Go! Sensitivity + Shine Dog Food (Canned)

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Rating: ★★★★½

Go! Sensitivity + Shine canned dog food receives the Advisor’s second-highest tier rating of 4.5 stars.

The Go! Sensitivity + Shine product line includes two 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.

  • Go! Sensitivity + Shine Grain Free Duck Pate (4 stars)
  • Go! Sensitivity + Shine Grain Free Freshwater Trout and Salmon Pate (5 stars)

Go! Sensitivity + Shine Grain Free Duck Pate was selected to represent both products in the line for this review.

Go! Sensitivity + Shine Grain Free Duck Pate

Canned Dog Food

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

Protein = 36% | Fat = 27% | Carbs = 28%

Ingredients: Duck, duck broth, potatoes, dried egg product, flaxseed, apples, tricalcium phosphate, potassium chloride, salt, minerals (zinc amino acid chelate, iron amino acid chelate, selenium yeast, copper amino acid chelate, manganese amino acid chelate, cobalt amino acid chelate, potassium iodide), canola oil (preserved with mixed tocopherols), xanthan gum, cassia gum, chicory root, vitamins (vitamin E supplement, thiamine mononitrate, vitamin A supplement, riboflavin supplement, biotin, vitamin B12 supplement, vitamin D3 supplement), choline chloride, dried kelp, Yucca schidigera extract

Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 6.8%

Red items when present indicate controversial ingredients

Estimated Nutrient Content
MethodProteinFatCarbs
Guaranteed Analysis8%6%NA
Dry Matter Basis36%27%28%
Calorie Weighted Basis28%51%22%

The first ingredient in this dog food is duck. Duck is considered “the clean combination of flesh and skin… derived from the parts or whole carcasses of duck”.1

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

The second ingredient is duck 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 third 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 fourth 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 fifth 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 sixth ingredient includes apple, a nutrient-rich fruit that’s also high in fiber.

The seventh ingredient is tricalcium phosphate, a beneficial source of calcium and phosphorous. In addition, this additive is used in canned foods as an emulsifier — an agent designed to disperse a food’s fats more evenly in water.

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

Next, we note the inclusion of canola oil. Many applaud canola for its favorable omega-3 content while a vocal minority condemn it as an unhealthy fat.

Much of the objection regarding canola oil appears to be related to the use of genetically modified rapeseed as its source material.

Yet others find the negative stories about canola oil more the stuff of urban legend than actual science.2

In any case, plant-based oils like canola are less biologically available to a dog than fish oil as a source of quality omega-3 fats.

In addition, 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.

And lastly, this food also 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.

Go! Sensitivity + Shine Canned Dog Food
The Bottom Line

Judging by its ingredients alone, Go Sensitivity + Shine canned dog food 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 36%, a fat level of 27% and estimated carbohydrates of about 28%.

As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 41% and a mean fat level of 30%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 22% for the overall product line.

And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 72%.

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

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

Bottom line?

Go! Sensitivity + Shine is a meat-based canned dog food using a moderate amount of duck or trout as its main sources of animal protein, thus earning the brand 4.5 stars.

Highly recommended.

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

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Notes and Updates

05/29/2010 Original review
12/29/2010 Review updated
11/22/2011 Review updated
05/21/2013 Review updated
05/21/2013 Last Update

  1. Adapted by the Dog Food Advisor from the official definition for chicken published by the Association of American Feed Control Officials, 2008 Edition
  2. Mikkelson, B and DP, Oil of Ole, Urban Legends Reference Pages (2005)
  • Kinny Salas

    My dog usually refuses to eat when I have someone else dog sit. Mixing this with her Orijen makes her eat. She may still be sulky but she does eat it all.

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  • maddie

     oh! i see. thank you for the clarification. I will look for those formulas.

  • http://DogFoodAdvisor.com/ Mike Sagman

    Hi Maddie,

    You’re correct. Rice is a grain. However, two Go! formulas are indeed grain free, Go! Grain Free Freshwater Trout and Go! Grain Free Chicken/Turkey/Duck.

    So, since 2 of the 4 products are indeed grain free, we’ve tagged this review to come up in searches.

    Sorry for the confusion.

  • maddie

    I consider brown rice to be a grain, why is this listed as grain free?

  • http://DogFoodAdvisor.com Mike Sagman

    Hi Julie… Dog foods meeting AAFCO guidelines for all life stages are based upon the official profile for growth and reproduction (puppies). For more information, please visit our FAQ page and look for the topic, “AAFCO Nutrient Profiles”. Hope this helps.

  • http://dogfoodadvisor.com Julie

    Thank you Mike for your answer. Also I was wondering if you feel that “all life stages” is appropriate for a puppy or do they indeed need a food specifically geared for puppies.

  • http://DogFoodAdvisor.com Mike Sagman

    Hi Julie… Unfortunately, this Go Natural product was never never tagged as a “canned” dog food. So, our software failed to include it on our list of 5-star wet puppy foods. That should now be fixed. Thanks for the tip.

  • http://dogfoodadvisor.com Julie

    Is there a reason that the Go Natural canned food which you rate as 5 stars was not included in your list of 5 star puppy wet foods? I have been researching what to feed my new 3 month old adopted Wheaten mix. I have decided on the Go Natural Grain Free Dry Kibble and would like to use the Go Natural canned to mix with the kibble. He was on NutriSource at the rescue place but I wanted to increase his protein and get him started on a really good food. Thanks

  • http://DogFoodAdvisor.com Mike Sagman

    Hi Steve… Salmon broth is a water-based liquid in which salmon or salmon parts have been simmered to create a flavored stock.

  • Jonathan

    Steve, have you ever made stew?

    You put meat and bone in boiling water until the flavor is extracted then you remove the meat and bone, and skim the fat off the top. Then you are left with broth. Broth is nothing more than flavored water, when you get right down to it.

    But really, I don’t know if they are completely empty of nutrients, because it would seem the the process would also deposit some small amounts of nutrients into the liquid.

    But that is only a speculation on my part.

  • Steve

    What technically is salmon broth?