Kasiks canned dog food receives the Advisor’s top rating of 5 stars.
The Kasiks product line includes 4 grain-free, canned dog foods.
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.
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- Kasiks Cage Free Turkey Formula [A]
- Kasiks Wild Coho Salmon Formula [A]
- Kasiks Fraser Valley Grub Formula [A]
- Kasiks Cage Free Chicken Formula [A]
Kasiks Fraser Valley Grub Formula was selected to represent the other products in the line for this review.
Kasiks Fraser Valley Grub Formula
Canned Dog Food
Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content
Ingredients: Boneless/skinless salmon, water sufficient for processing, pea starch, black soldier fly larva meal, sodium chloride, calcium carbonate, dicalcium phosphate, potassium chloride, choline chloride, taurine, kale, minerals (iron proteinate, zinc proteinate, copper proteinate, manganese proteinate, iodine), vitamins (niacin, vitamin E supplement, thiamine mononitrate, d-pantothenic acid, riboflavin, pyridoxine hydrochloride, vitamin A supplement, folic acid, biotin, vitamin B12 supplement, vitamin D3 supplement), astaxanthin, blueberries, raspberries, cranberries, coconut
Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 0.5%
Red denotes controversial item
|Estimated Nutrient Content|
|Dry Matter Basis||64%||14%||15%|
|Calorie Weighted Basis||57%||30%||13%|
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.
The fourth ingredient is black soldier fly larvae meal, a high-protein feed meal derived from the dried larvae of the black soldier fly.
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 two notable exceptions…
First, 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.
Kasiks Canned Dog Food Review
Judging by its ingredients alone, Kasiks 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.
As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 53% and a mean fat level of 18%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 21% for the overall product line.
And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 34%.
Above-average protein. Below-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.
Kasiks is a grain-free wet dog food using an abundance of named meats as its main source of animal protein, thus earning the brand 5 stars.
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.
Kasiks Dog Food
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Notes and Updates
11/28/2018 Last Update
- 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. ↩