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Mauri Dog Food receives the Advisor’s top rating of 5 stars.
The Mauri Dog Food product line includes six canned recipes, each claimed to meet AAFCO nutrient profiles for all life stages.
The following is a list of recipes available at the time of this review.
- Mauri King Salmon Entree
- Mauri Wild Kangaroo Entree
- Mauri Grass Fed Goat Entree
- Mauri New Zealand Turkey Entree
- Mauri New Zealand Venison Entree
- Mauri Grass Fed Lamb Entree (3 stars)
Mauri King Salmon Entree was selected to represent the other products in the line for this review.
Mauri King Salmon Entree
Canned Dog Food
Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content
Ingredients: Salmon, salmon broth, pumpkin, ovine plasma, calcium carbonate, fish oil, locust bean gum, xanthan gum, guar gum, vitamins & minerals (choline chloride, vitamin A supplement, vitamin D3 supplement, vitamin E supplement, vitamin B12 supplement, biotin, selenium yeast, folic acid, calcium iodate, riboflavin supplement, pyridoxine hydrochloride, thiamine mononitrate, copper amino acid chelate, manganese amino acid chelate, calcium pantothenate, niacin supplement, iron amino acid chelate, zinc amino acid chelate), new zealand green mussel
Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 1.4%
Red denotes controversial item
|Estimated Nutrient Content|
|Dry Matter Basis||45%||23%||24%|
|Calorie Weighted Basis||36%||45%||19%|
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 salmon 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 pumpkin. Pumpkin is a nutritious addition high in complex carbohydrates, beta-carotene and dietary fiber.
The fourth ingredient is ovine plasma. Ovine plasma is what remains of sheep blood after the blood cells themselves have been removed. Plasma can be considered a nutritious addition.
The fifth ingredient is calcium carbonate, likely used here as a dietary mineral supplement.
The sixth ingredient is fish oil. Fish 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, fish oil should be considered a commendable addition.
The next three items include locust bean, xanthum and guar gums, gelling or thickening agents found in many wet pet foods. Refined from dehusked beans, these ingredients can add a notable amount of dietary fiber to any product.
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, 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.
And lastly, this recipe includes selenium yeast. Unlike the more common inorganic form of selenium (sodium selenite), this natural yeast supplement is considered a safer anti-cancer alternative.
Mauri Dog Food
The Bottom Line
Judging by its ingredients alone, Mauri 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 49% and a mean fat level of 22%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 21% for the overall product line.
And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 44%.
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 wet product containing a significant amount of meat.
Mauri Dog Food is a grain free, meat-based wet product using a significant amount of various named species as its main sources 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.
Important FDA Alert
The FDA has announced it is investigating a potential connection between grain-free recipes and dilated cardiomyopathy. Click here for details.
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Notes and Updates
08/03/2016 Last Update