Lotus canned dog food receives the Advisor’s top rating of 5 stars.
The Lotus product line includes three canned dog foods.
However, since we’re unable to locate AAFCO nutritional adequacy statements for these dog foods on the company’s website, it’s impossible for us to report specific life stage recommendations for these recipes.
The following is a list of recipes available at the time of this review.
- Lotus Wholesome Turkey Stew
- Lotus Wholesome Beef and Asparagus Stew
- Lotus Wholesome Chicken and Asparagus Stew
Lotus Wholesome Chicken and Asparagus Stew was selected to represent the other products in the line for this review.
Lotus Wholesome Chicken and Asparagus Stew
Canned Dog Food
Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content
Ingredients: Chicken, chicken broth, potato starch, chopped asparagus, chicken fat, blueberries, baby carrots, calcium lactate, monosodium phosphate, salt, agar-agar, salmon oil, olive oil, ground flaxseed, new zealand green mussel, dried kelp, potassium chloride, whole cranberries, calcium carbonate, choline chloride, betaine, zinc proteinate, potassium chloride, iron proteinate, niacin, vitamin E supplement, thiamine mononitrate, copper proteinate, manganese proteinate, sodium selenite, calcium pantothenate, vitamin A supplement, riboflavin, pyridoxine hydrochloride, biotin, vitamin B12 supplement, calcium iodate, vitamin D3 supplement, folic acid
Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 7.5%
Red items when present indicate controversial ingredients
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|Dry Matter Basis||50%||20%||22%|
|Calorie Weighted Basis||42%||40%||18%|
The first ingredient in this dog food includes 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 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 includes potato starch. Potato starch is a gluten-free carbohydrate used more for its thickening properties than its nutritional value.
The fourth ingredient is asparagus. Asparagus is especially rich in B-vitamins, minerals and dietary fiber.
The fifth ingredient is chicken fat. Chicken fat is obtained from rendering chicken, a process similar to making soup in which the fat itself is skimmed from the surface of the liquid.
Chicken fat is high in linoleic acid, an omega-6 fatty acid essential for life. Although it doesn’t sound very appetizing, chicken fat is actually a quality ingredient.
The sixth ingredient is blueberries. Blueberries are a good source of vitamins, minerals and dietary fiber.
The seventh ingredient is carrots. Carrots are rich in beta-carotene, minerals and dietary fiber.
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, salmon oil is naturally rich in the prized EPA and DHA type of omega-3 fatty acids. These two high quality fats boast the highest bio-availability to dogs and humans.
Depending on its level of freshness and purity, salmon oil should be considered a commendable addition.
Next, green-lipped mussels are clam-like animals notably rich in glucosamine and omega-3 fatty acids, nutrients proven to support long-term joint health.
In addition, flaxseed is 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.
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.
Lotus Canned Dog Food
The Bottom Line
Judging by its ingredients alone, Lotus 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.
As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 50% and a mean fat level of 20%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 22% for the overall product line.
And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 40%.
Above-average protein. Below-average fat. And below-average carbs when compared to a typical canned dog food.
Even when you consider the protein-boosting effect of the flaxseed, this looks like the profile of a wet product containing a significant amount of meat.
Lotus is a meat-based grain-free canned dog food using a significant amount of turkey, beef or chicken as its main sources of animal protein, thus earning the brand 5 stars.
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Notes and Updates
05/12/2014 Last Update
- Association of American Feed Control Officials ↩