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LiveSmart Hearty Stew pouched dog food receives the Advisor’s top rating of 5 stars.
The LiveSmart Hearty Stew product line includes one wet dog food.
Unfortunately, we were unable to locate AAFCO nutrient profile information on the product’s official webpage.
LiveSmart Hearty Stew Chicken in Pumpkin Soup
Canned Dog Food
Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content
Ingredients: Boneless chicken, water, pumpkin, carrot, pea, tapioca starch, sunflower oil, calcium carbonate, tricalcium phosphate, fish oil, xanthan gum, choline chloride, vitamin E supplement, zinc sulfate, ferrous sulfate, thiamine mononitrate (source of vitamin B1), nicotinic acid (source of vitamin B3), calcium pantothenate, vitamin A supplement, potassium iodide, manganese sulfate, vitamin D3 supplement, copper sulfate, riboflavin supplement (source of vitamin B2), pyridoxine hydrochloride (source of vitamin B6), folic acid, vitamin B12 supplement
Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 3.1%
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|Estimated Nutrient Content|
|Dry Matter Basis||75%||8%||10%|
|Calorie Weighted Basis||73%||18%||9%|
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 pumpkin. Pumpkin is a nutritious addition high in complex carbohydrates, beta-carotene and dietary fiber.
The fourth ingredient includes carrots. Carrots are rich in beta-carotene, minerals and dietary fiber.
The fifth ingredient includes peas. 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.
The sixth ingredient is tapioca starch, a gluten-free, starchy carbohydrate extract made from the root of the cassava plant.
The seventh 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 eighth ingredient is calcium carbonate, likely used here as a dietary mineral supplement.
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, 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.
And lastly, the minerals listed here do not appear to be chelated. And that can make them more difficult to absorb. Non-chelated minerals are usually associated with lower quality dog foods.
LiveSmart Hearty Stew Pouched Dog Food
The Bottom Line
Judging by its ingredients alone, LiveSmart Hearty Stew 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.
And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 10%.
Above-average protein. Below-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 an abundance of meat.
LiveSmart Hearty Stew is a meat-based wet dog food using a generous amount of named meat 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.
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Notes and Updates
08/18/2018 Last Update