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Original Pet Food Company Hand-Cut Dog Food earns the Advisor’s second tier rating of 4 stars.
The Original Pet Food Company Hand-Cut product line includes three canned products, all claimed to meet AAFCO nutrient profiles for all life stages.
The following is a list of recipes available at the time of this review.
- Original Pet Food Company Hand-Cut Beef Recipe
- Original Pet Food Company Hand-Cut Chicken Recipe
- Original Pet Food Company Hand-Cut Fish Recipe (5 stars)
Original Pet Food Company Hand-Cut Chicken Recipe was selected to represent the other products in the line for this review.
Original Pet Food Company Hand-Cut Chicken Recipe
Canned Dog Food
Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content
Ingredients: Chicken, water sufficient for processing, tapioca, carrots, rice, salt, sodium tripolyphosphate, carrageenan, minerals (calcium carbonate, zinc proteinate, iron proteinate, copper proteinate, manganous oxide, calcium iodate, sodium selenite), vitamins (vitamin A, E, D3 and B12 supplements, choline chloride, niacin, calcium pantothenate, riboflavin, thiamine mononitrate, pyridoxine hydrochloride, folic acid)
Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 5%
Red items when present indicate controversial ingredients
|Estimated Nutrient Content|
|Dry Matter Basis||40%||20%||32%|
|Calorie Weighted Basis||33%||40%||27%|
The first item in this dog food lists 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 is tapioca, a gluten-free, starchy carbohydrate extract made from the root of the cassava plant.
The fourth ingredient is carrots. Carrots are rich in beta-carotene, minerals and dietary fiber.
The fifth ingredient is rice. Is this whole grain rice, brown rice or white rice? Since the word “rice” doesn’t tell us much, it’s impossible to judge the quality of this item.
The sixth ingredient is salt (also known as sodium chloride). Salt is a common additive in many dog foods. That’s because sodium is a necessary mineral for all animals — including humans.
However, since the actual amount of salt added to this recipe isn’t disclosed on the list of ingredients, it’s impossible to judge the nutritional value of this item.
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, carrageenan is a gelatin-like thickening agent extracted from seaweed. Although carrageenan has been used as a food additive for hundreds of years, there does appear to be some recent controversy regarding its long term biological safety.
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.
Original Pet Food Company Hand-Cut Dog Food
The Bottom Line
Judging by its ingredients alone, Original Pet Food Company Hand-Cut 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.
As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 42% and a mean fat level of 22%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 28% for the overall product line.
And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 54%.
Above-average protein. Near-average fat. And near-average carbs when compared to a typical canned dog food.
Free of any plant-based protein boosters, this looks like the profile of a wet product containing a moderate amount of meat.
Original Pet Food Company Hand-Cut is a meat-based wet product using a moderate amount of chicken, beef or hake as its main sources of animal protein, thus earning the brand 4 stars.
However, the company does not appear to provide a customer service phone number and does not respond to our emails.
Please note certain recipes within the same product line may have been given higher or lower ratings based upon our estimate of their total meat content.
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
11/01/2012 Original review
11/01/2012 Last Update
- Association of American Feed Control Officials ↩