Cocolicious Dog Food (Canned)

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Rating: ★★★★★

Cocolicious Dog Food receives the Advisor’s top rating of 5 stars.

The Cocolicious product line includes 14 canned 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.

  • Cocolicious Organic Beef [A]
  • Cocolicious Organic Turkey [A]
  • Cocolicious Organic Chicken [A]
  • Cocolicious Wholesome Pork [A]
  • Cocolicious Wholesome Duck [A]
  • Cocolicious Wholesome Lamb [A]
  • Cocolicious Wild Caught Salmon [A]
  • Cocolicious Wholesome Venison [A]
  • Cocolicious Tender Pork and Lamb [A]
  • Cocolicious Organic Beef and Turkey [A]
  • Cocolicious Organic Chicken and Beef [A]
  • Cocolicious Organic Turkey and Chicken [A]
  • Cocolicious Wild Caught Salmon and Pork [A]
  • Cocolicious Wholesome Lamb and Wild Caught Salmon [A]

Cocolicious Tender Pork and Lamb was selected to represent the other products in the line for this review.

Cocolicious Tender Pork and Lamb

Canned Dog Food

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

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

Ingredients: Pork, lamb, pork broth, organic coconut oil, organic brussels sprouts, organic kale, organic garbanzo beans, organic lentils, organic strawberries, organic bananas, organic chia seeds, organic liver, organic guar gum, vitamins (vitamin E supplement, niacinamide, l-ascorbyl-2- polyphosphate, calcium pantothenate, thiamine mononitrate, vitamin A acetate, folic acid, riboflavin, biotin, pyridoxine hydrochloride, vitamin B12 supplement, vitamin D3 supplement), minerals (calcium carbonate, zinc sulfate, ferrous sulfate, zinc proteinate, copper sulfate, potassium iodide, copper proteinate, manganese sulfate, selenium yeast, manganese proteinate)

Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 6.8%

Red items indicate controversial ingredients

Estimated Nutrient Content
MethodProteinFatCarbs
Guaranteed Analysis9%7%NA
Dry Matter Basis41%32%19%
Calorie Weighted Basis30%56%14%
Protein = 30% | Fat = 56% | Carbs = 14%

The first ingredient in this dog food is pork. Pork can be defined as “the clean flesh derived from slaughtered pork” and includes skeletal muscle or the muscle tissues of the tongue, diaphragm, heart or esophagus.1

The second ingredient is lamb, another quality raw item.

Both pork and lamb are naturally rich in all ten essential amino acids required by a dog to sustain life.

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

The fourth ingredient is organic coconut oil, a natural oil rich in medium-chain fatty acids.

Medium-chain triglycerides have been shown to improve cognitive function in older dogs.2

Because of its proven safety3 as well as its potential to help in the treatment of canine cognitive dysfunction syndrome (CDS) and chronic skin disorders, MCT can be considered a positive addition to this recipe.

The fifth ingredient includes organic brussels sprouts. The Brussels sprout is a healthy green vegetable and a member of the cabbage family. It’s notably rich in vitamin C, dietary fiber and other nutrients.

Like other cruciferous vegetables, Brussels sprouts are believed to provide anti-cancer benefits.

The sixth ingredient is organic kale. Kale is a type of cabbage in which the central leaves do not form a head. This dark green vegetable is especially rich in beta-carotene, vitamins C, vitamin K and calcium.

And like broccoli, kale contains sulforaphane, a natural chemical believed to possess potent anti-cancer properties.

The seventh ingredient includes organic garbanzo beans, also known as chickpeas. Like peas, bean and lentils, the chickpea is a nutritious member of the fiber-rich legume (pulse) family of vegetables.

Garbanzos contain about 22% protein, something which must be considered when evaluating the total protein reported in this food.

The eighth ingredient includes organic lentils. Lentils are a quality source of carbohydrates. Plus (like all legumes) they’re rich in natural fiber.

However, lentils contain about 25% protein, 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 four notable exceptions

First, we find organic chia seeds, edible seeds nutritionally similar to flax or sesame. Provided they’re first ground into a meal, chia seeds are rich in both omega-3 fatty acids as well as dietary fiber.

However, chia seeds contain about 17% protein, a factor that must be considered when judging the meat content of this dog food.

Next, we note the inclusion of organic 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.

In addition, this food contains 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.

And lastly, this recipe also includes selenium yeast. Unlike the more common inorganic form of selenium (sodium selenite), this natural yeast supplement is considered a safer anti-cancer alternative.

Cocolicious Dog Food
The Bottom Line

Since this recipe contains a number of organic ingredients, we feel compelled to grant this line a more favorable status as we consider its final rating.

That’s because organic ingredients must comply with notably more stringent government standards — standards which significantly restrict the use of any synthetic pesticides, herbicides, insecticides, hormones or antibiotics.

With that in mind…

Judging by its ingredients alone, Cocolicious 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 41% and a mean fat level of 32%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 19% for the overall product line.

And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 78%.

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

When you consider the protein-boosting effect of the garbanzo beans, lentils and chia seeds, this looks like the profile of a wet product containing a notable amount of meat.

However, with 56% of the total calories in our example coming from fat versus just 30% from protein, some recipes may not be suitable for every animal.

