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Canada Fresh Dog Food (Canned)

Discussion in 'Health & Nutrition' started by Dog Food Advisor, May 13, 2018.

  1. Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

    Canada Fresh canned dog food receives the Advisor’s mid-tier rating of 3.5 stars.


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    The Canada Fresh canned product line includes 6 wet dog foods.

    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.

    • Canada Fresh Duck Formula [A] (3 stars)
    • Canada Fresh Beef Formula [A]
    • Canada Fresh Lamb Formula [A]
    • Canada Fresh Salmon Formula [A]
    • Canada Fresh Chicken Formula [A] (4 stars)
    • Canada Fresh Red Meat Formula [A]

    Canada Fresh Beef Formula was selected to represent the other products in the line for this review.

    Canada Fresh Beef Formula


    Canned Dog Food

    Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

    Protein = 43% | Fat = 39% | Carbs = 10%

    Ingredients: Beef, beef broth, beef liver, peas, tri-calcium phosphate, agar-agar, calcium carbonate, salmon oil, choline chloride, potassium chloride, salt, zinc proteinate, vitamin E supplement, l-ascorbyl-2-polyphosphate (source of vitamin C), ferrous sulfate, zinc sulfate, iron proteinate, copper proteinate, thiamine mononitrate, selenium yeast, niacin supplement, d-calcium pantothenate, vitamin A supplement, manganese sulfate, riboflavin supplement, manganese proteinate, vitamin D3 supplement, vitamin B12, pyridoxine hydrochloride, calcium iodate, folic acid

    Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 4.5%

    Red items indicate controversial ingredients

    Estimated Nutrient Content
    MethodProteinFatCarbs
    Guaranteed Analysis10%9%NA
    Dry Matter Basis43%39%10%
    Calorie Weighted Basis29%64%7%
    Protein = 29% | Fat = 64% | Carbs = 7%

    The first ingredient in this dog food is beef. Although it’s a quality item, raw beef contains up to 73% water. After cooking, most of that moisture is lost, reducing the meat content to just a fraction of its original weight.

    After processing, this item would probably account for a smaller part of the total content of the finished product.

    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. This is an organ meat sourced from a named animal and thus considered a beneficial component.

    The fourth ingredient is 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 fifth ingredient is tricalcium phosphate, a beneficial source of calcium and phosphorous. 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.

    The sixth ingredient is agar agar, a natural vegetable gelatin derived from the cell walls of certain species of red algae. Agar is rich in fiber and is used in wet pet foods as a gelling agent.

    The seventh ingredient is calcium carbonate, likely used here as a dietary mineral supplement.

    The eighth ingredient is 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.

    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 1 notable exception

    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.

    Canada Fresh Dog Food
    The Bottom Line



    Judging by its ingredients alone, Canada Fresh canned dog food looks like a above-average 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 43%, a fat level of 39% and estimated carbohydrates of about 10%.

    As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 41% and a mean fat level of 36%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 15% for the overall product line.

    And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 89%.

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

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

    Yet with 64% of the total calories in this example recipe coming from fat as compared to just 29% from protein, it would be inappropriate to award this product a higher rating.

    Bottom line?

    Canada Fresh is a meat-based wet dog food using a moderate amount of named meats as its main source of animal protein, thus earning the brand 3.5 stars.

    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.

    Canada Fresh Dog Food
    Recall History



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    However, due to the biological uniqueness of every animal, none of our ratings are intended to suggest feeding a particular product will result in a specific dietary response or health benefit for your pet.

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    Notes and Updates


    05/13/2018 Last Update

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  2. Jacob

    Jacob Top Dog

    Never new there was a dog food advisor on here. Would you say Raw is a better option.
     
  3. Soze the killer

    Soze the killer Top Dog

    YES!!!,YES!!!!,YES!!!!!........there is no food what so ever,that can beat a raw diet!..seriously.no joke.....kibble or canned food is a big massive con for your money.........raw is a well better option!!!!!.....
     
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  4. Jacob

    Jacob Top Dog

    Always looking to con you out of a buck huh!. Maybe its the best when it comes to canned.
     
  5. Soze the killer

    Soze the killer Top Dog

    Na.canned is just as much as a con,as kibble.for a good one(can or kibble)your paying top dolla,with that money you could buy a freezer full of raw...raw is a inconvenience.in fact it's a pain in the arse.but.....its well worth it!!........dogs have always thrived on flesh,bones,and organs.(raw)...........
     
  6. Jacob

    Jacob Top Dog

    Yeah raw is good. Some people still add vitamins and lalala. Maybe if you had a big adba show coming and you want the coat real glossy. Then of you got the pregnant dog nutrition. My old guy gets lots of complements and im always add or subtract according to weather, activity yada yada.
     
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