Techni-Cal Dog Food (Dry)

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Rating: ★★★★☆

Techni-Cal Dog Food receives the Advisor’s second-highest tier rating of 4 stars.

The Techni-Cal product line includes eight dry dog foods.

Although each formulation appears to be designed for a specific life stage, we found no AAFCO nutritional adequacy statements for these dog foods on the company’s website.

The following is a list of recipes available at the time of this review.

  • Techni-Cal Lifestages Adult
  • Techni-Cal Lifestages Puppy
  • Techni-Cal Lifestages Mini Adult
  • Techni-Cal Lifestages Mini Puppy
  • Techni-Cal Lifestages Senior (2 stars)
  • Techni-Cal Lifestages Adult Large Breed
  • Techni-Cal Lifestages Puppy Large Breed
  • Techni-Cal Lifestages Adult Lamb and Rice

Techni-Cal Lifestages Adult Large Breed was selected to represent the other products in the line for this review.

Techni-Cal Lifestages Large Breed Adult Formula

Dry Dog Food

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

Protein = 28% | Fat = 15% | Carbs = 49%

Ingredients: Poultry meal, ground corn, ground wheat, ground rice, poultry fat, beet pulp, whole dried eggs, flaxseed, potassium chloride, salt, natural flavours, vitamins (vitamin A, vitamin D3, vitamin E, vitamin K, vitamin C, thiamin B1, riboflavin B2, pyridoxine B6, vitamin B12, pantothenic acid, niacin, biotin, folic acid, inositol, -carotene), minerals (zinc oxide, zinc proteinate, iron sulphate, iron proteinate, copper sulfate, copper proteinate, manganese oxide, manganese proteinate, calcium iodate, sodium selenite), choline chloride, dl-methionine, glucosamine & chondroitin premix, Yucca schidigera extract

Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 2.7%

Red items when present indicate controversial ingredients

Estimated Nutrient Content
MethodProteinFatCarbs
Guaranteed Analysis26%14%NA
Dry Matter Basis28%15%49%
Calorie Weighted Basis25%33%43%

The first ingredient in this dog food is poultry meal. Poultry meal is considered a meat concentrate and contains nearly 300% more protein than fresh poultry.

Although the word poultry doesn’t clearly identify the species, poultry meal is most commonly sourced from chicken and turkey.

The second ingredient is corn. Corn is an inexpensive and controversial cereal grain which — aside from its energy content — is of only modest nutritional value to a dog.

For this reason, we do not consider corn a preferred component in any dog food.

The third ingredient is wheat. Wheat is another cereal grain and subject to the same issues as corn (previously discussed).

The fourth ingredient is ground rice, another name for rice flour. Ground rice is made from either white or brown rice and is considered a gluten-free substitute for wheat flour.

The fifth ingredient is poultry fat. Poultry fat is obtained from rendering, a process similar to making soup in which the fat itself is skimmed from the surface of the liquid.

Poultry fat is high in linoleic acid, an omega-6 fatty acid essential for life.

However, poultry fat is a relatively generic ingredient and can be considered lower in quality than a similar item from a named source animal (like chicken fat).

The sixth ingredient is beet pulp. Beet pulp is a controversial ingredient, a high fiber by-product of sugar beet processing.

Some denounce beet pulp as an inexpensive filler while others cite its outstanding intestinal health and blood sugar benefits.

We only call your attention here to the controversy and believe the inclusion of beet pulp in reasonable amounts in most dog foods is entirely acceptable.

The seventh ingredient is whole dried egg, a dehydrated powder made from shell-free eggs. Eggs are easy to digest and have an exceptionally high biological value.

The eighth ingredient is flaxseed, one of the best plant sources of healthy omega-3 fatty acids. Provided they’ve first been ground into a meal, flax seeds are also rich in soluble fiber.

However, flaxseed contains about 19% protein, a factor that must be considered when judging the actual meat content of this dog food.

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 three notable exceptions

First, this food 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.

Next, this recipe includes an item identified as vitamin K. Is this the safe natural version of vitamin K. Or is this a cleverly disguised version of the synthetic (and controversial) form of the vitamin also known as menadione?

Without knowing more, it’s impossible to judge the nature of this ingredient.

And lastly, we find no mention of probiotics, friendly bacteria applied to the surface of the kibble after processing to help with digestion.

Techni-Cal Dog Food
The Bottom Line

Judging by its ingredients alone, Techni-Cal Dog Food looks like an average dry 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 28%, a fat level of 15% and estimated carbohydrates of about 49%.

