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Rudy Green’s Doggy Cuisine Dog Food Review (Cooked Frozen)

Mike Sagman

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Mike Sagman
Mike Sagman

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Dr Mike Sagman is the creator of the Dog Food Advisor. He founded the website in 2008, after his unquestioning trust in commercial dog food led to the tragic death of his dog Penny.

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Updated: May 15, 2024

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Our Verdict

Rudy Green’s Doggy 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 Doggy Cuisine product line includes the 4 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.

Recipe and Label Analysis

Rudy Green’s Doggy Cuisine Beefy Rice was selected to represent the other products in the line for detailed recipe and nutrient analysis.

Rudy Green's Doggy Cuisine Beefy Rice

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

24%

Protein

20%

Fat

48%

CarbsCarbohydrates

Ground beef, brown rice, carrots, peas, vegetable oil and water sufficient for processing


Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 1%

Red denotes any controversial items

Estimated Nutrient Content
Method Protein Fat Carbs
Guaranteed Analysis 6% 5% NA
Dry Matter Basis 24% 20% 48%
Calorie Weighted Basis 20% 40% 40%

Ingredients Analysis

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 vegetable oil, a generic oil of unknown origin. The ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 fats in any oil is nutritionally critical and can vary significantly (depending on the source).

Without knowing more, it’s impossible to judge the quality of an item so vaguely described. However, compared to a named animal fat, a generic vegetable oil cannot be considered a quality ingredient.

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.

Nutrient Analysis

Based on its ingredients alone, Rudy Green’s Doggie Cuisine looks like an above-average wet product.

The dashboard displays a dry matter protein reading of 24%, a fat level of 20% and estimated carbohydrates of about 48%.

As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 25% and a mean fat level of 19%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 48% for the overall product line.

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

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 animals on a low fat diet.

Rudy Green's Doggy Cuisine Dog Food Recall History

The following automated list (if present) includes all dog food recalls related to Rudy Green's Doggy Cuisine through May 2024.

No recalls noted.

You can view a complete list of all dog food recalls since 2009 here.

Our Rating of Rudy Green's Doggy Cuisine Dog Food

Rudy Green’s Doggy Cuisine is a grain-inclusive moist dog food using a moderate amount of named meats as its dominat source of animal protein.

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.

Sources

1: Association of American Feed Control Officials

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