Solid Gold Grain Free Dog Food Review (Cups)

Solid Gold Mighty Mini Lamb Cup Dog Food

Review of Solid Gold Grain Free Dog Food Cups

Rating:

Solid Gold Grain Free dog food cups receives the Advisor’s top rating of 5 stars.

The Solid Gold Grain Free product line includes the 4 recipe cups 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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Product Rating AAFCO
Solid Gold Grain Free Mighty Mini Chicken and Salmon 4.5 A
Solid Gold Grain Free Mighty Mini Lamb, Sweet Potato and Cranberry 5 A
Solid Gold Grain Free Mighty Mini Turkey and Hearty Vegetable 4.5 A
Solid Gold Grain Free Mighty Mini Chicken, Chickpea and Pumpkin 4.5 A

Recipe and Label Analysis

Solid Gold Grain Free Mighty Mini Lamb, Sweet Potato and Cranberry 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 Grain Free Mighty Mini Lamb, Sweet Potato and Cranberry

Wet Dog Food

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

Protein = 44% | Fat = 17% | Carbs = 31%

Ingredients: Water sufficient for processing, lamb, chicken liver, whitefish, sweet potatoes, dried egg whites, turkey, chicken, dried ground peas, cranberries, spinach, guar gum, sodium phosphate, salt, natural flavor, apples, potassium chloride, pumpkin, blueberries, carrots, choline chloride, zinc proteinate, iron proteinate, xanthan gum, vitamin E supplement, copper proteinate, manganese proteinate, sodium selenite, thiamine mononitrate, 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) = 5.6%

Red denotes controversial item

Estimated Nutrient Content
MethodProteinFatCarbs
Guaranteed Analysis8%3%NA
Dry Matter Basis44%17%31%
Calorie Weighted Basis38%35%27%
Protein = 38% | Fat = 35% | Carbs = 27%

Ingredient Analysis

The first ingredient in this dog food is water, which adds nothing but moisture to this food. Water is a routine finding in most canned dog foods.

The second ingredient is lamb. Lamb is considered “the clean flesh derived from slaughtered” lamb and associated with skeletal muscle or the muscle tissues of the tongue, diaphragm, heart or esophagus.1

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

The third ingredient is chicken liver, an organ meat sourced from a named animal and thus considered a beneficial component.

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

The fifth ingredient includes sweet potato. Sweet potatoes are a gluten-free source of complex carbohydrates in dog food. They are naturally rich in dietary fiber and beta carotene.

The sixth ingredient lists dried egg whites. Eggs are highly digestible and an excellent source of usable protein.

The seventh ingredient is turkey. Turkey is considered “the clean combination of flesh and skin… derived from the parts or whole carcasses of turkey”.2

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

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 Solid Gold product.

With 3 notable exceptions

First, we find 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.

Next, we note the use of spinach. Due to its exceptional vitamin and mineral content, spinach exhibits a remarkably high nutrient Completeness Score3 of 91.

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.

Nutrient Analysis

Based on its ingredients alone, Solid Gold Grain Free dog food cups look like an above-average wet product.

The dashboard displays a dry matter protein reading of 44%, a fat level of 17% and estimated carbohydrates of about 31%.

As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 42% and a mean fat level of 17%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 33% for the overall product line.

And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 39%.

Which means this Solid Gold product line contains…

Above-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 ground peas, this looks like the profile of a wet product containing a significant amount of meat.

Our Rating of Solid Gold Dog Food Cups

Solid Gold Grain Free is a wet dog food using a significant amount of named meats as its dominant source of animal protein, thus earning the brand 5 stars.

Enthusiastically recommended.

Has Solid Gold Grain Free Dog Food Cups Been Recalled?

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References

  1. Adapted by the Dog Food Advisor and based upon the official definition for beef published by the Association of American Feed Control Officials, 2008 Edition
  2. 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
  3. Completeness Score is a measure of a food’s relative nutrient content and is computed by NutritionData.com from the USDA’s National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference

04/10/2021 Last Update