Dave’s 95% Premium Meats (Canned)

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Rating: ★★★★☆

Dave’s 95% Premium Meats canned dog food receives the Advisor’s second-highest tier rating of 4 stars.

The Dave’s 95% Premium Meats product line includes 4 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.

  • Dave’s 95% Premium Beef (5 stars) [M]
  • Dave’s 95% Premium Chicken (3 stars) [M]
  • Dave’s 95% Premium Turkey (3.5 stars) [M]
  • Dave’s 95% Premium Beef and Chicken [M]

Dave’s 95% Premium Chicken was selected to represent the other products in the line for this review.

Dave's 95% Premium Chicken

Canned Dog Food

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

Protein = 46% | Fat = 41% | Carbs = 6%

Ingredients: Chicken, chicken broth, chicken liver, agar-agar, potassium chloride, salt, choline chloride, calcium carbonate, iron proteinate, zinc proteinate, manganese proteinate, copper proteinate, magnesium proteinate, sodium selenite, calcium iodate, vitamin E supplement, thiamine mononitrate, niacin supplement, calcium pantothenate, biotin, vitamin A supplement, riboflavin supplement, vitamin D3 supplement, vitamin B12 supplement, pyridoxine hydrochloride, folic acid

Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 4.5%

Red items indicate controversial ingredients

Estimated Nutrient Content
MethodProteinFatCarbs
Guaranteed Analysis10%9%NA
Dry Matter Basis46%41%6%
Calorie Weighted Basis30%66%4%
Protein = 30% | Fat = 66% | Carbs = 4%

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 is agar agar, a natural vegetable gelatin derived from the cell walls of certain species of red algae. Agar is rich in fiber and is used in wet pet foods as a gelling agent.

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 one notable exception

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.

Dave’s 95% Premium Meats
Canned Dog Food
The Bottom Line

Judging by its ingredients alone, Dave’s 95% Premium Meats 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.

The dashboard displays a dry matter protein reading of 46%, a fat level of 41% and estimated carbohydrates of about 6%.

As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 44% and a mean fat level of 36%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 12% for the overall product line.

And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 81%.

Above-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 significant amount of meat.

However, with 66% of the total calories in our example coming from fat versus just 30% 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?

Dave’s 95% Premium Meats is a grain-free meat-based canned dog food using a significant amount of named meats as its main sources of animal protein, thus earning the brand 4 stars.

Highly 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.

Shoppers looking for a more traditional wet food from the same company may wish to visit our review of Dave’s Delectable Dinners.

Dave’s Dog Food
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Notes and Updates

09/06/2017 Last Update

  1. Association of American Feed Control Officials