Three Dog Bakery Gracie’s Gourmet (Pouch)

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Rating: ★★★½☆

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

The Three Dog Bakery Gracie’s Gourmet product line includes two pouched recipes. 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.

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

  • Gracie’s Gourmet Chicken, Carrots, Broccoli and Rice
  • Gracie’s Gourmet Chicken, Carrots, Green Beans and Rice

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

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

Canned Dog Food

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

Protein = 36% | Fat = 27% | Carbs = 28%

Ingredients: Chicken, broccoli, carrots, cooked rice, ground flax seed, corn starch, vitamins: [maltodextrin, vitamin E supplement, niacin (niacinamide), 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, cholacalciferol (source of vitamin D3)], salt, natural chicken flavor roasted concentrate, choline chloride, minerals: [ferrous phosphate, zinc oxide, manganese sulfate, sodium chloride, cupric oxide (source of copper), sodium selenite], potassium iodide

Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 4.5%

Red items when present indicate controversial ingredients

Estimated Nutrient Content
MethodProteinFatCarbs
Guaranteed Analysis8%6%NA
Dry Matter Basis36%27%28%
Calorie Weighted Basis28%51%22%

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 carrots. Carrots are rich in beta-carotene, minerals and dietary fiber.

The third 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 fourth 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 fifth 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.

The sixth ingredient is corn starch, a starchy powder extracted from the endosperm found at the heart of a kernel of corn. Corn starch is most likely used here to thicken the broth into a gravy.

Corn starch isn’t a true red flag item. Yet we’ve highlighted here for those wishing to avoid corn-based ingredients.

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. Non-chelated minerals are usually associated with lower quality dog foods.

Three Dog Bakery Gracie’s Gourmet Dog Food
The Bottom Line

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 27% and estimated carbohydrates of about 28%.

As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 36% and a mean fat level of 27%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 28% for the overall product line.

And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 75%.

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

When you consider the protein-boosting effect of the flaxseed in this recipe and the rice protein in the other, this looks like the profile of a wet product containing a below-average amount of meat.

Bottom line?

Three Dog Bakery Gracie’s Gourmet is a meat-based wet product using a below-average amount of chicken as its main source of animal protein, thus earning the brand 3.5 stars.

Recommended.

Those looking for a good kibble from the same company may wish to visit our review of Three Dog Bakery Bake to Basics dog food.

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

05/28/2014 Last Update

  1. Association of American Feed Control Officials
  • soxmom72

    FYI……I just purchased a package today and it does not list menadione sodium bisulfate complex, but rather Vitamin K1 (phytonadione).  It appears they have changed their labeling.   

  • Jake Campbell

    Agreed. It needs to be changed. In this post-Madoff world, it would be a struggle for any reasonable consumer to believe that it’s not there when it’s listed there. Unfortunately, I suspect their web designers cut and paste th information they were given from the labels.

    Hopefully, someone will fix it. Meanwhile, I would agree that you have no choice but to leave your review as you have.

  • http://DogFoodAdvisor.com Mike Sagman

    Hi Jake… Be sure to let the “representative with authority” know their easily corrected “labeling error” is also posted on the company’s official website. After reading your comment here, I re-visited the Three Dog Bakery site and found menadione continues to be listed in this product’s list of ingredients. As long as the manufacturer continues to show this ingredient on its packaging and its own website, I have no choice but to show it here in my review.

  • Jake Campbell

    I contacted Three Dog Bakery world headquarters in Kansas City, MO, and was informed by a representative with authority to speak on the subject that the inclusion of “menadione sodium bisulfate complex” was a proofing oversight on the packaging label. Three Dog Bakery does not use menadione, and its Entrée for Dogs does indeed contain all-natural, fat-soluble vitamin K. The labeling error is slated to be corrected on the next printing of the MRE pouches that hold the food.

  • angela

    Our dogs LOVE this FOOD. For a treat we put it on top of their Bake to Nature kibble.