Three Dog Bakery Gracie’s Gourmet Dog Food Review (Pouch)

Rating:

Three Dog Bakery Gracie’s Gourmet Dog Food receives the Advisor’s mid-tier rating of 3.5 stars.

The Three Dog Bakery Gracie’s Gourmet product line includes 2 pouched dog foods.

Each recipe below includes its related AAFCO nutrient profile when available on the product’s official webpage: Growth, Maintenance, All Life Stages, Supplemental or Unspecified.

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Three Dog Bakery Gracie’s Gourmet Chicken, Broccoli, Rice and Carrots was selected to represent both products in the line for this review.

Three Dog Bakery Gracie's Gourmet Chicken, Broccoli, Rice & Carrots

Canned Dog Food

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

Protein = 36% | Fat = 23% | Carbs = 33%

Ingredients: Chicken, broccoli, rice, carrots, rice protein concentrate, tricalcium phosphate, ground flax seed, potassium chloride, starch, vitamins: [maltodextrin, vitamin E supplement, niacin supplement, d-calcium pantothenate, vitamin A palmitate, riboflavin, thiamin mononitrate, pyridoxine hydrochloride, folic acid, beta-carotene (source of vitamin A), ascorbic acid (source of vitamin C), biotin, vitamin B12 supplement, cholecalciferol (source of vitamin D3), ], salt, natural chicken flavor, choline chloride, minerals: [zinc oxide, ferric orthophosphate, copper sulfate (source of copper), manganese sulfate, sodium selenite], potassium iodide

Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 4.5%

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Estimated Nutrient Content
MethodProteinFatCarbs
Guaranteed Analysis8%5%NA
Dry Matter Basis36%23%33%
Calorie Weighted Basis29%44%26%
Protein = 29% | Fat = 44% | Carbs = 26%

The first ingredient in this dog food is 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 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.

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

The fifth ingredient is rice protein concentrate. Rice protein is made by removing the starchy part of the grain and leaving the protein.

Even though it contains over 70% protein, this ingredient would be expected to have a lower biological value than meat.

And less costly plant-based product like rice gluten can significantly boost the total protein reported on the label — a factor that must be considered when judging the actual meat content of this dog food.

The sixth ingredient is tricalcium phosphate, a beneficial source of calcium and phosphorous. In addition, this additive is used in canned foods as an emulsifier — an agent designed to disperse a food’s fats more evenly in water.

The seventh 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 one notable exception

The minerals listed here do not appear to be chelated. And that can make them more difficult to absorb. Chelated minerals are usually associated with higher quality dog foods.

Three Dog Bakery Gracie’s Gourmet Dog Food Review

Judging by its ingredients alone, Three Dog Bakery Gracie’s Gourmet 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.

The dashboard displays a dry matter protein reading of 36%, a fat level of 23% and estimated carbohydrates of about 33%.

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 63%.

Below-average protein. Near-average fat. And above-average carbs when compared to a typical wet dog food.

When you consider the protein-boosting effect of the rice protein concentrate and flaxseed, this looks like the profile of a wet product containing a moderate amount of meat.

Bottom line?

Three Dog Bakery Gracie’s Gourmet is a meat-based wet dog food using a moderate amount of named meat as its main source of animal protein, thus earning the brand 3.5 stars.

Recommended.

Please note certain recipes are sometimes given a higher or lower rating based upon our estimate of their total meat content and (when appropriate) their fat-to-protein ratios.

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Notes and Updates

10/10/2018 Last Update

  1. Association of American Feed Control Officials