Chicken Soup for the Dog Lover’s Soul (Canned)

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Rating: ★★★★☆

Chicken Soup for the Dog Lover’s Soul canned dog food receives the Advisor’s second-highest tier rating of 4 stars.

The Chicken Soup for the Dog Lover’s Soul product line includes three canned recipes. Although each appears to be designed for a specific life stage, we were unable to find AAFCO nutritional profile recommendations for these dog foods on the product’s web page.

The following is a list of recipes available at the time of this review.

  • Chicken Soup for the Dog Lover’s Soul Adult
  • Chicken Soup for the Puppy Lover’s Soul (4.5 stars)
  • Chicken Soup for the Dog Lover’s Soul Senior (3.5 stars)

Chicken Soup for the Dog Lover’s Soul Adult recipe was selected to represent the other products in the line for this review.

Chicken Soup for the Dog Lover's Soul Adult Formula

Canned Dog Food

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

Protein = 36% | Fat = 18% | Carbs = 37%

Ingredients: Chicken, turkey, chicken broth, duck, salmon, chicken liver, whole grain brown rice, white rice, oatmeal, carrots, peas, potatoes, barley, egg product, guar gum, flaxseed meal, kelp, apples, dried skim milk, cranberry powder, rosemary extract, parsley flake, dried chicory root, carrageenan gum, vitamin A acetate, vitamin D3 supplement, ascorbic acid, niacin supplement, calcium pantothenate, riboflavin supplement, thiamine mononitrate, pyridoxine hydrochloride, vitamin B12 supplement, biotin, folic acid, zinc sulfate, ferrous sulfate, manganese sulfate, copper sulfate, calcium iodate and sodium selenite

Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 4.5%

Red items when present indicate controversial ingredients

Estimated Nutrient Content
MethodProteinFatCarbs
Guaranteed Analysis8%4%NA
Dry Matter Basis36%18%37%
Calorie Weighted Basis31%38%32%

The first three out of four ingredients in this dog food are chicken, turkey, and duck. Poultry is considered “the clean combination of flesh and skin… derived from the parts or whole carcasses”.1

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

The third ingredient is chicken broth. Broths are nutritionally empty. But because they add both flavor and moisture to a dog food they are a common finding in many canned products.

The fifth ingredient is salmon, another quality raw item. Salmon is an oily marine and freshwater fish not only high in protein but also omega 3 fatty acids, essential oils needed by every dog to sustain life.

The sixth ingredient is chicken liver. This is an organ meat sourced from a named animal and thus considered a beneficial component.

The seventh ingredient is brown rice, a complex carbohydrate that (once cooked) can be fairly easy to digest. However, aside from its natural energy content, rice is of only modest nutritional value to a dog.

The eighth ingredient is white rice, a less nutritious form of rice in which the grain’s healthier outer layer has been removed.

The ninth ingredient is oatmeal, a whole-grain product made from coarsely ground oats. Oatmeal is naturally rich in B-vitamins, dietary fiber and can be (depending upon its level of purity) gluten-free.

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 four notable exceptions

First, flaxseed is one of the best plant sources of healthy omega-3 fatty acids. Provided they’ve first been ground into a meal, flax seeds are also rich in soluble fiber.

However, flaxseed contains about 19% protein, a factor that must be considered when judging the actual meat content of this dog food.

Next, chicory root is rich in inulin, a starch-like compound made up of repeating units of carbohydrates and found in certain roots and tubers.

Not only is inulin a natural source of soluble dietary fiber, it’s also a prebiotic used to promote the growth of healthy bacteria in a dog’s digestive tract.

In addition, 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.

And lastly, 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.

Chicken Soup for the
Dog Lover’s Soul Canned Dog Food
The Bottom Line

Judging by its ingredients alone, Chicken Soup for the Dog Lover’s Soul looks like an above-average canned 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 36%, a fat level of 18% and estimated carbohydrates of about 38%.

As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 37% and a mean fat level of 21%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 34% for the overall product line.

And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 55%.

Near-average protein. Below-average fat. And above-average carbs when compared to a typical canned dog food.

