Only Natural Pet Stovetop Stew Dog Food receives the Advisor’s highest-tier rating of 5 stars.
The Only Natural Pet Stovetop Stew product line includes 5 wet 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.
- Only Natural Pet Stovetop Stew Braised Chicken and Liver [A]
- Only Natural Pet Stovetop Stew Pulled Pork and Rabbit [A]
- Only Natural Pet Stovetop Stew Savory Venison and Duck [A]
- Only Natural Pet Stovetop Stew Shredded Turkey and Duck [A]
- Only Natural Pet Stovetop Stew Tender Beef and Lamb [A]
Only Natural Pet Stovetop Stew Braised Chicken and Liver was selected to represent the other products in the line for this review.
Only Natural Pet Stovetop Stew Braised Chicken and Liver
Canned Dog Food
Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content
Ingredients: Chicken, Chicken Broth, Chicken Liver, Potato Starch, Green Beans, Chicken Fat, Apples, Kale, Monosodium Phosphate, Salt, Calcium Carbonate, Salmon Oil, Olive Oil, Ground Flaxseed, Kelp, Potassium Chloride, Agar-Agar, Turmeric, Whole Cranberries, 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 denotes controversial item
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|Calorie Weighted Basis||42%||40%||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 chicken liver. This is an organ meat sourced from a named animal and thus considered a beneficial component.
The fourth ingredient is potato starch. Potato starch is a gluten-free carbohydrate used more for its thickening properties than its nutritional value.
The fifth ingredient includes green beans, a healthy vegetable notable for its vitamin, mineral and natural fiber content.
The sixth 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 seventh ingredient lists apples, a nutrient-rich fruit that’s also high in fiber.
The eighth ingredient is kale. Kale is a type of cabbage in which the central leaves do not form a head. This dark green vegetable is especially rich in beta-carotene, vitamins C, vitamin K and calcium.
And like broccoli, kale contains sulforaphane, a natural chemical believed to possess potent anti-cancer properties.
The ninth ingredient is monosodium phosphate, a supplemental source of both sodium and phosphorus. Sodium and phosphorus are each considered essential minerals.
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 five notable exceptions…
First, we find salmon oil. 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, we notice olive oil. Olive oil contains oleic acid, a healthy monounsaturated fat. It’s also rich in natural antioxidants and carotenoids.
In addition, ground 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.
Next, betaine is a supplement known for its ability to protect cells, proteins, and enzymes from environmental damage. A growing body of evidence seems to suggest betaine may be important for the prevention of chronic disease.
And lastly, this food also 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.
Only Natural Pet Stovetop Stew Dog Food Review
Judging by its ingredients alone, Only Natural Pet Stovetop Stew 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 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. Near-average fat. And below-average carbs when compared to a typical wet dog food.
Even when you consider the protein-boosting effect of the ground flaxseed, this looks like the profile of a canned dog food containing a significant amount of meat.
Only Natural Pet Stovetop Stew is a meat-based canned dog food using a significant amount of chicken as its main source 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.
Only Natural Pet Stovetop Stew Dog Food
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Notes and Updates
08/06/2018 Last Update
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