Review of Victor Canned Dog Food
Victor canned dog food earns the Advisor’s top rating of 5 stars.
The Victor product line includes the 5 canned dog foods listed below.
Each formula 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
Victor Stew Grain Free with Beef and Vegetables Cuts in Gravy 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.
Victor Stew Grain Free with Beef and Vegetables Cuts in Gravy
Canned Dog Food
Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content
Ingredients: Chicken, beef broth, chicken broth, beef, chicken liver, dried egg whites, carrots, peas, dried egg product, potatoes, potato starch, guar gum, natural flavor, dried plain beet pulp, salt, ground flaxseed, sodium phosphate, potassium chloride, calcium carbonate, fish oil (preserved with mixed tocopherols), sodium carbonate, minerals (zinc proteinate, iron proteinate, copper proteinate, manganese proteinate, sodium selenite, cobalt proteinate, potassium iodide), choline chloride, vitamins (vitamin E supplement, thiamine mononitrate, niacin supplement, d-calcium pantothenate, vitamin A supplement, riboflavin supplement, biotin, vitamin B12 supplement, pyridoxine hydrochloride, vitamin D3 supplement, folic acid)
Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 8.3%
Red denotes controversial item
|Estimated Nutrient Content|
|Dry Matter Basis||44%||28%||20%|
|Calorie Weighted Basis||34%||51%||15%|
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 next two ingredients are beef broth and 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 fourth ingredient 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 next ingredient is chicken liver, an organ meat sourced from a named animal and thus considered a beneficial component.
The sixth ingredient lists dried egg whites. Eggs are highly digestible and an excellent source of usable protein.
The seventh item includes carrots, which are rich in beta-carotene, minerals and dietary fiber.
The eighth 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 ninth ingredient is dried egg product, a dehydrated form of shell-free eggs. Quality can vary significantly. Lower grade egg product can even come from commercial hatcheries — from eggs that have failed to hatch.
In any case, eggs are easy to digest and have an exceptionally high biological value.
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 Victor product.
With 4 notable exceptions…
First, we find beet pulp. Beet pulp is a controversial ingredient, a high fiber by-product of sugar beet processing.
Some denounce beet pulp as an inexpensive filler while others cite its outstanding intestinal health and blood sugar benefits.
We only call your attention here to the controversy and believe the inclusion of beet pulp in reasonable amounts in most dog foods is entirely acceptable.
Next, flaxseed meal is 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, we note the use of fish oil. Fish 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, fish 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.
Based on its ingredients alone, Victor canned dog food looks like an above-average wet product.
As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 43% and a mean fat level of 29%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 20% for the overall product line.
And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 69%.
Which means this Victor product line contains…
Above-average protein. Above-average fat. And below-average carbs when compared to other canned dog foods.
Even when you consider the protein-boosting effect of the peas and flaxseed, this looks like the profile of a wet product containing a significant amount of meat.
Our Rating of Victor Canned Dog Food
Victor includes both grain-inclusive and grain-free canned dog foods that utilize a significant amount of named meats as its dominant source of animal protein, thus earning the brand 5 stars.
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.
Has Victor Brand Dog Food Been Recalled?
The following automated list (if present) includes all dog food recalls since 2009 related to Victor.
No recalls noted.
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More Victor Brand Reviews
The following Victor dog food reviews are also posted on this website:
- Victor Classic Dog Food Review (Dry)
- Victor Purpose Dog Food Review (Dry)
- Victor Select Dog Food Review (Dry)
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05/30/2021 Last Update