Party Animal Dog Food (Canned)


Rating: ★★★★½

Party Animal canned dog food earns the Advisor’s second-highest tier rating of 4.5 stars.

The Party Animal product line includes 10 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.

  • Party Animal Organic California Chicken [U]
  • Party Animal Ducked Up Grain Free (4 stars) [U]
  • Party Animal Organic Blazin’ Beef Grain Free [U]
  • Party Animal Organic Chillin’ Chicken Grain Free [U]
  • Party Animal Organic Kickin’ Chicken Grain Free [U]
  • Party Animal Luscious Lamb Grain Free (4 stars) [U]
  • Party Animal Organic California Turkey (4.5 stars) [U]
  • Party Animal Jammin’ Salmon Grain Free (4 stars) [U]
  • Party Animal Heavenly Venison Grain Free (4 stars) [U]
  • Party Animal Organic Turn Up Da’ Turkey Grain Free# [U]

Party Animal Organic Chillin’ Chicken Grain Free was selected to represent the other products in the line for this review.

Party Animal Organic Chillin' Chicken Grain Free

Canned Dog Food

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

Protein = 41% | Fat = 32% | Carbs = 19%

Ingredients: Organic chicken, organic chicken broth, organic sweet potatoes, organic liver, organic blueberries, organic eggs, organic broccoli, organic peas, organic guar gum, organic olive oil, vitamins (vitamin E supplement, niacinamide, l-ascorbyl-2-polyphosphate, calcium pantothenate, thiamine mononitrate, vitamin A acetate, folic acid, riboflavin, biotin, pyridoxine hydrochloride, vitamin B12 supplement, vitamin D3 supplement), minerals (calcium carbonate, zinc sulfate, ferrous sulfate, zinc proteinate, copper sulfate, potassium iodide, copper proteinate, manganese sulfate, selenium yeast, manganese proteinate)

Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 6.8%

Red items indicate controversial ingredients

Estimated Nutrient Content
Guaranteed Analysis9%7%NA
Dry Matter Basis41%32%19%
Calorie Weighted Basis30%56%14%
Protein = 30% | Fat = 56% | Carbs = 14%

The first ingredient in this dog food is organic 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 organic chicken broth. Broths are nutritionally empty. But because they add both flavor and moisture to a dog food they are a common finding in many canned products.

The third ingredient is organic sweet potato. Sweet potatoes are a gluten-free source of complex carbohydrates in a dog food. They are naturally rich in dietary fiber and beta carotene.

The fourth ingredient is organic liver. Normally, liver can be considered a quality component. However, in this case, the source of the liver is not identified. For this reason, it’s impossible to judge the quality of this item.

The fifth ingredient includes organic blueberries. Blueberries are a good source of vitamins, minerals and dietary fiber.

The sixth ingredient lists organic eggs. Eggs are easy to digest and have an exceptionally high biological value.

The seventh ingredient is organic broccoli. Broccoli is a healthy green vegetable and a member of the kale family. It’s notably rich in vitamin C and fiber and numerous other nutrients.

Like other cruciferous vegetables, broccoli is believed to provide anti-cancer benefits.

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, peas are a quality source of carbohydrates. And like all legumes, they’re rich in natural fiber.

However, peas contain about 25% protein, a factor that must be considered when judging the meat content of this dog food.

Next, guar gum is 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.

In addition, olive oil contains oleic acid, a healthy monounsaturated fat. It’s also rich in natural antioxidants and carotenoids.

Next, 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.

Party Animal Canned Dog Food
The Bottom Line

Since this recipe contains a number of organic ingredients, we feel compelled to grant this line a more favorable status as we consider its final rating.

That’s because organic ingredients must comply with notably more stringent government standards — standards which significantly restrict the use of any synthetic pesticides, herbicides, insecticides, hormones or antibiotics.

With that in mind…

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 32% and estimated carbohydrates of about 19%.

As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 41% and a mean fat level of 31%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 21% for the overall product line.

And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 76%.

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

Even when you consider the protein-boosting effect of the peas, this looks like the profile of a wet product containing a notable amount of meat.

However, with 56% of the total calories in our example coming from fat versus just 30% from protein, some recipes may not be suitable for every animal.

