Kasiks Canned Dog Food Review
Kasiks canned dog food receives the Advisor’s top rating of 5 stars.
The Kasiks product line includes the 4 canned dog foods listed below.
Each recipe includes its AAFCO nutrient profile when available… Growth (puppy), Maintenance (adult), All Life Stages, Supplemental or Unspecified.
|Kasiks Cage Free Turkey Formula||2.5||A|
|Kasiks Wild Coho Salmon Formula||5||A|
|Kasiks Fraser Valley Grub Formula||5||M|
|Kasiks Cage Free Chicken Formula||4.5||A|
Recipe and Label Analysis
Kasiks Wild Coho Salmon Formula 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.
Kasiks Wild Coho Salmon Formula
Canned Dog Food
Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content
Ingredients: Boneless/skinless salmon, water sufficient for processing, pea starch, sodium chloride, calcium carbonate, dicalcium phosphate, potassium chloride, choline chloride, taurine, kale, minerals (zinc proteinate, iron proteinate, copper proteinate, manganese proteinate, calcium iodate), vitamins (vitamin E supplement, niacin, vitamin A supplement, thiamine mononitrate, riboflavin, biotin, vitamin B12 supplement, d-pantothenic acid, folic acid, vitamin D3 supplement), blueberries, raspberries, cranberries, coconut
Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 0.9%
Red denotes controversial item
|Estimated Nutrient Content|
|Dry Matter Basis||50%||14%||28%|
|Calorie Weighted Basis||45%||30%||26%|
The first ingredient in this dog food is salmon. Salmon is an oily marine and freshwater fish not only high in protein but also omega 3 fatty acids, essential oils needed by every dog to sustain life.
The second ingredient is water, which adds nothing but moisture to this food. Water is a routine finding in most canned dog foods.
The third ingredient is pea starch, a paste-like, gluten-free carbohydrate extract probably used here as a binder for making kibble. Aside from its energy content (calories), pea starch is of only modest nutritional value to a dog.
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 Kasiks product.
With 3 notable exceptions…
First, we note the use of taurine, an important amino acid associated with the healthy function of heart muscle. Although taurine is not typically considered essential in canines, some dogs have been shown to be deficient in this critical nutrient.
Since taurine deficiency appears to be more common in pets consuming grain-free diets, we view its presence in this recipe as a positive addition.
Next, we find coconut. Depending upon the quality of the raw material, coconut is rich in medium chain fatty acids.
Medium-chain triglycerides have been shown to improve cognitive function in older dogs.1
Because of its proven safety2 as well as its potential to help in the treatment of canine cognitive dysfunction syndrome (CDS) and chronic skin disorders, MCT can be considered a positive addition to this recipe.
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, Kasiks canned dog food looks like an above-average wet product.
As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 46% and a mean fat level of 23%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 24% for the overall product line.
And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 54%.
Which means this FirstMate product line contains…
Above-average protein. Near-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.
Our Rating of Kasiks Canned Dog Food
Kasiks is a grain-free canned dog food using an abundance of named meats as its main source of animal protein, thus earning the brand 5 stars.
Kasiks Dog Food Recall History
The following automated list (if present) includes all dog food recalls since 2009 related to FirstMate.
No recalls noted.
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More FirstMate Brand Reviews
The following FirstMate dog food reviews are also posted on this website:
- FirstMate 50/50 Dog Food Review (Canned)
- FirstMate Dog Food Review (Dry)
- FirstMate Grain-Free Dog Food Review (Dry)
- FirstMate Limited Ingredient Dog Food Review (Canned)
- Kasiks Dog Food Review (Dry)
- Skoki Dog Food Review (Dry)
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- Pan Y et al, Dietary supplementation with medium-chain TAG has long-lasting cognition-enhancing effects in aged dogs, British Journal of Nutrition, Volume 103, Issue 12, June 2010, pp 1746-1754 ↩
- Matulka RA et al, Lack of toxicity by medium chain triglycerides (MCT) in canines during a 90-day feeding study,Food Chem Toxicol, Jan 2009, 47(1) 35-9. ↩
11/01/2021 Last Update