Hound and Gatos Dog Food (Canned)

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Rating: ★★★★★

Hound and Gatos Dog Food receives the Advisor’s top rating of 5 stars.

The Hound and Gatos product line includes eight 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.

  • Hound and Gatos Beef
  • Hound and Gatos Pork
  • Hound and Gatos Trout
  • Hound and Gatos Lamb
  • Hound and Gatos Rabbit
  • Hound and Gatos Salmon
  • Hound and Gatos Chicken
  • Hound and Gatos Lamb, Chicken, Salmon

Hound and Gatos Beef Recipe was selected to represent the other products in the line for this review.

Hound and Gatos Beef Recipe

Canned Dog Food

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

Protein = 46% | Fat = 36% | Carbs = 10%

Ingredients: Beef, water, xanthan gum, potassium chloride, tricalcium phosphate, cassia gum, choline chloride, guar gum, salt, iron proteinate, zinc proteinate, vitamin E supplement, copper proteinate, manganese proteinate, riboflavin supplement, selenium yeast, kelp, thiamine mononitrate, vitamin A supplement, vitamin B12 supplement, potassium iodide, biotin, vitamin D3 supplement

Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 2.3%

Red items when present indicate controversial ingredients

Estimated Nutrient Content
MethodProteinFatCarbs
Guaranteed Analysis10%8%NA
Dry Matter Basis46%36%10%
Calorie Weighted Basis32%61%7%

The first ingredient in this dog food 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.1

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

The second ingredient is water, which adds nothing but moisture to this food. Water is a routine finding in most canned dog foods.

The third ingredient is xanthan gum is a food additive used here as a thickener to create gravy-like consistency.

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 two notable exceptions

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

And lastly, this food 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.

Hound and Gatos Dog Food
The Bottom Line

Judging by its ingredients alone, Hound and Gatos Dog Food appears to be an above-average canned 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 46%, a fat level of 36% and estimated carbohydrates of about 10%.

As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 48% and a mean fat level of 35%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 9% for the overall product line.

And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 74%.

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

Free of any plant-based protein boosters, this looks like the profile of a canned product containing an abundance of meat.

Bottom line?

Hound and Gatos is a meat-based canned dog food using an abundant amount of various named species as its main sources of animal protein, thus earning the brand 5 stars.

Enthusiastically recommended.

Those looking for a limited ingredient diet may benefit from the simple components used in this design.

However, with a fat to protein ratio about 90%, the chicken and pork recipes may not be appropriate for every dog.

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

07/09/2014 Last Update

  1. Association of American Feed Control Officials
  • theBCnut

    Sorry for your loss. They never live long enough.
    I’ll have to search for that info. I’ve never seen anyone link phos to pancreatitis, kidney disease yes, pancreatitis no.

  • Cate

    One site was DogAware.com

  • theBCnut

    Any chance you have a link to that info?

  • Cate

    My little Shih Tzu had Pancreatitis when she was 12 & my research showed low phosphorus was very helpful.

  • Becky Parker

    I also called the company reached the owner and every single one of my questions was answered

  • Pattyvaughn

    How refreshing it must be to have a vet that actually knows something about nutrition!! And I totally agree with you about contacting the company for as fed analysis numbers. Many companies actually try to hide how high their fat content is by misusing labeling rules, mainly the ones associated with Evangers. I really like Weruva too.

  • Guest

    I’ve had 2 cats with pancreatitis, studied animal nutrition and provided nutritional counseling to pet owners. My vet who specializes in pet nutrition recommends attempting to keep fat content in a canned or raw food to approx.3-5% (“as fed” can labeled; not dry matter analysis) for an animal with pancreatitis. The AAFCO requirements for labeling on pet foods mandate only a MIN. fat content which doesn’t give us the info we need for these animals.

    I recommend calling the companies directly and going through the necessary channels to determine the ACTUAL fat content. My experience when researching this years ago was that Weruva foods offer some of the lowest fat canned options and their website offers dry matter and “as fed” information on all their foods which is awesome. I spoke with one of the owners of the company and he verified that the labeling is an accurate representation of actual fat content. The company offers mostly chicken and fish based formulas and I don’t recommend feeding fish more than once a week, at the most. Merrick has some lower fat canned options as well. Primal frozen raw food told me they label their products with actual fat content rather than minimums and they offer several lower fat options. Bravo Balance frozen turkey is also a good choice.