Bottom line?

Party Animal canned dog food is a grain-free, meat-based canned dog food using a moderate 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.

Those looking for a another organic wet food with which to make a comparison may wish to check out our review of Castor and Pollux Organix Canned Dog Food.

Party Animal Dog Food
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Notes and Updates

11/15/2016 Last Update

  1. Association of American Feed Control Officials
  • Wendy Black
    If your dog got sick from Party Animal pet food, I urge you to please call the number on this press release to join a class action lawsuit that has been filed against Party Animal and Evangers.

  • Marie Aussie

    Now there is a recall for the phenobarbital in the canned food, a euthanasia drug, introduced into the food this month. I hope they get a class action law suit against them.

  • Marie Aussie

    Evangers, is that the the manufacturing plant where the phenobarbital was introduced into the food this month. I hope they get a class action law suit against them.

  • Marie Aussie

    Thank you for your post. It is imperative that we find out who and where these dog foods are made, the manufacturing plant where the phenobarbital was introduced into the food this month. I hope they get a class action law suit against them.

  • Nancy Calloway

    I get organic chickens from costco and my dogs get that several times a week. Also found someone who raises organic water buffalo and get organs from there. Even chopping up the chickens and refrigerating etc is a pain.. then I buy organic chicken livers at Whole Foods to give them enough. Answers is my “commercial ” dog food which is not organic but Jackie said it is GMOFree which is the most important to me. My GSD gets it about 2/3 of the time. They seem very careful about the food. The pet store where I get it recommends STEVES frozen raw also. It’s cheaper than Answers but is GMO Free and my dogs love it. It’s a mix and is in patties. I think it’s “Steve’s Real Food.” They tell me there that it sells better (probably bec it’s cheaper). I also give them the goatsmlk from answers and the fish stock. I’m always looking for beef . Hare Today has “Beef Trim” which the GSD loves. I don’t like to always give him ground up food. It seems so fake.

  • charles sim

    when changing food and giving different food randomly causes diarrhea. have you tried feeding this for 7-10 days straight?

  • Erica Suprenand

    In Dec, my dog had a tooth removed so I bought a case of Cocolicious. My dog had horrible Diarrhea and huge spouts of vomit. I couldn’t tell if he was reacting to the anesthesia or the canned food. I had one can left, and last night my three dogs each got 1/3 of the canned cocolicious with their kibble. My oldest dog had to be let out twice for diarhea in the middle of the night and had about 4 more episodes during the day.(I bring him to work) I immediately gave him pumpkin and prebiotics and probiotics to help his stomach. I came home and my fiance said our youngest dog couldn’t hold his potty and had diarrhea on our kitchen floor today. Two out of three dogs had horrible stomachs after eating Cocolicious. I also bought it for my cats and my older cat vomitted, and now he is turned off to Patte Canned food. (I work for a indi store that sells premium dog food) My dogs have strong stomachs and not much make them upset. I will never feed my pets cocolicious again!

  • Emily Messick

    I just fed my chihuahua cocolicious turkey and chicken for two days now. It’s the middle of the night and she is having an asthma attack, shallow breathing for an hour now, and gurgling stomach. Yesterday we suspected some spit up areas around the house but wasn’t sure so we fed it to her last night for the second time. She woke up spitting up and now she is still shallow breathing. I feel so bad at giving her this food.

  • theBCnut

    The company that cans this, Evangers, has a terrible reputation including giving an inaccurate Guaranteed Analysis. They are known for under reporting the fat level in the food, which can cause problems for many dogs.

    They are also known for leaving meat sitting in tractor trailers until it rots. God only knows if some of this makes it into their food.

  • Bobby dog

    The last info I had on Party Animal, about a year ago, is they use Evangers for their cannery.

  • Storm’s Mom

    Poor pup!! How did you do the switch from what you were feeding before to Cocolicious?

  • I bought several cans of Cocolicious. Within 24 hours, my dog began throwing up and had terrible diarrhea. On the second day of this, we took her to the vet who gave her an IV and sent home home anti-nausea pills. She couldn’t keep those down, so we took her back a second time that day for an injection. This dog “inhales” food, but walks away from Cocolicious. I noticed “distributed by” but there’s no indication on the can where it’s made. This stuff is beyond AWFUL, it’s DANGEROUS..

