Earthborn Holistic K95 Dog Food Review (Canned)

Rating:

Earthborn Holistic K95 Dog Food receives the Advisor’s mid-tier rating of 3.5 stars.

The Earthborn Holistic K95 product line includes the 5 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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Earthborn Holistic K95 Chicken Recipe was selected to represent the other products in the line for this review.

Earthborn Holistic K95 Formulas Chicken Recipe

Canned Dog Food

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

Protein = 41% | Fat = 34% | Carbs = 17%

Ingredients: Chicken, chicken broth, liver, sweet potatoes, carrots, snow peas, dried whole eggs, calcium carbonate, apples, olive oil, tricalcium phosphate, sodium tripolyphosphate, flaxseed, guar gum, cassia gum, choline chloride, salt, lecithin, thyme, sage, rosemary, Yucca schidigera extract, zinc proteinate, vitamin E supplement, L-ascorbyl-2-polyphosphate (source of vitamin C), ferrous sulfate, zinc sulfate, iron proteinate, copper proteinate, thiamine mononitrate, sodium selenite, niacin supplement, D-calcium pantothenate, vitamin A supplement, manganese sulfate, riboflavin supplement, manganese proteinate, vitamin D3 supplement, vitamin B12 supplement, pyridoxine hydrochloride, calcium iodate, folic acid

Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 4.5%

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Estimated Nutrient Content
MethodProteinFatCarbs
Guaranteed Analysis9%8%NA
Dry Matter Basis41%34%17%
Calorie Weighted Basis29%59%12%
Protein = 29% | Fat = 59% | Carbs = 12%

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 liver. Normally, liver can be considered a quality component. However, in this case, the source of the liver is not identified. For this reason, it’s impossible to judge the quality of this item.

The next ingredient is sweet potato. Sweet potatoes are a gluten-free source of complex carbohydrates in dog food. They are naturally rich in dietary fiber and beta carotene.

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

The sixth ingredient lists snow 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 seventh ingredient is dried egg, a dehydrated powder made from shell-free eggs. Eggs are easy to digest and have an exceptionally high biological value.

The next item is calcium carbonate, likely used here as a dietary mineral supplement.

From here, the list goes on to include a number of other ingredients.

But realistically, items located this far down the list (other than nutritional supplements) are not likely to affect the overall rating of this Earthborn product.

With 3 notable exceptions

First, we find olive oil. Olive oil contains oleic acid, a healthy monounsaturated fat. It’s also rich in natural antioxidants and carotenoids.

Next, 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.

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.

Earthborn Holistic K95 Dog Food Review

Based on its ingredients alone, Earthborn Holistic K95 Dog Food looks like an above-average wet product.

The dashboard displays a dry matter protein reading of 41%, a fat level of 34% and estimated carbohydrates of about 17%.

As a group, this product line features an average protein content of 41% and a mean fat level of 35%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 17% for the overall product line.

And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 85%.

Which means this Earthborn product contains…

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

Even when you consider the protein-boosting effect of the snow peas and flaxseed, this still looks like the profile of a wet dog food containing a significant amount of meat.

Bottom line?

Earthborn Holistic K95 is a grain-free canned dog food using a significant amount of named meats as its dominant source of animal protein, thus earning the brand 3.5 stars.

Recommended.

However, with 59% of the total calories in our example coming from fat versus just 29% 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.

Earthborn Holistic Dog Food
Recall History

The following list (if present) includes all dog food recalls since 2009 directly related to this Earthborn Holistic brand. 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

03/02/2020 Last Update