Great Life canned dog food receives the Advisor’s highest rating of 5 stars.
The Great Life product line includes 7 canned dog foods, each claimed to meet AAFCO nutrient profiles for all life stages.
- Great Life Essentials Peking Duck
- Great Life Essentials Baby Back Ribs
- Great Life Essentials Frontier Buffalo
- Great Life Essentials Beef Wellington
- Great Life Essentials Irish Lamb Stew
- Great Life Essentials Chicken Parmigiana
- Great Life Essentials Alaskan Wild Salmon
Great Life Essentials Beef Wellington canned dog food was selected to represent the others in the line for this review.
Great Life Essentials Beef Wellington
Canned Dog Food
Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content
Ingredients: Beef, beef broth, beef liver, organic blueberries, organic tomatoes, orgainc pumpkin, orgainc yams, orgainc chia seed, guar gum, vitamins (vitamin A supplement, vitamin D3 supplement, vitamin E supplement, vitamin B12 supplement, vitamin B3 supplement, folic acid, vitamin B1 supplement, lecithin, biotin, pyridoxine hyprochloride, riboflavin), minerals (zinc amino acid chelate, iron amino acid chelate, copper amino acid chelate, manganese amino acid chelate, cobalt amino acid chelate, calicium pantothenate, selenium)
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 food lists 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.1
Beef is naturally rich in all ten essential amino acids required by a dog to sustain life.
The second ingredient includes beef broth. Broths are nutritionally empty. But because they add moisture to a dog food they are a common finding in many canned products.
The third ingredient lists beef liver. This is an organ meat sourced from a named animal and thus considered a beneficial component.
The next five ingredients include nutrient-rich organic fruits and vegetables…
- Organic blueberries
- Organic tomatoes
- Organic pumpkin
- Organic yams
- Organic chia
Next, we note the inclusion of 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.
And lastly, we note this food contains chelated minerals… minerals that have been chemically attached to proteins. This makes them easier to absorb. Chelated minerals are generally associated with better dog foods.
Great Life Canned Dog Food
The Bottom Line
Since Great Life contains a number of quality organic ingredients, we feel compelled to accord this line favored status as we consider its final rating.
That’s because organic ingredients are produced under remarkably strict government standards… standards which greatly restrict the use of any synthetic pesticides, herbicides, insecticides, hormones or antibiotics.
So, judging by its ingredients alone, Great Life appears 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%.
Above-average protein. Above-average fat. And below-average carbohydrates when compared to a typical canned dog food.
Free of any plant-based protein boosters, this looks like the profile of a wet food containing a notable amount of meat.
Great Life is a meat-based canned dog food containing a notable amount of meat from named species as its main sources of animal protein, thus earning the brand 5 stars.
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
08/25/2010 Original review
02/04/2011 Review updated (to include AAFCO rating)
03/04/2012 Review updated (minor recipe change, added Frontier Buffalo)
03/04/2012 Last Update
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