Weruva Dogs in the Kitchen (Canned)

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Rating: ★★★★★

Weruva Dogs in the Kitchen Dog Food receives the Advisor’s top rating of 5 stars.

The Weruva Dogs in the Kitchen product line includes six wet recipes.

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.

  • Dogs in the Kitchen Fowl Ball [U]
  • Dogs in the Kitchen Goldie Lox [U]
  • Dogs in the Kitchen Lamburgini [U]
  • Dogs in the Kitchen The Double Dip [U]
  • Dogs in the Kitchen Love Me Tender [U]
  • Dogs in the Kitchen Funk in the Trunk [U]

Weruva Dogs in the Kitchen The Double Dip was selected to represent the other products in the line for this review.

Weruva Dogs in the Kitchen The Double Dip

Canned Dog Food

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

Protein = 52% | Fat = 36% | Carbs = 4%

Ingredients: Water for processing, beef, mackerel, pumpkin, salmon, beef lung, beef kidney, locust bean gum, sunflower seed oil, xanthan gum, guar gum, potassium chloride, choline chloride, zinc sulfate, vitamin E supplement, thiamine mononitrate (vitamin B1), nicotinic acid (vitamin B3), potassium iodide, vitamin A supplement, calcium pantothenate, manganese sulfate, copper sulfate, riboflavin supplement (vitamin B2), pyridoxine hydrochloride (vitamin B6), folic acid, vitamin D3 supplement, vitamin B12 supplement

Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 1.2%

Red items indicate controversial ingredients

Estimated Nutrient Content
MethodProteinFatCarbs
Guaranteed Analysis9%6%NA
Dry Matter Basis52%36%4%
Calorie Weighted Basis36%61%3%
Protein = 36% | Fat = 61% | Carbs = 3%

The first ingredient in this dog food is water, which adds nothing but moisture to this food. Water is a routine finding in most canned dog foods.

The second ingredient is beef. Beef is defined as “the clean flesh derived from slaughtered cattle” and includes skeletal muscle or the muscle tissues of the tongue, diaphragm, heart or esophagus.1

Beef is naturally rich in all ten essential amino acids required by a dog to sustain life.

The third ingredient is mackerel. Mackerel is an oily salt-water fish naturally high in protein as well as omega-3 fatty acids, an essential fat needed by every dog to sustain life.

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

The fifth 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 sixth ingredient is beef lung. Beef lung is a protein-rich organ meat that’s also low in fat.

The seventh ingredient is beef kidney, an organ meat low in fat and rich in protein and essential minerals.

The eighth ingredient is locust bean gum, a gelling or thickening agent found in some wet pet foods. Extracted from the seeds of the carob tree, locust bean gum can add a notable amount of dietary fiber to a 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 two notable exceptions

First, we find 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.

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.

Weruva Dogs in the Kitchen Dog Food
The Bottom Line

Judging by its ingredients alone, Weruva Dogs in the Kitchen 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 52%, a fat level of 36% and estimated carbohydrates of about 4%.

As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 51% and a mean fat level of 37%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 4% for the overall product line.

And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 74%.

Above-average protein. Above-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.

Bottom line?

Weruva Dogs in the Kitchen is a grain-free meat-based canned dog food using a significant amount of named meats as its main sources of animal protein, thus earning the brand 5 stars.

Enthusiastically 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.

Weruva Dog Food
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Notes and Updates

07/06/2016 Last Update

  1. Association of American Feed Control Officials
  • btsal45

    I love the Weruva brand but my doggie can’t have anything potato related (so he can’t have the ‘human style’ line). This food is the best for him, no potato, high protein, plus it is very mushy which is good because he has few teeth left. It does have a lot of ‘gums’ in it, but that seems to be the trade off when there cannot be any potato/starch in the food. I highly recommend this food, I’ve been using it over a year with no problems.