Koha Limited Ingredient Diets (Canned)

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Rating: ★★★★★

Koha Limited Ingredient Diets Dog Food receives the Advisor’s top rating of 5 stars.

The Koha Limited Ingredient Diets product line includes six canned recipes.

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.

  • Koha Turkey Entree [A]
  • Koha Wild Kangaroo Entree [A]
  • Koha Grass Fed Goat Entree [A]
  • Koha Salmon Entree (4.5 stars) [A]
  • Koha Venison Entree (4.5 stars) [A]
  • Koha Grass Fed Lamb Entree (4 stars) [A]

Koha Turkey Entree was selected to represent the other products in the line for this review.

Koha Turkey Entree

Canned Dog Food

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

Protein = 46% | Fat = 34% | Carbs = 12%

Ingredients: Turkey, turkey broth, turkey liver, chickpeas, pumpkin, agar-agar, potassium chloride, blueberries, salt, calcium carbonate, choline chloride, green lipped mussels, iron proteinate, zinc proteinate, manganese proteinate, copper proteinate, magnesium proteinate, sodium selenite, calcium iodate, vitamin E supplement, thiamine mononitrate, niacin supplement, calcium pantothenate, biotin, vitamin A supplement, riboflavin supplement, vitamin D3 supplement, vitamin B12 supplement, pyridoxine hydrochloride, folic acid

Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 6.8%

Red items indicate controversial ingredients

Estimated Nutrient Content
MethodProteinFatCarbs
Guaranteed Analysis10%8%NA
Dry Matter Basis46%34%12%
Calorie Weighted Basis32%59%9%
Protein = 32% | Fat = 59% | Carbs = 9%

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 turkey broth. Broths are nutritionally empty. But because they add both flavor and moisture to a dog food they are a common addition component in many canned products.

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

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

The sixth 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.

The seventh ingredient is potassium chloride, a nutritional supplement sometimes used as a replacement for the sodium found in table salt.

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 one notable exception

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 Diets Dog Food
The Bottom Line

Judging by its ingredients alone, Koha Limited Ingredient Diets 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 46%, a fat level of 34% and estimated carbohydrates of about 13%.

As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 49% and a mean fat level of 31%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 13% for the overall product line.

And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 64%.

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 chickpeas, this looks like the profile of a canned product containing a significant amount of meat.

However, with 59% of the total calories in our example coming from fat versus just 32% from protein, some recipes may not be suitable for every animal.

Bottom line?

Koha Limited Ingredient Diets is a grain free, meat-based canned dog food using a significant amount of named species as its main sources of animal protein, thus earning the brand 5 stars.

Enthusiastically 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

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Notes and Updates

08/08/2016 Last Update

  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
  • TDC

    Got it from a FB Yorkie group.

    I’m calling Primal now.
    Thanks!!

  • TDC

    Thanks so much!!
    I’ll check it out. 🙂

  • Crazy4cats

    As Pitlove stated, absolutely not bad science or a scam. But, you’re right about the food thing can be exhausting! Please check out the link she provided you.

  • Pitlove

    Hi TDC-

    I’m not sure where you got your figures for the fat content in the Primal Turkey & Sardine Freeze Dried or the idea that dry matter comparison was a “scam” created by AAFCO, but here is an article that might help you understand both as fed and dry matter.

    http://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/choosing-dog-food/dry-matter-basis/

  • Diane

    Oh that is good then! I will read about the food again. I was confused because of the protein and fat content and thought my two would explode on that food LOL

  • Diane

    LOL this food thing is absolutely exhausting. I don’t want a food with potatoes, peas, pea protein, lentils, chickpeas LOL so that is hard to find and it has to be grainfree. That is why I have stayed with the Koha so far. They are eating it but I have noticed weight gain which concerns me because they can’t get too fat they are small dogs and not really active either

  • TDC

    He hasn’t gained any weight….. I actually am feeding him a teeny bit more hoping to put about 1/2 a pound on him. LOL

  • TDC

    Me Too!! LOL
    it’s So Confusing!!

    For the Primal Freeze Dried, I was told Nit to be be confused or scammed by the AAFCO “dry matter analysis.” That’s a false assumption worsened by bad science. As fed, is what you should always look for. Unfortunately, in the case of most kibbles, that’s the same as the dry matter analysis, but for real foods like Primal, it is completely inaccurate and useless.

    All I know is he’s doing pretty good going on week 3…

    This food thing can be Exhausting!!

  • Diane

    Oh I see, when I read the label I thought wow that is high for a small dog. LOL

  • TDC

    For the Primal you go with the as fed %
    The Turkey and Sardine is only 7% fat

  • Diane

    Hi TDC! That is great. I am happy your baby is doing good on the food. Has he gained weight? As I looked it up and the protein and fat content is quite high. Mine are gaining weight on the Koha I noticed that, trying to cut back on how much I feed them. Since I can’t find a good food without all the fillers I didn’t change my allergy prone baby yet but the food is getting expensive since they do not eat any dry food:(

  • TDC

    Hi!!
    I have actually been feeding him PRIMAL Freeze Dried Turkey & Sardine for about 3-weeks now. He’s Doing Great on it!! I bought 2 more Bags. 🙂

  • Diane

    How is your baby doing on the The Honest Kitchen Spruce food? I have not switched yet but I think I may try it. My baby is still licking and chewing his paws just eating Koha kangaroo so that is not a good is sign

  • Diane

    This food is pricy, the kangaroo entrée is $4.50 a can!!!!!!!!!! Yikes. My dog likes it and is eating it and if it corrects his severe allergies it will be worth it in the long run vs going to the vet all the time and being on medications.

