Canine Caviar Limited Ingredient Diet Dog Food receives the Advisor’s mid-tier rating of 3.5 stars.
The Canine Caviar Limited Ingredient Diet product line includes three dry recipes, two claimed to meet AAFCO nutrient profiles for all life stages and one for adult maintenance.
The following is a list of recipes available at the time of this review.
- Canine Caviar Free Spirit Holistic LID (4 stars)
- Canine Caviar Open Meadow Holistic LID (4 stars)
- Canine Caviar Special Needs Holistic LID (2 stars)
Canine Caviar Open Meadow Holistic Limited Ingredient Diet was selected to represent the other products in the line for this review.
Canine Caviar Open Meadow Holistic Limited Ingredient Diet
Dry Dog Food
Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content
Ingredients: Lamb meal, pearl millet, lamb fat (preserved with mixed tocopherols), coconut, sun-cured alfalfa, coconut oil, sun-cured kelp, dried Lactobacillus acidophilus fermentation product, sodium chloride, lecithin, choline chloride, FOS or fructooligosaccharide (prebiotic), fenugreek, peppermint, taurine, zinc proteinate, papaya, rose hips, Yucca schidigera extract, anise oil, thyme oil, manganese proteinate, beta-carotene, vitamin D3 supplement, biotin, selenium, riboflavin, thiamine mononitrate, pyridoxine hydrochloride, vitamin B12 supplement, folic acid
Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 6.2%
Red items when present indicate controversial ingredients
|Estimated Nutrient Content|
|Dry Matter Basis||27%||16%||49%|
|Calorie Weighted Basis||24%||34%||42%|
The first ingredient in this dog food is lamb meal. Lamb meal is considered a meat concentrate and contains nearly 300% more protein than fresh lamb.
The second ingredient is millet, a gluten-free grain harvested from certain seed grasses. Millet is hypoallergenic and naturally rich in B-vitamins and fiber as well as other essential minerals.
The third ingredient is lamb fat. Lamb fat is obtained from rendering lamb, a process similar to making soup in which the fat itself is skimmed from the surface of the liquid.
Lamb fat is high in linoleic acid, an omega-6 fatty acid essential for life. Although it doesn’t sound very appetizing, lamb fat is actually a quality ingredient.
The fourth and sixth ingredients are coconut and coconut oil. Depending upon the quality of the raw material, coconut is rich in medium chain fatty acids.
Coconut has been reported to have a beneficial effect on a dog’s skin and coat, improve digestion, and reduce allergic reactions.1
The fifth ingredient is sun-cured alfalfa. Although alfalfa is high in protein (18%) and fiber, it’s uncommon to see it used in a dog food. This hay-family ingredient is more commonly associated with horse feeds.
The seventh ingredient is dried kelp, a dehydrated form of seaweed also known as alginate. Kelp is most likely used here as a thickening or gelling agent.
From here, the list goes on to include a number of other items.
But to be realistic, ingredients located this far down the list (other than nutritional supplements) are not likely to affect the overall rating of this product.
With two notable exceptions…
First, this recipe contains fructooligosaccharide, an alternative sweetener2 probably used here as a prebiotic. Prebiotics function to support the growth of healthy bacteria in the large intestine.
And lastly, this food includes chelated minerals, minerals that have been chemically attached to protein. This makes them easier to absorb. Chelated minerals are usually found in better dog foods.
Canine Caviar Limited Ingredient Diet Dog Food
The Bottom Line
Judging by its ingredients alone, Canine Caviar Limited Ingredient Diet looks like an above-average dry 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 25% and a mean fat level of 15%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 52% for the overall product line.
And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 59%.
Below-average protein. Near-average fat. And above-average carbs when compared to a typical dry dog food.
When you consider the protein-boosting effect of the sun-cured alfalfa, this looks like the profile of a kibble containing a moderate amount of meat.
Canine Caviar Limited Ingredient Diet is a plant-based dry dog food using a moderate amount of lamb or chicken meals as its main sources of animal protein, thus earning the brand 3.5 stars.
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.
Canine Caviar Dog Food
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07/30/2015 Last Update