Nutrition - 10/10
Ingredients - 10/10
Crave’s Chicken & Beef Pate is a high-quality wet dog food. It has significantly above average protein and fat proportion and a significantly below average carbohydrate proportion. Its nutrient profile is very satisfactory and closely mimics a dog’s natural diet. It contains a range of high-quality ingredients including a variety of meat ingredients including Beef, Chicken and Organ Meat. It does not contain a significant quantity of any vegetable or plant ingredients. The smaller range of ingredients may make Crave’s Chicken & Beef Pate suitable for dogs with serious dietary sensitivities or allergies. However for those dogs without dietary issues, it is an extremely suitable wet dog food and will provide excellent nutrition from high-quality ingredients.
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A Full Review of Chicken & Beef Pate by Crave
The ideal nutrition for a dog is entirely dependant on their unique circumstances. However, a high proportion of protein and fat combined with a lower proportion of carbohydrates is most appropriate nutrition profile for the vast majority of dogs. Dog’s are very capable of consuming a high proportion of carbohydrates, but a diet high in protein and fat is more appropriate and a better reflection of their natural ancestral diet.
Carbohydrate Content Analysis
Dogs use carbohydrates as a simple energy source. Dogs do not require significant carbohydrates in their diet and they are commonly added to reduce cost and increase shelf life. As the chart above displays, a maximum of 12% of Crave’s Chicken & Beef Pate calories are derived from carbohydrates. Please note that this is the maximum amount of carbohydrates as calculated by the guaranteed analysis. In reality, this value of carbohydrates is likely to be a lot lower. This is significantly below average for a Wet Dog Food.
This is a very low proportion of carbohydrates and very accurately mimics a dog’s natural carbohydrate intake. There doesn’t seem to be a single ingredient that contributes a significant amount of carbohydrates and given that this is an overestimate, the actual proportion may be closer to zero.
Protein Content Analysis
Dogs use Protein for growth, development, and maintenance. Excess protein can be burned as calories. As the chart above displays, a minimum of 45% of Crave’s Chicken & Beef Pate calories are derived from protein. Please note that this is the minimum amount of protein as calculated by the guaranteed analysis. In reality, this value of protein is likely to be higher. This is significantly above average for a Wet Dog Food.
This is an extremely high proportion of protein. So high in fact that even the most active of dogs would have excess protein. However, overly high levels of protein are not necessarily a bad thing. The excess protein can be burned as calories which is what dog’s ancestors would have done. A mix of Chicken and Beef ingredients contributes to the vast majority of this protein. Meat such as Beef considered high-quality sources and will provide your dog with the full range of amino acids.
Fat Content Analysis
Dogs use fat as a concentrated energy source. In addition, fats also play a role in development and maintenance. As the chart above displays, a minimum of 43% of Crave’s Chicken & Beef Pate calories are derived from Fat. Please note that this is the minimum amount of fat as calculated by the guaranteed analysis. In reality, this value of fat is likely to be a lot higher. This is significantly above average for a Wet Dog Food.
This proportion of fat is very satisfactory and can provide dogs of all activity levels with a highly concentrated source of energy. In addition, the vast majority of this fat content appears to be sourced from animal fats. Animal fats such as Beef Fat or Chicken Fat are considered high-quality sources and are a natural part of a dog’s diet.
Overall Crave’s Chicken & Beef Pate contains an average of 1050 kcal/kg, 373 kcal/cup
Once again please note that the values in this section are calculated using the products guaranteed analysis. The guaranteed analysis only lists the minimum and maximum values and as a consequence, these can sometimes be an inaccurate representation. As a rule of thumb, most dog foods will contain slightly more protein and considerably more fat than their guaranteed analysis. This will have the knock-on effect of reducing the relative amount of carbohydrates present. However also note that every dog food is different and some will be considerably closer to the guaranteed analysis than others.
Guaranteed Analysis – Crave’s Chicken & Beef Pate
Pet foods in the United States are legally required by the AAFCO to have a guaranteed analysis on their packaging. A guaranteed analysis must display certain nutritional information. This is similar to how nutritional values are now commonly displayed on food for human consumption. The information that must be displayed includes Crude Protein, Crude Fat, Crude Fiber, and Moisture. Some guaranteed analysis will contain additional information. The guaranteed analysis for this product is listed below.
- Crude Protein (Min) – 12.00%
- Crude Fat (Min) – 5.00%
- Crude Fiber (Max) – 1.00%
- Moisture (Max) – 78.00%
The ingredients of pet food are disclosed on the packaging of the product as a list in descending order. Therefore the ingredients at the start of the list make up the bulk of the pet foods content. As a consequence, the quality of these primary ingredients is the most significant factor in determining the quality of pet food.
However, ingredients listed further down the ingredient list should not be ignored, especially if they could have adverse or harmful effects on a pet.
- Chicken Liver
- Chicken Heart
Dangerous / Harmful Ingredients
In-Depth Meat/Fish Ingredient Review
The meat and fish ingredients of dog food are without a doubt the most important. They are critical as they provide the majority of the protein and fat that dogs desperately need. Also, these ingredients would have made up the bulk of dogs ancestors diet. Therefore, the quality of a dog food formulas meat and fish ingredients is crucial. Crave’s Chicken & Beef Pate contains four sources of meat or fish.
The primary meat source present in this formula is Chicken. Chicken is the most common meat ingredient used in dog food and is considered a high-quality addition. Chicken can provide a plentiful supply of protein and fat. In addition to being an excellent protein source, Chicken has high levels of some vitamins such as Niacin and Vitamin B6.
Chicken Liver is considered a high-quality source of meat. Liver contains a much higher concentration of some nutrients than traditional meat cuts. Some of the nutrients present in Liver are Vitamin A, Vitamin B, and Iron. In addition to these nutrients Liver also contains a high amount of protein.
Another meat source present is Beef. Beef is a considered a high-quality source of protein. In addition, Beef contains vitamins such as Iron and Zinc.
In-Depth None-Meat Ingredient Review
Salt, when added in moderation, is considered a beneficial ingredient. It enhances flavor, helps preserve the food and is important for maintaining healthy blood pressure and other bodily functions. However, some dogs, particularly those with cardiovascular problems may need to limit their consumption of Salt to avoid aggravating their health problems.
Full Ingredient List – Crave’s Chicken & Beef Pate
Chicken, Chicken Broth, Chicken Liver, Chicken Heart, Beef, Pork Broth, Dried Egg Product, Natural Flavor, Salt, Guar Gum, Fish Oil (Preserved with Mixed Tocopherols), Tricalcium Phosphate, Potassium Chloride, Carrageenan, Calcium Carbonate, Choline Chloride, DL-Methionine, Caramel Color, Iron Sulfate, Thiamine Mononitrate (Vitamin B1), Magnesium Sulfate, Vitamin E Supplement, Zinc Oxide, Copper Proteinate, Manganese Sulfate, Sodium Selenite, Vitamin A Supplement, Potassium Iodide, Biotin, Vitamin B12 Supplement, Vitamin D3 Supplement, Riboflavin Supplement (Vitamin B2)