Canine Caviar canned dog food receives the Advisor’s top rating of 5 stars.
The Canine Caviar product line includes five canned dog foods, each apparently intended for intermittent or supplemental feeding only.
The following is a list of recipes available at the time of this review.
- Canine Caviar 95% Buffalo Grain Free
- 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 recipe 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, duck liver, sweet potatoes, water sufficient for processing, guar gum
Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 9.1%
Red items 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 duck liver. This is an organ meat sourced from a named animal and thus considered a beneficial component.
The third ingredient is 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 is 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 47% and a mean fat level of 27%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 18% for the overall product line.
And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 58%.
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 of meat.
Canine Caviar is a meat-based grain free canned dog food using a generous amount of various species as its main sources of animal protein, thus earning the brand 5 stars.
Enthusiastically recommended for supplemental feeding only.
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 and (when appropriate) their fat-to-protein ratios.
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Notes and Updates
01/25/2015 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 ↩