Mulligan Stew Dog Food (Canned)

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Rating: ★★★★☆

Mulligan Stew canned dog food receives the Advisor’s second-highest tier rating of 4 stars.

The Mulligan Stew product line includes six canned dog foods.

However, since we’re unable to locate AAFCO nutritional adequacy statements for these dog foods on the product’s web page, 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.

  • Mulligan Stew Beef Recipe
  • Mulligan Stew Duck Recipe
  • Mulligan Stew Turkey Recipe
  • Mulligan Stew Salmon Recipe
  • Mulligan Stew Chicken Recipe
  • Mulligan Stew Buffalo and Beef Recipe

Mulligan Stew Chicken Recipe was selected to represent the other products in the line for this review.

Mulligan Stew Chicken Recipe

Canned Dog Food

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

Protein = 39% | Fat = 27% | Carbs = 26%

Ingredients: Chicken, water sufficient for processing, cabbage, chicken liver, brown rice, horseradish, l-methionine, l-cysteine, beta-carotene, selenium yeast

Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 9.1%

Red items when present indicate controversial ingredients

Estimated Nutrient Content
MethodProteinFatCarbs
Guaranteed Analysis9%6%NA
Dry Matter Basis39%27%26%
Calorie Weighted Basis30%51%20%

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

The third ingredient includes cabbage. Like broccoli and cauliflower, cabbage is a cruciferous vegetable rich in protective anti-oxidants and fiber.

The fourth ingredient includes chicken liver. This is an organ meat sourced from a named animal and thus considered a beneficial component.

The fifth ingredient is brown rice, a complex carbohydrate that (once cooked) can be fairly easy to digest. However, aside from its natural energy content, rice is of only modest nutritional value to a dog.

The sixth ingredient is horseradish . Although horseradish is rich in certain minerals and is said to have an anti-bacterial effect, we’re not certain why this ingredient is used in this recipe.

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, although we find no mention of added vitamins or minerals on the ingredients list, we’re reassured to find a detailed list of naturally included nutrients on the company’s website.2

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

Mulligan Stew Canned Dog Food
The Bottom Line

Judging by its ingredients alone, Mulligan Stew looks like 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.

The dashboard displays a dry matter protein reading of 39%, a fat level of 27% and estimated carbohydrates of about 26%.

As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 39% and a mean fat level of 27%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 26% for the overall product line.

And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 71%.

These percentages were computed from an unusual set of numbers referred to by the company as “Typical Guaranteed Analysis” — and apparently some kind of average for the full product line.2

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

With no sign of any plant-based protein boosters, this looks like the profile of a wet food containing a moderate amount of meat.

Bottom line?

Mulligan Stew canned dog food is a meat-based wet product using a moderate amount of named meats as its main sources of animal protein, thus earning the brand 4 stars.

Highly recommended.

Those looking for a nice kibble from the same company may wish to visit our review of Mulligan Stew dry dog food.

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Notes and Updates

04/04/2010 Original review
03/04/2014 Last Update

  1. Association of American Feed Control Officials
  2. Mulligan Stew website, 4/3/2010
  3. Mulligan Stew website, 4/3/2010
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  • Debbie

    It took me three messages to get a reply but what they said is that their “canned recipes do have a limited amount of BPA in the lining of the cans” and that their “manufacturer, Performance Pet Products in Mitchell, SD,utilizes a can from a company that incorporates the LEAST AMOUNT of BPA in the liners, so at to mitigate the risk of BPA contamination.” The question is what the word “least” means here because it depends on what they’re comparing it to.

  • losul

    It’s one reason I much prefer to see a public statement, on the label or on ta companies website such as Edens, declaring determinately what they are using, i.e. can material, liner material, etc. Eden’s is using naturally derived oleoresin coating in their bean cans and is using jars I think for the tomatos because they haven’t found a suitable substitute liner for the acid foods/metallic cans.

    Sorry so skeptical, I’m from the “show me” state, lol.

  • Pattyvaughn

    From an article I just read a few days ago, they are replacing PBA with an equally toxic but lesser known coating.

  • Cindy

    I’m sorry, not off hand I don’t. I know the case box I have on hand doesn’t mention BPA, just lists the USDA organic, certified by Oregon Tilth, in a recyclable steel can. (It’s orangey-goldish inside if that signifies anything, like some other BPA-free.)

    I researched it a while back, found the information online, made a mental note to call to verify.

    Here’s another discussion, with a customer stating she did just that:

    http://windsorpeak.com/vbulletin/showthread.php?t=453804

    and these:

    http://thegreeningofwestford.blogspot.com/2013/03/nashua-nh-costco-price-list.html

    http://www.inspirationgreen.com/bpa-lined-cans.html

    http://thedelicioustruth.blogspot.com/2012/02/update-on-bpa-in-cans-of-muir-glen.html

    They are closed today for Memorial Day or I’d call now, now that you have helpfully reminded me! I buy a ton of their certified organic tomato products cases and organic Italian Garafola pasta.

