Solid Gold Dog Food (Canned)


Rating: ★★★★½

Solid Gold canned dog food receives the Advisor’s second-highest tier rating of 4.5 stars.

The Solid Gold product line includes nine 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.

  • Solid Gold Star Chaser [A]
  • Solid Gold Green Cow (5 stars) [M]
  • Solid Gold Howling at the Stars [A]
  • Solid Gold SunDancer (2.5 stars) [A]
  • Solid Gold Fit and Fabulous (4 stars) [A]
  • Solid Gold Leaping Waters (3.5 stars) [A]
  • Solid Gold Sunday Sunrise (2.5 stars) [A]
  • Solid Gold Hund-N-Flocken (2.5 stars) [M]
  • Solid Gold Barking at the Moon (2.5 stars) [A]

Solid Gold Howling at the Stars was selected to represent the other products in the line for this review.

Solid Gold Howling at the Stars

Canned Dog Food

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

Protein = 41% | Fat = 23% | Carbs = 28%

Ingredients: Turkey, chicken broth, turkey liver, ocean whitefish, ground brown rice, carrots, barley, sweet potatoes, tricalcium phosphate, guar gum, oatmeal, alfalfa meal, flaxseed meal, olive oil (preserved with mixed tocopherols), carrageenan, cassia gum, potassium chloride, salt, choline chloride, zinc proteinate, iron proteinate, thiamine mononitrate, vitamin E supplement, copper proteinate, manganese proteinate, sodium selenite, cobalt proteinate, niacin supplement, d-calcium pantothenate, vitamin A supplement, riboflavin supplement, biotin, vitamin B12 supplement, potassium iodide, pyridoxine hydrochloride, vitamin D3 supplement, folic acid

Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 6.8%

Red items indicate controversial ingredients

Estimated Nutrient Content
Guaranteed Analysis9%5%NA
Dry Matter Basis41%23%28%
Calorie Weighted Basis33%44%23%
Protein = 33% | Fat = 44% | Carbs = 23%

The first ingredient in this dog food is turkey. Turkey is considered “the clean combination of flesh and skin… derived from the parts or whole carcasses of turkey”.1

Turkey is naturally rich in the ten essential amino acids required by a dog to sustain life.

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

The fourth ingredient is ocean whitefish, a marine or freshwater species native to Canada and the California coast.

The fifth ingredient is ground brown rice, another name for rice flour. Ground rice is made from either white or brown rice and is considered a gluten-free substitute for wheat flour.

The sixth ingredient includes carrots. Carrots are rich in beta-carotene, minerals and dietary fiber.

The seventh ingredient is barley. Barley is a starchy carbohydrate supplying fiber and other healthy nutrients. However, aside from its energy content, this cereal grain is of only modest nutritional value to a dog.

The eighth ingredient is 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.

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 four notable exceptions

First, this recipe contains alfalfa meal. Although alfalfa meal is high in plant protein (about 18%) and fiber (25%), this hay-family item is more commonly associated with horse feeds.

Next, we also find flaxseed meal, one of the best plant-based sources of healthy omega-3 fatty acids. Flax meal is particularly rich in soluble fiber.

However, flaxseed contains about 19% protein, a factor that must be considered when judging the actual meat content of this dog food.

In addition, carrageenan is a gelatin-like thickening agent extracted from seaweed. Although carrageenan has been used as a food additive for hundreds of years, there appears to be some recent controversy regarding its long term biological safety.

And lastly, 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.

Solid Gold Canned Dog Food
The Bottom Line

Judging by its ingredients alone, Solid Gold 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 23% and estimated carbohydrates of about 28%.

As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 40% and a mean fat level of 29%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 23% for the overall product line.

And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 73%.

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 alfalfa and flaxseed meals, this looks like the profile of a wet product containing a notable amount of meat.

Bottom line?

Solid Gold 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 4.5 stars.

Highly 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 comparable kibble from the same company may wish to check out our review of Solid Gold Dry Dog Food.

Solid Gold Dog Food
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Notes and Updates

11/17/2016 Last Update

  1. Adapted by the Dog Food Advisor and based upon the official definition for chicken published by the Association of American Feed Control Officials, Official Publication, 2008 Edition
  • Dana Desjardins

    I USED TO BE A SOLID GOLD customer for at least the last 15 years, but due to never ending and continual inconsistencies in quality (i.e. color, smell, appeal to dog, etc.) I have definitely moved on! I’ve used 2-varieties of Solid Gold Dry (Hund-n-Flocken & Holistique) as well as a multitude of their supplements and treats. The latter are definitely subcontracted and are quite inferior to say the least. I have regularly encountered ‘bad’ product from Solid Gold starting about 2-years ago through current (2016). I have gone as far as to contact the company, but Solid Gold will NOT respond to negative comments or prying questions. Don’t bother doing any research concerning their products, just find other products!

  • Crazy4cats

    Hi All-
    Ok, I did it! I used the Solid Gold green cow beef tripe as a topper with their afternoon meal. It really isn’t that stinky. I was prepared for worse. Which, I’m sure the fresh is! They ate it right up. It’s probably not as good as fresh or dehydrated, but its something new for them with their Victor kibble. So far so good!

  • losul

    It sure does.

    Maybe a more appropriate name would be egg white and beef fat, or egg white and chicken fat, lol.

  • Hound Dog Mom

    Yeah, I noticed the fat content was pretty high. Makes you wonder about the quality of the meat being used.

  • losul

    That’s definitely a case where I would rather feed their grain inclusive rather than this line, and especially the chicken has a ridiculous amount of fat in it, nearly half of the dry matter, and none of that fat is coming from the dried egg whites.

    I think they could do much better than that.

  • Hound Dog Mom
  • bobby abercrombie

    Our picky dog simply loves the tripe, we mix dry/wet and usually he just eats the wet while leaving the dry In the bowl buy one serving of this and he was licking his bowl clean.

  • Betsy Greer

    You’re using the canned Solid Gold, right? Which varieties are you using?

  • Maria Tsucalas

    Best dog food out there!!! Will never go to any other dog food.. My GSD has been a different dog since he has been on it.. Solid Gold has been around for years and deserves a lot more recognition !!! top 5 stars!!!!!

  • Khedtcke

    Is there information on which brands of canned dog food don’t use   BPA to line their cans?  The more I hear about it, the more I really want to avoid it. 

  • Chris Valley

    I buy the Solid Gold Lamb & Barley canned to top my dog’s other brand (CSDLS) 4-star kibble. As a dog-owner on a budget, I discovered that this flavor is cheaper for some reason than their other flavors. I pay just over one dollar per 13.2 oz can which is the cheapest high-quality canned dog food I can find in the local health food shop. And my dog loves it.

  • Cate

    Thank you for your site…..I find the information to be very helpful. I currently use this product to moisten and or enhance the flavor of New Domain dry food, and my beautiful Labradoodle, Emily is quite happy….G.I. tract seems quite happy as well 🙂

  • jose Thanks Mike

  • Hi Jose… I’m not aware of any dog food by that name. If you can find a reliable web address (link) to a company-operated website, I’ll add the brand to my To Do list for a future review. By the way, please notice my response to your previous comment?

  • jose

    Are you going to review Excalibur raw green tripe?my dogs love it.

  • Hi Elly… Good suggestion :). I’m adding Tripett to my To Do list. Look for a review in the future. Thanks for the tip.

  • elly

    i see that you mentioned the green tripe for solid gold. however i didn’t see the tripett brand. would you be reviewing the tripett green tripe canned. thank you.


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