  • **MyKidsHave4Paws**

    I just bought a case of Party Animal Cocolicious today, but now I’m a little nervous after reading through these reviews.. I feed an all Raw/organic diet to my five dogs, but it can be exhausting having to prepare balanced raw meals for five dogs daily (two small breeds & three large breeds) who all eat different proteins and things due to food allergies/intolerance. I love them dearly and want the best for my pups, but I feel like all I do anymore is make and prepare dog meals! I wanted something I could use as a meal replacement, while still feeding raw as I refuse to feed kibble and also something to use while traveling. The ingredients in the Cocolicious was one of the few I found to be what I was looking for. What exactly is the bad rep of Evanger’s? Should I be concerned? It looks like a really great food otherwise. Any insight would be greatly appreciated.

  • charged99

    It is made by Evangers.. even though Daryl owns the company he has the Evangers distribution in Illinois make the food. He is not like Merrick where they own and make there own food. I use to use Merrick but left them when Purina bought them because my dog noticed the difference in taste and refuses to eat it.

  • charged99

    Do not buy this food I spoke with the owner Daryl I told him I was concerned that his food was distributed by Evangers and he ensured me that even if Evangers has a bad reputation that his food is still quality and that there is only a handful of distributors in the USA. So I bought a case from him 11 out of 12 cans were expired by 3 years or more. Never trust this company or this guy. If the food was expired by a few weeks we can call that a clerical error and have him rectify it. Yet when the food is expired by a few years then we can that being dishonest and could get your dog severely sick. Stay clear of Party Animal.

  • chain n

    since it contains all eatable ingredients? can i eat this food as well? 😀

  • Kim Millard

    Will you be reviewing Party Animal Cocolicious anytime soon??? I’m guessing if this line gets 4 1/2 stars, the Cocolicious line would be a shoo-in for 5. The protein and fat levels are both higher with no controversial ingredients

  • aimee

    The article didn’t name specific recipes.

    Of the 200 recipes tested only 9 passed AAFCO and 8/9 of those were written by veterinarians. 4/8 were the recipes written by vet nutritionists.

    The sites I mentioned are sources of recipes from vet nutritionists.

  • Akex

    Oh nooo. This is what drives me crazy. So many differing studies, opinions etc. When I read that article I couldnt see which diet they concluded was balanced. Did you happen to remember any that they said were complete and healthy?? Ugh. We all know how to feed our kids…limit junk food, lots of fresh veggies and lean meats. But with dogs it’s so complicated. My dog is the only kid I will likely ever have so I just want her to have the best health because its my responsibility.

  • aimee

    Hi Alex,

    Since you brought up the UC Davis study I thought you might want to know that Steve Browns book Unlocking the Canine Ancestral Diet was included in that study.

    None of the recipes evaluated from it were found to be balanced.

    I think the pertinent point of that study is to use recipes written by or approved by veterinary nutritionists.

    Have you looked into or

  • Akex

    Thank you. I will go on amazon to get that book and check out those foods. OT Question, what do you think of dental cleaning under anastesia. My vet is reccomending it as routine but I’m worried about putting her under as she is very healthy, perfect weight 4 year old and don’t want to do anything unneccessary. I can see she has tarter though and i would like to see it gone so I don’t have to worry about a future infection. The Dr said the anasthesia-free isn’ thorough and she doesn’t offer it any way so I would have to go to a different vet..

  • theBCnut

    True…if you stuck with that set of recipes.

  • Hound Dog Mom

    Rotation and “balance over time” was addressed in the study. It was determined that that wouldn’t alter the deficiencies in the chosen recipes.

    “Since so many recipes shared the same deficiencies, rotation of recipes
    and the feeding of different foods to achieve variety — known as the
    ‘balance over time concept’ — is not likely to correct these problems.”

  • theBCnut

    Let’s not forget that the people that make homemade should be the ones that are rotating diets. Those studies definitely can’t account for the idea of balance over time or even something as simple as feeding red meat one meal and poultry the next.

  • Hound Dog Mom

    You’ve gotta do what you feel comfortable with.