  • losul

    Tomato varieties today don’t have as much natural acidity as they have in the past, but still low PH. I prefer the more acidic taste of heirloom tomato varieties.

    All of the home canning books I have seen, I have several, strongly suggest the addition of vinegar or lemon juice to less acid tomatos to help assure death of bacteria, namely botulinin species.

  • losul

    I think metals are certainly more subject to corrosion from acids, but mostly i was going by the statement in the link I provided from Eden foods on their canned tomato products.

    Do you have a reference to the BPA free Costco tomato products?

  • losul

    Hi Cindy.

    I wasn’t aware of the new topic you posted in the forums on BPA. I will definitely check it out. I’ve just recently gained some knowledge and related concerns about BPA as I’ve been recently phasing out more kibble and phasing in more canned to my dogs diet. The majority of what I use is still fresh and raw. Thnx.

  • Cindy

    Thank you for sharing this.

    I’m going to repost the link under the forums topic I posted asking about BPA free canned foods.

    As a side tangent . . .

    This response is eery to me in how clearly I hear the voice of Proctor & Gamble speaking vs the old Natura, even though they swore they wouldn’t change from who they were as a company:

    “BPA is not in our aluminum cans (5.5oz). Although based on the available research we strongly believe that BPA-containing cans which are used throughout the human and pet food industry are safe, we are also attempting to phase out coatings with BPA in them from our 13.2 ounce steel cans.”

    — Natura Pet Foods (Innova, Evo, California Naturals)

  • Cindy

    Cases of canned tomatoes (whole, diced, stewed, sauce) at Costco are all organic here and they are BPA free cans.

    So I don’t know that last statement about acidic foods could be true.

  • losul

    Interesting. Thnx HDM.

    So it appears the small aluminum cans are less likely to have BPA coatings, but still alot of confusion as to whats what.

  • Hound Dog Mom

    Yes – there are canned foods that claim to be BPA free (although I would still be suspicious of large cans..).

    http://truthaboutpetfood2.com/which-pet-foods-have-bpa-free-cans

  • losul

    Basically you are right Patty. I think most food cans today are still mostly made of tinned steel (tin plated steel, the tin offers air and water corrosion resistance) or tin plated steel alloys. The bottom and sides begin as two separate flat pieces, with the side seamed.

    Some odd shaped cans, such as most small sardine cans, where the bottom and sides are formed from one piece and with no seams are most likely made of aluminum, or aluminum-magnesium alloys such as what is used in thin walled beverage cans. Spam and Treet cans and such (yuck) also likely made of aluminum, along with a few of the other pop/top and peel cans.

    Checking a small 3.75 ounce sardine can I found no noticeable magnetic properties. Tapping on the cans or banging together yields a softer metallic sound and feel than a steel can. All other food cans from small mushroom cans up to a large food service can, in my household, have strong magnetic properties.

    Unfortunately, regardless of what metal the cans are composed, there is still some leaching of metals into the food/beverage, even tin with it’s lower toxicty, and so the VAST majority (nearly all, I think) of food/beverage cans, including aluminum soda cans, have BPA containing epoxy/plastic coatings. The BPA content and amount of leaching seems to vary widely. Soda cans are less a concern than food products that are heated/sterilized inside the can, causing more of the BPA to migrate into the food. This could be a concern for dogs (or people, and certainly infants/children) regularly eating a large portion of their daily rations from canned foods, or BPA containing plastic/polycarbonate containers.

    Does any one know if there any canned dog foods at all declaring no BPA?

  • Shawna

    I think you are right – – tin can and tinny are words I’ve heard associated with food cans.

  • Hound Dog Mom

    That’s interesting – I didn’t know the small and large cans were made of different materials. Seems like they could just make them both out of the same material? I wonder what the reasoning is behind that.

  • Pattyvaughn

    They aren’t aluminun, tin maybe? They are magnetic, so it is some metal that mixes with iron.

  • Shawna

    I believe the small cans are made from steel while the larger cans are aluminum. I may be wrong about the material used but they are made from different metals.

  • losul

    wow, I’d never heard that before, it doesn’t really make sense to me either. Maybe it’s just a myth the food industry is spreading?

    Anyway, here is Eden Foods story, they can beans in BPA free 15, 29, and 108 ounce cans. They’ve been BPA free for 13 years with their beans, although they had to jump through hoops to get it done.

    Evidently there is still no real good substitute for higher acid foods, like tomatoes.

    http://www.edenfoods.com/articles/view.php?articles_id=178

  • Hound Dog Mom

    Supposedly manufacturures can only make the small cans BPA free and the large cans usually contain BPA. Doesn’t make sense to me, it seems like if they can figure out how to make small cans without BPA they should be able to make large cans without BPA too.

  • losul

    I don’t know what the size of the can has to do with it.

    I just opened a can of the mulligan stew today. All I can tell you is that it has a grey, probably plasticized, coating on the inside of the can. So I think probably they do have a lining containing BPA..

  • Pattyvaughn

    So far as we have been able to determine, yes. If you should happen to call the company and ask, if they say differently, we would love to know.

