Canine Caviar (Canned)

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Rating: ★★★★★

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

Protein = 41% | Fat = 32% | Carbs = 19%

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
MethodProteinFatCarbs
Guaranteed Analysis9%7%NA
Dry Matter Basis41%32%19%
Calorie Weighted Basis30%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.

The dashboard displays a dry matter protein reading of 41%, a fat level of 32% and estimated carbohydrates of about 19%.

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.

Bottom line?

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.

Enthusiastically recommended.

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.

A Final Word

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Although it's our goal to ensure all the information on this website is correct, we cannot guarantee its completeness or its accuracy; nor can we commit to ensuring all the material is kept up-to-date on a daily basis.

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However, due to the biological uniqueness of every animal, none of our ratings are intended to suggest feeding a particular product will result in a specific dietary response or health benefit for your pet.

For a better understanding of how we analyze each product, please read our article, "The Problem with Dog Food Reviews".

Remember, no dog food can possibly be appropriate for every life stage, lifestyle or health condition. So, choose wisely. And when in doubt, consult a qualified veterinary professional for help.

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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

  1. Adapted by the Dog Food Advisor from the official definition for chicken published by the Association of American Feed Control Officials, 2008 Edition
  • http://www.dfwpugs.com/ sandy

    Cute, but boy is there going to be lots of eye drops in his future!

  • theBCnut

    Too funny! Gideon sleeps with his eyes open, creepy.

  • Crazy4cats

    Darn, the video doesn’t come up on my iPad. It sounded cute.

  • LabsRawesome

    Hey Sandy, I thought you might enjoy this creepy pug. He sleeps with his eyes open, and snores, loudly. So cute! http://blog.theanimalrescuesite.com/serious-snoring-pug/?utm_source=social&utm_medium=arsfan&utm_campaign=serious-snoring-pug&utm_term=20140410

  • Kimi_Forever

    thanks again for the tip on the hound and gastos, it looks really good. i think i’m going to try that, no carrageenan, made in the USA, meat based. looks good.

  • Kimi_Forever

    most of those would meet my criteria except i know merrick and wellness, both companies i generally like, contain carrageenan which i would like to stay away from. one of the reasons i considered this food was that it did not have carrageenan only guar gum and could help me, as a topper, bring down the calcium levels in Orijen LBP for a large breed pup. i do know that whole earth farms, also made by merrick, does not contain carrageenan so maybe ill look there. i will also look into hound and gatos and weruva, i’m just somewhat shaky on weruva because it’s made in thailand, although i know it’s at a human grade facility it still makes me kinda shaky about them for some reason. thanks for your reply.

  • http://www.dfwpugs.com/ sandy

    I use Merrick, Hound and Gatos and Wellness and Weruva Human Style canned foods. None of those are packed by Evangers.

  • theBCnut

    Is it the FDA or the court documents that we shouldn’t believe? Or the people that actually work there?

  • Kimi_Forever

    some of what i read was by users of forums some of what i read was the FDA finding cans of evangers that did not contain the meat they claimed to contain. There is too much controversy around that company for me to personally trust the well being of a beloved pet to them. but thats just me. i am so disappointed as i really wanted to top my orijen with this, i guess ill just have to use actual meat from the store instead. probably should have gone that route in the first place. what a shame IMO.

  • http://www.TAPF.com/ Barry Collier

    As a store owner that is actually near the Evangers facility, I have seen the facility first hand. After the big pet expos in Chicago, the Evanger folks bring people to their plant. I wouldnt believe everything you read. Personally I feed raw but have Evangers as a backup.

  • Kimi_Forever

    i’ve read too many things about evangers and the stink that arises from the plant the unsealed containers of meat, their products that dont even contain the meat they are claimed to contain. thats terrible i didnt even know that about wysong, i wont be using wysong either. it’s so hard to find a decent pet food it’s absurd. i guess ill be sticking to fromm or petcurean for my canned foods, unless they are also made by evangers :-

  • http://www.TAPF.com/ Barry Collier

    Wysong is also made by Evangers. Say what you want but I have to say that I have been using Evangers for many years. Overall great results.

  • Kimi_Forever

    nevermind i just found out this is made by evanger’s LOL see ya on using this product

  • Kimi_Forever

    Does anyone know where this product is manufactured? i am considering using the venison to supplement orijen large breed puppy dog food but do not know where this is manufactured. i am hoping in USA or canada otherwise i wont use it. thanks for any help.

  • Molly

    One of my dogs eat the dry food, but my other dog doesn’t like dry. If I mix the Venison canned with their Synergy vegetable mix, will this be the same as feeding the dry? I know not exactly, but very similar and enough rounded nutrition for my dog? On another note, what is the benefit of their Norwegian Sun-Cured Kelp? Is this something to mix to the dry for fiber? So far I really like the canine caviar dry for my one dog. Thank you!

  • Emma Spring

    Thank you so much Iosul…..I couldn’t even get the webpage to come up…I neglected to use the www. thanks a bunch !

  • losul

    800 392 7898

    very bottom of page
    http://www.caninecaviar.com/contact/

  • Emma Spring

    Does anyone have a phone number for this company? Much appreciated. I can’t seem to find one online anywhere.

