Earthborn Holistic Moist Dog Food (Tubs)

Rating: ★★★★½

Earthborn Holistic moist dog food receives the Advisor’s second-highest tier rating of 4.5 stars.

The Earthborn Holistic product line includes five grain-free dog food tubs.

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.

  • Earthborn Holistic Duke’s Din-Din Stew [A]
  • Earthborn Holistic Pepper’s Pot Roast Stew [A]
  • Earthborn Holistic Toby’s Turkey Dinner in Gravy [A]
  • Earthborn Holistic Lily’s Gourmet Buffet in Sauce [A]
  • Earthborn Holistic Chip’s Chicken Casserole Stew [A]

Earthborn Holistic Pepper’s Pot Roast Stew moist dinner was selected to represent the other products in the line for this review.

Earthborn Holistic Pepper's Pot Roast Stew

Canned Dog Food

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

Protein = 44% | Fat = 22% | Carbs = 25%

Ingredients: Beef broth, beef, dried egg product, beef liver, pea protein, tapioca, potatoes, carrots, pumpkins, salt, sunflower oil, green peas, natural flavors, guar gum, potassium chloride, calcium sulfate, choline chloride, vitamin E supplement, ferrous sulfate, zinc oxide, magnesium oxide, vitamin B12 supplement, copper proteinate, vitamin A supplement, manganese proteinate, niacin, calcium pantothenate, thiamine mononitrate, sodium selenite, biotin, riboflavin supplement, vitamin D3 supplement, pyridoxine hydrochloride, potassium iodide, beta-carotene, folic acid

Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 11.1%

Red items indicate controversial ingredients

Estimated Nutrient Content
MethodProteinFatCarbs
Guaranteed Analysis8%4%NA
Dry Matter Basis44%22%25%
Calorie Weighted Basis36%44%21%
Protein = 36% | Fat = 44% | Carbs = 21%

The first ingredient in this dog food is beef broth. Broths are nutritionally empty. But because they add moisture to a dog food they are a common finding in many canned products.

The second ingredient is beef. Beef is defined as “the clean flesh derived from slaughtered cattle” and includes skeletal muscle or the muscle tissues of the tongue, diaphragm, heart or esophagus.1

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

The third ingredient is dried egg product, a dehydrated form of shell-free eggs. Quality can vary significantly. Lower grade egg product can even come from commercial hatcheries — from eggs that have failed to hatch.

In any case, eggs are easy to digest and have an exceptionally high biological value.

The fourth ingredient is beef liver. This is an organ meat sourced from a named animal and thus considered a beneficial component.

The fifth ingredient is pea protein, what remains of a pea after removing the starchy part of the vegetable.

Even though it contains over 80% protein, this ingredient would be expected to have a lower biological value than meat.

And less costly plant-based products like this can notably boost the total protein reported on the label — a factor that must be considered when judging the meat content of this dog food.

The sixth ingredient is tapioca, a gluten-free, starchy carbohydrate extract made from the root of the cassava plant.

The seventh ingredient includes potatoes. Potatoes can be considered a gluten-free source of digestible carbohydrates. Yet with the exception of perhaps their caloric content, potatoes are of only modest nutritional value to a dog.

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

The ninth ingredient is pumpkin. Pumpkin is a nutritious addition high in complex carbohydrates, beta-carotene 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 three notable exceptions

First, we find sunflower oil. Sunflower oil is nutritionally similar to safflower oil. Since these oils are high in omega-6 fatty acids and contain no omega-3’s, they’re considered less nutritious than canola or flaxseed oils.

Sunflower oil is notable for its resistance to heat damage during cooking.

There are several different types of sunflower oil, some better than others. Without knowing more, it’s impossible to judge the quality of this ingredient.

Next, this recipe includes 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.

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 Moist Dog Food
The Bottom Line

Judging by its ingredients alone, Earthborn Holistic moist 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 44%, a fat level of 22% and estimated carbohydrates of about 25%.

As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 44% and a mean fat level of 22%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 25% for the overall product line.

And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 50%.

Above-average protein. Near-average fat. And below-average carbs when compared to a typical wet dog food.

Even when you consider the protein-boosting effect of the pea protein and peas, this looks like the profile of a wet product containing a notable amount of meat.

Bottom line?

Earthborn Holistic moist dog food is a grain-free meat-based wet product using a notable amount of various named species as its main sources of animal protein, thus earning the brand 4.5 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.

Earthborn Holistic Dog Food
Recall History

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Notes and Updates

03/05/2016 Last Update

  1. Association of American Feed Control Officials
  • Ragnar

    The manufacturer still advertises Earthborn Holistic Chip’s Chicken Casserole in a tub marked “Made in USA”. My case box and tubs were marked “Product of Thailand”!

