Dave’s STEWlicious (Canned)

(5 / 5)
Dave’s STEWlicious (Canned)

The Dave’s STEWlicious product line includes 10 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.

  1. Dave’s STEWlicious Meaty Beef Stew [U]
  2. Dave’s STEWlicious Chicken Casserole [U]
  3. Dave’s STEWlicious Luscious Lamb Stew [U]
  4. Dave’s STEWlicious Fisherman Stew Grain Free [U]
  5. Dave’s STEWlicious Hearty Beef Stew Grain Free [U]
  6. Dave’s STEWlicious Gobbledy Good Stew Grain Free [U]
  7. Dave’s STEWlicious Chicken Pot Pie Stew Grain Free [U]
  8. Dave’s STEWlicious Turducken Stew Grain Free (4.5 stars) [U]
  9. Dave’s STEWlicious Chunky Chicken Stew Grain Free (4.5 stars) [U]
  10. Dave’s STEWlicious Turkey, Sweet Potato and Cranberry Stew Grain Free (4.5 stars) [U]

Dave’s STEWlicious Chicken Pot Pie was selected to represent the other products in the line for this review.

Estimated Dry Matter Nutrient Content

Protein 44

Fat 28

Carbs 20

Ingredients: Chicken, chicken broth, vegetable broth, dried egg product, natural flavor, peas, carrots, potatoes, green beans, agar-agar, calcium carbonate, canola oil, sodium tripolyphosphate, salt, potassium chloride, choline chloride, cranberries, iron proteinate, zinc proteinate, manganese proteinate, copper proteinate, magnesium proteinate, sodium selenite, calcium iodate, vitamin E supplement, thiamine mononitrate, niacin supplement, calcium pantothenate, biotin, vitamin A supplement, riboflavin supplement, vitamin D3 supplement, vitamin B12 supplement, pyridoxine hydrochloride, folic acid

Fiber (estimated dry matter content) = 5.6%

Estimated Nutrient Content
Method Protein Fat Carbs
Guaranteed Analysis 8% 5% NA
Dry Matter Basis 44% 28% 20%
Calorie Weighted Basis 34% 51% 15%

The first ingredient in this dog food 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 next two ingredients include chicken and vegetable broths. 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 fourth 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.

After the natural flavor, we find 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 seventh ingredient lists carrots. Carrots are rich in beta-carotene, minerals and dietary fiber.

The eighth ingredient is potato. Potatoes can be considered a gluten-free source of digestible carbohydrates. Yet with the exception of perhaps their caloric content, potatoes are of only modest nutritional value to a dog.

The ninth ingredient includes green beans, a healthy vegetable notable for its vitamin, mineral and natural fiber content.

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 two notable exceptions

First, we find canola oil. Unfortunately, canola can be a controversial item. That’s because it can sometimes (but not always) be derived from genetically modified rapeseed.

Yet others cite the fact canola oil can be a significant source of essential omega-3 fatty acids.

In any case, plant-based oils like canola are less biologically available to a dog than fish oil as a source of quality omega-3 fats.

And lastly, 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.

Dave’s STEWlicious Dog Food
The Bottom Line

Judging by its ingredients alone, Dave’s STEWlicious 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 44%, a fat level of 28% and estimated carbohydrates of about 20%.

As a group, the brand features an average protein content of 44% and a mean fat level of 28%. Together, these figures suggest a carbohydrate content of 20% for the overall product line.

And a fat-to-protein ratio of about 63%.

Above-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 product containing a significant amount of meat.

Bottom line?

Dave’s STEWlicious is a meat-based canned dog food using a significant amount of named meats as its main sources of animal protein, thus earning the brand 5 stars.

Enthusiastically 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.