The Canine Caviar product line includes 4 grain-free canned 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.
- Canine Caviar 95% Buffalo Grain Free [S]
- Canine Caviar 95% Venison Grain Free [S]
- Canine Caviar 95% Turkey Grain Free (4 stars) [S]
- Canine Caviar 95% Duck Grain Free (4.5 stars) [S]
Canine Caviar 95% Duck Grain Free recipe was selected to represent the other products in the line for this review.
Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content
Ingredients: Duck, duck liver, sweet potatoes, water sufficient for processing, guar gum
|Estimated Nutrient Content|
|Dry Matter Basis||41%||32%||19%|
|Calorie Weighted Basis||30%||56%||14%|
The first ingredient in this dog food is duck. Duck is considered “the clean combination of flesh and skin… derived from the parts or whole carcasses of duck”.1
Duck is naturally rich in the ten essential amino acids required by a dog to sustain life.
The second ingredient is duck liver. This is an organ meat sourced from a named animal and thus considered a beneficial component.
The third 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.
The fourth ingredient is water, which adds nothing but moisture to this food. Water is a routine finding in most canned dog foods.
The fifth ingredient is guar gum, a gelling or thickening agent found in many wet pet foods. Refined from dehusked guar beans, guar gum can add a notable amount of dietary fiber to any product.
We find no added vitamins or minerals on the ingredients list.
Canine Caviar Canned Dog Food
The Bottom Line
Judging by its ingredients alone, Canine Caviar canned 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 41%, a fat level of 32% and estimated carbohydrates of about 19%.
As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 45% and a mean fat level of 28%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 19% for the overall product line.
And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 61%.
Above-average protein. Above-average fat. And below-average carbs when compared to a typical canned dog food.
Free of any plant-based protein boosters, this looks like the profile of a wet product containing an abundance of meat.
However, with 56% of the total calories in our example coming from fat versus just 30% from protein, some recipes may not be suitable for every animal.
Canine Caviar is a grain-free meat-based canned dog food using a generous amount of named species as its main sources of animal protein, thus earning the brand 5 stars.
Enthusiastically recommended for supplemental feeding only.
Those looking for a complete and balanced kibble may wish to visit our review of Canine Caviar dry dog food.
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.