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Cesar Information

Cesar is a longstanding dog food brand, with its predecessor brands having existed since 1936. Originally Cesar was known as Kal Kan (which still exists, you can read about it here). Eventually, Kal Kan was purchased by Mars and rebranded as Pedigree.

Eventually, Mars split off an arm of Pedigree and named this Cesar, and the brand has been a staple of grocery store shelves ever since.

Cesar dog food recipes are made in the United States at one of Mars Petcare’s manufacturing facilities. However, we aren’t sure exactly which facility this is and where it is located in the United States.

Cesar dog food is widely available to purchase in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, and across the world.

It is most commonly found in retail grocery stores like Walmart but can also be found at pet food stores like Petsmart.

You can also purchase Cesar online at one of the large pet food websites like Chewy and Amazon.

Cesar Product Range

Cesar has a huge product range of dog food products, including dry dog food, wet/canned dog food, and dog treats. The vast majority of this range is wet/canned dog food recipes which is what Cesar is best known for.

Cesar’s dry dog food range only includes three recipes which a product range that is notably smaller than most brands.

Cesar doesn’t have many specialized recipes, which makes sense given the bulk of their range is wet food. They do have some puppy recipes and others that could be classed as a limited ingredient diet.

Cesar Nutrition

The nutrition offered by Cesar dog food recipes is generally average when compared to other dog food brands.

Cesar retains the advantage that the bulk of their food is wet/canned dog food, which tends to provide more consistent nutritional profiles.

Most Cesar wet dog food recipes have significant proportions of animal-based protein and fat with a moderate proportion of carbohydrates and fiber.

Below is an example of the nutrition provided by a typical Cesar wet dog food recipe.

Cesar Nutrition Example

If you would like to learn more about canine nutrition, we highly recommend you check out our Dog Food Guide.

Cesar Ingredients

High-Quality Meat & Fish Ingredients

  • Beef
  • Lamb
  • Pork
  • Chicken
  • Turkey
  • Duck

Given Cesar’s large product range, they only use a moderate number of meat ingredients, most of which are listed above.

All of these meat ingredients are high-quality sources of nutrition and can provide much-needed animal-based protein and fat.

Some of these ingredients are industry favorites, such as Chicken, Turkey, and Beef. These ingredients are popular among manufacturers as they are affordable, easy to source, and highly nutritious.

Some Cesar recipes utilize organ meat ingredients like Chicken Liver and Chicken Heart. Organ meat ingredients like these are excellent additions to dog food recipes and can enhance their flavor as well as boost levels of beneficial vitamins and minerals that might not be abundant in traditional meat cuts.

Other Notable Ingredients

Cesar uses a large range of grain ingredients in its recipes, especially their dry dog food recipes. Some examples of these grain ingredients include Corn, Wheat, Brewers Rice, Corn Gluten Meal, Soybean Meal, and Barley.

Grain ingredients such as these can be controversial additions to pet food recipes, with many dog owners being strongly against their use.

However, there are also strong supporters of the use of grain ingredients, especially among dog owners who feed brands like Purina Pro Plan and Royal Canin.

Regardless of opinion, grain ingredients can provide a mix of nutrition in the form of carbohydrates, plant-based protein, and fiber.

Sadly, some of the grain ingredients used by Cesar are grain by-products. Examples of these include Brewers Rice and Wheat Gluten.

These ingredients have an even worse reputation than whole grains and are described as waste products by some.

You can read more about Brewers Rice here.


Sadly, some of Cesar’s recipes use unnamed meat ingredients such as Meat & Bone Meal and Animal Fat.

While these ingredients can provide nutrition to dogs, their lack of accountability and transparency is a major concern.

Cesar could alter their source of makeup without informing consumers or altering their packaging.

Thankfully, Cesar’s use of these ingredients isn’t as widespread as some other low-cost brands, and named meats tend to be present in higher quantities.

Select Cesar recipes use a small portion of Potatoes as a minor ingredient. Potatoes are a starch ingredient and can act as a dense source of carbohydrates.

Due to this density, their portion size must be tightly controlled to avoid it becoming excessive. However, as we mentioned, Cesar only uses a small portion of Potatoes, so it is not worthy of concern.

A Handful of Potatoes

Some other Cesar recipes use small portions of vegetable ingredients like Peas, Carrots, and Spinach. Vegetable ingredients such as these can provide a mix of carbohydrates, plant-based protein, and fiber to dogs, as well as unique flavor.

Dried Beet Pulp is a regular feature in recipes from many dog food brands. It is used as a reliable source of soluble fiber, which can be critical to some dogs.

This is as it can help maintain regular digestion and stools. Outside of this fiber content, Dried Beet Pulp provides little nutrition.

You can read more about Dried Beet Pulp in our article Dried Beet Pulp In Dog Food.

Given that the bulk of Cesar’s recipes are wet food, they use a number of gum ingredients, including Carrageenan, Guar Gum, and Xanthan Gum.

These ingredients are binding agents and are used to bind the food together and give it a consistent texture and appearance.

You can read more about Carrageenan in our article Carrageenan In Dog Food.