  • ralphmclovin

    Hi just wanted to let you know that they must have updated their labels and corrected the mistakes on the Venison Tripe can…

    protein(min)9.5%, fat 5%, fiber 5%, and moisture 80%

  • http://www.dfwpugs.com/ sandy

    If you are feeding that alot then give a vitamin/mineral supplement. Just going by the turkey example above it looks like only meat which is not a complete and balanced diet. FYI Merrick 96% canned foods are complete and balanced. Might give those a try.

  • Kim

    It just means that it hasn’t attained an AAFCO seal for being a “complete” diet. In other words, it doesn’t contain the probiotics, vitamins and minerals of a food that does get that designation. It doesn’t mean that the food isn’t an excellent product or that your dog won’t benefit from it. It’s just saying your pet cold possibly be missing out on some key nutrients if that was ALL that you fed him/her day in and day out. As with all foods, it’s always best to rotate yor pets diet just as you would your own.

  • Jasmine

    Hi,

    I just bought Canine Caviar Gourmet Beaver and afterwards saw this review saying it’s “intermittent or supplemental feeding only.” I would like to know what should i add for my dog’s diet. She is 2 years old, no unusual health condition, weight 13 kilos. I’ll appreciate your help since I’m worried I made a mistake buying this food for her.

    Thanks

  • Sukh Rai

     i wantthe heavy weaight my dog

  • Miseryhaha

     Hi! I know this is an old post, but I am aware that cutting gluten in the human diet can reduce inflammation in the gut and increase absorption of nutrients (and, thus, calories). I wonder if the addition of a completely gluten free product helps dogs in the same way? According to human studies, the appetite is actually decreased when gluten is removed (for those sensitive persons) because the body is then absorbing much more of what it needs, and does not continually hunger for more. Just a thought…anyone else have this experience?

  • Deborah

    I recently started to feed my Dog Canine Cavier. The Kibble mix and also the canned combined with the Kibble. I have also given him the different varities and he loves it. Within weeks I saw a difffernce in his energy levels and his overall appearance. I love the raw meat diet for my dog, this kibble form does all the work for you and still produces great results. Less shedding and a much happier energetic Dog. I highly reccomend for anyone to give it a try. You will not be disappointed!

  • Elizabeth

    This is not only a dog food, it is suitable for cats as well. My cat is suffering from fatty liver disease, we have tried so many combinations of food to get him enough calories and to tempt him to eat with no luck, I was syringe feeding him nearly a whole “can” 3 times a day of a mix of Hills A/D, Wellness Chicken, chicken baby food, nutri-cal, and Cat Sure during all my baby’s naps and he was not getting any better I was exhausted. A few days ago we started using Canine Caviar’s Beaver formula and it is a miracle food! Within a day of starting it my cat had completely and very throughly groomed himself, the first time he’d even attempted to do so in over a month and I caught him briefly playing with a pair of socks he’d pulled out of the clean clothes basket (a life long favourite toy)! Two days later (today) he came running when I fed his brother their usual kibble, he didn’t eat any but he did sniff at it and look interested and even took one lap from the water bowl next to it! We’re not out of the woods yet, and maybe it was just a coincidence that our turn around day was the same day I switch foods but I think this food may have saved my cat’s life (and definitely my sanity, 2 small meals a day giving more calories than 3 huge meals is a HUGE load off me)! I will warn potential customers that this IS perhaps the grossest pet food I have ever had the misfortune to work with; it smells like wet dog and vomit and has disgusting little bits of bone and chunks of dark… some bit of beaver. I have to sieve it before I can syringe it. But it is sooooo worth it!

  • http://DogFoodAdvisor.com Mike Sagman

    Hi Karleen… Actually, the whole point of our website is that dog food is like everything else in the supermarket. Some foods are good, some are bad and some are truly exceptional.

    Our reviews are designed to help you make a more informed decision when buying dog food. However, our ratings are not intended to suggest that feeding a particular dog food will result in specific health benefits for your pet.

    So, we cannot promise you a five star product is better for your dog than a lower-rated one. But it does tell you it probably contains more meat and is made with better quality ingredients. Hope this helps.

  • karleen

    Hi Mike ,
    I’m Karleen from Indonesia , i’m feeding my dogs dogfood brand ANF .. i’ve read all the articles in your site ,

    I don’t understand , you mean all commercial dogfood is not good for dogs health ?
    And is it ok for me to feed the five star dog food ?
    five star dog food means it good for dog ?

    many thanks ,
    KArleen

  • http://DogFoodAdvisor.com Mike Sagman

    Hi Sue… most of the time, canned dog foods (cup-for-cup) contain significantly fewer calories than kibbles. Assuming you’re using the same size serving (by measured volume), you may have inadvertently reduced her number of calories per meal. Do you think that is what may have happened?

  • Sue Royston

    I have a 6 1/2 yr old German Shepherd Dog who’s been several pounds overweight for 2 years or so. I had no luck getting her weight down, then a couple of months ago I started giving her the Gourmet Beaver, about 1/4 cup on top of 1/2 cup dry, mostly to mix with her ground up medicine. She lost 5 lbs.! So it was startling to me to see the rating on your website describing it as a “weight on” product. It may be that my dog’s metabolism changed and the weight loss combined with the Gourmet Beaver was a fluke, but she is maintaining her lost weight.