Eukanuba canned dog food receives the Advisor’s mid-tier rating of 3 stars.
The Eukanuba product line includes ten canned dog foods, eight claimed to meet AAFCO nutrient profiles for adult maintenance and two for growth (puppies).
The following is a list of recipes available at the time of this review.
- Eukanuba Adult Entree with Beef and Rice
- Eukanuba Adult Entree with Lamb and Rice
- Eukanuba Adult Entree with Turkey and Rice
- Eukanuba Adult Mixed Grill with Chicken and Beef
- Eukanuba Adult Entree with Fresh Chicken and Rice
- Eukanuba Puppy Entree with Fresh Chicken and Rice
- Eukanuba Adult Dinner with Chicken in Gravy (2.5 stars)
- Eukanuba Adult Mixed Grill with Chicken & Beef in Gravy (2.5 stars)
- Eukanuba Puppy Mixed Grill with Chicken & Beef in Gravy (2.5 stars)
- Eukanuba Adult Hearty Stew with Beef & Vegetables in Gravy (2.5 stars)
Eukanuba Adult Mixed Grill with Chicken and Beef was selected to represent the other products in the line for this review.
Eukanuba Adult Mixed Grill with Chicken and Beef
Canned Dog Food
Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content
Ingredients: Chicken broth, chicken, beef by-products, chicken by-products, beef liver, brewers rice, chicken by-product meal, guar gum, dried beet pulp, titanium dioxide, flax meal, sodium tripolyphosphate, potassium chloride, calcium sulfate, brewers dried yeast, dried egg product, vitamins (ascorbic acid, thiamine mononitrate (source of vitamin B1), vitamin A acetate, calcium pantothenate, biotin, vitamin B12 supplement, niacin, riboflavin supplement (source of vitamin B2), inositol, pyridoxine hydrochloride (source of vitamin B6), vitamin D3 supplement, folic acid), salt, carrageenan, cassia gum, choline chloride, fructooligosaccharides, minerals (ferrous sulfate, zinc oxide, manganese sulfate, copper sulfate, manganous oxide, potassium iodide, cobalt carbonate), vitamin E supplement, beta-carotene
Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 5.5%
Red items indicate controversial ingredients
|Estimated Nutrient Content|
|Dry Matter Basis||43%||30%||19%|
|Calorie Weighted Basis||32%||53%||14%|
The first ingredient in this dog food 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 second 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 third 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 fourth 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 fifth ingredient is beef liver. This is an organ meat sourced from a named animal and thus considered a beneficial component.
The sixth ingredient is brewers rice. Brewers rice is a cereal grain by-product consisting of the small fragments left over after milling whole rice. Aside from the caloric energy it contains, this item is of only modest nutritional value to a dog.
The seventh ingredient is chicken by-product meal, a dry rendered product of slaughterhouse waste. It’s made from 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 feathers.
On the brighter side, by-product meals are meat concentrates and contain nearly 300% more protein than fresh chicken.
In any case, although this item contains all the amino acids a dog needs, we consider chicken by-products an inexpensive, lower quality ingredient.
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.
The ninth ingredient is beet pulp. 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.
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 six notable exceptions…
First, titanium dioxide is a white coloring agent. Although most claim the pigment to be a safe food additive, one international agency3 has classified titanium dioxide as a “Group 2B carcinogen” possibly linked to cancer in humans.
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, 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, brewers yeast can be a controversial item. Although it’s a by-product of the beer making process, this ingredient is rich in minerals and other healthy nutrients.
Fans believe yeast repels fleas and supports the immune system.
Critics argue yeast ingredients can be linked to allergies. This may be true, but (like all allergies) only if your particular dog is allergic to the yeast itself.
In addition, a vocal minority insists yeast can increase the risk of developing the life-threatening condition known as bloat. However, this is a claim we’ve not been able to scientifically verify.
In any case, unless your dog is specifically allergic to it, yeast can still be considered a nutritious additive.
What’s more noteworthy here is that brewers yeast contains about 48% protein, a factor that must be considered when judging the actual meat content of this dog food.
Next, 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.
We also note this food contains contains fructooligosaccharide, an alternative sweetener4 probably used here as a prebiotic. Prebiotics function to support the growth of healthy bacteria in the large intestine.
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.
Eukanuba Canned Dog Food
The Bottom Line
Judging by its ingredients alone, Eukanuba canned dog food looks like an 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.
As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 45% and a mean fat level of 31%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 16% for the overall product line.
And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 67%.
Above-average protein. Above-average fat. And below-average carbs when compared to a typical wet dog food.
When you consider the protein-boosting effect of the flaxseed and brewers yeast in this recipe, and the wheat gluten contained in some other recipes, this looks like the profile of a wet product containing a notable amount of meat.
Eukanuba is a meat-based canned dog food using a notable amount of named meats and meat by-products as its main sources of animal protein, thus earning the brand 3 stars.
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.
Those looking for a comparable kibble from the same company may want to check out our review of Eukanuba Dry Dog Food.
Eukanuba Dog Food
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10/23/2016 Last Update