Cesar Savory Delights (Tubs)

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Rating: ★★☆☆☆

Cesar Savory Delights Dog Food receives the Advisor’s second-lowest tier rating of 2 stars.

The Cesar Savory Delights product line includes 7 wet dog foods.

Each recipe below includes its related AAFCO nutrient profile when available on the product’s official webpage: Growth, Maintenance, All Life Stages, Supplemental or Unspecified.

  • Cesar Savory Delights Angus Beef Flavor [M]
  • Cesar Savory Delights Filet Mignon Flavor [M]
  • Cesar Savory Delights Ham and Egg Flavor [M]
  • Cesar Savory Delights Pork Tenderloin Flavor [M]
  • Cesar Savory Delights Rotisserie Chicken Flavor [M]
  • Cesar Savory Delights Rosemary Chicken Flavor [M]
  • Cesar Savory Delights Porterhouse Steak Flavor [M]

Cesar Savory Delights Rotisserie Chicken Flavor was selected to represent the other products in the line for this review.

Cesar Savor Delights Rotisserie Chicken Flavor

Canned Dog Food

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

Protein = 47% | Fat = 21% | Carbs = 24%

Ingredients: Sufficient water for processing, beef by-products, animal liver, chicken, meat by-products, bacon, cheese, chicken by-products, soy flour, calcium carbonate, sodium tripolyphosphate, carrageenan, wheat flour, potassium chloride, natural flavor, magnesium proteinate, xanthan gum, dried yam, added color, guar gum, cassia gum, salt, erythorbic acid, rotisserie chicken flavor, zinc sulfate, vitamin E supplement, red #3, monocalcium phosphate, copper sulfate, sodium nitrite (for color retention), d-calcium pantothenate, thiamine mononitrate (vitamin B1), vitamin A supplement, vitamin D3 supplement

Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 5.9%

Red items indicate controversial ingredients

Estimated Nutrient Content
MethodProteinFatCarbs
Guaranteed Analysis8%4%NA
Dry Matter Basis47%21%24%
Calorie Weighted Basis39%41%20%
Protein = 39% | Fat = 41% | Carbs = 20%

The first ingredient in this dog food is water, which adds nothing but moisture to this food. Water is a routine finding in most canned dog foods.

The second ingredient includes beef by-products, an item made from slaughterhouse waste. This is what’s left of a slaughtered cow after all the striated muscle cuts have been removed.

With the exception of hair, horns, teeth and hooves, this item can include almost any other part of the animal.1

Although this item does contain all the amino acids a dog needs, we do not consider beef by-products a quality ingredient.

The third ingredient is animal 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 fourth ingredient is chicken. Chicken is considered “the clean combination of flesh and skin… derived from the parts or whole carcasses of chicken”.1

Chicken is naturally rich in the ten essential amino acids required by a dog to sustain life.

The fifth ingredient includes meat by-products, an item made from slaughterhouse waste. This is what’s left of slaughtered animals after all the prime striated muscle cuts have been removed.

With the exception of hair, horns, teeth and hooves, this item can include almost any other part of the animal.1

What’s worse, this particular item is anonymous. So, the meat itself can come from any combination of cattle, pigs, sheep or goats — which can make identifying specific food allergies impossible.

Although most meat by-products can be nutritious, we do not consider such vaguely described (generic) ingredients to be as high in quality as those derived from a named animal source.

The sixth ingredient is bacon, the cured, fatty meat obtained from the belly of a pig.

The seventh ingredient is cheese, a protein-rich, lactose-free dairy product high in calcium and other healthy nutrients.

The eighth ingredient lists chicken by-products, or slaughterhouse waste. This is what’s left of a slaughtered chicken after all the prime cuts have been removed.

In addition to organs (the nourishing part), this stuff can contain almost anything — feet, beaks, undeveloped eggs — anything except quality skeletal muscle (real meat).

Although this item contains all the amino acids a dog needs, we consider chicken by-products an inexpensive, lower quality ingredient.

The ninth ingredient is soy flour, a high-protein by-product of soybean processing.

Although soy flour contains about 51% protein, this ingredient would be expected to have a lower biological value than meat.

And less costly plant-based products like this can notably boost the total protein reported on the label — a factor that must be considered when judging the actual meat content of this dog food.

