Canine Caviar canned dog food earns the Advisor’s highest rating of 4 stars.
The Canine Caviar product line lists four canned dog foods, all intended for intermittent or supplemental feeding only.
- Canine Caviar Gourmet Beaver (5 stars)
- Canine Caviar Gourmet Turkey (3 stars)
- Canine Caviar Gourmet Green Venison Tripe (see text)
- Canine Caviar Gourmet Duck and Sweet Potato (3 stars)
Canine Caviar Gourmet Turkey was selected to represent the others in the line for this review.
Canine Caviar Gourmet Turkey
Canned Dog Food
Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content
Ingredients: Ground turkey, water sufficient for processing, carrageenan gum, cassia gum
Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 12.8%
Red items when present indicate controversial ingredients
|Estimated Nutrient Content|
|Dry Matter Basis||38%||43%||11%|
|Calorie Weighted Basis||25%||68%||7%|
The first ingredient in this dog food is turkey. Turkey is considered “the clean combination of flesh and skin… derived from the parts or whole carcasses of turkey”.1
Turkey is naturally rich in the ten essential amino acids required by a dog to sustain life.
The second ingredient is water, which adds nothing but moisture to this food. Water is a routine finding in most canned dog foods.
The third ingredient is carrageenan, a gelatin-like thickening agent extracted from seaweed. Although carrageenan has been used as a food additive for hundreds of years, there does appear to be some recent controversy regarding its long term biological safety.
The fourth item is cassia gum. Cassia gum is a plant extract used here as a gelling agent providing no nutritional value to this food.
We find no added vitamins or minerals on the ingredients list.
Canine Caviar Canned Dog Food
The Bottom Line
Listing only four ingredients, this Canine Caviar canned dog food reveals a very simple design.
But being 100% meat, this product is not intended to be fed as a complete and balanced canine diet.
Canned Canine Caviar is a supplement — and a supplement only.
Because they usually lack some essential nutrients, supplements must never be fed continuously as the sole item in a dog’s diet.
We prefer to offer a product like this as a special treat. Or as an appetizing topper to be mixed with a dry kibble.
The nutrient percentages should reflect this dog food’s high meat content.
With a dry matter protein content of 98% and fat at 25%, the Guaranteed Analysis claimed by the company for its Green Venison Tripe recipe is statistically impossible.
After all, how could these nutrient percentages total to more than 100%?
Excluding Venison Tripe, the brand features an average protein content of 42% and a mean fat level of 37%.
Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 13% for the overall product line.
Above-average protein. Above-average fat. And below-average carbohydrates when compared to a typical canned dog food.
Free of any plant-based protein boosters, this looks like the profile of a supplemental food containing an abundance of meat.
However, it’s important to note the Turkey and Duck recipes contain on average more fat than they do protein. This can suggest the use of a fatty source of meat.
Canine Caviar is a meat-based canned dog food using a generous amount of various named species as its main sources of animal protein, thus earning the brand 4 stars.
Highly recommended (for supplemental feeding only).
However, pet owners looking for more reasonable fat content in their dog’s diet may wish to avoid the Turkey or Duck products.
Those looking for a complete and balanced kibble may wish to visit our review of Canine Caviar dry dog food.
Rice ingredients can sometimes contain arsenic. Until the US FDA establishes safe upper levels for arsenic content, pet owners may wish to limit the total amount of rice fed in a dog's daily diet.
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Notes and Updates
04/24/2010 Original review
11/24/2010 Review updated
01/16/2012 Review updated to include a new analysis
01/16/2012 Last Update
- Adapted by the Dog Food Advisor and based upon the official definition for chicken published by the Association of American Feed Control Officials, Official Publication, 2008 Edition ↩