Canine Naturals Holistic Pate (Canned)

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Rating: ★★★½☆

Canine Naturals Holistic Pate Dog Food receives the Advisor’s mid-tier rating of 3.5 stars.

The Canine Naturals Holistic Pate product line includes 2 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.

  • Canine Naturals Chicken and Sweet Potato Dinner [A]
  • Canine Naturals Lamb and Brown Rice Dinner (2.5 stars) [A]

Canine Naturals Chicken and Sweet Potato Dinner was selected to represent both products in the line for this review.

Canine Naturals Chicken and Sweet Potato Dinner

Canned Dog Food

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

Protein = 39% | Fat = 34% | Carbs = 19%

Ingredients: Chicken, chicken broth, chicken liver, carrots, peas, sweet potatoes, whole ground brown rice, whole ground barley, oatmeal, agar-agar, potassium chloride, salt, flaxseed (source of omega-3 and 6 fatty acids), blueberries, cranberries, vitamin A supplement, thiamine mononitrate, riboflavin, niacin, d-calcium pantothenate, pyridoxine hydrochloride, biotin, folic acid, vitamin B12 supplement, vitamin D3 supplement, vitamin E supplement, iron amino acid chelate, zinc amino acid chelate, cobalt amino acid chelate, copper amino acid chelate, manganese amino acid chelate, sodium selenite, potassium iodide, choline chloride

Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 6.8%

Red items indicate controversial ingredients

Estimated Nutrient Content
MethodProteinFatCarbs
Guaranteed Analysis9%8%NA
Dry Matter Basis39%34%19%
Calorie Weighted Basis27%59%14%
Protein = 27% | Fat = 59% | Carbs = 14%

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 chicken liver. This is an organ meat sourced from a named animal and thus considered a beneficial component.

The fourth ingredient lists carrots. Carrots are rich in beta-carotene, minerals and dietary fiber.

The fifth 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.

The sixth 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 seventh ingredient is ground brown rice, another name for rice flour. Ground rice is made from either white or brown rice and is considered a gluten-free substitute for wheat flour.

The eighth ingredient is barley. Barley is a starchy carbohydrate supplying fiber and other healthy nutrients. However, aside from its energy content, this cereal grain is of only modest nutritional value to a dog.

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 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.

And lastly, this food contains chelated minerals, minerals that have been chemically attached to protein. This makes them easier to absorb. Chelated minerals are usually found in better dog foods.

Canine Naturals Holistic Pate Dog Food
The Bottom Line

Judging by its ingredients alone, Canine Naturals Holistic Pate looks like an above-average canned dog food.

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 39%, a fat level of 34% and estimated carbohydrates of about 19%.

As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 39% and a mean fat level of 35%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 18% for the overall product line.

And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 91%.

Near-average protein. Above-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 and flaxseed, this looks like the profile of a wet product containing a moderate amount of meat.

However, with 59% of the total calories in our example coming from fat versus just 27% from protein, some recipes may not be suitable for every animal. In addition, this same finding also prevents us from awarding the brand a higher rating.

Bottom line?

Canine Naturals Holistic Pate is a meat-based canned dog food using a moderate amount of named meats as its main sources of animal protein, thus earning the brand 3.5 stars.

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.

Canine Naturals Dog Food
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Notes and Updates

11/05/2017 Last Update

  1. Association of American Feed Control Officials