Tiki Dog Food receives the Advisor’s top rating of 5 stars.
The Tiki Dog product line includes ten canned recipes, 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.
- Tiki Hilo Luau Ahi Tuna
- Tiki Pipeline Luau Ahi Tuna
- Tiki Hapuna Luau Ahi Tuna
- Tiki Tonga Luau Sardine Cutlets
- Tiki Maui Luau Succulent Chicken
- Tiki Kauai Luau Succulent Chicken
- Tiki Lahaina Luau Succulent Chicken
- Tiki Kohala Luau Ahi Tuna and Chicken
- Tiki North Shore Luau Wild Salmon (4.5 stars)
- Tiki Lomi Lomi Luau Wild Salmon and Chicken
Tiki Dog Lomi Lomi Luau Wild Salmon and Chicken was selected to represent the other products in the line for this review.
Tiki Dog Lomi Lomi Luau Wild Salmon and Chicken
Canned Dog Food
Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content
Ingredients: Salmon consommé, flaked salmon, shredded chicken breast, brown rice, sweet potato, egg, sunflower seed oil, calcium lactate, garlic, kale, contains less than 1% of the following: dicalcium phosphate, tuna fish oil, choline chloride, zinc sulfate, vitamin E supplement, ferrous sulfate, thiamine mononitrate, niacin, calcium pantothenate, vitamin A acetate, manganese sulphate, potassium iodide, copper sulfate, riboflavin supplement, pyridoxine hydrochloride, vitamin D3 supplement, folic acid, vitamin B12 supplement
Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 0%
Red items indicate controversial ingredients
|Estimated Nutrient Content|
|Dry Matter Basis||62%||16%||13%|
|Calorie Weighted Basis||54%||34%||12%|
The first ingredient in this dog food is salmon consomme. A consomme is a thick, soup-like liquid derived from simmering meat and vegetable stock.
Similar to broths, consommes add both flavor and moisture to a dog food. Yet they also provide only minimal nutritional benefit to the animal.
The second ingredient is salmon. Salmon is an oily marine and freshwater fish not only high in protein but also omega 3 fatty acids, essential oils needed by every dog to sustain life.
The third ingredient 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 fourth ingredient is brown rice, a complex carbohydrate that (once cooked) can be fairly easy to digest. However, aside from its natural energy content, rice is of only modest nutritional value to a dog.
The fifth ingredient is 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 sixth ingredient includes eggs. Eggs are easy to digest and have an exceptionally high biological value.
The seventh ingredient is 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.
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…
So, one must weigh the potential benefits of feeding garlic against its proven tendency to cause subclinical damage to the red blood cells of the animal.
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.
Tiki Dog Food
The Bottom Line
Judging by its ingredients alone, Tiki Dog 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 60% and a mean fat level of 15%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 16% for the overall product line.
And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 26%.
Above-average protein. Below-average fat. And below-average carbs when compared to a typical wet dog food.
Free of any plant-based protein boosters, this looks like the profile of a wet product containing an abundance of meat.
Tiki Dog is a meat-based canned dog food using a significant amount of fish or chicken as its main sources of animal protein, thus earning the brand 5 stars.
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.
Tiki Dog Food
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11/22/2015 Last Update