    There definitely are balanced homemade recipes. I think the UC Davis study was a bit of a scare tactic. There were 200 recipes evaluated that were selected from textbooks, pet care books and the internet. That’s what makes me wonder – the internet recipes could have came from anywhere! Who knows, they could have just grabbed a random recipe from a forum written by a layperson. Also many “pet care” books that include recipes aren’t necessarily written by qualified individuals and some don’t even claim to meet AAFCO standards. I have a hunch they selected many recipes that were blatantly unbalanced and written by unqualified individuals to achieve the results that they wanted – they set out looking to prove that commercial diets are superior to homemade diets and they did.

    I would recommend Steve Brown’s book “Unlocking the Canine Ancestral Diet” – his recipes are formulated to adhere to the AAFCO guidelines. There are also numerous pre-mixes available that will result in a complete and balanced meal when mixed with fresh or cooked raw meat. My favorite pre-mix was formulated by Steve Brown and it’s called “See Spot Live Longer Dinner Mix.” I’m also a fan of Urban Wolf and The Honest Kitchen’s Preference (I hear THK is planning on launching two new pre-mixes in the near future).

    I feed my dogs raw bones daily without issue – I think most of the “bone fear” comes from incidences with cooked (not raw) bones. But again – don’t feel obligated to feed anything you’re not comfortable with feeding.

    When I used to feed kibble and canned some of my favorite canned foods were Nature’s Variety, Merrick, EVO, Wellness CORE, ZiwiPeak andd Tripett (Tripett is a topper only – not a complete and balanced food).

  • Akex

    Thanks. I do give a can of unsalted/water only sardines a week and a cooked egg once in a while Also supplement fish oil, flax oil and cocout oil alternating (not all at once)about 2 teaspoons a day (I use human products from places like whole foods since I trust them more than pet food industry products). I would love to do more home cooking but I’m scared its not going to be balanced since I read a report last year from UC Davis veterinary school that virtually all of the published holistic homemade diet recipes were dangerously unbalanced. Plus the natural dog food store owners always say not to give any thing from home like meat and fish (raw or cooked)because they are not balanced and will cause things like pancreatitis. They are also pushing the raw (they sell primal, smal batch, k9 natural) but it scares me so with the FDA ruling against raw and most veterinarians against it. I will not give raw bones since my vet said they will puncture the intestines and that just scares me most. THe problem is I love my dog too much.Everyone says I treat her like a person, which is true since its just me and her. I just want her to ive the longest possible. I would love some anacdotal evidence of if dogs are actually living longer with these holistic/grainfree products or with raw. seems like the people I talk to stilll end up losing there babies at11 or 12 years old even while feeding the raw and natral diets. What canned do you reccomend since I may replace the Party Animal. She doesn’t do well on chickpea and rice foods. Or is there a truly balanced home cooked recipe ?

  • Hound Dog Mom

    Hi Akex –

    Sounds like your girl is eating well. 🙂

    Don’t get me wrong, Party Animal looks like a fabulous food in terms of ingredients and guaranteed analysis – however I personally could never feel comfortable feeding a product manufactured by Evanger’s. I’m not 100% certain the the food is made by Evanger’s (only about 99% sure). I couldn’t get the company to respond to my email or phone inquiries but if you really like this food you may want to see if you have any luck contacting them. If you find anything out be sure to let us know!

    As far as what is the “best” food to feed your dog – there is no single best food. I’m one of those that feels a balanced homemade raw diet utilizing a variety of species-appropriate ingredients is the best way to feed a dog however there are many wonderful non-raw commercial products available for those that aren’t comfortable feeding raw or don’t have the time. If you don’t go raw, you’re doing the right thing by choosing canned and dehydrated foods – they’re much healthier than kibble. Just feed a variety – switch brands all the time. Add fresh foods occasionally (eggs, sardines, leftover meat or veggies, yogurt, kefir, etc.) and consider adding things like enzymes, probiotics, quality fish oil and whole food supplements.

  • Crazy4cats

    Looks and sounds like you are doing great. The products you have been feeding are good choices. Evangers has been known to have some shady practices, so you should probably just pick a few other brands of 4 or 5 star canned foods to rotate through. You have not caused any harm to your dog! Good luck.