  • Debbie

    Can someone educate me on this? Do the cans of Mulligan Stew have BPA? Somewhere I read that any cans larger than 5.5 oz. all have BPA. Is that true?

  • losul

    O.K. thnx Jan.

    I just wanted to make sure I didn’t get something I wasn’t supposed to. Got a case of it.

    I was also expecting to smell the cabbage, but couldn’t myself. So far, no gas, lol.

    At least it looks better than the Tripett canned tripe. That stuff looks like greasy pureed gray

  • Jan_Mom2Cavs

    losul, I think it always smells like cabbage lol. It should be kinda orange in color, like you described. It should be a puree texture. My dogs love it! It has always fed well for mine.

  • losul

    I just opened a can of the turkey. It wasn’t what I expected at all. It has a pureed look to it, no chunks, strange color. The best I can describe it, as having the texture and color of canned pumpkin. Smells pretty good though, kind of like a can of human beef stew. I guess I expected it to look like Turkey stew. Turbo didn’t care about the texture and color, he chowed down on it.. Anyone have this experience? I mean is this the way it’s supposed to look?

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  • Jan_Mom2Cavs

    Mike S., yes it does make sense.  All I know is I tried Mulligan Stew (canned only) a while ago and it fed great and the dogs loved it.  But the store where I purchased it stopped carrying it.  I went on to other foods and kinda forgot about it.  But lately, I’ve been looking for a simpler food with moderate protein, lower fat and higher fiber for my oldest Cavalier.  I remembered Mulligan Stew and contacted the company.  So I’ve been diligently researching Mulligan Stew, hence the comments lol.  I’m very happy with the food.  I bought some dry and canned and although my Cavalier has been eating it for a short while her stomach seems to be doing better on it!  I like the fact that there are no Asian sourced ingredients at all and the vitamins come from whole food ingredients, and the ingredient panel is not that large.  I’m considering switching all the dogs to it.  Love the science behind it and the company’s philosophy.  Even though they don’t have their own plant, like Fromm, I still feel it’s a stellar company and food.  Great customer service is a plus, as well.
    Thanks for all your reviews and hard work, it’s appreciated!    

  • http://DogFoodAdvisor.com/ Mike Sagman

    Hi Jan,

    Our carb figures are never as accurate as those posted by the company itself.

    That’s because our percentages are only a mathematical estimate based upon the minimum protein and fat statistics printed on the label.

    Thanks for the tip.

  • Jan_Mom2Cavs

    Hi Mike S.!  The avg. carb percentage on a dry matter basis for the canned food (stated on a pamphlet from the company) is 19%.  Just an fyi….thanks. 

  • Jan_Mom2Cavs

    I still love Mulligan Stew for my dogs and so do they. It digests well.  I plan on trying some of the dry in the future for them, too.  

  • JANDBCAIRO

    How are your dogs doing on the Mulligan Stew?

  • JANDBCAIRO

    How are your dogs doing on the Mulligan Stew?

  • JANDBCAIRO

    Are you still feeding the Mulligan Stew and if so how do you like it?

  • http://DogFoodAdvisor.com Mike Sagman

    Hi Janice… Oops. Don’t know how I overlooked the brown rice. It’s fixed now. Thanks for the tip.

  • Janice D. McCollam

    Hi Mike, I just wanted to say that I have fed Mulligan’s Stew can food to my 4 dogs and they love it. I must say the smell is a little off-putting…smells just like cooked cabbage to me!
    But the dogs don’t seem to mind. I find they digest it very well, too. By the way, I did notice in your review, you mention it as being grainfree, but it isn’t. It does contain brown rice. Thanks for all your hard work. I recommend your site often!

  • Sharon

    I just left a comment on the Mulligan Stew Dry Formula since my dog Jazz eats mainly the kibble and is doing Great on it & loves it! However I do give jazz half a can of the wet food mixed in with his kibble for his dinner and he really Loves that! It’s true that it dosen’t have the greatest smell but to Jazz the smell is Wonderful! ( I think the smell may be because of the cabbage in it ) Regardless I think it’s an exceptional food. I do mix up that half a can of wet food at dinner with all the Mulligan flavors along with several of the Merrick can flavors.

  • Dj

    So far so good.. my dog loved Mulligans mixed with her regular dry food. I would definitely recommend it. Jennifer, have you ever smelled wet dog food before? It’s not supposed to smell appealing to humans! :)

  • http://[email protected] Jeff

    My 2 year old Maltese will eat the turkey just fine. It tool her a couple of days to get used to it. She has not been on the food long enough to see a difference. I have found on this web site better bands at the same cost so I may switch her, after she has finished what I have already.

  • Jennifer

    I have a 17 month old female black Lab and a 6 month old male fawn Doberman. The black Lab will eat just about anything and the Doberman is a little more discriminating. I bought different flavors of the canned versions to try them out and neither of my dogs liked it. Neither of them even came close to finishing their food that night. For me, the smell was atrocious and the consistency so thick that it made it very difficult to mix with their dry food. Quality is one thing but if your pets won’t eat it it’s money down the drain.