Party Animal canned dog food earns the Advisor’s second-highest tier rating of 4.5 stars.
The Party Animal product line includes 10 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 Grain Free
- Party Animal Organic California Turkey
- Party Animal Luscious Lamb Grain Free
- Party Animal Organic California Chicken
- Party Animal Jammin’ Salmon Grain Free
- Party Animal Heavenly Venison Grain Free
- Party Animal Organic Blazin’ Beef Grain Free
- Party Animal Organic Chillin’ Chicken Grain Free
- Party Animal Organic Kickin’ Chicken Grain Free
- Party Animal Organic Turn Up Da’ Turkey Grain Free
Party Animal Organic Chillin’ Chicken Grain Free was selected to represent the other products in the line for this review.
Party Animal Organic Chillin' Chicken Grain Free
Canned Dog Food
Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content
Ingredients: Organic chicken, organic chicken broth, organic sweet potatoes, organic liver, organic blueberries, organic eggs, organic broccoli, organic peas, organic guar gum, organic olive oil, vitamins (vitamin E supplement, niacinamide, l-ascorbyl-2-polyphosphate, calcium pantothenate, thiamine mononitrate, vitamin A acetate, folic acid, riboflavin, biotin, pyridoxine hydrochloride, vitamin B12 supplement, vitamin D3 supplement), minerals (calcium carbonate, zinc sulfate, ferrous sulfate, zinc proteinate, copper sulfate, potassium iodide, copper proteinate, manganese sulfate, selenium yeast, manganese proteinate)
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 ingredient is organic 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 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 is organic liver. Normally, liver can be considered a quality component. However, in this case, the source of the liver is not identified. For this reason, it’s impossible to judge the quality of this item.
The fifth ingredient is organic blueberries. Blueberries are a good source of vitamins, minerals and dietary fiber.
The sixth ingredient is organic eggs. Eggs are easy to digest and have an exceptionally high biological value.
The seventh ingredient is organic broccoli. Broccoli is a healthy green vegetable and a member of the kale family. It’s notably rich in vitamin C and fiber and numerous other nutrients.
Like other cruciferous vegetables, broccoli is believed to provide anti-cancer benefits.
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 five notable exceptions…
First, organic peas are a quality source of carbohydrates. And like all legumes, they’re rich in natural fiber.
However, peas contain about 25% protein, a factor that must be considered when judging the meat content of this dog food.
Next, organic guar gum is 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.
In addition, organic olive oil contains oleic acid, a healthy monounsaturated fat. It’s also rich in natural antioxidants and carotenoids.
Next, 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.
And lastly, this recipe contains selenium yeast. Unlike the more common inorganic form of selenium (sodium selenite), this natural yeast supplement is considered a safer anti-cancer alternative.
Party Animal Canned Dog Food
The Bottom Line
Since this recipe contains a number of organic ingredients, we feel compelled to grant this line a more favorable status as we consider its final rating.
That’s because organic ingredients must comply with notably more stringent government standards — standards which significantly restrict the use of any synthetic pesticides, herbicides, insecticides, hormones or antibiotics.
With that in mind…
Judging by its ingredients alone, Party Animal 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 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. Near-average fat. And above-average carbs when compared to a typical wet dog food.
Even when you consider the protein-boosting effect of the peas, this looks like the profile of a wet product containing a moderate amount of meat.
Party Animal is a meat-based canned dog food using a moderate amount of named meats and salmon as its main sources of animal protein, thus earning the brand 4.5 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 Review updated
11/24/2013 Review updated
11/24/2013 Last Update
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