  • Barry Collier

    As you can see from moderator Mike Sagman that post had to be deleted because the owner of H&G was spamming the post with fake comments about how his food is so good. This is after he has been warned. Not only is this low you can bet that he is bashing other pet food companies to make his brand look better. For this reason alone, I am not carrying this brand. I hope Mike that you are able to use the IP address and delete other fake post he made (if any) on other pet food forums on your site.

  • Pattyvaughn

    Definitely don’t feed this. Did you see the dry matter analysis? This food is at least 36% fat

  • Cesarpadilla8

    Has anyone gotten an as fed analysis on this food? I would like to feed this product but my dog has pancreas issues so I really need to watch the fat levels. Especially when it comes to raw and high meat cans, companies usually grossly underestimate the fat in these diets by hiding behind minimums. I just don’t buy that these fat levels can be this low unless they are using a lot of organ meat, like raw companies use.

  • Pattyvaughn

    I sound vaguely like a cross between a frog and a horse, but I do it really well.

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  • InkedMarie

    Someone recently asked me if I could sing. I said yes, I just suck at it!

  • Pattyvaughn

    Oh you are missing out!! Though you are lucky you can’t hear me sing.

  • losul

    Hehe, don’t know the tune, but I remember ham and green eggs from the books

  • Pattyvaughn

    LOL!! I’ve know that ever since The Cat In The Hat came on TV. “In Spanish, it’s el gato in a sombrero.” Come on, sing it with me.

  • losul

    I finally had to bing gatos to see what it means. Evidently it means cat in Spanish.

  • Petfoodretailer

    I own a retail store and we brought in Hound & Gato’s as soon as we learned that Will Post had come out with a new food. His commitment and enthusiasm for his food is unmatched. The simple formula are great for a variety of dogs and cats, especially those with allergies or sensitivities. Customers love these foods. We know that HG has very high standards for sourcing their ingredients and throughout the manufacturing process. This is a line of canned food to try. You really get your money’s worth.

  • Alex

    I’ve called them twice and spoken with the owner both times. They are absolutely not unresponsive! He has been eager to answer any and all of my questions. Their rabbit, by the way, is from the U.S.

  • LLP

    Hound and Gatos makes a variety of canned meat products that are convenient for people who can not do real meat or frozen meats and who want a good alternative to dry dog food. The quality and ingredients are superior to most other canned products on the market. Good meat selections and appealing flavors for pets.

  • LbA

    I was looking for a natural diet for my dog and cat that didn’t have fillers in it or made outside the USA and found Hound and Gatos pet food. We live on a farm so I needed something that could help keep their coats and bodies in good condition. Since feeding them Hounds and Gatos pet food I have noticed a remarkable improvement in their skin, coats and energy levels. Excellent pet food and would highly recommend it to everyone!

  • InkedMarie

    I guess I need to read the comments here, again, because I don’t recall seeing anyone “dog” this food. I have a case of it right now.

  • Pattyvaughn

    If you read the other reviews of H&G, I’m sure you found that it was not true. It looks like a good food, but from the lack of posts, I would say not widely used. I’m glad you came here to let us know about your experience with it. That’s how we learn about foods like this. I hope more people who have actually used this food post about their experiences too.
    BTW, the ONLY real negative I have ever heard about this company is that they aren’t very free with information when you have questions. I definitely would not consider that “dogging” a company.

  • dogfoodmama

    I feed all the different varieties to my dogs and they do very well with it. I like that it is basically meat and my dogs do as well. One goes crazy for the rabbit and the other, the salmon. I think the above review speaks for itself. As far as the person who wants to know why there are suddenly reviews here, I heard that this site was being used to “dog” Hounds & Gatos and I, personally, am sick of people who hide in the anonymity of the internet to tear others down. No company or pet food is perfect but I believe Hounds & Gatos does as good a job as any.

  • Pattyvaughn

    But did someone post a link somewhere that brought so many here today? Or were you just part of a big coincidence?

