Chicken Soup for the Soul Dog Food Review (Canned)

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 related AAFCO nutrient profile when available on the product’s official webpage: Growth, Maintenance, All Life Stages, Supplemental or Unspecified.

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Chicken Soup for the Soul Adult recipe was selected to represent the other products in the line for this review.

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%

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. This is 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.

Chicken Soup for the Soul
Canned Dog Food Review

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.

Bottom line?

Chicken Soup for the Soul 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.



Chicken Soup for the Soul
Dog Food Recall History

The following list (if present) includes all dog food recalls since 2009 directly related to this Chicken Soup product line. If there are no recalls listed in this section, we have not yet reported any events.

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Notes and Updates

  1. Association of American Feed Control Officials

12/13/2019 Last Update