Cesar Savory Delights (Tubs)

(2 / 5)
 Cesar Savory Delights (Tubs)

The Cesar Savory Delights product line includes 7 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.

  • Cesar Savory Delights Angus Beef Flavor [M]
  • Cesar Savory Delights Filet Mignon Flavor [M]
  • Cesar Savory Delights Ham and Egg Flavor [M]
  • Cesar Savory Delights Pork Tenderloin Flavor [M]
  • Cesar Savory Delights Rotisserie Chicken Flavor [M]
  • Cesar Savory Delights Rosemary Chicken Flavor [M]
  • Cesar Savory Delights Porterhouse Steak Flavor [M]

Cesar Savory Delights Rotisserie Chicken Flavor was selected to represent the other products in the line for this review.

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

Protein 47

Fat 21

Carbs 24

Ingredients: Sufficient water for processing, beef by-productsanimal liver, chicken, meat by-products, bacon, cheese, chicken by-productssoy flour, calcium carbonate, sodium tripolyphosphate, carrageenanwheat flour, potassium chloride, natural flavor, magnesium proteinate, xanthan gum, dried yam, added color, guar gum, cassia gum, salt, erythorbic acid, rotisserie chicken flavor, zinc sulfate, vitamin E supplement, red #3, monocalcium phosphate, copper sulfate, sodium nitrite (for color retention), d-calcium pantothenate, thiamine mononitrate (vitamin B1), vitamin A supplement, vitamin D3 supplement

Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 5.9%

Estimated Nutrient Content
Method Protein Fat Carbs
Guaranteed Analysis 8% 4% NA
Dry Matter Basis 47% 21% 24%
Calorie Weighted Basis 39% 41% 20%

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 includes beef by-products, an item made from slaughterhouse waste. This is what’s left of a slaughtered cow after all the striated muscle cuts have been removed.

With the exception of hair, horns, teeth and hooves, this item can include almost any other part of the animal.1

Although this item does contain all the amino acids a dog needs, we do not consider beef by-products a quality ingredient.

The third ingredient is animal liver. Normally, liver can be considered a quality component. However, in this case, the source of the liver is not identified. For this reason, it’s impossible to judge the quality of this item.

The fourth ingredient is chicken. Chicken is considered “the clean combination of flesh and skin… derived from the parts or whole carcasses of chicken”.1

Chicken is naturally rich in the ten essential amino acids required by a dog to sustain life.

The fifth ingredient includes meat by-products, an item made from slaughterhouse waste. This is what’s left of slaughtered animals after all the prime striated muscle cuts have been removed.

With the exception of hair, horns, teeth and hooves, this item can include almost any other part of the animal.1

What’s worse, this particular item is anonymous. So, the meat itself can come from any combination of cattle, pigs, sheep or goats — which can make identifying specific food allergies impossible.

Although most meat by-products can be nutritious, we do not consider such vaguely described (generic) ingredients to be as high in quality as those derived from a named animal source.

The sixth ingredient is bacon, the cured, fatty meat obtained from the belly of a pig.

The seventh ingredient is cheese, a protein-rich, lactose-free dairy product high in calcium and other healthy nutrients.

The eighth ingredient lists chicken by-products, or slaughterhouse waste. This is what’s left of a slaughtered chicken after all the prime cuts have been removed.

In addition to organs (the nourishing part), this stuff can contain almost anything — feet, beaks, undeveloped eggs — anything except quality skeletal muscle (real meat).

Although this item contains all the amino acids a dog needs, we consider chicken by-products an inexpensive, lower quality ingredient.

The ninth ingredient is soy flour, a high-protein by-product of soybean processing.

Although soy flour contains about 51% protein, this ingredient would be expected to have a lower biological value than meat.

And less costly plant-based products like this can notably boost the total protein reported on the label — a factor that must be considered when judging the actual meat content of this 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 five notable exceptions

First, carrageenan is a gelatin-like thickening agent extracted from seaweed. Although carrageenan has been used as a food additive for hundreds of years, there appears to be some recent controversy regarding its long term biological safety.

Next, wheat flour is a highly-refined product of wheat milling. Like corn, wheat is an inexpensive and controversial cereal grain of only modest nutritional value to a dog.

For this reason, we do not consider wheat a preferred component in any dog food.

In addition, we’re always disappointed to find artificial coloring in any 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?

Next, the minerals listed here do not appear to be chelated. And that can make them more difficult to absorb. Non-chelated minerals are usually associated with lower quality dog foods.

And lastly, we note the presence of sodium nitrite, a controversial color preservative. Sodium nitrite has been linked to the production of cancer-causing substances (known as nitrosamines) when meats are exposed to high cooking temperatures.

Cesar Savory Delights Dog Food
The Bottom Line

Judging by its ingredients alone, Cesar Savory Delights looks like a below-average wet dog food.

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 47%, a fat level of 21% and estimated carbohydrates of about 24%.

As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 48% and a mean fat level of 20%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 24% for the overall product line.

And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 42%.

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

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

Bottom line?

Cesar Savory Delights is a meat-based wet dog food using a notable amount of named and unnamed meats as its main sources of animal protein, thus earning the brand 2 stars.

Not 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.