LiveSmart Hearty Stew (Pouch)

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Rating: ★★★★★

LiveSmart Hearty Stew pouched dog food receives the Advisor’s top rating of 5 stars.

The LiveSmart Hearty Stew product line includes one pouched dog food.

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.

LiveSmart Hearty Stew Chicken in Pumpkin Soup

Canned Dog Food

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

Protein = 75% | Fat = 8% | Carbs = 10%

Ingredients: Boneless chicken, water, pumpkin, carrot, pea, tapioca starch, sunflower oil, calcium carbonate, tricalcium phosphate, fish oil, xanthan gum, choline chloride, vitamin E supplement, zinc sulfate, ferrous sulfate, thiamine mononitrate (source of vitamin B1), nicotinic acid (source of vitamin B3), calcium pantothenate, vitamin A supplement, potassium iodide, manganese sulfate, vitamin D3 supplement, copper sulfate, riboflavin supplement (source of vitamin B2), pyridoxine hydrochloride (source of vitamin B6), folic acid, vitamin B12 supplement

Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 3.1%

Red items when present indicate controversial ingredients

Estimated Nutrient Content
MethodProteinFatCarbs
Guaranteed Analysis12%1%NA
Dry Matter Basis75%8%10%
Calorie Weighted Basis73%18%9%

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 is pumpkin. Pumpkin is a nutritious addition high in complex carbohydrates, beta-carotene and dietary fiber.

The fourth ingredient is carrots. Carrots are rich in beta-carotene, minerals and dietary fiber.

The fifth ingredient includes peas. 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.

The sixth ingredient is tapioca starch, a gluten-free, starchy carbohydrate extract made from the root of the cassava plant.

The seventh ingredient includes sunflower oil. Sunflower oil is nutritionally similar to safflower oil. Since these oils are high in omega-6 fatty acids and contain no omega-3’s, they’re considered less nutritious than canola or flaxseed oils.

Sunflower oil is notable for its resistance to heat damage during cooking.

There are several different types of sunflower oil, some better than others. Without knowing more, it’s impossible to judge the quality of this ingredient.

The eighth ingredient is calcium carbonate, likely used here as a dietary mineral supplement.

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, fish 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, fish oil should be considered a commendable addition.

And lastly, the minerals listed 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.

LiveSmart Hearty Stew Pouched Dog Food
The Bottom Line

Judging by its ingredients alone, LiveSmart Hearty Stew 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.

The dashboard displays a dry matter protein reading of 75%, a fat level of 8% and estimated carbohydrates of about 10%.

And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 10%.

Above-average protein. Below-average fat. And below-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 significant amount of meat.

Bottom line?

LiveSmart Hearty Stew is a meat-based pouched dog food using a significant amount of chicken as its main source of animal protein, thus earning the brand 5 stars.

Enthusiastically recommended.

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Notes and Updates

04/30/2010 Original review
03/21/2014 Last Update

  1. Association of American Feed Control Officials
  • Nicki

    On the packaging it says its for adult dogs.

  • horsepoor

    We did use it, dog liked it, but we will not reorder. Besides being made in Thailand (which is fine if you all like that, but I do think Smartpak should mention this in the catalog/website description), the only way you can buy it is in the individual portion paks. Now, that’s how SP does things, I get that, but those little foil packets are a pain to use. Hard to get the stew out of, then you have all these pouches to toss out as they can’t be recycled. So we will try another brand next time.

  • Pattyvaughn

    Betsy is completely right, I wouldn’t hesitate to use it.  I’m planning on finding this one for mine to try.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1140685339 Betsy Greer

    Dog food manufacturing practices are much stricter in Thailand than they are in the U.S. I wouldn’t hesitate to use it. It looks like a very good product.

  • horsepoor

    Ordered this to try and first thing I noticed was that this is labelled as Made in Thailand. Very disappointed as this is not mentioned in Smartpak’s online description and thought it worth noting here for others that view this site. This is te chicken version. I haven’t decided yet whether to keep and use, or send back…I just don’t feel comfortable with a non USA product. Heck, there are enough issues with the US ones!