. They are a high quality carbohydrate source.

Peas are considered as a quality source of carbohydrates. They are rich in natural fiber, antioxidants and vitamins. However, some dogs can have difficulties in pea’s protein digestion.

Fat and oil: Chicken Fat is rich in linoleic acid, an omega 6 essential fatty acid. It is also an excellent source of energy.

Flax Seed is a plant source of omega 3 fatty acids, soluble fiber, essential amino acids, minerals and vitamins. Flax seed contains phytoestrogens. This compounds can have some impact in fertility. So if you are a dog breeder you should be aware of this information. In the order hand, phytoestrogens are also known as natural cancer-protective compounds.

Fruits and vegetables: Tomato Pomace is a mixture of tomato skins, pulp and crushed seeds. It is a good source of lycopene (powerful antioxidant) and soluble fiber.

Dried Carrots are excellent sources of vitamin A, numerous minerals, fiber and natural anti-oxidants. They support eye health.

Dried Apple Pomace consists in the cleaned and dried remains of whole apples. It is a source of soluble fiber.

Dehydrated Alfalfa Meal represents a plant high in protein and fiber. It also contains plentiful amounts of zinc, iron and manganese, Vitamin A and Vitamin C.

Dried Kelp is a first-rate source of essential vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.

Flavors: Natural Chicken Flavor is melted or dried chicken tissue that is used as a flavor enhancer. It is sprayed on the food and has poor nutritional value. Its function is just flavoring.

Supplements: Montmorillonite is a soft type of mineral which gather to form clay. It is a compound rich in many trace minerals. It is known to be able to bind some mold toxins and add in the control of diarrhea and irritable bowel syndrome.

Dried Chicory Root is full in inulin that is a natural source of soluble dietary fiber and a prebiotic. It promote the growth of “good bacteria” in the digestive system.

Glucosamine is a supplement that is recommended to support joint problems. It is not a drug. Glucosamine helps to prevent destruction of the joint cartilage.

Chondroitin Sulfate is another compound believed to be supportive in the maintenance and reconstruction of joint cartilage. It acts as an anti-inflammatory.

Fermentation Products are triggered on ingesting the food and help to preserve normal bacteria equilibrium in the lower intestine. Thus, they help in digestion and support intestinal health.

Selenium Yeast is a natural yeast supplement considered a safe anti-cancer selenium supplement alternative. It is the singular source of added selenium in Victor Dog Foods. It is known as a powerful antioxidant which supports cellular regeneration and boosts immune system.

This dog food does not contain chelated minerals that are easier to absorb. But is contains lots of natural mineral sources.

This food does not contain sweeteners, dyes or artificial preservatives.

Final Comment

Victor GF Hero Canine Formula with Glucosamine we give a 4.45 stars score.

Evaluating by its ingredients alone Victor GF Hero Canine Formula with Glucosamine seems to be a highly recommended dry dog food.

This dog food formula uses a significant amount of beef, chicken and fish meals as main sources of animal protein. Glucosamine and Chondroitin are exclusive elements that support joint health. This food can be very beneficial to larger breed dogs that are especially susceptible to joint conditions.

Victor GF Hero Canine Formula with Glucosamine main benefits:

  • Multiple protein meat based sources
  • Grain free dog food formula
  • Guaranteed levels of glucosamine, omega fatty acids and vitamin E
  • Contains Selenium Yeast
  • Includes fermentation products to support a healthy digestion
  • Helps to support the immune system
  • Contributes to a healthy skin and coat
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The following table is a summary of the positive and controversial/negative ingredients found during the qualitative analysis of this dog food.

Victor GF Hero Canine Formula with Glucosamine

Positive Aspects

  • Beef Meal, Chicken Meal, Pork Meal, Menhaden Fish Meal
  • Chicken Fat
  • Grain Free
  • Preserved with mixed Tocopherols
  • Glucosamine Hydrochloride, Chondroitin Sulfate supplements
  • Fermentation Products
  • Omega fatty acid sources
  • Fruits and Vegetables


Negative Aspects

  • Natural Chicken Flavor
  • Flax Seed

Available in: 30 lb (14 Kg)


About the Author:

Hi! I'm Dora Mancha, DVM. I am graduated for the Veterinary Medicine Faculty of Lisbon (2009). My degree is recognized by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA). I completed my degree in Veterinary Medicine in July, 2009. Over the first years as a veterinarian my work was closely related to the animal health field. I have gained some average experience having worked in Barcelona University (UAB) Equine Hospital and by working with veterinarians in Portugal. In addition, in 2009 - 2010 I was in Madrid at the University Alfonso X el Sábio doing an internship in the equine service. I am also very interested in small animal medicine and surgery. In fact I worked in several small animals clinics in Portugal improving my knowledge about small animal behavior and health. Dogs always have been present in my life, since I was a child. At the present moment I have four dogs a Labrador, a Epagnheul Breton, a Whippet and a mixed breed dog.

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