H-E-B DaLeash Dog Food (Canned)

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Rating: ★★★★★

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H-E-B DaLeash Dog Food receives the Advisor’s top rating of 5 stars.

The DaLeash Dog Food product line includes two canned recipes, each claimed to meet AAFCO nutrient profiles for growth and maintenance.

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

  • DaLeash Grain Free with Beef and Vegetables
  • DaLeash Grain Free with Chicken and Vegetables

DaLeash Grain Free with Beef and Vegetables was selected to represent both products in the line for this review.

DaLeash Grain Free with Beef and Vegetables

Canned Dog Food

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

Protein = 44% | Fat = 28% | Carbs = 20%

Ingredients: Chicken, beef broth, chicken broth, liver, beef, dried egg whites, dried egg product, potatoes, potato starch, carrots, peas, natural flavor, flaxseed meal, dried beet pulp, salt, guar gum, sodium phosphate, potassium chloride, sodium carbonate, vitamins (vitamin E supplement, thiamine mononitrate, niacin supplement, d-calcium pantothenate, vitamin A supplement, riboflavin supplement, biotin, vitamin B12 supplement, pyridoxine hydrochloride, vitamin D3 supplement, folic acid), minerals (ferrous sulfate, zinc oxide, copper proteinate, sodium selenite, manganese sulfate, potassium iodide), choline chloride

Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 8.3%

Red items indicate controversial ingredients

Estimated Nutrient Content
MethodProteinFatCarbs
Guaranteed Analysis8%5%NA
Dry Matter Basis44%28%20%
Calorie Weighted Basis34%51%15%
Protein = 34% | Fat = 51% | Carbs = 15%

The first ingredient in this dog food includes chicken. Chicken is considered “the clean combination of flesh and skin… derived from the parts or whole carcasses of chicken”.2

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

The next two ingredients are beef broth and chicken 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 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 fifth ingredient is beef. Beef is defined as “the clean flesh derived from slaughtered cattle” and includes skeletal muscle or the muscle tissues of the tongue, diaphragm, heart or esophagus.2

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

The sixth ingredient is dried egg whites. Eggs are highly digestible and an excellent source of usable protein.

The seventh ingredient is dried egg product, a dehydrated form of shell-free eggs. Quality can vary significantly. Lower grade egg product can even come from commercial hatcheries — from eggs that have failed to hatch.

In any case, eggs are easy to digest and have an exceptionally high biological value.

The eighth ingredient is potato. Potatoes can be considered a gluten-free source of digestible carbohydrates. Yet with the exception of perhaps their caloric content, potatoes are of only modest nutritional value to a dog.

The ninth ingredient is potato starch. Potato starch is a gluten-free carbohydrate used more for its thickening properties than its nutritional value.

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, peas are a quality source of carbohydrates. And like all legumes, they’re rich in natural fiber.

However, peas contain about 25% protein, a factor that must be considered when judging the meat content of this dog food.

Next, flaxseed meal is one of the best plant-based sources of healthy omega-3 fatty acids. Flax meal is particularly 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.

In addition, beet pulp is a controversial ingredient, a high fiber by-product of sugar beet processing.

Some denounce beet pulp as an inexpensive filler while others cite its outstanding intestinal health and blood sugar benefits.

We only call your attention here to the controversy and believe the inclusion of beet pulp in reasonable amounts in most dog foods is entirely acceptable.

And lastly, with the exception of copper, 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.

DaLeash Dog Food
The Bottom Line

Judging by its ingredients alone, DaLeash Dog Food 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 44%, a fat level of 28% and estimated carbohydrates of about 20%.

As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 44% and a mean fat level of 28%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 20% for the overall product line.

And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 63%.

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

Even when you consider the protein-boosting effect of the peas and flaxseed meal, this looks like the profile of a canned product containing a significant amount of meat.

Bottom line?

DaLeash Dog Food is a meat-based grain-free canned product using a significant amount of chicken as its main source of animal protein, thus earning the brand 5 stars.

Enthusiastically 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

02/09/2016 Last Update

  1. Missing label info on company website as of 8/9/2016
  2. Association of American Feed Control Officials
  3. Association of American Feed Control Officials
  • Anne P

    This has been renamed “Heritage Ranch by HEB” and comes in 4 flavors. I checked the ingredients in the beef & vegetable, and they are exactly the same (including the order) as what is listed here for daLeash. The new flavors are salmon and lamb. They are pates. The chicken and beef are “stews.” They are also making dry food now (some are grain-free and some are not). My store doesn’t carry cases, but individually, they are $1 per can. The canned foods a grain-free, but are not limited-ingredient (they don’t claim to be LID). Every flavor has chicken in it, so if your dog has protein issues, be sure to read the label.

  • Jackie B

    I was curious about the manufacturing and so I emailed HEB yesterday. A customer service lady called my cell today (left a message) and said it is all manufactured in Emporia, Kansas. I didn’t ask about ingredient sourcing.

  • Cyndi

    That’s totally what I would call it if there was one by me. Or, now that I know what it stands for, I’d probably just call it the BUTT store or something like that, lol! It’s the little things that amuse me, lol!

  • Jackie B

    The can only says, “Made with Pride and Care for HEB, San Antonio, TX.” One of my 2 poodles will not eat this but my younger one seems to really like it. She is not picky.

  • LabsRawesome

    Wow, That’s a great price! 🙂

  • Jackie B

    When a friend of mine moved to Texas from Hawaii, she pronounced it “Heebie”! LOL! It is H-E-B, say each letter 😉

  • Jackie B

    At my store it is 98 cents a can, small discount for buying a case.

  • Cyndi

    LOL!! Really? Ha ha!! I’ve never heard of them! Howard E. Butt, lmao!!

  • LabsRawesome

    Hahaha it stands for Howard E. Butt. HEB grocery stores are in Texas and Mexico. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/H-E-B

  • Cyndi

    What does “HEB” stand for?

  • LabsRawesome

    Lol, Cute name. Looks like a really good canned food. Anyone know who manufactures it? And the price per can? Too bad there’s no HEB grocery stores in my area.

  • Jackie B

    interestingly, this is a grocery store brand! Sold at HEB grocery stores only.