Nutrition - 10/10
Ingredients - 10/10
Hound & Gatos Original Paleolithic Diet is a high-quality wet dog food. It has significantly above average protein and fat proportion and a significantly below average carbohydrate proportion. The nutrition profile provided by this formula is very satisfactory and suitable for the majority of dogs. The formula contains a range of high-quality ingredients including a variety of red meat ingredients including Beef, Lamb, and Deer. It does not contain a significant quantity of any vegetable or plant ingredients. The larger range of meat ingredients may make Hound & Gatos Original Paleolithic Diet unsuitable 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.
Very Satisfactory Nutrition High-Quality Meat Ingredients No Grains or By-products
A Full Review of Original Paleolithic Diet by Hound & Gatos
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 15% of Hound & Gatos Original Paleolithic Diet 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 level of carbohydrates and very accurately mimics a dog’s natural carbohydrate intake. There does not appear to be any ingredients that provide a significant quantity of carbohydrates in this formula. Given this proportion is an overestimate, the actual proportion is likely near zero when Ash and Fiber is taken into account.
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 36% of Hound & Gatos Original Paleolithic Diet 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 a high level of protein which is very satisfactory and suitable for the vast majority of dogs including those who are very active. A range of red meat ingredients contributes to the vast majority of this protein. Red meat such as Beef, Pork, and Lamb are considered high-quality sources and will provide your dog with the full range of amino acids needed for growth, repair, and maintenance.
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 49% of Hound & Gatos Original Paleolithic Diet 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 level 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 Lamb Fat are considered high-quality sources and are a natural part of a dog’s diet.
Overall Hound & Gatos Original Paleolithic Diet contains an average of 1129 kcal/kg. 417 kcal/can 13 oz
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 – Hound & Gatos Original Paleolithic Diet
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) – 10.00%
- Crude Fat (Min) – 6.00%
- Crude Fiber (Max) – 1.50%
- 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.
- Red Deer
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. Hound & Gatos Original Paleolithic Diet contains four sources of meat or fish.
The Primary 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.
The secondary meat source present is Pork. Pork is considered a high-quality source of protein. Pork is particularly rich in thiamin and while it contains less iron than Beef or Lamb, its iron content is still significant.
The tertiary meat source present is Lamb. Lamb is considered a high-quality source of protein. Just like Beef, Lamb is rich in iron. In addition to this, it has higher levels of the Omega 3 Fatty Acid than other red meats and high levels of Vitamin B12.
Another meat source present is Venison. Venison is considered a high-quality source of protein. Venison has lower levels of saturated fat than other red meats. It also contains a similar range of vitamins and minerals such as Iron and Vitamin B6.
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 – Hound & Gatos Original Paleolithic Diet
Beef, pork, lamb broth, lamb, red deer, agar-agar, tricalcium phosphate, calcium carbonate, potassium chloride, choline chloride, salmon oil, salt, 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