  • Sadie

    Thanks. We like Weruva but we do have to strain a lot of the starchy gravy off. It’s just too much and I believe it is contributing to one baby having acid reflux.

  • Oleanderz

    There are no others we’ve had an issue with. I mainly stay in between THK, Nulo, or every so often BDN Tripe for wet foods. Weruva’s a really nice brand too, I haven’t heard many complaints. Next time I notice something suspicious this site will be the first to know.

  • Sadie

    Thanks for posting. We tried he chicken and it was so bad. I’m back to Weruva chicken and strain all the potato starch gravy out and add steamed veggies, pumpkin or whatever. I’m still searching for something else. For my other 3 I am slowly trying Zignature suck canned food. Fingers crossed. Any other foods you can think of? Lotus was awful too. I found a plastic piece in their food and the company won’t return my calls or emails.

  • Oleanderz

    The Earthborn tubs used to be a staple in my dogs rotation but I’ve noticed things have been a little shifty with the ingredients on the tubs. I noticed this back in November and I decided to take a step back until they stop moving things around so much. Better safe than sorry I suppose (Sorry this is late)

    Here are the Old ingredients:

    Beef, Beef Broth, Beef Liver, Egg, Pea Protein, Potatoes, Carrots, Green Beans, Tapioca, Natural Flavor, Flaxseed Oil, Olive Oil, Sea Salt, Tricalcium Phosphate, Potassium Chloride, Choline Chloride, Taurine, Guar Gum, Zinc Proteinate, Vitamin E Supplement, Iron Proteinate, Niacin, Copper Proteinate, Vitamin A Supplement, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Manganese Proteinate, Calcium Pantothenate, Thiamine Mononitrate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Riboflavin Supplement, Biotin, Folic Acid, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Sodium Selenite, Calcium Iodate.

    (Current and third switch since November) New ingredients:

    Beef broth, beef, dried egg, pea protein, beef liver, potatoes, carrots, green beans, tapioca, flaxseed oil, tricalcium phosphate, natural flavor, sea salt, caramel color, potassium chloride, guar gum, choline chloride, zinc proteinate, olive oil, vitamin E supplement, iron proteinate, taurine, vitamin B12 supplement, vitamin A acetate, copper proteinate, manganese proteinate, niacin, d-calcium pantothenate, thiamine mononitrate, biotin, riboflavin supplement, pyridoxine hydrochloride, sodium selenite, vitamin D3 supplement, calcium iodate, folic acid

  • Sadie

    I thought it was made in USA!? Are you sure??? Ugh. I know Weruva is Thailand.

  • Sadie

    My dog is so sick from this. Just a few pieces of the chicken I added to his food as we add it into the rotation. He now has a firm abdomen and diarrhea, and is clearly uncomfortable. Anyone else have problems with this formula? I barely have him any as we transition over two weeks.

  • Pitlove

    Hi Pia- Believe it or not Thailand has one of the most strict quality control systems in place right now. Many of the dog foods made in Thailand are canned in factories that also produce foods for humans. Thailand is far from something to be worried about. One of the top rated canned foods, Weruva, is canned in Thailand. They talk about how strict the laws are there on their F.A.Q section on the Weruva website.

  • Pia

    I thought this was made in the USA but on the tub it says it is a product of Thailand. That does not make me too happy!

  • theBCnut

    These are essentially canned food and don’t need refrigeration. They will probably be good for 6 months or even more, as long as the packaging remains intact.

  • Frank Giffone

    Local pet store has Earthborn Holistic wet food sale on. Wanna buy A LOT but fridge ain’t that big. As for freezing… Thumbs UP or DOWN? Thx!

  • dd2u

    Earthborn is another wet food I mix with dry food (Blue Buffalo Wilderness–for puppies) for our 13 week old Schnauzer—and again, being a label-reader, am happy to see the high ratings here too & will continue to buy. Our little one is not finicky at his age, but does gobble this up well, and doesn’t seem to have digestive issue with! I have to wonder about the plastic tubs too (PBA issues) though I have to admit—-I love these little containers for my own use once he’s finished the food & I remove the wrapper! I do refrigerate after opening, as with all our wet foods, and our pup doesn’t seem deterred by it at all. Whole Earth Farms food is another I added a comment about, and recommend too—especially their 100% made in USA standards! Check them out too for your doggies 🙂

  • SP
  • SP

    I feed this occasionally to my dog because I am constantly rotating his food.
    It looks like a stew, like real food.
    And there’s a wonderful pet store in my neighborhood that sells it at a discount.

    Having said that, I am not crazy about the plastic tubs which no doubt contain BPA.

    Also, they admit the following:
    “it is difficult if not impossible to say that some subpart of some
    vitamin ingredient may originate in China. We feel that it is unethical
    to claim, like some manufacturers do, that even though our vitamins and minerals are formulated, sourced and blended by a US company in the United States that there could not be a trace or subpart of a vitamin that comes from China.