  • Diane

    Appreciate it 🙂

  • TDC

    I know exactly how you feel!! I don’t want mine medicated either if I can help it.
    I add animal Essentials plant enzyme and probiotics to his breakfast and that’s it.

  • Diane

    Oh that is great to hear! See mine can’t have poultry so looking at the foods available he really can’t have any of them. That is why he is on the kangaroo right now. A novel protein he never had. I am a mess trying to get him straightened out and I don’t want him medicated.

  • TDC

    Sure thing!! 🙂

  • Diane

    Yes I think that is high also!! Thank you for all of your help!

  • TDC

    I sometimes will add a little meat but not always.
    Yes. He is much better. Thank you! 🙂

    He’s been doing really great on THK Spruce.

  • Diane

    Oh ok I see. And you also add some ground meat also. Oh boy he had a surgery too, poor little thing! Oh these yorkies are so sensitive! I hope he is ok now!

  • TDC

    That one has 27.27% Fat on a Dry Matter basis.
    Way too High for my Yorkie.

  • Diane

    No it is the limited ingredient wild kangaroo LOL

  • Diane

    Yes I have heard that about the Honest Kitchen!!! This is crazy

  • TDC

    Is it the kangaroo Stew?

  • Diane

    I don’t know how to do the dry matter percentage basis but the crude fat in the kangaroo is 6% but I imagine that amounts to high fat content, not sure.

  • TDC

    They literally have Humans who taste test the batches. LOL!!

  • Diane

    Yes exactly! That is the last thing our babies need!

  • TDC

    It is dehydrated “Human Grade”.
    My yorkie is about 9 pounds.
    I put 4 tablespoons of water in a bowl, heat it up, and then add 3 Level Tablespoons of the Spruce mix to the water.

    I will sometimes add about a tablespoon of cooked ground turkey, cooked ground beef or chopped up cooked duck breast to it.

    It’s is much easier to digest then the canned. He had an Obstruction surgery 1 1/2 years ago and is pretty sensitive.

  • Diane

    I just looked it up and it is a dry food correct? Not canned

  • TDC

    Yeah…. I’m not too worried about the protein but higher fat for our little ones can cause pancreatitis. It is Very Confusing.

  • Diane

    Thank you! I will look into that for my baby.I just can’t have him gaining too much weight. I just read that the higher protein foods are not bad for the kidneys unless your dog as a health issue.This is so confusing! LOL

  • TDC

    Hi Diane! You know I started thinking about that and got a little nervous after doing a Dry Matter Basis percentage.

    For the past 3-weeks now I have been feeding one of the new Minimalist formulas from The Honest Kitchen… “Spruce”. It only has 6-ingredients. My boy is going much better on it

  • Diane

    Do you think the crude protein and fat content is too high for our small dogs? I have mine on just the kangaroo right now because of his allergies

  • Diane

    This morning I gave him just the Wellness as I kept a couple cans. I only bought the turkey and lamb because they didn’t have any more pork stew. It was on back order. So he had turkey stew one day and then the lamb another. I guess now his stomach is all upset and messed up. I am not even sure how to fix this now.

  • Diane

    I thought it was also an excellent food. When I bought it at the pet store they said I didn’t have to transition as he was on Wellness wet beef stew that had potatoes in it and he is allergic. So I started him on the pork stew and he loved it and had not problems the first two days.Then I tried the turkey and that is when the diarrhea started, it has been 3 days now and he has really bad diarrhea and it smells terrible. I am going to make him chicken and rice tomorrow and not feed him for 24 hours as I read that is what is best for this problem. I am hoping I can continue him on the Koha as it is the only food I found that is LID without peas and potatoes. Thank you for your help I really appreciate it.

  • TDC

    It’s an excellent food.
    My yorkie is very sensitive so I have to switch him over very slowly. I use 75% of his old food and 25% of the new food for a couple of weeks. I then gradually change the percentage the next couple of weeks until he is switched over to the new food 100%. If I don’t do that he will be sick. I also only feed 1 protein for at least 12 weeks to make sure he has no reaction. It can take that long sometimes to see a reaction to a food. I have been feeding the Koha Turkey Stew for about 10 weeks and my sensitive yorkie is Thriving.
    I switched him over to it very slowly.

  • Diane

    I just started using the Koha for my yorkie that has severe allergies and needed a lid food. The first couple days he did fine and now he has severe diarrhea and is vomiting. I bought the turkey stew, the pork stew and the lamb. Has your baby suffered from any of these problems? I thought this was a good food and a good option as he cannot have potato, peas, or chickpeas. Thank you!

  • TDC

    I have been feeding the Turkey Stew, for several weeks now, to my very sensitive Yorkie. I couldn’t be happier with it and am So Glad to have found KOHA!!

  • Pam c

    Bought these when they were on sale. My dog was not a fan of the kangaroo recipe.