Review: Canine Caviar Lamb & Pearl Millet

March 14, 2011 § 3 Comments

Like most new dog owners, MM and I went through a period of trial and error when it came to finding an appropriate commercial kibble diet for Maple. When we adopted Maple, we inherited an unfinished 14lb (6.35kg) bag of Canine Caviar Lamb & Pearl Millet (adult formula) from her previous owner. Maple was doing well with Canine Caviar, but MM and I thought it might be beneficial to gradually transition her on to a formula more suited for puppies since she was not quite seven months old at the time.

As a start, we decided to go with Orijen Puppy and purchased a 2.5kg bag, which Maple completed after two months. Thereafter, we began searching yet again for another kibbles brand as Maple’s vet advised that we re-introduce her to adult-formulated dog food. After some humming and hawing, we settled with Acana Pacifica, which we have been feeding Maple (in combination with Canine Caviar Lamb & Pearl Millet) for the past three weeks. That, in short, is the brief chronological order of Maple’s dietary journey to date. Today, let’s begin with our review of Canine Caviar Lamb & Pearl Millet.

Canine Caviar Lamb & Pearl Millet (Adult)

Pros: Maple is able to produce very solid and firm stool—no bum-scooting! The kibbles are small in size, light in weight, and can be easily broken up by small teeth so there is no need to rehydrate in Maple’s case. Then again, because these kibbles have a relatively crumbly composite texture, it doesn’t fair quite as well in the visual assessment. There are no artificial preservatives such as BHA, BHT, or ethoxyquin; instead, mixed Tocopherols (Vitamin E compound) are used.

Cons: Pearl millet, brown rice, and beet pulp are listed quite high on the ingredients label which, I suppose, contributed to Maple’s impressive poop. These ‘fillers’, however, seem to overshadow the meat content which consists minimally (21%) of dehydrated lamb, lamb, and white fish. Unfortunately, it is not made clear on the packaging where the ingredients are sourced from. We also noticed that Maple harboured unpleasant doggie breath while purely on Canine Caviar Lamb & Pearl Millet—her  little embarassment eventually subsided after we mixed Canine Caviar with Orijen and, now, Acana (more on this tomorrow).

Notes: The addition of beet pulp as an ingredient in dry dog food is a contentious matter. Proponents claim that beet pulp is a valuable source of fibre, while adversaries argue that beet pulp can cause a slew of health problems such as bloat, allergies, and ear infections. Although Maple has not reacted adversely to beet pulp (touch wood), we are mindful of the issue and will try feeding Maple a variety of fresh high-fibre alternatives like papaya and pumpkin.

Tomorrow, we’ll be sharing our experiences with Orijen and Acana—hope you’ll stay around for that!

Acknowledgement: We would like to thank Lori of According to Gus for introducing us, and readers of Gus’ blog, to Scribd. It is such a useful feature to have. We’ll definitely find more ways of incorporating Scribd into future posts on Happy.Bark.Days!

Disclaimer: All product reviews mentioned on Happy.Bark.Days are based upon our own personal experiences with our dog, Maple, and are strictly our honest opinions alone. As each dog will respond independently and in varying ways to the products reviewed on Happy.Bark.Days, we accept no responsibility legal or otherwise for the safety of any pets. Should there by any concerns, please seek the expert advice of a trained and certified professional.

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