    We at Earthborn Pet Foods strive to provide correct, truthful information.”

    Source:
    https://www.facebook.com/earthborn.holistic/posts/521092374594766

  • ChiChi

    Yep that’s exactly what I do, use ice trays for EVERYTHING lol. Basically I now have 2 extra ice trays I got specifically for the dog.

  • theBCnut

    That’s a great solution for a lot of things. I keep extra ice cube trays on hand and I freeze pumpkin, extra canned food, this organ mix I make, and this fruit/veggie mix I make(for balancing raw foods), raw cat food, etc. I throw the cubes in a ziplock bag and pull them out as I need them. I can tell when I open a can how long it will last, so I can plan right then for anything I won’t use quickly.

  • ChiChi

    I have kept numerous brands of canned foods in the fridge for a week. If it doesn’t stink I’ll feed it. My dog is still alive and kicking.

    Hell most cans last me two weeks. The solution? I simply freeze it…

  • LabsRawesome

    Hey Kate, Thank You. 🙂

  • theBCnut

    I don’t know if the tubs vary from other canned foods, but most or all should be used within 3 days of opening.

  • theBCnut

    Refrigerate.

  • Kate Walsh

    Question, do you have to refrigerate the Earthborn tubs once they are open or can you just leave them covered at room temperature?

  • Susan

    This is a great topper with the kibble for my small dogs. Just a small spoonful and they are happy, happy. Runs $17-$19 for a case of 8 from Chewy.com. If I can find at the pet store will be at least $2.75 a tub.
    Does anyone know why this is not listed on best wet GF food list? Is included on best GF food list, but not wet list.

  • Shawna

    I’ve been using the Earthborn tubs as toppers for over a year now and never had any issues with the containers themselves.

    My local store told me that Earthborn was simply having a problem getting the tubs versus something wrong with them (a supply situation). Not sure there info was accurate but haven’t heard of any recalls etc.

    I was able to start buying them again in November (if memory serves).

    Edit — Just checked my store’s website — they have them marked $2.49 each.

  • beaglemom

    Ok thanks 🙂 I’m sitting here thinking “hmm…. my dogs SEEM fine..” haha. I was just curious because I never noticed any sort of shortage around here.

  • Betsy Greer

    You know what, I don’t know. I think Natural Balance uses the same plastic containers. I seem to recall it was just some sort of packaging issue (leakage or something like that). Not any sort of contamination issue at all.

  • beaglemom

    Do you know what the problem was? I haven’t had any trouble finding these over the past few months.

  • LabsRawesome

    Ok thanks. 🙂 I’m going to pick up some of the Duck formula. My 3 absolutely love Duck. 🙂

  • Betsy Greer

    Hi Labs,

    You know what…, I’ve spotted them on the shelf at my local pet store or should I say, spotted the spot on the shelf where they would be…, but I know there’s been a problem with the container and they’ve been out of stock for a long time. They were supposed to be back in stock sometime early this year. I seem to recall a price of $2.76 per tub.

    LOL! I just called the pet store, they’re in stock and the price I mentioned was on target.

  • LabsRawesome

    Hi Betsy. I was just browsing on Earthborn’s site. Their tubs look interesting. I was wondering if you know about how much they cost in retail stores. 🙂

  • Betsy Greer

    That’s great to know, Joe. I was browsing in one of my local pet food stores recently and the sign said it wouldn’t be available again until next year.

  • Joe

    ITS BACK! Thank god! My dog is the pickiest eater and he wouldnt touch anything else. Plus this food really showed major improvements in his health and bowel movements! So happy to finally have this food back!

  • Judi

    I use this as a topper or else Hamilton won’t eat. I have had to order it online since it has been impossible to find in the stores. I emailed Earthborn and they said the tubs would be back in the stores by the end of August, hasn’t happened.

  • Joseph A. Smith

    Does anyone have a list of 4-5 star moist canned dog foods for English Mastiff puppy 4 months old?

  • Shawna

    The owner of my local pet boutique said they are having a sourcing issue with the tubs but have not discontinued the product.

  • Pattyvaughn

    I haven’t heard that.

  • Pat

    Why have they stop selling Earthborne wet food in the tubs?

  • Brandon

    I am guessing it is a relatively rare mistake made in the factory that produced the plastic tubs (I used to work in a factory that made plastic lids for various companies like Gatorade, etc.). And I have noticed other companies besides Earthborn Holistic using identical tubs for poorer quality knockoff versions. I saw them in some big box retailer that doesn’t even carry Earthborn products.