  • Jilly

    Well Dice is as real as you get and she was a rescue boxer/jack russell/hound and my son renamed her after he rescued her because her name was Deuce and he said she deserved a better name than that but close. We have always had GSDs but she is such blessing.

  • Pattyvaughn

    HaHaHa! I am suspicious, but that wasn’t what I meant. Sometimes someone will post something from here to their FB page or something that will generate more attention than usual. I was wondering if that was why all of a sudden people were coming to this page. Like if H&G provided a link, lots of H&G users would all of a sudden come here.

    Of course, I did notice that one “person’s dog was named 50 cents and another was Dice.

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  • Crazy4cats

    You are so suspicious, Patty! But usually pretty accurate. Lol!

  • Pattyvaughn

    Nobody has posted on this thread in 3 months and suddenly today their are numerous new posts praising this food. What gives?

  • Jilly

    Our dog Dice, has had a great deal of allergies and thanks to, H & G, Dice is not only not having allergies but she has the best coat she has ever had and without the allergies she is the happiest dog ever. Thank you H & G. You have keep her well.

  • Sari Cantu

    My Dog, 50 Cents loves this canned food, he has more energy and his coat is coming out better than ever. He has had problems with other canned food (ex. lost of hair or simply won’t eat it). Thanks to Hound & Gatos Dog Food for providing something delicious and healthy for my dog.
    Recommend Lamb or Pork.

  • Pattyvaughn

    Please consider feeding a rotational diet. It is healthier for dogs to eat a variety of healthy foods, just like people.

  • Pattyvaughn

    Eating variety is as healthy for dogs as it is for people, so why don’t you use the ingredient lists and try to get an idea what your dog is intolerant of so he can have a few different foods.

  • Happygirljuly22

    My dogs, Roper and Daisy, adore the H & G beef. Since starting on H & G, I’ve noticed their coats are sleeker and shinier and 9 year old Roper has tons more energy. I’ll stick with Hound & Gatos.

  • TB

    No probs with my cat after being fed H&G trout. She loves it.

  • Triple

    I have fed my dog H&G food for the past month and He has LOVED it and gotten over his skin problem which was apparently caused by an allergy to his previous canned food. We will stick with H&G.

  • chiapink

    Gave our three dogs this as a treat, since they can all catch, I threw them some pretty good sized chunks of the food, well one dog, the Yorkie missed his and it bounced all the way from the kitchen into the living room, maybe this company shouldn’t add so many gums, it also made our Pitbull sick for 2 days with diarrhea, she has a VERY sensitive stomach so we thought this food sounded so very good with the total absence of Caragenaan, guess we were wrong, now we have a whole 11 cans of it, our other dogs will have to eat it since they do well on canned food in general.

  • http://www.dfwpugs.com/ sandy

    Have you used the Rabbit? Do you know where it is from?

  • Hound Dog Mom

    I wouldn’t say thickening agents are nutritionally neutral. “Gums” used as thickeners are carbohydrates – more specifically they are what’s known as “rapidly fermentable fibers”. One commonly used thickener, carrageenan, has been linked to an increased risk of colon cancer.

  • Hound Dog Mom

    Many companies have BPA free 5.5 oz. cans. However most (if not all) of the large cans contain BPA. Here’s some info: http://truthaboutpetfood2.com/which-pet-foods-have-bpa-free-cans

  • Kim

    They’re thickening agents used in just about every canned dog food. They are nutritionally neutral and are addressed in the product review.

  • Kim

    I can’t recall any canned dog food I’ve seen being labeled as “BPA Free.” On the other hand, I do like that they use selenium yeast in this product as opposed to the more commonly used sodium selenite.

  • Dave’s Hounds

    I am rotating this canned food now – will post results

  • frankie1964

    They’re pretty unresponsive and don’t like being questioned. Hmmm.

  • Johnandchristo

    Hi Jenna,

    I could be wrong, but as far as I know only small cat food cans are BPA free. unless stated on the label. The very reason I stopped using Tripett, an other wise great dog food. So they most likely do have BPAs, not safe.

  • jenna

    Does anyone know if the cans are BPA-free?  I’ve attempted to email the company twice now to get a response on that, and still haven’t heard.

  • Jubercat

    This food seems to have an awful lot of “gums”: Xanthan, Guar, Cassia.  Why is that?