Bottom line?

Cocolicious is a meat-based wet dog food using a notable amount of various species as its main sources of animal protein, thus earning the brand 5 stars.

Highly 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.

Cocolicious Dog Food
Recall History

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Notes and Updates

11/29/2015 Last Update

  1. Adapted by the Dog Food Advisor from the official definition of meat by the Association of American Feed Control Officials
  2. Pan Y et al, Dietary supplementation with medium-chain TAG has long-lasting cognition-enhancing effects in aged dogs, British Journal of Nutrition, Volume 103, Issue 12, June 2010, pp 1746-1754
  3. Matulka RA et al, Lack of toxicity by medium chain triglycerides (MCT) in canines during a 90-day feeding study,Food Chem Toxicol, Jan 2009, 47(1) 35-9.
  • Lee McTaggart

    Might want to add this to your review this is making the rounds Can you check this out with the company . https://toptentogonewsnetwork.wordpress.com/2017/04/30/california-company-caught-using-recycled-pets-in-dog-food/

  • laugun

    We buy all different flavors of Cocoliscious, my Taiwanese mountain dog loves it and she has never had any problems with diarrhea or vomiting or anything else. She is very healthy, too. I’ve had her on this food almost ever since I got her from a shelter, where she was on kibble for a year and a half. I sometimes do put maybe a tablespoon or two of dinner leftovers on top, just for a treat. (meat or vegetables, no sauces or seasonings.) She thinks she is in heaven when she gets this little treat.

  • Katelyn

    This food is really high in fat. 78% Fat to Protein Ratio is high. Your dog may have been reacting to that. I imagine Coconut oil and Pork are high on the list, both of these items are high in fat. Some dogs can’t handle that much fat.

  • Tommi Poodle

    I fed my miniature poodle Only Cocolicious Organic chicken and wholesome lamb And Dave’s easy to digest chicken and rice formula! that’s the food he can digest and do well on it so far! no worries no more GI problem and skin!! I used fed prescription diet Z/D formula skin food can and dry for 6 month, no improvement for his skin and he was loosing weight and fall off hair, i stopped feeding and i am feeding now the Cocolicious food with freeze dried topper or the Northwest natural food, he do well so far~~ My poodle can not tolerated high in fat , its ok if the fat content is not more than 7% , a least under 9% of protein, it’s ok to feed for my poodle,,this is can food i am talking about

  • Erica Suprenand

    I bought a mixed case

  • Erica Suprenand

    It was pork, salmon, lamb, duck and turky. I have bully breeds, and they usually have stomachs of steel. I’ll never buy them again. I’ve been using signature and they have been fine.

  • Anne Terry Cutler

    The list of ingredients on this site and the actual list of ingredients on the product can are different. The can does not list the individual fruits and vegetables added. All item contained are important for pets with severe allergies and need to listed.

  • **MyKidsHave4Paws**

    Thanks for sharing. I starting feeding this last month to two of my five dogs and my elderly Chihuahua does great on the Organic Chicken & Turkey formula, but when I mixed it into my Boxer’s food (over the course of two weeks) it gave her bad diarrhea and she would randomly vomit. Not like her.. Which one of the Cocolicious did you feed your dogs??

  • Erica Suprenand

    In Dec, my dog had a tooth removed so I bought a case of Cocolicious. My dog had horrible Diarrhea and huge spouts of vomit. I couldn’t tell if he was reacting to the anesthesia or the canned food. I had one can left, and last night my three dogs each got 1/3 of the canned cocolicious with their kibble. My oldest dog had to be let out twice for diarhea in the middle of the night and had about 4 more episodes during the day.(I bring him to work) I immediately gave him pumpkin and prebiotics and probiotics to help his stomach. I came home and my fiance said our youngest dog couldn’t hold his potty and had diarrhea on our kitchen floor today. Two out of three dogs had horrible stomachs after eating Cocolicious. I also bought it for my cats and my older cat vomitted, and now he is turned off to Patte Canned food. (I work for a indi store that sells premium dog food) My dogs have strong stomachs and not much make them upset. I will never feed my pets cocolicious again! There are other comments like this about Cocolicious under Party Animal Canned Food

  • Kevin Natoli

    I have an old greyhound recovering from anemia, and he has lost alot of his condition. Does Cocolicious have an Australian distributor??

  • Bobby dog

    What would you recommend feeding to boost it’s immune, not suppress it?

  • TTeddy

    Personally, if my 13 year old dog was suffering, I would feed it something which will boost it’s immune, not suppress it. Good luck!!!!

  • 3DogMama

    Thanks for the review. As mentioned in another thread, we started feeding this to our 13 year old shih Tzu recently. She has terrible allergies to a number of common meats and carbohydrates (as well as environmental allergies to grass, dust, etc.). This has made finding a commercial dog food very difficult. BUT the Cocolicious Salmon & Pork is a recipe with none of her known allergens – and so far, she likes it and doesn’t seem to be bothered by it. However, I wanted to know how it would rank overall (aside from allergy issues). Now I have confirmation that it is a quality food; and I will probably by some of the other “flavors” for my 3 Pekingese. (I’m really a 4DogMama now – but couldn’t change my name on this site! LOL)