KOHA Limited Ingredient Diet Dog Food Review (Canned)

Rating:

KOHA Limited Ingredient Diet Dog Food receives the Advisor’s second-highest tier rating of 4 stars.

The KOHA Limited Ingredient Diet product line includes 8 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.

Important: Because many websites do not reliably specify which Growth or All Life Stages recipes are safe for large breed puppies, we do not include that data in this report. Be sure to check actual packaging for that information.

  • KOHA Limited Ingredient Diet Pork Entree (5 stars) [M]
  • KOHA Limited Ingredient Diet Duck Entree (2 stars) [M]
  • KOHA Limited Ingredient Diet Lamb Entree (2 stars) [M]
  • KOHA Limited Ingredient Diet Beef Entree (4.5 stars) [M]
  • KOHA Limited Ingredient Diet Venison Entree (4 stars) [A]
  • KOHA Limited Ingredient Diet Turkey Entree (4.5 stars) [M]
  • KOHA Limited Ingredient Diet Salmon Entree (4.5 stars) [S]
  • KOHA Limited Ingredient Diet Wild Kangaroo Entree (5 stars) [M]

KOHA Limited Ingredient Diet Turkey Entree was selected to represent the other products in the line for this review.

KOHA Limited Ingredient Diet Turkey Entree

Canned Dog Food

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

Protein = 43% | Fat = 32% | Carbs = 17%

Ingredients: Turkey, water sufficient for processing, pumpkin, ground flaxseed, turkey liver, chickpeas, agar agar, New Zealand green mussel, potassium chloride, blueberries, salt, choline chloride, zinc proteinate, iron proteinate, 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) = 6.8%

Red denotes controversial item

Estimated Nutrient Content
MethodProteinFatCarbs
Guaranteed Analysis10%7%NA
Dry Matter Basis43%32%17%
Calorie Weighted Basis31%56%12%
Protein = 31% | Fat = 56% | Carbs = 12%

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 water, which adds nothing but moisture to this food. Water is a routine finding in most canned dog foods.

The third ingredient is pumpkin. Pumpkin is a nutritious addition high in complex carbohydrates, beta-carotene and dietary fiber.

The fourth ingredient includes flaxseed, one of the best plant-based sources of healthy omega-3 fatty acids. Flaxseed is particularly 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.

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

The sixth ingredient includes chickpeas, also known as garbanzo beans. Like peas, bean and lentils, the chickpea is a nutritious member of the fiber-rich legume (or pulse) family of vegetables.

However, chickpeas contain about 22% protein, a factor that must be considered when judging the actual meat content of this dog food.

The seventh ingredient is agar agar, a natural vegetable gelatin derived from the cell walls of certain species of red algae. Agar is rich in fiber and is used in wet pet foods as a gelling agent.

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 green-lipped mussel. Mussels are clam-like animals notably rich in glucosamine and omega-3 fatty acids, nutrients proven to support long-term joint health.

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.

KOHA Limited Ingredient Diet
Dog Food Review

Judging by its ingredients alone, KOHA Limited Ingredient Diet 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 43%, a fat level of 32% and estimated carbohydrates of about 17%.

As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 46% and a mean fat level of 34%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 13% for the overall product line.

And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 74%.

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

Even when you consider the protein-boosting effect of the flaxseed and chickpeas, this looks like the profile of a canned product containing a significant amount of meat.

However, with 56% of the total calories in our example coming from fat versus just 31% 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.

Bottom line?

KOHA Limited Ingredient Diet is a grain-free canned dog food using a significant amount of named meats as its main source of animal protein, thus earning the brand 4 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.

KOHA Dog Food
Recall History

The following list (if present) includes all dog food recalls since 2009 directly related to KOHA dog food. If there are no recalls listed in this section, we have not yet reported any events.

You can view a complete list of all dog food recalls sorted by date. Or view the same list sorted alphabetically by brand.

A Final Word

The Dog Food Advisor is privately owned and is not affiliated (in any way) with pet food manufacturers. We do not accept money, gifts, samples or other incentives in exchange for special consideration in preparing our reviews.

However, we do receive a referral fee from online retailers (like Chewy or Amazon) when readers click over to their website from ours. This policy helps support the operation of our blog and keeps access to all our content free to the public.

For more information, please visit our Disclaimer and Disclosure page.

Important FDA Alert

The FDA is investigating a potential link between diet and heart disease in dogs. Click here for details.

Notes and Updates

  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

06/22/2019 Last Update