Confirmed by the Company1
Mulligan Stew Dog Food receives the Advisor’s second-highest tier rating of 4 stars.
The Mulligan Stew product line includes six canned dog foods, each apparently intended for intermittent or supplemental feeding only.
The following is a list of recipes available at the time of this review.
- Mulligan Stew Beef Recipe
- Mulligan Stew Duck Recipe
- Mulligan Stew Turkey Recipe
- Mulligan Stew Salmon Recipe
- Mulligan Stew Chicken Recipe
- Mulligan Stew Buffalo and Beef Recipe
Mulligan Stew Chicken Recipe was selected to represent the other products in the line for this review.
Mulligan Stew Chicken Recipe
Canned Dog Food
Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content
Ingredients: Chicken, water sufficient for processing, cabbage, chicken liver, brown rice, horseradish, l-methionine, l-cysteine, beta-carotene, selenium yeast
Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 9.1%
Red denotes controversial item
|Estimated Nutrient Content|
|Dry Matter Basis||39%||27%||26%|
|Calorie Weighted Basis||30%||51%||20%|
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”.2
Chicken 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 cabbage. Like broccoli and cauliflower, cabbage is a cruciferous vegetable rich in protective anti-oxidants and fiber.
The fourth ingredient is chicken liver. This is an organ meat sourced from a named animal and thus considered a beneficial component.
The fifth ingredient is brown rice, a complex carbohydrate that (once cooked) can be fairly easy to digest. However, aside from its natural energy content, rice is of only modest nutritional value to a dog.
The sixth ingredient is horseradish . Although horseradish is rich in certain minerals and is said to have an anti-bacterial effect, we’re not certain why this ingredient is used in this recipe.
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, although we find no mention of added vitamins or minerals on the ingredients list, we’re reassured to find a detailed list of naturally included nutrients on the company’s website.3
And lastly, this recipe contains selenium yeast. Unlike the more common inorganic form of selenium (sodium selenite), this natural yeast supplement is considered a safer anti-cancer alternative.
Mulligan Stew Dog Food
The Bottom Line
Judging by its ingredients alone, Mulligan Stew looks like an above-average canned dog food.
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 39% and a mean fat level of 27%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 26% for the overall product line.
And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 71%.
These percentages were computed from an unusual set of numbers referred to by the company as “Typical Guaranteed Analysis” — and apparently some kind of average for the full product line.3
Average protein. Above-average fat. And below-average carbs when compared to a typical canned dog food.
With no sign of any plant-based protein boosters, this looks like the profile of a wet food containing a moderate amount of meat.
However, with 51% of the total calories in our example coming from fat versus just 30% from protein, some recipes may not be suitable for every animal.
Mulligan Stew is a meat-based wet dog food using a moderate amount of various named species as its main sources of animal protein, thus earning the brand 4 stars.
However, this product appears to be designed for supplemental use only and may not be suitable for long term daily feeding.
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.
Mulligan Stew Dog Food
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