Eagle Pack canned dog food receives the Advisor’s second-highest tier rating of 4 stars.
The Eagle Pack product line includes four canned dog foods, each claimed to meet AAFCO nutrient profiles for all life stages.
The following is a list of recipes available at the time of this review.
- Eagle Pack Chicken Formula
- Eagle Pack Turkey Formula
- Eagle Pack Lamb Formula
- Eagle Pack Beef Formula
Eagle Pack Turkey Formula was selected to represent the others in the line for this review.
Eagle Pack Turkey Formula
Canned Dog Food
Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content
Ingredients: Turkey, chicken broth, chicken, chicken liver, brown rice, ground flaxseed, dicalcium phosphate, guar gum, salt, lecithin, choline chloride, potassium chloride, carrageenan, cassia gum, Yucca schidigera extract, cranberries, vitamins [vitamin E supplement, vitamin B-12 supplement, niacin supplement, D-calcium pantothenate, biotin, folic acid, thiamine mononitrate, vitamin A supplement, riboflavin supplement, pyridoxine hydrochloride, vitamin D-3 supplement], minerals [zinc sulfate, ferrous sulfate, copper sulfate, sodium selenite, manganese sulfate, calcium iodate]
Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 6.8%
Red items when present indicate controversial ingredients
|Estimated Nutrient Content|
|Dry Matter Basis||41%||27%||24%|
|Calorie Weighted Basis||31%||51%||18%|
The first ingredient in this dog food is turkey. Turkey is considered “the clean combination of flesh and skin… derived from the parts or whole carcasses of turkey”.1
Turkey is naturally rich in the ten essential amino acids required by a dog to sustain life.
The second 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 third ingredient is chicken. Like turkey, chicken is considered another protein rich meat ingredient.
The fourth ingredient is chicken liver. This is an organ meat sourced from a named animal. So long as it’s not over-weighted in a dog food, chicken liver is a beneficial component.
The fifth 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 sixth ingredient is flaxseed, 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.
The seventh ingredient is dicalcium phosphate, likely used here as a dietary calcium supplement.
The eighth ingredient is guar gum, a gelling or thickening agent found in many wet pet foods. Refined from dehusked guar beans, guar gum can add a notable amount of dietary fiber to any product.
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 one notable exception…
Unfortunately, the listed minerals 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.
Eagle Pack Canned Dog Food
The Bottom Line
Judging by its ingredients alone, Eagle Pack looks to be 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.
As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 41% and a mean fat level of 27%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 24% for the overall product line.
And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 66%.
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 flaxseed, this looks like the profile of a canned product containing a moderate amount of meat.
Eagle Pack is a meat-based canned dog food using a moderate amount of poultry, beef or lamb as its main sources of animal protein, thus earning the brand 4 stars.
Those looking for a kibble product from the same company may wish to visit our review of Eagle Pack dry dog food.
Rice ingredients can sometimes contain arsenic. Until the US FDA establishes safe upper levels for arsenic content, pet owners may wish to limit the total amount of rice fed in a dog's daily diet.
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Notes and Updates
09/04/2011 Original review
03/10/2013 Review updated
03/10/2013 Last Update
- Adapted by the Dog Food Advisor and based upon the official definition for chicken published by the Association of American Feed Control Officials, Official Publication, 2008 Edition ↩