Chicken Soup for the Soul Dog Food Review (Canned)

Review of Chicken Soup for the Soul Canned Dog Food

Rating:

Chicken Soup for the Soul Classic canned dog food earns the Advisor’s second-highest rating of 4 stars.

The Chicken Soup for the Soul Classic product line includes the 3 canned dog foods 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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Product Rating AAFCO
Chicken Soup for the Soul Adult 3 M
Chicken Soup for the Soul Puppy 4.5 G
Chicken Soup for the Soul Mature 3.5 M

Recipe and Label Analysis

Chicken Soup for the Soul Adult 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.


Chicken Soup for the Soul Adult Formula

Canned Dog Food

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

Protein = 36% | Fat = 32% | Carbs = 24%

Ingredients: CChicken, turkey, chicken broth, turkey broth, duck, salmon, chicken liver, carrots, brown rice, oatmeal, ground flaxseed, peas, potatoes, ground barley, dried egg product, potassium chloride, salt, cassia gum, xanthan gum, apples, cranberries, dried kelp, inulin, choline chloride, vitamins (thiamine mononitrate, vitamin E supplement, niacin supplement, d-calcium pantothenate, vitamin A supplement, riboflavin supplement, biotin, vitamin B12 supplement, pyridoxine hydrochloride, vitamin D3 supplement, folic acid), minerals (ferrous sulfate, zinc oxide, copper proteinate, sodium selenite, manganese sulfate, potassium iodide), Yucca schidigera extract, parsley

Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 4.5%

Red denotes controversial item

Estimated Nutrient Content
MethodProteinFatCarbs
Guaranteed Analysis8%7%NA
Dry Matter Basis36%32%24%
Calorie Weighted Basis27%56%17%
Protein = 27% | Fat = 56% | Carbs = 17%

Ingredient Analysis

The first two ingredients in this dog food are chicken and turkey. Poultry is considered “the clean combination of flesh and skin… derived from the parts or whole carcasses”.1

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

The next two ingredients are chicken broth and turkey 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 fifth ingredient is duck, another quality raw item.

The sixth 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 next ingredient is chicken liver, an organ meat sourced from a named animal and thus considered a beneficial component.

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

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 4 notable exceptions

First, flaxseed is 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.

Next, we find peas, which 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.

In addition, we note the inclusion of inulin, a starch-like compound made up of repeating units of carbohydrates and typically sourced from chicory root.

Not only is inulin a natural source of soluble dietary fiber, it’s also a prebiotic used to promote the growth of healthy bacteria in a dog’s digestive tract.

And lastly, with the exception of copper, 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.

Nutrient Analysis

According to its ingredients alone, Chicken Soup for the Soul looks like an above-average moisture-rich dog food.

The dashboard displays a dry matter protein reading of 36%, a fat level of 32% and estimated carbohydrates of about 24%.

As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 37% and a mean fat level of 26%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 29% for the overall product line.

And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 69%.

Which means this Chicken Soup for the Soul product line contains…

Near-average protein. Above-average fat. And near-average carbs when compared to other canned dog foods.

Even when you consider the protein-boosting effect of the flaxseed and peas, this looks like the profile of a moisture-rich product containing a moderate amount of meat.

However, with 56% of the total calories in our example coming from fat versus just 27% from protein, some recipes may not be suitable for every animal.

Our Rating of Chicken Soup for the Soul Classic Canned Dog Food

Chicken Soup for the Soul Classic is a grain-inclusive canned dog food using a moderate amount of named meats as its dominant source of animal protein, thus earning the brand 4 stars.

Highly recommended.



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References

  1. Association of American Feed Control Officials

06/11/2021 Last Update