I and Love and You Dog Food Review (Canned)

I and Love and You Gobble It Up Stew Can Dog Food

Review of I and Love and You Canned Dog Food

Rating:

I and Love and You canned dog food receives the Advisor’s top rating of 5 stars.

The I and Love and You product line includes the 5 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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Product Rating AAFCO
I and Love and You Lambarama Stew 5 A
I and Love and You Gobble It Up Stew 5 A
I and Love and You Beef Booyah Stew 5 A
I and Love and You Cluckin’ Good Stew 5 A
I and Love and You Moo Moo Venison Stew 5 A

Recipe and Label Analysis

I and Love and You Gobble It Up Stew was selected to represent the other products in the line for detailed recipe and nutrient analysis.

Label and nutrient data below are calculated using dry matter basis.


I and Love and You Gobble It Up Stew

Canned Dog Food

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

Protein = 44% | Fat = 17% | Carbs = 31%

Ingredients: Turkey, turkey broth, vegetable broth, turkey liver, dried egg whites, carrots, cranberries, dried peas, spinach, sweet potatoes, green beans, guar gum, flaxseed oil (preserved with mixed tocopherols), sodium phosphate, salt, natural flavor, potassium chloride, salmon oil (preserved with mixed tocopherols), pumpkin, choline chloride, zinc proteinate, iron proteinate, calcium carbonate, vitamin E supplement, copper proteinate, manganese proteinate, sodium selenite, thiamine mononitrate, cobalt proteinate, niacin supplement, d-calcium pantothenate, vitamin A supplement, riboflavin supplement, biotin, vitamin B12 supplement, potassium iodide, pyridoxine hydrochloride, vitamin D3 supplement, folic acid

Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 5.6%

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Estimated Nutrient Content
MethodProteinFatCarbs
Guaranteed Analysis8%3%NA
Dry Matter Basis44%17%31%
Calorie Weighted Basis38%35%27%
Protein = 38% | Fat = 35% | Carbs = 27%

Ingredient Analysis

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 next two items are turkey broth and vegetable 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 fourth ingredient is turkey liver, an organ meat sourced from a named animal and thus considered a beneficial component.

The fifth ingredient includes dried egg whites. Eggs are highly digestible and an excellent source of usable protein.

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

The seventh ingredient includes cranberries, a nutrient-rich fruit that’s also high in fiber.

The eighth ingredient is dried pea. Dried peas are a good source of carbohydrates. Plus they’re naturally rich in dietary fiber.

However, dried peas contain about 27% protein, a factor that must be considered when judging the meat content of this dog food.

The ninth ingredient is spinach. Due to its exceptional vitamin and mineral content, spinach exhibits a remarkably high nutrient Completeness Score2 of 91.

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 I and Love and You product.

With 3 notable exceptions

First, this food contains flaxseed oil, one of the best non-fish sources of omega-3 fatty acids — essential to a dog’s health.

Next, we note the use of salmon oil. Salmon oil is naturally rich in the prized EPA and DHA type of omega-3 fatty acids. These two high quality fats boast the highest bio-availability to dogs and humans.

Depending on its level of freshness and purity, salmon oil should be considered a commendable addition.

And lastly, this food includes 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.

Nutrient Analysis

Based on its ingredients alone, I and Love and You canned dog food looks like an above-average wet product.

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 19%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 28% for the overall product line.

And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 43%.

Above-average protein. Below-average fat. And near-average carbs when compared to a typical canned dog food.

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

Our Rating of I and Love and You Dog Food

I and Love and You 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 5 stars.

Enthusiastically recommended.

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References

  1. 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
  2. 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

04/20/2021 Last Update