Cesar Animal Testing

We have no information on what type of animal testing that Cesar participates in and whether this is laboratory in style or invasive.

However, given that Cesar is owned by Mars Petcare, it likely shares the same practices as other Mars brands.

We strongly believe that invasive or laboratory testing of animal for pet food is a cruel and outdated practice and one which we hope will see a significant decline.

Cesar Recalls

Based on our research (FDA, AVMA, DogFoodAdvisor), Cesar has had a single recall in its past, which means it is not a recall-free brand.

In October 2016, Cesar issued a recall due to the potential for a choking hazard from small plastic pieces found in some of its recipes.

Foreign object contamination such as plastic is a common recall cause and has affected a number of brands over the years.

Thankfully this recall only affected a small selection of recipes and batches of Cesar dog food. In particular, it was select individual or variety packages of the Classics Filet Mignon recipe with Best By dates of August 4th, or August 5th, 2018.

The specific lot numbers are shown below:

  • 631FKKC
  • 631GKKC
  • 632D14JC
  • 633B24JC
  • 634A14JC
  • 634A24JC
  • 634B14JC
  • 634B24JC
  • 634E14JC
  • 635A24JC
  • 635B14JC
  • 636D24JC
  • 636E14JC

Given the scale of Cesar’s operation and the length of time they have been a player in the industry, this recall record is not unimpressive, especially when compared to other low-cost brands.

We hope that Cesar can maintain a high standard of quality and safety in its production process in the coming years and avoid any future recalls.

Regardless we always encourage pet owners to be vigilant of any future recalls of Cesar or any other pet food brand.

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Full Cesar Product Range

Dry Dog Food

Filet Mignon Flavor & Spring Vegetables

Rotisserie Chicken Flavor & Spring Vegetables

Porterhouse Flavor & Spring Vegetables

Wet/Canned Dog Food

Home Delights Beef Stew

Home Delights Slow Cooked Chicken & Vegetables Dinner In Sauce

Home Delights Pot Roast With Spring Vegetables Dinner

Chicken & Liver Recipe

Grilled Chicken Flavor

Rotisserie Chicken Flavor With Bacon & Cheese

Beef Recipe

Grilled Steak & Eggs Flavor

Filet Mignon Flavor

Porterhouse Steak Flavor

Home Delights Turkey, Green Beans & Potatoes Dinner In Sauce

Home Delights Grilled Ribeye Steak Flavor With Vegetables In Sauce

Angus Beef Flavor With Bacon & Cheese

Home Delights Grilled New York Strip Flavor With Vegetables In Sauce

Smoked Bacon & Egg Flavor

Home Delights Grilled Porterhouse Steak Flavor With Potatoes & Bacon In Sauce

Home Delights Hearty Chicken & Noodle Dinner In Sauce

Chicken & Beef Recipe

Filet Mignon Flavor With bacon & Potato

Duck Recipe

Lamb Recipe

Rosemary Chicken Flavor With Spring Vegetables

Top Sirloin Flavor

Puppy – Chicken & Beef Recipe

Prime Rib Flavor

Ham & Egg Flavor With Potato & Cheese

New York Strip Flavor

Scrambled Egg & Sauage Flavor

Oven Roasted Chicken Flavor

Simply Crafted Chicken, Carrots, Potatoes & Peas

Puppy – Lamb & Rice Recipe

Simply Crafted Chicken, Carrots & Green Beans

Simply Crafted Chicken

Home Delights Harvest Potluck With Turkey In Gravy

Chicken & Veal Recipe

Home Delights T-Bone Steak, Egg & Cheese Flavor in Sauce

Home Delights Sausage Flavor With Egg & Cheese In Sauce

Simply Crafted Chicken, Sweet Potato, Apple, Barley & Spinach

Simply Crafted Chicken, Carrots, Barley & Spinach

Home Delights Scramble With Turkey, Spinach & Cheese In Sauce

Turkey Recipe

Turkey Recipe Filets

Simply Crafted Beef, Chicken, Purple Potatoes, Green Beans, & Red Rice

Simply Crafted Beef, Chicken, Purple Potatoes, Peas & Carrots

Home Delights BBQ Chicken Flavor With Green Beans and Orzo In Sauce

Home Delights Braised Rib Flavor With Carrots And Peas In Sauce

Rotisserie Chicken Flavor

Dry-Aged Ribeye Flavor

Wholesome Bowls Chicken, Carrots, Barley & Green Beans Recipe

Wholesome Bowls Beef, Chicken, Carrots, & Purple Potatoes Recipe

Wholesome Bowls Chicken, Sweet Potatoes & Green Beans Recipe

Wholesome Bowls Chicken Recipe

Wood-Grilled Chicken Flavor

Simply Crafted Chicken, Duck, Purple Potatoes, Pumpkin, Green Beans & Brown Rice

Dog Treats

Softies Medley Trio

Softies Grilled Chicken

Softies Filet Mignon

Meaty Bites Chicken Recipe

Jerky Bites Beef & Sweet Potato Recipe

Jerky Bites Chicken & Apple Recipe

Jerky Bites Pork & Peach Recipe

Meaty Bites Beef Recipe