Lotus Just Juicy Dog Food (Canned)

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Rating: ★★★★★

Lotus Just Juicy Dog Food receives the Advisor’s top rating of 5 stars.

The Lotus Just Juicy product line includes 2 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.

  • Lotus Just Juicy Beef Shank Stew [A]
  • Lotus Just Juicy Pork Shoulder Stew [A]

Lotus Just Juicy Beef Shank Stew was selected to represent both products in the line for this review.

Lotus Just Juicy Beef Shank Stew

Canned Dog Food

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

Protein = 58% | Fat = 19% | Carbs = 15%

Ingredients: Boneless beef, beef broth, potato starch, calcium lactate, tomato paste, monosodium phosphate, agar agar, salt, chicory, potassium chloride, lecithin, calcium carbonate, choline chloride, betaine, zinc proteinate, 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) = 3.8%

Red items indicate controversial ingredients

Estimated Nutrient Content
MethodProteinFatCarbs
Guaranteed Analysis15%5%NA
Dry Matter Basis58%19%15%
Calorie Weighted Basis48%39%13%
Protein = 48% | Fat = 39% | Carbs = 13%

The first ingredient in this dog food is beef. Beef is defined as “the clean flesh derived from slaughtered cattle” and includes skeletal muscle or the muscle tissues of the tongue, diaphragm, heart or esophagus.1

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

The second ingredient is beef 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 calcium lactate, a calcium additive made by the action of lactic acid and calcium carbonate. The ingredient is most likely used here as a calcium supplement prized for its notably high bio-availability.

The fifth ingredient is tomato pomace. Tomato pomace is a controversial ingredient, a by-product remaining after processing tomatoes into juice, soup and ketchup.

Many praise tomato pomace for its high fiber and nutrient content, while others scorn it as an inexpensive pet food filler.

Just the same, there’s probably not enough tomato pomace here to make much of a difference.

The sixth ingredient is monosodium phosphate, a supplemental source of both sodium and phosphorus. Sodium and phosphorus are each considered essential minerals.

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, chicory is rich in inulin, a starch-like compound made up of repeating units of carbohydrates and found in certain roots and tubers.

Not only is inulin a natural source of soluble dietary fiber, it’s also a prebiotic used to promote the growth of healthy bacteria in a dog’s digestive tract.

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 Just Juicy Dog Food
The Bottom Line

Judging by its ingredients alone, Lotus Just Juicy looks like an above-average canned 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 58%, a fat level of 19% and estimated carbohydrates of about 15%.

As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 58% and a mean fat level of 19%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 15% for the overall product line.

And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 33%.

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 canned product containing a significant amount of meat.

Bottom line?

Lotus Just Juicy is a 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

09/17/2017 Last Update

  1. Association of American Feed Control Officials
  • Woody7

    Our diabetic LOVES this and it has helped to drop he insulin usage.

  • Jeremy

    If you go to their website you can get a coupon for two free cans 🙂

  • Crazy4cats

    Sure, what is just one or two more cans gonna hurt! Lol!

  • Well, I might try just one or two cans then! At least I can shop at the rescue store for deep discounts! I use 2 or 3 cans a day or the equivalent in dehydrated food!

  • Hound Dog Mom

    My Agway carries Lotus (I haven’t spotted the goat yet though). I’ve got these a few times as well as the stews to use for the Kongs and it looks really good – almost like human food. It’s so expensive though, over $4 a can I believe.

  • I’ve fed raw goat and Grandma Lucy’s Pureformance Goat and of course, the pugs loved them.

  • Maybe after I use up the nearly 1000+ cans I have, I’ll try this!

  • neezerfan

    Wow, goat! Gotta try that!