Canine Caviar canned dog food receives the Advisor’s second-highest rating of 4.5 stars.
The Canine Caviar product line includes 7 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.
Use the links below to check prices and package sizes at an online retailer.
- Canine Caviar Synthetic Free Goat [S]
- Canine Caviar Synthetic Free Duck (2.5 stars) [S]
- Canine Caviar Synthetic Free Lamb (4 stars) [S]
- Canine Caviar Unagi Grain Free (4 stars) [S]
- Canine Caviar Synthetic Free Turkey (3 stars) [S]
- Canine Caviar Venison Tripe Grain Free (5 stars) [S]
- Canine Caviar Synthetic Free Salmon [S]
Canine Caviar Venison Tripe Grain Free was selected to represent the other products in the line for this review.
Canine Caviar Venison Tripe Grain Free
Canned Dog Food
Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content
Ingredients: Venison tripe, venison broth, ovine plasma, guar gum
Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 5%
Red denotes controversial item
|Estimated Nutrient Content|
|Dry Matter Basis||46%||28%||19%|
|Calorie Weighted Basis||35%||51%||15%|
The first ingredient in this dog food is venison tripe. Tripe usually consists of the first three chambers of a cud-chewing animal’s stomach. As unappetizing as it may seem to us humans, tripe is favored by dogs and sometimes even includes the stomach’s contents, too.
The second ingredient is venison broth. Broths are of only modest nutritional value. Yet because they add both flavor and moisture to a dog food, they are a common component in many canned products.
The third ingredient is ovine plasma. Plasma is what remains of blood after the blood cells themselves have been removed. Plasma can be considered a nutritious addition.
The fourth ingredient is guar gum, a gelling or thickening agent found in many wet pet foods. Refined from dehusked guar beans, guar gum can add a notable amount of dietary fiber to any product.
We find no added vitamins or minerals on the ingredients list.
Canned Dog Food Review
Judging by its ingredients alone, Canine Caviar Canned 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.
As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 41% and a mean fat level of 32%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 19% for the overall product line.
And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 76%.
Near-average protein. Above-average fat. And below-average carbs when compared to a typical canned dog food.
Free of any plant-based protein boosters, this looks like the profile of a wet product containing a notable of meat.
However, with 51% of the total calories in our example coming from fat versus just 35% from protein, some recipes may not be suitable for every animal.
Canine Caviar is a grain-free canned dog food using a generous amount of named meats as its main source of animal protein, thus earning the brand 4.5 stars.
Highly recommended for intermittent or supplemental feeding only.
Those looking for a complete and balanced kibble may wish to visit our review of Canine Caviar dry dog food.
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.
Canine Caviar Dog Food
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Notes and Updates
06/07/2019 Last Update