Party Animal Canned Dog Food earns the Advisor’s above-average rating of 4 stars.
The Party Animal product line includes ten organic 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.
- Party Animal Ducked Up Recipe
- Party Animal Blazin’ Beef Recipe
- Party Animal Chillin’ Chicken Recipe
- Party Animal Kickin’ Chicken Recipe
- Party Animal Luscious Lamb Recipe
- Party Animal Jammin’ Salmon Recipe
- Party Animal California Turkey Recipe
- Party Animal Heavenly Venison Recipe
- Party Animal California Chicken Recipe
- Party Animal Turn Up Da’ Turkey Recipe
Party Animal Chillin’ Chicken Recipe was selected to represent the others in the line for this review.
Party Animal Chillin' Chicken Recipe
Canned Dog Food
Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content
Ingredients: Organic chicken, organic chicken broth, organic sweet potatoes, organic blueberries, organic egg, organic broccoli, organic peas, organic guar gum, organic olive oil, vitamins (vitamin E supplement, niacin supplement, l-ascorbyl-2-polyphosphate (source of vitamin C), thiamin mononitrate (source of vitamin B1), calcium pantothenate, vitamin A supplement, pyridoxine hydrochloride (source of vitamin B6), riboflavin supplement (source of vitamin B2), folic acid, vitamin B12 supplement, biotin, vitamin D2 supplement), minerals (zinc sulfate, iron sulfate, copper sulfate, manganese sulfate, selenium yeast, potassium iodide)
Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 6.8%
Red items when present indicate controversial ingredients
|Estimated Nutrient Content|
|Dry Matter Basis||36%||23%||33%|
|Calorie Weighted Basis||29%||44%||26%|
The first ingredient in this dog food is organic 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 item is organic chicken 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 is organic sweet potato. Sweet potatoes are a gluten-free source of complex carbohydrates in a dog food. They are naturally rich in dietary fiber and beta carotene.
The fourth ingredient lists organic blueberries. Blueberries are a good source of vitamins, minerals and dietary fiber.
The fifth ingredient is organic egg. Eggs are easy to digest and have an exceptionally high biological value.
The next two ingredients include organic broccoli and peas, both healthy vegetables rich in natural fiber.
Peas contain about 25% protein, a factor that must be considered when evaluating the total protein reported in this food.
The eighth ingredient is organic 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.
We note the minerals here do not appear to be chelated. And that can make them more difficult to absorb. Non-chelated minerals are usually associated with lower quality dog foods.
Party Animal Canned Dog Food
The Bottom Line
Since Party Animal Dog Food contains an abundance of top 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.
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 36% and a mean fat level of 23%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 33% for the overall product line.
And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 62%.
Below-average protein. Average fat. And above-average carbs as compared to a typical canned dog food.
In addition, when you consider the protein-boosting effect of the peas, this is the profile of a wet food containing a moderate amount of meat.
Party Animal is a meat-based organic canned dog food using a moderate amount of assorted animal species as its main source of protein, thus earning the brand 4 stars.
Those looking for a another organic wet food with which to make a comparison may wish to check out our review of Castor and Pollux Organix Canned Dog Food.
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
07/12/2010 Original review
05/06/2012 Last Update
- Association of American Feed Control Officials ↩