Party Animal Dog Food Review (Canned)

Rating:

Party Animal canned dog food receives the Advisor’s mid-tier rating of 3 stars.

The Party Animal product line includes 7 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.

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.

Use the links below to check prices and package sizes at an online retailer.

Party Animal Blazin’ Beef Recipe was selected to represent the other products in the line for this review.

Party Animal Organic Blazin' Beef Recipe

Canned Dog Food

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

Protein = 41% | Fat = 36% | Carbs = 15%

Ingredients: Beef, beef liver, beef broth, sunflower oil, organic guar gum, cassia gum, organic dried kelp, organic dried carrot, organic dried pumpkin, organic dried cranberry, organic dried apple, potassium chloride, magnesium chloride, calcium carbonate, choline chloride, vitamin E supplement, zinc oxide, niacin supplement, zinc proteinate, ferrous sulfate, thiamine mononitrate, manganous oxide, vitamin A supplement, l-ascorbyl-2-polyphosphate, d-calcium pantothenate, copper sulfate, manganese proteinate, pyridoxine hydrochloride, calcium iodate, riboflavin supplement, folic acid, vitamin D3 supplement, copper proteinate, sodium selenite, biotin, vitamin B12 supplement, cobalt carbonate

Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 6.8%

Red denotes controversial item

Estimated Nutrient Content
MethodProteinFatCarbs
Guaranteed Analysis9%8%NA
Dry Matter Basis41%36%15%
Calorie Weighted Basis28%61%10%
Protein = 28% | Fat = 61% | Carbs = 10%

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 liver. This is an organ meat sourced from a named animal and thus considered a beneficial component.

The third 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 fourth ingredient is sunflower oil. Sunflower oil is nutritionally similar to safflower oil. Since these oils are high in omega-6 fatty acids and contain no omega-3’s, they’re considered less nutritious than canola or flaxseed oils.

Sunflower oil is notable for its resistance to heat damage during cooking.

There are several different types of sunflower oil, some better than others. Without knowing more, it’s impossible to judge the quality of this ingredient.

The fifth ingredient includes guar gum, a gelling or thickening agent found in many wet pet foods. Refined from dehusked guar beans, guar gum can add a notable amount of dietary fiber to any product.

The sixth ingredient is cassia gum. Cassia gum is a plant extract likely used here as a gelling agent and providing no nutritional value to this food.

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 one notable exception

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.

Party Animal Canned Dog Food Review

Judging by its ingredients alone, Party Animal 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 41%, a fat level of 36% and estimated carbohydrates of about 15%.

As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 42% and a mean fat level of 42%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 8% for the overall product line.

And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 100%.

Near-average protein. Above-average fat. And below-average carbs when compared to a typical wet dog food.

Free of any plant-based protein boosters, this looks like the profile of a wet product containing a notable amount of meat.

However, with 61% of the total calories in our example coming from fat versus just 28% from protein, some recipes may not be suitable for every animal. In addition, this same finding also prevents us from awarding the brand a higher rating.

Bottom line?

Party Animal is a meat-based canned dog food using a notable amount of named meats as its main sources of animal protein, thus earning the brand 3 stars.

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.

Party Animal Dog Food
Recall History

The following list (if present) includes all dog food recalls since 2009 directly related to this product line. If there are no recalls listed in this section, we have not yet reported any events.

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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

04/02/2018 Last Update

  1. Association of American Feed Control Officials