Even when you consider the mild protein-boosting effect of the flaxseed, this looks like the profile of a wet product containing a moderate amount of meat.

Bottom line?

Chicken Soup for the Dog Lover’s Soul is a meat-based canned dog food using a moderate amount of chicken as its main source of animal protein, thus earning the brand 4 stars.

Highly recommended.

Please note certain recipes are sometimes given a higher or lower rating based upon our estimate of their total meat content.

Those looking for a nice kibble from the same company may wish to visit our review of Chicken Soup for the Dog Lover’s Soul dry dog food.

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Notes and Updates

03/06/2010 Original review
10/06/2010 Review updated
07/01/2012 Review updated
02/06/2014 Last Update

  1. Association of American Feed Control Officials
  • theBCnut

    This doesn’t make sense. Diamond never did make the canned food, because Diamond doesn’t have a cannery. Diamond brand canned foods are made by someone else. At least, that’s what I always heard…..

  • Barbara Snyder

    I began having difficulty finding CS in the local pet stores. Both of them told me that they were not going to carry it because their distributor told them that this had been reformulated. The company assured me that there were only slight changes to CS’s kibble but that there were no changes whatsoever to the cans. I began buying the product on line (although even a large website has difficulty keeping some types in stock).. I use the canned food as a supplement to the kibble. The 11/14 Whole Dog Journal wrote that the canned food is no longer made by Diamond Pet Products and has been reclaimed by the CS company within the last year. After reading the top two reviews, I am wondering if there is something else going on with CS.

  • Betsy Greer

    Did the company mention a reformulation?

  • Noni Sullivan

    3 of my dogs have been eating CS Adult canned and my other 3 dogs have been eating CS Mature canned for the past 5 months. I was very happy with it and they liked it until I got last 2 cases from Cheweys.com. Suddenly, they were walking away from their bowls. When they finally did eat it, those evenings they were very flatulent. This continued for about a week and then I discontinued giving it to them, except for my older dog who eats anything. Today, his stomach is obviously upset and he is releasing horrible gas.The other dogs I gave boiled chicken and dry food to are fine. I called the company and gave them the information. Somehow, I didn’t get the impression they were too concerned. But I am! I have 32 cans of Adult and 32 cans of Mature that will now go to waste. I will not try to get my dogs to eat it again and I certainly will not donate it. I am not happy!

  • qtip

    I recently gave 1/2 a can of senior CS to my 13 1/2 yo jindo – then put what was left into the refrigerator to give him the next night. Well, when I got ready to scoop the rest of the can into his bowl the next night – I was completely shocked to see that it had coagulated into solid fat! Is it healthy for a dog to consume solid lard? I’m thinking this couldn’t possibly be good for his heart and arteries!

  • Gunner’sMom

    My 60-pound male 2 year old German Shepherd mix also gets bored with his dry dog food. One tablespoon +/- mixed with Diamond’s dry (no wheat, no corn; no soy) made a huge difference. The minute he smells the Chicken Soup for the Dog Lover’s Soul canned food, he gets excited and dances around. He also enjoys the dry CSS as treats.

  • Amy Johnson

    I’ve been feeding my corgi mix CS wet food mixed with wellness whitefish dry food for almost two years. She has had luxating platellas (her knee caps move around making it uncomfortable or even painful to walk or run) since she was a year old, she would pick up her leg and hop along on three legs. Obviously she has been on supplements since I found out, she is on dasequin and two holistic herbal meds (body sore and tendon ligament) and they were doing quite well managing her discomfort, I was feeding iams at the time. After the switch to the CS and Wellness its like she was a puppy again! Her discomfort vanished and her coat (she’s allergic to grass haha) improved ten fold! Definitely reccommend this brand.

  • Rollie33

    When my dog gets bored we add a scoop into his dry food…voila! He inhales it like a gourmet meal! He has the shiniest coat! He is very happy and healthy….glad we went with calls!!

