Canine Caviar canned dog food receives the Advisor’s top rating of 5 stars.
The Canine Caviar product line includes four canned dog foods. However, since we’re unable to locate AAFCO nutritional adequacy statements for these dog foods on the product’s web page, it’s impossible for us to report specific life stage recommendations for these recipes.
The following is a list of recipes available at the time of this review.
- Canine Caviar 95% Beaver Grain Free
- Canine Caviar 95% Venison Grain Free
- Canine Caviar 95% Turkey Grain Free (4 stars)
- Canine Caviar 95% Duck Grain Free (4.5 stars)
Canine Caviar 95% Duck Grain Free was selected to represent the other products in the line for this review.
Canine Caviar 95% Duck Grain Free
Canned Dog Food
Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content
Ingredients: Duck, liver, sweet potatoes, water sufficient for processing, guar gum
Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 9.1%
Red items when present indicate controversial ingredients
|Estimated Nutrient Content|
|Dry Matter Basis||41%||32%||19%|
|Calorie Weighted Basis||30%||56%||14%|
The first ingredient in this dog food is duck. Duck is considered “the clean combination of flesh and skin… derived from the parts or whole carcasses of duck”.1
Duck is naturally rich in the ten essential amino acids required by a dog to sustain life.
The second ingredient is liver. Normally, liver can be considered a quality component. However, in this case, the source of the liver is not identified. For this reason, it’s impossible to judge the quality of this item.
The third ingredient includes sweet potato. Sweet potatoes are a gluten-free source of complex carbohydrates in a dog food. They are naturally rich in dietary fiber and beta carotene.
The fourth ingredient is water, which adds nothing but moisture to this food. Water is a routine finding in most canned dog foods.
The fifth ingredient includes guar gum, a gelling or thickening agent found in many wet pet foods. Refined from dehusked guar beans, guar gum can add a notable amount of dietary fiber to any product.
We find no added vitamins or minerals on the ingredients list.
Canine Caviar Canned Dog Food
The Bottom Line
Judging by its ingredients alone, Canine Caviar canned dog food looks like an above average wet product.
But ingredient quality by itself cannot tell the whole story. We still need to estimate the product’s meat content before determining a final rating.
As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 45% and a mean fat level of 28%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 19% for the overall product line.
And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 62%.
Above-average protein. Above-average fat. And below-average carbs when compared to a typical canned dog food.
Free of any plant-based protein boosters, this looks like the profile of a wet product containing an abundance amount of meat.
Canine Caviar canned dog food is a meat-based wet product using an abundance amount of duck, turkey, beaver or venison as its main sources of animal protein, thus earning the brand 5 stars.
However, it’s important to note that some of the recipes in this product line appear to be all meat in design. And that could make them suitable for supplemental feeding only.
Since we could not locate an AAFCO nutritional adequacy statement on the company website, readers should check the label to be sure a food is “complete and balanced” before feeding it on a long term basis.
Those looking for a complete and balanced kibble may wish to visit our review of Canine Caviar dry dog food.
Please note certain recipes are sometimes given a higher or lower rating based upon our estimate of their total meat content.
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
07/22/2013 Review updated
07/22/2013 Last Update
- Adapted by the Dog Food Advisor from the official definition for chicken published by the Association of American Feed Control Officials, 2008 Edition ↩