  • theBCnut

    My best advice is to go up to the search function and enter “rotational diet” and do some more reading. There is no one best dog food.

  • Betsy Greer

    Hi Akex,

    Horizon products and The Honest Kitchen are both great, high quality choices!

  • Akex

    Thanks for the info any advice? Between the veterinarians saying all these natural foods are bad and the stores pushing the raw I am really confused and paranoid. I just want to give my girl the best. She’s been on horizon legacy, party animal and honest kitchen premix with added meats as required thought I was doing good but now I’m scond guessing.

  • Akex

    Please let me know which is the best canned and dry so I can have peace of mind. I love my girl so much and I’ve researched so much, going against most vets advice who advocate science diet and royal canin. She was doing wonderful on canidae pure grain free but switched her to horizon legacy and party animal and occasional honest kitchen preference with added salmon or lamb or chicken. She’s been doing great on those although I am nervous using horizon since its not well known. Thought I was doing good but now the thing your saying about party animal mfg is scaring me. Gosh I’m so paranoid about giving her he best. Some advice?

  • theBCnut

    Evanger’s is the known cannery in IL and they have a very bad reputation. They also have very inaccurate guaranteed analyses on their cans, because they are hiding an outrageous amount of fat in there.

  • Hound Dog Mom

    The issue is, if it’s canned in Illinois it’s probably being canned by Evanger’s.

  • Akex

    What would be the issue if it is canned in illinois? I love this food for my girl. I hope it’s good for her.

  • Akex

    You all should email him directly. [email protected] He was easy to reach and I had a great experience, even ordered 2 cases directly from him at an awesome deal couple of months ago. I really like this food for my Siberian Husky. The canned salmon smells just like the sandwiches my mom used to make when I was a kid.

  • Hound Dog Mom

    Party Animal DOES NOT can their own foods. As Patty pointed out being your own company and manufacturing your own product are two entirely different things. I do believe it’s made by Evanger’s.

    This is the article that states their food is manufactured in Illiniois:

    Evanger’s is based in Illiniois – I’m not aware of any other canneries based in Illiniois.

    Also, the food is organic. There are few canneries and even fewer that have the certifications to make organic food. Evanger’s is one of those few.

    I could be wrong but based on this I’d say I’m 99% certain.

  • barbara

    Oh yes, I am well aware of the fact that the company does not can it’s own food. As I mentioned, I did speak to Darryl about the place where the food is canned but I cannot remember. He is very particular that his food is processed well I do remember that. I would try more often to contact him and eventually with his cell or his office phone, you will reach him! He is a very nice guy with lots of info.

  • barbara

    NO I don’t know where it is canned. I am sorry. I asked Darryl once but I don’t recall. I have since switched to a higher quality food….freeze dried raw…Dr. Harvey’s or Honest Kitchen pre mixes to which I add my own meat. Next best thing to home cooking in my opinion.

  • Pattyvaughn

    Just because companies are their own company does not mean that they own a cannery. Canneries are not common and it would be extremely rare or even unheard of for a small company to own their own cannery. If Party Animal owned their own cannery, the reps would not have to get permission from the owner to tell people that. They would be bragging about it, not hiding it.

  • So do you know where it’s canned?

  • barbara

    Party Animal is NOT made by Evangers. It is it’s own company run by Darrel. It is a very small company. With persistence Darryl can be reached, but there is little staff . I ran into this problem too when calling there, but eventually did get in touch with him. He is very knowledgeable and pleasant. The food is high quality canned.

  • Guest

    It looks like it also is certified USDA organic.

  • Hound Dog Mom

    I’m pretty sure Party Animal is made by Evanger’s – unfortunately.

    I emailed them numerous times to ask where their products were manufactured and they never responded. So I tried calling them a few times. The was always a rep that answered but she told me to get that information I’d have to talk to the owner (Darrel I believe?) but he was conveniently out of the office every time I called. I did locate an article somewhere that said Party Animal foods were manufactured in Illinois which is where Evanger’s is.

  • Is it made by Evangers?

  • Hound Dog Mom

    Looks like Party Animal is launching a new line of certified organic, grain-free canned foods called “Coco Licious” with coconut oil.