  • RHar

    I have been feeding this brand to my 10 dogs for over a year and a half now and I have had amazing results. 6 out of 10 are seniors, my oldest now is 17 1/2 years old and is playing around like a puppy! She has been on heart medication for over a year and her heart condition has not gotten any worse, but prior to her eating this food, I really did not think she would live another 3 months, that was a year and a half ago! I truly believe that she is doing so well because of her diet. Before switching their food my other dogs seem to be sick all the time, now they are healthier, their coats are shiny, no more ear infections and I know it is because they are eating a much healthier dog food. I highly recommend this food.

  • Cherylsfluffies

    we feed chicken soup to our dogs canned and dry also i sell them in my store, i had concerns about the recall. i contacted the diamond plant and they had a licenced vet call me back with my concerns. it was a volantary recall. there was 1 out of 12000 bags affected with samonilla.which i was told doesnt really bother the dogs but more likely was giving the caretakers the problems. it was at one factory, in one wing of the plant. and they assured me that the cans were nt affected. the recall was about 12 brands not just chicken soup. they are now shipping the large bags but i still cannot get the small bags but the cans never stopped shipping. it is a good food and if my dogs go off their food for any reason (surgery or illness) i get the best results offering them chicken soup for the puppy lover soul.

  • Gb190

    I am feeding my dogs Chicken Soup for the Soul can food. After reading about the dry food recall I am concerned about the safety of this product.  Is there any problem with the wet food ??

  • NYC_DogRescuer

    I just dropped by to post pretty much the exact same thing you had, Laura. I simply googled “rosemary effects dogs” after reading a comment on Amazon, and there are countless websites claiming it could indeed trigger seizures. It was news to me (then again, a lot of things are) and since my 12 year-old has been on daily phenobarbital for his seizures for years, I think I’ll stay away from this product despite the pretty awesome review.

  • Bob Andrews

    I’ve been feeding my dogs Science Diet, because of Vet suggestions, and my dogs were constantly sick and wouldn’t eat. Fed them the Chicken Soup (Canned and Dry) for approximately 6 days. They both have not been sick since then, are gaining weight and have tons of energy. My one dog used to have constant constipation, not any more! I would recommend this stuff to anyone…check out the other commercial brands, cereals, chemicals and animal by-products (who knows what that means?) We just talked to a friend of our that the class researched dog foods in college for a project. He said that you wouldn’t believe what really goes into these pet foods. I’d tell you, but it’s too gross!! My suggestion is just buy food that you know what’s in the can.

  • http://DogFoodAdvisor.com Mike Sagman

    Hi James… Egg product is a protein-rich, dehydrated form of shell-free eggs.

  • jAMES kARL

    WHAT IS EGG bY PRODUCT

  • lance

    We have been mixing the canned with the dry (same label) to get her off of Purina puppy chow. She loves it and had only 2 days of kinda loose transition stools. We get a kick out of the actual veggies you can see easily in the food. I am glad feeding this food to our 12 week German Shepherd.

  • laura

    I was going to purchase the chicken soap cans for my dog. Started looking at the reviews on the product and someone commented on the rosemary extract. So, I found this site
    http://www.dogfoodscoop.com/pet-food-neurotoxins.html. You do not have it as a red item; so, im thinking that it may not be true.

  • Karla D

    I gave the canned Chicken soup for the puppy lovers soul mixed with his regular dry food (Natura) to my 12 week old Sharpei puppy. He has had Anus Gland leakage 4 times since then and his stool is not as firm as before. I am getting rid of the cans. back to dry food only.

  • Dillon Wright

    I’ve tried this food for two dogs that were nutritionally in excellent health. Not long after adding this to the diet both dogs started having severe bouts of diarrhea extreme enough to require veterinary intervention.
    Altho the label does not suggest it this food appears to have a high fat content. The ingredients have a ‘greasy’ look. The contents are runny rather than more firm as one finds in most canned foods. Once this food was stopped the problem stopped also.

  • Meagan

    Bought one can of this last night because I was not sure if I would get my Diamond cans in the mail today. Anyway they inhaled this CSDLS!

  • Meagan

    This is already in my amazon cart to be ordered next in line. anybody have comments on if you have fed it? thanks :)