Applaws Grain Free Dog Food Review (Canned)

Rating:

Applaws Grain Free canned dog food receives the Advisor’s top rating of 5 stars.

The Applaws Grain Free product line includes 6 canned 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.

Important: Because many websites do not reliably specify which Growth or All Life Stages recipes are safe for large breed puppies, we do not include that data in this report. Be sure to check actual packaging for that information.

  • Applaws Chicken Breast in Broth [S]
  • Applaws Chicken Breast and Vegetables [S]
  • Applaws Chicken Breast with Pork and Vegetables [S]
  • Applaws Chicken Breast with Tuna and Vegetables [S]
  • Applaws Chicken Breast with Salmon and Vegetables [S]
  • Applaws Chicken Breast with Beef Liver and Vegetables [S]

Applaws Chicken Breast with Pork and Vegetables was selected to represent the other products in the line for this review.

Applaws Chicken Breast with Pork and Vegetables

Canned Dog Food

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

Protein = 62% | Fat = 8% | Carbs = 23%

Ingredients: Chicken breast, chicken broth, ham, pumpkin, carrot, green pea

Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 7.7%

Red denotes controversial item

Estimated Nutrient Content
MethodProteinFatCarbs
Guaranteed Analysis8%1%NA
Dry Matter Basis62%8%23%
Calorie Weighted Basis60%18%22%
Protein = 60% | Fat = 18% | Carbs = 22%

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 chicken broth. Broths are of only modest nutritional value. Yet because they add both flavor and moisture to a dog food, they are a common addition component in many canned products.

The third ingredient is ham, pork that’s been salted, smoked, and cured.

Pork itself can be described as “the clean flesh derived from slaughtered pork” and includes skeletal muscle or the muscle tissues of the tongue, diaphragm, heart or esophagus.2. It’s naturally rich in all ten essential amino acids required by a 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 lists carrots. Carrots are rich in beta-carotene, minerals and dietary fiber.

The sixth ingredient includes peas. Peas are a quality source of carbohydrates. And like all legumes, they’re rich in natural fiber.

However, peas contain about 25% protein, a factor that must be considered when judging the meat content of this dog food.

We find no added vitamins or minerals on the ingredients list.

Applaws Grain Free Canned Dog Food Review

Judging by its ingredients alone, Applaws Dog Food looks like an above-average canned 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 62%, a fat level of 8% and estimated carbohydrates of about 23%.

As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 76% and a mean fat level of 4%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 13% for the overall product line.

And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 5%.

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

Even when you consider the protein-boosting effect of the peas, this looks like the profile of a wet product containing a generous amount of meat.

Bottom line?

Applaws Grain Free is a meat-based canned dog food using an abundance of named meat as its main source of animal protein, thus earning the brand 5 stars.

Enthusiastically recommended for intermittent or supplemental feeding only.

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.

Applaws Dog Food
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Notes and Updates

  1. Association of American Feed Control Officials
  2. Adapted by the Dog Food Advisor from the official definition of meat by the Association of American Feed Control Officials

09/09/2018 Last Update