  • Carlie

    I’ve been using this food as a topper for a while. My finicky dog loves it and we haven’t had any issues. However, I just pulled a tub out of the pantry and noticed that the foil seal says “Rachael Ray Nutrish” all over it. This company claims to manufacture their own food and that they are not associated with any other companies. So disappointing. Does anyone have any idea how or why this could happen?

  • Thanks!

  • Hi Mary,

    Yes, I’d refrigerate the unused portion and use it within about three days.

  • Should I refrigerate this after opening?

  • losul

    I do see probable deficiencies in what you are showing, especially calcium. Like you, I want to get as much as possible naturally from the foods, without supplements. Sardines can be used instead of delicate fish oils.

    Steve Brown’s book “Unlocking The Canine Ancestral Diet” tells how to do that, without any supplements, except possibly very minute amounts of Vit E in some cases.. Strongly reccomend.

  • Hound Dog Mom

    Hi Lauren –

    It’s great that you’re making homemade food, it’s the best thing you can do for your dog. I make a homemade raw diet for my three bloodhounds. There are, however, quite a few nutritional gaps in this recipe. In the forum area I have several of my homemade recipes posted. I ran a full nutrient analysis on the most recent and it exceeds the AAFCO nutrient requirements for all life stages. If you want to look at these it will give you an idea of the types of things that need to be added to a homemade diet to ensure nutritional adequacy: http://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/forums/topic/menus/page/3/ . A great online resource is http://dogaware.com/diet/homemade.html . I’d also highly recommend purchasing a book on homemade feeding written by either a veterinarian or a nutritionist. “Unlocking the Canine Ancestral Diet” by Steve Brown is my favorite – it includes raw recipes but has valuable information applicable to both homemade and raw diets and all raw recipes can easily be converted to cooked by substituting muscle meat for raw meaty bones and supplementing with 800 – 1,000 mg. calcium per pound of meat. Another great book is “Real Food for Healthy Dogs and Cats” by Dr. Becker. While you’re in the process of researching what supplements to add you may want to consider utilizing a pre-mix or vitamin mix (The Honest Kitchen’s Preference, Urban Wolf, See Spot Liver Longer Dinner Mix, U-Stew, etc.). These “pre-mixes” contain all the nutrients your dog needs all you need to add is meat. Good luck, you’ve got a lucky dog!

  • Lauren Mongaras

    I AM MAKING MY DOGS FOOD AT HOME:

    HIS FOOD TYPICALLY INCLUDES THE FOLLOWING:

    Grilled organic chicken strips (cut)
    Boiled eggs (chopped)
    Grilled Bison (Ground)
    Green beans (cut)
    carrots (chopped)
    Basmati Rice (cooked)
    Sweet potatoes (cut)

    Besides Fish oil or ELA or whatever that supplement is…WHAT ELSE DOES HE NEED to be completely getting everything needed in his diet? He is about 9Ibs Maltese poodle mix-4yrs old. He has been on this diet for awhile now but I am afraid he’s not getting the proper nutrition he deserves (: ANYONE PLEASE HELP! What MINERALS or VITAMINS does he need? And how can I be as natural as possible (making it myself) not buying a pre-maid mix of vitamins, etc.?

  • Crazy4dogs

    I have used all of them. Blue is duck, purple is lamb, red is beef, brown is turkey(it says turkey) and green is chicken(it says chicken). It looks and smells like real food. I really like that it is not highly processed, but actual chunks of meat along with identifiable vegetables. My dogs are crazy for them. Granted, they are labs and labs are generally crazy for all food. I am now using almost half wet food along with grain free kibble and my dogs look wonderful.

  • Shawna

    That darned chicken!!!! 🙂
    Headin home!! I’ll text you some time this weekend 🙂

  • Mary Lou

    Hey, Shawna!! : ) Haha! Thanks for the info. He would only get it as a topper, but very good to know! We have blue. : ) It will probably be awhile until we get to it ~ never a hurry with this guy. He is licking one back paw today; so trying to figure out what set him off. Probably those new Orijen freeze-dried treats. Sure hope not, but the ones I bought have chicken. I should have known better than to risk the chicken.

  • Shawna

    Hi Sweetie,

    I’ve tried all the different varieties of these. Actually using the one with the purple packaging right now.. Yeah, can’t remember which it is but pretty purple plastic covering the tub.. 🙂 I REALLY like that most of the ingredients are identifiable but I’m also pretty certain that my pups aren’t going to be able to digest the WHOLE garbonzo beans that I can clearly recognize.. 🙂 I still like it as a topper though…

    Knowledge is soooooo empowering isn’t it..

  • Mary Lou

    Picked up some of the Duke’s Din-Din the other day. Dupree hasn’t tried it yet. However, such great timing on the review. I guess after a couple of years of reading your reviews, I can actually stand in the store, read the ingredients, and say yea or nay. Thanks for the education, Dr. Mike!