Review of Solid Gold Canned Dog Food
Solid Gold canned dog food receives the Advisor’s second-highest tier rating of 4.5 stars.
The Solid Gold product line includes the 10 canned dog foods listed below.
Each recipe includes its AAFCO nutrient profile when available… Growth (puppy), Maintenance (adult), All Life Stages, Supplemental or Unspecified.
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|Solid Gold Star Chaser||4.5||A|
|Solid Gold Hund-N-Flocken||2.5||M|
|Solid Gold Green Cow Grain Free||5||M|
|Solid Gold Sun Dancer Grain Free||4||A|
|Solid Gold Leaping Waters Grain Free||3.5||M|
|Solid Gold Sunday Sunrise Grain Free||2.5||M|
|Solid Gold Barking at the Moon Grain Free||5||A|
|Solid Gold Love at First Bark Beef Grain Free||5||G|
|Solid Gold Love at First Bark Chicken Grain Free||5||G|
|Solid Gold Fit and Fabulous Grain Free Chicken||3.5||M|
Recipe and Label Analysis
Solid Gold Barking at the Moon Grain Free was selected to represent the other products in the line for detailed recipe and nutrient analysis.
Label and nutrient data below are calculated using dry matter basis.
Solid Gold Barking at the Moon Grain Free
Canned Dog Food
Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content
Ingredients: Chicken, chicken broth, chicken liver, dried ground peas, whitefish, guar gum, ground flaxseed, alfalfa meal, cassia gum, xanthan gum, salt, potassium chloride, cranberries, blueberries, 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) = 3.4%
Red denotes controversial item
|Estimated Nutrient Content|
|Dry Matter Basis||43%||27%||22%|
|Calorie Weighted Basis||33%||51%||16%|
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”.1
Chicken is naturally rich in the ten essential amino acids required by a dog to sustain life.
The second ingredient is chicken broth. Broths are of only modest nutritional value. Yet because they add both flavor and moisture to a dog food, they are a common addition component in many canned products.
The third ingredient is chicken liver, an organ meat sourced from a named animal and thus considered a beneficial component.
The fourth ingredient includes dried ground peas. Ground peas are a good source of carbohydrates. Plus they’re naturally rich in dietary fiber.
However, ground peas contain about 27% protein, a factor that must be considered when judging the meat content of this dog food.
The fifth ingredient is whitefish, a marine or freshwater species native to Canada and the California coast.
The sixth ingredient is guar gum, 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.
The seventh item is flaxseed, one of the best plant sources of healthy omega-3 fatty acids. Provided they’ve first been ground into a meal, flax seeds are also 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.
Next, we find 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.
From here, the list goes on to include a number of other items.
But realistically, ingredients located this far down the list (other than nutritional supplements) are not likely to affect the overall rating of this Solid Gold product.
With 1 notable exception…
This recipe 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.
Based on its ingredients alone, Solid Gold canned dog food looks like an above-average wet product.
As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 42% and a mean fat level of 27%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 23% for the overall product line.
And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 66%.
Which means this Solid Gold product line contains…
Above-average protein. Above-average fat. And below-average carbs when compared to other wet dog foods.
Even when you consider the protein-boosting effect of the ground peas, alfalfa and flaxseed meal, this looks like the profile of a canned product containing a notable amount of meat.
However, with 51% of the total calories in our example coming from fat versus just 33% from protein, some recipes may not be suitable for every animal.
Our Rating of Solid Gold Canned Dog Food
Solid Gold includes both grain-free and grain-inclusive canned dog foods using a notable amount of named meats as their dominant source of animal protein, thus earning the brand 4.5 stars.
Those looking for a comparable kibble from the same company may wish to check out our review of Solid Gold Dry Dog Food.
Has Solid Gold Dog Food Been Recalled?
The following automated list (if present) includes all dog food recalls since 2009 related to Solid Gold.
- Solid Gold Dog Food Recall (5/8/2012)
You can view a complete list of all dog food recalls since 2009 here.
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More Solid Gold Reviews
The following Solid Gold dog food reviews are also posted on this website:
- Solid Gold Dog Food Review (Dry)
- Solid Gold Grain Free Dog Food Review (Cups)
- Solid Gold Grain Free Dog Food Review (Dry)
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03/30/2021 Last Update