Best Canned Dog Food – General ^
2. Kcals is calories per CAN, not per cup. (Dry food is by the cup.)
3. Can size: differs between companies. Some are 12.5 oz., 13 oz., 13.2 oz., or 10 oz. So you need to know a can of 12.5 oz. at 503 kcals has more calories per tablespoon than a 13.2 oz. can having 503 kcals.
4. Canned Dog Food is 78-80% water. Why? Due to the first ingredient is usually meat and meat is muscle and muscle is mostly made of water. If the first ingredient is not meat, walk away. Meat also is made up of lots of Protein, so these canned foods are great in being high Protein.
|On The Label It Says:||But Dry Matter Basis It Is:|
This is a great food! At over 45% Protein and under 20% Carbs.
Best Canned Dog Food – Ideal Canned Dog Foods to Look for at the Store ^
The easy thing is that most canned dog food is high protein and low carb – expensive and cheap very often. So you want to make it easy on yourself, by looking for Canned Dog Food that has on the label at the store:
8-10% Protein and 3-6% Fat, with the first ingredient meat.
Under 8% Protein means too high in Carbohydrates and over 6% Fat on the label means high fat.
Canned Dog Food also falls in the 400-500 calories a can range, but to make it easy, figure at 500 calories a can, so 125 calories per 1/4 can – easy.
Owners can buy many good varieties: Grain-Free, no Chicken, no Beef, no Egg Canned Dog Food or Wild Meat (Venison, Buffalo, Boar…) for dogs with skin issues for example. Good Examples would be:
Canidae Grain-Free Pure Sea Salmon/Mackerel
Canidae Grain-Free Pure Land Lamb
Evangers Grain-Free Wild Salmon
BUT, some canned dog foods are poor choices. Canned Senior Dog Foods and Weight Control Dog Foods usually are lower protein and higher carbohydrates – and are not going to be 8-10% protein and 3-6% fat as needed.
Best Canned Dog Food – Example of How Much to Feed ^
Most people feed dry dog food and a little wet (canned) food.
Let’s see how it works in an example:
30 pound dog gets 479 calories a day.
Snack: Gets 10 of the 5 calorie biscuits = 50 calories
Canned: Gets a quarter can of good canned dog food = 125 calories
Heiro: 2 Scoops a day – EASY!
50 + 125 = 175 calories
479 – 175 = Calories in dry dog food = 304 calories
So if dry dog food is 400 calories a cup, the dog gets 3/4 of a cup a day. Easy.
Best Canned Dog Food – Do Not Feed Your Dog By The Instructions On The Can ^
The amounts of dog food on the cans that they want to you feed are way too much for your dog. For example, a very good dog food was 8% Protein + 6% Fat with meat as the first ingredient – so good choice. The food was 457 Kcal per can, so also in a good range.
1.5 cans x 457 = 685.5 calories
3 cans x 457 = 1371 calories
BUT! NRD requirements for a 30 pound dog is 479 total calories a day.
The great dog food is feeding your dog at too high a rate.
685 calories on the chart here on our site, feeds a 45 pound dog. 1371 calories on the chart on our site feeds a 95 pound dog.
Imagine if I fed you 3 times as much food as you need a day to keep your weight. Wow!
Click here to see Calorie Chart to see how many calories a day is needed so you don’t overfeed by accident.