  • Barbara

    I have never heard of or tried Lucky Dog Cuisine. My Abby was unable to tolerate Party Animal and we went back to Natural Balance Canned Venison and Duck. She does well on both.



  • Melissaandcrew


    Since that comment was over a year ago, and I don’t see anything else from that poster, I would suggest you contact the company directly yourself for clarification.

  • Barbarasmith7165

    what did you find out about the caloric content of the various foods?

  • Barbarasmith7165

    I talked to the owner of Party Animal today.  The minerals are chelated by a method called proteination. They are not chelated by amino acids but by proteination.  From what I understand proteination makes the minerals more easily assimilated , just like amino acid chelation.  Amino acids are the building blocks of protein, so I wonder if it is actually the same thing?  Proteination and Amino acid chelation?  Do you know?

  • Tank and Sophie Sue

    I had an AmStaff with every allergy possible and after trying many foods I was introduced to Party Animal and have used it every since.  Having lost the orginal AmStaff to cancer we got another one and just continued on with the food.  I highly recommend this food to everyone and have passed out many samples to many people.  The cost of the food is more but well worth it.

  • Hi Laidbackguy10,

    Unfortunately, based upon the company’s own published label information for its canned dog products as confirmed today, the minerals show no signs of being chelated.

    The company’s rep may have been describing their dry kibble product.

  • Laidbackguy10

    U say on your review that the Party Animal Canned organic dog food’s minerals are not chelated. However i contacted Party Animal and they tell me that the minerals are chelated. 

  • Kim

    This is an amazing product. It doesn’t smell like dog food but like actual food. I’d probably eat it myself in the event of some sustained disaster or perhaps the rapture.

    My dog loves it. When I ran out, he would eat nothing else – including most of my cooking. I finally had to make him a meat loaf and he’s been eating that. Luckily he only weighs about 5 pounds so I can splurge on his food. But I felt bad telling my husband not to eat my dog’s food.

    Also, Party Animal is wonderful to do business with. Great people.

  • Jonathan

    Good point, Mike.

    Iams Low residue wet – 257 kcal/cup
    Solid Gold Dry – 417 kcal/cup

    So, the question is, how many calories of the old food versus new food are you feeding to the dog? If you went from, say, 1 cup of the old food to 1 cup of the new food, your dog’s caloric intake would be down 33%.

  • By the way, for both humans and dogs, the sense of hunger is not determined by how full the stomach feels but by the blood glucose level. Whenever you switch products (even within the same brand), be sure to check the caloric content. When you move from one can food to another of the same size, each may contain a radically different amount of energy (calories). And this can affect your dog’s feeling of hunger.

  • Jonathan

    That I couldn’t tell you. Here is the ingredients…

    Water, Chicken, Chicken Liver, Beef By-Products, Brewers Rice, Whitefish, Corn Grits, Fish Meal (source of fish oil), Dried Egg Product, Dried Beet Pulp (sugar removed), Potassium Chloride, Fructooligosaccharides, Calcium Carbonate, Brewers Dried Yeast, DL-Methionine, Monosodium Phosphate, Taurine, Mannanoligosaccharides, Choline Chloride, Vitamin E Supplement, Zinc Oxide, Manganese Sulfate, Copper Sulfate, Niacin, Thiamine Mononitrate (source of Vitamin B1), Calcium Pantothenate, Biotin, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (source of Vitamin B6), Vitamin B12 Supplement, Riboflavin Supplement (source of Vitamin B2), Potassium Iodide, Folic Acid, Menadione Dimethylpyrimidinol Bisulfite (Vitamin K3).

    and the dry-matter GA…
    carbs- est 37%

    So it’s not “horrifying”. Sure, there are some completely unnecessary low-quality ingredients in there (like why is brewer’s rice and corn grits needed other than to save money?) but it seems to have an OK amount of meat.

    And maybe he does just likes it.

  • Hi Bonnie… Unfortunately, only your vet knows what meets his/her own guidelines. There are plenty of by-product-free dog foods out there. That’s why I created this website. Our 4 and 5-star dog foods are a great place to start.

