Whole Earth Farms Dog Food Review (Canned)

Whole Earth Farms Grain Free Hearty Beef Stew Can Dog Food

Whole Earth Farms Canned Dog Food Review

Rating:

Whole Earth Farms canned dog food receives the Advisor’s second-highest rating of 4.5 stars.

The Whole Earth Farms product line includes the 17 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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Product Rating AAFCO
Whole Earth Farms Adult Recipe Grain Free 5 A
Whole Earth Farms Red Meat Recipe Grain Free 4 M
Whole Earth Farms Hearty Chicken Stew Grain Free 5 A
Whole Earth Farms Puppy Recipe Grain Free 4.5 A
Whole Earth Farms Chicken and Turkey Recipe Grain Free 3 M
Whole Earth Farms Hearty Beef Stew Grain Free 4.5 A
Whole Earth Farms Hearty Duck Stew Grain Free 4.5 A
Whole Earth Farms Hearty Lamb Stew Grain Free 4.5 A
Whole Earth Farms Hearty Turkey Stew Grain Free 4.5 A
Whole Earth Farms Hearty Turkey and Salmon Stew Grain Free 4.5 A
Whole Earth Farms Small Breed Beef Dinner Grain Free 4.5 A
Whole Earth Farms Small Breed Chicken Dinner Grain Free 4.5 A
Whole Earth Farms Small Breed Duck Dinner Grain Free 4.5 A
Whole Earth Farms Small Breed Lamb Dinner Grain Free 4.5 A
Whole Earth Farms Small Breed Turkey Dinner Grain Free 4.5 A
Whole Earth Farms Adult Recipe Whole Grains 4 M
Whole Earth Farms Puppy Recipe Whole Grains 4.5 A

Recipe and Label Analysis

Whole Earth Farms Hearty Beef Stew 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.


Whole Earth Farms Hearty Beef Stew Grain Free

Canned Dog Food

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

Protein = 42% | Fat = 16% | Carbs = 34%

Ingredients: Deboned beef, beef broth, beef liver, carrots, peas, dried egg product, sweet potatoes, natural flavor, dried potatoes, blueberries, calcium carbonate, sodium phosphate, salt, potassium chloride, vitamins (vitamin E supplement, vitamin B12 supplement, d-calcium pantothenate, vitamin A supplement, niacin, vitamin D3 supplement, riboflavin, pyridoxine hydrochloride, folic acid, biotin, thiamine mononitrate), olive oil, flaxseed oil, minerals (zinc amino acid complex, iron amino acid complex, manganese amino acid complex, copper amino acid complex, potassium iodide, cobalt glucoheptonate, sodium selenite), choline chloride, cinnamon, rosemary, sage, thyme, caramel color, Yucca schidigera extract

Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 7.4%

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Estimated Nutrient Content
MethodProteinFatCarbs
Guaranteed Analysis8%3%NA
Dry Matter Basis42%16%34%
Calorie Weighted Basis37%34%30%
Protein = 37% | Fat = 34% | Carbs = 30%

Ingredient Analysis

The first ingredient in this dog food 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 second ingredient is beef 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 beef liver, an organ meat sourced from a named animal and thus considered a beneficial component.

The next ingredient includes carrots, which are rich in beta-carotene, minerals and dietary fiber.

The fifth 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 sixth 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.

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

After the natural flavor, we find dried potatoes, a dehydrated potato product usually made from by-products of a food processing plant. This item is equal to corn in calorie content yet possibly with more protein.

Next, we find blueberries. Blueberries are a good source of vitamins, minerals and dietary fiber.

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 Whole Earth Farms product.

With 3 notable exceptions

First, we find flaxseed oil, one of the best non-fish sources of omega-3 fatty acids — essential to a dog’s health.

Next, caramel is a natural coloring agent made by caramelizing carbohydrates. It’s used by pet food manufacturers to impart a golden brown tint to the finished product.

However, the concentrated version of this ingredient commonly known as caramel coloring has been more recently considered controversial and found to cause cancer in laboratory animals.2

In any case, even though caramel is considered safe by the FDA, we’re always disappointed to find any added coloring in a pet food.

That’s because coloring is used to make the product more appealing to humans — not your dog. After all, do you really think your dog cares what color his food is?

And lastly, this food includes 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, Whole Earth Farms canned dog food looks like an above-average wet product.

The dashboard displays a dry matter protein reading of 42%, a fat level of 16% and estimated carbohydrates of about 34%.

As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 41% and a mean fat level of 23%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 29% for the overall product line.

And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 55%.

Which means this Whole Earth Farms product line contains…

Above-average protein. Near-average fat. And near-average carbs when compared to other canned dog foods.

Even when you consider the protein-boosting effect of the peas, this looks like the profile of a wet product containing a notable amount of meat.

Our Rating of Whole Earth Farms Canned Dog Food

Whole Earth Farms 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.

Highly recommended.



Has Whole Earth Farms Dog Food Been Recalled?

The following automated list (if present) includes all dog food recalls since 2009 related to Whole Earth Farms.

No recalls noted.

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References

  1. Association of American Feed Control Officials
  2. Consumer Reports February 2014

01/01/2021 Last Update