Review of Go! Sensitivity + Shine Canned Dog Food
Go! Sensitivity + Shine canned dog food receives the Advisor’s mid-tier rating of 3.5 stars.
The Go! Sensitivity + Shine product line includes the 2 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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|Go! Sensitivity + Shine Grain Free Whitefish and Freshwater Trout Pate||4||A|
Recipe and Label Analysis
Go! Sensitivity + Shine Grain Free Whitefish and Freshwater Trout Pate was selected to represent both products in the line for detailed recipe and nutrient analysis.
Label and nutrient data below are calculated using dry matter basis.
Go! Sensitivity + Shine Grain Free Whitefish and Freshwater Trout Pate
Canned Dog Food
Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content
Ingredients: Turkey, whitefish, salmon broth, potatoes, freshwater trout, carrots, spinach, peas, flaxseed, herring meal, bananas, broccoli, sweet potatoes, red peppers, apples, cranberries, blueberries, alfalfa sprouts, pumpkin, dicalcium phosphate, salt, potassium chloride, minerals (zinc amino acid chelate, iron amino acid chelate, selenium yeast, copper amino acid chelate, manganese amino acid chelate, cobalt amino acid chelate, potassium iodide), inulin, xanthan gum, cassia gum, 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), rosemary, Yucca schidigera extract, beta carotene
Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 4.5%
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|Estimated Nutrient Content|
|Dry Matter Basis||46%||36%||10%|
|Calorie Weighted Basis||32%||61%||7%|
The first ingredient in this dog food is turkey. Turkey is considered “the clean combination of flesh and skin… derived from the parts or whole carcasses of turkey”.1
Turkey is naturally rich in the ten essential amino acids required by a dog to sustain life.
The second ingredient is whitefish, a marine or freshwater species native to Canada and the California coast.
The third ingredient is salmon 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 fourth ingredient is potato. 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 fifth ingredient lists trout, a marine and freshwater fish naturally high in protein.
The sixth ingredient includes carrots, which are rich in beta-carotene, minerals and dietary fiber.
The seventh ingredient is spinach. Due to its exceptional vitamin and mineral content, spinach exhibits a remarkably high nutrient Completeness Score2 of 91.
The eighth ingredient 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.
The ninth ingredient is flaxseed, 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.
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 Petcurean product.
With 4 notable exceptions…
First, this recipe contains herring meal. Because it is considered a meat concentrate, herring meal contains almost 300% more protein than fresh fish itself.
Fish meal is typically obtained from the “clean, dried, ground tissue of undecomposed whole fish and fish cuttings” of commercial fish operations.3
Next, we note the use of selenium yeast. Unlike the more common inorganic form of selenium (sodium selenite), this natural yeast supplement is considered a safer anti-cancer alternative.
In addition, we find 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, 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.
Based on its ingredients alone, Go Sensitivity + Shine canned dog food looks like an above-average wet product.
As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 41% and a mean fat level of 34%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 17% for the overall product line.
And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 83%.
Above-average protein. Above-average fat. And below-average carbs when compared to a typical wet dog food.
Even when you consider the protein-boosting effect of the peas and flaxseed, this looks like the profile of a wet product containing a notable amount of meat.
However, with 61% of the total calories in our example coming from fat versus just 32% 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.
Our Rating of Go! Sensitivity + Shine Canned Dog Food
Go! Sensitivity + Shine is a grain-free canned dog food using a notable amount of named meats as its dominant source of animal protein, thus earning the brand 3.5 stars.
Has Go! Dog Food Been Recalled?
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- Adapted by the Dog Food Advisor and based upon the official definition for chicken published by the Association of American Feed Control Officials, Official Publication, 2008 Edition ↩
- Completeness Score is a measure of a food’s relative nutrient content and is computed by NutritionData.com from the USDA’s National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference ↩
- Association of American Feed Control Officials ↩
03/01/2021 Last Update