As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 29% and a mean fat level of 17%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 47% for the overall product line.

And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 58%.

Near-average protein. Near-average fat. And near-average carbs when compared to a typical dry dog food.

Even when you consider the mild protein-boosting effect of the flaxseed, this looks like the profile of a kibble containing a moderate amount of meat.

Bottom line?

Techni-Cal Dog Food is a plant-based kibble using a moderate amount of poultry, chicken or lamb meals as its main sources of animal protein, thus earning the brand 4 stars.

Highly recommended.

Please note certain recipes are sometimes given a higher or lower rating based upon our estimate of their total meat content.

Special Alert

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

10/15/2010 Original review
02/18/2014 Last Update

  • http://DogFoodAdvisor.com Mike Sagman

    Stacey… Although Techni-Cal uses “Precision” in their name, I can assure you, this product is the EXACT same dog food (ingredient for ingredient) they publish on their website.

    As I mentioned to you in my last response to your question, I review by product line. Not by each individual recipe.

    As my report explains, Techni-Cal Precision includes seven recipes. You’re using Techni-Cal Precision Lamb Meal and Rice.

    However, I’ve selected Techni-Cal Precision Large Breed Adult to represent the full product line (which includes the Lamb and Rice formula you mention in your comment).

    These are 2 different products. Can you see this now?

    By the way, I’ve now added the word “Precision” to the names used in this review. Hope this helps.

  • Stacey

    No you have the original Techn-ical listed. This one is called Techni-cal Precision. The ingredients are indeed different. I don’t see any Corn listed in the Precision. Nor do I see any Wheat, Etc. in the Precision. Your ingredients above are not the same as the Techni-cal Precision. I emailed them and they said re check the ingredients on their site. It is now called Techni-cal Precision. I’m not trying to argue but the Techni-cal Precision Is now what it is called and the ingredients are different. I also have the bag right in front of me. If you see the ingredients above – You’ll see the Techni-cal Precision has different ingredients. Also the bag says New ingredients with Chelated minerals etc…………
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    Techni-cal Precision.

    Lamb meal, brown rice, rice, chicken fat, beet pulp, rice hulls, natural flavors, potassium chloride, flax meal, salt, DL-methionine, fructo-oligo-saccharides, choline chloride, taurine, Vitamins [dl-alpha tocopherol (source of vitamin E), vitamin A acetate, vitamin D3 supplement, L-ascorbyl-2-polyphosphate (source of vitamin C), niacin, inositol, D-calcium panthotenate, thiamine mononitrate (vitamin B1), riboflavin (vitamin B2), beta-carotene, pyridoxine hydrochloride (vitamin B6), folic acid, vitamin K3, biotin, vitamin B12 supplement], Trace Elements [zinc proteinate, ferrous sulphate, iron proteinate, zinc oxide, copper proteinate, copper sulphate, manganese proteinate, manganous oxide, calcium iodate, sodium selenite], preserved with natural tocopherols, rosemary extract and citric acid.

  • http://DogFoodAdvisor.com Mike Sagman

    Hi Stacey… According to my records, this is the exact same product line reviewed here. It’s spelled as Techni-Cal rather than Technical. The Lamb and Rice product is already included here in my evaluation of this brand. Please remember, I select one recipe to act as a typical example of all the products in that line. There don’t appear to have been any formula changes since I originally reviewed this product line on 10/15/2010.

  • Stacey Emery

    http://www.techni-cal.ca
    Here ya go. I first went to the royalcanin.ca site then I clicked Technical – So it’s called Technical Precision – Lamb and Rice. Made in Canada.

    http://www.techni-cal.ca

  • http://DogFoodAdvisor.com Mike Sagman

    Hi Stacey… I’m unable to locate a company owned website representing a dog food by that name. Please forward a link directly to the appropriate website. Thanks.

  • http://www.technical.ca Stacey Emery

    There’s a new Technical Precision. Ingredients are better. Made by Royal Canin Canada. But check the Technical Precision.

  • http://DogFoodAdvisor.com Mike Sagman

    Hi Shoshannah… The Techni-Cal dog food we reviewed here is the Canadian (and North American) product line. The dog food you mention is produced by Techni-Cal International, a related (but different product line sold outside of North America only. We may review the Techni-Cal International product line in the future but for now we’re still focusing on our North American database.

  • Shoshannah

    I know some people who swear by Techni-Cal Bone & Joint
    http://www.techni-cal.net/en/product/techni-cal-dog-special-needs-bone—joint

    I see it wasn’t included here. Any significant difference from the others?