Lotus Dog Food (Canned)


Rating: ★★★★★

Lotus canned dog food receives the Advisor’s top rating of 5 stars.

The Lotus product line includes 5 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.

  • Lotus Grain Free Pork Stew [A]
  • Lotus Grain Free Turkey Stew [A]
  • Lotus Grain Free Venison Stew [A]
  • Lotus Grain Free Beef and Asparagus Stew [A]
  • Lotus Grain Free Chicken and Asparagus Stew [A]

Lotus Grain Free Chicken and Asparagus Stew was selected to represent the other products in the line for this review.

Lotus Grain Free Chicken and Asparagus Stew

Canned Dog Food

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

Protein = 50% | Fat = 20% | Carbs = 22%

Ingredients: Chicken, chicken broth, potato starch, chopped asparagus, chicken fat, blueberries, baby carrots, calcium lactate, monosodium phosphate, salt, agar-agar, salmon oil, olive oil, ground flaxseed, new zealand green mussel, dried kelp, potassium chloride, whole cranberries, calcium carbonate, choline chloride, betaine, zinc proteinate, potassium chloride, iron proteinate, niacin, vitamin E supplement, thiamine mononitrate, copper proteinate, manganese proteinate, sodium selenite, calcium pantothenate, vitamin A supplement, riboflavin, pyridoxine hydrochloride, biotin, vitamin B12 supplement, calcium iodate, vitamin D3 supplement, folic acid

Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 2.5%

Red items indicate controversial ingredients

Estimated Nutrient Content
Guaranteed Analysis10%4%NA
Dry Matter Basis50%20%22%
Calorie Weighted Basis42%40%18%
Protein = 42% | Fat = 40% | Carbs = 18%

The first ingredient in this dog food is chicken. Chicken is considered “the clean combination of flesh and skin… derived from the parts or whole carcasses of chicken”.1

Chicken is naturally rich in the ten essential amino acids required by a dog to sustain life.

The second ingredient is chicken 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 third ingredient is potato starch. Potato starch is a gluten-free carbohydrate used more for its thickening properties than its nutritional value.

The fourth ingredient is asparagus. Asparagus is especially rich in B-vitamins, minerals and dietary fiber.

The fifth ingredient is chicken fat. Chicken fat is obtained from rendering chicken, a process similar to making soup in which the fat itself is skimmed from the surface of the liquid.

Chicken fat is high in linoleic acid, an omega-6 fatty acid essential for life. Although it doesn’t sound very appetizing, chicken fat is actually a quality ingredient.

The sixth ingredient includes blueberries. Blueberries are a good source of vitamins, minerals and dietary fiber.

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

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 three notable exceptions

First, 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.

Next, flaxseed is one of the best plant sources of healthy omega-3 fatty acids. Provided they’ve first been ground into a meal, flax seeds are also 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.

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.

Lotus Canned Dog Food
The Bottom Line

Judging by its ingredients alone, Lotus canned 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 50%, a fat level of 20% and estimated carbohydrates of about 22%.

As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 50% and a mean fat level of 20%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 22% for the overall product line.

And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 40%.

Above-average protein. Below-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, this looks like the profile of a wet product containing a significant amount of meat.

Bottom line?

Lotus is a grain free meat-based canned dog food using a significant amount of named meats 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.

Lotus Dog Food
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Notes and Updates

05/09/2017 Last Update

  1. Association of American Feed Control Officials
  • Lilly

    Nothing but broth with a teenie weenie bit of meat, it looks like pig slop! My dogs wouldn’t touch it. My dogs like wet food, but this is pure liquid! I’ll never buy it again.

  • Charles Lee

    Don’t support this brand. Lotus used to be a great brand with quality dog can food. High quality meat and the stew looked appealing, and my dogs loved them.

    But now when you buy from them, the can comes with barely any meat and super watered down. It looks plain disgusting even as for dog food. Don’t support this garbage. Your pets are not getting any nutrients out of it.

  • Sadie

    I just spoke to someone at Lotus and they knew about the plastic being in their food at least a month ago and did not pull the product. It’s part of the packaging from their meat! I would not purchase this food. How can they not pull the food when they know of the issue!?

  • Sadie

    I opened a can today of the turkey canned food and found a small bright blue piece of plastic! Also, it’s way too runny. It is soupier than the Weruva we’ve been feeding. I’m not so sure about this food. Anyone else found a bright blue piece of whatever in there’s?

  • Crazy4dogs

    It could be the food manufacturer, I would definitely contact them, but it could be the distributor’s storage. Are you always getting it from the same source?

