The Cesar brand specializes in gourmet wet dog foods that come in a large selection of specialized flavors. The food is packaged in plastic trays rather than cans, and the trays come in a size that is especially appropriate for feeding smaller breeds. The Original Pate with Lamb is a moist food that will satisfy your pet’s craving for a real meat taste in his daily diet.
Nutritional Content Information
Kcal Information – Calories Per Cup
Cesar Original Pate with Lamb Canine Cuisine contains 85 Kcal per 3.5 ounce tray.
Cesar Original Pate with Lamb Canine Cuisine costs approximately $23 for a 24 pack of 3.5 ounce trays. The price you pay might vary according to region or other economic factors.
|April 30, 2013|
|Cesar Original Pate with Lamb Canine Cuisine|
- Sufficient water for processing – Water is essential for processing a moist food
- Beef by-products – High protein ingredient that could include organs and meat scraps
- Liver – This addition provide protein and is high in vitamins
- Meat by-products – A high protein addition that may include organs as well as meat scraps
- Lamb – Deboned lamb flesh
Other Ingredients List
- chicken by-products
- calcium carbonate
- natural flavors
- sodium tripolyphosphate
- added color
- dried yam
- xanthan gum
- potassium chloride
- erythorbic acid
- guar gum
- zinc sulfate
- sodium nitrite (for color retention)
- vitamin A
- D3 and E supplements
- d-calcium pantothenate
- thiamine mononitrate (vitamin B1)
The manufacturer’s website associates no AAFCO statement with Cesar Original Pate with Lamb Canine Cuisine.
A review of the first five most important ingredients in this food shows that it contains a significant amount of meat-based protein. Some of the protein comes from sources that are perhaps lesser in quality than a named meat source. The phrase ‘by-products’ often refers to parts that are considered leftovers from the slaughtering process and are not included in items for human consumption but that does not mean that they don’t contain adequate protein and nutrition for animal feed. The specific sources of the liver and the meat by-products are not named. The food has water as its first ingredient and the resulting product may be higher in moisture content than some other wet dog foods.
An analysis of the remaining ingredients reveals the presence of the common thickening agents carageenan, xanthan gum and guar gum, all plant-based products that help to hold the food together for serving. The food also contains added color and sodium nitrite, which some consider controversial because they are probably added to make the food look better to the owner rather than the dog. The meat ingredients contain lots of healthy nutrients but there is little mention of mineral supplementation for this product. There is no mention of chelated minerals, which are the kind that are best absorbed and utilized by your pet.
Wet foods have a higher moisture content than dry foods and this can make the protein and fat percentages look abnormally low. If the total moisture is subtracted from the food’s weight, the protein and fat percentages rise to appropriate levels for this kind of food.
This food comes in small plastic trays that are designed to be easy to open. The product line is especially suited to smaller breeds because the recommended feeding guidelines suggest feeding 4 trays per day for every 10 pounds of body weight. A benefit of the smaller trays is that you won’t have to deal with leftovers in the refrigerator and if you feed directly from the trays, clean up is easy. However, smaller packages can result in increased cost, particularly if you have a larger dog. You should always begin with the recommended feeding amounts and adjust how much you feed your pet if you see an inappropriate gain or loss of weight. Even small dogs should maintain a lean and athletic profile and overfeeding can lead to obesity and its associated health problems.
The Cesar brand is part of the family of companies that make up Mars Incorporated. The Mars Petcare division is headquartered in Franklin, Tennessee and includes several other pet food brands as well as the one under review here. All of their pet foods are manufactured in facilities located in the USA.