Rudy Green’s Doggie Cuisine is not rated by The Advisor because it is intended for supplementary feeding only. This means the product does not meet AAFCO standards for complete and balanced nutrition.
The Rudy Green’s Doggie Cuisine product line includes the 5 moist recipes listed below.
Each recipe includes its related AAFCO nutrient profile when available on the product’s official webpage: Growth, Maintenance, All Life Stages, Supplemental or Unspecified.
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Rudy Green’s Doggy Cuisine Beefy Rice was selected to represent the other products in the line for this review.
Rudy Green's Doggy Cuisine Beefy Rice
Frozen Dog Food
Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content
Ingredients: Ground beef, brown rice, carrots, peas, canola oil and water sufficient for processing
Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 4%
Red denotes controversial item
|Estimated Nutrient Content|
|Dry Matter Basis||24%||20%||48%|
|Calorie Weighted Basis||20%||40%||40%|
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 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 third ingredient includes carrots. Carrots are rich in beta-carotene, minerals and dietary fiber.
The fourth ingredient lists 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 fifth ingredient is canola oil. Unfortunately, canola can be a controversial item. That’s because it can sometimes (but not always) be derived from genetically modified rapeseed.
Yet others cite the fact canola oil can be a significant source of essential omega-3 fatty acids.
In any case, plant-based oils like canola are less biologically available to a dog than fish oil as a source of quality omega-3 fats.
The sixth ingredient is water, which adds nothing but moisture to this food. Water is a routine finding in most canned dog foods.
We find no added vitamins or minerals on the ingredients list. We would assume these essential nutrients are provided by the food ingredients in the recipe.
Rudy Green’s Doggie Cuisine
Dog Food Review
Judging by its ingredients alone, Rudy Green’s Doggie Cuisine looks like an above-average wet product.
As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 26% and a mean fat level of 17%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 50% for the overall product line.
And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 65%.
Which means this product line contains…
Below-average protein. Below-average fat. And above-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 moderate amount of meat.
However, with 40% of the total calories in our example coming from fat versus just 20% from protein, some recipes may not be suitable for every animal.
Rudy Green’s Doggie Cuisine lists both grain-inclusive and grain-free moist dog foods using a moderate amount of named meats as its main source of animal protein, thus earning the brand 4 stars.
It is not rated because it is intended for supplementary feeding only. This means the product does not meet AAFCO standards for complete and balanced nutrition.
Rudy Green’s Dog Food
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Notes and Updates
- Association of American Feed Control Officials ↩
04/14/2021 Last Update