Review of Tender and True Canned Dog Food
Tender and True canned dog food receives the Advisor’s second-highest tier rating of 4.5 stars.
The Tender and True product line includes the 6 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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Recipe and Label Analysis
Tender and True Organic Chicken and Liver Recipe 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.
Tender and True Organic Chicken and Liver Recipe Grain Free
Canned Dog Food
Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content
Ingredients: Organic chicken, organic chicken broth, organic chicken liver, organic pea protein, organic pea flour, organic sunflower oil, tricalcium phosphate, salt, agar-agar, potassium chloride, choline chloride, salmon oil, calcium carbonate, zinc proteinate, iron proteinate, vitamin E supplement, thiamine mononitrate, niacin supplement, calcium pantothenate, copper proteinate, biotin, vitamin A supplement, manganese proteinate, sodium selenite, riboflavin supplement, vitamin B12 supplement, pyridoxine hydrochloride, calcium iodate, vitamin D3 supplement, folic acid
Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 10.5%
Red denotes controversial item
|Estimated Nutrient Content|
|Dry Matter Basis||39%||25%||28%|
|Calorie Weighted Basis||30%||48%||22%|
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 component in many canned products.
The third ingredient is chicken liver. This is an organ meat sourced from a named animal and thus considered a beneficial component.
The next ingredient is pea protein, what remains of a pea after removing the starchy part of the vegetable.
Even though it contains over 80% protein, this ingredient would be expected to have a lower biological value than meat.
And less costly plant-based products like this can notably boost the total protein reported on the label — a factor that must be considered when judging the meat content of this dog food.
The fifth item is pea flour, a powder made from roasted yellow peas. Pea flour contains as much as 25% protein, a factor that must be considered when judging the meat content of this dog food.
The sixth ingredient is sunflower oil. Sunflower oil is nutritionally similar to safflower oil. Since these oils are high in omega-6 fatty acids and contain no omega-3’s, they’re considered less nutritious than canola or flaxseed oils.
Sunflower oil is notable for its resistance to heat damage during cooking.
There are several different types of sunflower oil, some better than others. Without knowing more, it’s impossible to judge the quality of this ingredient.
The seventh ingredient is tricalcium phosphate, a beneficial source of calcium and phosphorus. In addition, this additive is used in canned foods as an emulsifier — an agent designed to disperse a food’s fats more evenly in water.
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 Tender and True product.
With 2 notable exceptions…
First, we find salmon oil. Salmon oil is naturally rich in the prized EPA and DHA type of omega-3 fatty acids. These two high quality fats boast the highest bio-availability to dogs and humans.
Depending on its level of freshness and purity, salmon oil should be considered a commendable addition.
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.
Since this recipe contains a number of organic ingredients, we feel compelled to grant this line a more favorable status as we consider its final rating.
That’s because organic ingredients must comply with notably more stringent government standards — standards which significantly restrict the use of any synthetic pesticides, herbicides, insecticides, hormones or antibiotics.
So based on its ingredients alone, Tender and True canned dog food looks like an above-average wet product.
As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 39% and a mean fat level of 22%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 32% for the overall product line.
And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 56%.
Which means this product line contains…
Near-average protein. Near-average fat. And above-average carbs when compared to a typical wet dog food.
Even when you consider the protein-boosting effect of the pea products, this looks like the profile of a wet dog food containing a moderate amount of meat.
Our Rating of Tender and True Canned Dog Food
Tender and True contains both grain-free and grain-inclusive canned dog foods that use a moderate amount of named meats as their dominant source of animal protein, thus earning the brand 4.5 stars.
Has Tender and True Canned Dog Food Been Recalled?
The following automated list (if present) includes all dog food recalls since 2009 related to Tender and True.
No recalls noted.
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05/08/2021 Last Update