Weruva Dogs in the Kitchen Dog Food Review (Canned)

Rating:

Weruva Dogs in the Kitchen Dog Food receives the Advisor’s top rating of 5 stars.

The Weruva Dogs in the Kitchen product line includes 6 wet recipes.

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.

Important: Because many websites do not reliably specify which Growth or All Life Stages recipes are safe for large breed puppies, we do not include that data in this report. Be sure to check actual packaging for that information.

Use links below to compare price and package sizes at an online retailer. Dogs in the Kitchen comes in cans and pouches.

Weruva Dogs in the Kitchen The Double Dip was selected to represent the other products in the line for this review.

Weruva Dogs in the Kitchen The Double Dip

Canned Dog Food

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

Protein = 57% | Fat = 11% | Carbs = 24%

Ingredients: Water sufficient for processing, beef, mackerel, pumpkin, salmon, beef lung, beef kidney, locust bean gum, sunflower seed oil, xanthan gum, guar gum, potassium chloride, choline chloride, zinc sulfate, vitamin E supplement, calcium pantothenate, vitamin A supplement, copper sulfate, thiamine mononitrate (vitamin B1), nicotinic acid (vitamin B3), manganese sulfate, riboflavin supplement (vitamin B2), pyridoxine hydrochloride (vitamin B6), folic acid, vitamin D3 supplement, potassium iodide, sodium selenite, vitamin B12 supplement

Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 3.6%

Red denotes controversial item

Estimated Nutrient Content
MethodProteinFatCarbs
Guaranteed Analysis8%2%NA
Dry Matter Basis57%11%24%
Calorie Weighted Basis53%24%23%
Protein = 53% | Fat = 24% | Carbs = 23%

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 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 third ingredient is mackerel. Mackerel is an oily salt-water fish naturally high in protein as well as omega-3 fatty acids, an essential fat needed by every dog to sustain life.

The fourth ingredient is pumpkin. Pumpkin is a nutritious addition high in complex carbohydrates, beta-carotene and dietary fiber.

The fifth ingredient is salmon. Salmon is an oily marine and freshwater fish not only high in protein but also omega 3 fatty acids, essential oils needed by every dog to sustain life.

The sixth ingredient is beef lung. Beef lung is a protein-rich organ meat that’s also low in fat.

The seventh ingredient is beef kidney, an organ meat low in fat and rich in protein and essential minerals.

The eighth ingredient is locust bean gum, a gelling or thickening agent found in some wet pet foods. Extracted from the seeds of the carob tree, locust bean gum can add a notable amount of dietary fiber to a dog food.

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 two notable exceptions

First, we find 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.

And lastly, the minerals listed here do not appear to be chelated. And that can make them more difficult to absorb. Chelated minerals are usually associated with higher quality dog foods.

Weruva Dogs in the Kitchen
Dog Food Review

Judging by its ingredients alone, Weruva Dogs in the Kitchen 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 57%, a fat level of 11% and estimated carbohydrates of about 24%.

As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 57% and a mean fat level of 17%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 18% for the overall product line.

And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 31%.

Above-average protein. Below-average fat. And below-average carbs when compared to a typical wet dog food.

Free of any plant-based protein boosters, this looks like the profile of a wet product containing an abundance of meat.

Bottom line?

Weruva Dogs in the Kitchen is a grain-free wet dog food using a generous amount of named meats as its main source of animal protein, thus earning the brand 5 stars.

Enthusiastically 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.

Weruva Dog Food
Recall History

The following list (if present) includes all dog food recalls since 2009 directly related to Weruva. If there are no recalls listed in this section, we have not yet reported any events.

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Important FDA Alert

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Notes and Updates

06/02/2019 Last Update

  1. Association of American Feed Control Officials