  • Kelly Wallace

    I am highly concerned about this food. The product is dramatically different recently, and I also had several cans explode upon delivery. Add that to the “freak” diagnosis that BOTH of my dogs are in renal failure within a week of each other, and I have to look at their food as a suspect because it’s the only thing they shared. I do my research, and pay for what I believe is high quality food, but I have lost faith in this product.

  • groovy joker

    I have had these same experiences. Watery recipes in pork, ckicken, beef and tops that are not sealed. I came here to see if others are also having problems. I will stop using this food.

  • towtrip

    I have concerns about the safety of this product. When I open the cans, the food spews EVERYWHERE. The last can I opened outside and it sprayed at least 10 feet into the yard! I threw it away. Canned goods shouldn’t contain gas!

  • Woody7

    The chicken recipe has gotten really juicy. Does anyone know if they have changed recipes?

  • towtrip

    I have stopped feeding this. The last 6 cans I had, EXPLODED when I opened them. The last one, I took outside and I swear — the stream of food that came out of it shot at least 10 feet into the yard! I think the ingredients are top-notch, but I’m concerned about their processing parameters and whether the food is actually safe for my dog to eat. C. botulinum is the anaerobic gas-producing organism that is most concerning in canned products.

  • Ione Molly Bargy

    I just got a small can of the PORK food. My 5 pound Yorkiepoo LOVED IT!!! It looked like something I would serve as dip with crackers! Smelled delicious. My girl gets 3 meals from 1 small can of any food. I will be getting more of this product.

  • unicornhunting

    My 2 dogs have been eating the chicken/asparagus formula for a couple of weeks now and they both seem to enjoy it.

    I received an informative download from a Centinela clerk about the brand. Citing among other things; lots of chicken in it, locally made (Torrance, Calif. and Canada) and made for human grade consumption if you so desire. Apparently, Centinela employees were sent to a workshop to learn about the brand and the speaker swallowed a spoonful of the stuff! Persuaded by what I heard, I tried it.

    Yes, it’s is stew-like in consistency–I recommend mixing half dry with half wet formula. If you mix the ingredients after opening the can you can better spoon out balanced portions of the ‘good stuff’ not just the gravy.
    My only observation is that my senior dog has been very thirsty since eating this food. The above mention of salt and lack of amount info does have me curious. I may reach out to the brand itself.

  • TDS

    I bought this for the first time the other day. It smelled exactly like canned tuna, was very watery/soupy, was a solid beige-like color, and had maybe four or five lumps of something in it….I assumed meat. I thought it looked and smelled a little weird for a stew but like I said, it was my first can so I thought it was normal. My dogs seemed to love it since the smell was so strong.

    Is this food supposed to look like stew for a person? Was my can bad? I have a second can in my pantry that I have not opened. I would love if someone could tell me what it’s supposed to look like so I can return the other can if it looks the same.

  • Andysmom

    It stinks, and I hate asparagus, but Andy adores this food. He even gets excited when we get a can out of his pantry! Since he is a picky eater, and a senior, I am happy that he loves this and that it’s not a fight to get hi to eat it.

  • Emily

    I fed my dogs Lotus wet food until I found a melted, disgusting plastic bag in a can when I opened it.  The company came to my house personally, took the can away, denied any wrongdoing and refused to issue a recall.  

  • Dolphinsarekindness

    My dogs are small chihuahua mixes. They love this food. They have the beef asparagus and they always eat all of it and keep licking their bowl. With candidae and natural balance and merrick many times they left it sit their. Just sayin. I always buy at least 4 star but go for the cheaper of the 4 stars. I bought this cause Centinela had a buy 1 case get 1 free deal. Now I stuck buying it cause they don’t waste any so in reality that saves me money.

  • Did your dog eat it?  Mine really like stinky stuff like raw tripe.  Canned tripe wreaks as well but not near as bad as raw tripe.  I always describe raw tripe as a mix of wet sneakers, athletes foot and sewer water.  But they love it and its healthy for them.


  • Darlenegingrich

    my first purchase was my last of this product. Extremely watery and smelled and looked like vomit

  • nat

    ANY updated on the reviews below is ther meat or soup?

  • MaxineC

    You must have had a bad patch when they 1st began production. I have several of their cans like the beef/asparagus stew and it’s full of meat and various vegs. And what I liked it about it is that it wasn’t just a chuck of solid wet food but it looked like stew I can eat myself.

    I suggest trying again with a another store or just email them. I got generous samples from the president Daron matsuura. This is as good as it gets for dogs.

  • Lori

    Because of the reviews on this food, I decided to use it and though it could be a great food, for the 5th or 6th time now, I’ve opened a can and it is completely liquid, no solidity to it at all. Cetinella pet store replaced a few cans, and recently placed stickers on the can to stir the contents first, when there is nothing in the can but liquid, that does nothing. Unfortunately they’ve lost a customer because of such poor quality control.