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 five notable exceptions

First, carrageenan is a gelatin-like thickening agent extracted from seaweed. Although carrageenan has been used as a food additive for hundreds of years, there appears to be some recent controversy regarding its long term biological safety.

Next, wheat flour is a highly-refined product of wheat milling. Like corn, wheat is an inexpensive and controversial cereal grain of only modest nutritional value to a dog.

For this reason, we do not consider wheat a preferred component in any dog food.

In addition, we’re always disappointed to find artificial coloring in any pet food. That’s because coloring is used to make the product more appealing to humans — not your dog. After all, do you really think your dog cares what color his food is?

Next, the minerals listed here do not appear to be chelated. And that can make them more difficult to absorb. Non-chelated minerals are usually associated with lower quality dog foods.

And lastly, we note the presence of sodium nitrite, a controversial color preservative. Sodium nitrite has been linked to the production of cancer-causing substances (known as nitrosamines) when meats are exposed to high cooking temperatures.

Cesar Savory Delights Dog Food
The Bottom Line

Judging by its ingredients alone, Cesar Savory Delights looks like a below-average wet dog food.

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 47%, a fat level of 21% and estimated carbohydrates of about 24%.

As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 48% and a mean fat level of 20%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 24% for the overall product line.

And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 42%.

Above-average protein. Below-average fat. And below-average carbs when compared to a typical wet dog food.

Even when you consider the protein-boosting effect of the soy flour, this looks like the profile of a wet product containing a notable amount of meat.

Bottom line?

Cesar Savory Delights is a meat-based wet dog food using a notable amount of named and unnamed meats as its main sources of animal protein, thus earning the brand 2 stars.

Not recommended.

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

04/18/2017 Last Update

  1. Association of American Feed Control Officials
  2. Association of American Feed Control Officials
  3. Association of American Feed Control Officials
  • CC1980

    I have no problem buying the 5 star foods but my dog will not eat them, he will eat cesar with some regularity, if I let him go hungry until he eats then he throws up spit and biol from having an empty stomach too long. According to my vet my dogs health is 5 star so I must be doing something right.

  • sheila

    My little dive bomber at 4 months is eating freshpet slice roll and I add Platnum Performance Pro Supplements. She isn’t gaining. Could I get some help on bulking her up a few ounces?????

  • LabsRawesome

    He’s smiling cause I just told him it’s dinner time! Actually he was at the dog park playing with his doggy friends. 🙂

  • LabsRawesome

    Oh yeah, I always forget about the small containers. I only buy big cans. 🙂

  • Cyndi

    Awww, half dog is smiling! 😀

  • Cyndi

    & the Pure Balance is only 68¢ for the little 3.5oz. containers of it. I use that for stuffing Bailey’s kong.

  • LabsRawesome

    Hi RLaw0n, I wouldn’t use either of those foods. Since you only have 1 small Chihuahua, you could very easily feed canned only. Walmart has Pure Balance @ one dollar per 130z can. Here’s the review. http://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/dog-food-reviews/pure-balance-dog-food-canned/ There is also a grain-free version 95% Chicken or Beef, for $1.25 per can. Both are 5 star foods. If you have a Costco membership, Nature’s Domain canned is like $20.99 for 24 cans, and is a five star food as well.

  • Jeremy

    Since you posted the same question on each pages review, perhaps you could go back and read each one instead of hoping someone will tell you what you need to do. I feel we should all be a little more informed about what we put in our dogs bodies for our own reasons versus using someones else rationale to decide for us. That being said, your dog will have a happier longer life with less vet bills on a more quality food.

  • RLawt0n

    How would this compare to Pedigree Little Champions and Mighty Dog Canned Food? I feed my chihuahua Premium Edge but every Sunday I mix in Cesars so he could have something tasty.

  • Wendy Whaley

    Personally I do not know why you would feed your dog Little Cesar’s dog food when their are so many better quality dog foods on the market at much better prices. It is like feeding your dog junk food everyday. I have a very picky dog, you just need to try out some foods and see which one your dog likes. They will live much longer and be much happier and healthier. That is the best we can do for them for all they do for us.

  • Can you please post a link to the Cesar web page for the “Meats in Juices” product line? Thanks.

  • Lee

    You do not discuss Cesar’s meats in jucies which are different from the flavor ones. I avoid the flavored ones. Are these as bad ??