Review of Cesar Filets in Gravy Dog Food
Cesar Filets in Gravy Dog Food earns the Advisor’s second-highest tier rating of 4.5 stars.
The Cesar Filets in Gravy product line includes the 6 recipe cups listed below.
Each recipe includes its AAFCO nutrient profile when available… Growth (puppy), Maintenance (adult), All Life Stages, Supplemental or Unspecified.
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|Cesar Filets in Gravy Filet Mignon Flavor||3.5||M|
|Cesar Filets in Gravy Prime Rib Flavor||3.5||M|
|Cesar Filets in Gravy New York Strip Flavor||2.5||M|
|Cesar Filets in Gravy Rotisserie Chicken Flavor||4.5||M|
|Cesar Filets in Gravy Turkey Recipe||4.5||M|
|Cesar Filets in Gravy Wood-Grilled Chicken Flavor||5||M|
Recipe and Label Analysis
Cesar Filets in Gravy Rotisserie Chicken Flavor was selected to represent the other products in the line for detailed recipe and nutrient analysis.
Label and nutrient data below are calculated using dry matter basis.
Cesar Filets in Gravy Rotisserie Chicken Flavor
Wet Dog Food
Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content
Ingredients: Chicken, chicken broth, water, chicken liver, animal plasma, tapioca starch, chicken heart, dried beet pulp, salt, potassium chloride, calcium carbonate, choline chloride, sodium tripolyphosphate, dried tomato, xanthan gum, magnesium proteinate, rotisserie chicken flavor, manganese sulfate, zinc sulfate, vitamin E supplement, d-calcium pantothenate, biotin, thiamine mononitrate (vitamin B1), copper sulfate, riboflavin supplement (vitamin B2), vitamin A supplement, potassium iodide, pyridoxine hydrochloride (vitamin B6), vitamin B12 supplement, vitamin D3 supplement
Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 5.6%
Red denotes controversial item
|Estimated Nutrient Content|
|Dry Matter Basis||42%||22%||28%|
|Calorie Weighted Basis||34%||44%||23%|
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 component in many canned products.
The third ingredient is water, which adds nothing but moisture to this food. Water is a routine finding in most canned dog foods.
The next ingredient is chicken liver, an organ meat sourced from a named animal and thus considered a beneficial component.
The fifth ingredient includes animal plasma. Plasma is what remains of blood after the blood cells themselves have been removed. In most cases, plasma can be considered a nutritious addition.
However, since there’s no mention of a specific animal in the name of this particular ingredient, this item could be sourced from any species. And that fact can make it difficult to isolate the cause of a dog’s food-based allergy.
For this reason, we do not consider generic animal plasma a quality ingredient.
The sixth ingredient is tapioca starch, a gluten-free, starchy carbohydrate extract made from the root of the cassava plant.
The seventh ingredient is chicken heart. Although it doesn’t sound very appetizing, heart tissue is pure muscle — all meat. It’s naturally rich in quality protein, minerals and complex B vitamins, too.
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 Cesar product.
With 2 notable exceptions…
First, we find beet pulp. Beet pulp is a controversial ingredient, a high fiber by-product of sugar beet processing.
Some denounce beet pulp as an inexpensive filler while others cite its outstanding intestinal health and blood sugar benefits.
We only call your attention here to the controversy and believe the inclusion of beet pulp in reasonable amounts in most dog foods is entirely acceptable.
And lastly, with the exception of magnesium, the minerals listed here do not appear to be chelated. And that can make them more difficult to absorb. Chelated minerals are usually associated with higher quality dog foods.
Based on its ingredients alone, Cesar Filets in Gravy looks like an above-average wet product.
As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 44% and a mean fat level of 20%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 28% for the overall product line.
And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 45%.
Which means this Cesar product line contains…
Above-average protein. Below-average fat. And near-average carbs when compared to other wet dog foods.
Free of any plant-based protein boosters, this looks like the profile of a wet product containing a significant amount of meat.
Our Rating of Cesar Filets in Gravy Dog Food
Cesar Filets in Gravy is a grain-inclusive wet dog food that includes a significant amount of named meats as its main source of animal protein, thus earning the brand 4.5 stars.
Has Cesar Brand Dog Food Been Recalled?
The following automated list (if present) includes all dog food recalls since 2009 related to Cesar.
- Cesar Dog Food Recall of October 2016 (10/7/2016)
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More Cesar Brand Reviews
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- Cesar Classics Dog Food Review (Wet)
- Cesar Dog Food Review (Dry)
- Cesar Wholesome Bowls Dog Food Review (Wet)
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05/25/2021 Last Update