    Since I’m not a veterinarian, I cannot provide health advice or specific product recommendations. Please see our FAQ page. Or check back for a possible response from one of our readers.

  • Bonnie

    One other thing I noted. Since starting on the iams low red canned she seems hungry all the time coming to get me and take me to her dish. She had been on solid gold dry and never noticed before. Is the behavior valid or greed. Minister schnauzer at 12 pounds.

  • Jonathan

    Bonnie, you can also ask you vet about using a gentle plant-based laxative like senna if he doesn’t already have you dog on one. I would almost wonder if giving your pup a whole raw chicken wing once a day could help keep the ol’ pooper moving better.

    After all, their digestive tract was designed, by millions of years of evolution, to break down raw animal protein and bones. Now we feed them baked pellets from a bag. Go figure they have all these problems.

    And it’s the conceit that we can just make a different version of the same trash to fix the problems that bugs me. I think when a dog starts having food related problems, vets should be prescribing raw diets, or at least high meat content food.

    They would be if they actually did any of their own research beyond what Hill’s and Purina teaches them on the all expense paid weekend nutrition seminar resorts.

    Did you know that Hill’s gives free dog or cat food to vet students for the entire time they are in school?


  • Bonnie

    Thanks! That was my take on it as well. Is it correct thinking that brands such as the previous two and Wellness which contain no byproducts,fillers etc would be a good choice. The vet ordered the nutritional info from the companies and “will get back to me”. My take is that it is about absorption of nutrients and high moisture content to promote healthy movement.

  • Jonathan

    Bonnie, the “reason” why is that this food hasn’t been formulated for that problem by some big multi-national profit-first corporation that tells your vet it’s good for a particular problem.

    While the Low Res. formula may “work” for it’s intended purposes, it certainly isn’t real food. You should research some all natural remedies on line from reputable pet nutritionists.

    Mike won’t be able to recommend anything because he reviews dog foods based on ingredient quality only. Please see the new FAQ section.

    But, in any account, good luck.

  • Bonnie

    My girl was prescribed IAMS lw residue fir megacolon and obstipation. I’m concerned
    About byproducts but was told both party animal and solid gold did not meet the guidelines the vet recommends. I’d like to know why and if there is something out there to use with no by products.

  • BoBo’s mom

    Hi Mike,

    Thank you for your help and share those useful information to us! I really enjoyed finding this website it is so helpful.

    Thank you again for taking the time to response.

    BoBo’s mom

  • Hi BoBo’s Mom… Yes, when you see the word “proteinated” attached to a mineral (like zinc or copper), it means the ingredient is chelated. But his has nothing to making a food more digestible. It only improves the absorption of the minerals themselves. Hope this helps.

  • BoBo’s mom

    Hi Mike,

    Thank you so much for your response and let me know that “Crude protein” is an estimate protein.

    One more question about Party Animal ‘s “Dry” Dog Food – California Chicken Recipe.

    Can you do me a favor to analyze this dry food when you are available?

    I found Zin Proteinate, Iron Proteinate, and Copper Proteinate in California Chicken Recipe Dry Dog Food, is that a chelated minerals? Will this help dogs to digest the food?

    Thank you again!

    Happy Holidays!

  • Hi BoBo’s Mom… Crude protein isn’t a special kind of protein. It’s a special “indirect” method that’s used to measure the protein content of a food. Instead of reporting the true protein content of a food (an expensive and time consuming process), a manufacturer measures the nitrogen content of the formulation and then multiplies that number by 6.25

    Hope this helps.

  • BoBo’s mom

    Hi Mike,

    Thank you so much for sharing those information to us.

    Can you please tell me what different between crude protein/fat and protein/fat?

    I found the list on Party Animal dry dog food it showed crude protein/fat, and I don’t know how much protein and fat in this food.

    Thank you so much!

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

  • Hi P Jacob… Although not impossible, these exact same figures sound very unlikely. I’d recommend contacting Party Animal customer service department for an answer. If you do, please be sure to share what you find out.

  • P. Jacob

    I’m suspicious of Party Animal since ALL of their canned products have the exact same calorie content – according to what is stated on their cans. So no matter if it is beef or chicken or turkey or fish, etc. they say the calorie content is exactly 378.6 calories. What do you think?